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Biography of Matthew D. Jacofsky, Psy.D., Melanie T. Santos, Psy.D., Sony Khemlani-Patel, Ph.D. & Fugen Neziroglu, Ph.D. of the Bio Behavioral Institute

Established in 1979, the Bio Behavioral Institute is a psychological and psychiatric clinic dedicated to the treatment and research of anxiety and mood disorders. The Institute has been at the forefront of scientifically supported treatments for many years and our staff has over 40 years of experience treating anxiety and mood disorders. Based in Long Island, NY, USA, the institute serves a both a local and international clientele. 

Our mission at the Bio Behavioral Institute is to provide patients with the most up-to-date treatment and advances within the field of psychology and psychiatry.   Our staff advocates an integrated approach to mental health.  We believe that an emotional condition is determined by factors involving the body, mind, family, and the ecological environment in which the person grows. Therefore, each problem may be approached from a combined medical, psychological, nutritional, and social perspective.

At the Bio Behavioral Institute, a variety of programs are offered by a multidisciplinary team of professionals who are specialized in different areas. Therefore, we are able to provide patients with treatments and programs that are tailored to their specific needs.  Patients also benefit from our involvement in research and education.  Ongoing research studies provide patients with the most up-to-date treatments and advances within the field of psychology, medicine, and pharmacology.

The Institute has grown tremendously over the years.  Today, psychologists, psychiatrists, and intern psychologists who have expertise in the treatment and research of various disorders are counted among the staff

The following Bio Behavioral Institute staff members have contributed to the Anxiety Disorders literature appearing on this website:

Matthew Jacofsky, PsyD of the Bio-Behavioral InstituteMatthew D. Jacofsky, PsyD. is a licensed psychologist specializing in the treatment of obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. He has presented and published on a range of topics including body dysmorphic disorder, refractory obsessive compulsive disorder, and self-injurious skin picking.




Melanie Santos, PsyD of the Bio-Behavioral InstituteMelanie T. Santos, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist specializing in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, and mood disorders. She has extensive training in body image disorders, including body dysmorphic disorder and binge eating. Dr. Santos now practices in Chicago.




Sony Khemlani-Patel, Ph.D. of the Bio-Behavioral InstituteSony Khemlani-Patel, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment and research of obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders. She has presented and published extensively on body dysmorphic disorder and also has publications on obsessive compulsive disorder and self injurious behavior.  She has co-authored the book, “When Your Child Is Cutting."




Dr. Fugen Neziroglu of the Bio-Behavioral InstituteDr. Fugen Neziroglu is a board certified behavior and cognitive psychologist.  She has presented and published over 100 papers in scientific journals, including the American Journal of Psychiatry, Behaviour Research and Therapy, and the Journal of Anxiety Disorders.  Additionally, she is the author and co-author of fourteen books on obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders.


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