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Professional Staff

Sara L. Weiss, Ed.D.

Dr. Sara L. Weiss, Director of Heartland Psychological Services, P.C., is a psychologist who has been practicing in New York for 35 years. Her primary focus is divorcing families, helping separating couples and divorced or never married co-parents to develop and/or operationalize parenting plans. She is a court-appointed forensic evaluator and a trained parent coordinator.
Dr. Weiss and her highly trained staff of social workers provide psychotherapy to the Staten Island community. In Manhattan and Staten Island mental health professionals provide supervised visitation for parents (including therapeutic supervision).
Dr. Weiss is a past president of the Clinical Division of the New York State Psychological Association, she is a former Mental Health Chairperson of the Interdisciplinary Forum, and she was a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at New York University. She has lectured and written extensively.



Heartland Psychological Services, P.C.,

251 Richmond Hill Road, Staten Island, NY 10314  (718) 494-9397

Established in 1980 we at Heartland Psychological Services are proud of the quality care that we have provided and continue to provide Staten Island families throughout the years. Our goal at Heartland Psychological Services is to assist individuals and families throughout difficult periods of their lives in a warm and friendly environment.



Meet our team:


JoAnne Becaccio-McKernan, LCSW

JoAnne Mckernan has been a licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in children, adolecents, adults and families since 2002. JoAnne is a graduate of NYU School of Social Work and has been working in this field for over 20 years. JoAnne began her work at Heartland Psychological in 2011 and provides both individual and family counseling. 



Estelle Lewis, LCSW  

With more than 28 years experience, Estelle has spanned both the medical and mental health aspects of the profession.  In 1989 Estelle graduated from Wurzweiler School of Social work and then spent the next several years providing mental health services to chronically mentally-ill adults in day treatment programs where she conducted group and individual psychotherapy. Estelle began work at Heartland Psychological Services in 2004 treating people ranging in ages four to ninety. Estelle's specialty is helping people to learn how to cope with stress and anxiety and depression resulting from life’s obstacles.  Estelle works with children, adults, couples, families and groups.  



Russell Shelkowitz, LCSW

Russell graduated from Columbia University School of Social Work in 1994 and has been helping adults, children and families in need for over 20 years. Russell began work at Heartland Psychological in 2001 specializing in consumer centered cognitive behavioral creative problem solving. Russell provides solution focused child and family therapy and specializes in play therapy. Russell provides individual, couples and family therapy.



Angela Russo, LMHC

Angela is a graduate of John Jay College majoring in forensic mental health counseling. Angela acquired her licence in 2011 and has been working with adults and children in crisis ever since. Angela began work at Heartland Psychological in 2016. Angela provides individual and family counseling for children, adolescents and adults. 


Supervised Visitation

Our Supervised Visitation social workers provide service in all 5 Boroughs. Please call 212-475-9812 for more information about this service.

  • Yardley Calixte, LMSW
  • Kiana James, MSW
  • Sheila Raj, LMSW
  • Keesha Reid, MSW
  • Mary Tate, LMSW
  • Cheryl Taurac, LMSW