Our Staff

Christine M. Cariello, Psy.D. – Dr. Cariello earned her doctorate in School-Clinical Child Psychology from Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology in the Bronx, NY. During her training, she worked with children, adolescents, and families in a variety of settings, such as a public school, an inpatient psychiatric hospital, an outpatient mental health clinic, and in juvenile forensic services. Following completion of her Doctoral Internship at the Washington DC Department of Mental Health, she completed a year-long residency, where in addition to providing psychotherapy, she served as Director of an ADHD Clinic in an outpatient community mental health clinic. Dr. Cariello then began working at the John L. Gildner Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents (JLG-RICA) where she provided intensive individual and family psychotherapy to seriously emotionally disturbed adolescents in a residential treatment setting. In addition to her role as a staff psychologist, she also spent some time as the Institute’s Director of Psychology Internship Training. Dr. Cariello has been a contractor with KSA since 2011, but effective August 2021, she has now joined the staff full time.  In addition, Dr. Cariello also maintains a private practice.

Allison Maletsky, Psy.D.  – Dr. Maletsky is a licensed psychologist who earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL, with a primary focus on child and adolescent psychology. She has trained and worked in numerous clinical settings, including schools, a psychiatric hospital, a residential facility and therapeutic school, multiple private practices in the DC area, a medical hospital, and, most recently, an Applied Behavior Analysis company. Dr. Maletsky received specialized training in the assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder during her postdoctoral fellowship. She joined KSA as a contactor in 2015.

Abby Smith, M.A. – Mrs. Smith is an educator and diagnostician who provides educational assessments and conducts workshops on study skills and test taking strategies for students. Prior to joining KSA, Mrs. Smith was a special education administrator for a school district in New Jersey. She has over 15 years of experience in public, private, and independent school settings. Abby received her M.A. from Teachers College at Columbia University, her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a master’s level certification in assessment from Montclair State University. She maintains a Maryland teaching license and is a member of LDA, CEC, and WISER.

Robin Stearn, M.S.W. – Robin joined the organization in 2020, supporting clients in her role as Client Manager. She is in the office part-time, Mondays through Fridays. She has a Masters Degree in social work, planning and administration from University of Missouri-Columbia. Robin has a variety of professional experiences in health including working for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Education Development Center: Children’s Safety Network, and On Our Own of Montgomery County. In addition, she has a great deal of customer service experience.