Adolescents, Teens and Tweens
Harris Stratyner, Ph.D.
Harris Stratyner, Ph.D., CASAC
Vice President, New York Clinical Regional Services
Dr. Stratyner is the Vice President of New York Clinical Regional Services at Caron New York's Recovery Center. He is a renowned addiction and mental health treatment specialist with more than 27 years of experience. In addition to treating patients, he oversees the clinical staff and develops and implements workshops and programs for patients in recovery at Caron New York.
Dr. Stratyner developed the technique "Carefrontation," which combines the latest motivational engagement techniques and an environment of respect and dignity to stress individual responsibility to deal with one's addiction or mental health condition.
Dr. Stratyner currently holds positions as a Clinical Associate Professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and as a Vice Chair of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) Board of Directors. He is also a contributing author to the PDR Guide to Pediatric & Adolescent Mental Health (Published in 2009 by Thomson Reuters).
Before joining Caron, Dr. Stratyner held leadership and academic positions at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He was listed by the prestigious Castle Connelly almanac as one of the profession's leading specialists.
Paul Leslie Hokemeyer
Paul Leslie Hokemeyer, JD, PhD, LMFT
Caron New York staff member
Dr. Paul Hokemeyer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist based at Caron Treatment Center’s New York City Office. In addition to holding a PhD in Psychology, Dr. Hokemeyer holds a doctorate in the law. As a family therapist, Dr. Hokemeyer takes a relational approach to the treatment of addictive disorders. This approach places the client in a contextual framework that includes the person's family, friends, intimate relationships, professional relationships, the built environment and the social and cultural milieu in which they live.
A nationally-recognized expert on family dynamics and addictions, Dr. Hokemeyer is on the panel of experts for The Dr. Oz Show where he writes a bi-monthly blog. He also regularly contributes to CNN Headline News, Good Morning America, The Today Show, truTV and Oprah Radio. He authors a bi-weekly column for Telluride Inside Out titled "Shrink Wrap" and is a national spokesperson for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
For three seasons, Dr. Hokemeyer hosted a television show on Plum TV: "Biography of a Hamptons House." Through this program, he explored the emotional connection we have to our homes and the ways we are impacted by the natural and built world around us. Dr. Hokemeyer currently hosts and produces a series of author interviews for Open Road Integrated Media dealing with the intersection of Eastern philosophies and psychology.
Dr. Hokemeyer serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Division of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and Aevidum, a student run suicide prevention program.
David Rotenberg, MA, MBA, CAC Diplomate
Executive Director of Adolescent and Young Adult Services
Mr. Rotenberg is the Executive Director of Caron Treatment Center's Adolescent and Young Adult Services. He oversees both primary and extended care treatment for adolescents and young adults ranging from ages 13 to 25. He is recognized throughout the industry as an expert in treating co-occurring mental health disorders, relapse and family issues related to adolescents and young adults.
During his tenure at Caron, Mr. Rotenberg has pioneered innovative treatment approaches and developed gender-specific programs that emphasize cultural literacy as a key element in adolescent addiction treatment. In fact, his assertion that industry experts and parents must "speak teen" in order to prevent and treat adolescent addiction inspired groundbreaking research that identified how teens communicate about alcohol and drugs on the internet. In addition, he has also actively campaigned against the phrase "gateway drug," which often dismisses the harm caused by alcohol and marijuana on today's teens.
Mr. Rotenberg contributes to Counselor Magazine and Addiction Professional among other addiction trade journals. He holds a Masters from Marywood University in Pennsylvania and an MBA from Alvernia College. He is a board-certified addiction's counselor.
Janice D. Styer
Janice D. Styer, MSW, CAC Diplomate, CCDP Diplomate,
Clinical Coordinator of Caron Adolescent Treament & Addictions Counselor
Ms. Styer is the Clinical Coordinator for Caron’s Adolescent Treatment Center. She provides counseling to adolescents and their families and also trains and supervises the clinical staff. Ms. Styer helped develop gender-specific programming at the center with a focus on co-occurring issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-injurious behavior and anger management.
Ms. Styer has more than 27 years of experience with women’s issues and more than 14 years of experience with adolescent development, addiction and the impact of the disease on the family. She is a frequent resource for media and other public avenues.
Ms. Styer has a Masters Degree in Social Work from Marywood University in Pennsylvania and is a board-certified addiction’s counselor. She is also board-certified to work with patients suffering from co-occurring disorders.
Cheryl Knepper, MA, LPC, CCDP, ATR-BC,
Executive Director of Caron Adult Services and Extended Care
Ms. Knepper oversees all of the adult primary care, relapse and adult extended care programs at Caron. She is actively involved in staff development, training and treatment at Caron. She has worked extensively in the field of co-occurring disorders with adults, adolescents and families over the past twenty three years.
Ms. Knepper directs the adult continuum of care at Caron, incorporating 12 step facilitation, skill building groups, evidence-based practices, art therapy and integrated treatment approaches for a spectrum of co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders. She also presents at conferences internationally about addiction related topics.
From 1987 through 2007, Ms. Knepper was the Clinical Director of Adolescent Services for the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at The Reading Hospital & Medical Center in Reading, PA. While at the hospital she developed, designed and integrated, innovative programming for adolescents and adults with mental health and co-occurring disorders.
She is a licensed professional counselor, board certified art psychotherapist and a certified co-occurring disorders professional. She received a Masters of Arts degree from Marywood University in Pennsylvania. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Kutztown University.
Ms. Knepper has had academic appointments as adjunct instructor at Marywood University, guest lecturer at Kutztown University and on site clinical supervisor for internships affiliated with Penn State University, Drexel/Hahneman University and Villanova University.