Apex Psychological Services Staff
Cynthia Palmisano MA, PSy.D. Licensed Psychologist in CA and CT (Owner and Director)
Dr. Palmisano is a trained forensic and clinical psychologist. She has worked extensively with at risk and underserved populations including homeless mentally ill, incarcerated, dually diagnosed and transgender individuals. Her expertise includes motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy and cognitive processing therapy. Dr. Palmisano has expertise in psychological evaluation and testing. Her research has included a variety of work with incarcerated populations, recidivism, juvenile justice and sexual offenders. She believes in making treatment and evaluation evidence based and person centered.
Chanel Reneé Rice, M.A., NCC, LPC
Chanel Reneé Rice earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut, double majoring in Psychology and individualized in Children at Risk. She also holds a Master of Arts in School Counseling from Fairfield University. She is currently in her 9th year of private practice work, focusing mainly on children and adolescents, but has worked across all age groups. She truly enjoys helping inner-city youth to ensure academic and personal success in difficult environments. Chanel is currently in her tenth year in the New Haven Public Schools (as a School Counselor) and has served at many different schools in the district, gaining a diverse background of experience. She is currently a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), American Counseling Association (ACA), and Connecticut School Counseling Association (CSCA). Chanel truly loves her work and enjoys being able to work both within the mental health field and educational field.
Karlie Spader, MS (Therapist)
Karlie Spader is a recent graduate from the University of Bridgeport, receiving an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. During her undergraduate career, she took an animal behavior course which led her to learn about the LGBTQ community and how at times this population struggles with mental health. Her explorations on this topic helped her discover counseling and motivated her to pursue a degree in counseling to learn more about mental health issues and to be a provider to those who need help.
In 2015, Karlie began an internship with True Colors, Inc. located in Hartford, CT. Her time at True Colors introduced her to people of all walks of life. She currently facilitates a LGBTQ youth group in Bridgeport, CT for True Colors on the first Friday of every month. Karlie gained her clinical experience at the Connecticut Psychiatric and Wellness Center located in Woodbridge, CT.
Karlie’s passion in life is to encourage individuals to discover their worth and what is meaningful to them.