Providing a professional administration that helps our students throughout the therapeutic process.
We were very fortunate that the school system was aware of New Alliance Academy. I can’t tell you how happy I am.
Parent of a New Alliance Academy student
New Alliance Academy is home to a caring group of professionals who work together throughout the therapeutic process.
Rebecca Oelkers holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Pine Manor College. Ms. Oelkers is a licensed clinical social worker with experience in providing child, adolescent and family therapy.
Prior to joining New Alliance Academy, Ms. Oelkers was the program director at an inpatient, regional Children’s Crisis Intervention Service (CCIS) for children and adolescents suffering from acute emotional distress. There she was responsible for the daily operation and service delivery of acute and intermediate psychiatric services. She worked closely with the New Jersey Department of Child Behavioral Health Services on initiatives to ensure patients and families received appropriate access and coordination of support services.
Ms. Oelkers is a Crisis Prevention Institute Certified Instructor. Her global understanding of the challenges facing students was enhanced by her role as community relations coordinator for a freestanding psychiatric hospital, during which she was liaison/resource for community providers, local government agencies, and schools.
As a hospital behavioral health performance improvement coordinator, she worked with efficiency measures focusing on program design and delivery. She participated in the development of outcome assessment parameters and clinical performance monitors, with the goal of improving individual and organizational effectiveness.
Dr. David Leigh began his education as a psychology major at the S.U.N.Y at Stony Brook where he graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in psychology. Having thoroughly enjoyed his undergraduate experience as a psychology major, Dr. Leigh pursued a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and Certification as a School Psychologist from Montclair State University. He went on to pursue and earn his doctorate from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) of Rutger’s University and holds a license to practice psychology in New Jersey. Dr. Leigh earned his principal’s certificate from the Foundation for Education Administration.
With 26 years of experience as a school psychologist and director of special services, Dr. Leigh has a wide range of experience in working with students who have experienced social, emotional and behavioral challenges that have substantially impacted learning. Prior to joining the New Alliance team, Dr. Leigh focused on developing tiered interventions and programs that would support students so that they were better able to access educational opportunities and maximize potential for learning. Having spent most of his career at the secondary level, he has developed extensive understanding of the issues and challenges facing teenagers who struggle to navigate their years as high school students.
In addition to working as an educator, Dr. Leigh has worked for the past two decades as a child and adolescent psychologist offering a cognitive-behavioral approach to mental health issues. Dr. Leigh works closely with parents to understand the nature of the condition that is impacting the functional behavior of the client, while establishing targeted goals that require specific, practical interventions.