Andrew S. Rubin, Ph.D., Executive Director
Dr. Rubin is a licensed clinical psychologist, and the founder and Executive Director of New Directions, Inc., a company that specializes in delivering state of the art services for young adults with developmental disabilities. Services focus on the clinical, academic, vocational, and life management arenas. Services also include individual, group, and family therapy, comprehensive psychological evaluations, and consultation services. Dr. Rubin’s background integrates expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy, developmental theory, and neuropsychology, into an evidenced-based treatment approach that is both empathic and based on the current scientific literature.
Dr. Rubin was formerly the lead psychologist at the Unicorn Child Development Clinic at Nova Southeastern University’s Mailman Segal Institute for Early Childhood Studies. In this position, he supervised a team of professionals, post-doctoral fellows, doctoral level practicum students, and student interns in the diagnosis and treatment of children with developmental disorders. He was a leader of many of NSU’s parenting programs, teaching a variety of parenting classes on behavior management strategies. Dr. Rubin currently teaches graduate level courses in child development and infant mental health. In addition, Dr. Rubin has taught graduate level courses in child and adult psychopathology, assessment, and therapeutic intervention. Dr. Rubin lectures widely to community organizations, speaking on issues related to the social and emotional development of individuals with developmental disabilities, behavioral disorders, depression, anxiety, and addiction disorders.
Prior to working at NSU, Dr. Rubin was on staff at Tulane University’s Department of Psychiatry and Neurology, and Louisiana State University’s Health Science Center, where he provided treatment and performed comprehensive assessments and neuropsychological evaluations.
Dr. Rubin attended college at the University of Connecticut, New York University, and earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute of Psychology. He has previously worked at many hospitals and training institutions including University of Chicago Hospital, Department of Child Psychiatry; Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center; Tulane University Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and Neurology; Tulane-DePaul Behavioral Health Center; Louisiana State University Health Science Center; The Medical Center of Louisiana (Charity Hospital); Illinois Masonic Medical Center; and the Pain and Rehabilitation Clinic of Chicago (PRCC).
Tim Langerholc, Program Director
Tim was born near Chicago and lived briefly in Arizona before he moved to Florida at the age of six. After high school, he attended the University of Central Florida where he majored in English: Creative Writing and graduated cum laude.
After graduating, he worked at a credit union. As he gained more training responsibilities he realized that teaching was closer to his calling, and in 2005 he made the decision to uproot himself and move to Barcelona to take a course in teaching English, where his adventures abroad began.
He received his certification and then began working at International House (an international chain of language schools) in Bydgoszcz, Poland, where he remained for two years until he opted for a change of scenery – to Hanoi, Vietnam, for a full year. In Hanoi he acquired more experience and was promoted to Senior Teacher and gained the additional responsibility of training teachers as well as teaching students. He finally returned home in 2008.
Tim enjoys jogging, reading horror stories, watching movies, eating strange food, learning strange phrases in other languages, and, of course, traveling.
Michael Kellen, Licensed Psychologist
Dr. Kellen received his clinical training at the Neuropsychological Assessment Center of Nova Southeastern University; the Munroe Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation, the University of Nebraska Medical Center; and Children’s Hospital in Omaha Nebraska. Michael has extensive experience administering psychological and neuropsychological evaluations to varied populations, including those with neurodevelopmental disabilities, genetic disorders, and traumatic brain injuries. He has extensive training and clinical experience in behavioral pediatrics and pediatric sleep disorders. His training and work experience have been multidisciplinary in their setting.
Michael has numerous publications in professional and academic journals in the field, and has coauthored several book chapters. He has presented his research findings throughout the United States and Canada and has been invited by the American Psychological Association and the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication to present his research findings. We are thrilled to have him on our team!
Paula Breen, Director of Program Administration
Paula is originally from Savannah, NY an hour outside Syracuse. She moved to Florida in 1997 and attended college at Florida Atlantic University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Paula has worked in various administrative positions (10 years), and has counseled at an at risk youth shelter for 8 years part time. She also worked at CLE with Melissa and Dr Rubin.
Was a member of big brothers/big sisters for 5 years. I have a Certified Behavior Health Technician certificate from the state.
Bobby Jividen, Life Management Skills Instructor
Bobby was born in California and grew up in Ohio before moving to South Florida at age 13. He attended Palm Beach Community College where he worked as a Supplemental Instructor of Macroeconomics. In 2009, Bobby graduated summa cum laude from Florida Atlantic University with a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in Political Science and Interdisciplinary Studies. He plans on continuing his education with a graduate degree in International Relations or International Political Economy.
Bobby enjoys cooking, reading and making music. He spends much of his free time finding new recipes; discovering new writers, artists and musicians; and researching chord progressions in popular music.
Jacqulynn Sutton, Resident Assistant/Mentor/ Academic Tutor
Jacqulynn is a native to South Florida and is currently a dual major in Film and Psychology at Florida Atlantic University. After graduation, Jacqulynn plans on attending graduate school for Psychology. Jacqulynn, originally joined New Directions in the summer of 2010 and she works daily with students on social skills training, life management skills, as well as academic courses.
Jacqulynn enjoys movies, music, swimming, lacrosse, and loves to travel. One place she enjoys going every year is to Pittsburgh, PA, where the majority of her family lives, and she can go to her favorite theme park, “Kennywood.”