Health Services Team
Richard J. Kessler, D.O. – ACLD Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Kessler has over 30 years experience in practicing psychiatry. For the last 18
years he has devoted his expertise to the psychiatric and medical care of the developmentally disabled at ACLD. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Fellow of the Nassau Academy of Medicine, and a member of the International Neuro-Psychoanalysis Society. In addition to being ACLD’s Medical Director and maintaining an active psychiatric patient caseload, he is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and an instructor at the Psychoanalytic Institute at New York University Medical College. Dr. Kessler has admitting privileges at Zucker Hillside Hospital, Glen Oaks, New York.
Dr. Kessler was the recipient of the ACLD Lifetime Achievement Award 2005 and the Edith Sabshin Teaching Award, American Psychoanalytic Association 2006. Dr. Kessler is an active lecturer and has published papers related to the medical and psychiatric care of the developmentally disabled population. Recent lectures include: “Diagnosis and Management of Psychosis in Persons with Developmental Disabilities,” Brookdale Hospital Grand Rounds; “Health Promotion and Disease Prevention,” Young Adult Institute, Inc.; “GYN and Dental Desensitization: From Anxiety to Mastery,” National Association of Developmental Disabilities.
Ronald Schenendorf, M.D. – ACLD Director of Mental Health Services
Dr. Schenendorf has over 30 years experience in practicing general adult psychiatry including psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. For the last 15 years he has devoted his expertise to the psychiatric care of the developmentally disabled at ACLD. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, Greater Long Island Psychiatric Society, American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, an affiliate member of the American Psychoanalytic Association and an associate member of the Long Island Psychoanalytic Society. In addition to being ACLD’s Assistant Medical Director, Director of Psychiatry and maintaining an active psychiatric patient caseload, he holds the position of Supervising Psychiatrist, Hillside Hospital. Dr. Schenendorf has admitting privileges at Zucker Hillside Hospital, Glen Oaks, New York.
Dr. Schenendorf has been active in advancing the education of both professional medical and direct-service staff working with the developmentally disabled population. He has presented numerous lectures within a variety of hospitals on the care of the MR/DD patient within a general hospital setting. He is a popular presenter at conferences retreats and residential manager meetings. Examples of topics include: “Sleep: It’s Importance and Disturbances,” “Psychiatric Evaluation of an MR/DD Individual for Medication,” “Multi-Modal Assessment of Individuals with MR/DD,” “Developmental Issues in Individuals with MR/DD,” “Understanding Borderline-Like Symptoms in Individuals with MR/DD,” “Medication Management of Individuals with MR/DD” and “Anxiety in Individuals with MR/DD.” He is proficient in the use of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and is working on ways to incorporate this useful technique into his work with patients, as well as ways to assist the staff in managing the stress related to their work with the MR/DD population.