COLLABORATION. EXPERTISE. DILIGENCE.
We are a private practice specializing in comprehensive forensic mental health evaluations and treatment. Our clinical staff includes a board certified forensic psychiatrist, a licensed clinical psychologist, a licensed mental health counselor and a licensed social worker. In addition, we are partnered with psychiatrists and psychologists with a range of specialty training and expertise to further deepen the investigative process and provide additional experience and knowledge.
Fifth Avenue Forensics provides comprehensive evaluations for a variety of forensic cases. Our assessment process is thorough and individualized based on the referral question. We utilize our wide array of clinical skills to create a comprehensive evaluation to suit each individual's needs. We provide forensic evaluations for adults and adolescents age 16 and up.
Meet The Team
Alexander Sasha Bardey, M.D.
Dr. Bardey is a board certified Forensic Psychiatrist in New York City. After graduating from Harvard College, he attended medical school at Stony Brook. He then completed a four-year residency program in Psychiatry at NYU Medical Center where he became the Deputy Director of Forensic Psychiatry. Dr. Bardey went on to become the Director of the Kendra’s Law program in Manhattan and later, the Director of Mental Health at Rikers Island. Dr. Bardey has published and lectured in the area of forensic psychiatry, malingering, and dangerousness. He currently holds teaching positions on the faculty of NYU Medical Center and New York Medical College. Dr. Bardey also maintains a private clinical practice where he treats a broad range of psychiatric disorders, as well as a private forensic practice where he provides consultations to various attorneys, prosecutor’s office and courts in the New York Tri-State area at both a state and federal level. He has served as an advisor and psychiatrist to Brooklyn’s Mental Health Court, to the Nassau County Department of Mental Health Kendra’s Law program and Mental Health Court. Dr. Bardey is currently the Director of Forensic Psychiatry for the Nassau County Department of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Developmental Disabilities.
Miranda Rosenberg, Psy. D.
Dr. Miranda Rosenberg is a New York State licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in evidence-based clinical and forensic assessments. She obtained her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Yeshiva University/Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed her internship with a specialty in neuropsychology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Rosenberg has received extensive training in clinical, forensic, and neuropsychological assessment evaluations in academic medical centers across New York City, including at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and NYC Health + Hospitals/Gouverneur. Before joining Fifth Avenue Forensics, Dr. Rosenberg worked in the Forensic Psychiatry Evaluation Court Clinic under NYC Health + Hospitals/ Correctional Health Services performing court-ordered psychological evaluations. Dr. Rosenberg’s research is focused on mental illness in the criminal justice system and alternatives to incarceration for individuals with severe mental illness. Dr. Rosenberg is an Adjunct Professor at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University, where she teaches psychological and cognitive assessment to clinical psychology doctoral students.
Amy DeSimon, LMHC
Amy DeSimon is a forensic mitigation specialist and psychotherapist. She is a licensed mental health counselor in the State of New York. She earned a master’s degree from the Forensic Mental Health Counseling program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where she also received her undergraduate degree in humanities and justice, with a minor in psychology. She completed undergraduate internships at the Monroe County District Attorney's office and at the New York State Supreme Court in Queens. During her graduate studies, she spent a summer volunteering at various psychiatric hospitals and mental health facilities in Sri Lanka, to gain insight into Eastern mental health practices. Ms. DeSimon completed a graduate externship at Fifth Avenue Forensics and subsequently joined the team as a clinical assistant prior to obtaining licensure. She provides trauma-informed psychotherapy for individuals and families involved in the criminal justice system and to individuals seeking psychological damages in civil litigation. As a forensic mitigation specialist, she works to assist attorneys by conducting mitigation evaluations and forensic investigations to provide objective and effective reports with recommendations on dispositional issues based on bio-psycho-social factors.
Abby Motycka, LMSW
Abby Motycka is a New York State licensed social worker. After graduating from Bowdoin College with a double major in Africana Studies and History and a minor in Government/Legal Studies, Ms. Motycka earned her master’s degree from the Graduate School of Social Service at Fordham University with a clinical focus. She completed two clinical field placements at Henry Street Settlement and Bellevue Hospital Center located in New York City. During her time at Henry Street Settlement, Ms. Motycka oversaw two after-school programs working with elementary and middle school aged children providing individual and group therapy. At Bellevue Hospital Center, Ms. Motycka worked on a collaborative treatment team of psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, and behavioral assistants serving one of the seven inpatient psychiatric units. Prior to working in the field of social work, Ms. Motycka was as a paralegal for two years at a law firm specializing in intellectual property.