Dr. Regina Legere-Buccellato is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice with offices in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Whitestone, Queens. She received her Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University in 2005 and her Masters of Arts in Psychology from Hunter College in 1999. With over 20 years of clinical and professional experience in the field of mental health, Regina has worked in several major NYC hospitals including Schneider Children’s Hospital (now Cohen Children’s Medical Center of Northwell Health), NYU Child Study Center, Queens Hospital Center, Interfaith Medical Center and NY-Presbyterian Weill-
Following her two sons’ diagnosis of Severe Hemophilia A in the Fall of 2009, Regina became an active community member of NYCHC. After attending her first hemophilia walk in 2010, her family came back the following year to establish their own team, Buccellato Brothers, which has consistently been among the top NYC fundraising teams ever since. Regina’s dedication to the bleeding disorders community was recognized in 2013, when she and her husband, Salvatore Buccellato, were honored with the Award of Distinction, the highest honor received at the annual NYCHC Gala.
Regina has been a tireless advocate on behalf of the bleeding disorders community ever since she joined our chapter. In addition to being a Board Member and Fundraising Captain, she has travelled abroad to meet with industry manufacturers and connect with the international bleeding disorders community as well as to meet with lawmakers locally, in Albany, and in Washington D.C. – sharing her family’s story, advocating for better treatment options and expanding access to quality healthcare. Her unending dedication to advocating for those with bleeding disorders was recognized at the 2019 NYCHC Gala, when she was honored with the Advocate of the Year Award.
As a psychologist, Regina has been proactive in ensuring the healthiest developmental outcomes for her children. With a professional understanding of how chronic medical issues can impact a child’s emotional and social development, she understands the importance of providing a normal childhood for her sons within the barriers of precaution and safety of living with a bleeding disorder. Likewise, she is sensitive to those who have had to endure medical challenges and face mental setbacks as well as the adjustments parents and families must make in raising a child with a bleeding disorder. Regina hopes to bring a unique perspective of awareness and advocacy to mental health issues subsequent to bleeding disorders, and shed light on areas that have been overlooked and unexplored.