Montana is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Adelphi University Derner Insitute of Advanced Psychological Studies. She holds an undergraduate degree from New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Study and an M.A. and Ed.M. in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University Teachers College. She is a licensed mental health counselor and has prior experience working as a therapist at an outpatient substance abuse clinic that serves religious Jewish communities in Brooklyn, NY. Montana is focusing her research on the phenomenology of psychosis/extreme states of consciousness and the paradigms and narratives people use to understand these experiences.