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Carisa Authier, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Private Practice


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Dr. Authier is a person-centered, trauma informed, and gender affirming therapist, working with a wide range of ailments including complex trauma and dissociation, anxiety, depression, identity and grief.

Paul Beljan, PsyD, ABPdN, ABN
Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Beljan Psychological Services 


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Dr. Paul Beljan is a pediatric neuropsychologist in private practice at Beljan Psychological Services in Scottsdale AZ. The Arizona Psychological Association selected Dr. Beljan in 2016 for the Distinguished Contribution to the Practice of Psychology Award. He completed two Post-Doctoral Fellowship programs specializing in Pediatric (Medical) Psychology and Pediatric Neuropsychology. He holds child and adult diplomate certifications with the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology (ABPdN) and the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology (ABN). Dr. Beljan is a past president of the ABPdN and held nearly every executive office for ABPdN. In 2016, Dr. Beljan completed a post-doctoral master’s degree in psychopharmacology from New Mexico State University. Dr. Beljan served at the Governor’s pleasure on the Arizona Board of Psychological Examiners until 2017.

Dr. Beljan’s professional focus is on Gifted Intelligence, Learning Disorders, Alcohol/Drug Related Neurodevelopmental Deficit (A/DRND), Traumatic Brain Injury, Physical and Emotional Trauma, and Attention and Executive Functioning Deficit and associated interventions. His history of hospital based work in pediatric psychology and pediatric neuropsychology included traumatic brain injury assessment, pain management and trauma recovery with children suffering from burns, cancer, sickle cell anemia, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, cerebral palsy, cleft palate, Alcohol/Drug Related Neurodevelopmental Deficit (A/DRND), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and learning disorders. He also evaluated thousands of infants in neonatology clinics.

Dr. Beljan is an expert in evaluating and understanding gifted children and their common misdiagnoses. Dr. Beljan is a co-author of the book: Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, BiPolar, OCD, Depression, and Other Disorders. The Misdiagnosis book is a Legacy Book Award Winner, ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award Winner, and Arizona Book Award Winner. The second edition of the Misdiagnosis book will be released in November 2016. Dr. Beljan co-authored the book: Large Scale Brain Systems and Neuropsychological Assessment: An Effort to Move Forward, released on October 1, 2016. Dr. Beljan has published numerous chapters and articles in various publications. In June 2016, Dr. Beljan accepted a position on the editorial board of the 2e Newsletter.

Beljan Psychological Services draws patients from around the United States and internationally. Dr. Beljan has taught gifted education and pediatric neuropsychology at the master and doctoral levels. He has lectured nationally and internationally on numerous topics associated with giftedness and pediatric neuropsychology. Dr. Beljan is a nationally retained expert in forensic neuropsychology at the civil, and juvenile and criminal justice levels. His current professional interests are in learning disability, psychopharmacology and continuing to develop an integrative clinic style of private practice that offers families comprehensive psychological services and neurocognitive intervention using the Motor Cognition2 program developed at Beljan Psychological Services.

Andy Bernstein, PhD, CPRP
Clinical Professor
University of Arizona College of Medicine


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Andy Bernstein, PhD, CPRP, is Clinical Professor at the U of A College of Medicine (Tucson), and serves as Clinical Director of Camp Wellness, a SAMHSA award-winning, recovery-oriented adult education program which utilizes peers to teach health and wellness to people with serious mental illnesses (SMI). He also has supervised Family Medicine Residents in their communication with patients, and is currently Co-Principal Investigator on a 5-year CDC- and ADHS-funded project to increase tobacco-cessation efforts in Arizona’s behavioral health settings. Credentialed as an APA HIV Office of Psychology Education (HOPE) Trainer, a National Register Health Service Psychologist and a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP), Andy has served on the Boards of SAPA, the (US) Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, and the International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS), and is currently the Southern Arizona Representative on AzPA's Governing Council. He is a founding Board member of Arizona’s Peer and Family Career Academy, and a member of the Advisory Council of AHCCCS’s Office of Individual and Family Affairs (OIFA). In addition to his work at the U of A, Andy maintains a small private practice where he brings a family systems orientation to his work with adults and adolescents.

Garret Blankenship, PsyD
Clinical Psychologist and Consultant
U.S. Department of the Airforce and Department of Defense


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Fully licensed clinical psychologist currently employed by the United States Department of the Air Force and Department of Defense as an embedded clinical psychologist and consultant. Seven years of experience conducting psychotherapy, consultation, psychological and neuropsychological assessment, and research. Governing Council member and legislative representative of the Arizona Psychological Association; currently introducing and defending a bill with the state legislature for appropriately trained psychologists to prescribe psychotropic medications. Specialized training in assessment, consultation, health psychology, primary care psychology, clinical supervision, and trauma informed care. I am highly motivated, an experienced leader, trained and experienced in providing clinical supervision, and have a proven track record of thriving in high demand environments such as operational military settings, primary care clinics, integrated care settings, and specialty mental health centers.

Lindsey Buckman, PsyD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Arizona State University College of Integrative Science and Arts, Counseling and Counseling Psychology program
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Lindsey Buckman, Psy.D. is a clinical assistant professor at the Arizona State University College of Integrative Science and Arts in the Counseling and Counseling Psychology program. Dr. Buckman teaches professional issues and ethics; LGBTQ+ counseling, and advanced field placement. In addition, Dr. Buckman has been in practice in Phoenix, Arizona for almost a decade. Her clinical specialties include assertiveness, binge eating, chronic medical concerns, LGBTQ, professional ethics, relationship issues and fertility. In addition, Dr. Buckman provides consultation services on consumer behavior, leadership, peak performance, political advocacy, and professional marketing. Dr.Buckman received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University and holds a master’s degree in marriage, family, and child counseling from the University of Southern California. She currently serves on the APA Council of Representatives for Division 42. In addition, she is a past president of APA Division 31 and served the Arizona Psychological Association in various roles.

Evelyn Burrell, PsyD
Clinical Training Director
Northern Arizona University
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Dr. Evelyn Burrell is a licensed clinical psychologist in Arizona. Dr. Burrell is the clinical training director at Northern Arizona University allowing her to focus on training the next generation of psychologists in diversity and inclusion. She is also the owner of Arise Consultation and Training Services (ACT), LLC, providing trainings in cultural awareness to mental health professionals, students, and educators. Through her practice, Dr. Burrell has facilitated community events, bringing mental health practitioners and the Black community together to discuss mental health awareness with a focus on trauma; to include inter-generational trauma, racial trauma, and systemic trauma. She has also aligned with agencies and organizations to assist in fundraising opportunities for marginalized communities. She has worked with probation and police departments, developing training focusing on childhood trauma and racial disparities within the legal system.

Dr. Burrell is the president-elect and Federal Advocacy Coordinator (FAC) for the Arizona Psychological Association (AzPA), she is the first Black person to serve in these roles in her state. As the FAC, Dr. Burrell visits Washington DC annually to lobby on behalf of the American Psychological Association (APA). Prior to becoming president-elect, she held the position of Diversity Representative. During this time, she was able to offer stimulating conversation, continuing education, and training to psychologists, leaving a sustaining foundation for continued education and learning in diversity and inclusion. Dr. Burrell also acted as a diversity delegate for the APA for two years. Due to her advocacy efforts, she was recently awarded the Distinguished Contribution to Diversity award by AzPA in 2020.

Dr. Burrell is an innovative speaker and trainer. She has focused on teaching diversity and inclusion for over 10 years. In her “free time,” she enjoys traveling, playing with her twins, and spending time with her husband and friends.

Leonardo J. Caraballo, PsyD, ABPP
Inpatient Psychologist
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
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Dr. Leonardo Caraballo is an inpatient psychologist at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Uniformed Services University and a Faculty Associate with Arizona State University. He received his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from La Salle University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System with a focus in psychosocial rehabilitation for serious mental illnesses. He has served as a VA Social Skills Training Master Trainer. He is board certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Caraballo uses he/him/his pronouns.

Jasleen Chhatwal, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Sierra Tucson


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Jasleen Chhatwal, MD, has been an integral part of the medical staff at Sierra Tucson since 2018, serving as Director of the Mood Program and Associate Medical Director before being named Chief Medical Officer in January 2020. Dr. Chhatwal came to Sierra Tucson by way of the University of Arizona Department of Psychiatry where she continues to serve as an Assistant Professor. She believes each individual has a unique, authentic story, and is grateful to all those who have entrusted her with their stories.

Dr. Chhatwal leads Sierra Tucson's mental health education outreach efforts at national and international conferences and seminars to promote the importance of integrated and integrative care for successful, sustainable recovery.

Dr. Chhatwal completed her residency training in psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, also serving as Chief Resident. Here she trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavior therapy, psychopharmacology, neuromodulation and various emerging modalities. She further completed fellowship training in Integrative Medicine from the renowned Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Post residency, Dr. Chhatwal stayed on at her alma mater working in a combined community and academic setting. Here she provided inpatient and outpatient services, while also serving as associate and then interim medical director of inpatient psychiatry services at Banner University Medical Center – South Campus.

Active in medical student & resident physician education, Dr. Chhatwal aims to enhance understanding of psychiatric disorders for varied medical personnel. She is also active in the mental health community, advocating for her patients’, colleagues and profession through elected positions in regional and national organizations. This year, she serves on the executive council of the Arizona Psychiatric Society in the role of President-Elect. Concurrently, she is also serving as the Early Career Psychiatrist representative for western US and Canada (Area7) to the American Psychiatric Association Assembly. She also holds membership in the American Association of Physician Leadership and the World Psychiatric Association. Dr. Chhatwal’s dedication and contribution to the mental health field have been recognized in the form of a Presidential Award for Leadership from the Arizona Psychiatric Society, and Fellowship in the American Psychiatric Association.

Sylvia Cohen, PhD
President
The Cohen Institute


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Dr. Sylvia Cohen is a licensed psychologist in the state of Arizona with a specialty in the area of School Psychology. Dr. Cohen was the Lead Psychologist in Scottsdale Unified School District for 20 years. She has been the President of the Arizona Association of School Psychologists, the state elected delegate to the National Association of School Psychologists and the Clinical Director of Internship Training for the Arizona Psychological Association APPIC Training Consortium. In addition. Dr. Cohen is or has been Adjunct Faculty in graduate training programs in school psychology at Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University and Argosy University.

J. Rick Day, PhD, PsyD, ABPP
President, Managing Principal
JRDA, Inc.


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Dr. J. Rick Day is a Board Certified Clinical as well as Organizational and Business Consulting Psychologist. He is in clinical private practice as well as serving as President and Managing Principal of JRDA, Inc. an international consulting firm that specializes in organizational and leadership development.

Rick has functioned in numerous clinical roles for multiple decades. He has also held a variety of executive positions. Previously, he was Vice President of Organization and Management Development at Honeywell Aerospace in Phoenix. Before that, he was Vice President of Corporate Services in a behavioral health care organization.

Dr. Day has taught at various graduate and postgraduate institutions such as Wharton Business School, Pepperdine University, University of South Carolina, Arizona State University, Purdue University and The Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. He also is a frequent presenter at regional, national, and international business, clinical and professional conferences.

Rick has served on and consulted to numerous Boards of Directors in the public, private, and not for profit sectors. He is currently the Past President of the Board for the Society of Psychologists in Management, Treasurer for the Arizona Psychological Association Board and President – Elect of the Board of Trustees for the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Dr. Day’s relevant academic background includes a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems (Organizational Development), a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University, and a MBA (Management and Business) from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is also Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology with specialties in Organizational and Business Consulting as well as in Clinical Psychology.

Shannon Dodani, PsyD
Clinical Psychologist, Founder
Diaspora Psychological Services, PLLC
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Shannon Dodani, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and the founder of Diaspora Psychological Services, PLLC, a virtual private practice offering individual and family psychotherapy to adolescents and adults in both CA and AZ. Dr. Dodani’s clinical work currently focuses on anxiety and mood, interpersonal difficulties and relational trauma, and diasporic experiences. Dr. Dodani had the privilege of being trained and rostered in Child-Parent Psychotherapy, at UCSF’s Child Trauma Research Program under the esteemed Dr. Alicia Lieberman. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Dodani is the co-chair of AzPA’s Diversity Committee, an adjunct professor, and a podcast co-host. She has also been an invited speaker on topics such as burnout and the workplace, and the impact of oppression on mental health.

Kathryn Doyle, PhD
Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP) Coordinator 
Phoenix VA Health Care System
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Dr. Doyle is the Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP) Coordinator at the Phoenix VA Health Care System and she currently sits on the VACO IPVAP Professional Development and Education Committee. She is a regional VA trainer for the Strength at Home program and a licensed psychologist in the state of Arizona. Recently, she was honored to be asked to serve as a provider in the initial VA effectiveness pilot for the RISE program, an evidence-based intervention for Veterans experiencing IPV. After getting her Ph.D. from ASU’s Clinical Psychology program in 2000, Dr. Doyle completed a two-year Postdoctoral research residency in public health at Johns Hopkins University. She worked for several years as research faculty at Arizona State University's Prevention Research Center, serving as the Director of Training and she maintained a successful private practice prior to starting at the VA in 2009. While at the VA she has served as an outpatient general mental health psychologist, women veterans program psychologist, the Phoenix evidence-based psychotherapy coordinator, and our facilities first postdoctoral training fellowship director. All of these experiences have informed and propelled her to this moment in time, where she is able to pursue her passion of helping Veterans reduce aggression in their relationships and build programs and processes to do this work in an evidence-based, trauma informed manner.

Joel Dvoskin, PhD, ABFP
Clinical and Forensic Psychologist
Private Practice


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Dr. Joel Dvoskin is a clinical and forensic psychologist, licensed in Arizona and certified in Forensic Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is the former Acting Commissioner of Mental Health for the State of NY, where he oversaw the largest public psychiatric and mental health system in the United State, and directly supervised 31 adult, children’s, and forensic psychiatric hospitals. Prior to that, he served for more than a decade as Associate Commissioner and Director for Forensic Services for the NY State Office of Mental Health, where he directly supervised 3 freestanding forensic psychiatric hospitals, 3 forensic units in adult (civil) psychiatric hospitals, mental health services for the NY State Department of Correctional Services, and the nation’s first statewide community forensic mental health system. During his tenure, his office created the first statewide jail and police department suicide prevention projects in the US.

He served as Chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Behavior Health and Wellness for the State of Nevada.

Dr. Dvoskin is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), and Former President of two APA Divisions, including the American Psychology-Law Society and Psychologists in Public Service. He served on the APA Policy Task Force on Reducing Gun Violence, and on the APA Blue Ribbon Commission on Ethical Processes. He has provided consultation to a wide array of organizations, including the U.S. Secret Service, the National Basketball Association (NBA), the NBA Players Association, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and numerous corporations, organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies across the US and Canada. Consultations are provided on workplace violence prevention, management and leadership, and responding to organizational crises.

In 2001, Dr. Dvoskin served on an expert team that investigated Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, who committed the killings at Columbine High School.

He previously served on the adjunct faculty of the University of Arizona Law School, and currently teaches at the University of Arizona Medical School, in addition to his consulting practice in forensic psychology in Tucson, Arizona. He has been an invited speaker to the Conference of Chief Justices, the National Association of Attorneys General, the National Tactical Officers Association, CIT (Police Crisis Intervention Teams) International, numerous universities, and hundreds of other professional organizations. In 1995, Dr. Dvoskin served on the White House Task Force on the Future of the African American Male. He has served as a Federal Court Monitor over correctional and mental health facilities and systems in Washington, New Mexico, Michigan, and Colorado and frequently serves as an expert for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and various state Protection and Advocacy Systems (P&A). He has also served as an expert witness and consultant for state mental health and criminal justice agencies. Dr. Dvoskin provides training and public speaking services, mediation, expert testimony on civil and criminal matters, and consulting services to state mental health, criminal justice and public safety agencies, courts, police departments, corporations, and universities. For more than 6 years, Dr. Dvoskin has worked as a pro bono consultant with the New Orleans Police Department on an innovative program to prevent police misconduct called EPIC (Ethical Policing is Courageous) that has received national acclaim. Currently, Dr. Dvoskin serves as Senior Psychologist for Project ABLE (Active Bystandership for Law Enforcements), part of Georgetown University Law School’s Innovative Policing Program. Dr. Dvoskin has served as design consultant for numerous hospital, prison, and jail architectural projects, including St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington DC, Fulton (MO) State Hospital, and currently the Hawaii State Hospital. In 2020, Dr. Dvoskin was awarded the Distinguished Contribution Award by the American Academy of Forensic Psychology and received similar awards from the Arizona Psychological Association for distinguished contributions to the science (2001) and practice (2010) of psychology.

He is co-author, with Andrew W. Kane, of Evaluation for Personal Injury Claims (2011) and the lead Editor (with Jennifer Skeem, Raymond Novaco, and Kevin Douglas) of Using Social Science to Reduce Violent Offending (2011), winner of the 2012 Book Award of the American Psychology-Law Society. Both books were published by the Oxford University Press.

Justin Gardner
Post-doctoral Fellow
Beljan Psychological Services


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Justin Gardner is a post-doctoral fellow under the supervision of Paul Beljan, PsyD, ABPdN, ABN at Beljan Psychological Services in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is currently finishing his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Midwestern University, Glendale with a focus in neuropsychology. During his doctoral internship at Rochester Institute of Technology and Rochester General Hospital Center for Clinical Systems Biology, he developed computational models of psychoneuroimmunology by studying the regulatory dynamics of autism spectrum disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and opioid addiction in order to inform diagnostic and treatment protocols. Justin has presented his research on machine learning algorithmic diagnostic methods for neuropsychological disorders at many local, national, and international conferences.

Morgan Hall, PhD
Licensed Psychologist and Clinical Adviser
Axis for Autism


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Morgan Hall, PhD is a licensed psychologist specializing in lifespan neuropsychology. She has worked or trained in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, private practices, juvenile corrections, and nonprofit organizations. She specializes in diagnostic assessment for neurodevelopmental disorders and acquired brain injury. She currently works as a clinical adviser to Axis for Autism and runs a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to high quality neuropsychological and related services. She has recently supervised doctoral student research on the separate topics of access to neuropsychological care and test performance validity. Her doctorate in Educational Psychology was obtained from Arizona State University where she also taught courses on topics of Human Development and Educational Psychology. She completed her predoctoral internship on the neuropsychology track of an APA approved internship in Virginia Beach and then completed a two-year postdoctoral residency at a private practice in central Phoenix. She volunteers on the strategic planning committee for a school district in Phoenix and as an alumni mentor to students in the Psychology Department at Arizona State University.

Jeff Hillam
CEO
Red House Medical Billing


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Jeff is an entrepreneur, investor, speaker, and the CEO of Red House Medical Billing. Jeff received his BA from Purdue University and MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. Through Red House, Jeff helps practices set efficient revenue cycle processes to fuel a healthy practice, stay competitive in a changing mental health market, and meet their financial goals. He hopes to bring technology, operational excellence, economies of scale, and market trends to those who rely on him.

Andy Hogg, PhD, ABPP
Licensed Psychologist
Flagstaff Counseling Center


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Andy Hogg is a past President of AzPA and the Arizona Psychology Training Consortium. He is a former recipient of the AzPA Mentoring Award. Andy believes that high quality clinical supervision is one of the primary ways that we integrate scientific knowledge and direct clinical experience.

Jenny Holzapfel, PhD
Faculty Associate
Arizona State University
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Jenny Holzapfel is a Postdoctoral Resident through the Arizona Psychology Training Consortium and a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Arizona State University. Clinically, she enjoys working with new parents and has advanced training in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Additionally, she enjoys working with young and older adults on issues related to life transitions, self-esteem, trauma, and grief and loss. Her research has focused on therapy alliance and outcomes, supervision approaches in times of client crises, and student-athletes’ mental health. She is passionate about supervision and training and is currently the Early Career Representative for the Supervision and Training Section in APA’s Division 17. After finishing her residency, she is interested in pursuing more teaching and supervision opportunities.

Dustin Howard, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Desierto Psychological, PLLC


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Dr. Dustin Howard is a bilingual (Spanish) Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Arizona. He graduated with his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2019. During his doctoral training, his primary training experiences included pediatric and adult neuropsychological assessment, psycho-educational assessments, and developmental assessments. Dr. Howard completed an APA-accredited internship and postdoctoral residency at Citrus Health Network in Miami, Florida. He provided assessment and diagnostic services, as well as therapeutic services in both English and Spanish to children, teenagers, and adults.

Dr. Howard’s primary area of interest is in the assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders, and he specifically enjoys working with toddlers and preschoolers. As a fluent Spanish speaker, Dr. Howard is passionate about providing assessment and diagnostic services for children, teenagers, and adults within the Spanish-speaking community.

Katherine M. Iverson, PhD
Clinical Psychologist and Researcher
VA Boston National Center for PTSD, Women's Health Sciences Division
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Kate Iverson is a clinical psychologist and researcher at the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD at the VA Boston Healthcare System. She is also an associate professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. Kate’s clinical work and research focus on enhancing healthcare-based screening and counseling interventions for individuals who experience intimate partner violence. She has been developing, testing, and implementing counseling interventions for women who disclose IPV within the health care context.

Joanna Katsanis, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology
University of Arizona


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Dr. Joanna Katsanis is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology at the University of Arizona. She is the Director of the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Clinic at the Department of Psychiatry. Her clinical interests include anxiety, depression and psychoeducational assessment. Dr. Katsanis provides telemental health services to adolescents and their families on the Navajo Reservation. Dr. Katsanis has received several awards recognizing her clinical and research contributions from the International Congress of Schizophrenia Research and the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorder organizations. She has received a training award from the psychology interns and child psychiatry fellows at the Department of Psychiatry. Her professional writings have appeared in national and international journals including the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Biological Psychiatry and American Journal of Psychiatry. Dr. Katsanis teaches seminars at the Department of Psychiatry and mentors psychiatry residents and psychology interns in psychotherapy and assessment.

Jennifer Knetig, PhD
Associate Provider
Lakefront Psychology


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Dr. Jennifer Knetig is an associate provider at Lakefront Psychology LLC and a licensed Clinical Psychologist with advanced specialized training and experience treating women in particular. Her work focuses upon a number of issues women encounter in their daily lives, including stress, anxiety, and depression management, building self-esteem, and improving relationships.

Additionally Dr. Knetig has advanced training in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She has significant experience working with survivors of childhood abuse, sexual trauma and intimate partner violence. In this role, her mission is to create a safe space for patients to engage in healing from within an empirically based framework. Informed by science in the field, Dr. Knetig works with women to increase their own experience of emotional and physical safety, to further develop a practice of self care, and to learn how to engage more in their lives.

Warren Littleford, PhD
Licensed Psychologist
Private Practice


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Dr. Warren Littleford was raised in Minnesota and graduated from Bethel College in St. Paul in 1978. All of his graduate coursework was taken at Texas Tech University, and he earned a doctorate in counseling psychology in 1986. The dissertation was based upon research with widowed persons, and his graduate minor was marital and family therapy. His internship was at the Tucson Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Dr. Littleford is licensed to practice psychology in the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. In 2003 he established a solo private practice in Chandler as a licensed psychologist. He is an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University, teaching psychopharmacology for behavioral health clinicians in the Doctor of Behavioral Health program.

The primary clinical orientation of Dr. Littleford is cognitive-behavioral therapy, with strong influences from Adlerian psychology. He treats children age 16 and up, and adults and senior adults. Advanced training has been received in the treatment of depression and anxiety, grief therapy, psychopharmacology, ADHD in adolescents and adults, marital therapy, psychotic disorders, and vocational career choice. He is a member of the Arizona Psychological Association.

William Ming Liu, PhD
Professor of Counseling Psychology
University of Maryland


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William Ming Liu, PhD., is Professor of Counseling Psychology and Department Chair at the University of Maryland. His research interests are in social class and classism, men and masculinity, and White supremacy and privilege. He has been identified as one of the most frequent producers of research in the Psychology of Men and Masculinity and most cited in multicultural competency research. He received the Emerging Leader award from the Committee on Socioeconomic Status (APA), Emerging Young Professional Award (Division 45, APA), and the Researcher of the Year Award (Division 51, APA). He is an editor of the Handbook of Multicultural Competencies in Counseling and Psychology (Sage, 2003), an editor of Culturally Responsive Counseling with Asian American Men (2010, Routledge), the author of Social Class and Classism in the Helping Professions: Research, Theory, and Practice (2011, Sage), and the editor of the Handbook of Social Class in Counseling (2013, Oxford University Press), He is co-authoring a forthcoming book titled The Psychology of White Privilege, White Supremacy, & Power from Oxford University Press. Currently, he is ending as the Editor for the Psychology of Men and Masculinities. Additionally, he is a fellow of Division 17 and 51 in APA.

John B. Martin, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Northern Arizona Healthcare
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John B Martin PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist with Northern Arizona Healthcare, Flagstaff AZ, and Chair of the AzPA Rural Psychology Committee. In that capacity, he has worked to provide care to underserved rural communities through Primary Care Behavioral Health in Northern Arizona Healthcare’s primary care clinics. Previously, he was Senior Psychologist for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical and Surgical Weight Loss Program. He has worked in private and group practices, and in hospitals and free standing clinics. He has served in the academic world and as an executive in the health insurance industry. He received his BA from Dartmouth College, and his Ph.D. from McGill University.

Patrick J. Moran, PhD
Director, Western Region and Government Programs
Pearson Clinical Assessment
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Patrick J. Moran, Ph.D. is the Director, Western Region and Government Programs for Pearson Clinical Assessment. Pearson is a leading test development and publishing company that provides a range of psychological and educational evaluation measures on both digital and non-digital platforms.

Dr. Moran is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Oregon and Washington with over 30 years of experience working in clinical practice treating mental health, addictions, and co-occurring disorders, working in public education, and psychological and educational testing. Dr. Moran has enjoyed a multi-dimensional career of work with both adult and youth populations providing community-based mental health, substance abuse prevention and treatment, implemented multiple federal, state, and county based best practice models for treatment of co-occurring disorders, and managed his own private practices. Dr. Moran has 18 years of cross-cultural experience working with Native-Americans as a provider, trainer, grant writer, and Behavioral Health Director for a large Urban Indian Clinic serving the Pacific Northwest.

Dr. Moran has served on the Board of Directors for both the Oregon Psychological Association, and the Oregon School Psychology Association. He has had held adjunct appointments at Concordia University, and Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Moran was a contributing consultant to the California Department of Education Response to Intervention (RTI) Implementation Task Force, the California Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) Advisory Committee linking IEP goals to the Common Core standards, and the CA State Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) Regulatory Work Group. He has also been involved in collaboration with state and professional organizations to articulate a model for Specific Learning Disability (SLD) identification incorporating the assessment of processing strengths and weaknesses (PSW). Dr. Moran regularly provides consultation and training to behavioral health assessment providers in the mental health and medical field, special education, and higher education and training settings.

Kristen Northup, MSW, MA
Doctoral Student
Midwestern University Clinical Psychology Program
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Kristen is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ. In 2015, she received an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in social work from Arizona State University in 2017. She has spent five years working part-time as a mental health associate at Fourth Avenue Jail. Her practicum experiences include training in a rehabilitation hospital, administering psychological assessments for disability evaluations, and providing psychotherapy in private practice settings. Kristen is currently an intern at the Community Recovery Unit at Southwest Behavioral & Health Services.

Deborah Partington, PsyD
Licensed Psychologist
Private Practice


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Deborah Partington, PsyD earned both a masters and doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the Arizona School of Professional Psychology. She currently has a full-time private practice in Phoenix, AZ From 2006 through January 2015 she directed the psychology training and internship program at Southwest Behavioral Health Services. She developed he program which achieved APA accreditation in 2015. She has been a member of the Arizona Psychological Association Ethics Committee for the past seven years. Between 2013 and April 2017, she served as chair of the committee. Dr. Partington is the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Mentor Award from the Arizona Psychological Association. Dr. Partington completed training in humanistic-existential psychology through the International Institute of Humanistic Studies, and has a chapter included in Unearthing the Moment: Mindful Applications of Existential-Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychotherapy, edited by Myrtle Heery, PhD. She is also member at large for the Arizona Psychoanalytic Society. Dr. Partington holds a Master’s Degree from Goddard College, VT, and a Master’s of Fine Arts/Creative Writing from ASU. Her first novel, Telling Stories, was published in 2015.

Michael Redivo, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Private Practice
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Dr. Michael Redivo, a licensed clinical psychologist for 25 years, has extensive experience in working with parents, families, children, and organizations. Throughout his career, he has served in several leadership roles, including executive director of a private school for children and teens with emotional and behavioral issues. Dr. Redivo has provided training and consultation for parent groups, school districts, private schools, and business organizations. Through this work, he has empowered families, school districts, and organizations to grow and transform their culture to embody values grounded principles. Additionally, Dr. Redivo has served as director of clinical training for doctoral and post-doctoral students in psychology, providing supervision and oversight to emerging professionals. The most rewarding and meaningful role he has served is being a father. He lives in Arizona, with his wife and children.

Alison Reuter, PhD, ABPDN
Licensed Psychologist
Private Practice


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Dr. Alison Reuter is an Arizona licensed psychologist, board certified in pediatric neuropsychology. Dr. Reuter works in private practice where she conducts evaluations (both private and forensic), and also provides family and professional consultation and counseling. In addition, Dr. Reuter works within an acute inpatient medical setting at Encompass Health Valley of the Sun Rehabilitation Hospital, specializing in evaluation of and support for individuals with acquired brain injuries. She is the board president of the Arizona Psychology Training Consortium, which creates and oversees quality postdoctoral training sites throughout the state. Dr. Reuter is also a Faculty Associate with Arizona State University’s Doctor of Behavioral Health program.

Dr. Reuter completed her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology at Arizona State University. She completed a one-year internship and a two-year postdoctoral residency in neuropsychology at Beljan Psychological Services through the Arizona Psychology Training Consortium. She earned a Master's degree in Asian Religion from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Ethics at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois.

Sherri Ruggiero, PhD
Licensed Psychologist
Behavioral Health Services at Flagstaff Medical Center
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Sherri Ruggiero obtained her doctoral degree in counseling psychology from Northern Arizona University and is currently a psychologist for Northern Arizona Healthcare (behavioral health and integrated healthcare in the primary care setting). She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Colorado-Boulder with both teaching and research experiences. Postundergraduate experience includes 6 years as a research assistant for the Institute for Behavioral Genetics. Her current research interests include correlates of mindfulness and physical exercise on mental and physical health; predictors of wellness including self-efficacy, personal growth and self-compassion; and evidence-based treatments and assessments. Sherri enjoys long distance running, Tae Kwon Do, and has been a certified fitness professional for over 2 decades. Her previous career experience includes 9 years as a Montessori Educator with educational certification earned through American Montessori Society CMTE-NY.

Daniel Schulte, PhD
Licensed Psychologist
Private Practice
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Daniel Schulte, Ph.D. is a psychologist in Arizona, and currently provides psychotherapy and counseling services to adult individuals and couples in his practice in Mesa. Dr. Schulte is licensed as a Psychologist in Arizona, and is credentialed both as a National Register Health Service Psychologist and a National Certified Counselor. Besides clinical practice, training has been a major focus of Dr. Schulte’s work. He is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Counseling Program at Ottawa University, co-chairs the planning committee for the Arizona Psychology Training Conference, and for the last 10 years has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Arizona Psychology Training Consortium. He also spent several years as the Director of Training at Arizona State University’s Counseling Services. Dr. Schulte also has done public speaking on topics including suicide prevention, mindfulness engagement, and diversity management. He has been active in volunteer work and with professional organizations, and has served on numerous professional boards and committees in Arizona. He is a past president of the Arizona Psychological Association, current chair of the Arizona Psychological Association Leadership Development Committee, and a member of the AzPA Diversity Committee.

Amy Serin, PhD
Neuropsychologist and Director
The Serin Center
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Dr. Serin is a world renowned neuropsychologist o n a mission to teach you how to shut off your Stress Switch and live a more peaceful, productive life. She has been a keynote and featured speaker at over 100 conferences, featured in top media including HuffingtonPost, Inc, NBC, MSN,and Bustle.com, and her technology won the 2018 International Gold Edison Award and the 2019 Forbes best technology award for health and wellness. Her book The Stress Switch is a bestseller in Preventive Medicine. As a neuropsychologist and stress expert, she understands the complexity of brain-based issues and utilizes cutting-edge, integrative approaches to help people reach their full potential. Dr. Serin runs the Serin Center clinics in Arizona and pioneered wireless bi-lateral stimulation technology to effectively reduce stress in real-time.

Joseph B. Stewart, EdD
Director, Yavapai Restoration to Competency Program
Yavapai County Jail Infirmary
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Joe is a psychologist, who has been practicing since 1977. He lives in Prescott, Arizona. He began practice as a school and counseling psychologist in the rural areas of Northern Arizona. Dr. Stewart has performed numerous psycho-educational evaluations on several of the Native American Reservations across the State of Arizona. His private practice also has included community and hospital work. Over the past 10 years he has been the Director of the Yavapai Restoration to Competency [RTC] program, which is housed in the Yavapai County Jail Infirmary in Camp Verde, Arizona. Dr. Stewart has a wealth of experience in his forensic psychology work and has presented in the Mental Health Training Conference sponsored by the Arizona Supreme Court. In addition to being licensed in Arizona he is a member of the NRHSP [National Register of Health Psychologists] and a member of the ASPPB [Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards].

Alison Sutton-Ryan, DBH, LCSW, LISAC
Director of Mental Health Program
University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine
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Alison Sutton-Ryan DBH, LCSW, LISAC is the Director of Mental Health Program at UA College of Veterinary Medicine. Previously, she developed the mental health services program at UA College of Medicine. She has a Doctorate in Behavioral Health and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC). She developed the Program for Mental Health Wellness within the UAHS Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She has also assisted with the development of the new UA Survivor Advocacy Program and serves as a Faculty Associate at ASU’s School of Social Work. With more than 20 years of experience as a Psychotherapist, she has maintained a private practice and worked in a variety of mental health settings. Specialties include addictions, perinatal mood disorders, and the mental health needs of medical trainees. Her doctoral research was on access and barriers to mental health care of physicians and medical trainees. She is currently a Co-PI on a research study with David Lynch Foundation and UA College of Medicine on the effects of Transcendental Meditation for medical trainees. She enjoys spending time with her family and pack of rescue dogs.

Lauren C. Taveras, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Founder
Coral Valley Psychological Services


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Dr. Taveras is a bilingual, bicultural, licensed clinical psychologist and founder of Coral Valley Psychological Services, a private practice dedicated to addressing the psychosocial concerns of individuals, couples, and families, with a special emphasis upon the Latino/a/x immigrant community. In addition to psychotherapy, Dr. Taveras conducts immigration-related psychological evaluations in Spanish and English for detained and out-of-custody immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S. Previously, Dr. Taveras was a member of the PTSD Clinical Team with the Phoenix VA Healthcare System, where she also completed a Clinical Internship with rotations in PTSD, General Mental Health, and Health Psychology. Dr. Taveras graduated with a Doctorate of Psychology from Long Island University, where she also taught as an adjunct instructor, offering psychology theory and assessment courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She holds Masters degrees in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University Teachers College, as well as in Education from Pace University. Prior to her career as a mental health professional, she was a dual language educator and instructional coach in New York City public schools. As a Dominican-American, she was raised in a bilingual, bicultural home; building multicultural competency is an ongoing value at the center of her practice.

Jeffrey A. Thomas, PsyD, NCC
Assistant Professor, Professional Counseling
Ottawa University


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Dr. Jeff Thomas is an award winning Assistant Professor of Counseling and Training Director at Ottawa University. He is recognized internationally as an expert in the areas of youth firesetting and adult arson. Dr. Thomas has consulted with both the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the National Association of State Fire Marshals to help establish standards of care for mental health interventions with youth firesetters. He currently chairs the National Task Force on Juvenile Firesetter Intervention. Through his consulting company, Psychological Fire Rescue, he has worked with numerous fire service and law enforcement agencies throughout the United States and Canada regarding critical incident stress management and post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition to Ottawa University, Dr. Thomas is and Adjunct Professor of Human Systems Engineering at Arizona State University and a senior teaching fellow of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics.

Arie Zakaryan, PhD
Clinical Psychologists
Pain Medicine Program, Phoenix Children's Hospital


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Dr. Zakaryan is a licensed clinical psychologist with clinical specialization in Pediatric Psychology and Pain Management. He received his doctoral degree with a child clinical subspecialty from Loyola University Chicago in Chicago, IL. He went on to conduct his pediatric psychology internship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. Dr. Zakaryan completed his fellowship in pediatric psychology at Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) in their Co-Occurring Clinic with a focus on treating patients with co-occurring medical and mental health diagnoses, especially for youth diagnosed with cancer. He also is fluent in Spanish and Armenian and conducts assessment and intervention in Spanish. Dr. Zakaryan joined Phoenix Children's Hospital in 2017 and is a psychologist as part of the Pain Medicine Program. Dr. Zakaryan, along with PCH Pain Medicine Physician Dr. Paola Genovese and PCH Physical Therapists, helps run the Weekly Rehabilitation and Pain Program (WRAPP) for chronic pain adolescents in the Mercy-Gilbert and Main Campus clinics. In addition, he has been working with our Pediatric Surgery department to develop a protocol for incorporating psychology prior to chest wall surgeries to improve pain coping as well then continue supporting patients/families while they are inpatient.

Mary F. Zemansky, PhD
Clinical Director
Psychological Pathways
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Mary F. Zemansky, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist with over 30 years of experience in rehabilitation psychology. She has worked as a neuropsychologist in both inpatient and outpatient settings and had a private practice for 10 years. She is currently the Clinical Director at Psychological Pathways in Prescott, AZ.

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