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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.

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.

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.

Melissa Flint, PsyD, FT, CCTP
Associate Professor
Midwestern University Clinical Psychology Program
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Melissa Flint, Psy.D., FT, CCTP received both her masters and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from The Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. Dr. Flint serves as a tenured associate professor in the Clinical Psychology Program at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ. Her primary areas of interest are grief and loss, particularly working with families who have experienced the death of their child/children. Other specialty areas include quality of life, workplace stress, general and grief related trauma, as well as Interpersonal Abuse. She also has a special interest in Marfan Syndrome and related disorders with a focus on improving the quality-of-life following diagnosis. Dr. Flint currently serves as the chair of the Area Agency on Aging DOVE’S Program Board of Directors (serving older adults who are survivors of domestic abuse) as well the chair of the Advisory Board of Directors for the MISS Foundation (serving families who have experienced the death of a child). She also serves as a member of the Marfan Foundation’s Quality of Life Expert Panel. Dr. Flint is one of few professionals to have her Fellow in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement from the Association for Death Education and Counseling (less than 200 worldwide). She also has a small private practice, Koru Psychological Services, in Glendale, AZ where she serves the needs of the traumatically bereaved. Dr. Flint is a national and international speaker on her specialty areas, as well as general mental health concepts, specifically during this intensely trying time of COVID.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Heidi Herbst Paakkonen
Executive Director
Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners
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Heidi Herbst Paakkonen has served the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners as its Executive Director since November of 2019. She was previously the Continuing Competence Programs Manager for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT), and also served for nine years as the Executive Director of the Arizona Board of Physical Therapy. Her 20 years of regulatory and public policy experience includes agency executive management, regulatory policy development and implementation, data-driven decision making, and fostering stakeholder relationships. Additionally she has served on a multitude of national regulatory committees for the FSBPT and the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. Heidi earned her Master of Public Administration from the University of Wyoming.

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.

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.

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