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Our speakers will present the latest scientific research, but also understand that you are looking for clinically relevant information to implement your practice. They will use humor, thought-provoking questions, and clinical examples to engage you in the presentation.
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Kathleen Allen, Ph.D.

Kathleen Allen (Katy) is the Training and Evaluation Specialist at the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. A life-long educator, Katy has taught online courses at the Graduate School of Education at UB, reading and writing to transitional students at Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY, and safety education programs at Rochester’s National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  She has worked with school districts to assess their school climate and is currently working on an evaluation of a school-based child safety curriculum. Her research interests include bullying in schools and adolescent social drama. 

Jeffrey E. Barnett, Psy. D, ABPP

Jeffrey E. Barnett, Psy.D., ABPP is a licensed psychologist and is board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical Psychology and in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Additionally, he is a Distinguished Practitioner in Psychology of the National Academies of Practice. He also is a Professor of Psychology at Loyola University Maryland. He is a nationally recognized expert in professional ethics issues for mental health professionals and has served as chair of the ethics committees of the Maryland Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Board of Professional Psychology. He also has served as the Vice Chair of the Maryland Psychology Licensing Board. Dr. Barnett has numerous publications to include 13 books and over 250 articles and book chapters and over 300 professional presentations that focus on ethics, legal, and professional practice issues for mental health professionals. Through his many publications and presentations Dr. Barnett has made major contributions in ethics and ethics education, ethical decision-making, online education, mentoring, boundaries and multiple relationships, self-care and the promotion of psychological wellness, clinical supervision, tele-mental health, integrating religion and spirituality into clinical practice, business of practice, and integrating Complementary and Alternative Medicine into clinical practice.  Among his many awards he is a recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Ethics Education and its award for Distinguished Contributions to the Independent Practice of Psychology. 


Marianne Brandon, Ph.D.

Dr. Marianne Brandon is a clinical psychologist and Diplomat in sex therapy. She is author of Monogamy: The Untold Story, Unlocking the Sexy in Surrender: Using the Neuroscience of Power to Recharge Your Sex Life, and co-author of Reclaiming Desire: 4 Keys to Finding Your Lost Libido. She co-hosted a talk radio show, is a past book review editor for the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, past board member of The International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, and regularly writes and lectures for professional and lay audiences. She has served twice as a panel member for FDA hearings evaluating medications relevant to female sexual function. Her areas of expertise include the conceptualizing human sexuality and sexual dysfunction from an evolutionary perspective. You can learn more about her work at, join her on twitter @DrBrandon, and on facebook /DrMarianneBrandon. Dr Brandon is in private practice in Boston, MA.

Leanne Cianfrini, Ph.D.

Leanne R. Cianfrini, PhD, is a licensed clinical health psychologist with The Doleys Clinic/Pain and Rehabilitation Center in Birmingham, Alabama. As Program Director, she coordinates community workshops, directs CME/CEU courses for local health care professionals, and develops unique evidence-based interdisciplinary programs for clinic outpatients with a variety of chronic pain conditions. She received her Doctorate in Psychology from the Medical Psychology program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and completed her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship in pain psychology at the University of Florida Health Science Center. Dr. Cianfrini is a member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, previous Treasurer of the Alabama Psychological Association, and Past President of the Southern Pain Society. She has presented several research posters at national pain meetings and is coauthor of several book chapters on psychological variables in pain management. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at UAB. Her recent clinical interests focus on pain coping skills vs. acceptance-based therapy and mindfulness techniques, reducing sleep disturbance using cognitive behavioral therapy, and educating patients on realistic expectations for and safe use of opioids in the context of multidisciplinary pain management.

Casey Cooper, Ph.D.

Casey Cooper, Ph.D. is a sports psychologist in private practice within the ultra-competitive environment of Orange County, CA.  She has a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern California.  Dr. Casey has developed a brand of cognitive behavioral therapy to work with, not against the perfectionistic ideals of her high achieving clients and their families.  She has supported clients and their families from dozens of Southern California elite clubs and professional NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, MMA, USTA, and USOC athletes.  In addition to sports culture, Dr. Casey has worked with professionals from the world of dance, theatre, art and business.  

Laura Davie, LICSW

Laura Davie is a licensed independent clinical social worker at Safe Shores: The DC Children’s Advocacy Center. For 10 years, Ms. Davie’s career has focused on treating youth (ages 3-18) who have experienced some form of trauma. She is certified in a number of evidence based treatments such as Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Risk Reduction through Family Therapy and The Sexual Behavior Problem Group Curriculum. Ms. Davie is a Clinical Supervisor and is in charge of training MSW students. She is also a certified forensic interviewer and conducts forensic interviews on-call for the Children Advocacy Center. Prior to working at Safe Shores, Ms. Davie received her MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work in New York City. She has worked within the foster care system, domestic violence shelters, substance abuse treatment and children advocacy centers throughout her 11 year career.

Marc Diener, Ph.D.

Marc Diener, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at Long Island University—Post, and he maintains an independent clinical practice.  He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from Adelphi University, and he trained at both Bellevue Hospital and St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center.  He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at The Addiction Institute of New York/St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center.  Prior to joining the faculty at Long Island University—Post, he was a faculty member at the American School of Professional Psychology, Washington, DC.  He has published widely, including peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and other publications.  He serves as a consulting editor for several journals, and his professional presentations include peer-reviewed and invited talks.  He is a Fellow in the Division of Independent Practice of the American Psychological Association.  In his clinical practice, he provides psychological testing, individual psychotherapy, and supervision/consultation.  

Jason Drwal, Ph.D.

Jason Drwal, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and a staff member of the Iowa City VA Hospital. He has helped hundreds of patients who suffer from panic disorder and PTSD using mindfulness. He is a member of the hospital’s APA accredited internship program and he offers numerous trainings on everything from evidence-based therapies for PTSD to smoking cessation. Outside of his role as a therapist, he is a freelancer who has written for local and national publications on mental health issues and he runs the therapist blog www.

Erin Dugan, Ph.D.

ERIN DUGAN, PhD, NCC, CRC, LPC-S, RPT-S, is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor specializing in children (ages 2-12), attachment disorders, and child-parent relationship therapy including filial therapy and family play therapy. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Dugan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Rehabilitation and Counseling at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – New Orleans and serves as the Interim Department Head of the Department of Clinical Rehabilitation and Counseling as well as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the School of Allied Health Professions at LSUHSC. With nearly 15 years of experience as a Registered Play Therapist, she is recognized as a leader in the field of play therapy, presenting both nationally and internationally at professional conferences and publishing scholarly works on the subject. Dr. Dugan is a current member of the American Counseling Association, the International Association of Play Therapy, and many other professional organizations in the field. She has served on several committees and most recently serves as the Past President of the Louisiana Branch of the Association of Play Therapy. 

Ruth Ellingsen, Ph.D.

Ruth Ellingsen, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.  Dr. Ellingsen received her doctorate in clinical psychology from UCLA in 2016 and completed a clinical internship in child psychology at UCLA from 2015-2016.  As a postdoctoral fellow for the UCLA PEERS® Clinic, Dr. Ellingsen co-facilitates PEERS® for Adolescents and PEERS® for Young Adults social skills intervention groups under the mentorship of Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson.  She is also a postdoctoral fellow in the UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center where she specializes in the prevention and treatment of traumatic stress in children and families.  Her research focuses on factors that influence positive parenting of children at risk.

Daphne Fatter, Ph.D.

Daphne Fatter, Ph.D. earned a Masters in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in 2006. She was awarded her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University in 2011 and completed her clinical internship at the University of Tennessee Counseling Center. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Psychology at the Trauma Center, an affiliate of the Boston University School of Medicine, under the supervision of Dr. Bessel  van der Kolk, MD. During her postdoctoral fellowship, she completed a nine-month training program in Traumatic Stress Studies and also managed a pilot study on using neurofeedback to help treat posttraumatic stress disorder. For over a decade she has studied in both Buddhist and Taoist meditation traditions and has published on mindfulness. She has served as an ad-hoc expertise reviewer in the area of mindfulness from 2011-2013 for the Journal of Counseling Psychology, European Journal of Counseling Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Mindfulness Journal. She has taught mindfulness meditation at the Southern Methodist University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She is the former Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator at the Fort Worth Veteran Affairs Outpatient Clinic. She is EMDR certified and is a Certified Internal Family Systems therapist. She has also completed advanced training in Cognitive Processing Therapy. She currently in private practice in Dallas, Texas.

Tim Foley, Ph.D.

Tim Foley, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice. He spent the early years of his career working in an outpatient dual diagnosis clinic. His interest with sexual disorders began with his dissertation topic studying the relationship between sexual and aggressive arousal. After brief teaching interlude, he began assessing and treating individuals with a wide variety of paraphilias and Paraphilic Disorders. He has evaluated hundreds of individuals and testified in State and Federal Courts on numerous occasions. He has developed a special interest with Internet child pornography offenders spanning twenty years. 

Jonathan Haber, Psy.D.

Jonathan C. Haber received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Regent University.  He completed an internship in inpatient medical psychology at Eastern Virginia Medical School and is a licensed clinical psychologist.  Dr. Haber holds a particular interest in medical psychology and he practices rehabilitation psychology at Riverside Rehabilitation Institute, a 50-bed inpatient physical medicine and rehabilitation hospital.  Through behavioral and cognitive interventions, psychoeducation and skill building, he specializes in working with patients with physical disabilities and those recovering from medical treatment, traumatic brain injury and chronic illness.  Dr. Haber incorporates a person centered and family oriented approach to psychological practice that aims to empower medically compromised patients. 

Keith Hannan, Ph.D

Keith Hannan, Ph.D. earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Auburn University in 1989. He spent the early years of his career working in a state hospital where he directed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship and co-led a psychotherapy seminar for psychology interns with Clarence Schulz, M.D..  In the second half of his career, he has worked with adolescents in a variety of settings including inpatient psychiatric units, community mental health centers, private practice, and juvenile services facilities for both boys and girls. He served as the Director of Behavioral Health Services for a juvenile services facility for girls. In this capacity, he provided clinical supervision for mental health staff, designed behavior management systems, and consulted with administrative staff. He is currently conducting post-adjudicatory evaluations with adolescent offenders for the courts in Maryland. He has conducted over 2000 such evaluations. He has participated in the training of many psychologists. In addition, he has assisted in training direct care staff in numerous facilities for juvenile offenders.

Scott E. Hannan, Ph.D.

Dr. Scott Hannan received his Ph.D. from Fordham University in 2002. He completed his internship at The Institute of Living with a focus on child and adolescent psychology. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the Anxiety Disorders Center of The Institute of Living. Dr. Hannan treats children, adolescents, and adults. His clinical interests include obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder related to motor vehicle accidents, and the treatment of children and adolescents with anxiety disorders. Dr. Hannan has developed a specialty in the treatment of school refusal behavior. Currently, Dr. Hannan is a staff psychologist and manager of the outpatient clinic at the Anxiety Disorders Center/Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at the Institute of Living. In addition to his work at the Institute of Living, Dr. Hannan works in private practice seeing individual clients and consulting with local school districts on issues related to anxiety and school refusal. Dr. Hannan has also been a featured expert on the television series Hoarders.

Heather M. Hartman-Hall, Ph. D.

Dr. Heather Hartman-Hall, a licensed psychologist, earned her Ph. D. in Clinical Psychology from American University in 2000. She has provided crisis counseling, individual/group psychotherapy, consultation and assessment for adolescents and adults in a variety of settings including a state psychiatric hospital, a juvenile facility, elder care facilities, primary care, and private practice. For more than a decade, she conducted individual and group psychotherapy with psychiatric inpatients presenting with difficulties including severe mental illness, substance abuse, cognitive impairment, significant trauma histories, dissociative symptoms, and self-harming behaviors. She has provided training, supervision, consultation, and program development on topics including assessment, self-injury, psychological trauma, and working with older adults.  She has extensive experience in psychological assessment, including assessment for cognitive impairment and the effects of psychological trauma. Dr. Hartman-Hall has served as the Director of Training, a clinical supervisor, and a regular seminar presenter for an APA-accredited clinical psychology pre-doctoral internship. She currently provides assessment, intervention, and consultation in a primary care setting and is a faculty member of an internal medicine residency program. 

Shreya Hessler, Psy.D.

Dr. Hessler is a licensed psychologist and the founder and director of the MINDset Center, in Bel Air, Maryland. She has held faculty appointments at Towson University and Loyola University in Maryland. She earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Loyola University in Maryland, and completed internship and post-doctoral fellowship training in pediatric psychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Hessler's clinical specialties include cultural challenges in practice, evaluation and treatment of anxiety, learning differences, and psychological complications associated with chronic illness across the lifespan, and she frequently speaks on these topics in the community and school settings.   Dr. Hessler has also served on the boards of the International Dyslexia Association and Indian Psychiatric Association in Maryland. She is currently president-elect of the Maryland Psychological Association.

Mary N. Iskarous, Psy.D.

Dr. Mary Iskarous began mental health service in her home country of Egypt where she served as Program Director of the Drug Proofing Your Kids program in Cairo, Egypt.During her service, she witnessed the impact of stigma, prejudice, and isolation of those suffering from mental illness, substance abuse, and sexual identity concerns.  She felt compelled to seek additional education that would enable her to help preserve the dignity of these vulnerable populations as an advocate and mental health professional.  Dr. Iskarous sought graduate education in the United States and graduated with her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Regent University in 2013.  In line with her passion for Arab populations, her graduate research explored the experiences of Arab Americans with same sex attraction and highlighted the challenges this group faces as they develop an integrated sexual and ethnic identity.  Her interest in working with ethnic and sexual minorities has led to ongoing efforts to provide education to clinicians interested in working with Arabic speaking persons.  Additionally,Dr. Iskarous has pursued opportunities to provide care for individuals with severe mental illness and those with comorbid disorders.  She currently works at as a licensed clinical psychologist at an inpatient psychiatric hospital in Virginia,where she provides services as part of a recovery-oriented and trauma-informed treatment program. 

Nicole Klasey, Psy.D.

Nicole Klasey is a clinical psychologist who has worked with trauma survivors for 14 years. She currently consults with agencies on trauma-informed care, programming for commercially sexually exploited youth, vicarious trauma, and leadership development. Nicole has been training multidisciplinary audiences on trauma-related topics since 2015 and provides guest lectures at local universities on human trafficking. She has developed several of the training curriculums that are being utilized in Los Angeles County and throughout California to better equip social service providers on working with commercially sexually exploited youth. She has been an expert witness on commercial sexual exploitation and trauma in court. She has authored two books on commercial sexual exploitation and authored prevention and intervention curriculums for the population. In 2018, Nicole was awarded the State of California Senate Certificate of Recognition by Senator Joel Anderson.

Suzanne Levy, Ph.D.

Dr. Suzanne Levy is a licensed clinical psychologist and training director of the ABFT Training Program at Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions. Previously, she was the training director and a clinical child psychologist at the Center for Family Intervention Science at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Levy is a co-developer of Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT). ABFT is the only manualized, empirically informed and supported, family therapy model specifically designed to target family and individual processes associated with adolescent suicide and/or depression. Since 2007, Dr. Levy has been conducting ABFT training workshops and supervision for therapists nationally and internationally. She also over sees ABFT treatment in Drexel’s Center for Family Intervention Science’s clinical trials. She has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally on ABFT, emotion coaching, child and adolescent therapies, resilience, adolescent depression, adolescent development, and adolescent substance use.  Dr. Levy has presented at 100’s of workshops, conferences, and invited lectures, as well as in college classrooms.  Along with her colleagues, Drs. Guy and Gary Diamond, Dr. Levy has written the ABFT manual, “Attachment-Based Family Therapy for Depressed Adolescents” published by the American Psychological Association.

Michael Madson, Ph.D.

Michael Madson earned his PhD in counseling psychology from Marquette University in 2005. He is a Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Southern Mississippi and a Licensed Psychologist in Mississippi. Dr. Madson directed the Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students at USM and teaches graduate classes in counseling and psychotherapy and substance abuse treatment. As a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and co-author of the book Fundamentals of Motivational Interviewing: Tips and Strategies to Address Common Clinical Challenges he is the Director of Faculty Development and Training Fidelity for the project Screening and Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment Training for Medical Students and Residents in Mississippi funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. He was also the Motivational Interviewing Director for Hub City Steps, an MI enhanced lifestyle intervention aimed at reducing hypertension among African American individuals funded by the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities. He has provided clinical services at the Milwaukee VA, the Medical College of Wisconsin in the Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and the Transplant Department, and at Rogers Memorial Hospital in the OCD unit. 

David R. McDuff, M.D.

Dr. David McDuff is a nationally known addiction, trauma, and sports psychiatrist and a retired Army Colonel. He holds faculty appointments at the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine in Baltimore (clinical professor) and the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda (adjunct associate professor). He is the founder of the University of Maryland’s Division of Alcohol & Drug Abuse and its Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship and Sports Psychiatry Programs and has three times been selected by Baltimore Magazine as it Top Doc in Addiction Psychiatry. He is an active clinician, teacher, speaker, and writer who has given more than 100 lectures at national and international conferences and published 60 journal articles, book chapters & reviews, manuals and monographs including his highly regarded book entitled “Sports Psychiatry: Strategies for Life Balance & Peak Performance (2102, American Psychiatric Press). He is one of America’s leading Sports Psychiatrist serving as the team psychiatrist and mental skills trainer for the Baltimore Orioles (1996-present) and Ravens (1996-2013) and as the performance medicine physician for the Indianapolis Colts (2015-2018). He is now working with the University of Maryland’s football team. Dr. McDuff has been married since 1978 to Marie Sanders McDuff and has four children and four grandchildren. For additional information on his work with athletes see his MD Sports Performance website (

Bret Moore, Psy.D., ABPP

Bret A. Moore, Psy.D., ABPP is Vice Chair of the Boulder Crest Institute for Posttraumatic Growth and a clinical and prescribing psychologist based in San Antonio, Texas.  He is a former active duty Army psychologist and completed two tours (27 months) in Iraq as a Clinical Psychologist and held the positions of Chief of Clinical Operations and Officer in Charge of Preventative services while deployed.  He is the author and editor of 20 books, including Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Psychologists, Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists, Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychopharmacology Made Simple, Treating PTSD in Military Personnel: A Clinical Handbook, The Posttraumatic Growth Workbook, Wheels Down: Adjusting to Life after Deployment, and Taking Control of Anxiety: Small Steps for Overcoming Worry, Stress, and Fear.  In addition to writing dozens of book chapters and journal articles, Dr. Moore has written feature articles for a number of popular press publications to include Scientific American Mind, The New Republic, Psychology Today, and Military Times. Dr. Moore is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and recipient of the Charles S. Gersoni Military Psychology Award and the Arthur W. Melton Award for Early Career Achievement in Military Psychology from Division 19 and the Early Career Achievement Award in Public Service Psychology and the Peter J. N. Linnerooth National Service Award from Division 18 of APA. His views on clinical and military psychology have been quoted in USA Today, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe, and on CNN and Fox News. He has appeared on NPR, the BBC, and CBC.

Daniel J. Moran, Ph.D.

Dr. Daniel J. Moran is the founder and executive director of the MidAmerican Psychological Institute, and founder of Pickslyde Consulting. He co-authored ACT in Practice, the canonical case conceptualization manual for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dr. D.J. has appeared on The Learning Channel, Animal Planet, and FOX News discussing anxiety disorders and hoarding. Dr. D.J. is also a Recognized ACTrainer, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and the current president of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, the worldwide Acceptance and Commitment Therapy organization.

Jonah Paquette, Psy.D.

Jonah Paquette, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, speaker, and author. He is the author of Real Happiness: Proven Paths for Contentment, Peace, and Well-Being (PESI Publishing, 2015), a research-based self-help book in which he distills the key findings in the fields of happiness, and offers user-friendly tools to achieve lasting well-being. His second book, The Happiness Toolbox (PESI Publishing, 2018), a research-based self-help workbook, provides easy-to-use handouts and worksheets designed to increase happiness and life satisfaction.

Dr. Paquette is a psychologist at Kaiser Permanente in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he conducts group and individual psychotherapy, performs crisis evaluations, and serves as the Training Director for an APA-Accredited postdoctoral residency program. In addition to his clinical work and writing, Dr. Paquette offers training and consultation to therapists and organizations on the promotion of happiness and conducts professional workshops around the country. He is also a frequent media contributor, having been featured regularly in print, online, and radio outlets. Dr. Paquette’s clinical experiences have spanned a broad range of settings, including Veterans hospitals, community mental health clinics, college counseling centers, and his current work at Kaiser Permanente.


Scott Poland, Ed.D

Dr. Scott Poland is an internationally recognized expert on school crisis and youth suicide and has authored five books and numerous chapters on the subject. He previously directed psychological services for a large Texas school system for 24 years and is a past President of the National Association of School Psychologists and a past Prevention Division Director for the American Association of Suicidology. He recently co-authored the Suicide Safer School Plan for the Texas State Health Services Department and Mental Health America Texas. He was also a founding member of the National Emergency Assistance Team and has assisted schools/communities after many tragedies such as school shootings, suicides and acts of terrorism. He is very dedicated to prevention and has testified about the needs of children before the U.S. Congress on four occasions. He has also been involved as an expert witness in numerous legal cases where schools were sued following a crisis.

Lawrence Raifman, J.D., Ph.D.

Lawrence J. Raifman, Ph.D., J.D. earned his Ph.D and J.D. in clinical psychology and J.D. in law from the University of Arizona in 1981. He spent the early years of his career working as a legal associate at Piper and Marbury before becoming Director, Department of Psychology at Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center, the Maryland state hospital for the criminally insane. There, as Director and Co-Director of the Pre-trial forensic evaluation program, Dr. Raifman co-led aprogram that evaluated hundreds of defendants on issues of competence to stand trial, criminal responsibility, etc. He later became Director of Forensic Services at the Springfield State Hospital Center, a regional state hospital in Maryland. Dr.Raifman has maintained a private practice in clinical and forensic psychology throughout his career. For more than twenty years, Dr. Raifman has been an adjunct clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Johns Hopkins University. There, he has taught courses in forensics psychology. Over the years, Dr. Raifman has provided clinical supervision and training for many psychologists, and designed forensic evaluation programs. In his private practice,he has worked with families, children, teenagers, and adults, and forensic matters. He has testified in court many times as a forensic expert.

J. Russell Ramsay, Ph.D.

Dr. J. Russell (“Russ”) Ramsay is co-founder and co-director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program and an associate professor of clinical psychology in psychiatry in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ramsay earned his PhD from Palo Alto University (formerly known as Pacific Graduate School of Psychology) in 1995 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cognitive-behavioral therapy at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Ramsay has authored numerous peer-reviewed professional and scientific articles, as well as many book chapters. He is author of four books, most recently the revised and updated second edition of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD: An Integrative Psychosocial and Medical Approach and its companion patient guidebook, The Adult ADHD Tool Kit (both Routledge, 2015, with co-author Anthony Rostain, M.D.).

Dr. Ramsay serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Attention Disorders. He also serves on the Professional Advisory Boards of the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) and Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD), and is on the Board of the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD). He is recipient of the Martin P. Szuba Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching & Research from PENN and was inducted into the CHADD Hall of Fame for his contribution to the treatment of adults with ADHD. Dr. Ramsay is frequently interviewed by various media outlets regarding issues related to adult ADHD and has lectured across the country and around the world.

Phil Rich, Ed.D, LICSW

Phil Rich holds a doctorate in applied behavioral and organizational studies and a master’s degree in social work, and is a licensed independent clinical social worker. Phil was the Clinical Director of the Stetson School for 13 years, a Massachusetts based residential treatment program for sexually reactive children and adolescent sexual offenders. Phil presents, trains, and consults nationally and internationally, and is currently in private practice as a consultant and trainer, specializing in work with juvenile sexual offenders. He is the author of “Understanding Juvenile Sexual Offenders: Assessment, Treatment, and Rehabilitation,” “Attachment and Sexual Offending: Understanding and Applying Attachment Theory to the Treatment of Juvenile Sexual Offenders,” “Juvenile Sexual Offenders: A Comprehensive Guide to Risk Evaluation,” and the “Stages of Accomplishment Workbooks for Sexually Abusive Youth. ”

Viveca Saffer, Psy.D.

Dr. Saffer, a licensed psychologist, earned her Psy.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1999.  She has worked in a variety of settings with a variety of populations, including a residential rehabilitation program, nursing homes, a state inpatient psychiatric hospital, and the federal government.  She was the Director of Intern Training for an APA-accredited clinical psychology pre-doctoral internship program at a state inpatient psychiatric hospital.  She has provided supervision for a variety of trainees for more than a decade, including practicum students, interns, and post-doctoral trainees.  She teaches a case conceptualization seminar for interns on an annual basis.

Dana Satir, Ph.D.

Dana Satir, PhD, was awarded her doctorate in psychology from Boston University in 2012. She completed her clinical internship at the Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School in adult community psychiatry, and went on to receive advanced training in family based treatment for eating disorders (Maudsley) during her postdoctoral fellowship at Children's Hospital Colorado. Over the past decade Dr. Satir has been practicing psychotherapy and offering clinical supervision in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings, specializing in complex populations including patients with eating and personality disorders. She has received grant funding for her research in anorexia nervosa, and published and presented her work on the therapeutic alliance and clinician reactions to patients with eating disorders. She is currently in private practice in Denver and Boulder, CO, with an appointment as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Denver where she teaches graduate courses on eating disorder treatment and psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Jason Schiffman, Ph.D.

Jason Schiffman received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California in 2003. Currently, he is Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at UMBC where he has been since 2009. Dr. Schiffman runs the Youth FIRST research lab, and is the Co-Director of the Maryland Early Intervention Program’s Strive for Wellness Clinic, both of which provide research, training, and services designed to improve the lives of young people with or at risk for psychosis, as well as their families.  Prior to UMBC, Dr. Schiffman was a professor at the University of Hawaii, Department of Psychology, where he was the Director of the Child and Adolescent Thought Disorders Program. Dr. Schiffman has published over 100 scientific articles related to mental health. He has held several grants with the National Institute of Mental Health for work on risk for schizophrenia, the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression for research attempting to improve early identification methods, the Mental Health Foundation embarking on anti-stigma efforts, the State of Hawaii Departments of Education and Health for clinical services he and his team provided to youth receiving public mental health services, and Maryland’s Behavioral Health Administration for assessment and intervention services for youth and young adults at risk for psychosis. Dr. Schiffman’s research seeks to refine the identification of young people at risk for psychotic disorders, better understand the effects of psychosocial interventions for adolescents with psychosis, and uncover mechanisms that can reduce stigma against people with serious mental health concerns.


David L. Shapiro, Ph.D.

Dr. David Shapiro has been called the Father of clinical forensic psychology. His first book on forensic assessment appeared in 1983 and was the only book at that time to approach forensic assessment from the point of view of actual issues encountered in practice rather than from a theoretical basis. Since that time, he has authored five more textbooks and four dozen peer reviewed articles dealing with the interface of psychology and law. His comprehensive approach to forensic assessment has been widely distributed and used as models for various books and training programs.Dr. Shapiro is a Diplomate in Forensic Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology and has been actively engaged in forensic practice for over forty years. He is currently a Professor of psychology at Nova Southeastern University and teaches courses in forensic assessment, criminal law, ethics and professional practice,supervision and consultation, projective personality assessment, and risk assessment for future violence. He regularly provides forensic and ethics training at a variety of national forums, including APA and ABPP.

Sarah B. Shevchuk, Psy.D.

Sarah Shevchuk, Psy.D. earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology in 2011. Dr. Shevchuk received specialty training in the treatment of serious and persistent mental illness at the Cleveland VA Medical Center, and has since provided psychological services throughout New York State, including state prisons and psychiatric hospitals, and within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). She has held positions as a residential crisis treatment program coordinator, psychological evaluation coordinator, and inpatient clinical coordinator. At present she works as the Primary Care-Mental Health Integration Psychologist within the VA New Jersey Health Care System and holds an academic appointment at New York Medical College. Dr. Shevchuk has chaired numerous committees for mental health environments of care, Lean 6S projects and VHA performance improvement groups. She has been a major rotation preceptor and assessment supervisor for an APA-accredited predoctoral psychology internship training program. Dr. Shevchuk has co-facilitated a clinical restructuring of a chronic mental health unit to a mental health recovery community living center which opened in 2018. Prior to becoming a psychologist, Dr. Shevchuk studied biological science and conducted neuroscience research for several years, investigating the impact of psychoactive substances on brain cells associated with pain pathways. Dr. Shevchuk considers herself a cognitive-behavioral therapist who values recovery-oriented and patient-centered care, as well as whole-health and wellness in her work. Outside of work Dr. Shevchuk enjoys time with family and friends, making her family’s pasta and cookie recipes, and running. She is a proud finisher of the 2018 Nationwide Children’s Marathon in Columbus, Ohio.  

Judith Siegel, Ph.D.

 Judith Siegel is a Professor at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University where she is Director of the Post Masters Certificate Program in Child and Family Therapy and the Coordinator of the online Post Masters Certificate Program in Advanced Clinical Diagnosis and Assessment. Dr. Siegel also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Family Social Work.  She is a recognized leader in the field of couple treatment, and represents an approach that draws from Object Relations, systems and neurobiology.  Her books include Repairing Intimacy (Jason Aronson), Countertransference in Couples Therapy (co-authored with Marion Solomon and published by Norton Press), What Children Learn From Their Parents Marriage (Harper Collins) and Stop Overreacting (New Harbinger).  She has presented her work on Object Relations Couple Treatment throughout the United States, Canada, England, Israel and Australia, and is a regular presenter at the Ackerman Institute for The Family in New York.

Hannah Snyder, Ph.D.

Hannah Snyder is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Brandeis University. She received her PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Colorado Boulder, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in developmental psychopathology at the University of Denver. Her research focuses on executive function and the role it plays in the development of psychopathology, especially depression and anxiety, in adolescence and emerging adulthood. In addition, she collaborates with the university counseling center, helping clinicians use data for evidence-based assessment and developing programs for at-risk students. She has published numerous peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters, serves on several editorial boards, teaches, and trains PhD, MA and undergraduate students in her lab.

Ann Steffen, Ph.D., ABPP

Ann Steffen, Ph.D., ABPP earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Indiana University-Bloomington and was trained in interdisciplinary geriatric care teams as an intern at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.  She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical geropsychology at Stanford University School of Medicine within the Older Adult and Family Center.  Dr. Steffen is currently a professor of psychology and gerontology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she has spent her career in teaching, research, supervision and direct clinical services focused on the needs of older adults and family caregivers.  At UM-St. Louis, she has served as the director of Gerontology programs and as director of clinical training for the APA-approved doctoral program in clinical psychology.  Dr. Steffen is a faculty clinician at the UM-St. Louis Community Psychological Service, and is dual board certified in Behavioral & Cognitive Psychology and in Geropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).

Martha B. Straus, Ph.D.

Martha B. Straus, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England Graduate School in Keene, New Hampshire, and adjunct instructor in psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School. Dr. Straus is an international trainer on topics related to child, adolescent, and family development, attachment, trauma, and therapy. She is the author of numerous articles and five books including, most recently, Treating Trauma in Adolescents: Development, Attachment, and the Therapeutic Relationship.  She lives in Brattleboro, VT where she also maintains a small private practice.

Joshua Swift, Ph.D.

Joshua K. Swift, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Idaho State University and a licensed psychologist in Idaho. At Idaho State University he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on the practice of psychotherapy, ethics, and supervision. Dr. Swift is an internationally recognized psychotherapy process and outcome researcher, particularly for his work on premature termination in psychotherapy and the integration of client preferences into treatment. He has an American Psychological Association published book on Premature Termination, over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, and has presented his research across the globe. He has also been recognized with several local, national, and international research and teaching awards.  

Sheri Van Dijk, MSW, RSW

Sheri is a registered Social Worker who has been working in the mental health field since 2000, most of which she has spent both in private practice and at a community hospital, working with clients with severe mental health problems. Sheri has had extensive training in mindfulness and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and has been running DBT-informed groups since 2004.

Sheri is the author of seven DBT books for both adults and teens, the focus of which is to teach clients how to use mindfulness practice and DBT skills to help them live emotionally healthier lives. She has also written DBT Made Simple, the aim of which was to make DBT more accessible to therapists working with diagnoses other than borderline personality disorder; and she has been presenting extensively in Canada and abroad with this goal as well.

Sheri is the winner of the R.O. Jones award for her research on using DBT skills with bipolar disorder, presented at the Canadian Psychiatric Association Conference in September, 2010.  

Lenore Walker, Ed.D.

Lenore Walker received her doctorate at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in 1972 and immediately went on the psychiatry faculty at the then CMDNJ Rutgers Medical School where she began her research about the psychological effects of domestic violence on women and children. In 1978 Walker received an RO1 research grant from NIMH to study what she named “Battered Woman Syndrome”.  She continued that research on the faculty of Nova Southeastern University Center for Psychological Studies where she is the Coordinator of the Clinical Forensic Psychology Concentration in the doctoral program and Director of the Masters in Forensic Psychology program. During the almost forty years, Walker has engaged in clinical and forensic practice and policy issues around the world in the area of gender violence, published twenty books and authored numerous chapters and articles, and is working on the fourth edition of The Battered Woman Syndrome. She is known internationally for her keynote speeches and workshops to professionals as well as expert witness testimony in high publicity legal cases.

Kelly Wester, Ph.D.

Kelly L. Wester, PhD, LPC, NCC earned her Ph.D. in counseling and human development services from Kent State University in 2003 and currently works as a professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Early in her career she worked within the behavioral programs of both a juvenile residential treatment facility and a juvenile correlational facility with adolescents charged with felonies. She has also worked in college counseling centers, and currently works in a community mental health agency with adolescents and young adults. She specializes in working with individuals who engage in nonsuicidal self-injury, and their families. She has co-authored a book entitled Nonsuicidal Self-Injury: Wellness Perspectives on Behaviors, Symptoms, and Diagnoses, as well as has many publications and presentations regarding treatment of nonsuicidal self-injury.


Monnica Williams, Ph.D.

Monnica Williams, Ph.D., is the Canada Research Chair for Mental Health Disparities at the University of Ottawa, where she conducts psychological research, mentors students, and teaches advanced courses in multicultural psychology and psychopathology. She completed her undergraduate work at MIT and UCLA, and received her doctoral degree from the University of Virginia.  Dr. Williams was an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry for over four years, where she worked with Dr. Edna Foa at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety before her move to the University of Louisville in 2011, where she served as the Director for the Center for Mental Health Disparities. She also worked at the University of Connecticut for 4 years, where she had joint appointments in the Department of Psychological Science and Psychiatry.

Dr. Williams has presented at many scientific conferences and is a much sought after speaker. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters focused on anxiety disorders and cultural differences.  She has been the principal investigator on several grant-funded research projects, and has served as a peer reviewer for over 20 different journals.

Dr. Williams is a licensed psychologist in the United States and Canada.  She is the Clinical Director of the Behavioral Wellness Counseling Center, which has offices in Tolland, Connecticut.  She treats adults with anxiety disorders and provides clinical instruction to trainees.  In the community, she conducts trainings and lecture for medical residents, local organizations, and treatment providers.  She was president-elect of the Delaware Valley Association of Black Psychologists, co-founded the International OCD Foundation’s Diversity Advisory Board, and serves on the board of directors for the Chacruna Institute.

Christina Zampitella, Psy.D.

Dr. Christina Zampitella, Psy.D., FT is a licensed clinical psychologist in both Delaware and California, Fellow of Thanatology (expert in death, loss, and bereavement), co-owner and director of clinical services at Integrative Psychology Group, professor/faculty member, and professional speaker. She works as an adjunct faculty member at Marian University’s Master’s in Thanatology program and National University, focusing her research, course development, and teaching on Bereavement Studies and Integrative Psychology. She served as the chair for the Continuing Education Committee for the San Diego Psychological Association the Delaware Psychological Association. Dr. Zampitella specializes in death, loss, and bereavement, integrative psychology, spirituality, and nature-based therapy. She is the former resident psychologist on Fox 5 News in San Diego, and often appeared on NBC News. She has been featured in Elle Magazine, BuzzFeed, and The Huffington Post.

Charles Zeitler, Psy.D.

Dr. Charles Zeitler is a clinical psychologist and certified sex addiction therapist. He is the Director for Addictions, Co-occurring, & Trauma Recovery Services at Springfield Hospital Center. His private practice focuses on treating compulsive sexual behavior disorder as well as those affected by it. He also serves as a guest speaker and consultant on compulsive sexual behaviors. Dr. Zeitler teaches a monthly webinar on sexual and cybersexual addiction as well as seminars on a variety of topics including Motivational Interviewing, Transtheoretical Model, Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability, and Culture & Diversity. In addition to being licensed in his home state of Maryland, Dr. Zeitler is licensed in Virginia and New York. He conducts disability evaluations as well as risk assessments to include risk for sexual violence.

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