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Austin Southgate Mental Health Center
Olin E. Teague VA Medical Center, Temple, TX
Waco VA Medical Center

Austin Southgate Mental Health Center

Erin E. Andrews, Psy.D., ABPP – Rehabilitation Psychologist, Neuropsychology
Graduate School: Wright State University, 2008
Internship: James A. Haley VA Medical Center, Tampa, FL, 2007-2008, Rehabilitation Psychology Track
Postdoctoral Work: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Rehabilitation Psychology, James A. Haley VA Medical Center, Tampa, FL, 2008-2009
Clinical Interests: Psychological response to disability and chronic medical conditions; cognitive rehabilitation; behavioral pain management; women's issues in rehabilitation; development of interdisciplinary treatment programs
Research Interests: Rehabilitation outcomes, interdisciplinary treatment team functioning, community reintegration status post TBI, disability as a cultural variable, disability identity formation; participatory action research, qualitative research design
Clinical Orientation(s): Cognitive-Behavioral, biopsychosocial, acceptance-based behavioral interventions
Primary Job Responsibilities: Neuropsychological assessment; Individual, family, and group intervention with rehabilitation population (TBI, Polytrauma, chronic pain, amputee, stroke, etc) on inpatient and outpatient basis; cognitive rehabilitation; program development; supervision. 
Rotations Supervised: Neuropsychology
Academic Positions: Clinical Assistant Professor, Texas A&M Health Science Center, College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
Professional Membership(s): American Psychological Association, Divisions 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) and 40 (Neuropsychology), American Pain Society
Other: Board Certified in Rehabilitation Psychology; APA Division 22 Executive Board Member-at-Large (2010-2013), Member, APA Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology (2011-2014); Chair, APA Division 22 Special Interest Group on Psychologists with Disabilities; Alternate Member, Central Texas Veterans Health Care System Institutional Review Board; Ad Hoc Reviewer, Rehabilitation Psychology

James C. Coleman, Ph.D. – Psychologist, MHICM
Graduate School: University of Houston, 2002
Internship: Fulton State Hospital, Fulton, Missouri 2001-2002
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Fulton State Hospital, Fulton, Missouri 2002-2003
Clinical Interests: Application of behavioral and cognitive behavioral therapies for the treatment of severe mental illness; practice of exposure therapies for anxiety disorders
Research Interests: Evaluating the effectiveness of treatment programs and services for persons with severe mental illness; risk prediction methodology
Clinical Orientation(s): 
Behavioral and cognitive behavioral
Primary Responsibilities: I am the Psychologist and Team Leader for the Austin-area Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM) Program, which provides community-based treatment for persons with severe mental illness
Rotations Supervised: Community-based treatment of severe mental illness (MHICM Program)
Academic Positions: Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Missouri – Columbia

Kristy Ditzler, Psy.D. – Staff Psychologist, Home-Based Primary Care
Graduate School: Baylor University, 1997
Internship: Austin State Hospital 1996-1997
Postdoctoral Work: Fellowship in Clinical Psychology (neuropsychology emphasis) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 1997-1998 and Fellowship in neuropsychology at Brooke Army Medical Center, 1998-1999
Clinical Interests: Chronic mental illness, dementia and other adult-onset cognitive disorders, mental retardation, autistic spectrum disorders, and other developmental disabilities
Clinical Orientation(s): Neurobehavioral; systemic
Primary Responsibilities: Staff psychologist in the Primary Care Clinic
Rotations Supervised: Primary Care
Professional Membership(s): National Academy of Neuropsychology

Johanna Eckler, PsyD. – Staff Psychologist; Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator, Austin PCT
Graduate School:
Wright State University, 2005
Internship: Ann Arbor VA, 2004-2005
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Central Texas VHCS, Temple (PCT) 2007-2008
Postdoctoral Work: Temple PCT 2007-2009, served as acting Team Leader in that clinic for 6 months. Austin PCT 2009-present, serving as Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator
Clinical Interests: PTSD and trauma, smoking cessation, ACT, gender issues, mindfulness
Research Interests: PTSD and trauma, treatment efficacy, but no research ongoing at this time
Clinical Orientation(s): Feminist with heavy use of CBT techniques (PE, CPT, etc.) and ACT
Primary Responsibilities: Group and individual therapy, consults/intakes, assessment as needed, C&Ps.
Rotations Supervised: PCT (combat trauma as well as those with a special interest in MST)
Professional Membership(s): APA

Yvette Gutierrez, Psy.D. – Staff Psychologist, SATP
Graduate School: Indiana State University in Clinical Psychology, 2006
Internship: Central Texas Veterans Health Care System
Clinical Interests: Substance abuse disorders, dual diagnosis, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and ADHD
Research Interests: Motivational Interviewing
Clinical Orientation(s): CBT
Primary Responsibilities: provide diagnostic evaluations, psychological assessment, individual and group psychotherapy (predominantly to individuals with co-morbid mental health and substance use problems)
Rotations Supervised: SATP

Ryan T. Hammond, Psy.D. – Staff Psychologist, Family Program
Graduate School: The Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology/2006
Internship: Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, New York, New York/2005-2006
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Kansas City, Missouri/2006-2007
Postdoctoral Work: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Substance-Related Disorders, Couple Therapy
Clinical Interests: Structural Family Therapy, Self Psychology, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Research Interests: Trauma and Relationships
Clinical Orientation(s): 
Family Systems, Cognitive-Behavioral, Psychodynamic
Primary Responsibilities: Family and Couple Therapy, Program Development, Supervision
Rotations Supervised: Family Program [minor rotation]
Professional Membership(s): Association of VA Psychology Leaders, American Psychological Association

Mirna Mejia, Ph.D.- Staff Psychologist, Primary Care Behavioral Health Clinic
Graduate School: St. John’s University, 2002
Internship/Academic Year: Nassau University Medical Center, 2001-2002
Postdoctoral Work: Worked in adolescent residential treatment center, outpatient MH services in High School clinic, disability examinations, outpatient CBT group and individual therapy for sex offenders; supervision of interns, practicum students, and post-doc psychologists for licensing hours
Clinical Interests: Trauma treatment, CBT-insomnia, nightmares, short-term individual therapy for various adjustment issues (e.g., bereavement, marital problems)
Research Interests: Trauma treatments
Clinical Orientation(s): Eclectic; trained in both CBT and psychodynamic orientations.
Primary Job Responsibilities: assess pt’s needs and refer to appropriate treatment clinics; provide short-term individual therapy; psychoeducational group for patients with PTSD spectrum symptoms and insomnia; mindfulness workshop
Rotations Supervised: PCBH Integration
Academic Positions: Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University; currently Adjunct Instructor at Austin Community College

Robert O'Brien, Ph.D. – Psychology Coordinator, Staff Psychologist, MHC
Graduate School: U. of Florida, 1976
Internship: 1975
Postdoctoral Fellowship: 1981 (Community Mental Health)
Postdoctoral Work: Psychologist US Army, Clinical Director Community Mental Health Center, VA last 20 years.
Clinical Interests: Group Therapy, Couple’s Therapy, PTSD, Program management
Research Interests: Couple’s Therapy
Clinical Orientation(s): Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Gottman Couple’s Therapy
Primary Responsibilities: Psychology Lead, Austin Clinic; Group, Couple and Individual therapy, clinical supervision
Rotations Supervised: Mental Health Clinic (Major), ACT (Minor)
Academic Positions: U. of Texas, Clinical Psych, U. of Texas Counseling Psych, Texas A & M
Professional Membership(s): Am Psychological Association, Assoc. Psychological Science, Am Association Marriage and Family Therapy, International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, Assoc. of Contextual Behavioral Science, Texas Psychological Assoc.
Other: Only VA or DOD person certified as a Gottman Therapist and Trainer. Trained/certified in ACT.

Lorie R. Salinas, PhD – Staff Psychologist
Graduate School: University of Miami, 2008
Internship: Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, Bay Pines, FL, 2008
Postdoctoral Work: Clinical Psychology Fellowship with Emphasis in Trauma, Houston VA, 2009
Clinical Interests: Trauma, behavioral health, attachment, coping, sexuality, DBT
Research Interests: Complex stress reactions and physiological, behavioral, cognitive and affective dysfunction
Clinical Orientations: Biopsychosocial theory; biosocial theory; theories of emotion, cognition, and attachment
Primary Job Responsibilities: Group and individual therapy, evidenced-based interventions, disability evaluations, consultations, assessment, triage; mental health liaison for patient-aligned care teams;
Rotations Supervised: Mental Health Clinic.
Administrative duties: Consultation liaison, program development.
Professional Membership(s): National Register of Health Service Psychologists

Pamela Smith, Ph.D. – Staff Psychologist & Coordinator, Family Program
Graduate School: University of Texas at Austin in Counseling Psychology (Ph.D.); UT in Social Anthropology (MA)
Internship: University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA), 2002-2003
Postdoctoral Work: Brooke Army Medical Center – Post Doctoral Fellowship in Child/Adolescent and Pediatric Psychology, 2003-2005
Clinical Interests: individual, couple, and family treatment of trauma (combat stress) and post-deployment readjustment issues; group psychotherapy; community psychology; working with community partners to improve access and range of VA services for veterans and families; multi-cultural issues
Clinical Orientation(s): psychodynamic and ecological systemic with integration of cognitive-behavioral treatment approaches
Primary Responsibilities: coordinate the development of family services; provision of couples & family therapy, family consultation
Rotations Supervised: Family Program
Professional Membership(s): American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA); Association of VA Psychologist Leaders (AVAPL); APA Division 18 (Psychologists in Public Service); National Latina/o Psychological Association (NLPA)

Norma J. Perez, Ph.D. – Staff Psychologist, Primary Care Behavioral Health Clinic
Graduate School: University of Rhode Island, 2004
Internship: Edith Nourse VA Medical Center in Bedford, MA
Postdoctoral Work: Clinical - Brown University in Providence, RI; Research - NCI Research, Postdoctoral Fellowship; University of Texas at Houston’s School of Public Health
Clinical Interests: primary care psychology, program development and evaluation, assessment and treatment related to PTSD, multiple behavior change, multicultural issues, and health-related behaviors
Research Interests: multiple behavior change in combat veterans
Clinical Orientation(s): eclectic with an emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change.
Primary Responsibilities: Developed and oversees the Primary Care Behavioral Health Clinic at the Austin Outpatient Clinic. She works with a multidisciplinary team of physicians and clinicians to ensure our veterans’ comprehensive needs are met which includes their medical, mental, and psychosocial needs. She has been trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, TTM, CPT, and EMDR, among other modalities, and provides individual therapy, couples therapy, group therapy, and assessment services.
Rotations Supervised: Primary Care Behavioral Health Clinic
Academic Positions: Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science at Texas A&M Medical School
Professional Membership(s): American Psychological Association

Scott Steiner, Ph.D. – Staff Psychologist, SATP
Graduate School: University of Texas at Austin, 2002, in Clinical Psychology 
Internship: Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, 2001-2002 
Postdoctoral Work: Private practice (supervised by Dr. Elayne Lansford) and Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (supervised by Dr. Fred Willoughby) 
Clinical Interests: Addictions, trauma, attachment, and mindfulness 
Clinical Orientation(s): Interpersonal psychodynamic perspectives, with a special emphasis on short-term psychodynamic models (e.g., Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy); cognitive-behavioral interventions, particularly in group therapy; integrates Somatic Experiencing, Buddhist (primarily in the form of mindfulness) and systemic psychological perspectives (e.g., object relational and Bowen’s Family Systems Therapy) within both psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral approaches 
Primary Responsibilities: Team Lead for the outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Program (SATP) in Austin
Rotations Supervised: Outpatient treatment of substance use disorders; Therapeutic Assessment (specialty rotation) 
Academic Positions: Adjunct faculty status at the University of Texas at Austin

Josh Westheimer, Ph.D. – Staff Psychologist, Primary Care Behavioral Health
Graduate School: University of TX at Austin, 2008
Internship: Denver Health Medical Center, 07-08
Previous Employment: Home Based Primary Care – Temple VA
Clinical Interests: Primary care psychology, health psychology, group medical appointments, geriatric psychology
Research Interests: Integrated healthcare modalities 
Clinical Orientation(s): 
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Primary Responsibilities: staff psychologist in primary care behavioral health clinic, providing short term therapy to veterans referred by primary care providers; referrals to specialty mental health clinics; facilitate groups in the primary care clinic targeting depression, stress, and chronic health issues.
Rotations Supervised: Primary care psychology
Professional Membership(s): Texas Psychological Association

Sharon Wills, Ph.D., Team Leader, PCT
Graduate School/year graduated:
1995, University of Houston Counseling Psychology
Internship/year: Boston Consortium, 1992-1993 (National Center for PTSD, New England Medical Center, Boston VA Outpatient Clinic)
Postdoctoral Work: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston,
Clinical Interests: Treatment and Assessment of Posttraumatic Stress syndromes in Combat Veterans, groups and individual, including Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Clinical Hypnosis
Research Interests: Clinical Outcome data, Outreach for Student Veterans in Colleges and Universities (Received grant to place full-time Clinical Psychologist at the University of Texas at Austin and develop outreach program)
Clinical Orientation(s): Cognitive Behavioral interventions, Psychodynamic-Object Relations-Developmental case conceptualization
Primary Responsibilities: Team Leader for Austin PCT
Rotations Supervised: Austin PCT/PTSD
Academic Positions: Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
Professional Membership(s): International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Association of VA Psychology Leaders, APA Division 18; Capital Area Psychological Association (President-elect for 2012 Calendar Year; Member executive committee).

 

Olin E. Teague VA Medical Center, Temple, TX

Amy Adcock O’Neill, Ph.D, Acting Program Coordinator for Primary Care Behavioral Health
Graduate School: University of North Texas, 2006
Internship: 2005-2006 Ft. Worth Federal Correctional Institute, Behavioral Medicine Track
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Scott and White Hospital and Texas A&M College of Medicine Primary Care Mental Health Fellowship, 2006-2007.
Postdoctoral Work: Central Texas VA, Primary Care Psychologist.
Clinical Interests: Behavioral Management of Chronic Medical Illness, Chronic Pain Management
Research Interests: Health and Behavioral Interventions
Clinical Orientation(s): Cognitive Behavioral with use of also Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Motivational Interviewing
Primary Responsibilities: Oversees Integration of mental health services into primary care, triage and management of patients with a multitude of psychiatric diagnoses seen in primary care, clinical education of other non mental health staff.
Rotations Supervised: Primary Care Mental Health Integration
Professional Membership(s): APA, Division of Health Psychology, Association for VA Psychology Leaders (AVAPL), Texas Psychological Association (TPA).
Patricia Cornett, PhD – Psychologist for Primary Care Behavioral Health
Graduate School: University of North Texas, 2009
Internship: 2008-2009 VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Ann Arbor, MI
Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Neurology-Division of Neuropsychology. Supervisor: Dan Marson, Ph.D. J.D. 2009-2010.
Postdoctoral Work: University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Psychiatry-Division of Outpatient Ambulatory Psychiatry 2010-2011. University of Alabama at Birmingham-Assistant Professor 2011-2013; Central Texas VA, Primary Care Psychologist-March 2013-present.
Clinical Interests: Behavioral Management of Chronic Medical Illness, anxiety and depression
Research Interests: Health and Behavioral Interventions
Clinical Orientation(s): Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Am interested in gaining more training and experience with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Motivational Interviewing
Primary Responsibilities: Staff psychologist in mental health services in primary care, triage and management of patients with a multitude of psychiatric diagnoses seen in primary care, clinical education of other non-mental health staff. Also conduct pre-surgical evaluations for individuals awaiting organ transplants or treatment of Hep-C
Rotations Supervised: While at UAB-pre-surgical evaluations for organ transplants as well as neuropsychological evaluations in a psychiatry outpatient clinic and inpatient ward for clinical diagnoses and treatment options.
Professional Membership(s): APA, Division of Health Psychology, APA, Division of Neuropsychology

Patricia Cornett, PhD – Psychologist for Primary Care Behavioral Health
Graduate School: University of North Texas, 2009
Internship: 2008-2009 VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Ann Arbor, MI
Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Neurology-Division of Neuropsychology. Supervisor: Dan Marson, Ph.D. J.D. 2009-2010.
Postdoctoral Work: University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Psychiatry-Division of Outpatient Ambulatory Psychiatry 2010-2011. University of Alabama at Birmingham-Assistant Professor 2011-2013; Central Texas VA, Primary Care Psychologist-March 2013-present.
Clinical Interests: Behavioral Management of Chronic Medical Illness, anxiety and depression
Research Interests: Health and Behavioral Interventions
Clinical Orientation(s): Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Am interested in gaining more training and experience with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Motivational Interviewing
Primary Responsibilities: Staff psychologist in mental health services in primary care, triage and management of patients with a multitude of psychiatric diagnoses seen in primary care, clinical education of other non-mental health staff. Also conduct pre-surgical evaluations for individuals awaiting organ transplants or treatment of Hep-C
Rotations Supervised: While at UAB-pre-surgical evaluations for organ transplants as well as neuropsychological evaluations in a psychiatry outpatient clinic and inpatient ward for clinical diagnoses and treatment options.
Professional Membership(s): APA, Division of Health Psychology, APA, Division of Neuropsychology

Catherine Cotton, PsyD – Staff Psychologist, RRTP
Graduate School: Baylor University
Internship: New Orleans VAMC
Postdoctoral Work: New Orleans VAMC, outpatient PTSD program
Clinical Interests: PTSD and cognitive assessment
Clinical Orientation: CBT
Primary Responsibilities: Individual (including 4 hours a week for the MST outpatient services) and group therapy (CBT for Depression, Anger management, Memory Problems), psychological testing as time is available
Rotations Supervised: RRTP
Professional membership(s): APA
Academic Positions: Assistant Professor, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science

William Crisp, Ph.D. – Staff Psychologist, SATP
Graduate School: University of North Texas
Internship: Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, 2004-2005
Postdoctoral Work: Staff Psychologist in SATP
Clinical Interests: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Substance Use Disorders and Dual Diagnoses.
Clinical Orientation(s): Cognitive Behavioral/Constructivist
Primary Responsibilities: individual and group therapy
Rotations Supervised: SATP
Professional Membership(s): Association of VA Psychologist Leaders

Jeremy Crostley, Ph.D. –Team Lead, Temple PCT
Graduate School: University of North Texas, 2009 in Clinical Psychology
Internship: Yale University School of Medicine, 2008-2009
Clinical Interests: trauma; multicultural topics; autism-spectrum disorders; substance use disorders; SMI
Research Interests: impact of personality factors on coping with psychological trauma
Clinical Orientation(s): primarily cognitive-behavioral and constructivist
Primary Responsibilities: assessment and treatment of PTSD, supervision, administrative duties
Other: Interest and experience in providing services in Spanish to individuals and couples

Jana Drew, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Mental Health Clinic
Graduate School: Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Internship: 1995-1996 John D. Dingell VAMC, Detroit, MI
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Postdoctoral Fellow, Ohio State University Stress and Health Study, under mentorship of Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Work: Assistant Research Professor for NIH-funded grants exploring impact of psychological interventions on health at Ohio University; Research Psychologist for Johns Hopkins University Medical School’s OCD Collaborative Genetics Study; Health psychologist and Health Behavior Coordinator, Washington DC VAMC; therapy private practice 
Clinical Interests: Behavioral and psychological management of illness and pain, borderline personality disorder, mood disorders.

Research Interests: Behavioral and psychological management of illness and pain, social support and psychological health
Clinical Orientation(s): Primarily CBT; also ACT, DBT, MI
Primary Responsibilities: Provide individual and group therapy within the Mental Health Clinic
Rotations Supervised: Mental Health Clinic
Professional Membership(s): APA

Stacy Gwynn, Ph.D. – Psychologist, Temple PCT
Graduate School: University of North Texas, 2008
Internship: Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, 2007-2008
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Michael E. DeBakey VAMC in Houston specializing in PTSD, 2008-2009
Clinical Interests: trauma, marriage and family therapy, attachment
Research Interests: prior research has focused on the role adult and parent-child attachment play in the development of posttraumatic growth following sexual assault
Clinical Orientation(s): Eclectic, drawing from CBT, CPT, and attachment theory
Primary Responsibilities: C&P exams, consult/intakes, individual therapy, group therapy, and case management
Rotations Supervised: PCT
Other: I have been trained in Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy and utilize these treatments regularly with patients.

Nancy Perachio, Ph.D. – Neuropsychologist
Graduate School: University of Houston, 2001, Clinical Neuropsychology
Internship: Henry Ford Health System, Clinical Psychology, 1997-1998
Postdoctoral Fellowship/year: University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, 2002-2003
Postdoctoral Work: Neuropsychologist at private physical rehabilitation facility: Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation (4 yrs), Psychologist for Paradigm Health Services: counseling in 6 nursing homes (6 months), Neuropsychologist at Temple VA (3+ years)
Clinical Interests: Neuropsychology, traumatic brain injury, dementia, stroke, neurological conditions,
Research Interests: Effectiveness of Cognitive Remediation for improving daily functioning
Clinical Orientation(s): Cognitive Behavioral
Primary Responsibilities: Completing neuropsychological evaluation on referred veterans, some weekly C&P Evaluations, program development for cognitive remediation, weekly cognitive remediation group, participation on the multi-disciplinary Polytrauma Team (weekly), and rotating Employee Assistance Program duties.
Rotations Supervised: currently only a minor rotation in Clinical Neuropsychology
Professional Membership(s): American Psychological Association, National Academy of Neuropsychology, National Register of Health Care Providers in Psychology.
Other: took classes regarding basic neuroscience with medical student, participated in the clinical field trials for Disruptive Behavior Disorders for DSM-IV, and on my fellowship, had the opportunity to participate in forensic neuropsychology (good prep for C&P exams!).

Jim Rodgers, Ph.D.- Psychologist, Temple MHC & PCT
Graduate School: University of Louisville, 2009 in Clinical Psychology
Internship: Audi Murphy VA Medical Center in San Antonio, 2008-2009
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Audi Murphy VA Medical Center in San Antonio specializing in Palliative Care/Bereavement, 2009-2010
Clinical Interests: primary interest in grief and bereavement; general mental health; additional interests in coping factors and group dynamics
Research Interests: Geropsychology; aging; death and dying; SMI
Clinical Orientation(s): Eclectic, drawing from ACT, CBT and Logotherapy
Primary Responsibilities: diagnostic interviews for PTSD, individual and group therapy, compensation and pension evaluations, pre-surgical exams, palliative care and bereavement.
Other: I have VA rollout training in CBT-D & CPT and utilize this training daily in providing services. I have interest in the therapeutic use of music and I enjoy playing piano/keyboards and guitar.

 

 

Waco VA Medical Center

Bruce W. Allen, Ph.D. – Staff Psychologist, Mental Health Clinic
Graduate School: University of North Texas, 1992
Internship: Olin E. Teague Veterans Medical Center, Temple, Texas 1987-1988
Postdoctoral Work: Faculty at Baylor University, VA Psychologist for 17 years.
Clinical Interests: Geropsychology, brief neuropsychological evaluation of geriatric patients, individual and couples therapy with adults, interpersonal and constructivist approaches to psychotherapy, and treatment of patients experiencing grief and loss
Clinical Orientation(s): Constructivist, Interpersonal 
Primary Responsibilities: Individual, couples and group psychotherapy; clinical supervision of practicum students, interns and post-doctoral fellows in the Mental Health Clinic. Acting Director of Interprofessional Fellowship in Psychosocial Rehabilitation for Veterans with Chronic, Serious Mental Illness.

Rotations Supervised: Mental Health Clinic
Academic Positions: Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science at Texas A&M Medical School, Associate Clinical Professor at Baylor University 
Professional Membership(s): Texas Psychological Association, American Psychological Association

Jenny Bivona, Ph.D. – Psychologist, Waco Mental Health Clinic
Graduate School: University of North Texas, 2008
Internship: Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, 2007-2008
Clinical Interests: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness Interventions
Clinical Orientation(s): Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Primary Responsibilities: (clinical duties): Staff Psychologist in the Waco Mental Health Clinic – individual and group psychotherapy, supervision of practicum students and psychology interns.
Rotations Supervised: Waco Mental Health Clinic
Professional Membership(s): Association for Contextual Behavioral Science

Tai Blanscet, Psy.D. – Psychologist, Blind Rehabilitation Center
Graduate School: University of Denver 2006
Internship: University of Denver Counseling Center 2006-2007
Postdoctoral Work: A postdoc in neuropsychological and vocational assessment for individuals with visual impairment at Clinical and Consulting Neuropsychology. 
Clinical Interests: assessment, adjusting to vision loss, acceptance and commitment therapy
Clinical Orientation(s): CBT, ACT
Primary Responsibilities: (clinical duties): Assessment of each individual entering the BRC, group and individual therapy, staff consultation, cognitive assessment, supervision of psychology interns and practicums students for assessment. 
Rotations Supervised: Blind Rehabilitation Unit and Assessment. 

Karen Boyd-Wuertz, Ph.D. - Team Leader, Waco PCT
Graduate School
: Texas A&M University, 1987
Internship: Wichita Kansas Veteran’s Hospital, University of Kansas Medical School, Wichita 1986-1987
Postdoctoral Fellowship/year: Independent Study, Neurological testing, Larry Carver, M.D. Kansas City. Taught at Baker University and developed a student Counseling Center, worked at Northeast Kansas Mental Health, Leavenworth Kansas
Postdoctoral Work: CEO, Rehabilitation Institutes of America: Kansas City Kansas, Providence St. Margaret Health Center; Active Medical Staff, general medical hospital, Community Memorial Healthcare Marysville, Kansas
Clinical Interests: Couples, PTSD, Physical/Psychological Components of Diagnoses
Research Interests: Physical/Brain connection with psychological disorders, especially anxiety disorders and brain function
Clinical Orientation(s): Psychodynamic, Cognitive/Behavioral, Client-Centered
Primary Responsibilities: Psychological Assessments, therapy both group and individual, program development, development of standardized policies and procedures
Rotations Supervised: PCT

Lianna D. Evans, Psy.D., Team Lead for Waco Substance Abuse Treatment and Intensive Outpatient Programs; Coordinator for Waco Compensation & Pension (C&P) Service
Graduate School: Spalding University; 2011
Internship: Ohio Internship Consortium, Forensic Psychology Track; 2010-2011
Postdoctoral Fellowship: VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment conducted at the VA VISN 17 Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans; 2011-2012
Postdoctoral Work: Central Texas VA, Substance Abuse and C&P Psychologist
Clinical Interests: Dual-diagnosis conceptualization and treatment, evidence-based group psychotherapy, evidence-based assessment
Research Interests: Health outcomes in veterans, ethnic disparities, caregiver burden
Clinical Orientation(s): Cognitive Behavioral with use of Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness Based approaches
Primary Responsibilities: Oversees availability and access to substance abuse services within the Waco campus, triage and treatment of patients with a variety of substance use disorders with and without comorbid diagnoses; provides oversight to the assignment and completion of C&Ps, provide assessment and computer training to new C&P examiners
Rotations Supervised: Waco SATP; Compensation & Pension Service (minor)
Professional Memberships: APA, Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) Caregiver SIG

Philippa Evans, Ph.D. – Psychologist, Waco Mental Health Clinic
Graduate School: Tennessee State University, 2006
Internship: Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 2005-2006
Clinical Interests: Cognitive Processing Therapy and Motivational Interviewing
Clinical Orientation(s): Interpersonal
Primary Responsibilities: (clinical duties): Staff Psychologist in the Waco Mental Health Clinic – individual and group psychotherapy.
Rotations Supervised: PRRC
Professional Membership(s): American Psychological Association and Capital Area Psychological Association

Pamela George, Psy.D. – Clinical Psychologist, PTSD Residential Rehabilitation Program (PRRP)
Graduate School: Marshall University
Internship: Lexington KY VA Medical Center
Postdoctoral Work: VA Interprofessional Fellowship in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Oriented Services, Central TX Health Care System 
Clinical Interests: PTSD; Recovery; Suicidality
Clinical Orientation(s): CBT
Primary Responsibilities: (clinical duties): Group and individual therapy (including Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure); consultation
Academic Positions: Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science at Texas A&M Medical School
Rotations Supervised: PRRP

Brent Kenney, Ph.D. – Supervisory Psychologist
Graduate School
: University of Texas at Austin, 2010

Internship: Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital, Chicago, 2009-2010
Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and Oklahoma City VAMC, 2010-2011
Postdoctoral Work: Primary Care Mental Health Integration, research on baseline coping and mindfulness skills predicting depressive symptoms following cognitive behavioral group therapy
Clinical Interests: Working with interdisciplinary teams; individual, group, and caregiver interventions
Research Interests: Physical and psychological health comorbidities; stress, coping, and resilience; program implementation and development; mindfulness and positive psychology
Clinical Orientation(s): Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Process Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Gottman Method Couple’s Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention
Primary Responsibilities: Team lead for the Primary Care Behavioral Health Clinic at the Waco VAMC. In this role he provides consultation and liaison services to multidisciplinary Primary Care team members to address readiness-to-change, adherence to behavioral and medical regimens, health risk behaviors, and psychological aspects of medical illnesses. He also delivers behavioral pain management group therapy, pre-surgical mental health evaluations, and will soon begin to implement “Moving Forward” problem-solving group therapy for OEF/OIF/OND veterans.
Rotations Supervised: None currently
Academic Positions: None
Professional Membership(s): American Psychological Association - Division 38 Health Psychology, Association of VA Psychologist Leaders

Susan Matlock-Hetzel, Ph.D. – Clinical Psychologist, PTSD Residential Rehabilitation Program (PRRP)
Graduate School: Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Internship: Houston Independent School District, Houston, TX
Clinical Interests: Psychotherapy, supervision, mind/body integration, mindfulness therapeutic approaches, trauma, crisis intervention, positive psychology
Clinical Orientation(s): Client Centered, Existential
Primary Responsibilities: (clinical duties): Group and individual therapy (including Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure); consultation
Academic Positions: Part-Time Faculty, Baylor University, Graduate School, School of Education
Rotations Supervised: PRRP 

Dorothy McDonald, Psy.D. – Staff Psychologist, Inpatient Psychiatry
Graduate School: California School of Professional Psychology, CA 1995
MSN NP from Stony Brook University, New York 2004 
Internship: Butner Federal Correctional Institution, North Carolina
Postdoctoral Work: Forensic and Military Psychology
Clinical Interests: Psychopharmacology, Mindfulness, Group Therapy
Research Interests: No research at this time
Clinical Orientation(s): Cognitive Behavioral / Eclectic
Primary Responsibilities: Provide Psychological Services on Psychiatric Inpatient Units 
Rotations Supervised: Psychiatric Inpatient Units

Carmen Wilson-Reese, Psy.D. – Staff Psychologist, Waco VA MHICM Team Leader
Graduate School: University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology, 1995
Internship: University of Akron, Counseling and Testing Center
Postdoctoral Work: Fellowship –Brawner South Hospital 1995-1996, Quantum Behavioral Healthcare1997-2000, Magellan Behavioral Healthcare 1999-2000, MHM services contracted to the Georgia Dept. of Corrections 2000-2010.
Research Interests: None
Clinical Orientation(s): Cognitive-behavioral, Bio-psychosocial, , Recovery oriented
Primary Responsibilities: Provide treatment services through Mental Health Intensive Case Management Program (an Assertive community Treatment program) with veterans, direct the interdisciplinary program staff towards ACT and PSR oriented service provision. Core Faculty member for the Psychosocial Rehabilitation Fellowship at Waco VAMC.
Rotations Supervised: MHICM (currently unavailable)
Academic Positions: None
Professional Membership(s): None
Other: None

Jeffrey A. Wilson-Reese, Psy.D. – Clinical Psychologist, PCT/SUD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team/Substance Use Disorders) 
Graduate School: University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, 1993
Internship: University of Tennessee, Student Counseling Services Center; University of Tennessee Medical Center, Alcohol and Drug Recovery Unit 
Postdoctoral Work: The College of Wooster Health Services Center; Quantum Behavioral Healthcare; Mental Health Management
Research Interests: Applications of Prolonged Exposure Therapy
Clinical Orientation(s): Cognitive Behavioral; Object Relations
Primary Responsibilities: Individual and group therapy utilizing Cognitive Behavioral/Evidence-Based Treatment of PTSD and PTSD with co-occurring substance use disorders(Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Seeking Safety).
Rotations Supervised: Waco PCT
Academic Positions: None
Professional Membership(s): None

 


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