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Psychology Training Program Staff

Psychology Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship Overview
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Psychology Internship Program
Generalist Track | Neuropsychology Track | RotationsApplication Process
Postdoctoral Fellowship
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HERB AMES, Ph.D.: Spinal Cord Injury
Indiana State University, 1993. Texas licensure, 1994-present. Supervisor, Spinal Cord Injury Care Line services. Theoretical Orientation: Integrative—Cognitive-Behavioral emphasis. Clinical Interests: Rehabilitation, Older Adults, Cognitive Disorders. Research Interests: post-SCI psychological adjustment; screening for cognitive/psychological disorders. Academic Appointments: Assistant Professor, Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine; Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine. Professional Memberships: APA (Div 12;40), ASCIP, NAN, ACPN, HNS.

THOMAS ANDERSON, Ph.D.: Spinal Cord Injury
Memphis State University, 1981. Texas licensure. Supervisor, Spinal Cord Injury Care Line. Theoretical Orientation: Humanistic. Clinical Interest: Individual, family, and group psychotherapies, post-traumatic growth. Academic Appointments: Assistant Professor , Baylor College of Medicine.

SARA (Su) D. BAILEY, Ph.D.: Senior Psychology Consultant; Program Director, Community Integration Program (CIP)
Texas A&M University, 1984. Texas licensure. Senior Psychology Consultant; Program Director, Trauma Recovery Program; Supervisor, Sex Offender Group. Theoretical Orientation: Eclectic. Clinical interests: group and individual therapy, assessment and treatment of sex offenders, treatment of substance abusers. Research interests: substance dependence treatment (prognostic indicators, personality characteristics), sex offender characteristics as they relate to treatment Academic appointments: Clinical Assistant Professor, Menninger Department of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine; University of Houston, Department of Psychology, Adjunct Assistant Professor. Professional Memberships: APA, TPA, Houston Group Psychotherapy Society. Other: Sex Offender Provider Designation. Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders. Trainer, various hospital programs.

HELEN (MINETTE) BECKNER, Ph.D.: PTSD Clinical Team
Texas A&M University, 2005. Kansas licensure. Clinical psychologist in the SeRV-MH program which provides mental health services to veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as other areas in support of those current war zones. Theoretical Orientation: Eclectic. Clinical interests: Assessment, individual therapy, group therapy, and couples therapy with a primary focus on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and other Anxiety Disorders. Research Interests: Evidence-based treatments for PTSD and other Anxiety Disorders. Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association, Texas Psychological Association.

JANE E. BOOTH, Ph.D., ABPP: Neuropsychology, Community Integration Program (CIP)
University of Texas at Austin, 2003. Postdoctoral Fellowship Clinical Neuropsychology 2005. Texas licensure. Areas of specialization include traumatic brain injury and dementia. Academic appointments: Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. Professional Memberships: International Neuropsychological Society, Houston Neuropsychological Society.

ANGELIC CHAISON, Ph.D.: Behavioral Medicine Program (BMP)
The University of Texas at Austin, 2006. Texas and Kansas Licensure. Supervisor, Primary Care-Mental Health Integrated. Theoretical orientation: Cognitive behavioral. Clinical interests: anxiety and spirituality in the coping process. Academic appointments: Assistant Professor, Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine. Professional memberships: APA.

ASHLEY Clinton, Ph.D.: General Mental Health Clinic; Asst. Training Director- Post Doctoral Fellowship Program
University of Tennessee, 2004. Texas licensure. Supervisor, General Mental Health Clinic Theoretical Orientation: Integrative/Eclectic, Psychodynamic. Clinical/Research interests: individual therapy, PTSD, personality assessment, treatment of OEF/OIF Veterans. Academic appointments: Assistant Professor, Menninger Department of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine.

ROBERT COLLINS, Ph.D., ABPP-CN: Neuropsychology, Neurology Care Line; Director of the Clinical Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship
University of Houston, 2004; Postdoctoral Fellowship Clinical Neuropsychology, 2006 (Department of Neuro-Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center); Texas licensure; Supervisor, neuropsychology and Preceptor for the clinical neuropsychology postdoctoral fellowship. Areas of specialization: The dementias, Epilepsy, the relation between medical illness and cognition. Academic appointments: Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Neurology. Professional Memberships: International Neuropsychological Society, Houston Neuropsychological Society.

AMY CUELLAR, Ph.D.: Community Integration Program (CIP) – Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center; Preceptor for the Clinical Psychology Fellowship (Serious Mental Illness Emphasis Area)
University of Miami, 2005. Texas licensure. Supervisor, Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (CMHP). Theoretical orientation: Cognitive behavioral/behavioral. Areas of specialization: Psychiatric rehabilitation, recovery in serious mental illness. Academic appointments: Assistant Professor, Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine. Professional memberships: APA, ABCT, AVAPL.

JEFFREY A. CULLY, Ph.D.: Behavioral Medicine; Director Mental Illness Research, Education & Clinical Center (MIRECC) Psychology Fellowship
Saint Louis University, 2002. Texas licensure. Supervisor, Consultation & Specialized Evaluation - Behavioral Medicine/Mental Health Research. Director MIRECC Psychology Fellowship. Areas of clinical specialization: Medical Psychology, chronic illness, depression, anxiety, brief therapy. Areas of research specialization: health services research, mental health in the medically ill, psychotherapy interventions (development and clinical trials). Academic appointment: Assistant Professor (tenure track), Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine.

NANCY JO DUNN, Ph.D.: PTSD Clinical Team
University of Pittsburgh, 1984. Texas licensure. Supervisor, Trauma Recovery Program. Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive-Behavioral. Areas of specialization: PTSD and related disorders, effects of alcohol abuse on family stability, marital functioning in elderly couples. Academic appointments: Associate Professor, The Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, and Department of Psychology, University of Houston. Past Associate Professor of Psychology at Bowling Green State University. Professional memberships: APA, ABCT, Association of VA Psychologist Leaders, and International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

CHARITY HAMMOND, Ph.D., General Mental Health Clinic
University of Georgia, 2006. Texas Licensure. General Mental Health Clinic. Theoretical orientation: Cognitive-behavioral. Clinical/research interests: Individual, couples, and group therapy; motivational interviewing; dual diagnosis treatment (PTSD and substance use); evidence-based treatments. Academic appointments: Assistant Professor, Menninger Department of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine. Professional Memberships: APA, ABCT, and Houston Psychological Association.

MICHAEL R. KAUTH, Ph.D.: Co-Director and Associate Director for Education, South Central (VISN 16) Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC)
University of Mississippi, 1993. Louisiana, Texas licensure. Co-Director and Associate Director for Education, VA South Central Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC); Staff psychologist in Specialty Care (HIV clinic). Theoretical orientation: Cognitive behavioral. Clinical/research interests: health psychology, coping with chronic HIV disease, sexual orientation, evolutionary psychology, and dissemination and implementation of educational interventions. Academic appointments: Associate Professor, Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine. Professional memberships: American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.

ANTHONY KERRIGAN, Ph.D., ABPP: Community Integration Program (CIP) - Vocational Rehabilitation/Counseling Psychology; Assistant Director of Training
Texas A&M University, 1990. Louisiana and Texas licensure. Assistant Director of Training; Supervisor, Community Integration Program - Vocational Rehabilitation. Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive Behavioral, Social Learning. Research – Vocational Rehabilitation, Substance Misuse, Training, & QOL issues. Academic appointment: Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine. Professional Memberships: APA, AVAPL and PSI. Fellow: American Academy of Counseling Psychology. Board Member: American Board of Counseling Psychology. Other: Certified by the Board of Governors of the APA College of Professional Psychology in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders, National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, Diplomate American Board of Professional Psychology, Counseling Psychology.

Cynthia Kraus-Schuman, Ph.D. Inpatient Psychologist (6F)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2006. Texas Licensure. Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive Behavioral. Clinical and Research Interests: Anxiety in Adults and Older Adults, Treatment of Anxiety in Individuals with Dementia. Academic Appointment: Assistant Professor, Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine.

McKinney, Joyce, Ph.D. General Mental Health Clinic
University of Houston, 1986. Texas licensure. General Mental Health Program. Coordinator, Employee Assistance Program. Theoretical orientation: radical behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, systemic. Eclectic in treatment interventions. Clinical interests: individual / marital / family / group psychotherapies, anxiety disorders, Rorschach (Exner system). Academic appointment: Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Houston, Department of Psychology. Research areas: program evaluation, nonverbal communication, applied behavior analysis, behavior therapy.

DELEENE S. MENEFEE, Ph.D.: Mental Health Inpatient Program – Women's Inpatient Specialty Evaluation & Recovery Program (WISER)
University of Houston, 2007. Kansas and Texas licensure. Psychologist for the Women’s Inpatient Specialty Environment of Recovery. Theoretical Orientation: Integrated. Clinical interests: group and individual therapy, assessment and treatment of women veterans, treatment of sexual trauma, abuse, and violence. Research interests: women veterans, returning OEF/OIF veterans, complex trauma, clinical outcomes of evidence based treatment: Assistant Professor, Menninger Department of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine; University of Houston, Department of Psychology, Lecturer.

BRIAN MILLER, Ph.D.: Rehabilitation Care Line and Mental Health Care Line - Neuropsychology
Oklahoma State University, 2007. Indiana Licensure. Supervisor, Neuropsychology Service, Rehabilitation Care Line & Mental Health Care Line. Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive-behavioral and information processing. Clinical/Research interests: Neuropsychology, rehabilitation psychology, traumatic brain injury, outcome measurement. Academic appointments: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine. Professional Memberships: International Neuropsychological Society, Houston Neuropsychological Society.

DEBORAH MULLINS, Ph.D.: General Mental Health Clinic - Family Psychoeducation
University of North Texas, 1983. Texas Licensure. Acting Program Director, Supervisor, Comprehensive Mental Health Program. Family Psychoeducation. Areas of Specialization: Working with families of veterans experiencing Serious Mental Illness, psychological issues and adult development, individual psychotherapy and supervision. Professional memberships: APA, National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.

QUANG (Charlie) NGUYEN, Ph.D.: General Mental Health Clinic
Georgia State University, 1999. Texas Licensure. Supervisor, General Mental health Clinic Theoretical Orientation: Integrative, with focus on cognitive-behavioral / behavioral. Clinical/Research Interests: Chronic mental illness, cultural diversity issues, Asian mental health, help-seeking attitudes and acculturation, individual/group psychotherapy, assessment, test construction. Member of Multicultural and Diversity Subcommittee of the Psychology Training Program. Professional Memberships: APA, APA Minority Fellowship Program, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI).

NICHOLAS PASTOREK, Ph.D., ABPP-CN: Polytrauma Network Site - Neuropsychology; Preceptor for the Clinical Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship
University of Houston, 2004. University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology, 2006. Kansas Licensure. Supervisor, Clinical Neuropsychology postdoctoral fellowship. Clinical/research interests: traumatic brain injury, symptom validity testing, impact of psychiatric co-morbidities on traumatic brain injury, stroke, and cognitive rehabilitation. Academic appointments: Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Professional memberships: International Neuropsychological Society; Houston Neuropsychological Society.

PAUL SLOAN, Ph.D.: Behavioral Health Program (BHP)
The University of Southern Mississippi, 2005. Kansas licensure. Supervisor, Primary Care-Mental Health (PC-MH). Theoretical orientation: Primarily, a blend of Cognitive and Humanistic Psychotherapies. Major interests: Chronic and Severe Mental Illness, Chronic Pain treatment, and Self-harm Behaviors. Professional Memberships: APA, Society of Clinical Psychology and Division of Health Psychology.

CANDY SMITH, Ph.D.: Behavioral Health Program (BHP) Director
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, 2002. Texas and Pennsylvania licensure. Supervisor; Behavioral Health Program Clinical Psychology Fellowship (Infectious Disease Fellowship). Theoretical Orientation: Integrative/Eclectic, Psychodynamic. Clinical/Research interests: substance dependence, dual diagnosis, group therapy, diversity issues in clinical assessment/treatment. Academic appointments: Assistant Professor, Menninger Department of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine. Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association.

JUSTIN R. SPRINGER, Ph.D.: Inpatient Program - Acute Recovery Treatment Environment (ARTE, 6A)
University of Houston, Clinical, 2008. Kansas licensure. Psychologist for the Acute Recovery Treatment Environment (ARTE, 6A), the main MEDVAMC acute psychiatric admission unit. Theoretical Orientation: Technical Eclectic. Clinical interests: psychotic spectrum treatment, recovery, serious and persistent affective and behavioral disturbances, trauma-informed care. Research interests: reducing seclusion/restraint use, recovery, dangerousness. Academic appointments: Instructor, Menninger Department of Baylor College of Medicine Professional membership: USPRA.

MELINDA A. STANLEY, Ph.D.: Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Head, Division of Psychology, Baylor College of Medicine; Mental Health Services Researcher, Houston Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence, MEDVAMC
Site Leader, Pilot Study Program, South Central MIRECC. Theoretical orientation: Behavioral and cognitive. Clinical research interests: anxiety disorders in later life; cognitive behavioral treatment; effectiveness research; academic-community partnerships; clinical trials; incorporation of religion and/or spirituality into treatment for anxiety.

AVILA STEELE, Ph.D.: Community Integration Program (CIP) - Compensation and Pension
Jackson State University, 2003. Kansas Licensure. Compensation and Pension and Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program. Academic Appointments: Assistant Professor, Menninger Department of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine. Theoretical Orientation: Integrative/Eclectic. Clinical Interests: Psychological Testing and Assessment, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Research Interests: assessment and treatment of psychiatric problems among patients with chronic medical illnesses. Supervisor: Compensation and Pension disability examinations.

ELLEN J. TENG, Ph.D.: Director of Training-Psychology Pre-Doctoral Internship and Clinical Post-Doctoral Fellowship
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2003. Illinois and Texas licensure. Supervisor, PTSD/Anxiety Disorder Research. Director of Psychology Training. Clinical and research interests: PTSD and comorbid anxiety disorders; treatment development and outcome research; multi-cultural mental health. Academic appointment: Assistant Professor, Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine. Professional Memberships: ABCT, APA, AVAPL.

KARIN THOMPSON, Ph.D.: Program Director, PTSD Clinical Team
University of Southern Mississippi, 1989. Louisiana licensure. Program Director, Trauma Recovery Program; Prolonged Exposure Therapy National Consultant. Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive-behavioral. Clinical interests: assessment and treatment of PTSD, evidence-based psychotherapy, treatment of PTSD-related sleep disorders, motivational enhancement. Research interests: cognitive-behavioral treatment of PTSD-related sleep disturbance, treatment of nightmares in PTSD, response style in PTSD assessment, and motivational enhancement. Academic appointments: Associate Professor, Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Baylor College of Medicine; University of Memphis, Department of Psychology, Affiliate Graduate Faculty Member. Professional Memberships: APA, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Southeastern Psychological Association.

KAREN WALDMAN, Ph.D.: General Mental Health Clinic (GMHC)
University of Houston, 1995. Texas licensure. Supervisor in the GMHC with an emphasis in health psychology, geriatrics, couples. Theoretical orientation: psychodynamic, systemic, mindfulness. Eclectic in treatment interventions (depending on client and presenting issues), but primarily use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Major clinical interests: couples counseling; health psychology/mind-body medicine; hypnosis; PTSD; bereavement; supervision and training. Research interests: health psychology; efficacy of alternative therapies; knowledge about / attitudes toward older adults and people with physical disabilities. Academic appointments: Assistant Professor, Menninger Department of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine. Professional memberships: American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH), APA, TPA, HPA, AVAPL, International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Gerontological Society of America. ASCH Certification in Clinical Hypnosis; Member, National Registry of Health Service Providers in Psychology.

JILL WANNER, Ph.D.: Mental Health Inpatient Program Returning OEF/OIF/OND Veterans Environment of Recovery (ROVER)
University of Tulsa, 2009. Kansas licensure. Psychologist ROVER program. Theoretical Orientation: Integrated with strong emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral. Clinical interests: group and individual therapy, assessment and treatment of veterans with a complex clinical presentation, treatment of combat trauma. Research interests: returning OEF/OIF veterans, complex trauma, clinical outcomes of evidence based treatment and treatment of nightmares.

RACHEL WELLS, Ph.D.: PTSD Clinical Team
Washington University, 2005. Texas Licensure. Focus of clinical work: Treating veterans with a substance use disorder and other Axis I mental illnesses. Theoretical orientation: eclectic, with an emphasis on CBT and motivational interviewing. Clinical interests: evidence-based treatments for addiction disorders; individual therapy; couples therapy; CBT for insomnia; health psychology. Research interests: evaluating the effectiveness of substance use treatment. Academic appointment: Assistant Professor, Menninger Department of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine. Professional Memberships: APA, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Houston Psychological Society.

WRIGHT WILLIAMS, Ph.D., ABPP: PTSD Clinical Team
Florida State University, 1978. Texas licensure. Diplomate in Clinical Psychology. Supervisor, Trauma Recovery Program. Scientist Practitioner. Theoretical Orientation: Psychodynamic, systemic, eclectic. Clinical Interests: Group and individual therapy, personality assessment. Research Interests: The effectiveness of group psychotherapy among veterans with PTSD, and the relationship between personality and physical health in veterans with PTSD. Academic appointments: Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Houston. Professional Memberships: APA, TPA, HPA, American Group Psychotherapy Association, and Houston Group Psychotherapy Society. Certified Group Psychotherapist, Member, National Registry of Health Service Providers in Psychology.

DARLENE WITCHER, Ph.D.: PTSD Clinical Team
Louisiana State University, 1990. Texas licensure. Supervisor, Trauma Recovery Program. Theoretical Orientation: cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, systemic, eclectic in treatment approach. Clinical interests: individual, group, family therapies, treatment of personality disorder, psychopharmacology. Research/Publications: Marital satisfaction, eating disorders.

KAKI YORK, Ph.D.: Associate Director, General Mental Health Clinic; Preceptor for Clinical Psychology HIV/HCV Fellowship
University of Southern Mississippi, 2006. Alabama and Texas licensure. Primary Care Mental Health Program. Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive Behavioral incorporating elements of Mindfulness and Acceptance. Clinical interests: individual therapy, health psychology interventions and pre-surgical evaluations for transplant and bariatric/metabolic surgeries. Research interests: psychophysiologic effects of stress on the cardiovascular system and factors effecting health related quality of life. Academic appointments: Assistant Professor, Menninger Department of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine; University of Houston – Clear Lake, Psychology, Adjunct Assistant Professor. Professional Memberships: APA, APS, INS, Div 38 and Div 40.

JEFFREY WEST, Ph.D.: Behavioral Medicine Program (BMP) - Pain Program
University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1988. Louisiana licensure. Staff Psychologist and Pain Psychologist, Primary Care Mental Health Unit; Supervisor, Chronic Pain Rotation. Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive/Behavioral/Eclectic. Clinical interests: group and individual therapy, assessment and treatment of chronic pain and coping, health psychology consultation, pain and co-morbidities, treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Research interests: coping with chronic pain, program development re: chronic pain treatment and coping, stepped care model of chronic pain treatment, pain and PTSD, sleep and pain. Clinical Associate Professor, Menninger Department of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine; Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Neurology, Tulane University School of Medicine. Professional Memberships: APA. Other: Site POC to the National VHA Pain Committee (and outgoing POC to the National VHA Pain Committee, VISN 9); National Mental Health Lead for Behavioral Health Section, Disaster Emergency Response Personnel System; Founding Member VHA National Emergency Management Steering Committee; Certified Provider for Prolonged Exposure (PE) evidence-based treatment for PTSD.

MICHELE K. YORK, Ph.D.: Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center (PADRECC), Neurology Care Line
Vanderbilt University, 1998. Supervisor, Clinical Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship. Texas licensure. Clinical Interests: neuropsychological evaluation of adults with movement disorders, pre and post deep brain stimulation surgical evaluation of patients with Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor, and differential diagnosis of dementias. Research Interests: Neuropsychological evaluation of deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease, neuroimaging of patients with movement disorders, and cognitive rehabilitation programs for Parkinson’s disease. Academic appointment: Assistant Professor of Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine. Professional memberships: International Neuropsychological Society, Houston Neuropsychological Society, American Academy of Neurology, International Movement Disorders Society.