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President, Jennifer Doran, Ph.D.

Email: jenniferdoranphd@gmail.com

Jennifer Doran, Ph.D. currently serves as President of the Connecticut Psychological Association. She has been actively involved in CPA, serving on the Membership Committee and as the 2019 Chair of Communications. Dr. Doran is a former Chair of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students and has been active in APA as part of this role as well as an early career psychologist leader. Most recently she served as the Co-Chair of the Division 18 (Psychologists in Public Service) Policy and Advocacy Committee and as a Member-at-Large on the Division 31 (SPTA Affairs) Board of Directors.

Dr. Doran received her doctoral degree from The New School for Social Research in New York City before moving to Connecticut for her internship at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, where she specialized in PTSD and general outpatient mental health. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at VA Connecticut’s National Center for PTSD and Yale School of Medicine, where she investigated both the merits and limitations of specialty PTSD treatments. Dr. Doran currently works as the Associate Director for Mental Health at the VA VISN 1 Clinical Resource Hub, based out of VA Connecticut, a telehealth hub that provides clinical services to veterans in underserved rural communities throughout the New England region. Dr. Doran is presently an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. She is actively involved in psychology education and training both locally and nationally.

Dr. Doran’s clinical areas of expertise are assessment, trauma/PTSD, veteran mental health, principle-based psychotherapy, and general outpatient mental health. Research interests include psychotherapy process and outcome, assessment, intervention effectiveness and evidence-based treatment, as well as psychology education and training issues. She is an active advocate for the profession and is passionate about improving mental health access, providing high-quality mental health treatment, clinical supervision and training the next generation of psychologists, elevating psychology as a science and using psychology to develop and inform policy, promoting and supporting social justice and diversity initiatives, and championing graduate student and early career issues.

Past President, Anne Klee, Ph.D.

Email: anne.klee@yale.edu

Anne is the current President of the Connecticut Psychological Association. She has been a member of CPA since 2006, but started to get involved in the organization four years ago serving as the Federal Advocacy Coordinator. She has experience working in other professional organizations as a past President of Psychologists in Public Service (Division 18) of the American Psychological Association (APA), current APA Council Representative for Division 18, and the Chair-elect for the APA Public Interest Caucus. Regionally, she is a member of the CT State Innovation Model Practice Transformation Task Force and serves locally on her town human services commission.

Dr. Klee received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University, her graduate degree from Yeshiva University and completed predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships at the Yale University School of Medicine. For the past 15 years, she has worked at the Errera Community Care Center of VA Connecticut Healthcare where she is the Director of the Interprofessional Fellowship in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and the Director of Peer Services. Over the past several years, she has co-authored several clinical grants including one to establish the Wellness Center at the Errera Community Care Center with the mission of providing individualized health promotion services to individuals with serious mental illnesses. In addition, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry of the Yale School of Medicine.

In all, she is devoted to training and supporting the work of peer specialists, developing quality, recovery-oriented programs for individuals with SMI, training the next generation of clinicians in the field of psychosocial rehabilitation, and engaging them in careers in public mental health.

Treasurer, Mark Spellmann, PhD

Email: markspellmannphd@gmail.com

Dr. Spellmann is a clinical psychologist with over 25 years of direct clinical practice experience. He received his PhD. from Yeshiva University in Clinical Psychology, and an M.A. and M.Ed. from Teachers College, Columbia University in Psychology. He completed three years of postgraduate training at the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy. He has provided clinical training through teaching and supervision programs in hospital and private practice settings.

Dr. Spellmann has served as both full-time and adjunct faculty member at NYU and CUNY, and has taught courses in psychology, research methodology and statistics.

Dr. Spellmann also has extensive experience as a research psychologist in the area of social policy for children, teens and seniors. He held an appointment as a Senior Research Scientist at New York University for over 10 years. He was the Principal Investigator (PI) on a 10-year federally funded outcome study of Early Head Start, a new federal program that extends Head Start to children in the 0-3 age range; and was also the PI on a three-year social and cognitive development outcome study in Head Start agencies on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. He was the Research Director at NYU of the New York City arm of a multi-site CDC funded five-year outcome study of innovative school and community violence reduction programs. He has conducted a range of outcome evaluation studies on character development programs in New York City public schools, in partnership with the Leadership Program and with Creative Connections.

Dr. Spellmann also has an extensive background in health communications. He was director of Research and Insights at Unit 7, an Omnicom communications agency, for five years. His research and work on interventions to improve health behaviors cover a wide range of chronic medical conditions including ADHD, chronic pain, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, HIV, migraine, late stage cancer, orthopedics, PTSD, eating disorders, gastrointestinal pathology and sexual functioning.

Dr. Spellmann’s license as a psychologist in Connecticut is # 3152, and # 068120 in the State of New York. His NPI # is 1710244017.

www.markspellmannphd.com

 

Secretary, Meghan Butler, Psy.D.

Email: dr.meghanbutler@gmail.com

Meghan is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Glastonbury.  In 2011, she returned to her home state from Chicago, where she graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  Her areas of clinical interest include working with infant and early childhood mental health, children and families.  Prior to private practice, she trained and worked in community mental health and participated in The National Health Service Corp. 

Working with diverse, underserved, and multi-stressed communities shaped her understanding of psychology and interest in trauma and attachment work.  In past administrative roles, she has partnered with medical providers and elementary schools to enhance mental health services; and connected graduate students to local community agencies for service learning projects.  Involvement in these community programs at the clinical and administrative levels has fortified her value of collaboration with community figures, belief in the importance of interventions at the systemic level, and desire to promote social justice and mental health awareness. It is with these experiences, skills, and values that she hopes to contribute to the goals and mission of CPA.

For 2016 and 2017, she served the CPA Board of Directors as Early Career Representative where she developed infrastructure for the position with both short term and long term goals for engaging the ECP community.  By enhancing communication and recognition of ECPs, she aimed to recruit new licensed providers to participate in CPA projects and legislative advocacy.  Additionally, she contributed to major board projects including enhancing Continuing Education events, exploring prescription privileges, and modernizing CPA’s presence through the development of a new website.  Currently, she serves as Secretary to the Board and on the Membership Committee with the goal of expanding our reach to local psychologists through membership growth.  

Council Representative, Elizabeth I. Rathbun, LPC, PsyD.

Email: therapywithelizabeth@gmail.com

Elizabeth is proud to advocate for legislative issues for advances in psychology at the federal level. Moreover, she is extremely passionate and knowledgeable about the mission and goals of CPA. She has served on the CPA board in various capacities for over 10 years. Previously, she served as Secretary on the executive board, Early Career Representative previous from 2005 – 2007 and before that time, she served as the CPA student advocacy fellow, where she facilitated state and federal legislative issues relevant to Connecticut Psychologists and their clients. In addition, she served as the student CPA board member from 2006 – 2009, where she helped organize and spearhead multiple community events, seminars and workshops that focused on acknowledging efforts and raising funds for mental health needs and issues in CT and nationally.

Collectively, these experiences provided her a rare opportunity as a future psychologist. She has over 15 years of clinical experience in various mental health service agencies as a therapist, and she just recently began private practice and has offices in New Haven and Westport. Previously, she spent over 5 years at Yale Stress Center, where she conducted individual and group therapy focused on addictive behaviors, disordered eating, mindfulness, and stress reduction. Her specific clinical interests include evaluation and treatment of disordered eating, addictive behaviors, stress, trauma, and health psychology. She looks forward to using clinical expertise, passion for psychology, past CPA experience, and strong interpersonal skills toward supporting CPA governance, members, and contributing to the guild in the state of CT and nationally. 

Early Career Representative, Darius Fathi, Psy.D.

Email: dfathi@gmail.com

Darius is an early career psychologist and behavioral health director of a federally qualified health center in Danbury,  CT. Dr. Fathi provides psychological services and manages a team of four social workers and a psychiatrist, in an interdisciplinary primary care setting. Here, he also works on the front lines addressing the opioid crisis and partnered with physicians and nurse practitioners at his practice to develop an outpatient suboxone treatment program for adults with opiate addiction. He also works part-time in a group private practice in Darien, where he works with teens, adults and couples.

Dr. Fathi is a CT resident with a strong interest in promoting psychology advocacy throughout our state. He is very passionate about the politics of psychology, increasing access to mental health services, and public outreach. His mission as an Early Career Representative is to represent the voice of early career psychologists in CT and advocate with the CPA for the rights and interests of our profession.

His action items and interests include: Promoting psychology education, awareness, and increasing access to services; Addressing the Opioid Epidemic; Earlier eligibility for doctoral trainees in CT to take the EPPP exam; Increasing CPA membership, collaboration, and participation; RxP – supporting prescription privileges for trained psychologists.

Student Representative, Alex Steel

Email: steel@hartford.edu

 

Alex Steel (she/her/hers) is a second-year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology through the University of Hartford’s Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology (GIPP). Alongside this, Alex serves as an academic coach at the Office of AccessAbility Services, and is an active member of GIPP’s Multicultural & Diversity Committee. Prior to her current program, Alex earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Spanish from Eastern Connecticut State University, and her master’s degree in Bilingual and Multicultural Education from Universidad Alcala de Henares in Madrid, Spain. While in Madrid, she partnered with the Spanish government to investigate English as a Second Language (ESL) programs in the bilingual school setting for children with special needs.

With interests in bilingual counseling, mental health care disparities within marginalized populations, LGBTQ+ mental healthcare, and eco-therapeutic interventions for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Alex currently engages in diversity and social justice oriented research under the guidance of Dr. Michael Gale. Clinically, she works with children with special needs, monolingual Spanish speakers, and transgender persons of color. On the weekends, Alex can be found hiking with her golden retriever, starring in her own version of “Chopped” (featuring graduate student refrigerator contents), and studying for her Spanish language fluency examination.

Diversity Representative, Wendy Waithe Simmons, Ph.D.

Email: wsimmons@nhchild.org

Dr. Simmons is the Executive Director of New Haven Children’s Ideal Learning District (NH ChILD). She is also a licensed psychologist with more than 25 years of experience working with children and families. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Early Childhood Department at Gateway Community College; a member of the Expert Advisory Panel for the University of Connecticut’s Pre-K to 3 Leadership Program; and a member the New Haven Public Schools District Equity Leadership Team Advisory.

Throughout her career, she has been involved in children and families’ lives through teaching, direct clinical service, consultation, program development, and research in both educational and clinical settings. She believes that all children deserve to have the opportunity to have multiple pathways towards success. She has a specific interest in developing and implementing programs for children from various backgrounds who have been experiencing social, behavioral, and/or academic challenges, particularly for children birth through five years of age.

Dr. Simmons received her doctoral training in School Psychology at the University of South Carolina and post-doctoral child clinical training at the Child Study Center at Yale University.

Practice Representative, Stuart Sokol, Ph.D.

Email: stujay@gmail.com

Stuart is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Hamden, CT. Dr. Sokol works with adults and adolescents, specializing in treating anxiety disorders and stress-related problems. He has worked for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and has an extensive background in forensic psychology, and he has served as an Adjunct Clinical Faculty member for the Psychiatry Department at Yale University School of Medicine, teaching and supervising residents in psychiatry in CBT.

He has also been a Clinical Associate for graduate psychology programs in CT, MA, and Puerto Rico. He has been a research psychologist at Yale’s Anxiety Disorders Research Clinic and has been involved in teaching and supervising programs for psychology research projects in the community.

Public Interest Representative, Kathleen Chapman, Ph.D.

Email: chapmankathleen@hotmail.com

Kathleen has been practicing psychology since 1997 in a variety of treatment settings and currently has a part time private practice. For the past 18 years she has worked full time for River Valley Services (RVS), a DMHAS operated community mental health center and currently direct the facility’s Quality Improvement program.  She works as part of team to ensure that clients receive services informed by best practice and incorporates measurement to monitor quality and effectiveness. Additionally she has been a supervisor for the recently closed Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship at RVS.  

She has been fortunate to work as supervisor and co-investigator for many intern research projects that relate to the public interest. Currently, she has worked to implement best practices in suicide assessment and interventions at RVS, and throughout the state.  As part of that effort she is working with CPA, CTNASW, CTAMFT, CCSU and DMHAS to develop a curriculum to train Connecticut mental health practitioners in suicide prevention. Dr. Chapman also serves on the CPA Legislative Committee.  She is deeply committed to Psychology as a profession and to  addressing public issues including suicide, addiction, stigma, issues facing the disenfranchised and the mentally ill, and access to effective treatment.

Science Representative, Jessica W. Guite, Ph.D. 

Email: jessicawguite@gmail.com

Jessica has served as the Science Representative for the Connecticut Psychological Association since 2018 and a proud member of CPA since 2012. Dr. Guite was further honored in 2019 with CPA’s Distinguished Contribution to the Science of Psychology Award. Her involvement in CPA includes participation on the Legislative, Child and Family, and Convention Committees and she has served in a leadership role on the CPA Board of Directors since 2018. She is a longtime member of the American Psychological Association, APA’s Division 54 (Pediatric Psychology), and the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) among other professional organizations.

Dr. Guite’s professional background includes work as a researcher, licensed psychologist (CT and PA), consultant, and healthcare innovator with experience that spans digital health tech, non-profit, university, and academic medical settings. She received her PhD from Vanderbilt University, with internship and fellowship training through the Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium. She next served as a staff psychologist and clinical researcher at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Guite relocated her clinical research program in 2012 to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center where she directed grant-funded interdisciplinary research projects, delivered clinical care and provided supervision/training. She forged multiple interdisciplinary and organizational relationships through cross-matrixed positions across CT Children’s, The Institute of Living, Hartford Hospital and academic appointments as an Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut’s Schools of Medicine and Nursing. Through her research collaborations and consulting work she blends her passion for psychological science and health care innovation. She is a committed advocate for youth, families, and other disadvantaged populations and to advancing “whole person” health care access for all.

Region 1 Representative, Jennifer Ferrand, Ph.D.

 

Email: Jennifer.Ferrand@hhchealth.org

Jennifer is a board certified clinical health psychologist.  She has worked at Hartford Hospital/The Institute of Living for 12 years and is currently the program manager of the Division of Health Psychology.  She also has a small private practice in Glastonbury. 

Her current clinical interests and responsibilities are in primary care psychology, pain management and health behavior change.  She completed her training in CT and is aware of issues facing those practicing in our state.  She is also active as a clinical supervisor and is aware of issues relevant for trainees and early career psychologists.   As a health psychologist, she is committed to health care reform and advocating for psychologists in primary care and other integrated care settings.

Region 2 Representative, Sharif Okasha, Psy.D.

 

Email: dr.sharifokasha@gmail.com

Sharif Okasha is a graduate from the California School of Professional Psychology where he earned his doctorate in clinical psychology. As an undergraduate, he earned a B.A. in Psychology from Boston College.  Dr. Okasha joined CPA in 2015 and recently joined the board of directors as the Region 2 representative.  He has been providing therapeutic and assessment services for the past 15 years, and joined Comprehensive Psychiatric Care in September of 2014. He is an experienced play therapist, and has worked successfully with many children in this modality.  With teens and adults, he works primarily from a psychodynamic model, which focuses on developing self awareness and understanding of one’s emotional life as a means for greater satisfaction in relationships. 

Region 3 Representative, Stephanie Pennington, Ph.D.

 

Email:  stephanielpennington@gmail.com

Stephanie was born in the Northeast, obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Fairfield University, and moved out West to San Diego for graduate school where she remained until 2016. When she returned to CT, she was licensed as a psychologist in February 2017. She initially worked for Wheeler Clinic in adolescent assessment for the Courts and DCF. She has since joined the Comprehensive Neuropsychological Services, where she conducts neuropsychological examinations for children, adolescents, and adults. Her area of expertise/interest is in assessment and evaluation, and she conducts all types of forensic, clinical, and neuropsychological evaluation, although she has also done both long-term individual and group therapy.

Since becoming licensed as a psychologist in CT, she has been seeking ways to become involved in the psychological community. After attending the yearly CPA conference, she was delighted to meet many of the psychologists in the state and to witness the supportive and welcoming nature of everyone. As Region 3 Representative, she would like to work to continue the collegial atmosphere through additional regional professional meetings, both informally and formally, on a more regular basis. She is honored to serve on the Board of Directors in this capacity.

Region 4 Representative, Ralph Balducci, Ph.D.

 

Email: drralphbalducci@gmail.com

Ralph is a psychologist in private practice in Westport and serves on the CPA Board as the Region 4 representative (Fairfield County).  He does office-based psychotherapy with older adolescents and adults and conduct substance abuse evaluations with adults and adolescents for determination of possible treatment and level of care needs.  He also does forensic evaluations for various Courts in the child protection, juvenile justice, and adult criminal realms.

Region 5 Representative, Dana Martinez, Psy.D.

 

Email: DanaMartinez@gmail.com

I am an alumnus of The University of Hartford’s Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology. I have been in private practice in Newtown since 2002, but have worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient, child guidance clinics, partial hospitals, and outpatient. I am bicultural and bilingual and work with children, adolescents, and adults in therapy and conduct psychological evaluations in Spanish and English. Thus far, my involvement in CPA has been limited, but now that my four boys are older, I look forward to increasing my participation beginning with the Region 5 Representative position.

General Leadership

 

Federal Advocacy Coordinator, Anne Klee, Ph.D. –  annekleephd@gmail.com

Convention and CE Chair, Ilene Grueneberg, PhD – Ilene4kids@aol.com

Education Chair, Brett Steinberg, PhD, ABPP – drsteinberg@clinicalneuropsych.com

Education Chair, Shiva Rezvan, PhD –  psychologybox@yahoo.com

Public Education Coordinator, Elaine Ducharme, PhD, ABPP -drducharme@drelaineducharme.com

Legislative Committee Chair, Marcy Russo, PhD – drmkane71@aol.com

Membership Committee Chair, Stuart Sokol, PhD – stujay@gmail.com

Membership Committee Chair, Meghan Butler, PsyD – dr.meghanbutler@gmail.com

Ethnic Diversity Task Force Chair, Angela M. Haeny, PhD – angela.haeny@yale.edu

Professional Affairs Committee Co-Chair, Ralph Balducci, PhD – drralphbalducci@gmail.com

Professional Affairs Committee Co-Chair, Brett Steinberg, PhD, ABPP – drsteinberg@clinicalneuropsych.com

Senior Career Committee Chair, Wilbur J. Nelson, Jr., PhD – wnelson283@yahoo.com

Forensic Division Co-Chair, Eric Frazer, PsyD – mail@drericfrazer.com

Forensic Division Co-Chair, Stephanie Leite, PsyD – stephanie@drleite.com

Neuropsychology Division Chair, Tim Belliveau, PhD, ABPP – Tbelliveau@hfsc.org

Social Justice Series Co-Chair, Shiva Rezvan, PhD – psychologybox@yahoo.com

Social Justice Series Co-Chair, Janan Wyatt, PhD – drjananwyatt@gmail.com

Early Career Psychologist Leadership Academy Co-Chair, Derek Fenwick, PsyD – Derek.fenwick@me.com

Early Career Psychologist Leadership Academy Co-Chair, Michelle Arkow Pievsky, PhD – Michelle.a.pievsky@gmail.com

CPA Educational Foundation President, John G. Mehm, PhD – mehm@hartford.edu

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