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President, Derek Fenwick, Psy.D.

Derek A. Fenwick (he/him/his) is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who currently works for Hartford HealthCare (HHC) / Institute of Living (IOL).  He is the Clinical Coordinator of The Right Track/LGBTQ Specialty Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) within Young Adult Services.  The IOP focuses on the unique needs of the LGBTQ+ population who are at greater risk for psychosocial stressors, negative coping, and family rejection along with co-occurring mental health difficulties.  Dr. Fenwick started out as a psychology intern at the Institute of Living in 2018, and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in The Right Track IOP from 2019-2020.

Dr. Fenwick received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL in 2019.  He has experience providing outpatient individual and group therapy, along with psychiatric inpatient services for adults.  His clinical interests include LGBTQ+ adolescents, young adults, and adults, the role of identity development, and understanding personality.  Dr. Fenwick’s work focuses on the unique needs of the LGBTQ+ population with an aim to help clients struggling with significant emotional distress, minority stress, and identity formation. 

Dr. Fenwick is working on several initiatives within HHC to reduce health/mental health disparities for the LGBTQ+ community.  He has played a major role in creating the new Center for Gender Health for HHC, and serves as the Assistant Director for the Center.  Currently, he is also serving as co-chair for the Hartford HealthCare (HHC) LGBTQ+ College Resource Group (CRG).  Dr. Fenwick is also involved professionally with Connecticut Psychological Association (CPA) as the current President-Elect.  He previously held a position on the board as Secretary (Term 2022-2023).  Further, he was a participant in the CPA Early Career Psychologist Leadership Academy in 2020, and was the co-chair for the Leadership Academy in 2021.

In 2021, Dr. Fenwick was awarded by CPA with the ‘Distinguished Contribution as an Early Career Psychologist’ Award.   Dr. Fenwick also received the 2022 Hartford Hospital David Hull, MD Young Practitioner Award from the Hartford Hospital Medical Staff.  This award is given in recognition of leadership, excellence in clinical care and research, innovation, teaching, advocacy and activism on behalf of the art and science of medicine and the Hartford Hospital community. 

Past President, Jennifer Doran, Ph.D.

Jennifer Doran, Ph.D. has been actively involved in CPA for several years, serving previously as President, as well as 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.

Treasurer, Lucas Driskell, Psy.D.

Dr. Lucas Driskell is an early career clinical neuropsychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, CT. He completed his doctoral education at Nova Southeastern University, his internship at Baylor College of Medicine, followed by his two-year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology in the Department of Neurology at the University of Virginia. Clinically, Dr. Driskell has a specialty in evaluating patients with cerebrovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. Much of research thus far has pertained to education, training, and advocacy within the field of clinical neuropsychology.

Secretary, Jessica Feliciano, Psy.D.

 

Dr. Feliciano is a clinical psychologist currently working at the Institute of Living (IOL) at Hartford Healthcare. Dr. Feliciano completed her graduate training in clinical psychology with a focus on child and adolescent mental health at the University of Hartford, where she was a recipient of the Diversity Fellowship and Presidential Scholarship.  Her predoctoral internship was at the IOL on the child and adolescent track, where she further developed her clinical skills in working with severe mental illness in youth and families.  She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Grace Webb School and conducted research there on the impacts of trauma-sensitive yoga on student mental health. she currently works within a therapeutic school providing individual and group therapy to adolescents impacted by psychotic spectrum disorders.  Dr. Feliciano’s clinical areas of expertise and interests include psychological assessment, PTSD and complex trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, and psychosis.

Council Representative, Elizabeth I. Rathbun, LPC, Psy.D.

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, Courtney Clark, Psy.D., MPH, CPH

Dr. Clark is a Behavioral Health Clinician at Community Health Center, Inc., with expertise in working with children and families with experiences of trauma. She provides integrative psychological services to individuals across the lifespan and is passionate about working with underserved and vulnerable populations. Dr. Clark is a Connecticut credentialed TF-CBT clinician and is currently a co-leader of the Connecticut Psychological Association Early Career Leadership Academy. She is energized by psychology and public health research and practice aimed at exploring not only the detrimental effects of trauma but also resilience, prevention, and systems improvement. Her research interests include caregiver engagement and participation in children’s trauma treatment as well as international child protection and violence prevention. She received her Doctorate of Psychology in School-Clinical Child Psychology from Yeshiva University in 2021 and completed her doctoral internship at New York City Children’s Center, Queens Campus. She completed her postdoctoral residency at Community Health Center, Inc., where she worked both in a community healthcare clinic as well as in a school-based health center. Prior to her psychology education, Dr. Clark earned her Master of Public Health degree at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health where she received a certificate in Public Health and Humanitarian Action. Dr. Clark became interested in psychology and public health during her diverse early professional experiences, which included working in child and family mental health in Northern Ireland and with a homelessness center in South Bend, Indiana.

Student Representative, Brittney Romagna

Britt Romagna is a second-year doctoral student at Fordham University, where she studies Counseling Psychology. Presently, she is completing practicum training in the neuropsychology department at Nuvance Health, conducting neuropsychological evaluations for numerous clinical presentations including psychiatric illness, mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinsonian and Parkinson’s Plus syndromes, and vascular dementia, among others. She is excited to continue training in neuropsychology next year at Yale New Haven Health’s Neuropsychology externship program. Prior to enrolling at Fordham, she gained clinical experience as a licensed professional counselor associate at Mind Body Well Therapy, a Connecticut-based private practice specializing in depression, anxiety, and stress. She also facilitated a weekly support group and served as a case manager at the Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services, advocating for individuals who experienced domestic violence. She currently volunteers for the Radiant Cardinal Project, a CT-based nonprofit committed to connecting, supporting, and empowering those who have been affected by drug addiction and other mental illnesses. 

Diversity Representative, Aieyat Zalzala, Ph.D.

Dr. Zalzala is a counseling psychologist with clinical interests in providing insight-oriented therapy to individuals suffering from severe mental illness, with special emphasis on schizophrenia spectrum disorders. She is also involved in training fellows, residents and interns across disciplines in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her research interests are centered on improving treatment approaches for those with SMI and the intersection of multiculturalism and social justice in mental health care.

Practice Representative, Joy Zelikovsky, Psy.D.

Dr. Joy Zelikovsky is a clinical psychologist and National Health Service Psychologist in New Haven, CT. She is the founder and of Nourish The Heart Counseling in New Haven, Connecticut.  She received her Doctorate in Psychology and a Master’s of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Florida School of Professional Psychology. She has also completed a Master’s of Philosophy in Education and a Master’s of Science in Education in Professional Counseling and Psychological Services, respectively, from the University of Pennsylvania. Joy completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Joy is also credentialed as a National Health Service Psychologist.  Most recently, Joy was the Supervising Psychologist at the University of Southern Mississippi, providing therapeutic services in the college counseling center, and had worked in several other college counseling centers during her training and education. Joy also has experience working in private practice settings and community mental health. As the Director of Eating Disorder Services at Turnbridge Addiction Treatment, Joy uses evidence-based practices and treatments to help both men and women who are struggling with addiction and eating disorder concerns. Joy also continues to teach at the graduate level to help prepare the next generation of mental health clinicians.

Public Interest Representative, Jyothi Vayalakkara, Psy.D.

Dr. Jyothi Vayalakkara is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who has been immersed in her work with mental health and complex trauma for more than two decades. She is currently a Supervising Psychologist with the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (DMHAS-CT) where she is a long-standing board member of the Statewide Advisory Council that works on eliminating health disparities across the socioeconomic spectrum within DMHAS-CT. She has been a multicultural cohort trainer for DMHAS in the past and is currently a facilitator for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) for state employees. She is additionally devoted to working with trauma survivors including military veterans as part of her practice and is the recipient of the Military Challenge Coin for her outstanding contributions to training of military personnel in Fort Bragg, NC on destigmatizing mental illnesses, with a specific focus on PTSD. She has several publications in international journals and books as well as presentations across the globe spanning human rights, mental health and traumatic brain injury.

Science Representative, Kimberly Sain, Ph.D.

Dr. Kimberly Sain earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Southern Illinois University in 2018. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital and a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Anxiety Disorders Center in 2019. She remained on staff at the Anxiety Disorders Center as a psychologist and education and training coordinator and is also an assistant professor at Southern Illinois University. Her unique role bridges clinical care with research and academics to promote evidence-based care in multiple settings. Dr. Sain specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety in children, adolescents, and adults. She is passionate about using the best evidence from research to inform clinical practice. She is an avid consumer of research and has authored and co-authored multiple publications in scientific journals and presentations at national conferences. Her research interests are primarily focused on the mechanisms underlying symptom improvement in CBT for anxiety disorders and the effectiveness of parenting-based interventions for childhood anxiety.

 

Region 1 Representative (Hartford County),

Smith Kidkarndee, Psy.D., HSP

 

Dr. Smith Kidkarndee (he/they) is a licensed clinical psychologist in Connecticut and New York and a PSYPACT provider. They have a thriving private practice, Heart of Wisdom Counseling and Psychological Services, in Glastonbury, CT. Dr. Kidkarndee is also an Associate Director at the University of Hartford, Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology (GIPP). They are committed to training future psychologists, serving as the Director of Practicum training for GIPP doctoral students. Dr. Kidkarndee has a wide range of clinical and research interests, including AAPI Psychology, Clinical Supervision/Training and Consultation, Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, Professional Practice Issues, and Social Justice and Advocacy. Dr. Kidkarndee is a graduate of CPA’s Early Career Leadership Academy (Fall 2020) and currently serves on the Professional Affairs committee. Prior to CPA, they held multiple roles at the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA). They are passionate about supporting the psychology community and advocating for the profession. They look forward to actively meeting and supporting CPA members, from psychology students to licensed providers, in Hartford County while upholding the values and mission of CPA.

Region 2 Representative (New London County),

Julie Wright Psy.D.

 

Dr. Wright is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a concentration in forensic psychology from the William James College. She returned to Connecticut to complete her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship with the University of Connecticut-Correctional Managed Health Care, providing mental health services to justice-involved persons in the Connecticut Department of Correction.

Dr. Wright has 15 years’ experience as a clinician and supervisor of correctional and inpatient forensic mental health services, including in Connecticut’s women’s prison, York Correctional Institution, and Whiting Forensic Hospital. She has extensive experience with crisis mental healthcare, inpatient psychiatric treatment, behavioral management plans, legal/forensic report-writing, testimony, and risk management.

Dr. Wright’s interests include the assessment and treatment of justice-involved persons. She is passionate about creating pathways to mitigate risk while promoting community reintegration. She is also a member of the CPA Forensic Division; and while much of her time has been dedicated to the field of forensic psychology, she is excited to expand her scope and serve the local psychology community as a whole.

Region 3 Representative, (New Haven County)

Kristin Serowik, Ph.D.

 

Kristin Serowik, Ph.D. is an early career psychologist who has expertise in substance use and co-occurring conditions, including PTSD and chronic pain. She delivers evidence-based psychotherapy to veterans in the VISN 1 Clinical Resource Hub at VA Connecticut Healthcare System and is an Assistant Professor at Yale University School of Medicine. 

Dr. Serowik is actively involved in training with psychology trainees at VA Connecticut and medical students at Yale School of Medicine. She is a graduate of CPA’s Early Career Leadership Academy in 2021 and was a co-chair for the 2022 cohort. Dr. Serowik’s program of research focuses on treatment engagement and retention. She is particularly interested in studying the implementation of evidence-based treatments for substance use disorder and co-occurring disorders, as well as the use of telehealth services to enhance treatment engagement for substance use disorder. 

Region 4 Representative, (Fairfield County)

Dariush Fathi, Psy.D.

 

Dariush Fathi is an early career psychologist and behavioral health director at Community Health Center Inc. (CHC), a federally qualified health center in Danbury, Connecticut. Dr. Fathi provides psychological services and manages a team of postdoctoral residents, social workers, student trainees, and psychiatry providers in an interdisciplinary primary care setting. He leads CHC’s group therapy and telehealth training initiatives. At CHC, he also works on the front lines addressing the opioid crisis and with his medical team developed an outpatient medication-assisted treatment program for patients with opioid addiction.

Dr. Fathi has served as the Connecticut Psychological Association’s early career representative from 2018 to 2021. During his tenure, he assisted with the launch of the CPA Webinar series, CPA’s website overhaul, and launched CPA’s Early Career Leadership Academy. Dr. Fathi was an American Psychological Association’s Early Career Leadership Development Fellowship program graduate in the 2020 inaugural class. In addition to these roles, Dr. Fathi works part-time in a group private practice in Darien and lives locally in Norwalk, CT. In 2022 he transitioned roles at CPA to the Region 4 representative, advocating for the needs and interests of Fairfield County psychologists.

Region 5 Representative, (Litchfield County)

Melissa Jourdain, Psy.D.

 

Melissa Jourdain is a clinical psychologist who specializes in Serious Mental Illness (SMI) and is dedicated to the advancement of psychiatric care in inpatient and acute settings. She feels passionate about program development and Psychologists as leaders and advocates. She believes that the more connected we are in this field the more powerful we become. She wants to be a part of facilitating this network and creating connectedness and belonging within an often isolating field.

Executive Director, Meghan Butler, Psy.D.

 

Meghan Butler, Psy.D. currently serves as the Executive Director of CPA, as well as Co-Chair of the Membership Committee. She has been actively involved in CPA since 2013, serving as member of the Healthcare Reform Task Force, Child and Family Committee, and as Early Career Representative from 2016-2017 and Secretary from 2018-2021. Dr. Butler charged efforts to modernize CPA as an organization, including website development, enhancing member benefits, and implementing multi-media marketing.

Dr. Butler received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She completed her predoctoral internship at Jewish Child and Family Services and postdoctoral fellowship at Mt. Sinai Hospital – Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health. Dr. Butler remained in Chicago working in community mental health as part of the National Health Service Corp prior to relocating home to Connecticut. Working with diverse, underserved, and multi-stressed communities shaped her understanding of psychology and interest in trauma and attachment work. In past administrative roles, Dr. Butler partnered with medical providers and elementary schools to enhance mental health services; and connected graduate students to local community agencies for service learning projects.

Presently, Dr. Butler owns an independent practice in Glastonbury. Her areas of clinical expertise are assessment and treatment of trauma and attachment, and complex mood, behavioral, and learning disorders amongst infant and early childhood, school-aged children, adolescents and families. Within her clinical practice, she incorporates brain-based understanding of child development, evidenced based practices, and play and expressive art interventions.

Involvement in these professional experiences fortified Dr. Butler’s 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 Dr. Butler remains committed to the goals and mission of CPA.

General Leadership

 

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

Convention and CE Chair, Stephanie Pennington, Ph.D.stephanielpennington@gmail.com

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

Education Chair, Shiva Rezvan, Ph.D.psychologybox@yahoo.com

Public Education Committee Chair, Kathleen Chapman, Ph.D. chapmankathleen@hotmail.com

Public Education Coordinator, Elaine Ducharme, Ph.D., ABPPdrducharme@drelaineducharme.com

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

Membership Committee Co-Chair, Meghan Butler, Psy.D. – dr.meghanbutler@gmail.com

Membership Committe Co-Chair, Stuart Sokol, Ph.D. – stujay@gmail.com

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

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

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

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

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

Forensic Division Co-Chair, Stephanie Leite, Psy.D.stephanie@drleite.com

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

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

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

Early Career Psychologist Leadership Academy Co-Chair, Jessica Lawson, Ph.D.jessica.lawson@yale.edu

Early Career Psychologist Leadership Academy Co-Chair, Kristin Serowik, Ph.D.Kristin.serowik@yale.edu

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

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