CPA Board of Directors
President, Jennifer Doran, Ph.D.
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.
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, Ph.D.
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.
Secretary, Derek Fenwick, Psy.D.
Derek A. Fenwick, Psy.D. (he/him/his) is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who currently works for Hartford HealthCare (HHC)/Institute of Living helping run 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 from 2019-2020.
Dr. Fenwick received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. 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 currently working on several initiatives within HHC to reduce health/mental health disparities for the LGBTQ community. In addition, he is co-chair of HHC’s LGBTQ+ College Resource Group (CRG). Dr. Fenwick is also involved professionally with Connecticut Psychological Association (CPA) as the Secretary (Term 2022-2024). He previously participated in the CPA Early Career Psychologist Leadership Academy in 2020, and was the co-chair for the Leadership Academy in 2021. He was also awarded in 2021 by CPA with the ‘Distinguished Contribution as an Early Career Psychologist’ Award.
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, Jessica Lawson, Ph.D.
Jessica Lawson, Ph.D. is an early career clinical psychologist currently serving as the early career representative for the Connecticut Psychological Association. She is an active member of CPA and is co-leading CPA’s 2022 Early Career Leadership Academy.
Jessica received her doctoral degree from Yeshiva University and completed her clinical research postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine. She has expertise in behavioral medicine and health psychology particularly for the treatment of obesity, eating and weight concerns. She currently works as a staff psychologist for the VA Connecticut Healthcare System Clinical Resource Hub, providing short and long-term psychotherapy and primary care mental health integration service via telemental health to veterans across rural New England. She also holds an Assistant Professor academic appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine.
She is involved in psychology education and training and her research interests include outcomes and change in psychosocial variables following treatment for obesity and disordered eating as well as the study of telemental health and implementation science. In her role as early career representative, she is keen to advocate for the professional needs of early career psychologists across CT and cultivate the early career psychologist voice within CPA.
Student Representative, Derrick Roberts, MA
Derrick Roberts (he/him/his) is a first-year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology through the University of Hartford’s Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology (GIPP). Derrick is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and is licensed in the state of Connecticut. He earned his bachelor’s degree in experimental psychology and master’s degree in special education.
For the past several years Derrick has worked in the school setting, clinical setting and in homes providing robust therapeutic treatment to children and families. His current interest are in neuropsychology, assessment, and trauma. Derrick is also a member of GIPP’s Multicultural & Diversity Committee where students address issues related to social injustice and racial inequality. Derrick is passionate about breaking barriers and creating access to treatment for underserved communities.
Diversity Representative, Wendy Waithe Simmons, Ph.D.
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, Carissa Phipps, Ph.D.
Carissa Phipps, Ph.D. is the CEO & Founder of Small Victories Wellness Services, PLLC, and a Licensed Psychologist. She was born and raised near Kansas City, MO, and attended graduate school at the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk Jayhawk!) where she earned a doctorate in counseling psychology. Her dissertation research explored feelings of marginalization in first-generation college students.
Dr. Phipps has been providing psychotherapy since 2009. She has multiple years of specialized training with young adults in college counseling centers. She has also worked in community mental health centers, a VA hospital, and a substance abuse recovery facility. Advocating for social justice, including racial justice, LGBTQ+ rights, and intersectional feminism, is an integral part of her professional and personal identity.
Carissa is a trained generalist, meaning she can independently treat many presenting concerns. However, her primary clinical interests include mood disorders (i.e., depression, anxiety), young adults navigating major life transitions or healing from childhood trauma, first-generation college students, perfectionism, increasing self-worth, relationship concerns (i.e., divorce/break-ups, repairing communication, vulnerability in dating life), and women of size struggling with body shame and weight oppression.
Public Interest Representative, Derrick Gordon, Ph.D.
Derrick Gordon, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology Section) at Yale University School of Medicine.
Dr. Gordon has experience in policy, evaluation, intervention, prevention development, and consultation. His work focuses on increasing services and programs that positively impact the health and wellbeing of family and community life. In support of this work, he has led policy and practice driven initiatves focused in areas of engagement of low-income, non-custodial fathers; juvenile justice; child welfare; men transitioning from prison back to the community; the identification and service of adolescent fathers committed to child protection services; men mandated to batterer intervention groups in the community; increasing the achievement (e.g., educational, relational, and civic involvement) of residents from urban and sub-urban settings that face multiple risks that undermine being successful citizens; and bringing mental health services to non-traditional contexts to underserved individuals. Overall Dr. Gordon in his research seeks to increase the health and well being of individuals and communities on the “fringes.
Science Representative, Krysten Bold, Ph.D.
Krysten Bold, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in substance use treatment and research. Krysten received her doctoral degree from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and moved to Connecticut to complete her predoctoral internship training and a NIDA T32 postdoctoral fellowship at Yale School of Medicine. Krysten currently works as an Assistant Professor at Yale School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry.
In this role, Krysten leads several clinical research studies focused on tobacco intervention and policy, provides outpatient tobacco treatment at Yale Medicine, and is involved in clinical training and supervision. Specific research interests include examining youth tobacco use to inform treatment development, investigating ways to utilize technology to advance treatment delivery, expanding access to smoking cessation services through treatment implementation in specialized medical and community settings, and studying the effects of potential tobacco regulatory policies to support state and federal regulations to protect public health. Her research has been widely cited, including in the US Surgeon General’s Report on e-cigarette use among youth and young adults. She also serves on the Treatment Network Advisory Committee for the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.
Region 1 Representative (Hartford County),
Rocio Chang-Angulo, Psy.D.
Rocio Chang-Angulo is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and a faculty affiliate at the UConn Health Disparities Institute and the University of Connecticut Latin Studies.
Rocio has clinical and educational roles at UConn Health, including providing care to medical/dental/graduate students, patients, and families, supervising and teaching students, residents, and fellows. Her roles are focused on enhancing diversity and equity practices. As a result, she is the co-chair of the Latino Medical Student Association, a founder of the Antiracist Trauma-Informed System Transformation (ARTIST), and a School of Medicine Diversity Council member. She has experience providing clinical care to children, adolescents, and families dealing with emotional dysregulation. Being fully bilingual and bicultural, Rocio has spent most of her career implementing culturally appropriate services to diverse communities, developing unique skills essential for building relationships across cultures, and establishing a vast network of individuals in the medical health community.
Region 2 Representative (New London County),
Meghan Butler, Psy.D.
Meghan Butler, Psy.D. currently serves as Representative for Region 2 (Eastern CT) and 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.
Region 3 Representative, (New Haven County)
Lucas Driskell, Ph.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.
Dr. Driskell has experience working on other professional organizations such as the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (SCN; Division 40), APA’s Rehabilitation Psychology (Division 22), and the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN). From 2017 to 2019 he proudly served as the Chair of SCN’s student organization, the Association of Neuropsychology Students & Trainees (ANST). In response to the COVID-19 pandemic he cofounded KnowNeuropsychology, an independent organization that promotes the international exchange of scientific knowledge and advancement of neuropsychology as a specialty via equitable access to education.
While most of his time on professional organizations has been dedicated to specialties within the field of clinical psychology, he is excited to broaden his scope and serve the local psychology community as a whole. He recognizes that the greater New Haven region is a large hub for psychologists and is excited for the opportunity to help facilitate collaboration and networking.
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)
Dana Martinez, Psy.D.
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.
Federal Advocacy Coordinator, Anne Klee, Ph.D. – firstname.lastname@example.org
Convention and CE Chair, Stephanie Pennington, Ph.D. – email@example.com
Education Chair, Brett Steinberg, Ph.D., ABPP – firstname.lastname@example.org
Education Chair, Shiva Rezvan, Ph.D. – email@example.com
Public Education Committee Chair, Kathleen Chapman, Ph.D. – firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Education Coordinator, Elaine Ducharme, Ph.D., ABPP – email@example.com
Legislative Committee Chair, Marcy Russo, Ph.D. – firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership Committee Co-Chair, Meghan Butler, Psy.D. – email@example.com
Membership Committe Co-Chair, Stuart Sokol, Ph.D. – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ethnic Diversity Task Force Chair, Angela M. Haeny, Ph.D. – email@example.com
Professional Affairs Committee Co-Chair, Ralph Balducci, Ph.D. – firstname.lastname@example.org
Professional Affairs Committee Co-Chair, Brett Steinberg, Ph.D., ABPP – email@example.com
Senior Career Committee Chair, Wilbur J. Nelson, Jr., Ph.D. – firstname.lastname@example.org
Forensic Division Co-Chair, Eric Frazer, Psy.D. – email@example.com
Forensic Division Co-Chair, Stephanie Leite, Psy.D. – firstname.lastname@example.org
Neuropsychology Division Chair, Tim Belliveau, Ph.D., ABPP – Tbelliveau@hfsc.org
Social Justice Series Co-Chair, Shiva Rezvan, Ph.D. – email@example.com
Social Justice Series Co-Chair, Janan Wyatt, Ph.D. – firstname.lastname@example.org
Early Career Psychologist Leadership Academy Co-Chair, Jessica Lawson, Ph.D. – email@example.com
Early Career Psychologist Leadership Academy Co-Chair, Kristin Serowik, Ph.D. – Kristin.firstname.lastname@example.org
CPA Educational Foundation President, John G. Mehm, Ph.D. – email@example.com
- Connecticut Psychological Association Education Foundation – John G. Mehm, Ph.D.
- Executive Management Company – Grassroots CT – Tricia Dinneen Priebe and Lisa A. Winkler
- Lobbying Firm – Capitol Consulting
- Advocacy Fellow – <VACANT>
- Elections and Nominations – Anne Klee, Ph.D.
- Membership Committee – Meghan Butler, Psy.D. and Stu Sokol, Ph.D. , Co-Chairs
- Disaster Response Network – Candice Weigle-Spier, Psy.D.
- Public Education Committee – Kathleen Chapman, Ph.D.
- Children & Families Committee – Barbara Ward-Zimmerman, Ph.D. and Carolyn Greene, Ph.D. and Sherry Kelly, Ph.D., Co-Chairs
- Awards Committee – Anne Klee, Ph.D.
- Convention and Continuing Education – Stephanie Pennington, Ph.D.
- Diversity Committee – Wendy Simmons, Ph.D.
- Professional Affairs Committee – Brett Steinberg, Ph.D., ABPP and Ralph Balducci, Ph.D., Co-Chairs
- Senior Career Committee – Wilbur J. Nelson Jr., Ph.D.
- Ethnic Diversity Task Force – Angela Haeny,Ph.D.
- Health Care Reform Task Force – Barbara Ward-Zimmerman, Ph.D.
- Prescriptive Authority for Properly Trained Psychologists – Barbara Bunk, Ph.D. and David Greenfield, Ph.D.
- PSYPACT Taskforce – Carrissa Phipps, Ph.D.
- CT Suicide Advisory Board – Kathleen Chapman, Ph.D. and Candice Weigle-Spier, Psy.D.
- CT Task Force to Study Policies and Procedures Adopted by Each Institution of Higher Education Regarding the Prevention and Treatment of Mental Illness. – Carrissa Phipps, Ph.D., Nick Pinkerton, Psy.D. and Janet Spoltore, Ph.D.