2022 ECP Leadership Academy Co-Chairs
2022 ECP Leadership Academy Alumni
Adrienne Allen earned her Psy.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Hartford in 2015, and completed her postdoctoral training at the Institute of Living’s Schizophrenia Rehabilitation Program and inpatient service. She is currently the Director of Young Adult Services at Connecticut Mental Health Center’s West Haven Mental Health Clinic, where she provides trauma informed care to young adults with serious mental illness. Her major area of focus is on providing trauma sensitive behavioral interventions to clients living in residential and transitional housing programs in the New Haven area. Dr. Allen supervises predoctoral and postdoctoral psychology fellows, and provides clinical intervention trainings to professional staff, trainees, and residential care teams. Her primary research interest is on treating trauma in patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders and other severe and persistent mental illnesses. Dr. Allen is an advocate of the recovery movement, and is an active member of the American Psychological Association (APA).
I graduated with my PhD from Eastern Michigan University in 2019 and went on to a complete a 2-year research fellowship within Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry. In 2021, I transitioned to the VA Connecticut Healthcare System where I am interested in doing health-services related research and aim for a strong emphasis on the integration of clinical work and research. I am also gaining additional training in women’s mental health. My research investigates the intersection of eating and addiction, including the ways which certain types of eating behaviors (e.g., binge-eating) are similar or different from addiction. I am professionally involved with APA’s Division 50 Addiction Psychology and Yale’s Anti-Racism Taskforce.
Alyson Faires, Psy.D. is currently a post-doctoral resident at Community Health Center, Inc., where she provides behavioral health services to clients who come from many different backgrounds and have a variety of presenting concerns. She received her doctoral degree from Radford University (RU) in Virginia. Her doctoral program placed a strong emphasis on multicultural practice, cultural humility, and strengths-based approaches to therapy. She currently incorporates these principles by practicing through a feminist framework. The program at RU also specialized in rural mental health care, where Dr. Faires developed a passion for working with people who have reduced access to care. She has a special interest in working with clients who have previously been incarcerated and has worked in multiple settings with this population, including prison and a psychiatry hospital. She greatly enjoys getting outside and completed her doctoral internship at Montana State University, where she divided her time between therapeutic work within the university counseling center, hiking in the alpine forest, and curling up with her cats.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist and founder of Coastal Behavior Therapy, LLC. I received my Psy.D. from La Salle University in 2015 and completed my pre-doctoral training at Yale University School of Medicine. I specialize in evidence-based cognitive-behavior therapy for a range of psychological difficulties and supervise clinicians in training. I have provided treatment and conducted research in a wide variety of settings, including community mental health centers, hospitals, university-research clinics, and a university counseling center. My research interests have included emotion regulation, disordered eating, and the efficacy of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). I have also led school-based workshops on childhood and adolescent emotional and behavior problems, and on DBT and Risk Assessment at Yale New Haven Hospital and Middlesex Hospital.
Dr. Regina Musicaro’s program of research focuses on risk factors and transdiagnostic mechanisms that lead to onset and maintenance of psychopathology. She also investigates how trauma or adversity impacts mental health and how mental illness puts youth at risk for trauma or adversity. This work informs treatments as well as non-clinical multidisciplinary programs that address these issues. In addition, Dr. Musicaro studies how mental health services influence people’s political thinking and actions. She views her work through a social justice lens, which includes social justice for people suffering from mental illness.
Dr. Brooke Bennett is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Connecticut’s Rudd Center for Food Policy & Health. Dr. Bennett’s research focuses on weight stigma, body image, and evidence-based care for eating disorders. More specifically, she examines social and environmental factors that influence the development and perpetuation of eating and weight disorders with an emphasis on diverse and underserved populations. Second, her research explores the ways digital technology can both impact various health conditions and disorders and be used to enhance assessment, intervention, and dissemination.
Dr. Bennett earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a dual emphasis in Health Psychology from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, completed her clinical internship at the Charleston Area Medical Center at the West Virginia University School of Medicine – Charleston Division, and completed a previous postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine.
Courtney Clark, PsyD, MPH, CPH, (she/her/hers) is a Behavioral Health Postdoctoral Resident with expertise in working with children and families with experiences of trauma. She is completing her postdoctoral residency at Community Health Center, Inc., where she works both in a community healthcare clinic as well as a school-based health center. She provides integrative psychological services to individuals across the lifespan and is passionate about working with underserved and vulnerable populations. Dr. Clark is also energized by psychology and public health research 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. 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.
Maggie Manning, Psy.D. (she/her) is a licensed clinical psychologist with the West Haven VA in the Errera Community Care Center’s Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC) and is a Clinical Instructor with the Yale University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Manning specializes in recovery-oriented work and psychosocial rehabilitation for individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) and psychosis. She received her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford and completed her pre-doctoral Internship at the VA Hudson Valley Healthcare System. Beyond her clinical duties, Dr. Manning enjoys providing supervision to and teaching healthcare trainees, as well as championing employee wellness opportunities. Outside of work, Dr. Manning loves spending time with her family, friends, and dogs, as well as traveling.
I graduated from Nova Southeastern University in 2018 with a concentration in Serious Mental Illness. I am licensed in the states of CT and NY. My training/employment includes veteran affairs hospitals, community mental health centers, and both acute care and state hospitals. My interests include delivering recovery-oriented care to individuals with schizophrenia spectrum disorders, bipolar disorders, and borderline personality disorder. I am passionate about DBT and have delivered this treatment in both inpatient and outpatient settings. After completing my pre-doctoral internship at Zucker Hillside Hospital in New York, I moved to Connecticut for a post-doctoral fellowship in psychosocial rehabilitation at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. I completed six months of postdoc before I was hired on as full-time community psychologist for the Critical Time Intervention program at the Errera Community Care Center. I provided intensive case management to individuals with chronic homelessness and co-occurring disorders recently discharged from the psychiatry emergency room or acute care inpatient hospitalization. I collaborated with an interprofessional team to help Veterans secure and maintain stable housing and reintegrate into the community. I am currently employed as the unit psychologist at DMHAS Connecticut Valley Hospital on an SMI inpatient unit. I also have a part-time private practice where I see a diverse caseload of clients and help them manage affective disorders and borderline personality pathology. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, growing my plant collection and going on adventures with my fiancé and our two children- a cockapoo and a golden retriever.
Dr. Yunes (she/her/hers) is a licensed psychologist and current second-year neuropsychology fellow at Hartford Hospital/Institute of Living (IOL) in Connecticut. She earned her PsyD from William James College after completing her predoctoral internship through the Western Kentucky Psychology Internship Consortium. Since diving into this field, she has trained in a variety of settings with demographically and clinically diverse patient populations. In her current position, she provides neuropsychological evaluations within the IOL’s general outpatient service, specialty clinics (e.g., Late-Career Physician Assessment Service, Memory Care Center), and provides consultation for medical and psychiatric inpatient units. Her current research focuses on exploring the relationship between patients’ subjective cognitive concerns and their objective neuropsychological data following endocrine therapy. After completing her postdoctoral training, she wishes to practice as a neuropsychologist working with adult and geriatric populations. Her specific clinical interests include acute inpatient assessment, pre- and post-surgical evaluations, and working with adults with neuroimmunological, movement, and memory difficulties. Outside of work, she enjoys snowboarding, traveling, and playing with her Great Pyrenees.
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2021 ECP Leadership Academy Co-Chairs
2021 ECP Leadership Academy Alumni
Laura Yoviene Sykes, PhD
Laura Yoviene Sykes, PhD (she/her) is a licensed clinical psychologist and Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. Prior to joining the faculty at Yale, Dr. Yoviene Sykes completed her pre- and post-doctoral fellowships in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, specializing in the treatment of schizophrenia spectrum disorders, including specialized training in treating first episode psychosis at the STEP program. Currently, Dr. Yoviene Sykes is the Director of the Connecticut Early Psychosis Learning Health Network, a statewide initiative focused on workforce development and community education throughout the state of Connecticut to transform access, care quality, and outcomes for individuals and families impacted by recent onset psychosis. Dr. Yoviene Sykes also serves as a staff psychologist and oversees the provision of family services for the Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis (STEP) clinic at the Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC). When she is not chasing her toddler around, she enjoys cheering on the Buffalo Bills and training for triathlons with her partner.
I am an early career psychologist that specializes in providing services for individuals who experience serious mental illness, with an emphasis on intervention for individuals who experience psychosis. I currently work as a psychologist at the Schizophrenia Rehabilitation Program (SRP) at the Institute of Living where I am passionate about implementation of evidence-based care for this population. I completed my doctoral degree at the University of Alaska, Anchorage and predoctoral internship at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in the SMI track. My postdoctoral fellowship was completed at the Institute of Living through the SRP. My research interests are related to stigma reduction toward individuals with SMI, reduction of discrimination due to mental health treatment, and program evaluation and implementation.
Edward Liebmann, Ph.D.
Edward Liebmann, Ph.D. is a first-year post-doctoral fellow in psychology at VA Connecticut—West Haven and Yale University School of Medicine and works in the Northeast Program Evaluation Center within the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. Dr. Liebmann earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Kansas and completed his predoctoral internship at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Dr. Liebmann is dedicated to improving patient outcomes and experiences of care through research and evaluation work focused on performance and quality measurement and the evaluation of policies for the implementation of evidence-based practices in mental healthcare. He currently conducts quality improvement-oriented research on the use patient experience measures within the contexts of substance use disorder treatment and mental health services, generally. Dr. Liebmann also works on program and policy evaluation projects, specifically the evaluation of VHA measurement-based care policies in mental health services and the routine administration of patient-reported outcome measures across mental health services. Dr. Liebmann hopes to continue to engage in research and program evaluation through his post-doctoral fellowship and as he transitions into an early career position.
Kristin Serowik earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Suffolk University in Boston, MA. She recently joined the Clinical Resource Hub at VA Connecticut Healthcare System as a staff psychologist, after participating in the Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Addiction Treatment. Dr. Serowik’s program of research focuses on treatment engagement and retention in substance use disorder treatment. She is particularly interested in studying the implementation of evidence-based treatments for substance use disorder and comorbid conditions (i.e., PTSD, chronic pain), as well as the use of telehealth services to enhance treatment engagement for substance use disorder.
Dr. Danielle Spearman-Camblard is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She received her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford’s Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology (GIPP). Her specialties include but are not limited to CBT, trauma-informed care, play therapy, parent-child dyadic treatment, infant mental health, perinatal mental health, faith-based counseling, motivational interviewing, racial trauma, and culturally competent treatment for African Americans. She enjoys working with clients of all ages from birth to adulthood. Dr. Camblard provides psychotherapy and supervision at The Behavioral Wellness Clinic in Tolland, CT. She serves on the Connecticut Psychological Association’s Child & Family Committee and the Ethnic Diversity Task Force (EDTF).
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I am currently an Associate Research Scientist in the Program for Obesity, Weight, and Eating Research (POWER) at Yale School of Medicine. I graduated from Drexel University with a PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2018 following an internship at Rush University Medical Center where I received broad training in behavioral medicine and health psychology. My independent work focuses on treatment development for eating disorders and obesity, with a particular emphasis on the role of physical activity in treatment outcomes.
Jessica L. Lawson, Ph.D., is an early career clinical psychologist with expertise in behavioral medicine and health psychology. She has a strong background in health behavior change and the treatment of obesity, eating and weight concerns, sleep problems, and chronic illness. 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. 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. As of 2020, she is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry of the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Lawson received her undergraduate degree from Connecticut College and a Master of Science from City University in London, England. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Yeshiva University, completed her clinical internship at Geisinger Medical Center and her postdoctoral fellowship at Yale School of Medicine. With her clinical research interest in obesity and bariatric psychology, she continues to be an active member of The Obesity Society and is involved in committee leadership positions. She is delighted to be a new member of CPA and part of the 2021 Early Career Leadership Academy.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in substance use treatment and research. I received my PhD in 2015 from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and I am currently an Assistant Professor at Yale School of Medicine. I lead clinical research studies focused on tobacco prevention, intervention, and policy. I am passionate about the clinical research I do and am invigorated by the potential it has to make a broad impact on public health. My research projects involve 1) studying youth tobacco use to inform tobacco prevention and early intervention efforts, 2) expanding access to smoking cessation services through treatment implementation in specialized medical and community settings, 3) investigating ways to utilize technology to advance treatment delivery, and 4) studying the effects of potential tobacco regulatory policies to support state and federal regulations to protect public health.
My name is Alyse Donovan, Psy.D. (pronouns she/her/hers). I graduated from Antioch University New England in 2017 and completed my post-doctoral training at The Institute of Living in Hartford, CT. I obtained my license in Clinical Psychology in October 2018 and continued my employment at the Institute of Living within the adult intensive outpatient programs. I initially worked in the Schizophrenia Rehabilitation Program and am now in my current role within the Adult Day Treatment Program. My career is focused on the treatment of individuals who experience acute symptoms of severe mental illnesses. In particular, my work is specialized in treatment of individuals who have symptoms of psychosis, personality pathology, and/or behavioral dysregulation. I am also passionate about staff development to improve client treatment experience. Outside of work I like to stay active and try to incorporate movement into my daily routine. My athletic interests include skiing, golfing, playing softball, hiking, and doing gymnastics with my fellow “elder gymnasts.”
I am a psychologist at the West Haven VA, located at the Errera Community Care Center, a community center focused on services for Veterans struggling with SMI and homelessness. There my position is split between two roles: 1) Director of the Wellness Center, which provides health behavior change interventions adapted to the stressors of the ECCC population, as well as opportunities for engagement with complementary approaches such as yoga, tai chi, and meditation; and 2) Clinician within the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC), which focuses on group treatments to support community reintegration for ECCC Veterans. I co-direct the LGBTQ+ healthcare track of our Psychosocial Rehabilitation postdoctoral psychology fellowship, which trains fellows to become affirming and competent providers for this population, as well as agents of change to increase awareness and competence of providers within our VA system. Finally, I have an additional interest in employee wellness, and lead programming to this end (e.g. an 8-week stress resilience program called Stress First Aid, and a daily employee mindfulness break).