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.