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2020 ECP Leadership Academy Co-Chairs

Dariush Fathi PsyD

Angela M. Haeny, Ph.D.

Dr. Joy Zelikovsky

2020 ECP Leadership Academy Fellows

Katiria Alfaro, PsyD

Hi, my name is Katiria Alfaro, but people call me Kathy. After having recently completed my postdoctoral residency at Community Health Center, I stayed on as a bilingual behavioral health clinician at Stamford and Norwalk. I earned my doctorates degree from Ponce Health Sciences University in Ponce, Puerto Rico. I also earned a certification in Couple and Family therapy from the same institution. I completed an externship and internship in primary care at Denver and Puerto Rico respectively. Previously, I completed a double bachelor in Psychology and Special Education at Pontifical Catholic University in Ponce, Puerto Rico. I am a licensed special education teacher for grades K-12 in Puerto Rico. Besides primary care, I am interested in female sexuality which is a topic I explored in my doctoral research project. I seek continual education, training and supervision, as I actively pursue my license in the state of Connecticut. On a personal note, I am originally from New York but mostly raised in Puerto Rico. I enjoy animals (especially my two dogs), the outdoors, trying new foods, spending time with friends and family, watching movies and hearing oldies music.

Rachel Carlson, PsyD

My name is Rachel Carlson, and I am a child- and adolescent-focused clinical psychology fellow. I am presently a couple of months shy of finishing my post-doc year, working in a therapeutic school environment in Hartford. I did my internship in Boston, splitting my time between an adolescent residential unit at McLean Hospital and a community outpatient clinic. My clinical interests include identity formation and development, LGBTQ issues, family collaboration and communication, interdisciplinary teamwork, social justice, holistic wellness, depression and anxiety, and self-esteem. I also have a strong interest in psychological testing, and have done several practicums training in that area. I am looking forward to building my career, finding my niche, and honing my voice. I am a born-and-raised Connecticut woman, and I currently live in Tolland with my husband, our two kids ages 4 and almost 6, an energetic pup, and two cats. In my free time, I love to read, dance, watch nature documentaries, travel, do yoga, and write.

Derek A. Fenwick, Psy.D.

Derek A. Fenwick, PsyD, is currently a postdoctoral psychology fellow working in Young Adult Services at the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital, specializing in The Right Track/LGBTQ emphasis area. He is an integral part of The Right Track’s Intensive Outpatient Program focusing 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. Last year, Dr. Fenwick completed a Clinical Psychology Internship at the Institute of Living and graduated with his Psy.D. at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He also has a M.S. in Movement Science with a specialization in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology from Barry University in Miami Shores, FL. His undergraduate degree (B.A.) in Psychology is from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. Dr. Fenwick’s Master’s thesis was titled, An Exploration of the Experience of Coming Out As A Gay Male Athlete in Sport. His doctoral research project was on Countertransference Among Therapists: Understanding the Reactions of Therapists and Their Ability to Work with Suicidal Patients. His clinical interests include LGBTQ young adults and adults, the role of identity development, examining countertransference, and understanding personality functioning.

Smith Kidkarndee, Psy.D., HSP

Dr. Smith Kidkarndee aka Dr. K is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist/Assistant Director at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). He earned his Psy.D. in school-clinical child psychology from Pace University (NY) in 2014 and completed his postdoctoral specialization at Wesleyan University – CAPS. He also has an M.S.Ed in School Psychology from Pace University and a BA from Columbia University. Dr. K completed his pre-doctoral internship at Baruch College Counseling Center in New York where he provided individual and group psychotherapy to undergraduate and graduate students who struggled with depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, acculturative stress, grief and loss, and sexuality and gender issues. Dr. K is an integrative clinician with training in Interpersonal Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and various cognitive behavioral therapies such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness-based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (MB-CBT). Dr. K also specializes in LGBT affirmative therapy. Affirmative therapy is an approach to therapy that embraces a positive view of LGBTQ identities and relationships while addressing the negative influences that heterosexism (i.e., heteronormative assumptions, institutional heterosexism, and heterosexual privilege), homophobia, and transphobia have on the lives of LGBTQIA  individuals. When Dr. K is not working, he is running 5k races, gardening, practicing restorative yoga, and relaxing with his furry companions, Ellie (Lab-Dalmatian Mix) & Teddy (Airedale Terrier).

Sarah Lichenstein, PhD

Dr. Sarah Lichenstein is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging at Yale School of Medicine. She received her BA in Psychology from Bard College (2008), and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC) in 2018. She completed her clinical internship in Yale’s Doctoral Internship in Clinical & Community Psychology prior to joining the Yale Imaging & Psychopharmacology (YIP) Lab as a postdoc. Her work focuses on investigating how developing neural network connectivity impacts risk for mood and substance use disorders in adolescence and emerging adulthood.

Daveon J. McMullen

Dr. Daveon McMullen is originally from Hampton, VA and graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. While at JMU, Dr. McMullen was involved in several extracurricular clubs and organizations, such as the Black Student Alliance, orientation programming, student leadership development and mentorship, and anti-campus sexual assault initiatives. He graduated with his PsyD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hartford’s Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology in May 2019. While at the University of Hartford, Dr. McMullen was a co-chair for his graduate program’s Multicultural and Diversity Committee and represented his cohort in student government as a Class Representative. In 2016, Dr. McMullen received the 3rd Year Award for Sustained Superior Performance and the award for The Greatest Contribution to the Department of Psychology by a Psychology Doctoral Student for his scholarship, leadership, and advocacy efforts. Dr. McMullen’s clinical experience primarily involved working with adult and young adult populations in various settings, which include an intensive outpatient program, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, a women’s correctional facility, and college counseling centers. He recently completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Connecticut College with a specialization in multicultural counseling, training, and outreach. In addition, Dr. McMullen’s dissertation examined the phenomenon of peer sexual harassment of college campuses. Additionally, he was a state certified counselor advocate for the Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Service Hotline from 2015-2016. Dr. McMullen is currently pursuing psychology licensure in the state of Connecticut and is exploring career options.

Ashley E. Perreira, Psy.D.

I am an early career psychologist (graduated 09/2019) currently working within an inpatient psychiatric unit as the clinical supervisor for the child and adolescent unit. I have moved around into different areas of the field over the past six years as I continued through my training, including forensic settings, outpatient treatment programs, inpatient adult and adolescent programs (state and public hospitals), and college counseling centers. I tend to operate from a cognitive behavioral lens, but also tie in a relational approach with my clients as well. I have goals to continue on an administrative path in addition to beginning a private practice to maintain my connection to direct patient care. I strongly value ongoing training and supervision, and am hoping to continue finding opportunities for my own growth as a psychologist, as well as developing my skills as a leader both for administrative purposes, as well as to provide ongoing supervision and training to other early career professionals.

Michelle Pievsky

Michelle Pievsky works as a psychologist at Northeast Medical Group, part of the Yale New Haven Health System. There she has a hybrid job, spending half her time as a behavioral health consultant in two pediatric primary care clinics and half her time doing psychological assessment. Michelle moved to Connecticut in June 2020 after completing her postdoctoral fellowships in early childhood mental health and outpatient neuropsychological assessment in New Jersey. She received her BA in Spanish from Yale University in 2008 and her PhD in clinical psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2018. When not engaged in psychological pursuits, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons, and two dogs.

Janan P. Wyatt, Ph.D.

I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rhode Island in 2018, with a specialty concentration in multicultural psychology. I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University, School of Medicine, and currently supported through the Minority Fellowship Program from the American Psychological Association. My work focuses on providing efficacious treatment for traditionally underserved and minoritized groups, which is substantiated by my clinical practice and program of research. I work with individuals confronting issues such as substance use, mood disorders, interpersonal trauma, pervasive community violence, chronic homelessness, and serious mental illness. One clinical specialty area includes working with individuals most recently being released from incarceration and navigating the re-entry process. The goal of my research is to improve health equity and access to culturally congruent clinical care, especially as it relates to substance use in the African American community.

Program Structure

The Connecticut Psychological Association (CPA) is launching its first ever Early Career Psychologist (ECP) Academy to promote and build leadership skills among ECPs in Connecticut. The goals of this program are to:

  • Engage ECPs within CPA and their profession
  • Foster the development of the next generation of psychology leaders
  • Help shape the future of psychology in our state.

Program Outine

  • The program will run from July 13, 2020 – December 1, 2020
  • Participants will attend zoom Webinars throughout the program (Monthly)
  • 1-1.5 hours each Webinar
  • Participants will also be paired with a leadership mentor throughout the duration of the program

2020 Webinars and Zoom call topics include:

  • Building Advanced Leadership Skills
  • Running Effective Meetings
  • CT legislation advocacy (influencing laws and policies)
  • Ethics in Leadership
  • Leading Businesses I/O perspectives
  • Leadership in Professional Organizations
  • Radio and Camera Skills – Talking with the Media

And more

Benefits of Joining The CPA Leadership Academy

Participants will be connected with a one-on-on mentor with advanced leadership skills, and meet with their mentor once a month for leadership coaching. Mentors will help participants set and develop leadership goals, and provide advice and counsel to help build leadership competencies, skills, and abilities.

Additional Benefits

  • Participate in monthly leadership webinars and zoom calls
  • Access to Pre-recorded Webinars on Different Topics Relevant to our Field
  • Exposure and opportunities to network with psychologists and psychology leaders throughout the state.
  • The opportunity to expand leadership potential and explore leadership opportunities to advance your career.
  • Learn to host a professional webinar
  • Opportunities to learn and get involved with CPA Governance

Non CPA Members to join CPA and the Leadership Academy

  • CPA Membership Fee Reduced to $25 to join CPA as an ECP (Reg. Price $100 or more)
  • Academy attendees new to CPA will get 50% off the Fall CPA Convention

Benefits for Current CPA ECP Members

  • Free to join the Academy
  • Free Convention

Leadership Academy Timeline

Starts in July 2020, ends in December 2020 (6 month program)

Expectations of CPA Leadership Academy Participants

  • Develop goals to work on during the academy experience
  • Commit to attending at least 4 out of 6 webinars (schedule based on doodle poll)
  • Attend monthly meetings with their mentor

Eligibility Criteria

  1. CPA Members or willing to join CPA (discounted rate for new members who join the academy)
  2. Early Career Psychologists (within 10 years of their doctoral degree) or a postdoctoral resident/fellows
  3. ECPs and Postdocs with a strong interest in developing and growing their leadership skills.
All applications will be considered. Minorities and individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

The application period has closed.

Interested in Mentoring a Leadership Academy Member, leading a discussion or presentation on leadership, or otherwise getting involved? Contact