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“I look back fondly on my internship at URMC. The supervision, leadership, and mentorship that I received contributed in countless positive ways to my career.” – Doctoral Intern

Medical Center Faculty

Linda Alpert-Gillis, Ph.D. serves as the Director of Strong Behavioral Health: Child and Adolescent Outpatient Services and the Laboratory of Innovation in Child Mental Health Care Delivery. She is the faculty supervisor for the Diagnostic Clinic.

Fabienne Bain, Ph.D. has experience in evaluation, treatment, and consultation with children, adolescents, and families in various settings (e.g., clinical, medical, and school). She utilizes a cognitive-behavioral approach in addition to systemic and developmental theories. Dr. Bain specializes in the assessment and treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and also has extensive experience in the delivery of parenting strategies for caregivers of children with disruptive behaviors. Dr. Bain is primarily based at the outpatient clinic and supervises interns for group therapy.

Catherine Cerulli, J.D., Ph.D. is a national expert in domestic violence, sexual assault and gender. She is the Director of the Susan B. Anthony Center for Leadership and the Director of the Laboratory for Interpersonal Violence and Victimization. Dr. Cerulli teaches the Identification and Response to Interpersonal Violence workshop and is a valuable consultant on interpersonal violence and the intersection of mental health and the law.

Andrew Cohen, Ph.D. specializes in evaluation, treatment, and consultation with children, adolescents, and families. Dr. Cohen serves as Coordinator for Integrated Primary Care at the UR Pediatric Practice. He has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of youth with chronic medical conditions (e.g., headache, pain, GI concerns, diabetes). 

Wendi Cross, Ph.D. is the Director of Clinical Psychology Training, an Education Specialist and Researcher at the VA's VISN 2 (Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention, Canandaigua, NY), and an investigator in the Injury Control Research Center for Preventing Suicide (ICRC-S), a CDC-funded center. Her research is primarily in the domains of suicide prevention, training and transfer, and implementation science. She is the Director of the Observational Research and Behavior Information lab. In addition to her roles as Psychology Training Director and Fellowship Director, Dr. Cross supervises interns for their outpatient caseloads.

Melissa Heatly, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist specializing in integrative and interdisciplinary approaches to child mental health services. Her interests include the dissemination, implementation and program evaluation of school mental health services, mental health training for educators and community members, and increasing access to evidence-based mental health services for youth and families. Dr. Heatly is the coordinator for the Pediatric Behavioral Health & Wellness School Mental Health Initiative, which provides comprehensive school-based behavioral health services, consultation, and training to youth and educators across the Greater Rochester region.

Megan Lytle-Flint, Ph.D. is the faculty instructor for the Multicultural Experiential Seminar. Dr. Lytle-Flint's clinical and research expertise is in multiculturalism, with a particular focus on the health and suicide disparities among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ) individuals.

Kenya Malcolm, Ph.D. specializes in evaluation, treatment and consultation with children (including preschoolers), adolescents, and their families. She integrates a cognitive-behavioral orientation with aspects of systems and developmental theories. Her particular areas of interest include: anxiety, trauma, parenting, and depression. She is the clinical supervisor for the behavioral health service at UR Pediatric Practice and also provides supervision for interns for their outpatient caseloads.

Deanna Sams, Ph.D. is the psychologist for the Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry Unit and director of the psychological testing services. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety, mood disorders, and disruptive behavior disorders in children and adolescents. She has extensive training and clinical experience in use of the Collaborative Problem Solving approach (developed by Ross Greene, Ph.D.) in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Sams also has training and experience in the therapeutic treatment of children with medical conditions, especially Type 1 diabetes. Dr. Sams also provides supervision for interns for their outpatient caseloads.

Katelyn Taylor, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who primarily works with children, adolescents and their families at the Pediatric Behavioral Health and Wellness Clinic and is involved in supervision and teaching of trainees and staff. She is also the coordinator and clinical supervisor of the Crisis Intervention Service and Training Rotation.

Jennifer West, Ph.D. has extensive experience in the clinical treatment of children, adolescents, and families. She specializes in the assessment and therapeutic treatment of children with acute and chronic medical conditions (e.g., asthma, encopresis, recurrent abdominal pain, craniofacial differences). She is also the Co-PI on a study of suicide prevention training for primary care providers. In addition to her roles as Associate Training Director and Track Director, Dr. West supervises interns for their outpatient caseloads.

 

Community Faculty

 

Kristen Davidson, Ph.D. supervises interns for their outpatient caseloads. She is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry & Pediatrics and is a member of the integrated behavioral health team at the UR Medicine Complex Care Center, a primary care clinic for adults with developmental disabilities and childhood-onset illnesses.  In addition, she manages a small private practice where she works with children, adolescents, and young adults.  Areas of expertise for Dr. Davidson include adjustment to chronic illness, pain management, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and general behavioral concerns.

Kathryn Karch, Ph.D. is the faculty instructor for the Ethics and Psychological Practice seminar. Clinically, Dr. Karch works with children, adolescents, and families with various problems including anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, school problems, and communication issues. She also has certification in Marriage and Family Therapy and works with families and couples across the lifespan.

Donna Kreher, Ph.D. supervises interns for their outpatient caseloads. She specializes in evidence-based, collaborative care for children, teens and families, and has particular expertise in parenting concerns, disruptive behaviors/ADHD and anxiety. She maintains an office within the Elmwood Pediatric group, works closely with local pediatric practices and schools, and is involved with UR's comprehensive program to address Reflex Neurovascular Dystrophy/Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain in conjunction with pediatric physical therapy, occupational therapy, and rheumatology.

Christopher Pollack, Ph.D. supervises interns for their outpatient caseloads. He focuses on the development of collaborative therapeutic relationships combined with skill-based strategies and techniques, for both parent and child interventions. Dr. Pollack has expertise with a wide range of emotional and behavioral problems including anxiety, ADHD, depression, defiance, autism spectrum disorders, divorce, parenting, self-esteem, bullying, blended family issues, and adjustment to medical issues.

Suzanne Sefton-Silver, Ph.D. specializes in assessment and treatment of children 12 years and younger. She has extensive experience addressing the developmental, behavioral and emotional needs of children in diagnostic, school and family settings. Dr. Sefton-Silver utilizes play-based and traditional cognitive behavioral strategies to help children build skills to communicate, cope and problem solve. She supervises interns for their outpatient caseloads.

Michael Teisl, Ph.D. supervises interns for their outpatient caseloads. He has expertise with a diverse range of presenting problems including behavioral concerns, anxiety, depression, and adjustment issues.