2020 Program Newsletter

Message from the Program Director
Program Spotlights
Program Kudos
Class Notes
Donor Recognition


Message from the Program Director


Professor Loring Ingraham





In last year’s newsletter, I invited you to visit our newly renovated program home and clinic at 1922 F Street NW, perhaps along with attendance at the APA annual convention in Washington, D.C., in August. Events intervened. I reiterate my invitation and very much look forward to welcoming you in-person here in the future. But for now I am delighted to share with you the impressive response of our students and faculty to the challenges presented by the current pandemic.

When we left for spring break in March, we anticipated returning the following week to our clinic and resuming serving our patients as usual. Instead, with the support of the Columbian College Information Technology team, we quickly adapted and continued delivering services via teletherapy and continued our classes and program events online. In May, we celebrated with our graduates at a virtual hooding ceremony; at the end of June, we successfully transitioned to a new cohort of clinic student therapists; in August, we welcomed our new post-doctoral fellows (Drs. Max Hurley-Dorof, Rachel Leipow and Nima Ghorbani) and we started fall classes online with our 25th entering class of highly qualified and accomplished students.

Looking ahead, classes will remain online for the spring and we are working towards resuming on-site clinical services as safety allows. Thank you for your gifts of time and financial support this past year, and I hope we can count on your continued support for our second 25 years.

With warm regards,

Loring Ingraham
Program Director and Professor of Clinical Psychology

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Program Spotlights 

Virtual Hooding Ceremony


The class of 2020 Professional Psychology Program graduates shown in a grid of video cameras on Zoom


Class of 2020



In May, our soon-to-be graduates attended an online celebration honoring them individually. It included a video they created reflecting on their years in the program. While our faculty members missed meeting with graduates and presenting their doctoral hoods in-person, the virtual format allowed many more of our their families and friends to attend and be part of the celebration. A glance at the screen capture of the event clearly shows how delighted our graduates are!

Mentorship Program


Illustration of three people standing on different levels of platforms, helping each other up





The Faculty Diversity Task Force has launched a Mentorship Program which is designed to address inequities in society at-large and in our discipline. The program will attempt to match students with a psychologist who shares aspect(s) of identity which are underrepresented in the field. The type of relationship developed between mentor and student will be up to the mentor/student pair; however, we envision beginning with monthly contact. If you are interested in participating in this program as a mentor, please contact us for details: [email protected].

Fall Colloquium


Toward a Social Psychoanalysis: Culture, Character and Normative Unconscious Process, by Lynne Layton





Our fall colloquium will feature guest speakers Drs. Lynne Layton and Marianna Leavy-Sperounis, MPsy ’15, PsyD ’18, who will, among many other things, talk about their recently published book Toward a Social Psychoanalysis: Culture, Character, and Normative Unconscious Processes.

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Program Kudos

Yulia Aleshina won the 2020 Edith Sabshin Teaching Award given by the American Psychoanalytic Association for an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the profession as an educator.

Paul M. Gedo was the lead author on: “Restoring dyadic connection in the face of multiple disruptions: Accounting for vicissitudes in the therapist's capacity for reflective functioning” in the Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy.

Sarah Hedlund was also an author on the above paper and was quoted in a Washington Post article about young adults dealing with COVID-19.

Cheri Marmarosh received the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Mentoring from the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (APA Division 29).

James Sexton’s research team prepared 11 scientific meeting posters or panels this past year which included program students as co-authors.

Lara Sheehi has edited a special issue of the Studies in Gender and Sexuality Journal: “Black, Indigenous and Women of Color Speak: Decentering Normative Psychoanalysis.”

Katherine Marshall Woods has been promoted to producer of A Healthy Mind, a UDC-TV show that features professionals dedicated to informing the public regarding emotional fitness and health policies.

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Alumni Updates/Class Notes 

Shira Gottlieb, MPsy ’13, PsyD ’15, has enjoyed building her private practice over the past few years, Gottlieb Child Psych, PLLC. She and her husband are looking forward to welcoming their first child in January. 

Emma Nowicki, MPsy '18, PsyD '20, completed her doctoral internship at the American University Counseling Center and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Georgetown University Counseling and Psychiatric Service. 


Donor Recognition


The Professional Psychology Program would like to gratefully acknowledge the generous donors who made a gift to the program from July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019.

+ Faculty/Staff | # Parent | ~ Student | * Friend

Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund 

Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund 

Oppenheim Charitable Foundation

Walter S. Mander Foundation

The Hansell Family * 

Dr. Loring Ingraham +

Ms. Georgia Kulok, BA ’16

Benjamin Landman, PsyD ’02

Katherine MacLean, MPsy ’14, PsyD ’15 

Jason Oppenheim, PsyD ’09 

Fred Pisoni, MA ’00, PsyD ’07

Ilyse Zable, MPsy ’10, PsyD ’13

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