Class Notes 2017

November 18, 2017

Rebecca Abell, MA ’13, PsyD ’16, works as a clinical psychologist for Axis Healthcare Group at their Kensington Outpatient Clinic facilitating individual, couples and group psychotherapy.

Joan Barnett, PsyD ’01, has been serving as acting chief of behavioral health at the Pentagon for the past 18 months.

Mikaela Bernthaler, PsyD ’04, is currently residing in New York. Mikaela is a supervising psychologist at Pace University and is also in private practice. She will start analytic training in the fall.

Will Braun, PsyD ’05, is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York working with adults, children and adolescents. He is also on the faculty at Lenox Hill Hospital and John Jay College for Criminal Justice where he teaches psychological assessment.

Rachel Canning, MA ’17, is currently completing her postdoctoral fellowship at The Sullivan Center for Children in Fresno, Calif., where she also completed her predoctoral internship.

Jacqueline Cleland, PsyD ’03, recently returned to private psychotherapy practice after serving on the medical staff of a VA hospital where she provided outpatient mental health services to combat veterans and their families. Her office is located in downtown Leesburg, Va.

Beth (Lee) Crawford, PsyD ’01, is the proud mother of her 9-year-old son, Krishna. She is currently serving as the interim chief executive officer and clinical director for MD Family Resource, Inc., an outpatient mental health clinic in Prince George’s County.

Kate (Bristol) Croson, PsyD ’09, is a clinical psychologist working with severely mentally ill adults in an inpatient hospital in the District of Columbia. She does individual and group psychotherapy, psychological assessments and supervises psychology trainees.

Dana Grasso, PsyD ’06, is happy to report the growth of her private assessment practice in a new downtown D.C. location. She loves working alongside GW PsyD alumnae and providing psychoeducational testing for current GW students.

Bethany (Schaer) Higa, PsyD ’10, lives in Portland, Ore., and works for Providence Health and Services on faculty for their family medicine residency program and as a clinician integrated in a primary care clinic. She and Justin have two sons, Ethan (9/2015) and Silas (7/2017).

Seth Kunen, PsyD ’01, has been a research director at the LSU Emergency Medical Residency Program, director of research at LA Department Health & Hospitals (Mental Health & Addiction) and a medical psychologist (prescribing) at an LA State Mental Health Clinic.

Benjamin Landman, PsyD ’02, is in private practice in Chapel Hill, N.C. He was recently appointed a provider for UNC's Corbitt Scholarship, which funds psychoeducational evaluations for students. He has also led CE workshops on preventing therapy drop-out, and on therapy with polyamorous clients.

Andrea Liner, MA ’13, PsyD ’15, lives in Denver, Colo., where she works in private practice with the Therapist Group at Maria Droste Counseling Services. In addition, Dr. Liner serves as the early career psychologist chair on the board of the Colorado Psychological Association.

Taryn Millar, PsyD ’11, accepted the position of chief operating officer at Saint Luke Institute, a non-profit behavioral health care center in 2016. She supervises over 75 employees in three locations and continues to conduct evaluations and therapy.

Susan Munford, PsyD ’07, is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Old Town, Alexandria. She is also a teaching analyst at the Washington Baltimore Institute for Psychoanalysis.

Randy Nolte, PsyD ’14, has transitioned to his private psychotherapy practice full-time in the past year. He is currently treating individuals and couples in the NYC-area.

Gregory Pearson, PsyD ’11, is a clinical psychologist at the House of Ruth Domestic Violence Support Center in Washington, D.C. He also presents on psychodynamic psychotherapy with victims of domestic violence, most recently at the ISSTD and ISTSS annual conferences

Adam Pletter, BA ’96, PsyD ’01, runs a full time private practice treating children, adolescents and young adults in Bethesda, Md. He also runs digital parenting workshops and founded

Diane Reis, PsyD ’07, established a private practice on Capitol Hill in NW D.C. near Van Ness after working at Georgetown University Counseling Center with law students. She works with adults in individual and couple's therapy, teaching and supervising.

Emily Rotbart, MS ’14, PsyD ’16, has become licensed and is working in a private group practice in Virginia since graduating.

Donna Terrell, PsyD ’13, is currently a major in the U.S. Army and is stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. She is a first-year fellow in the Trauma Treatment and Healthcare Delivery Fellowship at Brooke Army Medical Center.

Alexey Tolchinsky, MS ’12, PsyD ’15, is a psychologist in private practice and the Neurology Clinic of Washington. He is most grateful for the comprehensive education and training he received at the GW Professional Psychology Program.

Angelica (Butler) Van Wagenen, MS ’15, PsyD ’17, has started a new job as a full time staff member with Counseling and Psychological Services at George Mason University and is simultaneously working on getting licensed in the state of Virginia.

Rekha Varghese, MS ’15, PsyD ’17, will be completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Penn State University Counseling and Psychiatric Services for the 2017-2018 year.

Pearl Zurich, PsyD ’15, has a clinical psychology practice in McLean, Va. She offers psychotherapy for adults, teens, couples and families as well as Neurofeedback, a cutting edge technology that mitigates depression, anxiety, ADHD and other health concerns.