Faculty

Yulia Aleshina joined the Professional Psychology Program in 1997. Dr. Aleshina is originally from Russia where she received her Ph.D. from Moscow State University and where she was a professor in Department of Psychology for many years. After moving to US she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Washington School of Psychiatry. She received her psychoanalytic training form Baltimore-Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. She is currently Training and Supervising psychoanalysts at Washington-Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, where she teaches and supervises candidates. Her primary scholarly interests are in the areas of Clinical Supervision, application of psychoanalytic theories to different types of patients and the use of mentalization strategies in clinical practice. Dr. Aleshina has a private practice in Georgetown, DC where she sees adults, children, couples and families. At GW she teaches third year courses on Clinical Supervision and electives on Family Therapy and Short-term Psychodynamic Therapy.

 
 
helen DeVinney was a doctoral candidate in English when she realized that a psychoanalytically-informed psychology program would allow her to better blend critical theory, self-inquiry, and social justice. She completed both her Psy.D. and postdoctoral training at the George Washington University's Professional Psychology Program before joining its core faculty. She has trained in a variety of settings, including a state psychiatric hospital, where she worked with both civilian and forensic patients with severe sympyomatology. helen has written and presented on the intersections of psychoanalysis and issues of gender, sexuality, race, and class, and she maintains a strong academic and clinical interest in the sequela and identity integration/reformation following acute and/or relational/developmental trauma. As an intersectional feminist, helen is also interested in exploring the roles of cultural norms and systemic forms of oppression when considering what is abnormal or pathological, particularly as it relates to challenging the Westernized white, cisgender, heterosexual matrix. helen has a private practice in Washington, DC, where she provides therapy, supervision, and psychological assessment. Prior to psychology, helen earned graduate degrees in Teaching and English and worked in publishing, teaching, and education reform. She also loves lemons and hot peppers.

 

 
Paul M. Gedo earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago's Committee on Human Development.  His dissertation involved quantitative and qualitative approaches to psychoanalytic process research.  He completed clinical externships at Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center and an internship at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School.  He served as Editorial Assistant for Psychoanalytic Psychology while completing his dissertation.
Dr. Gedo received post-doctoral training at Chestnut Lodge Hospital and subsequently joined their medical staff.  He eventually served as Chief Psychologist and Director of Psychology Training at CPC Health-Chestnut Lodge Hospital.  He graduated from the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute in 2002.
Dr. Gedo joined the Professional Psychology faculty in 2005 and became Director of Clinical Training and Deputy Program Director in 2015.  He currently teaches the second technique course, a Rorschach lab, a third-year therapy practicum, and the first-year clinical seminar.  His scholarly writing has focused on the multiple functions of dissociative experiences, technical challenges in working with severely disturbed patients, and tolerating and making therapeutic use of the feelings that working with traumatized patients evokes in the therapist.  He served on the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Psychology from 1988-2001 and maintains a private practice in Rockville, Maryland.

Sarah L. Hedlund, Ph.D.  is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who co chairs the Assessment track.  Her specialty lies in psychological assessment, neuropsychological assessment, and the projective measures, especially the Rorschach.  She has a private practice where she sees children, adolescents, and adults in individual therapy and psychoanalysis.  She also conducts neuropsychological and psychological assessment with children, adolescents, and adults.  She is the Director of Training at the Frost School, a program for severely disturbed youth.  She is also a member of NTL and the AK Rice Institute, where she pursues her interest in organizational dynamics and organizational consultation, with a particular interest in diversity, equity, and inclusion.  

Loring Ingraham joined the Professional Psychology Program as a founding faculty member in 1996, subsequently advancing in 2004 to Deputy Directorship and in 2011 to Directorship of the program. Prior to joining GW, Dr. Ingraham was a member of the Laboratory of Psychology and Psychopathology at the National Institute of Mental Health, following a clinical internship at the Harvard Department of Psychiatry/Massachusetts Mental Heath Center, a Ph.D. from Catholic University of America and undergraduate studies in psychology. Dr. Ingraham's primary clinical and research interest is the development, course and treatment of severe mental illness, particularly psychotic disorders. More recently, Dr. Ingraham has been interested in exploring ways in which social media data may be used to identify and intervene with at-risk individuals. At GW, Dr. Ingraham teaches a first-year course on the biological bases of psychology, a second year course on cognitive and behavioral approaches to treatment, and an advanced seminar on severe mental illness.

Cheri L. Marmarosh, Ph. D., is an Associate Professor in the Professional Psychology Program at the George Washington University and a licensed psychologist who has been practicing in DC for over 25 years. She has published over 40 empirical and theoretical articles that focus on how group and individual psychotherapy facilitate change. Dr. Marmarosh is the lead author of two books, Attachment in Group Psychotherapy and Groups: Fostering a Culture of Change. She is the Editor of the book, Attachment in Group Psychotherapy, a monograph of manuscripts from the special edition the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy dedicated to attachment theory. She published a video applying attachment theory to group psychotherapy for the American Psychological Association’s (APA) psychotherapy series. She also hosted the video for George Tasca who demonstrated psychodynamic-interpersonal group psychotherapy. She is an associate editor for Psychotherapy, has served as an associate editor of Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, and is on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy and the Journal of Counseling Psychology. She is a Fellow of Division 29 (Psychotherapy) and Division 49 (Group) of the APA.  Dr. Marmarosh is president-elect for Division 49 of the APA, is a member of the Science to Service Task Force for AGPA, and was a co-chair of the Research Special Interest Group for AGPA. Dr. Marmarosh’s research applies attachment theory to understand the development of the psychotherapy relationship, and she has focused on how client and therapist attachments influence both the process and outcome of psychotherapy.

 

Katherine Marshall Woods, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice, Director of Psychology at a local mental health hospital and a consultant working with actors, screenwriters, producers, and directors on theme and character development and set accuracy. She has interest in psychological assessment, trauma, diversity, clinical supervision and the intersection between psychology and film/media. She has also served as a certified school psychologist within DC Public Schools as well as provided psychotherapy services to active military personnel in Doha, Qatar

 
 
Dr. Ruth’s training and professional work spans clinical psychology, neuropsychology, health psychology, family therapy, and psychoanalysis.  His research and scholarly work has focused in the areas of cross-cultural psychological assessment and psychotherapy, disability, trauma, LGBT issues, forensic clinical psychology, psychology ethics, and the intersection between psychology and religion/spirituality.  In the PsyD program, he is co-chair of the child and adolescent track, supervises individual and family therapy and psychological assessment in the Center Clinic, co-leads a research team, and supervises student research.   Dr. Ruth is also a core faculty member in GW’s interdisciplinary LGBT Health Policy and Practice graduate certificate program.  Outside of GW, he is a supervisor, faculty member, and steering committee member with the postgraduate Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry, and a supervisor and instructor with the China American Psychoanalytic Alliance.    Dr. Ruth is bilingual in Spanish and bicultural.
 
 
 
 
Associated Program Faculty Members
 
 
The Center Clinic
 
 
Dr. Dershewitz is a licensed psychologist who is honored to serve as an Associate Director of the Center Clinic, where she began her training years ago.  She oversees the Center Clinic’s operations with an eye toward both training clinicians to provide sensitive, high quality care and meeting the mental health needs of all residents of the DC metropolitan area. She supervises psychotherapy and assessment and is involved in teaching Clinical Procedures, Case Seminar, and Ethics and Professional Issues.
Outside of GW, Dr. Dershewitz maintains a private practice where she sees adults and older adolescents for psychotherapy and psychological evaluations. Her clinical interests include:  young adult development; treatment of chronic depressive and anxiety disorders; adoption and fertility issues; the assessment and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders in adults; the impact of parenting children with special needs; ethics;  and the treatment and prevention of gender based discrimination, including relationship violence and sexual assault. She is a regular columnist for Outfox, a magazine for autistic children, and is a reviewer for Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Additionally, she co-leads a research team exploring the impact of recording psychotherapy sessions for training purposes on individuals who identify as members of racial or ethnic minority groups.