Student Profiles

Class of 2019

Aaron Banas

Aaron is a United States Navy veteran and first year student at George Washington University's Professional Psychology Program. He conducts research as a Research Assistant with the Integrative Health and Wellness Program at the Washington, DC VA Medical Center. Aaron also serves as the APA Division 19: Society for Military Psychology Campus Representative for GW where he promotes interesting and learning opportunities related to military psychology. Prior to beginning school full-time he coordinated outdoor therapeutic retreats for combat veterans that integrated holistic practices and outdoor activities. Aaron has over 10 years of experience providing care and support services to active duty members and veterans in various mental health settings. He is interested in expanding the availability of integrative health services to veterans and exploring ways in which integrative health services can help veterans. In his leisure time he plays guitar and goes hiking and also volunteers in the community with The Mission Continues.  

 

Greta Carlson

Originally from the Washington, D.C. Area, Greta obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology (2014) at Towson University and is thrilled to be able to continue studying theory and practice in clinical psychology at GW. She enjoyed milieu work on the inpatient child and adolescent neuropsychiatric and adult psychotic disorders units at the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt hospital in Towson before gaining experience in case management/psychiatric rehabilitation with adults at Cornerstone Montgomery, a non-profit mental health agency. Her primary clinical interests include psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychological assessment with children and adolescents. She would be enthused to engage any questions one might have regarding the program, and can best be reached through e-mail at gretarcarlson@gwmail.gwu.edu

 

 

 

Tiffany Lin

Email: tiffany_lin@gwmail.gwu.edu

Hometown: Coffeyville, KS

I graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2015 with a BA in Psychology and have been so excited to jump right into such an engaging and hands-on doctoral program. GWU was my first choice throughout the application and interview process, due in large part to the intensive curriculum and emphasis on thorough clinical training and experience. My interests surround insight-oriented therapy and studying interpersonal relationships. 

 

Celeste Kelly

Email: ckelly4@gwmail.gwu.edu

Hometown: Poolesville, MD

It seems like two seconds ago that I visited GW for my interview. I distinctly remember sitting in Room 101, chatting (nervously) about the program with a then-first-year... Now that current-second-year and I are great friends! I so look forward to making those same connections and lasting bonds with the incoming class.

 

Ryan Shea

Ryan graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s in Psychology and Loyola University Maryland with a master’s in Counseling Psychology. His academic interests include child/adolescent treatment, trauma, and LGBT issues.

Email: ryanshea@gwu.edu

 


 

Class of 2018 

David Heilman

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Psychological Interests: Working with adults and adolescents dealing with issues of identity cohesion, trauma, dissociation, and anxiety disorders. David also has a strong passion for working with the LGBT community, and is obtaining the Professional Psychology Program’s LGBT Health Policy and Practice Graduate Certificate along with his doctoral studies.

David began studying psychology in 2010, after working as a professional opera singer, and obtaining degrees from The Juilliard School and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. While enrolled in Columbia University’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Psychology, he counseled LGBT youth, ages 12-24, on issues of suicide prevention, coming-out, parental abandonment, self-mutilation, running away, and self-acceptance through The Trevor Project. Since beginning in the program, David has co-founded the Support and Identity Development Group for Gay Men, which meets at The George Washington University’s Center Clinic, and served as liaison in developing an affiliate partnership between SMYAL and the Center Clinic in providing psychotherapy services to SMYAL’s LGBT youth. He is currently a clinical extern at American University’s Counseling Center, where he provides individual psychotherapy and urgent care triage services to members of the university’s student population. During the approaching 2016-2017 academic year, David will be attending the Externship Program at Georgetown University’s Counseling and Psychiatric Service.

Email: heilmand@gwmail.gwu.edu


 

Class of 2017

Maxwell Brooks

Hometown: Born in DC at a hospital that is now fancy condos.

Extern at Marymount University Counseling Center and matched to NC State Counseling Center.

Interested in racial dynamics in the therapy dyad. Loves basketball, ultimate frisbee, plays guitar, and listens to heavy music and hip hop.

 

Stephanie Helwig

Hometown: Rockville, MD

Undergraduate School: University of Maryland College Park ‘13

Psychological Interests: working with children and adolescents, anxiety, depression, and trauma.

Hobbies: exercising, singing, netflixing, and exploring DC restaurants and theater venues.

Why GW? I knew that I wanted a Psy.D. program and I loved that GW offered a psychodynamic program in one of my favorite cities that I could complete in 3 years. When I visited the school for an interview I was especially impressed by the faculty and knew I would be challenged but also supported during my time here. Next year I will be attending the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut for my Predoctoral Internship in Stamford, CT, and I could not be more thrilled!

Email: shelwig@gwmail.gwu.edu

 

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Avi Margolies

Doctoral student in clinical psychology pursuing his Psy.D. at the George Washington University. He received his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University with a major in Psychological and Brain Sciences, and after graduating he worked at a social work agency providing services to Holocaust survivors and their families in New York City.  He is currently a clinical extern at the Lodge Program at the Frost School, working with adolescents suffering from severe affective, mood, anxiety, developmental, and psychotic disorders. He was previously a clinical extern at George Mason University Counseling and Psychological Services and at the Washington School of Psychiatry Meyer Treatment Center, as well as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the GWU Psy.D. program.  Additionally, as a member of Dr. Cheri Marmarosh’s research team, he coauthored an article examining the manner in which both the therapists’ and patients’ attachment styles related to perceived ruptures and repairs in the working alliance.  For the 2016-2017 academic year, he will be attending the APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship program at Pennsylvania Hospital, University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Email: avimargolies@gmail.com

 

Michelle Wallace

She received her B.A. in psychology, with a concentration in business administration, from Muhlenberg College.  Her advanced training includes individual and group psychotherapy at the program's Center Clinic, George Washington University Hospital, and Marymount University.  Her professional interests include attachment, sexual and gender identity development, group therapy, and cross-cultural treatment.  In her free time, Michelle enjoys quality conversations, Netflix, Spotify playlists, and trying new restaurants.

 


 

Class of 2016

Tasha Dorsey

Hometown: Washington D.C.
Undergrad School: Naval Academy, 2005
Psychological Interests: trauma, children, neuropsychology, assessment, severe psychopathology
Hobbies: cooking, genealogy, writing
Why GW? I chose GWU because of its psychodynamic orientation and commitment to diversity. I also know D.C. to be a great place to work with a wide variety of populations and professionals. 

 

Niles Muzyk

Niles is on track towards completing his doctoral internship at the University of Kansas Counseling and Psychological Services in fulfillment of the requirements for becoming a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D).  He was awarded the James H. Hansell Award of Excellence in Clinical Psychology in 2015.  Working from a strong psychodynamic foundation integrated with Mindfulness-based therapeutic approaches, he has developed clinical interests in working with patients with anxiety disorders and survivors of trauma.  He emphasizes the clinical utility of attention to ethics and boundaries in his work.  With a love for administrative tasks, Niles enjoys managing and improving technology that enhances clinical work.  When he is off the clock, Niles can often be found exploring a book or expanding his study of philately.


Class of 2015

Rebecca Abell

Hometown: Marbury, MD
Undergrad School: Liberty University, 2010
Psychological Interests: severe psychopathology, adult and geriatric populations, social psychology research, electroconvulsive therapy, assessment
Hobbies: singing, sewing, painting, scrapbooking, dancing
Why GW?: Honestly, I didn't want to come to GW at first because it's expensive and I wanted to do a Ph.D. program instead. After being accepted, I put a lot of thought into the decision and realized that I really like the program. I also wanted to stay in the DC area and GW is in a great location, right downtown. I don't regret my decision in the least and am so glad I decided to come to GW. 

 

Rachel Canning

Hometown: Newbury Park, CA
Undergrad School: West Virginia University '09
Psychological Interests: I'm interested in integrating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy, as well as working with children, especially with abuse or trauma histories.  
Hobbies: I love hiking, cooking, snowboarding, and rock climbing. 
Why GW?: I was attracted to the small size, Psychodynamic approach, and amazing location. The professors and students also seemed warm and accessible, which I've learned to be absolutely true.


Class of 2014

Rachel Bloom

BA from Tufts University. Rachel was previously employed in a program for at-risk adolescent girls. Additionally she taught for 4 years in a therapeutic school in Boston before coming to GW.

Heather Churchill

Grew up in Washington DC and went to Georgetown Day School, in the District. She was an undergraduate at Colorado College. During the summers she returned home to work as a wilderness guide at Calleva Outdoors.  Through out college and for a year post college, she traveled abroad, living in Australia and New Zealand.  After traveling abroad, she moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She spent two years there exploring the Tetons and working as a counselor and a wilderness guide at a residential treatment center called “Red Top Meadows,” a facility for adjudicated teenage boys. At Red Top she was able to pursue many of her passions, including working in the wilderness with teenagers, and working in the mental health field. With great sadness but also excitement, she departed Jackson Hole to return home and pursue an advanced degree in psychology.

Kathryn Cording

BA from Lafayette College (2010).

Kimberly Holton

BA in Psychology and Government/Law from Lafayette College (2010).

David Le

Earned his BS in Psychology with a minor in Biology from Virginia Tech (2008) in Blacksburg, VA and his MS in Clinical Psychology from Radford University (2010) in Radford, VA  He will begin a Graduate Fellowship for the George Washington University Counseling Center (UCC) in the Summer of 2011. While completing his Masters degree at Radford University, he obtained a two year graduate assistantship with the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning, and was the lead graduate student on the Sustainability Committee. While completing his Bachelors degree at Virginia Tech he worked on qualitative research on Human Sexuality and was a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Human Development. While pursing his MS he had the opportunity to intern with the Blue Ridge Counseling Group, in which he worked with court mandated sex offender treatment and Warm Hearth Village Retirement Community, in which he worked with a geriatric population. David’s interests are in forensic psychology and trauma. He hopes to continue to work with sex offenders and victims of sexual trauma.

Joy Lere

BA Communication/Public Relations, Biblical Studies (2006), MA Counseling Psychology (2010), MPsy Clinical Psychology (2012). Joy embarked on her clinical training at GW following three years working and studying in the United Kingdom.  Joys is a member of a research team at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. where she is involved with studies examining end-of-life treatment planning of adolescent oncology patients and their families and the impact of spirituality on adolescents who have been diagnosed with HIV. Her clinical interests include grief and bereavement, trauma, health psychology, and work with veterans and military personnel. 

Rachel Menditch

Graduated from the George Washington University in 2006 with a B.A. in Political Science. She worked in a related field for close to two years, at which point she decided to pursue a career in psychology. Rachel completed her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Towson University in 2010. While working on her MA, she had the rewarding opportunity to intern at a domestic violence center providing individual counseling to female victims of domestic violence. This experience further solidified her passion for psychology, which subsequently lead her to pursue her Psy.D back at GW. Rachel has an interest in continuing to work with an adult population, particularly college students. She hopes to one day be working in a university counseling center.

Marta Miranda

BA in Geography/Latin American Studies, SUNY Geneseo (1991); MA in Geography, San Diego State University (1993). Interested in trauma, attachment, artistic expression, cross-cultural issues, and domestic violence. Prior to entering the PsyD program, Marta was a senior researcher and advisor on international development issues for the World Wildlife Fund and the World Resources Institute. Most recently, Marta has worked as a shelter supervisor/counselor at the Alexandria Domestic Violence program. Having spent most of her adult life understanding how others cope with their challenging environments, Marta has embarked on a new journey-- one that will allow her to help others navigate their own internal landscapes. She hopes to work with immigrants, refugees, and ethnic minorities who have experienced significant trauma.

Randy Nolte

MA in Counseling Psychology from New York University in 2010 and BA in Psychology and International Affairs from the George Washington University in 2006. Prior to beginning his doctoral work at GWU in the Fall of 2010, he worked at the Institute for Human Identity in New York City. As a therapist at IHI he provided psychodynamically-oriented psychotherapy to clients from diverse backgrounds with equally diverse presenting issues. In addition, he spent one year working at the George Washington University Medical Center as a Research Assistant. He and his colleagues worked towards understanding the transmission of anxiety from one generation to another. Upon graduation from GWU's PsyD program he intends to return to NYC and work with adult clients in a wide array of settings, including hospitals, jails, and in private practice.

Lindsey Poe

BA from Illinois Wesleyan University (2010).

Robin O'Sullivan

Robin is originally from New Mexico, she earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of New Mexico and her masters from the University of Oklahoma. Her husband is Active Duty Army, which afforded her the opportunity to live in Germany, Georgia, Tennessee and (now) Virginia. Over the past twelve years she gained a variety of work experiences. Much of her professional endeavors have focused on programs and support for military families. Most recently, she worked as a program-analyst at the Pentagon, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Office of Family Policy. After graduating, she hopes to use her personal knowledge and experience to continue working with the military community. Robin is especially interested in issues of attachment. She is a mother of an eight-year old son and a five-year old daughter who keep her life balanced.

Hallie Strauss

BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2009)


Class of 2013

Sonia Kahn

Sonia Kahn graduated cum laude from Tulane University (07') with a BS in Psychology and English (with an emphasis on Creative Writing) and a minor in Business Administration. Although Sonia's previous work experience was in human resource and IT consulting, she was hopeful to use her PsyD to use her psychologically-minded  worldview to have more clinical career. Sonia's clinical interests involve therapies focused on relationships, including group and couples work. She used her training at GW to focus on relational and self-psychological theory, and focused on applying these principles to her work with trauma survivors, members of the LGBTQ population, and individuals with significant relationship concerns. After completing her internship at Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems in Exton, PA, Sonia returned to the George Washington Uniiversity Professional Psychology Program to complete a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship, while also seeing patients in private practice. If you have questions about the GW Psy.D. doctoral program, or postdoctoral fellowship, please feel free to reach out to her with them at skahn@gwu.edu.   


Koko Nishi

BS in Psychology from University of California San Diego ('02) and MA in Psychology in Education from Teachers College Columbia University ('06). Koko's previous work experiences have included teaching English in Japan through the JET program and working as a graduate assistant in residential living at Columbia University and as a resident director at University of California Berkeley. Interests include cross-cultural psychology, mental health disparities among ethnic minorities, intergenerational trauma among the Asian-American community, couples and family therapy and working with the college student population. Prior to internship, Koko completed an externship at Catholic University's Counseling Center in the fall of 2011.