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Southern Arizona VA Health Care Psychology Team

 



NADINE C. COLE, Ph.D.

University: Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary

Assignment: Psychological Assessment; Director of Psychology Training

Theoretical Orientation: Dr. Cole’s theoretical orientation is primarily cognitive-behavioral, utilizing a variety of techniques. These include the narrative approach of Meichenbaum, distorted thinking styles, development of coping skills, mindfulness based cognitive-behavioral intervention, Cognitive Processing Therapy and exposure based treatments.

Professional Interests/Research: Assessment, PTSD treatment, spirituality and coping skills, ethnic minority mental health

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DAVID BEIL-ADASKIN, Psy.D.

David Beil-Adaskin, Psy.D.

University: Wheaton College

Assignment: Lead Psychologist; Mental Health Clinic Supervisor

Professional Duties: Dr. Beil-Adaskin provides administrative supervision over the specialty mental health clinics, interns, post-doctoral fellow and the APA-accredited Psychology Training Program. He is passionate about developing the discipline of psychology and the training program. He also serves as a voting member on the SAVAHCS Credentialing Committee, Chairperson of the Disruptive Behavior Committee, SAVAHCS Local Evidenced-Based Therapy Coordinator, ETAT Co-Chair, and as clinical member of the Caregiver Program.

Clinical Interests: Dr. Beil-Adaskin’s primary theoretical orientation is cognitive-behavioral with a specialization in evidence-based therapies (EBT) for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Interventions focus on Cognitive-Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy. Dr. Beil-Adaskin is a former military Psychologist whose duties included training and supervision of military clinicians in the administration of EBT’s.

                          
 

 

CHRISTOPHER  ADAMCZYK, Psy.D.

University: Arizona School of Professional Psychology

Assignment: Substance Use Disorder-PTSD (SUD-PTSD)

Theoretical Orientation: Dr. Adamczyk’s orientation is cognitive behavioral.  Originally from Buffalo, NY, Dr. Adamczyk spent four years in the U.S. Army as an Armor Crewmen, and two years as a Calvary Scout. 

Professional Interests/Research: He has a variety of interests to include substance use treatment, treatment of trauma, co-occurring disorders, SMI, and palliative/hospice care.

KATHERINE BRAZAITIS, Ph.D.

University: The Catholic University of America

Assignment: Mental Health Clinic BHIP Psychologist

Theoretical Orientation: Dr. Brazaitis’ theoretical orientation is integrative.  She predominately relies on dynamic and interpersonal/relational theories when conceptualizing client’s functioning and needs.  She has been influenced by the work of Nancy McWilliams, Irvin Yalom, Robert Karen, and Pema Chodron.  Whenever possible she utilizes the here and now and the therapeutic relationship to facilitate corrective emotional experiences.  In both groups and individual therapy she emphasizes a Veteran-centered, compassionate, skills-based approach to healing and recovery though the incorporation of Cognitive Behavior Therapy,  Dialectal Behavior Therapy, and the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide.

Professional Interests/Research: Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide and the Suicide Status Form; program development/evaluation; supervision and training

  MICHELLE DORSEY, Ph.D.
University: New Mexico State University

Assignment: Mental Health Clinic

Theoretical Orientation:  Dr. Dorsey’s primary theoretical orientation is interpersonal/relational. Her style of relating with clients has been heavily impacted by Yalom’s interpersonal and existential approaches, Teyber’s Interpersonal Process Therapy, and Briere’s Trauma therapy conceptualization (safety, affect regulation, cognitive interventions, emotional processing, relational functioning, and identity work). As a supervisor, I use a collaborative, developmental approach which focuses on identifying and reinforcing supervisees’ current strengths, while also integrating new skills and refining existing ones.

Professional Interests: Treating interpersonal trauma, treating cumulative trauma, providing culturally relevant therapy, and clinical supervision.

  JULIE EWING, Ph.D.
University: Texas Tech

Assignment: Southwest Blind Rehabilitation Center

Theoretical Orientation: Dr. Ewing's theoretical orientation toward individual therapy is primarily cognitive behavioral, although she has training and experience with ACT-based interventions also. While she emphasizes the important role that cognitions play in behavior, she also stresses the importance of the therapeutic relationship. Behavioral change is effected through both cognitive behavioral intervention and through the patient's realization that he/she is reenacting dysfunctional behavioral patterns with the therapist. In addition to a CBT focus, her approach to group therapy reflects the process orientation advocated by Irvin Yalom, and the Dialectical Behavior Therapy approach by Marsha Linehan.

Professional Interests: Psychotherapy, Obesity, Smoking Cessation

 No photo avilable ISAAC E. FLOREZ, Psy.D.

University: University of Denver

Assignment:   Polytrauma

Theoretical Orientation: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) informs Dr. Florez’ approach to treatment. As we begin to understand the context of distress we can find workable solutions, even in the mundane.

 

Professional Interests/Research: Applied behavioral analysis, cultivation of compassion, and neurological effects of mindfulness/meditation.

  SANDRA M. GALLAGHER, Ph.D.

University: University of Arizona

Assignment: PTSD Clinical Team Lead

Theoretical Orientation: Dr. Gallagher’s theoretical orientation is primarily cognitive-behavioral, utilizing Motivational Interviewing for early stages of change and CBT-based interventions and behavioral strategies for action stages of change. She has experience in program evaluation, evidence-based practice implementation, and professional supervision and training.

Professional Interests/Research: PTSD, Co-occurring disorders, Motivational Interviewing, health psychology, program evaluation and supervision/training





 

SABRINA K. HITT, Ph.D.

University: University of Arizona

Assignment: Mental Health Clinic

Theoretical Orientation: Dr. Hitt’s theoretical orientation is primarily cognitive-behavioral, and she also draws from different theoretical approaches to tailor treatment to the individual client. She is particularly interested in 3rd wave therapies and a mind-body approach to helping clients.  She incorporates elements of mindfulness meditation into cognitive therapy when appropriate, e.g. for emotion regulation, and managing stress and anxiety. She participated in special training for acceptance and commitment therapy and is certified through the VA to provide ACT. She also incorporates motivational enhancement therapy when clients are not in the action stage.  Paying attention to emotional issues can help the client to make sense out of them and facilitate personal psychological development and behavior change. The therapeutic relationship is considered the foundation for change, and a client-centered approach is emphasized.

Professional Interests/Research: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness

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JENNIFER McClure, Psy. D.

University: Argosy University--Phoenix

Assignment: Compensation and Pension

Theoretical Orientation: Dr. McClure’s theoretical orientation is integrative, with a strong focus on cognitive-behavioral, existential and client-centered therapies and a primary focus on movement towards wellness. Given the medicolegal nature of compensation and pension examinations, Dr. McClure employs standardized objective assessment practices to ensure a comprehensive, clinically relevant outcome.

Professional Interests/Research:  Military psychology and culture, operational psychology (military), objective psychological testing, symptom validity, ethics in clinical and forensic practice, customer service, and consultation.

 

AUBREY J. RODRIGUEZ, PH.D.

University: The University of Southern California

Assignment: Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Program (MH RRTP) – PTSD Track

Theoretical Orientation: Dr. Rodriguez’s primary orientations are cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal/ systemic with a focus on evidence-based principled practice, which may find expression in manualized EBT protocols such as PE or CPT as well as rigorously developed individualized applications of empirically-supported principles (e.g., inhibitory learning approaches to guide exposure, positive emotion savoring exercises derived from basic research on the role of memory in maintenance of depression, building discrepancy between beliefs and behavior with targeted behavioral homework assignments). Dr. Rodriguez also emphasizes the use of client-generated data (behavioral observation or self-report) to guide treatment planning, and assessment and intervention at the levels of client, social system, and client-system interactions.    

Professional Interests/Research: Clinical – Empirically-supported treatment of PTSD and trauma-related disorders, Program development and evaluation; Research -- Family Systems, Role of relational context in individual adaptation to stress/trauma, Stress physiology

 

PETER J. SANCHEZ, PH.D.

University: New Mexico State University

Assignment: Primary Care-Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI)

Theoretical Orientation: Dr. Sanchez’s orientation is Interpersonal Psychotherapy and CBT. This orientation focuses on the role of the cognitions, life solutions, and behaviors in the context of interpersonal relationships. Within the brief model of therapy in PC-MHI, maladaptive solutions, behaviors and cognitions are brought to light and modified by a collaborative interaction between patient and therapist, with a primary focus on activating more adaptive and productive behaviors.

Professional Interests/Research: Multicultural factors on psychological development and health, personal development throughout the lifespan utilizing western and eastern practices, process interactions in psychotherapy, and the interaction of substance use and health.

 

JOHN TSANADIS, Ph.D., ABPP-CN

University: Ohio University

Assignment: Neuropsychological Assessment

Theoretical Orientation: Dr. Tsanadis’ approach focuses on standardized objective assessment with supplementary information provided by behavioral observation, background information, and process analysis. He believes neuropsychological assessment should be grounded in empirically supported assessment procedures rather than those that are just theoretically supported. Neuropsychology requires the integration of several different domains of knowledge including neuroanatomy, neurology, psychiatry, pharmacology, as well as psychometrics. Dr. Tsanadis advocates keeping the “psychology” in neuropsychology by being cognizant of how psychological factors (i.e., personality, mental health problems, expectations, reinforcement etc…) affect symptom presentation, tests results, and functionality. Since neuropsychological measures are tests of behavior, performance is influenced by a variety of factors in addition to brain function.

Professional Interests/Research: Symptom validity testing, traumatic brain injury outcomes, geriatric neuropsychological assessment, ecological validity of neuropsychological tests, executive functions, MMPI, professional development and training in neuropsychology.

  KATHLEEN YOUNG, Psy.D.

University: Illinois School of Professional Psychology

Assignment: Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator, Member of PTSD Clinical Team and Dialectical Behavior Therapy Team

Theoretical Orientation: Dr. Young’s theoretical orientation underpinning her approach to treatment is psychodynamic, relational, and trauma-informed. She incorporates evidence based treatment modalities including Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), Dialectical Behavior Therapy(DBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Dr. Young has many years of experience providing trauma-informed training, treatment, and supervision.

Professional Interests/Research: Sexual Trauma, Complex trauma, Mindfulness, LGBTQ issues.

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FRED W. WIGGINS, Ph.D.

University: Indiana University

Assignment: Consultation/Supervision/Education   

Theoretical Orientation: Dr. Wiggins’ theoretical orientation is best described as multi-modal integrated.  While drawing on Rogerian principles for building the therapeutic relationship he conceptualizes clinical issues primarily from a psychosocial developmental perspective. Therapeutic change is facilitated through the utilization of a variety of cognitive-behavioral, cognitive-emotional, solution focused, and insight oriented intervention strategies as determined by the client’s expressed needs in the therapeutic relationship.

Professional/Research Interests: Individual, Couples, and Group Psychotherapy, Multicultural Counseling and Development, Organizational Consultation, Teaching and Training.

  KEN DUNLAP, LCSW

Education: University of Arizona B.A. in psychology 1983, San Diego State university MSW, 1985

Assignment: Couples and Family Therapy

Theoretical Orientation: Mr. Dunlap was trained as a structural/Strategic Family therapist and spent many years conducting and supervising master’s level clinician in family and individual therapy. For the past 9 years he has practiced Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT). While he continues to do some family therapy, working with couples using IBCT constitutes the bulk of his practice. Mr. Dunlap’s position on this team is unique in that, for now at least, he is the only masters level clinician giving formal supervision for this psychology internship. He purports that he only had to go to school for 2 years for what it takes other’s 4 years to learn.

 Professional Interests:

Relational and interactional aspects of trauma and familial/intimate relationships. How do trauma affected people affect their families and how do these families affect the trauma affected families? families

Relational dynamics of couples where one is transitioning genders