Behavioral Wellness Clinic (BWC) clinicians are independent psychotherapists and mental health professionals practicing at a shared professional facility in Louisville, Kentucky or other locations. Each clinicians specializes in several different areas of counseling and mental health care, maintaining the highest professional standards. Therapists are university faculty, licensed professionals, interns, or doctoral students.
BWCC therapists have a cognitive-behavioral orientation, which means they tend take an active approach to treatment. Therapists use proven techniques to facilite progress and help clients meet individual goals. It is important to us that clients understand how therapy will help them and what to expect.
Anyone struggling with anxiety, phobia, traumatic memories, OCD, or related conditions can benefit from the services of BWC therapists. Additionally, couples seeking relationship counseling may experience positive changes in their intimacy, communication, and other obstacles that may interfere with their marital life.
Dr. Cheri Levinson is a licensed psychologist and clinical supervisor at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville and Director of the Eating Anxiety and Treatment (EAT) laboratory.
Dr. Levinson treats adults and adolescents with eating disorders. She specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and comorbid disorders (specifically anxiety disorders and OCD) using empirically supported cognitive-behavioral techniques. Before moving to Louisville, Dr. Levinson trained at the University of North Carolina Center of Excellence in Eating Disorders (CEED). While at CEED, she trained in cognitive behavioral therapies, dialectical behavior therapy, family based therapy for adolescents with anorexia nervosa, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness therapies for eating disorders. Dr. Levinson has also conducted clinical trials on the effectiveness of using exposure therapy and perfectionism treatment for eating disorders.
Prior to moving to Louisville, Dr. Levinson was a post-doctoral fellow at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. She completed her clinical internship at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. She received her Master's and Doctoral degrees in the psychology department at Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology and history at the University of Kentucky.
Dr. Levinson's research focuses on (a) understanding the high levels of comorbidity between eating and anxiety disorders and (b) applying empirically supported treatments for anxiety disorders, specifically exposure therapy, to the eating disorders. Dr. Levinson has published more than 35 peer-reviewed manuscripts and chapters and has been the primary investigator on several national grants and awards. Dr. Levinson provides training, supervision, and consultation for therapists in the assessment and treatment of eating disorders. She lives in Louisville, KY with her husband and daughter.
Dr. Street Russell is a licensed clinical Psychologist and Associate Director of the Behavioral Wellness Clinic. As a health service provider of psychology (HSPP), he supervises and trains doctoral students and other clinical trainees. Additionally, he is a clinical preceptor for the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. He earned his Psy.D. at Spalding University in 2016, with an emphasis in coursework on health psychology. He completed an internship at the Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center in Topeka, Kansas, and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic under the direct supervision of OCD-expert Dr. Monnica Williams. His dissertation research involved the assessment of individuals with a cancer of the head and neck.
Dr. Street Russell works with children, families, and adults with OCD & OCD-related disorders, as well as eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and social anxiety. He also has experience treating various phobic conditions, trichotillomania, excoriation disorder, and panic disorder. He is trained in providing evidence-based treatment for all the above-mentioned conditions including, but not limited to, exposure with response prevention (Ex/RP), habit reversal therapy, family-based therapy for anorexia nervosa, CBT for eating disorders, cognitive processing therapy (CPT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). He continues to receive regular consultation and training in the treatment of eating disorders from Clinical Director Cheri Levinson. He is approved to provide continued education training to other professionals in the treatment of OCD and eating disorders.
Dr. Russell is a member of the Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA) and International OCD Foundation (IOCDF). He regularly supports community outreach by participating in events sponsored by the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) and the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA).
Dr. Russell had previously lived in Brazil and is fluent in Portuguese. He has a family of six and has been a professional stand-up comedian since 2010.
Doctorate: Spalding University
Clinical Internship: Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Post-doctoral Fellowship: Center for Eating Disorders
Dr. Alexandria “Alex” Pruitt is a licensed clinical psychologist who has committed her training and practice to helping children, adolescents, and families navigate psychological diagnoses compounded by medical complications. She graduated with a doctorate in Pediatric Psychology from Spalding University in 2014 and completed her clinical internship at Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her fellowship training focused on the treatment of all eating disorders at The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt where she provided both inpatient and partial hospitalization level of care.
Dr. Alex has experience with the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, pediatric obesity, diabetes management, Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, chronic pain or illness and fatigue syndromes, as well as trauma. Her specialty training allows her to work with children as young as 3 years old. She delivers evidence-based treatments to individuals, groups, and families in a compassionate and solution focused manner. Dr. Alex leads a perfectionism group, a body image group, and an adolescent support group.
Some of her other clinical training experiences include Kosair Children’s Hospital and The Bingham Clinic, Wellstone Regional Hospital, Our Lady of Peace, Louisville VA Medical Center. Since graduation, she is also dedicated to training the next generation of practitioners, as she guest lectures at the University of Louisville psychological training programs, supervises graduate level students, and has taught advanced graduate course at Spalding University in Pediatric Psychology. Alex lives in Louisville with her husband and two sons.
Dr. Sarah Schirmer has over 10 years of experience in mental health care. She began her career as a licensed professional clinical counselor working with children and families after completing a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Louisville in 2006. She graduated the accelerated, second-degree bachelor of science in nursing program at Eastern Kentucky University in 2010 and went on to earn her doctorate of nursing practice degree in the psychiatric-mental health track at the University of Kentucky in 2015.
Dr. Schirmer is board certified by the ANCC to provide psychiatric mental-health treatment across the lifespan. She is licensed in Kentucky and Indiana and has worked in both private practice and community mental health settings. She has extensive experience with the treatment of anxiety and eating disorders, depression, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, bipolar illness, psychosis and schizophrenia and co-occurring substance use disorders. She offers various treatment modalities such as medication management, genetic testing, and evidence-based therapy. She works collaboratively with patients and families as well as other treatment providers.
She lives in Louisville with her husband and two sons.
Dr. Paul J. Rosen, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Louisville, and Director of the RACER (Research in ADHD and Children’s Emotion Regulation) Lab.
Dr. Rosen in a nationally renowned expert in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children, with a specialization in researching and treating emotional difficulties and difficulties managing frustration in children with ADD/ADHD. Dr. Rosen provides treatment using evidenced-based behavioral and cognitive-behavioral approaches that include both direct counseling with children with ADHD and training with parents to help parents and children together develop better understanding and coping skills for children’s frustration and emotional difficulties. Dr. Rosen has developed several innovative techniques for helping children with ADHD manage their emotions and behavior including the Managing Frustration for Children with ADHD group treatment – the first evidence-based treatment designed specifically for emotional difficulties in children with ADHD.Originally born in New York City, Dr. Rosen completed a B.A. from University of Michigan, an M.S. and Ph.D, in Clinical Psychology from University of Kentucky, a predoctoral residency at University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for ADHD at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Rosen directs a large research program focusing on ADHD, emotions, and behavior in children, and has published multiple research articles in internationally respected journals including Journal of Attention Disorders, Aggressive Behavior, Social Development, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Journal of Child and Family Studies, and ADHD: Attention Deficit & hyperactivity Disorders. Dr. Rosen has spoken about ADHD at national organizations such as the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapists and the Society for Research in Child Development, and has given multiple community presentations on managing ADHD and frustration at home and in the classroom to organizations including the Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA), the U.S. Army Exceptional Family Member Program, the Center for ADHD at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, the ARC of Kentucky, Seven Counties (now Centerstone) Behavioral Health Services, the Lincoln Foundation's Whitney M. Young Scholars, and several parent and faculty organizations within Jefferson County (KY) Public Schools, Louisville Catholic schools, and other community organizations. Information about Dr. Rosen’s research and handouts regarding ADHD for parents and teachers may be found at Dr. Rosen’s website, ADHDlouisville.com. Dr. Rosen enjoys music, sports, hiking, and woodworking. He lives in Louisville with his wife Megan, son Max, and poorly-behaved but sweet pointer-lab mix, Abe.
Dr. Broderick Sawyer obtained his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Louisville, completing his internship at Stony Brook University Counseling and Psychological Services. At Stony Brook, Dr. Sawyer conducted mindfulness meditation, self-compassion, and emotional processing groups, along with seeing individual psychotherapy clients. Dr. Sawyer has clinical experience working with anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, eating disorders, race-based stress/trauma, sexual/gender identity development, and relational difficulties. Dr. Sawyer also routinely provides lectures on culturally competent psychotherapy at national psychology conferences and in other settings. In the therapy room, Dr. Sawyer is an “integrative” psychotherapist, using multiple empirically based techniques to 1) help clients overcome longstanding psychological difficulties, 2) understand why and how those difficulties developed, 3) safely experience challenging emotions once trust is established, and 4) develop a positive sense of self. As far as specific theories, Dr. Sawyer integrates Cognitive Behavioral, Mindfulness and Acceptance, Compassion, Relational Psychodynamic, Narrative, Attachment, and Neuroscientific based approaches.
While there may be many moving parts to the way he thinks about psychological health and wellbeing, a large focus is placed on the comfort and safety offered in the therapeutic relationship. Dr. Sawyer is a strong believer that an intervention’s strength is dependent on a strong client-therapist relationship, and he actively works each session to get to know clients not only for their difficulties, but for their strengths, interests, and overall personhood. He believes that if he can see the positive sides of his clients, they can begin to see the positives, too.
Dr. Sawyer has an enthusiastic interest in mindfulness and compassion-based meditation, and has had a personal meditation practice for nearly 2 years. He spends much free time reading empirical literature, as well as original spiritual texts, to continue to enhance his own meditation practice and knowledge; this allows him to effectively and thoroughly teach those interested in meditation, beginners and advanced practitioners alike. Dr. Sawyer’s primary focus when teaching meditation is to help clients become aware of, and ultimately gain some control over, the “thinking” mind. Once the “thinking” mind is seen and understood, through practice, clients can begin to identify how their thoughts might be limiting their behavioral responses to stress.
Beyond clinical work, Dr. Sawyer collaborates with community members in the West End of Louisville to spark community change, utilizing his understandings of race relations and oppressive systems. He is also an avid reader, loves video games, and as a former basketball player, loves spending time watching and playing.
Williams, M. T., Sawyer, B. A., Ellsworth, M., Singh, S., & Tellawi, G. (2017). Obsessive-compulsive disorder in ethnoracial minorities: Attitudes, stigma, & barriers to treatment. In J. Abromowitz, D. McKay, & E. Storch (Eds.), Handbook of Obsessive-Compulsive Related Disorders, Vol. 1. Wiley.
Sawyer, B. A., DeLapp, R. C. T., & Williams, M. T. (2016). Community violence exposure and racial discrimination as barriers to treatment: Implications for African American males in counseling. In W. Ross (ed.), The African American Male Series: Counseling in African American Males: Effective Therapeutic Interventions and Approaches. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Sawyer, B. A., Williams, M. T., DeLapp, R. C. T., Davis, D. M. (2016). Posttraumatic stress disorder, Chapter 14. In A. Breland-Noble, C. S. Al-Mateen, & N. N. Singh (Eds.), Handbook of Mental Health in African American Youth (pp. 237-247). Springer
Sawyer, B. A., Williams, M. T., Chasson, G., Davis, D. M., & Chapman, L. K. (2015). The impact of childhood family functioning on anxious, depressive, and obsessive–compulsive symptoms in adulthood among African Americans. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 4, 8-13.
Williams, M. T., Malcoun, E., Sawyer, B. A., Davis, D. M., Bahojb-Nouri, L., Leavell, S. (2014). Cultural adaptations of prolonged exposure therapy for treatment and prevention of posttraumatic stress disorder in African Americans. Behavioral Sciences, 4, 102–124.
Sara W. Sutphin, MEd, is a licensed psychological practitioner and therapist. She has over 12 years experience working with adults in a variety of settings with depression and anxiety disorders utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy. Since her arrival at BWC in May 2016, she has specialized in the treatment of adults with OCD, PTSD, trichotillomania, excoriation, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety. Additionally, she leads a group for individuals struggling with body image issues, a group for those with trichotillomania and excoriation, and co-leads a group for individuals with depression and anxiety.
In 1994, she earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Mary Baldwin College located in Staunton, Virginia. She received her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2006. Since that time she has worked as a clinician in sex offender treatment at the Kentucky State Reformatory in LaGrange, Kentucky. From 2013-2016, she has worked with adults with traumatic brain injuries.
Sara lives in Louisville with her husband and two boys.
Dr. Mark Schirmer is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, where he provides individual and group therapy. He obtained his master’s degree and doctorate from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Schirmer completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, Louisville OCD Clinic, and the Louisville Center for Eating Disorders. During his pre-doctoral internship at the Lexington VA Medical Center, he conducted individual and group therapy for Veterans with PTSD, alcohol and drug use disorders, tobacco addiction, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. His internship experience featured formal training in Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD and serving on the LGBTQQI Care Coordination Team. His graduate experience included co-leading gender-affirming group therapy for transgender adults.
Dr. Schirmer has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families, treating clients with OCD, eating disorders, substance use disorders, PTSD, conduct disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, anger management problems, gender dysphoria, and personality disorders. In addition to individual therapy, Dr. Schirmer provides group therapy addressing a number of topics, including OCD, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and DBT skills training, as well as co-leading a support group for family members of people with eating disorders. Dr. Schirmer also works with transgender and gender-expansive adults seeking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and other gender-affirming medical services.
Dr. Schirmer has experience treating substance use disorders and is a certified facilitator for SMART Recovery, an evidence-based addiction recovery program grounded in cognitive behavioral therapy. His work in addiction recovery includes clinical rotations at the Lexington VA Medical Center, the Robley Rex VA Medical Center, and the Lighthouse Adolescent Recovery Center.
In collaboration with the Fairness Campaign, Dr. Schirmer served as project lead to establish a Kentucky-based affiliate of SAGE, a national non-profit organization working to improve the quality of life for older sexual and gender minority adults. He remains on the executive committee for SAGE of the Bluegrass, coordinating efforts with national leadership. Dr. Schirmer frequently presents to local organizations on the subject of issues confronting the older LGBTQ population.
Dr. Schirmer is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Kentucky Psychological Association.
Schirmer, M. T. (2018, May 11). Social and emotional factors shaping the health of older LGBTQ adults. Training session for clinical staff at Hosparus, Louisville, KY.
Schirmer, M. T. (2018, April 26). Challenges of LGBT aging. Presentation at the annual conference of the Southeastern Affordable Housing Management Association and the Kentucky Housing Corporation, Louisville, KY.
Schirmer, M. T. (2017, October 31). LGBT aging & well-being. Training session for the geriatrics faculty at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY.
Schirmer, M. T. (2017, August 3). Rainbow in the bluegrass: A survey of the well-being of the adult LGBTQ population in Kentucky. American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Washignton DC.
Schirmer, M. T. (2017, June 23). LGBT aging & health. Training session for staff at Compass Counseling & Psychological Services, Louisville, KY.
Schirmer, M. T. (2013, April 23). Assessing the health and well-being of LGBT older adults in Kentucky: A planned study. Presentation in the Aging fairly series at the University of Louisville’s Chao Auditorium, Louisville, KY.
Amanda Velez, MSSW, is a Marriage and Family Therapy Associate (MFTA) working with individuals, couples, children, and families. She has been trained to incorporate the influence of broader environmental systems within her evidence-based and individualized therapeutic practice, utilizing systemic perspectives for the treatment of OCD and related Anxiety Disorders, Depression, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Within her specialized graduate program, Amanda was trained in a variety of therapeutic models, with personal emphasis in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples, and the STAIR (Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation) model for PTSD. Additionally, Amanda volunteered as a Research Assistant, working with doctoral level students to review and recommend evidence-based mental health and psychosocial interventions for women involved in the criminal justice system. Amanda, along with the research team, presented their findings at the 2016 Annual Conference of the American Society of Criminology.
Amanda graduated from Transylvania University in 2010, obtaining a B.A. in Psychology. Upon returning to the mental health field in 2015 as a first-year graduate student, Amanda served children and families experiencing behavioral challenges within the school environment, as well as facilitating group and individual therapy for children experiencing PTSD in the wake of violent crime. As an advanced student, Amanda worked as an on-site therapist in a medical setting, specializing in the treatment of co-occurring PTSD and Dissociative Seizures (Psychogenic and Non-Epileptic Seizures), Mood Disorders, and Anxiety Disorders in survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault; as a result, she has become dedicated to expanding her practical knowledge of empirically supported and trauma-informed therapeutic practices. Amanda Graduated from the University of Louisville with a Master of Science in Social Work and a Master’s Equivalency in Couple and Family Therapy.
Currently, Amanda utilizes Exposure Response and Ritual Prevention Therapy for the treatment of OCD and related Anxiety Disorders; Amanda’s practice within the Clinic includes children as young as 10 years old, as well as adults, couples and families living with OCD and Anxiety. When working with children and family systems, Amanda often utilizes Structural Family Therapy techniques to affect change in both children and the environmental factors which contribute to mental health concerns.
Michelle Eckhart, RD, LD, graduated Magna cum Laude with a degree in Dietetics from the University of Kentucky and did a dietetic internship at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. Michelle has been a Registered Dietitian for over 20 years in the Louisville, Kentucky area, and worked with patients in many settings with a variety of diseases and health issues. Michelle was the Chief Clinical Dietitian at Jewish Hospital, Manager of the Jewish Diabetes Care Program, and the Manager of Employee Wellness for KentuckyOne Health.
Throughout her career, Michelle has been in private practice, working with individuals of all ages with Eating Disorders. Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia can be devastating, life altering diseases, which affect the body, the mind, the spirit, the family and interrupt every aspect of that person’s life. Every person struggling with healthy eating is different and needs an individualized approach to help guide them back to nourishing their bodies properly. The end goal with these clients is to help normalize their relationship with food so they can go on to live healthy, happy lives.
Mary Curnutte, MS, RD, LD, graduated from Saint Louis University with a degrees in Nutrition & Dietetics with a Culinary Emphasis. She completed her dietetic internship at a variety of hospitals in St. Louis. Mary was born and raised in Louisville, KY, where she is excited to be back practicing dietetics. Mary has taught nutrition to all ages, from pre-K to adult. She currently works at the University of Louisville as a Nutrition Course Lecturer as well as at the YMCA as a Nutrition Counselor.
At the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, Mary works with anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating disorder, and eating disorders otherwise not specified. Each client requires individual couching to learn what is healthy for their own body. Mary will work with clients on specific strategies that will increase their nutrition. This can be an individual meal pattern, strategies for a pinpointed eating issue, or learning to tune into one’s own body’s cues, among other things, depending on a client’s exact need. Mary has worked with mindful and intuitive eating practices to teach attending to one’s own body to know how to nourish it. Mary is passionate about healthy relationships with food and finding joy in food and cooking. Our goal in nutrition counseling is properly nourishing one’s body while bringing peace back to food.
Kristina Waters, CSW, has been trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Kristina graduated from University of Louisville in 2018 with her Master of Science in Social Work and is pursuing a specialization in Couples and Family Therapy.
Throughout her graduate studies, Kristina served vulnerable populations including juvenile sexual offenders, families involved with Child Protective Services, and those experiencing depression, anxiety, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, borderline personality disorder, relationship problems, and parent-child relationship issues in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Irina Vanzhula, M.S.is a doctoral student therapist at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic. She received her Master’s degree in clinical psychology at the University of Louisville, where she is currently pursuing her doctoral degree under the mentorship of Dr. Cheri Levinson.
Irina works with individuals of all ages suffering from eating disorders, OCD, trauma, anxiety, depression, and personality disorders. She is trained in variety of empirically supported interventions, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, exposure and response prevention, dialectical behavioral therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. Irina leads DBT skills group for eating disorders and Eating Awareness Training group. Irina’s research examines comorbidities of eating disorders, OCD, and trauma, and she is interested in novel treatment development. In her free time, Irina enjoys spending time outdoors and trying new restaurants.
Vanzhula, I.A., Calebs, B., Fewell, L., Levinson, C.A. (2017, in press). Irritability and Concentration Difficulties are Illness Pathways between Eating Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms: Understanding Comorbidity with Network Analysis. European Eating Disorder Review.
Vanzhula, I.A., Margaret, S., Levinson, C.A. (Apr 2018). Improving Acting with Awareness May be the Key to Successful Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Eating Disorders. Paper presented at the International Conference on Eating Disorders, Chicago IL.
Levinson, C.A., Vanzhula, I.A., Brosof, L.C., Forbush, K. (2018, in press). Network Analysis as an Alternative Approach to Conceptualizing Eating Disorders: Implications for Research and Treatment. Current Psychiatry Reports.
Levinson, C. A., Brosof, L.C., Vanzhula, I.A., Christian, C., Jones, P., Rodebaugh, T.L., Langer, J.K., White, E.K., Warren, C., Weeks, J.W., Menatti, A., Lim, M.H., Fernandez, K.C. (2018, In Press). Social Anxiety and Eating Disorder Comorbidity and Underlying Vulnerabilities: Using Network Analysis to Conceptualize Comorbidity.
Sala, M., Vanzhula, I.A., Juarascio, A., Vazzano, K., & Levinson, C.A (Apr 2018). Incorporating Mindfulness into Eating Disorder Research and Treatment. Workshop presented at the International Conference on Eating Disorders, Chicago IL.
Sabrina Kordes, MA, is a doctoral student therapist at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, supervised by Dr. Street Russell. She received her Master’s degree in clinical psychology from Spalding University where she is currently in her third year working toward her doctorate degree. She obtained a B.S. in psychology and sociology from the University of Evansville in Evansville, IN.
Sabrina has experience assessing and treating adults and children with ADHD, grief, depression, and anxiety, and she is trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy. She looks forward to assessing and treating eating disorders and OCD at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic. Aside from her clinical work, Sabrina enjoys traveling, hiking, and trying new restaurants.
Tom Gaus, BA, is a practicum student therapist at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic supervised by Dr. Street Russell. Tom is currently in his third year at Spalding University, working towards his doctorate in clinical psychology. He obtained his B.A. in psychology from The University of Tulsa in Tulsa, OK.
Before beginning graduate school, Tom worked with children and adolescents in the foster care system as a case manager focused on teaching independent living skills. Tom has since gained experience assessing and treating individuals with ADHD, learning disorders, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and trauma. He also works with numerous athletic programs to enhance the psychological aspects of team and individual performance.
Amanda Roth, MA, is currently in her third-year at the University of Indianapolis, working toward her doctorate in clinical psychology. She earned her M.A. degree in clinical psychology from the University of Indianapolis.
Amanda has experience treating individuals with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and ADHD. She has a clinical interest in eating disorders and her dissertation research was the development of an eating disorder emphasis area for clinical psychology doctoral programs.
Sarah Peterson, M.S.is a doctoral student therapist at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, supervised by Dr. Cheri Levinson. Sarah is currently a fourth-year graduate student in the University of Kentucky clinical psychology Ph.D. program. She obtained her B.A. in psychology from Hope College in Holland, MI.
Sarah has experience treating adults, adolescents, and children with various presenting concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance abuse. In addition to her clinical work, Sarah also conducts research related to transdiagnostic risk factors for substance misuse and eating disorders.
Cole, H. A., Peterson, S. J., & Smith, G. T. (in press). Biological, behavioral, and personality predictors of adolescents' preferred style of coping. Addictive Behaviors.
Peterson, S. J., Davis, H. A., & Smith, G. T. (2018). Personality and learning predictors of adolescent alcohol consumption trajectories. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 127(5), 482-495.
Peterson, S. J. & Smith, G. T. (in press). Impulsigenic personality traits: From the impulsive to the compulsive. Invited chapter in N. S. Columbus (Ed.), Understanding impulsive behavior: Assessment, influences, and gender differences. Nova Science Publishers, New York, NY.
Combs, J. L., Riley, E. N., Peterson, S. J., Jordan, C. E., & Smith, G.T. (2018). The nature of adverse outcomes after sexual assault predicted from personality prior to the assault. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. 79(2), 258-268
Peterson, S. J. & Smith, G. T. (2017). Association between elementary school personality and high school smoking and drinking. Addiction. 112(11), 2043-2052.
Riley, E.N., Peterson, S. J., & Smith, G.T. (2017). Towards a developmentally integrative model of personality change: A focus on three potential mechanisms. Advances in Psychological Research. 124, 63-84.
Peterson, S. J. & Smith, G. T. (2016). Application of the expectancy concept to substance use. Invited chapter in S. A. Brown and R. A. Zucker (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Adolescent Substance Abuse. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199735662.013.017
Jasmine Fairfax, BA is the office manager for the Behavioral Wellness Clinic. She ensures that operations are running smoothly and oversees the work of the other office staff. This includes phone intakes, payment processing, and scheduling.
Jasmine graduated from the University of Louisville with top honors, majoring in Nutrition Science and minoring in Chemistry and Math. She plans on pursuing graduate studies in Nutrition or Culinary Arts. When not working or studying, she enjoys baking, singing, and spending time with her family.
Terwilliger, J. M., Bach, N., Bryan, C., & Williams, M. T. (2013). Multicultural versus Colorblind Ideology: Implications for Mental Health and Counseling. In Psychology of Counseling, A., Di Fabio, ed., Nova Science Publishers. ISBN-13: 978-1-62618-410-7.
Davis, D., Steever, A., Terwilliger, J. M., & Williams, M. T. (2012). The Relationship between the Culture-Bound Syndrome Koro and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. In Psychology of Culture, G. R. Hayes & M. H. Bryant, eds., Nova Science Publishers. ISBN-13: 978-1-62257-274-8.
Jessica Dowell, BA, is part of the administrative team for the Behavioral Wellness Clinic. She helps to maintain daily functioning at the clinic as well as scheduling. She is also a research assistant who has assisted in several research projects, including validation of measures studies. Jessica recently graduated from the University of Louisville, with a bachelors degree in Psychology and a bachelors degree in Political Science. She is pursuing graduate studies in Counseling Psychology at the University of Louisville.
Dowell, J., Tellawi, G., Ellsworth, M., Ching, T., Slimowicz, J., Davis, D., & Williams, M. (2016, October). Anxiety, self-compassion, identity, and social support in sexual minority individuals. Poster presented at the Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies, New York, NY.
Ellsworth, M., Tellawi, G., Dowell, J., Salmon, P., & Williams, M. (2015, March). The Role of Self-Compassion in Mental Health Outcomes of Sexual Minorities. Poster presented at Kentucky Psychological Association Spring Academic Conference, Midway College, Midway, KY.
Shruti Ram, BS, is part of the administrative team for the Behavioral Wellness Clinic as well as Lab Manager for the Eating Anxiety Therapy (EAT) Lab. She assists with daily operations of the clinic and is responsible for marketing and outreach. She is interested in the research and application of evidence-based treatments for eating disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder. At the EAT Lab, Shruti works with Dr. Levinson on several studies to explore the efficacy of exposure therapy and ecological momentary assessment methods in eating disorder treatment. In the future, she hopes to attain a PhD in Clinical Psychology and explore how perfectionism, negative self-evaluation and obsessive-compulsive symptoms contribute towards eating disorder symptomatology.
Levinson, C. A., Brosof, L.C., & Shankar Ram, S., Pruitt, A., Russell, S., & Lenze, E. J. (in preparation). Obsessions are the Subtype of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Most Related to Eating Disorder Symptoms in Anorexia Nervosa and Atypical Anorexia Nervosa.
Vanzhula, I. A., Brosof, L. C., Davis, H., Christian, C., Shankar Ram, S., & Levinson, C. A. (in preparation). Shame moderates the relationship between eating disorder symptoms and depression.
Madyson Martin, BA, is part of the Administrative team. She is graduated from the University of Louisville, with a B.A. in Psychology. She is working towards becoming a graduate student in the Psychology field with an interest in child and adolescent psychology as well as eating disorders, dietetics, health, and wellness. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, going on jogs, hanging out with family and friends. She is a certified group fitness instructor, teaching cycling classes at CycleBar.
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