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Meet Doctoral Student Therapist, Sabrina Kordes

Sep. 28, 2018
[Sabrina Kordes, M.A.]

Sabrina Kordes, M.A., 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.

  • Current university: Spalding University
  • Anticipated graduation date: May 2021
  • Anticipated degree: Psy.D.
  • Degrees earned:
    • B.S. in Clinical Psychology and Sociology
    • M.A. in Clinical Psychology
  • Professional affiliations:
    • Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA) (Student Member)
    • Pi Gamma Mu
    • Psi Chi
  • Practicum Sites:
    • Spalding University Counseling Center
    • Center for Behavioral Health at Spalding University
    • Fairdale Elementary
    • Americana Community Center
  • Research Interests:
    • Developmental Trauma Disorder
    • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)
  • Current supervisor: Dr. Street Russell, Psy.D.
  • Specialized clinical training: Behavioral Wellness has provided me with specialized training related to OCD and Eating Disorders. Prior to being a team member at Behavioral Wellness, I received a lot of training related to assessing and treating children with behavioral concerns. Furthermore, I have received ample training related to adults with Intellectual Disabilities and providing them with behavioral supports.
  • Clinical areas of interest:
    • Anxiety Related Disorders
    • Obsessive-Compulsive Related Disorders
    • Trauma-Informed Care
    • Performance Enhancement
  • Identify your top three values:
    • Pursuing a Value-Congruent Life
    • Viewing Challenges as Opportunities for Growth
    • Authenticity
  • If your friends were asked to describe you and your role within your group of friends, what three adjectives would they use?
    • Active
    • Thoughtful
    • A hog of musical control at social gatherings.
  • What makes you relatable to others? I make mistakes, have flaws, want to be the best version of myself, and love collaborating and learning with other people. I have also always been naturally curious and driven to understand human experience.
  • What is your position on the alleged International Olympic Committee’s inclusion of crowd surfing as a potential Olympic event in the 2038 Olympic Games? As long as it doesn't take TV time away from ping-pong, I'm in.

Learn More about Doctoral Student Therapist, Sarah Peterson

Sep. 28, 2018
[Sarah Peterson, M.S.]

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.

  • Current university: University of Kentucky
  • Anticipated graduation date: May 2021
  • Anticipated degree: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
  • Degrees earned: M.S. in Clinical Psychology
  • Professional affiliations:
    • Research Society on Alcoholism
    • Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA) (Student Member)
  • Practicum Sites:
    • University of Kentucky Counseling Center
    • Jesse G. Harris Psychological Services Center
      • Individual clients
      • DBT group
      • Managing Frustration for Children group
      • Stress Management for Teens group
    • Achievement Testing Practicum at The Lexington School
  • Selected Publications
    • 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
  • Current supervisor: Dr. Cheri Levinson, Ph.D.
  • Specialized clinical training: DBT
  • Clinical areas of interest:
    • Emotional dysregulation
    • DBT
    • Substance use
    • Trauma
    • Eating disorders
    • Adolescence
  • Identify your top three values:
    • Flexibility
    • Growth
    • Knowledge
  • If your friends were asked to describe you and your role within your group of friends, what three adjectives would they use?
    • Dependable
    • Witty
    • Laid back
  • What makes you relatable to others? I try to be myself as much as possible so that others feel comfortable doing the same.

Get to Know Tom Gaus, One of Our Doctoral Student Therapists

Sep. 21, 2018
[Tom Gaus, B.A.]

Tom Gaus, MA, 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.

  • Current university: Spalding University
  • Anticipated graduation date: May 2021
  • Anticipated degree: Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology
  • Degrees earned: M.A. in Clinical Psychology
  • Professional affiliations:
    • Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA) (Student Member)
  • Practicum Sites:
    • StrongMinds Psychology
    • Community Catholic Center
    • Indiana University Personal Counseling Services
  • Research Interests:
    • Sports/Performance Psychology
  • Current supervisor: Dr. Street Russell, Psy.D.
  • Specialized clinical training: I was a Case Manager for foster youth before graduate school.
  • Clinical areas of interest:
    • Anxiety Related Disorders
    • Obsessive-Compulsive Related Disorders
    • Trauma-Informed Care
    • Performance Enhancement
  • Identify your top three values:
    • Pursuing a Value-Congruent Life
    • Viewing Challenges as Opportunities for Growth
    • Authenticity
  • If your friends were asked to describe you and your role within your group of friends, what three adjectives would they use?
    • Active
    • Thoughtful
    • A hog of musical control at social gatherings.
  • What makes you relatable to others? I make mistakes, have flaws, want to be the best version of myself, and love collaborating and learning with other people. I have also always been naturally curious and driven to understand human experience.
  • What is your position on the alleged International Olympic Committee’s inclusion of crowd surfing as a potential Olympic event in the 2038 Olympic Games? As long as it doesn't take TV time away from ping-pong, I'm in.

Meet Doctoral Student Therapist, Amanda Roth

Sep. 14, 2018
[Amanda Roth, M.A.]

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.

  • Current university: University of Indianapolis
  • Anticipated graduation date: May 2021
  • Anticipated degree: Psy.D.
  • Degrees earned:
    • MA in Clinical Psychology (University of Indianapolis)
    • MA in Pastoral Theology (Saint Meinrad School of Theology)
    • BS in Business (IUPUI Kelley School of Business)
  • Professional affiliations:
    • International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) (Student Member)
    • Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)(Student Member)
    • American Psychological Association (APA) (Student Member)
    • Lifetime member of Indiana University Alumni Association
  • Practicum Sites:
    • Indiana University Southeast Personal Counseling Services (Current)
    • Woodview Psychology Group, LLC (Prior)
  • Research Interests:
    • Eating disorders
    • Program development
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
  • Current supervisor: Dr. Alexandria Pruitt, Psy.D.
  • Specialized clinical training: I trained in DBT in my last practicum.
  • Clinical areas of interest:
    • Eating disorders
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • OCD
  • Identify your top three values:
    • Purpose - to have meaning and direction in my life
    • Passion - to have deep feelings about ideas, activities, or people
    • Genuineness - to act in a manner that is true to who I am
  • If your friends were asked to describe you and your role within your group of friends, what three adjectives would they use?
    • Kind
    • Compassionate
    • Helpful
  • What makes you relatable to others? Empathy and understanding - even if I have not experienced someone's exact situation, I can empathize and validate the challenge or struggle they may be experiencing.

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