Meet Our Staff
John C. Wright, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Diversity Initiatives
B.A., Rutgers University, 1987
M.A., Bowie State University, 1994
Ph.D., Florida State University, 2002
Internship: Univ. of Florida Counseling Center, 2001-02
My theoretical influences include African-centered psychology; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Adlerian counseling and psychotherapy; Buddhist philosophy; Multicultural Theory; Interpersonal and Client-Centered Counseling. My clinical interests are identity development issues in young adulthood; mental health and wellness for men of color; navigating and healing from bias-related trauma; culturally informed, community-based interventions.
I enjoy reading, hiking, and traveling. My favorite place I have traveled to is Limon, Costa Rica. The movie I can never get tired of is Shawshank Redemption.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: The (auto)biographies of Malcolm X, Assata Shakur, and Marcus Garvey.
Sonja Lillrank, M.D., Ph.D.
Interim Co-Director and Associate Director for Psychiatry
M.D., Univ. of Tampere, Finland, 1992
Ph.D., Univ. of Tampere, 1994
Internship: Johns Hopkins University, 1997
Psychiatry Residency: George Wash. University, 1998-02
Neurosci. Fellowship: NIMH/Clinical Brain Disorders Branch, ’93-’97
Other Language(s): Finnish, Swedish
I have an eclectic approach although I am trained more in Cognitive Behavioral therapy. My clinical interests are psychotic disorders, anxiety disorders, women’s mental health, and cultural aspects of mental health.
I enjoy reading, exercising, and gardening. My favorite place I have traveled to is Kibbutz work in Israel 84, backpacking in China/Japan 86, and Burma 88.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: my kindle, my dog, and running shoes.
Jenny Lloyd, Psy.D.
Interim Co-Director and Assistant Director for Psychology Training
B.A., Washington University in St. Louis, 2011
M.Psy., George Washington University, 2014
Psy.D., George Washington University, 2016
Internship: North Carolina State University Counseling Center, 2015-2016
I primarily use a psychodynamic framework, which means that I focus on patterns, family history, developmental concerns, emotional expression, defenses, and relationships with self and others. I also rely heavily on feminist and multicultural perspectives, as these mandate addressing power structures, and acknowledging the impact of oppression (both current and historical) on a person and their symptom presentation. Every person is different, so I am open to taking an approach that works best for that person; my priority is developing a trusting therapy relationship. My clinical interests are trauma, identity topics, trans support, personality concerns, relationship/family dynamics.
I enjoy most things that include adventure, laughing, existential convos, music, and coffee. My favorite place I have traveled to is the Grand Canyon. The TV show I can never get tired of Battlestar Galactica.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: Does it have to be things? I choose three rescue dogs.
Jo Ellyn Walker, Ph.D.
Interim Co-Director and Clinical Director
B.A., Northwestern University, 2009
M.Ed., Texas A&M University, 2012
Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 2016
Internship: Michigan State University Counseling Center, 2015-2016
My theoretical orientation is an Interpersonal, Existential, Multicultural approach that emphasizes context, identity, meaning-making, & the therapeutic alliance as central to therapeutic process & change. I enjoy working with members of historically excluded/marginalized groups; educating & employing holistic health interventions that emphasize mind-body connection(s); & mood, phase of life, & identity-related concerns.
I enjoy traveling and reading. My favorite place I have traveled to is Japan. The movie that I can never get tired of is Brown Sugar.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: water filter/purifier, boat, walkie radio …with which to survive until I could escape.
Mohammed Basith, M.D.
B.S., Penn State University, Neurobiology, with Honors, 2011
M.D., Jefferson Medical College, 2015
Psychiatry Residency: Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, 2019
My treatment philosophy is based on fostering a safe atmosphere in which to explore biological and psychosocial factors that affect mental health. I try to balance the complexities of each patient’s lifestyle and past experiences with their current symptoms to gauge whether medication may be helpful on top of psychotherapy and other interventions. My clinical interests include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma-related disorders, psychosis, cognitive behavioral therapy, relational/attachment patterns, and identity development.
I enjoy playing tennis, having philosophical discussions, reading, traveling, and rooting for both Philadelphia and Houston sports teams. My favorite place I have traveled to is Maui. The TV shows I can never get tired of are Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks and Recreation, and the first season of Westworld.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: A Kindle with a solar-powered battery, an ax, and a water purifier.
Lauren DePompeo, Psy.D.
Associate Director of the Law Center
B.A., University of Virginia, 2009
M.A., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington, DC, 2013
Psy.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington, DC, 2016
Internship: Frostburg State University Counseling and Psychological Services, 2015-2016
I was trained in CBT but work from a client-centered approach to meet students where they are using relational, interpersonal, and humanistic approaches. My clinical interests are interpersonal and relationship issues, life transitions, anxiety, depression, identity development, law student and lawyer related concerns, and clinical training and supervision.
I enjoy anything outdoors, traveling, reading, spending time with family/friends, and my pets. My favorite place I have traveled to is Greece. The TV shows I can never get tired of are Friends and Gilmore Girls.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: Water, Sunscreen, and a Book.
Erica Force, Ph.D., CMPC
Staff Psychologist in the Athletics Department
B.A., Rutgers University, 2001
M.Ed., Rutgers University, 2003
Ph.D., University of North Texas, 2011
Internship: U.S. Air Force, Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, 2010-2011
My theoretical orientation is Cognitive-Behavioral, Interpersonal, and Eclectic/Integrative. My clinical interest is sports psychology.
I enjoy training dogs and any outdoor activities. My favorite place I have traveled to is Italy. The movie I can never get tired of watching is The Blind Side.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: my dog, matches, and a raft.
Annika Grangaard, Psy.D.
Staff Psychologist at the Law Center
B.A., Stanford University, 2012
M.S., Loyola University Maryland, 2016
Psy.D., Loyola University Maryland, 2019
Internship: Canvas Health, 2018-2019
Post Doctoral Fellowship: Georgetown University Counseling and Psychiatric Service, 2019-2020
I gravitate toward interpersonal and relational approaches with an emphasis on being client-centered and providing the client with what best fits their needs. I also infuse DBT skills and mindfulness techniques throughout my work. My clinical interests are relationship issues, personality disorders, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive related disorders.
I enjoy music, being outdoors (particularly lake life), reading, Minnesota sports, traveling, and games! My favorite place I have traveled to is Italy or Croatia. The TV shows I can never get tired of are The Office and Parks and Recreation.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: Water bottle, a picture of my family, and a book on how to survive on a deserted island.
Deborah Gordis, MPH, MSW
Staff Social Worker at the Law Center
B.A., Barnard College, 1980
MPH, Columbia University School of Public Health, 1991
M.S.W., University of Maryland School of Social Work, 2015
I typically apply a combination of approaches based on the needs and preferences of the client, including psychodynamic/insight; CBT; solution-focused; and motivational interviewing. I have advanced training in EMDR for trauma/PTSD. My clinical interests include trauma and PTSD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, life transitions and grief and loss, and feminist and multicultural issues, having a background in global women’s health.
I enjoy reading, swimming, kayaking, cooking, drawing and traveling. It’s hard to choose the favorite place I have traveled to: I love Mexico, Ghana, and my hometown of New York City! The TV show I can never get tired of watching is The West Wing.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: family, cats, and books.
Simoné Jalon, Psy.D.
Staff Psychologist at The School of Medicine
B.S., Drexel University, 2012
M.A., LaSalle University, 2014
Psy.D., LaSalle University, 2017
Internship: Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital; OCD/Anxiety and Healthy Sleep Track, 2016-2017
I would describe my theoretical orientation as integrated; primarily using CBT, ERP, and Third-Wave approaches such as DBT, ACT, and mindfulness. My work is also very client-centered and flexible to the individual and unique needs of every person. I greatly value the therapeutic relationship and focus on building a trusting and safe environment. My clinical interests are anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, borderline personality disorder, emotion dysregulation, insomnia, multicultural issues, clinical training and supervision, and medical student well-being.
I enjoy playing volleyball, cooking, hiking, swimming at the beach, traveling and getting lost in new cities and cultures. My favorite place I have traveled to is Montmartre in Paris. The TV show I can never get tired of is The Newsroom.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: Harry Potter book collection, my cats Zuko and Summer, and sunscreen.
John Loughlin-Presnal, Ph.D.
B.A., University of Washington, Drama, 2007
B.S., University of Washington, Psychology, 2011
Ph.D., Penn State University, 2019
Internship: Penn State Counseling and Psychological Services, 2018-2019
Post Doctoral Fellowship: Georgetown University Counseling and Psychiatric Service, 2019-2020
I believe that areas of struggle in our lives are often rooted in natural adaptations we made to difficult circumstances as we grew up. By being curious about the connections between current difficulties and past experiences, we can increase awareness and reflection, which can lead to important shifts in how we feel, think, and act in the present. My clinical interests are PTSD, including both acute and complex/developmental trauma; depression and anxiety; group therapy; clinical applications of attachment theory.
I enjoy cooking/baking; theater (both as an audience member and as an actor); traveling outside the U.S.; surfing; woodworking; finish carpentry. My favorite place I’ve traveled to is Cornwall, England. The show I can never get tired of watching is Seinfeld.places. My favorite place to travel is Venice, Italy. The show that I can never get tired of is Seinfeld.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: surfboard; hammock; sunscreen.
Minu Mathew, MSW
Staff Social Worker
B.A., The College of New Jersey, 2007
M.S.W., University of Pennsylvania, 2011
I take a client centered approach to therapy and utilize a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic exploration and mindfulness practices in my work. Cultivating and encouraging self-compassion is at the core of my practice as I believe it is essential in creating emotional safety. I work in a collaborative fashion with my clients and tailor my interventions to meet the specific needs of each person in the manner that suits them best. I am trained in EMDR and incorporate that, as well as other relevant interventions in my clinical practice as appropriate. My clinical interests include Trauma, PTSD, various forms of abuse, adjustment issues, identity development/exploration and experiences relevant to marginalized identities.
I enjoy reading, hiking/ being out in nature, enjoying music, watching sunsets, and traveling to new places. My favorite place to travel is Venice, Italy. The show that I can never get tired of is Seinfeld.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: A water filtration device, a good book, and a solar powered satellite phone (so I can eventually get off this island).
Ana María Muñiz-Leen, M.D.
B.A., Georgetown University College of Arts and Sciences, English Honors program; Biology minor/pre-med, cum laude, 1996
M.D., University of Miami School of Medicine, 2000
Psychiatry Residency: University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital, 2004-2006
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship: University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital, 2006-2008
Board Certifications in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
My clinical interests are Autism Spectrum Disorder, adjustment to College/Higher Education, Depression, anxiety, ADHD, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and psychiatry in relation to Film/TV and Historical Figures.
I enjoy running (I’ve run two marathons in France), reading, and learning about fashion/design/architecture. My favorite place I have traveled to is St. Barth’s (via a puddle jumper), followed by Greece (Athens/Santorini) and Paris. The TV show I can never get tired of is In Treatment (on HBO).
Three things to bring on a deserted island: Other than my family, I would bring a library of classic novels, sunscreen, and plenty of water.
Engin Ontiveros, Ph.D.
B.A., College of William and Mary, 2011
M.S., University of Florida, 2013
Ph.D., University of Florida, 2016
Internship: University of Maryland-College Park Counseling Center, 2015-2016
I believe in the power of my clients to make positive changes in their lives once they gain the necessary insight and skills in our sessions. I seek to empower clients as they explore, express and honor their truth. To respect the diversity in my clients’ needs, the interventions I use follow an integrative approach, including: interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness-based methods. My clinical interests are International student concerns, multicultural issues, social belonging, mindfulness-based treatment, and group therapy.
I enjoy traveling, family time, and growing food. My favorite place I have traveled to is Cunda, Turkey. The TV show I can never get tired of is Parks and Rec.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: Two good friends and a boat!
Jade Sanders, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist at the School of Medicine
B.A., University of Virginia, 2011
M.A., Adelphi University, 2014
Ph.D., Adelphi University, 2020
Internship: SUNY Old Westbury College, 2019-2020
I enjoy being integrative. I was trained psychodynamically and enjoy incorporating CBT and interpersonal therapy. I apply a client centered approach to all of my sessions. My clinical interests are trauma, racial & acculturation distress, identity issues, and issues related to transitions. I enjoy working with marginalized populations and addressing mental health stigma.
I love to travel, learn history, attend live music festivals, as well as food festivals. My favorite place to travel is Amalfi Coast, Italy. The show I can always rewatch is “Key & Peele”.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: grill, tent, a large book.
Sarafina Tabrum, LPC, NCC
Staff Counselor and Referral Coordinator
B.A., Lewis and Clark College, 2011
M.A., University of New Mexico, 2017
Internships: Sage Neuroscience Center, 2017, The Evolution Group, 2017
Therapy is an active process that invites us to consider how we live by focusing on the impact of emotional and behavioral patterns in everyday life. I believe that each of us can make positive and necessary changes with practice, support, and new skills. I have an integrative approach to therapy and use mindfulness and DBT-informed interventions to help students reach their goals. My clinical interests include adjustment Issues, mood and anxiety disorders, and self-esteem.
As the CAPS referral coordinator, I help students find the right connection with providers in the community. Please feel to reach out for assistance and support to find mental health providers in the community.
I enjoy traveling, baking, and getting to know new people. My favorite place to travel is New Zealand and Australia. The movies that I can never get tired of is Lord Of the Rings.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: Snorkeling gear, a hammock, and Felix Felicis.
Ramya Matam, Psy.D.
Post Doctoral Fellow
B.S., South Carolina State University, 2011
M.A., Adler University, 2016
Psy.D., Adler University, 2020
Internship: Bowling Green State University, 2019-2020
My clinical interest is trauma, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and couples. I use an integrative approach to counseling that centers on Cognitive-Behavioral therapy and use mindfulness, DBT, and Adlerian interventions. I enjoy helping individuals recognize their strengths and areas of growth to improve their overall quality of life.
I enjoy adventurous activities, going to concerts, open-mic night (I like to sing), traveling, and spending time with friends and family. The TV show I can never get tired of is Grey’s Anatomy. My favorite place that I have traveled to is Belize.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: A satellite phone, hammock, and a fishing net.
Sarah Scalese, Psy.D.
Post Doctoral Fellow
B.S., Loyola University New Orleans, 2014
M.A., La Salle University, 2018
Psy.D., La Salle University, 2021
In my work with students, it’s important that I first learn who they are, and what their strengths and values are. We then work together to identify how thoughts, emotions, and behaviors may be getting in the way of them being their best selves. I use evidence-based interventions (strategies proven successful through research) within a cognitive behavioral model, and integrate third wave modalities, particularly DBT skills and principles of ACT. My clinical interests include body image, disordered eating, anxiety disorders, relationships/dating, and the intersection between religion and sexual orientation identity.
I enjoy running, reading, traveling, and petting other people’s dogs. My favorite place I have traveled to is the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia. I’ve never met a show on Bravo that I didn’t like, but my current favorite is Below Deck.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: A hammock, SPF 200, and a never ending book.
Jackie Pacella, Psy.D.
Post Doctoral Fellow at the Law Center
B.A., Clark University, 2013
M.A., University of Hartford, 2016
Psy.D., University of Hartford, 2020
Internship: Towson University Counseling Center, 2019-2020
I tend to work with clients from a relational-dynamic perspective, meaning I understand one’s current concerns as stemming from early interpersonal experiences. Such experiences lead us to develop unique patterns of relating with oneself and with others. Some of these patterns continue to be adaptive throughout our lives, while others may no longer serve us as we grow and experience new interpersonal contexts. In therapy, I focus on helping clients identify and understand these patterns so that they can consider alternate ways of relating to themself and to others, all with the goal of improving their ability to have their interpersonal and intrapersonal needs met. I also incorporate techniques from Emotion-Focused Therapy and Mindfulness when appropriate, to help clients become more connected with their emotional selves and to learn to be non-judgmental when it comes to embracing all parts of oneself.
I’m a proud cat mama to my 5-year-old baby, Rory. I also enjoy practicing yoga, watching documentaries, and traveling (sans pandemic). My favorite place I have traveled to is Amsterdam. The TV show I can never get tired of watching is The Office.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: An ice maker, a cell phone tower (or other way to get internet service), and my laptop.
M. Denise English
I enjoy making jewelry and spending time with grand people. My favorite place I have traveled to is Malaga, Spain. The movie I can never get tired of is Imitation of Life.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: Bible, family, and a blanket.