Meet Our Staff
John C. Wright, Ph.D.
Interim Co-Director and 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.
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.
Engin Ontiveros, Ph.D.
Interim Co-Director, Staff Psychologist, and International Student Specialist
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!
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.
Staff Psychologist at 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.
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
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.
Anne Kim, LCSW
Case Manager and Outreach Coordinator
B.A., Smith College, 2005
M.S.W., Smith College School for Social Work, 2007
Internship: University of Virginia Counseling and Psychological Service, 2006-2007
My educational training focused on psychoanalytic and psychodynamic. I would describe my theoretical orientation as eclectic with different treatment modalities including CBT, DBT, ACT, MI, Solution Focused, Family Systems, and Crisis Intervention. Clinically, I am interested in strength based therapy, relationship issues, diversity and multicultural issues, religion and spirituality, identity, mood disorders, attachment issues, trauma, crisis intervention, grief and loss.
I enjoy swimming, scuba diving, hiking, camping, and spending time with family and friends. My favorite place I have traveled is Saipan. The movie I can never get tired of is “Shawshank Redemption.”
Three things to bring on a deserted island: 3 family members & friends.
Saryn Levy, Ph.D.
B.A., Emory University, 2011
M.A., Adelphi University, 2014
Ph.D., Adelphi University, 2017
Internship: Bellevue Hospital Center, 2016-2017
My approach to therapy is primarily psychodynamic, but I work from an integrative lens. I believe that much of our present is informed by our past, that our relationships are central to our well being, and that learning to acknowledge and accept all parts of ourselves relieves suffering. My clinical interests include eating disorders, trauma, anxiety, depression, interpersonal dynamics, and identity development.
I love reading, cooking, and spending time in nature. My favorite place I have traveled to is Italy. The TV show I can never get tired of is The Office.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: My Kindle for entertainment, kitchen supplies for cooking, and a hammock for napping.
Sonja Lillrank, M.D., Ph.D.
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.
Laura Lokker, J.D., Psy.D.
Associate Director at The Law Center
B.A., Cornell University, 1983
J.D., Cornell Law School, 1986
Psy.D., Rutgers University, 2010
Internship: Albert Einstein Medical College/Bronx Psych. Center, 2009-10
Fellowship: Princeton University, Counseling & Psychiatric Services, 2010-11
I integrate various theories and evidence-based approaches to provide counseling that is effective, client centered and culturally aware. A strong relationship based on trust and positive support is at the heart of what I do! My clinical interests are anxiety, stress and resilience, identity development, depression, trauma & loss, concerns of law students and lawyers.
I enjoy traveling, knitting, and cooking for family and friends. My favorite place I have traveled to is a toss up between Italy and Iceland. Both are amazingly beautiful! I’m a huge TV and movie fan, but when in doubt I love to watch the cooking show Chopped!
Three things to bring on a deserted island: I’d bring books (for my mind), pizza (for my body), and a dog (for my soul).
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.
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.
Jo Ellyn Walker, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist and Wellness Director at The Georgetown Scholars Program
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.
Samuel Allen, MBBS
B.A., University of Sussex, 2004
MBBS, University of London, St George’s Medical School, 2015
My clinical interests include community psychiatry, trauma and recovery, refugee and migrant mental health. My approach is recovery and strengths-based.
I enjoy cooking, photography, traveling, and knitting. My favorite place I have traveled to is the Red Sea. The show I can never get tired of is It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: As many books as I can carry, a hammock, and some good company.
Kelly Banks, M.A., M.Psy.
B.S., Howard University, 2016
M.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 2018
M.Psy., George Washington University, 2020
My clinical interests include mental health and educational disparities, race/ethnicity, family systems, and interpersonal challenges. My theoretical orientation is primarily psychodynamic, although I enjoy incorporating other theories, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, into my work clients.
I enjoy cooking and running with friends. Recently, I have also taken an interest in baking. My favorite place I have traveled to Cancún, Mexico. The show I can never get tired of is Grey’s Anatomy.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: My family, a blanket for the cold nights, and a speedboat.
Carla De Simone Irace
B.A., Università degli Studi di Padova, 2016
M.A., American University, 2020
In my theoretical orientation, I integrate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Relapse Prevention (ERP) with Third-Wave approaches such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and mindfulness. My interests are anxiety, depression, OCD, identity formation, and interpersonal relationships, in particular romantic and family ones. One aspect that is important to me in my therapy sessions is to use humor when appropriate and welcomed by the client. I think that working on ourselves and taking care of our wounds is serious work, but together, we can also make it become an experience of self-discovery and personal growth that is lively and fun!
I enjoy walking in nature, admiring the immensity of the sky, safari, dancing to music in my living room, connecting with authentic people, laughing, and a warm cup of black tea. My favorite places in the world are Argentina, Italy, and Iceland. My favorite movie of all time is The Truman Show.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: music, black tea, and a few of my favorite people!
Shieka Glenn, 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.
Justin Jacobs, M.A.
B.A., California State University, Northridge
M.A., Gallaudet University.
I would describe my therapeutic style as a blend of CBT, Interpersonal, and Dynamic theories. My clinical interests include anxiety, depression, grief, PTSD, and other socioemotional challenges. I use metaphor and imagery a lot.
My favorite place that I have visited would be Vermont, in Autumn–such a beautiful sight to behold. My hobbies include composing music and painting. When it comes to TV and movies, I like to keep it simple, Beauty and the Beast is a classic! For TV shows, Friends, Parks and Rec, or The Office–in that order.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: I would be sure to bring my wife, acoustic guitar, and ESV journaling Bible (with endless pens).
Emma Nowicki, Psy.D.
Post Doctoral Fellow
B.A., Boston College, 2016
M.Psy., George Washington University, 2018
Psy.D., George Washington University, 2020
Internship: American University Counseling Center, 2019-2020
I believe that creating an empathic and non-judgmental relationship is the foundation of therapy. I strive to understand how a person’s previous experiences contribute to the development of their current emotional, behavioral, and relational patterns. My integrative approach to therapy is grounded in psychodynamic, humanistic, and relational-cultural theories. Based on each person’s unique needs, I tailor my techniques by also incorporating elements of DBT and ACT. My clinical interests include trauma recovery, LGBTQ+ identity development, multicultural concerns, life transitions, family dynamics, and interpersonal difficulties.
Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, going to museums, baking, and making embroidery designs. My favorite place I have traveled to is London, England. I could watch the Harry Potter movies over and over again without being tired of them.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: A dog, a copy of my favorite book (Pride and Prejudice), and a family photo album.
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.
Helen Rathburn, M.Psy.
B.S., James Madison University, 2018
M.Psy., George Washington University, 2020
My theoretical orientation is psychodynamic and multicultural. These frameworks emphasize exploration around defenses, past experiences, emotional expression, identity, and power structures. I also place a strong emphasis on building trust and rapport. My clinical interests are LGBTQIAP+ identities, trauma issues, anxiety, OCD, and couples therapy.
I enjoy photography, travel, and meditation. My favorite place I have traveled to is Kruger National Park in South Africa. The movie I can never get tired of is Spirited Away.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: A boat, sunscreen, and my dog.
Amy Sproul, M.Psy., M.Sc.
B.A., University of Virginia, 2010
M.Sc., London School of Economics, 2015
M.Psy., George Washington University, 2019
I work primarily from an integrated psychodynamic and mindfulness based approach, believing both that our past impacts our present and that current challenges in life can knock us out of alignment and make us feel less whole. Within this framework, my specific clinical interests include identity development, trauma recovery, and social belonging.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, attempting overly-ambitious recipes, running, camping, and spending time in the mountains.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: A palatial tent, a satellite phone, and an Arby’s franchise.
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.