Meet Our Staff

Clinical Staff


Phil Meilman, Ph.D.

Director

He/Him/His

BA., Harvard University, 1973
Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1977
Internship: University of Minnesota Medical Center, 1977

I would describe my theoretical orientation as eclectic, with a healthy dose of Cognitive Behavioral and Interpersonal perspectives. My clinical interests are alcohol and other substance abuse, anxiety, depression, chronic pain and psychophysiological issues, the relationship between mental health and academic performance, and medical leaves of absence.


I enjoy swimming and long rides out to the countryside. My favorite place I have traveled to is Hawaii. The TV shows and movies I can never get tired of are Finding Your Roots, anything by Ken Burns, and Downton Abbey.

Three things to bring on a deserted island: my cellphone.


Pooja Datta, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist & Trauma Specialist

She/Her/Hers

B.A., University of Maryland-College Park in Psychology and Criminology & Criminal Justice 2011
Graduate Certificate in Working with Survivors of Violence, Torture, and Trauma, University of Maryland-College Park, 2016
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2018
Internship: University of Texas Health at San Antonio 2017-2018

I would describe my theoretical orientation as Relational, Family-Systems, and CBT with a trauma-informed lens. My clinical interests are clinical training, mindfulness, teaching, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, grief and loss, and adjustment/life transitions.


I enjoy playing video games, painting/drawing, traveling, going to sports games, and reading. My favorite place I have traveled to is Ireland. The TV show I can never get tired of is Avatar the Last Airbender (the show, definitely not the movie).

Three things to bring on a deserted island: Kindle loaded with Agatha Christie stories, matches, and a French Press


Eric Dawson, LGSW

Staff Social Worker at the School of Continuing Studies

He/Him/His

B.A., Hope College, 2014
M.S.W., New York University, 2016

I would describe my orientation as collaboratively eclectic. I determine my approach based on the individual I’m working with and the goals they’ve decided upon. I’m curious about how previous experiences and relationships have impacted an individual, but I also understand the need for practical, hands-on resources for daily support. My aim is to be preventive whenever possible and to support individuals in achieving the type of mental health they desire. My clinical interests include identity development, the relationship to self, trauma, addiction, anxiety, and working with high achievers and athletes.

I enjoy spending time with family, listening to music, traveling, exercising, reading and writing, and any opportunity to watch or play sports. My favorite place I have traveled to is Egypt. The TV show I can never get tired of is Breaking Bad.

Three things to bring on a deserted island: The LOTR trilogy, Spikeball, and Sufjan Stevens


Lauren DePompeo, Psy.D.

Staff Psychologist at the Law Center

She/Her/Hers

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, and law student and lawyer related concerns.


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


Lara Edelstein, LGSW

Staff Social Worker and Eating Disorder Specialist

She/Her/Hers

B.A., The George Washington University, 2013
M.S.W., University of Maryland School of Social Work, 2017
Internships: KIPP WILL DC Academy, 2015-2016; The Renfrew Center, 2016-2017

I would describe my theoretical orientation as eclectic. My clinical interests are eating disorders, body image issues, identity development, anxiety, depression, OCD, and client advocacy.

I enjoy dancing, hiking, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. My favorite place I have traveled to is Greece. The TV show I can never get tired of is Friends.

Three things to bring on a deserted island: I hope I never have to find out!


Erica Force, Ph.D., CMPC

Staff Psychologist in the Athletics Department

She/Her/Hers

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.


Deborah Gordis, MPH, MSW

Staff Social Worker at the Law Center

She/Her/Hers

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


Susan Gordon, Ph.D.

Associate Director

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B.A., State University of New York at Albany, 1973
M.A., University of Chicago, English Literature, 1976
Ph.D., DePaul University, 1986
Internship: Duke University, 1984

I am a clinical generalist and my clinical interests are clinical training (externs, pre and post docs).


Simoné Jalon, Psy.D.

Staff Psychologist at The School of Medicine

She/Her/Hers

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.


Lauren Levine, Psy.D.

Staff Psychologist

She/Her/Hers

B.A., University of Michigan, 2011
M.A., University of Denver, 2015
Psy.D., University of Denver, 2018
Internship: University of Denver Health and Counseling Center, 2017-2018

I would describe my theoretical orientation as using ACT, CBT, ERP, and mindfulness-based approaches. My clinical interests are depression, anxiety, OCD, adjustment difficulties, and relationship concerns. I integrate identity statuses and multicultural competencies into the work with all of my clients.

I enjoy spending time with my family, going to the beach, exercising, and finding hidden gem restaurants in the dc area. My favorite place I have traveled to is Israel. The TV show I can never get tired of is The Office.

Three things to bring on a deserted island: diet coke, my dog, and sunblock.


Saryn Levy, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist

She/Her/Hers

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


Patrick Lillis, M.Ed.

Intake Coordinator, Associate Director for Clinical Administration

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Sonja Lillrank, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Director for Psychiatry

She/Her/Hers

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.

Assistant Director for Psychology Training

She/Her/Hers

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.


Laura Lokker, J.D., Psy.D.

Associate Director at The Law Center

She/Her/Hers

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 travelling, 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.

Staff Psychiatrist

She/Her/Hers

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.

Interim Coordinator of Clinical Operations/ Staff Psychologist

She/Her/Hers

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!


Lindsay Perrin, Ph.D.

Director of Clinical Operations

She/Her/Hers

B.A., Brown University, 2007
M.S., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2009
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2012
Internship: Duke University Counseling and Psychological Service, 2011-2012

I take an eclectic approach to therapy and integrate many treatment modalities, including behavioral, cognitive, dialectic, and relational. My clinical interest are identity development, mood and anxiety disorders, group therapy, LGBTQ issues, relationship concerns, and adjustment to college.

My favorite place I have traveled to is Moab, Utah. The movie I can never get tired of is A League of Their Own.

Three things to bring on a deserted island: 3D printer, sunscreen, gummy candy


Sarafina Tabrum, LGPC, NCC

Staff Counselor and Referral Coordinator

She/Her/Hers

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


Carrie Tiller, LICSW

Staff Clinical Social Worker at the Law Center

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B.A., Boston University, 1996
M.S.W., University of Maryland, Baltimore, 2001
Internships: Suburban Hospital, Partial Hospitalization Program, 1999-2000; Woodbourne Day School, 2000-2001

My clinical interests are cognitive behavioral therapy, anxiety, depression, trauma, and vicarious trauma.


Jo Ellyn Walker, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist and Wellness Director at The Georgetown Scholars Program

She/Her/Hers

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


Associate Director for Diversity Initiatives

John C. Wright, Ph.D.

He/Him/His

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


Trainees


Elizabeth Belleau, M.S.

Psychology Extern

She/Her/Hers

B.S., United States Air Force Academy, 2008
M.S., University of Texas in San Antonio, 2009
Ph.D., Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, current

I am trained in cognitive behavioral therapy and cognitive processing therapy. I also have experience with ACT, DBT, and psychodynamic therapy. I tend to use a CBT foundation while incorporating techniques from other therapeutic modalities to best fit the individual I am working with and the topics being addressed in the sessions. My clinical interests are veterans, trauma, relationship difficulties, and depression.


I enjoy yoga, hiking, crocheting, and spending time with my pups. My favorite place I have traveled to is Hanoi, Vietnam. The TV show I can never get tired of is Friends.


Three things to bring on a deserted island: My two dogs and a yoga mat


Annika Grangaard, Psy.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow

She/Her/Hers

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


Sonja Kubota Johansson, Psy.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow

She/Her/Hers

B.S., New York University, 2007
M.Psy., George Washington University, 2016
Psy.D., George Washington University, 2019
Internship: Stanford University CAPS, 2018-2019

My clinical interests are psychodynamic theory, university/college counseling and mental health, relationships and interpersonal processes, identify formation, trauma, multiculturally sensitive treatment, integrative and holistic care, mind-body connections, and meditation.

I love anything that involves friends, yoga, dogs, biking, my baby nephew, and noodles. My favorite place I have traveled to is Tokyo. The TV show I can never get tired of is Seinfeld.

Three things to bring on a deserted island: Tom Hanks, a camera, and a volleyball named “Wilson”


Jasmine Kaleka, M.Psy.

Psychology Extern

She/Her/Hers

B.A, New School University, 2014
M.Psy., George Washington University, 2019
Psy.D., George Washington University, current

My theoretical orientation is psychodynamic and interpersonal. My clinical interests include trauma, anxiety, depression, identity development, multicultural issues, and group therapy.


I enjoy reading, watching movies, swimming, and making smoothies. My favorite place I have traveled to is Venice, Italy. The movie I can never get tired of is Edward Scissorhands.

Three things to bring on a deserted island: My dog Mogie, every book by Donna Tartt and/or Haruki Murakami, and an endless supply of popcorn


Alexandra D. Long, M.A.

Psychology Extern

She/Her/Hers

A.B., University of Chicago, 2011
M.A, American University, 2018
Ph.D., American University, current

My theoretical orientation is Cognitive-Behavioral and interpersonal/systems. My clinical interests are couples and romantic relationships, emotion dysregulation, personality disorders, interpersonal conflict, and identity-related concerns


My favorite hobbies are watching TV shows and films, and trying new foods – especially pasta and desserts! I have family in Paris, France and love to visit them whenever I can! The TV shows and movies I can never get tired of are Parks and Recreation, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Downton Abbey, The Great British Baking Show.


Three things to bring on a deserted island: My memory foam pillow, pasta, and sunscreen


John Loughlin-Presnal, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow

He/Him/His

B.A., University of Washington, 2007
B.S., University of Washington, 2011
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2019
Internship: Pennsylvania State University CAPS, 2018-2019

I hold the perspective that mental health challenges often stem from adaptations to difficult circumstances that no longer serve an individual well. In working with clients, I tend to focus on the ways in which early life experiences and relationships set the stage for future ones. I also incorporate in-the-moment awareness and processing of thoughts and feelings, as well as strengths-based, solution-focused strategies to help achieve client goals. My clinical interests are acute and developmental trauma, interpersonal difficulties, family systems, anxiety, and depression.

I enjoy surfing, hiking, reading, cooking, and eating. My favorite place I have traveled to is Cornwall, England. The TV show I can never get tired of is Seinfeld.

Three things to bring on a deserted island: Family, friends, food


Daniel Maass, M.D.

Psychiatry Resident

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Amy Sproul, M.Psy.

Psychology Extern

She/Her/Hers

B.A., University of Virginia, 2010
M.Sc., London School of Economics, 2015
M.Psy., George Washington University, 2019
Psy.D., George Washington University, current

My 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. My favorite place I have traveled to Lesvos, Greece. The TV show I can never get tired of is Northern Exposure.

Three things to bring on a deserted island: A palatial tent, a satellite phone, and an Arby’s franchise


Administrative Staff


Tina Nelson

Office Manager

She/Her/Hers

My favorite place I have traveled to is Florida. The movie I can never get tired of is The Bodyguard.

Three things to bring on a deserted island: Books, ink pen, and notepad.


M. Denise English

Receptionist

She/Her/Hers

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