Meet Our Staff
Phil Meilman, Ph.D.
B.A., Harvard University, 1973
Ph.D., 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 and Trauma Specialist
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
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, 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
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
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.
Susan Gordon, Ph.D.
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
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 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.
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.
Patrick Lillis, M.Ed.
Intake Coordinator, Associate Director for Clinical Administration
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
My clinical interests are psychotic disorders, anxiety disorders, women’s mental health, and cultural aspects of mental health.
Other Language(s): Finnish, Swedish
Jenny Lloyd, Psy.D.
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.
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 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.
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 been 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.
My favorite place I have been 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.
Engin Ontiveros, Ph.D.
Interim Coordinator of Clinical Operations/ Staff Psychologist
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 travelled 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
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 travelled 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
Ana San Martin, M.D.
M.D., Instituto de Ciencias de las Salud CES – Medellin, Colombia, 2001
Psychiatry Residency: Tulane University School of Medicine, 2015
Fellowship: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Tulane University School of Medicine, 2015
My theoretical orientation is CBT/DBT. My clinical interest are anxiety disorders, trauma, first break psychosis.
I enjoy Salsa dancing, soccer, and music. My favorite place I have travelled to is Providencia (Island off the coast of Colombia). The movie I can never get tired of is Forest Gump.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: Machete, matches/fire source, fishing net
Elizabeth Steinmeyer, LICSW
B.A., Fordham University, 2011
M.S.S.W., Columbia University, 2013
Internships: JASA New York, Penn South Program for Seniors, 2011-2012; The Center for Women’s Reproductive Care at Columbia University Medical Center, 2012-2013
My clinical interests are identity development, family and caregiver support, and clinical case management
I enjoy hiking, cooking, visiting historical places, and spending time with my family. My favorite place I’ve travelled to is a tie between Mackinac Island, MI and Bar Harbor, ME. The movie I can never get tired of is You’ve Got Mail.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: How long will I be on this island? Seeds to grow my own food, a giant tub of sunscreen, a phone with video capabilities that gets service and never loses batteries so I can check in on my family.
Carrie Tiller, LICSW
Staff Clinical Social Worker at the Law Center
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 Scholarship 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 travelled 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
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 travelled to is Limon, Costa Rica. The movie I can never get tired of watching is Shawshank Redemption.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: The (auto)biographies of Malcolm X, Assata Shakur, and Marcus Garvey