Meet Our Staff
Phil Meilman, Ph.D.
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 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.
Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow
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. 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!
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).
Justin Hopkins, Psy.D.
Staff Psychologist at the Law Center
B.A., Hampton University, 2010
M.A., Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA, 2013
Psy.D., Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA 2015
Internship: The Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 2014-2015
I am a psychodynamic therapist, which means I believe in a few things: 1) We all have a conscious and an unconscious mind. The conscious mind includes all the mental activity of which we are aware. The unconscious mind is a reservoir of thoughts emotions and personal experience that remain out of conscious awareness. It is the unconscious mind that is the primary driving force behind our deepest sentiments and behaviors. 2) Therapy helps one to learn about the unconscious aspects of oneself. The more we understand who we are, and why we are the way we are, the more we can use that information to make healthy decisions, resolve longstanding issues, and live a more fulfilling life. 3) Every human is unique, and has the potential to grow and change.
My clinical interests are psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, multicultural concerns, race and gender intersectionality, gender diverse health concerns, personality development, trauma and PTSD.
My favorite place I have traveled to is Queens, NY my forever home. The TV show I can never get tired of is the Office.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: A book, a video game, and my closest friend
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.
Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow
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., Staff Psychiatrist
- 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
Professional interests: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Adjustment to College/Higher Education, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Psychiatry in relation to Cinema and Historical Figures.
Ph.D., 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
Professional interests: International student concerns, multicultural issues, social belonging, mindfulness-based treatment, and group therapy.
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
Professional interests: Identity development, mood and anxiety disorders, group therapy, LGBTQ issues, relationship concerns, and adjustment to college.
Ana San Martin
M.D., Staff Psychiatrist
- 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
Professional interests: Trauma and PTSD, transitional youth mental health, community mental health, cultural psychiatry, CBT.
L.I.C.S.W., Case Manager
- 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
Professional interests: Sexual health, body image, eating disorders, identity development, adjustment, family and caregiver support, and community outreach.
L.I.C.S.W., 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
Professional interests: Cognitive Behavioral therapy, anxiety, depression, trauma, and vicarious trauma.
Jo Ellyn Walker
Ph.D., Staff Psychologist and Georgetown Scholarship Program Wellness 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
Professional interests: Marginalized groups (persons of color, LGBTQ+), holistic wellness/integration of mental & physical health, first-generation students, multicultural concerns/intersectionality/identity issues.
M.D., Assistant Director For Student Health
- M.D., Univ. of Michigan, 1986
- Residency: Univ. of Connecticut Health Center, 1989
Ph.D., Staff Psychologist and LGBTQ Specialist
- B.A., Ithaca College, 2010
- Ph.D., University at Albany, State University of New York, 2016
- Internship: Catholic University of America, 2015-2016
Professional interests: LGBTQIA+ concerns, trans and gender diverse health concerns including transition-related support, racial, ethnic, and gender identities, social justice, and grief.
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
Professional interests: Anxiety disorders, racial and cultural identity issues, community-based interventions, multicultural outreach services.