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Community Mental Health Services

Faculty and Staff

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Community Mental Health Services

Address:
Wayne Hall, 8th Floor
125 West Rosedale Avenue 
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2510
Fax: 610-436-2929
Email: cmhs@wcupa.edu


Faculty and Staff

Clinic Director - Leanne Valentine, Ph.D

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Dr. Valentine is a Pennsylvania-licensed Psychologist. She earned a Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Valentine worked for the Coatesville Veterans Administration Medical Center in Coatesville, PA for nine years. While there she received specialized training in the treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder as well as other Anxiety and Trauma-Related Disorders. She is also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia. Dr. Valentine is currently a member of the American Psychological Association’s Divisions 27 (Society for Community Research and Action) and 56 (Trauma Psychology).

Doctor of Psychology Student Clinicians

Amarachi Akwarandu, BA

                  BA, Rutgers University

Kelly Bradley, MA

                  BA, Duquesne University

                  MA, Clinical Psychology, West Chester University

Ferlin Charles, MSW

                  BA, Vassar College

                  MSW, Clinical Social Work, Boston College

Jazmine Cooper, MS

                  BA, West Chester University

                  MA, Forensic Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Adessa Flack, MA

                  BA, West Chester University

                  MA, Clinical Psychology, West Chester University

Brittni Gettys, BA

                  BA, West Chester University

Caroline Guzzi, BA

                  BA, Temple University

Andriana Hamm, MS

                  BA, West Chester University

                  MS, Clinical Counseling, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Jessa Malatesta, MA

                BA, West Chester University

                MA, Clinical Psychology, West Chester University

Brooke Miller, BS

                BS, Mansfield University

Veronica Still, MA

                BA, West Chester University

                MA, Clinical Psychology, West Chester University

Kenia Valdez, MA

                BA, Cedar Crest College

                MS, Clinical Psychology, Chestnut Hill College

 Ariana Zahn, MA

                BA, University of Rhode Island

                MA, Clinical Psychology, West Chester University

 Supervising Faculty

 

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Angela Clarke, Ph.D.
Director of Clinical Training

Dr. Clarke holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. In addition, she participated as a Fellow in the Child Intervention, Prevention and Services (CHIPS) NIMH Mental Health Summer Research Institute, served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and was a Fellow in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment Disabilities (LEND) Program.  She is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and specializes in collaborating with families to address child and adolescent mental health, parenting concerns, school problems, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), disruptive behavior disorders, depression and the effects of community violence exposure.  Dr. Clarke has 21 years training and experience and is a member of APA Division 53 (Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology). 

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Laura J. DiCesare, Psy.D.
Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Laura DiCesare is a bilingual Pennsylvania Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified School Psychologist who received her doctorate from Widener University’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology and her Master's Degree in Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. DiCesare’s clinical specialties include treating children and young adults who have experienced trauma, with a specific focus in sexual abuse, as well as anxiety and mood disorders. She conducts psychological and psychoeducational evaluations with children and adults and speaks at area schools on self-esteem, emotional regulation, and understanding the effects that technology and aspects of American culture have on our mental health.  As a bilingual therapist, she is an advocate for increasing access to mental health services to the many proud Latina communities in the Philadelphia area. For this reason, Dr. DiCesare is honored to supervise the bilingual doctoral students who are providing quality, culturally-competent individual and family therapy to our Spanish-speaking hermanos y hermanas.

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Michael Gawrysiak, Ph.D.

Dr. Gawrysiak earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and is a Pennsylvania and Delaware licensed Psychologist. Dr. Gawrysiak completed post-doctoral training at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center where he worked within the Center for Studies of Addiction at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Gawrysiak has worked on various clinical trials, as study-clinician as well as principal investigator, assessing the effectiveness and efficacy of behavioral treatments for various mental health disorders. Dr. Gawrysiak specializes in mindfulness-based interventions for depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and general management of stress and anxiety. He is additionally trained in both psychodynamic and behavioral approaches to the treatment of personality disorders, depression, addiction, and PTSD.

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Farzin Irani, Ph.D., ABPP
Chief Neuropsychologist

Dr. Irani earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with specialty training in Clinical Neuropsychology from Drexel University. She completed a clinical internship at Brown University and a 3-year clinical and research (NIH) post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Irani is board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) with specialization in Clinical Neuropsychology. She is a member of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, the Philadelphia Neuropsychological Society, and the American Psychological Association, Divisions 40 (Society for Clinical Neuropsychology) and Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging ).  Dr. Irani has been licensed as a psychologist in independent practice since 2011 and specializes in conducting comprehensive cognitive and mood/personality assessments in adults and older adults.  

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Vanessa Johnson, Ph.D.
Assistant Chairperson

Dr. Johnson earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Child Development from the University of California – Berkeley. Dr. Johnson completed post-doctoral training at the University of California – San Francisco Clinical Psychology Training Program and was a Fellow at the San Francisco General Hospital. Dr. Johnson specializes in Parent-Child Psychotherapy, treatment of childhood trauma, pediatric assessment, psychodynamic psychotherapy and child and family services. Dr. Johnson has been engaged in clinically-related work and training since 1992. She is currently a member of the Association of Psychological Science.

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Thomas Treadwell, Ed.D.

Dr. Treadwell earned an Ed.D. in Clinical-Group Psychotherapy from Temple University. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania. He is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and specializes in group psychotherapy, psychodrama, and Cognitive-Behavioral group therapy for Depression and Anxiety Disorders. In addition to the doctoral degree, Dr. Treadwell holds the following certifications: Trainer, Educator & Practitioner (TEP) in Group Psychotherapy, Psychodrama and Sociometry and Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) in Group Psychotherapy. He has also received training and supervision in Prolonged Exposure Therapy and family therapy. In addition to his work at West Chester University, Dr. Treadwell is a Clinical Associate in Psychiatry at the Center for Cognitive Therapy, Department of Psychiatry in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  He has over 20 years of clinical experience.  He serves as executive editor of The Group Psychologist, Division 49, American Psychological Association, the editorial board of the International Group Psychotherapy Journal, and consulting editor of Group, Eastern Group Psychological Society. Dr. Treadwell recently published a Group therapy workbook: Integrating cognitive behavioral therapy with psychodramatic theory and practice (2016). 

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Deanne Zotter

Dr. Zotter is licensed to practice Psychology in Pennsylvania. She earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University. Dr. Zotter specializes in eating disorders, body image, women’s issues, and ethics in psychotherapy. She utilizes an integrative model in her clinical practice, evaluating each client’s needs and matching the treatment approach accordingly.  Dr. Zotter is a member of the American Psychological Association, Division 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women). She is the Founder and Director of the Sister to Sister Program for the Prevention of Eating Disorders on the WCU campus. This program selects and trains sorority women to serve as peer mentors to promote positive body image and healthy lifestyles within their sororities and across campus. In addition to her work at West Chester University, Dr. Zotter serves on the Board of Directors for Central Behavioral Health, Montgomery County’s largest community mental health agency and has over 20 years of clinical experience.  

Affiliated Faculty

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Eleanor Brown, Ph.D.

Dr. Brown earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Delaware, specializing in children at risk, and completed clinical internship training at the Brown University Medical School, specializing in early childhood mental health. Dr. Brown has completed several visiting fellowships, including through the Family Support Network, where she specialized in children, adolescents, and parent-child relationships; Diverse and Resilient, where she specialized in ecological and oppression-focused models of treatment; and the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), where she specialized in adult CBT. Dr. Brown is trained to implement cognitive behavioral therapy; family therapy; play therapy; feminist therapy; ecological and oppression-focused prevention and treatment models; attachment and emotion-focused prevention and treatment models; and therapeutic integration of music, dance, and visual arts. She is also trained to conduct cognitive, emotional, and psychoeducational assessments. Dr. Brown has been licensed to practice psychology in Pennsylvania since 2008. She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), American Educational Research Association (AERA), and Association for Women in Psychology (AWP), as well as an Area Reference Person for Peer Counselors of the Brandywine Region. Dr. Brown currently conducts psychological assessments; leads support groups and workshops for parents and children; and provides consultation to preschools, elementary schools, and other governmental and community agencies. She trains community leaders locally, nationally, and internationally in how to use peer counseling tools toward ending racism, classism, sexism, and other forms of oppression.  

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Janet Chang
Faculty, Department of Psychology

Dr. Chang holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of California, Davis. She was awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and Williams College Bolin Fellowship. Dr. Chang was also Principal Investigator of a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections Program.  Dr. Chang studies sociocultural influences on social support, help seeking, and psychological functioning; ethnic/racial disparities in mental health; and multiculturalism and academic achievement, including risk and protective factors. Her research has applications to and implications for clinical work, and she participates in the training of graduate students in the Psy.D. Program. Dr. Chang is interested in understanding cultural barriers to the use of mental health treatment and cultural norms that influence the use of social support and help seeking, including the complex ways that collectivism promotes and deters the use of social support from close others. She is a member of the Association for Psychological Science, American Psychological Association, Asian American Psychological Association, Sigma Xi, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race.

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Erin Hill, Ph.D.
Faculty, Department of Psychology

Dr. Hill earned a Master’s Degree in health psychology from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada and a Ph.D. in health psychology from Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.  Dr. Hill specializes in health psychology, specifically health behaviors, the connection between stress and health, social support, quality of life and psychosocial oncology. Dr. Hill is available for consultation with clinic faculty and staff in her areas of expertise within the field of health psychology.  

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Krishna Kumar

Dr. Kumar earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Kumar specializes in hypnosis and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. He is also a member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Dr. Kumar practiced psychotherapy and hypnosis for 20 years at various locations, including Brandywine Hospital, the Coatesville Veterans Administration Medical Center, and the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania as well as private practice.

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Jasmin Tahmaseb McConatha, Ph.D.
Faculty, Department of Psychology

Dr. Tahmaseb McConatha earned a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, where she studied adult development, social and cultural psychology, with a specialization in gerontology. Her current areas of specialization are adult development and well-being, well-being and aging, and multi-cultural psychology.  Her work focuses on supports and preventions in relation to managing stress and coping with anxiety and depression.  Her current research projects include: managing stress and anxiety coping with chronic illness; analysis of life experiences, focusing on transitional stress (such as immigration) and its impact in later life; community, culture and well-being in middle and later life (e.g. loneliness, isolation, anxiety and stress), particularly for marginalized individuals. Dr. Tahmaseb McConatha also coordinates the World Health Organization Age Friendly Community Project and the AARP Livable Communities for People of All Ages Project.

Staff

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Kirsten Leonard
Administrative Services Manager

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