Faculty and Staff
Michele Pole, Ph.D.
Dr. Pole is a licensed psychologist in the state of PA with experience treating a wide range of mental health issues and specialization in the treatment of trauma disorders and addiction disorders. She has completed training for evidence-based treatments including ACT, DBT, CBT. Additionally, she completed specialized training in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention, EMDR, Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD and Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD. Prior to coming to CMHS in 2019, Dr. Pole was the Director of Psychological Services at a nationally known center for the treatment of addiction and behavioral health disorders. Dr. Pole has presented nationally and internationally on addiction and trauma. In addition she has been interviewed by numerous news outlets on various topics including addiction, trauma/PTSD, shame and the #metoo movement. She has 20 years of experience in the field of psychology and enjoys training/supervising WCU doctoral students as part of her role as CMHS Director. Dr. Pole is committed to the CMHS mission to provide high quality psychological services at low cost to those in need.
Doctor of Psychology Student Clinicians
Kelly Bradley, MA
Student Assistant Director
Justin Cook, BS
BS, High Point University
Hortencia Correa, BA
BA, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Emily Hershorin, BA
BA, Binghamton University, State University of New York
Chika Iloanusi, BA
BA, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Bri Malinowski, BA
BA, West Chester University
Erin Walsh, BA
BA, West Chester University
Brian Wiley, M.S. Ed.
BA, Juniata College
M.S. Ed. School and Mental Health Counseling, The University of Pennsylvania
Lindsay Zavislak, BA
BA, The Pennsylvania State University
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).
Dr. Paula-Boulware-Brown earned a Doctorate in Psychology from Regent University in Virginia and pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral residency training in an out-patient setting providing psychological testing and psychotherapy to an adult population. Dr. Brown completed advanced training in psychological testing at the Eden Family Institute in Hampton, Virginia. Her theoretical orientation is Cognitive Behavioral and she holds specialized training in evidence based psychotherapy approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, and an evidence based model for the treatment of addictions known as Living in Balance. Dr. Brown also has extensive training and experience in providing treatment for patients with co-occurring disorders. Dr. Brown has had the pleasure of working with diverse populations. Additionally, she had developed and facilitated training programs for addiction treatment certification. Dr. Brown is the author of “Eagles Don’t Eat Chicken Food,” an inspirational book offering a strategy for overcoming life’s obstacles with the goal of self-actualization to its fullness. Her work as a trainer and seminar facilitator is uniquely marked by the integration of psychology and theology promoting health and healing for women. She provides numerous training in the mid-Atlantic Region. Dr. Brown’s approach to treatment is colored by her passion and belief in the resilience of the human spirit.
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.
Stevie N. Grassetti, Ph.D.
Dr. Grassetti is a broadly trained, licensed psychologist whose research and clinical work aim to improve clients’ accessibility to science-based mental healthcare. Dr. Grassetti assesses and treats children, youth, and adults in individual, group, and family modalities. Often this clinical work takes place in community-based settings such as schools, pediatric hospitals, community mental health clinics, and juvenile justice settings. Dr. Grassetti earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Delaware and M.A. from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She completed her pre-doctoral residency in an integrated behavioral health track of a pediatric medical center and her post-doctoral fellowship in a research position that focused on advancing clinical science in community settings.
Susie Metrick, Psy.D
A Certified School Psychologist and Licensed Psychologist in the state of PA, Dr. Metrick has been working with children, adolescents, and young adults for over 20 years. She earned her M.A. and Psy.D. from Widener University's Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology where she focused on child development and school psychology. She has spent the last 17 years serving as School Psychologist at The School in Rose Valley, a local preschool and elementary school rooted in the principles of progressive education, and is coordinator of the school's Learning Support Team. Dr. Metrick also works in private practice administering psychoeducational evaluations for children and adolescents. Her specialties include school-based and learning challenges, social-emotional development, and pediatric assessment.
Dr. Roche earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University, and is a licensed psychologist in the state of PA. He completed his pre-doctoral clinical internship at the Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School. He is a member of the Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology (HiTOP) consortium, which is focused on finding more efficient descriptions of psychopathology (e.g. viewing psychological difficulties on a continuum rather than yes/no categories, grouping disorders based on their co-occurrence to guide more efficient treatments, etc.). Dr. Roche supervises graduate students in research, therapy, and assessment. He has experience treating adult clients on a variety of difficulties (e.g. anxiety, mood, stress, externalizing behaviors, eating disorder, interpersonal conflicts). Dr. Roche has a special focus on the assessment and treatment of personality disorder and can utilize different empirically supported treatments (e.g. Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Transference Focused Psychotherapy) to fit the client’s needs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.