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Michelle Yoder, Ph.D

Resident in Clinical Psychology

Services

  • Comprehensive neuropsychological and developmental assessments
  • Early Intervention
  • Individual and family therapy for children and adolescents
  • Specializes in social-emotional and behavioral issues in young children

Biography

Michelle Yoder recently joined ACES after completing her pre-doctoral internship at Aspire Health Alliance. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology in August 2020 from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, where she also received a master’s degree in Applied Developmental Science. Michelle’s educational and clinical training has primarily focused on providing evidence-based treatment to children and adolescents across a number of contexts, including school, outpatient, inpatient, and community mental health settings.

In her clinical work, Michelle has a passion for helping families better understand and support their child’s development through psychological testing. She offers neuropsychological assessment, neurodevelopmental and Autism evaluation, and psychological/personality testing services for children and adolescents. Michelle has particular interest in the developmental assessment of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, and has worked with community- and school-based programs to guide intervention through evaluation. She also has a background in school psychology which allows her to integrate psychoeducational testing as needed.

In addition to assessment, Michelle enjoys providing individual and family therapy to children and adolescents. While using a variety of therapeutic modalities, she draws largely from behavioral/cognitive-behavioral (CBT) and attachment-related therapies in helping children of all ages navigate a range of challenges (e.g., anxiety, depression, social challenges, trauma). In particular, Michelle has concentrated her research and training on helping young children who present with social-emotional and behavioral concerns. She has experience providing early intervention to infants and toddlers, and has worked with preschool- and elementary-aged children through a mixture of play therapy, school consultation, and parent coaching interventions. In addition, Michelle places strong emphasis on understanding development through a family systems lens, and provides consultative services to caregivers, schools, and other community agencies to support family and community goals.

Education

  • Ph.D. Clinical and School Psychology, UVA, 2020
  • M.Ed. School Psychology, UVA, 2016
  • M.Ed. Applied Developmental Science, UVA, 2015
  • B.S. Psychology, Messiah University, 2014

Lisa Marshall, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Services

  • Psychotherapy
  • Deaf Services
  • Autism Services
  • Psychological Testing
  • Multidisciplinary Team Assessments
  • Parent Support and Training

Biography

Dr. Lisa Marshall is a licensed clinical psychologist who has had the privilege of working with children, adolescents, families, and adults in a full range of therapeutic contexts for more than 20 years. As well as providing services directly to  individuals and their families, Dr. Marshall has served as a clinical supervisor for psychology interns and post-docs, psychiatry fellows, and other mental health trainees.  She has worked at Grafton Integrated Health Network, Virginia Commonwealth University’s Virginia Treatment Center for Children (VTCC), Region’s Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, and as a consulting psychologist with the Virginia Network of Consultants (VNOC).

Dr. Marshall has extensive experience working with individuals with complex disabilities.  Most recently she worked with a private non-profit behavioral health organization serving children and adults with disabilities including Autism, intellectual disabilities, and behavioral health concerns.  In her roles as clinical administrator, clinical director, and executive director, Dr. Marshall was involved in developing the organization’s trauma-informed practices and non-aversive crisis management strategy. Additionally Dr. Marshall is a named inventor of patented technology to assist in the development, tracking, and achievement of goals. She has also conducted training, presentations, and clinical consultations nationally and internationally on a variety of topics, including: deafness and child mental health, Autism, evidence-based data-driven practices, and trauma-informed care.

Dr. Marshall utilizes techniques from a variety of theoretical approaches, including trauma-informed practices, cognitive-behavioral strategies, Applied Behavioral Analysis, family systems, and attachment-based interventions. Her work is guided by the knowledge gained through years of experience, creative problem solving, and a genuine appreciation of individuals’ strengths.

Dr. Marshall joined ACES in 2020 to allow her the opportunity to return to her primary passion of working alongside children, adolescents, and their families as they maximize their skills, relationships, and resources to have healthy, productive, and successful lives.  She is based out of Richmond and is available to provide telehealth services across Virginia.

Dr. Marshall is a hearing psychologist who is fluent in American Sign Language and working to become proficient in Cued Speech.

Education

  • B.A., Psychology,
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Gallaudet University, 1997
  • Predoctoral Internship, VCU’s Virginia Treatment Center for Children, Richmond, VA, 1996-1997
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, VCU’s Virginia Treatment Center for Children, Richmond, VA 1997-1998

Certifications and Memberships

American Psychological Association (APA)

Greg Hansen, Ph.D., M.S., OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Services

  • Occupational Therapy

Biography

Greg Hansen joined ACES in the fall of 2019. is also a full time assistant professor at Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences (MDCHS), where he teaches pediatric courses as well as foundations of research and motor learning.

Greg Hansen has been an occupational therapist for over 20 years. For the last decade, he has worked with the pediatric population at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind (VSDB).

In addition to his work at VSDB, Hansen has practiced at Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center, Fayette County Schools (WVa) schools, Augusta Health and a number of other hospital based centers. Hansen has been an invited guest speaker at many regional colleges and has supported OT students in training as a clinical instructor, receiving two awards as an outstanding fieldwork educator. His area of expertise and his recent research focuses on children with special needs.

Education

  • B.A., Speech Pathology and Audiology, West Virginia University
  • M.S., Western Michigan University
  • Ph.D., Motor Learning, University of Virginia

Emily Haynes McGee, M.A.

RID Certified Sign Language Interpreter Coordinator

Services

  • Signed Languages Interpretation

Biography

Experienced Interpreter with a history of working in in medical, government, corporate, post-secondary, graduate, platform, conference, performing arts, political, Deaf-blind, K12, and community settings.

Strong social science professional with an M.A. focused in Applied Sociology from University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Education

  • B.S., Signed language Interpreting, The University of New Mexico , 2009
  • M.S., Applied Sociology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2017
  • Postgraduate Interpreting Certificate, American Sign Language, University of Arizona, 2010.

Certifications and Memberships

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID)

Emily Loeb, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Services

  • Stress & Trauma
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Attachment Process
  • Family Therapy

Biography

Dr. Emily Loeb joined ACES in 2019. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Rochester and her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia. She completed her internship in clinical psychology at WellSpan Philhaven in Mt. Gretna, PA where she worked with children and adolescents on an inpatient unit as well as in outpatient offices. Her prior training experiences include crisis intervention, psychological assessment, and outpatient therapy.

She has particular interests and training in cognitive behavioral therapy, therapy informed by attachment theory, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, and trauma. She also enjoys working with clients who identify as LGBTQ+.

Services include psychotherapy for children and adolescents for issues relating to anxiety, depression, family stress, life transitions, trauma, OCD, and grief and loss.

Education

  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University Of Virginia, 2018
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, University Of Virginia, 2013
  • B.A., Psychology, University Of Rochester, 2010

Certifications and Memberships

American Psychological Association (APA)

Elena Tuerk, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Services

  • Multisystemic Therapy
  • Evidence-based treatments for children experiencing behavior problems
  • Traumatic stress
  • Anxiety-based disorders

Biography

Dr. Tuerk joined ACES in the fall of 2019. She is a faculty member and clinician at the University of Virginia, where she teaches and supervises doctoral students in the Curry Programs for Clinical and School Psychology.

Previously, Dr. Tuerk worked at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston as a clinical psychologist providing evidence-based psychological treatment for children, adolescents, and multi-problem families.

She is a trained consultant for Multisystemic Therapy with expertise in parent training and treatment of co-occurring child maltreatment and parental substance abuse. Dr. Tuerk’s therapeutic approach is behavioral and goal-oriented, with an emphasis on multisystemic interventions to improve family functioning. Dr. Tuerk is licensed to practice clinical psychology in Virginia and South Carolina.

Education

  • B.A., Psychology, Columbia University, 2002
  • M.Ed., Clinical and School Psychology, University of Virginia, 2003
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Virginia, 2007
  • Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship, University of Medicine and Dentistry, 2006-2007
  • Post-Doctoral Scholar, Family Services Research Center, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, 2007-2008

Certifications and Memberships

American Psychological Association (APA)

Steven Phillips, D.O.

Psychiatrist

Services

  • Psychiatric assessment and evidence-based personalized medication management for a variety of psychiatric conditions, including ADHD, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, PTSD, OCD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Psychotherapy (Supportive, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic)
  • Pharmacogenetic Testing
  • Please note that I do not provide custody or forensic evaluations

Biography

Dr. Phillips completed his undergraduate coursework at Virginia Commonwealth University, graduating Cum Laude in 2008.  He then worked as a teaching assistant at The Faison School for Autism in Richmond, Virginia, educating students with autism spectrum disorders, utilizing individualized education plans, and developing individualized behavioral plans.

Dr. Phillips attended medical school at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pennsylvania, graduating in 2014.  During this time, he was selected as a Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellow, completing over 300 hours of work with students with autism spectrum disorders at a school in an underserved community.  During this program he provided education on healthy eating, recycling, gardening, life skills, and exercise. He later became a Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows Program mentor, aiding another fellow in continuing the project that he had established.

Dr. Phillips completed his adult psychiatry training at the University of Virginia, receiving extensive clinical training in both the inpatient and outpatient setting and serving on the UVA House Staff Council.  He also participated in scholarly activities including research in topics of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, being published in the Psychiatric Times for a comprehensive literature review on the available pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments of ADHD, and participating in the education and training of junior residents.

Education

  • B.S., Biology, Chemistry Minor, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2008
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic  Medicine, 2014
  • Residency: Adult Psychiatry. University of Virginia, 2017
  • Fellowship: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2017-June 2019

Certifications and Memberships

  • American Psychiatric Association
  • Board certified in Adult Psychiatry-December 2018
  • Board eligible in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry-June  2019
  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Michelle Benedict, M.A.

Certified Teacher

Biography

Michelle Benedict, MA has a master’s degree in contemplative education from Naropa University. Her life-long passion is to help others, particularly children. Michelle is a certified teacher in the state of Virginia with an endorsement in earth and space science, and geography. She has taught in a variety of public school settings. She teaches mindfulness techniques at Aligned Clinical and Educational Services, PLC to help people improve their emotional regulation and increase their overall wellbeing.

Licensure

  • Virginia Teaching License

Lauren Carter, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Services

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach for children, adolescents, and adults
  • Treatment for anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, behavioral problems, and social concerns
  • Educational testing for accommodations on standardized testing (SAT, ACT, GREs, etc.)
  • Psychological testing for concerns about attention, behavior, relationships, social skills, mood, problem solving, cognitive functioning, learning, executive functioning, memory, independent living skills, and mental health.
  • Assessments for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule Second Edition, ADOS-2)

Biography

Dr. Lauren Carter joined ACES in 2016. Prior to ACES, Dr. Carter began her career as an elementary school teacher in Charlotte, NC. To acquire more experience working with students facing behavior issues and their parents, she earned a master’s degree in Applied Developmental Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. During this program, she focused on developing trauma-sensitive discipline strategies for elementary-school children. Next, Dr. Carter earned her PhD from the Clinical and School Psychology at the University of Virginia.  As a doctoral student, she primarily worked with children and pre-adolescents across multiple environments, including school, an outpatient center, and an in-patient state hospital.

Dr. Carter’s time at ACES is split between conducting psychological assessments and delivering therapy services. She administers a wide variety of assessment measures to help make sense of a child, adolescent, or adult’s behavior (ADOS-2, NEPSY-II, D-KEFS, Rorschach with R-PAS scoring, etc.). She is licensed as a school psychologist through the VA Dept. of Education

Education

  • B.A. Elementary Education & Linguistics, College of William and Mary, 2006
  • Ed.M. Risk & Prevention, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2009
  • M.Ed. Educational Psychology, UVA, 2011
  • Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, UVA, 2016

Other Licensure

  • VDOE-licensed School Psychologist
  • VDOE-licensed Classroom Teacher for PreK-6

Shilpa Hanumantha, Ph.D.

Resident in Clinical Psychology

Services

  • Treatment for anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, behavioral problems, and social concerns
  • Individual therapy services for children and adults using American Sign Language (ASL) or Cued Speech for communication
  • Educational testing for accommodations for standardized tests (SAT, ACT, GREs etc.)
  • Psychological testing for concerns about attention, behavior, relationships, social skills, mood, problem solving, cognitive functioning, learning, executive functioning, memory, independent living skills, and mental health.
  • Multi-disciplinary team assessments
  • Consultation and training on diversity

Biography

Dr.  Hanumantha has worked as a resident in clinical psychology with ACES since 2012, providing comprehensive assessments and individual psychotherapy for children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing. Dr. Hanumantha has extensive prior experience in the field and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia in the Psychology Department and the American Sign Language (ASL) Program, a position she has held since 2012. Dr. Hanumantha is also a member of the Disabilities Access Committee and the University’s Diversity Council.

Dr. Hanumantha remains passionate about diversity and multi-cultural issues and has been active with education, advocacy and leadership on a local and national level. Expanding on her prior experience in research with Visual Language, Visual Learning (VL2), she taught research methods to local professionals in the Philippines on a project for Discovering Deaf Words through the United States Agency for International Development. Dr. Hanumantha has been invited to serve on the boards for national organizations, such as the Diversity Strategic Team of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), Deaf Women United (DWU), and Global Reach Out Initiative. In 2009 Dr. Hanumantha co-founded and was a team member for the Deaf Youth Camp of Color. She continues to volunteer and share her experiences in an effort to empower others for success, always motivated to expand the access and well-being of people from diverse backgrounds.

Education

  • B.S. Biology, George Mason University, 2000
  • M.S., Administration & Supervision, Gallaudet University, 2005
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, Gallaudet University, 2005
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Gallaudet University, 2008