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Lisa Marshall, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Services

  • Assessment for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (ADOS-2 Trained)
  • Consultation for complex diagnoses, developmental issues, and treatment planning
  • Deaf Services
  • Educational Testing / Requests for Accommodations
  • Gifted Testing
  • Multi-Disciplinary Team Assessments
  • Psychological Testing (ADHD, Mood Disorders, Anxiety, PTSD)

Biography

Dr. Marshall joined ACES in 2020 and has over 25 years of experience working with individuals with mild to complex needs.  She serves children, adolescents, and adults who are hearing, hard of hearing, and deaf.  Dr. Marshall is primarily focused on providing psychological and educational evaluations within both private and treatment settings.  She addresses referral questions related to giftedness, intellectual developmental disorder, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, dyspraxia, learning disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, and trauma-related responses.  Dr. Marshall may be available to provide psychotherapy services and typically incorporate aspects of cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, creative therapies, and parent coaching.  She employs a person-centered and trauma-informed approach that is neuro- and LGBTQIA+-affirming.  She helps individuals and their support system identify strengths and opportunities for growth to help them be successful in their lives and to feel connected and valued.
Prior to joining ACES, Dr. Marshall worked within a variety of community-based and residential treatment programs in both clinical and administrative roles.  She has conducted trainings, presentations, and case consultations nationally and internationally on topics related to child mental health, deafness, neurodiversity, evidenced-based best practices, and trauma-informed practices.  Dr. Marshall received her doctor degree in clinical psychology from Gallaudet University in 1997.  She is a hearing psychologist who is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL).  In addition to her role at ACES, Dr. Marshall is also a consulting psychologist with the Virginia Network of Consultants (VNOC) supporting local school divisions with providing psychological evaluations for their students who are deaf and hard of hearing.
Dr. Marshall is the mother of two grown children.  She balances her work time with creative arts hobbies, music, camping, spending time with her family, and wrangling her aussiedoodle puppy.

Education

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

Certifications and Memberships

  • American Psychological Association (APA)

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.

Dr. Tuerk specializes in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for children (DBT-C), adolescents, and their families. This treatment creates a “change-ready environment,” where caregivers support their child’s learning of strategies to reduce emotional dysregulation and behavior dyscontrol. 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)

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.

Dr. Carter takes an active role in local and state organizations that promote antiracism efforts. Along with Dr. Lemite and Ms. Warner, she helps lead the ACES Aligned & United for Black Lives group. She is also a board member for the RISE Foundation in Waynesboro, VA (https://riseorg2018.com/rise-foundation-1) and sits on the Diversity Committee through the Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists. During her free time, she loves to be outside, read, and spend time with her family.

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

Robert Haxter, PhD, NCSP

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Services

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach for children, adolescents, young adults and families
  • Treatment for anxiety, depression, 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
  • Educational Consultation

Biography

Dr. Haxter joined ACES in 2017. Previously, he worked for 15 years in local public school systems as a school psychologist and early childhood special educator. In furtherance of his education, Dr. Haxter pursed a doctoral degree at the Curry School of Education in Clinical and School Psychology. In addition to psychotherapy and psycho-educational assessment, Dr. Haxter’s training rotations included practica at the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents and the Forensic Clinic at the UVA Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy (ILPPP). He completed an APA-approved internship at the Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents and a formal postdoctoral fellowship in forensic assessment at Western State Hospital and the ILPPP.

Dr. Haxter’s therapeutic approach is client-focused and incorporates insight-oriented and cognitive behavioral techniques. He has worked extensively with gay and transgendered youth, individuals with autism spectrum disorders, and stressed family systems. Dr. Haxter is licensed to practice clinical psychology in Virginia and West Virginia and is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.

Education

  • B.S. Psychology, University of Maryland College Park, 1996
  • M.S. Psychology, Radford University, 1999
  • Ed.S. School Psychology, Radford University, 2000
  • Predoctoral Internship, Regional Institute for Children & Adolescents, 2016-2017
  • Ph.D. Clinical and School Psychology, University of Virginia, 2017
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Virginia School of Medicine: Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy & Western State Hospital, 2017-2018