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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Faculty and Staff

Faculty:

Bernard Biermann, M.D., Ph.D.

Bernard Biermann, M.D., Ph.D.Dr. Biermann attended medical school at the University of Kansas, where he also completed a Ph.D. in Communication and Rhetoric prior to medical school. He did his residency and child psychiatry fellowship training at Western Psychiatric Institute and clinic (University of Pittsburgh), Pittsburgh, PA. After fellowship he worked as a staff psychiatrist in a community mental health clinic in Davenport, IA where he treated both children and adults. He currently serves as the medical director of the child and adolescent inpatient unit at Mott Children's Hospital, where he does both inpatient and consult/liaison psychiatry. His clinical interests include adolescent mood disorders and suicidal behavior, Attention Deficit Disorders and Pervasive Developmental Disorders.

Soo-Eun Chang, Ph.D.

 

Jacek Debiec, M.D., Ph.D., D.Phil., M.Phil.

 

Richard R. Dopp, M.D.

Dr. Dopp studied psychology as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan.   Following graduation, he taught 5-6 year old children in Baltimore, MD with severe emotional problems and challenging family environments.  Dr. Dopp returned to the University of Michigan for medical school and chose to continue his training in both adult and child psychiatry in Ann Arbor. 
Dr. Dopp has research interest in the relationships among physical activity, sleep and depression in adolescents.

Kate Dimond Fitzgerald, M.D.

Dr. Fitzgerald completed medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine, and then completed her residency and child fellowship training at the University of Michigan.  Her clinical work is focused on the diagnosis and treatment of childhood anxiety, and is complemented by her functional neuroimaging research in pediatric obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).  Currently, she is studying how response to errors -a psychological process that may underlie OCD – could interact with developmental stage to lead to the disorder in youth.  Ultimately, this work will be partnered with genetic research to elucidate neurodevelopmental risk factors for pediatric OCD.

Thomas Fluent, M.D.

 

Cynthia Ewell Foster, Ph.D.

Cynthia Foster, Ph.D. completed her post-doctoral training in child clinical psychology at the University of Michigan.  Her pre-doctoral internship in child clinical psychology was completed at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis-St. Paul.  She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Loyola University-Chicago.  Dr. Foster is a Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry.  Her research interests include the treatment and prevention of mood disorders and suicidality in youth, as well as the impact of mood disorders on parent-child relationships. 

Mohammad Ghaziuddin, M.D.

Mohammad Ghaziuddin, M.D., is a Professor of Child Psychiatry. He obtained his basic medical degree from Osmania University, India, and completed his post-graduate training in Psychiatry in London, England, from where he obtained his MRCPsych degree.  He completed his child psychiatric clinical and research fellowship at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His interests include the diagnosis; etiology; and treatment of autism and related disorders.

Neera Ghaziuddin, M.D.

Neera Ghaziuddin, M.D. completed her child fellowship training at the University of Michigan.  She completed her residency at the University of London in England and medical school at Delhi University in India.  She is an associate professor of psychiatry at the Medical School.  Her clinical and research interests include biology of adolescent depression, innovative treatments of refractory depression including electroconvulsive therapy and transmagnetic cranial stimulation (rTMS).

Daniel Gih, M.D.

Daniel Gih, M.D. completed his medical education and training in the Big Ten; medical school at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, and training in adult and child psychiatry at the University of Michigan. His clinical interests include child psychiatry, severe mood disorders in adolescents, and eating disorders. As Co-Director of the U-M Comprehensive Eating Disorder Program, he contributes psychiatric expertise to the state’s only academic partial hospitalization program for eating disorders for children and young adults. Dr. Gih is a regular faculty member on the child and adolescent psychiatric inpatient unit.

Polly Gipson, Ph.D.

 

Gregory L. Hanna, M.D.

Gregory Hanna, M.D. completed his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at UCLA, his general psychiatry residency and internship at the University of Michigan, and medical school at the University of Oklahoma.  He is an associate professor of psychiatry.  His clinical interests include the anxiety and tic disorders.  His research interests include psychiatric genetics and the neurobiology and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Rienecke Hoste, PhD

Renee Rienecke Hoste, PhD

Renee Rienecke Hoste, Ph.D., is an assistant professor and Director of Clinical Services and Research of the U-M Comprehensive Eating Disorders Program. Dr. Hoste received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University and completed her clinical psychology internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago before joining the faculty as part of the Eating Disorders Program. Her clinical interests include empirically supported treatments for adolescents and adults with eating disorders, and she is active in the training and supervision of family-based therapy treatment providers. Her research interests include the role of expressed emotion in treatment outcome for eating disorders.

Liwei Hua, M.D., Ph.D.

 

Michelle Kees, Ph.D.

Michelle Kees is a Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Program.  She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from SUNY Stony Brook, with an internship at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.  Dr. Kees is a cognitive-behavioral therapist and provides therapy for childhood anxiety disorders, child trauma and grief, and parenting.  She also has an active research program in the area of child trauma and parenting interventions, and is involved in the teaching and supervision of child psychology and psychiatry trainees.

Photo: Cheryl King, PhDCheryl King, Ph.D.

Dr. Cheryl King is Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology and Chief Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School. One of the authors of the Michigan Plan for Suicide Prevention, Dr. King is active in clinical and community-based training, research, and public policy initiatives related to depression awareness and youth suicide prevention. She has a longstanding history of federal and private foundation grant funding, has provided testimony concerning youth suicide within the U.S. Senate, and is on the editorial boards of several leading journals in her areas of expertise. Dr. King is a Past President of the American Association of Suicidology and currently serves as President of the Association of Medical School Psychologists. 

Sheila Marcus , M.D.

Sheila Marcus M.D. completed her medical school, residency and child fellowship training at the University of Michigan.  Dr. Marcus is an associate professor and works in the Youth and Young Adult Mood Disorders Program.  She is currently the Child and Adolescent Section Director, and has also directed the Women’s Mood Disorders Clinic.  Her clinical and academic interests include the cross generational transmission of mood disorders, mood disorders in the perinatal period, early risk factors for mood disorders, and presentation of mood disorders throughout the female lifespan.

Paresh Patel, M.D., Ph.D.

Paresh Patel, M.D., Ph.D. completed his internship, residency, and child psychiatry fellowship training at Stanford University.  He completed medical school and received his doctoral degree at the University of Michigan.  He is a research investigator in the Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute and an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry.  His clinical interests include mood disorders, attention deficit disorder and psychopharmacology.  His research interests include stress biology, genetics of psychiatric disorders, and animal models for understanding gene-environment interactions.

Katherine L. Rosenblum, PhD

 

James Swain, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.P.C.

Dr. Swain completed medical school at the University of Toronto, psychiatry and child & adolescent psychiatry residency at the University of Ottawa, and child neuropsychiatry research fellowship at Yale University. His clinical work is focused on the diagnosis and treatment of childhood mood and anxiety disorders as well as infant psychiatry with very early family based approaches. This is complemented by his functional brain imaging research on the "parental brain" and developmental aspects of mental health. Currently, he is studying how parent brains respond to baby signals as a function of mood and parental behaviors themselves. Ultimately, this work will be partnered with intervention research and multi-modalities, developmental approaches, and genetic tools to understand how the parental environment may be enriched toward improved child outcomes.

Social Work:

Katie Bresky, LMSW

 

Michele Brown, LMSW

 

Carryn Christianson, LLMSW

 

Kate Fawcett, LMSW

Kate Fawcett, LLMSWKate Fawcett, LLMSW, is a Limited License Clinical Social Worker who joined the Comprehensive Eating Disorders Program team after working at the University of Michigan's Counseling & Psychological Services, where she provided individual, group, and crisis counseling to U-M students with mental health concerns. Additionally, Kate has worked in Community Mental Health settings facilitating DBT and CBT skills groups, art therapy, and providing case management. Kate completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Michigan. She combines warmth and compassion with various treatment modalities and the most up-to-date research in helpin patients identify and work toward their treatment goals. Kate firmly believes that recovery from an eating disorder is possible and strives to inspire this hope in patients and families as they work to restore their bodies and their lives.

Erika Feldpausch, LMSWErika Feldpausch, LMSW

Erika Feldpausch, LMSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who completed her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Michigan and her Bachelor of Social Work degree at Central Michigan University. Her clinical focus is mental health conditions in children and youth. Erika's training includes Family Based Treatment, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Erika is experienced in conducting family and group therapy and has worked in outpatient, partial, inpatient, and emergency room hospital settings.

Mary Grambeau Gass, LMSW

Mary Gass is a graduate of The University of Michigan School of Social Work.  She has worked at the University of Michigan Health Systems since 1985 and is currently a clinical social worker in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient General Clinic.  She provides evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents and families using a variety of clinical interventions.  She especially enjoys working with adolescents and also has special experience in adoption. She provides supervision and training for social work interns, fellows and medical trainees.  She has helped develop the new care management program and will be supervising its implementation.  She also serves on the Pediatric Ethics Committee and Staff Recognition Committee.

Kelsey LaLonde, LMSWKelsey LaLonde, LMSW

Kelsey Collins, LMSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who completed both her undergraduate degree in Psychology and graduate degree in Social Work at the University of Michigan.  She began at UMHS as an intern on the Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatric Unit and completed a postgraduate fellowship in the Child and Adolescent Ambulatory Psychiatry clinic.  Kelsey's area of clinical focus is the treatment of children and youth with a variety of psychiatric conditions.  Her training includes experience conducting individual, family, and group therapy, as well as working with numerous evidence-based treatment modalities.  Kelsey also has experience working as a School Social Worker in an elementary school setting.

Photo: Jonathan Marin, LMSWJonathan Marin, LMSW

Jonathan Marin, LMSW is a Clinical Social Worker in the Department of Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Section at the University of Michigan. He provides individual, family and group psychotherapy using various evidenced based treatments. He received both his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Social Work from The University of Michigan. His clinical interests include working with children and adolescents with depression, Bipolar Disorder, and anxiety disorders. Jonathan has been extensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) which is effective in treating individuals with chronic suicidal and self-harm behaviors. He co-facilitates the adolescent DBT multifamily group that teaches DBT skills to both patients and their families.

 

Jenna Nienhuis, LLMSW

Jenna Nienhuis, LLMSW is a Clinical Social Worker in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. She received her Bachelor of Science at Clemson University, her master’s degree in theology from Western Theological Seminary, and completed a master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Michigan. Her clinical interests include child and adolescent depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder. Jenna specializes in cognitive behavioral therapies. Her research interests include obsessive compulsive disorder.

Laura Nitzberg, LMSW

Laura Nitzberg is a graduate of Barnard College in New York and received her masters in Social Work from Columbia University. She has been at the University of Michigan since 1986 when she was recruited to run the Marital and Family Therapy Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry and also taught at the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work. Her current title is Social Work Manager in Psychiatry.  She specializes in treating dual career couples, people with depression, family therapy and has developed support groups and family programs.

Alison Postiff, BSW

 

Aileen H. Prout, LLMSW

Aileen Prout received her BA from Boston College and her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan.  Her clinical interests include the diagnosis and treatment of children with anxiety disorders including obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social phobia, separation anxiety disorder and specific phobias.  Other clinical interests include child and adolescent depression, trichotillomania and tic disorders.  Aileen specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy.  Her research interests include obsessive-compulsive disorder and eating disorders.

Carrie Rider, BSWCarrie Rider, BSW

Carrie Rider, BSW, received a Bachelor of Social Work from Grand Valley State University and is also a Registered Yoga Teacher. Carrie comes to the U-M Comprehensive Eating Disorders Program with several years of experience working with at risk youth in a residential program in Grand Rapids, MI. It was through this experience Carrie began to recognize the value of introducing youth to yoga and was inspired to further share her passion for yoga in a therapeutic setting.

Karen Smith, LMSW

Karen Smith Karen received her BA and Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Karen has been endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Specialist through the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health, and has expertise is working with parents and their young children who have experienced early relationship disruptions. She has received extensive training in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and Interaction Guidance, treatment models designed for young children experiencing behavioral and/or emotional difficulties and their families. Karen has also co-facilitated parent-education groups using evidence-based models of treatment to support early attachment.

Melissa Webster, LMSW

Melissa Webster is a Clinical Social Worker in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. She completed a master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Michigan. Her clinical interests include child and adolescent depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, and post traumatic stress disorder. Her research interests include depression and obsessive compulsive disorder. Melissa specializes in cognitive behavioral therapies.

Nursing:

Judith Coucouvanis, MA, APRN, BC

Judith Coucouvanis is a psychiatric nurse practitioner and clinical specialist at the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  She completed her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Nursing from the University of Iowa.  Judith specializes in the treatment of children with severe behavior challenges and especially autism spectrum disorders.  Judith is active in school and community based training, offering practical information for parents and teachers.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the Autism Society of Michigan and as an editorial board member of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing.  She is the author of Super Skills: A Social Skills Group Program for Children with Asperger Syndrome, High-functioning Autism and Related Challenges (2005).