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Clinical Social Work Post Graduate Training Program Previous & Current Fellows

Current Fellows (2013-2014)

Azra Alic

Azra Alic

Azra Alic

Azra Alic holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master of Social Work degree in Interpersonal Practice/Mental Health from the University of Michigan School of Social Work. She is currently a fellow in the Adult Outpatient Psychiatry clinic, where she works individually with patients who have anxiety, depression, mood, and personality disorders. She also co-facilitates DBT and CBT groups and is part of the DBT consultation team. Azra has also had an opportunity to co-facilitate the bi-monthly support groups for patients and families affected by bipolar disorder and depression. She has received mentorship training in CBT for Depression, CBT for Anxiety, DBT, Couples therapy, and IPT.

Anna Cesa

Anna Cesa

Anna Cesa

Anna Cesa received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Grinnell College in 2007. After completing a Fulbright teaching grant in South Korea, she went on to earn a Master of Social Work in 2012 from the University of Michigan. She completed her internship at the University Center for the Child and Family where she was trained in a wide range of interventions including cognitive behavioral therapy, parent training, and family therapy.  Anna is particularly interested in adolescent anxiety, depression, and mood disorders. At the Department of Psychiatry, she has been a part of the Interpersonal Psychotherapy/Family-Focused Therapy clinic and the depression team. She also leads the depression and bipolar disorder support group for teens and young adults.

Sarah Komindo

Sarah Komindo

Sarah Komindo

Sarah Komindo was a Post Graduate Social Work Fellow in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  She earned B.A.A. in Psychology and Child Development from Central Michigan University in 2009 and received her MSW with concentrations in Interpersonal Practice and Mental Health from University of Michigan in 2012. She had the opportunity to participate in Interpersonal Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Parent Child Relational training clinics and currently is involved in the ADHD/ASD team.  She also had the privilege to co-facilitate STRoNG Families, a military families parenting program, as part of the Depression Center and holds a Level I endorsement in Infant Mental Health.  In addition, she co-facilitated the bi-weekly support group for family members/friends of persons with bipolar disorder/depression.  Her clinical interests include working with children and families experiencing a wide range of mental health challenges including, behavioral difficulties, ADHD, Autism Spectrum, early childhood trauma, and anxiety disorders.

Kristen Miner

Kristen Miner

Kristen Miner

Kristen Miner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan and received her Master degree in Social Work in 2013 from the University of Michigan School of Social Work, where she concentrated in Interpersonal Practice and Mental Health. In 2013 Kristen completed an internship year in Adult Ambulatory Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Health System, where she received training in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She is currently a fellow in the Adult Ambulatory Psychiatry clinic, where she works individually with patients who have anxiety, mood, and personality disorders. She also facilitates CBT groups for depression and has an additional interest in trauma and grief. Kristen has had the opportunity to co-facilitate the bi-monthly support groups for individuals with bipolar disorder and depression. She is looking forward to ongoing training in CBT for Depression, CBT for anxiety, Trauma-Focused CBT, DBT, and Couples therapy.

Carolyn Ruffolo

Carolyn Ruffolo

Carolyn Ruffolo

Carolyn Ruffolo received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Psychology from Villanova University and a Master of Social Work degree in Interpersonal Practice/Mental Health from the University of Michigan School of Social Work. She is currently a fellow in the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry clinic. She was also an intern in this clinic during graduate school internship. Carolyn works with patients who have a wide range of mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD and autism. She has a special interest in working with children with autism and is trained in the ADOS-2 and ADI-R. She is currently involved in the ADHD/ASD team and is participating in the CBT mentorship. Carolyn also has had the opportunity to facilitate support groups for individuals with bipolar disorder and depression.

Hillary Sullins

Hillary Sullins

Hillary Sullins

Hillary Sullins joined the UMHS social work team after receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University where she studied Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies with a specialization in sexuality and conflict/violence. She left the Spartan Nation to become a Wolverine, much to the dismay of friends and family members. She completed her Master of Social Work program at the University of Michigan with a concentration in Interpersonal Practice and Mental Health. She has been trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities including CBT for anxiety and depression, DBT, IPT, TF-CBT for trauma and grief, and PCIT for ADHD and other impulsive and disruptive behaviors. She enjoys working with a wide variety of children with regard to age and diagnosis. Prior to coming to the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry clinic, Hillary spent 7 months in the West Indies working with residents in a children’s home where treatment primarily focused on trauma recovery, behavior management, and emotion regulation.  In her free time, Hillary likes to read, play video games, snowboard, and most recently… surf!

Sara Tischler

Sara Tischler

Sara Tischler

Sara Tischler received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in educational studies from Michigan State University in 2011. In 2013, she earned a Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in Interpersonal Practice, Mental Health and a minor in social work administration from the University of Michigan. She completed her internship at the University of Michigan Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry clinic, where she now holds a fellowship position. During her internship, she was trained in a variety of interventions including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, behavior modification, parent training, and support group facilitation. As a fellow, she has been a part of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy clinic, the Trauma and Grief clinic, and the anxiety team. She plans to complete the Interpersonal Psychotherapy/Family-Focused Therapy clinic. She currently leads the depression and bipolar support group for teenagers and young adults and co-facilitates monthly family education workshops, as well as a weekly social skills group for children on the autism spectrum. Her clinical interests include anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, autism spectrum disorders, depression, and trauma/grief work. Additionally, she is interested in mental health research and social work administration.

 

Previous Fellows (2010-2013)

Michelle Beaulieu
Michelle Beaulieu holds a particular interest in working with individuals struggling with anxiety, trauma, and personality disorders. As a graduate of Smith College School for Social Work, she brings a strong psychodynamic orientation to her work. Having practiced as a DBT therapist in an outpatient clinic in Massachusetts for a year prior to becoming a fellow, she integrated her psychodynamic orientation with evidenced based approaches, which she has had the opportunity to hone in the CBT clinic.  Additionally, Michelle had the opportunity to facilitate the bi-monthly support group for family members/friends of persons with bipolar disorder/depression, and to co-facilitate the Growing through Grief workshop developed by Julie Kaplow, offered through the Frankel program. Michelle now runs a private practice in Ann Arbor.

Michelle Belke
Michelle Belke started as an adult fellow for her first year and transitioned to a 50% split between adult and child for her second year. She obtained extensive mentorship training including couples/families, DBT, and the child and adolescent CBT psychotherapy training clinic. Michelle completed the CBT for depression mentorship and trained in FFT. Michelle led the bi-monthly support group for family members/friends of persons with bipolar disorder/depression and weekly CBT basic skills group for adults. Michelle now works as an upper school counselor at Detroit Country Day school.

Kelsey Collins
Kelsey Collins had the opportunity to expand her clinical skills through various training experiences including the child and adolescent CBT psychotherapy training clinic, CBT mentorship for anxiety, and IPT mentorship. She led the adult support group for persons diagnosed with depression and bipolar illness and presented at the Family Education Workshop offered by the Depression Center.  Kelsey co-facilitated Child OCD skills group and served as a mentorship instructor behavior modification/parent training for social work interns. Kelsey now works for the UMHS Eating Disorder Program.

Patricia Goral
Patricia Goral had the opportunity to specialize in diagnosing and treating children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. She participated in facilitating social skills groups for individuals with co-occurring autism spectrum disorders. In addition, she participated in IPT, Behavior Modification, and trauma focused CBT psychotherapy training clinics. She facilitated the young adults with depression and bipolar support group and presented at the Depression Center Family Psychoeducation Workshop. She was also a member of the Patient and Family Centered Care committee within psychiatry. Patricia now works at Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital as a clinical social worker on an inpatient unit.

C. Selena Haynes
Cathyann Selena Haynes began her fellowship experience in UMATS – the University of Michigan Addiction and Treatment Services unit, where she co-facilitated the Intensive Outpatient Evening Program for adults, and the Suboxone group.  She later became a member of the department of child and adolescent psychiatry team, where she participated in the anxiety disorders program and personality disorders team. She attended the CBT with depression mentorship, and the DBT and IPT mentorship programs.  Her areas of interest include anxiety, trauma, and parent training. Selena currently works at Stonecrest Psychiatry Hospital and for the Michigan Department of Corrections. Additionally, she is pursuing a PhD at Antioch University.

Jay Holden
Jay Holden focused on working with Mood Disorders, Grief, and substance abuse with children, teens, and young adults.  He participated in the child and adolescent CBT and IPT psychotherapy training clinics.  Jay also co-facilitated the Discovery Group, a substance abuse group for teens and young adults in UMATS, and participated in the Depression Team. Following the fellowship, Jay worked as a social worker for the Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools (RAHS). Jay now works at the University of Pittsburgh Counseling Center.

Michael Linkevich
Michael Linkevich received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Notre Dame. After graduation he worked as a VISTA volunteer (VISTA is a domestic version of the Peace Corps) with former migrant workers in upstate NY, a math teacher in NYC and a surrogate parent for Jewish Child Care Association in NYC. Michael received his MSW from the University of Michigan. He worked at The Guidance Center in the Downriver area prior to becoming a Fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  As a fellow, he worked with a broad spectrum of children and adolescents and their families. In addition to working with children / adolescents who have depression, anxiety, OCD and ADHD, he especially focused his energies in learning how to work with children and adolescents who are on the Autism Spectrum, who have experienced Trauma or are grieving the loss of a family member or friend. He has expanded his clinical skills through a series of trainings in Interpersonal Therapy, Family Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Behavioral Therapy. Since completing the fellowship, Michael has taken a position as a regular social work staff member in the UMHS Child and Adolescent Ambulatory Psychiatry Clinic.

Jessica Rimer
Jessica Rimer had the fortunate opportunity to be part of both the anxiety disorders program and personality disorders team.  She attended the CBT for anxiety mentorship, DBT mentorship and CBT for depression mentorship. Jessica co-led exposure based groups for anxiety disorders as well as the dialectical behavioral therapy group in addition to working with the DBT consultation team.  Her clinical interests include Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Borderline Personality Disorder.  Jessica is now a regular staff member in UMHS Adult Psychiatry Ambulatory clinic.

Alison Roth-Kerner
Alison Roth-Kerner served as a fellow in the department of adolescent psychiatry. She trained in the CBT clinic, PCRC clinic, FFT supervision group, and on the depression team. This is a return to a clinical setting for Alison, following several years working in non-profit social service administration. Alison is currently in private practice for children and adolescents here in Ann Arbor.

Georgia Stamatopoulos
Georgia Stamatopoulos had the opportunity to expand both her clinical and research skills through a 50% split between child and adolescent clinic and working as a clinical project coordinator on Dr. Kate Fitzgerald’s Pediatric Anxiety Study, as well as serving as a clinical interviewer for Dr. Julie Kaplow’s Bereavement Study. She obtained extensive mentorship training including the child and adolescent CBT psychotherapy training clinic. Georgia completed the Parent Child Relational Clinic.  Georgia also had the opportunity to co-facilitate in the bi-monthly support group for family members/friends of persons with bipolar disorder/depression. Georgia now works as a social worker for UMHS Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools (RAHS).

Jeremy Suttles
Jeremy Suttles worked in a variety of programs, including the Intensive Outpatient Program for Adults, Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program, Young Adult Discovery Group, as well as weekly Early Recovery Groups. His experience included both adolescent and adult treatment, in conjunction with parent guidance work and case consultation.  He also co-facilitated the bi-weekly support group for Adults with Depression and Bipolar Disorder.  His ongoing interests include adolescent therapy, DBT, substance abuse recovery, emergency and inpatient psychiatry, family education, behavioral addiction, and Bipolar Disorder. Jeremy now works in UMHS Adult Inpatient Psychiatry.