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Clinical Social Work Post Graduate Training Program Previous & Current Fellows

Fellows (2014-2015)

Caitlin (Cait) Hanley, LLMSW

Caitlin (Cait) Hanley received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan. She then joined Teach For America and taught elementary school in a low-income community for several years. After teaching, Cait worked for Teach For America’s national Recruitment Team. Cait went on to earn a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. While in graduate school, she interned at the University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF). At UCCF, she was trained in a wide range of interventions including family therapy, parent management training, cognitive behavioral therapy, and play therapy. Following graduate school, Cait worked as a Clinical Social Worker at Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) in Baltimore. As a social worker at CARD, Cait completed evaluations and provided individual therapy to children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and comorbid disorders, including anxiety, mood, attention, disruptive behavior, and attachment disorders. She is currently a fellow in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Cait enjoys working with a wide range of ages and issues, from toddlers with behavioral challenges to teenagers with mood disorders.

Chamisa MacKenzie, LLMSW, MPH

Chamisa MacKenzie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development and Social Relations from Earlham College in 2006. After working as an Early Head Start Home Visitor in Portland, Oregon for 2 years, Chamisa served for 3 years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica where she worked on women and girl’s empowerment projects. Chamisa then went on to earn a Master’s degree in Public Health and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan in 2014. The focus of her Public Health graduate training was in Health Behavior and Health Education and included a research internship at the University of Michigan Center for Sexual Health. Her social work graduate training concentrated in the areas of Interpersonal Practice and Mental Health, and she completed a yearlong clinical internship at the University of Michigan Department of Outpatient Psychiatry. Chamisa returns now to the Adult Ambulatory Psychiatry team as a social work fellow and works individually with patients who suffer from anxiety, depression, and personality disorders. She has had the opportunity to co-facilitate bi-monthly support groups for individuals with bipolar disorder and depression. She is passionate about furthering her clinical training in the fields of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Couples Therapy.

Kristen Miner, LLMSW

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, LLMSW

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 Trauma and Grief mentorship. She previously participated in the CBT and IPT/FFT mentorships. Carolyn also has had the opportunity to facilitate support groups for individuals with bipolar disorder and depression.

Veronica Saint, LLMSW

Veronica Saint received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan School of Social Work in 2014 with concentrations in Interpersonal Practice and Mental Health.  Veronica completed her internship in 2014 in Adult Ambulatory Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Health System, where she received training in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Substance Abuse, and Trauma and Grief. She is currently a fellow in the Anxiety Clinic in the Adult Ambulatory Psychiatry clinic where she works primarily with individuals with anxiety and mood disorders.  Prior to her work in the field of mental health, Veronica was involved in art education.  She worked with children as a docent at the University of Michigan Museum of Art and continues to be the Director of Visual Arts for the Medical Arts Program at the University of Michigan Medical School.  The Medical Arts Program aims to expose medical students and residents to the arts in order to cultivate a more humanistic approach to patient care.

Hillary Sullins, LLMSW

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, LLMSW

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 is currently part of the Interpersonal Psychotherapy/Family-Focused Therapy clinic. She co-facilitates monthly family education workshops and has facilitated 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 (2010-2014)

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. 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. Azra now holds a staff position in adult outpatient psychiatry.

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. She also 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 the Upper School Counselor at Detroit Country Day School. She also has a private practice in Birmingham, MI.

Anna Cesa
Anna Cesa was a post graduate fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from 2013-2014. Anna, who completed a Fulbright teaching grant in South Korea before receiving her Masters of Social Work in 2012 from the University of Michigan, holds a particular interest in treating child and adolescent anxiety, depression, and mood disorders. As a fellow she also worked with adult clients and received training in Interpersonal Therapy, Family Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She led the depression and bipolar disorder support groups for young adults and later a separate group for family members of people with mental illnesses. She also helped facilitate Dialectical Behavioral Therapy groups for adults and adolescents and an Exposure/Response Prevention group for adolescents with OCD. Anna now lives in Washington state where she provides in-school therapy services for children and their families.

Patricia Eaves
Patricia Eaves 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.

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.

Kelsey LaLonde
Kelsey LaLonde 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.

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.

Carryn Lund
Carryn Lund is a previous Post Graduate Fellow who continues to work at the University of Michigan Health System Department of Psychiatry, now as a staff clinical social worker in the Child and Adolescent Section. Carryn earned her BS from Northwestern University and earned her MSW from the University of Michigan School of Social Work, completing her field placement here at the Department of Psychiatry. As a Post-Graduate Fellow, Carryn participated in many mentorships and received advanced training in a wide range of evidence-based interventions. Further, she sought out specialized training in treating traumatic stress and grief in children and adolescents, which later led to a position as a clinical social worker at the Trauma and Grief Center for Youth, a former UMHS site of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. In addition to providing clinical services, she lectures and teaches regularly on topics related to the assessment and treatment of trauma and grief throughout the University of Michigan Health System, the University of Michigan School of Social Work, and greater southeast Michigan.

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.