Clinical Social Work Post Graduate Training Program Previous & Current Fellows
Samantha (Sam) Ferguson, LLMSW
Samantha (Sam) Ferguson received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Wayne State University in 2013. She then spent a year and a half working as an in-home and clinic-based behavioral technician where she treated young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) interventions. Sam went on to earn her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan in 2015 where she focused on Interpersonal Practice and Mental Health. She completed her graduate internship in Child and Adolescent Ambulatory Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Health System. She has received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Trauma and Grief Component Therapy for Adolescents (TGCT-A). She currently holds an appointment as a social work fellow in the Department of Child and Adolescent Ambulatory Psychiatry and she co-facilitates a biweekly support group for adults with Bipolar Disorder. She enjoys working with a wide range of ages and diagnoses and is passionate about furthering her clinical training in order to best serve the patients and families she works with.
Krista Gravatt, LLMSW
Krista Gravatt is a current fellow in our Child and Adolescent clinic. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies from Sweet Briar College in Virginia in 1999. After working with at-risk youth in the foster care system, she obtained her Master of Social Work degree in 2007 from The University of Michigan with a concentration in Interpersonal Practice with Children and Youth. During this time, her field placement was at The Guidance Center with the Early On and Infant Mental Health programs, where she gained valuable experience in attachment theory working as a home visitor for children diagnosed with developmental delays. After taking time to raise a family, Krista returned to social work as a post-graduate Intern at The Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor, where she was involved in several outreach programs, including the Link Navigator program at St. Joseph Mercy hospital Ypsilanti as well as at The University of Michigan Mott pediatric oncology unit, where she facilitated patient activities and provided resource information to families. Additionally, Krista coordinated the Kid Support program at the Cancer Support Community, which is a support group for children who either have a cancer diagnosis or who have a parent with cancer. Krista is passionate about working with children and families and looks forward to intensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Family Focused Therapy (FFT) as well as Parent Management Training (PMT).
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 degree from the University of Michigan. While in graduate school, she interned at the University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF) and worked with both children and adolescents. 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. While Cait enjoys working with a wide range of ages and issues, she has a special interest in working with young children and their families. Cait draws from a wide range of modalities, including Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), play therapy, Parent Management Training (PMT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), mindfulness, Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Family Focused Therapy (FFT), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
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 is currently in her second year as a Post Graduate Social Work Fellow in Adult Ambulatory Psychiatry and works individually with adult and teen patients who suffer from anxiety, depression, PTSD, and personality disorders, and patients who have a history of trauma. She teaches a weekly Dialectical Behavior Therapy group for adult patients. She has had the opportunity to co-facilitate bi-monthly support groups for individuals with bipolar disorder and depression. She has received clinical training in the fields of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Mindfulness, and Complex Trauma and Grief. In addition to her clinical work, Chamisa serves as a Motivational Interviewing Trainer and consults on various research projects.
Alejandro Rojas, LLMSW
Alejandro Rojas holds a Bachelor's degree in social work from Eastern Michigan University and received his Master's degree in social work from the University of Michigan. While in graduate school, he concentrated in Interpersonal Practice and Mental Health with a focus on Child Welfare. Alejandro completed his internship at the University of Michigan Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry clinic, where he now holds a fellowship position that is split between child psychiatry and UMATS – the University of Michigan Addiction and Treatment Services. During his internship, Alejandro was trained in a variety of evidence-based interventions including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for depression and anxiety, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Behavior Modification, Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), and Trauma and Grief. As a fellow, Alejandro has been a part of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy clinic as well as the ADHD/ASD team. Alejandro also co-facilitates the Discovery Group (YADG), as well as the Intensive Outpatient groups (AIOP), that are geared towards helping teens and young adults struggling with substance abuse. He has also had the opportunity to facilitate bi-weekly support groups for individuals with depression and bipolar disorder. Alejandro's clinical interests include anxiety disorders, depression, oppositional defiance disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, substance use disorder, and trauma/grief work.
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.
Michelangelo Trujillo, LLMSW
Michelangelo Trujillo received his Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008 with an emphasis on Social Science and Social Change. He started the joint PhD program in Social Work and Sociology at the University of Michigan in 2010, and studies evidence based approaches to clinical social work education. Michelangelo previously completed a practicum at the Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan, where he received training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy, and Mindfulness approaches to mental health. In 2014 - 2015 Michelangelo received clinical training in Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, and Restorative Justice at the James Morehouse Project at El Cerrito High School in California. Currently he is a post-graduate social work fellow on the Bipolar and Perinatal teams in Adult Ambulatory Psychiatry in the University Health System. He is currently training in and practicing Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for the treatment of anxiety, depression, and other presenting problems. Michelangelo participates in a bi-monthly Bipolar Support Group for families with relatives struggling with bipolar or depression, and co-facilitates a weekly CBT Skills Group for adults with anxiety. Prior to returning to school Michelangelo worked as an independent producer and recording engineer.
Previous Fellows (2010-2016)
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Kristen Miner, LMSW
Kristen Miner, LMSW, completed her masters training in clinical social work with an emphasis on mental health and interpersonal practice at the University of Michigan School of Social Work in 2013. She completed her internship year at the University of Michigan Health System within the Department of Ambulatory Psychiatry, where her clinical interests focused on the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders and co-occurring depression in adults. From 2014-2015, Ms. Miner completed a post-masters clinical social work fellowship at the University of Michigan Health System, where she served as a member of the Women's and Infants Mental Health Clinic under Dr. Maria Muzik and within the Anxiety Disorders Clinic under Dr. James Abelson. Ms. Miner has received advanced training in evidence-based treatments including cognitive behavioral and behavioral therapy techniques for depression and mood disorders, Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, OCD, Generalized anxiety, and PTSD, including Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and Prolonged Exposure. She now holds a staff position in Ambulatory Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Health System where she continues to practice in the Anxiety and Depression clinics, including facilitation of group treatment. She remains involved in the education of Social Work graduate students in evidence-based practices within the University of Michigan Health System and maintains a part-time private practice in Ann Arbor.
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 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.
Carolyn Ruffolo, LMSW
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. After she completed her Post-Graduate Fellowship in the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry clinic, she was hired as a staff member. During this time, Carolyn enjoyed providing therapy to children and adolescents with a wide range of diagnoses, as well as co-leading the Parent Management Clinic. Carolyn now lives in Chicago and has starting working at Lurie Children's Hospital where she continues to provide individual, family and group therapy to children of all ages.
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).
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!
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.
Sara Tischler, LMSW 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 an internship and post-graduate fellowship at the University of Michigan Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry clinic, where she is now a staff social worker. She has training in a variety of interventions including cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure and response prevention, trauma—focused cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, family-focused therapy, behavior modification, parent training, group therapy, and support group facilitation. As a fellow, she was a part of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy clinic, the Trauma and Grief clinic, the Interpersonal Psychotherapy/Family-Focused Therapy clinic, and the anxiety team. In the past she has facilitated monthly family education workshops and 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. She is involved in clinical research on the causes and treatment of OCD and has given numerous community presentations on mental health.