Clinical Social Work Post Graduate Training Program
Meet Our Staff
JoAnn Heap, MSW, ACSW
Joann Heap, MSW, ACSW, has extensive training in DBT, and clinical as well as supervisory experience in using the model in diverse practice settings. She was the senior clinical social worker on the personality disorders team at the UM Hospital inpatient psychiatric unit for 10 years and served as a consultant to psychiatric residents, social work interns, and inpatient staff in the Department of Psychiatry. Ms. Heap is currently the clinical services coordinator for the UM Department of Psychiatry and Washtenaw County Community Mental Health's Borderline Personality Disorders Program. She has a private psychotherapy practice and facilitates DBT skills training groups at the UM Riverview Outpatient Clinic.
SunShine Adkins, LMSW
SunShine Adkins, LMSW is a Clinical Social Worker in the Department of Psychiatry-Child & Adolescent Section at the University of Michigan. Additionally, she serves as a clinical staff member in the Autism Spectrum Disorders Program. SunShine received her Bachelor of Science at Michigan State University and her master’s graduate degree in Social Work at the University of Michigan. Her clinical expertise include providing comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and evidence based treatments of all childhood mental disorders, as well as a specific focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). She has received distinguished training in ADI-R, ADOS, TEACCH Approach, Social Skills, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Behavior Therapy. SunShine’s research interests include etiology, assessment, and treatment of ASD; youth suicide prevention; and the evaluation of child and family intervention programs.
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.
Aileen 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.
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.
Mary 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.
Laura Lokers, LMSW
Laura Lokers, LMSW, works in the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry, Anxiety Disorders Program, and is a founding member of the Washtenaw Hoarding Task Force. Laura received her MSW from the University of Michigan and has specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for a variety of anxiety, mood, and impulse control disorders, including trichotillomania and compulsive skin-picking. Laura has been involved in clinical research, primarily in the area of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and OC spectrum disorders.