About Us

Your First Step to Wellness

Behavioral Wellness Clinic (BWC) clinicians are independent psychotherapists and mental health professionals practicing at a shared professional facility in Louisville, Kentucky or other locations. Each clinicians specializes in several different areas of counseling and mental health care, maintaining the highest professional standards. Therapists are university faculty, licensed professionals, interns, or doctoral students.

BWCC therapists have a cognitive-behavioral orientation, which means they tend take an active approach to treatment. Therapists use proven techniques to facilite progress and help clients meet individual goals. It is important to us that clients understand how therapy will help them and what to expect.

Anyone struggling with anxiety, phobia, traumatic memories, OCD, or related conditions can benefit from the services of BWC therapists. Additionally, couples seeking relationship counseling may experience positive changes in their intimacy, communication, and other obstacles that may interfere with their marital life.

Cheri Levinson, Ph.D.

Clinical Director & Supervisor

Cheri Levinson

Dr. Cheri Levinson is a licensed psychologist and clinical supervisor at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville and Director of the Eating Anxiety and Treatment (EAT) laboratory.

Dr. Levinson treats adults and adolescents with eating disorders. She specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and comorbid disorders (specifically anxiety disorders and OCD) using empirically supported cognitive-behavioral techniques. Before moving to Louisville, Dr. Levinson trained at the University of North Carolina Center of Excellence in Eating Disorders (CEED). While at CEED, she trained in cognitive behavioral therapies, dialectical behavior therapy, family based therapy for adolescents with anorexia nervosa, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness therapies for eating disorders. Dr. Levinson has also conducted clinical trials on the effectiveness of using exposure therapy and perfectionism treatment for eating disorders.

Prior to moving to Louisville, Dr. Levinson was a post-doctoral fellow at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. She completed her clinical internship at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. She received her Master's and Doctoral degrees in the psychology department at Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology and history at the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Levinson's research focuses on (a) understanding the high levels of comorbidity between eating and anxiety disorders and (b) applying empirically supported treatments for anxiety disorders, specifically exposure therapy, to the eating disorders. Dr. Levinson has published more than 35 peer-reviewed manuscripts and chapters and has been the primary investigator on several national grants and awards. Dr. Levinson provides training, supervision, and consultation for therapists in the assessment and treatment of eating disorders. She lives in Louisville, KY with her husband and daughter.

Street Russell, Psy.D., HSP

Associate Director & Supervisor

Dr. Street Russell

Dr. Street Russell is a licensed clinical Psychologist and Associate Director of the Behavioral Wellness Clinic. As a health service provider of psychology (HSPP), he supervises and trains doctoral students and other clinical trainees. Additionally, he is a clinical preceptor for the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. He earned his Psy.D. at Spalding University in 2016, with an emphasis in coursework on health psychology. He completed an internship at the Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center in Topeka, Kansas, and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic under the direct supervision of OCD-expert Dr. Monnica Williams. His dissertation research involved the assessment of individuals with a cancer of the head and neck.

Dr. Street Russell works with children, families, and adults with OCD & OCD-related disorders, as well as eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and social anxiety. He also has experience treating various phobic conditions, trichotillomania, excoriation disorder, and panic disorder. He is trained in providing evidence-based treatment for all the above-mentioned conditions including, but not limited to, exposure with response prevention (Ex/RP), habit reversal therapy, family-based therapy for anorexia nervosa, CBT for eating disorders, cognitive processing therapy (CPT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). He continues to receive regular consultation and training in the treatment of eating disorders from Clinical Director Cheri Levinson. He is approved to provide continued education training to other professionals in the treatment of OCD and eating disorders.

Dr. Russell is a member of the Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA) and International OCD Foundation (IOCDF). He regularly supports community outreach by participating in events sponsored by the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) and the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA).

Dr. Russell had previously lived in Brazil and is fluent in Portuguese. He has a family of six and has been a professional stand-up comedian since 2010.

Alexandria Pruitt, Psy.D., HSP

Assistant Clinical Director of Eating Disorders

Dr. Alex Pruitt

Doctorate: Spalding University

Clinical Internship: Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Post-doctoral Fellowship: Center for Eating Disorders

Dr. Alexandria “Alex” Pruitt is a licensed clinical psychologist who has committed her training and practice to helping children, adolescents, and families navigate psychological diagnoses compounded by medical complications. She graduated with a doctorate in Pediatric Psychology from Spalding University in 2014 and completed her clinical internship at Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her fellowship training focused on the treatment of all eating disorders at The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt where she provided both inpatient and partial hospitalization level of care.

Dr. Alex has experience with the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, pediatric obesity, diabetes management, Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, chronic pain or illness and fatigue syndromes, as well as trauma. Her specialty training allows her to work with children as young as 3 years old. She delivers evidence-based treatments to individuals, groups, and families in a compassionate and solution focused manner. Dr. Alex leads a perfectionism group, a body image group, and an adolescent support group.

Dr. Alex is also dedicated to training the next generation of practitioners. She works as an adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville where she supervises and teaches graduate Ph.D. students on an eating disorder specialty team. Additionally, she gives guest lectures at the University of Louisville psychological training programs, supervises graduate level students, and has taught advanced graduate course at Spalding University in Pediatric Psychology.

Some of her other clinical training experiences include Kosair Children’s Hospital and The Bingham Clinic, Wellstone Regional Hospital, Our Lady of Peace, Louisville VA Medical Center. Alex lives in Louisville with her husband and two sons.

Sarah Schirmer, DNP, M. Ed., APRN, PMHNP-BC

Dr. Sarah Schirmer

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Sarah Schirmer has over 10 years of experience in mental health care. She began her career as a licensed professional clinical counselor working with children and families after completing a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Louisville in 2006. She graduated the accelerated, second-degree bachelor of science in nursing program at Eastern Kentucky University in 2010 and went on to earn her doctorate of nursing practice degree in the psychiatric-mental health track at the University of Kentucky in 2015.

Dr. Schirmer, DNP is board certified by the ANCC to provide psychiatric mental-health treatment across the lifespan. She is licensed in Kentucky and has worked in both private practice and community mental health settings. She is also an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Louisville.

She has extensive experience treating a wide variety of psychiatric conditions. In addition to patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), she has experience with the treatment of conditions that can co-occur with OCD such as generalized anxiety, health and medication anxiety, trichotillomania, eating disorders, depression, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar illness, and substance use disorders. She offers various treatment modalities such as medication management, genetic testing, and evidence-based therapy. She works collaboratively with patients and families as well as other treatment providers.

Mark Schirmer, Psy.D.


Dr. Mark Schirmer

Dr. Mark Schirmer is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, where he provides individual and group therapy. He obtained his master’s degree and doctorate from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Schirmer completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, Louisville OCD Clinic, and the Louisville Center for Eating Disorders. During his pre-doctoral internship at the Lexington VA Medical Center, he conducted individual and group therapy for Veterans with PTSD, alcohol and drug use disorders, tobacco addiction, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. His internship experience featured formal training in Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD and serving on the LGBTQQI Care Coordination Team. His graduate experience included co-leading gender-affirming group therapy for transgender adults.

Dr. Schirmer has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families, treating clients with OCD, eating disorders, substance use disorders, PTSD, conduct disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, anger management problems, gender dysphoria, and personality disorders. In addition to individual therapy, Dr. Schirmer provides group therapy addressing a number of topics, including OCD, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and DBT skills training, as well as co-leading a support group for family members of people with eating disorders. Dr. Schirmer also works with transgender and gender-expansive adults seeking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and other gender-affirming medical services.

Dr. Schirmer has experience treating substance use disorders and is a certified facilitator for SMART Recovery, an evidence-based addiction recovery program grounded in cognitive behavioral therapy. His work in addiction recovery includes clinical rotations at the Lexington VA Medical Center, the Robley Rex VA Medical Center, and the Lighthouse Adolescent Recovery Center.

In collaboration with the Fairness Campaign, Dr. Schirmer served as project lead to establish a Kentucky-based affiliate of SAGE, a national non-profit organization working to improve the quality of life for older sexual and gender minority adults. He remains on the executive committee for SAGE of the Bluegrass, coordinating efforts with national leadership. Dr. Schirmer frequently presents to local organizations on the subject of issues confronting the older LGBTQ population.

Dr. Schirmer is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Kentucky Psychological Association.

Selected Research Presentations

Schirmer, M. T. (2018, May 11). Social and emotional factors shaping the health of older LGBTQ adults. Training session for clinical staff at Hosparus, Louisville, KY.

Schirmer, M. T. (2018, April 26). Challenges of LGBT aging. Presentation at the annual conference of the Southeastern Affordable Housing Management Association and the Kentucky Housing Corporation, Louisville, KY.

Schirmer, M. T. (2017, October 31). LGBT aging & well-being. Training session for the geriatrics faculty at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY.

Schirmer, M. T. (2017, August 3). Rainbow in the bluegrass: A survey of the well-being of the adult LGBTQ population in Kentucky. American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Washignton DC.

Schirmer, M. T. (2017, June 23). LGBT aging & health. Training session for staff at Compass Counseling & Psychological Services, Louisville, KY.

Schirmer, M. T. (2013, April 23). Assessing the health and well-being of LGBT older adults in Kentucky: A planned study. Presentation in the Aging fairly series at the University of Louisville’s Chao Auditorium, Louisville, KY.

Paul J. Rosen, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Paul Rosen

Dr. Paul J. Rosen, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Louisville, and Director of the RACER (Research in ADHD and Children’s Emotion Regulation) Lab.

Dr. Rosen in a nationally renowned expert in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children, with a specialization in researching and treating emotional difficulties and difficulties managing frustration in children with ADD/ADHD. Dr. Rosen provides treatment using evidenced-based behavioral and cognitive-behavioral approaches that include both direct counseling with children with ADHD and training with parents to help parents and children together develop better understanding and coping skills for children’s frustration and emotional difficulties. Dr. Rosen has developed several innovative techniques for helping children with ADHD manage their emotions and behavior including the Managing Frustration for Children with ADHD group treatment – the first evidence-based treatment designed specifically for emotional difficulties in children with ADHD.

Originally born in New York City, Dr. Rosen completed a B.A. from University of Michigan, an M.S. and Ph.D, in Clinical Psychology from University of Kentucky, a predoctoral residency at University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for ADHD at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Rosen directs a large research program focusing on ADHD, emotions, and behavior in children, and has published multiple research articles in internationally respected journals including Journal of Attention Disorders, Aggressive Behavior, Social Development, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Journal of Child and Family Studies, and ADHD: Attention Deficit & hyperactivity Disorders. Dr. Rosen has spoken about ADHD at national organizations such as the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapists and the Society for Research in Child Development, and has given multiple community presentations on managing ADHD and frustration at home and in the classroom to organizations including the Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA), the U.S. Army Exceptional Family Member Program, the Center for ADHD at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, the ARC of Kentucky, Seven Counties (now Centerstone) Behavioral Health Services, the Lincoln Foundation's Whitney M. Young Scholars, and several parent and faculty organizations within Jefferson County (KY) Public Schools, Louisville Catholic schools, and other community organizations. Information about Dr. Rosen’s research and handouts regarding ADHD for parents and teachers may be found at Dr. Rosen’s website, ADHDlouisville.com.

Dr. Rosen enjoys music, sports, hiking, and woodworking. He lives in Louisville with his wife Megan, son Max, and poorly-behaved but sweet pointer-lab mix, Abe.

Broderick Sawyer, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Broderick Sawyer

Broderick Sawyer, Ph.D. obtained his master’s degree from the University of Louisville, completing his internship at Stony Brook University Counseling and Psychological Services. He earned his doctorate in 2019. At Stony Brook, Broderick conducted mindfulness meditation, self-compassion, and emotional processing groups, along with seeing individual psychotherapy clients. Broderick has clinical experience working with anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, eating disorders, race-based stress/trauma, sexual/gender identity development, and relational difficulties. Broderick also routinely provides lectures on culturally competent psychotherapy at national psychology conferences and in other settings. In the therapy room, Broderick is an “integrative” psychotherapist, using multiple empirically based techniques to 1) help clients overcome longstanding psychological difficulties, 2) understand why and how those difficulties developed, 3) safely experience challenging emotions once trust is established, and 4) develop a positive sense of self. As far as specific theories, Broderick integrates Cognitive Behavioral, Mindfulness and Acceptance, Compassion, Relational Psychodynamic, Narrative, Attachment, and Neuroscientific based approaches.

While there may be many moving parts to the way he thinks about psychological health and wellbeing, a large focus is placed on the comfort and safety offered in the therapeutic relationship. Broderick is a strong believer that an intervention’s strength is dependent on a strong client-therapist relationship, and he actively works each session to get to know clients not only for their difficulties, but for their strengths, interests, and overall personhood. He believes that if he can see the positive sides of his clients, they can begin to see the positives, too.

Broderick has an enthusiastic interest in mindfulness and compassion-based meditation, and has had a personal meditation practice for nearly 2 years. He spends much free time reading empirical literature, as well as original spiritual texts, to continue to enhance his own meditation practice and knowledge; this allows him to effectively and thoroughly teach those interested in meditation, beginners and advanced practitioners alike. Broderick’s primary focus when teaching meditation is to help clients become aware of, and ultimately gain some control over, the “thinking” mind. Once the “thinking” mind is seen and understood, through practice, clients can begin to identify how their thoughts might be limiting their behavioral responses to stress.

Beyond clinical work, Broderick collaborates with community members in the West End of Louisville to spark community change, utilizing his understandings of race relations and oppressive systems. He is also an avid reader, loves video games, and as a former basketball player, loves spending time watching and playing.

Selected Publications:

Williams, M. T., Sawyer, B. A., Ellsworth, M., Singh, S., & Tellawi, G. (2017). Obsessive-compulsive disorder in ethnoracial minorities: Attitudes, stigma, & barriers to treatment. In J. Abromowitz, D. McKay, & E. Storch (Eds.), Handbook of Obsessive-Compulsive Related Disorders, Vol. 1. Wiley.

Sawyer, B. A., DeLapp, R. C. T., & Williams, M. T. (2016). Community violence exposure and racial discrimination as barriers to treatment: Implications for African American males in counseling. In W. Ross (ed.), The African American Male Series: Counseling in African American Males: Effective Therapeutic Interventions and Approaches. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Sawyer, B. A., Williams, M. T., DeLapp, R. C. T., Davis, D. M. (2016). Posttraumatic stress disorder, Chapter 14. In A. Breland-Noble, C. S. Al-Mateen, & N. N. Singh (Eds.), Handbook of Mental Health in African American Youth (pp. 237-247). Springer

Sawyer, B. A., Williams, M. T., Chasson, G., Davis, D. M., & Chapman, L. K. (2015). The impact of childhood family functioning on anxious, depressive, and obsessive–compulsive symptoms in adulthood among African Americans. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 4, 8-13.

Williams, M. T., Malcoun, E., Sawyer, B. A., Davis, D. M., Bahojb-Nouri, L., Leavell, S. (2014). Cultural adaptations of prolonged exposure therapy for treatment and prevention of posttraumatic stress disorder in African Americans. Behavioral Sciences, 4, 102–124.

Whitley Paden, Psy.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Whitley Paden

Dr. Whitley Paden is a postdoctoral fellow at the Louisville Center for Eating Disorders where she receives training and regular supervision in the treatment of eating disorders and OCD. She obtained her master’s degree and doctorate at Spalding University’s School of Professional Psychology. She completed her APA accredited predoctoral internship at Robley Rex VAMC in Louisville, KY. At Robley Rex, she received training in conducting forensic evaluations and treating PTSD. In addition, she co-facilitated a DBT-informed skills group for individuals with personality disorders and provided individual and group therapy for Veterans diagnosed with substance use disorders in a residential setting.

Dr. Paden has clinical experience treating adult clients with PTSD, substance use, anxiety and mood disorders, anger management problems, relationship difficulties, and personality disorders. She is trained in providing evidence-based treatment including, but not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Seeking Safety, Relapse Prevention Therapy (RPT), Cognitive Behavioral Coping Skills Therapy (CBST), Prolonged Exposure (PE), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). Furthermore, she is a CPT certified provider, an evidence-based treatment for PTSD.

Dr. Paden enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, reading classic novels, and hiking with her husband and their golden retriever/Aussie mix.

Selected Publications:

Bach, N., Paden, W., Alvey, H., Ball, K., & Chapman, N. (2017). How religious coping affects romantic relationships among married military couples.

Gorzynski, A., Jones, D. E., Paden, W. R., Kersting, H. M., Urda, S., Harris, G. T., Lea, R. & Chapman, N. A. (2016). Clinical biases towards substance abusers and people of color: Does it start in graduate school? Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Denver, CO.

Gorzynski, A., Jones, D. E., Paden, W. R., Kersting, H. M., Urda, S., Denen, S., & Chapman, N. A. (2016). Evaluating an abbreviated treatment of seeking safety with dual diagnosis women: A pilot study. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Denver, CO.

Van Seeters, E.M., Ball, K., Todd, H., Paden, W., & Chapman, N.A. (2016). Does coping improve with time? An exploration of graduate student coping. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Denver, CO.

Sara W. Sutphin, M.Ed., L.P.P.

Sara W. Sutphin, M.Ed., LPP

Psychological Practitioner

Sara W. Sutphin, MEd, is a licensed psychological practitioner and therapist. She has over 12 years experience working with adults in a variety of settings with depression and anxiety disorders utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy. Since her arrival at BWC in May 2016, she has specialized in the treatment of adults with OCD, PTSD, trichotillomania, excoriation, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety. Additionally, she leads a group for individuals struggling with body image issues, a group for those with trichotillomania and excoriation, and co-leads a group for individuals with depression and anxiety.

In 1994, she earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Mary Baldwin College located in Staunton, Virginia. She received her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2006. Since that time she has worked as a clinician in sex offender treatment at the Kentucky State Reformatory in LaGrange, Kentucky. From 2013-2016, she has worked with adults with traumatic brain injuries.

Sara lives in Louisville with her husband and two boys.

Amanda Velez, M.S.S.W.

Marriage and Family Therapy Associate

Amanda Velez, MSSW

Amanda Velez, MSSW, is a Marriage and Family Therapy Associate (MFTA) working with individuals, couples, children, and families. She has been trained to incorporate the influence of broader environmental systems within her evidence-based and individualized therapeutic practice, utilizing systemic perspectives for the treatment of OCD and related Anxiety Disorders, Depression, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Within her specialized graduate program, Amanda was trained in a variety of therapeutic models, with personal emphasis in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples, and the STAIR (Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation) model for PTSD. Additionally, Amanda volunteered as a Research Assistant, working with doctoral level students to review and recommend evidence-based mental health and psychosocial interventions for women involved in the criminal justice system. Amanda, along with the research team, presented their findings at the 2016 Annual Conference of the American Society of Criminology.

Amanda graduated from Transylvania University in 2010, obtaining a B.A. in Psychology. Upon returning to the mental health field in 2015 as a first-year graduate student, Amanda served children and families experiencing behavioral challenges within the school environment, as well as facilitating group and individual therapy for children experiencing PTSD in the wake of violent crime. As an advanced student, Amanda worked as an on-site therapist in a medical setting, specializing in the treatment of co-occurring PTSD and Dissociative Seizures (Psychogenic and Non-Epileptic Seizures), Mood Disorders, and Anxiety Disorders in survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault; as a result, she has become dedicated to expanding her practical knowledge of empirically supported and trauma-informed therapeutic practices. Amanda Graduated from the University of Louisville with a Master of Science in Social Work and a Master’s Equivalency in Couple and Family Therapy.

Currently, Amanda utilizes Exposure Response and Ritual Prevention Therapy for the treatment of OCD and related Anxiety Disorders; Amanda’s practice within the Clinic includes children as young as 10 years old, as well as adults, couples and families living with OCD and Anxiety. When working with children and family systems, Amanda often utilizes Structural Family Therapy techniques to affect change in both children and the environmental factors which contribute to mental health concerns.

Michelle Eckhart, R.D., L.D.

[Michelle Eckhart, R.D., L.D.]


Michelle Eckhart, RD, LD, graduated Magna cum Laude with a degree in Dietetics from the University of Kentucky and did a dietetic internship at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. Michelle has been a Registered Dietitian for over 20 years in the Louisville, Kentucky area, and worked with patients in many settings with a variety of diseases and health issues. Michelle was the Chief Clinical Dietitian at Jewish Hospital, Manager of the Jewish Diabetes Care Program, and the Manager of Employee Wellness for KentuckyOne Health.

Throughout her career, Michelle has been in private practice, working with individuals of all ages with Eating Disorders. Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia can be devastating, life altering diseases, which affect the body, the mind, the spirit, the family and interrupt every aspect of that person’s life. Every person struggling with healthy eating is different and needs an individualized approach to help guide them back to nourishing their bodies properly. The end goal with these clients is to help normalize their relationship with food so they can go on to live healthy, happy lives.


[Mary Curnutte, M.S., R.D., L.D.]


Mary Curnutte, MS, RD, LD, graduated from Saint Louis University with a degrees in Nutrition & Dietetics with a Culinary Emphasis. She completed her dietetic internship at a variety of hospitals in St. Louis. Mary was born and raised in Louisville, KY, where she is excited to be back practicing dietetics. Mary has taught nutrition to all ages, from pre-K to adult. She currently works at the University of Louisville as a Nutrition Course Lecturer as well as at the YMCA as a Nutrition Counselor.

At the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, Mary works with anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating disorder, and eating disorders otherwise not specified. Each client requires individual couching to learn what is healthy for their own body. Mary will work with clients on specific strategies that will increase their nutrition. This can be an individual meal pattern, strategies for a pinpointed eating issue, or learning to tune into one’s own body’s cues, among other things, depending on a client’s exact need. Mary has worked with mindful and intuitive eating practices to teach attending to one’s own body to know how to nourish it. Mary is passionate about healthy relationships with food and finding joy in food and cooking. Our goal in nutrition counseling is properly nourishing one’s body while bringing peace back to food.

Kristina Waters, M.S.S.W.

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

[Kristina Waters, M.S.S.W.]

Kristina Waters, MSSW, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate has been trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Kristina graduated from University of Louisville in 2018 with her Master of Science in Social Work and specialized in Couples and Family Therapy.

Throughout her graduate studies, Kristina served vulnerable populations including juvenile sexual offenders, families involved with Child Protective Services, and those experiencing depression, anxiety, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, borderline personality disorder, relationship problems, and parent-child relationship issues in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Lindsay James, C.S.W.

Clinical Social Worker

[Lindsay James, C.S.W.]

Lindsay James, C.S.W., is a certified social worker that specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and trauma as well as a wide variety of life’s issues. She is extremely passionate about helping those she works with live their best lives and overcome any struggles they are having. She has experience working with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder as well as other mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, bipolar, and borderline personality disorder. Lindsay utilizes the strengths already within each person, along with teaching other skills, to help them achieve their goals.

Lindsay obtained a BA in Psychology at American University and her Masters in Social Work from Widener University. Lindsay received a certificate in Trauma Practice from her participation in Widener Universities Trauma Program while obtaining her degree. She has utilized these skills in program facilitation and development at all levels of care. Lindsay has worked at the inpatient, PHP, IOP, and outpatient levels of care for both adolescents and adults with trauma and eating disorders. Lindsay’s belief in personal resiliency and her gentle approach is helpful to those working through emotional pain, fear, and shame.

Lindsay grew up in New York and is new to Kentucky, but is loving it.

Brenda Arellano, M.S., L.P.A.

Licensed Psychological Associate

[Brenda Arellano, M.S., L.P.A.]

Brenda Arellano, M.S., L.P.A., is a bilingual, Licensed Psychological Associate. At the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, Brenda specializes in providing empirically-supported treatment for individuals of all ages suffering from OCD. Brenda also treats individuals suffering from eating disorders, anxiety, depression and behavioral difficulties. As a fluent native Spanish-speaker, Brenda provides therapy in both English and Spanish. She is trained in delivering various empirically supported interventions, including Exposure and Response Prevention, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness and Acceptance Based Interventions. Her training in various therapeutic approaches allows Brenda to adapt the therapeutic experience to best fit the needs, strengths and goals of her clients.

She graduated from the University of Louisville in 2017 with a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology. In addition to her clinical training, Brenda was involved in various research projects during her time at the University of Louisville. She shared her research on child anxiety and the intersection of culture and mental health at national conferences as well as peer-reviewed articles.

Brenda Arellano, M.S., L.P.A, es una Licenciada en Psicología. Brenda especializa en el tratamiento de OCD en personas de cualquier edad. Brenda También ayuda a personas sufriendo de trastornos alimenticios, ansiedad, depresión, trastorno de arrancarse el pelo o pellizcarse la piel, y problemas de conducta. Ella a entrenado en varias terapias apoyadas por ciencia, incluyendo Exposición y Prevención de Respuesta, Terapia Cognitiva Conductual, Terapia Conductual e intervenciones basadas en mindfulness (atención plena). El conocimiento que Brenda tiene de varias terapias le permite adaptar sus técnicas en base a las necesidades, metas y fortalezas de cada persona.

Brenda recibió su Maestría en Psicología Clínica en la Universidad de Louisville en el 2017. Durante su estadía en la Universidad de Louisville, Brenda recibió entrenamiento en las terapias mas efictivas. Brenda también participo en varias investigaciones científicas. Brenda compartió sus investigaciones sobre cultura y ansiedad en niños en conferencias y artículos científicos.

Selected Publications

Arellano, B., Gramszlo, C., & Woodruff-Borden, J. (2018). Parental reactions to children’s affective displays: The moderating role of parental GAD. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 53, 22-29.

Geronimi, E. M., Arellano, B., & Woodruff-Borden, J. (2019). Relating mindfulness and executive function in children. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. Advance online publication. doi:359104519833737.

Hooper, L., Mier-Chairez, J., CT Mugoya, G., & Arellano, B. (2016). Depressive symptoms, assessment, and treatment in Latino/a adolescents: A brief review. Current Psychiatry Reviews, 12(2), 150-162.

Jessica Dowell, B.A.


Jessica Dowell

Jessica Dowell, BA, is a therapist the Behavioral Wellness Clinic. Jessica received bachelors degrees in psychology and political science, as well as her masters in Counseling Psychology, at the University of Louisville.

Selected Research Presentations

Dowell, J., Tellawi, G., Ellsworth, M., Ching, T., Slimowicz, J., Davis, D., & Williams, M. (2016, October). Anxiety, self-compassion, identity, and social support in sexual minority individuals. Poster presented at the Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies, New York, NY.

Ellsworth, M., Tellawi, G., Dowell, J., Salmon, P., & Williams, M. (2015, March). The Role of Self-Compassion in Mental Health Outcomes of Sexual Minorities. Poster presented at Kentucky Psychological Association Spring Academic Conference, Midway College, Midway, KY.


Irina Vanzhula, M.S.

[Irina Vanzhula, M.S.]

Doctoral Student Therapist

Irina Vanzhula, M.S.is a doctoral student therapist at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, where she is supervised by Dr. Alex Pruitt. She received her Master’s degree in clinical psychology at the University of Louisville, where she is currently pursuing her doctoral degree under the mentorship of Dr. Cheri Levinson.

Irina works with individuals of all ages suffering from eating disorders, OCD, trauma, anxiety, depression, and personality disorders. She is trained in variety of empirically supported interventions, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, exposure and response prevention, dialectical behavioral therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. Irina leads DBT skills group for eating disorders and Eating Awareness Training group. Irina’s research examines comorbidities of eating disorders, OCD, and trauma, and she is interested in novel treatment development. In her free time, Irina enjoys spending time outdoors and trying new restaurants.

Selected Publications

Vanzhula, I.A., Calebs, B., Fewell, L., Levinson, C.A. (2017, in press). Irritability and Concentration Difficulties are Illness Pathways between Eating Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms: Understanding Comorbidity with Network Analysis. European Eating Disorder Review.

Vanzhula, I.A., Margaret, S., Levinson, C.A. (Apr 2018). Improving Acting with Awareness May be the Key to Successful Mindfulness-Based Interventions for Eating Disorders. Paper presented at the International Conference on Eating Disorders, Chicago IL.

Levinson, C.A., Vanzhula, I.A., Brosof, L.C., Forbush, K. (2018, in press). Network Analysis as an Alternative Approach to Conceptualizing Eating Disorders: Implications for Research and Treatment. Current Psychiatry Reports.

Levinson, C. A., Brosof, L.C., Vanzhula, I.A., Christian, C., Jones, P., Rodebaugh, T.L., Langer, J.K., White, E.K., Warren, C., Weeks, J.W., Menatti, A., Lim, M.H., Fernandez, K.C. (2018, In Press). Social Anxiety and Eating Disorder Comorbidity and Underlying Vulnerabilities: Using Network Analysis to Conceptualize Comorbidity.

Sala, M., Vanzhula, I.A., Juarascio, A., Vazzano, K., & Levinson, C.A (Apr 2018). Incorporating Mindfulness into Eating Disorder Research and Treatment. Workshop presented at the International Conference on Eating Disorders, Chicago IL.

Skyler Green, M.A.

[Skyler Green, M.A.]

Doctoral Student Therapist

Skyler Green, MA is a doctoral student therapist for the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, where she is supervised by Dr. Broderick Sawyer. Skyler received her Master’s degree in clinical psychology from Western Kentucky University. She is currently a first-year student in the Psy.D. program at Spalding University. Skyler has experience treating children, adolescents, and adults with various presenting concerns, including eating disorders, personality disorders, mood disorders, sexual abuse, anxiety, and depression.

In addition to her clinical work, Skyler also conducts research related to eating disorders.

Anna Ortiz, M.S.

[Anna Ortiz, M.S.]

Doctoral Student Therapist

Anna Ortiz, MS, is a doctoral student therapist at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, supervised by Dr. Cheri Levinson. Anna is currently a fourth-year graduate student in the University of Kentucky clinical psychology Ph.D. program. She obtained her B.A. in psychology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH.

Anna has experience treating individuals with various presenting concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and personality disorders. She is trained in a variety of empirically supported interventions, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy. Anna also conducts research related to transdiagnostic risk factors for eating disorders.

Selected Publications

Ortiz, A. M. L., Davis, H. A., & Smith, G. T. (2019). Transactions among thinness expectancies, depression, and binge eating in the prediction of adolescent weight control behaviors. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 52(2), 142-152.

Ortiz, A. M. L., Peterson, S. J., D’Agostino, A. R., & Smith, G. T. (in press) Social Learning: Recent Progress and Future Directions. Nova Science Publishers, New York, NY.

Davis, H. A., Ortiz, A. M. L., & Smith, G. T. (2019). Transactions between early binge eating and personality predict transdiagnostic risk. European Eating Disorders Review. doi: 10.1002/erv.2682

Davis, H. A., Ortiz, A. M. L., & Smith, G. T. (2017). The occurrence and covariation of binge eating and compensatory behaviors across early to mid-adolescence. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 43(4), 402-412.

“Jojo” Yao, M.Phil.

[“Jojo” Yao, M.Phil.]

Doctoral Student Therapist

“Jojo” Yao, MPhil, is a doctoral student therapist at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, where she is supervised by Dr. Broderick Sawyer. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology at University of Louisville. She received her M.Phil. and M.S.Ed. in Professional Counseling from University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. in Psychology and Art from Franklin and Marshall College.

Jojo has past experience working with individuals with anxiety, depression, trauma, and identity issues. She looks forward to working with individuals with eating disorders and OCD at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic. She is trained in empirically supported interventions including cognitive-behavior therapy and emotion-focused therapy with an interpersonal focus in therapy sessions. Her research interests focus on well-being, identity development, and resilience among international students and other international populations in the U.S.

Tammy Nofsinger, M.A.

Customer Advocacy Manager

Tammy Nofsinger

Tammy Nofsinger, MA is the Customer Advocacy Manager for the Behavioral Wellness Clinic. With a bachelors in Fine and Applied Art from California State University, Tammy is formally trained as an artist. She also studied business and received a bachelors in Business Administration, Marketing and a masters in Management from John F. Kennedy University in California. She worked in public relations and customer satisfaction and loyalty for several years, and enjoys working with the public and advocating for the customer.

Tammy is also the founder of a nonprofit organization, Innovation Works, that helps teens design fulfilling lives through human-centered design and technology training. She enjoys helping people design systems and solutions that improve their lives and their organizations. In her free time she enjoys playing tennis and pickleball, and spending time with her three children - Logan, Leah and Lucas, her husband - Scott, and her dog – Vin, and cat - Lyra.

Beth Brown, B.A., C.P.A.

Assistant Business Manager

Beth Brown

Beth Brown, BA, CPA is the assistant business manager for the Behavioral Wellness Clinic. She is responsible for payroll, insurance, accounts receivable and accounts payable. She assists with the daily business operations of the clinic.

Beth graduated from Transylvania University, majoring in Business Administration (Accounting emphasis) and Psychology. She worked in public and private accounting roles for years, and earned her Kentucky CPA license. She also attended the Georgia Institute of Technology for 2 years, with an emphasis on Genetics and Biochemistry research. In recent years, Beth’s focus has been supporting the goals and mission of the PTA in her children’s schools, working in numerous roles, including many years as Treasurer.

Jasmine Fairfax, B.A.

Office Manager

Jasmine Fairfax

Jasmine Fairfax, BA is the Office Manager for the Behavioral Wellness Clinic. She ensures that operations are running smoothly and oversees the work of the other office staff. This includes phone intakes, payment processing, and scheduling.

Jasmine graduated from the University of Louisville with top honors, majoring in Nutrition Science and minoring in Chemistry and Math. She plans on pursuing graduate studies in Nutrition or Culinary Arts. When not working or studying, she enjoys baking, singing, and spending time with her family.


Terwilliger, J. M., Bach, N., Bryan, C., & Williams, M. T. (2013). Multicultural versus Colorblind Ideology: Implications for Mental Health and Counseling. In Psychology of Counseling, A., Di Fabio, ed., Nova Science Publishers. ISBN-13: 978-1-62618-410-7.

Davis, D., Steever, A., Terwilliger, J. M., & Williams, M. T. (2012). The Relationship between the Culture-Bound Syndrome Koro and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. In Psychology of Culture, G. R. Hayes & M. H. Bryant, eds., Nova Science Publishers. ISBN-13: 978-1-62257-274-8.


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