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Watch Dr. Levinson Speak About the Detection, Treatment, and Specialty Resources for Eating Disorders at the University of Louisville Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Sep. 9, 2018

Dr. Levinson was honored to speak at the University of Louisville Grand Rounds on September 9, 2018. Watch the video below.

Get to Know Student Therapist, Jessica Dowell

Oct. 12, 2018
[Jessica Dowell, B.A.]

  • Current university: University of Louisville
  • Anticipated graduation date: May 2019
  • Anticipated degree: Master's of Education (M.Ed) Counseling Psychology
  • Degrees earned: B.A. in Psychology and B.A. in Political Science
  • Professional affiliations:
    • American Psychological Association (APA)
    • Division 44
    • Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA)
    • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
  • Practicum Sites:
    • Behavioral Wellness Clinic
  • Selected Publications
    • Williams, M. T., Ching, T. H., Tellawi, G., Siev, J., Dowell, J., Schlaudt, V., Slimowicz, J., & Wetterneck, C. T. (2018). Assessing sexual orientation symptoms in obsessive-compulsive disorder: Development and validation of the Sexual Orientation Obsessions and Reactions Test (SORT). Behavior Therapy.
  • Assisted Research and Presentations
    • Dowell, J., Davis, D., & Williams, M. (2016, October). Measuring Disgust Sensitivity and OCD symptom Dimensions across Ethnic Groups. Poster presented at the 2016 Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Convention, New York City, NY.
    • Dowell, J., Tellawi, G., Ellswoth, 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 2016 Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Convention, New York City, 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
  • Current supervisor: Dr. Mark Schirmer, Psy.D.
  • Specialized clinical training: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Eating Disorders
  • Clinical areas of interest:
    • Underserved and under represented populations
    • Particular interest in utilizing various CBT approaches including Exposure and Ritual Prevention therapy
  • Identify your top three values:
    • Passion
    • Dependability
    • Knowledge
  • If your friends were asked to describe you and your role within your group of friends, what three adjectives would they use?
    • Open-minded
    • Caring
    • Hard-working
  • What makes you relatable to others? I strive to be authentic and transparent as possible when connecting with others. I strive to maintain an open-mind and to understand other perspectives with respect to their personal choices and acknowledgement of differences between individuals.

Meet Doctoral Student Therapist, Sabrina Kordes

Oct. 5, 2018
[Sabrina Kordes, M.A.]

Sabrina Kordes, M.A., is a doctoral student therapist at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, supervised by Dr. Street Russell. She received her Master’s degree in clinical psychology from Spalding University where she is currently in her third year working toward her doctorate degree. She obtained a B.S. in psychology and sociology from the University of Evansville in Evansville, IN.

Sabrina has experience assessing and treating adults and children with ADHD, grief, depression, and anxiety, and she is trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy. She looks forward to assessing and treating eating disorders and OCD at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic. Aside from her clinical work, Sabrina enjoys traveling, hiking, and trying new restaurants.

  • Current university: Spalding University
  • Anticipated graduation date: May 2021
  • Anticipated degree: Psy.D.
  • Degrees earned:
    • B.S. in Clinical Psychology and Sociology
    • M.A. in Clinical Psychology
  • Professional affiliations:
    • Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA) (Student Member)
    • Pi Gamma Mu
    • Psi Chi
  • Practicum Sites:
    • Spalding University Counseling Center
    • Center for Behavioral Health at Spalding University
    • Fairdale Elementary
    • Americana Community Center
  • Research Interests:
    • Developmental Trauma Disorder
    • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)
  • Current supervisor: Dr. Street Russell, Psy.D.
  • Specialized clinical training: Behavioral Wellness has provided me with specialized training related to OCD and Eating Disorders. Prior to being a team member at Behavioral Wellness, I received a lot of training related to assessing and treating children with behavioral concerns. Furthermore, I have received ample training related to adults with Intellectual Disabilities and providing them with behavioral supports.
  • Clinical areas of interest: I’m interested in working with children and adolescents with an array of disorders. I particularly enjoy doing family work and the challenges it brings. A new interest has been working with individuals with OCD and related disorders.
  • Identify your top three values:
    • Adventure
    • Respect
    • Education
  • If your friends were asked to describe you and your role within your group of friends, what three adjectives would they use?
    • Creative
    • Passionate
    • Open-Minded
  • What makes you relatable to others? I think owning my faults has gone a long way, particularly with clients. I’ve also found that it is easier to relate to someone when we find something in common. It makes me a real person, and it can give us something to talk about.

Learn More about Doctoral Student Therapist, Sarah Peterson

Sep. 28, 2018
[Sarah Peterson, M.S.]

Sarah Peterson, M.S., is a doctoral student therapist at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, supervised by Dr. Cheri Levinson. Sarah 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 Hope College in Holland, MI.

Sarah has experience treating adults, adolescents, and children with various presenting concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance abuse. In addition to her clinical work, Sarah also conducts research related to transdiagnostic risk factors for substance misuse and eating disorders.

  • Current university: University of Kentucky
  • Anticipated graduation date: May 2021
  • Anticipated degree: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
  • Degrees earned: M.S. in Clinical Psychology
  • Professional affiliations:
    • Research Society on Alcoholism
    • Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA) (Student Member)
  • Practicum Sites:
    • University of Kentucky Counseling Center
    • Jesse G. Harris Psychological Services Center
      • Individual clients
      • DBT group
      • Managing Frustration for Children group
      • Stress Management for Teens group
    • Achievement Testing Practicum at The Lexington School
  • Selected Publications
    • Cole, H. A., Peterson, S. J., & Smith, G. T. (in press). Biological, behavioral, and personality predictors of adolescents' preferred style of coping. Addictive Behaviors.
    • Peterson, S. J., Davis, H. A., & Smith, G. T. (2018). Personality and learning predictors of adolescent alcohol consumption trajectories. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 127(5), 482-495.
    • Peterson, S. J. & Smith, G. T. (in press). Impulsigenic personality traits: From the impulsive to the compulsive. Invited chapter in N. S. Columbus (Ed.), Understanding impulsive behavior: Assessment, influences, and gender differences. Nova Science Publishers, New York, NY.
    • Combs, J. L., Riley, E. N., Peterson, S. J., Jordan, C. E., & Smith, G.T. (2018). The nature of adverse outcomes after sexual assault predicted from personality prior to the assault. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. 79(2), 258-268
    • Peterson, S. J. & Smith, G. T. (2017). Association between elementary school personality and high school smoking and drinking. Addiction. 112(11), 2043-2052.
    • Riley, E.N., Peterson, S. J., & Smith, G.T. (2017). Towards a developmentally integrative model of personality change: A focus on three potential mechanisms. Advances in Psychological Research. 124, 63-84..
    • Peterson, S. J. & Smith, G. T. (2016). Application of the expectancy concept to substance use. Invited chapter in S. A. Brown and R. A. Zucker (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Adolescent Substance Abuse. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199735662.013.017
  • Current supervisor: Dr. Cheri Levinson, Ph.D.
  • Specialized clinical training: DBT
  • Clinical areas of interest:
    • Emotional dysregulation
    • DBT
    • Substance use
    • Trauma
    • Eating disorders
    • Adolescence
  • Identify your top three values:
    • Flexibility
    • Growth
    • Knowledge
  • If your friends were asked to describe you and your role within your group of friends, what three adjectives would they use?
    • Dependable
    • Witty
    • Laid back
  • What makes you relatable to others? I try to be myself as much as possible so that others feel comfortable doing the same.

Get to Know Tom Gaus, One of Our Doctoral Student Therapists

Sep. 21, 2018
[Tom Gaus, B.A.]

Tom Gaus, MA, is a practicum student therapist at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic supervised by Dr. Street Russell. Tom is currently in his third year at Spalding University, working towards his doctorate in clinical psychology. He obtained his B.A. in psychology from The University of Tulsa in Tulsa, OK.

Before beginning graduate school, Tom worked with children and adolescents in the foster care system as a case manager focused on teaching independent living skills. Tom has since gained experience assessing and treating individuals with ADHD, learning disorders, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and trauma. He also works with numerous athletic programs to enhance the psychological aspects of team and individual performance.

  • Current university: Spalding University
  • Anticipated graduation date: May 2021
  • Anticipated degree: Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology
  • Degrees earned: M.A. in Clinical Psychology
  • Professional affiliations:
    • Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA) (Student Member)
  • Practicum Sites:
    • StrongMinds Psychology
    • Community Catholic Center
    • Indiana University Personal Counseling Services
  • Research Interests:
    • Sports/Performance Psychology
  • Current supervisor: Dr. Street Russell, Psy.D.
  • Specialized clinical training: I was a Case Manager for foster youth before graduate school.
  • Clinical areas of interest:
    • Anxiety Related Disorders
    • Obsessive-Compulsive Related Disorders
    • Trauma-Informed Care
    • Performance Enhancement
  • Identify your top three values:
    • Pursuing a Value-Congruent Life
    • Viewing Challenges as Opportunities for Growth
    • Authenticity
  • If your friends were asked to describe you and your role within your group of friends, what three adjectives would they use?
    • Active
    • Thoughtful
    • A hog of musical control at social gatherings.
  • What makes you relatable to others? I make mistakes, have flaws, want to be the best version of myself, and love collaborating and learning with other people. I have also always been naturally curious and driven to understand human experience.
  • What is your position on the alleged International Olympic Committee’s inclusion of crowd surfing as a potential Olympic event in the 2038 Olympic Games? As long as it doesn't take TV time away from ping-pong, I'm in.

Meet Doctoral Student Therapist, Amanda Roth

Sep. 14, 2018
[Amanda Roth, M.A.]

Amanda Roth, MA, is currently in her third-year at the University of Indianapolis, working toward her doctorate in clinical psychology. She earned her M.A. degree in clinical psychology from the University of Indianapolis.

Amanda has experience treating individuals with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and ADHD. She has a clinical interest in eating disorders and her dissertation research was the development of an eating disorder emphasis area for clinical psychology doctoral programs.

  • Current university: University of Indianapolis
  • Anticipated graduation date: May 2021
  • Anticipated degree: Psy.D.
  • Degrees earned:
    • MA in Clinical Psychology (University of Indianapolis)
    • MA in Pastoral Theology (Saint Meinrad School of Theology)
    • BS in Business (IUPUI Kelley School of Business)
  • Professional affiliations:
    • International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) (Student Member)
    • Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)(Student Member)
    • American Psychological Association (APA) (Student Member)
    • Lifetime member of Indiana University Alumni Association
  • Practicum Sites:
    • Indiana University Southeast Personal Counseling Services (Current)
    • Woodview Psychology Group, LLC (Prior)
  • Research Interests:
    • Eating disorders
    • Program development
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
  • Current supervisor: Dr. Alexandria Pruitt, Psy.D.
  • Specialized clinical training: I trained in DBT in my last practicum.
  • Clinical areas of interest:
    • Eating disorders
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • OCD
  • Identify your top three values:
    • Purpose - to have meaning and direction in my life
    • Passion - to have deep feelings about ideas, activities, or people
    • Genuineness - to act in a manner that is true to who I am
  • If your friends were asked to describe you and your role within your group of friends, what three adjectives would they use?
    • Kind
    • Compassionate
    • Helpful
  • What makes you relatable to others? Empathy and understanding - even if I have not experienced someone's exact situation, I can empathize and validate the challenge or struggle they may be experiencing.

See Dr. Levinson Discuss Body Image on WDRB

Sep. 9, 2018

Dr. Levinson was interviewed by WDRB Louisville for their report on the dangers of Snapchat filters.

Read the full article here and watch the video below.

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