About Us

Individual, Family, and Group Therapy in Brighton and Plymouth, MI.


Learn more about McCaskill Family Services - Therapy in Metro Detroit - 249088_7590_72dpi-1The McCaskill Family Services mission is to use our unique, comprehensive assessment and evidence-based therapy approach to help as many families and individuals as possible.

Our goal is to not miss anything and get it right for each and every person. With individual, family, and group therapy; webinars, community seminars, and classes; we help people navigate their road to success and change their lives one smile, one high-five, one success at a time.


Our Story.

Like many successful businesses, McCaskill Family Services was originally started by a single person. In this case, the person was Dr. Pam McCaskill, Ph.D. Since she always loved working with children and teens, and found that she could connect with them easily, she was working toward becoming a Pediatrician. However, Dr. Pam was not completely satisfied with that direction for her career and, with a sense of newfound purpose, switched over to becoming a psychologist with a specialty in Pediatric Psychology and Child Development. And so McCaskill Family Services was born in 1997. A small private practice working with children, adolescents and their parents to solve behavioral, emotional and learning problems, amongst other things.

The practice took off, and Dr. Pam soon realized that there were plenty of adults who needed her help, too. Often, they were parents of the children she was treating and, since she was also trained in adult therapy, she began treating them as well. Word spread and adults and couples began calling on their own to make appointments for themselves and their relationships. In short order, she found that there just wasn’t enough Dr. Pam to go around. She was also discovering that many of the children brought into the practice or referred to her had been misdiagnosed. For example, many children were diagnosed with ADHD, but really had learning disabilities or processing problems that were never discovered and therefore weren’t being treated. This realization helped shape a new way forward for McCaskill Family Services. They would be the ones with a mission to get it right, every time.

Dr. Pam brought in Dr. Renee Bryer, Ph.D, a highly regarded, board certified neuropsychologist whom she had known in graduate school. At first it was just the two of them sharing office space. Then, in the spirit of family, Dr. Pam’s husband, Dr. John, decided to leave his job as a pediatric psychologist on the medical staff at a major hospital to join them at the practice, too. Prior to meeting Pam in graduate school, John originally was pursuing a career in mechanical engineering, and then law school, and Dr. John also had switched paths. Realizing that he liked people much more than mechanical things, he went into clinical psychology instead. But it was to be his training in scientific methods and practices that would help develop the foundation for the unique, comprehensive approach McCaskill Family Services developed to not miss anything and “get it right.” It was time to expand and they brought highly-recommended Emily Kavanagh, M.S., LLP aboard to help make it happen.

Today, McCaskill Family Services is thriving. Emily and the original crew are still with the practice, along with fourteen other highly-regarded professionals with the same background and training. They specialize in ADHD, Dyslexia, Anxiety and Depression, and offer many more individual services as well. More importantly, their extended family of clients is thriving, too. Working together, and incorporating Dr. John’s knowledge of Scientific Method, they have become the only family services practice that merges neuropsychological assessment with evidence-based treatment for all ages. It is a comprehensive, whole-lifestyle developmental approach that is unique. A sort of “GPS for life” to help people navigate their own individual roads to success. It’s an approach that goes beyond the office to include Assistive Technology training and expert assistance and advocacy in the school systems, to help parents understand the complex legal and regulatory maze associated with getting IEP and 504 assistances for their children. In the spirit of their mission and with passion and purpose, they are “getting it right” and helping people of all ages realize their full potential – changing lives one smile, one high-five, one success at a time.

The McCaskill Difference:

  • Fully Licensed Psychologists
  • Neuropsychological Testing
  • 125 Years of Combined Experience

 

**These doctors operate independent practices and are not employees or agents of McCaskill Family Services.

Pam McCaskill, Ph.D.
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As a fully licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Pamela A. McCaskill is the Clinical Manager of MFS. She works with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She is an expert Parenting Coach with 20 years of experience in the field of child development, parenting, and behavior management. Dr. Pam obtained her Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees from Wayne State University and pursued further specialized training in pediatric psychology at The University of Florida/Shands Hospital. Dr. Pam owned and directed a private practice in Ocala, Florida until 2004 when she and her husband moved back home to Michigan to raise their children near her extended family.

Currently, Dr. Pam is the owner and director of McCaskill Family Services; she specializes in the assessment and treatment of a variety of child, adult, and family problems. Dr. Pam has also been teaching parenting workshops for parents of strong-willed children for over 20 years and is active in speaking on a variety of topics within the community. Dr. Pam also specializes in ADHD and she’s a professional advisor for the Western-Wayne County ChADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder) chapter. Dr. Pam is an active member of both the American Psychological Association and the Michigan Psychological Association.

Presentations:

Parent Management Training: Tips for Training Parents How to Manage Their Strong-Willed Children
Washtenaw Psychological Society
2/11/18

Unraveling the Truth about Oppositional, Defiant and Angry Children
Making Inclusion Work: Transdisciplinary Training to Support Children with Challenging Behaviors

5/3/13

Secrets of Parenting the Strong-Willed Child: Top 10 Tips for Success
New Morning School
4-25-17

Exercise and Alternative Interventions for Managing ADHD Western Wayne County ChADD
4-13-14

Learning Disabilities/Neurodevelopmental Weaknesses in the Classroom: red Flags and Tips for Teachers
Our Lady of Good Council School
11-7-17

ADHD and Learning Disabilities in the Classroom: Red Flags and Tips for Teachers
Our Lady of Good Council School
10-10-17

Managing the Difficult Child in the School Setting
Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education of Metropolitan Detroit
1-20-09

Positive Parenting and Tips for Success
Jefferson Elementary School
4-10-14

ADHD in the Preschool and Elementary School Years
Michael Golds ADHD Conference
9-27-13

How to Tell if Your Child is Anxious or Depressed at Any Age
Western Wayne County ChADD
4-11-16

Teaching Children How to Deal with Stress
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit: Open Doors Program

Strategies Every Parent Should Know to Reduce Children’s Anxiety and Stress
South Redford Public Schools
3-19-15

Cognitive-Behavioral Strategies for Working with the Gifted Child
Talented and Gifted Program, Plymouth Canton Community Schools
1-7-13

Getting the School Year off to a Good Start: Tips for Parents
Plymouth Canton Community Schools
9-22-15

Positive Parenting: Tops 10 Tips for Success
Plymouth Canton Community Schools
2-15-15

10 things Parents of Special Needs Children Have in Common
Our Lady of Victory School
10-7-14

Getting the School Year off to a Good Start: Tips for Parents
10-23-14
Redford Public Schools

Getting your ADHD Child to Listen and Behave
Jefferson Elementary School
4-10-14

Getting your ADHD Child to Listen and Behave
Michael Golds Conference
9-17-14

Academic Accommodations for ADHD-Related Difficulties
ChADD of Western Wayne County
10-15-12

ADHD in Preschool
Eastern Oakland County ChADD
4-8-13

ADHD: What is It and What You Can Do About It
ChADD of Western Wayne County
10-17-11

Bullying: A Vicious Cycle
11-2-10


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John McCaskill, Ph.D.
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Dr. John McCaskill has been working with children, teens and families for the past 25 years in various clinical settings. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, followed by his Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Wayne State University. Dr. McCaskill has received advanced training and attained specialization in the areas of developmental, child clinical psychology, and neuropsycho-educational testing/assessment via Children’s Hospital of Michigan, as well as the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology and Shands Teaching Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Dr. John worked as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida, where he was responsible for the training and supervision of clinical/pediatric psychology graduate students and pre-doctoral interns in diagnostic evaluation and clinical treatment techniques. He served as the Director of Psychological Services at the Shands/UF Eastside Community Practice, a primary care community health center emphasizing an integrative approach to health care, with collaboration among primary care physicians, pediatricians, nurse practitioners, psychologists, pharmacists, social workers, and dentists, as well as on-going community outreach, education and preventive health care.

Dr. John ran a very active private practice in Ocala, FL, specializing in diagnostic evaluation and treatment of a variety of neurodevelopmental, emotional and behavioral difficulties/conditions in both children and adults, but with particular emphasis on younger children, adolescents and families.

Dr. John moved back to Michigan to raise his family closer to relatives when he accepted a position on the Medical Staff as a Clinical/Pediatric Psychologist at William Beaumont Hospital’s Center for Human Development in 2004. He specializes in diagnostic evaluation and treatment planning for children, adolescents and adults with a wide variety of neurodevelopmental disorders, as well as more general social, emotional and/or behavioral difficulties; consultation with school personnel and integration of educational/therapeutic interventions; advocating and securing appropriate specialized educational services; and providing consultation and educational workshops (ADHD, Dyslexia, etc.) to a variety of community and educational groups.

In September of 2010, Dr. John left Beaumont in good standing in order to pursue private practice on a full-time basis. He continues to specialize in the assessment and treatment of ADHD, Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities, and other difficulties affecting children, teens, and adults. Dr. John is an active member of both the American Psychological Association (including the Clinical Psychology, Clinical Child Psychology, and Pediatric Psychology Divisions) and the Michigan Psychological Association.

Presentations:

Developmental Dyslexia: What It is (and What it is Not) and What Works (and What Doesn’t)
5-24-17

Evaluation, Differential Diagnosis and Treatment of Complicated ADHD. Is it Really ADHD? Something Else? Or Both
Michael Golds Conference
9-27-13

Dyslexia in the School Aged Child: Signs, Symptoms, Implications and Interventions
3-20-12

ADHD: Myths and Misconceptions: Separating Fact from Fiction
10-13-14

Developmental Nature of ADHD and Manifestations in Adults
Ann Arbor ChADD
10-24-14

The Big Picture: Re-Thinking Dyslexia
5-17-14


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Michelle Byrd, Ph.D.**

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Dr. Michelle Byrd is the Clinic Director of our Brighton Office. She is a fully licensed clinical psychologist who practices evidenced-based treatments for children, families, and adults. In particular, Dr. Byrd has experience and expertise in behavioral and cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT) modalities such as parent management training (PMT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), as well as other mindfulness-based approaches to clinical care. In addition, Dr. Byrd has both clinical and research experience in the integration of behavioral and medical care in primary healthcare settings, particularly in the area of pediatrics.

A native of southeastern Michigan, Dr. Byrd earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and both her Masters and Doctoral degrees at the University of Nevada, Reno. She returned to the Detroit area in 2001 to complete her pre-doctoral internship at Henry Ford Health Sciences in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, where she gained considerable training and experience working with medically ill populations. In addition to her clinical practice at McCaskill Family Services, Dr. Byrd is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Eastern Michigan University where she has been employed since 2002.

Dr. Byrd teaches graduate courses in Child and Family Therapy and Clinical Organizational Management while providing clinical supervision to doctoral students at a community health clinic. She has concentrated her research interests on integrated care and the development, dissemination and implementation of empirically validated treatments. Dr. Byrd has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on these topics, as well as having won awards for her mentoring and classroom teaching.

Publications

  • Byrd, M., Warfield, C., Brookshire, K., & Ostarello, L. (In press). Screening for behavioral health problems in adult primary care. In Duckworth, M. & O’Donohue, W. (Eds.)  Behavioral Medicine and Integrated Care: Efficient Delivery of the Most Effective Treatments.Springer:  New York.
  • Byrd, M., Warfield, C. & Ostarello, L. (2018). Treatment of pediatric sleep resistance in integrated healthcare settings. In Maragakis, A. & O’Donohue, (Eds.) Principle Based Stepped Care and Brief Psychotherapy for Integrated Care Settings. Springer: New York.
  • Byrd, M.R., Kentor, R., and Perez, M. (2017). Promoting active treatment engagement in child and family therapy. In Practical strategies and tools to promote treatment engagement, O'Donohue, W.T., James, L, and Snipes, C. (Ed.). New York, NY: Springer.
  • Byrd, M.R., O’Donohue, W.T., & Maragakis, A. (2015). Pilot testing of the pediatric screening inventory in the primary care setting. Acta Psychopathologica, Vol. 1, No. 1:8.
  • Drayton, A.K., Byrd, M.R., Albright, J.J., Nelson, E.M., Andersen, M.N., & Morris, N.K.(2017). Deconstructing the time-out: What do mothers understand about a common disciplinary procedure? Child & Family Behavior Therapy, 39 (2).
  • 10.1080/07317107.2017.1307677
  • Sexton, M.B. &  Byrd M.R. Disclosure of Fertility-Related Negative Emotions: Supports Utilized and Relationships to Resilience, Psychiatric Symptoms, and Infertility-Specific Distress in Women Seeking Medical Interventions.(2015). Acta Psychopathologica, 1:24.doi: 10.4172/2469-6676.100024
  • Alschuler, K. N., Hoodin, F., & Byrd, M. R. (2009).  Rapid assessment for psychopathology in a college health clinic: Utility of college student specific questions. Journal of American College Health.
  • Alschuler, K. N., Hoodin, F., & Byrd, M. (2008).  Integrated care in a college health center:  A preliminary investigation. Health Psychology, 27, 388-393.
  • Anson, H. M., Byrd, M.R., and Koch, E. I. (2009). Cognitive behavioral treatment to improve adherence to hemodialysis fluid restrictions: A case report. Case Reports in Medicine.
  • Byrd, M.R. and Alschuler, K.N. (2008). Assessment in integrated care. In James, L.C. & O’Donohue, W.T. (Eds.) The Primary Care Toolkit. Springer: New York.
  • Byrd, M.R., Henderson, D.A., Oksol, E., Ferguson, K. & O’Donohue, W.T. (2005). Integrating the behavioral treatment of asthma into the primary care setting. In O’Donohue, W.T., Byrd, M.R., Henderson, D. A., & Cummings, N. A., (Eds.), Behavioral Integrative Care. New York: Brunner-Routledge.
  • Byrd, M.R., Kentor, R., and Perez, M. (2017). Promoting active treatment engagement in child and family therapy. In Practical strategies and tools to promote treatment engagement, O'Donohue, W.T., James, L, and Snipes, C. (Ed.). New York, NY: Springer.
  • Byrd, M.R., Nelson, E.M., & Manthey, L. (2006). The treatment of thumbsucking. In Fisher, J. & O’Donohue, W. (Eds.), Practitioners Guide to Evidence Based Psychotherapy, Kluwer Academic Publications.
  • Byrd, M.R., O’Donohue, W.T., & Cummings, N.A. (2005). The case for integrated care: Coordinating behavioral healthcare with primary care medicine. In O’Donohue, W.T., Byrd, M.R., Henderson, D. A., &  Cummings, N. A., (Eds.), Behavioral Integrative Care. New York: Brunner-Routledge.
  • Byrd, M.R., O’Donohue, W.T., & Maragakis, A. (2015). Pilot testing of the pediatric screening inventory in the primary care setting. Acta Psychopathologica, Vol. 1, No. 1:8.
  • Byrd, M., Warfield, C., Brookshire, K., & Ostarello, L. (In press). Screening for behavioral health problems in adult primary care. In Duckworth, M. & O’Donohue, W. (Eds.)  Behavioral Medicine and Integrated Care: Efficient Delivery of the Most Effective Treatments. Springer:  New York.
  • Byrd, M., Warfield, C. & Ostarello, L. (2018). Treatment of pediatric sleep resistance in integrated healthcare settings. In Maragakis, A. & O’Donohue, (Eds.) Principle Based Stepped Care and Brief Psychotherapy for Integrated Care Settings. Springer: New York.
  • Byrd, M.R., Richards, D., & Friman, P.C. (2001). The treatment of trichotillomania in a young child using response blocking. Invited paper for Behavior Modification.
  • Drayton, A.K., Byrd, M.R., Albright, J.J., Nelson, E.M., Andersen, M.N., & Morris, N.K.(2017). Deconstructing the time-out: What do mothers understand about a common disciplinary procedure? Child & Family Behavior Therapy, 39 (2).
  • Friman, P.C., Byrd, M.R., & Oksol, E. (2001). Oral digital habits: Demographics, phenomenology, causes, functions, and clinical associations. In D. Woods & R. Miltenberger (Eds.), Tic Disorders, Trichotillomania, and Other Repetitive Behavior Disorders: Behavioral Approaches to Analysis and Treatment. New York, New York: Kluwer Academic Press.
  • Hayes, S.C., Wilson, K.G., Gifford, E., Bissett, R., Piasecki, M., Batten, S.G., Byrd, M.R., & Gregg, J. (2005). A randomized controlled trial of twelve-step facilitation and acceptance and commitment therapy with polysubstance abusing methadone maintained opiate addicts. Behavior Therapy, Vol. 36(1).
  • O’Donohue, W.T. & Byrd, M.R. (2000). Silence: Sexual harassment commentary heard only as a whisper. Review of the book Organizing silence: A world of possibilities. Contemporary Psychology APA Review of Books, 45(5), 514-516.
  • O’Donohue, W.T., Byrd, M.R., Henderson, D. A., &  Cummings, N. A., (Eds.). (2005). Behavioral integrative care: Treatment that work in the primary care setting. New York: Brunner-Routledge.
  • O’Donohue, W.T., Beitz, K., & Byrd, M.R. (2006). Overview of behavioral assessment with adults. In M. Hersen (Ed.) Clinical Handbook of Behavioral Assessment (CHOBA), New York: Academic Press.
  • Runaas, L., Hoodin, F., Munaco A., Fauer, A., Sankaran, R., Churay, T., Mohammed, S., Seyedsalehi, S., Chappell, G., Carlozzi, N., Fetters, M., Kentor, R., McDiarmid, L., Brookshire, K., Warfield, C., Byrd, M., Kaziunas, S., Maher, M., Magenau,, J., An, L., Cohn, A., Hanauer, D.A.,  & Choi, S.W. (2018). Novel health IT tool use by adult patients undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation: Longitudinal quantitative and qualitative patient reported outcomes. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2, 1-12. DOI: 10.1200/CCI.17.00110.
  • Sehgal, R., Saules, K., Young, A., Grey, M.J., Gillem, A.R., Nabors, N.A., Byrd, M.R., Jefferson, S. (2011). Practicing what we know: Multicultural counseling competence among clinical psychology trainees and experienced multicultural psychologists. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology 
  • Sexton, M.B. & Byrd, M.R. (2015). Disclosure of fertility-related negative emotions: Supports utilized and relationships to resilience, psychiatric symptoms, and infertility-specific distress in women seeking medical interventions. Acta Psychopathologica.
  • Sexton, M.B. & Byrd M.R. Disclosure of fertility-related negative emotions: Supports utilized and relationships to resilience, psychiatric symptoms, and infertility-specific distress in women seeking medical interventions.(2015). Acta Psychopathologica, 1:24.doi: 10.4172/2469-6676.100024. 
  • Sexton, M. B., Byrd, M.R., O’Donohue, W.T., & Jacobs, N. (2010).  Web-based treatment for infertility-related psychological distress. Archives of Women’s Mental Health.
  • Sexton, M.B., Byrd, M.R., and von Kluge, S. (2009). Measuring resilience in women experiencing infertility using the CD-RISC: Examining infertility-related stress, general distress, and coping styles. Journal of Psychiatric Research.
  • Wilson, K. G. & Byrd, M. R. (2005). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Substance Abuse and Dependence. In S. C. Hayes & K. Strosahl, (Eds.) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: A Clinician’s Guide. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Wilson, K.G., Hayes, S.C., & Byrd, M.R. (2000). Exploring compatibilities between acceptance and commitment therapy and 12-step treatment for substance abuse. Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, 18(3), 207-232.

Professional Presentations

  • Alschuler, K., Hoodin, F., & Byrd, M. (2007, November).  Screening for psychopathology in the college health care population: The benefits of adding college-specific questions.   Poster presented at the 41st conference of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA. 
  • Alschuler, K., Hoodin, F., & Byrd, M. (2007, March).  Why college health care would benefit from integrated care.   In Paper Session:  Optimizing Health Care Delivery.  Oral presentation conducted at the Society of Behavioral Medicine's 28 th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions, Washington, D.C.
  • Batten, S.V., Follette, V.M., Byrd, M.R., and Rice, N.M. (November, 1996). The development of the self and it’s relationship to childhood sexual abuse. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, San Francisco, California.                       
  • Brookshire, K., Warfield, C. Hoodin, F.,  Kentor, R., Perez, M., Ostarello, L., Byrd, M., Kulgren, K., & Yanik, G. (2016). Miscarried helping in pediatric oncology: Psychometrics of the HHI in caregivers. Poster presented at the Health Psychology Research Symposium at the University of Michigan, Dearborn
  • Byrd, M.R. (2000). Managed care in the new millennium: Where do we go from here?. Chair, symposium presented at the 34th Annual Convention of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, New Orleans. 
  • Byrd, M.R., Hoodin, F., Lynch, T.J., Shadle, M.B., & Saules, K.K. (2003). Exploring the mind-body connection: Mediating and moderating variables in providing behavioral health care within a physical health context. Panel discussion presented at the 37th Annual Convention of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Boston, MA.
  • Byrd, M. and Manthey, L. (May, 2003). Causal attribution errors in integrated care settings: Tales from the trenches of consultation-liaison psychiatry. Paper presented at the 75th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Byrd, M.R. & O’Donohue, W.T. (2002, November). Assessing behavioral problems in the primary care setting: The development and preliminary evaluation of the pediatric screening inventory. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Reno, NV
  • Byrd, M.R. & O’Donohue, W.T. (2000). Understanding the scope of managed care: A broad overview. Paper presented at the 34th Annual Convention of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, New Orleans. 
  • Byrd, M.R., Fruzzetti, A.E. & Rubio, A. (2000). Assessing parenting skills in distressed mothers. Poster presented at the 34th Annual Convention of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, New Orleans.
  •  Byrd, M. R. & Fruzzetti, A.E. (November, 1998). Assessing parenting skills in distressed mothers. Poster presented at the 32nd Annual Convention of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Washington, D.C.
  • Byrd, M.R. & Fruzzetti, A.E. (November, 1997). Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program for multi-problem parents. Poster presented at the Second Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Miami, Florida.
  • Byrd, M.R., Ross, J.H., Fruzzetti, A.E., and Saedi, N. (June, 1997). The efficacy of two methods for assessing parenting style. Paper presented at the Fifth International Family Violence Research Conference, Durham, New Hampshire.
  • Byrd, M.R., Kavanagh, E., & Drayton, A.K. (2011, Sept.). Understanding Barriers to Successful PCIT Training: Deconstructing Parental Conceptualizations of Time Out as a Disciplinary Procedure. Poster presented at the Biennial International Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Convention, Gainesville, FL. (Blue Ribbon for Best Poster of Tour)
  • Byrd, M.R., Shadle, M.B., Manthey, L.A., & Weatherup, L.M. (2004).  Applying ACT to a Substance Abusing Population. Paper presented at the Behavioral Analysis Association of Michigan, Ypsilanti, Michigan.
  • Carey, J., Hoodin, F., Alschuler, K., Kuhl, E., Byrd, M., Lynch, T., Mendelow, M. (2009, November). Quality of Life in Patients with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: The Roles of Pain Perception and Parental Psychopathology. Poster accepted for presentation at Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, New York.
  • Carey, J., Hart, L., Hoodin, F., Byrd, M., Kuhl, E., Lynch, T. Alschuler, K., Mendelow, M. (2009, April). Depression in parents of adolescents with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis is related to ethnicity and patient functioning. Poster presented at Society of Behavioral Medicine 30th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions, Montreal, Canada
  • Carey, J., Hoodin, F., Lynch, T. J., Alschuler, K., Byrd, M., Pouliot, G., & Mendelow, M. (2008).  Complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) utilization among individuals with adolescent  idiopathic scoliosis (AIS).  Poster presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine's 29th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions, San Diego, CA.
  • Colbert, A., Reynolds, C., Oswald, K., & Byrd, M. (2014). Exploring Relationships Between Child and Parent Mindfulness and Negative Affective States in a Non-Clinical Sample. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies International Conference (Parenting and Families Special Interest Group), Philadelphia, PA.  
  • Drayton, A.K., & Byrd, M. (2011, May). Deconstructing the Time Out: What Do Mothers Understand About a Common Disciplinary Procedure? Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International Conference, Denver, CO. 
  • Drayton, A.K., & Byrd, M. (2009, May). A rose by any other name: 
  • Deconstructing the major parent management training programs. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis Conference, Phoenix, AZ
  • Fruzzetti, A.E., Saedi, N., and Byrd, M. (June, 1997). The functions of aggression and violence in couples: The role of intimacy. Paper presented at the Fifth International Family Violence Research Conference, Durham, New Hampshire.
  • Fruzzetti, A.E., Byrd, M.R., Rubio-Kuhnert, A., and Thorp, S.R. (April, 1998). Understanding couple interactions: Implications for individuals and relationships. Invited symposium presented at the Western Psychological Association Rocky Mountain Psychological Association Joint Convention, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Graham-Bermann, S.A., DeVoe, E., Robohm, J., and Byrd, M. (July, 1995). Correspondence between post-traumatic stress symptoms of mothers and children in families with domestic violence. Paper presented at the Fourth International Family Violence Research Conference, Durham, New Hampshire.
  • Hoodin, F., Mendelow, M., Byrd, M., Alschuler, K., Lynch, T. J., & Saunders-Scott, D. (2007, November).  Do depression and anxiety affect self-reported disability in scoliosis patients?   In D. McNeil (Chair), Pain and Comorbidity: Basic Research Leading to Clinical Interventions. Symposium conducted at the 41st conference of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Hoodin, F., Kaur, A., Mendelow, M., Byrd, M., Alschuler, K., & Lynch, T. (2007, November).  Which contributes more to depression and anxiety in orthopedic patients:   Skeletal deformity or body-image?  Poster presented at the 41st conference of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA. 
  • Kavanagh, E., Byrd, M., & Drayton, A.K. (2011, March). Disciplinary and General Parenting Practices of Fathers. Poster presented at the Eastern Michigan University Graduate Research Fair, Ypsilanti, MI.
  • Kentor, R., Ostarello, L., Perez, M., Armstrong, R., Slaughter, K., Hoodin, F., Byrd, M., Kullgren, K., Stanton, C., Mody, R., & Yanik, G. (2015, November). To Divulge or Not To Divulge? The impact of illness-information disclosure by caregivers to their children with oncologic diseases. Poster presented at the Eastern Michigan University Graduate Research Conference, Ypsilanti, MI. 
  • Kentor, R., Perez, M., Ostarello, L., Armstrong, R., Slaughter, K., Hoodin, F., Byrd, M., Kullgren, K., Stanton, C., Mody, R., & Yanik, G. (2015, November). When “no news” isn’t good news: Experiential avoidance and information disclosure to pediatric cancer patients. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Kuhl, E.S., Hoodin, F., Byrd, M., Lynch, T., and Mendelow, M. (2007, March). 
  • Coping and quality of life of adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis. Poster 
  • presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington DC.
  • Lynch, T.J., Hoodin, F. Rice, J., Lupo, R., Byrd, M., Mendelow, M.J. (2009, April). A Modified Daily Reconstruction Method and Replicated Single-Subject Design Reveal Variables Influencing Objectively Measured Adolescent Brace-wear for Scoliosis. Poster presented at Society of Behavioral Medicine 30th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions, Montreal, Canada.
  • Lynch, T.J., Hoodin, F., Lupo, R., Byrd, M., Rice, J., Mendelow, M.J. (2009, April). Problems in objectively and subjectively measuring adherence: What EMA and a modified day reconstruction method reveal. Poster presented at Society of Behavioral Medicine 30th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions, Montreal, Canada.
  • Manthey, L.A., Shadle, M.B., Harcleroad, K., & Byrd, M.R. (2004).  Future Directions:  Where Do We Go from Here?  Paper presented at the Behavioral Analysis Association of Michigan, Ypsilanti, MI.
  • Nelson, E.M., Byrd, M.R., & Manthey, L. (2003). The Relationship Between Attributions and Staff Disciplinary Behaviors of Direct Care Staff in a Residential Treatment Facility. Poster presented at the 37th Annual Convention of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Boston, MA.
  • Ostarello, L., Armstrong, R., Kentor, R., Perez, M., Slaughter, K., Hoodin, F., Byrd, M., Kullgren, K., Stanton, C., Mody, R., & Yanik, G. (2015, November). Will primary caregivers answer questions regarding disclosure of medical information to their children with oncologic disorders? Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Ostarello, L., Armstrong, R., Kentor, R., Perez, M., Slaughter, K., Hoodin, F., Byrd, M., Kullgren, K., Stanton, C., Mody, R., & Yanik, G. (2015, November). Will primary caregivers answer questions regarding disclosure of medical information to their children with oncologic disorders? Poster presented at the Eastern Michigan University Graduate Research Conference, Ypsilanti, MI.
  • Ostarello, L., Armstrong, R., Kentor, R., Perez, M., Slaughter, K., Hoodin, F., Byrd, M., Kullgren, K., Stanton, C., Mody, R., & Yanik, G. (2015, November). Will primary caregivers answer questions regarding disclosure of medical information to their children with oncologic disorders? Poster presented at the Pediatric Research Symposium of University of Michigan Health Systems, Ann Arbor, MI.
  • Patra, K. K., Byrd, M.R., and Mahr, G. C.(2002). Examining the practice of mental health within the medical setting: What constitutes a quality consultation?. Poster presented at the 36th Annual Convention of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Reno, Nevada.
  • Perez, M., Slaughter, K., Armstrong, R., Ostarello, L., Kentor, R., Stanton, C., Byrd, M., Hoodin, F., Kullgren, K., Mody, R., & Yanik, G. (2015, November). Parent-factors affect what medical information parents choose to disclose to their children with cancer. Paper presented at the Pediatric Research Symposium of University of Michigan Health Systems, Ann Arbor, MI.
  • Ross, J.H., Byrd, M.R., and Fruzzetti, A.F. (November, 1997). Research in parenting behavior: A comparison of subject identified vs. anonymous sampling methodologies. Poster presented at the 31st Annual Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy Convention, Miami, Florida.
  • Shadle, M.B., Byrd, M.R. (2004).  A Brief Introduction to the Science and Practice of ACT. Paper presented at the Behavioral Analysis Association of Michigan, Ypsilanti, MI.
  • Slaughter, K., Perez, M., Armstrong, R., Ostarello, L., Kentor, R., Stanton, C., Byrd, M., Hoodin, F., Kullgren, K., Mody, R., & Yanik, G. (2015, November). Parenting and pediatric oncology: Parent-factors affect what medical information parents choose to disclose to their children with cancer. Poster presented at the annual Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Chicago, IL.
  • Slaughter, K., Perez, M., Armstrong, R., Ostarello, L., Kentor, R., Stanton, C., Byrd, M., Hoodin, F., Kullgren, K., Mody, R., & Yanik, G. (2015, November). Parenting and pediatric oncology: Parent-factors affect what medical information parents choose to disclose to their children with cancer. Poster presented at the Eastern Michigan University Graduate Research Conference, Ypsilanti, MI.
  • Wilson, K. G. & Byrd, M. (June, 2003).  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Experiential Workshop I.  Presented at the Pine Hills Camp and Retreat Center, Hamburg, MI.

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Ellen Koch, Ph.D.**

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Dr. Ellen Koch is a fully licensed clinical psychologist who practices evidenced-based treatments for adolescents and adults. In particular, Dr. Koch has experience and expertise in behavioral and cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT) modalities such as exposure-based treatments for anxiety disorders and PTSD, interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) for depression, and interventions related to the interaction between physical and mental health. Additionally, Dr. Koch has both clinical and research experience in effective treatments for PTSD and the role of anxiety sensitivity in the development of anxiety and mood disorders. Dr. Koch earned her Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees from Western Michigan University. She also completed specialized training in CBT for anxiety disorders, behavioral medicine, and PTSD at the University of Michigan Hospital, Department of Psychiatry from 2001-2003.

In addition to her clinical practice at McCaskill Family Services, Dr. Koch is a tenured Professor in the Department of Psychology at Eastern Michigan University where she has been employed since 2003 and has served as the Director of Clinical Training for the doctoral program in clinical psychology since 2007. Dr. Koch teaches courses to the doctoral students related to assessment and treatment and provides clinical supervision to doctoral students at a community health clinic. She has published journal articles and book chapters related to effective treatments for anxiety disorders. Dr. Koch will also begin serving on the national accrediting association for psychology programs through the American Psychological Association in 2016.

Dr. Ellen Koch is the Number 1 International Expert in the US for Short-Term Exposure Treatment for Anxiety. Her work was recently featured on Good Morning America.

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Publications

  • Koch, E. I. & Fernando, M. A. (in press). Specific phobia treatment in integrated care. In A. Maragakis & W. T. O’Donohue (Eds.), Principle-based stepped care and brief psychotherapy for integrated care settings. New York: Springer. 
  • Koch, E. I. & Fernando, M. A. (in press). Treating panic disorder and agoraphobia in integrated care. In A. Maragakis & W. T. O’Donohue (Eds.), Principle-based stepped care and brief psychotherapy for integrated care settings. New York: Springer.
  • Porcari, C., Koch, E. I., Rauch, S. A. M., Hoodin, F., Ellison, G., & McSweeney, L. (2017). Predictors of help-seeking intentions in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans and service members. Military Medicine, 182, e1640-e1647. https://doi.org/10.7205/MILMED-D-16-00105
  • Carr, M. M., Saules, K. K., Koch, E. I., & Waltz, T. J. (2017). Testing the dose-response curve in a training clinic setting: Use of client pretreatment factors to minimize bias in estimates. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 11, 26-32. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/tep0000135
  • Koch, E. I., Eye, B. D., Ellison, G., & Gourley, B. (2017) Targeting anxiety sensitivity to prevent the development of psychopathology.  In M. Israelashvili & J. L. Romano (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of international prevention science. New York: Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316104453
  • McSweeney, L. B., Koch, E. I., Saules, K. K., & Jefferson, S. (2016). Exploratory factor analysis of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-5th edition criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 204, 9-14. doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000390
  • Porter, K. E., Koch, E. I., Saules, K., & Sexton, M. B. (2015). The impact of sexual assault history on perceived consequences of risky dating scenarios. Acta Psychopathologica, 1, 1-9. DOI: 10.4172/2469-6676.100004
  • Baldwin, S., Murray, D., Shadish, W., Pals, S., Holland, J., Abramowitz, J., Andersson, G., Atkins, D., Carlbring, P., Carroll, K., Christensen, A., Eddington, K., Ehlers, A., Feaster, D., Keijsers, G., Koch, E., Kuyken, W., Lange, A., Lincoln, T. M., Stephens, R., Taylor, S., Trepka, C., & Watson, J. (2011). Intraclass Correlation Associated with Therapists: Estimates and Applications in Planning Psychotherapy Research. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 40, 15-33. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/16506073.2010.520731
  • Porcari, C. E., Amdur, R., Koch, E. I., Richard, D. C. S., Favorite, T., Martis, B., & Liberzon, I. (2009). Assessment of post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans by videoconferencing and by face-to-face methods. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 15, 89-94. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1258/jtt.2008.080612
  • Anson, H. M., Byrd, M. R., & Koch, E. I. (2009). Cognitive behavioral treatment to improve adherence to hemodialysis fluid restrictions: A case report. Case Reports in Medicine, 2009, Article ID 835262, 5 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2009/835262
  • Spates, C. R., Koch, E. I., Pagoto, S., Cusack, K., & Waller, S. (2009). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing for adults, children and adolescents. In E. B. Foa, T. M. Keane, M. J. Friedman, & J. Cohen (Eds.). Effective Treatments for PTSD: Practice guidelines from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.  
  • Gloster, A. T., Richard, D.C.S., Himle, J., Koch, E., Anson, H., Lokers, L., & Thornton, J. (2008). Accuracy of retrospective memory and covariation estimation in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 46, 642-655. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2008.02.010
  • Lauterbach, D., Koch, E. I., & Porter, K. (2007). The relationship between childhood support on later emergence of PTSD. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 20, 857-867. DOI: 10.1002/jts.20249
  • Koch, E. I., Gloster, A. T., & Waller, S. A. (2007). Exposure treatments for panic disorder with and without agoraphobia. In D. S. Richard & D. Lauterbach (Eds.). Comprehensive Handbook of the Exposure Therapies. New York: Academic Press. 
  • Porter, K., Porcari, C., Koch, E. I., Fons, C., & Spates, C. R. (2006). In vivo exposure treatment for agoraphobia. the Behavior Analyst Today, 7, 434-441. DOI: 10.1037/h0100161 
  • Koch, E. I., Spates, C. R., & Himle, J. A. (2004). Comparison of behavioral and cognitive-behavioral one-session exposure treatments for small animal phobias. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 42, 1483-1504. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2003.10.005
  • Spates, C. R., & Koch, E. I. (2003). From Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing to Exposure Therapy: A review of the evidence for shared mechanisms. Japanese Journal of Behavior Analysis, 18, 62-76.
  • Spates, C. R., Waller, S., & Koch, E. I. (2000). A critique of Lohr et al.’s (1998) review of EMDR and Lipke’s commentary: Of messages and messengers. the Behavior Therapist, 23, 148-154.

Paper Presentations

  • Phillips, D. & Koch, E. (2014, May). The Attrition of Attrition Data: How the under reporting of dropout data is crippling the external validity of RCTs. Paper submitted for presentation at the Midwestern Psychological Association annual meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • Kentor, R., Hoodin, F., Byrd, M., Lajiness-O’Neill, R., & Koch, E. (2014, February). Experiential Avoidance and the Transmission of Psychological Distress in Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Behavior Analysis Association of Michigan, Ypsilanti, Michigan.
  • Koch, E. I. (2007, April). Exposure-based treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder. Keynote address presented at the annual Interdisciplinary Conference for the Behavioral Sciences, Mount Union College, Alliance, Ohio.
  • Porcari, C., Amdur, R., Koch, E. I., Richard, D. C. S., Favorite, T., Martis, B., et al. (2007, March). Telemedicine and PTSD assessment of veterans: A study of equivalence between videoconferencing (VTC) and face-to-face methods. In J. Himle (Chair), Telemedicine in Mental Health. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, St. Louis, Missouri.  
  • Porter, K., Koch, E. I., Stanley, K. (2007, March). Repeated Assessments of People with PTSD. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Behavior Analysis Association of Michigan, Ypsilanti, Michigan. 
  • Koch, E. I. (2006, November). Discussant. In D. C. S. Richard (Chair), Translating exposure therapy into effective clinical practice. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Chicago, Illinois. 
  • Porter, K., Koch, E. I., Fons, C., Mason, S., & Porcari, C. (2006, November). Impact of exposure dose on treatment efficacy: A meta-analysis. In D. C. S. Richard (Chair), Translating exposure therapy into effective clinical practice. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Koch, E. I. (2005, November). Discussant. In L. Murray (Chair), Issues in dissemination cross-culturally: Experiences with Alaskan Natives, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Toronto, Canada.
  • Koch, E. I. (2004, July). Behavioral one-session exposure treatment for small animal phobias: Comparisons to CBT. In C. R. Spates, E. I. Koch, & S. A. Waller, Understanding Treatments for Anxiety Disorders: Why Empirical Validation Is Insufficient. Workshop presented at the World Congress for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Kobe, Japan.
  • Koch, E. I. (2004, 2005, 2006, & 2007, March). Getting into graduate school: Hints and advice. Invited presentation at the annual meeting of the Behavior Analysis Association of Michigan, Ypsilanti, Michigan.
  • Koch, E. I. (2003, September). Cognitive-behavioral treatment for PTSD. Invited presentation at the Ann Arbor VA Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • Koch, E. I. & Spates, C. R. (2002, May). Comparison and generalization of cognitive-behavioral and behavioral one-session exposure treatments for small animal phobias. In F. Hoodin (Chair), Behavioral Treatments for Anxiety. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Toronto, Canada.
  • Van Etten, M., Abelson, J., Lowell, M., Himle, J., Koch, E., Muroff, J., Rassi, S., & Goswami, R. (2002, March). One Year Follow-Up of Non-Cardiac Chest Pain and Psychiatric 
  • Symptoms in Emergency Department Patients: Implications for Intervention Efforts. 
  • Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Behavior Analysis Association of Michigan, Ypsilanti, Michigan. 
  • Koch, E. I., Kozak, A. L., & Spates, C. R. (2000, November). Comparison and generalization of cognitive-behavioral and behavioral one-session exposure treatments for small animal phobias. In C. R. Spates (Chair), Recent developments in the use of one-session exposure treatments for specific phobias. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, New Orleans, Louisiana. 
  • Koch, E. I., Waller, S. A., Wright, T. P., & Spates, C. R. (2000, November). Meta-analysis of treatments for specific phobias. In C. R. Spates (Chair), Recent developments in the use of one-session exposure treatments for specific phobias. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, New Orleans, Louisiana. 
  • Koch, E. I., Luterek, J., & Spates, C. R. (1999, May). The effectiveness of a behavioral one-session exposure treatment procedure with small animal phobias. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Chicago, Illinois. 
  • Koch, E. I., Luterek, J., Waller, S., Lewis, J., Pagoto, S., & Spates, C. R. (1998, July). Outcome of in vivo exposure therapy for small animal phobias. Paper presented at the World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Acapulco, Mexico.
  • Woods, D., Fuqua, R. W., Koch, E., & Elliott, A. (1998, May). The assessment and treatment of self-injurious face picking and thumb sucking in a normally developing five-year-old child. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Orlando, Florida.
  • Woods, D., Fuqua, R. W., Koch, E., & Elliott, A. (1998, March). The assessment and treatment of self-injurious face picking and thumb sucking in a normally developing five-year-old child. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Behavior Analysis Association of Michigan, Ypsilanti, Michigan. 
  • Teodoro, J., Meinhold, P., & Koch, E. (1993, May). Validating and invalidating claims of Facilitated Communication. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Chicago, Illinois. 
  • Koch, E. I. & Spates, C. R. (1992, April). The effects of two types of hypnotic suggestions on analgesic responding in medium hypnotizable subjects, experiment 2. Paper presented at the annual Western Michigan University Undergraduate Research Conference, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
  • Mayang, A., Koch, E. I., & Spates, C. R. (1992, April). Neuropsychological assessment of adolescent alcoholics. Paper presented at the annual Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan.

Poster Presentations

  • Fernando, M., Nahhas, C., Nelson, S. M., & Koch, E. (2017, November). Assessing the relationship quality between graduate psychology mentors and mentees of varying race and gender. Poster session to be presented at the 2017 annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, San Diego, CA. 
  • Eye, B., Koch, E. I., & Porter, K. E. (2014, March). Anxiety Sensitivity as a Moderator for PTSD Mediated Combat Exposure in Predicting Suicide Risk in a Military Sample. Poster presented at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America annual meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • McSweeney, L. B. & Koch, E. I. (2014, March). Emotion Regulation and Expressivity as Predictors of Anxiety Sensitivity. Poster presented at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America annual meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • Sabourin, B., Koch, E. I., Hoodin, F., & Loverich, T. (2014, March). Can Distress Tolerance Predict Chronic Worry? Investigating the Relationships among Worry, Distress Tolerance, Avoidance, Difficulties in Emotion Regulation, and Anxiety Sensitivity. Poster presented at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America annual meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • McSweeney, L. B., Koch, E. I., & Kaur, A. (2013, November). Emotion Regulation as a Predictor of Anxiety over Anxiety Sensitivity: A Replication within a US Sample. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies annual meeting, Nashville, TN.
  • Kaur, A., Koch, E. I., Loverich, T. M., Choudhuri, D. D., & Fish, B. (2012, November). Individual Differences in Anxiety Sensitivity: The Role of Emotion Regulation and Alexithymia. Poster presented at the annual Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conference, National Harbor, Maryland. 
  • McSweeney, L. B., Porter, K., & Koch, E. I. (2012, November). The Relationship Between Traumatic Stressors and Anxiety Sensitivity. Poster presented at the Trauma and PTSD Special Interest Group Exposition at the annual Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conference, National Harbor, Maryland.
  • Sabourin, B., Lackups, M., Koch, E. I., Kaur, A., & Stanley-Kime, K. (2012, November). The Relationship Between Anxiety Sensitivity and Emotion Regulation. Poster presented at the Anxiety Special Interest Group Exposition at the annual Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conference, National Harbor, Maryland.
  • Porcari, C. E., Rauch, S. A. M., Koch, E. I., & Hoodin, F. (2009, November). Predictors of Help-Seeking in Returning Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Veterans. Poster presented at the annual Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conference, New York, New York.
  • Porter, K. E., Porcari, C. E., Koch, E. I., Rauch, S. A. M. (2009, November). Higher Order Factors of Help-Seeking in Returning Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom Veterans. Poster presented at the annual Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conference, New York, New York.
  • Kaur, A., Koch, E. I., & Freedman-Doan, C. (2009, November). Qualitative Study of Trauma Outcomes Among Acehnese Tsunami Survivors. Poster presented at the annual International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Conferences, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Porcari, C. E., Rauch, S. A. M., Koch, E. I., & Hoodin, F. (2009, November). Health Care Utilization Patterns and Barriers to Care for Returning OEF and OIF Veterans. Poster presented at the annual International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Conferences, Atlanta, Georgia. 
  • Stanley-Kime, K., Koch, E. I., Lajiness-O’Neill, R., & Porter, K. E. (2008, November). The effect of one-session exposure treatment on selective processing and memory bias in spider- and snake-fearful participants. Poster presented at the annual Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conference, Orlando, Florida.
  • Fons, C. E., Stanley-Kime, K. L., Porcari, C., Porter, K. E., Bunton, K. E., & Koch. E. I. (2008, March). The relationship between anxiety sensitivity and physical and psychological health in a college sample. Poster presented at the annual Anxiety Disorders Association of America Conference, Savanna, Georgia. 
  • Koch, E. I., & Porter, K. E. (2007, November). Continuous versus “dosed” exposure for PTSD: A pilot study. Poster accepted at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
  • McCourt, M., Porcari, C., & Koch, E. I. (2007, November). Effects of an introductory speech course on student’s speech anxiety. Poster accepted at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
  • Porter, K., Koch, E. I. (2007, November). Symptom reduction with prolonged vs. dosed exposure for PTSD: An exploratory study. Poster accepted at the Disaster and Trauma Special Interest Group session at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
  • Anson, H. M., Byrd, M., & Koch, E. I. (2007, November). Cognitive behavioral treatment to improve adherence to hemodialysis fluid restrictions: A case report. Poster accepted at the Behavioral Medicine Special Interest Group session at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
  • Porcari, C., Amdur, R. L., Koch, E. I., Richard, D. C. S., Favorite, T., Martis, B., & Liberzon, I. (2006, November). Telemedicine and PTSD assessment of veterans: A study of satisfaction and alliance between videoconferencing (VTC) and face-to-face (FTF) methods. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Chicago, Illinois.  
  • Fons, C. E., Koch, E. I., Abelson, J., McLean, S., Porcari, C., Pole, N., Porter, K., & Liberson, I. (2006, November). Physiolgoical arousal and Acute Stress Disorder among trauma survivors in a hospital emergency department. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Hollywood, California. 
  • Porcari, C., Amdur, R. L., Koch, E. I., Richard, D. C. S., Favorite, T., Garrity, C., & Liberzon, I. (2006, November). Telemedicine and PTSD assessment of veterans: A study of statistical equivalence between videoteleconferencing and face-to-face methods. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Hollywood, California.
  • Porter, K., Koch, E. I., Mason, S., Lauterbach, D., & Erdodi, L. (2006, November). Effectiveness of PTSD treatments based on quantity of exposure: A meta-analysis. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Hollywood, California.
  • Reiland, S., Porter, K., Lauterbach, D., & Koch, E. I. (2006, November). PTSD in children: A review of treatments. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Hollywood, California.
  • Porter, K., Lauterbach, D., & Koch, E. I. (2005, November). Impact of physical abuse and molestation on personality and behavior. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Toronto, Canada.
  • Lauterbach, D. & Koch, E. I. (2004, November). The effect of childhood support on the later emergence of PTSD. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, New Orleans, Louisiana. 
  • Koch, E. I., Amdur, R. L., Pole, N., & Liberzon, I. (2003, November). Correlates of PTSD diagnosis and symptom severity in a VA program. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Koch, E. I. & Spates, C. R. (2002, May). Comparison and Generalization of Behavioral and Cognitive-Behavioral One-Session Exposure Treatments for Small Animal Phobias. Poster presented at the annual Silverman Conference, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • Spates, C. R., Koch, E. I., & Crowley-Koch, B. (2002, March). Planned Escape: Its contribution to one-session exposure treatment for fear. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Behavior Analysis Association of Michigan, Ypsilanti, Michigan. 
  • Van Etten, M., Abelson, J., Lowell, M., Himle, J., Koch, E., Muroff, J., & Rassi, S. (2002, March). One Year Follow-Up of Non-Cardiac Chest Pain and Psychiatric Symptoms in Emergency Department Patients. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, Austin, Texas.
  • Root, L., Koch, E. I., Reyntjens, K., Alexander, K., Gaughf, N., & O’Brien, C. (2001, December). Trauma-specific guided imagery: A specific evaluation of an adjunct intervention to group psychotherapy. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, New Orleans, Louisiana. 
  • Koch, E. I. & Spates, C. R. (2000, March). Comparison of the treatments for specific phobia and PTSD: Potential shared mechanisms of action involved in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Poster presented at the 3rd World Conference for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Melbourne, Australia. 
  • Koch, E. I., Waller, S., Wright, T., & Spates, C. R. (1999, November). Meta-analysis of in vivo exposure treatments for specific phobias. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Toronto, Canada.
  • Koch, E. I., Kozak, A., & Spates, C. R. (1999, November). Comparison and generalization of cognitive-behavioral and behavioral one-session exposure treatments for small animal phobias. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Toronto, Canada. 
  • Koch, E. I., Kozak, A., & Spates, C. R. (1999, January). One-session exposure treatment for small animal phobias. Poster presented to the Board of Directors at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
  • Koch, E. I. & Spates, C. R. (1998, March). The effectiveness of one-session exposure for snake phobia: A case study. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Behavior Analysis Association of Michigan, Ypsilanti, Michigan and (1999, January) presented to the Board of Directors at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. 
  • Mayang, A., Spates, C. R., & Koch, E. I. (1992, March). The neurobehavioral effect of short-term abstinence in adolescent alcoholics. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Behavior Analysis Association of Michigan, Ypsilanti, Michigan. 

Other Presentations

  • Koch, E. I. (2013 - 2017, May/June). Graduate Program Interviews for McNair Scholars. Eastern Michigan University.
  • Koch, E. I., (2007, October). Classical conditioning. Guest lecture for PSY 102, Introduction to Psychology, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan. 
  • Koch, E. I. (2005 & 2006, October). Treatment of anxiety disorders. Guest lecture for PSY 884, Contrasting Theoretical Approaches to Treatment Seminar, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan. 
  • Koch, E. I. (2005, October). Use of technology in the classroom. Guest lecture for PSY 885, Models of Service Delivery, Training and Supervision Seminar, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan. 
  • Koch, E. I. (2003, October and 2004, August). In vivo exposure treatment. Guest lecture for the Psychology Clinic New Therapists Meetings, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan.
  • Koch, E. I. (2003, June). Treatment of acute stress disorder: Can posttraumatic stress disorder be prevented in a high risk group? Paper presented at the Department of Psychiatry Postdoctoral Forum, University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • Koch, E. I. (2002, November). Overview of Behavioral Medicine/Health Psychology. Invited presentation to participants in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • Koch, E. I. & DeYoung, R. A. (2002, February). An Update on PTSD Treatment in Primary Care Settings. Invited presentation to staff at the Battle Creek VA, Battle Creek, Michigan.
  • Spates, C. R. & Koch, E. I. (1999, October). Human subjects research: Information gained at a recent conference. Brown bag lunch presentation and discussion for psychology faculty and students at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. 
  • Koch, E. I., Sauer, L., & Rahn, K. (1997 & 1998, November). Tips for getting into graduate school and information on programs in clinical psychology. Invited panel presentation for members of Psi Chi (National Honor Society in Psychology) at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
  • Koch, E. I., Wright, T., Lewis, J., Maieritsch, S., & Pagoto, S. (1998, April). Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Presentation to graduate students and faculty at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
  • Koch, E. I. & Short, M. B. (1997, November). WAIS-III and WMS-III revisions and changes. Presentation to graduate students and faculty at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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Dr. Amanda Klingensmith is a clinical psychologist who works with children, adolescents, adults and families. Amanda has specialized training in treating a variety of anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and behavioral issues in children and teens. She utilizes many empirically based interventions, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, behavioral parent training and motivational interviewing. Amanda also has experience conducting comprehensive psychological assessments which focus on providing accurate diagnoses and helpful recommendations for children with ADHD, dyslexia, learning disabilities, and a variety of other presenting difficulties. Amanda earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wayne State University, and earned her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Indiana University School of Medicine, where she worked with patients across the lifespan in a variety of hospital and outpatient-based settings.

Publications

  • Koehn, A.J. & Kerns, K.A. (2015). The supervision partnership as a phase of attachment. Journal of Early Adolescence.
  • Parrigon, K.S., Kerns, K.A., Abtahi, M.M., Koehn, A. (2015). Attachment and Emotion in Middle Childhood and Adolescence. Psychological Topics 24(1), 27-50.
  • Kerns, K. A., Mathews, B. L., Koehn, A. J., Williams, C.T. & Siener-Ciesla, S. (2015). Assessing both safe haven and secure base support in parent-child relationships in late middle childhood and early adolescence. Attachment and Human Development, 17(4), 337-353.
  • Mathews, B. L., Koehn, A. J., Movahed Abtahi, M., & Kerns, K. A. (2016). Emotional competence and anxiety in childhood and adolescence: A meta-analysic review. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review.
  • Kerns, K. A., Koehn, A. J., van Dulmen, M. H., Stuart-Parrigon, K. L., & Coifman, K. G. (2016). Preadolescents’ relationships with pet dogs: Relationship continuity and associations with adjustment. Applied Developmental Science, 1-14.
  • Cooke, J., Stuart-Parrigon, K.., Movahed-Abtahi, M., Koehn, A.J., & Kerns, K.A. (2016). Children’s emotion understanding and mother-child attachment: A meta-analysis. Emotion.
  • Kerns, K.A., Parrigon, K.S., Coifman, K.G., van Dulmen, M.H.M., Koehn, A. (2018). Pet dogs: Does their presence influence preadolescents’ emotional responses to a social stressor? Social Development..
  • Koehn, A.J. & Kerns, K.A. (2017). Parent-child attachment and parenting behaviors in middle childhood and adolescence: A meta-analytic review. Attachment and Human Development.

Under Review

  • Cooke, J., Kochendorfer, L., Stuart-Parrigon, K., Movahed-Abtahi, M., Koehn, A.J., & Kerns, K.A. (2016). Parent-child attachment and children’s experience and regulation of emotion: A meta-analytic review. Emotion.

Conference Presentations

  • Kochendorfer, L., Cooke, J., Stuart-Parrigon, K., Movahed-Abtahi, M., Koehn, A.J., & Kerns, K.A. (2017, April) Parent-child attachment and children’s affective experiences and regulation of emotion: Meta-analytic evidence. Paper to be presented to the Society for Research in Child Development conference in Austin, Texas.
  • Koehn, A.J. & Kerns, K.A. (2015, August). Parent-child attachment and parenting behaviors in middle childhood and adolescence: A meta-analysis. Paper presented in symposium to the International Attachment Conference in New York, New York.
  • Kerns, K.A., Stuart, K., Coifman, K., van Dulmen, M., & Koehn, A.J. (2015, March) Pet Dogs: Does Their Presence Mitigate Preadolescents’ Emotional Responses to a Social Stressor? Poster presented to the Society for Research in Child Development conference in Philadephia, Pennsylvania.
  • Koehn, A. J., Mathews, B. L., & Kerns, K. A. (2014, March). Anxiety and emotional competence in childhood and adolescence: A meta-analysis. Poster presented to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America conference in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Williams, C., Koehn, A., Mathews, B., Siener, S., & Kerns, K. (2014, March). Safe haven and secure base functions of attachment with mothers and fathers: Relations with adolescents’ social development. Symposium presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence conference in Austin, Texas.
  • Kerns, K. A., Mathews, B. L., Koehn, A. J., & Siener, S. (2013, August). Assessing both safe haven and secure base support in parent-child relationships. Poster presented to the 6th International Attachment Conference in Pavia, Italy.
  • Koehn, A.J. & Kerns, K.A. (2013, April). The supervision partnership as a phase of attachment. Poster presented to the Society for Research in Child Development conference in Seattle, Washington.

Trainings

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: A Two-Day Workshop
October 2017
James Marchman, Ph.D.
Director of Carl E Seashore Psychology Training Clinic

Interpersonal Psychotherapy Training
June 2015
Scott Stuart, MD
Director of IPT Institute

WISC-V: Evidence-Based Use in the Assessment of Learning and Cognitive Challenge
June 2015
Ethan Schafer, Ph.D. and Kelly Christian, Ph.D.
The Assessment Center at Lawrence School

Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale training
June 2015
Online Training
Columbia University

Advanced Topics in Structural Equation Modeling
May 2015
Greg Hancock, Ph.D.
Kent State University

Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Children and Adolescents
February 2015
Torrey Creed, Ph.D.
Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Aggression management training
October 2014
Douglas Straight, M.A., LPCC-S.
Akron Children’s Hospital

Electronic medical record keeping training
July 2014
Epic Systems
Akron Children’s Hospital

Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale training
June 2014
Online Training
Columbia University

Comprehensive Meta-Analysis workshop
April 2013
Michael Borenstein, Ph.D.
Kent State University

Anxiety Disorders Interview Schedule for Children (ADIS-C) and the Kiddie-Schedule for
April 2013
Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia (K-SADS) training
Christopher Flessner, Ph.D.
Kent State University

Understanding and Treating Self-Injury workshop
October 2012
Melanie Harned, Ph.D and Wendy Lader, Ph.D.
Summa Health System Department of Psychiatry

Behavioral parent training workshop
May 2012
Beth G. Wildman, Ph.D.
Kent State University

Motivational Interviewing workshop
April 2012
Jeffrey A. Ciesla, Ph.D.
Kent State University

Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2) workshop
February 2012
Yossef Ben Porath, Ph.D.
Kent State University

Working with Missing Values using Multiple Imputation workshop
October 2011
Alan C. Akock, Ph.D.
Kent State University


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Fred Upton, Ph.D.

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Dr. Fred Upton is a clinical psychologist who works with children, adolescents, adults, and families. He utilizes variety of evidence-based treatment approaches to help clients meet treatment goals, including cognitive behavioral treatments, parenting, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness-based treatments. He specializes in treatment for anxiety in school-aged children through adults and is particularly great at working with strong-willed, defiant boys.  Dr. Upton completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, and finished his master’s and doctoral degrees at Wayne State University. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the University of Michigan’s Mary A. Rackham Institute, serving clients across the lifespan.

Publications

Mucka, L.E., Hinrichs, J., Upton, F., Hetterscheidt, L., Kuentzel, J., Bartoi, M., & Barnett, D. (2016). Barriers to adherence to child assessment recommendations. Journal of Child and Family Studies.


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Nicole Wozniak, Psy.D.

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Dr. Nicole Wozniak, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist with therapy and psychological testing experience in a variety of areas.  Her main area of interest is adolescents struggling to overcome behavioral problems, anxiety, depression, and/or self-esteem issues.  Dr. Wozniak utilizes a variety of evidence based treatments in therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and motivational interviewing.  She believes strongly that treatment must be tailored specifically to each individual.  In addition to clinical work, Dr. Wozniak is a PATH certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and specializes in equine therapy.  She is an avid horse lover, committed to the idea that the power of the horse contributes uniquely to the therapeutic experience.  Dr. Wozniak received undergraduate degrees in psychology and criminal justice from Michigan State University and completed her Master's and Doctoral degrees from Eastern Kentucky University.  She recently completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo where she worked with adult offenders and children and adolescents with severe emotional behavioral concerns.  


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Renee Bryer, Ph.D., ABPP-CN**
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Renee Bryer, Ph.D., ABPP-CN: Adolescent and Adult Clinical Psychologist and Board Certified Neuropsychologist who specializes in assessment and therapy for anxiety, depression, ADHD, learning disabilities, and traumatic brain injury. Dr. Bryer can be reached at 248-916-9632. For more information visit her website at www.reneebryer.com.


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Karen Yurko, Ph.D.**
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Clinical Psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and their families. Dr. Yurko has over 20 years of experience with a variety of clinical issues, and she has extensive expertise in treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders (particularly OCD), and working with issues pertinent to gifted children. She can be reached at 734-416-9098 extension #3 or email at drkarenyurko@gmail.com.


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Ellen Barrett-Becker, Ph.D.**
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Ellen Barrett-Becker is a fully licensed clinical psychologist who works with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Dr. Barrett-Becker has specialized training in treatments focused on parenting and attachment, cognitive-behavioral treatments, mindfulness-based treatments, dialectical behavior therapy for adolescents and adults, motivational interviewing, and treatments for trauma and loss.

Dr. Barrett-Becker is interested in utilizing evidence-based methods in a warm and accepting environment to facilitate therapeutic change. Dr. Barrett-Becker obtained her Bachelor’s degree from DePaul University and earned her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Wayne State University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at University of Michigan’s Mary A. Rackham Institute where she provided clinical services to clients across the lifespan. Dr. Barrett-Becker completed her postdoctoral training at the clinical child psychology postdoctoral training program in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School. During her two-year postdoctoral training Dr. Barrett-Becker gained additional specialization in working with children and families.

Dr. Barrett-Becker also serves as an Associate Director/ Training Director at Wayne State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Dr. Barrett-Becker is a member of the American Psychological Association.


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Angela Tzelepis, Ph.D.**
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Clinical psychologist who specializes in assessment and treatment of ADHD and comorbid conditions in adolescents and adults and behavioral interventions for pediatric sleep disorders. Dr. Tzelepis can be reached as 313-530-3046 or email atzelepi@med.wayne.edu.


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Emily Kavanagh, M.S., LLP

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Emily Kavanagh serves as director of McCaskill Family Services’ Technology Center. She also has advanced training in and provides therapy and assessment services for children, families, and adult clients. Emily has a strong background working with a variety of clinical problems including depression, anxiety, ADHD, learning disabilities, and child behavioral problems in individual, group, and family therapy settings. Emily is directly supervised by Drs. Pamela and John McCaskill.

Presentations:

Beyond the Sticker Chart: Tips for Building
December 6, 2017

Managing ADHD Through Behavioral and Technology Strategies
Presentation for Michigan Alliance for Families
January 18, 2017

Parenting Strategies for Working Parents: How to Make the Most Out of The Time You Have with Your Children
August 4, 2016

Fostering Resilience and Independence in Children
Presentation at Jefferson Elementary
April 10, 2016

Sorting Through the Clutter: Non-Medication Treatments for ADHD
Western Wayne County ChADD Presentation
February 8, 2016

Assistive Technology for Children with Learning Difficulties
Presentation to Staff at Reading and Language Arts Center (RLAC)
May 16, 2015

Apps and Technology Tools for Addressing Common Issues Related to ADHD
April 2015 & 2016; December 2017: Oakland County ChADD Presentation

Apps and Assistive Technology for Dyslexia
Michigan Dyslexia Institute Luncheon Presentation
July 25, 2014

Apps and Technology Tools for Addressing Common Issues Related to ADHD
Western Wayne County ChADD Presentation
January 12, 2014

ABC's of ADHD Workshops and Webinar

Wrights Law Presentation

ABCs of ADHD: Everything You Really Need to Know about Caring for a Child with ADHD
April 16, 2015

Training:

  • Disarming the Suicidal Mind: Evidence Based Assessment and Intervention Video Training
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): Building Lives of Meaning, Purpose,& Vitality Training Workshop
  • MPA Conference Identifying and Addressing Your Patient's Sleep Problems: What may be getting in the way of Treatment Progress
  • Intensive DBT Webinar Training
  • Wright's Law Conference

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Jaclyn Hamlin, M.S., TLLP

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Jaclyn Hamlin is a master’s level clinician specializing in the treatment and assessment of children, families, adolescents, and adults. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Madonna University and provided therapy and assessment services in the Counseling and Disability department through the University of Michigan. She has also worked with families struggling with grief and loss through Sandcastles Grief Support Program within the Henry Ford Health Systems.

Jaclyn specializes in treating young children, teens, and adults who suffer from various types of anxiety, OCD, depression, trauma, phobia’s and personality issues. Additionally, she works with couples, families, and specializes in psychological assessment for ADHD and learning disabilities. Jaclyn believes in utilizing a variety of treatment techniques, including empirically based therapeutic interventions to help facilitate personal change, symptom reduction and improve relationships.

She recognizes that every person and family is unique, and works together with her patients to create a supportive and individualized experience that is applicable in everyday life. Jaclyn is directly supervised by Drs. Pamela and John McCaskill.

Presentations:

Collaborative Problem Solving: A Different (and better) way to communicate with your kids and and solve problems. Western Wayne County ChaDD
10-10-17


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Truc Nguyen, M.S., TLLP

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Truc Nguyen (pronounced “truke” “win”) specializes in the treatment and assessment of children, families, adolescents, and adults. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan, and she went on to obtain her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. She completed her practicum at Eastern Michigan University’s Counseling and Psychological Services where she worked with college students. Truc relates very well to children and teens of all ages and parents love her!

She has a strong background working with various clinical problems, including depression, anxiety, adjustment concerns, multicultural issues, and interpersonal relationship concerns. Truc is directly supervised by Drs. Pamela and John McCaskill.


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Emily Brzak, M.A., TLLP
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Emily Brzak is a Master's level clinician specializing in the treatment and assessment of children, adolescents, adults, and families. She earned her Bachelors degree in Human Development from Eckerd College and went on to obtain her Masters degree from Wayne State University's Counseling Psychology Program. She completed her Masters Internship at Wayne State University's Counseling and Psychological Services, where she provided confidential individual and group therapy to college students. Emily has over six years of experience working directly with children and parents, having worked as a pre-school teacher for six years before completing her Masters. Emily specializes in treatment for Anxiety, Depression, Low Self-Esteem, Identity Formation, Grief and Loss, and Adjustment Difficulties. She uses a wide array of evidence-based treatment approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness-based interventions. Emily is directly supervised by Drs. Pamela and John McCaskill


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Karla VanAssche, Office Manager

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Karla is our office manager who is responsible for the organization and coordination of office operations including answering the phone, scheduling appointments and providing patients with receipts that can be submitted to their insurance companies if needed.


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Hannah Burgol, Office Assistant

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Hannah is our part-time office assistant who helps with answering phones and scheduling appointments. She spends much of her time away from the office in college pursing a degree in nursing.


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Alyssa Jacobs, Office Assistant
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Alyssa is our part-time office assistant who helps with answering phones and scheduling appointments. She spends much of her time away from the office in college pursing a degree in psychology.


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Outstanding Psychologists & Therapists
I highly recommend McCaskill Family Services as outstanding psychologists and therapists. I have found them to be both extremely knowledgeable and professional as well as warm and compassionate. They use a highly individualized and respectful approach to their assessments for learning disabilities, ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, etc.. The detailed "roadmap" that they provide allows you to knowwith confidence how best to help your child reach their fullest potential. Christine J.