Interns and Post-Doc Fellows
2015-2016 Psychology Interns
Suresh Chacko, M.A. is a Doctoral Intern in the Child and Adolescent outpatient track and will also provide care at CPMC’s Kalmanovitz Child Development Center. His previous clinical experience involved working with children, adolescents, and adults in school-based and community mental health settings. Prior to graduate school, Suresh worked for several years with adults who have developmental disabilities. Suresh uses a psychoanalytic approach to psychotherapy and is particularly interested in exploring the ways in which the many aspects of cultural identity influence the growth and development of individuals.
Joanne Wong, M.A. is a Doctoral Intern in the Child and Adolescents Outpatient track and will also provide care at the North East Medical Services (NEMS). Her previous experience includes working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings, including schools, community mental health clinics, primary care clinics, and hospitals. Joanne’s clinical interests include a biopsychosocial approach to psychotherapy in the treatment of diverse patient populations. Additionally, Joanne also provides bilingual psychotherapy in Cantonese. Her dissertation explores the unique and salient factors in Psycho-Oncology care for Asian Americans.
Natalie Poursohrab-Wager, M.A. is a Doctoral Intern in the Child and Adolescent outpatient track and will also provide care at CPMC’s Kalmanovitz Child Development Center. Natalie has worked therapeutically with children, adolescents, and families in a variety of settings including school based facilities, community mental health, inpatient and outpatient hospital settings. She also has experience conducting neuropsychological assessments for children and adults. Natalie received her master's in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University in 2012, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology at the Wright Institute. Natalie’s primary interests are providing therapy and assessments to children and adolescents who present with developmental, behavioral, and emotional difficulties. Natalie’s dissertation investigated adolescents with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder and how their presentations (inattentive or combined) impacted specific academic functioning.
Pierre Pamoukdjian, M.A.is a Doctoral Intern in the Adult Outpatient track and also completing a Health Psychology rotation where he provides psychological services to patients and families with acute and chronic medical conditions. Prior to undertaking his doctoral studies in clinical psychology at The Wright Institute, Berkeley California, Pierre earned a masters degree in social psychology from Paris 8 University Vincennes, France, with a research focus on the analysis of language at play in social interactions. During that time he also developed a deep interest in psychoanalysis and in particular the influence of the psychoanalytic thinker Jacques Lacan on the field of psychoanalysis. Pierre’s clinical practice and research interests lie in the interplay of the mind and the body, the unconscious, language, individual cultural identity, and cancer and chronic medical illness. His doctoral dissertation explores the lived experience of reconstructing a sense of “normal” body integrity and feminine identity after breast cancer.
Stephanie Lopez, M.S. is a Doctoral Intern in the Child and Adult Outpatient track and will also provide care through the Pediatric Consultation Liaison Service. Stephanie has spent the past five years of training in community, hospital, and school-based facilities. Stephanie enjoys working with individuals of all ages and backgrounds, and her clinical interests include mood and anxiety disorders, sleeping disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and childhood trauma. Stephanie’s approach to treatment is integrated, informed by psychodynamic, developmental, and relational theories as well as her background in cognitive behavioral and mindfulness based approaches.
Golnaz Nejad-Duong, M.A. is a Doctoral Intern in the Child and Adult Outpatient Track, and will be focusing on psychological assessment at CPMC's Kalmanovitz Child Development Center. She is particularly interested in therapeutic assessment, trauma, early intervention with younger children (0-5), parent-child dyadic therapy, and the intersection between psychoanalytic theory and culture. Golnaz has worked with children and adolescents in school-based and community mental health settings, and has been involved with A Home Within, providing long-term pro bono psychotherapy to a foster child for several years. Prior to graduate training, Golnaz worked in a therapeutic preschool, where her passion for both social justice and attachment-based work was born. Lastly, her dissertation reflects an area of great personal and professional interest: she is interviewing 1.5-generation Iranians living in the U.S. to explore the various emotional impacts of racialization and discrimination.
Julia Conant, M.A. is a Doctoral Intern on the Adult Outpatient track, where she works in both a Chief Intern role, as well as provides clinical services in the subspecialty Women's Mental Health track. In the Outpatient Department, Julia sees adults, couples, and pre- and post-natal women in psychotherapy. Over the past four years, Julia has done psychological assessment with children, worked with adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system, provided in-home therapy to older adults, and worked with adults in both college counseling and community mental health settings. Julia’s clinical interests include sexuality and gender identity development, the use of and relationship to one’s body, life and relationship transitions, and struggles related to personal creativity. Julia’s own creative interests center around dance, and her dissertation research analyzes Modern Dance from a psychoanalytic perspective, exploring the unconscious psychological processes at play in this unique and physical art form, and the early experiences embodied in the various movements and gestures.
Jenny Marion, M.A. is a Doctoral Intern in the Adult Outpatient and Women’s Mental Health tracks. Jenny’s previous training included work with adults in hospitals, community clinics, and psychoanalytic institutes. Jenny is particularly interested in issues in sexuality and gender identity and the impact of sexual abuse and trauma, and her clinical work is influenced by feminist relational psychoanalysis. Jenny’s master’s thesis investigated transgender men’s experience of their bodies during transition. Her dissertation is a qualitative study of women’s experiences with BDSM sexual practices.
Stefania Pifer, M.A. is a Doctoral Intern at CPMC’s Outpatient Mental Health Clinic where she treats adults and couples for depression, anxiety, relational difficulties, and the impact of trauma. As a psychology intern at CPMC, Stefania is further specializing in the treatment of women during and after pregnancy (for ante-partum and post-partum anxiety and depression). Prior to her work at CPMC, Stefania has worked in community mental health settings with teens and adults affected by trauma; she also has been extensively trained in the assessment and diagnosis of early signs of psychosis. As a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology, Stefania is conducting her dissertation research on the training of clinical psychologists. Stefania’s approach to therapy is informed by psychodynamic theory, current research in interpersonal neurobiology and, most importantly, by the needs and goals of her patients.
Anjali George, M.Phil. is a Doctoral Intern in the Adult Inpatient track. She is currently working in both the CPMC Psychiatric Inpatient Unit and in the Outpatient Clinic. Anjali’s previous training settings include an outpatient hospital, a college counseling center, and a community mental health clinic where she treated children, adults, and couples in short-term, and long-term psychotherapy. Anjali primarily works from a psychoanalytic framework, utilizing theories and techniques to understand and treat diverse populations. Anjali pays particular attention to the interplay between individual psychology and the environmental/ cultural factors that shape and inform clinical presentations. Anjali’s research focuses on women’s self concepts, norms of femininity, and mental health outcomes.
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