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    Our Interns

    Back Row (left to right): Pavel Litvin, M.A., LMFT, Alexandra Farber, M.A., Danika Maddocks, M.A., Danielle Wischenka, M.A., and Benjamin Greenberg, M.A.
    Front Row (left to right): Juliana de Oliveira Campos, M.A., Julia Garcia, M.S., Cassie Feldman, M.S., Margaret Yanlin Li, M.A., and Olivia Briceño Contreras, M.A.

    Intern Bios

    Juliana de Oliveira Campos, M.A. is the Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Track intern and provides services to patients in the Inpatient Psychiatry Unit and working within a collaborative and multidisciplinary team. Additionally, she provides services in CPMC’s Outpatient Psychiatry Department where she specializes in offering psychoanalytically-informed treatment to adults and couples with anxiety, depression, relational issues and complex trauma. Prior to working at CPMC, Juliana worked in community mental health settings with immigrant and adult populations struggling with severe mental illnesses, which were commonly aggravated by systemic and political issues. Juliana also worked in a psychiatric hospital providing painting, pottery, and poetry groups for adults with psychosis in Brazil, her native country. She offers treatment in both English and Portuguese. Her clinical practice and research interests involve the mind-body relationship, the impacts of culture on behavior and experiences and the use of artistic expressions in psychosis. She is currently a doctoral student at Alliant CSPP-SF and her dissertation investigates the healing functions of a psychosocial intervention in Rio de Janeiro involving street theater with those who suffer the burden of chronic schizophrenia.

    Olivia Briceño Contreras, M.A. is the Community Health Clinic intern in the Child and Adolescent Training Track and provides services in both CPMC’s Outpatient Mental Health Clinic and the St. Anthony’s Clinic (community health clinic) in association with the CPMC Kalmanovitz Child Development Center. Olivia brings experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families within in-home, school-based, and community mental health settings. Her clinical interests include early childhood intervention, processing trauma, providing culturally sensitive services, and working with diverse, underserved children and families, particularly within the Latino population. Olivia’s approach is informed by developmental, family systems, and cognitive behavioral approaches and is committed to collaboratively meeting the individual needs of her patients. Olivia is currently a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Alliant International University, CSPP-Sacramento. Her dissertation explored the father-daughter relationship and whether a father’s involvement during a daughter’s childhood and adolescence has an effect on her self-esteem as a young adult, within married and divorced families and across different ethnicities.

    Alexandra Farber, M.A. is the Women’s Mental Health intern and provides services in CPMC’s Outpatient Mental Health Clinic. Alexandra serves as the liaison between the Department of Psychiatry and providers specializing in women’s perinatal health, focusing on issues related to fertility, pregnancy, and the post-partum experience. Alexandra uses an integrated approach to psychotherapy with adults, couples, and women in the perinatal period, drawing primarily on contemporary psychodynamic, relational, and interpersonal theory. She is currently a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Long Island University - Brooklyn, researching the impact of sleep and distress during pregnancy on fetal and infant development. Prior to relocating to San Francisco and working at CPMC, Alexandra worked in both hospital and community mental health centers in Manhattan and Brooklyn, treating adults, adolescents, and children, more recently specializing in individual and dyadic psychotherapy with pregnant women, new mothers, and infants.

    Cassie Feldman, M.S. is the Health Psychology intern and provides services in both the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic and the Health Psychology Program. Her training has included work at a community mental health center doing intensive psychodynamic psychotherapy. Additionally, Cassie has a background in consultation-liaison work providing bedside interventions to medical patients at Jackson Memorial Hospital and telemedicine services to veterans at the Miami VA. Within the Health Psychology program at CPMC, she provides consultation and therapy to patients with acute and chronic medical conditions, with an interest in integrating psychodynamic principles in medical settings. Cassie has been involved in research at the NIH National Cancer Institute and The University of Miami Department of Psychiatry. She is currently completing her doctoral training in clinical psychology at Nova Southeastern University. Cassie’s interest in the mind-body connection is exemplified in her dissertation, which focused on developing a health-related overview of the gut micro-biome and describing its implications for psychologists and physicians.

    Julia Garcia, M.S. is the Neuropsychology and Educational Testing intern in the Child and Adolescent Training Track. She provides services in the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic, where she provides psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults and through the Kalmanovitz Child Development Center, where she specializes in neuropsychological assessment and educational testing. Her clinical and research interests involve neurodevelopmental disorders as well as the implications of premature birth, traumatic brain injury, and medical compromise in early childhood. Her recent experience includes working with children, adolescents, and adults in a range of hospital and private practice settings providing psychotherapy, play therapy, neuropsychological assessment, and cognitive rehabilitation in both English and Spanish. She is currently a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Albizu University in Miami, Florida. Her dissertation is an empirical examination of the implications of premature birth on neuropsychological test performance in children diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

    Benjamin Greenberg, M.A. is the Program Administration intern and chief intern. He provides psychotherapy services in CPMC’s Outpatient Mental Health Clinic. His clinical interests include psychoanalytic and integrative approaches towards coping with complex illness, trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, as well as issues relating to life transitions, culture, language, and aspects of personal identity. Ben comes to CPMC with wide-ranging clinical and research experience, having provided services in English and Spanish to various populations across the Bay Area including homeless, asylum-seeking, and LGBTQ communities. As a doctoral candidate at the American School of Professional Psychology in Alameda, his dissertation work encompassed developing a scale to measure the psychosocial impact of tinnitus that is exacerbated by exposure to sound. A former professional musician and French horn professor, Ben regularly performed with orchestras including the Jerusalem Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Colorado Symphony prior to engaging in his graduate studies in clinical psychology.

    Margaret Yanlin Li, M.A. is the Pediatric Community Mental Health intern in the Child and Adolescent Training Track. Margaret provides services in both CPMC’s Outpatient Mental Health Clinic and the North East Medical Services (NEMS) in association with the CPMC Kalmanovitz Child Development Center. Margaret brings experience working as part of interdisciplinary teams providing psychotherapy, intake assessments, crisis intervention, clinical case management, and psychological assessment to both children and adults. Margaret is committed to providing culturally sensitive treatment for children, adolescents, and adults with different severities of disorders (e.g., mood disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and chemical dependency). With her fluency in both Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese, Margaret also provides bilingual, bicultural therapeutic intervention. With an integrated approach, Margaret collaborates with patients with respect and compassion.

    Pavel Litvin, M.A., LMFT is the Neuropsychology Track intern and provides services in both CPMC’s Outpatient Mental Health Clinic and the Ray Dolby Brain Health Center. His master’s level training included crisis intervention and outpatient psychotherapy, leading to licensure as a marriage and family therapist. While working on his doctoral degree at Fielding Graduate University, he opened and maintained his own private practice prior to relocating for internship. His doctoral training thus far encompasses year-long rotations at a number of UCLA sites, including the Anxiety Disorders Clinic, Department of Neurology, and the Longevity Center. His clinical and research interests are primarily in the treatment of anxiety disorders and assessment of learning, memory, and neurodegenerative and neurological disorders. His dissertation examines semantic clustering ability and functional compromise in healthy older adults and adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment or Alzheimer’s disease.

    Danika Maddocks, M.A. is the Child Psychotherapy and Assessment intern and chief intern in the Child and Adolescent Training Track. She provides services in CPMC’s Outpatient Mental Health Clinic and the Kalmanovitz Child Development Center. Danika integrates interpersonal, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and solution-oriented approaches to treatment and considers each client’s developmental stage and the role of family and community systems. Danika’s clinical experience includes individual and family therapy, school consultation, and assessment, with a specialty in collaborative/therapeutic assessment. Prior to her doctoral studies, Danika taught elementary and middle school and earned a master’s degree in developmental psychology at San Francisco State University. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in school psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and her research interests include intelligence, assessment, students who are gifted or twice exceptional, and the role of motivation and emotion in teaching and learning. In her dissertation, she examined which cognitive abilities support the academic achievement of individuals who are gifted and gifted with a learning disability.

    Danielle Wischenka, M.A. is the Pediatric Consultation Liaison intern in the Child and Adolescent Training Track. She provides services in CPMC’s Outpatient Mental Health Clinic and to hospitalized children and adolescents and their families. Danielle enjoys working with a range of medical problems impacting children, adolescents, and their families and has a special interest in health psychology. Prior to joining CPMC, Danielle served as a practicum student in a variety of settings in New York including Sagamore Children’s Psychiatric Center, Zucker Hillside Hospital’s Eating Disorder Day Treatment Program, and NYU Child Study Center. Her past experience includes the delivery of evidence-based interventions and assessments. Danielle is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Yeshiva University Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and her dissertation focuses on experiential avoidance and disordered eating pathology in adults.