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    Our Interns

    Sarah Borish, M.S., Ed.M. is a doctoral intern in the Neuropsychology Track providing services both in CPMC’s Outpatient Psychiatry Department and the CPMC Brain Health Center. She is particularly interested in women’s health, substance use, and neurodegenerative diseases. Her previous training experiences range from psychotherapy for adolescents and adults in community clinics to neuropsychological assessment at VA hospitals and academic medical centers. Sarah received her master’s degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2010. She is currently completing her doctoral studies at Palo Alto University with specialized training in women’s mental health from Stanford University. Her dissertation explores the effect of comorbid alcohol use and psychopathology on executive functioning in women.

    Leslie Celis, M.A. is a doctoral intern in the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Track Child providing services both in CPMC’s Outpatient Psychiatry Department and the Marin Community Clinic (Primary Care Setting) in association with the CPMC Kalmanovitz Child Development Center. Leslie brings experience working with children and families within medical, school-based, and community mental health settings. Her clinical interests include bilingual therapy, multicultural/diversity issues, pediatric psychology, and working with diverse, underserved families particularly within the Latino population. Leslie’s clinical approach is informed by family systems, relational theories, and cognitive-behavioral approaches. She is currently a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Alliant CSPP-LA and her dissertation is a qualitative study about factors that influence parenting and disciplinary practices in the Latino population.

    Lena Chu, M.S. is a doctoral intern in the Adult Outpatient Track providing services both in CPMC’s Outpatient Psychiatry Department and through the CPMC Health Psychology program. Her clinical interests include working with patients with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and issues related to identity and life transitions. Lena treats adults across the lifespan with a range of psychological concerns drawing from a variety of theories including cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and client-centered approaches to collaboratively craft therapy to meet the individual needs of her patients. In connection with her work in the Health Psychology program, she provides consultation and therapy services to patients with acute and chronic medical conditions. Lena’s background is in community mental health, geropsychology, and college counseling. She is currently completing her doctoral studies at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium program. Her dissertation focused on the interpersonal dynamics affecting Asian American college student suicide.

    J. Allison He, M.S. is the chief doctoral intern in the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Track providing therapy to both children and adults in CPMC’s Outpatient Psychiatry Department and through the CPMC’s Kalmanovitz Child Development Center, where she specializes in psychotherapy and assessment with children and adolescents. Allison’s approach to treatment is informed by multiple frameworks, including CBT, IPT, and time-limited dynamic psychotherapies (TLDP), as well as a careful consideration of the developmental stage of her patients and the ecological systems in which they exist. Allison comes to CPMC with extensive clinical and research experience in working with children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD. She is currently a PhD candidate at Syracuse University and her dissertation broadly focuses on improving the diagnostic process for ADHD across the lifespan and unearthing the correlates and determinants of positive outcomes for ADHD.

    Stéphanie Gay Moss, M.A is a doctoral intern in the Adult Inpatient Track providing services to patients in acute mental states in the Inpatient Unit within a collaborative and multidisciplinary team. She also provides services in CPMC’s Outpatient Psychiatry Department where she specializes in offering psychoanalytically-informed treatment to adult individuals and couples with complex trauma. Stéphanie comes to CPMC with experience in working with adolescents in both forensic and school settings, as well as mentally fragile adults with psychosis in community mental health. Prior to her doctoral studies, she taught Literature and Philosophy and trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis.  Stéphanie holds an Agrégation de Lettres Modernes, a doctoral-level degree in Literature and Theory in France, and offers treatment in English, Spanish and French, her native language. Her clinical practice and research interest lie in the interplay of the mind and the body, language, culture and the unconscious. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at the Wright Institute and her dissertation explores the use of poetic texts and the theme of absence as sources of understanding the process of mental representation of traumatic experiences.

    Vivian Nguyen, M.S. is a doctoral intern in the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Track providing services in CPMC’s Outpatient Psychiatry Department and through the Pediatric Consultation Liaison Service. Vivian enjoys working with children, adolescents, and families of various cultural backgrounds. Her clinical interests include pediatric psychology, Autism Spectrum Disorders, developmental disorders, and consultation-liaison services. Vivian's integrated approach to treatment is informed by developmental, family systems, and psychodynamic theories, as well as by her background in cognitive behavioral and mindfulness-based approaches. She also brings experience conducting psychological and neuropsychological assessment and has spent the past four years of training in community and hospital-based facilities. Prior to her doctoral studies, Vivian worked in both a clinical and research capacity with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and earned a master’s degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

    Sarah Spear, M.A. is a doctoral intern in the Adult Outpatient Track providing services in CPMC’s Outpatient Psychiatry Department. Sarah treats adults and couples for anxiety, depression, relational difficulties, and the impact of trauma using an approach to therapy informed by contemporary psychodynamic theory. Sarah also provides specialized services in women’s perinatal health, offering psychotherapy to women with issues pertaining to fertility, pregnancy, and the post-partum experience and she serves as the Intern Coordinator of CPMC’s Women’s Mental Health and Wellness program. Prior to working at CPMC, Sarah worked in community mental health and university counseling center settings with adults and teens. She is currently a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at the Wright Institute and conducted her dissertation research on women’s experiences of infertility and involuntary childlessness.

    Amma Tai, M.A. is a doctoral intern in the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Track Child providing services in CPMC’s Outpatient Psychiatry Department and through her rotation with the CPMC Kalmanovitz Child Development Center at Francisco Middle School. Amma brings experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings including school-based work, community mental health, dual diagnostic residential treatment, and state government. Prior to her doctoral studies Amma worked for several years as a social worker providing care to seniors with medical issues as well as to children and adults with developmental disabilities. She enjoys working with individuals of all ages and backgrounds, and her integrative approach to treatment combines cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, interpersonal, solution-focused, and humanistic/existential approaches. Amma also provides bilingual psychotherapy in both Cantonese and Mandarin.

    Niko Whitmire, M.A. is a doctoral intern in the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Track providing services both in CPMC’s Outpatient Psychiatry Department and through the CPMC Kalmanovitz Child Development Center where he specializes in psychological assessment and testing. Niko treats adults, adolescent, and children and is particularly interested in the intersection of psychoanalysis and neuroscience, the roles of art, creativity, and belief in treatment, and the collaborative assessment approach. Niko’s recent experience includes working with children and adolescents in school-based and community mental health settings and prior to his doctoral studies, he worked with adolescents in inpatient and residential treatment settings and in a middle school special education classroom oriented towards assisting children with behavioral issues. In connection with his ongoing participation in the A Home Within program, Niko provides long-term, pro bono psychotherapy to a foster child. He is currently a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at the Wright Institute and his dissertation is a neuropsychological examination of how art and tourism can induce intense, transitory psychological distress.

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