Interns and Post-Doc Fellows 2013-2014
Adam Blum, Psy.D. is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the CPMC Inpatient Unit and Outpatient Clinic. Adam's clinical and research interests include the application of psychoanalytic theory across a wide range of treatment settings and points of intersection in theories of music, aesthetics, and psychoanalysis. His dissertation explores the ways in which conditions of safety and collaboration are established in specific psychotherapy populations.
Kate Ghidinelli, Psy.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Child and Adult Outpatient Program. She offers psychotherapy to clients across the lifespan from young children to elder adults. Dr. Ghidinelli’s clinical interests include working with various manifestations of trauma, women's mental health issues, gender and sexual identity development, and the integration of psychoanalytic and multicultural theories into clinical practice. Her dissertation uses psychoanalytic and phenomenological theories to examine the experience of the body in female collegiate athletes participating in a high-level competitive sports environment.
Nicole Mayeda, Psy.D. is a Post-Doctoral fellow in the adult outpatient program. Nicole has spent her past four years of training in community-based mental health with a specific interest in trauma, substance abuse, the social construction of gender, the mind-object, and psychological, neuropsychological, and forensic assessment. Her passion for psychoanalytic thought and inquiry has been accompanied by a thriving hunger for cultural stimulation and self-knowledge. Nicole’s dissertation utilizes phenomenological methods for understanding hair pulling, skin picking, nail biting, and binge eating as autistic pockets in women.
Shoshana Belon, M.A. is a Pre-doctoral Intern in the Child and Adult Outpatient track. Shoshana’s clinical interests include child development, childhood trauma, parenting practices, parent-child relationships, family and couples therapy, and women’s mental health. Her previous experience includes working with children, adolescents, individual adults and families in a variety of outpatient settings. Shoshana’s dissertation aims to explore people’s experiences of corporal punishment when they were young and how it impacted their relationship with their parents, as well as to examine the intergenerational transmission of this parenting practice.
Cindy T. Denkhaus, M.A. is a predoctoral intern on the combined Child and Adult Outpatient track and a fourth-year clinical psychology student. Cindy’s clinical training includes work in outpatient, community mental health, college counseling, and substance abuse treatment settings. Additionally, she acted as a diagnostic evaluator and co-author of a treatment manual for a grant-funded clinical research study providing psychotherapy interventions to adolescents diagnosed with co-occurring anxiety disorders and inflammatory bowel disease. Cindy completed specialized training in creative arts therapies and has facilitated art, journal writing, and women’s creativity therapy groups. Cindy enjoys working with individuals of all ages and is particularly interested in relational psychoanalytic approaches to the understanding and treatment of complex trauma. Her areas of research include countertransference dreams, posttraumatic growth, and feminist psychoanalytic conceptualizations of contemporary women’s personal journal writing across the lifespan.
Susan Lake, M.A.is a predoctoral intern in the Child and Adult Outpatient track and is a fifth-year doctoral student. Susan’s clinical and research interests include psychoanalytically informed therapy with a diverse range of individuals, from young children to older adults; sand tray therapy; children in foster care; mental health mitigation in capital cases; identity development in adolescents in juvenile detention; and the experiences of adults recently released from prison. Her dissertation explores adolescent females’ experience of visiting their mothers in prison. Susan has a background in criminal defense investigation and holds a Master’s degree in Spanish Literature.
Debbie McDivitt, M.S. is a Pre-doctoral intern in the Adult Outpatient track and a fifth year doctoral student. Her primary clinical emphasis is neuroscience in women’s health with a focus on prenatal and perinatal treatment and a commitment to working with women having traumatic birth experiences. Additional clinical interests include gender and sexuality, attachment and trauma. She enjoys studying psychoanalysis and working psychodynamically with clients of all ages including young children and older adults. Her dissertation integrates many of her interests in an exploration of the influence of childhood maltreatment on the female reproductive lifecycle.
Michael Roeske, M.A.is a pre-doctoral intern in both the inpatient unit and outpatient clinic. He has over nine years of therapy experience in a variety of treatment settings, including residential and outpatient addiction programs, community mental health centers, and inpatient psychiatric hospitals. From all of these experiences, he has come to believe that part of the reason any and all individuals end up in treatment, from the most acutely distressed to the addicted to those with a general sense of uneasiness, is because they continue to repeat something that causes them pain. For that reason, Michael aims to work with individuals find a way to alter those patterns in a meaningful and lasting way.
Joe Zamaria, M.A. is a Predoctoral Intern in the Adult Outpatient track. He will also complete a Health Psychology rotation in the departments of radiology/oncology, neurogastroenterology, and cardiology. Joe's clinical interests include psychoanalytically-informed individual and couples psychotherapy, health psychology, brief psychotherapy, and consultation. He is also interested in the use of transformative mystical experiences as an aid to the psychotherapeutic process. His dissertation examines the positive and persisting aftereffects of psilocybin when used as an adjunct to psychotherapy.
Leigh Lyndon, Psy.D. is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the CPMC Outpatient Mental Health Clinic focusing on women’s mental health. Leigh’s clinical and research interests include psychoanalytically informed individual therapy with a diverse range of adolescents, adults, and couples, the reciprocal impact of motherhood and ambition, and maternal subjectivity. In addition to her clinical work, she developed and teaches a Transition to Parenthood class at Newborn Connections. Leigh has a BA from University of Chicago, a Master’s Degree in Performance Studies from NYU and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute.