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Expert in Mental Health specializing in trauma, personality disorders, and psychopathy

Expert ID: 736272 North Carolina, USA

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Expert is a forensic psychologist (specializing in familial dysfunction and traumatic experience) and a marriage & family therapist.

Mental Health Leader, Clinical Investigator and Academic Subject Matter Expert with the ability to understand and influence basic and translational research toward the goal of providing a therapeutic or diagnostic reagent that can have a substantial positive impact on the challenges of mental illness. Prolific history comprised of several years of consulting projects advising nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, and both psychological and social networking sites. Demonstrated abilities to perform, analyze, translate, and interpret research data.

Areas of Expertise and Interest
Severe and Persistent Mental Illness, Co-occurring disorders, Conduct Disorder, Cognitive Delays, Addictions, Maladaptive Coping, Interpersonal Violence, Communication Challenges, Low Self-esteem, Depression, Diversity & Inclusion, Mood Disorders, LGBTQI, and Relationship Issues.
Research: childhood abuse and adult dysfunction, trauma, infidelity, organic mental illness

Advising Private & Nonprofit Organizations, Academic Institutions, & Psychological Networks
Mental Illness| Co-Occurring Disorders| Addictions| Trauma| Dysfunction| Relationships

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Cary - Durham - Winston-Salem

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2016 Degree: PhD Subject: Forensic Psychology Institution: Walden University
Year: 2015 Degree: Subject: Certified Mediator Institution: New York Peace Institute
Year: 2014 Degree: Subject: Eclectic Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Institution: Long Island University
Year: 2012 Degree: MS Subject: Marriage & Family Therapy Institution: Long Island University
Year: Degree: Bachelors of Arts Subject: Human Services Institution: New York City College of Technology

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2013 to 2019 Employer: Urban Pathways Title: Senior Director of Clinical Services Department: Responsibilities: • Worked directly with the board to ensure the ongoing success of the organization.
• Successfully managed how the organization moved towards a single path and provided direction to achieve objectives identified and approved by the board.
• Supervised directors and their programs to ensure both client and agency needs were being appropriately managed
• Successfully maintained a consistent track record of providing high quality service management based upon an understanding of all programmatic elements within the Clinical Service areas with a focus on leveraging state and federal resources
• Created programs and trainings with local police departments that promoted understanding of proper engagement with symptomatic clients that reduced number of arrests by 35% by deferring to local hospitals.
• Planned, organized, coordinated, and directed administrative and financial operations for the various clinical services departments.
• Provided financial management for financial services including but not limited to Medicaid/insurance billing, SSI/payee, guardian payments, petty cash, etc.
• Engaged in strategic planning and organization development and served as the Executive Officer during the Executive Director's absence.
• Provided visionary and passionate administrative oversight with a sound understanding of Clinical Services programs and the needs of our clients and our community
• Acted as a change leader to encourage others to seek and strive for opportunities toward innovative approaches to addressing problems and opportunities.
• Provided sound decision-making and analytical skills to identify & understand complex problems and concepts.
• Completed utilization reviews to determine appropriateness for services, progression of care, delays of care, gaps in care, etc.
• Applied logical thinking and quantitative methods of gathering and analyzing information.
• Provided management and oversight to multiple in home programs servicing more than 600 singles and families.
• Exercised sound judgment based on available data, design solutions to problems, formulate and articulate action plans proactively and collaboratively
• Managed separate grants and budgets related to each program
• Developed strong internal systems to ensure regulatory compliance and best practice.
• Ensured ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals
• Used external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities
• Monitored, reviewed, and ensured timely and accurate reporting for contractual and other funding sources including incident reporting, conducting satisfaction surveys, etc.
• Troubleshoot client and direct reporting staff program problems and make decisions in accordance with program policies, procedures, and protocols.
• Identified and Developed appropriate strategic plans to achieve both short-term and long-term goals
• Evaluate customer satisfaction, develops cooperative associations and relationships, and utilizes resources to continuously improve external customer relations and satisfaction.
Years: 2015 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: CEO/Psychologist Department: Responsibilities: Conduct mental health assessments, provide individual and family psychotherapy, create training for other mental health professionals, custodial assessments, supervise staff work.
Years: 2011 to 2013 Employer: Bowery Residence Committee Title: Program Director Department: Responsibilities: • Developed strong internal systems to ensure regulatory compliance and best practice.
• Managed multiple scatter site programs that serviced individuals and families struggling with chronic homelessness and mental illness.
• Provided staff training and development on the following topics, risk management, working with vulnerable populations, multicultural competence, development, substance abuse, domestic violence, and utilizing best practices
• Ensured ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals
• Provided financial management for financial services including but not limited to Medicaid/insurance billing, SSI/payee, guardian payments, petty cash, etc.
• Monitored, reviewed, and ensured timely and accurate reporting for contractual and other funding sources including incident reporting, conducting satisfaction surveys, etc.
• Competently utilized harm reduction approach to train staff and encourage positive client change.
• Completed utilization reviews to determine appropriateness for services, progression of care, delays of care, gaps in care, etc.
• Effectively managed multiple funding streams.
• Identified and developed appropriate strategic plans to achieve both short-term and long-term goals
• Evaluate customer satisfaction, develops cooperative associations and relationships, and utilizes resources to continuously improve external customer relations and satisfaction.
• Actively engaged in programmatic fundraising, planning, and directing major gifts
• Used external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities
• Managed data system, interpreted, analyzed, and translated trends in treatment.
• Provided field supervision for graduate and undergraduate level student in pursuit of their prospective degrees, i.e., human services (BA & MS), Mental Health (MS), social work (BSW & MSW), marriage & family therapy (MS)
• Successfully garnered and maintained relationships with neighboring communities, colleges, and universities
• Accurately performed program operational planning and budgeting
• Successfully engaged in conflict/complaint management and resolution
• Developed effective working relationships and partnerships with social service organizations, churches, hospitals, clinics, police departments, veterans, affiliates, and stakeholders.
Years: 2006 to 2011 Employer: Palladia/Dreitzer Women & Children Title: Admissions/Entitlements Coordinator Department: Responsibilities: • Provided intensive therapeutic counseling to individuals/families in a residential drug treatment program for mother and child.
• Hired, supervised, provided training, and overseen case managers in vocational and operational staff department working in a mother/child residential treatment program.
• Provided staff training and development on the following topics, risk management, working with vulnerable populations, multicultural competence, parent training, child abuse, development, substance abuse, and utilizing best practices
• Conducted outreach and recruitment for all potential clients.
• Interviewed, assessed and screened potential clients and families for mental illness and substance abuse history.
• Worked collaboratively with ACS, Family Court, foster care agencies, probation, and parole to assist programs with referring client to the program and ensuring a smooth transition.
• Conducted assessments and treatment for individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness, individual struggling with alcohol and drug addiction/abuse, anxiety, domestic violence, cognitive delays, autism and other eating disorders, eating disorders, & those released as part of civil commitment, lengthy criminal history, and undocumented.
• Created partnerships with inpatient and detox programs to facilitate client’s transition to a drug and alcohol-free living.
• Worked with school officials and parents to ensure to determine and identify educational needs of students as well as identify barriers to learning material.
• Assisted clients with career services issues including: job search strategies, resume development and interviewing
• Conducted conferences with parents and teachers to ensure educational success.
• Measured and evaluated educational outcomes.
• Prepared educational results to measure and identify if goals were being met and or needed to be modified.
• Worked within governmental regulations to ensure all educational needs for children in the program was being met.
• Prepared an educational plan with student teachers to ensure goals were being met.
• Completed referrals for substance abuse outpatient programs for clients that have exited the program.
• Supervised both admissions and entitlements department simultaneously
• Provided field supervision for undergraduate level student in pursuit of their prospective degrees, i.e., human services (BA) and social work (BSW)
Years: 2004 to 2006 Employer: Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter Title: Lead Clinician Department: Responsibilities: • Worked in a drop-in center servicing the mentally ill, military veterans, and chronically homeless population.
• Assisted clients with transitioning from the drop –in center / shelter system into more permanent stabilized housing.
• Assisted and advocate on behalf of clients to obtain adequate entitlements e.g SSI, Public Assistance, SSD, restoration of lost benefits, etc. to become eligible for housing.
• Provided intensive case management counseling, and crisis intervention.
• Provided substance abuse counseling to clients suffering from alcohol/drug addictions, mental health challenges, domestic violence, anxiety & eating disorders.
• Advocated and completed referrals on behalf of clients to applicable programs, facilities, and or treatment programs.
• Completed weekly progress notes on each individual client on my case load, complete psychosocial summaries, monthly client stats and tracking.
• Assisted clients with career services issues including: job search strategies, resume development and interviewing
• Conducted weekly money management workshops to assist clients with establishing a savings account in preparation for housing.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
• PSI CHI – Psychology Honors (lifelong)
• National Society of Leadership and Success (Lifelong)
• AAMFT
• ACFEI
• APA
Licenses / Certifications
Board Certified Professional Counselor, American Psychotherapy Assoc.
Certified Master Forensic Social Worker, American College of Forensic Examiners Institute
Certified Relationships Specialist, American Psychotherapy Association
Medical / Professional
GRADUATE MENTORSHIP- American Psychological Association (APA)
• LGBTQI
• Students struggling with mental illness
• Personality disorders

Fields of Expertise

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