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Nadine J. Kaslow PhD

 

Dr. Nadine Kaslow, PhD, ABPP

Nia Founder and Director

Past President, American Psychological Association

Dr. Kaslow is a professor and Vice Chair for Faculty Development in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine, Chief Psychologist at Grady Memorial Hospital, Director of the Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Professional Psychology, and Chair of the Emory Medical Care Foundation Research Committee. Dr. Kaslow holds joint appointments in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, as well as in the Rollins School of Public Health.

Area of Specialty: Clinical Psychology

Dr. Kaslow chose clinical psychology because she loves to listen and support people as they talk about the challenges they face in their lives. She is passionately dedicated to empowering children and adults alike to cope effectively with these challenges and to lead productive and meaningful lives. She feels strongly that people, particularly those with serious mental illness, who have few material resources, deserve the highest quality mental health care possible.

Dr. Kaslow joined the Emory University School of Medicine faculty in 1990 and has worked at Grady since that time. She has chosen to work at Grady because of her commitment to helping underserved and underprivileged populations receive culturally competent, evidence-based, biopsychosocially-oriented mental health services. She greatly values the interdisciplinary collaborations that are part of the fabric of the health care offered at Grady. And she appreciates everyone’s commitment at Grady to training future generations of health care professionals in the delivery of compassionate care to urban populations. Dr. Kaslow has been an outspoken advocate for Grady; she was one of the co-authors of the Academic Exchange article entitled “Grady at the Crossroads-So are Faculty!” and she spoke at the Grady is Vital Rally.

Dr. Kaslow is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology, Couple and Family Psychology, and Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. At Emory, she is Past-President of the University Senate and Past-Chair of the Faculty Council and former Special Assistant to the Provost. Dr. Kaslow received her doctorate at the University of Houston and completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship training at the University of Wisconsin. Prior to joining the faculty at Emory University in 1990, Dr. Kaslow was an assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, Child Study Center, and Pediatrics at Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Kaslow is a member of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Board of Trustees, the Editor of the Journal of Family Psychology, and President of the American Board of Professional Psychology, Family Process Institute, and the Wynne Center for Family Research. She is Past President of APA’s Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12), Society of Family Psychology (Division 43), and Division of Psychotherapy (Division 29), as well as the American Board of Clinical Psychology. From 1998-2002, Dr Kaslow was the Chair of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers and she is now a board member Emeritus of this organization. In 2002, she chaired the multinational 2002 Competencies Conference: Future Directions in Education and Credentialing in Professional Psychology. Dr. Kaslow was a Fellow in the 2003-2004 Class of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women, a Fellow in the 2004 Woodruff Leadership Academy, and a Primary Care Public Policy Fellow through the United States Public Health Service – Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Kaslow has received a number of awards including APA Division 29 Krasner Award for Distinguished Early Career Contribution to Psychotherapy, APA’s Division 43 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Family Psychology, APA Heiser Award, Spielberger Empathy Award, APA’s Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training Award, APA Presidential Citation, Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers Outstanding Teacher Award, Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Training, the Florence Halpern Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Clinical Psychology, the Mentoring for Leadership Award, and the Dr. Rosalee Weiss Lecturer Award from the American Psychological Foundation.

A member of Rosalynn Carter’s Mental Health Advisory Board, she serves on a number of community boards, including the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence. Dr. Kaslow is a frequent guest on local and national radio and television programs, and is often called upon to comment to newspapers and magazines on a broad array of mental health topics relevant to children, women, families, and stress and coping during times of tragedy. Dr. Kaslow remains passionately involved in taking ballet classes, teaching ballet and serves as the psychologist for the Atlanta Ballet. 

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Sarah Dunn, PhD, ABPP

Grady Nia Project Clinical Director

Licensed Psychologist, Board Certified in Clinical Psychology, Emory School of Medicine, Grady Hospital

Dr. Dunn is the Clinical director of Grady Nia Project at Grady Hospital working with African American women with history of suicide attempts and domestic violence and individuals who have lost loved ones to suicide. Provide clinical supervision for psychology grad students, intern and post doctoral fellows. Treatment provider and supervisor at Grady outpatient primary care and mental health clinic. Dr. Dunn received her PhD in 2009 from Georgia State University. She completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Emory University School of Medicine. She has been an active clinician at Nia for over 13 years now.

Faculty and Staff:

Natalie Watson-Singleton, PhD

Dr. Watson-Singleton is a faculty member with the Nia Project. She completed her predoctoral internship with Emory University in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in June of 2016. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. Her research has focused on understanding how gender, race, and socioeconomic status intersect to shape African American women’s psychological help-seeking attitudes, behaviors, and psychological outcomes (e.g., elf-efficacy, depression, anxiety). She also examines ways to culturally adapt existing mindfulness- and compassion-based interventions to address the psychological and physical health disparities experienced by diverse communities. Clinically, she has a particular interest in working with individuals who experience depression, anxiety, and trauma symptoms. Dr. Watson-Singleton has received extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Skills Training (MST), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Dorian Lamis, PhD

Dorian Lamis, PhD, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and his doctorate from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Lamis is a licensed clinical psychologist, completing both his internship and postdoctoral training at the Emory University School of Medicine. His research focuses on mood disorders, substance use, and suicidal behaviors in a variety of populations including adolescents, bipolar patients, and African Americans. Dr. Lamis has published over 120 peer reviewed articles and book chapters on these topics. In addition, he is the senior editor of two books on suicide entitled Understanding and Preventing College Student Suicide (2011) and Advancing the Science of Suicidal Behavior:Understanding and Intervention (2015). He serves on several editorial boards, including the Journal of Family Psychology and Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior. He is also on the Board of Directors of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Georgia Chapter and the Georgia Psychological Association.

Martie Thompson, PhD

Dr. Martie Thompson is a Professor in the Department of Youth, Family, and Community Studies and the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life at Clemson University.  She also is an Adjunct Professor in Emory University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in community psychology from Georgia State University, completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University, and served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in the Division of Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before coming to Clemson University in 2001. Her research focuses on risk factors and consequences of violence, as well as risk factors for suicidal behavior. She has published over 100 articles on these topics and her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Lauren Hudak, MD

Lauren Hudak, MD, MPH is an attending physician of Emergency Medicine at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, and an Assistant Professor at Emory University School of Medicine who joined the Nia Project in 2018. Dr. Hudak’s clinical interest includes the care of trauma and injury patients with a focus on victims of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and firearm injured patients. Her public health and research interest includes the impact of violence and injury on mental health and the community, as well as firearm injury data collection. She is the Co-Chair of the Violence Prevention Task Force at the Injury Prevention Research Center at Emory (IPRCE) collaborating with multiple Atlanta area research and community organizations. She serves as the Emergency Medicine Sexual Violence curriculum director, coordinating training for the sexual assault forensic examination as well as comprehensive advocacy focused clinical care. Her current research projects include examining the acceptability of firearm related injury screening and safety practices in Emergency Department patients as well as assessing firearm injury trends, risk and protective factors, and hospital based violence intervention in the healthcare setting.

Julie Nguyen: Project Coordinator

Julie Nguyen is the Project Coordinator for the Grady Nia Project. She has been with the Grady Nia Project since 2016 and began as the Project Coordinator in May 2017 after serving as an undergraduate practicum student. She graduated from Georgia State University (GSU) with a B.S. in Psychology. During her time as an undergraduate, she also worked in the Violence Against Women Prevention Lab under Dr. Kevin Swartout. Her main research and clinical interests include trauma and intimate partner violence in minority and underserved populations. She aspires to pursue a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology.

Interns and Residents:

Yara Makawi, MA: Doctoral Intern

Yara Mekawi is a sixth-year doctoral student in the Clinical-Community Psychology program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is completing her doctoral internship at Emory University School of Medicine on the Trauma Track. She received her B.A. in Applied Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010, and then worked for two years at Northwestern University as a research assistant under the supervision of Dr. Lauren Wakschlag. Yara’s main lines of research focus on the perpetration and consequences of racial/ethnic discrimination and prejudice. In terms of perpetration, she studies why and how individuals engage in intentional or unintentional prejudice (e.g., shooter biases, racial microaggressions).

Nova Morrisette, PhD: Postdoctoral Intern

Nova Morrisette earned her Ph.D. from the APA-accredited University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her clinical practice experience includes crisis stabilization, inpatient SMI,  community behavioral health including behavioral medication and traditional individual counseling, and university student counseling. Her research interests include decision-making under conditions of depression, anxiety and PTSD, suicidality, and as related to health psychology research.  She also is interested in emotional dysregulation, non-pharmacological pain management, and program evaluation.

Madison Silverstein: Doctoral Intern

Ms. Silverstein graduated from Vassar College in 2010 where she majored in Psychology and Hispanic Studies. Subsequent to her undergraduate work, she spent 2.5 years coordinating resilience training programs and creating training videos for the United States Army at the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center. She began doctoral training in Clinical Psychology at Auburn University in 2013, and her research and clinical interests include PTSD assessment, posttraumatic growth, and mental health in underserved populations.

Xiaohui Yang, MA: Graduate Practicum Student

Xiaohui Yang is a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology Program at Georgia State University. She is originally from China and came to the U.S. for her undergraduate studies. She moved to Atlanta four years ago and enjoys living in the area.

Students:

Ciera Lewis, M.A.: Graduate Practicum Student

Ciera Lewis is a graduate practicum student at Nia. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee before pursuing a PhD in Clinical-Community Psychology from Georgia State University.She has worked with diverse clients (including children, adolescents and adults and individuals from various ethnic backgrounds) in the areas of assessment, psychotherapy, program evaluation and outreach. Ciera is passionate about promoting individual and community resilience. Her interests and specialties include Black racial identity and racial socialization of emerging adults as resilience factors in promoting psychological well-being. She is also interested in best practices for recruiting and engaging Black participants in research and mental health services. After completing her PhD, Ciera hopes to work in a community mental health setting that serves the needs of ethnic minority clients.

Catherine Harris: Post-Baccalaureate Practicum Student

Catherine Harris is a post-baccalaureate student at the Grady Nia Project. She attended Tulane University in New Orleans on an academic scholarship and graduated summa cum laude as a pre-med student with a B.S. in Psychology. As an undergraduate, Catherine spent her summers working for Dr. Carlos del Rio at the Emory University School of Medicine, and her work there ultimately served as the basis for her Honors Thesis (“The Prevalence of Depressive Symptoms Among HIV-Infected Crack Users.”) After graduating from Tulane in 2012, Catherine worked at two inpatient psychiatric hospitals and a civil rights law firm in New Orleans. She currently works full-time as a Research Interviewer in the Department of Global Health at Emory, on a study co-led by Dr. Jeffrey Samet (Boston University) and Dr. Carlos del Rio (Emory) about HIV-positive patients on chronic opioid therapy. Since returning to Atlanta in 2016, Catherine has also volunteered with the Grady Trauma Project and Fulton County CASA. She is interested in studying the role of complex trauma and PTSD in disinhibition and externalizing psychopathology, particularly in the context of personality disorders and delinquency/criminality.

Alison Reed, MA, MPH: Graduate Practicum Student

Alison is a graduate practicum student at the Grady Nia Project and a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at the Georgia School of Professional Psychology. She also received her B.A. at Dartmouth College and her MPH at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In addition, Alison has a MA in Psychology from Georgia School of Professional Psychology. Alison has received training and supervision in multiple treatment settings (e.g., Columbus State University, Marcus Autism Center, Montifiore Medical Center) and enjoys working with diverse patients with regard to age, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and socioeconomic background. She approaches case conceptualization and intervention from a trauma and biopsychosocial lens and seeks to understanding each individual client in context. Her research interests relate to child development especially siblings of children with autism. Alison is thankful for the opportunity to learn and to serve given to her by the faculty and patients of the Nia community.

Sarah Nagendran, MA: Graduate Practicum Student

My name is Sarah Nagendran and I am a doctoral student at the Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. As a fourth year doctoral student, my clinical experience comprises of conducting psychological, academic, and psychosexual assessments among both adolescents and adults within the Department of Family and Children Services, Residential Group Homes for Adolescent Sex Offenders, and Residential Group Homes for Adolescent Survivors of Sexual Assault. Additionally, I have facilitated individual therapy at the university level with a diverse population. I have a strong clinical interest in trauma, specifically trauma as a result of domestic violence and sexual assault. My clinical assessment interests include projective personality assessments, such as the Rorschach and House-Tree-Person. My professional goals include employment with a hospital or non-profit organization providing assessment and therapeutic services to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. There, I will use an integrative approach to therapy, primarily focusing on dysfunctional thoughts and negative schemas using cognitive-behavioral, experiential, and schema theories. I am also fascinated with incorporating alternative forms of therapy when working with clients, such as art, poetry, and yoga.

Maanasa Gade: Undergraduate Practicum Student

Maanasa is in her final year of undergraduate studies at Emory University, pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Nutrition Science. Maanasa has a fair amount of research experience, and has held research assistant positions in Stanford University’s Neurodevelopment, Affect, and Psychopathology Lab and Emory University’s Infant and Child Lab. In the future, Maanasa hopes to obtain her Master’s Degree and pursue a career in the field of Clinical Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Atlanta with her friends or relaxing with a good book.

Paula Garzon: Undergraduate Practicum Student

Paula is originally from Bogota, Colombia and upon moving to the United States, she fell in love with the idea of a future in healthcare. She is currently a student at Georgia State University and will graduate in Spring 2019. She hopes to apply to medical schools to stay on track for her goal of becoming a Pediatrician. She loves learning about things outside of her major (which drew her to the work at Nia).

Amber Clunie: Undergraduate Practicum Student

Amber Clunie is a senior psychology major, dance minor at Spelman College originally from Bronx, New York. From a young age Amber has always been intrigued with individuals who suffer from Substance Use Disorders as well as alcoholism. Focused on trauma previously experienced by these individuals and how it has influenced their behavioral and physical circumstances later in life, Amber continues to diligently conduct research in partnership with her more experienced counterparts. Moving forward, her main goal is to continue to add to the existing literature on Substance Abuse and Alcohol among individuals as well as explore new findings and methods of treatment for people who struggle with drug and alcohol abuse

Ilana Ander: Undergraduate Practicum Student

Ilana has been with the Nia project since May 2018. She was born and raised in Atlanta and is a senior at Emory University pursuing a degree in International Studies. She hopes to receive a doctorate in clinical psychology.