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Faculty Profiles

Alvaro Barriga, Ph.D

The Associate Director of Training for the AGH Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship. He received his Ph.D. in developmental psychology from The Ohio State University in 1996, completing his pre-doctoral internship at Richland Hospital (in Mansfield, OH) and post-doctoral fellowship at Auberle (in McKeesport, PA). Dr. Barriga has been a licensed psychologist since 1999 and has conducted individual, couples, family, and multi-family therapies with children, adolescents, adults, and older people across a variety of outpatient, inpatient, residential, and medical settings. He currently provides assessment and treatment services within the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents, holding a certification in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. During his 15 years on faculty at Seton Hill University, he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in human development, psychopathology, assessment, research methods, and social psychology. Dr. Barriga has published in the fields of moral development, empathy, cognitive distortions, attention deficits, delinquency interventions, assessment, and grade inflation. He has provided consultation services to mental health, drug and alcohol, educational, and legal organizations. Dr. Barriga currently holds the position of Clinical Associate Professor through Temple University School of Medicine and provides seminars and clinical supervision to psychology interns and psychiatry residents at AGH. His approach to supervision strives to be individualized, collaborative, developmental, and culturally sensitive.

Hollie Dean-Hill, Psy.D.

A licensed psychologist and neuropsychologist. She primarily works with adolescents and adults, providing outpatient psychological and neuropsychological evaluations. Her interests include anxiety, mood, and behavioral difficulties, transgender identity development, ADHD, traumatic brain injury, neurological conditions (e.g., multiple sclerosis and stroke), pre-surgical evaluation, and the neurological impact of various medical conditions. She also has clinical training and experience in working with survivors of childhood trauma and sexual assault. Dr. Dean-Hill assisted in developing the training structure for the Academy of the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology-recognized postdoctoral neuropsychology training programs. Dr. Dean-Hill is a National Register Health Service Psychologist and is a member of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, and the National Academy of Neuropsychology.

Michael Franzen, Ph.D.

Provides inpatient neuropsychological assessment services primarily to the trauma surgery, neurosurgery, and the general medicine services at AGH. He also provides outpatient neuropsychological services to children and adults. His approach to assessment involves the use of standardized test instruments with procedures to test the limits and obtain information related to subjective aspects of performance. Interpretation follows a procedure of examining standardized scores, observing qualitative aspects of performance, searching for patterns of performance, profile analysis and comparison to the theoretical and empirical literature. Individual training goals for the interns are agreed upon early in supervision sessions and revised as time progresses. The intern is encouraged to move toward professional independence. As with all training in the internship program, a developmental approach is taken in which each intern starts at a different level of activity based on their prior experience and engages in learning activities sequentially moving toward their training goals. Interns also have the opportunity to participate in forensic evaluations primarily related to civil action and personal injury cases on referrals from the legal system.

Matthew Iwaniec, PsyD

A licensed clinical psychologist who works with adults in inpatient and outpatient health care settings. He completed his doctorate degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, his internship in Clinical Health Psychology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, and his Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Health Psychology at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. As a health psychologist, he provides consultation and liaison services to medical inpatients, conducts brief cognitive assessments, performs pre-surgical psychological evaluations, and delivers diagnostic assessment and psychotherapy to patients referred from specialty medical clinics. He also consults with integrated treatment teams and provides education to multidisciplinary trainees. Dr. Iwaniec primarily follows a cognitive-behavioral treatment approach integrated with third-wave intervention techniques and motivational interviewing. His professional interests include psychological adjustment to acute and chronic illness, anxiety disorders, mindfulness, executive function, adherence to medical treatment, wellness promotion, and integrated behavioral health. Supervision is one of his favorite elements of clinical practice. He takes a culturally informed approach to supervision that is collaborative and individually tailored to the student’s developmental level and current needs.

Nancy A. Kennedy, Psy.D.

The Director of Training for the AGH Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship. Dr. Kennedy is a graduate of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program and Allegheny General Hospital Internship Program. She is a licensed psychologist and a member of the National Register. Dr. Kennedy was the Associate Director of Training for the pre-doctoral internship training program at Allegheny General Hospital prior to being named the Director of Training in 2016. Dr. Kennedy has served on the executive committee of the Department of Psychiatry for the past 20 years. She has extensive experience in inpatient, outpatient, partial hospital and IOP settings with adults. Her areas of interest include psychotherapy with groups and personality disorders.

Anthony Mannarino, Ph.D.

The Director of the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents and Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA. He is also Professor of Psychiatry at the Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. Mannarino has been a leader in the field of child traumatic stress for the past 25 years. He has been awarded numerous federal grants from the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect and the National Institute of Mental Health to investigate the clinical course of traumatic stress symptoms in children and to develop effective treatment approaches for traumatized children and their families. Dr. Mannarino has received many honors for his work, including the Betty Elmer Outstanding Professional Award, the Most Outstanding Article Award for papers published in the journal Child Maltreatment given by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), the Model Program Award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Child Traumatic Stress”, and the Legacy Award from the Greater Pittsburgh Psychological Association. Dr. Mannarino has completed two-year terms as the President of APSAC and the President of the Section on Child Maltreatment, Division of Child and Family Policy and Practice, American Psychological Association. He is one of the co-developers of Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).

Matthew Page, Ph.D.

A clinical neuropsychologist who primarily works with outpatient adolescents and adults. Dr. Page completed his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Miami. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at Allegheny General Hospital with an emphasis on neuropsychology. He also completed his post-doctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at Allegheny General Hospital. Dr. Page’s clinical interests include ADHD, learning disorders, and neurological conditions (such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy). He also has a clinical and research background in working with LGBTG youth and navigating the coming out process within the family system. Dr. Page takes a developmental approach to supervision, tailoring the neuropsychology rotation experience to the intern’s individual needs, experience and areas of interest.

Bruce Rohrs, Ph.D.

Earned his doctorate from Ohio University He has over 25 years of experience in supervising trainees at all levels of preparation for professional practice. His focus is on integrating aspects of professional development for a long term, sustainable, and enjoyable career. His professional experience has been predominantly in outpatient community mental health, working with the spectrum of adult disorders and problems. In particular, he enjoys working with clients with Axis II issues. He has recently developed an interest in working with trauma-based pathology utilizing EMDR.

Jordan M. Rood, Psy.D.

A licensed psychologist who provides outpatient psychotherapy services within AGH’s Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Rood primarily practices within a Cognitive Behavioral and Person-Centered framework, while offering treatment that integrates Psychodynamic Therapy and Motivational Interviewing techniques and perspectives. He works with children, adolescents, and adults with a broad range of diagnoses. His specific clinical interests include treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders in adults, Mild Intellectual Disability, traumatic stress responses, and adjustment processes. Dr. Rood also has training and experience in providing vocational and diagnostic psychological assessments, primarily to rule-out Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Intellectual Disability, and Specific Learning Disorders. He completed his Pre-Doctoral Internship at Community Counseling Center of Mercer County, a rural community mental health setting in Hermitage, Pennsylvania, and his Post-Doctoral Fellowship in AGH’s Department of Psychiatry. As a supervisor, Dr. Rood aims to promote growth for trainees through self-reflection, through the development of personal and professional insight, and through the provision and implementation of honest clinical feedback. Dr. Rood is a current member of both the American Psychological Association and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association.

Victoria-Maria Sekunda, Psy.D.

A clinical neuropsychologist, providing both C&L evaluations at AGH and outpatient neuropsychological evaluations. She conducts neuropsychological evaluations and diagnostic assessments, primarily with older adults on an outpatient basis. Her clinical interests include memory disorders, complex medical and psychiatric diagnoses, movement disorders, strokes, and head injuries. She also has a research background working with individuals with HIV Associated Neurocognitive Disorder. Dr. Sekunda earned her doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology at Carlow University after completing a pre-doctoral internship at Tewksbury Hospital in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at Allegheny General Hospital. Dr. Sekunda is a member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the International Neuropsychology Society. She enjoys developing collegial relationships with trainees, while simultaneously catering to developmentally appropriate training needs.

Lori Siegel, Ph.D.

Works with older adolescents and adults who present with a variety of symptoms including those related to mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse. While Dr. Siegel conceptualizes personality and psychopathology from a psychodynamic perspective, she also has extensive experience in applying cognitive, behavioral, and motivational techniques. Her approach to supervision is collaborative in terms of setting personal goals but always aims to increase the supervisee’s confidence and trust in his/her therapeutic insights and skills. Other areas of focus in supervision include the therapist-patient relationship, case conceptualization, and analysis of countertransference.

Rebecca Weinberg, Psy.D.

Works in the Women’s Behavioral Health program treating women with depressive, anxiety and/or bipolar disorders who are currently pregnant, postpartum, engaged in fertility treatment or who have experienced pregnancy loss. She conceptualizes psychopathology using a biopsychosocial model, and uses interpersonal psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness approaches in training and in treating perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Supervision is flexible and collaborative. It can involve verbally discussing cases as well as the use of direct observation or co-therapy.

Richard Withers, Ph.D.

An experienced clinical psychologist and teacher specializing in psychotherapy with children, adolescents and parents. He integrates cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic theory and practice in training interns and in treating diverse problems among children and adolescents and their families. Dr. Withers has particular interests in the use of play, art and story-telling in therapy with children. He is trained in Parent Child Interaction Therapy and clinical hypnosis with adults and children. Other areas of training and interest include mental health assessment for bariatric surgery and the treatment of eating disorders. Dr. Withers is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry of Temple University School of Medicine and Drexel University. He has taught both graduate and undergraduates at the University of Pittsburgh, Seton Hill University and Waynesburg University.

Kimberly Fleming, Ph.D.

A faculty member of the AGH Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri in 2016 with a graduate minor in Psychological Statistics and Methodology. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS with an emphasis in Underserved Populations followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in Advanced Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Fleming has been a licensed psychologist since 2017 and has conducted individual therapy with medical populations of adolescents, adults, and older people in inpatient, outpatient, and integrated care settings. She currently practices as a health psychologist within Allegheny Health Network, conducting pre-surgical psychological evaluations for stem-cell transplant and heart transplant candidates, consultation and liaison services on medical-surgical units at West Penn Hospital, and individual therapy and brief consultation as part of integrated care teams in Hematology and Cellular Therapy, Internal Medicine, and the Esophageal and Lung Institute at West Penn Hospital. Dr. Fleming has published in the field of addiction, executive functioning, personality, and health disparities. She has taught courses to medical students, residents, and behavioral health professionals on topics such as integrated behavioral health, motivational interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Multicultural competency, and LGBTQ patient care. Dr. Fleming currently holds the position of Clinical Assistant Professor through Temple University School of Medicine and Drexel University School of Medicine and provides seminars and clinical supervision to psychology practicum students, and psychiatry residents at AGH and at West Penn. Her approach to supervision strives to be inclusive, developmental, and culturally informed.

Dr. Cara Crisson

Received her Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology with a focus on Social Justice and Feminism, from Carlow University in 2014. She completed her doctoral internship at Torrance State Hospital, where her work focused on intellectual and personality assessment, substance abuse treatment, problematic sexual behaviors, and serious persistent mental disorders. She completed her postdoctoral work at the Sexual Responsibility and Treatment Program, where she provided sexual offense specific treatment, therapy, and personality assessment. Dr. Crisson has also worked in assessment and forensic evaluation at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program. She is currently providing therapeutic services at the Allegheny County Jail. Her professional interests include psychological and intellectual assessment, personality disorders, paraphilic disorders, criminal deviance, and resilience from adverse childhood experiences.

Sarah Paul, Psy.D.

Earned her doctorate degree from Carlow University after completing a pre-doctoral internship at Georgia Southern University’s Counseling Center in Statesboro, Georgia and also defending her dissertation that examined relations between different variables (mindfulness, coping self-efficacy, and alexithymia) and emotional eating behavior. Dr. Paul completed her one year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH). Now a licensed psychologist, Dr. Paul generally works with young adults and adults presenting with anxiety, depressive, substance use, and eating disorders in individual psychotherapy. She most commonly integrates humanistic, mindfulness, CBT, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy interventions when working with clients. Additionally, Dr. Paul has experience conducting psychological assessment for clients participating in AGH’s Partial Hospitalization/Intensive Outpatient Program as well as for clients seeking various medical procedures such as spinal cord stimulator or bariatric procedures. Dr. Paul is a National Register Health Service Psychology Scholarship recipient. Dr. Paul enjoys helping trainees navigate and reach their educational goals from a developmental lens, along with using supervision to explore the trainees strengths and challenges when working with therapy clients.

Lorelei Simpson Rowe

Received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2005. She completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Diego/San Diego VA Healthcare System. After completing her training she moved to Dallas, Texas to take a faculty position in the Department of Psychology at Southern Methodist University. During her time at SMU she taught and mentored graduate students in research and clinical practice, was one of the directors of the Ph.D. program in clinical psychology, and conducted research on couple relationships, couple therapy, and sexual violence. She also maintained a small private practice. Dr. Rowe came to AHN in 2018 to take advantage of the opportunities for clinical practice in an integrated setting and training and supervising students and to continue her research in a clinical setting. She specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy and third wave behavioral therapies for mood and anxiety disorders, couple therapy for relationship distress and to help couples coping with stressors, and assertive resistance training for young women to use in response to unwanted sexual advances.

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