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Alvaro Barriga, Ph.D. has approximately 20 years of clinical, teaching and consulting experience. He currently provides outpatient trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy to children and adolescents presenting at the Center for Traumatic Stress and is equally proficient treating adults with mood and cognitive disorders. Dr. Barriga also conducts psychological assessments and evaluations as well as administers neurocognitive testing for diagnostic and competency purposes. His teaching background is extensive, having taught graduate and undergraduate courses in psychology, research methods, and child development. Dr. Barriga has an interest in developing an adult trauma program in the near future.

Hollie Dean-Hill, Psy.D. is 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.

Nancy A. Kennedy, Psy.D. is 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. is 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).

Kathryn Shevchik McCarthy, Ph.D. completed her undergraduate education at Duquesne University, majoring in Psychology. She later earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Health Psychology from Alliant International University in San Diego. Dr. Shevchik McCarthy completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital, the latter of which was specialized in integrated care and health psychology. Her clinical interests include health-related anxiety, panic/somatic symptoms, depression, and identifying behavioral factors complicating psychological health. She sees patients of all ages; her approach to therapy is primarily cognitive-behavioral and emphasizes the use of evidence-based interventions. Dr. Shevchik McCarthy works as an integrated team member at Murrysville Internal Medicine & Family Associates, where she provides brief, focused interventions, short-term individual therapy, and evaluations for ADHD as well as psychiatric diagnostic clarification. Additionally, Dr. Shevchik McCarthy works within the Bariatrics department at Forbes Hospital conducting pre-surgical psychological evaluations and providing brief interventions.

Matthew Page, Ph.D. is 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. is 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. is 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. is 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.

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.