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Brandt_harry.jpgHarry A. Brandt, M.D.

Co-Director


Dr. Harry Brandt is Co-Director of The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt and Chief of Psychiatry at University of Maryland-St. Joseph Medical Center.  Dr. Brandt attended University of Maryland School of Medicine, and trained in Psychiatry at University of Maryland Department of Psychiatry where he currently serves on the faculty.   He pursued fellowship training in Biological Psychiatry and Eating Disorders at the National Institutes of Health where he ultimately became Chief of the NIMH Eating Disorders Program.  Subsequently, he headed the eating disorders programs at Mercy Medical Center and St. Joseph Medical Center, before moving his team to Sheppard Pratt in 2005.   Dr. Brandt, widely published in eating disorders, has been the Principal Site Investigator of two major federally-funded research grants.  Active in the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Brandt is a past-president of the Maryland Psychiatric Society, and has served as Representative to the APA Assembly. Additionally, he is a Past-President of the Medical Staff and member of the Board of Trustees of University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center.   Dr. Brandt has repeatedly been listed as a Baltimore Top Doctor and in Best Doctors in America.

Crawford_steve1.jpgSteven F. Crawford, M.D.

Co-Director

Dr. Steven Crawford is Co-Director of The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt and Assistant Chief of Psychiatry at University of Maryland-St. Joseph Medical Center. Dr. Crawford attended University of Maryland School of Medicine and trained in Psychiatry at University of Maryland Department of Psychiatry.  He received fellowship training in eating disorders at The Center for Eating Disorders and has worked continuously in the field for over twenty-five years.   He provides clinical leadership and supervision at all levels of care.   In addition to involvement in several federally-funded research projects, he directs and coordinates the Center’s fellowship training program in eating disorders.  Dr. Crawford is a Past-President of the Maryland Psychiatric Society and chairs the Scientific Council of Med-Chi, the Maryland State Medical Society.   He serves on the Multi-disciplinary Peer Review Committee at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center and heads Schwartz Center Rounds to bring doctors, nurses and other caregivers together to discuss the human side of healthcare.  Dr. Crawford is consistently listed as Top Doctor in local and national professional surveys.

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Psychiatrists & Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners

GAFFNEYlaura.jpgLaura Gaffney, M.D.

Psychiatrist


Dr. Gaffney graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1995. She completed her psychiatry residency at the University of Maryland in 1999 after which she did a one-year fellowship in eating disorders at the Center for Eating Disorders. She is board certified in General Psychiatry. She has been with The Center for Eating Disorders since 1999 and currently provides psychopharmacology and psychotherapy on an outpatient basis.

 sarajeurlingSara Jeurling, M.D. 
Psychiatrist
Dr. Jeurling graduated from the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine in 2010. She completed her residency training in psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt in 2013. She then completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry also at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt in 2015. During medical school and residency, her interest in the treatment of individuals with eating disorders led her to complete training on the inpatient unit and at the outpatient department here at the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt. After graduation from fellowship, Dr. Jeurling treated child and adolescent patients and taught residents and fellows within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Jeurling currently treats children and adolescents as well as adults in the Outpatient Department at the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt. One of her additional interests is Maternal Mental Health, including the treatment of women suffering from psychiatric disorders during and after pregnancy. Dr. Jeurling is board certified in both General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 

KUNIEGAtraci.jpgTracy Kuniega-Pietrzak, M.D.
Psychiatrist

Dr. Kuniega-Pietrzak attended the University of Maryland Medical School from 1997-2001. She completed a residency in adult psychiatry and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Brown University, and served as chief resident for the last year of her training.  At Brown she developed an interest in both eating disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorders, and participated in the POTS II research study for OCD.   Dr. Kuniega-Pietrzak has been with The Center for Eating Disorders since 2006.  For 11 years she served as an attending psychiatrist on the inpatient and partial hospitalization programs, and joined the outpatient division in the fall of 2017.  Dr. Kuniega-Pietrzak supervises psychiatric residents and is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland.  She is board-certified in both Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and was named as a “top doctor” in pediatric eating disorders by Baltimore Magazine in 2017.

Mamata N. Mysore, M.D.

Psychiatrist


Dr. Mysore graduated from JSS medical College in India in 1999. She completed her residency in Adult Psychiatry from 2000-2004 at the Medical College of Virginia/ Virginia Commonwealth University and a subsequent fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Maryland from 2004 to 2006. After completing a fellowship in Eating Disorders in 2007, Dr. Mysore joined the staff at CED as an Attending Psychiatrist. She is Board certified in Adult Psychiatry and in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Her specialty is in Psychodynamics and Comprehensive Treatment of Eating Disorders in Adults and Children/Adolescents.

NEEDHAM_Square_160x160.jpegMarina Needham, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Marina Needham graduated with Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University Of Maryland Graduate School in 2006 and went on to obtain her board certification as an Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in April 2007.  Ms. Needham has extensive experience treating all types of psychiatric disorders and mental health issues, including substance abuse, chronic pain, PTSD, eating disorders, psychotic and mood disorders. In 2010/11 she was named to a list of the Best Providers in Anne Arundel County while working at a group practice in Glen Burnie, MD. Ms. Needham later worked for the Department of Defense at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for over 7 years where she developed extensive expertise in military psychiatry and provided supervision and teaching to the medical students, nurse practitioner students, and psychiatry residents with the Department of Behavioral Health at WRNMMC. Ms. Needham also specializes in chronic pain management and the treatment of PTSD and anxiety disorders through application of relaxation and stress reduction techniques, including thermal and EMG biofeedback. Ms. Needham is a member of Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. Currently, Ms. Needham is leading a multidisciplinary team working with adult patients in our Inpatient and Partial Hospital programs and also sees patients in our outpatient office in the afternoons.

RAMOSpamela.jpgPamela Ramos, M.D.
Psychiatrist - Medical Director of Admissions
Dr. Ramos is board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology and holds active licenses in Maryland and the District of Columbia.  She trained at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador, where she obtained a degree as a Doctor in Medicine and Surgery. After working as a general practitioner in Ecuador she elected to come to the US to pursue further education in psychiatry. She went on to complete a residency in psychiatry at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt program where she was the executive chief resident of her graduating class. Dr. Ramos also won the University of Maryland – Department of Psychiatry Rose Award for cultural diversity. During her residency she became interested in the treatment of individuals with eating disorders and worked at The Center for Eating Disorders' inpatient and partial hospitalization programs as well as the admissions department.  She then completed an eating disorders fellowship at The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt and stayed on board the following year as an attending psychiatrist for their inpatient and partial hospitalization program. Dr. Ramos also spent time working at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington helping to set up their outpatient department and providing outpatient medication management and therapy. Since 2016, Dr. Ramos has worked on the admissions team at The Center for Eating Disorders where she currently serves as the Medical Director of Admissions. In addition to overseeing the admissions department, providing assessments and conducting consultations, she also serves as a medical and referral liaison to private practitioners and medical professionals in the community. Dr. Ramos is also active in medical resident education supervising both psychiatry and pediatric residents from the University of Maryland.

Svetlana Savchenko, M.D.

Psychiatrist

Dr. Savchenko is double board certified in Adult Psychiatry and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry.  After graduating from the Moscow Medical Academy in 1994, she completed a Masters in Epidemiology and Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh and went on to complete her residency training at St. Elizabeth’s in 2006.  From 2006 to 2008 she completed her fellowships with the University of Maryland Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department and a psychoanalysis and psychotherapy fellowship at the Baltimore-Washington Center for Psychoanalysis.  In 2009, following completion of an eating disorder fellowship at CED, Dr. Savchenko began her current role with the CED as a Psychiatrist in our inpatient and partial hospital programs.  Dr. Savchenko has a special interest in parent/child interaction and trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy.

SCHWARTZlori.jpgLori Schwartz, M.D.
Medical Director, IOP 
Dr. Schwartz is the Medical Director of The Center for Eating Disorders’ Intensive Outpatient Program. She is also a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in the Outpatient Practice and participates in the yearlong Dialectic Behavioral Outpatient Program. Dr. Schwartz has interest in and extensive experience utilizing genetic testing informed psychopharmacology. Dr. Schwartz is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and she serves on the board of Maryland Regional Chapter for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Schwartz is board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology as well as in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She completed her Psychiatry residency and her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at the University of Maryland/ Sheppard Pratt. Dr. Schwartz received her medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine. 

Stephanie Walsh, M.D.

Psychiatrist

Dr. Walsh completed her medical training in 2001 at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX where her first introduction to the treatment of Eating Disorders took place. This sparked an interest which has become the driving force in her career. Dr. Walsh completed two years of residency training at Georgetown University in 2003 including work at Fairfax Hospital in Northern VA, Georgetown University Hospital and the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Washington D.C. She began training at The Center for Eating Disorders with Dr. Crawford at the St. Joseph Medical Center during residency with the University of Maryland Department of Psychiatry from 2003-2005. Upon completion of her residency in 2005, she pursued a Fellowship in Eating Disorders with the CED. After a year at Baltimore Washington Medical Center as Medical Director of the Partial Hospital Program, Dr. Walsh returned to The Center for Eating Disorders. She currently works in the Admissions Department performing the psychiatric evaluations and administrative functions related to the admissions process, while also helping to orient patients and families entering the hospital programs.
 
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Psychologists

KimAndersonKim Anderson, Ph.D.
Director of Psychology

Dr. Anderson is a licensed clinical psychologist who has focused her career on treatment for individuals with eating disorders. She has published scientific articles and chapters on eating disorders, trauma and associated problems. She developed and directed the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program at the CED which has been adapted to inpatient, outpatient and intensive outpatient settings. Dr. Anderson also directs the training of the post-doctoral fellows at The Center. She provides individual and group psychotherapy, supervision to developing psychologists, supervision of clinical research, and lectures on the prevention and treatment of eating disorders. Dr. Anderson has been with The Center since 1989.
 
IreneRoviraIrene Rovira, Ph.D.

Psychology Coordinator, Inpatient/Partial Hospitalization Program

Dr. Rovira is a licensed clinical psychologist who currently provides evidence-based individual, group, and family treatment for eating disorders on an outpatient basis at CED. Dr. Rovira received an M.A. in developmental psychology from Teacher's College at Columbia University and a Ph.D. in the combined Clinical/School Psychology program from Hofstra University, New York. Prior to joining CED, Dr. Rovira specialized in the assessment and treatment of trauma in children and adolescents. She also provided outpatient and inpatient psychotherapy in hospitals and a private group practice serving children, adolescents, adults, elderly, couples and families coping with a variety of psychiatric disorders including substance use, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Psychotic Disorders, Major Depressive Disorder with psychotic features, and Bipolar Disorder. More recently, Dr. Rovira developed The Center for Eating Disorder's group therapy protocol to treat patients with co-occurring eating disorders and substance use disorders at our higher levels of care. Dr. Rovira currently heads the training for the post-doctoral fellowship program, supervises mental health counselors and developing psychologists, and coordinates the psychological services provided in the inpatient and partial hospitalization program at CED. She also provides family therapy in conjunction with The Center's current NIMH-funded research study on effective therapies for adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa. Dr. Rovira has been with the Center since 2006.

CASTELHANO_andrea.jpgAndrea Castelhano, PsyD
Outpatient Therapist
Dr. Castelhano is a licensed clinical psychologist in the outpatient department at The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the American School for Professional Psychology at Argosy University, DC where she received training in cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based approaches to psychotherapy. She also received specialized training in eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and co-occurring self-harm and suicidality. Additionally, she has provided affirmative therapy to individuals in the LGBTQ+ community throughout her training and professional career. Affirmative therapy is a therapeutic approach that respects individuals of all sexual orientations and genders, recognizes the impact of intersectionality on identity development and life experience, and addresses issues including discrimination and heterosexism as they relate to the individual’s broader treatment goals. Dr. Castelhano joined The Center for Eating Disorders in 2018 and brings her experience from a variety of clinical rotations, including a year-long practicum at Children’s National Medical Center Outpatient Eating Disorders Clinic,  APA-accredited clinical internship at Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital, and post-doctoral fellowship with the University of Tulsa Counseling and Psychological Services Center. She provides individual, family, and couples therapy, as well as psychological testing services. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.  

FREDERICKbeth.jpgBeth Frederick, PsyD
Outpatient Therapist

Dr. Beth Frederick is a licensed clinical psychologist in the outpatient department at The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt. She earned her doctorate from the American School of Professional Psychology in 2005 and completed her post-doctoral internship on the inpatient and partial hospitalization units at The Center for Eating Disorders in 2006. Prior to returning as an outpatient therapist at The Center, Dr. Frederick worked with adolescents and adults in a college counseling center, providing treatment to students with various psychiatric disorders. Dr. Frederick utilizes both cognitive behavioral and interpersonal treatment approaches.

Amy Gooding, Psy.D.Amy Gooding, PsyD
Outpatient Therapist

Dr Gooding is a clinical psychologist in the outpatient department of The Center for Eating Disorders. She completed her PsyD in Clinical Psychology at La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition to providing evidence-based psychotherapy to individuals with eating disorders, she offers specialized treatment for athletes within the program. Dr. Gooding has extensive training in cognitive-behavioral therapy and its application to eating disturbances and the psychology of sports. Her experience in these areas helped focus her career on the management of the unique needs of athletes struggling with eating disorders.  Dr Gooding frequently presents on issues related to the prevention, assessment and treatment of athletes with eating disorders including at the “Powered by Me!” conference hosted by University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center and the Eating Disorder in Sports Conference. She completed her pre-doctoral dissertation internship at the Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment and her doctoral dissertation was published in the Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology. She joined The Center for Eating Disorders in 2010 as a post-doctoral fellow working with the inpatient and partial hospitalization programs.

Niccole McGowens, Psy.D.Niccole McGowens, Psy.D.

Therapist/Milieu Liaison

Dr. McGowens has a Doctor of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology (emphasis on family and children) from the Alliant International University/California School of Professional Psychology located in San Francisco, California.  As of August 2016, she recently began a new position at The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt Health Systems.  She continues to provide direct patient care and now also  provides milieu education to nursing staff regarding eating disorders behavioral management and therapeutic  communication, CBT, and DBT all in collaboration with nursing leadership.  Dr. McGowens has been employed at The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt Health Systems since July 2008.  She will continue to provide group therapy and individual therapy for patients in the inpatient and partial hospital programs.  Dr. McGowens provides training to externs/interns.  Dr. McGowens’ expertise range from working with child/adolescents to seniors with various mental/behavioral health concerns, including individual, couples, family and group therapy.  She has a therapeutic background in CBT, DBT, behavior modification, conflict resolution, adolescent trauma, and substance use.  Dr. McGowens’ research interests range from understanding parental involvement with toddlers and preschoolers in preparation for kindergarten and beyond, the effects of divorce on young African-American children, feeding issues with children and the effects of eating disorders and obesity on the African-American population.

Jennifer Moran, Psy.D.Jennifer Moran, Psy.D
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Outpatient Therapist and College Liaison

Dr. Jennifer Moran is a licensed clinical psychologist serving adolescents, adults and families in the outpatient department at The Center for Eating Disorders. Dr. Moran earned her doctorate from the University of Denver in 2003 and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Suffolk University Counseling Center. Dr. Moran has dedicated her career to working within the field of eating disorders and has been a member of the CED staff since 2005. She operates within an integrative approach, with a special focus on cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness-based strategies. Dr. Moran served as a family therapist in conjunction with The Center's NIMH-funded research study on effective therapies for adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa and is certified as a Family Behavioral Therapist through the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders. She also serves as The Center's college liaison and is available to facilitate trainings, networking opportunities, groups and programs for college students, as well as offering trainings, referral assistance and consultation to area colleges and university counseling centers.

ROTHdavid.jpgDavid Roth, Ph.D.

Outpatient Therapist

Dr. Roth is a clinical psychologist in the outpatient department at The Center for Eating Disorders. He has dedicated his career to the treatment and research of eating disorders, and has presented over 500 lectures and published over 20 articles and chapters on the subject. He provides individual, couples and group psychotherapy. As the Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland, Dr. Roth also trains developing psychiatrists. He has been with The Center since 1997. 

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Individual, Group and Family Therapists

WIENTGEdina.jpgDina Wientge, LCSW-C

Sr. Social Worker, Family Therapist

Dina Wientge has been a part of The Center for Eating Disorders staff since 1998. She received her Masters in social work from the University of Maryland in 1994, and she trained at Johns Hopkins University focusing on women's health issues. As senior social worker at The Center for Eating Disorders, she supervises and trains the family therapy staff. Dina specializes in family therapy and eating disorder treatment. She was a family therapist for the multi-site international anorexia nervosa research study for adolescents funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).As a field instructor; she has trained students from the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Alabama. Dina is a State of Maryland Board-approved supervisor.

Alexis Abunassar.pngAlexis Abunassar, LGPC
Mental Health Therapist
Alexis graduated with her Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland in 2017. Alexis started her work at The Center for Eating Disorders as a psychology intern while pursuing her master's degree and joined the psychology team shortly after she graduated. Alexis currently works full time as an individual and group therapist for the inpatient and partial hospitalization programs. She works with patients individually using cognitive behavior therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy techniques, as well as facilitates self-esteem, perfectionism, cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive remediation therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy group therapy sessions.

Lauren Anderson, LGSW
Family Therapist
Lauren joined The Center for Eating Disorders in 2017 and provides family and group therapy to adults and adolescents in the inpatient and PHP programs. She received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in 2017 with a focus in Clinical and Behavioral Health.  While working on her Masters Degree, Lauren interned at The Harbour School, counseling and running social skills groups with children who had developmental disabilities. Her advanced internship was at the Child and Adolescent Day Hospital at Sheppard Pratt conducting psychosocial assessments and facilitating group and family therapy.

Craig Boas, LCSW-CCraig Boas, LCSW-C
Outpatient Therapist

Craig Boas received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Connecticut in 1995. Prior to joining The Center for Eating Disorders in 2009, Craig worked in multiple inpatient and outpatient settings in a variety of roles, including time as a family therapist with The Center for Eating Disorders in 2005. Craig's current focus is in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Before rejoining the Center for Eating Disorders staff in 2009, Craig provided treatment at the Retreat at Sheppard Pratt where he was instrumental in the development and implementation of DBT as one of the core treatment modalities. Craig currently works in The Center's outpatient department providing individual and family therapy and facilitating several outpatient DBT groups.

BUTLERlisa.jpgLisa Butler, MS, LCPC

Outpatient Therapist

Lisa Butler received her Masters of Science degree in Clinical Counseling from Johns Hopkins University in 2008. She completed a one-year externship at The Center for Eating Disorders in 2008. Subsequently, Lisa began working full-time as a Mental Health Counselor in the inpatient and partial hospitalization programs where she provides individual and group therapy. In 2010, Lisa also began providing individual and group therapy for patients in our outpatient program. Her therapeutic focus is Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Interpersonal therapy. Lisa currently works in The Center's outpatient department providing individual therapy and facilitating a Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) group for college-aged individuals with eating disorders.

COHAGAN_Kathryn2019.jpgKathryn Cohagan, LGPC
Individual & Group Therapist
Kathryn graduated from Loyola University Maryland with her Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. While pursuing her Masters, she held internships in the outpatient setting seeing individuals, couples, and running groups focusing on Grief & Bereavement and SMART Recovery.  Kathryn previously worked as a Mental Health Worker for Sheppard Pratt with the Child & Adolescent Day Hospital. Prior to joining The Center for Eating Disorders in August of 2017, Kathryn worked with youth and young adults for several years in community and schools settings.  Her responsibilities at CED include providing individual and group therapies to patients in the Inpatient and Partial Hospitalization programs, incorporating CBT, DBT, and IPT. Kathryn also is the liaison for the Coping Skills Toolbox and will be a part of the Behavioral Management Initiative focusing on youth.   

GAVINrebecca.jpgRebecca Gavin, LCSW-C
Mental Health Counselor
Rebecca Gavin graduated from University of Maryland Baltimore with a Masters of Social Work. Prior to joining The Center for Eating Disorders in March of 2015, Rebecca worked as a Clinical Therapist providing individual, group and family therapy to youth in the foster care system. While pursuing her Masters of Social Work, Rebecca obtained experience providing therapy within the Baltimore City Public School system and functioned as a Social Work Intern on the Young Adult Unit at Sheppard Pratt. Rebecca’s responsibilities at The Center for Eating Disorders include providing individual and group therapies to patients in the Inpatient and Partial Hospitalization programs, incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy. She also provides coverage for various groups in the Intensive Outpatient Program.  In collaboration with The Center's research department, Rebecca currently facilitates a Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT) Specialty Group for patients as part of an ongoing pilot study.

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Terri Griffith, Psy.D.
Individual & Group Therapist
Dr. Griffith is a post-doctoral fellow completing her second year fellowship at The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt. Currently,. Dr. Griffith provides individual and group therapy to patients of all ages. In 2017, she graduated with her doctorate and master's degree from an APA-accredited Clinical Psychology program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology - Washington, D.C. campus. In completion of her doctoral requirements Dr. Griffith conducted qualitative research for her dissertation, which assessed the experience of the coming-out process of gay black men. Prior to graduate school, she received her bachelor's degree from Stony Brook University in Long Island, New York where she majored in psychology. Throughout her educational and training experiences, Dr. Griffith has worked with individuals with various mental illnesses and emotional difficulties, including depression, anxiety, psychosis, personality disorders, PTSD, LGBTQ issues, adjustment difficulties, grief, disordered eating, etc. As a post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Griffith focuses on providing education and training to nursing staff, in addition to her role as individual and group therapist. Her professional interests include, providing evidence-based treatment, teaching, working with young adults, and decreasing the stigma of mental illness among minority populations.

HOLZelizabeth.jpgLucy Holz, LCSW-C
Outpatient Therapist
Lucy received her BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she minored in African American studies.  While at UNC she participated in research related to the parent/child relationship and interned at the Central Regional Hospital working with geriatric patients with chronic mental health needs.  Lucy earned her MSW from the University of Louisville with a specialization in Mental Health.  While a graduate student she interned in the outpatient mental health community and with the justice department to identify individuals within the justice system in need of mental health services. Lucy also completed an internships at the Louisville VA where she worked with families and veterans with Traumatic Brain Injuries. Following graduation Lucy worked in general acute psychiatric care in Indiana where she provided children, adolescents, and adults with individual, group, and family therapy. Lucy has experience with trauma informed care and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy.  After spending several years as a therapist in our higher levels of care, Lucy now provides individual, couples and family therapy in our outpatient department. She also provides Dialectic Behavior Therapy(DBT) as part of our specialty DBT program for individuals with co-occurring borderline personality disorder.

LANDRYkatherine.jpgKatherine Landry, LCSW-C
Outpatient Therapist 

Katie received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and joined The Center for Eating Disorders in 2015.  She spent her first several years with our program providing individual and group therapy to patients in our inpatient and partial hospital programs. Prior to that, Katie worked with children who struggled with emotional and behavioral regulation while in the school setting, as well as families who were facing Domestic Violence in Philadelphia.Her clinical training is rooted in evidence based practices and she has extensive expertise in facilitating CBT for Body Image as well as CBT for Self-Esteem in groups and with individuals. In 2018, Katie transitioned into the role of Outpatient Therapist at CED where she will continue her work with individuals through CBT, DBT and IPT frameworks.

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Sari Meltzer, LGSW
Family Therapist
Sari earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Vanderbilt University where she double majored in Child Studies and Psychology. She attended New York University for her Master of Social Work degree, and spent her second-year internship working as a Family Therapist on the Eating Disorder Inpatient Unit at New York State Psychiatric Institute. Sari began working as a Family Therapist for The Center for Eating Disorders in 2017. She provides family and group therapy to adults and adolescents in the Partial Hospital and Inpatient programs. 

 

IMG_3492.jpgChristopher Metz, LGPC
Mental Health Counselor
Christopher Metz is a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist that received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. He completed his internship at a private practice located in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore City, where he worked with adolescents and adults who were experiencing depression, grief, loss, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, substance abuse, and personality and mood disorders. Prior to joining the team at Sheppard Pratt, Christopher worked at a neuroimaging research lab within Johns Hopkins Medical Institution, with children and adolescents affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder at Kennedy Krieger Institute, and for a non-profit mentoring, tutoring, and coaching at-risk youth in Southeast, Washington, D.C. Christopher joined The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt in 2017 and provides individual and group therapy for patients in the inpatient and partial hospitalization programs.

NORRISkristen.jpgKristen Norris, LCPC
Outpatient Therapist

Kristen is licensed by the State of Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Baltimore in counseling psychology in 2011, and her undergraduate degree in clinical/counseling psychology from Washington College in 2008. Kristen has counseled individuals and families in Maryland school systems, in outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment centers and also has experience working in private practice, specializing in substance abuse. Kristen joined The Center for Eating Disorders staff in 2011 and spent fours years conducting family therapy for patients in The Center's inpatient and partial hospital programs. In this setting, she also facilitated the dual diagnosis specialty groups for patients with co-occurring substance abuse and eating disorders. In her current role with The Center, Kristen provides individual and family therapy in the outpatient setting.

STEWARTjenny.jpgJennifer Stewart, M.A., LCPC 
IOP Therapist 
Jenny graduated with an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Towson University in 2015. Prior to joining the CED team, Jenny worked in the admissions department of SEPH as well as at a community mental health center providing individual therapy to clients with a wide variety of mental health diagnoses. She joined the Center for Eating Disorders in October 2016 working in the inpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs providing individual and group therapy before moving to the IOP program full time. Her responsibilities primarily include facilitating Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and occasionally Cognitive Behavioral groups in the IOP program, as well as facilitating individual check ins to help patients set weekly goals.

WARNERfran.jpgFrances Warner, LCSW-C

Outpatient Therapist

Frances Warner earned her MSW from the University of Maryland. She has worked in a variety of psychiatric settings including adult outpatient and inpatient and child outpatient treatment. From 1989-1991, Frances received training in object relations therapy from the Washington School of Psychiatry. In 1992 she spent a year as a Clinical Associate at the Tavistock Centre in London, England. Currently she is an advanced candidate in psychoanalysis with the New York Freudian Society. Frances has been with The Center for Eating Disorders for the past 6 years, joining the full time staff in 2005. She currently provides individual therapy for patients at The Center's outpatient department.

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Admissions Department

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Michele Birenbaum, R.N.
Admissions Coordinator
Michele graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2009. She joined the CED team as a staff nurse in 2010. Prior to joining the admissions team in 2016, she most recently worked on the unit as a Patient Care Coordinator (PCC) where she worked closely with a multi-disciplinary treatment team to provide high quality care to patients of all ages in the inpatient and partial hospitalization programs.  As a PCC, she worked closely with patients from their admission through discharge. Her duties included assessing and monitoring the medical and psychiatric day-to-day care of the patients, coordinating the patients’ master treatment plans, and communicating directly with the patients and their families. In her current role as an admissions coordinator, Michele supports incoming patients and families from referral or treatment inquiry up through the day of admission and/or evaluation.  In addition, Michele is trained to respond to medical emergencies within the hospital.

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Amber Foster, LCSW-C
Admissions Coordinator
Amber Steckman graduated from the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work in 2012 with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work with a specialization in Mental Health, and with her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from University of Maryland Baltimore County. Amber is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) for the state of Maryland. Prior to joining the team as a full time Family Therapist, Amber completed her internship at The Center for Eating Disorders and gained experience as an individual, family and group therapist.  She spent several years providing family therapy for adolescent and adult patients in the inpatient and partial hospitalization settings and also facilitated the dual diagnosis specialty groups as well as an adolescent Motivation to Change group. In her current role as an Admissions Coordinator, Amber is a first point of contact for individuals and families seeking treatment, conducting phone assessments, managing referrals and facilitating admission into the program.

Paula Goldberg, R.N.

Admissions Nurse

Paula Goldberg received her R.N. in 1977. She was a Senior Clinical Nurse at The Johns Hopkins Eating Disorder Unit for 15 years and Coordinator of the Johns Hopkins Movement Disorders Center for 5 years. Paula has been with The Center for Eating Disorders for 11 years, initially as the Community Outreach/Admissions Coordinator, and currently as the Admissions Nurse. She is active in nursing staff orientation and education. Additionally, Paula heads The Center for Eating Disorders' Multicultural Task Force.

HALLcarolyn.jpgCarolyn Hall, R.N.

Admissions Nurse


Carolyn received her RN in New York 1994.  After graduating she provided Private Duty Nursing care for post-op orthopedic patients in the tristate area. In 1996 Carolyn accepted the role of Charge Nurse on the Orthopedic Rehabilitation Unit at Sharon Health Care Center. Carolyn relocated to MD in 1999 where she joined the orthopedic team at Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore. She also served on the Recruitment/Retention and Evidence Based Practice teams. In 2007 Carolyn joined the nursing team on the Female Adolescent Crisis Stabilization Unit at Sheppard Pratt.  She served as Charge/Medication Nurse and was instrumental in revising Mental Health Worker therapeutic group programming. Carolyn joined The Center for Eating Disorders' Admissions team in 2010. In her current role she performs nursing assessments, patient and family teaching/support for incoming admissions, nursing staff orientation and teaching. Carolyn also heads the staff Morale committee and is trained to respond to medical emergencies within the Sheppard Pratt Health System.

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Community Outreach & Education

Clemmer_2018casual.jpgKate Clemmer, LCSW-C

Community Outreach Coordinator

Kate Clemmer earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2005 with a focus on Management & Community Organization and a specialization in Child, Adolescent & Family Health. Before joining The Center for Eating Disorders in 2008, Kate provided school-based therapy to adolescents and families in Baltimore City and coordinated a multi-school health education and prevention program. As the CED's Outreach Coordinator, Kate currently facilitates trainings and workshops in the community, provides outreach to individuals interested in The Center's services and coordinates The Center's annual community events. These events include an annual Symposium for health professionals, the Love Your Tree Poster Campaign, and National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Kate also facilitates The Center's community support group for individuals with eating disorders and their friends/family, held on Wednesday evenings.

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Discharge Coordinators

BUNNgenai.jpgGenai Bunn
Discharge Coordinator

Genai Bunn graduated from Stevenson University with her Bachelor of Science in Human Services in 2013, followed by her Masters of Science in Healthcare Management in 2016. Genai has previous experience at The Center for Eating Disorders as a mental health worker, and also has background in financial case management. As the Discharge Coordinator, Genai works closely with other disciplines, including nursing, psychology, and social work, to develop appropriate discharge plans for adolescent and adult patients in the inpatient and partial hospitalization levels of care. She also ensures that patient needs are met through consistent communication with patients and their families to schedule follow-up treatment and continuance of care.

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Registered Dietitians

Caitlyn Royster, RDCaitlin Royster, RD, LDN
Inpatient Nutrition Coordinator

Caitlin received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University.  She completed her dietetic internship with an emphasis on clinical nutrition and clinical nutrition research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.  Caitlin has previous experience working in an acute care setting providing medical nutrition therapy and nutrition education to patients.  Caitlin joined The Center for Eating Disorders in July 2014.  She completes nutrition assessments, teaches nutrition groups and assists patients with menu planning in the inpatient, partial hospital, and intensive outpatient programs.

HUGUENINhannah.jpgHannah Huguenin MS, RD, LDN
Outpatient Nutrition Coordinator

Hannah Huguenin received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics with a minor in Chemistry from Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois. She received her Masters degree from the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City where she also completed her Dietetic Internship. During this internship, Hannah completed a rotation on an acute care eating disorder unit at the Research Medical Center in Kansas City. She has been with The Center for Eating Disorders since 2008, and provides individual nutritional counseling for the outpatient population. In her role at The Center, she manages the outpatient nutrition team and leads program development. Hannah also provides ongoing support to help patients decrease eating disorder behaviors, meet their nutritional goals and improve their relationship with food through nutrition education.

FORDAbigail.jpgAbigail Ford, RD, LDN
Registered Dietitian
Abigail received her Bachelor degree in Environmental Science from Stony Brook University. She returned to school to complete her required Dietetic courses at Immaculata University and went on to complete her Dietetic Internship at Georgia Southern University from 2015-2016. She has previously worked in an acute and long term care facility in Bel Air, Maryland. She joined the CED dietitian team in April 2017 as Intensive Outpatient Dietitian. In this position, Abby performs assessments, facilitates weekly nutrition groups, assists patients and families with meal planning both on and off the unit, and provides nutrition education for individuals and families in the inpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs.

Rebecca Hart, RDRebecca J. Hart, RD, LDN
Outpatient Registered Dietitian

Rebecca received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Messiah College in Pennsylvania. She completed the dietetic internship program through Immaculata University. Rebecca has previous experience in an acute care setting providing medical nutritional therapy and nutrition education. Rebecca joined the CED team in February 2013 during which time she performed assessments, facilitated weekly nutrition groups, assisted patients with menu planning, and provided nutrition education for individuals and families in the inpatient and partial hospitalization programs. In 2017, Rebecca joined the outpatient department and now provides nutritional counseling to patients of all ages with a variety of eating disorder diagnoses on an outpatient basis. She has also been active as a speaker/trainer for The Center's professional education and outreach activities. 

Lauren Sommer, RDN, LDN
Registered Dietitian
 
Lauren graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics. She completed her Dietetic Internship at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay where she also completed an eating disorder rotation at Rodgers Behavior Health. Previously, Lauren worked in an acute care hospital near Madison, Wisconsin. She joined the CED team in December 2018 and her responsibilities include: preforming assessments, facilitating nutrition groups, assisting patients and their families with meal planning, and providing nutrition education to individuals and families in the inpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs.

Emily Spain, MS RD LDN
Registered Dietitian

Emily received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at The Ohio State University followed by her Master of Science in Nutrition Science at University of Cincinnati. She completed her dietetic internship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Prior to coming to the Center for Eating Disorders, Emily worked for 3 years as a clinical dietitian in an acute care setting. She joined the CED dietitian team in July 2018. Her responsibilities include performing assessments, facilitating weekly nutrition groups, assisting patients and families with menu planning and providing nutrition education to individuals and families in the inpatient and partial hospitalization programs.

THOMASrebecca.jpgRebecca H. Thomas, RD, LDN
Outpatient Registered Dietitian
Rebecca Thomas earned her degree in Health Science from Rutgers School of Health Professions and Thomas Edison State College.  She completed an internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2006 which included a rotation with eating disorder patients and an additional pediatric/adolescent rotation at GBMC in 2007.  Rebecca has been working in private practice since 2009 specializing in both eating disorders and the pediatric population. She is a member of the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians and a member of the Disordered Eating & Eating Disorders Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Practice Group.  Rebecca joined The Center's RD team in 2017 and currently provides medical nutrition therapy for individuals of all ages in our outpatient and inpatient settings. 


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Expressive Art Therapists

ANDERSENjulia.jpgJulia Andersen, ATR-BC, LCPAT, ATCS.
Expressive Therapy Coordinator

Julia Andersen has been with The Center for Eating Disorders since 1994, and was the first art therapist for Mercy Center for Eating Disorders. She became the Expressive Therapy Coordinator with The Center for Eating Disorders at St Joseph's in 1996, and has been with The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt since 2005, supervising expressive therapists and developing body image treatment for adolescents and adults. Julia developed the “Love Your Tree” art campaign, a community outreach and prevention program for Maryland schools, and has authored “The Body Outline Drawing Technique” book chapter in Creative Arts Therapies and Eating Disorders (2008, Stephanie L. Johnson, editor) on the use of the body tracing with eating disorders. In addition, Julia is faculty at Notre Dame University of Maryland's new graduate and undergraduate Art Therapy Program.

BOSTONcharlotte.jpgCharlotte Boston, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT
Art Therapist
Charlotte Boston obtained her Masters in Art Therapy from the George Washington University Art Therapy Program. She was a part of the Expressive Therapy team at The Center for Eating Disorders when it was based at St. Joseph Medical Center from 1998 to 2004. Her experiences since then includes working with a broad range of populations and diagnoses which, for 12 years, included military psychiatric inpatients at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She has presented and published on multicultural issues in art therapy locally and nationally.  Charlotte also served on the Board of Directors of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) for 4 years and has served on various AATA committees. In addition to providing art therapy services for patients in our inpatient and partial hospital programs, she currently serves as Director of the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) and is adjunct faculty and guest lecturer for the George Washington University Art Therapy Program. 

MANNsarah.jpgSarah Mann, MA, LGPAT, LGPC
Art Therapist

Sarah Mann received her Masters in Art Therapy from The George Washington University with additional coursework in counseling and trauma-informed treatment processes. During her schooling, Sarah interned at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, MD working with inpatient adults, High Roads Primary & Middle School in Southeast DC with children and adolescents and a womens’ shelter in Chennai, India. Prior to graduate school, Sarah worked at a non-profit facility in Annapolis, MD in multiple capacities including direct care management and as art teacher/art gallery manager. Sarah’s research interests include community-based practice as well as social action within the field of art therapy.

SOVAmeghan.jpgMeghan Sova, MT-BC
Music Therapist
Meghan Sova received her BA in Music Therapy from Elizabethtown College. She completed her music therapy internship at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Baltimore, MD. Meghan joined The Center for Eating Disorders in May 2017. When she is not at CED, Meghan works part-time as a music therapist at Beyond the Natural Foundation, a non-profit organization for at-risk youth. She is also a private instructor for children and adults and is a private voice teacher. In her current role at The Center, Meghan provides music therapy at adolescents and adults in the inpatient and partial hospital programs.

Mary Liz Taylor
Movement Therapist
Bio coming soon...

 

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Occupational Therapist

HALDEMANelizabeth.jpgElizabeth Haldeman, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapy Coordinator

Elizabeth Haldeman completed her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology at Marymount University in 2006.  She received her Master’s of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Towson University in 2010.  Prior to joining the team at The Center for Eating Disorders, Elizabeth worked in a pediatric outpatient facility specializing in sensory integration. Elizabeth currently works with adult and adolescent inpatient and partial hospitalization patients both individually and in group settings to help increase functional life skills through engagement in occupation. In her role as OT Coordinator, Elizabeth oversees the OT staff in their work with patients throughout The Center's inpatient, partial hospital and intensive outpatient programs.

BROWNchristine.jpgChristine Brown, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist II
Christine Brown received her Masters of Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1999. Prior to joining the team at The Center for Eating Disorders, Christine spent time providing community-based services as an intensive case manager and worked in a general psychiatric inpatient and partial hospital program.  In her current role at The Center, Christine provides occupational therapy for adults and adolescents in our inpatient and partial hospital programs. She assists patients in increasing engagement in valued roles and meaningful occupations through group and individual interventions. In addition to other OT groups, Christine facilitates the sensory awareness and horticulture specialty groups.

DEHARTrachel.jpgRachel Dehart MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist II
Rachel Dehart graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public & Community Health from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2007. She received her Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Towson University in 2010. Rachel is currently an occupational therapist on the Children’s Short-Term Inpatient Unit where she adapts and grades activities to meet various physical, emotional, and cognitive levels of children aged 3-12. Rachel facilitates Life Skills and Time Management occupational therapy groups in the CED Intensive Outpatient Program to assist patients with re-engagement in meaningful occupations at home and within the community.

TRACHTENBERGkara.jpgKara Trachtenberg, MOTR/L
Occupational Therapist II

Kara Trachtenberg completed her Bachelors of Science degree at the College of Charleston in 2010.  She received her Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2012. Prior to joining the team at The Center for Eating Disorders, Kara worked in a school-based setting serving children and adolescents with various emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and sensory needs. Kara currently provides occupational therapy for our adult and adolescents in both the inpatient and partial hospitalization programs. She provides occupational therapy in both group and individual settings, where she helps patients develop functional life skills through meaningful occupations.
 

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