About the Psychologists

Meet our resident psychologists, waiting to answer your questions about all areas of psychology. Click on a photo to read replies by that psychologist, or click here to ask a question!

Current Faculty

Dr Elizabeth Chamberlain, PhD

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A licensed psychologist in the states of Colorado and Texas (retired), Dr Liz Chamberlain received her PhD and MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas and her BA in English and Psychology from the University of Michigan. In addition to having worked in private practice, Dr Chamberlain has provided therapy, testing and assessment to individuals, families and couples at university counseling centers and community mental health centers. She is a member of the American Psychological Association as well as credentialed by The National Register of Health Service Psychologists.

Dr Chamberlain’s internship training in systems-oriented, narrative therapy as well as mindfulness-based cognitive therapy guides her practice. She specializes in anxiety, stress, depression/mood disorders, relationships, parenting/custodial grandparenting, vocational counseling, testing/assessment and developmental issues across the life span.

In addition to her practice, Dr Chamberlain has held an adjunct faculty position in the Counselor Education program at Texas State University and has taught undergraduate courses in the psychology of women, child development, and introductory psychology at UNT. She is also a published author on grandparents raising grandchildren, and has presented her research on creativity and affective traits at professional conferences.

Dr Chamberlain joined the CounsellingResource.com team in 2012 as a contributor to Ask the Psychologist. For more information about Dr Chamberlain and her work, visit www.thecoloradocenter.com.

Dr Peter Thomas, PhD

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Dr Peter Thomas has been practicing therapy in Texas since 1995. He is well known for his work with adolescents and for his workshops and training on topics including suicide and self injury, bullying, self-care in the helping professions, and diversity training for mental health professionals. He graduated from the University of North Texas with his doctorate in Counseling Psychology and completed his internship and post-doctorate training at Southern Methodist University and Texas Woman’s University. Dr Thomas practices Interpersonal and Relational Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Transactional Analysis.

Dr Thomas joined the CounsellingResource.com team in 2014 as a contributor to Ask the Psychologist. Learn more about his work at www.psychologistmckinney.com.

Faculty Emeriti

The following contributors to Ask the Psychologist span the period back to our launch in 2007.

Dr Susan Berel, PhD

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A clinical psychologist in private practice in Georgia, Dr Berel received her PhD from Washington State University. She works with adults as well as adolescents with anxiety, depression, and relationship problems. She also treats individuals struggling with anorexia, bulimia, and obesity, and has several publications in these areas. Dr. Berel enjoys spending time with her family, and as the mother of young children, she recognizes the challenges associated with balancing work life and childrearing.

Dr Jim Bierman, PhD

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Author of Of Sound Mind to Marry [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK], Jim received his PhD from the California Graduate Institute in Los Angeles and postdoctoral training at the University of Washington School of Medicine. As a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified parent evaluator, he makes recommendations to the Court for residential placement of children in high-conflict child custody cases. As an expert in divorce, Jim advocates for preparing for marriage thoughtfully, without losing the passion, in order to prevent divorce and help couples make love last.

Dr Joseph M Carver, PhD

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A Clinical Psychologist with over 40 years in the field, Dr Carver is currently in practice in southern Ohio in the US. He became Consulting Psychologist with CounsellingResource.com in 2007 and, from 2007-2009, answered over 1000 questions at Ask the Psychologist.

Dr Shailagh Clarke, PhD

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A licensed psychologist in the states of Texas and Oregon, Shailagh Clarke earned a PhD in counseling psychology from the University of North Texas. She completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship specializing in ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders in children at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. Currently in private practice in Salem, Oregon, Dr Clarke works with both children and adults on a broad range of issues, including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, and ADHD.

Dr Jennifer Harned Adams, PhD

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A Research Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Denver and a licensed psychologist in private practice, Dr Jennifer Harned Adams received her PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Houston. She completed an additional three years of post-doctoral training in psychosocial oncology and reproductive health at the University of Texas.

Dr Mélisande Holohan, PsyD

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A licensed psychologist in California and Colorado, Dr Mélisande Holohan’s clinical work has focused on child, adolescent, and family psychology, with a specialty in family health psychology. She did her pre- and post-doctoral clinical work at the Oakland Children’s Hospital, where she served as chief resident of the Department of Psychiatry. Most recently she worked with adolescents in a residential treatment program for girls with severe eating disorders. Mélisande’s areas of special interest include the psychology of illness, death, and dying. She has particular experience with children who are either ill or coping with a parent’s illness. Mélisande currently resides in Colorado with her husband and two young sons, who continue to educate her about child development.

Dr Misty Hook, PhD

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A licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Texas, Dr Misty Hook received her PhD in counseling psychology from Ball State University. She was a professor of counseling psychology at Texas Woman’s University for five years where she taught classes in counseling, family psychology, social psychology, the psychology of mothering and gender issues. Her areas of specialization include families, couples, gender issues and giftedness and she has several publications in these areas.

Dr Jaya Mathew, PhD, MSW

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Dr Mathew is a licensed psychologist specializing in treating depression, anxiety, relationship conflicts, trauma/abuse and negative self-image. She is passionate about working with women’s issues and diverse populations. Dr Mathew has worked in both academic and clinical treatment settings including university counseling centers, community mental health, schools and a psychiatric hospital. She served as the director of a community mental health clinic and clinical associate professor at the University of Wisconsin. Currently, Dr Mathew works in private practice, teaches and supervises students training to become psychologists. She holds a PhD in counseling psychology from Fordham University and a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr Jennifer Ritchie-Goodline, PsyD

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Dr. Ritchie-Goodline is a licensed clinical psychologist in independent practice in Centennial, Colorado with over fifteen years of experience in the mental health field. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Denver in 2000 and provides individual, family, and couples psychotherapy services. She has a wide range of clinical experience and specializes in the following areas: relationship issues, women’s issues, adolescent issues, health psychology, emotional growth and development, pain management, parenting concerns, depression, anxiety and stress, trauma, and self-esteem.

Dr Alisa Robinson, PhD

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Alisa received her PhD from the University of Southern California. A licensed clinical psychologist in the state of California, she works with individuals across the lifespan, providing individual, family and group therapy. She teaches classes on mindfulness and anxiety management and is an adjunct professor at Argosy University.

Dr George Simon, PhD

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Dr George Simon received his PhD in clinical psychology from Texas Tech University and has specialized in disturbances of personality and character for almost 25 years. He has appeared on several national radio and TV programs, including Fox News Network and CNN, given over 250 workshops and seminars nationwide, and consulted to numerous businesses, agencies, and organizations seeking his expertise on character disturbance.

Dr Jennifer Taub, PhD

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A licensed Clinical Psychologist with a background in children, families and couples, Dr Jennifer Taub received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Vermont and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School. Dr Taub is the Director of Learning and Evaluation at Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, a community non-profit, and she holds academic appointments in the Department of School and Counseling Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and in Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Dr Jeff Temple, PhD

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Dr Jeff Temple is an Associate Professor, Licensed Psychologist, and Director of Behavioral Health and Research in the department of Ob/Gyn at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. His research, which has been funded through the National Institute of Justice, National Institutes of Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, focuses on interpersonal relationships and substance use. Dr Temple runs an active clinical practice with a strong emphasis on women’s health, especially perinatal issues including postpartum depression. He is solution-focused relying heavily on cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing.

Dr Sarah Walker, PhD

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Dr. Sarah Walker is a Licensed Psychologist who earned her PhD at The University of Texas at Austin.  She is currently in private practice in Austin, Texas and teaches at St. Edward’s University in their Master’s in Counseling (MAC) program. Dr. Walker’s therapy practice focuses on how symptoms of anxiety and depression become relationship problems — and vice versa. She helps individuals get “un-stuck” from their symptoms, and aids couples in reviving their communication and connection. Her research publications focus on gender dynamics and sexuality, sexual coercion and abuse.

Michael Wiederman, PhD

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A professor of psychology at Columbia College, a women’s college in South Carolina, Dr Wiederman received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. After a predoctoral internship at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the eating disorder program there. He regularly teaches courses on personality, psychological disorders, sexuality, and counseling theories and techniques.

Dr Wiederman has published more than 200 research articles and book chapters on a range of topics, including sexuality, disordered eating, gender, body image, and personality pathology. His most recent books are Study Less, Learn More: The Complete Guide for Busy Students and Transcending the Personality Disordered Parent: Psychological and Spiritual Tactics (co-authored with Randy Sansone, MD). Learn more at his website MindingtheMind.com.

Dr Virginia S. Wood, PsyD

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With a background in both Community Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Dr Wood devotes most of her clinical hours to working with older adolescents and adults who have experienced trauma in childhood. She has helped individuals deal with the impact of child abuse and neglect, disability, and alcoholism for over thirty years.

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