Team Members

The Duke University Multicultural Consultation Team (or the MC Team, as we affectionately call it) started in 2016 by a committed group of mental health care providers spanning graduate trainees, pre-doctoral clinical psychology interns, post-doctoral trainees, and faculty members within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Current Members

(in alphabetical order, by last name)

Briana Brownlow

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Hometown: Louisville, KY

Graduate Institution: The Ohio State University

Current Position: Clinical Psychology Doctoral Intern

I joined the MC team because I am committed to providing culturally responsive care and am particularly interested in working with diverse and underserved populations. Additionally, as a clinician at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities, I appreciate that MC team offers a safe space to gain peer consultation and support.

Stephanie Hargrove

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Graduate Institution: George Mason University

Current Position: Clinical Associate/Post-Doctoral Trainee, Duke University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

“I joined MC team because I am passionate about integrating social justice into clinical practice. This team provides a space for learning, consultation, and collaboration that facilitates growth and accountability with professionals who share similar values. I hope to continue to work with this group to develop in my ability to promote the liberation, empowerment, and overall wellness of racially minoritized groups and those who have been subjected to other manifestations of oppression.”

Gabriela Nagy

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Hard to say… I have moved around a lot. Home base these days is Colorado.

Graduate Institution: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Current Position: Assistant Professor in the Dept of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine; Duke University School of Nursing

“My role is comprised of research, education, and clinical duties.  I received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee prior to moving to Duke to complete pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral training. I am a bilingual and bicultural psychologist with experience working with communities that have been systematically harmed, excluded, and marginalized.    

Along with several colleagues, I co-developed the MC team during my internship year (2016-2017) out of a desire to create infrastructure within our clinic to formally incorporate cultural and contextual factors into assessment, conceptualization, and treatment. Our peer consultation team for me has been one of the most nourishing and valuable experiences I have had at Duke. I am so proud of the work this team has done, and I am very excited to see where we will be able to go in the future.”

Ilana Pilato

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Coral Springs, FL

Graduate Institution: Fairleigh Dickinson University

Current Position: Clinical Associate/Post-Doctoral Trainee, Duke University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

“I joined MC team because I am passionate about increasing access and inclusivity of those that are typically underserved in the mental health field. Specifically, I am interested in treatment and research for individuals with eating disorders and aim to increase education, awareness, and interventions for those that do not typically have access to these services. Striving to cultural humility and competence, being on the MC team affords me the opportunity to learn and consult with the best in the field to better serve my current and future patients.”

Angela Pisoni

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Alexandria, VA

Graduate Institution: Duke University

Current Position: Clinical Psychology PhD Student

“I am a third year clinical psychology doctoral student at Duke. My work focuses on how individuals differences in how people interact with rewards in their environment shape their psychological well-being. Outside of work, I love spending time with my sweet pup, Bruno, and gardening.

I joined MC Team because I firmly believe that strong clinical training should include ongoing training in how to look at empirically support treatments through a multicultural lens.”

Katherine Ramos

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hometown: New York

Graduate institution: University of Houston

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine Geriatrics; Senior Fellow, Duke University Aging Center Duke University Medical Center

“I always enjoy finding opportunities to increase my understanding and sensitivity to the multicultural aspects for the patients I care for and serve. The MC team offers a unique space to learn, attend didactics, and have a shared space with other clinicians across stages of career and expertise.”

Scott Ravyts

Pronouns: He / Him / His

Hometown: Wépion, Belgium

Graduation Institution: Virginia Commonwealth University

Current Position: Psychology Predoctoral Intern – Adult Health Track

“I joined the MC team because I believe that effective patient-centered care is attuned to issues of diversity and inclusion. The MC team at Duke provides rich didactic and peer consultation opportunities which allow me to reflect on ways to deliver care that is culturally sensitive.”

Srishti Sardana

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India

Graduate Institution: Columbia University, New York

Current Position: Clinical Psychology Intern (Adult CBT Track); Doctoral Candidate

“As complex humans, we experience ourselves, others around us and the world we live and engage in through a multi-dimensional lens — linguistics, geographies, ethnicities, and social identities. I believe that such a myriad landscape enriches our cognitive, emotional and interpersonal lives but to truly tap into this diversity, it takes making active efforts to see, listen, and do in due consideration of each other’s differences. For all we know, our human similarities are powerful enough to keep us strongly close than have our differences divide us! I joined the MC team because of its unique approach to creating a safe space for responsible dialogue and cultivate skills to become inclusive and remain equitable as scientist-practitioners”

Stanley Seah

Pronouns: He/him/his

Hometown: Singapore

Graduate Institution: Kent State University

Current Position: Clinical Psychology Doctoral Intern (Adult CBT Track)

“I joined MC Team because I firmly believe in the importance of approaching clinical work and research from a multicultural lens. I enjoy working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and MC Team provides a safe space for me to learn and consult on important multicultural issues in my work with patients. I look forward to enhancing my multicultural competence through participating in MC Team!”


Dane R. Whicker

Pronouns: He/him/his

Hometown: Fayetteville, AR

Graduate Institution: Marquette University, (M.S., Ph.D., Clinical Psychology)

Current Positions: Medical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Assistant Director of Sexual and Gender Diversity Initiatives, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Duke School of Medicine

I enjoy teaching, learning, and practicing clinical psychology. Growing up in Arkansas, my understanding of the World has been greatly influenced by the context of spending my formative years in the American South. Passing by Civil War battlefields on the way to school, meeting members of “the Little Rock Nine,” and feeling the legacy of discrimination and prejudice first-hand made me want to understand the way people work. Having been indoctrinated into a well-enforced and coded culture of “etiquette,” with lots of “yes, ma’am’s” and “no, sir’s,” – I fluently understand the covert ways that some people are put-down and made to feel “othered.” I want to help people heal from these harmful experiences and prevent the legacy of bias from continuing on a systems level. As such, I am driven to promote equity and inclusion in my roles as a clinician, educator, researcher, and administrator.

My areas of expertise focus on sexual orientation and gender, with an emphasis on working with adolescent and adult transgender patients who are interested in starting or have started taking steps toward medical transition (i.e., hormonal or surgical). As a Clinical Health Psychologist, I enjoy working with a multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, endocrinologists, OB/GYN’s, plastic surgeons, and urologists to ensure that my patients receive the best possible care that they can, and that their transition goals are met through collaborative assessment and therapy.

Past Members

(in alphabetical order, by last name)

Deepika Anand

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Bangalore, India

Graduate Institution: Northwestern University

Former Position: Medical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center

“As a licensed clinical psychologist and Medical Instructor at Duke University Medical Center, I spend most of my time providing outpatient psychotherapy to a diverse client population at the Cognitive Behavioral Research and Treatment Program. I also work part-time as a biostatistician at the Duke Center for Misophonia and Emotion Regulation.

I completed my undergraduate and masters-level training in Bangalore, India, where I was raised, before moving to the U.S. for a doctorate program in Clinical Psychology at Northwestern University. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center, and postdoctoral training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My main research focus is how the perception and experience of emotions influence behavior across different disorders. I am also involved in testing cross-cultural applicability of psychological measures (Chen et al., 2019) and cultural adaptations of evidence based treatments (Chen et al., 2020). I am passionate about facilitating mental health awareness and psychoeducation for immigrant populations in the U.S. and have conducted psychoeducation workshops for international students at UNC Chapel Hill and at Duke University. As an immigrant myself, I am deeply aware of the impact of cultural context on my role as a clinician and the importance of developing a culturally sensitive and competent practice.”

Macey Arnold

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Palm City, FL

Undergraduate Institution: UNC Chapel Hill

Former Position: Clinical Research Coordinator in the Cognitive Behavioral Research and Therapy Program (CBRTP) at Duke University Medical Center

“Through the Multicultural Team, and the informative, humble discussions, developing a multicultural orientation has become increasingly central to my career aspirations. I aim to enroll in a graduate program in the upcoming years to obtain a degree in Counseling Psychology specializing in Sport and Exercise Psychology. I feel incredibly grateful for the opportunity to learn from such thoughtful and enthusiastic mental health providers.”

Jessica Coleman

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Berkeley, CA

Graduate institution: Duke University

Former Position: Clinical Psychology PhD Student and practicum student at CBRTP

“I am a student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Duke. My work centers on women’s health psychology and trauma-informed medical care. I joined MC team because I aim to cultivate multicultural competencies during my clinical training in order to provide high quality care. I am passionate about health equity, and this training experience will also enable me to be more effective in developing and implementing treatments to promote mental, reproductive and sexual health among diverse populations in low-resource settings.”

Theresa Flores

Pronouns: she/hers/ella

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Graduate Institution: UNC Chapel Hill, Tar Heel Twice (Undergraduate: BA in Psychology, Latinx Studies Minor, Social Economic Justice Minor, Graduate: Masters in Social Work)

Former Position: LCSWA, Outpatient Therapist and Care Coordinator

“I joined the team because the purpose aligns with my values and the work I prioritize as a clinician.”

Rachel Guetta

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hometown: Westport, CT

Graduate institution: Duke University

Former Position: Clinical Psychology PhD student

“I joined MC Team to support my training in providing culturally responsive and thoughtful psychotherapy. I value being part of this team that creates time and space to consider contextual factors and high quality care.”

Marissa Howard

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Annapolis, Maryland

Graduate Institution: University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration

Former Position: Clinical Associate and Director of Counseling and Social Work Services (Adult) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

“I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked at Duke for 10 years. Throughout that time, I’ve had the opportunity to work in many different roles including: therapist, teacher, clinical assessor, advocate, and clinical administrator. I am grateful for the diversity of experiences that my work at Duke has afforded me, including the opportunity to be on the MC team.

I joined the team because, as a Social Worker, few things are more important to me than ensuring that our clinical services are culturally competent. I believe that being culturally competent is not just important, but imperative in providing quality clinical services. I hold a strong value of being a life-long learner, and joining the team created an opportunity for more growth related to providing culturally informed care.”

Amy Lakin

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Durham, NC

Graduate Institution: University of North Carolina School of Social Work

Former Position: Social Work Intern at CBRTP at Duke University Medical Center

“This is my final year as a graduate student and feel fortunate to have gotten to work with a multiculturally responsive team during my internship. After I graduate, I will start a job as an outpatient therapist at Carolina Outreach where I will continue to practice cultural humility and discuss and work on multicultural agenda items with my colleagues.

I joined the team to expand my knowledge around cultural humility and competence as well as to gain the insight of other clinicians working with a culturally humble lens.”

Kelly LeMaire

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: South Bend, IN

Graduate Institution: Marquette University

Former Position: Clinical Associate at CBRTP at Duke University Medical Center;  Stress, Trauma, and Recovery Treatment Program

“I am currently a Clinical Associate with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. As a clinical educator, my role is to provide quality evidenced-based care to our patients as well as to be involved in supervision and training initiatives. I have expertise in trauma, in mood and emotion dysregulation disorders, as well as multiculturally responsive treatments. I have particular expertise in working with LGBTQIA+ individuals. My research focuses on prejudice reduction and interventions and LGBTQIA+ and multiculturally responsive care.

During my internship year, I co-developed the MC team with my fabulous colleagues. We developed the team in order to have dedicated space to attend to issues related to culture, identity, and diversity that impact patient care. Being a part of this team has been incredibly meaningful and valuable to me. It has supported me in continued growth and has contributed to my own well being as a provider and individual. In fall 2019, I will be beginning a new role as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Purdue University. I look forward to continuing to be an active member of this team as well as broaden the reach and membership of our team.”

Katie Morse

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Knoxville, TN

Graduate Institution: Smith College School for Social Work

Former Position: Social Work Intern at CBRTP at Duke University Medical Center

Katie is currently working toward her masters in social work and in her second year practicum at the CBRTP. She has previously acted as a research assistant in a cultural competence research study and strives to provide evidence-based, culturally-informed care. She is particularly interested in attending to intersectional identities within the therapeutic dyad. Katie will join the Menninger Clinic as a social work fellow in September and looks forward to providing culturally-informed, responsive care to individuals, groups, and families in this new opportunity.

“I joined the MC team because it incorporates the ethics of social work into clinical care. An individual’s sociocultural environment and the attendant societal value assigned to identities directly impacts a patient’s psychological health. The MC team provides a much-needed, invaluable space for cultural case consultation, allowing me the opportunity to learn from other clinicians and increase my understanding and appreciation of cultural factors in clinical care.”

Joshua Nwosu

Pronouns: He/him/his

Hometown: Pasadena, California

Graduate Institution: Loma Linda University

Former Position: Medical Psychology Intern at CBRTP at Duke University Medical Center

“I am a doctoral intern on the Adult CBT track. Clinically, I am focused on providing brief evidence-based transdiagnostic cognitive and behavioral interventions to underserved patients across diverse settings. My primary interests are in systematic and sociocultural barriers related to behavioral healthcare access among African Americans and disadvantaged populations with comorbid medical illnesses. I will be starting as a postdoctoral fellow at the Washington DC V.A. Medical Center in September 2020.

I joined the multicultural consultation team to actively learn ways to become a better, more culturally conscious, resource for my patients and colleagues.  MC Team has been such a valuable resource for me to learn and contribute!

Maku Orleans-Pobee

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Hometown: Fairfax, Virginia

Graduate institution: UNC Chapel Hill

Former Position: Clinical Psychology PhD student (at UNC) and practicum student at CBRTP

“I joined MC team because I believe that the clinical care we provide would be inadequate without a careful consideration of multicultural factors that impact each individual, their environment, and the interaction between the two. I believe that MC team provides a space to continue to develop the multicultural competencies that allow us all to provide more effective and compassionate care for all clients.”

Megan Renna

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Prospect, CT

Graduate Institution: Teachers College, Columbia University

Former Position: Medical Psychology Intern at CBRTP at Duke University Medical Center

“I am a clinical psychology intern at Duke and will earn my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology following completion of my internship in June 2019. My clinical interests are in using evidence-based interventions to treat adults with difficulties with emotion regulation with a specific interest in treating anxiety disorders. In terms of research, my work involves examining the impact of dysregulated emotional and cognitive processes in exacerbating physical health issues.

I joined the MC Team at Duke to continue my learning on best practices in working with patients from diverse backgrounds and to deepen my understanding of how patients’ and my own identities may impact clinical care. As a graduate student in NYC working with a diverse range of patients over the years, it was an important goal of mine to find an internship that was committed to disseminating information regarding diversity!”

 

Clair Robbins

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Newburgh, NY

Graduate Institution: Boston University

Former Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Center for Misophonia and Emotion Regulation and CBRTP

“As a graduate student in Boston I worked with a diverse range of patients and became aware of my own blind spots and soft spots in working with different individuals. I was fortunate to receive wonderful consultation during my training and was excited to learn about the MC Team here at Duke! I joined the team because it is in line with my own values of providing thoughtful, personalized, evidence-based treatment that considers each patient in their own context.

Outside of academia I enjoy yoga, cycling, running, and spending time with my dog.”

Melissa Santiago

Hometown: Mayagüez, Puerto Rico

Graduate institution: Albizu University in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Former Position: Clinical Psychology Intern in the Cognitive Behavioral Research and Treatment Program; Rotations: Duke Collaborative Access Clinic, DBT-YA, START Clinic, BA/MBCT

“I joined MC Team to further develop skills in my journey towards becoming a culturally competent, humble and responsive psychotherapist. I aim to work on the development of cultural adaptations and provision of trauma-informed evidence-based cognitive-behavioral psychotherapies to Latinx populations. I feel passionate about increasing access to underserved communities and using the intersections that grant me privilege to help others. MC Team provides the opportunity to learn from and consult with a diverse group of professionals that are committed to serving in ways that consider patients’ backgrounds and contexts.”

Aliya Saulson

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Graduate Institution: Smith College MSW 2019, The University of Georgia BSFCS 2016

Former Position: Clinical Social Worker Associate and Care Coordinator

“Culturally conscious work is an area I find myself always growing in.  Being a part of Multicultural Consultation Team (MCT) allows that growth to develop alongside other clinicians and members working towards similar goals of providing intentional culturally conscious mental health care.  While I believe interacting with the world in an inclusive way is of the utmost importance, it is especially critical for me, as a therapist, to be involved in anti-racism work.  As a therapist, I have the honor of being privy to the most sacred parts of my clients’ lives and identities.  Each client’s identity is crucial to the therapy work I do with them.  In my therapeutic role, it is part of my responsibility to educate myself on ways to explore identities in the therapeutic space in a way that is supportive, intentional, and validating.  It is no secret that racism expands beyond the individual realm and is often a systemic and institutional barrier.  Being on MCT additionally allows me to make efforts towards recognizing and dismantling white supremacy within all the spaces I inhabit.   I look forward to my continued growth and rich experiences as part of the team.”

Stephanie Schuette

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Graduate Institution: Duke University

Former Position: Clinical Psychology PhD student and practicum student at CBRTP

“I am a student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Duke. I am interested in the application of mindfulness-based approaches to coping with stress and pain. Outside of academic life, I enjoy yoga and plant-based baking.

I joined MC Team because seeing clients is one of the most fulfilling parts of my job, and I aim to provide culturally informed care that empowers individuals of all backgrounds. Through being part of this interdisciplinary consultation team, I hope to increase my understanding of diverse experiences in order to be a more informed therapist and individual.”

Matthew Southward

Pronouns: He/him/his

Hometown: Springfield, Ohio

Graduate Institution: The Ohio State University

Former Position: Medical Psychology Intern at CBRTP at Duke University Medical Center

“I am a medical psychology intern in the adult CBT track in the CBRTP at Duke University Medical Center. Clinically, I am focused on providing DBT, CBT, and third-wave treatments for depression, anxiety, trauma, and personality disorders. My research focuses on how emotion regulation flexibility, particularly in Borderline Personality Disorder and DBT, contributes to treatment outcomes. As of August 2019, I will be a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Kentucky studying how to best personalize and optimize empirically-based treatments.

I joined the multicultural team to become better informed about how issues of diversity impact my clinical care for patients. I recognize I have blind spots in my knowledge of how gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, SES, age, religiosity, and ability status might impact patients so I have worked to expand my background on the team.”

Jade Wu

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Toronto, Canada

Graduate Institution: Boston University

Former Position: Clinical Associate Fellow at CBRTP at Duke University Medical Center

“My superpower is sleeping really well. I like to share this by working with patients, students, and research collaborators to spread evidence-based behavioral sleep medicine. My area of expertise is behavioral sleep medicine + perinatal mood disorders.

I joined the team because I wanted to learn from my colleagues of various backgrounds, and always have the opportunity to improve my ability to incorporate cultural sensitivity into my practice.”

Rachel Zelkowitz

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Orlando, FL

Graduate Institution: Vanderbilt University

Former Position: Medical Psychology Intern at CBRTP at Duke University Medical Center

“I am a predoctoral clinical psychology intern in the Adult CBT track at Duke University Medical Center. I am originally from Orlando, FL, and will earn my doctoral degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, in 2019. My clinical interests include trauma, direct and indirect self-harm behaviors (eg, self-injury, disordered eating, substance use), and shame. My research focuses on understanding transdiagnostic mechanisms of direct and indirect self-harm.

I joined the team to deepen my understanding of the interplay between cultural factors and the lived experience of psychopathology. A second key goal was enhancing my capacity to provide culturally responsive assessment, case conceptualization, and intervention. This team has challenged and strengthened me in ways I never could have anticipated. It is a privilege to learn with such an expert group!”