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A Message from the Director of The Psychological Clinic

Welcome to the Pennsylvania State University Psychological Clinic homepage.  Our clinic functions with three primary goals in mind:

1.   Training of graduate students in our doctoral (PhD) training program in Clinical Psychology (adult and child tracks) 


2.   Provision of evidence based psychological services to residents of Centre County and the surrounding area

3.   Conducting “state of the art” research in order to develop new and more effective ways of helping our clients cope with the difficulties they face 

In order to accomplish these missions, we are committed to providing services to all individuals regardless of race, gender, religion, ethnic background, economic status, or sexual orientation. Because we operate as the training facility for one of the leading Clinical Psychology programs in the nation, our professional staff includes faculty in Clinical Psychology, adjunct faculty, staff psychologists and psychiatrists, and licensed mental health professionals.  Many hold clinical appointments in the Department of Psychology.   Many serve as clinical supervisors to the staff clinicians who are primarily composed of graduate students enrolled in the Clinical Psychology doctoral training program.

The Clinic is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services as an Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic and accepts referrals from individuals and various community agencies. We operate, in part, as a contracted provider for Centre County's Mental Health/Intellectual Disability/Drug and Alcohol Program/Early Intervention Services and receive referrals from the Base Service Unit (BSU) in Bellefonte. Thus, some of our services are funded in part under an agreement with Centre County.  We also accept most major insurance providers.

Michael C. Wolff, Ph.D., CADC

Senior Clinical Staff

 

Michael Wolff, Ph.D., CADC - Director, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Wolff is currently the Director of the Penn State Psychological Clinic where he administers many aspects of clinical training and administrative services including individual and group psychotherapy, behavioral and forensic consultation, clinical supervision, school-based mental health, and community outreach.  In his clinical work and supervision, he incorporates an integrative framework informed through Humanistic and Interpersonal perspectives.   His clinical and consultation interests, which have significantly informed his research pursuits, include work with substance abuse populations, child and adolescent services, individuals with intellectual disabilities, and a variety of direct care staff training endeavors.  Many of his current research interests focus on dissemination of evidence based practice methods in naturalistic and community settings.  Specifically, he is interested in improving direct care staff helping experiences, especially when working with difficulty populations, through examination of a variety of staff variables including emotional reactions, attribution, expectancy, experience and training, and self care. 

Sandra Testa, Ph.D. - Assistant Director, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology

Sandra Testa is the Assistant Director and clinical supervisor at the Psychological Clinic at Penn State University.  She provides direct supervision to clinical doctoral students, provides direct treatment services for Clinic clients, and also serves in a variety of training and administrative functions.  She is a broadly-trained clinical psychologist, and utilizes a variety of therapeutic modalities including psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and integrative psychotherapies in the treatment of a wide range of clinical difficulties.  Her primary research interests include the explication of factors and mechanisms which may trigger, exacerbate, and/or perpetuate the susceptibility toward and maintenance of both general and specific forms of clinical psychopathology in order to enhance prevention and treatment approaches.  She is  especially interested in the complex and oftentimes multidirectional interactions that occur between innate influences, developmental factors (e.g., attachment history, family of origin issues, learning history, sufficiency of other necessary resources for optimal self-regulation), and impact of exposure to adverse conditions (e.g., acute/chronic/traumatic stress) across multiple domains of functioning (e.g., cognitive, affective, interpersonal, physiological, and neurobiological) at various stages of development which may render an individual susceptible to a variety of clinical disturbances.  She has also worked extensively on NIMH-funded comparative treatment outcome studies for Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia and is currently serving as a clinical supervisor at Penn State’s Anxiety Clinic.

Kristen M. Kelly, PhD, CRNP - Senior Clinician and Supervisor

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Senior Clinician and Supervisor

Dr. Kelly’s roles include providing clinical supervision for doctoral students, as well as providing direct clinical care to Clinic clients.  In addition, her research interests center on the areas of parent-infant mental health and developmental psychopathology, particularly as they relate to parents' mental representations, cognitive-affective attributions, and corresponding parent-infant behaviors. Specifically, one of the main functions of her research is to develop more accurate and comprehensive models for understanding how distortions in parents' perceptions of themselves and of their children influence parenting behavior, the quality of parent-infant interactions, and child developmental outcomes. She is especially interested in studying how such distortions manifest in vulnerable populations, such as mentally ill parents and those who have suffered severe trauma, given that these individuals are at higher risk for experiencing impaired perceptions and difficult interpersonal relationships.

Kristen Smith-Simon, Ph.D - Staff Psychologist

Kristen Smith-Simon received her Ph.D. from Penn State University's Clinical Psychology program and her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan. She completed her internship at Geisinger Medical Center in the Pediatric Psychology track and her post-doctoral training at the Penn State Psychological Clinic and MidStep Center for Child Development. Since becoming licensed she has continued her positions at both clinics. Her roles at the Penn State Psychological Clinic include providing individual and group psychotherapy, assisting with administration of and supervision within the Anxiety Clinic, and running and supervising students through the Parent-Child Behavior Skills Group program. Her research interests broadly include understanding family factors involved in children's socio-emotional development, with specific interest in childhood anxiety and behavior problems.

Tina Welz, M.D - Psychiatrist, Medical Director

Dr. Welz is a medical doctor and psychiatrist with an interest in community mental health and psychopharmacology.  At the Penn State Psychological Clinic, she provides direct patient care in collaboration with the psychologists, as well as performs administrative tasks and supervision.  She graduated from Swarthmore College and Pennsylvania State University Medical School, and completed residencies in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Virginia.  Dr. Welz is board certified in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry.

 

 

Jonathan Stube, Ph.D., LPC

 

 Christina Ford, MEd

Administrative Staff

 

Beth Laird - Office Manager

Beth is responsible for overseeing office staff and operations to provide quality and effective client care at the Psychological clinic.

 

 

Marie Jeanne Cotner- Billing Specialist





Jaclynn Zucco




Alice White

 

 

 

 

 

Spencer Askew

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clinical Faculty Supervisors

  • Peter Arnett, Ph.D.
  • Sandra Azar, Ph.D.
  • Karen Bierman, Ph.D.
  • Louis Castonguay, Ph.D.
  • Pamela Cole, Ph.D.
  • Frank Hillary, Ph.D.
  • Cynthia Huang-Pollock, Ph.D.
  • Kenneth N. Levy, Ph.D.
  • Amy Marshall, Ph.D.
  • Ginger Moore, Ph.D.
  • Michelle Newman, Ph.D.
  • Aaron Pincus, Ph.D.
  • William Ray, Ph.D.
  • José Soto, Ph.D.
  • Sandra Testa Michelson, Ph.D.
  • Michael C. Wolff, Ph.D.

Clinic Assistants

  • Melinda Ashe
  • Eran Auday
  • Jason Bendezu
  • Rachel Bernier
  • Brandon Bray
  • Einat Brenner
  • Amanda Broderick
  • Alexandra Busuito
  • Margaret "Meg" Cadden
  • Dever Carney
  • Sinhae Cho
  • Sunghye "Jen" Cho
  • Tracy Clouthier
  • Thomas Crow
  • Kelly Daly
  • Sindes Dawood
  • Emily Dowgwillo
  • Margaret "Megan" Fields
  • Kathryn Grace Flannery
  • Christina Ford
  • Hillary Galloway-Long
  • Liora Greenberg
  • Emily Grossner
  • Erin Guty
  • Jennifer Hanna, MEd
  • Shannon Henry
  • Nicholas Jacobson
  • Rebecca Janis
  • Ben Johnson
  • Celina Joos
  • Carla Kalvin
  • Hanjoo Kim
  • Lucas Lafreniere
  • John Loughlin-Presnal
  • Robert MacLean
  • Erin Mathis
  • Alexandra Mattern
  • Emily May
  • Ashley McDonald
  • Devin McGuier
  • Victoria Merritt
  • Jessica Meyer
  • Elizabeth Miller
  • Mark Minnick
  • Arezou Mortazavi
  • Mojdeh Motadedi
  • Brandon Patallo
  • Sarah Perzow
  • Kelsey Quigley
  • Kizzanne "Shana" Ramsook
  • Christina Roman
  • Anna Salomaa
  • Elizabeth Santone, MEd
  • Wes (John) Scala
  • Zvi Shapiro
    Ki Eun "Kay" Shin 
  • Alex Weigard
  • Jennifer Wong
  • Ziqi (Leila) Wu
  • Henry Xiao
  • Nur Hani Zainal

PSU Interns:  Christina Ford and Kathryn Flannery

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