Clinical Staff and Teams
The Psychology Clinic is staffed by the PSC director, William O'Donohue, Ph.D., the clinic administrative assistant, Amanda Brendel, and the clinic TA, Dominique Cheung. Additionally, four clinical faculty, one administrative faculty, as well as graduate students from the clinical psychology program work in the center.
Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP), William Follette, PhD, Supervisor
Psychological distress often stems from difficulties attaining valued interpersonal goals. In this therapy, the client and therapist form a close relationship such that the client's strengths and weaknesses show up in the therapy relationship. The therapist will respond to the client's behaviors, both strengths, and weaknesses, as they occur. Therapy creates a safe environment in which the client can practice and refine new behaviors to better achieve one's valued interpersonal goals. Clients also learn to become better observers of how their behavior affects others, which allows them to create, manage, and develop important relationships more effectively.
Victims of Crime Treatment Center, William O'Donohue, PhD; Lorraine Benuto, PhD, Co-Directors
The Victims of Crime Treatment Center is supported by the Federal Justice Department Victims of Crime grant to the State of Nevada Division of Child and Family Services. It provides evidence-based assessment and treatments at no cost to victims of sexual assault and/or physical abuse; as well as domestic violence. Sexual abuse, physical abuse, and domestic violence are tremendous problems within our community. These experiences affect the lives of victims and their families, often causing a great deal of psychological and emotional distress. The center provides thorough assessment, evaluation and psychotherapy for children who have been abused and treatment emphasizes the collaboration and involvement of non-offending parents. We also provide thorough assessment, evaluation and psychotherapy for adults who are survivors of child sexual abuse and/or who have been sexually assaulted as adults. Services are offered in English and Spanish. All services are free as this clinic is supported by the Victims of Crime Treatment program managed by the Office of the Nevada Attorney General.
Prolonged and Complicated Grief Team, Anthony Papa, PhD
After losing someone important in their life, some people have trouble moving past their loss and engaging in their changed circumstances. This team uses cognitive behavioral therapy techniques such as contextual behavioral activation and prolonged exposure to address problems resulting from persistent, undiminished grief.
Depression and Anxiety Team, Anthony Papa, PhD
This team uses cognitive behavioral therapy techniques such as Beck's cognitive therapy, prolonged exposure, interoceptive exposure and behavioral activation to address problems with depression and anxiety.
DICE Team, Lorraine Benuto, PhD
The DICE Center is a community outreach, treatment, research, and training center focused on comprehensive psychological assessment and evaluation, the development of individually tailored treatment plans, and the delivery of evidence-based behavioral health interventions to diverse clients. The majority of clients who are seen via the DICE Center come from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds; many of the clients are immigrants, Spanish-speaking, and/or have a history of interpersonal violence. All clients seen via the DICE Center undergo a comprehensive assessment process so as to develop an individualized treatment plan. The primary interventions used on this team are Exposure-based therapies for PTSD, Transdiagnostic Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavioral Activation, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (adapted for survivors of IPV). Students also receive training in neuropsychological assessment and have the opportunity to complete ADHD assessments. Students receive supervision from Drs. Benuto and Bennett. Jena Casas is the Associate Director of English-language services and Cyndy Soto is Associate Director of Spanish-language services. Services provided via the DICE team are funded through the Nevada Office of the Attorney General via funds from the Violence Against Women Act and the Department of Child and Family Services via Victims of Crime Act Funding
Kids Clinical Team (KCT), Lorraine Benuto, PhD
The Kids Clinical Team operates under the DICE Center and offers services to clients from two main referral sources. Clients seen on the KCT include 1) parent-child (< 10 years of age) dyads, where the parent is at risk of child abuse (either due to their own psychopathology, life stress, or other concerns; and/or due to their child displaying difficult behavior to manage), 2) secondary victims of violence, and 3) Spanish-speaking child victims of abuse. The majority of clients who are seen via KCT come from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds; many of the clients are immigrants, Spanish-speaking, and/or have a history of interpersonal violence. All clients seen undergo a screening and assessment process to develop an individualized treatment plan. The interventions used on this team are Parent-Child CARE (PC-CARE), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Training, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Students receive supervision from Drs. Benuto and Bennett. The services provided via the Kids Clinical Team are funded by the Department of Child and Family Services via Victims of Crime Act Funding through a child abuse prevention grant.
Anxiety Team, Cynthia Lancaster, PhD
We use research-supported treatments to target anxiety related disorders, including (but not limited to): specific phobia, panic disorder, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and body focused repetitive behaviors (e.g., hair pulling, skin picking).