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The Internship Program offers a wide range of clinical training experiences that require interns to complete two primary clinical rotations, one internal and the other external. Rotations tend to be stable from year to year, but may change as opportunities or challenges present themselves.

Internal Rotations

Counseling and Wellness Services

Rotation Description

Counseling and Wellness Services (CWS), a unit within the Division of Student Affairs, is the primary mental health resource for Wright State University (WSU) students. CWS is located on the lower level of the Student Union on the Dayton campus. CWS provides a wide range of services, including group, individual and couples therapy; academic, diagnostic and career assessment; crisis intervention; outreach programming; consultation; and psychiatric services. The mission of Counseling and Wellness Services is to promote optimal student wellness and mental health and the pursuit of social justice through the provision of quality education, consultation, and clinical service and training as an active presence in the Wright State University community with an appreciation for multiculturalism and diversity.

Overview of Intern Activities

Interns are integral to all aspects of CWS services during typical operating hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm. Interns have experience with an Evaluation for Service, which is a brief evaluation of presenting concerns and assessment of areas of functioning to facilitate referral into CWS services. Interns also engage in group therapy, individual and couples therapy, assessment integrated into treatment and outreach programming. Interns work provide supervision to a practicum student and receive weekly supervision of supervision.

Overview of Supervision Model

Supervision is a highly valued activity at CWS. Interns receive 2 hours of individual therapy per week, as well as supervision of supervision and supervision of group. CWS integrates advanced technology through the inclusion of the video-recording of all direct client contacts and all records are electronic. Interns are assigned a primary supervisor and have the opportunity to interact with multiple supervisors and clinical staff, who have varied clinical interests and theoretical orientations. Interns are expected to attend weekly staff meetings on Wednesdays, from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Primary Psychological Supervisor/Director

Robert A. Rando, Ph.D., ABPP, Ball State University, 1993, is a WSU-SOPP Associate Professor and the Director of the Counseling and Wellness Services and serves as Assistant Vice President for the Division of Student Affairs. His clinical focus is on the treatment of men's issues, physical aggression victimization and perpetration, vocational/career counseling, mindfulness, and sports psychology. He has also taught courses in advanced theories of supervision. Dr. Rando maintains membership in Divisions 17 and 51 of the American Psychological Association and the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors.

Other Primary CWS Supervisors

Daniela Burnworth, Ph.D., is a graduate of the Counseling Psychology program at The Ohio State University. She completed her internship at the counseling center at Ball State University. Currently, she is the Associate Director for Clinical Training at Counseling and Wellness Services and is an adjunct instructor for the School of Professional Psychology. She maintains membership in the Association for College Counseling Training Agencies and is a member of APA divisions 17 and 35. Areas of professional interest include feminist therapy and supervision, gender and gender identity/expression, identity affirming therapies, trauma-informed therapy, career assessment and intervention, and disordered eating/body image concerns.

Jessica Moss, Psy.D., is a graduate of the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University. She completed her internship at Southern Louisiana Internship Consortium, which is based in Mental Health Services at Louisiana State University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship through the School of Professional Psychology. Currently, she is the Coordinator for Group Services at Counseling and Wellness Services. She is a member of APA division 35. Areas of professional interest include feminist therapy, group therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, therapeutic assessment, assessment using the Rorschach, intimate partner violence, trauma-informed therapy, and LGBTQA-affirmative therapy.

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General Practice Clinic

Rotation Description

The General Practice Clinic (GPC) is a community-based training and service clinic housed at the Duke E. Ellis Human Development Institute under the auspices of the WSU-SOPP. Within the context of its primary training mission, GPC provides broad-based psychological services to a very diverse, but primarily underserved, low SES, and disadvantaged clientele. GPC is primarily staffed by psychology trainees at all levels of training under the supervision of SOPP faculty. Clinical staff works across a broad range of theories and approaches in implementing effective interventions. GPC addresses a variety of problems/concerns within a generalist model and provides a variety of therapy, assessment, and consultation services within an individual, group, or familial context.

Overview of Intern Activities

Interns gain specific experience refining their clinical, diagnostic, and conceptualization skills, as well as clinical/report writing and supervisory skills, while learning to balance the multiple roles of a psychologist in training. Interns are responsible for client intakes, clinical triaging, therapy, case management, and treatment planning. A structured record management system for client documentation is utilized. Interns maintain a primary therapy caseload (individual and group) augmented with assessment cases. Assessment cases are diverse in nature with a variety of assessment instruments available, with integrative batteries, and comprehensive written reports often required. Interns are required to work in GPC at least one evening a week and are on-call weekly. Interns are allotted the opportunity to provide clinical consultation and umbrella supervision to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year student trainees. Interns are generally the first point of clinical consultation for trainees. Training also incorporates a minimum requirement that structured umbrella supervision, where an intern directly supervises one or more cases of an assigned trainee, occurs over at least one semester while concomitantly receiving umbrella supervision. This experience affords interns the opportunity to develop their supervisory skill competency. Interns also expand their supervisory skills by assisting supervisors as a member of consultation intake teams. Weekly staff meeting attendance is also required.

Overview of Supervision Model

Extensive supervision is provided through this internal rotation. All direct service contacts are videotaped and available for supervisory review. Interns are assigned a primary supervisor, but are exposed to and interact with multiple supervisors who have varied clinical interests and theoretical orientations. In addition to a primary supervisor, interns may be assigned a focus or secondary supervisor. Supervision focuses on clinical competencies, with increasing emphasis on professional development/identity issues as the training year progresses.

General Practice Clinic Director

Mary Jane Kocian-Figueroa, Psy.D., MPH,  received her doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 1999. Dr. Kocian-Figueroa is the Executive Director of the Duke E. Ellis Human Development Institute and oversees the operation of the General Practice Clinic as well as the Assessment Services Clinic. Dr. Kocian-Figueroa has clinical experience with school-aged children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Dayton Area Psychological Association.

Primary GPC Supervisors

Jeffrey Cigrang, Ph.D., ABPP-CH,  earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Memphis and completed a postdoctoral fellowship and board-certification in Clinical Health Psychology. In 2014, Dr. Cigrang joined SOPP as an Associate Professor. His clinical/research interests include military psychology (deployment-related PTSD, effects of military lifestyle on individual/relational functioning), primary care integration (adaptation of evidenced based psychological treatments), and health psychology. He has published in peer-reviewed journals and has received research funding from the Department of Defense. He is a member of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).

LaTrelle D. Jackson, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and clinically-certified forensic counselor. Dr. Jackson is an Associate Professor at Wright State University’s School of Professional Psychology. Prior to her appointment at Wright State University, she was an Associate Professor and the Director of Clinical Training in the School of Psychology and Counseling at Regent University. Her previous appointments at Regent University also included serving as the Special Assistant to the Vice President for Student Services and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs while working in her capacity as the Psychological Services Center director. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling, and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from The University of Georgia. Her APA-accredited internship was completed at Michigan State University. Dr. Jackson’s professional appointments include working at Penn State University, as a staff psychologist/multicultural student programs and services coordinator, and The University of Florida, as a clinical assistant professor, A.S.P.I.R.E. coordinator, coordinator of intern consultation, and the peer counselor program coordinator. She has held academic appointments with the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling, African American Studies, Counselor Education, and Counseling Psychology at these institutions. Committed to integrated wellness, community empowerment, moral leadership, and culturally-sensitive education, Dr. Jackson has engaged in a variety of academic, business, political, and civic endeavors. In 2011, she was elected to the office of Secretary for the American Psychological Association (Division 36), while retaining her position as Membership Chairperson for three years.

Larry James, Ph.D. ABPP, Professor, former Dean of SOPP and former officer in the United States Army. Areas of interest include mental health consultant, administrator, researcher, and clinical practitioner; military psychologist and expert on global war on terrorism; development of behavioral services in primary care, obesity and eating disorders.

Jeremiah Schumm, Ph.D. obtained his graduate degree from Kent State University and joined SOPP in the fall of 2016 as an Associate Professor. His clinical/research interests include working with veterans addressing issues of abuse/maltreatment, PTSD, and substance use; as well as serving families and couples. He is a member of the American Psychological Association’s Divisions 12 (Clinical), 50 (Addictions), and 36 (Trauma Psychology), the Ohio Psychological Association, and International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Janeece Warfield, Psy.D., obtained her graduate degree from Wright State University School of Professional Psychology in 1987 and has been a faculty member with SOPP since 1995. She is an Associate Professor, SOPP Director of Internship Training, Director for the Center for Child & Adolescent Violence Prevention, and Director of Early Childhood Services. Dr. Warfield specializes in therapeutic services and assessment with infants and children, developmental disabilities, and children with chronic illness. She also has expertise in play therapy, violence prevention, trauma, and multicultural/diversity training. She is member of APA, ABPsi, and DAPA as well as having leadership roles and membership in other professional organizations such as the Association of Play Therapy, Ohio Association of Infant Mental Health, National Black Family Coalition, and APA’s ACT program and MFP’s Technical Advisory Committee.

Other GPC Faculty

Wendy R. Dragon, Ph.D., joined SOPP in 2013 as an Assistant Professor. She obtained her graduate degree from Kent State University in 2012 and has expertise and experience in assessment, broadly, with focused expertise in personality assessment. She also has experience in the treatment of severe mental illness and personality disorders. Her theoretical focus is primarily Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dr. Dragon is a member of the Association of Women in Psychology (AWP) and APA.

Gokce Ergun, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at SOPP. She completed an APA-accredited internship at the University of Minnesota Medical School and Children’s Hospital. Her teaching interests are Cognitive Assessment, Educational Assessment, Integrative Assessment, and Neuropsychology. Clinical interests include infant and toddler assessment, pediatric neuropsychological assessment, psycho-educational assessment, school psychology, school consultation, treatment of externalizing and internalizing disorders of childhood, parent training, developmental disabilities (Autism spectrum disorder, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder), and prenatal drug and alcohol exposure. Dr. Ergun is a member of APA, including Division 40, and the National Association of School Psychologists.

Steven D. Kniffley Jr., Psy.D., ABPP, is an Assistant Professor in SOPP. He teaches multicultural psychology and projective assessment. He completed an APA-accredited internship at Salesmanship Youth and Family Center and a postdoctoral fellowship in Child and Adolescent Acute Services at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kniffley’s areas of interest include adolescent/family therapy and assessment, group therapy for disruptive behaviors, trauma, social skills training and anger management, youth in the juvenile justice system, and organizational diversity consultation. He maintains a small private practice with mostly adolescent boys focusing on social skills challenges and emotional regulation issues. Dr. Kniffley is a member of ABPSi and the American Psychological Association (Divisions 53 and 45).

Michelle Vaughan, Ph.D., is a graduate of the Counseling Psychology Program from the University of Akron. She completed her internship at Towson University Counseling Center in Baltimore and a post-doctoral fellowship in Addictions at the University of Virginia - Center for Addiction Research & Education (UVA-CARE). She is an Associate Professor at SOPP, specializing in the intersection of positive psychology (strengths) and LGBTQ psychology, substance use disorders, sexuality, and consensual non-monogamies (polyamory) in clinical work, research, and practice.

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External Rotations

CompDrug, Inc.

Rotation Description

CompDrug, Inc. serves the mental health and substance abuse treatment needs of the Central Ohio area with evidence-based interventions for Medicaid and Franklin County ADAMH clients. Our clinical focus centers on emotion regulation and coping skills training grounded in the psychological research areas of Interpersonal Neurobiology and Cognitive and Social Learning Models. These treatment interventions are recognized by the National Institute of Drug Addiction, as evidenced-based interventions, for the treatment of Opioid Use Disorders. The core elements of CompDrug’s treatment interventions are Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Communication Skills Training, Social Skills Training, Motivational Interviewing, a SMART Recovery support group, and Relapse Prevention Training.

CompDrug is centrally located near the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Outpatient Services are provided for adults, 18 years and older, including individual counseling, medicated assisted treatment for opiate addicted populations, on-site psychiatric services, psychological assessment, crisis services, case management, group psychotherapy, vocational/educational services and psychoeducation in a range of modalities. In addition, Intensive Outpatient Treatment, with gender-specific services, are provided for adults requiring a higher level of care, including an Art Therapy component.  Childcare services for clients with young children are available, so clients are free to participate in identified treatment venues. Furthermore, both pregnancy and postpartum psychological and psychiatric services are provided for opiate addicted mothers in conjunction with community obstetrical providers. Post-delivery Parenting Classes are also on-site for new mothers and fathers requiring childcare education and support.

CompDrug offers access to a VA therapist for veterans through a working agreement with the Office of Veteran Affairs. Likewise, treatment services are provided for substance abusing clients involved with the Franklin County court system in lieu of incarceration. Therapeutic Communities have been established in five of Ohio’s prisons for incarcerated felons with substance abuse histories. Finally, primary prevention services are available for our adolescent population through the international on-site Youth2Youth program.

Overview of Intern Activities

Interns at CompDrug will be working two days a week throughout the training year. They will provide individual psychotherapy, crisis services, group psychotherapy and psychological assessment upon referral. Opportunities are available to work with the entire CompDrug client population and interns will be challenged to develop additional programming in their areas of interest. A typical day will consist of working on a multidisciplinary team in an outpatient mental health/substance abuse treatment environment. Psychological report writing will focus on those cognitive, personality, diagnostic and neuropsychological factors, which create challenges for the referring clinician. Successful interns will need excellent communication skills, enjoy working in a multidisciplinary setting, and demonstrate flexibility and a strong work ethic.

Overview of Supervision Model

Supervision is a primary strength of CompDrug. In addition to weekly individual supervision, interns will attend a monthly supervision session with the entire counseling staff to discuss new developments in the psychological field. Furthermore, interns will be expected to attend a once a month small group supervision meeting, which focuses on challenging cases in the multidisciplinary environment and peer review.

Primary Psychological Supervisors

Franklin D. Hurt, Ph.D. is a 1988 Ohio State University alumnus. He has extensive psychotherapy, psychological assessment, addiction treatment and forensic experience.  He has focused expertise in the area of neurobiological factors in substance abusing populations.

Alison Linn-Mowery, Ph.D. is a 1989 Ohio State University alumnus. She has specialized treatment history in the areas of forensics, psychotherapy, applied behavioral analysis, psychological and developmental disability assessment.

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Dayton Children’s Hospital

Rotation Description

The Dayton Children's Hospital is regional pediatric referral center and is the only facility in the region devoted to the health, safety, and information needs of children and their families. Children's has a multidisciplinary staff and its Psychology Department offers a wide range of services to address the behavioral and emotional needs, as well as medically-related adjustment problems, of children, adolescents, and their families. Specialized assessments, testing, and counseling are offered on an in/outpatient basis. Staff members treat/consult on various multidisciplinary teams including trauma/abuse, pulmonary, neurology, hematology, oncology, diabetes, developmental delay, and cognitive/learning disorders.

Overview of Intern Activities

Approximately 60% of intern time is devoted to inpatient consultation/liaison work, 30% outpatient services, and 10% group engagement. However, this rotation offers interns the opportunity to be engaged in a vast array of services dependent upon their interest. Interns provide predominantly individual therapy, although opportunities for group and family psychotherapy are available, and serve in some multidisciplinary clinics. Brief and comprehensive evaluations are conducted in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Interns also may provide in-service education and orientation presentations for medical staff as well as consultation to various multidisciplinary care teams and departments regarding patient management, treatment compliance, and other intervention concerns.

Overview of Supervision Model

Intensive individual supervision is regularly scheduled, with supervision also available on an as need basis. Additionally, live supervision is often employed where the supervisor and intern engage as co-therapists. In addition to the primary supervisor, ten other psychologists are on staff and are available as secondary supervisors. Interns are given opportunities to attend various departmental educational rounds.

Primary Psychological Supervisor

Mary Beth DeWitt, Ph.D., received her doctorate degree from The Ohio State University in 1995 and completed a fellowship in pediatric psychology at Columbus Children’s Hospital.  She has been employed at Dayton Children’s since 1997.  Her primary interests are assessment and treatment of children with developmental and behavioral concerns, specifically autism, and those with chronic illnesses.

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Eastway - The Forensic Psychiatry Center for Western Ohio

Rotation Description

The Forensic Psychiatry Center for Western Ohio, a division of Eastway Behavioral Healthcare, is one of ten Community Forensic Psychiatric Centers certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addictions Services to provide court-related evaluation services to the Criminal and Juvenile Divisions of the Common Pleas Court, the Municipal Court and the County Courts in eleven Ohio Counties.  The center provides psycho-legal opinions which aid the court in determining the disposition of cases in which substance abuse, mental illness, emotional disturbance, and/or maturity may have influenced the defendant/respondent’s behavior and/or their ability to participate in a court proceeding or rehabilitation.

Overview of Intern Activities

Interns who train with the Forensic Psychiatry Center for Western Ohio will assist in the evaluation process by conducting psychosocial history interviews and collecting collateral information on the defendants/respondents being assessed.  They also will participate in record attainment and review.  Interns also will administer and score tests of intellectual ability and adaptive functioning.  They further will administer and score measures designed to detect malingering as it pertains to psychiatric symptoms, intellectual deficits, and memory impairment.  Lastly, interns will participate with case-formulation and report writing.

In addition, interns will have the opportunity to provide treatment-related services through the Adult Recovery Services (ARS) division of Eastway Behavioral Healthcare.  ARS serves a diverse, multi-cultural clientele and is the largest provider of mental health services for adults in Montgomery County, Ohio.  The clients that are served receive treatment for a variety of chronic and persistent psychiatric illnesses.  They also receive treatment for substance-related disorders.  Opportunities to develop and facilitate therapeutic treatment groups subsequently will be available.  Opportunities to conduct individual therapy also will be available.

Overview of Supervision Model

Supervision is provided via a mentorship model, through which interns work closely with a licensed psychologist on each assessment case.  Primary supervision is provided by the Director of Forensic Services; whereas secondary supervision is provided by one of the eight (8) Licensed Psychologists who staff the center.  Interns also attend group supervision sessions with other doctoral-level psychology trainees.

Primary Psychological Supervisor

Kara E.A. Marciani, Psy.D., ABPP, earned a doctorate in psychology from Xavier University in 2001.  She became licensed as a psychologist in the State of Ohio in 2003, and she was awarded Diplomate status in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology in 2009.  Dr. Marciani is the Director of Forensic Services at the Forensic Psychiatry Center for Western Ohio. She also serves as the Forensic Monitor for fourteen counties in western Ohio.  In addition to her employment with the Forensic Psychiatry Center for Western Ohio, Dr. Marciani is the President and Chief Psychologist for Marciani Psychological Services, Inc. (MPS, Inc.).  MPS, Inc. provides private professional psychological services to individuals, estates, firms, and organizations on a contract basis. 

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Summit Behavioral Healthcare

Rotation Description

Summit Behavioral Healthcare is the largest public state psychiatric hospital within Ohio and is located approximately 45 minutes from Dayton. It provides services to approximately 290 patients with a diverse and multicultural population. The facility was completed in 2006 and features a state of the art "treatment mall," where patients attend groups, receive other centralized services, and then return to their residential units. Summit provides recovery-based inpatient services to civil and forensic adults with serious mental illness, with 70% of beds utilized by forensic patients who are under criminal court jurisdiction. Summit serves acute and long-term inpatients. Summit receives referrals from court, local mental health centers, and regional acute care hospitals.

Overview of Intern Activities

Interns are engaged in individual and group psychotherapy, milieu therapy, psychological assessments, multidisciplinary treatment team meetings, case conference, group supervision, and other clinical and administrative activities. Opportunities for brief and long-term individual psychotherapy is provided upon treatment team referral. Group therapy (psychoeducational and process) is a primary therapeutic modality, with interns typically conducting 2 groups per week. Cognitive/personality evaluations are periodically requested to aid in diagnosis or treatment planning. Interns consult and collaborate with a multidisciplinary staff (psychiatrist, psychologist, registered nurses, social workers, substance abuse counselors, occupational therapists). Consultation occurs through written notes in patient charts after every service provided as well as through informal discussion on the unit.

Overview of Supervision Model

Supervision is provided via a mentorship model, with supervision typically scheduled once daily to discuss daily events and cases, as well as professional development issues. In addition to the primary supervisor, secondary supervisors are always available, with thirteen psychologists employed within this facility. Group supervision is also provided. Didactic seminars are presented both live and via teleconference throughout the year. Interns are also invited to attend Behavior Therapy Conferences and other seminars that come up periodically throughout the training year.

Primary Psychological Supervisor

Michelle Maegly, Psy.D.,  received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Xavier University, having completed her doctoral internship at the Lexington Veterans Administration Medical Center. She is a unit-based, staff psychologist and works to integrate the intern into the unit culture. Dr. Maegly also has previous experience establishing and directing an internship training program within a comprehensive community-based mental health agency. Her clinical interests include severe/chronic mental illness, trauma, psychological assessment, and group-based interventions.

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Upper Valley Medical Center/Premier Health Partners

Rotation Description

Upper Valley Medical Center (UVMC), member of Premier Health Partners, serves the healthcare needs of semi-rural Miami County and the surrounding areas.  It is located approx. 30 minutes north of Dayton within a campus like setting.  Acute inpatient services are provided separately for adults and youth (ages 5-17).  Outpatient services include individual counseling and psychiatric treatment for both adults and children.  Psychological assessment can be provided upon request.  Outpatient services also include UVMC’s EAP services, which provides counseling support and psychoeducation to both internal staff at UVMC and contracted companies in the surrounding community.  A walk-in Crisis Center, staffed 24-7, provides crisis counseling services as part of the UVMC Behavioral Health continuum of care.  The Crisis Center also serves the function of triage assessment for the inpatient units.

Overview of Intern Activities

Interns are at UVMC two days per week throughout the training year, with one day devoted to outpatient-EAP, the other to inpatient work.  Interns provide individual EAP services that may include assessment screenings.  Opportunities are also available for interns to assist with EAP corporate presentations.  The inpatient day would consist of working on a multidisciplinary team on either the adult inpatient or youth inpatient units.  Choice of placement is determined by departmental need as well as the interest of the intern.  Work would involve leading therapy groups on the unit, attending treatment team meetings run by the psychiatrist, and conducting family sessions as needed.  Psychological assessment is brief in nature with quick “turnaround time”, and typically involves diagnostic clarification and/or risk assessment as ordered by the attending psychiatrist.  Consequently, successful interns at this site require flexibility, superior communication skills, jargon-free writing style and a strong work ethic.

Overview of Supervision Model

Supervision is the strength of this rotation.  In addition to intensive individual supervision, interns will receive additional supervision provided by the clinical coordinators of the inpatient and EAP departments.  As members of these treatment teams, interns will collaborate and consult with other professionals regarding clinical issues.  Interns also have many opportunities to complete their “special project” at UVMC.  Previous interns have participated in treatment outcome studies, program development, and group development projects.  UVMC resources are made available to interns, including an assessment library, computer access, and office.

Primary Psychological Supervisor

Stephen Liptak, Psy.D., is a 1991 WSU-SOPP alumnus.  He has extensive psychotherapy and mental health assessment experience.  He has a focused expertise in child/adolescents issues, especially ADHD.  He has extensive training in Brief Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and often conducts trainings in both.  He maintains a limited private clinical practice.

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