Kelly Amrhein, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellow
Dr. Amrhein earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Hawthorn Center, in Northville, Michigan, which is the only state-funded impatient psychiatric hospital for children and adolescents in the state. At Hawthorn Center, Dr. Amrhein provided a variety of services, including psychological assessments, individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy, and coordination of aftercare services for her patients. Prior to her pre-doctoral internship, Dr. Amrhein provided therapy and assessment services to families, children, adolescents, and adults at both the university clinic and a community mental health center in Ohio. These experiences included working with children diagnosed with selective mutism and teaching social skills in group therapy. Dr. Amrhein utilizes a third-wave cognitive behavioral therapy approach in therapy, and integrates other therapeutic modalities to tailor her treatment to the individual child and family. She is an avid reader and enjoys learning about current research developments in psychology. Dr. Amrhein’s research has broadly focused on the impact of communities and parents on the development of problematic behaviors (such as delinquency and depression/anxiety) in children who experienced trauma. Dr. Amrhein is excited to be joining the team at ATS to expand her knowledge and skills in the treatment of selective mutism, and is interested in working with clients of all ages to help improve the quality of their lives.
Andrea Brandon, Psy.D., ABPP
Andrea Brandon, Psy.D. earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Children's Institute, Inc., in Los Angeles, CA, and her post-doctoral fellowship at the Primary Care Center for Psychological Health in Northwest Indiana, treating children, adults, and families. In her role with the Los Angeles Urban League Head Start Program, Dr. Brandon trained teachers in Parent-Child Interaction (PCIT) techniques, providing live coaching for implementation in the classroom setting as well as identifying students with behavioral challenges. In 2011, Dr. Brandon was one of the original counselors trained for Adventure Camp, the only intensive group therapy in the Chicago area to treat selective mutism provided by Advanced Therapeutic Solutions (ATS). Dr. Brandon has continued working with ATS as a supervisor and co-facilitator of Adventure Camp. Currently, her role at ATS includes providing specialized treatment for anxiety & depression, selective mutism, running social skills groups for anxious youth, and coordinating social skills group practice in the community, where anxious youth practice talking and interacting with others. Dr. Brandon shares her expertise with area schools by providing school interventions and specialized consultations to support children with anxiety disorders. In addition to working with children and families, Dr. Brandon also works with adults who are coping with anxiety and depression.
Theresa Baker Gabby, LCSW
Theresa Baker Gabby, LCSW has spent her career helping children and families. During years as a social worker in Chicago Public Schools and at a therapeutic school, Theresa has helped many children facing a wide array of challenges. Having used various research-based interventions to service students with Selective Mutism in schools, Theresa looked to further her learning and expertise by participating in Adventure Camp in 2013. In October 2013, Theresa joined ATS's clinical team where she continues to provide services for children with SM. Theresa has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with emphasis in school social work and children/families. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Saint Norbert College. In addition to holding LCSW credentials, Theresa is certified as an alcohol and drug counselor by the State of Illinois and as trauma specialist by the National Institute of Trauma and Loss in Children.
Cathleen O'Leary M.A., LPC, NCC
Cathleen ("Cate") O'Leary earned her Master of Arts in Counseling from Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her practicum and internship at Richards High School in Oak Lawn, Illinois where she worked as a school counselor. As a school counselor, she specialized in working with students who struggled academically due to social and emotional issues. Her professional experience also includes working as a hospice counselor where she provided anticipatory grief and loss counseling for patients, families, and caregivers. Cathleen was an Adventure Camp counselor in 2013, 2014, and 2015. She joins ATS' clinical team as a part-time therapist accruing her licensure hours to turn her provisional LPC licensed into a full LCPC license. In addition to providing part-time hours at ATS, Cathleen continues her role as a job coach for both high school and adult transition students with developmental and emotional disabilities. She provides on-site vocational training and counseling for students who may also have co-existing issues such as obsessive compulsive disorder or selective mutism. Cathleen feels passionate about providing a safe and nurturing environment for children and adolescents so they may grow and develop to their full potential.
Ashley O'Meara, Ed.D., ABSNP
Ashley O'Meara, Ed.D., ABSNP earned her master's degree in Social Science Research from the University of Chicago, her doctorate in Educational Psychology from National-Louis University, and a certificate in School Neuropsychology from Texas Woman's University. She is a board certified School Psychologist and American Board School Neuropsychologist Diplomate. She has specialized training in trans-disciplinary play based assessments as well as the assessment and diagnosis of early childhood disorders, autism, ADHD, and selective mutism. In 2011, Dr. O'Meara was one of the original counselors trained for Adventure Camp, the only intensive group therapy in the Chicago area to treat selective mutism, hosted by Advanced Therapeutic Solutions (ATS). Dr. O'Meara has since become a supervisor and co-facilitator of Adventure Camp. Currently, her role at ATS includes providing specialized psychoeducational testing from a school neuropsychological perspective. Dr. O'Meara is one of very few school neuropsychologist diplomates in the Chicago area, and quite possibly one of the only, if not the only, Chicago-area school neuropsychologists with extensive knowledge of selective mutism. With this unique combination of skills, Dr. O’Meara approaches the psychoeducational testing process in a manner that not only yields valid results for children with selective mutism, but also yields applicable recommendations that schools can use to address a student’s psychoeducational needs with an understanding of how those needs may interact with selective mutism.
Carmen Tumialan Lynas, Ph.D.
Carmen M. Tumialán Lynas, Ph.D. received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Palo Alto University in CA. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Northwestern University Medical School's Stone Institute of Psychiatry and her post-doctoral fellowship at Shared Vision Psychological Services, treating both children and adults. Motivated by her passion to help children and families coping with selective mutism, Dr. Lynas founded Advanced Therapeutic Solutions (ATS), which houses the Selective Mutism Program and aims to provide appropriate and effective selective mutism treatment. With the launch of Adventure Camp in 2011, Dr. Lynas became the first in the nation to replicate Dr. Steven Kurtz's Brave Buddies Selective Mutism intensive program, making this innovative treatment available in the Chicago area for the first time. At ATS, Dr. Lynas provides cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety and depression with adults, child and family services including parent training, teacher training in selective mutism, and specialized consultation to therapists who seek to learn how to treat selective mutism, as well as running Adventure Camp yearly. Known for her work with anxiety disorders, Dr. Lynas provides school in-service trainings, specialist school consultations, school interventions, and school district-approved assessments of children with selective mutism.
Rae Ann Menotti, Practice Coordinator
Rae Ann Menotti earned a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Sociology from Knox College in 2008. Following graduation, she worked in social services advocating for families in underserved urban communities. Rae Ann has over five years of experience in the nonprofit and education sector with a focus in case management, recruitment, program coordination, community outreach, and project management. In the past, she has provided consultation services to individuals and groups, and has facilitated workshops on personal and professional development. Rae Ann has a wide range of experience in various supportive roles. Her diverse background has allowed her to become skilled at navigating challenges and connecting families to resources. Rae Ann is an avid mental health advocate and joined ATS in October 2013 to pursue her passion of helping others. As Practice Coordinator, she assists with scheduling, billing, general administrative tasks, as well as developing and coordinating systems within the practice to ensure efficient and streamlined services.
Hawa Navarro, Intake Coordinator
Hawa Navarro, MSW, LCSW earned her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and holds the credential of Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois. She also received her bachelor’s degree in Human Development from Cornell University. During her graduate school studies, she completed internships at a community-based alternative to suspension program for short-term suspended middle and high school students, as well as an outpatient substance abuse treatment program for adult women and mothers. Her professional work experience has included the provision of clinical case management services to incarcerated youth, and mental health and substance treatment to incarcerated adult women. Hawa joined the Advanced Therapeutic Solutions (ATS) team in May 2016 as an Intake Coordinator where she continues her dedication to providing effective services driven by her passion for helping others. In this role, Hawa conducts phone intakes and assists with scheduling, billing, data collection/management and coordination of new referrals. She is excited to train for and participate in her first Adventure Camp as a Counselor.
Jackie Pabis, Research Project Manager
Jacqueline (Jackie) Pabis, BA recently graduated from the University of Missouri- Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology as well as a minor in Human Development & Family Studies with a Multicultural Certificate. In the future, she plans to continue on to graduate school and pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology. During 2015, Jackie worked as a research assistant under a team of graduate professors at her university’s Youth Depression and Anxiety Lab. She focused on assessing what psychological methods adolescents use when dealing with mixed emotions in controversial situations. The methods were then compared with what coping mechanisms were most often used when depression or anxiety were present. During her senior year at the University of Missouri, Jackie worked in the Cognitive and Emotional Control Lab, as well as volunteered at the local Veteran’s Affairs hospital for additional experience with anxiety-related disorders. Jackie was an undergraduate intern at Advanced Therapeutic Solutions during the summer of 2015 as well as a counselor for Winter Adventure 2016. She had the opportunity to take part in skill trainings and shadow clinical experiences, which crystallized her passion for working with children. Recruiting Jackie to return to ATS as our Research Project Manager was an obvious choice. Her commitment and dedication was evident during her summer with us, and her personable nature bodes well for her work with children, as well as work with our team. In addition to her Research Project Manager role, Jackie is also looking forward to participating as an AC Counselor this summer.
ATS College Interns Summer 2017
Michelle Baum, University of Michigan
Michelle Baum is a rising senior at University of Michigan where she will be graduating in April, 2018, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Spanish and a minor in business. After graduation, Michelle plans to attend graduate school to pursue a career in clinical psychology. Throughout the past two summers she has worked as a camp counselor for children with special needs, and through this experience, she discovered her passion for working with children. Building off this experience, she hopes to pursue a career in child and adolescent counseling to help youth overcome obstacles they may face and help set them up for successful and fulfilling lives in their future. On campus, she works as a peer advisor in the University of Michigan’s psychology department where she advises fellow students with decisions regarding courses, graduate school, research opportunities, and other aspects related to the undergraduate experience. She is also involved in a student organization that works to promote awareness of mental health and de-stigmatize mental health challenges on campus, and the organization also provides a space for students to meet and discuss their daily trials and successes. She has always been passionate about helping others and is excited to continue that work this summer at Advanced Therapeutic Solutions. She is excited to learn from the professionals and other interns at ATS and gain valuable experience in the clinical psychology field.
Hannah Hunter, Grand Valley State University
Hannah is a rising junior at Grand Valley State University where she will be graduating in December, 2018, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in applied statistics. After graduating, she plans on pursuing a doctorate degree in clinical psychology. Hannah has always been interested in engaging with children in any setting, and she has confirmed this by volunteering in second grade classrooms at both her church and a public school near her university. Outside of class, Hannah spends her time at school in a research lab that focuses on the emotional socialization of toddlers across various cultures. She has enjoyed getting to collaborate with colleagues from around the world, and loves learning about diverse groups of children. In the future, Hannah wishes to use her experience in research to facilitate her growth as a psychologist, as well as use the clinical experience that Advanced Therapeutic Solutions will give her. Hannah also works at her university's writing center, which allows her to work closely with other students across various disciplines. The writing center combines her drive to help others with her passion for learning from everyone that she encounters, which has given Hannah the drive to continue on the path of clinical psychology. Hannah loves collaborating with peers, and she is both honored and excited to work alongside experts in psychology at Advanced Therapeutic Solutions this summer.
Rachel Lowe, Washington University in St. Louis
Rachel Lowe is a rising junior at Washington University in St. Louis where she will be graduating in May, 2019, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Spanish and a minor in anthropology. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree, she hopes to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology. She is interested in psychopathology, and hopes to concentrate her graduate studies on anxiety disorders or schizophrenia. Rachel works as a research assistant in the Memory and Complex Learning Laboratory on the Washington University campus, where she guides participants through experiments and codes data for a study on prospective memory and learning strategies. She is drawn to psychology research and hopes to learn more about research methods through this internship. Rachel also enjoys working with children and tutors bilingual elementary schoolers in reading and math each week. She could not be more excited for the opportunity to intern at Advanced Therapeutic Solutions this summer and learn from the staff and other interns. Rachel is especially eager to work with kids with Selective Mutism and observe their progression through treatment. By working with the various professionals at ATS, Rachel hopes to get a better idea of what career she would like to pursue after graduate school.
Victoria Trimm, Duke University
Victoria (Tori) Trimm is a rising junior at Duke University where she will be graduating in May, 2019, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in global health. She plans to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology and find a career in counseling or psychotherapy. This past year, she worked as a research assistant in the Behavioral Research Center, running participants in a study focused on developing a reliable predictor for the selfishness trait. Additionally, Tori spent time volunteering at a regional substance abuse rehabilitation center where she gathered data and oral reports from residents to better understand recidivism among addicts and to determine potential opportunities for program development. She is also very involved with a student run musical theater group dedicated to advocacy for mental health awareness. Tori has loved working with children in many of her endeavors, especially in the arts. She most recently participated in a cabaret troupe that collaborated with children’s organizations such as the Ronald McDonald house and Children’s Hospital to conduct interactive performance events. Tori is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Advanced Therapeutic Solutions this summer. She cannot wait to help the families and children at Adventure Camp and learn from an incredible staff of mental health professionals.
Annie Zaher, Cornell University
Annie Zaher is a rising sophomore at Cornell University where she will be graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in education in May, 2020. She has volunteered at both Downers Grove and Westmont Public Libraries where she has helped build a foundation for academic success and has inspired feelings of self-confidence in children through the youth reading programs. Annie also volunteered at Hinsdale Humane Society where she assisted in the adoption process and interacted with people of diverse programs to find the proper home for each animal. In this sensitive situation, she believes her patience and empathy towards others made this volunteer work enjoyable and a valuable learning experience in handling emotionally-charged situations. She is interested in school psychology and worked at Fall Creek Elementary School in Ithaca, New York during the first year of her undergraduate career. At the end of her freshman year, Annie joined the Adolescent Transition Lab and upon returning to school this fall, she plans to research the different aspects of puberty that lay the groundwork for future adjustment or maladjustment. After graduation, she plans to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology. Annie is excited to take advantage of the rich connection ATS has with schools in the community and hopes to blend her interest in school psychology with her clinical interests. She is highly motivated to support the Adventure Camp team and make a difference in the lives of the campers and their families.