Staff

The dedicated staff at MARI are what make the Institute great. Below is a listing of our staff members for each center. Get to know us before you come in for a visit or browse through to see if there are any professional partnership opportunities. We also welcome media inquiries if you are looking for an expert to explain or comment on a related topic.

As always, please reach out to us if you have any questions.

MARI Director


Cheryl King, PhD, ABPP, Director of the Mary A. Rackham Institute

Dr. Cheryl King, director of the Mary A. Rackham Institute (MARI) and licensed clinical psychologist, joined the University of Michigan faculty in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1987. She has been leading MARI since 2009. A professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Michigan, Dr. King’s career as a clinical psychologist spans over 30 years. In addition to her administrative role at MARI, she is well- known for her expertise in youth and young adult suicide risk assessment and prevention. She is a tireless advocate for the integration of science and clinical practice, for strong clinical psychology training and mentorship, and for quality mental health services that enhance the well-being of individuals, couples, and families.

Administration


Victoria (Vikki) Dudley, BBA, Budget & Operations Analyst and Financial Unit Liaison

Vikki is the budget and operations analyst and financial unit liaison in the MARI central administration office. She has been working in the field of accounting for over 20 years, the last nine of which have been at the University of Michigan. Vikki was previously a financial consultant in the U-M Medical School before starting at MARI. She is currently working on implementing university-supported systems to track and report financial data, making our systems more efficient for future use.

Brenda Sodt Foster, MARI Assistant Director

Brenda is the assistant director of the Mary A. Rackham Institute (MARI). She has been working at MARI for more than 16 years, and has over 25 years of experience at the University of Michigan. Brenda has worked in human resource management, budget administration, information technology administration, and marketing for U-M. She establishes financial and employment internal controls for MARI, while also working as the webmaster, managing content and site logistics. Brenda also serves as the HIPAA Privacy and HRMS unit liaison for MARI.

Carolyn Walsh, MARI Administrative Assistant

Carolyn is the Administrative Assistant for MARI. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University. Carolyn has experience in customer service and hospitality in the University of Michigan Emergency Room and National Cherry Festival in Traverse City.

Stephanie Ariganello, Marketing and Communications Specialist

Stephanie is an experienced communicator, having spent time as a reporter, science editor, small business owner, outreach specialist, marketing strategist, and creative writer. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Communication at Wayne State University.

University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF)


Cynthia Ewell Foster, PhD, Director of the University Center for the Child and Family

Dr. Cynthia Ewell Foster is the director of the University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF). Dr. Ewell Foster is a licensed clinical child and adolescent psychologist with expertise in a variety of evidence-based psychotherapies for children and adolescents. In addition to her position at UCCF, Dr. Ewell Foster also has a joint appointment as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she participates on the Depression and Suicide Prevention Research Team and provides teaching and supervision to mental health professionals in training. Dr. Ewell Foster has been working at the University of Michigan since 2002, joining MARI in 2011.

Richard R. Dopp, M.D., Medical Director of the U-M Psychological Clinic and the University Center for the Child and Family

Richard R. Dopp, M.D. is the Medical Director for the University Psychological Clinic and the University Center for the Child and Family. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. His clinical interests and specialty expertise pertain to the evaluation and treatment of depression and anxiety, chronophysiology (including the importance of sleep regulation, physical activity), psychiatric medications and metabolism, and the treatment of university students and student athletes. He has a strong interest in the prevention and early identification of depression in at-risk populations.

Anupama (Anu) Agrawal, LMSW, Supervisor

Anupama (Anu) Agrawal, LMSW, is a clinical social worker at the University Center for Child and Family (UCCF). Ms. Agrawal has had years of clinical experience before coming to the Mary A. Rackham Institute, including clinical experience as a psychoanalytic psychotherapy fellow at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and Society and as a clinical instructor at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work before coming to Michigan.

Eileen Bond, LMSW, Supervisor

Eileen Bond, LMSW, is a clinical social worker at the University Center for the Child and Family with over thirty years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. In her early career, she worked at Hawthorn Children’s Psychiatric Hospital for eight years. She also developed two parenting classes in the community including a mother-daughter group addressing issues of puberty and “Parenting the Young Child” classes. In addition to supervising, teaching, and serving as a clinician, she maintains a private practice in Ann Arbor.

Kristen M. Chapman, MA, Senior Speech Language Learning Specialist

Kristen M. Chapman, MA, is a senior speech/language/learning specialist at the University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF). Ms. Chapman started the psychoeducational testing service at UCCF, and is involved in the coordination of that service. She also supervises the intake process for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) evaluations. After clients go through evaluations for attention and/or learning problems, Ms. Chapman participates in feedback sessions to help families with educational follow-up. The educational consultation service is available to families whose children are tested at UCCF, the families of children who are clients at UCCF, as well as children and families in the greater Ann Arbor, Michigan, community.

Helen Kaplan, LMSW, Supervisor and Intake Coordinator

Helen Kaplan, LMSW, is a clinical social worker and the Intake Coordinator at the University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF). Prior to joining the supervising faculty at UCCF, Helen was a school social worker for almost fifteen years where she evaluated and treated children of all ages with a variety of disabilities. She received her undergraduate and Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan and also participated in a post- masters advanced training program at U-M. In addition to her professional work, Helen has volunteered with various non-profit agencies in the Ann Arbor community including Safe House, Peace Neighborhood Center, Alpha House and Jewish Family Services where she is currently on the Board of Directors.

Erin Hunter, PhD, Clinician

Erin Hunter, PhD, is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with expertise in a variety of evidence-based psychotherapies for children, adolescents, and families, including parent management training, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and acceptance and mindfulness treatments. Erin has a particular interest in working with pre-teens, teenagers, and their families as well as with LGBTQ youth, working on issues related to identity development, relationships, depressed mood, anxiety, inattention and behavior problems. She received a Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Washington, completed an internship at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and came to Michigan for a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical child psychology at UCCF, where she is now a member of the supervising faculty.

Lawrence (Larry) R. Kowalski, MS, TLLP, Clinician

Lawrence Kowalski, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), works in the University of Michigan Autism and Consultation Treatment Services (UM-ACTS) program managing and supervising Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services. Lawrence received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan and his Master’s Degree in Clinical-Behavioral Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. Previously, Lawrence has worked in the Simon’s Simplex Collection (SSC) gathering phenotypic data of families with one child diagnosed with ASD, the Early Steps Study (ESS) as a therapist implementing the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) with toddlers, and provided in-home behavioral therapy for children with ASD. He also has advanced experience administering diagnostic instruments for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), cognitive testing protocols, as well as a variety of other standardized protocols. In addition, Lawrence has worked clinically with individuals suffering from Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI).

Other Professional Staff

Cindy Davis, MA, Patient Services Associate

Cindy Davis has been with the University Center for the Child and the Family (UCCF) since January 2005. As a patient services associate, she greets and assists visitors to UCCF and the University Psychological Clinic, answers phones at both locations, and handles assorted front office duties.

 

University Psychological Clinic


Todd K. Favorite, PhD, Director of the U-M Psychological Clinic 

Todd K. Favorite, PhD has been the director of the U-M Psychological Clinic since 2010. He holds a clinical faculty position in the U-M Department of Psychiatry and is an attending clinical psychologist on the PTSD Clinical Team at the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His interests in clinical research are in the area of the co-occurring symptoms of PTSD, chronic depression, and insomnia. From a psychological training perspective, Dr. Favorite has a background in psychodynamic as well as cognitive-behavioral methods and views the psychotherapy integration as an important evolution in the practice of psychosocial treatments. He is internationally certified as an advanced trainer for the Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System for Psychotherapy (CBASP) and has conducted research and published on the use of this integrative system of treatment for co-existing psychological symptoms.

Richard R. Dopp, M.D., Medical Director of the U-M Psychological Clinic and the University Center for the Child and Family

Richard R. Dopp, M.D. is the Medical Director for the University Psychological Clinic and the University Center for the Child and Family. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. His clinical interests and specialty expertise pertain to the evaluation and treatment of depression and anxiety, chronophysiology (including the importance of sleep regulation, physical activity), psychiatric medications and metabolism, and the treatment of university students and student athletes. He has a strong interest in the prevention and early identification of depression in at-risk populations.

Clinical Faculty & Staff

Jeff Urist, PhD, senior supervisor at the U-M Psychological Clinic

Dr. Jeff Urist is a long-standing member of the Senior Supervisory Staff at the University Psychological Clinic. Having received both his undergraduate and graduate training at the University of Michigan, Dr. Urist has served since 1973 as faculty in both the Department of Psychology and the Department of Psychiatry at U-M. Before coming on staff at the University Psychological Clinic in 1989, he was Chief Psychologist at the Adolescent Program in the U-M Department of Psychiatry where he directed the Adolescent Psychology Training Program for 10 years. He serves on the faculty of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute in addition to his teaching and supervisory role at the Clinic. Dr. Urist has maintained a private practice in Ann Arbor since 1973 where he sees adolescents, adults and couples.

Michelle (Shelly) Van Etten Lee, PhD, Director of Psychology Training

Michelle (Shelly) Van Etten Lee, PhD, is the director of psychology training at the Mary A. Rackham Institute (MARI). She has been working as a clinical psychologist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, since 1997. She joined MARI in 2005 and has been the director of psychology training since 2009. She currently holds two adjunct faculty titles in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry. Inspired by the effectiveness of the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in the treatment of anxiety disorders, Shelly has studied and developed an expertise in CBT over the course of her career, bringing this method of treatment to MARI.

Other Professional Staff

Jonathen (Jon) Ross, BA, Patient Services Associate

Jonathen (Jon) Ross, BA, is the patient services associate at the Mary A. Rackham Institute (MARI). Jon has previous experience working at several companies in both customer service and recruiting. He has been working at the University Psychological Clinic since 2003.

 

University Center for Language and Literacy (UCLL)


Carol C. Persad, PhD., ABPP, Director of the University Center for Language and Literacy

Dr. Persad joined the University of Michigan as a faculty member in 2003 and has been Director of UCLL since 2011. She is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in Psychiatry, with an Adjunct Associate Professor appointment in Psychology.


Mimi Block, MS, CCC-SLP, Clinical Services Manager

Mimi has been on staff since 1992 and began her career as a staff speech and language pathologist at UCLL. Over the years, her professional duties have increased and she has been the Clinical Services Manager for 11 years.

Jennifer Corey, MSc, CCC-SLP, Senior Speech-Language Pathologist

Jennifer Corey has been working as a Senior Speech Language Pathologist at the UCLL since 2008. Before joining UCLL, she worked with adult inpatients and adult and pediatric outpatients in an acute care hospital. She has also worked in a subacute rehabilitation facility. Jennifer obtained a wide range of experiences in these settings by working with clients across the lifespan.
She has a strong background in voice disorders and swallowing.


Gordon Krainen, PhD, CCC-SLP, Senior Speech-Language Pathologist

Gordon has been a senior speech and language pathologist at UMAP since 2004. He has been in the field over 30 years in various capacities. He has worked in school systems, acute care and rehabilitation hospitals, nursing facilities and home care. He has also worked as an adjunct lecturer for courses in communication disorders. Gordon has been a board member of the Michigan Speech/Language Hearing Association for many years.

Keli Licata, MA, CCC-SLP,
Senior Speech-Language Pathologist

Keli joined the UCLL staff as a Clinical Fellow in January, 2013. She earned her B.A. in Linguistics and Psychology from the University of Michigan and her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from Indiana University.


Elizabeth Mercado, MA, CCC-SLP,
Senior Speech-Language Pathologist

Elizabeth is a Senior Speech and Language Pathologist at the University Center for Language and Literacy (UCLL). She completed her Clinical Fellowship at UCLL in May 2011. She provides intervention to adults in the University of Michigan Aphasia Program (UMAP). She also provides speech, language, and literacy intervention to preschool and school-age children.


Amanda Sheridan M.A., CCC-SLP,
Senior Speech-Language Pathologist

Amanda joined the UCLL staff as a Clinical Fellow in June, 2014. She earned her B.A. in Education, specializing in mathematics and science from Central Michigan University and began her career as a public school teacher. She later earned her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from Eastern Michigan University, and now provides intervention to adults in the University of Michigan Aphasia Program (UMAP) as well as speech, language, and literacy intervention to preschool- and school-aged children. She also specializes in assessing and treating learning difficulties related to reading, writing, and spelling.

Kaitlyn Ayres M.A., CCC-SLP
Senior Speech-Language Pathologist

Kaitlyn joined the UCLL staff as a clinical fellow in July of 2015. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Michigan State University. She provides intervention to adults in the University of Michigan Aphasia Program (UMAP) and speech, language, and literacy intervention to preschool and school-aged children. Kaitlyn also assists with community outreach for the UCLL and has an interest and a background in clinical research.


Elise Jones, M.A., CF-SLP, Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Fellow

Elise joined the UCLL staff as a Clinical Fellow in July, 2016. She earned her B.S. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Purdue University and her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from Indiana University.

Carolyn Hansen, Ph.D., MDE Certified Reading Specialist,
Literacy Services Coordinator
Dr. Carolyn Hansen joined the UCLL as a Literacy Services Specialist in March, 2017. She earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction specializing in Reading and Language Arts from Ohio University, and holds a Michigan Department of Education Reading Specialist Certificate, grades K-12. As an experienced Reading Specialist, Dr. Hansen provides reading intervention to school-aged students, and serves as coordinator for the UCLL summer reading camp programs.

Other Professional Staff

P. Lisa Kraus, BS, TRD, Program Services Coordinator

Lisa is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University. She has been at UCLL for 10 years working with clients and family members of the University of Michigan Aphasia Program (UMAP). Lisa has established the recreational and social component at UMAP. She is also head of Volunteer Services.

La Shawn D. Westbrook, LLMSW, CMAS, Medical Billing Specialist/Accounts Representative

La Shawn has been a medical biller and accounts representative at UCLL since October 2006, and has been with the University of Michigan since 2002. La Shawn has worked in the various areas of the medical administrative field since 1994.

Dinah Young, Assistant Clinical Services Manager

Dinah joined UCLL in 2007 to provide project management for It’s a Rap: Celebrating 60 Years of the University of Michigan Aphasia Program Gala Event. Her background combines over 20 years of administrative experience, including 7 years in the non-profit sector as the Grants Coordinator for the Association for Asian Studies in Ann Arbor.

Brooke White, Marketing Communications Intern

Brooke has experience as a marketing communications intern and as a college writing consultant. She attends the University of Michigan as an undergraduate student studying English and Creative Writing.