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.

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MARI Director


Bruno Giordani, Ph.D., Director of the Mary A. Rackham Institute

Dr. Giordani is Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Psychology at the University of Michigan and Adjunct Professor of Nursing. He is currently Faculty Ombuds in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs as well as Chief Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Giordani’s research includes neurodevelopmental approaches to assessment in cross-cultural settings, cognitive and behavioral change in medical illness across the life span, and approaches to improving behavioral and cognitive declines in aging and illness. 

Dr. Giordani‘s commitment to training the next generation of practitioners is also aligned well with the MARI mission. He has mentored many graduate students, medical students, and residents across the university and has served as a long-term faculty sponsor of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). He is well recognized in his field. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association-Society of Clinical Psychology, has received the Distinguished Faculty Governance Award from the University of Michigan, and has been been recognized with a Ruth Michelbaugh Lifetime Achievement Award from the Great Lakes Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Administration


Victoria (Vikki) Dudley, B.B.A., 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 25 years, the last 15 of which have been at the University of Michigan. Vikki works closely with the Institute and Center directors establishing, monitoring and reporting on the fiscal year budgets as well as performing all pre and post-award grant management activities.  Additionally, she serves as the unit liaison for Internal Controls and the annual Unit Certification for MARI. She also participates in the Institute’s Performance and Quality Improvement (PQI) committees, serving as the Central Office committee chair and representative to the steering committee.

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 20 years, and has over 30 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 overseeing MARI’s revenue cycle and supervising the Central Office staff. Brenda serves as the HIPAA Privacy and Security Office 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.

Shani Mosley, Senior Billing Clerk/ Patient Account Specialist

Shani is the Senior Billing Clerk/ Patient Account Specialist for MARI. She has been in the field of customer service for 18 years with the last seven spent working at the University of Michigan. She has previous experience at the University of Michigan Dental School as the Senior Billing Clerk/ Patient Collector. Shani’s commitment to our client accounts ensures each client has a positive experience.

Stephanie Ariganello, M.A., Marketing and Communications Specialist

Stephanie is an experienced communicator, having spent time as a newspaper journalist, science editor, small business owner, outreach specialist, marketing strategist, and creative writer. She has an M.A. in Communication Studies (social science focus) from Wayne State University and Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and creative writing from Northern Michigan University. She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the National Association of Science Writers (NASW), the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and a founding member of the International Environmental Communication Association (IECA).

University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF)


Cynthia Ewell Foster, Ph.D., Director 

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

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, M.A., Senior Speech Language Learning Specialist

Kristen M. Chapman, M.A., 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. After clients go through evaluations for attention and/or learning problems, Ms. Chapman is available to participate 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.  In addition to  her teaching, supervising, and clinical roles at UCCF, Ms. Chapman maintains a private practice in Ann Arbor.

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.

Kristen Kalymon, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with expertise assessing and treating behavioral concerns displayed by children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as other developmental disabilities, through the use of evidence-based parent-training and individual psychotherapy.  Areas of specialization include behavioral excesses (i.e., tantrums, self-injury, aggression, and noncompliance) as well as behavioral deficits (i.e., increasing sleep, toileting, and coping skills). Dr. Kalymon received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, completed an internship and fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and then remained on staff as a supervising psychologist and director of clinical operations prior to transitioning to UCCF.

Erin Hunter, Ph.D., Supervisor

Erin Hunter, Ph.D., 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, BCBA, 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, M.A., 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.

Charnay Mauldin, Patient Services Assistant

Charnay Mauldin provides assistance and support to staff and clients. She also performs other front office duties such as answering phone calls and welcoming clients. Charnay received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. She has previously worked as a mentor with the Michigan State University FAME program (Fostering Academics Mentoring Excellence).

University Psychological Clinic


Todd K. Favorite, Ph.D., Director

Dr. Todd Favorite, Ph.D., is a Board Certified Clinical Psychologist and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the U-M Medical School and the Rackham Graduate School. His clinical research area is in psychological co-morbidities of trauma and persistent depression, insomnia, and nightmare reduction. Dr. Favorite’s background is in psychotherapy integration with evidence based methods tailored to individual treatment needs. He provides training and certification in Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System for Psychotherapy. He leads a research project in the application of web-based intervention methods with therapeutic support. Additional training and research interests are in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Dr. Favorite serves as the Chair for the Public Education Committee of the Michigan Psychological Association. He has served as director of the Psychological Clinic since 2010.

Richard R. Dopp, M.D., Medical Director

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, Ph.D., Senior Supervisor 

Dr. Jeff Urist is a long-standing member of the senior supervisory team at the Psych 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.

Jonathan Blair, Ph.D., Senior Supervisor 

Jonathan Blair, Ph.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and supervising faculty member with expertise in working with couples. Dr. Blair has focused his education, clinical training, and professional practice on helping couples create and maintain healthy, stable, and fulfilling bonds. In addition to working with couples, Dr. Blair is also heads the couples therapy training program within the clinic focusing on evidence based treatments including Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), Integrative Behavior Couples Therapy (IBCT), and Gottman-based approaches. Dr. Blair has a particular interest in preventative work and relationship psycho-education. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Clark University, completed a pre-doctoral internship at Michigan State University, and completed his post-doctoral training at the University of Michigan.

Michelle (Shelly) Van Etten Lee, Ph.D., Director of Psychology Training

Michelle (Shelly) Van Etten Lee, Ph.D., 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 Department of Psychology and Department of Psychiatry at U-M. 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.


JoAnn Heap, LMSW

JoAnn Heap, LMSW, has extensive training in DBT. She has clinical as well as supervisory experience using the diverse practice settings model. She has served as senior clinical social worker on the personality disorders team at UM Hospital and as consultant to Washtenaw County Community Mental Health before moving to outpatient psychiatry at U-M. Her publications include a chapter on emergency room psychiatry. In addition to her part-time role at the Psychological Clinic, she has a private practice where she does psychotherapy and training. She is also an LEO instructor for University of Michigan School of Social Work.

Jody Hoffman, Ph.D., Senior Supervisor

Jody Hoffman, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist with specialty training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and IPT.  At MARI she works with a range of presenting problems within a framework of psychotherapy integration. She received her Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University, completed her internship at the University of Calgary Medical School, and received postdoctoral fellowship training at the University of Michigan’s Department of Psychiatry. 

Other Professional Staff

Jonathen (Jon) Ross, M.S.W., Senior Patient Services Associate

Jonathen (Jon) Ross, M.S.W., has been with the Mary A. Rackham Institute (MARI) since 2003 coordinating client care and managing office procedures. Jon also provides individual and group clinical treatment for clients working on changing behaviors. Working as an educator in the past, Jon is focused on using those skills to enhance his clinical work in order to offer treatment using evidence-based practices.

 

University Center for Language and Literacy (UCLL)


Carol C. Persad, Ph.D., ABPP, Director 

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 the Department of Psychiatry with an Adjunct Associate Professor appointment in the Department of Psychology.


Mimi Block, M.S., CCC-SLP, Senior Speech-Language Pathologist

Mimi has been with the UCLL since 1992 and began her career as a staff speech and language pathologist. During that time, she has worked with hundreds of clients, often keeping in touch with them for years after their time with UCLL and UMAP. Mimi has taken on additional roles within UCLL, including Clinic Services Manager for more than a decade and recently moving into a different role focused on new programming and aphasia community development.

Jennifer Corey, M.S., CCC-SLP, Clinic Manager and Senior Speech-Language Pathologist 

Jennifer has been a Senior Speech-Language Pathologist at the UCLL since 2008. She now additionally holds the role of Clinic Manager, guiding all of the speech-language programs and the daily operations of the clinic, including the University of Michigan Aphasia Program (UMAP). She received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from McGill University. She has also held roles in acute care, outpatient, and subacute rehabilitation. Jennifer has worked with clients across the lifespan. She currently enjoys working with the clients and care-partners in UMAP.


Gordon Krainen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Senior Speech-Language Pathologist

Gordon has been a Senior Speech-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, M.A., CCC-SLP, Education Coordinator,
Senior Speech-Language Pathologist

Keli has been with UCLL since 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. She provides intervention to adults in UMAP and takes part in providing comprehensive neuropsychological, language, and literacy evaluations for children and young adults. Keli has also participated in collaborating with U-M researchers to advance speech recognition software for disordered speech and to design new apps for individuals with aphasia. As Education Coordinator, she is responsible for coordinating graduate student internships and undergraduate student opportunities.


Elizabeth Mercado, M.A., 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 Moses 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.


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, B.S., 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.

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 seven years in the non-profit sector as the grants coordinator for the Association for                                                            Asian Studies in Ann Arbor.

Erica Bundoff, Administrative Assistant

In her role, Erica oversees the front desk operations and building management for UCLL. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a concentration in Global Health. Erica joined the UCLL team in July, 2017 and helped keep the client and caregiver lounge renovations on track for the UCLL 80th anniversary open house.