Abby Blankenship, PhD
Abby Blankenship, PhD is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and licensed clinical psychologist. She serves as the Director of Research and Chief of Psychology for the STRONG STAR satellite research clinic located on Fort Hood, a United States Army installation in Killeen, Texas. In this capacity, Dr. Blankenship is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of some of the nation’s largest clinical trials designed to examine the alleviation of combat PTSD and trauma-related problems for active-duty service members and their families. Dr. Blankenship provides expert consultation in Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD for community providers newly trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy. She has experience working with clinicians across the country serving all types of trauma exposure.
Tabatha Blount, PhD
Tabatha Blount, PhD is an Associate Professor within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the UT Health San Antonio and a Licensed Psychologist. Dr. Blount specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Conjoint Therapy (CBCT) for PTSD, Prolonged Exposure (PE), and COPE for dual diagnosis PTSD and Alcohol Abuse. Additionally, she has training in cognitive behavioral therapies for chronic pain. Since 2010, she has served as a research therapist for The STRONG STAR Consortium and The Consortium to alleviate PTSD studies examining PTSD treatments in post-911 active duty service members and veterans. Her professional interests include PTSD, chronic pain, family-based, and behavioral treatments for tic disorders.
Brittany N. Hall-Clark, PhD
Dr. Brittany N. Hall-Clark is a Texas-licensed Clinical Psychologist. She obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Hall-Clark completed a 2-year fellowship with STRONG STAR, a multidisciplinary PTSD research consortium. She then became an Assistant Professor within the Division of Behavioral Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. For 8 years, she worked at the Ft. Hood site of STRONG STAR as a cognitive-behavioral research therapist for several randomized clinical trials focused on PTSD and related conditions in active-duty military personnel and veterans. She has been certified as a Master Prolonged Exposure clinician. Currently, she works with the STRONG STAR Training Initiative as a Prolonged Exposure therapy consultant. In addition, she is part of the National Center for PTSD Consultation team. Dr. Hall-Clark is passionate about diversity and cultural sensitivity, evidenced by her focus on cultural factors in treatment, provision of diversity training to graduate students and continuing education for professionals, and culturally oriented publications and presentations. Her professional interests include translational research, cultural factors related to PTSD and other mental health issues, and racial trauma. Additional clinical specialties include trauma nightmares, insomnia, sleep, and anxiety. Dr. Hall-Clark also practices privately at InSight Psychology and Behavioral Health Services in Pflugerville, TX.
Hunter Hansen, PsyD, LMFT
Hunter Hansen, PsyD, LMFT, is an Adjunct Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UT Health San Antonio and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice. Dr. Hansen specializes in Prolonged Exposure (PE) for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and has provided clinical services for several clinical research studies at the STRONG STAR Consortium and the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD. In addition, Dr. Hansen has extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy for chronic pain management and cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I). Dr. Hansen’s professional interests include treatment of PTSD, chronic pain, family-based therapies, depression, and anxiety.
Vanessa M. Jacoby, PhD, ABPP
Vanessa M. Jacoby, PhD, ABPP is an Associate Professor within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UT Health San Antonio, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and Board Certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology. Dr. Jacoby is the program director for the Strong Families Support and Prevention Program on Ft. Hood, which provides evidence-based PTSD treatment to military parents with a focus on improving whole family relationships. Her research interests are in the developmental trajectory and improvement of treatments for PTSD and other trauma-related disorders. She specializes in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD and Prolonged Exposure (PE) for PTSD. Additionally, Dr. Jacoby has worked with trauma-exposed children and whole families utilizing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
Maritza Grau-Magat, LCSW
Maritza Grau-Magat, LCSW is CPT consultant with the STRONG STAR Training Initiative. She is the Evidence Based Psychotherapist Coordinator and Team Leader at the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System – Suicide Prevention High Risk Therapists Program. Previously she worked as the Tele Mental Health Coordinator in the PCT Clinic in VA Puerto Rico. She received her MSW from Barry University and completed internships in The Broward County Mobile Crisis Unit and Child Care Connections in Florida. She is a former Director of Social Work at the State Psychiatric Hospital in PR and is a former President and Vice President of NASW, PR Chapter. In addition, she held a private practice for seven years, and was the Family and Community Specialist for Region IIB for Head Start where she trained supervisors and provided technical assistance to staff in Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and throughout the United States. She has been a Regional CPT Provider, Trainer and Consultant since 2007 and has hundreds of successful CPT cases. Throughout her 30+ years as a social worker, she has worked in different states and very opposite scenarios that range from serving the medically indigent to working with inmates to advocating in Washington DC for Mental Health and Head Start Program.
Elisa M Medellin, LPC
Elisa M Medellin, LPC, is the Practice Manager of the Transitional Care Clinic, a community mental health clinic within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UT Health San Antonio. Ms. Medellin is also a practicing clinician, specializing in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for the treatment of PTSD. She had provided clinical services for clinic research at the STRONG STAR Consortium and the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD, as well in a clinic setting. Ms. Medellin interests include PTSD treatment, including CPT, Prolonged Exposure and Written Exposure Therapy.
John Moring, PhD, ABPP
John Moring, PhD, ABPP is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UT Health San Antonio, a licensed psychologist, and board certified in the Behavioral and Cognitive specialty by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Moring completed his doctoral degree at the University of Wyoming and his clinical internship at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and San Diego VA. He completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship with STRONG STAR, and provided evidence-based psychotherapies for combat-related trauma and other military-related health conditions. He is Cognitive Behavioral Track Coordinator for the APA-Accredited Internship in Clinical Psychology at UT Health San Antonio and specializes in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD and provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for post-traumatic headache, Written Exposure Therapy (WET) for PTSD, and Crisis Response Plan (CRP) for suicidality. Currently, his research focuses on the neurobiological properties related to tinnitus and PTSD.
Kris Morris, PhD
Kris Morris, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist who has a Private Practice in Washington, DC. Dr. Morris became a Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) provider in 2006, during her internship at the National Center of PTSD in White River Junction, Vermont. Dr. Morris became a National CPT Trainer in 2010 during her time as a psychologist in Trauma Services at the Washington DC VA Medical Center. She is also the Site Principal Investigator for a Department of Defense, grant funded, Randomized Control Trial evaluating the effectiveness of Massed CPT. Her office is located in the heart of Dupont Circle.
Melissa Peskin, PhD
Dr. Melissa Peskin is a clinical assistant professor of psychology in psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and an assistant attending psychologist at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Peskin completed her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University and received a M.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Dublin, Trinity College. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, where she received training in the evidence-based assessment and treatment of trauma-related disorders. Dr. Peskin completed her clinical internship in the Trauma Recovery Center Division at the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where she provided Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, and Cognitive-Behavioral Conjoint Therapy to service members. Dr. Peskin spent 9 years on the faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine, where she conducted research on developing and improving the effectiveness of treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), served as treating psychologist on clinical research studies for individuals with PTSD, and developed a trauma rotation for psychiatry residents, postdoctoral fellows, and social workers to provide training in trauma-focused treatments.
Dr. Kristi E. Pruiksma
Dr. Kristi E. Pruiksma is an Associate Professor and licensed clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Her clinical and research work focuses on evidence-based treatments for insomnia, nightmares, and PTSD. Her role includes supporting randomized clinical trials conducted by the STRONG STAR Research Consortium which focuses on evaluating treatment of combat-related (PTSD) and related conditions in active-duty military personnel and recently discharged veterans. Projects have included trials examining Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD (CPT); Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for insomnia (CBT-I); and Exposure, Relaxation, and Rescripting Therapy (ERRT). She is also a co-developer of web-based provider trainings for CBT for insomnia (www.cbtiweb.org) and for nightmares (www.cbtnightmaresweb.org – coming soon!).
Bailee Schuhmann, PhD
Bailee Schuhmann, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow with the STRONG STAR Training Initiative. Dr. Schuhmann received her degree in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She completed her clinical internship at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio at STRONG STAR and the Transitional Care Clinic, where she provided evidence-based treatment for PTSD including Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). Her professional interests include posttraumatic stress disorder and resilience in first responder and military populations as well as improving access to quality, evidence-based treatment.
Casey Straud, PsyD, ABPP
Casey Straud, PsyD, ABPP, is a board certified clinical psychologist and an Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UT Health San Antonio. He also holds a joint appointment within the Department of Psychology at University of Texas at San Antonio. Dr. Straud is a cognitive behavior therapist and specializes in treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder. He has training and experience providing Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Written Exposure Therapy for PTSD; and COPE for dual diagnosis. Dr. Straud’s professional interests include augmentation of evidence-based PTSD treatments to improve outcomes and the identification of biopsychosocial factors that impact treatment.
Hannah Tyler, PhD, ABPP
Dr. Hannah Tyler is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UT Health San Antonio. Dr. Tyler is a licensed psychologist and is board certified in cognitive and behavioral psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. She has extensive experience providing trauma treatment for active-duty service members, veterans, and civilian community members. Her research interests include the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based psychological trauma treatments, suicide prevention, and military psychology. Dr. Tyler’s expertise involves providing treatment and clinical consultation in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia and Nightmares (CBT-I&N), Written Exposure Therapy (WET), and Crisis Response Planning for Suicide Prevention.