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Jacqueline "Jackie" Atunrase (she/her/hers)

PhD, Clinical and School Psychology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dickey Hill Elementary/Middle School
jatunrase@som.umaryland.edu

Jackie is a postdocoral fellow and former pre-doctoral intern at the Center an recently earned her doctorate degree in clinical and school psychology from the University of Virginia. Jackie has worked as an elementary school teacher; a clinical research coordinator on a study implementing evidence-based mental health programs in schools; and as a mental health service provider in public schools, a residential therapeutic school, and outpatient settings. She earned her Master of Elementary Education degree from Wilmington University and her Master of Education in Educational Psychology with a concentration in School Psychology degree from the University of Virginia. Her clinical and research interests focus broadly on advocating for equitable access to high quality mental health services for underprivileged minority youth and the implementation of evidence-based services in school settings.

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Kim Beverly

MS, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, LCPC
School Mental Health Counselor
New Song Academy
kbeverly@som.umaryland.edu

Kim was born and raised in Southern California before moving to the DMV in the summer of 1999. Prior to earning a MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University, she worked as a preschool teacher, a Disabilities and Mental health Coordinator, and as an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant in Baltimore City. Currently, she is a School Mental Health Counselor at the University of Maryland, School Mental Health Program (SMHP) where she provides a multi-tiered level of supports for students, staff, and families at New Song Academy and Carver Vocational-Technical High School. Kim utilizes an eclectic approach within her therapy including CBT, Play therapy, EMDR, Brainspotting and more. Kim’s interests include supporting children and adults diagnosed with ADHD and working with clients who are impacted by anxiety.

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Victoria Daley

MSW, LMSW
School Mental Health Counselor
Morrell Park Elementary/Middle School
vdaley@som.umaryland.edu

Victoria Daley, LMSW, graduated with her master’s degree from University of Maryland School of Social Work. During her time as a graduate student, she was able to gain experience in public and non-public school settings. Victoria is currently working in Baltimore City Schools as a school-based mental health counselor, where she uses a strength-based perspective to meet the needs of students and their families. Victoria is passionate about making mental health services more accessible and reducing the stigma surrounding mental health.

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Whitney Davis

MS, Counseling Psychology, MA, School Psychology
Pre-doctoral Intern
Thomas Jefferson Elementary/Middle School
whitney.davis@som.umaryland.edu

Whitney Davis is a pre-doctoral intern at the Center and is a doctoral candidate in the school psychology program at Tulane University. Whitney’s aim is to serve and engage with schools, families, and communities utilizing participatory and culturally responsive approaches.  She has delivered services in PK-12 schools including individual, group, and family therapy, psychoeducational assessment, teacher consultation, and professional development training delivery. Prior to attending her doctoral program, Whitney offered case management and therapeutic services to children, adolescents, and adults in Maryland while working for outpatient community mental health clinics and served as a research project coordinator for Phase 3 clinical trials. Whitney’s research focuses on promoting school safety, implementing trauma-informed approaches in schools, and integrating social justice and racial equity frameworks in school programing.

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Ebonee Dixon

School Mental Health Counselor
Rosemont Elementary/Middle School, North Bend Elementary/Middle School
ebdixon@som.umaryland.edu

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Kristina Floyd

MSW, LCSW-C
School Mental Health Lead Counselor
Charles Carroll Barrister Elementary School
kfloyd@som.umaryland.edu

Mrs. Floyd has provided direct clinical services, supervision, case management, and consultations to children, their families, and colleagues within non-public and public school systems since 2009. She is currently a lead clinician in the School Mental Health Program, providing a variety of services to promote social, emotional, behavioral, and academic success for students in a Baltimore City public school as well as supervising masters level trainees and licensed clinicians within the program. Mrs. Floyd has a Certificate in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, is a board approved supervisor for social workers and is a state-wide trainer for Botvin’s LifeSkills. She has presented at local, state, and national levels on evidenced-based curriculums and other issues related to school mental health. Since 2015, Mrs. Floyd has worked for the Association of Social Work Boards as a subject matter expert to write and develop questions for the Masters level national social work exam using current, evidenced-based references and resources.

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Aijah K. B. Goodwin 

PhD, School Psychology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy High School
abarutigoodwin@som.umaryland.edu

Dr. Goodwin is a postdoctoral fellow at the National Center for School Mental Health. She graduated from the school psychology doctoral program at Louisiana State University, where she completed research on cultural responsiveness in schools, including identifying indicators of culturally responsive practices and examining the relationship between culturally responsive practices and students’ outcomes. Clinically, Dr. Goodwin has received clinical training and professional experience with school mental health, including individual therapy, group therapy, teacher and family consultation, and systems-level school mental health implementation. She also has experience working with children, families, school staff, and medical providers in school settings, outpatient clinics, and medical centers. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in honors psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Master of Arts in Psychology from Louisiana State University, and doctoral internship at Florida State University’s Multidisciplinary Center. Her research and clinical interests include culturally responsive practices and the implementation of evidence-based school mental health practices to decrease mental health and educational disparities.

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Samantha "Sami" Hartley (she/her/hers)

PhD, Clinical-Community Psychology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Carver Vocational-Technical High School
shartley@som.umaryland.edu

Sami is a postdoctoral fellow and former pre-doctoral intern at the Center and recently earned her PhD clinical-community psychology program from the University of South Carolina. She has worked with schools, health providers, and community coalitions in the field of adolescent suicide prevention and response, as a program evaluator for initiatives promoting resilience and integrated school mental health, and as a mental health clinician in public schools and outpatient settings. She earned a BA with Distinction in Human Biology (Area of Concentration: Neuroscience & Mental Health) from Stanford University and her Masters in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina. Her clinical and research interests focus broadly on building capacity for high quality implementation of evidence-based practices in school mental health, with a particular affinity for program evaluation, implementation science, and organizational readiness.

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Jennifer Lease

MSW, LCSW-C
School Mental Health Senior Counselor
Wildwood Elementary/Middle School
jlease@som.umaryland.edu

Jennifer is a Senior Clinician with the School Mental Health Program (SMHP), providing targeted therapy services to children and families as well as broader supports to the whole school population. Jennifer has worked in schools in West Baltimore for over a decade and is trained in a number of evidence-based practices, including Botvin's LifeSkills Training, The Incredible Years, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy for Adolescents (IPT-A). Jennifer is a statewide trainer of Botvin's LifeSkills and has a Certificate of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. She received her Master's in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She is dedicated to providing empowerment and opportunities for underserved communities.

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Andrea Ortiz

LMSW
School Mental Health Counselor
Roland Park Elementary/Middle School
andrea.ortiz@som.umaryland.edu

Andrea Ortiz, LMSW, graduated with her master’s degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work, Baltimore. Prior to becoming a School Mental Health Counselor for the University of Maryland School Mental Health Program (SMHP), Ms. Ortiz worked in Baltimore City for three years providing case management services to survivors of intimate partner violence, (IPV), as well as running abuse intervention groups for individuals who perpetrated IPV. Ms. Ortiz was a trainee with SMHP at Violetville Elementary Middle School, where she provided individual, group, and family tele therapy. Her field placement inspired her to continue working with children and their families in a school-based setting and she is now the SMHP Counselor at Roland Park Elementary Middle School.

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Nikita Parson

MSW, LCSW-C
Assistant Director, School Mental Health Program
Western High School
nparson@som.umaryland.edu

Ms. Parson is a proud Alumni of Morgan State University and University of Maryland, Baltimore. She is the Assistant Director and a Lead Clinician with the School Mental Health Program. She has over 10 years of experience providing comprehensive services including direct clinical care (e.g. individual, group, and family therapies), prevention activities, consultations, supervision, and crisis intervention in Baltimore City Public Schools. She is passionate about decreasing the stigma on mental health and promoting a healthy social/emotional wellbeing especially among youth and young adults in underserved communities. Ms. Parson also serves as the Trainee Coordinator with the SMHP and through this has a chance to help mold, nurture, and produce the next set of clinicians in this field. Ms. Parson has been trained in Trauma Focus Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, is a board approved supervisor for Social Workers and a statewide Botvin’s Life Skills trainer.

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Gabrielle Sanchez

MSW, LMSW
School Mental Health Counselor
Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School
gsanchez@som.umaryland.edu

Gabrielle Sanchez is a School Mental Health Counselor at the University of Maryland, School Mental Health Program (SMHP). Ms. Sanchez graduated with her master’s degree from Indiana University School of Social Work. Ms. Sanchez began working in the mental health field as a case manager at a residential facility shortly after finishing her bachelor’s in social work at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN. This opportunity allowed for Ms. Sanchez to work with children, families and various service agencies to support effective client change. Ms. Sanchez provides individual, family, and group therapy to students in Baltimore City Public Schools. She has been trained in Botvin’s Life Skills, Brief Intervention for School Clinicians (BRISC), and Trauma Focus Cognitive Behavioral therapy.

Joseph Santangelo

MSW, LMSW
School Mental Health Counselor
Digital Harbor High School
jsantangelo@som.umaryland.edu

Joseph Santangelo, LMSW, is a School Mental Health Counselor for the University of Maryland, School Mental Health Program (SMHP). Joseph graduated with his master’s degree from Morgan State University School of Social Work. He has worked in Baltimore communities for the past five years, helping connect families to affordable housing, training individuals to seek gainful employment, and advocating for those in crisis. Joseph was previously an intern with SMHP at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and is passionate about working in Baltimore City high schools. He provides individual, group and family therapy to students, and has been trained in Botvin LifeSkills and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

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Jasmine Savoy

MSW, LSCW-C
School Mental Health Counselor
Carver Vocational-Technical High School
jsavoy@som.umaryland.edu

Jasmine Savoy is a School Mental Health Counselor with the School Mental Health Program (SMHP). Ms. Savoy graduated with her Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Social Work. Ms. Savoy has experience in case management, individual and group therapy, and inpatient behavioral health. Ms. Savoy currently provides individual, family, and group therapy to high school students of Baltimore City Public Schools. In addition to providing counseling services, she also provides teacher consultations, staff-in-services, classroom presentations, and family outreach activities. Ms. Savoy’s passion for school based mental health began in her first year of graduate school. She cares about the well-being of adolescents and wants to help students develop social-emotional skills they can use over time.

Shontell Smith

Pre-doctoral Intern
Katherine Johnson Global Academy
shontell.smith@som.umaryland.edu

Shontell is a pre-doctoral intern at the Center and a doctoral candidate in the school psychology program at the University of Texas at Austin. She has gained experience working in schools as a therapist, classroom teacher, and manager of school-based enrichment programs. She has also served as a consultant and clinician in early childhood education centers and community based mental health settings. Her clinical and research interests include understanding and addressing racial disproportionality in school discipline and advancing culturally responsive and trauma-informed practices in school-based and community-based mental health settings. She is passionate about work that seeks to decrease barriers to accessing mental health services.

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Rikki Spiegler

MSW, LCSW-C
School Mental Health Senior Counselor
Baltimore Polytechnic Institute High School
rspiegler@som.umaryland.edu

Rachel “Rikki” Spiegler is an LCSW-C and an ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider. She received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. For four years, Rikki worked in a non-public school providing individual, group, and family counseling services as well as social skills training to students ages 10-21 with diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, anxiety, depression, language processing challenges, and learning differences. In private practice, Rikki provided therapeutic services to children, adolescents, young adults, and their families. Rikki is currently working in Baltimore City Schools as a school-based clinician and is passionate about taking a supportive, strengths-based approach to providing comprehensive services to children and their families.

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Janai Springer

MSW, LCSW-C
School Mental Health Counselor
Dorothy I. Height Elementary School
springer@som.umaryland.edu

Janai Springer completed her MSW program at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and is excited to contribute her skills and knowledge to providing mental health counseling for elementary school students in Baltimore City. After completing her social work internship at Furman Templeton Elementary School, and working with many other student populations, including special needs and ESOL students, she realized her passion for helping young learners thrive in all aspects of their lives. Ms. Springer is interested in pursuing her clinical license and making a lasting positive impact in the local community through providing mental health education and support to under-served children and families.

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Kathryn "Katie" Trainor

PhD, School Psychology
Posdoctoral Fellow
Franklin Square Elementary/Middle School
ktrainor@som.umaryland.edu

Katie is a postdoctoral fellow and former pre-doctoral intern at the Center and recently earned her PhD in School Psychology at the University of Florida. Prior to coming to the center, Katie worked as a middle school teacher and research clinician in Philadelphia, PA, and as a school-based mental health clinician and researcher in Florida. She obtained her Masters in Education from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Her research and clinical interests focus on best practices for implementing integrative mental health programs within schools and supporting the well-being of teachers and behavioral health providers. She is particularly interested in teachers’ roles and experiences working with the social, emotional and behavioral needs of their students and how members within a system interact to promote healthy student outcomes.

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Kelly Willis (she/her/hers)

MSW, LCSW-C
Associate Director, School Mental Health Program
Violetville Elementary/Middle School
kwillis@som.umaryland.edu

Mrs. Willis graduated with her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Social Work. It was during this time of her field placement with the University of Maryland, School Mental Health Program (SMHP) that Mrs. Willis knew she wanted her career to be devoted to advancing children’s mental health in schools. Mrs. Willis began employment with SMHP in 2009 and currently has a dual role with the program serving as a Lead Counselor and the Associate Director of the program. Mrs. Willis’ programmatic efforts have focused on enhancing the training model for best practices and service delivery for all staff including licensed social workers and professional counselors, doctoral interns, psychiatry fellows, and graduate level trainees. Clinically, Mrs. Willis enjoys partnering with students, staff, and families to promote social, emotional, behavioral, and academic success and utilizes a variety of evidence based practices at Violetville Elementary/Middle School. Mrs. Willis is a Board Approved Supervisor, Botvin’s LifeSkills Trainer, and contributor to many special projects in the field.

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Ashley Woods

MSW, LCSW-C
School Mental Health Senior Counselor
Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts High School
awoods@som.umaryland.edu

Ashley Woods is a Senior Clinician for the University of Maryland, School Mental Health Program (SMHP). Ms. Woods has been working in under the Expanded School Mental Health Program for 8 years and has taken a special interest in working in Baltimore City high schools. She has been trained and certified in Botvin’s Life Schools, Brief Intervention for School Clinicians (BRISC), and Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA). Ms. Woods has a strong interest in supporting and developing the field of Social Work by training multiple Masters level students, as well as being a resource to colleagues.

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Miranda Zahn

MS, School Psychology
Predoctoral Intern
Waverly Elementary/Middle School
miranda.zahn@som.umaryland.edu

Miranda is a pre-doctoral intern at the Center and is a doctoral candidate in School Psychology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Miranda has worked as a research assistant and clinician in schools and outpatient settings where she has spent her time conducting teacher trainings, leading and supporting universal screening for school mental health, consulting with the parents and teachers of adolescents with behavioral disorders, and delivering therapeutic interventions for youth in PK-12. Miranda’s professional and research interests are in the areas of indirect service delivery and tiered supports for social, emotional, and behavioral needs in schools with diverse students from an anti-racist lens. Her dissertation examines how secondary teachers become efficacious to promote student mental health, classroom engagement, and student behavior through the use of culturally responsive practices. Additionally, she is passionate about family-school connections, community partnerships in schools, graduate training, and educator well-being.