Psychological Services

United Psychological Services’ Staff

Below is a list of our professional staff at United Psychological Services. Select a Doctor’s name below to learn more.

Carl Eric Alsterberg, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Alsterberg, a fully licensed psychologist, has been in practice for 25 years.  He has specialized in working with the aged population, promoting the concept of graceful aging from a spiritual perspective, and providing emotional relief for both the patient and their families. Dr. Alsterberg has been a tremendous help to patients in nursing homes in understanding the process of dementia from both a psychological as well as spiritual point of view.  He also specializes in working with families who are divorced or in the process of a divorce; providing parenting plans and custody evaluations for the courts, and is highly skilled in working with parents in conflict helping them to work towards the best case scenario for their children.

Highly versatile, he is skilled in areas of chemical dependency and substance abuse. He is dedicated to living life gracefully and with ease, keeping the larger perspective in mind, espousing the view that every day we are provided with a new opportunity for a learning adventure. He has an expertise in hypnosis and provides help in such areas as anxiety and smoking.

Dr. Alsterberg has over 30 years of clinical experience and is the director of clinical services providing staff with the benefit of his wide ranging knowledge and expertise.

Dr. Alsterberg is the author of two books: Healing and Transformation: Moving from the Ordinary to the Extraordinary, Elequent Books, New York, NY, 2009, and Life is an Adventure: A Guide to the Path of Joy, Aegina Press, 1999. You can order Dr. Alsterberg’s books by clicking on the following link: Suggested Books.

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Arthur J. Lewandowski, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Lewandowski received his doctorate in clinical psychology in 1979 after having received a master’s degree in clinical psychology as well, four years earlier. In addition to his more than thirty years of private practice, Dr. Lewandowski has served his profession in many significant ways including published research, service on a number of boards and committees, speaking and as an educator. In 2001, he was recognized by his peers at the Michigan Psychological Association with the Distinguished Psychologist Award.

At United Psychological Services, Dr. Lewandowski provides therapy and counseling for patients and their families. In addition he directs the program for psychological assessments; being well versed in psychiatric disorders and the theoretical foundations underlying the different diagnoses associated with them.

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Daniel J. Zak, D.O.
Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist

Dr. Zak attained his medical degree from Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. He then completed both his residency in General Adult Psychiatry and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Michigan State University’s Department of Psychiatry. During his child fellowship, he accumulated inpatient experience at The University of Michigan, Mott Children’s Hospital and at The University of California, Los Angeles.

Prior to medical school, he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Medical Dietetics from Wayne State University followed by a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University.

Dr. Zak is board certified in Adult Psychiatry and board eligible in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is a member of several professional organizations such as the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, The American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists and The American Psychiatric Association.

His professional experience is considerable and includes comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, medication management, teaching and psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults; with special emphasis on the treatment of autism, anxiety, ADHD, depression and severe behavioral problems with children and adolescents. Dr. Zak has worked with a diverse population of patients, including the underserved and chronically ill in a variety of settings, including outpatient, day treatment, inpatient, residential and foster care.

At United Psychological Services, Dr. Zak’s clinical contribution will include therapeutic intervention as well as medical management based on the biopsychosocial model of medicine which emphasizes an approach to treatment that is patient centered and evidence based.

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Richard G. Ivins, Ph.D.
Clinical & Forensic Neuropsychology
Diplomate, American Board of Professional Neuropsychology

Dr. Ivins is a board certified neuropsychologist and a consultant at United Psychological Services. His practice in the field of neuropsychology extends beyond 39 years and in that time, he has been recognized with several professional honors. He is a diplomate with the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology and a member of many other professional organizations.

He is a charter member of the Reitan Society, Coalition of Clinical Practitioners in Neuropsychology and the International Brain Injury Association, as well as the Clinical Neuropsychology Division 40 of the American Psychological Association. He is widely recognized in the field through his presentations at numerous seminars and published papers.

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Deborah A. Rich, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist/Neuropsychologist

Dr. Rich is a fully licensed psychologist practicing for almost 20 years with a specialization in the field of neuropsychology. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Her pre-doctoral internship was in Neuropsychology for both children and adults. Dr. Rich has an excellent reputation teaching graduate and undergraduate students, psychology interns, medical students and residents at local universities and colleges for over ten years in psychological and neuropsychological assessment and in general and advanced psychology courses.

Dr. Rich has maintained a private practice as a neuropsychologist offering treatment and diagnosis for all ages; adults and the aged population as well children and adolescents.  She has provided consult services for an alternative high school, identifying and providing treatment services for children “at risk”. She spent a year with the military treating PTSD and blast trauma. Dr. Rich has presented research at regional and national conferences.  Her clinical work has extended into the adult and aged population for a well-rounded experience of working with brain behavior dysfunction with all age populations.

On staff at United Psychological Services; Dr. Rich provides neuropsychological assessment, diagnostics and treatment services for all age groups with a specialization in trauma and brain injury.

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Patrick Rivard, Ph.D., LLP, CSW
Limited Licensed Psychologist

A Michigan limited license permits practice under the supervision of a Michigan licensed psychologist.

Supervised by Dr. Carl Eric Alsterberg/psychologist

Dr. Rivard brings a broad range of educational and professional expertise to our staff at United Psychological Services. He achieved both a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance from Oakland University, followed by a Master’s degree in Psychology, with a Specialty in Substance Abuse/Misuse from the University of Detroit – Mercy culminating in a Ph.D. in Child/Clinical Psychology from the University of Detroit – Mercy, with a Specialty in School Psychology. Dr. Rivard is also a Certified Social Worker with the State of Michigan.

His skills and experience include working as a Child Welfare Specialist for the State of Michigan Department of Social Services in a variety of positions including home based therapy and crisis intervention across the age spectrum.

He has many years of experience as a school psychologist that include testing evaluation and therapy for a variety of issues, including severe cognitive disabilities. This experience encompassed working with children affected by autism, learning problems and attention deficits. Dr. Rivard also assisted parents/caretakers with obtaining guardianship through the court system. He is practiced in the specifics of services that the school setting provides and how to work within that system to achieve the best results for the student. Dr. Rivard is very unique in his ability to provide services from so many different perspectives.

Dr. Rivard has also worked with adults in many settings including both Macomb and Oakland County Community Mental Health Programs.

At United Psychological Services, Dr. Rivard provides therapeutic intervention for all ages from very young children to the elderly. He applies his experience to parents of students struggling in school, assisting and advising them in obtaining help for their child (such as classroom accommodations). He is skilled in providing individual therapy for children as well as teaching coping methods and behavioral interventions.

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Gemma Fioritto, PMHNP, MSN, R.N.
Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Collaborating psychiatrist: Dr. Neelakantam Jolepalem, M.D

Gemma is a board certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She received her Master’s in Nursing and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from Wayne State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Detroit. Her academic experience includes an adjunct faculty position at Macomb Community College as a Clinical Instructor for psychiatric nursing.

She has extensive clinical experience in psychiatric nursing in both inpatient and outpatient settings in the treatment of acute and chronic behavioral health issues and has treated patients experiencing a broad spectrum of disorders from the very young to advanced ages.

At United Psychological Services; Gemma diagnoses, conducts psychotherapy and prescribes medications for children, adults, and older adults and works with each patient to coordinate and individualize treatment plans tailored to their specific needs.

Gemma treats patients with a wide range of behavioral disorders but is particularly focused on early detection, prevention and intervention of mental illness in children and adolescence as well as teenage anxiety, depression and bi-polar disorders. She brings this focus to adults suffering with anxiety, depression and chronic mental illness. Gemma has worked with the aged population extensively providing a well-rounded experience to benefit the patients at United Psychological Services.

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Sarah T. Allie, MA, TLLP
Temporary Limited Licensed Psychologist

A Michigan limited license permits practice under the supervision of a Michigan licensed psychologist.

Supervised by Dr. Carl Eric Alsterberg/psychologist/

Sarah Allie attained a Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychology from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Clark University. Her master’s program included specific training in marriage and family therapy. Her experience encompasses individual, couples, group and family therapy as well as administering psychological test batteries and their interpretation with adults, adolescents and children. She has guided groups in building mindfulness skills and implementing these skills in daily life and has also published an article on test taking anxiety.

At United Psychological Services, Sarah will be working with children, adolescents and adults as a therapist, utilizing her skills in mindfulness to address all types of disorders; medical as well as psychological. She has completed a specialized training program using mindfulness strategies for children and adolescents. Sarah will be providing family and marriage therapy based upon the specialization of her master’s degree and is trained by this facility to provide neurocognitive intervention to address memory loss, executive reasoning deficits, word retrieval and basic attention processes.

Sarah specializes in working with teenagers and, utilizing her experience and training in family therapy, she works on family relationships as well as individual therapy to address teenage issues.

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Maureen Bismack, MA, TLLP
Temporary Limited Licensed Psychologist

A Michigan temporary limited license permits practice under the supervision of a Michigan licensed psychologist.

Supervised by Dr. Carl Eric Alsterberg/psychologist

Maureen Bismack is a temporary limited licensed psychologist with years of experience in the field in both the United States and abroad. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Albion College in Michigan and went on to achieve a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois.

Maureen has extensive experience as a therapist with children on the Autism Spectrum and related disorders, providing Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy and implementing in-home behavior therapy programs for these children and their families. She has experience working with school systems as a liaison to assist in providing recommendations to school administration and parents regarding a student’s needs. In addition, Maureen has worked extensively in testing and assessment as well as therapy for all ages. She speaks conversational Spanish.

At United Psychological Services, Maureen sees patients of all ages. She specializes in parenting and behavior interventions, working with very young children through adolescence and young adulthood. She provides help with social skills for all ages using her training to implement strategies to address the impact of deficits related to executive function upon social development and social emotional intelligence. She is involved with our neurocognitive training program to address memory and executive reasoning providing help to all ages. Maureen is quite versatile and able to provide therapeutic intervention to young children and their parents, as well as adolescents and adults. She interfaces with the schools, providing behavior plans to address in class behavioral issues. Her behavior plans at United Psychological Services have been quite successful in addressing issues such as toilet training, sleep management, emotional outbursts and inappropriate social behavior.

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Karen Teresa Blair, MA, LLPC
Limited Licensed Professional Counselor

Supervised by Dr. Deborah Rich/neuropsychologist/psychologist

Karen earned a master’s degree in School and Professional Counseling from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education in English and Family Life Sciences from Western Michigan University. Ms. Blair is a limited license professional counselor. She has been in the field of education for twenty-five years, as a teacher and school guidance counselor and she brings a wealth of knowledge about the school setting.

At United Psychological Services she is involved as a part of the evaluation team.

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Karen Brickner, MA, LLP
Limited Licensed Psychologist
A Michigan limited license permits practice under the supervision of a Michigan licensed psychologist.

Supervised by Dr. Carl Eric Alsterberg/psychologist

Karen has over twenty years of experience in the field of psychology and she has functioned in many roles and practice settings during the course of her lengthy career. She was awarded a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wayne State University. Karen is very involved in the cognitive behavioral training program at United Psychological Services with an emphasis on treating our patients affected by neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, and mild cognitive decline.

She has made significant differences in the lives of individuals suffering with these disorders. Karen has knowledge of basic sleep disorders and provides cognitive behavioral training for sleep onset and sleep maintenance insomnia as well as sleep hygiene. Highly skilled and experienced in many different types of cognitive therapies, Karen is an excellent clinician. She has made significant differences in the lives of individuals struggling with sexual abuse or in divorce recovery. She addresses mood disorders, panic disorders, anxiety, depression and bereavement. Karen works primarily with teenagers, adults and the aged population.

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Hana Camaj, MA, LLP
Limited Licensed Psychologist

A Michigan limited license permits practice under the supervision of a Michigan licensed psychologist.

Supervised by Dr. Carl Eric Alsterberg/psychologist

Hana is a limited licensed psychotherapist in the state of Michigan and has earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree at Wayne State University in psychology with an emphasis on marriage and family psychology at the master’s level. As a therapist for more than fifteen years, her work has focused on helping individuals facing marriage and family issues including parenting techniques, behavioral modification and working with families on a proactive approach to issues that arise in their family life. Her experience includes crisis interventions with development of safety plans, and working with children struggling with poor impulse control.

Her therapeutic focus at United Psychological Services includes children, adolescents, adults and the aged population. She is helping adults and the aged population, recover from brain injury. Hana works with children and adolescents to address academic issues such as school phobia, anxiety, depression as well as special needs. She utilizes our unique cognitive behavioral training program to provide services for all ages to address neurocognitive deficits resulting from brain injury, dementia or arising from any type of brain impact.

At United Psychological Services Hana utilizes her experience and expertise to work with people dealing with a wide range of emotional and neurocognitive deficits; understanding the pervasive impact of executive reasoning deficits upon memory, language and attention. She has made a difference in the everyday lives of individuals by being highly perceptive and understanding the issues they are struggling with.

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Jennifer L. Cole, MA, LLP
Limited Licensed Psychologist

A Michigan limited license permits practice under the supervision of a Michigan licensed psychologist

Supervised by Dr. Carl Eric Alsterberg/psychologist

Jennifer received her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from the University of Detroit Mercy and a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Central Michigan University. She has many years of therapeutic experience with all ages including family and group therapy specific to addictions counseling.

At United Psychological Services, her focus continues to be that of psychological issues affecting all ages with a specific interest in teenagers struggling with depression and anxiety disorders. Jennifer has been trained in our cognitive behavioral intervention program to work with all ages, from young children to the aged population addressing neurocognitive deficits of memory and executive reasoning. Highly versatile, she is able to relate to all age populations and use her experience and knowledge to help individuals suffering from dementia and neurological disorders.

At United Psychological Services, Jennifer sees individuals diagnosed on the autism spectrum, dementia, brain injury as well as children and adolescents struggling to learn and retain newly learned information. Jennifer has been making a difference in the lives of individuals working with them therapeutically on many different levels; addressing daily organization and implementation of structure to complete necessary tasks, including good sleep hygiene.

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Carli Hein, M.Ed., PHR, LLPC
Limited Licensed Professional Psychologist

A Michigan limited license permits practice under the supervision of a Michigan licensed psychologist.

Supervised by Dr. Carl Eric Alsterberg, Psychologist

Carli Hein is experienced in therapeutic techniques for all ages. She has specific training in neurofeedback, cognitive behavioral therapy techniques and behavioral therapy. Her educational experience includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice from the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio, culminating in a Master of Education in Counselor Education from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. Carli will be involved in our neurofeedback program. She has experience in the cornerstone theories of neurofeedback and its application and is trained in the best ways to implement that in the clinical setting. She will be administering neurofeedback therapy for all ages.

>At United Psychological Services, Carli will be providing therapy for a variety of mental health concerns within all age groups. In addition, she will be utilizing her education and experience to treat the developmental spectrum, all ages, with a specialization in children. Her background in education provides an ability to help parents with IEP educational plans and interface with the school as needed to develop behavioral plans. Trained in our nonmedication treatment programs, Carli provides help with attention, memory and executive reasoning deficits for all ages.

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Kristen Hodges, MA, TLLP
Temporary Limited Licensed Psychologist
A Michigan limited license permits practice under the supervision of a Michigan licensed psychologist.

Supervised by Dr. Carl Eric Alsterberg/psychologist

Kristen attained a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Detroit Mercy, specializing in child development, and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Rochester College. She has worked as a school psychologist, administering tests to students with suspected learning and/or socioemotional difficulties, as well as a therapist within various contexts. Kristen has worked in drug court, treatment centers, the juvenile detention center and foster care; specifically with youth struggling with substance abuse and trauma-related issues, where she has provided family, group, and individual psychotherapy. She has participated in research examining the effects of radiation on memory and neurogenesis; analyzing visual attention processes through tracking eye movement, and neurofeedback. She is a college professor, instructing students in various psychology courses.

We are pleased to welcome Kristen to United Psychological Services where she will be working with children, adolescents, young adults, and the aged population. She has been trained in our neurocognitive programs addressing attention as well as memory and executive reasoning. Given her background, she will also address substance abuse and trauma-related issues, especially working with the adolescent and young adult population.

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Christina Johnson, MA, LLP
Limited Licensed Psychologist
A Michigan limited license permits practice under the supervision of a Michigan licensed psychologist

Supervised by Dr. Carl Eric Alsterberg/psychologist

Christina Johnson’s education includes a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Detroit Mercy. She is experienced in substance abuse issues as well as general mental health. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Macomb Community College, teaching a variety of psychology courses. At United Psychological Services; Chrissy provides general therapy to all age categories. She specializes in gender identity issues as well as adolescent conflict; anxiety and depression. Chrissy is one of the primary therapists providing the cognitive behavioral non-medication treatment program for ADD/ADHD. She helps middle and high schoolers as well as college students to develop structure and positive habits in their daily lives.

For many years Chrissy has been making a significant difference in the lives of children, adolescents and adults in their struggle with attention. She is currently spearheading our evolving program targeting improved gait and mobility in the aged population as well as working on increased attention in order to avoid falls. Chrissy has an expertise and is highly skilled in working with teenagers; specifically male teens struggling with depression, sexuality and social anxiety.

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Leigh M. Jouppi, MA, TLLP
Temporary Limited Licensed Psychologist
A Michigan limited license permits practice under the supervision of a Michigan licensed psychologist

Supervised by Dr. Carl Eric Alsterberg/psychologist

Leigh Jouppi is a temporary limited licensed psychologist. She has attained a master’s degree in Clinical Behavioral Psychology from Eastern Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Western Michigan University. At United Psychological Services, Leigh provides therapy across the age range with a focus on anxiety and depression. She is a behavioral specialist; applying her experience and techniques to breaking down and retraining targeted behaviors in many areas and with all ages. She has applied these skills at our clinic to a special program for school children struggling with ADD/ADHD. This specialized program, developed by Leigh, focuses on organizational skills with an emphasis on essential routines such as morning and bedtime routine in addition to school routines such as homework and study.

Leigh has been trained in and uses her own behavioral techniques to address poor sleep habits and sleep hygiene as well as sleep onset and maintenance insomnia. Additionally, Leigh uses her expertise in working with children, teens, adults and the aged population to address executive reasoning, memory and visual perceptual deficits resulting from mild cognitive decline, brain injury and different types of dementia and neurodegenerative disorders using cognitive behavioral intervention. She is trained and skilled in working with individuals struggling with ADD/ADHD using our cognitive behavioral non-medication treatment program.

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Michael J. Lamerato, MS, LLP
Limited Licensed Psychologist

A Michigan limited license permits practice under the supervision of a Michigan licensed psychologist.

Supervised by Dr. Carl Eric Alsterberg/psychologist

Michael Lamerato received his masters of science in Clinical Psychology from Western Illinois University, following a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Central Michigan University. Michael completed a fellowship and practicum that centered on the treatment of substance abuse disorders as well as a program focused on educating students about the adverse effects of abusing alcohol and drugs. At United Psychological Services his practice includes the provision of substance abuse evaluations as well as treatment. He addresses substance abuse from a cognitive perspective using newly developed innovative therapy techniques designed to address the underlying causal factors involved in continued abuse. Michael provides cognitive therapy to adolescents and adults using an array of behavioral techniques including mindfulness and integrative therapy.

Michael is trained and utilizes a cognitive-behavioral style of therapy in which he collaborates with individuals to help them with their mood, anxiety, and behavioral concerns. Michael’s style allows for the individual to approach concerns in a safe and supportive environment while allowing them to learn skills to become their own therapist and to move on with a fulfilling life. He is a certified provider for Cognitive-processing Therapy (CPT) which is an evidenced-based therapy program for individual struggling with PTSD and trauma and is trained to provide cognitive behavioral intervention to address attention, memory and executive reasoning deficits arising from neurocognitive deficits related to brain behavior disorders. His primary goal is to help individuals in their journey to live the most fulfilling life possible by equipping them with the skills necessary to take on life’s challenges. He provides assistance to the testing team by completing a wide array of neuropsychological testing.

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Christine Mathos, MA, TLLP
Temporary Limited Licensed Psychologist

A Michigan limited license permits practice under the supervision of a Michigan licensed psychologist.

Supervised by Dr. Barbara C. Fisher/neuropsychologist/psychologist, Dr. Art Lewandowski/psychologist and Dr. Carl E. Alsterberg/psychologistChristine achieved a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Detroit Mercy following a Bachelor of Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University. Her academic and professional experience includes group therapy in all age ranges, neurofeedback, mentoring at-risk students to positively impact their life goals and future plans, psychological testing and various research projects. She has received training in emotional resiliency and mindfulness.

At United Psychological Services, Christine has been trained in neuropsychological evaluation as well as psychological evaluation for children and adults. She will be trained in neurofeedback when we bring this intervention to this facility. She will be seeing adults and the aged population to provide our neurocognitive therapy to address memory and executive reasoning.

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Melissa Nickel, MA, TLLP
Temporary Limited Licensed Psychologist

A Michigan limited license permits practice under the supervision of a Michigan licensed psychologist.

Supervised by Arthur Lewandowski, Ph.D.

Melissa Nickel received a Master’s in Psychology with a concentration in neuropsychology from Middle Tennessee State University and a B.A. in Psychology from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

Research and neuropsychological evaluation have been the focus of her education. She has a wealth of experience in testing and evaluation; working with patients from age 4 to 91 years with a wide range of diagnostic issues.

Melissa has been involved in both human and animal research and has considerable experience in this area. She has been a research assistant, participating in a number of projects addressing a range of topics from memory and learning to alcoholism as well as head injury and concussion. She has completed animal and human research to address models of operant conditioning and alcohol seeking behavior. She has a wide range of experience including working with the autism spectrum, aged and brain injury population.

At United Psychological Services, Melissa is providing neuropsychological testing for all ages from young children to the aged. She has an excellent rapport with the individuals she evaluates and the ability to make all ages feel comfortable with the testing process. Melissa will be providing therapy as well as neurocognitive intervention for all ages given her specialization in the neuropsychology field.

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Hayley J. Peterson, MA, LLP
Limited Licensed Psychologist

A Michigan limited license permits practice under the supervision of a Michigan licensed psychologist.

Supervised by Dr. Carl Eric Alsterberg/psychologist

Hayley Peterson will be seeing individuals of all ages at United Psychological Services, working with the aged population to address memory deficits and cognitive decline as well as the brain injured population. She has an expertise and background in working with the brain injured population for treatment to address post-injury neurocognitive deficits. Hayley will be providing services for children of all ages; from very young to teenage years; specializing in our treatment program that addresses attention issues and neurocognitive deficits in the areas of memory, executive reasoning and visual perception. She provides parent training and family therapy in addition to and coalescing with her treatment programs for young children. As a behavioral therapist; she offers creative and innovative methods to address problematic behaviors at home and in the school setting and has specific training and experience helping children on the autism spectrum in social skills adaptation.

Hayley attained a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, specializing in child and adolescent clinical psychology from the University of Detroit and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Michigan. She has a broad range of experience and training in therapies related to the autism spectrum and developmental disabilities. She is adept at coordinating treatment with a wide array of other professions to ensure the finest quality of care for her patients, including integrating treatment plans with school and medical professionals.

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Toni R. Pruss, MA, LLP
Limited Licensed Psychologist

A Michigan limited license permits practice under the supervision of a Michigan licensed psychologist

Supervised by Dr. Carl Eric Alsterberg/psychologist

Toni Pruss completed a master’s program in clinical psychology at the University of Detroit Mercy in 2007 and specializes in child and adolescent clinical psychology. She attained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Michigan State University in 2005. Toni has spent the last ten years working with patients on the autism spectrum across all age categories. She compliments our clinical team in her expertise in this area in many ways. Her behavioral interventions include teaching children and adolescents’ necessary social skills and the means to adapt their behavior to various social situations as they are encountered.

At United Psychological Services, Toni works with young children from a behavioral perspective to address out of control behaviors at home or at school. Her years of experience and creativity allow her to quickly and effectively think of methods to address problem specific behaviors. Her training in outreach coordination naturally propels her to coordinate care with teachers and administrators in the school setting. In addition; Toni works with children, adolescents and adults in general therapy as well as providing our individualized therapeutic cognitive behavioral intervention for memory and executive reasoning. She is familiar with the impact of executive reasoning deficits upon cognitive as well as social development. She is highly dedicated and motivated to encourage those that she works with to guide them in making changes that will enhance their everyday lives.

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Pauline K. Setser, MA, LLPC, NCC
Limited Licensed Professional Psychologist
A Michigan limited license permits practice under the supervision of a Michigan licensed psychologist.

Supervised by Carl Eric Alsterberg, psychologist and Barbara C. Fisher, psychologist/neuropsychologist

Pauline Setser attained both a Master of Arts in Counseling and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She is experienced in many aspects of therapy including adult, couples and group counselling focusing on strength based, client focused therapy related to problem solving, organizational and interpersonal skills.

At United Psychological Services, Pauline is involved with the testing process; utilizing her skills with children, adolescents, adults and the aged to address issues in testing that can negatively impact neuropsychological evaluation. Her expertise is helpful in putting the aged population at ease to complete accurate dementia assessment. Pauline will also be providing therapy to children, adolescents, adults and the aged population. She has been trained in the nonmedication treatment program for attention issues offered at this facility as well as neurocognitive treatment for memory and executive reasoning. Her testing experience works effectively to evidence the connection between the neuropsychological data and prescribed treatment to see the clinical impact revealed by the evaluation process.

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Tracy Shukwit, LMSW
Licensed Master Social Worker

Tracy is a Licensed Master Social Worker with a broad range of clinical experience and more than twenty years in practice working with adolescents and adults. Her focus has been in cognitive behavioral therapy; completing accurate clinical assessment, establishing appropriate and relevant therapeutic goals and selecting the best possible intervention. She has extensive experience in working to diminish stressors, identify motivating factors, build support systems and increase everyday functioning to the individual’s potential. She is an excellent communicator and patient advocate, experienced in working with diverse socio-economic populations.

Both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees were attained at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

At United Psychological Services, she will be providing therapeutic services to adolescents and adults addressing crisis management, acute as well as chronic disorders, coordinating with medical providers and community resources. Tracy addresses a wide array of mental health issues building a strong rapport to effect change with the goal of maximizing individual potential, self-esteem and communication skills. She is a firm believer that negative thoughts can be substituted for positive change. Her experience allows her to address a wide range of emotional disorders and concern.

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Danielle Szokola, MS, LLP
Limited Licensed Psychologist

A Michigan limited license permits practice under the supervision of a Michigan licensed psychologist

Supervised by Dr. Barbara C. Fisher/neuropsychologist/psychologist, Dr. Deborah Rich/neuropsychologist/psychologist, and Dr. Arthur Lewandowski/psychologist

Danielle Szokola is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she obtained a master’s degree in clinical health psychology. She has a specialty in health psychology as well as specialized training and interest in neuropsychological testing and evaluation. In addition, Danielle has research experience in clinical psychology and psychoneurocardiology. At United Psychological Services, Danielle is involved with neuropsychological testing and evaluation working under the direction of Dr. Rich and Dr. Lewandowski to manage the testing programs for neuropsychological and psychological assessment. She is a co-author on various ongoing research projects and published abstracts relating to the diagnosis of ADD/ADHD as well as the efficacy of the cognitive behavioral training programs for brain injury, dementia and attention provided at United Psychological Services.

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Lisa Weiss, MA, LLP
Limited Licensed Psychologist

A Michigan limited license permits practice under the supervision of a Michigan licensed psychologist

Supervised by Dr. Carl Eric Alsterberg/psychologist

Lisa Weiss received her Master’s degree in Psychology from Vermont College of Norwich University after obtaining a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Wayne State University. She has a certification as a Brain Injury Specialist from the American Academy of Brain Injury Specialists – Brain Injury Association of America. Lisa has extensive experience with the brain injured population. She is well known in the field of brain injury. Lisa has wide ranging experience including general therapy across the age continuum, assessment and therapeutic programs involving parenting skills, maladaptive behaviors and job placement for physically, cognitively and emotionally challenged individuals. She is astute in the assessment of those physically and cognitively challenged as it relates to eligibility for services; forming treatment plans and realigning goals with the needs of her patients.

At United Psychological Services, Lisa works with the brain injured population providing treatment and goal setting plans for our patients and their families affected by traumatic brain injury. She is involved with our individualized cognitive behavioral treatment program for attention, memory and executive reasoning. Lisa has been highly successful in getting individuals back to their careers or academic study. Lisa is trained and skilled in working with ADD/ADHD using our cognitive behavioral non medication treatment program. In addition, Lisa uses her experience and wide ranging skills to provide individual therapy for adults and the aged population addressing all psychological disorders and symptoms. She works with mild cognitive decline and various forms of dementia and neurodegenerative disorders providing United Psychological Service’s cognitive behavioral individualized treatment program to address brain behavior deficits in areas of executive reasoning, memory and visual perceptual processing. She is particularly skilled in the area of executive reasoning and has been singularly helpful in providing treatment intervention.

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Danielle R. Zipay, MA, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor

Danielle earned a master’s degree in School and Professional Counseling and a bachelor’s in Family Studies; both from Central Michigan University. Her practice at United Psychological Services involves providing therapies across the age spectrum with a unique ability to help children and adolescents ranging in age from three to eighteen years. She provides cognitive behavioral therapeutic intervention to address ADD/ADHD symptoms and has been very successful in making a difference in the daily lives of the patients she treats.

Danielle is trained and highly skilled in our individualized cognitive behavioral treatment to address neurocognitive deficits related to executive reasoning, memory and visual perceptual deficits working with the full age spectrum from young children to adults and the aged population. She has proven that she can help individuals improve dramatically in their neurocognitive functioning specifically in areas of memory and executive reasoning. Danielle is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of individuals suffering with brain behavior disorders.

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