Neil Bien, Ph.D Dr. Bien has been a clinical psychologist since 1975 and is licensed to practice psychology in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Dr. Bien has been at the VA for over 30 years. Currently, he works in an outpatient medical setting, seeing patients who have been referred by their primary care providers. He coordinates smoking cessation programs for the medical center. Dr. Bien has been director of training in the Psychology Service since 1986 and he has primary responsibility for the internship program which is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Dr. Bien has had a variety of consulting positions in the VA including EEO counselor, employee assistance counselor, and grievance examiner for central office. He is also interested in cross-cultural counseling, especially with clients of Asian descent. Dr. Bien has written articles for Asian-American magazines about Asian culture from a western perspective. Lastly, Dr. Bien is a licensed Marriage and Family Counselor and enjoys helping couples communicate and negotiate with each other. His undergraduate degree is from Tulane University and his graduate degree is from Rutgers University. He served in the National Guard for six years during the Vietnam War. He interned in New York University's Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine.
Christine Brown, Ph.D. Dr. Brown joined the Washington VA Medical Center psychology staff in 2007. She is assigned to the Home Based Primary Care team, primarily serving homebound geriatric veterans with multiple medical concerns and their caregivers. She also sees veterans through our Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) clinic. Dr. Brown is a member of the psychology department’s pre-doctoral internship training committee and provides supervision to both psychology interns and practicum students. Dr. Brown received her B.A. from Southern Methodist University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She has been licensed as a clinical psychologist in Texas since 2000. Her interests include assessment, training students, chasing after her two small children and trying new restaurants.
Rickey Bullock, Ph.D. Dr. Bullock is a staff clinical psychologist at the Washington VA Medical Center and is licensed to practice psychology in Washington, D.C. and Maryland. Dr. Bullock received his master's degree from Seton Hall University and his doctorate from Fairleigh Dickinson University. His internship was completed at Essex County Hospital Center in northern New Jersey which included individual and group psychotherapy, psychological assessment, and serving as a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team. Dr. Bullock was a staff psychologist for 15 years with the D.C. Dept. of Mental Health (formerly the D.C. Commission on Mental Health) and worked on numerous inpatient and outpatient programs within the D.C. Dept of Mental Health before coming to the VAMC. His first 9 years with the D.C. Dept. of Mental Health were spent as staff psychologist on the Intensive Day Treatment Program (IDTP) which was a therapeutically oriented, partial day hospitalization program. Duties performed were psychological assessments, individual therapy, supervision of all psychology interns/residents doing rotations on IDTP, consultation to non-psychology staff, member of IDTP multidisciplinary treatment team where results of psychological assessments were shared with staff as part of treatment planning, and the coordinator and major presenter of the annual multicultural seminar ("Race, Culture & Psychology") presented to psychology interns. Dr. Bullock then spent 3 years at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Washington, D.C. working with the severely and persistently mentally ill before coming to the VAMC in mid 2006. During his tenure at St. Elizabeth hospital, he ran numerous weekly therapy and psycho-educational groups, gave individual psychotherapy and psychological assessment, supervised psychology interns and residents, and was the major presenter and coordinator of the annual 16 week psychology intern seminar on Race, Culture & Psychology (Multiculturalism). He also gave numerous presentations to D. C. Dept. of Mental Health staff, interns, and residents on Nigrescence theory, multiculturalism, and treatment concerns and strategies impacting African-American clients. Dr. Bullocks' hobbies include the enjoyment of all types of art, playing basketball and tennis, physical fitness, spending time with family and friends, listening to soul music and jazz, and reading books.
Celeste Campbell, Psy.D. Dr. Celeste Campbell is a Neuropsychologist serving in the Polytrauma Program at DCVAMC. She received her undergraduate education at Yale University, holds a doctoral degree from Drexel University, and has completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Rehabilitation Neuropsychology at National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, DC. She is licensed in Virginia. Dr. Campbell has a long history of providing cognitive psychotherapy and developing residential behavioral management programs for children and adults with a variety of cognitive deficits, including learning disability, developmental disability and traumatic brain injury. Dr. Campbell has served as adjunct faculty for the George Washington University Graduate Certificate Program in Special Education and Traumatic Brain Injury. In addition she has been a frequent presenter and workshop facilitator, addressing psychological, neuropsychological and cognitive issues following brain injury to survivors and their families and friends, rehabilitation and vocational specialists, special education teachers, and case managers. Dr. Campbell has served on the boards of the Northern Virginia Brain Injury Association, the Brain Injury Association of Virginia, and the MidAtlantic Traumatic Brain Injury Consortium. She has appeared on "The Donahue Show," "Taking the 'Dis' out of Disability", and PBS' "Exploring the Brain with Garrick Utley."
When not practicing psychology, Dr. Campbell might be found on the stage of a local community theater. Or she might be in Hawaii.
David Cueva, Psy.D. Dr. Cueva works on the multidisciplinary Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinic Team. Prior to working at the VAMC, Dr. Cueva worked at The Montgomery County Crisis Center where he provided crisis assessments, consulted at local ER’s concerning inpatient hospitalization, provided short-term psychotherapy in English and Spanish, and supervised pre and post-graduate level students. Also, he was a member of the training team assigned to educate police about mental health issues in the community. Dr. Cueva’s pre-doctoral internship was at The Jacobi Medical Center in The Bronx, NY. While there, he completed rotations in the Psychiatric ER, a harm-reduction alcohol and drug program, a Spanish-speaking inpatient unit, and conducted psychological batteries. Dr. Cueva completed his undergraduate education at The Johns Hopkins University and received his Psy.D. from The George Washington University. Dr. Cueva’s other professional interests include supervision, crisis assessment and cultural awareness in mental health treatment. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching movies, traveling, and sports.
Jana Drew, Ph.D. Dr. Drew is a health psychologist at the Washington, DC VA Medical Center. She provides mental health care for veterans who are coping with health concerns. Dr. Drew completed undergraduate degrees at Indiana University and University of North Carolina at Wilmington and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at The Ohio University in Columbus, OH with stress and health researcher Janice Kiecolt-Glaser. Dr. Drew has coordinated and/or provided treatment for NIH-funded research studies exploring treatments for fibromyalgia and migraine headaches. She has worked as a private-practice clinician with children, adult, and geriatric populations.
Ali Esfandiari, Ph.D. Dr. Esfandiari is a licensed clinical psychologist who serves as a health psychologist at the VAMC. In this capacity, Dr. Esfandiari focuses on the use of empirically-validated interventions, along with humanistic care, in helping veterans cope with the psychosocial factors influencing and arising from serious medical diagnoses. Dr. Esfandiari received his BS in psychology from the University of California, San Diego, and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from American University in Washington DC. He did his post-doctoral residency in behavioral medicine at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. In addition to clinical work, Dr. Esfandiari enjoys teaching and has taught locally at Georgetown, George Washington, and American Universities. In his spare time, Dr. Esfandiari enjoys being outdoors and participating in all the rich cultural and entertainment opportunities that the District has to offer.
Jennifer A. Kahler, Psy.D. Dr. Kahler is the psychologist on the Trauma Services team
at the Washington, DC VA Medical Center. She is a graduate of The George Washington University, and received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. Dr. Kahler completed her internship at Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School and Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, in the Trauma Services Program. She was a psychologist and clinical supervisor on the inpatient psychiatry unit at The Center: Post-Traumatic Disorders Program at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington for 5 years. She also served as a training director at Argosy University's MA/Psy.D. programs. Dr. Kahler has published and presented on the diagnosis and treatment of complex trauma disorders, including Dissociative Disorders, as well as provided workshops on this clinical area at psychiatric hospitals and programs throughout the East Coast. Her areas of clinical interest also include the psychodynamics of short and long term inpatient psychiatry, self-injurious behaviors and suicidality. Dr. Kahler maintains a private practice in Falls Church, Virginia, where she sees adolescents and adults.
Michael Knep, Psy.D. Dr. Knep is a clinical psychologist who provides individual, couples and group psychotherapy to veterans in the Mental Health Clinic. He obtained his B.A. from Clark University (Worcester, MA) and his M.S. and Psy.D. in Psychology from Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale, FL). His internship was completed at the DC Commission on Mental Health Services, which included providing psychological services to a forensic inpatient population. Prior to joining the VAMC, Dr. Knep was employed as a staff psychologist for over six years at Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute where he worked on both an acute admissions unit and on a longer term, psychosocial rehabilitation unit. He is licensed in the District of Columbia, and he provides individual and couples psychotherapy in his private practice in northwest DC.
Susan G. Mareck, Ph.D. Dr. Mareck is a staff psychologist at the Washington, DC VAMC. Dr. Mareck provides Compensation and Pension evaluations. Dr. Mareck received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Dakota. She interned at the Mid Missouri Psychology Consortium and completed a Post Doctoral Fellowship in Health Psychology at the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics. Dr. Mareck worked for seven years at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, MN doing crisis evaluations in the emergency room before coming to the Washington DC VAMC. Her interests include health psychology, crisis intervention, and integrated dual diagnosis assessment and treatment. When not working, she enjoys exploring the Washington DC area, travel and reading.
Dorothy Marette, Psy.D. Dr. Marette is a staff psychologist at the Washington VA Medical Center. She is currently a member of the multidisciplinary treatment team in the Community Living Center where she works with veterans in long-term care, rehabilitation, and hospice/palliative care. Dr. Marette received her M.A. in Counseling from Appalachian State University, and her Psy.D. from Argosy University's American School of Professional Psychology - DC. She is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in the District of Columbia. Dr. Marette has been married since 1970, and enjoys walking, reading novels, and going to movies.
Alyssa M. Maulucci, Psy.D Dr. Maulucci is a clinical psychologist at the Washington DC VAMC. She shares her time at the medical center working in the Polytrauma Program as well as conducting compensation and pension examinations. In the Polytrauma Program, which consists of an interdisciplinary rehabilitation team, Dr. Maulucci provides individual and group psychotherapy to veterans who have sustained multiple injuries, often including a traumatic brain injury. Dr. Maulucc's duties in compensation and pension include conducting comprehensive clinical interviews and writing reports for veterans seeking service-connection for mental disorders related to their active military service. Dr. Maulucci received her B.A. from Fairfield University in Connecticut, and her M.A. and Psy.D. from the University of Indianapolis in Indiana. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center in Michigan where she provided services for neuropsychology, the inpatient PTSD unit, acute inpatient psychiatry, and the outpatient mental health clinic. Dr. Maulucci is licensed to practice psychology in the state of Maryland. In her free time, Dr. Maulucci enjoys cooking, seeing movies, reading, being outdoors, and wishing she was back in Italy.
Vanessa L. Moore, Ph.D. Dr. Moore received her undergraduate education at the University of Dayton and her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the Ohio State University. A former intern of the Washington, DC VA Medical Center, Dr. Moore is assigned to the outpatient psychiatric clinic where she conducts individual, and couples therapy. She also conducts a monthly women's psychotherapy group. Dr. Moore splits some her time in the behavioral health clinic and one-half day per week performing individual and couple's therapy as well as smoking cessation intervention at a VA community clinic located in nearby Greenbelt, Maryland. Dr. Moore has a specialty interest in couples dynamics and psychotherapy. Additionally, Dr. Moore conducts comprehensive mental health clearance evaluations of veterans as part of their medical work-up for organ transplant as well as Interferon Therapy for the treatment of Hepatitis C. Finally, she is co-coordinator of the Medical Center's Employee Assistance Program. Dr. Moore, a Washington DC native, is active in her church where she regularly makes presentations that seek to integrate spiritual and psychological issues as they pertain to optimal well-being. She is lovingly devoted to her family and friends. Other outside interests include dabbling in the culinary arts, playing the piano and writing fiction.
Michael Moran, Ph.D.. Dr. Moran is a clinical psychologist who provides individual, couples, and group treatment at the Alexandria (VA) CBOC (community based outpatient clinic) and via telehealth to the Charlotte Hall CBOC in Southern Maryland. His primary theoretical focus is cognitive-behavioral, but he integrates systems and dynamic theory in his clinical work. Dr. Moran received his undergraduate degree from Boston College and then was a volunteer teacher of math and English at a boarding school in Uganda for three years. After returning to the U.S., he earned an M.A. in History from Columbia University, and then an M.A. and Ph.D. from American University (APA) in Clinical Psychology. He completed his internship (APA) at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. and is licensed in California and Virginia. A retired military psychologist, he served at duty stations in Great Lakes, IL., Oakland, CA., Guam, the U.S. Naval Academy, and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital (Washington, DC.). During his time on active duty, Dr. Moran served as director of an outpatient clinic and a college counseling center, as well as director of an inpatient day treatment program for patients with chronic mental illness. He also completed postdoctoral training in brief therapy at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, CA..
Carmen Meyer, Ph.D. Dr. Meyer is a staff psychologist at the Washington VA Medical Center. Dr. Meyer has worked in mental health for nearly 20 years, providing individual, group, and couples therapy to patients in a variety of settings. She is currently a member of the multidisciplinary Trauma Services Team and provides clinical services to combat veterans and veterans who have experienced military sexual trauma. Dr. Meyer's clinical approach is primarily cognitive behavioral with strong influences from existential psychology, positive psychology, dialectical behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness based meditation. Dr. Meyer received her B.A. from University of Colorado, her M.S.W. from Catholic University of America, and her Ph.D. from American University. She has a private practice in Maryland.
Kris Morris, Ph.D. Dr. Morris is a staff psychologist and the Military Sexual Trauma coordinator for the multidisciplinary Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team (PCT). She works primarily with veterans who have experienced sexual trauma while serving in the military. Dr. Morris received her Masters degree from American University and her Ph.D. in Medical and Clinical Psychology from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She was a pre-doctoral psychology intern at Dartmouth, PTSD Track, through the National Center for PTSD. She also completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship through Dartmouth Medical School at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s Anxiety Disorders Service, where she sub-specialized in PTSD. When not working, Dr. Morris “hearts her gym, the water, and spending time with friends and family.”
Melanie Paci, Psy.D. Dr. Paci joined the VAMC psychology staff in 2009. As a member of the multidisciplinary team in the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC), she provides individual and group therapy to veterans with serious and persistent mental illness. She also conducts evaluations, consultations, crisis intervention, and short-term therapy in Primary Care Behavioral Health. Prior to joining the VAMC, Dr. Paci was employed as a supervising psychologist at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital (NY), where she developed the Co-occurring Disorders program, provided psychological interventions for individuals with chronic mental illness, and supervised psychology trainees. Dr. Paci received her doctorate with an academic concentration in Serious and Persistent Mental Illness from Long Island University/C.W. Post Campus. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Manhattan campus of the VAMC, where she provided services in Health Psychology, Neuropsychology, Acute Inpatient Psychiatry and the PTSD clinic. In her spare time, Dr. Paci enjoys family gatherings, exercising, cooking, music, reading, and visiting her hometown NY.
David B. Rindler, Ph.D., a staff psychologist at the Washington VA Medical Center, is a team leader in the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program (SARP) and provides training to interns in individual and group therapy. Licensed to practice psychology in Delaware and Maryland, Dr. Rindler has an undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and a doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. He interned at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia, and at the D.C. Institute of Mental Health. Also in private practice in Potomac, Maryland and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Dr. Rindler enjoys boating on the Chesapeake and golfing.
Howard M. Schulman, Ph.D Dr. Schulman is the Chief Psychologist at the Washington DC VAMC. He has been in practice since 1974. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brooklyn College and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Florida. Having served in the VA during his graduate training, Dr. Schulman took a 30 year break from the VA, coming to the Washington VAMC in 2000. Dr. Schulman was on the staff of the University of Maryland Medical School. He worked for ten years at a community mental health center offering clinical services to children, adolescents, adults and couples. He has been the Chief Consulting Psychologist of the Prince George’s County Correctional Center; has been a consultant to a number of local agencies in the areas of forensic evaluations, problems of victims of crime; geriatric problems; problems of severely disturbed adolescents and children; and family issues and problems. Dr, Schulman has published in the area of neuropsychology. He did two years of post-doctoral training in Strategic Family Therapy with Jay Haley and Cloe Madanes. He has taught and supervised graduate students and other professionals in the area of strategic therapy and has served as Training Director of the Center for Brief Therapy. Dr. Schulman’s current clinical interests include: problem solving therapies; issues of systems; psychotherapy with treatment resistant patients; crisis intervention and hypnosis. He has been the unit psychologist for the Partial Hospitalization Program here at the VA and has also worked on the substance abuse program and in the primary care clinic. Besides his administrative duties in the Mental Health and Psychology Service, Dr. Schulman enjoys teaching and supervising interns and externs and has been offering a weekly seminar, “The Art and Science of Psychotherapy” to our interns, for the last several years. He enjoys movies, reading, travel, cooking, and spending time with his family.
Caryn Seebach, Psy.D. Dr. Seebach is the Pain Clinic Psychologist at the Washington, DC VAMC. She provides individual and group therapy to support Veterans managing the biopsychosocial sequelae of chronic pain. Dr. Seebach completed her M.S. in Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). She completed her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Loyola University Maryland. Prior to her staff appointment, Dr. Seebach was a pre-doctoral intern at the DC VAMC where she completed primary rotations in Health Psychology, Trauma Services, Primary Care Behavioral Health, and Home Based Primary Care. Her interests in health psychology include chronic pain management, end of life support, integrative wellness approaches, resilience, and multidisciplinary collaboration.
Candice Shpiegelman, Ph.D. Dr. Shpiegelman primarily provides individual, couples, and group psychotherapy in the Mental Health Clinic. She integrates cognitive-behavioral, systems, and client-centered approaches in her clinical work. Prior to beginning her position at the VA, Dr. Shpiegelman provided individual and family psychotherapy in the Fairfax County community mental health system. She obtained her B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from George Mason University. She completed her internship at the Woodburn Center for Community Mental Health in Annandale, Va. In her free time, Dr. Shpiegelman enjoys listening to music at home, attending live music concerts, and spending time with loved-ones in the Baltimore area.
Leonard Tate, Ph.D. Dr. Tate is currently providing psychological services to veterans with alcohol/substance abuse issues in the Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation Program. Dr. Tate received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Saint Louis University (St. Louis, MO). He completed his doctoral internship and residency at St. Elizabeth's Hospital (Washington DC), where he treated the severely mentally ill, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Tate has also worked with substance abusing and mentally ill inmates in forensic settings. He is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Maryland. He enjoys photography, reading, listening to live jazz and poetry, and watching movies.
Judith W. Taylor, PhD, ABPP-CN Dr. Taylor is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist at the Washington D.C. VAMC. She coordinates neuropsychological services for military veterans referred for a variety of presenting concerns. Dr. Taylor focuses on working directly with veterans, conducting assessments, and training and supervising students in all aspects of neuropsychology. Dr. Taylor received a B.A. in Psychology at California State University in Sacramento, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She completed a clinical internship at the Washington D.C. VAMC and a two-year fellowship in neuropsychology through the War Related Illness & Injury Study Center (WRIISC), a specialty post-deployment clinic at the Washington D.C. VAMC.
Tracela M. White, Ph.D Dr. White is a clinical psychologist who is a member of the Primary Care Behavioral Health and Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC) team at the DCVAMC. She received her undergraduate education at Spelman College, obtained her doctoral degree from Kent State University, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Over a period of ten years Dr White, who is licensed in both Pennsylvania and Georgia, has served in multiple roles. As a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University, she was actively involved in intervention research focusing on depression, suicidal ideation, functional impairment, and Alzheimer's disease. Prior to her arrival at the DCVAMC, Dr. White was Clinical Director for two mental health departments for the Georgia State Department of Corrections. During this time, she was responsible for program development, supervision of mental health counselors, psychological evaluation and diagnostics, and crisis intervention. Dr. White enjoys the arts, reading, going out to dinner, shopping, and walking with her two beautiful standard poodles, Ebon and Odin.
Slavomir Zapata, Ph.D. Dr. Zapata is a staff psychologist at the Washington, D.C.VAMC. He is the Coordinator of the Health Improvement Program (HIP) and works primarily with veterans diagnosed with serious mental illness (SMI) and co-morbid medical disorders. In addition, he provides psychological services in the Neurology Chronic Pain Management Clinic, the MOVE! Program, and the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC). He also serves on the Disruptive Behavior Management Committee and is a trainer for the management of disruptive behavior at the Washington VA Medical Center. Dr. Zapata obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Boston University and received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from George Mason University. He interned at the Washington D.C. VA Medical Center. Prior to joining the medical center, Dr. Zapata was employed as the Coordinator of the Cognitive Assessment Program, a subsidiary of the Center for Behavioral and Cognitive Development in Fairfax, Virginia. His professional interests include health psychology, crisis intervention, relationship issues, and integrated dual-diagnosis assessment and treatment. When not working, he enjoys exploring the Washington D.C. area, rollerblading, and reading.
Parin Zaveri, Ph.D. As a member of Primary Care Behavioral Health, Dr. Zaveri provides consultations, brief counseling, and crisis intervention. He also provides individual and group therapy to veterans diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness as part of the interdisciplinary Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC). Dr. Zaveri received his Bachelor of Science degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and his Ph. D. from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. As a pre-doctoral intern, Dr. Zaveri worked on an inpatient unit at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital in New Jersey. Prior to joining the medical center, Dr. Zaveri was a post-doctoral fellow and, later, a staff psychologist in the Trauma Disorders Programs at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. His professional interests include recovery-based practice, trauma, dissociation, and cross-cultural mental health. He is licensed to practice psychology in Maryland. His outside interests include spending time with his family and friends, exercising, reading, and cheering on his beloved Washington Redskins.