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WSU Psychology Clinic People

Administrative Staff

Walt Scott, Ph.D.
Director, Psychology Clinic
Most recently, I have been interested in applying personality science, particularly social cognitive theory, to such clinical topics as case conceptualization and personality assessment. I am also interested in the role of cognitive self-regulation (e.g., goal representations, values, self-efficacy) and temperament in depression, as well as other forms of psychopathology. Finally, I am interested in social cognitive aspects of memory performance.

Dr. Scott’s webpage
Cornelia Kirchhoff, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Psychology Clinic, Assessment Services Coordinator
Associate Professor Career track
Cornelia Kirchhoff is a clinical faculty member of psychology at Washington State University. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from WSU in 2015, her M.Ed. in counseling psychology from University of Massachusetts, Boston and her diploma in psychology from the University of Heidelberg in Germany.
Besides administrative duties, her main responsibility is the training of graduate students through teaching and supervision. Cornelia Kirchhoff has an integrative approach to supervision, using a variety of treatment approaches such as cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, motivational interviewing, and emotion-focused treatment interventions. She teaches clinical skills and personality assessment and oversees ADHD/LD evaluations and assessments for DSHS, as well other assessments.

Cornelia Kirchhoff’s department web page.
Rachelle Simons
Program Specialist II
Job Responsibilities and Duties
Assist the Director.
Provide clerical support to clinical faculty, graduate students and clinical assistants.
Manage daily operations of the Clinic.
Welcome clients, schedule and confirm therapy/assessment appointments and order office supplies.
Maintain appointment calendar, client records, key inventory and test/assessment materials.
Prepare client billing statements and accounts for collections.
Maintain revenues, receipts, and deposits of income.
Act as honest broker for clinic research projects.
Train Clinical Assistants and second year graduate students in clinic procedures and HIPPA policies.
HIPPA Privacy Officer.
Carolyn Chastain
Program Specialist

Faculty Supervisors

Masha Gartstein, Ph.D.
Director of Clinical Training
Dr. Gartstein’s research addresses social-emotional development, primarily in early childhood, with an emphasis on identifying typical trajectories of temperament development, as well as risk and protective factors relevant to the development of psychopathology. In addition, parental contributions to both temperament development and the emergence of symptoms/behavior problems continue to be examined. She has been fortunate to collaborate with a number of wonderful colleagues abroad, who contributed to another area of research she is involved in, namely cross-cultural study of temperament development and developmental psychopathology. Dr. Gartstein has also maintained a part-time private practice with the Educational and Psychological Services in Moscow, Idaho for the past 10 years, providing a variety of clinical services to children and families.

Dr. Gartstein’s web page
Tammy D. Barry, Ph.D.
Dr. Barry is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. She received her Ph.D. from The University of Alabama in 2000. Dr. Barry has taught courses and supervised doctoral students’ clinical work at four institutions before joining Washington State University in Fall 2016. Dr. Barry’s research focuses on biologically-based and contextual correlates of child externalizing behaviors, including ADHD, aggression, and disruptive behaviors associated with autism. Factors examined in Dr. Barry’s Child Externalizing Behaviors Lab include neuropsychological functioning/endophenotypes, child temperament, parental psychopathology/stress, parenting practices, SES/neighborhood characteristics, and individual difference factors—all from a developmental psychopathology perspective through both cross-sectional and longitudinal studies. A second line of Dr. Barry’s research also focuses on the measurement and latent structure of externalizing behavior disorders, such as ADHD and oppositional defiant disorder.

Dr. Barry’s web page
Chris Barry, Ph.D.
Dr. Barry’s research addresses risk and protective factors related to child and adolescent behavioral problems. This work has a particular focus on adolescent self-perception. In addition, Dr. Barry has published in the area of evidence-based assessment of child and adolescent personality and behavior. He has over 10 years of experience in supervising therapy and assessment services conducted by doctoral students with children and adults.

Dr. Barry’s web page

Student Clinicians

Alexa Lambros, M.S.
Alexa is a fifth-year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology. She was born and raised in the Boston area and received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Northeastern University. Alexa works with a wide range of adult clients and utilizes an integrative approach, drawing upon skills from orientations such as cognitive behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, compassion-focused therapy, and cognitive processing therapy for trauma.
Aurora Brinkman, M.S.
Aurora is originally from San Francisco, California and is currently a fifth year in the WSU Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. She received her B.S.A. in Biology and B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017 and in 2020 she earned her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from WSU. Aurora is passionate about taking an anti-oppressive approach to therapy and assessment services, primarily through reducing disability and mental health stigma. She works with individuals across the lifespan and utilizes a intersectional and integrationist approach to put her client’s needs first and emphasize their role as the expert in their own life.
Brooke Beech, M.S.
Brooke is a fourth-year graduate student in the WSU Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. She is originally from Lexington, KY, and received her B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychology from Centre College in 2016. Before beginning her graduate studies, she worked at the University of Kentucky Alzheimer’s Disease Center conducting research on potential treatments for several types of dementias. Brooke currently works with a wide range of adult clients to address a variety of concerns through neuropsychological testing and evidence-based treatments.
Carolyn Pagán, M.A.
Carolyn is a third-year graduate student in the WSU Psychology PhD program. She is originally from Miami, Florida and is bilingual in Spanish and English. She has her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Central Florida (UCF; go knights!) and her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Sam Houston State University (SHSU). After graduating, she worked as a Neuropsychometrist at a hospital in Jacksonville, FL and then worked as a Research Coordinator in Northridge, CA at California State University (CSUN). Her clinical interests are working with adults and older adults through neuropsychological assessments and counseling services.
Christie Pham, B.S.
Christie is a 3rd year in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. She earned her B.S. in Cognitive Science specializing in Neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego in 2017. After graduating, Christie continued to work at the UCSD Autism Center of Excellence and the UCI Thrive Lab in collaboration with the Children's Health of Orange County hospital. Christie's research interests include the impact of parent-child interactions on developmental outcomes, applying a cross-cultural lens to development, and exploring the imbrication between biologically based factors (e.g., temperament), environmental influences, and the development of risk versus resilience. In her efforts at the WSU Psychology Clinic, Christie hopes to work with parents and family members to scaffold positive development for children.
Hyunah Kim, M.S.
Hyunah is originally from Seoul, South Korea, and currently a fourth-year student in the WSU Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Child Psychology and Education and obtained her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea. Her research interests focus on the development and prevention of antisocial behaviors among children and adolescents. Along this line, she is primarily interested in working with children, adolescents, and their parents.
Jennifer Mattera, M.S.
Jennifer is originally from Cranston, Rhode Island and is currently a fifth year in the WSU Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. She received her B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Psychology from Providence College. Jennifer is particularly interested in working with children with neurodevelopmental disabilities, anxiety, and mood disorders.
Katie Luna, M.S.
Katie is a third-year graduate student in the WSU Clinical Psychology PhD program. Katie is originally from Louisville, Kentucky. She received her B.S. in Psychology and Music, her M.S. in Psychological Science, and a graduate certificate in Scientific Data Analytics from Western Kentucky University (WKU). After graduating, she worked for two years as a faculty Instructor of undergraduate courses at WKU. Katie’s research focuses on cognitive aging, and she has experience working with clientele with a variety of cognitive functioning abilities. Katie enjoys working with clients across the lifespan through neuropsychological assessment and continued therapeutic support.
Sarah Boland, M.S.
Sarah is a fourth-year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. She earned her B.A. in Psychology at Colby College in 2017. After graduating, she worked for two years as a postbac fellow at the Yale Child Study Center conducting research in autism. Sarah hopes to work as a clinician for individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families. Her research interests include understanding how caregiver factors impact informant reporting discrepancy of children's behavior and temperament.
Shelby Johnson, M.S.
Shelby is a fourth-year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. She earned her B.S. in Psychology and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2018. After graduating, she worked as a Clinical Research Specialist at the Autism Center of Excellence at Duke University. Shelby enjoys working with children and their families with whatever difficulties may arise, including neurodevelopmental disabilities, trauma responses, and anxiety/depression.
Victoria Jones, B.S.
Victoria is a third-year graduate student in the WSU clinical psychology doctoral program. She is originally from South Carolina and completed her B.S. in psychology with a minor in sociology at East Tennessee State University in 2020. Her research interests are adverse childhood experiences, parent-child interactions, stress, resilience, and temperament. Victoria's clinical interests are working with children and their families about concerns related to anxiety, depression, trauma, and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.
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