VTSC Trainers

VTSC Trainers

Allen Boivin-Brown, MA

Allen Boivin-Brown, MA, has over 25 years experience as an educator, career counselor, presenter and trainer. In 1995 he earned the Vocational Counselor of the Year award by the Washington Vocational Education Association. Since 1990 Allen has been a member of the Dependable Strengths Project at the University of Washington and for the past 20 years a Master Trainer of the Dependable Strengths Articulation Process. He has facilitated Dependable Strength workshops for groups including the U.S. Forest Service, Boeing Company, corporate managers, at-risk high school students, Veterans, teachers, counselors, social service professionals and clients. In 2001 he led a team of Dependable Strengths professionals to South Africa to assist in alleviating massive unemployment after the end of apartheid.  Allen is committed to uncovering the excellence in individuals and empowering them through identifying and building on their unique strengths.  He is presently President of the Board of Directors of the Washington Occupational Information System (WOIS) and the Center for Dependable Strengths.

Alycia Zink, PhD

Alycia (Barlow) Zink, PhD is currently a staff psychologist in the Outpatient PTSD Clinic of VA Puget Sound Health Care System, American Lake Division.  Dr. Zink has a strong interest in Evidence Based Psychotherapies, particularly Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  She has been serving as a national consultant for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Depression (ACT-D) in the VA since 2012 and became one of the first Regional Trainers for the VA in 2017.  Dr. Zink provides trainings, consultation,  and supervision for clinical staff and psychology trainees on the effective implementation of ACT with Veterans presenting with a wide range of mental health concerns. Dr. Zink completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2007 from California School or Professional Psychology, completed internship at the John Dingell VAMC, and a two-year postdoctoral residency in neuropsychology at Northern California HCS, Martinez before joining the VA as a staff psychologist in 2010.

Andre Loranc

Andre Loranc began his career in the US Navy in 2009 and is currently a Master at Arms (E5) in the Naval Reserve.  He is the Training Lead for his Naval Unit; instructing multiple courses in General Military Training as well as rate specific training and coordinates the annual training evolution for the unit.

Andre began his Law Enforcement Career in 2012 with the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office before lateraling as a Deputy to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.  He has operational training and experience in Crisis Intervention as well as an operational SWAT member.   

Ann Marie Roepke, PhD

Ann Marie Roepke, PhD, works in the areas of positive psychology, well-being, resilience, and stress-related growth.  Her research and practice focus on developing innovative ways to help people not only survive, but thrive, in challenging circumstances.  She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center under the mentorship of Martin Seligman, a founder of the field of positive psychology, and Angela Duckworth, a leading expert in grit.  Dr. Roepke has designed and tested multiple programs that use positive psychology concepts and strategies to help people overcome adversity and build meaningful lives. Dr. Roepke now works as a postdoctoral fellow in the Veterans Administration Puget Sound Health Care System (Seattle Division), doing research and clinical care focused on integrating positive psychology interventions into practice with Veterans.  She has provided talks, workshops, and consultation about positive psychology, well-being, resilience, positive education, motivational interviewing, and stress-related growth to diverse audiences including educators, businesspeople, clinicians, and non-profit workers.  She is passionate about using experiential learning approaches to assist providers in deepening their understanding of resilience, growth, and well-being.

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Brett Parmenter, Ph.D.

Brett Parmenter received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas after completing her predoctoral internship at Yale School of Medicine. She then went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She is board-certified in Clinical Neuropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology/American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Washington and is currently a staff neuropsychologist at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System, American Lake Division.

Cal Crow, Ph.D.

Cal Crow is a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served as a counterintelligence analyst. He is a co-founder and lead trainer at the Center for Learning Connections (CLC), a consulting, training and program development center located at Edmonds Community College. CLC manages the Veterans Training Support Center. In 2010, Cal helped launch the Center for Efficacy and Resiliency, and is particularly interested in bringing efficacy and resiliency research into organizations that assist veterans who have trauma-related experiences.

Cal has designed training, developed curriculum, and implemented programs for service providers in many parts of the world. He strongly believes that the growing body of knowledge in positive psychology can be used to assist veterans, and has incorporated this into his current work. Cal has a long-time interest in helping individuals plan meaningful careers. He co-authored the revision of the Washington State Job Hunter curriculum, and was one of three individuals selected to revise the National Career Development Guidelines, a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education. He has been a counselor in private practice and taught in Seattle University’s graduate level counselor preparation program for nearly three decades.

Cal has presented and consulted in forty-six states and territories, the District of Columbia, Australia, Jamaica and Canada, on a variety of topics. He holds a Ph.D. from Arizona State University, and has received numerous awards for his work in education and workforce development.

Catherine Caska Wallace, Ph.D.

Catherine Caska Wallace received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Utah, where she focused her program of research on military couples and PTSD. Dr. Wallace then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Family and Couples Mental Health at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System - Seattle Division. She has conducted multiple investigations examining the psychological, relational, and cardiovascular consequences of PTSD and deployment stress on Veterans and their partners. Dr. Wallace has received specialized training in Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy and also clinically specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders and integrating family into mental health care. Dr. Wallace is currently a clinical psychologist at the Seattle VA, working within the Family Therapy Program and Mental Health Clinic.

Conference Speakers & Presenters 

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Dani Blythe Dutro, MC, NCC, LMHC

Dani Blythe Dutro graduated from Arizona State University in 2009 with a Master’s in Counseling, and has been treating veterans and their families since that time. She has experience and specialized training working with people suffering from combat trauma, readjustment, military sexual trauma, and symptoms of post-traumatic stress. She works with people ages 12 and up in individual, couples, family, and group therapy settings.

Before becoming a therapist, Dani was an educator and guidance counselor working with adolescents and young adults. She taught in a number of different settings including large corporations, public high school, universities, and community college. When not in the classroom or working directly with clients, Dani can be found training or volunteering with her Therapy Dog, Neko.

Diana L. Hunter, MA, LMHC

Diana Hunter graduated from Chapman University with a Master’s Degree in Psychology in 2008. She worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs Federal Way Vet Center as the Military Sexual Trauma Counselor and Readjustment Therapist until February 2013. Diana is currently serving Veterans in private practice as a contracted provider with the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs PTSD Counseling Program. She served in the Air Force and Washington Air National Guard as an enlisted member, completed a tour to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom in 2007, and retired with 24 years of honorable service in 2010.

Eric Ström, JD, MA. LMHC

Eric Ström is an attorney and Licensed Mental Health Counselor. As an attorney, Eric provides legal counsel, consultation, and guidance to mental health professionals. Eric’s counselling practice is focused on providing counseling services to combat veterans as well as providing supervision and consultation to other clinicians. Eric currently serves on the American Mental Health Counselors Association Ethics Committee, is the ethics advisor for the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association, and is a co-founder of counselchat.com.

Eric spent eight years on active duty in the US Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, and continues to serve in the Navy Reserve. Eric teaches a range of courses in counseling and professional ethics at a variety of graduate and undergraduate programs, including Prescott College and Seattle University.

Eric earned a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from the Northwest School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University Seattle, graduated cum laude from Wayne State University School of Law in Detroit Michigan, attended the Hague Academy of International Law in the Hague Netherlands, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from the University of Michigan, and is currently working towards his PhD is Counselor Education and Supervision at Oregon State University.

Upcoming Workshops:
What Kind of Dog is That? Law and Ethics of Service, Support & Therapy Animals
Law and Ethics of Online Communication and Social Media
Law and Ethics of Mandatory Reporting and Duty to Warn
Don’t Get Burned: What Mental Health Providers Need to Know about Washington Marijuana Laws

Gloria Burgess, Ph.D.

Gloria Burgess has a heart for veterans and those who serve them. She’s proud of her father-in-law Dale, a WWII vet who still actively serves his community as a Red Cross volunteer. For 20+ years, Gloria has led workshops for women and men who work with marginalized and traumatized populations. She enjoys teaching self-care, stress management, and personal sustainability, encouraging us to remember that taking good care of ourselves is essential to provide the best possible care to others. A sought-after speaker and trainer, she also presents keynotes and facilitates workshops in corporate, health care, civic, finance, education, and philanthropic settings to support frazzled, burned out leaders.

Gloria received her PhD and MBA from the University of Southern California. After that, she earned a specialized graduate degree in applied behavioral science, so she could better equip service men and women and others in service and helping professions. She’s currently consulting on and developing a special training program for veterans to properly equip them to transition back into family and community life, as well as to serve and lead well as civilians.


Jack Ringel, LICSW

Jack is an educator and consultant, but is first and foremost an individual and group psychotherapist.  He views psychotherapy as an evolving craft of great depth and possibility, and as a practice that is clearly both an art and a science.  His work history is diverse, including working in a hospital setting at the VA Puget Sound, community mental health in the Edgewood neighborhood of Chicago, various positions in non-profits serving vulnerable and disenfranchised groups, and currently running a solo private practice in Seattle that also contracts with the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs.  An area of special interest for Jack is working with clients/patients with complex trauma histories, including how to nurture deep and sustainable change that goes beyond short-term symptom reduction.  His practice is diverse, both in terms of clinical presentations and demographics, including serving many veterans of multiple eras over the years. 

Jack received his Master’s Degree in clinical social work from the University Of Chicago, and took part in a full-time post-graduate fellowship through the VA Puget Sound.  He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in philosophy and sociology from the University Of Colorado.  Currently, he is a full analytic candidate at the Northwest Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (NPSI), which is a deeply immersive and multi-year training experience for fully licensed clinicians.  He previously served on the board for the Puget Sound Group Psychotherapy Network (PSGPN), and provides trainings in a variety of both clinical and non-clinical settings.


Janelle Painter, PhD

Janelle Painter, PhD is a clinical psychologist in the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center at the VA Puget Sound, Seattle with expertise in evidence-based practices for the treatment of serious mental illness. She earned her doctoral degree at the University of California, Berkeley, where she received specialized training in the treatment of people with psychotic and bipolar disorders. Her research and practice focus on identifying barriers to treatment and improving access to care among Veterans with chronic and complex mental health conditions. Dr. Painter is passionate about helping people with mental illness lead meaningful and fulfilling lives. She authored the self-help book, Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed.

Upcoming Workshops:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Serious Mental Illness

Josie Tracy, Ph.D.

Josie Tracy, Ph.D. received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Mississippi in 2008, with a research focus on nicotine addiction. In 2009 she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Excellence in Substance Abuse Treatment and Education (CESATE) at the Puget Sound Veterans Affairs Medical Center (PSVAMC), Seattle Division. Since this time, she has worked as a psychologist in VHA outpatient addictions treatment settings (Portland, OR; Vancouver, WA; Seattle, WA). In her current role as Supervisory Psychologist in the Addictions Treatment Center (ATC) at the PSVAMC, Seattle Division, she manages a large program of outpatient treatment services for veterans with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions (e.g. PTSD, depression). Her professional interests include harm reduction psychotherapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and mindfulness-based interventions.

Karla C. Hawley, MT-BC, M.Ed.

Karla C. O’Hagen-Hawley is a neurologic, nationally board certified music therapist and Director of music therapy services for the Snohomish County Music Project, a non-profit community based organization in Snohomish County Washington. Specializing in the treatment of: 1) trauma within youth, veterans and at-risk communities; 2) building community within assisted living and memory care facilities; and 3) neurologic disorders and injuries . Karla has provided numerous trainings on music therapy, including a TEDx Talk.

Kate L. Stewart, MA

Kate Stewart is a counselor and sex therapist in private practice in Seattle. She specializes in working with sexual and relationship minorities and dating coaching. She has taught Flirting 101 and Everything You Need to Know about Sex for six years at the Experimental College of the University of Washington. Kate holds local trainings on working with the Sex Positive community.

Keith Meyer, MS, LMHC; Trainer and PTG Advisory Committee Member

Keith Meyer, M.S., LMHC, has been a counselor for over 28 years, 15 of those years working with veterans and their families. Within his practice, he emphasizes serving people who have experienced trauma event(s), assists them in understanding how those experiences affect their lives, and how trauma can provide an opportunity for Posttraumatic Growth.  He has worked with veterans (and their family members) who served in the military from World War II through the current conflicts, and with individuals who experienced or witnessed trauma from combat, sexual assault, attempted murder, natural disasters, domestic violence, and terrorism.  He has had contracts with the Federal VA, the Federal Veterans Center, and the Washington State Department of Veteran Affairs.

Keith is committed to community service and serves on the Advisory Board for the Lacey Veterans Service Hub, where he volunteers his expertise in the areas of posttraumatic stress and posttraumatic growth and provides a free support group to family members of veterans. Keith was also instrumental in forming the Veterans Mental Health Court by providing consultation to the judge, prosecuting attorney, and Director of Mental Health Court. He provided individual counseling to the many of the first Mental Health Court participants, who all graduated from the program and have not had any additional legal issues.

Keith provides training on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Trauma, and Posttraumatic Growth to colleges, government agencies, mental health providers, medical health providers, and nonprofit agencies. In addition, he provides consultation on trauma issues to a variety of agencies, organizations, mental health providers, and medical health providers.

Kimberly Hardy, LMHC

Kimberly Hardy is the Project Director and a trainer for the Veterans Training Support Center at Edmonds Community College. She provides outreach and consultation to higher education and community based agencies in Washington State.

Kimberly has been in the military for over 10 years; first on active duty in the United States Navy and is a currently serving reservist. While on active duty, Kimberly served in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She began her post-military career in the field of human services, ultimately becoming a counselor specializing in trauma and veterans issues. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from Washington State University and a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Northwest University. Additionally, Kimberly has received advanced training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Kimberly provides trainings on veteran best practices, invisible wounds, military sexual trauma & suicide risk (or prevention). She can tailor trainings and presentations to your organization’s needs.

Kira Mountjoy-Pepka

Kira Mountjoy-Pepka is a management consultant specializing in system development and training and facilitation. She has more than 10 years experience performing comprehensive issue analysis and designing workforce development systems for the United States’ veteran and military communities, and for other underserved groups. She has a particular passion for projects that work to correct systemic oppression.

A United States Air Force veteran and Navy-trained private pilot, Kira worked for nearly a decade as a national advocate for veterans and active duty service members with Military Sexual Trauma (MST). She has worked one-on-one with U.S. senators as an issue coordinator for MST and assisted the $200 million DoD implementation of the Agenda for Change. She has appeared, among others, on The Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera, and participated in the Academy Award-nominated film The Invisible War.

Kori Blitstein

Kori Blitstein joined the VA Puget Sound Outpatient Clinic in 2009. Her clinical work has focused on providing veterans individual, group and couples therapy. As a practicum instructor in the social work internship program, she works with students from the University of Washington providing supervision to social work interns. In 2012 she was awarded an honor from the University of Washington for her commitment to social work education. She has served as a consultant and supervisor on a National Veterans’ Administration project providing high quality, evidence based couples therapy to veterans and their partners. Prior to this, Ms. Blitstein received a Center of Excellence in Substance Abuse Treatment Fellowship and worked at Harborview Medical Center in the Madison Clinic. Ms. Blitstein is a member of the Washington State Chapter of the Society for Social Work Leadership in Healthcare.

Lori Daniels, Ph.D., LCSW

Dr. Lori Daniels is currently an Associate Professor of Social Work for Hawaii Pacific University (HPU).  Her clinical practice treating traumatic stress among veterans spans over 20 years.  She earned her MSW from the University of Chicago (1987) and her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of Hawaii – Manoa (2002).  An LCSW for both Oregon and Hawaii, her clinical background includes working for inpatient and outpatient VA hospital-based PTSD programs, as the Director of the Traumatic Stress Recovery Program for the Honolulu VA, being a VA/Hartford Geriatric Social Work Scholar, and working as the military sexual trauma psychotherapist for the Portland Vet Center for almost 7 years. 
Dr. Daniels has provided workshops at international conferences, been a Consultant with the National Center for PTSD, and co-chaired for 6 years a PTSD community conference in Honolulu. Her publications include research articles: one in the Journal of Gerontological Social Work and the second in Traumatology.  She’s also contributed as clinical book chapters in The Handbook of Post-Traumatic Therapy, and Healing War Trauma: Using Creative Approaches. 
Dr. Daniels has presented about nightmare therapy (Dreamwork) at several International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Meetings, as well as the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.

M.J. Mariano, Ph.D

M.J. Mariano, Ph.D. is a Staff Psychologist at the Puget Sound Veterans Affairs Health Care System and a Clinical Associate Professor in the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.  She has over 30 years of experience working with veterans in a broad array of clinical programs and has focused interests in trauma treatment, mind-body integration and health psychology with a special emphasis on caring for women.  Dr. Mariano has provided clinical services in the Seattle Women’s Health Clinic for close to 20 years and served women in a program for treatment of military sexual trauma for many years.  In addition to direct patient care, Dr. Mariano develops and consults on treatment programs, provides clinical supervision and has presented to local and national audiences on issues related to the needs of women veterans.

Mark Fischer, MS

Mark Fischer, M.S. was the manager and architect of the first-of-its-kind, nationally recognized Washington Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Conservation Corps and Vet Corps (AmeriCorps) program. Created in 2009, Vet Corps is a peer-to-peer mentoring program where veterans and spouses assist other veterans with resources and navigation of colleges and universities, Veterans Administration, veteran-related services, employment, and military bases. With over 30 year experience with veterans in a variety of settings, including 16 years as a licensed mental health PTSD counselor, he is currently a private trainer/consultant. Mark is currently working with transitioning soldiers and airmen through several federal and local grants, with a focus on career and individual adjustment to civilian culture and has offered trainings in a variety of agency and employment settings on topics that include: Veteran Cultural Issues, Peer-to-Peer Mentoring, Invisible Wounds, Attachment and Loss, Post-Traumatic Growth and Self-Care.

Mark R. Hoagland, MA, LMHC, CHT

Mark’s work experience includes working for over 8 years at the King County Crisis Clinic as Supervisor, Crisis Intervention Specialist, Trainer and Group Facilitator. He is current the team leader at the Everett Vet Center leading a team of therapists who work with Veterans who deal with war trauma and/or military sexual trauma. He earned BA degrees in both Psychology and International Economics from the University of Washington. After working in international trade for 10 years, he returned to school and earned his Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Seattle University. Mark’s experience as a therapist includes working with crisis management, trauma, PTSD, complicated grief, suicide, MST, veteran issues and couples counseling. For 7 years he was the facilitator of the King County Survivors of Suicide grief group working with people who have had a loved one complete suicide. Mark’s military service included tours in Japan and Korea in the U.S. Army.

Matthew Jakupcak, Ph.D.

Dr. Jakupcak is an Associate Professor at the Univeraches for addressing posttraumatic conditions. Dr. Jakupcak is also a consulting editor for the American Psychological Association journal, Psychology of Men and Masculinities (PMM) and he recently served as the lead Guest-Editor for a special issue of PMM entitled, “Health Implications of Masculinity within Military Populations.” From 2005 to 2014, Dr. Jakupcak was the lead psychologist at the Seattle Veteran Affairs (VA) Deployment Health Clinic for returning Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans, an integrated primary care/mental health service that served as a model of best-practices for post-deployment care within the VA Health Care System. In addition, Dr. Jakupcak has recently worked with the Seattle Police Department and the King County Sheriff’s Office in Washington State, providing consultation, education, and return to work assessments for members of law enforcement impacted by traumatic events.sity of Washington’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed research articles on the topics of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), men’s emotional dysregulation and its association with acts of aggression and violence, and novel treatment appro

Nerissa del Rosario

Nerissa del Rosario retired in 2015 after 36 years of service in the military. She served in the US Army, Air Force Reserve and the Air National Guard with over 16 years of active duty time. She is currently a faculty member at a Washington State technical college and certified Dependable Strengths Instructor.

Peter Schmidt, Psy. D., LMHC

Dr. Peter Schmidt is Director of Behavioral Health for the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs. Peter has worked in the community and technical college system as a counselor, psychology instructor, director of counseling, and dean, and as a behavioral health subcontractor for the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs. Peter has provided numerous trainings on Veteran-related topics to include, for example, Military Culture, Post-Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury, Dependable Strengths, and Promising Best Practices in Education and Employment for a variety of organizations. As an Air Force Veteran who served on active duty as well as in the Washington National Guard Peter is proud to serve those who served and their family members.

Randy Nelson, LMHC

Randy Nelson, MA, LMHC likes words and people. Ten years ago, he fortuitously stumbled upon Narrative Therapy in the Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling program at Seattle University. He is an active member of the Seattle Narrative Group, a long-running Narrative Therapy consultation and training collective. For the last eight years he has worked as an adult counselor in the community mental health setting of Harborview Mental Health Services.  He has conducted trainings on Narrative Therapy for the Department of Psychiatry at Harborview Medical Center.  In the consulting room and in life, Randy endeavors to position himself at the clunky and elusive intersection of skepticism, lightheartedness, and solidarity.

Samantha Powers, Ph.D.

Sam Powers is the Director of Student Veteran Life at the University of Washington. She provides oversight and management of hiring, development of new programs, and centralization of existing services and resources available to UW student veterans. She provides outreach and collaborates with internal and external constituents.

Sam is a combat veteran of the U.S. Air Force Special Operations where she served as an Aircraft Maintenance officer on the C-130 Gunship Spectres. Sam served in Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Iraq during Operation Enduring Freedom. She began her post-military career in the field of higher education working in Facilities/Physical Plant Operations as an administrative manager. She has additional experience in Continuing Education and Customized Training.

Most recently, Sam was the Director of the Washington State Veterans Training Support Center where she provided and delivered trainings to Washington State agencies on veteran-related topics in higher education, veteran best practices, and invisible wounds such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

Sam volunteers for a number of veterans organizations in Washington State as a member and officer, and is an adjunct professor at various higher education institutions across the state and nation. She holds a B.A. in Military History from Virginia Tech, an M.A. in International Relations from University of Oklahoma, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Old Dominion University.

Sara Smucker Barnwell, Ph.D.

Dr. Smucker Barnwell is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides evidence based psychotherapy, coaching, and consultation in the greater Seattle and Eastside areas.  Dr. Smucker Barnwell also delivers telehealth services to clients using a diversity of technologies, including videoconferencing, mobile applications, telephone and others.  She provides workshops and trainings on a variety of topics, including stress management, negotiation, and communication. 

Sara is a Clinical Professor at the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and the former Director of Telehealth Training and Education for VA Puget Sound Health Care System.  She is the current Chair of the Washington State Psychological Foundation.  Dr. Smucker Barnwell served on the Joint APA/ASPPB/APAIT Telepsychology Taskforce, as well as other national committees regarding telehealth and technology in health care. 

Dr. Smucker Barnwell received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Southern California.  She also holds degrees from Harvard University and Wellesley College. She completed her internship at the West Los Angeles VA Healthcare System, and later completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Excellence in Substance Abuse Treatment and Education at Seattle VA.  Dr. Smucker Barnwell has worked in the field of telemedicine as Associate Director of Evaluation at Free & Clear, Inc. and DatStat, Inc.  Her research and clinical interests center on the development and dissemination of empirically-based treatments in telehealth, technology assisted evidence-based PTSD care and substance abuse. 

Civilians serving Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Scott Michael, Ph.D.

Scott Michael received his clinical psychology doctorate from the University of Kansas. He obtained specialized PTSD training from the National Center for PTSD during internship at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System. He obtained further specialized PTSD training during his postdoctoral fellowship in the Mental Illness Research, Education & Clinical Center at the VA Puget Sound. Dr. Michael was trained to consult with and train VA clinicians in Prolonged Exposure by Drs. Edna Foa and Elizabeth Hembree at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. Since that time, he has conducted trainings in Prolonged Exposure to VA clinicians and consults to them on how to effectively implement this psychotherapy.

Susana McCune, PsyD, FT

Susana McCune earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at Antioch University Seattle, Washington, USA. She completed a concentration in health psychology and holds a master’s degree in counseling with art therapy, also from Antioch University. Dr. McCune’s experience with hospice and end-of-life care inspired her to co-edit a textbook for care-giving professionals titled Advance Care Planning: Communicating About Matters of Life And Death.

Susana’s work includes applying philosophy and critical theory to psychological research and clinical practice to embrace integrated and holistic, person-centered approaches in healthcare. As an art therapist, Susana also integrates artistic and aesthetic exploration to deepen theoretical, clinical, and personal understanding; reveal countertransference; and to foster communication and compassion in the patient-clinician relationship to facilitate healing. Susana’s work includes applying philosophy and critical theory to psychological research and clinical practice to embrace integrated and holistic, person-centered approaches in healthcare. As an art therapist, Susana also integrates artistic and aesthetic exploration to deepen theoretical, clinical, and personal understanding; reveal countertransference; and to foster communication and compassion in the patient-clinician relationship to facilitate healing.