Our Team

lila.jpg

Lila Pereira, Ph.D.

Research Director

Undergraduate — 2006, B.A., Psychology, State University of New York at Binghamton

Graduate — 2009, M.A., Psychology, The New School

Graduate — 2013, M.S., Clinical Psychology, Palo Alto University

Graduate — 2017, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Palo Alto University

Dr. Pereira, is a Postdoctoral Pediatric Psychology Fellow in Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, and Stem Cell Transplantation at New York Medical College and Maria Fareri Children's Hospital. She completed an APA-accredited internship at Child Clinical and Pediatric Psychology at Metrohealth Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She earned a Ph.D. at the APA-Accredited Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University and conducted her doctoral research on the process and benefits of making video testimonials in adolescents with cancer. Her current research focuses on the expansion of this research as well as projects involving outcomes of Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Patients, neuropsychological functioning of Pediatric Cancer Patients, and other aspects of the usage of social media in young people. She and her husband, also a psychologist, have a three year old son, and a menagerie of animals.


Breanna.jpeg

Breanna Wilhelmi, Ph.D.

Advocacy Director

Undergraduate — 2008, B.A., Sociology, University of California at Santa Barbara

Graduate — 2014, M.S., Clinical Psychology, Palo Alto University

Graduate — 2016, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Palo Alto University

Dr. Wilhelmi is a licensed psychologist (CA Lic. # PSY30081) in private practice providing psychological assessment and psychotherapy. She completed an APA-accredited internship specializing in Geropsychology at Heritage Clinic, A Division of the Center for Aging Resources in Pasadena, California. She earned a Ph.D. at the APA-Accredited Pacific Graduate School of Psychology and her clinical training emphases included trauma, geropsychology, and community mental health. She completed her dissertation in clinical neuropsychology and psychological assessment focusing on the construct validation of the Serial Digit Learning Test. Shortly after advancing to candidacy during the fourth year of graduate school, she and her partner welcomed their first child.


Undergraduate -- B.A., Psychology, University of California at Los Angeles  Graduate -- M.S., Clinical Psychology, Palo Alto University  Graduate -- Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Palo Alto University  Dr. Pereira is a recent graduate in Clinical Psychology from the APA-accredited Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University. He completed an APA-accredited internship at the National Psychology Training Consortium--Central Region focusing on integrated behavioral health, primary care, and outpatient community mental health. His clinical and research interests trend towards intersectionality of identities and systems in the service of nurturing families and communities. specific areas include cultural competence, pediatric behavioral health, serious and persistent mental illness, as well as patient and professional advocacy promoted through psychologists’ influence and further potential in interdisciplinary care, executive positions, and public policy.

Stevie Grassetti, Ph.D.

Associate Research Director

Undergraduate — 2009, B.A., Psychology with Honors, Schreyer Honors College, Penn State University

Graduate — 2011, M.A., Psychology, University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Graduate — 2016, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Delaware

Dr. Grassetti is a licensed clinical psychologist whose professional activities involve both research and clinical work. She earned a Ph.D. in the APA and PCSAS accredited clinical science program at the University of Delaware. Her research program aims to understand how factors across multiple layers of the social ecology (e.g., families, peer groups, schools, neighborhoods) contribute to adaptive (e.g., prevention of and recovery from mental health problems) and maladaptive outcomes (e.g., failure to respond to mental health interventions, aggression, traumatic stress, maladaptive grief, juvenile delinquency). Specific research lines include 1) psychotherapy process and outcome research and 2) understanding parents’ contributions to interventions for youth.

Dr. Grassetti’s clinical training emphasized community-based implementations that improve access for disadvantaged youth and families. She completed an APA-accredited internship specializing in integrating behavioral health into pediatric settings at Nemours/A.I. Dupont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware.

Dr. Grassetti and her family welcomed their twins in 2015. On the topics of balancing family and career/training, Dr. Grassetti is most interested in workplace practices that best support lactation needs, gender-based discrimination around parenting, and the power of peer support.


Bethany Garcia, Psy.D.

Communications Director

Undergraduate – 2013, B.S., Psychology, Olivet Nazarene University

Graduate – 2015, M.S., Clinical Psychology, Indiana State University

Graduate – 2018, Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Indiana State UniversityDr. Garcia is a Postdoctoral Clinical Psychology Fellow in primary care psychology at Indiana University Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Indiana. She completed an APA-Accredited internship in health psychology at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. She earned a Psy.D. at the APA-Accredited Clinical Psychology program at Indiana State University. Her dissertation research examined the concept of “orthorexia nervosa” as a form of disordered eating. Her clinical interests include primary care, medical education, women’s health, and breastfeeding. She and her husband have a three year old son and infant daughter.


IMG_1917.jpg

Sean Pereira, Ph.D.

Secretary

Undergraduate — 2007, B.A., Psychology, University of California at Los Angeles

Graduate — 2016, M.S., Clinical Psychology, Palo Alto University

Graduate — 2018, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Palo Alto University

Dr. Pereira is a postdoctoral fellow at the Audrey Hepburn Children's House at Hackensack University Medical Center concentrating on child maltreatment. He graduated from the APA-accredited Clinical Psychology program of Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University; his graduate research focused on ethnic/racial disparities in clinical care, cultural competence, and family socialization of multiracial identity. He completed an APA-accredited internship at the National Psychology Training Consortium--Central Region focusing on integrated behavioral health, primary care, and rural outpatient community mental health. His clinical and research interests trend towards intersectionality of identities and systems in the service of nurturing families and communities. Specific areas include of interest include cultural competence, pediatric behavioral health, serious and persistent mental illness, as well as patient and psychologist advocacy as promoted through interdisciplinary care, executive positions, and public policy.


Suzanne Braniecki, Ph.D.

Suzanne Braniecki, Ph.D.

Research Consultant

Graduate — 1998, M.A., Psychology, American University

Graduate — 2003, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology/Neuropsychology, Drexel University

Dr. Braniecki is a Pediatric Neuropsychologist at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center where she specializes in outpatient and inpatient neuropsychological evaluations to assess the needs of pediatric medical populations. Her research also focuses on evaluations for sickle cell disease and cancer research protocols. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in General Psychology and Neuropsychology at the New York Presbyterian Westchester Division. She earned her Ph.D. at the APA-accredited Drexel University and completed an APA-accredited internship in Pediatric Psychology and Neuropsychology at the Mailman Center for Child Development and Jackson Memorial Hospital with the University of Miami School of Medicine.


me.jpg

David Oberleitner, Ph.D

Research Consultant

Undergraduate — B.A., Psychology, University of Toledo

Graduate — M.A., Social Psychology, Wayne State University

Graduate — Ph.D., Social Psychology, Wayne State University

Dr. Oberleitner is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Bridgeport, where he chairs the Department of Psychology He teaches a variety of courses in the major, is a faculty advisor to numerous psychology majors, serves as honors program faculty, and is a member of the University IRB. His research in Social Psychology focuses on the social-cognitive processes underlying social-exclusion, discrimination and stigma, and the interplay of social exclusion and social isolation with health and pain. He also has research interests in college student success and retention. He earned a Ph.D. in Social Psychology at Wayne State University. Dr. Oberleitner (along with his clinical psychologist wife) is the proud father of two active young boys.


Ali

Alexis C. Kenny, M.A.

Trainee Representative

Undergraduate — 2007, B.A., English, University of San Diego

Graduate — 2015, M.A., Intercultural Ministry Catholic Theological Union

Graduate — Expected 2020, Psy.D., School & Clinical Psychology, James Madison University

Alexis (Ali) C. Kenny has recently finished her a third year as a student a part of James Madison University’s Combined-Integrated School and Clinical Doctoral Psychology Program. Her dissertation research focuses on the development of a brief yet comprehensive approach to therapeutic assessment with couples for both distressed and non-distressed dyads. Ali and her husband worked as the primary caretakers of particular groups of children living at an orphanage in Honduras for 13 months immediately after getting married. Upon her return to the U.S., Ali wrote a book titled Married in Mission: A Handbook for Couples in Cross-Cultural Service as a resource for those in partnerships who are engaged in global-oriented processes. As a Montana native, Ali has a particular penchant for nature and most outdoor activities. She and her family just moved to St. Paul, MN, and look forward to visiting each and every nearby lake!


Alek.jpg

Alek Krumm, M.A.

Contributor

Undergraduate — 2015, B.S., Psychology, University of North Dakota

Graduate — In progress, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Nevada at Las Vegas

Alek is a wife, mother of a one-year-old boy, and a clinical psychology Ph.D. student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She loves the art of psychotherapy and has worked with general community, inpatient, and forensic populations. Her research is in the area of inner experience, which she studies using a random-beeper method known as descriptive experience sampling. After giving birth to her son following her first year of graduate school, Alek developed a passion and admiration for families in psychology, especially with respect to issues of pregnancy and gender.

Victor Rivera, B.A.

Research Assistant

Graduate — In progress, M.A., Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine Univers

Undergraduate — 2016, B.A., Psychology, University of California at Los Angeles

Mr. Rivera is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National a Academy of Sports Medicine and wellness coach in Los Angeles, California with interests in cognitive neuroscience. Mr. Rivera's prior research activity includes involvement with the Cognitive Lab, the Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Lab, and the Smooth Sailing Study at the UCLA Department of Psychology. Victor has a family of his own including two very happy dogs.


IMG_1663.JPG

Katherine Taylor, Psy.D., MPH

Webmaster and Contributor

Undergraduate — 2006, B.A., Psychology, Stanford University

Graduate — 2008, Masters in Public Health, Community Health Sciences, University of California at Los Angeles

Graduate — 2016, Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium

Dr. Taylor is a licensed clinical psychologist who enjoys clinical work and evaluation research in public health psychology. She likes to think about nontraditional ways to deliver mental health services, and much of the research with which she has been involved has examined feasibility, efficacy and effectiveness of these alternative delivery modes, including school-based programming, mobile apps for mental health and behavioral health integration into primary care. She is particularly interested in expanding access to mental health care for Veterans, at-risk youth, and women in the postpartum period.

She had both of her children during her graduate training, and spent a lot of time singing silly songs while writing cover letters. She is hoping to help other student parents optimize their experiences in graduate school while enjoying early parenthood (as much as possible).


victor.jpg

Victor Rivera, B.A.

Research Assistant

Undergraduate -- 2016, B.A., Psychology, University of California at Los Angeles

Mr. Rivera is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National a Academy of Sports Medicine and wellness coach in Los Angeles, California with interests in cognitive neuroscience. Mr. Rivera's prior research activity includes involvement with the Cognitive Lab, the Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Lab, and the Smooth Sailing Study at the UCLA Department of Psychology. Victor has a family of his own including two very happy dogs.