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Mental Health

Healthline’s Medical Network is composed of a diverse group of mental health professionals that bring experience from a variety of specialty areas. The collective experience from our Network can be seen in the medical review of our articles, advisory insights provided on research initiatives, and via the proactive surveillance of the evidence landscape, which ensures that our medical content is at the forefront of healthcare.

Psychiatry

  • Jeffrey Ditzell, DO

    Dr. Jeffrey Ditzell is an adult ADHD and general psychiatrist with a private practice in New York City. He has been the chief of an inpatient dual diagnosis unit, the lead attending in two psychiatric emergency rooms, and the lead physician of an assisted community treatment team. Additionally, Dr. Ditzell has served in the United States Army for more than 20 years, having attained the rank of lieutenant colonel.

  • Marc S. Lener, MD

    Dr. Marc S. Lener is an ABMS board certified psychiatrist in clinical practice in New York City, New York. He is founder and CEO of Singula Institute, a learning mental health system.

  • Nicole Washington, DO, MPH

    Dr. Nicole Washington is an ABMS board certified psychiatrist and the chief medical officer of Elocin Psychiatric Services, a primarily virtual practice where she focuses on the mental health needs of the busy professional. Dr. Washington has spent most of her career caring and advocating for people who aren’t typically consumers of mental health services, namely underserved communities and high-performing professionals.

PsyD

  • Karin Gepp, PsyD

    Dr. Karin Gepp is a clinical psychologist with experience in a wide variety of areas, including mood-related difficulties, anxiety, psychosis, trauma, addictions, personality disorders, adjustment issues, anger management, and forensic topics. She has worked in diverse settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and correctional facilities. Dr. Gepp has theoretical leanings toward psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral concepts and techniques, and she enjoys neurocognitive and diagnostic assessments, as well as supervision and consultation opportunities.

  • N. Simay Gökbayrak, PhD

    Dr. N. Simay Gökbayrak is a licensed clinical psychologist. Her private practice is based in New York City. She provides clinical consulting, teletherapy to adults in California and New York, and is engaged in research. Her interests include science-informed therapies for a variety of mental health challenges, motivation and behavior change science, men’s mental health, and the intersection between mental and physical health.

  • Nathan Greene, PsyD

    Dr. Nathan Greene is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Oakland, California, and co-founder of Surf Circle, a therapeutic surf program for adolescent boys. He specializes in psychological trauma, psychological resilience, and child and family treatment. Dr. Greene also serves as adjunct faculty at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California.

  • Jacquelyn Johnson, PsyD.

    Dr. Jacquelyn Johnson is a licensed clinical psychologist. She is in private practice in California and she specializes in issues specific to high-performing African American women, such as contending with the strong Black woman trope.

  • Bethany Juby, PsyD

    Dr. Bethany Juby is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in eating disorder recovery and stress management. She founded Juby Clinical Services, LLC, to provide psychotherapy to adults via teletherapy utilizing acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). She is licensed to provide teletherapy in 22 states, including Illinois and Arizona, through the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT).

  • Kendra Kubala, PsyD

    Dr. Kendra Kubala is a licensed psychologist specializing in working with survivors of trauma. She is licensed in both Pennsylvania and New York and works in private practice.

  • Lori Lawrenz, PsyD

    Dr. Lori Lawrenz is a psychologist at the Hawaii Center for Sexual and Relationship Health in Honolulu, Hawaii. She has been a licensed psychologist for 20 years, with licenses in Missouri and Hawaii. Dr. Lawrenz is passionate about addressing trauma, shame, grief, and mental health issues to assist her clients to live more productive and happy lives.

  • Vara Saripalli, PsyD

    Dr. Vara Saripalli is a licensed psychologist in Chicago at private practice where she offers therapy services with a focus on helping busy professionals get more control of their lives and careers.

  • Tiffany Taft, PsyD

    Dr. Tiffany Taft is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the psychological and social effects of chronic medical illness. She is the founder of Oak Park Behavioral Medicine LLC, an independent private practice of psychologists, social workers, and counselors near Chicago. She is also a research associate professor and director of psychogastroenterology research at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

PhD

  • Matthew Boland, PhD

    Dr. Matt Boland is a licensed clinical psychologist who conducts structured assessment and psychotherapy with medical patients and mental health consumers in Reno, Nevada. He also conducts original research on posttraumatic stress and emotional regulation in clinical disorders, and he teaches university courses on related topics.

  • Janet Brito, PhD, PSY, LCSW, CST

    Dr. Janet Brito is a nationally certified Latinx sex therapist, supervisor, speaker, trainer, and author. Dr. Brito is the founder and owner of the Hawaii Center for Sexual and Relationship Health, a group practice that specializes in relationship and sex therapy, out of control sexual behavior, and gender and sexually diverse populations, and The Sexual Health School, an online training program for healthcare professionals seeking human sexuality training.

  • N. Simay Gökbayrak, PhD

    Dr. N. Simay Gökbayrak is a licensed clinical psychologist. Her private practice is based in New York City. She provides clinical consulting, teletherapy to adults in California and New York, and is engaged in research. Her interests include science-informed therapies for a variety of mental health challenges, motivation and behavior change science, men’s mental health, and the intersection between mental and physical health.

  • Akilah Reynolds, PhD

    Dr. Akilah Reynolds is a licensed psychologist in California. She practices at an academic psychiatric center and in private practice. Dr. Reynolds specializes in child psychology, parenting, depression and anxiety, and work-life balance.

  • Marney A. White, PhD, MS

    Dr. Marney A. White is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in eating disorders and weight management. She also is currently a professor of psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine and of public health at Yale School of Public Health.

LCSW

  • Joslyn Jelinek, LCSW, CYT

    Joslyn Jelinek is a licensed social worker specializing in perinatal mental health and chronic pain. She is the founder of Chicago Human Potential and practices with a group of behavioral health clinicians in Chicago, Illinois.

  • Danielle Wade, LCSW

    Danielle Wade is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in behavioral health, senior support services, and hospital care management. Danielle is currently a clinical liaison in Colorado, guiding families and assisting medical professionals in transitioning medically complex patients out of hospitals and into skilled nursing and long-term care facilities. She also advocates for infertility awareness, support, coverage, and access to services.

LMFT

  • Jennifer Litner, LMFT, CST

    Jennifer Litner is a sexologist, a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), and a certified sex therapist (CST). Jennifer is the founder of Embrace Sexual Wellness, a Chicago-based wellness center specializing in confidential, comprehensive care in sexual health through the integration of psychotherapy (individual, relationship, and sex therapy) and educational programming for teens, parents, and healthcare professionals. Jennifer’s expertise includes helping clients improve sexual functioning and satisfaction, loss of intimacy, and pain during sex. Jennifer’s research explores comprehensive sexuality education and relationship satisfaction.

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing

  • Francis Kuehnle, MSN, RN-BC

    Mx. Francis Kuehnle is a registered nurse whose main areas of interest include therapeutic communication, compassionate care of patients experiencing psychosis, and LGBTQIA+ language. They are a faculty member at the University of Iowa College of Nursing and teach mental health nursing to undergraduate pre-licensure students.