Child Psychology Internship

Faculty

Sharon Berry, PhD, LP, ABPP Director of Training and Psychological Services Site Lead. Dr. Berry earned a PhD in clinical psychology from the Florida State University in 1986 having previously earned a masters degree in clinical behavioral therapy at North Dakota State University. The doctoral internship was completed at the Medical College of Georgia/VA Consortium, with specialty training in pediatric psychology. Primary clinical interests include chronic illness populations, pain management, bereavement, and behavioral medicine. Previously, Dr. Berry was an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University Medical School, serving on the internship faculty and providing clinical services to a wide range of pediatric populations at Children’s Memorial Medical Center in Chicago (now Lurie Children’s). She serves on the APA Board of Educational Affairs and is Past-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). She is serving a second term on the Board for the Council of Clinical Health Psychology Training Programs (CCHPTP) and serves on the Boards for both Division 12 and APAHC. After six years on the executive board for the Society of Pediatric Psychology, Dr. Berry coordinates the Mentoring Project for Division 54 and connects mentors with students/early career professionals across the nation. She was the recipient of the Division 54 Mentorship Award (2007) and the Wright Ross Salk Award for Distinguished Service (2014), and the APA Education Advocacy Distinguished Service Award for service as a Federal Advocacy Coordinator for Education and Training. She was honored with the Outstanding Service Award from the MN Association for Children’s Mental Health (2011) and the Outstanding Graduate Faculty in Psychology Award from the MN Psychological Association (2012).

Jeremy Alden, PhD, LP, received his degree in clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1994. He completed a doctoral internship in neuropsychology at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago in 1993. Dr. Alden completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in pediatric neuropsychology. He has been with Children’s of Minnesota since 1999 and specializes in evaluation of children with a wide range of neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Jade Bender, Ph.D., earned her Ph.D. in clinical child psychology from the University of Kansas in 2010. She completed her doctoral internship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she received specialized training in pediatric psychology, and her postdoctoral fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, where she specialized in pediatric psycho-oncology. Dr. Bender’s interests include coping with chronic illness and hospitalizations, bilingual therapy, and positive psychology. She joined the faculty at Children’s-Minneapolis in 2012.

Don Brunnquell, PhD, LP, resident ethicist, director, office of ethics, received his degree in clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1981, and a masters degree in philosophy in 1992. His primary responsibilities are in the office of ethics as the coordinator for ethics education, consultation, and policy work throughout the Children’s system. He also chairs the Children’s IRB. Dr. Brunnquell provides consultation and supervision in the areas of mental health and medical ethics. His interests and writing include ethics of professional relationships for pediatric providers, palliative care ethics, medical futility, and resource allocation. Dr. Brunnquell is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Psychology, an Instructor at the Institute for Child Development, and an Associate Faculty of the Center for Bioethics, all at the University of Minnesota. He teaches ethics in clinical psychology for the University of Minnesota Clinical Psychology Program and Institute of Child Development, and pediatric bioethics for the Center for Bioethics. Dr. Brunnquell was honored with the 2012 APA Ethics Educator Award.

Bonnie Carlson-Green, PhD, LP, received her clinical child psychology degree from Georgia State University in 1993 where she specialized in developmental neuropsychology. She completed an internship in child clinical/pediatric psychology at the Children’s Memorial Medical Center in Chicago and went on to a two-year fellowship in neuropsychology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She remained at the University of Minnesota as a staff pediatric neuropsychologist until joining Children’s of Minnesota in 1996. Dr. Carlson-Green’s primary interests are in the areas of childhood cancer (assessment and intervention with neurocognitive and late effects, and parent and teacher training and advocacy), neurodevelopmental disorders, and evaluation of neuropsychologic outcomes in children with genetic and medical disorders. Dr. Carlson-Green was recently completed a study evaluating computer-based training to improve working memory functioning in childhood brain tumor survivors.

Julie Erickson, PhD, LP, received her degree in clinical psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1999. She completed the doctoral clinical internship at The Children’s Hospital, Boston. Subsequently, Dr. Erickson completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the division of pediatrics and adolescent health at the University of Minnesota focusing on family therapy, inpatient consultation-liaison, and eating disorders. She has been with Children’s since 2002, specializing in adolescent mental health services. She currently provides outpatient individual and family therapy and medical clinic consultation in Adolescent Health.

Sarah Jerstad, PhD, LP, earned her degree in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2004, followed by a doctoral clinical internship at the Denver Health Medical Center in Denver specializing in child and adolescent mental health and medical psychology. Following internship, Dr. Jerstad completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota in the division of pediatrics and adolescent health focusing on the treatment of eating disorders, as well as advocacy and leadership in adolescent health. She has been with Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota since September 2006 with a focus on outpatient therapy children and adolescents, and also works with medical inpatients Dr. Jerstad spent over 5 years working with patients and families from hematology/oncology, and now works with high-risk diabetes patients to help with coping and management of their illness. She is also the clinical site leader for St. Paul Psychological Services. Dr. Jerstad enjoys supervising psychology interns in the APA accredited internship program. She has also been involved with medical education, teaching seminars to medical students and presenting grand rounds at Children’s and in the community. Her lecture topics include psychological aspects of chronic illness as well as adolescent issues, including eating disorders, romantic relationships, brain development, and depression.

Sherrie Kamm, PhD, LP, received her degree in clinical psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1999. She completed her doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Children’s of Minnesota, where she gained specialized training in pediatric psychology. Her primary responsibilities include liaison to the oncology team, general inpatient consultation-liaison, and outpatient therapy. Dr. Kamm's clinical interests include coping with chronic illness and prolonged hospitalization, bereavement, and anxiety.

Kent M. Kodalen, PhD, earned his PhD from the University of Victoria (British Columbia), in Clinical Psychology (with an emphasis in Neuropsychology). Internship was completed in 2009 through the accredited Missouri Health Sciences Psychology Consortium in Columbia, MO, with training in pediatric/adult Neuropsychology, rehabilitation, and inpatient psychiatry. In 2010, Dr. Kodalen received additional doctoral training in the assessment and treatment of schizophrenia through the University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship on the Minneapolis campus of Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and joined the faculty in 2012. Primary responsibilities include general outpatient mental health assessment and therapy. Dr. Kodalen’s clinical interests are in the areas of mindfulness-based, empirically validated treatments for children and adolescents, adolescent identity formation, families’ adjustment to chronic mental health conditions, and parent skills training.

Jonathan Miller, PhD, LP, ABPP, earned his PhD in clinical psychology from Washington University, with specialty training in neuropsychology. Subsequently, Dr. Miller completed his doctoral internship at the University of Florida Health Science Center in the department of clinical and health psychology. Furthermore, Dr. Miller participated in an APA-approved post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Rusk Rehablitation Hospital at the University of Missouri Health Sciences Center with additional training in rehabilitation. He has been on the faculty at Children’s of Minnesota since September 1997. He is board certified in clinical neuropsychology. Dr. Miller's interests are the assessment and remediation of children with acquired neurological dysfunction (e.g., prematurity, brain injury, late effects of cancer treatments, strokes, etc.) as well as neurodevelopmentally-based disorders (e.g., learning disabilities, autism, mental retardation, etc.).

Donna Miliotis, PhD, LP, received her clinical child psychology degree through a joint program in child development and clinical psychology at the University of Minnesota in 1996. She completed an internship and fellowship at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, providing outpatient therapy and assessment for children and adults and inpatient therapy for children hospitalized with severe burns. Dr. Miliotis joined the St. Paul staff in 1997, and particularly enjoys working with adolescents. In addition to providing outpatient therapy and assessment services, Dr. Miliotis is a consulting psychologist with the HIV team of the Infectious Disease department.

Paula Pitterle, PhD, LP, received her degree in clinical psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2001. She completed her doctoral internship at the University of Minnesota, in pediatric and clinical psychology, and a predoctoral fellowship at Fraser Child and Family Services where she jointly developed and co-directed a preschool day treatment group. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at The Minneapolis campus of Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and joined the staff in 2005. Her primary responsibilities include outpatient therapy and assessment for preschool children through adolescence. Dr. Pitterle's clinical interests include childhood trauma, abuse and neglect, and early childhood emotional and behavioral difficulties, as well as early childhood development and the impact of parent-child interaction and attachment.

Julie Robinson, PhD, LP, earned her degree in counseling psychology from the University of Iowa in 1993, followed by a doctoral clinical internship at the University of Florida Medical Center in Gainesville specializing in neuropsychology and medical psychology. Subsequently, Dr. Robinson completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota in pediatric neuropsychology. She has been with Children’s of Minnesota since March 1996 and with interests in a combination of pediatric neuropsychology (specializing in therapeutic assessment), outpatient therapy (particularly with adolescents), and consultation liaison with medical psychology patients and their families.

Cynthia Koehler Troy, PhD, LP, received her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1988. She completed the doctoral internship at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Hennepin County Medical Center. Dr. Koehler Troy has been on the staff at Children’s of Minnesota since 1990. She has extensive experience working with patients with chronic and acute illnesses, including ten years as the psychologist on the Hematology-Oncology team. She is interested in helping families during times of loss. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, and young adults with a wide variety of emotional and behavioral difficulties.

Michael Troy, PhD, LP, Medical Director of Behavioral Health Services (Psychology, Psychiatry, Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, and the Center for the Treatment of Eating Disorders). He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1988. He completed internship and fellowship at Hennepin County Medical Center and has been on staff at Children’s Hospital of Minnesota since 1988. His clinical and academic interests include diagnostic classification issues in developmental psychopathology, models of therapeutic assessment, and teaching child clinical psychology as part of hospital and community medical education programs. Dr. Troy is also co-author of the textbook, ‘Disorders of Childhood: Development and Psychopathology,” now in its second edition.

Jason L. Walker, PhD, LP, earned his doctorate in clinical psychology program from the University of Georgia in 1989. Prior to moving to Minnesota, Dr. Walker worked for a year in the attention deficit disorder program with Dr. Bill Pelham at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Walker subsequently worked for 12 years at Pilot City Mental Health Center in Minneapolis doing outpatient assessment and treatment with children and adolescents. Dr. Walker joined Children’s of Minnesota in March of 2002, where he continues to provide outpatient assessment and treatment. His primary clinical interests include individual, family, and group therapy for boys with attention deficit and disruptive behavior disorders.

Karen Wills, PhD, LP, ABPP, completed her PhD in clinical and developmental psychology at the University of Iowa in 1983, followed by an internship and post-doctoral training in pediatric consultation/liaison and neuropsychology at The Children's Hospital, Boston (1983-1985). She is board-certified in clinical neuropsychology, and specializes in evaluation and treatment planning for children with neurodevelopmental or acquired brain dysfunction. Before joining the faculty at Children’s of Minnesota in 2001, Dr. Wills worked as a pediatric neuropsychologist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota (1998-2001) and at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago (1985-1991); and as assistant professor in the clinical and developmental psychology PhD programs at Loyola University Chicago (1991-1998).

Kathleen Hoogerhyde, PhD, LP, received her degree in child psychology in 2006 through a joint program between the Institute of Child Development and the Clinical Psychology department at the University of Minnesota. She completed her doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, where she joined the professional staff in 2008. In addition to conducting outpatient assessments and therapy with a wide age range of children and adolescents, Dr. Hoogerghyde also consults with the Feeding Clinic and provides inpatient consultation-liaison services in the hospital.

Mary Zielinski, PhD, LP, earned her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of North Dakota in 1993, following a doctoral internship at the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining Children’s, she worked as a licensed psychologist in North Dakota. She has been a staff psychologist at Children’s of Minnesota since 1995 and has worked in the child development, Down Syndrome, learning and behavior, and craniofacial clinics. She currently specializes in diagnostic assessment and treatment of early childhood disorders, including autism spectrum disorders. Her primary interests are in the areas of early childhood development and emotional and behavioral difficulties in the toddler, preschool, and elementary school aged populations.