Internship Training Faculty and Supervisors

Faculty in the child psychology internship program are:

Sharon Berry, PhD, LP, ABPP Director of Training and 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 specialized 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, is President of the Society of Pediatric Psychology (Division 54), and is Past-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). She serves on several other education and training boards including the Council of Clinical Health Psychology Training Programs (CCHPTP), Division 12 (Clinical), and the Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers (APAHC). Dr. Berry represents Division 54 on the American Academy of Pediatrics AAP Subcommittee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health. She was the recipient of the Division 54 Mentoring Award and the Wright Ross Salk Award for Distinguished Service, APA Education Advocacy Distinguished Service Award, Outstanding Service Award from the MN Association for Children’s Mental Health, Outstanding Graduate Faculty in Psychology Award from the MN Psychological Association, APA-PO Political Advocacy Champion Award, and APAGS Award for “tireless advocacy for high quality internship training.”

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.

Therese Amble, PsyD, LP earned a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology in 2013. She completed her doctoral clinical internship at Tulane University School of Medicine, where she received specialized training in pediatric psychology. Dr. Amble completed a pediatric psychology postdoctoral fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital focusing on assessment, treatment and consultation services with medical populations with specialized training in pain and medical trauma. Dr. Amble joined the professional staff at Children’s Minnesota in 2014. In addition to working with children and adolescents with a wide range of emotional and behavioral difficulties, Dr. Amble provides treatment and consultation services in the Sleep Clinic and Feeding Clinic and inpatient consultation-liaison services in the hospital. She also enjoys supervising psychology interns in the APA accredited internship program.

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  at the Children’s Memorial Medical Center in Chicago (now Lurie Children’s), followed by a two-year fellowship in neuropsychology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and then a position 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 late effects, parent and teacher training and advocacy, and young adult transition issues), neurodevelopmental disorders, and evaluation of neuropsychological outcomes in children with genetic and medical disorders. Dr. Carlson-Green recently completed a study evaluating computer-based training (COGMED) to improve working memory functioning in childhood brain tumor survivors.

Kevin Coleman, PsyD, LP earned his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College in 2013. He completed the doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center in New Haven, CT where he received specialized training in pediatric psychology. Dr. Coleman’s interests include pediatric concussion, management of chronic pain, and coping with chronic illness, as well as helping children and families with a wide range of social and emotional challenges. Dr. Coleman joined the faculty at Children’s-St. Paul in 2014.

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. 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 as well as postdoctoral fellows. She co-leads the inpatient C-L service in St Paul and is certified as a PCIT therapist and Level 1 trainer,  providing PCIT training as part of the postdoctoral fellowship. 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.

Denise A. Marvinney, PhD, LP earned her degree in developmental (child) psychology through the University of Minnesota in 1989.  She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in clinical psychology at Indiana University where she also obtained a certificate in school psychology.  Dr. Marvinney then completed a clinical internship and fellowship at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, where she provided outpatient therapy and assessment for children and adults.  She worked as a school psychologist in the Bloomington School District before joining the professional staff of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota in 1997. In addition to conducting outpatient assessments and psychotherapy with children and adolescents, Dr. Marvinney also participates on the NICU follow-up team, conducting assessments of preschool children.

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, intellectual disabilities, 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. She has had training in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Trauma Focused CBT. Her current interests include working with children and adolescents exposed to trauma, and she serves as a consultant to the HIV team of the Infections 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.

Heather Sesma, PhD, LP completed her doctoral degree in developmental psychopathology and clinical science at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She completed her doctoral internship in neuropsychology and pediatric psychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and remained there for a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology. She was an assistant professor in the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Pediatrics from 2007 to 2013, where she was active in training psychology graduate students, interns, and postdoctoral fellows. She joined Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota in 2013, where she is a neuropsychologist for the Neuroscience Program. She evaluates children with a wide range of neurological conditions and neurodevelopmental disorders. Her research interests focus on how neurological conditions impact the development of behavioral skills such as attention, working memory, mental flexibility, and inhibitory control.

Vang Xiong Skibbie, PsyD, LP earned a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University-Twin Cities. She completed an APA-accredited doctoral internship at Alaska Family Medicine Residency at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska, where she provided integrated behavioral health and mental health services to primary care patients. Dr. Xiong Skibbie completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical child and adolescent psychology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Department of Psychiatry where she was the lead facilitator for an intensive after-school outpatient program for children, adolescents, and their families. Dr. Xiong Skibbie joined the faculty at Children’s-Minneapolis in 2015.

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 Associate Medical Director of Children’s Neuroscience Program. 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).

Mary Zielinski, PhD, LP earned a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of North Dakota in 1993, following a doctoral internship at the University of Minnesota in the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Health Psychology programs. 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, behavior regulation difficulties, anxiety, attachment issues, and adjustment difficulties. 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. She also enjoys supervising psychology interns in the APA accredited internship program.

(Last revised 05-16)

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