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Rotation Supervisors and Training Director Biographies - Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Training

University of Florida
Licensed Psychologist - Florida
Clinical Psychologist, Substance Abuse Treatment Program
Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Director

Dr. Philip joined the Substance Abuse Treatment Program (SATP) at the Bay Pines VAMC in March 2012, after spending nearly 2 years as a Psychologist in Primary Care Behavioral Health at the VA Outpatient Clinic in Jacksonville, FL.  Prior to joining the VA, Dr. Philip worked in two counseling centers (where he held appointments as Assistant Director and Director of Training), taught undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students at three different universities, and had a small private practice. During his predoctoral internship, he participated in a year-long specialization in substance abuse counseling, and continued this focus upon graduating. Dr. Philip’s takes an integrated approach to therapy, balancing evidence-based therapies with individual client needs. He believes strongly in the importance of the therapeutic alliance for effective counseling, and uses a wide range of interventions to help clients with their use and abuse of substances as well as overall mental health issues.

Columbia University
Licensed Psychologist - New York
Clinical Psychologist, Center for Sexual Trauma Service Program

Dr. Keith is a staff psychologist in the Center for Sexual Treatment Services. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University in 2009 and the completed a postdoctoral fellowship focusing on working with female veterans with trauma histories at Bay Pines VAHCS. She has expertise in working with survivors of childhood and adult sexual trauma using multiple approaches including cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, and relational psychodynamic. She is particularly interested in transference and countertransference issues, including vicarious traumatization, in working with survivors of trauma. Dr. Keith's primary responsibilities at Bay Pines include individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, and psychological assessment for veterans with PTSD secondary to sexual trauma. She has an active program of research on this topic, is the principal investigator for two ongoing research studies within the PTSD program, and is an author of several peer-reviewed publications.

Florida Institute of Technology, 1987
Licensed Psychologist - New York State
Clinical Psychologist, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Unit
Training Director Psychology Practica Program

Dr. McDermott is a Staff Psychologist in the Stress Treatment Program and the Training Director for the Psychology Practicum Training Program. She received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology and completed her internship at the Black Hills Psychology Internship Consortium in Sturgis, SD.  Following her graduate training she worked for the Readjustment Counseling Service (Vet Center) in Rapid City, SD for several years before joining the Post traumatic Clinical Team (PCT) at the Canandaigua VA Healthcare.   She transferred to Bay Pines VA Healthcare System in 1997 where she continues to work with war related PTSD in both the outpatient clinic as well as with the residential program.  She is trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, and Seeking Safety.  She coordinates trainee Clinical Supervision Training activities.

Wright State University School of Professional Psychology, 2002
Licensed Psychologist  Illinois
Clinical Psychologist, Primary Care-Behavioral Health/Polytrauma

Dr. White received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology in 2002, and completed a predoctoral internship with the United States Navy at Naval Medical Center - San Diego. As a commissioned naval officer, Dr. White worked as a military staff psychologist providing treatment to active duty personnel, military family members and retirees. In 2005, Dr. White deployed to Iraq, where she provided psychological and combat stress treatment to active duty military personnel, before leaving the Navy in late 2005. Dr. White joined Bay Pines in 2007 where she was a staff member in the Stress Treatment Program, specializing in the treatment of Iraq/Afghanistan veterans with PTSD.

Dr. White left Bay Pines in 2008, after accepting an administrative position with the Readjustment Counseling Service (Vet Center programs) as the Associate Regional Manager/Counseling, Southeast Region. She returned to Bay Pines in late 2009 and she currently works as a staff psychologist with dual responsibilities in the Primary Care-Behavioral Health & Polytrauma Clinics. In this capacity, Dr. White provides short-term individual and group treatment to veterans with a wide range of medical and mental health conditions within a primary care setting, in addition to being a member of an interdisciplinary team which provides treatment to veterans with mild to moderate TBI (traumatic brain injury). Dr. White's clinical and research interests include primary care-mental health integration, cross cultural issues in treatment, posttraumatic stress disorder/combat stress, and the teaching and supervision of multicultural competence.

University of Florida, 2007
Licensed Psychologist – Florida
Clinical Psychologist, Mental Health Clinic

Dr. Aldea is a staff psychologist in the Mental Health Clinic. Dr. Aldea specializes in the treatment of mild and severe obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders and anxiety disorders using various cognitive-behavioral therapy strategies (e.g., exposure and response prevention, habit reversal training). She also has considerable experience as a generalist providing evidence-based treatments for other disorders and concerns. Dr. Aldea earned her doctoral degree from the University of Florida. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Florida focusing on the treatment and clinical research of obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders (e.g., OCD, body dysmorphic disorder, hypochondriasis, trichotillomania, skin picking, tics,) and anxiety disorders (e.g., phobias, panic disorder, social anxiety). She then joined the Faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of South Florida where she centered on the clinical treatment and research on obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders and on providing supervision to doctoral students and psychiatry residents and fellows. Prior to joining the Mental Health Clinic at Bay Pines, Dr. Aldea had been in private practice and also worked as a consultant psychologist with the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, providing evaluations and treatment for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder in the Stress Treatment Program and psychological evaluations for patients who were candidates for organ transplant.

Florida Institute of Technology, 2009
Licensed Psychologist – Hawaii
Clinical Psychologist, Substance Abuse Treatment Program

Dr. Daugherty joined the Substance Abuse Treatment program (SATP) in 2009 after completing his doctoral internship at the Bay Pines VAHCS. Specifically, Dr. Daugherty was instrumental in developing the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) within SATP. The IOP is a 90 day program that utilizes psychoeducational classes on Early Recovery Skills, Relapse Prevention, and Anger Management. This program was developed using the Matrix model of substance abuse treatment. He also conducts groups designed to enhance motivation and groups designed to support the veterans during aftercare. In addition, Dr. Daugherty provides empirically based treatments for veterans with dual diagnosis. During his internship training, he completed rotations on the treatment of sexual trauma, combat trauma, geropsychology/neuropsychology assessment, and substance addictions. Prior to entering the field of psychology, Dr. Daugherty served in the United States Air Force and considers his previous military experiences as an asset in building therapeutic alliances with veterans.

Florida Institute of Technology, 1999
Licensed Psychologist - North Carolina and Florida
Clinical Psychologist, Substance Abuse Treatment Program

Dr. Harris joined the Bay Pines VHA in August, 2008. His primary assignment is within the Substance Abuse Treatment Program (SATP), outpatient services. Previous to his present appointment, Dr. Harris had worked at three different university counseling centers, one each in Ohio, North Carolina, and Florida. Dr. Harris' approach to therapy is characterized by an egalitarian perspective that aims for veterans to consider whether their relationship with substances is consistent or inconsistent with their personal goals, emphasizing personal choice. He enjoys the professional struggle between the quest for evidence-based therapies versus the idiographic nature of each individual. He tends to conceptualize mental health consumers from an existential/humanistic framework, while attending to the consumer’s theory of change. Dr. Harris is wary of the medicalization of psychology. He is originally from Venezuela, South America.