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Rotation Supervisors and Training Director Biographies - Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Training

Texas Tech University, 2000
Licensed Psychologist in Florida
Clinical Psychologist, Center for Sexual Trauma Services

Dr. Garrison graduated from Texas Tech University and completed her clinical Internship at Bay Pines. She became a staff psychologist with the Center for Sexual Trauma Services, and eventually assumed the position of program director. She relocated to Pensacola, Florida in 2003 and began working at the Gulf Coast VA Health Care System as the PTSD Coordinator. In that capacity, she provided individual and group therapy for combat-related PTSD as well as military sexual trauma services. She also completed a Master's of Science degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of West Florida. She returned to the Center for Sexual Trauma Services as a treatment team member in January 2009 and became Program Manager June 2009. She currently provides individual and group services to outpatients and residential patients. She is trained in and provides supervision on Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy.

University of Denver
Licensed Psychologist in Florida and New York
Clinical Psychologist, Center for Sexual Trauma Services

Dr. Hickling is a staff psychologist at the PTSD Programs, Center for Sexual Trauma Services (CSTS). He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Denver, and completed his internship at the Albany Psychology Internship consortium. He worked for five years at the Samuel Stratton VAMC in Albany NY where he was the Director of Training and a consultation liaison psychologist, until leaving to establish a fulltime private practice in psychology. Most of his career has been spent in Albany NY where, in addition to his clinical practice, he served as Co-Principal investigator on a number of NIH funded grants investigating the assessment and treatment of PTSD at the Center for Stress and Anxiety Disorders. He left NY in 2009 to assume a position at the Tampa VA Center for Excellence in Research until coming to Bay Pines in 2012 for his current position in the CSTS. He holds strong and ongoing interests in clinical research, treatments for PTSD and training. Dr. Hickling continues to have faculty positions at the University at Albany, State University of NY and the University of South Florida, where he is the Co-PI on a number of ongoing funded studies.

Wayne State University, 1997
Licensed Psychologist in Florida
Clinical Psychologist, Stress Treatment Program

Dr. Houtler is a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team for both the PTSD outpatient clinic (PCT) and the residential program. Dr, Houtler received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Wayne State University with a specialization in neuropsychology. Following his graduate training, he worked as forensic psychologist for five years, specializing in sex offender assessment and treatment. He then worked as a Senior Psychologist at the Northeast Florida State Hospital, where he developed a modified Dialectical Behavior Therapy program for individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Dr. Houtler has been with the VHA for the past two and a half years, initially working at the Jacksonville, FL VA Outpatient Clinic with individuals diagnosed with PTSD. In his current position, Dr. Houtler focuses primarily on the assessment and treatment of combat-related PTSD.

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.