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PHS welcomes the newest additions to our team: Elaine Batcher, Robyn Erhart, Margaret Flaget-Greener, PsyD Bradley Goodell, PsyD, Rebecca Hall, Katie Hecksel, MD, Stephanie Hengst, Chris Hoefer, Shanda Hunt, Krista Nabar, PsyD, Bradley Nederostek, PsyD, Melinda Marsolek, and Matthew Sanocki
Elaine Batcher has joined the Program in Human Sexuality as the clinic manager of the Center for Sexual Health. She joins the PHS team from Healtheast Clinics Macalester. Batcher has a background in nursing and an interest in sexual health and GLBT issues.
Welcome back Preston Blaine. Blaine is returning to the PHS clinic, the Center for Sexual Health, after a semester of study in Vienna, Austria. He is a student assistant in the clinic's front office. Preston is a student at the University of Minnesota, and he is majoring in finance and minoring in monetary economics and financial accounting.
Robyn Erhart is a patient representative at PHS's clinic the Center for Sexual Health. She I got her BA in Sociology from St. Cloud State University with a minor in Human Relations. After college Erhart gave a year of service in AmeriCorps at Project for Pride in Living.
Margaret Flaget-Greener, PsyD, received her MA and PsyD in clinical psychology from Widener University in Chester, PA. In addition to her clinical degrees, she also received a Master of Education in Human Sexuality from Widener University. Her clinical training comprises inpatient psychiatric care, child and adolescent victims of sexual abuse, college counseling, and outpatient community mental health. Her doctoral research examined clinical psychologists' attitudes and biases towards older clients' sexuality. Her clinical interests include older adults' sexuality and sexual health, gender identity development, women's issues, and relationship therapy.
Bradley Goodell, PsyD, is a postdoctoral fellow at PHS. He received his MA and PsyD in clinical psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University Twin Cities. His training has included work at the Argosy University Student Counseling Service/Twin Cities; Associated Clinical Services in Herndon, VA; Yount, LLC in Washington, DC; and the Guadalupe Alternative Programs in St. Paul, MN. His doctoral research examined the subjective experience of transgender individuals while receiving mental health services. His master's thesis explored the psychological impact of abortion on women. His clinical and research interests include gender identity and sexual orientation development, adolescent mental health, issues affecting the LGBT community, and sexuality and sexual health.
Rebecca Hall is a patient representative at PHS's clinic the Center for Sexual Health. She is working on a degree in psychology at the University of Minnesota.
Katie Hecksel, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatry fellow at the University of Minnesota., and she spends one day a week at PHS. She received her medical degree from the Mayo Clinic and attended the University of Michigan for adult psychiatry residency training. Clinical interests include women's mental health, integrated holistic health, gender and sexuality, LGBT youth, eating disorders and sports psychiatry. She currently has a Center for Neurobehavioral Development research grant to study the effect of marijuana on adolescent brain development. Previously she served as the American Medical Student Association National Women in Medicine chair and Michigan Psychiatric Society resident representative and currently is co-chief of the University of Minnesota Child Psychiatry Fellowship program.
Stephanie Hengst is the qualitative data analyst community program specialist on the All Gender Health project. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Purdue University and Master's Degree in Public Health from the University of Minnesota. As a long-time advocate for reproductive and sexual health rights, Hengst has worked at the local, national, and international levels to advance programs and policies that support those issues. Before joining the PHS team she worked in Arusha, Tanzania, and Lusaka, Zambia, on prevention of mother-to-child-transmission of HIV public health projects.
Chris Hoefer is the project coordinator for All Gender Health Online. He received a bachelor's degree in Family Social Sciences with an Emphasis on Queer theory and a double major in Finance from the Uof M. Most of his earlier work was with at-risk youth at agencies such as The Youth and AIDS Projects, Minnesota AIDS Project and Streetworks. Chris also spent a stint as the project coordinator for the early Man to Man seminars at PHS. After becoming a registered representative for the Securities and Exchange Commission, Hoefer worked as a securities trader for a number of years before decision to study architecture led him to a career in design. In a career trajectory that may seem unique to some, Hoefer's eventual return to academia and sexual health is fueled by a desire to rejoin the ranks of those working to improve the lives of queer youth.
Shanda Hunt is a research assistant on Dr. Bean Robinson's research team for the Somali Women's Initiative for Sexual Health (SWISH) project. She completed her BA at the University of Minnesota, and returned for her graduate degree in Public Health. With her coursework complete, she sought out Dr. Robinson for a master's project and has been working with her since December. Hunt's master's thesis is based on a scale used during interviews that the team is conducting with Somali women. This scale looks at perceived relationship control, and Hunt will be doing a quantitative analysis of the women's responses. Lack of control in intimate relationships is a risk factor for women in contracting HIV, and the SWISH team hopes to develop a deeper understanding of this power dynamic in the lives of Somali women.
Krista Nabar, PsyD, is a postdoctoral fellow. She received her MA and PsyD from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL. With social justice issues and equality as a primary interest for her, she received clinical training at a state-funded psychiatric hospital, a culturally-diverse family counseling center, a private practice serving primarily individuals with HIV/AIDS and the LGBTQ communities, and a community mental health center in Portsmouth, NH. Her doctoral research examined the individualistic and Western ideological underpinnings of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, and the ways in which it negatively impacts women, racial/ethnically diverse populations, and sexual/gender minorities. Her clinical interests include sexual health and wellness, sexual and gender identity development, sexual abuse and trauma, relationship therapy, and feminist approaches to therapy.
Bradley Nederostek, PsyD, is a postdoctoral fellow. He received his BA in psychology from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, his MA in clinical psychology from Towson University in Towson, MD, and his PsyD in clinical psychology from La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA, in 2010. He received clinical training in a small community mental health clinic, a large marital and family mental health clinic, and a small private practice specializing in pain disorders. In July 2010, he completed an APA-accredited internship in clinical psychology at the VA North Texas Health Care System in Dallas, TX, with a specialization in the health psychology track. Nederostek joined PHS in September 2010 to further his primary clinical interests in male and female sexual dysfunction, compulsive sexual behavior, and relationship therapy. His doctoral research furthered his primary clinical interests through focusing on the manifestations of anxiety-related processes in heterosexual males with erectile dysfunction. Nederostek employs the use of both mindfulness-based experiential therapeutic modalities and cognitive-behavioral treatment approaches in his clinical work. He is an active member in the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. He is passionate about helping others to examine and grow their knowledge of healthy sexuality and intimacy.
Melinda Marsolek is a quantitative data analyst on the project All Gender Health Online. She received her Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in epidemiology from The George Washington University.
Matthew Sanocki works in accounting at PHS's clinic the Center for Sexual Health. Sanocki is studying pre-pharmacy at the University of Minnesota. He will be a junior this year.
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