PHS welcomes the newest additions to our team: Lauren Fogel, PsyD, Jo Gulstad, PsyD, Saera Cook, and Anne Person.
Lauren Fogel, PsyD, has joined PHS as a postdoctoral fellow. She received her MA and PsyD in clinical psychology at the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Phoenix, AZ. Her clinical training has included experience in private practice, community mental health, and inpatient settings. Fogel's doctoral research examined the literature on compulsive sexual behavior. Her clinical interests include compulsive sexual behavior, assessment and treatment of sexual offenders, sexual health, and gender and sexual identity development.
Jo Gulstad, PsyD, has joined PHS as a postdoctoral fellow. Gulstad received her BA in clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota, and her PsyD from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She has a broad interest in the area of human sexuality, with experience in its clinical, forensic, and research arenas. Her honors thesis was a unique study that examined sexual psycho-physiological responses of lesbian women in relation to their subjective ratings of sexual arousal. Her doctoral dissertation examined construct validity of the MMPI-2 Restructured Clinical Scales. She has conducted psychological evaluations to address disability, competency, and vocational placement. Gulstad coordinated mental health services for a California juvenile correctional facility, and conducted research, program evaluation, and program development for Minnesota Department of Corrections Behavioral Health. She volunteers at a local community mental health "drop-in" clinic serving a range of clients with varying ethnic, socio-economic, gender, and sexual orientations. Gulstad's clinical interests include: gender identity exploration and development; sexual orientation exploration and development; difficulties of sexual arousal or sexual functioning; recognition and treatment of compulsive sexual behaviors and relationship concerns; and assessment and treatment of sexual offending patterns. She employs cognitive-behavioral and systemic therapy approaches to help clients recognize distorted beliefs about themselves and self-defeating patterns, and engages their strengths in developing more functional approaches to their self-image and how they interact with others.
Saera Cook is the new Patient Representative at the Center for Sexual Health. She joined the PHS team on October 8, 2012. She has spent the last ten years dedicated her education and to homeschooling her 4 children. She is currently working on a degree in Nursing and would like to one day become a Certified Nurse Midwife. Cook believes in what the Center for Sexual Health stands for and is very proud to have been offered the position. She hopes to grow personally and professionally with the faculty of PHS.
Ann Person is a research assistant on Michael Miner's grant Sexual Compulsivity and HIV Risk. She is a master's student in the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota. She is currently working towards dual license in addiction counseling and clinical social work. Ann completed her undergraduate degree in Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota and also holds an associate of applied science in Culinary Arts. Ann worked as a pastry chef for the D'Amico company in Minneapolis for several years before making the decision to return to school. After college, Ann worked for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota as a research coordinator for a P20 Center Grant in the Laboratory for Neuropsychiatric Imaging. Ann has also worked as an independent living skills provider, offering supportive services in the community to individuals with SPMI and physical disabilities. Ann is glad to be back working in research and currently serves as a Graduate Research Assistant for both PHS and the Department of Psychiatry. Outside of school and research, Ann is an avid Argentine tango dancer and a novice teacher of this complex dance form. She also serves on the board of Eat for Equity, a non-profit that raises money and awareness for causes that address inequities in health, environment, education and opportunity, and relief and development.
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