Laura Fuller, PhD, ABPP

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Clinical Associate Professor of Urology
Director, Division of Psychology 
Trudy and Lester Reed Endowed Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Fuller provides psychological assessment for a number of referral questions including ADHD, anxiety, depression, learning, and intellectual disability. She sees children and adolescents for therapy, including cognitive/behavioral therapy for a variety of issues. She specializes in Collaborative and Proactive Solutions, which is an individualized, skill-building intervention for children with concerning behaviors. Since 2020, Dr. Fuller has been part of a group of therapy providers offering Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) groups for the parents of very anxious children. Dr. Fuller also sees children with voiding dysfunction through the Voiding Improvement Partnership Clinic, together with medical providers from Pediatric Urology, and is a core member of the team treating individuals with Differences of Sexual Development (DSD). She works more in-depth with some children and families with psycho-urologic issues. Her work with Pediatric Urology includes research on DSD treatment and psychological characteristics of children with voiding dysfunction and effective treatment options. Dr. Fuller’s services activities include the Iowa Psychological Association, the Iowa Board of Psychology (the licensing board), the credentialing committee for psychologists and other professionals in the hospital, and the international nonprofit organization, Lives in the Balance.


Kaley Boress, PhD, ABPP-CN

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Boress is a lifespan neuropsychologist who works primarily with adolescent, adults, and older adult populations. Her clinical areas of interest include attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, traumatic brain injury, dementia, Huntington’s disease, and epilepsy, and complex medical conditions/comorbid psychiatric disorders. She is also involved in a multidisciplinary neurocritical care clinic where she completes neuropsychological assessment with children and adolescents who have sustained acute neurological injury (e.g., stoke, TBI etc.). Her areas of research include psychometrics, symptom and performance validity, and juvenile Huntington’s disease. Dr. Boress also enjoys teaching and supervising trainees.

Kristen Caraher, PsyD, ABPP-CN

Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Caraher provides neuropsychological assessments for adults from diverse backgrounds  with various neurological, complex medical, and psychiatric conditions. She also enjoys teaching and supervising students and residents. Dr. Caraher's clinical and research interests involve obesity, bariatric surgery + cognitive/emotional outcomes, cognitive decline and the aging population, and other neurological conditions. 

Laura Garvin, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry 

Dr. Garvin is a clinical psychologist who completed specialized training, education, and clinical fellowship in clinical health psychology. She provides assessments and interventions for adults. Dr. Garvin's clinical and research interests include adjustment to and living with chronic health conditions, cystic fibrosis, adherence, and end of life concerns, among others. A primary research area of interest for her is collaboratively developing and delivering interventions remotely (via telemedicine) for people living with chronic health conditions, including chronic pain. She is also actively engaged in teaching and enthusiastic about fostering opportunities for supportive environments in which colleagues (interprofessional and intraprofessional) can connect. 

Carissa Gehl, PhD, ABPP-CN

Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Gehl is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist who works with adults. She conducts neuropsychological evaluations to assist in the diagnosis of a variety conditions. She has particular interest in working with adults with ADHD co-founding the Adult ADHD clinic with Dr. Boress. She facilitates an Adult ADHD psychotherapy group aimed at assisting adults manage the symptoms of ADHD with a particular focus on executive dysfunction. She also works individually in psychotherapy with adults with ADHD or other neurocognitive diagnoses. Additional clinical interests include dispositional and medical decision making, dementia, and traumatic brain injury. Dr. Gehl enjoys teaching and clinical supervision for individuals across disciplines and experience levels.

Patricia Espe-Pfeifer, PhD

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Sport Psychology & Student-Athlete Mental Health Services for UI Athletics

Dr. Espe-Pfeifer developed and directs the Pediatric Neuropsychology Service within the Child Psychiatry Clinic and also serves as Director of Sport Psychology and Student-Athlete Mental Health Services for UI Athletics. Her areas of clinical interest include sports-related concussions, traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, stroke, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Juvenile Huntington’s Disease, ADHD and Tourette’s Disorder. In addition, she specializes in neuropsychological assessment of patients with complex medical histories, including brain injuries as a result of an accident, a stroke, or an infection of the brain, and comorbid psychiatric disorders. Dr. Espe-Pfeifer also provides therapy interventions through the Outpatient Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Program. Her areas of research interest include epilepsy, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and Juvenile Huntington’s Disease. Her work in UI Athletes includes program development and providing counseling and sport psychology services to promote mental health and well-being of our student athletes. Dr. Espe-Pfeifer is active in several national and international professional organizations, including co-chair of the Policy and Planning Committee for the National Academy of Neuropsychology, member of the Big Ten Mental Health and Wellness Advisory Group, and member of the Sports Neuropsychology Society and Pediatric Epilepsy Research Consortium.

Kim Hart, PhD

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Hart is a licensed psychologist who provides adult psychotherapy services in the Women’s Wellness & Counseling Service. Her clinical and research interests include delivery of evidence-based psychotherapy for patients with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and as well as women’s mental health more generally. She has a special interest in mental health concerns during high-risk pregnancy, and created an inpatient service providing brief behavioral health services for pregnant patients who experience prolonged antepartum hospitalization. Dr. Hart is actively engaged in resident teaching and serves as course Co-Director for the resident psychotherapy didactic series. In addition to membership in national professional organizations, including Postpartum Support International and the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science, she serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the journal Family Process.

Karin Hoth, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Hoth is an adult clinical neuropsychologist who is a clinician and researcher. Her research focuses on understanding factors that contribute to cognitive difficulties, depression, and anxiety in people with chronic medical conditions, particularly cardiopulmonary conditions (e.g., COPD, obstructive sleep apnea, sarcoidosis, post-COVID). Other areas of collaborative research that she is involved in include: Studies to understand the impact of dietary interventions on quality of life and cognition and real-world outcomes among cochlear implant users. Click here to learn more about her research.  

Jamie Kremsreiter Elizalde, PhD, NCSP

Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Elizalde is a child and adolescent psychologist with a specialization in school psychology. She provides evaluations and outpatient therapy for children and adolescents. Her specialty areas include anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and Tourette Syndrome. Dr. Elizalde also facilitates Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills groups for adolescents. Dr. Elizalde is certified through the Tourette Association of America and has completed advanced training for treatment of OCD through the International OCD Foundation. 

Jennifer Kuhle, PhD, BCBA-D

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Kuhle is a clinical psychologist and a member of the Intellectual Disability Mental Illness (IDMI) team. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. Clinical interests include development of behavior plans, Parent Management Training (PMT), anxiety, ADHD, and effective strategies for toileting. Dr. Kuhle has previous experience as a school psychologist and engages in home-school-clinic collaboration to support the behavioral needs of K-12 students.

Joy Moel, PhD, PMH-C

Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Moel is a licensed psychologist who provides psychotherapy services in the Women's Wellness & Counseling Service. She has worked in the area of women's mental health and reproductive mood and anxiety disorders for over 15 years and is a certified Perinatal Mental Health (PMH-C) provider by Postpartum Support International. She is also certified as a therapist, supervisor, and trainer by the International Society of Interpersonal Psychotherapy, an evidenced-based treatment for perinatal mood disorders which focuses on role transitions, grief and loss, relationship and attachment concerns. Dr. Moel also utilizes Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and has experience working with birthing persons experiencing work-life conflict, perinatal trauma, and OCD. Dr. Moel takes a strengths-based and collaborative approach to psychotherapy with the whole person in mind. Outside of the office, Dr. Moel loves to spend time with her partner and children and taking walks on their restored prairie. 

David Moser, PhD, ABPP-CN

George Winokur Professor of Psychiatry
Faculty Member in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience

Dr. Moser is a board-certified neuropsychologist who sees adult patients for neuropsychological assessment, primarily in our Huntington’s Disease Clinic. He also sees adult patients in psychotherapy to help address a wide range of mental health challenges. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Moser is involved in research on Huntington’s Disease and other topics, and he very much enjoys teaching within the context of both clinical work and research. Dr. Moser also holds multiple leadership roles, including: Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs and Development in the Department of Psychiatry; Director of Educational Outreach in the Carver College of Medicine’s Office of Health Parity; Chair of the Medical Student Promotions Committee; Executive Board Member on the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Erin Olufs, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Director of Child Psychotherapy Training and Services 

Dr. Olufs has specialized training in behavioral pediatrics and pediatric psychology. She runs an ADHD Treatment Clinic with Dr. Carissa Gunderson and has a joint Pain Clinic with the Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care team. She conducts psychoeducational evaluations and provides interventions for children and adolescents with disruptive behaviors disorders, anxiety, and depression. She is also interested in Turner Syndrome, the treatment of functional neurological symptom disorder, and orthostatic intolerance. She is a member of the Pediatric Workgroup of the American Autonomic Society. 

Stacey Pawlak, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology & Quantitative Foundations

Dr. Pawlak has been a psychotherapist for over 30 years. She helped found the Women's Wellness & Counseling Service, a multidisciplinary perinatal mental health care clinic, in 2007. She has been Director since 2017. Dr. Pawlak has also served as the Health Psychologist for the UIHC Center for Advanced Reproductive Care since 2009, providing third-party reproduction consultations and infertility counseling. Dr. Pawlak offers clinical services at the UIHC main campus and at the North Dodge clinic location, with specialty care in perinatal loss and infertility. She is a mentor to reproductive health care trainees, educating and supporting the next generation of leaders at the University of Iowa, nationally, and globally. Her clinical research focuses on maternal mental health and infertility, with recent publications in NICU care, group treatment for patients undergoing IVF, and antepartum hospitalization, and she is an ad hoc reviewer for several research journals. Dr. Pawlak serves on the Board of Directors for Postpartum Support International-Iowa, where she is also the Treasurer of the Board, and on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance for Mental Health-Linn County, where she is also Web Manager. She is active in the International Marce Society, Resolve, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Mental Health Professional Group, and the Iowa Psychological Association, where she also serves on the Ethics Committee. She has been a member of the International Society for Interpersonal Psychotherapy since 2009, and is an Interpersonal Psychotherapy certified therapist, educator, and trainer. 

Eva Schoen, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Adjunct Assistant Professor in Counseling Psychology

Dr. Schoen is a licensed psychologist who provides adult outpatient psychotherapy services in the UI Behavioral Health Clinic. She has expertise in the treatment of eating disorders, complex trauma, and posttraumatic stress disorder. She is actively engaged in teaching, supervision, and research in her areas of expertise. In addition, she provides individual and group psychotherapy for a wide range of adult mental health concerns. Dr. Schoen has specialized training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR).

Beth Troutman, PhD, ABPP

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Troutman trains providers in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, an evidence-based practice developed to reduce disruptive behavior. She has developed a modification of PCIT called Integration of Working Models of Attachment into Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (IoWA-PCIT), which integrates findings from attachment theory research into PCIT. Click here to learn more about the PCIT program at the University of Iowa.

Carolyn Turvey, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry
Professor of Epidemiology

Dr. Turvey began her career studying depression and its relation to functional impairment in the elderly. She continues to study ways to improve treatment for depression, but now focuses on telemedicine and eHealth. Currently, she is exploring ways to use technology to improve access to care for rural populations with a specific focus on rural veterans. She is also interested in the use of patient-facing technologies to improve patient engagement and clinical outcomes in mental health.

Kelly Vinquist, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Clinical Director, Behavioral Health Inpatient Psychiatry
Co-Director Intellectual Disability/Mental Illness (IDMI) Program

Dr. Vinquist is the co-director of the Intellectual Disability-Mental Illness program which provides interdisciplinary inpatient and outpatient care to patients with an intellectual disability, mental illness and severe challenging behaviors. The goal of the program is to identify the etiology of challenging behavior in individuals with complex psychiatric and behavior needs and develop comprehensive treatment plans. She has specialized training in assessment and intervention severe challenging behaviors which is based primarily on principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. Additional interests include ECT for patients with intellectual and developmental disorders, adapted therapy models and therapy groups for adults with intellectual disabilities, behavior analysis and therapy on inpatient units, and interdisciplinary models of care for patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is also interested in Dialectal Behavior Therapy, staff training, program development, and crisis management.