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Laura Fuller, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Director, Division of Psychology 

Dr. Fuller provides psychological assessment for a number of referral questions including ADHD, anxiety, depression, learning, autism, 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 challenging behaviors.  Dr. Fuller also sees children with voiding dysfunction through the Voiding Improvement Partnership Clinic, together with providers from Pediatric Urology. She works more in-depth with some children and families with psycho-urologic issues.  Her work with Pediatric Urology includes research on psychological characteristics of children with voiding dysfunction and effective treatment options.  

Stephan Arndt, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Arndt's focus is on biostatistics and epidemiology of substance use disorders.  He evaluates substance use disorder treatment centers across the state as well as several programs (drug courts, medication assisted treatment, treatment of adolescents and pregnant/post-partum women).  Dr. Arndt recently completed an evaluation of the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment protocol, integrating substance use disorder prevention, treatment, in community health centers across Iowa.  He is the editor-in-chief of the journal Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy and is the Director of the Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation.  

Wayne Bowers, PhD

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Bowers is the Clinical Director of the Eating Disorder Program, where he serves as a group and individual therapist across a continuum of care that includes inpatient, partial hospital and outpatient treatment. He is involved in the education of psychiatry residents primarily in the area of psychotherapy.  He has written book chapters, review and research articles with a emphasis on treating eating disorders on an inpatient and partial hospital level and the use of Cognitive Therapy.  

Kristen Caraher, PsyD

Clinical Assistant 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. 

 

Lauren Clevenger, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry 

Dr. Clevenger is a clinical psychologist who specializes in health psychology. She provides pre-surgical evaluations and conducts intervention work with patients pursuing bariatric and solid organ transplant surgeries. Dr. Clevenger’s clinical and research interests include adjustment to chronic illnesses, end of life concerns, adherence, and supporting behavioral self-management.

 

Patricia Espe-Pfeifer, PhD

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Espe-Pfeifer directs the Child Psychology and Pediatric Neuropsychology Services within the Child Psychiatry Clinic. Her areas of clinical interest include traumatic brain injury, sports-related concussions, epilepsy, stroke, Tourette’s Disorder and Juvenile Huntington’s Disease. 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 traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, neurocognitive aspects of diabetes, and Juvenile Huntington’s Disease.  

   

Kim Hart, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Hart provides psychotherapy for those with mood and anxiety disorders. 

Karin Hoth, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Hoth is a clinical neuropsychologist with expertise in aging and cognitive changes associated with chronic cardiopulmonary medical illnesses, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD], heart failure, and obstructive sleep apnea. She was recently awarded a 5-year R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to lead a multidisciplinary team that will look at how lung and blood vessel change, which are often linked to COPD, affect brain structure and function. She also studies psychological adjustment, particularly anxiety and depression, in chronic lung disease. Click here to learn more about her research.  

 

Todd Kopelman, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Kopelman is a psychologist with expertise in evaluation and treatment of autism spectrum disorders as well as evaluation of challenging behaviors.  He has coordinated three federally funded research projects on the use of telehealth to evaluate and treat challenging behaviors displayed by young children with autism. He is the co-director of the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital Autism Center and is currently serving as President of the Autism Society of Iowa.

 

Jamie Kremsreiter, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Kremsreiter 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. Kremsreiter also facilitates Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills groups for adolescents.  Dr. Kremsreiter is certified through the Tourette Association of America and has completed advanced training for treatment of OCD through the International OCD Foundation. 

David Moser, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Moser’s primary research interest involves finding better ways to identify people at greatest risk for vascular cognitive decline and, ultimately, finding ways to prevent or at least diminish this process. A secondary line of research involves the assessment of decision-making capacity for informed consent in various vulnerable populations, determining what factors, such as cognitive dysfunction or mental illness, are most likely to impair this capacity, and finding new ways to improve this capacity in those who are unable to make informed decisions on their own behalf.

 

Daniel O'Leary, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry-Psychology

Dr. O’Leary’s recent research explores the neural basis of the genetic vulnerability of children of alcoholics to substance use problems. A related project assesses the causes and effects of substance use (binge drinking and marijuana use) on brain structure, connectivity and function in college students. Both research areas involve purely behavioral assessment of personality, such as impulsivity and sensation seeking, and cognitive functions, such as memory. Neuroimaging studies are performed at rest as well as during the performance of cognitive tasks. Other research interests include the effects of acute marijuana use on brain function, and the neurodevelopmental correlates of schizophrenia.

 

Erin Olufs, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

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. 

 

Jane Paulsen, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Paulsen runs the Huntington’s Disease Center of Excellence at the University of Iowa. This is one of 39 Centers of Excellence supported by the Huntington's Disease Society of America. She studies subtypes of Alzheimer's disease, cognitive deficits linked with gene-carriers of Huntington's disease, and psychological features of schizophrenia, dementia, psychoses, and tardive dyskinesia. 

 

Stacey Pawlak, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Pawlak provides psychotherapy to pregnant and postpartum women with a clinical specialty in perinatal loss and trauma. She has served as the Staff Health Psychologist for the UIHC Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Department since 2009, conducting infertility counseling and third-party reproduction consultations. She is also an Interpersonal Psychotherapy certified therapist, educator, and trainer. 

 

Eva Schoen, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

 

Scott Temple, PhD

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Temple is the director of psychosocial treatments at UIHC. He provides state and national training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBT) for patients with severe medical conditions. He released his first book, Brief Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Cancer Patients: Re-Visioning the CBT Paradigm, this year. The publication applies CBT to to help cancer patients going through a wide range of experiences, from being initially diagnosed to facing end-of-life concerns. Click here to read more about his book. 

 

Beth Troutman, PhD

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

 

 

Kelly Vinquist, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

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 Dialectal Behavior Therapy, staff training, program development, and crisis management. 

 

Douglas Whiteside, PhD

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Whiteside is actively involved in clinical neuropsychological practice, teaching, research, and community service. His research interests focus primarily on performance validity tests, personality assessment measures in neuropsychological assessment, and long term cognitive and emotional outcome of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). He is a member of the editorial board for The Clinical Neuropsychologist and has served as a peer reviewer for similar journals. Dr. Whiteside is a primary practicum supervisor for the UIHC Neuropsychology Program in the Psychiatry Department.