Faculty

Grace Brace, LCSW

Grace is a licensed Clinical Social Worker with over twenty five years’ experience in the social work field. She has significant experience with youth and families who have experienced complex trauma. Grace enjoys supporting families and youth to explore and find options and solutions for the challenges that they are experiencing. Grace has worked with children, individuals, couples and families. She has experience with adoption and foster care; and has worked with families within agencies, clinical settings and within their homes. Grace obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maine at Orono & received her Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Connecticut. Grace has training in Trauma, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Play Therapy. She uses services that are brief solution focused techniques that are designed to empower individuals to maximize their skills. Grace is a Registered Play Therapist, a Certified Trauma Consultant and a Certified Trainer for TLC.

Meredith Charney, Ph.D.

Dr. Charney is a licensed clinical psychologist who recently joined the Psychology Specialists of Maine practice. Prior to joining, she spent the past 7 years at the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders (CATSD) at Massachusetts General Hospital providing clinical care and conducting research on traumatic stress, anxiety disorders, and complicated grief. For the last 2 years of her time at CATSD, she was the director of psychotherapy and training.

Amy Coha, LCSW

Amy retired from the University of New England School of Social Work where she was employed for twenty-one years as a Clinical Professor and Director of the MSW Field Education.  Her social work experience includes working with individuals with mental illness and survivors of Intimate Partner Violence.  Coha was Associate Director of the Domestic Violence Project/SAFE House in Ann Arbor, Michigan for 15 years.  In that capacity she was responsible for the shelter program, developed a counseling program for survivors of battering, provided expert testimony on IPV/DV in criminal and civil court cases, and was a subject matter expert for the Michigan Law Enforcement Training Council (MLEOTC). She also provided trainings to law enforcement, judges, probation officers, and magistrates. She continues to provide Expert Witness testimony in criminal cases in Michigan. In Maine she has presented workshops and seminars on intimate partner violence at the Sweetser Training Institute and at a number of agencies throughout the state.  In 2008 Ellen Ridley of Family Crisis Services and Coha received a grant from the Bingham Foundation exploring the experiences of victims/survivors of abuse/battering when seeking mental health counseling. Coha’s work in the field of Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence has included micro, mezzo and macro practice.

Jeanne Croy, LCSW, CCS

Jeanne (she/her) has over 20 years of experience in mental health, working with children, adolescents and adults in the fields of mental health, substance abuse, child welfare, and forensic interviewing and evaluations. She was awarded two fellowships at the Yale School of Medicine as a Psychiatric Social Work Fellow and Zigler Fellow and is a former faculty member at the Yale Child Study Center. She has specialized training in a range of therapeutic modalities, including evidence-based treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, and other concerns. She is currently in private practice in Springvale, Maine.

Shayne Croy, LCSW, LADC

Shayne (he/him) has over 20 years of experience in mental health, including extensive work with high-risk adolescents. He received his Master’s in Social Work from University of Connecticut, an internationally leading program in the field. He is trained and certified in a number of recognized, evidence-based modalities for substance use, trauma, anger and aggression, depression, issues of gender and sexuality, and other challenging life issues. He has received specialized training and supervision in Brief Strategic Family Therapy under Olga Hervis, one of the model’s developers, and the Duluth Model in domestic violence interventions.    He is currently in private practice in Springvale, Maine. 

Susan Figueiredo, LMHC, LADC1

Susan holds a MA in Clinical Psychology, from the University of Mass Dartmouth. Her experience in Alcohol and Drug Treatment started in 1997 with the Fall River based nonprofit working with offender groups and mandated batter intervention groups. She worked for four years with the Department of Children and Families, first in a community-based program geared to service adolescents involved with DCF and then directly for the Department as a social worker. She then began working more closely with the opiate-dependent population, first as a clinician, then supervisor and Clinical Director. Susan holds a position of Chief Operating Officer for Behavioral Healthcare Organization and recently opened her own private practice. 

Jessica Griffin, Psy.D.

Jessica is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), where she has been a faculty member since 2006. Dr. Griffin is a nationally recognized expert in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She has trained and provided consultation for thousands of clinicians across the United States. With funding from SAMHSA/NCTSN in 2012, as Principal Investigator and Executive Director, she developed the UMMS Child Trauma Training Center, with a focus on training, treatment, and resolving access issues for court-involved youth who have experienced trauma; UMMS CTTC was refunded in 2016.

Dr. Griffin is a clinical and forensic psychologist with a specialty in forensic assessment of children and families, particularly with regard to childhood trauma. She has extensive expertise in childhood maltreatment and trauma, relationships, psychological assessment, and divorce and custody matters. Dr. Griffin worked extensively in the UMASS Family Court Clinics, continues to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the family courts, performing court-ordered evaluations and expert testimony in juvenile, family, and criminal courts. She presents regularly at local, national and international level on topics related to childhood trauma, relationships, TF-CBT, and forensic evaluation of children and families. Dr. Griffin has been featured on NPR, Fox News, the Insider, iHeartRadio, and other media outlets and is the psychological expert on a television docuseries about marriage and divorce, the Seven Year Switch on A&E’s Lifetime’s Television network as well as is a relationship expert on Lifetime Television’s Married at First Sight.

Mita M. Johnson, Ed.D., MCC, LPC, LMFT, LAC, MAC, SAP ACS, MFT-S, BCTP-II, EMDR-Trained

Dr. Johnson has been practicing in the world of mental health, marriage and family, and addictions counseling for the past 30 years. She earned her doctorate in counselor education and supervision and is a core faculty member in the School of Counseling at Walden University, Her area of specialization include pharmacology, co-occurring disorders, ethics, culturally responsive care, and clinical supervision, She has been an active member of NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals for the past 15 years, has served as the NAADAC’s Ethics Chair, and began her term as NAADAC’s President in October 2020.

Rob Lagos

Rob has facilitated the Adults with Asperger’s group in Portland, Maine for over 10 years. He is a computer programmer, analyst, and statistician. He is collaborating with Wilma Wake and Eric Endlich, Ph.D., in researching and writing a book on older adults on the spectrum.

Christine Linnehan, LCPC, BC-DMT, FT

Christine is a licensed clinical professional counselor in private practice in Scarborough, ME. For over 20 years she has specialized in work with grieving children, adolescents, adults, and families. She has been a clinical consultant at the Center for Grieving Children since 2004. Previously, she worked in inpatient and partial hospitalization trauma treatment programs. Drawing from her training as a board-certified dance/movement therapist, she utilizes mind/body strategies in her clinical work designed to promote resilience and wellbeing.

Christine is certified as a Fellow of Thanatology from the Association of Death Education and Counseling and is trained in EMDR from the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). She has received training in Family Therapy at the Family Institute of Cambridge and in Couples Therapy at the Gottman Institute (Level 2). She completed the Suicide Bereavement Clinician Training sponsored by the American Association of Suicidology and the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP). She is active in AFSP Maine and is a facilitator for their annual International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. Christine has a special interest in the impact of suicide loss on children and families.

Rebekah McIntyre, LCSW

Rebekah comes from a diverse clinical background spanning nearly 20 years in intensive trauma-focused work with children to comprehensive care for adults with intellectual disabilities and acquired brain injury. She incorporates critical thinking and a passion for social justice into all aspects of her work. A New England native, she also has a passion for alpine skiing and spending time outdoors.

Margaret Norbert, LCSW

Maggie holds a Master of Social Work Degree from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. She is an adjunct professor at the Wurzweiler School
of Social Work at Yeshiva University and field instructor for master’s level social work students. She has worked within school systems and primary care offices most of her career supporting individuals, families, and children within nonprofit mental health agencies. Her background is in child (Play Therapy) and family work. Maggie is a certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist.

Ann Palozzi, Psy.D.

Dr. Palozzi earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in education from the University of Maine at Orono. As an educator, Dr. Palozzi worked with children and adolescents addressing a full spectrum of issues and disabilities. She returned to school in Honolulu, Hawaii in the early 1990’s to obtain her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. While in Hawaii, she was exposed to a muticulturally diverse population and worked as a neuropsychologist through 2017. With over 20 years of experience specializing in neuropsychology, Dr. Palozzi currently serves as a private practitioner in southern Maine working with a broad spectrum of clients.

Christie Petrenko, Ph.D.

Dr Christie Petrenko is a clinical psychologist, researcher and Research Associate Professor at Mt. Hope Family Center, University of Rochester. In addition, she holds faculty appointments within the Departments of Psychology and Pediatrics and is the Director of Clinical Training of the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program. Dr Petrenko leads a multidisciplinary program on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), specializing in improving treatment for people with FASD by utilizing recent technological advances. Her novel interventions include developing a mobile health application, the Families Moving Forward Connect app. The app aims to increase access to care for people with FASD and their families. Dr Petrenko has multiple clinical trials underway funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). She also runs an FASD Diagnostic and Evaluation Clinic, FASD Intervention Service, and Family Night Support Program in partnership with medical providers at Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr Petrenko provides professional training in FASD diagnosis worldwide through her involvement in multidisciplinary research collaborations with both the World Health Organization and Pan-American Health Organization. She holds leadership roles in the field of FASD, including serving as President of the FASD Study Group, Board member of FASD United (formerly the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome), and field editor of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. Dr Petrenko leads a multidisciplinary program on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), specializing in improving treatment for people with FASD by utilizing recent technological advances. Her novel interventions include developing a mobile health application, the Families Moving Forward Connect app. The app aims to increase access to care for people with FASD and their families. Dr Petrenko has multiple clinical trials underway funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). She also runs an FASD Diagnostic and Evaluation Clinic, FASD Intervention Service, and Family Night Support Program in partnership with medical providers at Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr Petrenko provides professional training in FASD diagnosis worldwide through her involvement in multidisciplinary research collaborations with both the World Health Organization and Pan-American Health Organization. She holds leadership roles in the field of FASD, including serving as President of the FASD Study Group, Board member of FASD United (formerly the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome), and field editor of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

Christine Rogerson, Ph.D.

Dr. Rogerson graduated from Simmons University in 2021 with a Ph.D. in Social Work and in 2007 with her MSW in Social Work from the University of New England. She has over 13 years of clinical experience working with children, young adults, and families with medical and mental health diagnoses as well as those connected to the child welfare system. Her research interest include child welfare, social work education, and social work practice. She is passionate about social inclusion, kindness, and social justice.

Nancy Rubbico, LMHC

Nancy is trained in Polyvagal Theory, has run trainings for the Polyvagal Institute as well as assisting Deb Dana’s trainings worldwide. She brings extensive experience in EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, AEDP (Attachment theory), as a Smart Recovery Facilitator, and a trained yoga instructor (500hr RYT).

She’s spent the last decade working as a consultant—helping mentor others to develop their understanding of what drives human behavior. In her private practice she works with complex trauma, dissociation, and couples. Currently she is focusing on trainings and consultation for those interested in understanding how to work with trauma through a polyvagal lens.

 Nancy Rubbico was recently published in Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/polyvagal-perspectives/202204/what-putin-s-physiological-state-tells-us

Laura Slap-Shelton, Psy.D.

Laura is a licensed psychologist specializing in neuropsychology who has extensive experience in evaluating children and adults with autism, Asperger’s Disorder, and developmental disorders.

Andrew Sokoloff, LMSW

Andy is the Coordinator of Grief and Bereavement Services at CHANS Home Health & Hospice in Brunswick. He is a graduate of the University of New England School of Social Work and is on the Board of the Maine Hospice Council and Center for End of Life Care. Andy also has a Masters’ in Fine Arts in Theater from Indiana University and later worked at Portland’s Mad Horse Theater for many years before becoming a social worker. He found that the difference between theater and social work was a lot smaller than he initially thought.

Dustin Spencer-L’Heureux, LMSW-cc

Dustin is a clinical social worker currently providing short term treatment to clients at Pediatric Associates of Lewiston, Maine. Dustin is a queer identified cis-male who has worked extensively with the LGBTQ+ community throughout his educational path and within his personal life.

Laura Sproch, Ph.D.

Laura is the Program Director of the New England Eating Disorders Program at Sweetser. She utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, behavioral therapy, family-based therapy, and interpersonal therapy in the treatment that she provides.  Prior to her work in Maine, Dr. Sproch was the research coordinator at The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt (Baltimore, MD) and also trained at Friends Hospital (Philadelphia, PA) and ‘Ai Pono Eating Disorder Program (Honolulu, HI).   Dr. Sproch received her doctorate from Hofstra University in Clinical and School Psychology and her undergraduate degree from Vassar College.

Wilma Wake, LCSW

Wilma Wake is an Affiliate with Sweetser working with autistic children, adults, and families and co-author of an upcoming book on spectrum adults over 50.

Ashley Wilock, LICSW, LCSW, CCS

Ashley is an independently licensed Clinical Social Worker in several states and currently provides substance abuse and mental health counseling in outpatient, residential, and MAT program settings. She is a graduate of the State University of New York, University at Albany. Ashley has worked with all ages in a variety of settings in a clinical and supervisory capacity.