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Editorial Board & Staff

Editorial Board & Staff

Psych Central is maintained by a group of passionate, dedicated professionals who are committed to the promotion of reliable, trusted mental health information and resources online. All of our content is independently written and reviewed, free of any industry influence — read our Editorial Policy to learn more.

John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Publisher, New England Psychologist

John Grohol PsyD Dr. Grohol (aka “DocJohn”) is a Boston-area mental health professional, technologist and expert in online behavior. He’s been a pioneer in Internet mental health, indexing Internet resources since 1992 and on the web at Psych Central since 1995. Dr. Grohol oversees the publishing of Psych Central and the trade publication, New England Psychologist. Read more about Dr. Grohol

Sarah Newman, MA, MFA

Managing Editor & Associate Publisher

sarah-fruchnichtSarah Newman has a Masters in Psychology from the New School for Social Research and a Masters in Writing from CCNY. She has produced online content for various news and wellness websites since 2008. She is the managing editor and an associate publisher at Psych Central. She is also the founding Editor-in-Chief and publisher of the Poydras Review.

David McCracken, MA, LPC

Associate Publisher & Editor, News

David has a Master’s degree in counseling psychology from Northwestern University and has worked at numerous online properties including Orbitz.com and CitySearch. His experience includes working as an editor for both the Universal Press Syndicate and the Chicago Tribune. David is the daily editor for our news department at Psych Central.

Rick Nauert, Ph.D.

Senior News Editor

Rick Nauert Dr. Nauert has over 30 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

Susan Gonsalves

Managing Editor, Psych Central Professional
Editor-in-Chief, New England Psychologist

Susan Gonsalves is managing editor of Psych Central Professional and Editor-in-Chief at New England Psychologist, a Psych Central publication. Her 30 years in journalism have included editorial and writing jobs at newspapers, magazines, trade journals, academia and online publications. She received her bachelor’s degree in English/Writing from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where she later worked in the Office of Public Affairs, Newsroom and College of Engineering, promoting the university.

Currently, Susan is a correspondent at the Worcester Telegram, a large daily newspaper, primarily writing business news.

She’s received news and feature writing awards from the New England Press Association and Massachusetts Association of School Committees as well as editing awards from the American Legion for veterans’ coverage and Delta Kappa Gamma Society for education reporting.

Bailey Apple

Associate Editor, Newsletters

Bailey AppleBailey has a Bachelors in Communication from the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Commonwealth College and has been working as an online editor and writer in the health and wellness field since 2007. She enjoys fitness, health, and the outdoors, and has a passion for helping and encouraging others.

Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

Associate Editor, Senior Staff Writer

Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.Margarita has a Master’s degree in psychology from Texas A&M University. Since 2008, she’s been writing for Psych Central’s World of Psychology blog and mental health library. She pens pieces on everything from managing ADHD to becoming more assertive to coping effectively with our emotions. She also writes two blogs for Psych Central: Weightless, where she explores building a positive body image and practicing compassionate self-care; and Make a Mess, where she explores how we can reconnect to our creativity. She lives in Florida with her husband, Brian.

Victoria Gigante

Social Media & Blog Managing Editor

Victoria Gigante holds a double masters in Psychology and Psychological Counseling from Columbia University. She spent over six years as the director of an academic counseling center, and served over eight years as an officer in the United States Naval Reserve. Victoria is a 500-hour Registered Professional Yoga Therapist, as well as a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF). She has experience in personal, spiritual, academic and career counseling. She is a master time manager, and is passionate about helping people uncover and live their truth. She is an avid traveler, ice cream connoisseur and an adventurer. Victoria is both our social media and blog manager.

Gabe Howard

Associate Editor & Homepage Editor
Host, The Psych Central Podcast; Co-host, Not Crazy; Co-host, Inside Schizophrenia podcast

gabe-howardGabe Howard is a professional speaker, writer, and activist living with severe bipolar and anxiety disorders. Gabe is a dynamic presenter sharing his lived experiences around the nation. Gabe is Psych Central’s homepage editor, podcast host and producer, as well as an associate editor. You can learn more about him here.

Michele L.G. Bitinis

Web Content Analyst

Michele was a Senior Project Editor at SAGE Publications, where she managed production on over 30 journals, was the editor of the California Lutheran University School of Management blog. More recently, she has worked as an editorial consultant to fiction and comic book writers, helping them develop and refine their content for publication. For Psych Central, she is our content strategist and analyst.

Lani Gregory

SEO Manager

Lani is an SEO specialist who has rich industry experience working at the likes of Parenting magazine, a variety of travel magazines in Saveur, select Marriott hotels, and seoWorks. She oversees Psych Central’s search optimization efforts.

Traci Pederson

News Correspondent

Traci is an experienced freelance writer whose background includes educational articles and science chapter books designed for elementary and middle school classrooms. She has been writing for Psych Central since 2010.

Janice Wood

News Correspondent

Janice has been a long-time contributor to Psych Central News as well as a freelance writer, aviation news, and business reporter. Her journalism background includes work for the Dallas Business Courier, TheStreet.com, and Pacifica Tribune.

Alicia Sparks

Associate Editor & Syndication Editor

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of WritingSpark.com, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind and World of Psychology’s weekly “Psychology Around the Net.”

Therese J. Borchard

Associate Editor

Therese Borchard Therese J. Borchard is an Associate Editor of Psych Central, where she contributes regularly to the award-winning blog, World of Psychology. She also writes the hit daily blog, Beyond Blue, on Beliefnet.com, which is featured weekly on The Huffington Post and several other websites, and moderates the popular depression support, Beyond Blue, on Beliefnet’s community site. Therese is author of Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes and The Pocket Therapist: An Emotional Survival Kit. She resides in Annapolis, MD with her husband, Eric, and their two children.

Patrick Newburn

Resource Editor

Patrick is a technology professional and editor who oversees our reviews of other useful resources we’ve found online in our resource directory.

Neil Petersen

Associate Editor, AllPsych.com

Neil is an accomplished author and editor, and blogs regularly on psychology topics of interest on our sister property, AllPsych, the virtual psychology classroom.

Rachel Star Withers

Podcast Host, Inside Schizophrenia

Rachel Star WithersRachel is an entertainer, speaker, video producer, and schizophrenic. Rachel creates videos documenting her schizophrenia, ways to manage and let others like her know they are not alone and can still live an amazing life. To work with Rachel, please visit her website.

Jackie Zimmerman

Podcast Host, Not Crazy

Small photo of Jackie ZimmermanJackie has been in the patient advocacy game for over a decade and has established herself as an authority on chronic illness, patient-centric healthcare and patient community building. You can find her online at JackieZimmerman.co.


Ask the Therapists

Marie Hartwell-Walker Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D. is licensed in Massachusetts as both a psychologist and marriage and family therapist and has been in practice for over 35 years. She also teaches at the University of Massachusetts and in 2011 published her first e-book about parenting with Psych Central, Tending the Family Heart. Learn more about Dr. Hartwell-Walker here

Kristina Randle Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist and Assistant Professor of Social Work and Forensics with extensive experience in the field of mental health. She works in private practice with adults, adolescents and families. Learn more about Dr. Randle here

Daniel Tomasulo Daniel J. Tomasulo, Ph.D., TEP, MFA is a psychologist, psychodrama trainer and writer on faculty at New Jersey City University and formerly a visiting faculty member on fellowship at Princeton University. Learn more about Dr. Tomasulo here


Advisory Board

You can review our Advisory Board here.


Contributing Authors

Psych Central enjoys contributions from hundreds of independent mental health professionals, journalists, and authors every year. Here are a few of our regular contributors:

Dr. Lynn Margolies is a psychologist and former Harvard Medical School faculty and fellow, and has completed her internship and post-doc at McLean Hospital. She has helped people from all walks of life with relationship, family, life problems, trauma, and psychological symptoms including depression, anxiety, and chronic conditions. Dr. Margolies has worked in inpatient, outpatient, residential and private practice settings. She has supervised others, and consulted to clinics, hospitals, universities, newspapers. Dr. Margolies has appeared in media — on news and talk shows, and written columns for various publications. Dr. Margolies is currently in private practice in Newton Centre, MA. Visit her website at drlynnmargolies.com.

Ronald Pies MD is Professor of Psychiatry and Lecturer on Bioethics and Humanities at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse NY; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston; and Editor-in-Chief, Psychiatric Times. He is the author of Everything Has Two Handles: The Stoic’s Guide to the Art of Living.

In addition to those above, our regular contributing writers include Alicia Sparks, Jane Collingwood, Edie Weinstein, Marcia Naomi Berger, Kirt Smith, Linda Sapadin, Sandra Kiume, Matthew Loeb, Sarah Cunningham, Kellie Edwards, Suzanne Kane, Stacey Goldstein, Kate Nickerson, Trudi Arnold, Erin Whittaker, and dozens of other authors and writers. We also have hundreds of mental health and psychology bloggers who write for the site.