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.

Founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief
Publisher, New England Psychologist

John M Grohol 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. With a passion for science, she is the founding editor of Spacenicht.com.

Dawn Griffin

Associate Publisher & Editor, News

dawn-griffin-aDawn Griffin is an editor for Psych Central. She also works as a freelance editor and graphic designer, writes science fiction, and maintains a writing blog. She also loves photography, reading, yoga, spending time with her husband and son, and has an insatiable desire to learn new things so she can write about them in her fictional work.

David McCracken, MA, LPC

News Editor

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

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
Host, The Psych Central Show 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. For Psych Central, he works on supporting our social media platforms and helping our bloggers be more successful in their blogging. He is also host of the award-winning weekly podcast, The Psych Central Show. You can learn more about him here.

Dean Rotbart

Editor, Homepage & Associate Editor

dean-rotbartDean Rotbart joined Psych Central in December 2014 as its homepage editor and was named an associate editor in September 2015. Dean is a veteran journalist, having previously served as a reporter, columnist, and editor with The Wall Street Journal. The paper nominated him for the Pulitzer Prize in explanatory journalism.

Since 2012, Dean has hosted a weekly business-to-business podcast at MondayMorningRadio.com that reaches more than 50,000 listeners. He also provides one-on-one reputation coaching for business owners, entrepreneurs, professionals, and authors who are seeking greater media and internet visibility. Dean is a graduate of Northwestern University. He and his wife, Talya, have two grown children, and live in Denver, Colorado.

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.

Brandi-Ann Uyemura

Associate Editor

Brandi-Ann Uyemura Brandi-Ann has a bachelor of art in English from the University of Oregon and a masters of art in Counseling Psychology with a health emphasis from Santa Clara University. Currently, she works as a full-time freelance writer where she divvies up her time between blogging, social networking and writing articles for print and online media. Her work has been published in greeting cards, magazines and newspapers. For Psych Central, she compiles our weekly Best of our Blogs feature. Please visit her website at Brandi-AnnUyemura.com.

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

AllPsych Editor

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

Jessica Dore

Book Reviews Editor

Jessica was the managing editor and primary contributor to New Harbinger’s in-house blog, as well as a publicist and outreach editor for the firm.

 

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

Dr. Mimi ShagagaDr. Mimi Shagaga is a licensed clinical psychologist based in Beverly Hills, CA. She holds a master’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy and a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. She has completed advanced training in addiction, human sexuality, sex therapy and neuropsychology. Her areas of focus include relationship issues, life transitions, sexual addiction, sex therapy, behavioral addictions, substance abuse, eating disorders, neurocognitive disorders, depression and anxiety. Her published works include Through the Eyes of the Voyeur: The Lived Subjective Experience of Males Who Self-Identify as Sexual Addicts. She has been featured on KABC and as a panelist at several academic and mental health related conferences.

Holly Counts Dr. Holly Counts is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Ohio. She obtained her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in the field of psychology. Dr. Counts has been practicing in White River Junction, Vermont since 2015, after obtaining her Psy.D. from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL in 1996. She specializes in trauma and abuse, domestic violence counseling, relationship/couple’s issues, women’s issues, adolescence, GLBT, grief counseling and integrating holistic alternative approaches to wellness with traditional psychology.

 

Advisory Board

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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.