SAPIC is an APA Accredited Internship Program

Mayday Levine-Mata, PsyD, is the training director for the Southern Arizona Psychology Internship program. She is a graduate of Antioch New England University and was a SAPIC intern in 2004-5. Dr. Levine-Mata is also the Director, Integrated Care and service line director for La Frontera’s adult outpatient therapy team. Prior to working for SAPIC, she was program director for Sierra Tucson and Chief Clinical Officer for the Community Partnership of Southern Arizona. Dr. Levine-Mata is a generalist with experience working with children and families, couples individual and groups, integrated healthcare (integrated primary and behavioral healthcare), and co-occurring disorders (mental health and substance abuse). Her supervisory approach is collaborative and supportive, with a focus on the intern developing a sense of self-in-role and being able to articulate a professional identity.

Patricia E. Penn, PhD, is a clinical and research psychologist. She has received grants (NIDA, CSAT and from the State of Arizona) with an emphasis on treatment approaches for persons with persistent mental illnesses and co-occurring substance abuse. In addition, she directs La Frontera’s outcome evaluations, supervises, and does clinical work. Dr. Penn also consults on cognitive therapy, co-occurring conditions, health psychology, smoking cessation, mindfulness, stress reduction, and program evaluation.

She did her master’s and doctoral work at the Colorado State University in experimental and bio-psychology. After doing post-doctoral research at the IUPUI Institute of Psychiatric Research, NASA-Ames, and a pharmaceutical company, she re-specialized in clinical psychology at the University of Arizona. She completed her internship at La Frontera Center.

“My approach is derived from my experiences. These areas of influence and interest include cognitive and behavioral therapy, biopsychology, qualitative and quantitative research, health psychology, Buddhism, yoga, transpersonal psychology, feminism, and community behavioral health. Although knowledge of theory and techniques is important, I feel it is effective only when applied in a facilitative context, which includes respect, being “present,” and the promotion of empowerment. I view therapy and supervision as a collaborative process that helps people discover and initiate their own solutions.”

Marden Petrie, PsyD is a clinical psychologist, who relocated from Minnesota to Arizona in 2011, and is currently in private practice in Tucson. She returned to school in 2001 after a rewarding career as an operations executive to obtain a doctorate in Clinical Psychology, and has trained and practiced in a variety of multidisciplinary clinical settings since 2005. Notable clinical experiences include Methodist Hospital Eating Disorder Institute, Hazelden Center for Youth and Families, and St. Olaf University Counseling Center. In addition, she volunteered for two years as a part-time therapist at the Walk-in Counseling Center in Minneapolis, which has been in operation since the 1960s, and is apparently the last remaining, privately-funded, free, community mental health center in the nation. She completed her APA accredited Internship and full-time Fellowship at the Hamm Memorial Psychiatric Clinic, which is a multi-disciplinary, community mental health clinic in St. Paul, Minnesota. She spent three years after relocating to Arizona performing comprehensive assessments and supervising pre-doctoral interns at Sierra Tucson, a residential treatment facility. She has worked with individuals, couples and groups with various presenting concerns to assess for increased understanding and diagnostic clarity, and to employ treatment strategies in an effort to restore stability, build resilience, and expand relational repertoire and interpersonal flexibility. Trained in several traditions including psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral, she has found attachment theory to be a useful tool in understanding and treating a variety of mental health challenges. Her style in both therapy and supervision is warm, collaborative, thought-provoking and respectful. ​

Roxana Samaniego, PhD, graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Clinical Psychology.  She attended the SAPIC internship, which at that time, was a consortium of several mental health agencies that offered opportunities in areas such as child and family therapy and outpatient SMI services. She then completed a post-doc in school psychology at Tempe Elementary School District before becoming both a licensed psychologist and a certified school psychologist.

Much of her work experience has focused on child assessments for learning, behavioral, and emotional issues, implementing school and family based interventions, and working with multidisciplinary teams to intervene with students in both special and regular education.  She consults to treatment teams and conducts adult and child evaluations in an outpatient child clinic and has a part-time private practice.  She frequently uses family-systems, developmental, and multicultural approaches to both assessment and treatment.  She brings her experience in working with students of all ages with different learning styles and challenges to the Psychology Services rotation at SALT.

Dr. Samaniego has been involved in the training and supervision of interns throughout her career.  She has supervised numerous practicum students and interns during her work as a psychologist in the public schools.  She has also been a part-time faculty member and supervisor for NAU counseling psychology department in Tucson.

Jennifer H. Breslin, PhD, LFC’s lead Health Psychologist, and co-supervisor of the Adult Outpatient Therapy Team. Dr. Breslin attended Temple University in Philadelphia, PA for her undergraduate degree and earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. Her formal training focused on Clinical Neuropsychology, Behavioral Sleep Medicine, and Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.

Dr. Breslin’s therapeutic modalities include cognitive behavioral therapy for depression, anxiety, and insomnia, cognitive processing therapy for PTSD, and interpersonal psychotherapy for depression. Dr. Breslin also performs evaluations of personality functioning, cognitive functioning, and neuropsychological functioning. Dr. Breslin enjoys swimming, biking, long-distance running, cooking, baking, and reading.


APA Commission on Accreditation contact information:

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