SAPIC is an APA Accredited Internship Program
Mayday Levine-Mata, Psy.D., is the Training Director for the Southern Arizona Psychology Internship program and Director of Children’s Service at La Frontera Center. She is a graduate of Antioch New England University and prior to working for La Frontera, 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). She provides professional presentations several times a year on topics which include (but are not limited to): Couples Therapy, Cultural Competency and Health Disparities, Integrated Care (the combination of mental and physical health), Self-Care and preventing burn out, Ethics, Supervision, Trauma Informed Care, and Client-Directed Outcomes-Informed Practices. Mayday’s supervision style is supportive, feedback-rich, and developmental.
Marden Petrie, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist who relocated from Minnesota to Arizona in 2011 and is currently supervising SAPIC interns in conducting assessments, and in private practice in the Tucson area. She returned to school in 2001 after a rewarding 25-year career as a marketing executive to obtain a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and has trained and practiced in a variety of multidisciplinary clinical settings, including 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 is the last remaining privately funded, free, community mental health center in the nation. She completed her APA accredited Internship and full-time Fellowship, funded by the George Foundation, at the Hamm Memorial Psychiatric Clinic in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has worked with individuals, couples, and groups with various presenting concerns to better understand strengths and vulnerabilities, restore stability, build resilience, and expand relational understanding and flexibility. Trained in several traditions including psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral, she has found attachment theory to be a useful tool for understanding and treating a variety of mental health challenges. Her style is warm, collaborative, and honest.
Arni Vikingur Sveinsson, PhD, is LFC’s Child and Family Psychologist. He graduated from the University of Arizona School Psychology Program in 2005 and completed an APA accredited internship program at the Sunset Park Mental Health Center in New York City, a hospital affiliated community mental health center serving culturally diverse populations. Dr. Vikingur Sveinsson has over 15 years of experience as a school psychologist with specific emphasis on providing services to children with autism and their families. His focus in private practice has similarly been on children and families, with a broad scope of practice ranging from play therapy with young children to conducting custody evaluations for the Superior Court. Prior to taking a full-time position with La Frontera in May 2017, Dr. Vikingur Sveinsson was in part-time private practice, part-time psychologist with Devereux Assessment and Intervention Center where he was a member of a multidisciplinary evaluation team, and part-time school psychologist at Ocotillo Learning Center where he conducted assessments of preschool children suspected of developmental disorders. In the capacity of a school psychologist, Dr. Vikingur Sveinsson has been a site supervisor for the training of numerous students enrolled in the University of Arizona School Psychology Program. His approach to supervision is collaborative and developmental, with emphasis on providing a warm but stimulating environment to foster supervisee’s growth and competence as emerging psychologists.
Roxana Samaniego, Ph.D. has been part of the Tucson psychology community for over 13 years. She graduated from the Clinical Psychology Program at Arizona State University and did her predoctoral internship at The Southern Arizona Psychology Internship Consortium (SAPIC). She began her career in school psychology at the Tempe Elementary School District and taught for over 10 years for Northern Arizona Distance Programs in the areas of multicultural counseling and educational psychology. Roxana has also been a board member of the Southern Arizona Psychological Association for a number of years and currently chairs the SAPA in the Community Committee. She has been on several committees through AZPA, including the membership and leadership development committees.
Currently, she works in private practice and at the University of Arizona’s Strategic Alternative Learning Technique Center (aka The SALT Center), which is a program designed for students with learning challenges. In her work with interns, she strives to bring a multicultural emphasis to further the intern’s understanding of the various ways in which culture and identity impact all aspects of our work.
SAPIC is an APA Accredited Internship Program
Mayday Levine-Mata, Psy.D., 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-occuring disorders (mental health and substance abuse).
Patricia E. Penn, Ph.D., 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.”
Edward K. Lovejoy, Ph.D., is a consulting Psychologist with La Frontera Center. Ed has over 35 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and families. He received his BA from Goddard College (1972) in Education and Philosophy, his M.Ed. in Child and Family Counseling from the University of Vermont (1980), and his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Arizona State University (1991). Ed completed psychology internships at the Arizona State Hospital, and the VA in Tucson. His doctoral dissertation was in the area of child and family adjustment to divorce.
Ed has been practicing as a licensed psychologist in Arizona since 1991. He has been a consulting psychologist at numerous agencies including the Arizona State Hospital, Golden Dawn Counseling, Inter-Tribal Health Care Center, Las Familias, the Casey Family Program, etc. He has provided assessment and direct clinical services to children and families in the Arizona Child Protective Services system for 20 years in both urban and rural areas, and has helped develop a Comprehensive Psychological Family Assessment model for assessing families in the CPS system. Ed has provided clinical supervision over the last 20 years to doctoral level and masters level clinicians associated with the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Arizona, and with various agencies. He is currently providing clinical supervision and consultation to clinical staff at La Frontera Center two days a week. Ed has an expertise in expressive therapy with children, and has worked extensively with physically and sexually abused children. His primary therapeutic modality is family systems, and he has integrated a clinical approach informed by various theoretical perspectives including existential and humanistic psychology, Gestalt psychology, cognitive/behavioral psychology, and family systems psychology. Ed’s passions include downhill skiing, riding his Harley, hiking and bicycle riding, yoga, and attempting to understand the complexities of human relationships.
Kenneth F. Marsh, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who supervises SAPIC interns who rotate through the SALT Center at the University of Arizona (UofA). The SALT Center is a program which provides learning services for UofA students with learning disabilities/attention deficit disorder.
Dr. Marsh received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and completed his internship in the Psychiatry Department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He served as a psychologist and Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at the UofA, and ran a small private practice. He currently provides consultation services to public and private institutions.
His main clinical interest is in crisis intervention and brief therapy for young adults. He also builds on experience in biofeedback, hypnotherapy, couple and family treatment. Personal interests include physical fitness, yoga, and numerous backpacking trips into the Grand Canyon. His supervisory style is open and facilitative; his interest in the “language of change” crosses theoretical orientations including client centered, systems, communication, interpersonal, and even directive (e.g., “coaching”) as appropriate.
Katie Hadlandsmyth, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and the psychology department manager at Sierra Tucson. Sierra Tucson is a residential treatment facility serving residents with addiction and co-occurring disorders, mood disorders, trauma, eating disorders, and chronic pain. Katie supervises interns who rotate through the Sierra Tucson Assessment program.
Katie completed her PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, with a specialization in Behavioral Medicine. She also has a Masters in Social Research from the University of Bath (in the UK), and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Neurological Center for Pain at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH. She has particular interest in working with individuals with chronic pain. She works primarily with CBT and ACT. She also performs personality and diagnostic evaluations.
Bouchra Koussih, Ph.D., is an associate faculty and post-doctoral intern at La Frontera Center. She is currently working as a full-time clinician at Southwest Clinic, an outpatient site serving clients diagnosed with a serious mental illness. Bouchra obtained a Master’s degree in Psychology from the City University of New York and received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Jackson State University in Mississippi. Her interests are in the areas of treatment and intervention of serious mental illness and dual diagnoses.
Bouchra is committed to working with SAPIC interns not only because of the excellent training opportunities but also because of the organization’s emphasis on cultural diversity and competence. Bouchra was born in Morocco and recently traveled home for a much needed rest after completing her internship.
For fun, Bouchra likes to practice yoga and meditation alone or in groups, and go on movie nights with friends.
Arni Vikingur Sveinsson, PhD, is LFC’s Child and Family Psychologist. He graduated from the University of Arizona School Psychology Program in 2005, and completed an APA accredited internship program at the Sunset Park Mental Health Center in New York City, a hospital affiliated community mental health center serving culturally diverse populations. Dr. Vikingur Sveinsson has over 15 years of experience as a school psychologist with specific emphasis on providing services to children with autism and their families. His focus in private practice has similarly been on children and families, with a broad scope of practice ranging from play therapy with young children to conducting custody evaluations for the Superior Court. Prior to taking a full time position with La Frontera in May 2017, Dr. Vikingur Sveinsson was in part-time private practice, part time psychologist with Devereux Assessment and Intervention Center where he was a member of a multidisciplinary evaluation team, and part time school psychologist at Ocotillo Learning Center where he conducted assessments of preschool children suspected of developmental disorders. In the capacity of a school psychologist, Dr. Vikingur Sveinsson has been a site supervisor for the training of numerous students enrolled in the University of Arizona School Psychology Program. His approach to supervision is both collaborative and developmental, with emphasis on providing a warm but stimulating environment to foster supervisee’s growth and competence as emerging psychologists.
Kara Beck, PhD, is a post-doctoral resident and Associate Faculty at La Frontera Center who recently completed the requirements of her PhD through Central Michigan University. Kara was a SAPIC intern during the 2016-2017 year and chose to continue her work with Child and Family Services at La Frontera during her post-doctoral year.
Kara’s previous experience includes working with children and families—as well as adults—in a variety of settings (e.g. private practice, community mental health, forensic). She has particular interests in the prevention and treatment of substance abuse in adolescents and program development and evaluation. Kara’s approach to clinical work, research, and supervision could all be described as collaborative, social justice oriented, and evidence-driven.
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