Stephen Tate, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who obtained his doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Wheaton College Graduate School. Dr. Tate has more than 26 years of experience as a clinician in the mental health field. In addition to having a master’s degree in divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, he is and has been a devoted and biblically based Christian since 1973, and a specialized licensed minister since 1986. In his clinical practice, Dr. Tate not only provides psycho-educational and intellectual testing, he also practices the art of combining cognitive behavioral therapy with psychodynamic theory to assist adults, children, adolescents, and families in working through a wide variety of mental health issues, including substance abuse, depression, trauma, marital problems, and anxiety disorders. He firmly believes in helping people learn how to develop proactive solutions to daily life situations. Consequently, Dr. Tate’s unique training in theology and psychology affords him the opportunity to help individuals and families to learn how to integrate their faith with their life as well as understand how their mental health issues can affect their growth spiritually, physically, mentally, and socially should they desire that form of counseling, guidance, and growth. In addition to his training in clinical psychology, Dr. Tate is also a devoted father of twins and triplets, has been married to his beloved wife for over 20 years, and is currently an active and committed deacon in his church.
Michelle Marion Rhodes, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist (Clinical, Clinical Child) who obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She then obtained a master’s and doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Rhodes completed an internship in clinical psychology at Baylor College of Medicine, which included training at DePelchin Children’s Center. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Department of Behavioral Science. With over 10 years of clinical experience, she is trained as a scientist-practitioner with experience providing evaluation and therapy services to those experiencing problems with fertility and reproductive and sexual health. Dr. Rhodes has training in health psychology and ethnic minority studies and also works with families and children. Her theoretical orientation is primarily cognitive-behavioral. In addition to her work at Premier Psychological Services, Dr. Rhodes also holds a faculty appointment in the Clinical Adolescent Psychology program at Prairie View A and M University.
Anne Su, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist in the states of Texas and New York. She received her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh, and later received her Master's and Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from George Washington University with an emphasis in Child/Adolescent population and Assessments.
Dr. Su's practicum at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. involved providing neuropsychological evaluations, concussions assessment, treatment planning, and executive functioning assessment, for a diverse child and adolescent population . She has also practiced as an individual and group therapist with children and adolescents and provided parent support groups and trainings in hospital, school, and community mental health settings. She has conducted research with concussions in children with ADHD/LD, voluntary response suppression and spatial working memory in adolescents, and the effects of dopamine on traumatic brain injury in animal models.
Dr. Su completed her predoctoral internship at Rebecca School, a DIR-based (Developmental Individualized Relationship) school, in New York, NY. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship and continued working for an additional two years at The Monarch School, a therapeutic day school for individuals with neurological differences, in Houston, Texas. She is passionate about her clinical work with children and adolescents with neurological differences, mood and/or anxiety disorders, developmental disorders, ADHD, learning disorders, and adjustment issues. Dr. Su's therapeutic approach draws on evidenced-based cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic theory, and DIR and play-based techniques.
Sara Whiting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist who specializes in neuropsychological assessment of children through young adults. She also has an extensive background in cognitive-behavior therapy for internalizing difficulties (e.g., anxiety, depressed mood, negative self esteem).
Dr. Whiting completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Smith College, after which she worked as a Research Assistant at the Anxiety Disorders Center at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut. She then completed Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology at Louisiana State University with a dual emphasis on psychoeducational assessment and anxiety disorders. During her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center/GV Sonny Montgomery VA Medical Center Consortium, Dr. Whiting specialized in neuropsychology and brief therapy for children with chronic medical conditions, especially sickle cell disease. Dr. Whiting went on to complete her Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology at Texas Children’s Hospital through the Baylor College of Medicine.
Dr. Whiting is experienced in providing neuropsychological assessment for a range of medical, developmental, and academic challenges such as: cognitive effects of cancer treatment, sickle cell disease, epilepsy, genetic syndromes, meningitis, concussion, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, ADHD, learning disorders, and eligibility for accommodations on college/graduate entrance exams. Dr. Whiting takes care to consider all aspects of a person’s functioning, integrating their strengths and weaknesses to provide individualized and targeted recommendations.
In addition, Dr. Whiting also has experience providing cognitive-behavior therapy for children and adults struggling with internalizing difficulties. She particularly enjoys treating anxiety including: obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, social anxiety, childhood separation anxiety, persistent worrying, and anxious adjustment to life changes. Dr. Whiting’s therapeutic approach is evidence-based, supportive, and collaborative, with patients and caregivers taking an active role in the therapeutic process.
Christie Brewton, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist (LP) who received her doctorate degree in School Psychology from the University of Houston. While there, she worked in various settings including public schools, community mental health, an inpatient psychiatric hospital, and a juvenile justice facility. She has also maintained a strong research record working on large scale studies through Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital and the Children's Nutrition Research Center. Her pre-doctoral internship was completed at the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department where she conducted full psychological and forensic evaluations, provided individual and group therapy services to adolescents, and completed a rotation within the Mental Health Specialty Court. Dr. Brewton completed her post-doctoral training with TRIAD Prevention Services where she conducted full psychological evaluations with youth and provided therapeutic and crisis intervention services to an underserved population. Dr. Brewton specializes in providing comprehensive assessments for children and adolescents as well as providing therapeutic services. She has worked with children/adolescents and families with multiple presenting concerns (e.g., depression, anxiety, trauma-related issues, disruptive behaviors, ADHD) and is committed to providing quality services.
Jordana Ogunsanya-Strong, Psy.D., is a Licensed Psychologist who received her undergraduate degrees in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, she received her Master’s and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University Chicago. Dr. Ogunsanya-Strong completed her pre-doctoral internship training at Rockdale Regional Juvenile Justice Center, where she provided individual, family, and group therapy to post-adjudicated juveniles using evidence-based interventions. Likewise, she provided psychological evaluations for pre- and post-adjudicated juveniles to assist the courts with appropriate referrals. Here, she received extensive experience conducting comprehensive psychological evaluations in a forensic setting. Additionally, she provided sex offender treatment for juveniles who have been convicted of a sexual offense. Dr. Ogunsanya-Strong completed her post-doctoral training at Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department’s C.A.S.T Unit, where she conducted clinical assessments and made recommendations for community supervision clients. Related, she consulted with criminal court judges and court liaison officers about mental health statuses and appropriate placement of clients. Dr. Ogunsanya-Strong also provided additional testing for the courts to assist with determining differential diagnoses for appropriate placement. Currently, Dr. Ogunsanya-Strong works as a Staff Psychologist at The Children’s Assessment Center, where she provides trauma-focused individual therapy to children and adolescents who have been impacted by childhood sexual abuse as well as therapy services to their family.
Dr. Yasisca Pujols completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. She was hired to work as a forensic psychologist at the VA Health Care Center in Harlingen, Texas in 2013. While in South Texas, she gained considerable experience in the areas of childhood and adult sexual abuse, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Parental Alienation Syndrome, substance abuse comorbidity, and military veteran issues. In 2016, she opened a small forensic-focused private practice in Brownsville, Texas. Since 2018, she has worked independently for the South Texas court systems. Currently, Dr. Pujols provides psychological services including individual and family therapy, psychological assessments, child custody evaluations and court-ordered psychological evaluations. When not in the office, she is actively involved in the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is an avid competitor and sports mindset coach.
Dr. Anita Payan is a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP). She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Organizational Management at Emory University, Master of Education in Counseling at the University of Houston, and Doctorate of Philosophy in School Psychology at the University of Houston. She has trained in a variety of settings in Houston including Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital, the University of Texas Health and Science Center of Houston, and various public schools. She completed her American Psychological Association (APA) accredited pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship in the Houston Independent School District Psychological Services and Crisis Intervention Department. She has prior work experience as a psychologist in an academic medical setting and as a contracted specialist for conducting psychoeducational evaluations in schools.
Dr. Payan specializes in working with children, adolescents, emerging adults, and families in the assessment and treatment of ADHD, anxiety, depression, and adjustment related issues such as grief and loss. A backbone of her practice is cognitive behavioral in nature, where she works with youth to increase their emotional awareness and identify better ways of thinking and behaving to become more effective in everyday life. She also provides consultation services to assist parents in understanding a diagnosis and applying strategies in support of their child/teen’s path to wellness.
Angela Dobbins, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP). She obtained her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s in Community Counseling from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Dr. Dobbins obtained her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Florida with a minor is Research Methodology. As a part of her doctoral training, she completed clinical and school-based practicum rotations, specializing in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults. In addition, Dr. Dobbins completed a full-time, one-year internship where she specialized in psychoeducational and psychological assessment, parent training, behavioral consultation and therapy for students with various emotional and behavioral disorders. Following graduation, Dr. Dobbins successfully completed a postdoctoral residency at the University of Virginia, with a major focus on the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, learning disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, ADHD and other disruptive behavior disorders. Dr. Dobbins has extensive experience completing psychological and psycho-educational assessments, as well as significant experience consulting with school campuses to determine appropriate supports for the children and adolescents.
Dr. Dobbins provides comprehensive assessments for children, adolescents, and adults at Premier Psychological Services, as well as Independent Educational Evaluations for school-aged children. Dr. Dobbins also works in an outpatient medical setting where she provides individual therapy through pediatric primary care.
Dr. Alyzae Karim, Ph.D. is a pediatric neuropsychologist and specializes in neuropsychological evaluations of children and adolescents with medical and neurodevelopmental conditions such as epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, stroke, sickle cell disease, cancer, brain tumors, Down Syndrome, ADHD, autism, intellectual disability, and learning disabilities. Dr. Karim assesses the interplay of one’s cognitive (attention, executive function, learning, and memory), social, emotional, and academic functioning, and utilizes a client’s strengths and weaknesses to develop individualized and targeted recommendations. Dr. Karim also manages and treats patients with concussion. During her fellowship, she conducted baseline concussion evaluations for the NFL Baltimore Ravens. She also conducts assessments for eligibility for accommodations on college/graduate entrance exams.
In addition, Dr. Karim has experience with providing cognitive-behavioral therapy for children and adolescents with social, emotional, behavioral difficulties. Her practicums at Sundance Behavioral Health Hospital involved providing psychosocial assessments and individual and group therapy to patients with various psychiatric disorders. During her pre-doctoral internship at the Higgins Education Center in Illinois, she developed expertise with providing therapeutic support to students for suicidality, homicidal threats, severe behavioral issues, schizophrenia, autism, and various cognitive disabilities, genetic disorders, and traumatic brain injuries. Specifically, Dr. Karim provided individual and crisis counseling, completed case study evaluations, led IEP meetings, provided staff consultation, and conducted suicide and formal threat assessments.
Dr. Karim received her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Texas at Dallas. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, she was aresearch intern at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center where she assisted in research projects related to cognitive functioning and mood disorders in medically ill populations. Dr. Karim then completed a doctoral degree in school psychology at Texas Woman’s University, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C. In her free time, Dr. Karim enjoys traveling, painting, exploring different types of food, and spending time with her family.