Brenda Aranda, Ph.D is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at DBT Arizona. Dr. Aranda is also currently an Assistant professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, and an Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University (ASU) & an adjunct professor at Midwestern University. Dr. Aranda received her postdoctoral training at Harbor University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center and Pre-doctoral training at the University of Southern California (USC) Medical School/ Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). She has also co-authored and published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters.
Dino Alihodzic, Psy. D., is a licensed clinical psychologist at DBT Arizona. Dr. Alihodzic also currently holds a position at the Phoenix VA Health Care system where he completed his postdoctoral internship. Dr. Alihodzic completed his doctoral education at Midwestern University, Glendale. He completed a predoctoral internship at Southwest Behavioral & Health services providing treatment and assessment at a community mental health clinic.
Monique Oglesby, Psy D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at DBT Arizona. Dr. Oglesby works with a variety of conditions common to children, adolescents, and adults including trauma, depression, anxiety, suicidality, and nonsuicidal self injury (NSSI) and related concerns. Dr. Oglesby is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Exposure with Response Prevention (ExRP), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT).
Latoya Smart, Ph.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist at DBT Arizona. Dr. Smart is an assistant professor at Prairie View A&M University, Texas A&M International University, and Grand Canyon University. Dr. Smart provides services for children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 18-25). She also provides individual as well as group therapy. Additionally, Dr. Smart is trained in psychological assessment.
Dr. Katrina Castro is a licensed clinical psychologist working with DBT Arizona. Dr. Castro received her doctoral training at Biola University in Southern California. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in Michigan and she completed her postdoctoral residency training at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California.
Betsy Varkey, PhD is a post-doctoral trainee at DBT Arizona. She completed her doctoral training in Clinical and Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Dr. Varkey completed her predoctoral internship at Harmonium, Inc in San Diego conducting individual, family and group therapy with clients of all ages and diverse backgrounds and with a wide range of presenting issues.
Dr. Nava Nourani received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University and is a Post-Doctoral Clinician at DBT Arizona. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Southwest Behavioral and Health Services in Arizona, providing community based mental health services for clients of all ages. Dr. Nourani’s previous experience includes providing psychological and neuropsychological assessments for children and adolescents, as well as individual and group therapy. Dr. Nourani has experience in evidence-based treatment modalities including: dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), experiential therapy, family systems work, and trauma-informed cognitive behavioral therapy. Her research experience includes working with MENA refugees and immigrants who were forced to migrate from their homelands.
Dr. Kathryn Hollingsworth received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University and is a P0st-Doctoral clinician at DBT Arizona. She also holds two Masters degrees in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Child & Family Psychology.
Meryl is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at Arizona State University and is a Pre-Doctoral clinician at DBT Arizona. Prior to ASU, she attended Mills College and the University of California, Irvine, where she studied Psychology and Fine Art. Meryl provides individual and group services for adolescents and adults. Her expertise is in mindfulness, self-compassion, coping, and emotion regulation. She has published peer-reviewed journal articles and has presented at national and international scientific conferences.
Rana is a doctoral student currently pursuing a degree in Clinical Psychology at Arizona State University and is a Pre-Doctoral clinician at DBT Arizona. She grew up in Seattle, Washington and Taipei, Taiwan before moving to Ohio to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Case Western Reserve University. Rana provides individual and group therapy to children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 18-25).
Francesca is a PhD Student at Arizona State University and a Pre-doctoral clinician at DBT Arizona. She is originally from Texas where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Trinity University. Francesca provides individual and group services for adolescents and adults. Her clinical training includes the use of evidence-based treatments specific to coping, emotion regulation, disordered eating behaviors, and body image.
Austin is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at Arizona State University and a Pre-doctoral clinician at DBT Arizona. She is originally from Boston, Massachusetts and attended UCLA prior to beginning her graduate studies at ASU.
Gabi Fabrikant is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at Arizona State University and a Pre-doctoral clinician at DBT Arizona. She is originally from Denver, Colorado, and completed her Bachelor of Arts in psychology at the University of Southern California. Gabi provides individual and group services for children, adolescents, and young adults. Her clinical training includes the use of evidence-based practices to increase coping skills and improve relationships.
Robert is a doctoral student pursuing a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Northern Arizona University and a Pre-Doctoral clinician at DBT Arizona. He is originally from Brooklyn, New York, where he completed his bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology and art. He moved to Arizona and completed his MPA at Arizona State University with a concentration in nonprofit administration and formation.
Gabrielle is a PsyD student in Clinical Psychology at Northern Arizona University and a Pre-Doctoral clinician at DBT Arizona. She is from Phoenix and received her masters degree in Human Relations with NAU. Most recently, she completed clinical training at Biltmore Psychology Services, where she worked primarily with individuals and couples. Gabrielle’s experience includes individuals and couples with anxiety, trauma, and depression.
Nikia is a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Northern Arizona University and a Pre-Doctoral clinician at DBT Arizona. Nikia is a licensed associate counselor with ten years of experience in the mental health field. Nikia has experience working with individuals and couples with diverse backgrounds and age groups. She has experience working with trauma, anxiety, depression, and substance use. She has also received training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).
Dusty is a doctoral student pursuing a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Northern Arizona University and is a Pre-Doctoral clinician at DBT Arizona. Originally from Arizona, he temporarily lived in Washington state, where he received a Bachelor of Science in psychology at Western Washington University. Dusty’s experience includes individual, couples, and group services for a diverse array of children, adolescents, and adults struggling with major depression, substance use, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and autism. Dusty has recently completed clinical training at the Erickson Clinic, an outpatient community mental health clinic, with Southwest Behavioral and Health Services. Additionally, he is currently researching the effect of poverty on mental health.
Tayjia is a Doctoral Student in clinical psychology at Northern Arizona University and a Pre-Doctoral clinician at DBT Arizona. She is originally from Indianapolis, IN, and completed her undergraduate in Psychology at Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH. Tayjia received a Master’s in Special Education and had taught special education for over 4 years..
Diamond Price-Tellez is a Psy.D student in Clinical Psychology at Northern Arizona University (NAU) and a Pre-Doctoral clinician at DBT Arizona. She has completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology and Applied Research. Diamond has 20 years of experience in a diverse variety of medical-related fields. She has conducted cognitive testing for cognitive dysfunction, memory loss, risk assessment and management, and dementia in Newport Beach, California, at Shankle Clinic (Neuroscience Institute).
Diane graduated from Brandeis University with her Bachelors degree in Psychology and then went on to earn her Registered Nursing license in 1992. She spent time in various hospital departments such as the operating room and labor and delivery until she was introduced to clinical research in 2007.