Our Behavioral Health Experts

Our instructors, coaches, and subject matter experts fuel our drive to be at the forefront of behavioral health change and to offer the highest quality products and materials on the market. Our exceptional experts are top of their field and guide and support Triad’s growth and research.

Subject Matter Experts


Gerry Grossman, MA, LMFT

Gerry Grossman has successfully trained thousands of exam candidates for their BBS licensing exams since 1985. His teaching style is clear, incisive, humorous and empathic. As a trained hypnotherapist, he has assisted many people with test anxiety and other clinical issues. In 2016 Gerry received the Educator of the year award from AAMFT-CA. In private practice, Gerry specializes in working with young children and their families.


Jana N. Martin, Ph.D.

Dr. Martin maintained a successful private practice in which she saw both children and adults, consulted to numerous schools in the Long Beach area and conducted training programs throughout the State of California. She has served as American Psychological Association (APA) Public Education Campaign Coordinator in California, President of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, President of the California Psychological Association, and President of APA’s Division 42, the Division of Independent Practice. After years of independent practice, work in hospitals, and outpatient clinics, Dr. Martin became CEO of The American Insurance Trust (The Trust) in 2010. She has been recognized for her work by the California Psychological Association with an award for Distinguished Contributions to the Profession of Psychology, by the American Psychological Association with a Presidential Citation for exemplary work as a modern-day practitioner and is a recipient of the Rosalee G. Weiss Award for Outstanding Leaders in Psychology.


CarolAnn Peterson, Ph.D.

Dr. Peterson is one of Triad Behavioral Health’s subject matter experts. Her expertise ranges from domestic violence to women’s reproductive rights. Dr. Peterson is an adjunct professor at the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, University of Southern California. Dr. Peterson is also associated with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and with the National Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention as a certified expert witness.


Anne Marie Brown, LCSW

Anne Marie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pennsylvania. Her expertise is in trauma and anxiety disorders. She is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Adult Mental Health & Wellness at University of Southern California. Brown also is a certified clinical trauma professional.


Wayne F. Cascio, Ph.D.

As a distinguished professor at the University of Colorado Cascio holds the Robert H. Reynolds Chair in Global Leadership at the University of Colorado Denver. Professor Cascio has served as president of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. In 2013, he received the Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.


Liz O’Laughlin, Ph.D.

Dr. O’Laughlin has expertise is in the area of Child Clinical Psychology, specifically the evaluation and treatment for ADHD in children and parenting interventions. She has taught graduate ethical and professional issues for many years. Dr. O’Laughlin is a Professor and Director of Training in the Psychology Department at Indiana State University.


Lawrie Ignacio, Psy.D.

Dr. Ignacio is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in full-time private practice in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology, Hawaii School of Professional Psychology (HSPP). Dr. Ignacio has expertise in adult individual and couple psychotherapy, clinical psychology, personality assessment, and trauma. She has been recognized as HSPP’s Faculty of the Year in 2012-2013 and in 2013-2014, and in 2009 was awarded the Instructor of the Year Award by the Hawaii Psychological Association (HPA).


Ryan J. Kettler, Ph.D., NCSP

Dr. Kettler has expertise in data-based decision making, including active research areas in screening, alternate assessment, and educator evaluation. He is an associate professor at Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey.

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Barry A. Schreier, Ph.D.

Dr. Schreier is the Director of the University Counseling Service and a Clinical Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Iowa. His areas of expertise are in ethics and law, training and supervision, diversity issue, diagnosis, and psychotherapy.


Nancy A. Haug, Ph.D.

Dr. Haug has expertise in clinical and health psychology, addiction treatment, eating disorders, mindfulness and behavior change interventions, ethics in professional practice, and telepsychology. She has been a licensed clinical psychologist in California since 2004 and has a private practice in Los Gatos, CA. She is a Professor at PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium, Palo Alto University and an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Haug teaches, mentors and supervises graduate psychology students and psychiatry fellows.

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John A. Mills, Ph.D., ABPP

Dr. Mills has primary academic interests in interpersonal psychotherapy, clinical supervision, and professional issues, shame and human attachment patterns, frontal lobe function, mindfulness, and the Psychology of music. He earned a B.A. with distinction (University of Delaware, 1978), an M.Ed. in College Counseling/College Student Personnel (University of Delaware, 1980), and after a year of doctoral study at Purdue University, a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He subsequently completed an M.S. in Sport Science (Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2003) and anticipates a B.A. in Music (Euphonium: Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2019). Dr. Mills served as co-chair and chair of IUP’s IRB from 1989 to 2014. Mills is a licensed psychologist (Pennsylvania and formerly in Delaware) and holds the diplomate in Counseling Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is also a site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association and has served as a work sample reviewer for the American Board of Professional Psychology, a member of the Ethics Committee of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, a member of Pennsylvania Association of Schools of Higher Education Academic Program Review Committee, and a consultant to a variety of Human services organization.


Shawnmari Marshall-Kaiser, LCSW

Shawnmari’s expertise is in human development, diversity, and behavior in the environment. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California and Ohio. She has over twenty-five years of clinical, administrative and educational experience working in the areas of acute, chronic and terminal illnesses, and severe mental illness. Currently, she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California.


Olivia Loewy, Ph.D.

Olivia Loewy is the founder and Executive Director of Olivia Loewy and Associates (OLA), a consulting company that brings together a diverse group of professionals dedicated to supporting the needs of the public behavioral health workforce. Prior to the establishment of OLA, Olivia served for 15 years as the Executive Director of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, California Division. Inspired by her background as the Clinical Director of the Verdugo Mental Health Center, Olivia worked at a state level to position the MFT profession for employment in the emerging systems of public behavioral health. Currently, with a growing provider shortage facing California, Olivia has expanded her focus on building the workforce beyond Marriage and Family Therapists, believing that as public systems and structures of care expand, clinicians must hold on to their own discipline’s expertise, but identify, first and foremost, as Behavioral Health Providers. Through active advocacy and aggressive participation in the California public policy arena, Olivia informs state leaders while she learns about the challenges involved in developing the seamless systems of preparation and training needed to competently staff the behavioral healthcare system.


Estela Andujo, Ph. D, LCSW

Dr. Andujo is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Southern California, Suzanne Dworak- Peck, School of Social Work. She is a member of the USC Children Youth and Family Department where she teaches behavioral mental health theory and clinical practice courses. Dr. Andujo is a widely recognized expert and trainer on child and family psychotherapy and regularly speaks, coaches, and trains on topics related to clinical practice such as DSM 5, Clinical Supervision, LCSW Licensure, Law & Ethics, Gender & Gender Nonconforming Children and Trauma-informed Practices via the use of Sensory based techniques. She has expertise in integrating expressive arts and play therapy with children, adolescents and their families in clinical settings. Dr. Andujo maintains a clinical affiliation with varied mental health facilities in Los Angeles county, having worked in a variety of capacities with children, adolescents and their families involved in the mental health system, as clinical therapist, clinical supervisor and clinical program director. Dr. Andujo’s clinical work and research has focused on mental health challenges and clinical practice with children, adolescents and their families.


Wayne Barnstone, LCSW

Wayne is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at USC’s School of Social Work. He joined the adjunct faculty at the Virtual Academic Center in 2011, serving as an instructor, field liaison and external field supervisor. A licensed clinical social worker, he has more than 20 years of experience in outpatient mental health as both a therapist and administrator. For the past 15 years, he has trained and supervised social work interns and new clinicians and currently maintains a private practice working with adults. He was most recently the assistant clinic director of a nonprofit mental health facility in Suffolk County, New York. Prior to his social work career, he spent 10 years on Wall Street, where his last position was as chief investment officer of a $3 billion portfolio based mainly in Asia. Barnstone has a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University, as well as a master’s degree from Columbia’s School of International Affairs with a focus on international banking and finance.


Sarah Schnitker, Ph.D

Dr. Sarah Schnitker is an Associate Professor in the Psychology and Neuroscience Department at Baylor University in Waco, TX. She holds a PhD and an MA in Personality and Social Psychology from the University of California, Davis, and a BA in Psychology from Grove City College. Prior to joining the faculty at Baylor University, Schnitker was an Associate Professor in the Thrive Center for Human Development at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. Schnitker studies virtue and character development in adolescents and emerging adults, with a focus on the role of spirituality and religion in virtue formation. She specializes in the study of patience, self-control, gratitude, generosity, and thrift. Schnitker has procured more than $3.5 million in funding as a principle investigator on multiple research grants, and she has published in a variety of scientific journals and edited volumes. Schnitker is a Member-at-Large for APA Division 36 – Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, is a Consulting Editor for the organization’s flagship journal, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, and is the recipient of the Virginia Sexton American Psychological Association’s Division 36 Mentoring Award.


Instructor 1

Tisa McGhee, Ph.D.

Dr. McGhee is an Associate Professor in Barry University’s School of Social Work with over 20 years experience in the field of social work. She spent the last 5 years at Academic Review preparing students online for success in passing the ASWB licensing exam. Her research is community based with a focus on both macro and clinical social work practice. Dr. McGhee teaches Social Work Practice, Research, Policy, and Trauma courses. Through this portfolio of work she has educated countless social work students. She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and a SAMHSA Trauma-Informed Care Trainer. Dr. McGhee degrees include a both a BA and MA in Psychology, MSW and PhD with a concentration in macro organizational capacity in Social Work.

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Dr. Michael J. Kerner

Dr. Kerner has been a psychologist in private practice in Santa Clara County, California since 1986. Some of his most recent awards were the Distinguished Contribution to the Field of Psychology in 2017 by the California Psychological Association, Forensic Psychologist of the Year in Santa Clara County in 2014 and he was named Distinguished Alumni of the Year for the second time in 2017 by Palo Alto University. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for Palo Alto University and is the Educational Director and Lead Lecturer at the Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences.

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Mitchell M. Handelsman, Ph.D.

Dr. Handelsman is currently professor of psychology and a CU President's Teaching Scholar at the University of Colorado Denver, where he has been on the faculty since 1982. He is a licensed psychologist and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He served for a year in Washington DC as an APA Congressional Science Fellow. Mitch has won numerous teaching awards, including the 1992 CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) Colorado Professor of the Year Award, and the Excellence in Teaching Award in 1995 from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. In 2016 he received the Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award from the University of Colorado Denver. He has been teaching licensure workshops since 1990.

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Lynn R. Surrey, PhD.

Dr. Lynn R. Surrey has been a lead instructor with AATBS since 1991. He is a licensed psychologist in clinical practice, and he also provides clinical services for nursing homes in southeast Michigan. He has held academic appointments at the California University of Pennsylvania, the University of Indianapolis, and Oakland University. Lynn has served on the editorial board for professional journals, and he was was a national trainer for the APA Hope Program, which provides expertise in education, prevention, and treatment of HIV for practicing psychologists and other professionals in the allied health fields. He has extensive experience in teaching, counseling students, supervision, and clinical work.

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Kaynor Heineck, MS

Kaynor Heineck, MS, has been coaching licensing exam candidates and teaching workshops for exam preparation for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of candidates prepare for their exams. Kaynor holds a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology and is an examination preparation expert in mental health licensing. She has published numerous articles on exam preparation as well as other subjects in mental health through the years.

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V. Marie Fox, Ph.D.

Dr. Marie Fox has 26 years of experience developing and providing live lectures, tutorials, online workshops, and private consultation for EPPP candidates in the USA and Canada for Academic Review and AATBS. She is currently a Term Professor at Regis University, and has received their Academic Excellence award. Her broad reach includes teaching (20 years online, 30+ in classrooms), curriculum development, academic research, business, and volunteer work. She works with students and professionals in many areas of psychology, business, and allied healthcare. Previous appointments include University of Denver, Metropolitan State University, and University of Colorado, Boulder. Marie has served/s on many editorial boards, business boards, and community councils. An enduring goal is to facilitate professionals’ licensure so that they can help many others to maximize their lives.


Coaches 1

Nikki Johnson, PsyD

Dr. Nikki Johnson is a licensed Psychologist and a remote coach outside of Seattle, WA. She holds a PsyD in Clinical Psychology with a Forensic emphasis from Azusa Pacific University, an APA accredited school in Southern California. She completed her graduate work in Marital Trends and has worked with diverse populations. Dr. Johnson is currently a full-time Assistant Professor at Northwest University. She serves as the Dissertation Coordinator and chairs the PsyD Diversity Committee. In addition, she has been active in pursuing APA accreditation for both internship sites and the university.

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Renee St. Jacques, PsyD

Dr. Renee St. Jacques brings to AATBS a unique blend of corporate experience and human behavior expertise. A licensed psychologist, Renee strives to build a supportive, trustworthy relationship with each person she coaches. Her 13 years of experience with business marketing and product management give her the drive for excellence and results while her extensive doctoral training in psychology offers her the intuition and expertise to customize her coaching to each client’s own strengths and challenges. Renee earned a Doctorate in Psychology and Counseling, as well as a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology, from Northwest University in Washington state. She also runs a private practice, teaches as an adjunct professor, coaches managers and executives, and consults for non-profits and corporations.

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Jennifer Kolb, LCSW

Jennifer Kolb is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both California and Kentucky. Jennifer specializes in school-based psychotherapy with children and adolescents. She graduated with a Masters degree in Social Work with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Louisville. Jennifer prepared for and passed her national licensing exams on the first attempt. Jennifer relocated to California almost 4 years ago, and has joined AATBS to help candidates across the nation pass their licensing exams. She has successfully helped thousands of candidates effectively prepare for their licensing exams and works to encourage individuals through this stressful period. Jennifer also works as the lead content developer for the Social Work and MFT programs for AATBS. Jennifer is also one of the hosts of Coaches' Corner, where she answers exam-related questions live on Facebook each week.

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Melissa Mendoza, BCBA

Melissa Mendoza is a coach for AATBS and has significant experience in working one-on-one with candidates preparing for several different exams. She earned her Master's degree with an emphasis in behavioral clinical psychology from California State University, Northridge, where she conducted research on effective methods of delivering supervision and training. She is a board certified behavior analyst and has over seven years of experience using principles of learning with various populations. Since starting at AATBS, Melissa has helped hundreds of candidates with developing study plans and successfully navigating their path to licensure.

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Erin Elmore, PsyD

Dr. Erin Elmore is a licensed psychologist with a passion for coaching. She earned her PsyD from Azusa Pacific University, an APA accredited program. She aims to provide organization and support to the individuals she coaches.

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Elizabeth Price, LCSW LMFT

Elizabeth Price is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She graduated from University of Louisville with a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. Elizabeth works remotely with AATBS to help candidates plan and prepare for licensure exams across the country.

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MaryBeth Crane, MA, LMFT, LPCC

MaryBeth Crane pursued an education in psychology to fulfill her mid-life career dream. She gained clinical experience working in low-fee, general population clinics, public schools, and private practice settings. Licensed in California as an LMFT, she joined the Education Department at AATBS in 2013, while continuing school-based and private practice counseling. She then contracted to provide counseling to military service members and their dependents. Currently, she works in public behavioral health providing psychotherapy to adults with acute diagnoses, supervising associates, and conducting groups in anxiety management. For her initial LMFT license, MaryBeth passed the California Standard Written and the Clinical Vignette Exams. As an AATBS Exam Expert, she set her ambition to sit for every exam she was eligible for. MaryBeth qualified for her California LPCC license by passing the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Exam (NCMHCE), the National Counselor Exam for Licensure and Certification (NCE), and the California Grandparenting Jurisprudence and Ethics Written Exams. By passing the national Exam in Marital and Family Therapy, she obtained her Hawaii MFT license. MaryBeth currently advises AATBS' Education Department, providing personalized coaching in exam prep for the NCMHCE and also for anxiety management in any program.

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Caitlin Newcomb, LMFT

Caitlin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and remote coach residing in sunny San Diego, California. She earned her Masters in Counseling from California State University Northridge in 2012 and has worked in the field with children and families for over six years. Caitlin comes to AATBS with a fresh take on the most recent MFT exam provided by the Board of Behavioral Sciences and is focused on sharing that experiencing with all exam candidates. Her goal for all candidates is to feel supported and confident throughout their exam preparation process.

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Jacqueline Nienaber

Jacqueline Nienaber is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She has her own practice outside of Seattle, WA. Just like in her counseling sessions she desires to provide empathy, encouragement, clarity, and endurance during what can seem like an endless season of studying.

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Kristen Wilkinson, PsyD

Kristen Wilkinson, PsyD, is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at The Barrington Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy and a remote coach outside of Chicago, Illinois. She is a recent graduate from the Clinical Psychology Program at Midwestern University, Downers Grove. She also is a contributing writer for StepMom Magazine, and an Adjunct Professor at Elmhurst College and Midwestern University. Dr. Wilkinson specializes in work with young adults, women, divorce, stepfamilies, and bariatric surgery candidates. She has extensive training in working with anxiety, depression, body image, perfectionism, grief and loss, adjustment, and relationship and family concerns. Dr. Wilkinson believes fully in the power of self-compassion and acceptance and uses this lens when working with clients.

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Linda C. Miller, LCSW LMFT

Linda is Licensed in Kentucky as a Marriage and Family Therapist and a Clinical Social Worker. She completed her Masters in Clinical Social Work at the University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work. Linda is a native of Louisville, KY. After finishing her Masters degree program, she left her wonderful hometown to live in Big Sky Country - Kalispell, Montana; later moving to Tennessee, where her and her husband lived for six years. She began her private practice in Murfreesboro, TN in 2010 and worked with adults in individual therapy, with couples, children, and whole families. She spent four years serving these populations before moving back to Louisville, KY in 2014. She currently works in private practice and has the privilege of working with individual adults, couples, children, and families. Linda works remotely with AATBS to help candidates plan and prepare for their licensure exams across the country.

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Kristin Heider, Psy.D.

Heider is a Staff Psychologist at the University of Iowa. She graduated with her doctorate in psychology from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL. Kristin enjoys working with college students and primarily addresses concerns related to anxiety, adjustment, trauma, family concerns, relationships, and grief and loss. Kristin also has a strong interest in group therapy and runs several therapy groups. Kristin likes to work from a strengths-based perspective, helping others move towards their values with mindfulness, patience, and compassion. She currently lives in the Iowa City area with her with her husband and daughter.