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Meet Our Team

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Dr. ClarkDr. Virginia Fowkes Clark is a clinical psychologist who provides treatment to clients of all ages with a specialty in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents. Areas of practice include depression, anxiety including obsessive compulsive disorder and panic disorder, behavioral and developmental problems including trichotillomania and ADHD. Other areas of practice include: treating adults with depression or anxiety, coping with family members with alcoholism or addictions and women's issues. She also performs evaluations for gastric bypass surgery, memory problems, child custody, intellectual and achievement assessments, and personnel selection and consultation to businesses, government and safety forces. Evaluations performed for documentation of disabilities for schools, college and college entrance exams.

Dr. Clark received her Ph.D. from Miami University (Ohio) and belongs to both the Ohio and American Psychological Associations.

Dr. DawydukDr. Tracy Dawyduk is a clinical psychologist with more than 18 years of experience in assessing and treating children, adolescents, and adults. She works with individuals, couples, and families, and she enjoys conducting groups as well. She believes that collaboration is the relational foundation necessary to helping individuals meet their personal life goals. With training in a variety of treatment approaches, including MI, CAMS, MBSR, DBT, and CBT through The Beck Institute, Dr. Dawyduk personalizes care by using the strategies that work for the individual. She considers herself a generalist, and areas of practice include, but are not limited to, aging, health and medical issues, anxiety, adjustment issues, anger management, abuse issues, depression and mood disorders, relationship difficulties, stress management, self-esteem, LGBTQ issues, sleep problems, trauma and PTSD, personality disorders, and grief and loss.

Dr. Dawyduk received her Psy.D. from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology and completed her internship through Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM). She has worked in a multitude of settings, including community mental health centers, group homes, residential and inpatient settings, as well as private practice. In addition to doing clinical work, Dr. Dawyduk enjoys doing trainings. She has given presentations to groups of mental health professionals, probation and parole officers, parent-teacher organizations, educators, and students in nursing, psychology, and medicine. Topics have included Effective Communication, Managing Difficult Customers, Depression, Suicide Prevention, Motivational Interviewing, Personality Disorders, Coping Skills, and Treating Sexual Abuse Survivors and Perpetrators.

Dr. Dawyduk is a member of the Akron Area Professional Psychologists, Ohio Psychological Association, and the American Association of Suicidology. Dr. Dawyduk has a special interest in suicide prevention and postvention, and as a faculty member and AMSR Trainer for the Education Development Center, she trains mental health professionals on assessing and managing suicide risk. Dr. Dawyduk is a Zero Suicide Champion and a member of the Suicide Prevention Coalitions of both Summit and Stark Counties. She also works with survivors of suicide loss.

Dr. GiovannelliDr. Joyce Giovannelli is a clinical and developmental psychologist who has been in practice for more than fifteen years. Because of her joint clinical and developmental Ph.D., she is qualified to treat individuals at all stages of life. She works with issues ranging from high functioning autism spectrum disorder (formerly Asperger’s Syndrome), to women’s issues, end of life issues, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depressive and anxiety disorders, ADD/ADHD, and couples & family therapy. Dr. Giovannelli also conducts psychological testing, with a specialty in diagnosing autism spectrum disorders.

Dr. Giovannelli earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and has taught various psychology at the undergraduate level. She also earned her Master's Degree at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Giovannelli is a member of the Ohio Psychological Association.

Dr. GoodinDr. Samantha Goodin is a clinical psychologist who works with adults. Dr. Goodin provides individual counseling for anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, LGBTQ+ concerns, traumatic experiences, life transitions, and other concerns. She has special interests in providing counseling and assessment for college students and young adults. Dr. Goodin works from an interpersonal psychodynamic perspective, while also integrating aspects of dialectical behavior therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy in order to meet each individual’s needs. She values creating a safe and supportive space to help individuals explore problematic patterns in their lives, build compassion for themselves, and try out new ways of being with themselves and others.

Dr. Goodin also provides assessment services for adults to help address questions about possible ADHD, learning difficulties, and psychiatric diagnoses. In addition, she provides bariatric surgery evaluations, and she is a member of the Public Safety Forces Evaluation team at WRPA.

Dr. Goodin received her Psy.D. from the University of Indianapolis, completed her clinical internship at the University of Akron’s Counseling and Testing Center, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Oberlin College Counseling Center. She is a member of the Ohio Psychological Association.

Dr. HickcoxDr. Mary E. Hickcox is a clinical psychologist who works with adults and couples. Dr. Hickcox utilizes insight-oriented and cognitive-behavioral therapies, and engages clients with compassion to help them overcome their difficulties. She offers individual therapy for a variety of issues including adjustment and identity issues, anxiety, life transitions, mood disorders, phobias, stress management, and substance abuse. She also works with couples to help improve understanding, communication and relationship satisfaction.

Dr. Hickcox received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, and completed her clinical internship at the Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She has conducted forensic and neuropsychological evaluations and is a member of the Public Safety Forces Evaluation team at WRPA.

Dr. Hickcox is a member of both the Ohio and American Psychological Associations. She enjoys serving on community boards to facilitate growth and change. She serves as a consultant for "Two Tribes One Vision", a cultural exchange partnership between local students and the Northern Cheyenne Nation in Montana, which fosters individual and cultural identity building and cross-cultural understanding.

Tanisha Knighton Dr. Tanisha Knighton has over a decade of experience working with culturally diverse clients in residential and correctional settings, community mental health and private practice. Her clinical interests involve the treatment of children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families using evidence-based practices. She conceptualizes cases from cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, and family systems perspectives. She specializes in working with the following presenting situations: suicidality/grief/loss, depression, trauma, sexual abuse, sexual offending behaviors, forensic issues, substance use disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD).

Dr. Knighton has a passion for working with those affected by missing persons and human trafficking issues. She also enjoys serving those in the BIPOC community that are impacted by suicidality and helping those who identify as LGBTQI+ navigate the complexities that may exist in being their authentic selves.

Dr. Knighton has served as a consultant, designed curricula and presented/led dozens of seminars and workshops on a variety of topics for federal/state grants/grantees, NGOs, CACs and national conferences.

Dr. Knighton earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Baldwin Wallace College in 1998, her master’s degree in forensic psychology from Tiffin University in 2001, and her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Walden University in 2014. She is a member of several social and civic organizations in her community. Dr. Knighton is a mother of an amazing son. She enjoys cooking gourmet meals for friends and family. In her free time she can be found reading a good book, shopping, or cleaning/seasoning new pieces for her budding cast iron collection.

Dr. LevineDr. Jay Levine is a counseling psychologist who has been in practice for more than twenty years. He treats children 10 years and older, adults and couples. He works with issues ranging from depressive and anxiety disorders, ADD/ADHD, and career coaching and change. He has directed Employee Assistance Programs that responded to the psychological needs of thousands of individuals.

Dr. Levine earned his Ph.D. from the University of Akron. His Master's Degree is in Community Counseling. Dr. Levine has taught psychology at local colleges and universities at both the graduate and undergraduate level. He is a member of such professional organizations as the American Counseling Association and the Society for Human Resource Management. Dr. Levine is now working full time including evenings and Saturdays.

Dr. SchellDr. John Schell is a clinical psychologist who sees clients of all ages, either individually or as a couple or family. He is trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and brief psychodynamic psychotherapy. Areas of specialization include: couple/marital/partner relationship issues, problems with life satisfaction, self-esteem, interpersonal difficulties, adjustment disorders, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, panic attacks and obsessive-compulsive disorders. He also has extensive experience in psycho diagnostic assessment and psychological testing.

Dr. Schell received his Ph.D. from Kent State University and completed an internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at Kent State University.

Dr. WhitmoreDr. Eve Whitmore is a developmental/clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience in private practice. She provides consultation and therapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families. Her career interests are health psychology and helping people optimize their functioning and regulate their life stresses through improved self-adaptation, cognitive approaches, and behavior modification. Her goal in working with people is to decrease risk for problems and increase resilience in physical, mental, and behavioral health.

Dr. Whitmore has served as a staff member and consultant to hospitals. She has taught Psychology at various universities and colleges. After earning her M.A. in Developmental Psychology/Disabilities and her Ph.D. in Developmental/Clinical Psychology from Ohio State University, Dr. Whitmore interned at the Nisonger Center and completed a post-doctorate at the Ohio State University Medical Center, Department of Psychology, in Rehabilitation Medicine.

She is a member of both the American Psychological Association and Ohio Psychological Association. Currently, she is a Trustee to Cornerstone Wellness, a non-profit organization, which promotes community health. She is an accomplished speaker and published author.