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Meet the clinical psychologists and licensed professional counselors of Sankofa, a mental health treatment center located in the heart of Chicago on Michigan Avenue. Please feel free to contact any member of our team directly by email. If you are not sure whom to contact, please call our general line
at 312-344-1081 for assistance.
Dr. Jason LaHood, Psy.D., Clinical Director
Dr. LaHood is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and received his Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He also holds a Masters in Psychology from Pepperdine University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Dayton. He is an active member of the American Psychological Association. In clinical practice, he works with clients of all ages in individual, couples/family, and group formats. Dr. LaHood specializes in work with trauma, depression, anxiety, and relationship discord. His clinical approach to treatment combines existential and psychodynamic psychotherapy, with integration of cognitive-behavioral techniques as needed. He researches suicide prevention interventions and postvention work (working with family, friends and loved ones of a suicider).
Dr. Molly Pachan, Ph.D., Director of Training
Dr. Pachan is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist practicing in the areas of assessment and treatment. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology – Child and Family Track at Loyola University Chicago, and completed her psychology internship training at the Cambridge Health Alliance – Harvard Medical School. In addition to her doctoral training, Dr. Pachan completed a graduate fellowship with the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. Trained as a child clinical psychologist, Dr. Pachan sees clients of all ages, and specializes in play therapy for children and adolescents, behavioral problems in childhood, parenting practices, academic and career motivation, trauma, and international issues in psychology. She has experience in college counseling, child abuse treatment, treatment of veterans, and community mental health, as well as psychological assessment. Her research focuses on parenting practices, prevention programs, intercultural psychology, and trauma. Dr. Pachan’s doctoral research explored urban parenting practices in Ghana, in west Africa, and she continues to pursue clinical interests in the area of culturally-grounded parenting, international adoption, and acculturation issues. Dr. Pachan holds an academic appointment as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where she teaches in the Kedge program for underperforming undergraduates.
Dr. Jason L. Trautman, Psy.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Director of Business Development
Dr. Jason L. Trautman is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical Psychology at Sankofa Psychological Services. He obtained his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Schaumburg Campus. Dr. Trautman completed his predoctoral internship training at the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Trautman also presently serves as an Adjunct Faculty at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In clinical practice, he works with adolescents and adults in individual, couples/family, and group formats. Dr. Trautman specializes in work with depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. His clinical approach to treatment is integrative and combines existential and cognitive behavioral methods. In addition to his psychology training, Dr. Trautman has a Master’s of Management degree from the University of Mary and has extensive experience and training in the areas of leadership, management, and organizational behavior. Finally, Dr. Trautman is a veteran of the United States Air Force and works with and assists veterans with transitioning from military to civilian life.
Julia Burrell-Smith, Psy.D. Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Julia Burrell-Smith is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Sankofa Psychological Services. She received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and completed her psychology internship training at Sankofa Psychological Services. In clinical practice, Dr. Burrell-Smith specializes in working with adults and adolescents who are struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma. Dr. Burrell-Smith utilizes a psychodynamic and insight oriented approach to treatment that is collaborative, individualized, and strength based.
In addition to private practice, she has experience working in hospital, school, and community mental health settings. She has extensive experience working with issues related to suicide and self-injury, and is interested in cultural and psychological issues specific to women and girls. Dr. Burrell-Smith’s research focuses on psychological distress in counselors and clinicians, and is therefore particularly interested in working with mental health professionals. In addition to psychotherapy, Dr. Burrell-Smith provides psychological evaluations to individuals of all ages. She specializes in assessing emotional functioning and personality organization to obtain accurate diagnoses and recommendations for further treatment.
Kanika Shukul, M.A., L.P.C., Staff Therapist
Kanika Shukul is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and received a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Ms. Shukul completed her clinical internship from Anixter Center where she developed a strong foundation for working with trauma survivors. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Nagpur University, India. Ms. Shukul specializes in multicultural therapy and working with LGBTQ clients. Her experience lies in working with family and relationship difficulties, trauma, bereavement and loss, life transitions, depression, anxiety, and immigration and acculturation issues. She is a bilingual/bicultural therapist and has equal fluency in both English and Hindi. Ms. Shukul’s clinical approach is influenced by Humanistic – Existential therapy with integration of Eastern and Western philosophies.
Dr. Erica Claman, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist
Dr. Claman is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, having earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the Ohio State University in 2008. She completed her internship at the University of Oregon Counseling and Testing Center, and her residency at a residential treatment center for eating disorders in Oregon. Dr. Claman’s practice of therapy is influenced by humanistic, interpersonal, existential, feminist, and psychodynamic approaches. She has particular expertise in eating disorders and body image concerns, gender identity and sexual orientation issues, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, trauma, and career concerns.
Amy McNew, Psy.D., Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Amy McNew received her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Illinois Counseling Center in Champaign Urbana, IL. Dr. McNew specializes in individual and group therapy for adolescents and adults, working from an integrated existential and psychodynamic approach. She has extensive experience working with LGBTQ populations, and is dedicated to providing affirming services to transgendered individuals. She also specializes in Psychological and ADHD assessments. Dr. McNew also provides executive functioning coaching and therapy to help those impacted by ADHD, improve their school and work performance.
Denise Schaffer, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., Staff Therapist
Denise Schaffer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and received her Master in Social Work from Norfolk State University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Tuskegee University. Ms. Schaffer has 13 years of experiences working with adolescents, young adults, families, and couples. Prior to Sankofa, her previous clinical experiences includes working with children in residential settings, assisting them with emotional and behavioral difficulties, trauma/abuse, improving communication skills, conflict resolution and multicultural issues. She also works with families in crisis (biological, foster families and pre & post adopt families) and couples. Ms. Schaffer works from a cognitive behavioral theoretical approach; viewing issues from a family system, social, economic and cultural perspective.
Ali O’Hara, M.A., L.P.C., Doctoral Intern
Alison O’Hara, M.A., is a Licensed Professional Counselor and doctoral intern at Sankofa Psychological Services. She holds a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, where she is also completing her doctoral degree. Ms. O’Hara’s clinical style is grounded in both psychodynamic and existential approaches, and she specializes in working with LGBTQ clients. Her other areas of experience include psychological assessment, relationship difficulties, trauma, life transitions, depression and anxiety. Ms. O’Hara’s research experience explores how gender identification impacts personality data, specifically within the transgender population.
Lizzie Salland, M.A., Doctoral Intern
Elizabeth Salland, M.A., is a doctoral intern in clinical psychology at Sankofa Psychological Services. She received a master’s in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is currently completing her doctoral Psy.D. training in clinical psychology with a concentration in international psychology and human rights at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Her research at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology explored resilience in Bosnian Muslim survivors of genocide. Ms. Salland has received training in community mental health centers working with clients in individual, family, and group settings. In addition, Ms. Salland has received training in autism-spectrum disorder psychological assessments. Her clinical experience lies in working with depression, anxiety, relational difficulties, and trauma. Ms. Salland provides existential-therapy for clients ages child through adulthood.
Jennifer Rolnick, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Rolnick is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Her clinical practice focuses on psychological and psycho-educational testing for children, adolescents, and adults. She specializes in the assessment of personality, emotional, and cognitive disorders, including depressive and anxiety disorders, ADHD, and learning disabilities. She has expertise in working with both child and adult survivors of trauma and specializes in play therapy for children.
Additional Associates & Trainees:
Diagnostic Externs: Jackie Ghyczy, M.A. & Jessica Garcia
- Madison Hurd, M.A.
- Stephen Ham, M.A.
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