About Our Staff

While there are numerous mental health providers in our region, our team’s level of training, experience, and coordinated approach to care sets us apart. As emphasized through our mission to serve as a trusted and scientifically-sound resource, KCCAT staff have specialty backgrounds consisting of supervised training and research in anxiety, trauma, mood, behavioral medicine, and OCD and spectrum conditions. A nationally respected referral source, KCCAT has been a longstanding supporter of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and the International OCD Foundation, for which KCCAT is the only local facility holding institutional membership.

Katie D. Kriegshauser, PhD

Katie D. Kriegshauser, PhD

KCCAT Director

Dr. Kriegshauser (she/her/hers) received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Saint Louis University, with a clinical and research emphasis in anxiety disorders. She completed an APA-accredited internship in Clinical and Health Psychology at Charleston Area Medical Center/West Virginia University School of Medicine and a two-year clinical research specialty fellowship at KCCAT. Dr. Kriegshauser’s clinical interests have focused on evidence-based treatments for anxiety, OCD, and associated health conditions across the lifespan—including the treatment of eating disorders, insomnia, and related health challenges. In addition to her clinical work and oversight of center operations, Dr. Kriegshauser holds an appointment as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and coordinates KCCAT’s research activities and training programs for psychology students and visiting trainees from other disciplines. Her research interests and publications have included examination of factors contributing to effective treatment delivery and outcomes, the impact of novel technologies in healthcare, and symptom presentations and trajectories of anxiety, OCD, and related conditions. She is a member of and regular presenter at national organizations including the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, for which she was honored as part of the 2015 class of its Career Development Leadership Program (and subsequently has served as a mentor for this program). Dr. Kriegshauser is also the Early Career Psychologist representative for the Kansas Psychological Association.

Kristin Gallaway, PhD

Kristin Gallaway, PhD

Staff Psychologist

Dr. Gallaway received her Doctorate in School Psychology from Illinois State University. She completed an APA-accredited internship in Clinical Psychology with the Nebraska Internship Consortium of Professional Psychology at Boys Town, and completed a two-year specialty postdoctoral fellowship in anxiety, OCD, and related disorders at KCCAT. Dr. Gallaway's clinical interests have focused on evidenced-based treatments for anxiety, depression, severe behavioral concerns and parent management training. Her research interests include parental experiences with the special education systems and understanding the emotional responses and feelings of collaboration parents experience throughout Individualized Education Program meetings.

Jenny Hodgson, PsyD

Jenny Hodgson, PsyD

Staff Psychologist

Dr. Hodgson received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Indianapolis with an emphasis in Clinical Child/Adolescent Psychology. She completed an APA-accredited internship in Clinical Psychology at LSU Health Sciences Center and joined KCCAT in August 2019, completing a two-year child-focused postdoctoral fellowship. Dr. Hodgson's clinical interests have focused on evidence-based treatments for anxiety, trauma and severe behavioral concerns in young children (0-6) to adolescents. Her research interests include emotional dysregulation in adolescence and the strategies employed to manage heightened emotional distress, including self-harm and substance misuse. Dr. Hodgson is a member of the American Psychological Association and received a travel award from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to present her dissertation research on emotional dysregulation, substance misuse, and self-harm in adolescence at the 2019 APA Conference.

Bill Oakley, PsyD

Bill Oakley, PsyD

Staff Psychologist

Dr. Oakley received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University in Illinois, where he worked with the Center for Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders at Alexian Brothers Hospital as part of his training. He completed an APA–accredited pre–doctoral internship at the Carson Center for Adults and Families in Westfield, MA, and conducted research at Brown University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, serving as a trainer in Motivational Interviewing (MI) and an intervention specialist on a federally–funded study. Dr. Oakley completed a year of Post-doctoral Fellowship with Cognitive & Behavioral Consultants of New York, focused on individual and group CBT and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), then completed an Advanced Postdoctoral year here at KCCAT specializing in CBT/ERP. He is a member of and regular presenter at national organizations including the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), The TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors, and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, for which he was honored as part of the 2014 class of its Career Development Leadership Program. Dr. Oakley holds an appointment as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is also the President of OCD Kansas, the local IOCDF affiliate.

Raquel Craney, Phd

Raquel Craney, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Craney (she/her/hers) received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is completing a two-year specialty postdoctoral fellowship in anxiety, OCD, and related disorders at KCCAT. Dr. Craney completed an APA-accredited internship in Clinical Psychology at Kansas City VA Medical Center. Her clinical interests have focused on evidence-based interventions for PTSD, depression, and health concerns (i.e., insomnia, chronic pain). Her research interests have centered on bisexual and biracial individuals’ lived experiences as it relates to discrimination, coping methods, and well-being.

Dakota McNamara, PsyD

Dakota McNamara, PsyD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. McNamara received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Kansas City University and is returning to KCCAT to complete a two-year specialty postdoctoral fellowship in treating anxiety, OCD, and related disorders. She completed an APA-accredited internship at The Guidance Center in Leavenworth, KS, where she treated severe and persistent mental illness across the lifespan in a community mental health setting, and previously completed a two-year practicum at KCCAT. Dr. McNamara's clinical interests involve using evidence-based treatments to assist individuals with anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD, and related disorders. Her research interests have varied and included examining communication styles in military couples, treating social anxiety via telehealth, and examining the nuances of OCD.

Anna Hunter, MA

Anna Hunter, MA

Post Master's Fellow

Anna Hunter received her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Washburn University and her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Wichita State University. During graduate school she received training at the Washburn University Clinic supervised by licensed faculty psychologists and also completed a year of training at KCCAT prior to joining as a Post Master's Fellow. Anna's clinical and research interests focus on providing evidence-based treatments for anxiety, OCD, and related disorders.

Ryan Hale-Gleason, BBA

Ryan Hale-Gleason, BBA

Director of Operations

Mr. Hale-Gleason (he/him/his) is the Director of Operations at KCCAT, responsible for day-to-day center operations, overseeing patient billing and financial inquiries, and management of the center's technology infrastructure. Mr. Hale-Gleason's interests include utilizing technology to provide more efficient data collection, management, and interpretation in both clinical and research contexts. His background includes customer service, accounting, programming, and technology management, and he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baker University with a focus on Health Care Administration.

Ilexa Axelrod, BA

Ilexa Axelrod, BA

Intake Coordinator & Clinic Assistant

Ilexa (she/her/hers) received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Kansas (KU), and will be continuing at KU's Master of Social Work program to become a clinical therapist. Ilexa has conducted undergraduate research focusing on intergenerational risk of trauma and inequality in local neighborhoods, and her clinical interests include using evidence-based treatments for patients that have anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, and addiction. As KCCAT's Intake Coordinator & Clinic Assistant, she is the primary point of contact for new patients and general inquiries, in addition to assisting in day-to-day operations, patient scheduling, and coordination of care.

Founding Director

Lisa R. Hale, PhD

Lisa R. Hale, PhD

Founding Director

Dr. Hale (she/her/hers) created KCCAT in 2005, a first of its kind team-setting in meeting regional needs and abilities for accessing higher level services for evidenced-based, cognitive-behavioral treatments of OCD, anxiety and related disorders for early childhood through older adults. She received her PhD in Clinical and Health Psychology from Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School, as part of the Anxiety and OCD Treatment and Research Laboratory, and completed an internship at West Virginia University School of Medicine. Dr. Hale first began our anxiety program in 2004 through the University of Kansas Medical Center, completing a fellowship at Hoglund Brain Imaging Center before holding appointment there as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology, and later as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her career encompassed extensive research and clinical activities centered on CBT theory across all age groups, including intensive exposure-response prevention protocols for severe anxiety disorders and mentoring generations of clinicians in these techniques. She led KCCAT in obtaining external funding through the National Institutes of Health and a number of clinical research and training contracts, and served as a consultant and presenter for local and national media and organizations including the International OCD Foundation, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, for which she held an appointment on its Board of Directors from 2011 to 2014. Under Dr. Hale’s leadership, KCCAT was chosen as an honoree of the 25 Under 25® Awards—celebrating creative vision, responsible fiscal and operations management, and meaningful contributions to the community among Kansas City small businesses. Dr. Hale continues to serve KCCAT part-time through a consultation role while expanding her volunteer efforts in community service.