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.
Dr. Kriegshauser received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Saint Louis University, with an emphasis in anxiety disorders and a specialty concentration in teaching skills. 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 in early adolescence through adults—including the treatment of eating disorders, insomnia, and broader executive functioning 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 experimental psychopathology paradigms for anxiety, examination of factors contributing to effective treatment delivery and outcomes, and the impact of novel technologies in healthcare. She is a member of and regular presenter at national organizations including the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 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.
Ms. Gettings received her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas. Julie previously worked at Children's Mercy Hospital for 23 years where she focused on evidence-based treatments for children and their families. She is certified in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), and teaches Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE) Workshops for parents and professional groups in the community. In addition, Julie is experienced in providing family therapy for parents and caregivers of children and teens diagnosed with eating disorders and is trained in Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT). Along with family treatment, she works with children who are experiencing symptoms in the areas of attention/hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, adjustment disorder, grief and loss and post-traumatic symptoms.
Ms. Jackson-Rice received her Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas. Jennifer previously worked at Children's Mercy Hospital for 17 years, where she focused on evidence-based treatments for children (ages 2-18) and their families. She is certified in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and also teaches Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE) Workshops for parents and professional groups. Jennifer specializes in coaching parents to increase family cohesion and decrease conflictual, disruptive, and attention-seeking behaviors. She assists families in developing structure and boundaries in the home to increase compliance. Along with family treatment, she works with children who are experiencing symptoms in the areas of attention/hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, grief and loss, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Dr. Molino received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. She completed an APA-accredited internship at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in trauma psychology with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio STRONG STAR research consortium, where she gained expertise on evidence-based treatment of PTSD and insomnia in active duty service members. In addition to her background in psychological concerns experienced by Veterans and military service members, Dr. Molino has experience working with teenagers and adults across a range of conditions, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social phobia, depression, adult ADHD, OCD, hoarding disorder, and general life stressors.
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 Vice President of OCD Kansas, the local IOCDF affiliate.
Dr. Sexton received her PhD in Developmental Psychology with honors and Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University, where she studied risk and protective factors for adolescents in the context of achievement pressure. She completed a clinical internship at the Adolescent Health Center at Mount Sinai Medical School and an anxiety clinical specialty fellowship at KCCAT. Dr. Sexton’s clinical and research interests have focused on evidence-based treatments, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), for emotion dysregulation, anxiety, OCD, and associated mental health conditions in early childhood through adulthood. She previously worked at Children's Mercy Hospital where she helped to develop and deliver a DBT skills-based intervention to improve emotion regulation and responsive caregiving in parents and children. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Sexton 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. She provides treatment services for all ages, with a particular interest in working with youth and families. She has over 10 years of experience directing health and mental health research projects, and her work has been published in a range of journals. She is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the International OCD Foundation, and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
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 for 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.
Mr. Hale-Gleason is the Office Administrator and Clinic Coordinator at KCCAT, responsible for general program and patient billing and financial inquiries, as well as day-to-day center operations. He also serves as Information Technology Manager. He has a background in customer service, accounting, and technology development, and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration on Health Care Administration from Baker University.
Kendall is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Kansas and a current practicum student at KCCAT. Kendall received her BA in Psychology and MA in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kansas. She also works as a student therapist at the KU Psychological Clinic in Lawrence, KS.
Austen is a third-year doctoral student in the Clinical Child Psychology Program at the University of Kansas and a current practicum student at KCCAT. Austen received his BA in Psychology and MA in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Kansas. Austen also works at the KU Child and Family Services Clinic in Lawrence, KS. His research interests include understanding the effects of trauma exposure in children and adolescents. He is also interested in how trauma exposure is measured and what factors (biological, social and psychological) contribute to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Dakota is a third-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and a current practicum student at KCCAT. Dakota received her BA in Psychology from Central College.
Dr. Hale created KCCAT in October 2005, a team setting the first of its kind in meeting regional needs and abilities for accessing highly trained and 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 Psychology with a subspecialty in Health Psychology from Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School, as part of the Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders Treatment and Research Laboratory, and completed an internship in Clinical and Health Psychology at Charleston Area Medical Center/West Virginia University School of Medicine. Dr. Hale first began the Anxiety Research Program in 2004 at the University of Kansas Medical Center, completing a fellowship at Hoglund Brain Imaging Center before holding appointment as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology and developing KCCAT as a dedicated facility. Her career has 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 students and other professionals in these techniques. She has led KCCAT in obtaining external funding through the National Institutes of Health and a number of clinical research and training contracts, and is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has been consultant to local and national media, and presenter for a number of leading mental health 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 a 2011 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. Maintaining a strong dedication to research, education, and outreach surrounding evidence-based treatment and increased access to quality care, Dr. Hale continues to serve KCCAT in a part-time consultation role, while expanding her volunteer efforts in community service.