Adventure Camp Team 2021

A message from Camp Director Carmen Tumialan Lynas, Ph.D.

A message from Camp Director Carmen Tumialan Lynas, Ph.D.

Summer 2021 is our 11th year running the Adventure Camp program, and each year, I am humbled by the dedication of so many pediatric providers who are dedicating their time to learn about selective mutism. As all of us at Adventure Camp know, as well as colleagues around the world who run their own programs for selective mutism, this treatment is a labor of love from which we get to reap the reward of watching the children grow! Not only do we see the change in the children, but we also get to see how parents feel empowered when they learn the impact they have as their child’s agent of change. We also get to reap the rewards of hearing back from previous Adventure Camp counselors who tell us how they have returned to their school districts armed with the information to help other students with selective mutism, or who have returned to their clinics able to provide selective mutism treatment in their practice, including previous counselors who have started their own camps. From its inception, the mission of Adventure Camp has been two fold: to provide evidence-based treatment for children with selective mutism while also spreading knowledge and awareness to those who may encounter a child with selective mutism in their school or practice. We are thankful to all who participate in this mission!

Adventure Camp 2021 Facilitators

Elianna Platt, MA, LCSW

Elianna Platt, MA, LCSW

PCIT-Certified Therapist, PCIT-SM Certified Therapist

Elianna Platt, M.A., LCSW started her selective mutism camp journey when she was still an undergraduate at Yeshiva University in New York. As a summer intern volunteer in Boston University’s Child Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD), she participated in their Brave Brunch selective mutism camp in 2012. Inspired by that experience, Elianna continued to serve as a volunteer intern during the academic year, this time at Child Mind Institute in New York, where she continued learning about forms of parent-child therapy and assisted with group exposure sessions for children with selective mutism. These experiences solidified her decision to pursue her double master’s degrees at NYU Silver School of Social Work and Sarah Lawrence College, where she earned her master’s in social work and master’s in child development, respectively. Elianna returned to Child Mind Institute, this time as a Clinical Social Worker in their Anxiety Disorders Center and Selective Mutism Service. In this capacity, Elianna provided diagnostic evaluations and treatment to children and adolescents with anxiety disorders and comorbid externalizing disorders. She also served as the Program Coordinator of Child Mind Institute’s biannual Brave Buddies selective mutism program, managed the volunteer program, and conducted community outreach by giving presentations to parents, caregivers, and educators on strategies to support mental health in youth. Elianna also became certified in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) during her tenure at CMI, and she is also certified in PCIT-Selective Mutism. Elianna relocated to Chicago in 2020 and, to our delight, she joined Advanced Therapeutic Solutions for Anxiety, bringing her expertise and passion to Adventure Camp!

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Jackie Pabis, MA

Classroom 1 Facilitator

Jacqueline (Jackie) Pabis, M.A., earned her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Northern Illinois University (NIU) and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in clinical psychology, also from NIU, focusing on children and families. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology as well as a minor in human development & family studies with a multicultural certificate. Prior to beginning her Ph.D. at NIU, Jackie spent time working with children at Advanced Therapeutic Solutions for Anxiety (ATSA). In 2015, she initially served as an intern and volunteer, and in 2016 she worked as the Research Project Manager of a longitudinal study focused on the efficacy of intensive exposure therapy for children with selective mutism. In addition, she served as a counselor for both Winter Adventure and Adventure Camp for several years running, and also facilitated Classroom 1 for AC 2017. Regarding her doctoral work, she is focused on conducting developmental research to better understand the association between parenting behaviors and child anxiety as well as the efficacy of parent-based interventions for anxiety. Jackie has worked in multiple clinical settings over the past four years including private practice, community mental health, and a University clinic. She currently provides therapeutic and comprehensive assessment services to children, adolescents, young adults, and families at Susan Myket, Ph.D., & Associates in Naperville, IL and Florissa Pediatric Development Center in Dixon, IL. Jackie looks forward to returning to Adventure Camp for the seventh time to continue her passion for practicing evidence-based approaches with children and their families!

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Cate O'Leary, MA, LCPC, NCC

Cate O'Leary, MA, LCPC, NCC

Classroom 2 Facilitator & Supervising Clinician

Cathleen (Cate) O’Leary, MA, LCPC, NCC has had a long history with Adventure Camp intensive treatment for selective mutism. In 2013, she first heard about selective mutism in her role as a Job Coach for high school and adult transition students with developmental and emotional disabilities. While working with a student with selective mutism in this capacity, Cate realized the many challenges the student with selective mutism faced on a daily basis, and especially as an emerging adult transitioning from high school. The explanation (and acceptance) from others that the student didn’t talk did not sit right with Cate. She had the intuition to recognize that when given the opportunity to verbalize, the student was able to respond verbally. This led Cate down the path of discovering more about selective mutism, and she found Adventure Camp Counselor Training. Since 2013, Cate has served as an Adventure Camp counselor for 2013-2015, then joined Advanced Therapeutic Solutions for Anxiety (ATSA) in 2015 to provide outpatient services for children and families. Cate has been our Adventure Camp Classroom 2 facilitator for the past 5 years, and continues to provide outpatient services at ATSA. She also continues in her role as a Job Coach where she provides vocational training and counseling for students with disabilities who may also have co-existing issues such as obsessive compulsive disorder, selective mutism, and other mental health conditions. Cate earned her Master of Arts in Counseling from Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois, and completed her practicum and internship as a school counselor at Richards High School in Oak Lawn, Illinois. We are ecstatic to have Cate as our Classroom 2 Facilitator once again!

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Lauren Hauck, M.A.

Lauren Hauck, M.A.

Classroom 3 Facilitator

Lauren Hauck, M.A. earned her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Northern Illinois University (NIU) and is currently in her fourth year of a clinical psychology Ph.D. program at NIU with a specialization in developmental psychopathology. Prior to her doctoral training, Lauren graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a minor in statistics. Over the past year, Lauren worked at Advanced Therapeutic Solutions for Anxiety as an intake therapist and co-facilitated peer and group sessions for children with Selective Mutism, and she has served as a counselor at both summer and winter Adventure Camps. She also served as a clinician in the Psychological Services Center at NIU for the past two years, and co-facilitated social skills groups with children with a diagnosis of Autism and an anxiety and depression group for teens. Lauren’s research explores the developmental impact of specific parenting behaviors directed at peers and romantic partners and how these specific dyadic engagements influence adolescents’ social skills and early romantic competencies. She is currently a clinical psychology extern at Florissa Pediatric Development Center in Dixon, IL where she conducts comprehensive multidisciplinary psychodiagnostic assessments and provides therapeutic services for children and their families in a rural population. Lauren is dedicated to working with children and families using research-based practice to help them develop adaptive skills in the face of adversity, particularly because successful adaptation leads to mastery. She cannot wait to see all the AC campers gain mastery when they use their brave at Adventure Camp 2021, and inspire her to use her brave, too!

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2021 AC Counselors

Leanna Rosinski, M.A.

Leanna Rosinski, M.A.

Northern Illinois University

Leanna Rosinksi, M.A., is pursuing her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Northern Illinois University (NIU), where she also earned her master’s degree in clinical psychology and bachelor's degree in psychology. Prior to beginning her doctorate, she was a research assistant in the Emotion Regulation and Temperament Lab at NIU and worked with child and parent participants. Currently, she is in her sixth year of her Ph.D. and is continuing her research in the Emotion Regulation and Temperament lab, focusing on the very early development of psychopathology and how temperamental and contextual factors pose risk or foster resilience. As a clinician for the Psychological Services Center at NIU, and a clinical psychology extern at Joliet School District #86, Northwestern Medicine Ben Gordon Center, and Konick and Associates, LLC, she has conducted assessment and therapy with children, families, and adults. Through these experiences, she has gained particular experience in the treatment of anxiety, behavioral management, and parent training. She has served as a counselor for Adventure Camp in 2018 and 2020, and she enjoys working with campers and watching them learn to use their brave! She is excited to once again be a part of the Adventure Camp team, and she looks forward to learning from the team and all the campers to be an advocate for individuals affected by selective mutism.

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Joanna Keane

Joanna Keane

Northern Illinois University

Joanna Keane, B.S., is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Northern Illinois University (NIU) with a specialization in developmental psychopathology and trauma psychology. Before attending NIU, she graduated from Villanova University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in counseling. While she was there, she volunteered with children in a domestic violence shelter and engaged in research examining the effectiveness of a parenting intervention for families experiencing homelessness. For the past year, she has been working as a clinician in NIU’s Psychological Services Center where she has offered therapeutic services to clients presenting with a variety of concerns including anxiety disorders. Her current research focuses on how the family unit can promote resilient child outcomes in families experiencing adversity. When Joanna heard about selective mutism treatment offered through Adventure Camp, she naturally wanted to be a part of it. Joanna is excited to combine her passion of working with children and providing accessible, evidence-based treatments through her work as an Adventure Camp Counselor!

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Zelina "Nina" Paupaw, M.A.

Zelina "Nina" Paupaw, M.A.

Adler University

Zelina (Nina) Christina Paupaw, M.A., has a special place in her heart for those coping with anxiety conditions. Inspired by a close family member who experiences anxiety and autism, Nina sees Adventure Camp as an opportunity to combine knowledge from her personal experience with her clinical training in this hands-on exposure therapy approach to treat children with selective mutism. Nina holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology and a master’s degree in military psychology, both from Adler University. She is currently pursuing her Psy.D. in clinical psychology, also from Adler University. Currently, Nina works at the Lovell VA in North Chicago, providing outpatient therapy to veterans, including prolonged exposure therapy. She has also completed rotations at the Diamond Headache Clinic and Access Behavioral Health, where she conducted psychological assessment batteries to formulate diagnoses for patients experiencing chronic migraines and intellectual disability, respectively. Before starting her doctorate journey, Nina lived in Florida and worked as a Family Teacher Assistant and Case Manager for youths in residential care addressing behavioral problems, worked with children in the DCFS system, and taught first and third grade Math, English, and Science as an extended day group leader in an elementary school. Nina is ecstatic with the opportunity to be an Adventure Camp counselor and getting back to working with kids again. She cannot wait to meet all the brave campers!

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Emily (Xinyi) Zhou, M.A.

Emily (Xinyi) Zhou, M.A.

Wheaton College

Emily (Xinyi) Zhou, M.A. is currently pursuing her Psy.D in clinical psychology at Wheaton College with a concentration in neuropsychology. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Emily completed her bachelor’s degree in medicine in China and her master’s degree in counseling in Singapore. She has had experiences working with children and adults in a variety of settings including hospital, community services, schools, and private practices. Common treatment issues include depression, anxiety, trauma, cross-cultural adjustment, and family/parenting concerns. She has provided treatment to individuals with severe psychiatric challenges in an intensive therapy program and partial hospitalization program. For the past year, she has been working at AMITA Health Pediatric Brain to provide comprehensive neuropsychological assessment to children and adolescents struggling with a variety of neurodevelopmental and medical conditions. Her current research projects include topics related to autism spectrum assessment and neurocognitive disorders. Selective mutism is sometimes misdiagnosed as autism. While selective mutism can co-exist with autism, it is not always the case that a child with selective mutism is also on the autism spectrum. By gaining hands-on experience through Adventure Camp, Emily will have a better understanding of the nuances of selective mutism, which will in turn help her provide more accurate assessments and diagnostic clarification for families. Emily is passionate about working with children and is excited to provide evidence-based interventions to support the campers and their families!

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Gloria Arteaga

Gloria Arteaga

Horizon Science Academy

Gloria Arteaga, B.A., is currently employed as a Special Education Teacher at Horizon Science Academy Belmont. Gloria realized she wanted to work in a school setting with diverse learners after working as an Intake Coordinator at Advanced Therapeutic Solutions for Anxiety (ATSA) where she also served as a counselor for Adventure Camp in 2019, Winter Adventure in 2020 and 2021, and also facilitated Classroom 1 for Adventure Camp 2020. Prior to ATSA, Gloria was the Aquatics Supervisor at the Wheeling Park District where she taught swimming lessons, trained lifeguards and swim instructors, and communicated with parents about their child’s progress in the swim program. Gloria is bilingual in English and Spanish, and she has also completed two years of instruction in American Sign Language. Her diverse language skills have enabled her to expand the diversity of children she is able to teach. Gloria holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in sociology from the University of Illinois in Chicago, and she intends to pursue graduate studies in the near future. Gloria's dream is to open her own clinical practice in Mexico, where she has witnessed a lack of mental health services and the stigma behind mental health issues. She is very excited to be part of Adventure Camp for a fifth time! She is eager to continue to gain knowledge and skills about the treatment of selective mutism, which she will carry into her current role as a special education teacher, her future training as a clinician, and for spreading awareness to Spanish-speaking communities.

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Alyssa Mielock, M.A.

Alyssa Mielock, M.A.

Northern Illinois University

Alyssa Mielock, M.A., is pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Northern Illinois University (NIU), with a focus on trauma and PTSD. She graduated from UNC Greensboro with a major in psychology and a minor in American Sign Language. Then, she moved to Nashville, TN as a researcher at Meharry Medical College working with women who experienced interpersonal violence. At NIU, Alyssa’s research focuses on understanding how self-compassion may improve loneliness and psychopathology like anxiety, depression, and PTSD. As part of the Adventure Camp treatment for selective mutism, counselors model self compassion by accepting when things don’t go as planned, and learning that they can still be successful by using their brave in the presence of anxiety. After the rewarding experience of working with Adventure Camp campers in previous summer and winter camps, Alyssa is back for another round! She is excited to support children with selective mutism and their families once again this summer.

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Sabrina Ung

Sabrina Ung

Northern Illinois University

Sabrina Ung is pursuing her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Northern Illinois University (NIU) with a specialization in developmental psychopathology. Prior to beginning her doctorate, Sabrina worked with children ages 2 ½ through 5 years old in a preschool setting, and graduated from University of California, Irvine with bachelor’s degrees in psychology and social behavior and education sciences. For the past year, she has worked as a clinician at NIU’s Psychological Services center providing therapeutic and assessment services to children and adults with various diagnoses. Sabrina’s current research focuses on children’s emotion regulation, parenting behaviors, and home environments, making her an excellent choice for serving as an Adventure Camp Counselor, particularly because working with a child’s ecosystem (school, community, home) and emotion regulation (distress tolerance) are essential aspects of treating children with selective mutism. This is Sabrina’s second time as an Adventure Camp Counselor, and she is excited to use her brave with the campers again this summer!

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Ben Laman-Maharg, M.A.

Ben Laman-Maharg, M.A.

Northern Illinois University

Ben Laman-Maharg, M.A., is a Ph.D. candidate in clinical psychology at NIU, where he also earned his master’s degree in clinical psychology. Prior to pursuing his doctorate, Ben completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Ben is working towards a specialty in behavioral and exposure-based treatments and has clinical experience working with both adults and children. Given that the Adventure Camp treatment for selective mutism is a behavioral and exposure-based program, Ben was eager to participate. Ben has previously served as a counselor for both Winter Adventure and Adventure Camp. He has also had training experiences in the Trauma-Services Program at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital providing individual therapy to military veterans diagnosed with PTSD, as well as at the NIU Psychological Services Center providing individual therapy and assessment services to adults. He recently began a clinical practicum at OakHeart, Center for Counseling, Mediation, and Consultation in Aurora, IL. His research focuses on the commonalities between many different anxiety- and fear-based psychological disorders. Ben is very excited to come back to Adventure Camp this year and meet all the new campers!

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Cassandra "Cassie" Mick

Cassandra "Cassie" Mick

Northern Illinois University

Cassandra (Cassie) Mick, M.Ed. is pursuing her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Northern Illinois University. She holds a master's degree in child studies from Vanderbilt University and a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Southeast Missouri State University. She previously worked as a Behavior Specialist at Rogers Behavioral Health – Nashville serving children with OCD and anxiety disorders and their families using exposure therapy. Cassandra currently works in the Psychological Services Center at Northern Illinois University providing evidence-based treatment for a variety of mental health concerns and conducting psychological assessments. She also works at Susan Myket, Ph.D. & Associates providing psychological assessment services to children and adults. Cassie is looking forward to her role as an Adventure Camp counselor this summer, working with children and families coping with selective mutism. She is excited to meet all the campers and their families!

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Meghan Riordan

Meghan Riordan

Loyola University Chicago

Meghan Riordan is currently pursuing her Ed.S (Education Specialist) in clinical mental health counseling at Loyola University Chicago. Prior to attending Loyola, she graduated from Butler University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology. While she was there, she volunteered with students at the Indiana School for the Blind and Vision Impaired where she interacted with adolescents through stimulating sensory activities and games to increase their confidence and curiosity. For the past year, Meghan has been employed as a Girls Travel Volleyball Coach at MOD Volleyball Club. Here, she educates children from the ages of 9-18 on volleyball skills, the importance of teamwork, and ways to set and achieve goals. Along with previous research Meghan has done covering the effects of a student’s confidence on their performance based on their perceptions of the task; these opportunities have solidified Meghan’s love for working with adolescents to help build their confidence and allow them to reach their full potential. She strives to work as a counselor in a school setting and potentially open her own private practice to work with children and young adults who face performance anxiety and stress from athletics. Meghan knows that in her future role as a school counselor, she may encounter a student with selective mutism. While her Education Specialist program at Loyola will cover diagnostic information about selective mutism, Meghan seeks the hands-on experience provided by Adventure Camp to gain a better understanding of helping children with selective mutism. Meghan is eager to get to know the team, campers, and more about the practices for students with selective mutism this year as an Adventure Camp Counselor!

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Sophie Zolinski

Sophie Zolinski

Northern Illinois University

Sophie Zolinski, B.A., is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Northern Illinois University (NIU) with a dual focus in child clinical and adult trauma psychology. Prior to beginning her doctoral training, Sophie graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, then went on to work as a research assistant and project coordinator for the University of Texas Health Science Center. She primarily worked on a research study aiming to reduce parenting stress throughout the deployment cycle for military families stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. This experience inspired Sophie’s passion for working within the family system to better understand parent and child mental health and promote resilience in families. Sophie’s current research focuses on how parents’ traumatic experiences impact parenting behaviors, family functioning, and child development. Over the past year, she has worked as a clinician at NIU’s Psychological Services center, providing therapeutic and assessment services to adults with various diagnoses. Sophie has heard fantastic things about the Adventure Camp experience and learning about selective mutism from her NIU colleagues, and she is excited to meet the brave campers attending this summer. Further, she is grateful for the opportunity to learn from the team and campers alike about supporting children and families affected by selective mutism.

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Britney Blackmon, M.Ed.

Britney Blackmon, M.Ed.

Roosevelt University

Britney Blackmon, M.Ed., holds her current master’s in education from DePaul University, and she is pursuing a second master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a Clinical Child and Family Psychology concentration from Roosevelt University, with the career goal to provide counseling to children and families. Britney has volunteered as a clinical research assistant in DePaul’s Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) lab where she learned about PCIT and which lended nicely to learning about PCIT-SM through the Adventure Camp selective mutism treatment program when she participated as a counselor in 2019. Britney currently works as a student advisor for young adults in higher education, and has also worked as an after-school instructor for Youth Guidance, Inc. Britney has demonstrated a history of supporting children and families through her volunteer experiences. Because of her passion to help children, she dedicates time each week to read, tutor and mentor in and outside the community. For example, she is a volunteer tutor and mentor with DuPage County’s Bridge Communities, where she meets with at least two elementary school children each week to help with homework, discuss interests, and assist them through difficult times in their lives. She also volunteers reading time with children, 8 – 10 years old, in the Working in The School (WITS) program once per week at Roosevelt University. Britney has an interest in counseling those with anxiety, and she is excited to return to Adventure Camp for another summer of working with children and families impacted by selective mutism.

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Logan Riffle, M.A.

Logan Riffle, M.A.

Northern Illinois University

Logan Riffle, M.A., is pursuing her Ph.D. in school psychology at Northern Illinois University (NIU). As a budding school psychologist, Logan values the importance of learning about anxiety, and in particular about selective mutism, given that many schools struggle with knowing how to support students with selective mutism. She has worked in various school districts with children of many ages as part of her doctorate program at NIU. Last year, Logan worked as a school psychology extern in two elementary school buildings assessing behavioral, social-emotional, and academic concerns, as well as taking part in multidisciplinary team meetings, and consultation with parents and teachers. Next year she will be a psychodiagnostic practicum clinician at a behavioral hospital. Logan is also actively involved in research primarily focusing on bullying behavior (including cyberbullying behavior) and a range of social-emotional concerns. Logan has participated in Winter Adventure Camp and is excited to join us again for Adventure Camp this summer!

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2021 Summer Interns

John Fioravanti

John Fioravanti

University of Michigan

John Fioravanti is a rising fifth year student at the University of Michigan where he will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in German and psychology. He intends to find professional work before returning to graduate school to pursue a career in clinical psychology. At the University of Michigan, John has pursued previous coursework in vocal performance. As a result of learning Italian, he realized an interest in foreign languages, majored in German, and spent six months living in Freiburg, Germany before the onset of COVID-19. After returning home, he decided to pursue a degree in psychology, a decision largely informed by his intensive, personal experience in psychoanalysis; to learn more about psychology would be to learn more about himself and the surrounding human world. Some of John’s hobbies and interests include: physical exercise, meditation, philosophy, psychology, religion, stand up comedy, and Japanese anime. Previously he has been a camp counselor at Camp Country Lad and has worked part-time at his alma mater, Harding Academy. He is excited to join ATSA for a summer internship which promises professional experience, a glimpse into the field of clinical psychology, and a better understanding of himself. He expects to be inspired by witnessing ATSA patients as they find their Brave.

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Mary Nellett

Mary Nellett

Arizona State University

Mary Nellett is a rising junior at Arizona State University where she is pursuing a double major in psychology and neuroscience. At Arizona State, she serves as a research assistant in the Evolutionary Social Cognition Lab, which studies the influence of evolution on social behaviors. She is also a manager for a service that offers free on campus rides to students to ensure they make it home safely at night. Post graduation, she strives to attend medical school to become a psychiatrist. Ideally, Mary would like to work with children and adolescents, but is open to all age groups. She has past experience working with children when she was a swim lesson instructor. She is extremely grateful for the opportunity to intern at ATSA and to learn more about anxiety in a hands-on setting. She is eager to be a part of this year’s Adventure Camp and help kids use their brave!

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Gillian Weeks

Gillian Weeks

Wesleyan University

Gillian (Gillie) Weeks is a rising senior at Wesleyan University majoring in Psychology. At Wesleyan, she serves as a research assistant in the Reasoning and Decision Making Lab, a cognitive psychology research lab studying biases in human decision making. After graduating, she hopes to earn a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology, with the goal of becoming a practicing therapist. Within the field of psychology, she is interested in specializing in anxiety disorders and trauma. She is very grateful for the opportunity to gain clinical experience as a summer intern at Advanced Therapeutic Solutions for Anxiety. Gillie has worked as a regular camp counselor for many years, and is excited to apply those skills to a clinical camp setting during Adventure Camp. She can't wait to help kids with selective mutism overcome their fears and see their progress throughout the Adventure Camp week!

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Iris  Li

Iris Li

Wellesley College

Iris Li is a rising senior at Wellesley College, MA. She is pursuing a major in Psychology and a major in Chemistry. At Wellesley College, she serves as a research assistant and lab coordinator in a personality and self-concept research lab. As an international student from China, she is passionate about mental health and inclusion and equity. She is currently a Community Inclusion Facilitator at Wellesley and she is seeking ways to improve mental health equity in her community. Iris is determined to go into a career in psychology but she is hoping to learn more about the different fields, which is something she looks forward to during her internship at ATSA.

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McKenzie Schwartz

McKenzie Schwartz

Butler University

Mckenzie Schwartz is a rising junior at Butler University majoring in Psychology with a minor in Communications Sciences and Disorders. At Butler she is active in her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, and participates in a discussion-based group, called “Advocates for Autism”, that talks about multiple topics that are present in the Autistic community. Through such, she has gained a special interest in advocating for the disabled community and making life more accessible for them. She is interested in a variety of career paths concerning the Psychology field but is also considering Speech-Language Pathology. Mckenzie is most interested in sensory perception and is planning to join an undergraduate lab this fall that focuses on such. After graduating, she hopes to continue her studies at graduate school. Unsure as to which path she would like to take, she is very excited about learning about the multiple career options available through the ATSA summer internship program. Mckenzie is thrilled to participate in this year’s Adventure Camp and help kids with selective mutism use their brave!

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Kiara White

Kiara White

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Kiara White is a rising junior at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she is majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Social Psychology. After graduating, she hopes to either attend graduate school and earn a Doctorate Degree in Psychology or take a gap year after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology to achieve other things she enjoys doing. Kiara is passionate about working with a variety of age groups through various jobs and volunteer opportunities such as hospitals, working at park districts, summer camps, and volunteering at afterschool programs. She has worked with younger children throughout her life and plans to continue in her future career plans. Additionally, she volunteers at Turn The Page in the local community and plans to start a women empowerment RSO on campus and begin volunteering at pantries and shelters near the Champaign area. Kiara is looking forward to an exciting and unique summer as an intern at Advanced Therapeutic Solutions for Anxiety while hoping to make a positive impact on children with Selective Mutism.

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