About Our Staff

Lisa R. Hale, PhD

KCCAT Founding Director

Dr. Hale 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 APA accredited internship in Clinical and Health Psychology at Charleston Area Medical Center/West Virginia University School of Medicine. Her extensive research and clinical activities have centered on cognitive behavioral theories and interventions for anxiety and depression across all age groups, including intensive exposure-response prevention protocols for severe anxiety disorders and a dedication to mentoring other professionals in these techniques. Dr. Hale first began the Anxiety Research Program in 2004 while completing a fellowship at Hoglund Brain Imaging Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and created KCCAT in 2005 as a direct service specialty setting for the region. She has received funding through the National Institutes of Health and a number of clinical research and training contracts, served as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at KUMC, and currently holds appointment as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She remains a strong advocate for education surrounding evidence-based treatment and increasing access to quality care. She has been a frequent consultant to local and national media, and an active member and presenter for a number of leading mental health organizations including the International OCD Foundation, the Selective Mutism Group, the Trichotillomania Learning Center, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, holding an appointment on its Board of Directors for the 2011-2014 term. 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.


Jeff Jaeger, PhD

Associate Director & Senior Staff Psychologist

Dr. Jaeger received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington, with an emphasis in treating anxiety disorders and multi-problem clinical presentations. He completed an APA accredited internship in Clinical Psychology at the University of California–San Diego/San Diego Veterans Affairs Healthcare System and an APA accredited postdoctoral fellowship at the Durham VA Medical Center. Prior to joining KCCAT in 2014, he served as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. Jaeger has extensive training in CBT for anxiety disorders in adults, with a particular expertise in providing individual and group treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Dr. Jaeger is also extensively trained in treating complex multi-problem clinical presentations with individual and group Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Dr. Jaeger has published several articles on PTSD, and is a both a member and a presenter at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.


Ashley J. Smith, PhD

Senior Staff Psychologist

Dr. Smith received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with an emphasis in child/family psychology and a research focus on social anxiety in adolescents, She completed an APA accredited internship in Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology at Children’s Mercy Hospital, and a supervised postdoctoral experience at the Anxiety Disorders Specialty Clinic at Omaha Children’s Hospital, later serving as a staff psychologist. Dr. Smith has been with KCCAT since 2009, and holds extensive experience in treating anxiety and related presentations across the life span. She provides clinical services for all ages, with particular interests in pediatric psychology and the overlap between anxiety and eating disorder symptoms. Dr. Smith maintains active professional roles as a committee member and frequent presenter for national conferences of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, holds appointment as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and serves as KCCAT’s Coordinator of Professional and Community Services and Outreach.


William Oakley, PsyD

Associate 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 both a member and a presenter at the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the International OCD Foundation, and the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.


Heather Smith-Schrandt, PhD

Associate Staff Psychologist

Dr. Smith-Schrandt received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from University of South Florida, with a focus on anxiety and related interpersonal and family factors. She completed an APA-accredited internship at the James A. Haley VA in Tampa, FL, with additional rotations including pediatric health, female psychology, and couples/family therapy. While at USF she also was involved in providing services for school-based interventions, healthy weight/eating disorder clinics, and the selective mutism treatment group. Dr. Smith-Schrandt joins KCCAT in September 2015 following a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Pediatrics at the USF Rothman Center for Neuropsychiatry. Her formal specialized training in interventions for anxiety, mood, OCD, selective mutism, tic, and related disorders includes CBT/ERP, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), comprehensive intervention for tics (CBIT), and habit reversal training (HRT). Dr. Smith-Schrandt regularly shares her work through publications and presentations, and holds membership in the Selective Mutism Group and the American Psychological Association. She provides clinical services to all ages of individual patients, couples, and families.


Lindsey Murray, MA, LCP

Professional Staff Therapist

Ms. Murray received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Child & Families at Roosevelt University in Chicago. She completed her BA in Journalism & Strategic Communications at the University of Kansas along with a focus in Psychology. Her prior research and focus was in evaluating the efficacy of a transitional living program for adolescents with emotional and behavior disorders, and she also worked in the partial hospitalization program at Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Hospital. Lindsey joined KCCAT in 2009 when completing her clinical internship, then remained on professional staff and completed additional formally-supervised hours for obtaining independent-level licensure as a Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist. She provides treatment services for all ages, with a particular interest in working with youth and families, and also serves as KCCAT’s Coordinator of School District Presentation Services and Outreach.


Katie D. Kriegshauser, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Kriegshauser received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Saint Louis University, with an emphasis in anxiety disorders and a specialty concentration in university teaching skills. Prior to joining KCCAT for a two-year specialty training fellowship, she completed an APA-accredited internship in Clinical and Health Psychology at Charleston Area Medical Center/West Virginia University School of Medicine. Dr. Kriegshauser’s training has focused on evidence-based treatments for anxiety disorders and associated conditions in older adolescents and adults, including interests in eating disorders, depression, and insomnia. Her research has focused on the impact of social anxiety on interacting with the social world, and its role in impacting the treatment of other conditions. Dr. Kriegshauser is a member of and regularly presents at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and has published in peer reviewed scholarly journals. Dr. Kriegshauser serves as KCCAT’s Coordinator of Training and Education.


Becky O’Halloran, MA, LMFT

Professional Staff Therapist

Research Coordinator and Assistant Clinic Coordinator

Ms. O’Halloran received her Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fairfield University in Connecticut. She completed her BA in Psychology at Keene State College in New Hampshire with a focus on Clinical Counseling. Becky’s background includes the provision of evidence based clinical services to individuals and families in both out-patient and hospital settings. Prior to joining the KCCAT team, she gained experience working with severe anxiety disorders and treatment refractory OCD in her role as a community residential counselor at the OCD Institute at McLean Hospital in Boston, where she also served as a research assistant. Becky is currently completing formally-supervised hours at KCCAT for her independent licensure; in her role here she provides family therapy and support services, contributes to primary CBT/ERP protocols, and serves as a research coordinator for new and ongoing studies. Becky holds membership in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.


Ryan Hale-Gleason, BBA

Office Administrator and Clinic Coordinator

Mr. Hale-Gleason is the Office Administrator and Clinic Coordinator at KCCAT, and responsible for billing and patient 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, and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baker University, with a concentration on health care administration.


Practicum Students

Jennifer Blossom, MS

Jen is an advanced graduate student in the Clinical Child Psychology Program at the University of Kansas, and current practicum student at KCCAT. She earned her BA from Dickinson College where she double majored in Psychology and History. Prior to coming to KU, Jen earned her MS in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland. Jen’s clinical experience includes assessing and treating youth with a variety of presenting concerns, with previous and concurrent placements that include the KU Child and Family Services Clinic and Children’s Mercy Hospital. Jen’s research interests include developmental trajectories of internalizing disorders in children and adolescents, with a particular emphasis on the bidirectional and temporal associations among parent/family, peer and child characteristics (cognitive biases/emotion regulation).


Abby Ness, MA

Ms. Ness is a fifth-year graduate student in the Clinical Health Psychology Doctoral Program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a current practicum student at KCCAT. She earned a BS in psychology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO with a focus in addiction treatment for adolescents and health psychology research. Throughout her time at UMKC, Abby has received clinical training in neuropsychological testing and addiction treatment at the Kansas City VA. Her main research interests include autoimmune disease and obesity with a specific emphasis in neural/cognitive predictors of successful obesity treatment and continued implementation of exercise and diet. Clinically, Abby has specific interest in treating addiction, PTSD, anxiety, autoimmune disorders, and eating disorders/obesity.