About Our Staff

Lisa R. Hale, Ph.D.

KCCAT Founder and Director

Dr. Hale received her Ph.D. 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. She has extensive research and clinical training in cognitive behavioral theories and interventions for anxiety and depression across all age groups, including intensive exposure-response prevention protocols for severe anxiety disorders and experience training other professionals in these techniques. Dr. Hale completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Hoglund Brain Imaging Center, University of Kansas Medical Center, funded in part by a T-32 Training Grant from the National Institutes of Health, and served as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology. She currently holds an appointment as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and is a co-Principal Investigator on a project with Virtually Better, Inc. being funded by NIMH.

Dr. Hale is a strong advocate for education surrounding evidence-based treatment and increasing access to quality care. Her scholarly interests and publications have focused on the identification of cognitive risk factors for anxiety disorders and issues of treatment dissemination and adherence across neuropsychiatric and behavioral health conditions. She has served as a consultant for local and national media, including A&E’s Hoarders, and is a member and presenter for leading organizations which include 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, to which she was appointed to the Board of Directors in March 2011. 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.


Amy M. (Brown) Jacobsen, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist—CBT/ERP Specialist

Dr. Jacobsen received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia, with a specialty emphasis in child psychology and in the study and treatment of anxiety disorders. She completed an APA accredited internship in Clinical Psychology at SUNY Upstate Medical University and an APA accredited postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Child Psychology at Mayo Clinic. She has served as an Assistant Professor in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at HBIC/KUMC. She currently holds an appointment as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has extensive clinical training in cognitive-behavioral treatments for anxiety across all age groups, including intensive exposure/response prevention protocols for severe anxiety disorders. Dr. Jacobsen has published several research articles on developmental anxiety and presents at state and national organizations. Her research interests include the role of the family environment in anxiety disorders and the development of intervention programs for children and families affected by anxiety. She is a member of several national organizations, including the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.


Ashley J. Smith, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist—CBT/ERP Specialist

Dr. Smith received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with an emphasis in child/family psychology. Her research has focused predominantly on social anxiety/phobia in adolescents, with a secondary interest in treating the overlap between anxiety and eating disorder symptoms. She completed an APA accredited internship in Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology at Children’s Mercy Hospital. Prior to joining the KCCAT team in 2009, Dr. Smith completed a supervised postdoctoral experience and served as a staff psychologist at the Anxiety Disorders Specialty Clinic at Omaha Children’s Hospital. Dr. Smith has extensive training and experience in CBT for anxiety disorders across the life span, and provides clinical services for all ages. She is a member of and regularly presents at the national conferences of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Dr. Smith holds an 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 Community Presentations and Outreach.


Lindsey Murray, M.A., LMLP

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 B.A. 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 at KCCAT, remaining on professional staff providing anxiety treatment services to all ages, but with a particular interest in treating children and adolescents. Ms. Murray serves as coordinator of KCCAT’s School District Presentations and Outreach Services.


William Oakley, Psy.D.

Advanced Postdoctoral Fellow

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 clinical and research training. He then 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. Prior to joining the KCCAT team, Dr. Oakley completed a one–year post-doctoral fellowship with Cognitive & Behavioral Consultants of Westchester and Manhattan, New York, focused on individual and group CBT and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) services for children, adolescents, and adults.

In addition to his interests in working with OCD, anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders, Dr. Oakley holds experience in behavioral management, parenting, and relationship problems across a variety of clinical and school settings. He regularly presents at national and international conferences, and is published in peer reviewed book chapters and journals. He is an active member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the International OCD Foundation, and the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.


Becky O’Halloran, M.A., 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 B.A. 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 supervised hours at KCCAT for her full 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 Z. Hale

Office Administrator and Clinic Coordinator

Mr. Hale 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 is currently finishing a bachelors degree in business with a concentration on health care administration from Baker University.


John Jacobson, M.S., M.A.

Advanced Trainee Therapist

John Jacobson is an advanced graduate student earning his Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His current research focuses on motivational factors in smoking cessation, and his past training background includes research experiences and a Masters in Counseling from the University of Kansas, and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University. John’s applied psychology experiences have included community rehabilitation and VA settings.


Faculty Research Partner

Robin Aupperle, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Missouri–Kansas City

Dr. Aupperle received her Ph.D. in clinical health psychology from the University of Kansas. Her graduate research and clinical education focused on neuropsychology, neuroimaging, and anxiety disorders, including 3 years of training with KCCAT. Dr. Aupperle completed a clinical internship at the VA San Diego Healthcare System, focusing on clinical neuropsychology, cognitive rehabilitation, and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She remained in San Diego to complete a postdoctoral fellowship under the mentorship of Drs. Martin Paulus and Murray Stein, conducting research related to neural substrates of anxiety disorders and PTSD, with a particular emphasis on decision-making processes and treatment. She moved back to Kansas City to join the UMKC Department of Psychology as Assistant Professor in August, 2011. More information about Dr. Aupperle’s research is available at www.aupperlelab.org, and links to her currently-recruiting studies may also be found on our Research page.