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.
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. Smith 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 joined KCCAT in September 2015 following a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Pediatrics at the USF Rothman Center for Neuropsychiatry. Her formal training background includes provision of services to all ages of individual patients, couples, and families, and includes specialty interventions for anxiety, mood, OCD, selective mutism, tic, and related disorders. Dr. Smith enjoys sharing her work through publications and presentations, and she holds membership in the Selective Mutism Association, the American Psychological Association, and the the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, for which she was honored as part of the 2017 class of its Career Development Leadership Program. She holds a current appointment as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in UMKC’s Department of Psychology as part of KCCAT's research and training activities.
Ms. Murray received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Child & Families at Roosevelt University in Chicago. 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 first joined KCCAT in 2009 when completing her clinical internship, then remained on professional staff, completing additional formally-supervised hours for obtaining licensure level as a Clinical Psychotherapist. She provides treatment services for all ages, with a particular interest in working with youth and families. Ms. Murray is a member and presenter at conferences of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and also serves as KCCAT’s Coordinator of Presentations and School Outreach Services.
Dr. Sexton received her Doctorate in Developmental Psychology with honors and Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University. Her clinical and research work have focused on evidence-based treatments that help children and families overcome adversity and mental and physical health problems. Dr. Sexton joined KCCAT to complete supervision for licensure as a Clinical Social Worker, and also serves as Research Coordinator. She previously worked at Children's Mercy Hospital where she helped to develop and deliver a mindfulness-based intervention for parents in the context of a larger community-engaged research project that aimed to reduce racial health disparities related to the intergenerational cycle of toxic stress transmission. She also developed an evaluation of a behavioral health training program to improve pediatricians' management of mental health problems in children. Dr. Sexton completed a clinical internship at the Adolescent Health Center at Mount Sinai Medical School in New York City. 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, including Developmental Psychopathology, Advances in Child Developmental and Behavior, International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, American Journal of Managed Care, The Primary Care Companion to CNS Disorders, and others. She is a member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
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.
Frances is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Missouri—Kansas City, and is currently a research assistant at KCCAT. Frances completed a BA at Kent State University, and an MS at Missouri State University. She previously served as a practicum trainee at the Kansas City CARE Clinic, KCCAT, UMKC Counseling Services, and is currently completing bariatric and neuropsychology assessment practicum training experiences. Her research interests include improving body image and decreasing disordered eating in individuals of all ages, and improving youth health through advocacy and novel technology.
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.
Alex is a sixth-year doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and a current advanced practicum student at KCCAT. Alex completed her BA in Psychology from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA, in 2013 and she received her MA in Psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2016. Alex has previously worked at the Kansas City CARE Clinic, Truman Lakewood Medical Center, and the Leavenworth VA Medical Center. Her research interests include addressing health disparities for underserved populations, particularly racial/ethnic minorities, by identifying related psychosocial predictors and developing community-based health interventions.
Marshall is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a current practicum student at KCCAT. Marshall completed his BA in Psychology from the University of Kansas in 2013 and received his MS in Clinical Psychology from Missouri State University in 2015. Marshall has previously worked as a practicum student at the Marian Center at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, the Kansas City CARE Clinic, and UMKC Counseling Services. His research interests have focused on interventions for maladaptive eating and weight-related health behaviors, as well as scale development and assessment for eating disorders, body image, and body dissatisfaction. Marshall also has an interest in the application of network analysis to evaluate the etiology and comorbidity of eating disorders and anxiety.
Jessy is a third-year doctoral student in the Clinical Child Psychology Program at the University of Kansas and a current practicum student at KCCAT. Jessy completed her BS in Psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2014 and her MS in Global Health at Duke University in 2016. Jessy also currently works at the KU Child and Family Services Clinic in Lawrence, KS providing therapeutic and assessment services for children and adolescents, with a specific interest in childhood internalizing disorders. Her research interests include childhood mass trauma exposure, global mental health, and working to address health disparities among culturally-diverse refugee children and their families.
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).