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. 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, and holds a current appointment as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in UMKC’s Department of Psychology as part of KCCAT's research and training activities. Dr. Jaeger has particular expertise in individual and group treatments for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and treatment of complex multi-problem clinical presentations, training under Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) developer Dr. Marsha Linehan during his time at the University of Washington. Dr. Jaeger’s research interests and publications have predominately focused on trauma and PTSD issues, for which he received a National Research Service Grant Award from the National Institute of Mental Health. He enjoys presenting and publishing his work, and is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
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 joins 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. Fite received his Doctorate in School Psychology from the University of Cincinnati, where he also completed a Masters Degree in Special Education. Completing an APA-accredited doctoral internship through the Illinois School Psychology Consortium, he continued work as a school psychologist while also completing a clinical fellowship at the Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago, targeting the management of severe and treatment-refractory anxiety. Dr. Fite has specialized training across the spectrum of anxiety and related disorders—including extensive experience with youth and families and pediatric onset conditions such as selective mutism and autism spectrum disorders. He regularly presents and publishes his work, and is an active member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, International OCD Foundation, Association for Behavior Analysis International, and the National Association of School Psychologists. As a Peruvian American, Dr. Fite has a particular sensitivity to the concerns of cultural diversity issues in mental health, and provides services for all age groups in both English and Spanish.
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.
Katie joined KCCAT in 2014 and assists in day-to-day administrative and research tasks. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2015 and is currently gaining experience in the field before pursuing graduate school.
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.
Andy is an graduate student in the Clinical Health Psychology Doctoral Program at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, and a current advanced practicum student at KCCAT. Prior to graduate school Andy completed a BA in psychology in 2013 from Michigan State University in East Lansing. He previously served as a practicum clinician at the Kansas City CARE Clinic providing assessments and interventions for uninsured adults with a variety of presenting needs, and since joining KCCAT has enjoyed working with patient of all ages in the delivery of CBT. His research interests included addressing clinical questions with cognitive and psychophysiologic measures, with a particular interest in using event-related brain potentials (ERPs) and electromyography (EMG) to study anxiety and emotion regulatory processes.