About Our Staff

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.

Katie D. Kriegshauser, PhD

Katie D. Kriegshauser, PhD

KCCAT Director

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, the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), 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.

Jenny Hodgson, PsyD

Jenny Hodgson, PsyD

Staff Psychologist

Dr. Hodgson received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Indianapolis with an emphasis in Clinical Child/Adolescent Psychology. She completed an APA-accredited internship in Clinical Psychology at LSU Health Sciences Center and joined KCCAT in August 2019, completing a two-year child-focused postdoctoral fellowship. Dr. Hodgson's clinical interests have focused on evidence-based treatments for anxiety, trauma and severe behavioral concerns in young children (0-6) to adolescents. Her research interests include emotional dysregulation in adolescence and the strategies employed to manage heightened emotional distress, including self-harm and substance misuse. Dr. Hodgson is a member of the American Psychological Association and received a travel award from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to present her dissertation research on emotional dysregulation, substance misuse, and self-harm in adolescence at the 2019 APA Conference.

Bill Oakley, PsyD

Bill Oakley, PsyD

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 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 President of OCD Kansas, the local IOCDF affiliate.

Jillon Vander Wal, PhD

Jillon S. Vander Wal, PhD

Staff Psychologist

Dr. Vander Wal received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia with an emphasis in eating disorders and a graduate minor in research and statistical methods. She completed an APA-accredited internship at the Oklahoma Health Consortium and two-year post-doctoral training in Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Illinois-Chicago and Hines VA Medical Center. Dr. Vander Wal served as an Assistant Professor of Research in the College of Nursing at Wayne State University and most recently as Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training in the APA-accredited Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training Program at Saint Louis University. Dr. Vander Wal additionally served as Director of the Weight Eating and Lifestyle Lab and as a member of the university’s Institutional Review Board. She presently serves as a faculty member with the Professionalism and Integrity Program at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Vander Wal’s clinical areas of interest include evidence-based treatment for depression and anxiety spectrum disorders inclusive of eating disorders. Her program of research addresses the assessment, development, and treatment of disorders of eating and weight regulation, anxiety, health behaviors, and professional issues. She is a Fellow of the Obesity Society and Member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies as well as the American Psychological Association.

Kristin Gallaway, PhD

Kristin Gallaway, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Gallaway received her Doctorate in School Psychology from Illinois State University and is completing a two-year specialty postdoctoral fellowship in anxiety, OCD, and related disorders at KCCAT. She completed an APA-accredited internship in Clinical Psychology with the Nebraska Internship Consortium of Professional Psychology at Boys Town. Dr. Gallaway's clinical interests have focused on evidenced-based treatments for anxiety, depression, severe behavioral concerns and parent management training. Her research interests include parental experiences with the special education systems and understanding the emotional responses and feelings of collaboration parents experience throughout Individualized Education Program meetings.

Anna Hunter, MA

Anna Hunter, MA

Post Master's Fellow

Anna Hunter received her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Washburn University and her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Wichita State University. During graduate school she received training at the Washburn University Clinic supervised by licensed faculty psychologists and also completed a year of training at KCCAT prior to joining as a Post Master's Fellow. Anna's clinical and research interests focus on providing evidence-based treatments for anxiety, OCD, and related disorders.

Ryan Hale-Gleason, BBA

Ryan Hale-Gleason, BBA

Director of Operations

Mr. Hale-Gleason is the Director of Operations at KCCAT, responsible for day-to-day center operations, overseeing patient billing and financial inquiries, and management of the center's technology infrastructure. Mr. Hale-Gleason's interests include utilizing technology to provide more efficient data collection, management, and interpretation in both clinical and research contexts. His background includes customer service, accounting, programming, and technology management, and he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baker University with a focus on Health Care Administration.

Ilexa Axelrod, BA

Ilexa Axelrod, BA

Intake Coordinator & Clinic Assistant

Ilexa received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Kansas (KU), and will be continuing at KU's Master of Social Work program to become a clinical therapist. Ilexa has conducted undergraduate research focusing on intergenerational risk of trauma and inequality in local neighborhoods, and her clinical interests include using evidence-based treatments for patients that have anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, and addiction. As KCCAT’s Intake Coordinator & Clinic Assistant, she is the primary point of contact for new patients and general inquiries, while also assisting in day-to-day operations and coordination.

Practicum Students

Brooke Nelson, BA

Brooke Nelson, BA

Brooke Nelson is a practicum student who is currently working towards her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Washburn University after having received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Kansas. At Washburn, she previously worked in the student-run psychology clinic, seeing patients under the supervision of licensed clinical psychologists. Brooke’s research and clinical interests include evidence-based treatment of anxiety disorders, particularly obsessive-compulsive disorder and specific phobias.

Sam Nelson, BA

Sam Nelson, BA

Sam Nelson is a practicum student in his third year of the Clinical Psychology PhD program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UMKC in 2019. Prior to coming to KCCAT, he practiced as a psychologist-in-training at a community counseling center in Kansas City under the supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist. Sam’s clinical interests include evidence-based treatment of anxiety disorders, and his research interests are aligned with decision-making throughout development and within clinical populations.

Founding Director

Lisa R. Hale, PhD

Lisa R. Hale, PhD

Founding Director

Dr. Hale created KCCAT in 2005, a first of its kind team-setting in meeting regional needs and abilities for accessing 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 and Health Psychology from Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School, as part of the Anxiety and OCD Treatment and Research Laboratory, and completed an internship at West Virginia University School of Medicine. Dr. Hale first began our anxiety program in 2004 through the University of Kansas Medical Center, completing a fellowship at Hoglund Brain Imaging Center before holding appointment there as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology, and later as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her career 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 generations of clinicians in these techniques. She led KCCAT in obtaining external funding through the National Institutes of Health and a number of clinical research and training contracts, and served as a consultant and presenter for local and national media and 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 an 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. Dr. Hale continues to serve KCCAT part-time through a consultation role while expanding her volunteer efforts in community service.