2020-2021 APsaA Fellows


The 2020-2021 Winners of the APsaA Fellowship

Maura Boldrini, M.D., Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Clinical Neurobiology in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. She is a co-Investigator in the Conte Center for Suicide Prevention, Project 1, “Neurobiology of Suicide: Childhood Adversity, Neuroinflammation and Genomics”. She has been studying adult hippocampal neurogenesis in the human brain since 2006, assessing how it is affected by antidepressants treatment, psychopathology and aging. Dr. Boldrini is interested in studying the relationship between childhood adversity and neuroplasticity in the hippocampus, and the effect of genetic and epigenetic factors on it. In the Conte Center, Dr. Boldrini will study brains from depressed suicides and non-suicides and individuals without psychopathology, assessing the relationship between history of childhood adversity, levels of neuroinflammatory markers and the total number of neurons in the hippocampal subfields. The project aims to distinguish the effect of psychopathology from that of adversity. Dr. Boldrini’s research in mood disorders and suicide has been continuously funded by private foundations, New York State and NIH since 1999. She has been the PI of several grants studying the neurobiology of neuropsychiatric diseases in postmortem human brain.

Danielle Frank, MSW, LCSW is a clinical social worker at Lenox Hill Hospital's Outpatient Center for Mental Health in New York City, Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, and is also in private practice. She earned a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, an MSW from Smith College School for Social Work and completed a post-MSW clinical fellowship at Bennington College Psychological Services. In 2017, she co-chaired a conference at the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago on the significance of the work of Frantz Fanon for contemporary psychoanalytic practice. She is currently a board member of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society, and presents her writing on issues of trauma, mourning, identity and the implications of sociopolitical subjecthood on the psyche.

Andrew Frazer, Ph.D. received his PhD in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Kansas and completed an internship and fellowship in the Psychiatry Department at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC). While at LSUHSC, Dr. Frazer completed a fellowship in infant mental health, and he also participated in the honorary mentorship program through the New Orleans-Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center. Dr. Frazer splits his professional time between his private practice and serving as an evaluator for several research projects affiliated with LSUHSC. His interests include child development, family systems, religiosity/spirituality, and the integration of psychoanalytic and behavioral approaches to psychotherapy.

Anne Friedman, MSW, LCSW, is a doctoral candidate at the Smith College School for Social Work. She received her M.S.W. from U.C. Berkeley and her B.A. from Brown University. She practices as a therapist at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Oakland, CA. Anne completed training in a variety of settings including the San Francisco VA, the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and the Coalition for Clinical Social Work housed at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. Her current research focuses on social theories of power and intersectional identity for employees in community health and mental health settings. An additional interest is the role of neoliberalism as it impacts both the therapeutic process and clinical settings.

Ali Haidar, M.D. graduated from the faculty of medicine at the American University of Beirut. He subsequently joined the National Mental Health Program in the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health as an intern, working on national policies and guidelines serving refugees and underserved populations of Lebanon. He also served as an intern at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland where he contributed to the Mental Health Gap Action Plan. He completed his psychiatry residency at SUNY Downstate and is currently a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Chief Fellow at Mount Sinai. He is also pursuing further training in Adult and Child and Adolescent psychodynamic psychotherapy. His primary areas of interest include public psychiatry, cultural psychiatry, medical education and global mental health, particularly, displacement and migration’s effect on the psyche.

Carly Inkpen, MSW is a social worker, writer, and collage artist. In each of these roles, they focus on trauma, gender, migration, and how people inhabit their bodies as they move through the world. Carly holds an MSW from Smith College School for Social Work and works in community mental health and private practice in Boston. They are interested in the role creativity can play in digesting trauma and they are drawn to the free-associative aspect of collage as a way to say what might feel unsayable. Their article, “Fabulousness – What the Doctor Ordered: Exploring the Intrapsychic Significance and Social Meanings of Fashion” was recently published in Psychoanalytic Social Work and they are currently co-authoring a book about collaborative negotiation, career development, and community building.

Nikki Karalekas, Ph.D., MSW, LMSW is a social worker with the Perinatal Behavioral Health Service in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis. This service provides co-located mental health services to pregnant and postpartum across antepartum, postpartum, and neonatal units at Barnes Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospital. Nikki provides emotional support, clinical case management, and brief psychotherapy to parents in the NICU. In 2018, Nikki completed advanced training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. Prior to becoming a social worker, Nikki completed a PhD in women's, gender, and sexuality studies at Emory University, focused on feminist philosophy. She is interested in applying psychoanalytic theory in diverse clinical practice settings and broadening psychoanalytic understandings of the perinatal period.

Alba Lara, M.D. is a chief resident at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. She received her M.D. from Texas A&M College of Medicine. As an APA/SAMHSA fellow she will investigate the mental health and somatic outcomes of trauma in refugees and immigrants in addition to leading psychoeducational workshops and co-establishing a psychological asylum evaluation clinic at her program. She enjoys incorporating psychodynamic psychotherapy into routine psychiatric encounters and incorporating these ideas into resident and medical student psychiatric education. Her additional professional interests include psychosomatic psychiatry and embodiment of psychic conflict, neuromodulation of affective disorders, attachment/relational trauma, and disorders of self and identity.

Eric Lin, M.D. received both his BS in Psychobiology and MD from UCLA. His psychiatry residency and research training were at Yale and its Neuroscience Research Training Program. Eric’s work applies machine learning and natural language processing to clinical trial data and patient interviews with the aims of improving clinical nosology. He hopes to apply his love for psychodynamic formulation to digital phenotyping. As a first year VA Boston Medical Informatics fellow, Eric splits his time between the VA MAVERIC machine learning group under Dr. Nate Fillmore doing big data analyses in the veterans’ health records and McLean Hospital’s Institute for Technology in Psychiatry under Dr. Justin Baker examining deep phenotyping (with multiple digital signals from smartwatches, questionnaires, and clinical interviews) of borderline personality disorder.


Celeste Lipkes, M.D., MFA is a fourth-year psychiatry resident at Yale New Haven Hospital. Prior to medical school she received her MFA in poetry from the University of Virginia and taught writing workshops at the high school and college level. Her first manuscript of poems was a finalist or semifinalist for several national book prizes. Her professional interests include mental health illness narratives, emergency psychiatry, long term psychodynamic therapy, and advocating for providers with chronic medical conditions. This year she will serve as a Chief of Medical Education and Chief of Yale's psychiatry emergency department.

Xiaochen Luo, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University. She earned her Ph.D. degree in Clinical Psychology from Michigan State University and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Stony Brook University. She received her B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Philosophy from Peking University as well as her M.S. in epidemiology from University of Groningen. Dr. Luo' s current research focuses on effective therapeutic processes, therapeutic relationship, and psychotherapy integration.

Charla Ruby Malamed, MSW (They/Them), is a recent graduate of the School for Social Work at Smith College and an entering post-graduate Fellow in the Program for Psychotherapy at Cambridge Health Alliance. They completed their second-year internship at the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health at UMass, Amherst, where they developed a space for clinicians (specifically white clinicians) to inquire into the nature of whiteness, particularly as it unfolds in the clinical context. Charla has continued investigating what it looks like to integrate social justice work with clinical work in white clinician/white client dyads. Their paper, “A White Person Problem: Conducting White/White Treatment with a Social Justice Lens,” is currently under review in Psychoanalytic Social Work. Charla’s professional interests include the relationship between spirituality and individuation; queer and trans-feminist theory; sexuality, gender, intimacy, attachment and consent; and the creation of spaces in which paradox, conflict, and difference can be played with creatively and constructively. They hold a BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from The New School for Social Research.

Clio Stearns, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Education at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She received her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New Hampshire, and her M.S. Ed. in Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education. Her book, Critiquing Social and Emotional Learning: Psychodynamic and Cultural Perspectives, examines the ways children's emotional lives can be excessively regulated in oppressive classroom structures. Her current research deals with the role of consent as it relates to classroom management, and she is also involved in creating groups that support teachers to work with children experiencing or recovering from trauma.

Jamie Steele, MA, MFT, LMFT is a doctoral candidate in Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and holds Master’s Degrees in Family Therapy and Social Sciences. Her dissertation research examines the sociotechnical enactment of gender in artificial intelligence technologies (AI), and the ways in which these gender enactments mediate the intersecting space between the technical reality and social fantasy of AI. This work includes bringing more explicit psychoanalytic theory into the field of Science and Technology Studies in order to expand the kinds of questions STS asks. In addition to Jamie’s dissertation research, she has also extensively researched and presented on mental health and technology. She has been involved with the American Psychoanalytic Association for several years, including serving on the committee on gender and sexuality and the DPE diversities section.

Kelly Truong, M.D. is an addiction psychiatry fellow at Baylor College of Medicine, Menninger department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, where she completed her psychiatry residency. She also completed the psychodynamic psychotherapy training program at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston, TX. In college, Dr. Truong cultivated her interest in the humanities by studying African American history, theater, and neurobiology. A former circus artist and current aerial acrobatics instructor, she enjoys thinking creatively about the intersection of the body, performance art and psychoanalysis. Her professional interests include psychoanalysis and addiction, psychopharmacology, personality disorders, trauma, community mental health with focus on race and sexuality.

Jason Tucciarone, M.D., Ph.D is a research track psychiatry resident at Stanford University. He received a BA in biology and philosophy from Union College. He spent three years at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke as a Post-Baccalaureate IRTA research fellow developing MRI contrast agents to map neuronal connections. Following this he entered SUNY Stony Brook University’s Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD). There he completed a doctoral dissertation in neuroscience under the mentorship Dr. Josh Huang at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. His thesis work employed mouse dissections of excitatory/inhibitory neuron subtypes with a focus on fear circuitry and chandelier inhibitory interneurons in prefrontal microcircuits. His research interests include uncovering circuit mechanisms of psychiatric disorders with hopeful applications to novel therapeutics. He’s involved in Stanford’s psychotherapy education leading an individual psychotherapy small group and he leads a support group for internal medicine residents on ICU rotations in response to the COVID-19 health crisis. In lab he’s currently investigating the role of opioid receptor subsystems in mouse models to hopefully uncover the role of endogenous opioid modulation in the value circuitry involved in addiction, and primary drive processing during play, bonding, and care.

Liz Camarena West, MSCP, AMFT, APCC received her MS from Notre Dame de Namur University after earning a BA in Psychology from ITESO University, Jalisco, Mexico. She has served non-profits in Mexico, Nepal, and the United States. Immigrating four years ago, Liz continues to advocate for other immigrants by teaching ESL and Citizenship. While completing her master’s, NDNU selected Liz to travel to a detention center to serve women seeking asylum in the US. She is a member of the Bay Area Border Relief, and believes in the power of justice for asylum seekers at the southern border. Currently, she provides counseling services at Ayudando a Latinos a Sonar (ALAS), and is interested in implementing community-based psychoanalytic therapy for Latino immigrants suffering from trauma.