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Hawthorn Children's Psychiatric Hospital Psychology Faculty

MARLA LIBERMAN, Ph.D., Internship Training Coordinator for Hawthorn, Licensed Psychologist, received advanced degrees from the University of Illinois and St. Louis University, and completed a Clinical/Community Internship at UMDNJ-Rutgers Medical School. Social Learning, Psychodynamic and Bowenian orientations inform her work and expertise in trauma recovery. Special interests include tacit strategic interventions, the pragmatics of using language to regulate boundaries in psychotherapy; diagnostics with consideration of phenomenal experience and treatment-directing case formulation. Optimizing the use of the Rorschach specifically and using test batteries to cross-validate hypotheses generated from individual test results is a passion actively shared with interns, typically resulting in their new or renewed enthusiasm for assessment.

SHANNON MORGAN-GILLARD, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist working at Hawthorn Children’s Psychiatric Residential Program and in private practice. She completed her psychology internship with the St. Louis Psychology Internship Consortium and her Post-Doctoral Fellowship in forensic Rehabilitation at the St. Louis Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Morgan-Gillard is experienced in working with all ages of clients, in a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, inpatient acute care and long-term/residential psychiatric hospitals, college counseling and career centers, and forensic psychiatric hospitals. Dr. Morgan-Gillard’s areas of interest include working with clients with depression, anxiety, aggression and behavior disorders, and substance abuse disorders; conducting psychodiagnostic and psychoeducational assessments; and supervising students in therapy and assessment.  Dr. Morgan-Gillard is experienced in working with clients with severe mental illness, and clients with comorbid clinical, substance abuse, and personality disorders. She has experience conducting evaluations of AD/HD and learning disability, affective, anxiety and psychotic disorders, risk for violence and aggression, and eating disorders. She has extensive experience conducting psychoeducational and psychotherapeutic groups on a wide range of topics including building character and values, managing mood disorders, minimizing the risk of aggression, mental illness relapse prevention, substance abuse relapse prevention, anger management, and stress management.

ROBERT SCHNIDMAN, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with over 35 years of psychotherapy and psychological testing experience. He received his B.A. (1973) from University of Missouri-Columbia; M.A. (1975) in Clinical from Indiana State; Ph.D. (1979) in Clinical from University of Southern Mississippi and is licensed in Missouri. As an inpatient psychologist at Hawthorn Children’s Psychiatric Hospital he provides individual, group, and family therapy as well as psychological evaluations and intern supervision.