Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Services Faculty
MARK CARICH, Ph.D. Dr. Carich is currently the Treatment Director at SORTS, Southeast Mental Health Center and on the faculty of Lindenwood University in St. Charles Mo. Belleville campus, Counseling Dept. He has recently retired from the Illinois Dept. of Corrections at Big Muddy River CC. At Big Muddy, he coordinated the sex offender programs, and in particular the Sexually Dangerous Persons Assessment & Treatment Program. Dr. Carich was with the Il. Dept. of Corrections from where he has worked since 1985. He spent 4 years at Centralia CC, 6 plus years at Menard Psychiatric Center, and the remaining time at Big Muddy River CC. He has worked with the SDP’s since 1989 up until his retirement. He has been coordinating the SDP program since 1990. Dr. Carich received his BA from Southern Il. University at Edwardsville, 1979, in psychology. He subsequently received his Master’s degree in 1981 and his Ph.D., 1985, both from St. Louis University, in counseling. He did his internship at Texas Tech University 1984-1985 in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Carich has conducted training both nationally & internationally on topics relating to sex offender assessment & treatment. He has published extensively in the field of psychology, therapy, and assessment & treatment of sex offenders. He has edited 3 newsletters pertaining to sex offender assessment & treatment. Dr. Carich has co-authored or co-edited the following: (1) co-authored the Adult Sexual Offender Assessment Report (1995, 2003) Safer Press; (2) co-edited the Handbook for Sexual Abuser Assessment & Treatment (2001) Safer Press; & (3) co-authored Contemporary Treatment of Adult Male Sex Offenders (2003) Russell House Publishers, along with books published from the Adler School of Psychology (in Chicago) and IDOC. He is currently publishing a book consisting of interviews conducted in the field with the leaders, called “Conversations with the Leaders in Working involving Sexual Offenders” with Scott Smith & Bruce Cameron as well as revising the 2001 handbook for the Safer Press.
CYNTHIA HACKATHORN, Ph.D. Dr. Hackathorn is a Missouri licensed psychologist and lead psychology staff at SORTS. An Oklahoma native, Dr. Hackathorn received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oklahoma, interned at the St. Louis Psychology Internship Consortium, and completed her post-doctoral residency at the Sexual Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Services. Currently, she facilitates an advanced treatment process group, supervises post-doctoral residents and psychology interns, and serves as the lead psychologist for the advanced treatment wards. Dr. Hackathorn incorporates psychodynamic, humanistic, and cognitive-behavioral approaches in her treatment. Her clinical interests include transgender/transsexual issues, sexual sadism, trauma, and therapy involving individuals with Schizophrenia and Traumatic Brain Injury.
LYNNE EASON, M.Ed. Ms. Eason is a Missouri licensed psychologist and senior staff psychologist at SORTS. Ms. Eason received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and has worked with hospitalized chronically mentally ill for over 15 years. She worked for Annie Malone Children’s Home as a therapist for families and victims of child abuse and neglect for 2 years. Ms. Eason also has worked as a therapist/program director for group homes for those with mental retardation and developmental disabilities for over 6 years. She currently facilitates sex offender process groups at SORTS and has taught a number of psychoeducational classes as well. Clinical interests revolve around therapy adaptations needed for serving those with serious mental illnesses, intellectual challenges, developmental disabilities, and geriatric issues.
SUJATHA RAMESH, Ph.D.is a California and Missouri licensed psychologist at SORTS. Dr. Ramesh received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern California, interned at the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health, and completed her post-doctoral training at the University of California-Riverside Student Counseling Center. She currently facilitates a process group. Dr. Ramesh worked as a psychologist in the Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis, which serves children and adolescents who have experienced complex trauma. Dr. Ramesh incorporates psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral approaches in her treatment. Her clinical interests include attachment issues, development processes related to trauma, risk assessments, and substance abuse.