Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Services Faculty
ALAN BLAKE, M.S., is a Missouri licensed psychologist and Chief Operating Officer of SORTS. His BA (1972) is from Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas. He earned an MS (1972) from Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia, Kansas in Student Personnel Services and Counseling in Higher Education, and an MS from Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas (1978) in Psychology. As a public sector psychologist he has been a forensic psychologist at Kansas State Security Hospital, Larned, Kansas, assisted in the development and implementation of Missouri Sexual Offender Program (MoSOP), Missouri Department of Corrections, has been an inpatient staff psychologist in acute, long term care and forensic areas of St. Louis State Hospital, supervised psychologists preparing for licensure, and served as a consultant for the Bureau of AIDS Prevention, Missouri Department of Health. As an administrator within the Department of Mental Health he has participated in development of programming for long term and forensic populations, the development of the Missouri DMH Forensic Manual, served on statewide forensic and risk management policy committees, and served as chair of the DMH Eastern Region Forensic Committee. He has provided services to the community in private practice through Stress Management Consultants and the Center for Creative Change, Webster Groves, Missouri, with an emphasis on treatment of gay and lesbian populations. His primary treatment approach is cognitive-behavioral.
LINDA MEADE, Ph.D. (Linda.Meade@dmh.mo.gov) is a Missouri licensed psychologist, the Director of Psychology, and the Internship Training Coordinator for SORTS. Dr. Meade earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2001. She has worked with both perpetrators and victims of violence at the VA Hospital in Denver, CO, the Center for Trauma Recovery at UMSL, and the St. Louis Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center, and completed her postdoctoral residency in the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the Behavioral Medicine Institute. She currently facilitates the Emotional Integration therapy group, based on a model that incorporates affective and experiential as well as cognitive and behavioral elements. Dr. Meade also has several years' experience in business and marketing, including account management, copywriting and video production, and coordination of special events. Clinical interests include the role of negative emotional states in sexual offending and treatment, positive psychology, and the integration of traditional and non-traditional treatment approaches. Her approach to psychotherapy combines psychodynamic, humanistic, and cognitive behavioral elements.
LYNNE EASON, M.Ed., 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 two 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 and co-facilitates another process group at SORTS. Dr. Ramesh worked as a psychologist in the Children's Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis, which serves children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. Currently, she also facilitates group therapy in the St. Louis Family Courts for youth who exhibit sexually harmful behavior. Dr. Ramesh incorporates psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral approaches in her treatment. Her clinical interests include attachment issues, development processes related to trauma, and substance abuse.