Burrell – Springfield

Match # 192514 (Springfield, MO)

Internship positions available: 6
Residency/Job positions available: 5

It is the goal of Burrell Behavioral Health Center to produce well trained psychologists with skills in community behavioral healthcare through appropriate and meaningful rotations and supportive/encouraging supervision. The Central Region Campus is located in Springfield, Missouri and though the population of Greene County is fairly racially homogeneous, there is a rapidly growing Hispanic/Latino population. The area continues to grow in older adult population as the area is attractive to retirees. The area continues to be relatively heavily impacted by poverty, as evidenced by high Medicaid population and high free/reduced lunch proportions in public schools. Opportunities include but are not limited to general outpatient services across the lifespan, autism spectrum services, adolescent substance abuse, child/youth community psychiatric rehabilitation centers (CPRC), adult CPRC, senior adult CPRC, and residential treatment for youth.

Burrell Interns will also gain a variety of advanced assessment experience through rotations with MAPS @ Burrell (previously Midwest Assessment and Psychotherapy Solutions). MAPS@Burrell operates under a private practice model, providing extensive assessments ranging from neuropsychological assessments, forensic assessments, and comprehensive assessment batteries across the lifespan. Interns in these positions will have major and minor rotation options they will choose from during their site orientation, based on experience, interest areas, and site office needs.

Interns within Burrell will complete two major rotations in the areas of Intervention and Assessment. They will also select at least one minor rotation. Intervention services may include individual therapy for all ages, family therapy, couples therapy, and group therapy. The Assessment rotation is designed to enhance the already established skill and knowledge base in the area of psychological assessment. The intern is expected to complete a minimum of 10 full psychological batteries focusing on the integration of various tests and report writing skills. The intern will be closely supervised through the process of conducting assessments. As competency is gained, the supervisor will allow a greater degree of autonomy. The intern is expected to incrementally become more proficient and sophisticated in their ability to perform and report assessments and results as the internship progresses. Interns will also conduct initial assessments and eligibility determinations as a major rotation experience which involves completing intake assessments and future treatment planning with clients. Interns will become familiar with all services Burrell offers and will assist clients in enrolling in eligible services which will assist in their continuum of care.

Examples of available minor rotations include the following: Addictions, Children’s Day Treatment, Autism, Neuropsychological Assessment, and Integration. The interns’ training and rotations will be highly influenced by their preferences and areas of interest. They will receive information about each of the minor rotations available during their site orientation and will work with their supervisor to select the rotations which best fit their training goals.

Our Supervisors

Burrell Main Office

AnnElise Parkhurst, Ph.D.

Dr. AnnElise Parkhurst attended the University of Missouri at Columbia and has practiced psychology on the doctoral level since 1990. She has delivered both individual and group psychotherapy to a wide range of clients, experiencing everything from adjustment disorders to psychoses, in community mental health and hospital settings. In 1996 she joined the faculty of Forest Institute of Professional Psychology where she focused on teaching clinical psychology and providing clinical supervision for practicum students and psychology interns. She additionally served there as the Director of Clinical Training (2004 – 2008) and the Director of the Internship program (2004- 2012). Her specific interests include interpersonal/psychodynamic psychotherapy and group therapy and clinical supervision.

Devin Shelton, Psy.D.

Dr. Devin Shelton graduated with her doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2012 from The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute. Prior to receiving her doctorate, she obtained a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy also from The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute. She completed her internship and residency through the National Psychology Training Consortium. Dr. Shelton has ample training and experience in child psychological evaluations, which she continues to conduct regularly. She is also a trained facilitator for PREP, as well as Love and Logic parenting education classes.

Shawna Baron, Psy.D.

Dr. Baron is a 2012 graduate of Forest Institute of Professional Psychology’s doctoral program in clinical psychology. While attending Forest Institute, Dr. Baron focused on Psychodynamic and Humanistic  therapy and interned with the South Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center. She has served as an expert witness and is certified as a forensic examiner in the state of Florida. She completed her postdoctoral residency in 2013 with Treasure Coast Forensic Treatment Center, focusing on forensic psychology. She has practiced at Burrell Behavioral Health since 2014 as an Outpatient Psychologist. She has also worked in the field of treatment of sexually violent predators. Dr. Baron has special interests in forensic issues, psychopharmacology, stress and trauma in law enforcement, and religious identity.

Kristen Thompson, Ph.D.

Dr. Kristen Thompson received her clinical psychology doctoral degree in 2016 from Northern Illinois University, where she completed a special emphasis in child psychology and conducted research on interpersonal violence and mindfulness. Dr. Thompson completed internship at the University of Michigan Mary A. Rackham Institute, where she provided assessment and psychotherapy services for clients across the lifespan and with an array of presenting problems. She went on complete a fellowship in pediatric psychology at Children’s Mercy Hospital, where she worked closely with medical providers in the hospital and in integrated specialty and primary care clinics, providing services to patients with chronic health conditions, traumatic injuries, and mental health disorders. Dr. Thompson also received specialized training in working with transgender youth during fellowship, and this continues to be an area of interest. Dr. Thompson’s primary area of interest is integrated healthcare and she is currently working as the Pediatric Integration Coordinator at Burrell Behavioral Health, where she is developing programs with medical partners to provide primary care behavioral health consultation in local pediatric clinics.

Lori Lawrenz, Psy.D.

Dr. Lawrenz is a licensed psychologist with Burrell Behavioral Health. Her work involves psychological evaluations with adult clients including diagnostic evaluations and evaluations to assist with medical issues such as pre-surgical evaluations for those interested in bariatric surgery or spinal cord stimulator procedures. She did a post-doctoral residency in behavioral medicine through Cox Health Consultation and Liaison services. Houston Psychotherapy Institute was a multi-site internship with a collaborative staff of diverse opportunities for training which included a psychoanalytic seminar, psychodynamic seminar, and a rotation in a school setting.

Candace Tate, Psy.D.

Dr. Tate is a licensed psychologist for the state of Missouri. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology. Her main research interest involves trauma-related study and her theoretical orientation is psychodynamic.

Fred Ulam, Ph.D.

Dr. Ulam, a 1991 graduate of the California School of Professional Psychology, is a licensed psychologist specializing in Neuropsychology. Dr. Ulam has been named a Diplomate of the QEEG (Quantitative Electroencephalograph) Certification Board and has also received specialty certification in neurofeedback by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. Dr. Ulam’s background in neuropsychology includes extensive experience in both clinical and rehabilitative neuropsychology and he has helped many individuals who have suffered traumatic brain injuries, cerebrovascular accidents, metabolic and/or infectious encephalopathies, post-craniotomies and other neurological conditions. Additionally, he has developed behavior management plans for individuals with behavior disturbances related to neurological impairment and has counseled many individuals and families affected with a variety of serious medical conditions such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, and other neurological afflictions. Dr. Ulam is part of Burrell Behavioral Health’s outpatient psychological team, specializing in forensic and neuropsychological evaluations and group, family and marital therapies.

Chelsea Gilliam, Psy.D.

Dr. Gilliam earner her degree in Clinical Psychology from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in 2014. She completed her post-doctoral residency with Burrell Behavioral Health with an emphasis on Rural Populations. She has an interest in the intricacies of treating individuals in rural areas as well as the importance of choosing an appropriate treatment modality for women with primary infertility. She truly a generalist and has completed outpatient therapy with ages 3+, evaluations on adults and children of all ages, treated incarcerated youth and gone into the homes to work with families whose children were at risk of being removed from their care.

MAPS @ Burrell

Brittany Pratt, Psy.D.

Dr. Pratt received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin. She obtained a master’s degree and doctoral degree in clinical psychology from The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute in Springfield, Missouri. She completed her internship at Burrell Behavioral Health (community mental health center) and a postdoctoral residency with Midwest Assessment & Psychotherapy Solutions (private practice). Dr. Pratt’s clinical and research interests are in the areas of adolescence and emerging adulthood, school-related issues, and coaching parents and children through solving behavioral problems. She is a board member for the Missouri Psychological Association and volunteers with community organizations.

Brandan Gremminger, Psy.D.

Dr. Gremminger graduated from The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute in 2013 with a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at The Robert J. Murney Clinic at Forest Institute, a community mental health center, in 2013, and completed a post-doctoral residency at Midwest Assessment & Psychotherapy Solutions in 2014. Theoretical orientations utilized include Interpersonal, Psychodynamic, and Cognitive Behavioral. Dr. Gremminger has an interest in group therapy and facilitates interpersonal/insight-oriented and psychoeducational group therapy programs at MAPS. Additional clinical interests include psychological assessment for ages five through adult, and individual therapy with adolescents and adults.

Wendy Dawson, Ph.D.

Dr. Dawson graduated from the Fuller Theological Seminary Graduate School of Psychology in 2003 with her degree in Clinical Psychology. She completed her postdoctoral residency at Burrell Behavioral Health in 2006, with an emphasis in Medical Psychology at Northside Pediatrics & Adolescents; Children’s Day Treatment Program. She has worked at Midwest Assessment & Psychotherapy Solutions Child & Developmental Center since 2010. She primarily provides psychological evaluations for children ages 3-18, as well as sees long term therapy clients specializing in loss, trauma recovery, behavioral issues, and reactive attachment. Additionally, she specializes in adoption evaluations for both children being adopted and prospective parents adopting internationally, and also specializes in school-based evaluations serving both large and small school districts.

Whitney Stilley, Psy.D.
*Supervisor at Belcrest Office in Springfield, MO

Dr. Stilley received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of Missouri. Dr. Stilley is a pediatric psychologist specializing in psychological assessment. Her specific interests include psychological testing with young children (ages 3-10), trauma-based interventions, and attachment issues. Her theoretical orientation is Cognitive Behavioral.

MAPS @ Burrell - National

Dale Halfaker, Ph.D.

Dr. Halfaker attended the University of Missouri at Columbia where he obtained his master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1988 and as part of his doctoral training served a pre-doctoral internship at the John L. McClellan Veterans Administration Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Upon entering the field, he was employed at a Traumatic Brain Injury rehabilitation facility, Timber Ridge Ranch, in Benton, Arkansas, just outside of Little Rock, Arkansas. When he left Timber Ridge Ranch to return home to Missouri, his position was Director of Clinical Services. He then was employed with Cox Medical Center in Springfield, Missouri and served in various positions treating a wide variety of patients with work-related injuries with Cox’s Work Injury Rehabilitation Center, was coordinator of the Springfield Headache Clinic treating patients with varying headache disorders, was program coordinator/neuropsychologist for the Cox Health Systems Regional Center for Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Outpatient Brain Injury Day Treatment Program, and continued his general duties fielding both outpatient and inpatient neuropsychological consults from the hospital’s physician group. In 1995, Dr. Halfaker entered full time private with Neuropsychological Associates of Southwest Missouri, P.C. and is the principal owner of that practice. He maintains a full-time, outpatient clinical practice with a primary focus on assessment of persons who have sustained injuries of various sorts.

Steven Akeson, Psy.D.

Dr. Akeson graduated from The School of Psychology at Forest Institute in 1995 with his degree in Clinical Psychology. He completed his postdoctoral residency at Forest Clinics and Lakeland Regional Hospital in 1996 with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology & Clinical Neuropsychology. Dr. Akeson is licensed in the state of Missouri and has been in private practice at Neuropsychological Associates of Southwest Missouri since 1996. He served as Adjunct Professor at The School of Psychology at Forest Institute from 2000 to 2015, teaching courses in Objective Assessment, Advanced MMPI, Advanced Psychological Assessment, Report Writing, Psychopathology, and Biological Basis of Psychology. He also supervising practicum students and interns, and served on dissertation committees. He is a psychological consultant for Social Security Disability Determinations. He was the Director of Clinical Training at Neuropsychological Associates from 1998 to 2009. He also served as a Member of the Board of Directors, Heart of America Psychology Training Consortium from 2003 to 2005. He has been a guest speaker for the Missouri Employer Committee and the Kansas Department of Labor. He is also engaged in a professional research group that has published independent research.

Example Schedule

Interns in these internship positions will generally work an 8:00 am – 5:00 pm work schedule. While intern’s time commitment will typically be daytime, it is possible that periodic travel or clinical needs will require working later than 5:00 p.m. The intern will not be required to work on Saturdays or Sundays. Interns may also be required to travel between multiple locations based on need and intern rotation interests.

Interns will choose up to two different minor rotations during their year which will be one day per week for a 6-month rotation. The rest of their time will be spent in their major rotation activities.

Treatment Modalities

Example treatment modalities for this rotation (as listed by APPIC):

  • Assessement
  • Individual Intervention
  • Couples Intervention
  • Family Intervention
  • Group Intervention
  • Community Intervention
  • Consultation/Liasion
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Brief Intervention
  • Long-Term Intervention
  • Cognitive Rehabilitation
  • Primary Care
  • Supervision of Practicum Student/s
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Evidence-Based Research
Supervised Experiences

Example supervised experiences (as listed by APPIC):

  • Eating Disorders
  • Sexual Disorders
  • Rehabilitation Psychology
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Assessment
  • Neuropsychology – Adult
  • Neuropsychology – Child
  • Serious Mental Illness
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Forensics/Corrections
  • Sexual Offenders
  • Geropsychology
  • Pediatrics
  • School
  • Counseling
  • Multicultural Therapy
  • Public Policy/Advocacy
  • Program Development/Evaluation
  • Supervision
  • Research
  • Administration
  • Empirically-Supported Treatments
  • Integrated Health Care – Primary
Patient Populations

Example patient populations (as listed by APPIC):

  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Older Adults
  • Families
  • Outpatients
  • LGBTQI+
  • Ethnic Minorities
  • Spanish-Speaking
  • Deaf/Hearing Impaired
  • Students
  • International Students
  • Rural
  • Urban
  • Low Income
  • Homeless