Suzanne Nortier Hollman, Psy.D.
Director of IPS Center for Psychological Services
Dr. Nortier Hollman is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who has held the position of Director of Clinical Training at The Catholic University of America Counseling Center in Washington, D.C., as well as numerous academic and clinical positions at The George Washington University, Sofia University in Palo Alto, and at Saint Luke’s Institute in Silver Spring, MD. Dr. Hollman earned degrees in Psychology from the Universities of Cape Town, and Stellenbosch in South Africa. She also holds a Doctor of Psychology degree from GWU. She completed an MSc in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology at Oxford University in England in 2011 and is in the process of completing a Ph.D. in the History of Medicine at University College London. Her professional interests include the History of Psychiatry, attachment theory, and the role of spirituality in psychological adjustment.
Maja Ivankovic, Psy.D.
IPS Center Assistant Director
Dr. Ivankovic completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology in Zagreb, Croatia, and her graduate studies at IPS. She has worked in a variety of areas, including helping abused children through an emergency line in Croatia, and psychotherapy for children and adolescents at Superior Court of the District of Columbia/Child Guidance Clinic. Her interests include psychological assessment and psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and adults suffering from depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, and characterological issues.
Helena Orellana, M.S.,
Helena graduated from Thomas Aquinas College, where she worked as the school’s Activities Director and summer RA. She is currently completing her clinical practicum at Vital Sources in Frederick, MD. Helena’s clinical interests include working with young adults, particularly college age and recent college graduates, and children and their families, who are experiencing chronic or fatal illnesses. Helena’s research interests include the role of emotions in both psychological difficulties and happiness.
Krystyna Brandt graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota with B.A.’s in Social Work and Catholic Studies. She has experience as a secondary school teacher, instructing African American seventh graders in the Mississippi science curriculum, serving as a science department chair, and founding an after-school science club exploring creative critical thinking skills for middle school students. Her clinical interests include resiliency, assessments, and working with children.
Alexandra B. Marcotte
Alexandra B. Marcotte graduated from the University of Dallas with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Her clinical interests include psychological assessment and psychotherapy with individuals, couples, families, and children. Alexandra’s research interests include the role Autism plays in romantic relationships, and how couples affected by it can finding healing and flourish.
Daniel McClure received a B.A. in Philosophy and Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Among other experiences, Daniel mentored high school youth and completed a program working with veterans as a Chaplain Intern in a V.A. hospital. Daniel’s academic research includes Attachment Theory and the psychological benefits of contemplating beauty. Some of his clinical interests are Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Emotion Focused Therapy for both couples and individuals.
Gerard McNicholas graduated magna cum laude from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a B.S. in Mental Health and Human Services, and a minor in Philosophy. Gerard has experience as an educator for a federally funded youth development program in New York, and has worked as a habilitation specialist with autistic individuals in several residential treatment facilities. Gerard’s clinical interests include individual and couples therapy in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and relational distress.
Octavia Ratiu received her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Pre-Medical Studies at the University of Notre Dame in 2011. She decided to develop her interest in the social sciences by working at a research institute in Princeton, NJ before joining the IPS community. Octavia’s clinical interests include working with adolescents and young adults who are experiencing adjustment and other mood disorders. Currently, she is writing her dissertation on the theoretical and empirical basis of gender differences.
Louisa Scamperle graduated from Thomas Aquinas College with a B.A. in Liberal Arts. Louisa has clinical experience from working with school-aged children and their families through Linkages to Learning, a school-based prevention and intervention program in Gaithersburg, MD. Her clinical interests include individual and group psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Her current academic focus is the role of friendship in the treatment of social anxiety and Avoidant Personality Disorder.
Kristi Stefani received her B.S. in Psychology from Montana State University. While there, she completed an internship with a licensed nutritionist at the MSU Student Health Services, worked as a peer advisor for undergraduate students, and cared for children with developmental disabilities. Kristi’s primary clinical and research interests include health psychology with an emphasis on eating and exercise behavior as well as other important psychological factors (e.g., anxiety and depression).
Nathan Verschaetse graduated from Winona State University with a degree in biology and also completed 2 years of philosophy and theology studies at the St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. His experiences in clinical pastoral work have given him an appreciation for the possibility of hope and healing. Nathan’s clinical interests include both individual and family therapy and his research interests include using the imagination in therapy, working through shame, and identity development.
Allen Wood graduated from Wyoming Catholic College with a B.A. in Liberal Arts. For the past year he gained clinical experience working with adults in early recovery from addiction at the Phoenix House Counseling Center in Arlington, Virginia. His interests include individual and group therapy in treatment of substance use, mood, and personality disorders, assessment, and working with adults navigating life transitions.