Joann Altiero, Ph.D.

Dr. Joann V. Altiero is the current Clinical Director of the IPS clinic and current President of the Maryland Psychological Association (M.P.A). She has served in public office in Maryland for the Board of Examiners of Psychologist where she received an appreciation award from the Board of Examiners. She was designated by APA as a state leader in Maryland in 2014: therefore, as a representative of Maryland she attended the State Leadership Conference, to be part of the Maryland delegation, meeting with Maryland representatives on Capitol Hill.

Joann Altiero, Ph.D., is a child clinical psychologist who has worked in the field of clinical psychology for over 20 years and has had a successful private practice promoting family mental health in Port Tobacco and La Plata, MD, since 1998.  She has also served as a diplomat and individual member of Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (A.S.P.P.B.).   Currently as MPA president she serves on the Executive committee, the Board of directors and the Legislative committee of MPA. She was awarded a full merit fellowship from an APA accredited program, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and completed an APA accredited internship at NOVA Southeastern University in Florida.   She has published a work book for ages 6 to 12 which is sold internationally.  Her professional interests include resiliency, cognitive behavioral therapy, the development of effective coping skills and the integration of values and principles in ethical behavior.

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.

Ania Zganiacz, M.S.,
Intake Coordinator 
 Ania majored in Literature at Christendom College.  While as a family therapist intern at College Park Youth and Family Services, College Park, MD, Ania developed her clinical experience in child centered play therapy and theraplay models.  Her current clinical interests include working with families and young adults and her research areas of interest include the Montessori Method, human development and the psychological benefits of studying classical literature. 

Krystyna Brandt

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


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


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.

Louisa Scamperle

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


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

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

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.



IPS Center Contact Information

2001 Jefferson Davis Hwy Suite 101 Arlington, VA 22202
703.418.2112 (Fax)
Disclaimer: please do not use e-mail for private healthcare information

IPS Center Directors

Director: Joann Altiero, Ph.D.
Assistant Dir.: Maja Ivankovic, Psy.D.

IPS Center Hours

Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am - 8:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 8:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

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