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Adolescent Treatment Program

Our Team

Menninger’s Adolescent Treatment Program (ATP) boasts an experienced interdisciplinary clinical team with wide-ranging expertise. The team’s expertise includes disrupted attachment, complex trauma and emerging personality disorders, as well as mood and anxiety disorders.


Clinical Team

Vanessa S. Kennedy, PhD

Dr. Kennedy is ATP's program manager. An assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine, she spent nine years as a senior psychologist on the Compass Program for Young Adults before assuming the leadership of ATP. 


Dr. Kennedy is certified in the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) and has received advanced training in DBT skills, therapeutic assessment and the Rorschach-Performance Assessment System.


Having earned her undergraduate degree from Rice University, she earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where she also completed a pre-doctoral internship. In addition, Dr. Kennedy completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Psychology from Baylor College of Medicine.


Sandy Soenning, PhD
Dr. Soenning is a staff psychologist on ATP, where she provides individual and group therapy. She is specifically trained in collaborative assessments with teenagers.
Dr. Soenning received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Texas Tech University and trained at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and at The Menninger Clinic.
Vaughan Gilmore, LMSW, LCDC
Vaughan provides family therapy for adolescents and their families to improve communication patterns and relationship dynamics. She also works with adolescents to address their substance abuse and self-injury behaviors.
Vaughan's social work career has been spent working with adolescents and their families in both school and treatment settings. Before joining Menninger, she was the lead therapist and program manager for an adolescent partial hospitalization program providing treatment for teens with co-occurring disorders. She has also worked as a crisis counselor and case manager for at-risk youth in schools.
Kristina Bullard, MSN, RN
Tina is ATP's nurse manager. She received a bachelor's degree in nursing from Stephen F. Austin State University and a master's degree in nursing with a focus on administration and leadership from Chamberlain College of Nursing. She is an active member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.
She has an interest in working with individuals experiencing anxiety and has extensive experience in supporting patients' dialectical behavioral therapy skills development. Under her leadership, ATP's nursing staff practices the bio-psycho-social-spiritual model of care supported by a mentalizing stance with patients. She supports the nursing staff in providing a safe and trusting environment in which healing can occur.
Our Consultants
Peter Fonagy, PhD, FBA
Dr. Fonagy is the Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis and head of the Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology at University College London and chief executive of the Anna Freud Centre, London. He holds a visiting position at the Child Study Centre at Yale University. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and currently chairs the Research Board of the International Psychoanalytic Association.
His work integrates empirical research with psychoanalytic theory, and his clinical interests center around borderline psychopathology, violence and early attachment relationships. He has published more than 500 peer-reviewed articles and chapters and has authored or edited 27 books, including Mentalizing in Clinical Practice, Social Cognition and Developmental Psychopathology and the forthcoming Handbook of Mentalizing in Clinical Practice.
Efrain Bleiberg, MD
Dr. Bleiberg is a professor and vice chair in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, as well as the director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine. He also serves as the chief of service for psychiatry at Texas Children’s Hospital and as the senior psychiatrist at ATP.
Dr. Bleiberg has written and lectured widely, both nationally and internationally. His areas of expertise include disturbances in attachment development, trauma and emerging personality disorders.
John Hart, PhD
Dr. Hart received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Fielding Graduate University. He regularly presents his research and clinical perspectives on the nature and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder and other anxiety-related disorders at meetings and conferences across the country.
Dr. Hart is the director of Research and Professional Development for The Texas Chapter of the International OCD Foundation and is a board member of the Peace of Mind Foundation, an advocacy organization for individuals with OCD. He also serves as the facilitator for the Houston OCD Support Group.