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Adolescent Treatment Program

Our Team

Menninger’s Adolescent Treatment Program 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

Elizabeth W. Newlin, MD
Program and medical director, ATP, The Menninger Clinic; assistant professor, Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine
 
Dr. Newlin is board certified in adult psychiatry as well as child and adolescent psychiatry. She has a particular interest in the assessment and treatment of emerging personality disorders and anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.
 
She is the co-investigator for ATP-related research projects with Carla Sharp, PhD, director, ATP Research. Outcomes research, designed to determine the effectiveness of treatment, is a key component of research at Menninger.
 
Dr. Newlin serves on the board of Girls Inc. Houston and is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
 
Prior to coming to Menninger, Dr. Newlin had a successful outpatient practice serving coastal South Carolina, where she also served as a psychiatry consultant to The Coastal Samaritan Center, a nonprofit mental health center, and as a board member of MyTerms.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the mental health of adolescent girls.
 
Dr. Newlin received her bachelor’s degree from The College of Charleston and her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), both located in Charleston. She completed her post-graduate training as a psychiatry resident and as a child and adolescent psychiatry fellow at MUSC.
 

Segundo Ibarra, MD

Dr. Ibarra has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and adults struggling with a broad range of emotional and psychiatric difficulties. His interests include developmental psychopathology, individuals with severe personality disorders, autistic spectrum disorders, multidisciplinary treatment and operationalized psychodynamic formulations.
 
He earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, where he completed a residency in general psychiatry and a fellowship in child & adolescent psychiatry. He is board certified in both. Dr. Ibarra also received additional training in psychoanalytic studies at the Houston Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute. A native of Paraguay, Dr. Ibarra is fluent in English and Spanish.
 
Jennifer S. Crawford, PhD
Dr. Crawford, a faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine, is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in pediatric neuropsychology. Dr. Crawford has extensive experience evaluating children and adolescents with a variety of medical and psychiatric disorders. Her clinical interests are in the development and expression of neuropsychiatric disorders in childhood and the impact of brain development on behavior.
 
Upon completion of her graduate degree, she completed an internship at Johns Hopkins Medical School and a post-doctoral fellowship at Dartmouth University Medical School. 
 
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.
 
Wes Clayton, LCSW
After working eight years as a mental health associate at Menninger, where he gained extensive experience in applying cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure and response prevention to treat patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder, Wes earned his degree in social work in 2010.
 
During his subsequent internship at Baylor College of Medicine and his post-graduate social work fellowship at Menninger, he gained additional experience with patients suffering from anxiety disorders, personality disorders and addictions. He also furthered his training in cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy and group therapy.
 
Vaughan Gilmore, LMSW, LCDC-I
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.
 
Chris Grimes, MSW, LCSW, CGP
Chris is a social worker who specializes in family therapy and group therapy with adolescents and is experienced in assessing and treating adults and adolescents with severe and persistent mental illness. 
 
He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Central Arkansas and his master’s degree in social work from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. 
 
Courtney Johnson, LCSW, LCDC
Courtney specializes in working with family systems. Her interests include mentalization-based therapy, shame resilience, self-compassion and reduction in experiential avoidance in patients with attachment trauma.
 
She completed two years of post-graduate social work training at Menninger, with one year spent working on the Hope Program for Adults and on the Compass Program for Young Adults. Courtney has also been involved in community outreach in the coaching and counseling department at Windsor Village United Methodist Church.
 
Frances Fisher, CTRS, CPRP
Frances received a bachelor’s degree in leisure studies with an emphasis on therapeutic recreation from Oklahoma State University. She serves as ATP’s psychiatric rehabilitation specialist. Frances engages adolescents in developing and practicing the skills needed to improve relationships with themselves and others through a variety of healthy lifestyle interventions.
 
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.