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Compass Program for Young Adults

Our Team

By choosing a program that specializes in treating the special developmental needs associated with young adulthood, patients receive treatment specifically designed for their unique issues. Menninger’s Compass Program for Young Adults' clinical treatment team members are experts in recognizing and helping patients manage the transition into young adulthood.
 
The Menninger treatment team strives to understand and treat each individual as a whole person medically, psychologically, socially and spiritually. These multiple perspectives aid the evaluation of each person’s health, behavior and situations at work and home, as well as help with treatment planning.
 

Compass Team Responsibilities and Leaders

A patient’s clinical treatment team forms during the first days of a stay at Compass. This team includes the patient, a psychiatrist, a clinical psychologist and a social worker. If needed, specialists for addictions, eating disorders and more can be added to the core team.
 
This team performs the following functions:
  • The psychiatrist generally leads and coordinates the team, and manages medication.
  • The social worker communicates with family and coordinates the post-discharge wellness plan.
  • The psychologist performs diagnostic testing and communicates with the patient about progress.
  • Individual psychotherapy is conducted by a clinical professional on the team, generally two times per week.
Together, the patient and Menninger treatment team set goals for treatment. With diagnoses and functional problems in mind, an individualized course of treatment is developed. Treatment modalities for which there is support in the literature are used; however, since not all therapies are rigorously evaluated, the team also relies on the clinical expertise it has developed during many years of treating patients in a comprehensive bio-psycho-social setting.
 
Patients with addictions receive additional therapy, along with education about addictions. They are encouraged to attend 12-step meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.
 

Program Leaders

headshottestdazapic-copyPatricia Daza, PhD
The program director for Compass, Dr. Daza is also the director of Clinical Training for The Menninger Clinic and an assistant professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine.
 
Dr. Daza earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Houston, from which she also graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She completed an internship at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. 
 
Dr. Daza has given presentations across the country on depression, smoking cessation, motivational interviewing and suicide prevention. She serves as an examiner for the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists and is a member of the Standards and Review committee of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers.
 
davidson-2011-websiteJoyce Davidson, MD
In addition to serving as medical director for the Adolescent and Young Adult Division, which includes Compass, Dr. Davidson is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. Her interests include obsessive-compulsive disorder and cognitive therapy.
 
A member of the American College of Psychiatrists, Dr. Davidson is board-certified in both psychiatry and neurology. She earned her medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and completed a general psychiatry residency and child psychiatry fellowship at the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry.
 

Michael Bennett, MSN, RN-BC

Michael has more than 30 years of psychiatric nursing experience and is the program's nurse manager.

 

He earned his master's degree from Chamberlain College of Nursing in Downers Grove, Ill. He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology from Benedictine College in Atchinson, Kan., as well as a bachelor's degree in nursing from Washburn University in Topeka, Kan.

 

Psychiatrists

Emel Kayatekin, MD
Dr. Kayatekin has nearly 40 years of experience as a psychiatrist and family therapist. In addition to her work at Menninger, she is also an associate professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine.
 
She earned her medical degree from Hacettepe University Medical School in Ankara, Turkey, as well as a master's degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass.
 
Dr. Kayatekin has presented on topics such as attachment theory, psychopharmacological treatment of refractory major depressive disorder, psychoanalytic family therapy and the treatment of cognitive impairment in schizophrenia.
 
Deeba Ashraf, MD
Dr. Ashraf has 15 years of experience and is board certified in psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. Her expertise includes mood disorders, attachment disorders, personality disorders and psychoanalysis.
 
She completed her residency at Emory University in Atlanta and earned her medical degree at McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of St. Thomas in Houston.
 
An assistant professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Ashraf is currently pursuing advanced studies at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston.
 

Psychologists

Devi Bhuyan, PsyD

Dr. Bhuyan is a psychologist with more than 10 years of experience. Her expertise includes integrative psychotherapy and psychology, trauma and the treatment of complex psychiatric disorders.Research interests include the integration of psychological insights to address global issues like gender, environmental concerns, civic engagement and global studies.

 

She completed post-doctoral work at The Menninger Clinic/Baylor College of Medicine and the International Beliefs and Values Institute, of which she is a member, at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va. She also completed a post-master's internship at the Southwest Virginia Mental Health Institute in Marion, Va.

 

Dr. Bhuyan has contributed to book chapters in Going Global: How Psychology and Psychologists Can Meet a World of Need and Handbook on Mental Health of Children and Adolescents: Culture, Policy and Practices.

 

Dr. Bhuyan earned her doctoral degree in clinical and school psychology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. She earned her master's degree in psychology from Radford University in Radford, Va., and her bachelor's degree in psychology from Sophia College in Bombay, India.

 

Shweta Sharma, PsyD

Dr. Sharma is a psychologist with nearly 10 years of experience. Her expertise includes psychoanalytic psychotherapy, personality assessment and trauma.
 
Her research interests include personality disorders, trauma and dissociation-related disorders, psychotherapy processes and outcomes. Recent publications can be found here.
 
She completed a post-doctorate fellowship at Menninger and Baylor College of Medicine and a post-master's internship at Vidhyasagar Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in India. Dr. Sharma earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Wright State University in Fairborn, Ohio; her master's degree in clinical psychology from the University of Delhi in India; and her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Rajasthan in India.
 
Dr. Sharma is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Houston Psychoanalytic Society.
 
In addition to her role at Menninger, she is an assistant professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine.
 
Lindsay Hogan, PhD
Dr. Hogan is a staff psychologist on Compass and an assistant professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine.
 
She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from University of North Texas and her bachelor’s degree in psychology and English literature at Baylor University. She interned at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, and completed a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at Menninger's Hope Program for Adults.
 
Her clinical and research interests include collaborative/therapeutic assessment; psychotherapy process and outcome; psychodynamic and integrative approaches to psychotherapy; and attachment trauma.
 

Social Workers

Elizabeth Arango, LCSW

Elizabeth is a senior social worker with 10 years of experience. Her expertise includes working with patients who have personality disorders, mood disorders and attachment issues. She also has experience working with families, individuals and groups.

 

She earned her master's degree in clinical social work from New York University in New York City, and a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Washington at Seattle.

 

Elizabeth is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

 

Lenni Marcus, LMSW
A social worker whose research interests include supporting "just" relationships in family therapy, Lenni completed one-year internships at Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, Mass., and Yale Child Study Center in New Haven, Conn.
 
She earned a master's degree in clinical social work from the Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, Mass., and bachelor's degrees in psychology and sociology from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY.
 
Kira Ruben, LCSW
Kira specializes in dialectical behavior therapy, but she also includes mentalization-based therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and experiential techniques in her work with Compass patients.
 
She earned her master's degree in clinical social work from the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work; she also earned her bachelor's degree in communications and human and family development from the University of Houston.
 
Kira is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

 

Addictions Counselors

Sonia M. Roschelli, LCSW, LCDC-I

Sonia has experience working with both adolescents and young adults, including those with co-occurring disorders. She also has expertise in family and group therapy, mentalization-based therapy, mindfulness-based approaches, acceptance and commitment therapy, yoga and cognitive behavioral therapy.

 

She has presented on teen depression, suicide and anxiety as well as on co-occuring disorders.

 

Sonia completed a two-year social work fellowship at Menninger, where she worked on the Adolescent Treatment Program. She earned her master's degree in social work from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and her bachelor's degree in psychology from Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg, Va.

 

She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Houston Group Psychotherapy Society.

 

Torresy Smith, LPC, LCDC-I, MA
Torresy has nearly 10 years of experience helping young adults coping with addiction and substance abuse. His expertise includes anger management, athletes' mental health and substance use issues.
 
He earned his master's degree in counseling psychology from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., and his undergraduate degree in sociology from Eastern Washington University.
 

Rehabilitation Specialist

Kula Moore, LPC, ATR-BC, CPRP
A senior psychiatric rehabilitation specialist, Kula has nearly 10 years of experience and offers expertise in mentalizing, art therapy and the developmental period of emerging adults. Research interests include mentalization-based art therapy.
 
Kula has presented nationally on art therapy, mentalization-based art therapy, the arts in healthcare and cultivating creativity.
 
She earned a master's degree in art therapy counseling from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in Edwardsville, Ill., and her bachelor's degree in studio art and biology from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. 
 
Kula is a member of the Creative Arts Therapists in the Texas Medical Center, the South Texas Art Therapy Association and the American Art Therapy Association.