Charles S. Mansueto, Ph.D., Director

Dr. Mansueto is founder and director of the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington. He received his doctorate from Catholic University and completed his post-doctoral clinical training at Temple University School of Medicine. He has over 35 years of experience in the application of behavior therapy to a broad range of clinical problems. Dr. Mansueto has written extensively and presented nationally and internationally on OCD and related disorders. He currently serves as a member of the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation and Chair of OCD Mid-Atlantic, an IOCDF affiliate. He also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Trichotillomania Learning Center and the Medical Advisory Board of the Tourette Syndrome Association of Greater Washington. He retired as a tenured Professor of Psychology after 36 years in the University of Maryland System.

Jennifer B. Bienstock, Psy.D.

Dr. Bienstock received her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) with a concentration in health psychology. She completed her pre-doctoral training at Boston Behavioral Medicine in Brookline, MA and the Edith Nourse Rogers Veterans Memorial Hospital in Bedford, MA. Dr. Bienstock works with individuals across the lifespan. Her clinical interests include obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, depression, and ADHD. She also participated in the Trichotillomania Learning Center’s Professional Training Institute and works with individuals with body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs). Additionally, she is a clinician in BTC’s Disruptive Behavior Management Program, designed for children and adolescents with OCD and/or tics who also display externalizing behavioral difficulties.

Ruth G. Golomb, M.Ed., LCPC

Ms. Golomb is a clinician, supervisor, and co-director of the doctoral training program at BTC, where she has worked since the mid 1980’s. Ms. Golomb specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adults. She has conducted numerous workshops and seminars, and participated in panel discussions covering many topics including Tourette’s Syndrome, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Trichotillomania, and managing anxiety disorders in the classroom. In addition to publishing articles for professional journals and newsletters, Ms. Golomb is an author of The Hair Pulling Habit and You: How to Solve the Trichotillomania Puzzle, a book describing the comprehensive treatment of Trichotillomania in children, and A Parent Guide to Hair Pulling Disorder: Effective Parenting Strategies for Children with Trichotillomania (formerly Stay Out of My Hair). Ms. Golomb is a member of the Science Advisory Board for the Trichotillomania Learning Center.

Brad S. Hufford, LCSW-C

Mr. Hufford received his social work training at Virginia Commonwealth University. He trained at Chestnut Lodge Psychiatric Hospital in adolescent services prior to joining BTC. Mr. Hufford specializes in working with children and adolescents who suffer from a broad range of behavior problems, OCD, other anxiety disorders and trichotillomania.

Jennifer H. Kessler, Ph.D.

Dr. Kessler received her doctorate in psychology from Louisiana State University, with a specialization in Child Clinical Psychology and a minor in School Psychology. Dr. Kessler completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. She also completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Kessler specializes in working with children and adolescents with a variety of emotional and behavioral difficulties, including obsessive compulsive disorder and other anxiety disorders, depression, and difficulties associated with children such as bedwetting, separation anxiety, feeding difficulties, adjustment to life changes, and parent guidance. Dr. Kessler also specializes in working with adults and children with trichotillomania, skin picking, and other body-focused repetitive behaviors.

David J. Keuler, Ph.D.

Dr. Keuler received his clinical training at Catholic University and Bellevue Hospital in New York City. He was a pre-doctoral research fellow in the Adult Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Unit of the National Institute of Mental Health for several years. Dr. Keuler specializes in the treatment of obsessionality, anxiety disorders related to OCD, and Panic Disorder.

Lisa Levine, Psy.D.

Dr. Levine received her doctorate from C. Albizu University in Miami, Florida, where she conducted research on body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). She completed her predoctoral training at the Center for Group Counseling in Boca Raton, Florida and received postdoctoral training at Putuxent Institution in Jessup, Maryland. In addition to BDD, Dr. Levine’s clinical specialties include OCD, Trichotillomania, phobias, Panic Disorder, and other behavioral disorders across the life span.

Gloria Mathis, Ph.D.

Dr. Mathis received her doctorate from the University of Hawaii-Manoa in 2011 after completing her predoctoral internship at Westchester Jewish Community Services in Westchester County, NY. She then completed a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Anxiety Disorders Center at St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute, where she worked in an intensive outpatient program for adults and adolescents with severe anxiety and related difficulties. Dr. Mathis works with children, adolescents, and adults with a range of anxiety disorders, depression, and behavioral difficulties. She has also participated in the Trichotillomania Learning Center’s Behavioral Training Institute and works with individuals with body-focused repetitive behaviors.

Sheeva Mostoufi, Ph.D.

Dr. Mostoufi earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program. She completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship training at the Veteran Affairs Puget Sound Healthcare System – Seattle division specializing in primary care mental health integration as a fellow. Dr. Mostoufi’s clinical training and research has focused primarily on the co-occurrence of various emotional and behavioral concerns with chronic health conditions. Dr. Mostoufi specializes in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), trichotillomania, posttraumatic stress disorder, a range of anxiety disorders, depression, and other emotional difficulties, as well as coping with co-occurring health-related concerns such as fibromyalgia, insomnia, and chronic pain. She additionally has specialized training and experience in providing exposure therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) , mindfulness-based interventions, and has participated in the Tourette Syndrome Behavior Therapy Institute.

Rina V. Pesce, Ph.D.

Dr. Pesce earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of South Dakota. She completed a two-year pre-doctoral research fellowship on depression at the Clinical Psychobiology Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Pesce also conducted research and treatment at the Maryland Center for Anxiety Disorders, with a special emphasis on social anxiety in children, teens, and adults. For several years, she was the Director of Assessment at the Centers for Behavioral Health, providing consultation and treatment to adults with a range of behavioral problems in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Pesce integrates collaborative, individualized care for functional change in her treatment of people with anxiety, depression, and emotional difficulties.

Monroe Rayburn, Ph.D.

Dr. Rayburn received his doctorate in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina. His clinical interests include Panic Disorder, phobias, OCD, Tourette’s Syndrome, trauma, depression, and social anxiety. In addition to his work at BTC, he is the Director of the Counseling Center at Catholic University, where his work includes clinical training of advanced graduate students in psychology and social work, as well as therapy with undergraduate and graduate students.

Sherrie M. Vavrichek, LCSW-C

Ms. Vavrichek earned her MSW from the University of Maryland. She is a board certified clinical social worker with over 25 years of clinical experience. Prior to joining BTC full-time, Ms. Vavrichek was the supervisor of the Department of Social Work at Ivymount School, a special education facility in Montgomery County, MD. Ms. Vavrichek is an author of The Hair Pulling Habit and You: How to Solve the Trichotillomania Puzzle, a book describing the comprehensive treatment of Trichotillomania in children, and The Guide to Compassionate Assertiveness: How to Express Your Needs and Deal with Conflict While Keeping a Kind Heart. She has particular expertise in the treatment of OCD, Trichotillomania, developmental delays/disabilities, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

Noah Weintraub, Psy.D.

Dr. Weintraub earned his doctorate from Nova Southeastern University and completed further training at Terry Children’s Psychiatric Center in Delaware. While Dr. Weintraub works with all ages, he specializes in children and adolescents with a wide range of difficulties. In addition to OCD, Dr. Weintraub specializes in phobias, Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, ADHD, Tourette’s Disorder, body-focused repetitive behaviors, parent management training and other behavioral disorders. He further has an interest in the use of computer technology to aid treatment of OCD and body-focused repetitive behaviors and developed related software named “TrichWare” and “OnTaskware”. Additionally, Dr. Weintraub runs our Disruptive Behavior Management Program for severe emotional and behavioral disorders, which includes the Child Management Skill and Parent Support Group. Further, he initiated and organizes a support group at Behavior Therapy Center modeled after Dr. Jonathan Grayson’s GOAL group.

David Yood, Psy.D.

Dr. Yood received his doctorate from the University of Denver and completed his predoctoral internship at Friends Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Behavior Therapy Center. Dr. Yood’s areas of clinical interest include Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety and other related anxiety disorders. He has specialized training and experience in the use of exposure therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP). Additionally, he completed the Trichotillomania Learning Center’s Behavioral Training Institute and has experience treating Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors. Dr. Yood has also worked extensively with parents and children with various behavioral struggles, including anxiety and oppositional outbursts. He co-leads the parenting group of BTC’s Disruptive Behavior Management Program, designed for children and adolescents with OCD and/or tics who also display externalizing behavioral difficulties.

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