Theodora Soublis, Ph.D.
DIRECTOR AND LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST
Dr. Theodora Soublis is an Atlanta native who received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Oglethorpe University. She continued on to the University of Houston receiving her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in child and family psychology. Following her doctoral work, she returned to Atlanta and completed her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Emory University, School of Medicine and the Marcus Institute, now the Marcus Autism Center. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Soublis previously worked at Georgia State University as the Associate Director of Clinical Services at the Regents Center for Learning Disorders. As the Associate Director of Clinical Services, her responsibilities included evaluating college students for various learning disabilities and attention difficulties, supervising doctoral students, and maintaining clinical services of the center. Additionally, she maintained the role of a primary assessor for a long-term research project for the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
In 2017 Dr. Soublis was granted Fellow status and elected as President of Georgia Psychological Association (GPA) for the 2018-2019 term. Previously, she was the chair of the Committee on Independent Practice and was appointed by the GPA President for an extensive Task Force Project. Dr. Soublis is also a member of the American Psychological Association.
Dr. Soublis has extensive experience in providing individual therapy, family therapy, parent consultation, and comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations with a substantial neuropsychological component.
John Carton, Ph.D., ABPP
Dr. Carton is board-certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology and specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapies (CBT) for children, adolescents, and adults, as well as couples and families. He also provides educational and sport psychology services. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wake Forest University and his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Emory University. His doctoral degree encompassed advanced training in family systems and pediatric/child therapy (including a clinical externship at Egleston Children’s Hospital; now Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta). He completed a clinical internship at Duke University Medical Center, specializing in CBT, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and behavioral medicine. He finished his education with a two-year forensic clinical post-doctoral position at the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison, Wisconsin.
In addition to providing clinical services to clients, Dr. Carton has had a successful academic career. He served on the faculty at Beloit College and Oglethorpe University; at the latter he was Chairperson of the Division of Behavioral Sciences for over 10 years and recently retired with emeritus status to focus more on providing therapy for clients. His studies have been published in leading psychological journals and cited over 1500 times by fellow clinical researchers. Most recently he worked at Mary Free Bed Hospital, where he was hired to help create a rehabilitation program to help children and teens with chronic pain (e.g., headaches, fibromyalgia, CRPS) based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and CBT principles.
Pearl Chang, Ph.D.
Dr. Pearl Chang received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Emory University. She continued on to Teacher’s College, Columbia University in New York City receiving the Master of Arts and Master of Education degrees. Dr. Chang also attended the University of Georgia, where she received her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Chang completed her pre-doctoral work in Counseling and Psychological Services at The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and her postdoctoral work in Counseling and Psychological Services at Cornell University.
Dr. Chang approaches all her clients by integrating theories of multicultural feminism and person-centered theory. She is also trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and brief psychodynamic therapy.Furthermore, Dr. Chang leans toward contemporary theories such as Positive Psychology as well as Emotion-Focused Therapy. Dr. Chang works with a variety of presenting concerns including, but not limited to, issues regarding phase of life transitions and other adjustment concerns, career coaching, anxiety and/or depression management, transitioning in and out of college, parenting, family of origin as well as developing interpersonal skills and awareness.
In addition to private practice, Dr. Chang teaches full-time at a local state university at both the undergraduate and master’s program as a tenured faculty member.
Nicole Hopkins, LPC
LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR
Nicole Hopkins is an Atlanta native and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia. Nicole earned her Bachelor’s degree from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia where she graduated Cum Laude. After working in the corporate world for several years, Nicole returned to school and earned her Master’s degree in Family Counseling from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Nicole has over 15 years of experience and specializes in adolescent and family therapy. She has worked as an in-home family therapist, outpatient therapist, parent coach, and school counselor in a variety of settings including community based mental health, therapeutic boarding schools, independent schools, and private practice. Nicole was previously the Regional Director of a program in which she provided supervision of a team of clinicians, outpatient therapy, and parenting counseling. She also was the Director of Counseling of an independent school, which specialized in working with middle and high school boarding and day students. Nicole is currently the Middle School Counselor at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Atlanta, Georgia.
Soublis Psychological Associates has partnered with Fusion Academy to provide weekly teen group therapy.
Nicole is the lead therapist for STRONG Teens: A Supportive Skills Group.
Humama Khan, Ph.D.
Dr. Humama Khan earned her Bachelor’s degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina, with a minor in Medical Humanities. She continued on at the University of Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland and earned her Master’s in Applied Psychology. Dr. Khan worked as a Research Program Coordinator at Johns Hopkins before entering and completing her Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of Georgia. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Khan is a bilingual English-Urdu psychologist who uses an integrated multicultural and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approach, while working within a biopsychosocial framework. She is also trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Although she works with diverse presenting concerns Dr. Khan specializes in depression, anxiety, transition/adjustment, trauma, multicultural issues, and personality disorders.
In addition to private practice, Dr. Khan is completing her Post-Doctoral Fellowship with Emory School of Medicine where she is leading a research project on refugee communities.
Camara Murphy, Psy.D.
Dr. Camara Murphy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Muhlenberg College located in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She continued on at the Georgia School of Professional Psychology in Atlanta, Georgia and earned her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Child Clinical Psychology. Dr. Murphy completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and her post-doctoral residency at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory University School of Medicine, where she specialized in pediatric and health psychology.
Dr. Murphy has extensive training in assessment and therapy with toddlers, children, adolescents, young adults, and families presenting with a wide range of mental health concerns. She works with individuals and their families to increase coping of acute and chronic medical conditions and to improve quality of life and related emotional and behavioral disorders due to medical conditions such as cancer, sickle cell disease, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, chronic pain and illness, and many others. Dr. Murphy also specializes in grief, loss, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and adjustment difficulties. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and a skills-based approach in her work.
Dr. Murphy has experience in providing individual therapy (ages 3 – 21) and parent consultation. She takes a cognitive-behavioral and skills-based approach to help toddlers, children, adolescents, young adults, and their families learn strategies to improve functioning and well-being. She also conducts comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations with a substantial neuropsychological component. Dr. Murphy is also on staff at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as a Pediatric Psychologist.
Alexandra Perez, Psy.D.
POST DOCTORAL FELLOW
Dr. Alexandra “Alex” Perez earned her Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and History from Loyola University New Orleans. She then pursued a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Perez completed her pre-doctoral internship at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois where she worked with children, adolescents, and families providing parent training, individual, group, and family therapy. She then completed her first Postdoctoral residency at Cornell University where she provided individual and group psychotherapy to undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Perez completed a second Postdoctoral residency in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University where she provided multidisciplinary neurodevelopmental assessments to individuals ages 3-21 and behavioral parent training to teach parents and caregivers effective ways to improve their child’s behavior. Dr. Perez has extensive training in working with young children through adolescence and their families.
Dr. Perez has experience providing evidence-based bilingual services to children and families in various formats including individual, family therapy, parent consultations and trainings. She is trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and uses this approach to help children and parents learn strategies to improve functioning within their family system. She also has experience providing comprehensive psychological assessments for children through young adults (ages 3-21).
In addition to private practice, Dr. Perez is working as a Research Fellow with the Emory Neurodevelopment and Exposure Clinic where she is the Project Manager for a research study.
Jayme Puff, Ph.D.
Dr. Jayme Puff earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with honors from the University of Central Florida (UCF). She continued on at UCF and earned her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Child Clinical Psychology. Dr. Puff completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the Yale University Child Study Center in the School of Medicine, where she specialized in working with young children and their families. She completed her Postdoctoral Residency in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University. Dr. Puff has extensive training in working with children from infancy through adolescence and their families.
Dr. Puff has presented at large-scale national and international conferences, including the World Association of Infant Mental Health, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the American Psychological Association conferences. She has taught college courses in Child Development, Clinical Psychology, and Statistical Methods in Psychology. She is a certified provider of Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
Dr. Puff has experience in providing individual therapy (ages 3-21 years), family therapy, dyadic parent-child therapy (birth to 5-years and their caregiver), and parent consultation. She also provides comprehensive developmental evaluations for children (age 5 and under), as well as psychoeducational evaluations with a substantial neuropsychological component (ages 5-18 years).
Dr. Katie Slusher, Psy.D.
Dr. Katie Slusher graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mercer University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She then pursued graduate work at Georgia Southern University, earning a Master’s and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Slusher then completed a pre-doctoral internship specializing in behavioral psychology and integrated primary care at the Munroe-Meyer Institute. She returned home to Georgia to complete her post-doctoral residency at the Marcus Autism Center, Emory University School of Medicine where she completed comprehensive diagnostic assessments for autism spectrum disorders.
Dr. Slusher has wide-ranging experience working with a variety of individuals from toddlers to adults. She specializes in developing behavioral approaches and strategies to address specific concerns such as noncompliance and tantrums, sleep difficulties, toileting, autism spectrum disorders, and ADHD. Dr. Slusher also enjoys working with children who have complex medical or genetic disorders including 22Q, Trisomy 21, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, and diabetes. She has experience improving adherence to medical regimens such as sleep apnea (e.g., CPAP) and Type 1 diabetes. Dr. Slusher possesses extensive experience and a deep passion for implementing early intervention and behavioral parent training approaches including Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) as well as specialized parent training strategies for children on the autism spectrum (e.g., Project ImPACT, RUBI). Dr. Slusher uses a more eclectic, problem-solving approach based on the principles of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to treat other mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, or adjustment difficulties. Regardless of the presenting concern, Dr. Slusher believes in developing a meaningful, individualized treatment programs that work with the client and family’s values and lifestyle.
Dr. Slusher has experiencing working with a variety of ages and presenting concerns including health and toileting difficulties (e.g., enuresis/encopresis), sleep initiation and maintenance issues, tic disorders, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, and behavioral challenges. She also specializes in conducting comprehensive evaluations for ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations with a substantial neuropsychological component.
James Walker, MD, MPH
CHILD & ADULT PSYCHIATRIST
Dr. James Walker received his Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Johns Hopkins University. He has a Master’s degree in Epidemiology from the Emory Rollins School of Public Health and received his MD from the Emory University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Adult Psychiatry with Emory, and then completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Emory.
During his training he has gained experience working with children and adults with a wide range of concerns, including mood and anxiety disorders, bipolar spectrum disorders, OCD, ADHD, psychosis, autism, neurodevelopmental disorders, and trauma. As a Child Psychiatry specialist, he can help children who struggle with aggressive and impulsive behaviors. He is also skilled at guiding clients who struggle with eating disorders, suicidal thoughts, and self-harming behaviors.
Dr. Walker specializes in medication management to treat mental health disorders. He uses evidence-based medicine, individualized to each client’s needs. He strives to treat the whole person and uses a family-systemic approach when working with children and adolescents. He is also trained in psychotherapy, with a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) orientation. He works in collaboration with his clients’ therapists to understand the needs of his clients and to come up with treatment plans that best serve their goals.
Ashley is a second year student at the University of Georgia majoring in Psychology with an emphasis in Neuroscience. She found her love for psychology the summer before entering college when she started volunteering at Gwinnett Medical Center. At Gwinnett Medical Center, Ashley worked and talked with patients before their therapy sessions and after their stay at the hospital. In her first year of undergraduate studies, she took a class for mental health for adolescents and was certified for Youth Mental Health First Aid. These opportunities ignited her passion for Neuroscience, especially for young adults.
On campus, she holds positions in organizations such as the Minority Students Associations and Global Brigades Leadership Team. Additionally, she is a member of Girls in Healthcare. This fall, she hopes to be involved in more psychology-based extra-curriculars such as Psi Chi, a psychology National Honor Society, as well as the Psychology Club to gain her knowledge on the study of mental processes and further her focus in behavioral health.
Ari Terry attended Brigham Young University and earned her undergraduate degree in Communications. She spent the first years of her career in marketing before working for many years with the mental health industry in admissions, marketing, and event planning.
Ari joined Soublis Psychological Associates as the Office Manager and is the initial contact person for new clients and will connect them with the associate that can best address their needs. She has a passion for helping families find healing and discover ways to be healthier.