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Community and public safety psychiatry

CPSPD Team and Specialties

Faculty in the Community and Public Safety Psychiatry Division include professionals from multiple disciplines including physicians, psychologists (clinical, neurocognitive and forensic), social workers, professional counselors, a plethysmography lab technician and a polygraph examiner.  There are also several administrative positions including the CPSPD Administrative Coordinator, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Coordinator, administrative assistants and reception desk staff.

Director

R. Gregg Dwyer, M.D., Ed.D.

Dr. Dwyer’s clinical, consulting, education/training, and research specialty areas include: mental health and operational consulting to law enforcement, rescue, and other public safety agencies; human sexual behavior evaluation, risk management and treatment including for paraphilias, interpersonal relationship sexual problem behaviors, sexual dysfunction and criminal actions; law enforcement and other public safety agency stress prevention and management; health care and public service personnel, to include law enforcement, fitness-for-duty evaluations.

CPSPD Team Members

Hilary J. Bernstein, DHA

Dr. Hilary Bernstein is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) where she has been on faculty since 1989. Dr. Bernstein received a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Psychology from Tulane University, a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of South Carolina and a Doctorate in Health Administration (DHA) from the Medical University of South Carolina.

William Burke, Ph.D.

Dr. Burke is the president and clinical director of Southeastern Assessments which provides forensic evaluations and treatment primarily with sex offenders and individuals with sexual disorders. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Dr. Burke has personally evaluated and tested over 6000 sexual offenders. Of those evaluated, approximately 3000 have undergone a penile plethysmograph study conducted by Dr. Burke or under his direction.

Sheresa Christopher, Ph.D.

Dr. Christopher attended Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University (PAU) where she earned a Forensic Psychology Emphasis Certificate and a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Christopher is currently working as a contractor in the Community and Public Safety Psychiatry Division of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC. In this role, she primarily conducts forensic evaluations (e.g. competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, parental fitness, and child custody) and provides psychological assessment services. Dr. Christopher is proficient in several domains of psychological assessment including intelligence, achievement, forensic, psychodiagnostic, and social, emotional, and behavioral functioning. She is particularly interested in providing evidenced-based psychotherapy to legally involved youth experiencing a range of psychopathology, including the psychological effects of trauma. Furthermore, Dr. Christopher serves as a clinical instructor where she provides supervision to fellows in the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program. Research interests include those areas mentioned above (e.g. forensic psychology and psychological trauma).

Christopher S. Fields, M.D.

Competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, mitigation, disability and Independent Medical Examinations. Expertise in child and family issues including custody, visitation, parental fitness, termination of parental rights, abuse/neglect, juvenile competency to stand trial, juvenile waivers to adult court and treatment of juvenile offenders.

Alvaro Giraldo, M.D.

Dr. Giraldo is a clinical associate professor in the adult psychiatry division. He received his Masters Degree in Counseling and Pastoral Counseling at the Ashland Theological Seminary, and his M.D. from the Javeriana University School of Medicine in Bogotá, Columbia. Dr. Giraldo also has a diploma in Analytical Psychology (Jungian Psychoanalysis) from the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysists at C.G. Jung Institute of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is board certified in Professional Counseling, Pathology and Psychiatry.

Ana Gomez, M.D.

Dr. Gomez is board-certified in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. She is currently an Instructor in the Community and Public Safety Psychiatry Division of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at MUSC where she is involved with the Forensic Psychiatry Program, Progressive Professionals Programs (fitness-for-duty evaluations of professionals) and Sexual Behaviors Clinic and Lab (sexual behavior evaluations for civil or criminal matters). She is the Associate Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program. She also works at the South Carolina Department of Corrections, providing medication management and supervising fellows and attendings who work there through MUSC. Dr. Gomez speaks fluent Spanish and is capable of conducting any forensic evaluation in Spanish.

McLeod Frampton Gwynette, M.D.

Dr. Gwynette graduated from the MUSC College of Medicine in 2000. He completed training in both Adult Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He specializes in the treatment of patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders and ADHD. Dr. Gwynette joined the MUSC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences faculty in 2006 and works as the Director of the Resident Training Clinic and the Director of Project Rex, a treatment program for patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families.

Christine Hamolia, MS, RN, CS

Christine Hamolia is an Advanced Practice Nurse with prescriptive authority who specializes in the treatment of adults with mental health problems. She received her bachelors and Masters degree from Boston College. She has been a nurse for over 30 years and has worked here at the Medical University in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences for over 25 years. She provides initial evaluations, individual and family therapy as well as medication management for patients with mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and mood disorders. In addition, she specializes in the treatment of eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. She utilizes a cognitive behavioral therapy model as well as motivational techniques and dialectical behavior therapy in her treatment.

Leilani Lee, M.D.

Dr. Lee is Board Certified in General Adult and Forensic Psychiatry and is a Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association.  She holds a position as Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).  Dr. Lee completed her Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Massachusetts and has experience in Correctional Psychiatry.  Prior to her current position at MUSC, she was a Forensic Psychiatrist in New York where she developed a model for improving Veteran Diversion Courts.  As a Forensic psychiatrist, she also has interest in competence to stand trial, criminal responsibility, malpractice, disability, sex offender and violence risk assessments.  Her interest extends to understanding cultural influences on behaviors in psychiatric assessments and Forensic Psychiatry education.  She serves as a committee member for the Cross-Culture Issues and Education Committees within the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law organization.

Dr. Lee also continues in clinical practice.  Her work in the Behavior Medicine Clinic at MUSC includes her completing assessments for pre- and post-organ transplant patients and addressing their psychiatric needs, which will aid in improving the chance of a successful transplant outcome.  She also treats psychiatric needs of patients who are receiving oncological treatment at the Hollings Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute designated Cancer Center.  As part of her clinic practice, Dr. Lee provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for a variety of psychiatric disorders. Kirk Meekins, M.D.

Dr. Meekins is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. He earned his BS degree from Duke University where he majored in Biology and Environmental Sciences and Policy. He earned his MD at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA before completing his General Psychiatry residency training at the University of Virginia. Dr. Meekins then completed fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at MUSC where he joined the faculty in 2009. Dr. Meekins serves as the Medical Director for the MUSC Community Psychiatry Clinic where he has an outpatient practice serving children, adolescents, and adults. In addition, he is an attending psychiatrist at the MUSC STAR program, a day treatment program for children and adolescents with severe behavioral and emotional disturbances. Dr. Meekins is also involved in clinical and didactic education for child and adolescent psychiatry fellows.

Diana M. Mullis, M.D.

Dr. Mullis provides criminal and civil evaluations for the defense and plaintiff, including legal competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, and diminished capacity. Evaluations for mitigation, violence risk assessments, fitness for duty, Independent Medical Evaluations, standard of care and malpractice case analysis, emotional harm and disability, and correctional medical care.

Mayson Stewart, MA

Mayson Stewart holds a BA from Clemson University and a MA from Webster University. His background consists of over 35 years in counseling services. He has two years of post-graduate training in Bowen Family Systems Theory. Mr. Stewart is a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with children, adults, and families.

Kathryn K. VanKirk, Ph.D.

Dr. VanKirk is a licensed clinical psychologist/staff neuropsychologist at the Ralph H. Johnson Veteran’s Administration Medical Center and assistant professor with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).  Presently, she serves as neuropsychologist consultant with the Department of Forensic Psychiatry at MUSC and is also a member of the Violent Behavior Prevention Committee at the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC.

Lab Technician

Joe Secondary, RPSGT, RST

Joe Secondary graduated from Laboure College in Boston, MA with a Degree In Clinical Neurophysiology. He trained in EEG, SLEEP, EP, EMG, IOM and LTM epilepsy diagnostic studies. He has worked in clinical and research sleep and neurophysiology since 1993. Registered Polysomnographic Technologist and has managed sleep centers for over 10 years. Specialized in sleep lab development. Experience in community and corporate education for sleep disorders and sleep wellness. He has worked at MUSC since June 2010.

Social Workers

Mollie W. Dadin, MSW

Mary Lou Shoemaker, MSW

Susan Stencer, MSW

Ms. Stencer received her Bachelor of Science from Slippery Rock University and her Masters in Social Work from New York University.  She worked at the Gouverneur Hospital in New Your City as an Outpatient Therapist for Adolescents and adult patients.   Ms. Stencer has been with MUSC since 2003 and has worked in several departments to include:  Access Center Emergency Clinician, Outpatient Therapist for children and adults; and now for the Intensive Outpatient Program for adults over 40 years old.  Ms. Stencer was also a Designated court examiner for Berkeley county Probate court and a Coordinator for Dorchester County Drug and Alcohol Commission Adolescent and family counseling services.

Debra Wallace, MSW

Debra Wallace is a Clinical Counselor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. She graduated cum laude with a BS degree in Psychology from the College of Charleston and an MSW degree from the University of South Carolina. Ms. Wallace has worked in outpatient and inpatient settings providing individual, family, group, and multi-family group treatment. She works primarily with middle-age adults and is certified in trauma recovery. Other interests include anxiety, mood disorders, and grief and loss.

Pat Yost, MSW

Pat Yost received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. Pat has been a working clinician since 1995 and at the Institute of Psychiatry since 2007. She has a broad range of areas she works in to include teenage issues, trauma, domestic violence, grief and loss and depression/anxiety issues. Pat works with children (ages 10 and above) through adults. Pat uses a cognitive behavioral approach and works with individuals, families and groups.

Polygrapher

Tim Stephenson

Tim Stephenson is a retired law enforcement officer and a Polygraph Examiner in the Department of Forensic Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas Law Enforcement Executive Development Course, the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, the FBI Command College, and the Virginia School of Polygraph. He is a past president of the South Carolina Association of Polygraph Examiners and has extensive experience in conducting behavior assessments, credibility assessments and polygraph examinations on a variety of criminal cases. He has been court certified as an expert in law enforcement operations in the Court of General Sessions and Administrative Court. He is an active participant in the teaching program at MUSC providing lectures for medical students, residents and fellows.

Research Assistants

Anna Culpepper, BS

Ms. Culpepper received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the College of Charleston.  She has been working as a research assistant within the CPSPD at MUSC since 2012.

Administration

Alison Knight, MBA

Ms. Knight received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina and her Master’s in Business Hospital Administration from Strayer University.  She has been working as the Division Manager and Forensic Fellowship Coordinator since 2011.

To reach a member of the CPSPD Team, call 843-792-1461.

Or email
cpspd@musc.edu

 
 
 

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