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NSU LGBTQA Pride – Special Alumni Panel
• Gregory Jones, Psy.D., Clinical Director/Founder of the Capital Center for Psychotherapy and Wellness Clinical Psychology Class of 2007
• Rachel Needle, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist/Certified Sex Therapist, CEO of the Advanced Mental Health Training Institute, NSU Adjunct Professor Clinical Psychology Class of 2006
• Roddia J. Paul, M.A., R.P.A, Doctoral Extern at Capital Center, Doctoral Candidate at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, NSU BS Class of 2018
• Pia Smal, M.S., Ph.D., Assistant Teaching Professor at The Pennsylvania State University, Mental Health Counseling Class of 2011
• Troy Thisler, M.S., Clinical Psychology Trainee, PRISM Vice-President (Psychological Readiness Integrating Sexual Minorities)

Jun 25, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Rachel Needle, Psy.D.
Whole Health Psychological Center, Executive Director & Licensed Psychologist @Advanced Mental Health Training Institute, CEO Modern Sex Therapy Institutes, Co-Director NSU Adjunct Professor
Dr. Rachel Needle received her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She received her B.A. in psychology from Barnard College, Columbia University. Dr. Needle is a Licensed Psychologist and Certified Sex Therapist in private practice and the founder and executive director of the Whole Health Psychological Center, a comprehensive psychological practice with therapists with a broad range of specialty areas. Dr. Needle is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology in the Department of Behavioral Sciences, in the Masters in Forensic Psychology, and in the Doctorate in Criminal Justice programs at Nova Southeastern University. She is the founder and CEO of the Advanced Mental Health Training Institute and Co-Director of Modern Sex Therapy Institutes which provide continuing education to Mental Health and Medical professionals and Sex Therapists around the world. MSTI provides certifications in Sex Therapy, LGBTQIA Affirmative Therapy and others.
Pia Smal, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Internship Coordinator @The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education
Pia Smal is an associate teaching professor in Rehabilitation and Human Services and Counselor Education and Supervision at The Pennsylvania State University. She holds a PhD in Counselor Education, a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and a Bachelor’s degree in English and Women’s Studies. Clinically, she has worked with a wide variety of individuals in domestic violence, psychiatric in-patient, and substance use treatment settings. Her research interests include supporting faculty in addressing student’s mental health needs, strength-based approaches to working with clients, and with a. particular passion for working with the LGBTQA+ community. She is a co-founder and board member of the Centre LGBTQA+ Support Network, and non-profit aimed at education, visibility, and support for the LGBTQA+ community in Central Pennsylvania. Before pursuing her Master’s, Pia worked as a Business Analyst, Certified Usability Analyst, and Corporate Trainer in the technology.
Gregory Jones, Psy.D.
Clinical Director/Founder, Clinical Psychologist, Sex Therapist @Capital Center for Psychotherapy and Wellness
Dr. Gregory Jones is an openly gay psychologist, certified sex therapist, a Harvard Fellow, and the CEO and founder of the Capital Center. Currently, Dr. Jones is working on his second doctorate in Sexology from the Modern Sex Therapy Training Institute. He provides individual, couples, group therapy, and runs an externship training program in clinical psychology for the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. His areas of specialization include sex therapy, LGBTQ mental health, college-aged populations, legal community, dependencies and eating disorders. ​ Dr. Jones began his career here in Washington DC in 2008, when he joined the staff at the Counseling and Psychiatric Services for Georgetown University as an LGBTQ specialist. This position allowed him to become an advocate for the LGBTQ community in the greater DC area. Previously, he was attending his fellowship at Harvard University Health Services and his APA approved internship at Johns Hopkins University.