Leadership Committee

The NCCBT Network Leadership Committee is comprised of founding and long-standing members and is responsible for establishing policy, organizing/implementing the activities of the NCCBT Network, upholding the Mission and Bylaws of the NCCBT Network, and making administrative decisions for the NCCBT Network. Learn more about our other Committees and their members.

Janie Hong, PhD


Janie Hong, PhD, (she/her) is a licensed clinical psychologist and Clinical Associate Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine. At Stanford, she serves as Associate Director of the Adult Clinical Psychology Fellowship program and as Director of the Anxiety and Depression Adult Psychological Treatment (ADAPT) Clinic. She also is a founding partner at the Redwood Center for CBT and Research, where she maintains a small private practice. Dr. Hong’s research and clinical work has primarily focused on expanding our templates of mental health to include diverse populations. She is deeply committed to improving care for culturally diverse and neurodiverse individuals. 

Melinda White, LMFT


Melinda White (she/her) is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has worked extensively with adults, teens and children with ADHD, anxiety, depression, social phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder, trichotillomania and panic disorder. She is a certified cognitive behavioral therapist, certified trainer/consultant and founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She has been an affiliate of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy. Melinda is also a professional member of the Anxiety Disorders Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy. She served for two years as the Educational Coordinator for the U.C. Berkeley site of the National Institute of Mental Health’s multi-modal treatment study of ADHD. She was a special education teacher for 15 years and has a life credential as a learning disability specialist. She is currently in private practice in Berkeley, California.

John R. Montopoli, LMFT, LPCC

Social Networking Committee Co-Chair

John R. Montopoli, LMFT, LPCC, (he/him) is a licensed psychotherapist in California. He completed an intensive post-graduate training program in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at the prestigious Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. John is a Diplomate with the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). He offers clinical services through a clinic he founded and directs, Pacific Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. John also serves on the board for the National Social Anxiety Center. In his spare time, John enjoys studying the Italian language, traveling, and anything related to beaches.

Simone Madan, PhD

Social Networking Committee Co-Chair 
Educational Series Committee Member

Simone K. Madan, PhD, (she/her) is licensed clinical psychologist in San Francisco. She is a certified cognitive behavioral therapist, trainer, and a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. In her private practice, she treats adult and pediatric anxiety disorders, body focused repetitive behaviors, health behavior, and chronic disease management. Dr. Madan retired from her clinical role of 22 years in providing treatment for chronic disease management in the Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco. She continues to teach and train UCSF residents, medical students, and professional staff as a volunteer assistant clinical professor. She often writes and presents for professional audiences.

Daniela Owen, PhD

Educational Series Committee Co-Chair

Daniela Owen, PhD, (she/her) is a licensed psychologist and assistant director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy. Daniela is an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Sciences Program at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Cognitive Behavior Therapy for OCD in Youth and the children’s books: Right Now, I am Fine, Right now, I am Brave, Right now, I am Kind, Everyone Feels Angry SometimesEveryone Feels Anxious Sometimes, and Everyone Feels Sad Sometimes. Daniela treats anxiety, OCD, mood disorders, attention and concentration problems, social skills deficits, transition challenges in children, adolescents, and adults. She also specializes in couples’ communication, satisfaction within relationships, and effective parenting strategies. Daniela is committed to incorporating Evidence-Based Treatments into her work.

Nancy Liu, PhD

Educational Series Committee Co-Chair

Nancy Liu, PhD, (she/her) is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, Berkeley where she is also the Clinic Director of the UC Berkeley Psychology Clinic & Center for Assessment, the graduate training clinic of the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. There she supervises graduate students and teaches graduate-level courses in interviewing, case formulation, treatment, and legal/ethical issues. She has a small private practice where she focuses on adults with complex trauma, depression, and anxiety. She has clinical and research interests in improving cognitive-behavioral treatments for underserved populations as well as clinical training in evidence-based practices. In the past, she has been a Clinical Psychologist with the National Center for PTSD and a Consultant with the World Health Organization.

Katherine Schulz, LCSW

Membership Committee Co-Chair

Katherine Schulz (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, specializing in treating adults with mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, and borderline personality disorder. She has over 20 years of clinical experience and extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), DBT with Prolonged Exposure (DBT-PE), DBT for Families, Couples and Parents, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness. Katherine received her MS in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work and DBT certification with the DBT Linehan Board of Certification. She has worked in hospital social work and behavioral health in New York, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Southern California before moving to the Bay Area in 2008. Her practice is in the East Bay and she specializes in evidenced based treatments for clients with emotion dysregulation. Katherine currently offers full DBT for adults, Advanced DBT Group, DBT PE for trauma, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and ERP for clients with panic and anxiety disorders. She is a member of the Pacific DBT Collaborative consultation team. Katherine and her husband have lived in the Bay Area since 2008 and have 2 young adult children.

Aleksandra (Sasha) Soykin, PhD

Membership Committee Co-Chair

Sasha Soykin, PhD, (she/her) is a licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in treating adults with medical conditions, chronic illness, chronic pain, grief, aging and life transitions, and trauma/PTSD. Dr. Soykin was trained primarily as a health and geropsychologist, receiving the majority of her training at various VA Medical Centers and at Kaiser. Her training has been based in evidence-based treatments including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and she continues to use these modalities with individuals she works with. She is currently working full-time in private practice and is deeply committed to using evidence-based treatments in helping adults navigate challenging times in their lives.

Bridget Whitlow, LMFT

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Co-Chair

Bridget Whitlow (she/her) is a licensed MFT that provides psychotherapy in her private practice for children, adolescents, adults, and families. She has clinical expertise in the treatment of anxiety, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, LGBTQ concerns, self-criticism, and athlete stressors. She has worked in all levels of care and uses evidence based practices such as FBT, CBT, ERP, and self-compassion therapy. Bridget is also currently the mental health consultant for San Francisco Ballet School.

Kathrine Gapinski, PhD


Kate Gapinski , PhD, (she/her) received a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Yale University, where her research focused on eating disorders and social perceptions of weight. She also worked in a lab dedicated to gender research for several years. After completing postdoctoral work in behavioral medicine at Stanford University, she served in a Director role at the Stanford-founded Shyness Clinic and co-established the San Francisco Group for Evidence-Based Psychotherapy, where she currently treats individuals and couples. Her training and clinical work include CBT, DBT, ACT, and EFT. In addition, she has facilitated support groups for medical residents at UCSF and has been involved in training Stanford University medical residents in the treatment of social anxiety. She has taught undergraduate psychology courses at Yale University and UC Berkeley Extension and has been an adjunct professor at University of San Francisco since 2005, where she regularly teaches courses related to sexuality and gender.

Original Founding Members

Joan Davidson, PhD

Janie Hong, PhD

Lynn Martin, RN, MS, PMH-CNS

Daniela Owen, PhD

Jacqueline B. Persons, PhD

Sharon Smith, LMFT

Michael A. Tompkins, PhD

Melinda White, LMFT

Robin Yeganeh, PhD

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