Clinical Faculty Supervisors

Patricia Barros, AAMFT, Supervisor, Center for Healthy Families, DirectorPatricia Barros-Gomes, Ph.D., is a clinical fellow and approved supervisor in AAMFT, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in DC, and a Graduate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Maryland. Her special interests include gender and ethnicity issues, intimate partner violence, as well as on individual and family resiliency.
Norman Epstein, Ph.D. is a clinical fellow and approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist in Maryland. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Epstein’s special interests include: cognitive-behavioral therapeutic approaches; sex therapy; domestic violence; treatment of depression, anxiety, and major mental disorders in the family context; and cross-cultural research factors in family relationships.
Leigh Leslie, AAMFT, Supervisor, Center for Healthy Families, therapyLeigh Leslie, Ph.D. is a clinical fellow and approved supervisor in AAMFT and a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Maryland. She is a fellow of the National Council on Family Relations. Her special interests include gender and ethnicity issues, military families, interracial couples, and work and family issues
Mona Mittal, Ph.D., is a clinical fellow and approved supervisor in AAMFT, and a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist in New York. Her special interests include racial and ethnic minority populations, relationship conflict, psychological trauma, and health outcomes.

Adjunct Supervisors 

Reena Bernards, M.S., LCMFT graduated from the University of Maryland CFT program in 2008, and joined a private group practice providing therapy for children, adolescents, families, and individual adults. Reena approaches therapy from the perspective of building on the strengths of the individuals and creating a supportive environment for change within the family. She is certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy, an attachment based clinical treatment for couples and families. Her other preferred models include Narrative Therapy and Child-Centered Play Therapy. She has a special interest in multicultural and adoptive families. She received a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University. Reena is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, certified as a mediator, and has experience working as an organizational development consultant and a diversity trainer.
Merlene Blair-Brown, M.S., LCMFT is a licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes with individuals ages two through a hundred-and-two. She is the founder of a holistic practice located in Baltimore County, Maryland called The Thusong-A Place of Help. Merlene is a clinical fellow of the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT) and is also a Registered Nurse. Merlene is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and has experience dealing with marital issues, anger problems, depression, and stress. Through the use of varied therapeutic techniques, Merlene encourages clients to build bridges; tear down communication barriers and begin on the road to wholeness with deeper levels of self-realization. She is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Nursing & Masters of Family Therapy
Julia Caruana, M.S., LCMFT graduated from the University of Maryland CFT program in 2012. She has a post-graduate certificate in working with survivors of trauma, violence and torture and is currently working to become a registered play therapist and a AAMFT approved supervisor. She has worked as a therapist and supervisor at different schools in Montgomery County and recently opened her private private practice in Bethesda, MD providing therapy for children and families both in English and Spanish. She specializes in maternal mental health, and childhood trauma and anxiety. Originally from Spain, Julia believes therapy is similar to moving to a new place: its new, unexpected, and can be challenging at first but it is capable of becoming the vehicle for change and growth, a safe and secure place where you can transform your life
Jodi Cobb, Ph.D., LCMFT is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Maryland, an AAMFT clinical fellow and supervisor candidate, and a graduate of the University of Maryland CFT Program.  She sees clients at her private practice, Peer Bridges, LLC in Ellicott City and at Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education in Virginia.  Jodi also holds graduate degrees in school psychology and was a School Psychologist with the Howard County Public School System before her MFT licensure.  She has received training in Theraplay®, play therapy, interventions for children with problem sexual behaviors, Relationship Development Intervention (RDI®), trauma-focused play-based interventions, and the Extended Play Based Developmental Assessment (EPBDA).  She is also a Registered Circle of Security Parent Educator.  Jodi has experience and interest in working with families impacted by autism spectrum disorders, attachment issues, adoption, foster care, sexual abuse, trauma, and LGBTQ issues.
John Hart, M.S., LGMFT is a fourth-year Family Science doctoral student and an associate therapist at Meg Tenny & Associates in Columbia, MD. He is a licensed graduate marriage and family therapist who graduated from Maryland’s Couple and Family Therapy program in 2012. He is also a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor Candidate. His interests include couples’ struggles with attachment and co-parenting, and family issues revolving around parenting and coping with transitions.
Robin S. Smith is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in clinical practice in Bethesda MD and Supervisor Candidate for the Couple and Family Therapy program at the University of Maryland. Robin received his B.S. in Psychology from Salisbury University; he earned his M.S. in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Maryland. He has worked in multiple settings including school-based, private practice, in-home, and the research and training clinic at the University of Maryland. Robin specializes in relationship issues for couples, families, and individuals, for improved quality of life. His clinical specialties include: transition to parenthood for new and expecting parents, infidelity, sex and intimacy issues, premarital counseling, and trauma. Robin has given talks to various groups including hospital administrators, graduate students, clinical psychotherapists, and childbirth educators. He is the primary contributor to Your Couples Therapist Blog.
Rosario De Gregorio is a bilingual Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been providing therapy to families and individuals since 2005. She came to the United States from Spain 16 years ago to pursue her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy.  She also has a post-masters certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy as well. She has worked with a variety of clients in hospital settings and outpatient mental health clinics. She has extended experience with adolescents, ADHD, family conflict, depression, anxiety, family transitions and self-esteem. She believes therapy can help individuals find new ways  of functioning and increase self-knowledge that can help them move forward in life. She enjoys working with immigrant families and helping them navigate the benefits and challenges of living in a new culture.
Wendy Wilcox, M.S., LCMFT is a graduate of the department’s Couple and Family Therapy Program, and has been a  supervisor with the Center of Healthy Families since 2007.  She is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist in Maryland as well as an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and Clinical Fellow. Wendy is the Director of Bowie Youth & Family Services, where she has been on staff for twenty years. Her areas of professional interest include parenting issues, as well as the family treatment of addiction and traumatic experiences. Wendy also owns a private practice, where she specializes in EMDR and other treatments for trauma.