Julie C. Medlin, Ph.D. Director

Tammy Coots, Psy.D.

R. Scott Davis, Psy.D.
Kathleen Grimes, Ph.D.

Steven Knauts, Ph.D

Sarai Padilla, Psy.D. 
LaRae Williams, Psy.D.
Lela McKnight-Eily, Ph.D.
Asia Gifford, Psy.D.
Amanda Carter, LPC, Asst. Director SDP
Erica Walker, Ph.D.
Candace Allen-Staten, Psy.D.
Ashley Mendoza, LMSW
Purvita Patel, Psy.D.
Valerie K. Cleveland, LAPC
Melanie Telford, Psy.D.
 
November 2013
MTC welcomes Melanie Telford, Psy.D. to its clinical team as a Psychologist in its child & adolescent programs.
August 2013
MTC welcomes Valerie K. Cleveland, LAPC to its clinical team as a therapist in the Sexual Deviancy Program.
November 2011

Dr. Medlin and Dr. Knauts recently published Avoiding Sexual Dangers: A Parent’s Guide to Protecting Your Child. For more information, go to www.avoidingsexualdangers.com.

Intake Forms now on-line

New Workshops for Parents

1, 2, 3, 4 Parenting for Parents

• Young Children (ages 1 to 4)
• School Aged Children (ages 5 to 12)
• Teenagers (ages 12 to 18)
 

SafeKids Workshops

• Learn how to keep your child safe from
  sexual abuse
• Protect your child from pornography
• Protect your child on the internet
 

 

Julie C. Medlin, Ph.D. Director

Dr. Medlin is the Director of Medlin Treatment Center. She is a licensed psychologist who has expertise in treating sexual offenders and sexual abuse victims. Dr. Medlin provides therapy to children, adolescents, and adults with sexual issues or general psychological issues. She also conducts forensic evaluations in cases of alleged sexual abuse in children.

Dr. Medlin obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard University, and her master's and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Florida. She completed her internship in a joint program at the Federal Correctional Institution in Butner, North Carolina and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Medlin also serves as the Director of Medlin Training Institute (MTI), which specializes in training other professionals in the area of sexual abuse and sexual deviancy. Through MTI, Dr. Medlin published Responsible Living, an 8-volume sex offender treatment manual, along with a CD-ROM entitled Breaking Through Denial.
Dr. Medlin has provided trainings for residential treatment facilities, psychiatric hospitals, mental health centers, different states’ Departments of Correction, as well as at numerous academic conferences. Dr. Medlin has also testified as an expert in court over 100 times. Dr. Medlin is Past President of the Georgia Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. She also served on the Georgia Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Advisory Council and on the Georgia Sex Offender Registration Review Board. In addition, Dr. Medlin has appeared as an expert on national televisions programs for CNN and Discovery Health, as well as several nationally syndicated programs.

Tammy Coots, Psy.D.

Dr. Coots graduated from Georgia State University in Psychology. She received a Psy.D. degree from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology (now named Argosy University) and is a licensed psychologist in the state of Georgia. Dr. Coots currently serves as a Psychologist at Medlin Treatment Center, specializing in treating children who are sexual abuse victims and children who have sexual behavior problems. Dr. Coots also has a specialty in evaluating and treating infants. In addition, Dr. Coots is an Adjunct Instructor for Tulane University Medical Center. Dr. Coots completed two postdoctoral fellowships: one for Tulane University Medical Center as the Program Manager and Primary Clinician for Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority Infant Team, and, secondly, for Louisiana State University Medical Center providing psychotherapy with children and families who were victims or witnesses of violence. Dr. Coots completed her internship with Louisiana State University Medical Center in the following settings: Charity Hospital Psychiatric Unit's adult inpatient, Ames Elementary School, New Orleans Adolescent Hospital, Grace House New Orleans (an adult womens' substance abuse residential treatment center), Louisiana State University Infant, Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic, and Louisiana State University Adult Outpatient Clinic. Dr. Coots completed a therapy practicum with Cobb Douglas Community Mental Health Center and a diagnostic practicum with Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital. Dr. Coots is a member of the American Psychological Association and Louisiana Infant Mental Health Association.

R. Scott Davis, Psy.D.

Dr. Davis graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. He received his M.S., as well as his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, from Yeshiva University. Dr. Davis completed his post-doctoral fellowship in Medlin Treatment Center's Sexual Deviancy Program and interned with the VA Hudson Valley Healthcare System, Montrose Campus. He has worked as a test administrator at the Educational Records Bureau in NY, NY. He has completed externships with Fordham Counseling Center in Bronx, NY, and St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, NY. He has also worked as a residential counselor at Vitam Center, Norwalk, CT, and a mental health technician at the Devereux Center of Georgia, Atlanta, GA. Dr. Davis is a member of the American Psychological Association and a clinical member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.

Kathleen Grimes, Ph.D.

Dr. Grimes graduated from the University of Virginia Cum Laude with a Bachelor's Degree. She received her MA, as well as her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, from the Emory Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Grimes interned at Cambridge Hospital through the Harvard Medical School. She has worked as a therapist and evaluator for the Emory University Psychological Center in Atlanta, and at the Southern Crescent Psychiatry and Counseling Center, Inc. in Newnan, Georgia. She has worked as a neuropsychological examiner at the Emory University School of Medicine, the Emory Clinic Department of Neurology, the Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital in Atlanta, and the Emory University Psychological Center. Dr. Grimes is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Georgia Psychological Association. She has published research articles on schizophrenia in The Journal of Abnormal Psychology, The Journal of Abnormal Psychiatry, and Clinical Advances in the Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders.

Steven Knauts, Ph.D.

Dr. Knauts graduated from the University of Utah Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Psychology. He received his Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Florida. Dr. Knauts has done clinical work at a number of forensic facilities, including North Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center in Gainesville, Florida; and Florida State Hospital, where he interned for a year. At Medlin Treatment Center, Dr. Knauts has worked as a program therapist and evaluator for several years. He has provided group and individual therapy and has conducted psychological, psychosexual, and parenting evaluations. Dr. Knauts is an engaging public speaker and has conducted several workshops and trainings for other mental health professionals, foster parents, and the community. He has given presentations for such organizations as Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, Georgia CASA, the Georgia Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, and the National Organization for Victim Assistance. Dr. Knauts is currently licensed in the state of Georgia as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical Psychologist.

Sarai Padilla, Psy.D., Psychologist

Dr. Padilla joined the Medlin Treatment Center to provide individual and group treatment to children, adolescents, and adults in general psychology and those experiencing distress from trauma and depression.  She also has expertise in bereavement, life transitions, academic issues, and parenting.  Dr. Padilla’s professional background includes work as a therapist, evaluator, supervisor, administrator, consultant, and adjunct professor within schools, hospitals, psychiatry, universities, as well as a therapeutic residence for the developmentally delayed.   A staunch advocate for children, she implemented a prevention program for children of substance abusers, established a community pediatric AIDS project, reviewed psychological evaluations for special education placement of students, was a member of two hospital Child Protection committees, ran a newly opened school-based mental health program, and trained foreign providers on the treatment of children infected and affected with HIV & AIDS.  She obtained a doctorate in psychology from Pace University in New York where she graduated summa cum laude.  Her doctoral internship in clinical psychology included a rotation within New York University-Bellevue Hospital Center’s inpatient psychiatry.   Dr. Padilla is a member of the American Psychological Association, its Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and the International AIDS Society.  She is fluent in Spanish. 

Asia Gifford, Psy.D., Psychologist

Dr. Gifford is a licensed child psychologist who specializes in play therapy. Dr. Gifford graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.  She earned her Doctorate of Psychology degree from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University with an emphasis in child and family studies.  She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Casa Pacifica where she provided clinical services to foster children and adolescents who were removed from their homes.  She conducted individual and family therapy and also co-led psychoeducational Aggression Replacement Therapy groups. Dr. Gifford completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Pathways Transition Programs where she worked with children and adolescents with psychological issues such as sexual and physical abuse, grief, neglect, behavioral disorders and mood disorders.  Dr. Gifford has experience in Play Therapy and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  Additionally, Dr. Gifford is member of the American Psychological Association and the Association of Play Therapy. At the Medlin Treatment Center, she provides individual and family therapy for children and adolescents between the ages of 3 and 18 years old with general psychological and sexual trauma issues, as well as sexual acting out behaviors. She also conducts psychosexual, sexual trauma, and general psychological evaluations.

Candace D. Allen-Staten, Psy.D., Psychologist

Dr. Allen-Staten earned a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Dayton (UD) in 2002. At UD, she received training in providing individual and group therapy to children and adolescents with Serious Emotional Disturbances and in conducting empirical research. Dr. Allen-Staten earned her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Wright State University, School of Professional Psychology (WSU-SOPP) in 2007. At WSU-SOPP, Dr. Allen-Staten was trained in providing individual, group, and family therapy to adolescent and adult clients with a wide range of diagnoses, including trauma and grief. In 2007, Dr. Allen-Staten completed a Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship at the University of California, Davis Children’s Hospital CAARE (Child and Adolescent Abuse, Resource, Evaluation Diagnostic and Treatment) Center in Sacramento, California. At the CAARE Center, Dr. Allen-Staten received specialized training in providing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, and individual, group, and family therapy with children and adolescents with histories child physical abuse, child sexual abuse, and neglect. Also at the CAARE Center, Dr. Allen-Staten was trained in completing Child Welfare Evaluations and Full Battery Psychological Evaluations. During her Post-Doctoral training/employment, Dr. Allen-Staten completed Disability Evaluations in California for persons of all ages and Full Battery Psychological Evaluations and Parent Fitness Evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults in Georgia.

At Medlin Treatment Center, Dr. Allen-Staten is conducting both psychosexual evaluations and general psychological evaluations and providing individual and family therapy services to pre-adolescent, adolescent, and adult clients with histories of physical and sexual abuse as well as general psychological issues. Dr. Allen-Staten’s areas of expertise include:  child physical abuse, child sexual abuse, women with trauma histories (i.e., child sexual abuse, child physical abuse, and domestic violence), family therapy, grief, full battery psychological evaluations, and psychosexual evaluations. Dr. Allen-Staten also integrates spirituality in therapy when requested by clients.

Erica Walker, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Walker graduated from Spelman College Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She received her MA, as well as her Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology, from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. Dr. Walker completed her internship at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in the following settings: LaBonheur Children’s Hospital, Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities, Memphis City Schools, and the Center for Children and Parents.  She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Marcus Institute through the Emory University School of Medicine, specializing in the assessment and treatment of children prenatally exposed to alcohol, drugs and other toxins. At Medlin Treatment Center, Dr. Walker provides therapy to children and adolescents with general psychology issues and those experiencing distress from sexual abuse.  She also conducts psychological evaluations with children and adolescents. Dr. Walker is a member of the American Psychological Association.

Amanda Carter, MA, LPC, Assistant Director SDP
 
Amanda Carter provides individual and group therapy in the Adult Sexual Deviancy Program at Medlin Treatment Center.  She is a licensed professional counselor.  Mrs. Carter obtained her bachelor's degree in biology with a minor in psychology from Lambuth University, and her master's degree in Professional Counseling with a specialization in Christian Sex Therapy from Richmont Graduate University.  She completed her internship at the Behavioral Medicine Institute of Atlanta, Peachford Behavioral Health Systems, and the Hope Counseling Center.  Mrs. Carter also led a program in Atlanta entitled, "Sex and Young America," for young adolescent females.  In 2009, she gave a 2 hour presentation to the Trauma and Abuse Class at Richmont regarding her work with sex offenders. 

LaRae Williams, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Williams earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Emory University and her master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She completed her internship at the W.S. Hall Psychiatric Institute and her postdoctoral fellowship at Nova Southeastern University. Through her academic training and professional work experiences, she has gained experience providing therapy to children, adolescents, and adults who have been exposed to traumatic events, including sexual and physical abuse. In addition, she is also experienced in conducting evaluations with children and adolescents who have been suspected of sexual abuse as well as those exhibiting sexualized behaviors. Dr. Williams is also proficient in conducting psychoeducuational evaluations and providing therapy for general psychological issues, including mood and anxiety disorders.

Purvita A. Patel, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Patel is a graduate from The Georgia School of Professional Psychology of Argosy University – Atlanta. Her area of practice is generally focused on assessment and treatment of children and adolescents, which includes working with the families of these youth. She also specializes in evaluating and treating children, adolescents, and adults who have a history of child maltreatment and other experiences of trauma. She also works a great deal with individuals who have committed sexual offenses. Dr. Patel enjoys working with various agencies, such as the court system, the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS), and the school system.

Ashley Mendoza, LMSW, SDP Program Therapist

Ashley Mendoza graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a bachelor's degree in Social Work and received her master's degree from Louisiana State University School of Social Work. She had the opportunity at her graduate internship placement, Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System, to  provide individual counseling to pre-trial patients and chronic, mentally ill adjudicated patients. She also completed initial psychosocial history assessments and updated psychosocial assessments, as well as obtained collateral information from patients’ families, formulating treatment plans for continuity of care of patients and worked with a multidisciplinary staff. At East Alabama Mental Health Center's Family and Children Services, she provided prevention education of substance abuse and facilitated social skills groups to children ages 6-14. She is a Licensed Master of Social Work and is working towards getting her clinical licensure. She provides group and individual therapy for adult clients in the Sexual Deviancy Program at Medlin Treatment Center.

Melanie Telford, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Telford is a licensed psychologist who specializes in the early childhood population with experience in Play Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.  Dr. Telford graduated from Nicholls State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.  She earned her Masters and Doctorate of Psychology degrees from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University with an emphasis in child, adolescent and family studies.  She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Miami Children's Hospital and her postdoctoral fellowship at The Community Reach Center in Colorado where she worked with children, adolescents and families struggling with psychological issues such as sexual and physical abuse, grief, neglect, behavioral disorders and mood disorders.  She has experience working with diverse, disadvantaged and underserved populations in inpatient, residential, child advocacy center, and other mental health facilities.  Additionally, Dr. Telford is a member of the American Psychological Association and The Society of Clinical and Child Adolescent Psychology.  At Medlin Treatment Center, she provides individual and family therapy for children and adolescents between the ages of 3 and 18 years old with general psychological difficulties, sexual trauma issues, and sexual acting out behaviors as well as conducts general psychological evaluations.