Training Committee Supervisors, AHEC staff, and Interns
Dixie State University Booth Wellness Center
Garyn Gulbranson, Ph.D., Primary Supervisor
Dr. Garyn Gulbranson is the current Director of the Dixie State Booth Wellness Center. He earned his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from the Pacific University School of Professional Psychology and completed his doctoral internship at the University of Kansas Counseling and Psychological Services. Dr. Gulbranson completed an additional post-doctoral year at Colorado State University’s Health Network, including post-hospitalization specialty services. Most recently Dr. Gulbranson worked as staff psychologist and as the Group Coordinator at the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Gulbranson is passionate supervisor, educator and psychologist who works from a number of different treatment modalities including Dialectical and Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and group therapies.
Cathie Fox, Ph.D.
Dr. Cathie Fox is a clinical psychologist who works as a regional clinical lead for Intermountain Healthcare’s mental health integration program. She mentors primary care providers, mental health clinicians and clinic staff in providing team based care at primary care clinics. She has more than 20 years of experience providing therapy, assessment, and consultative services to patients of all ages with a specialty in treating adolescents and families. She has served on the Intermountain MHI Development Committee and the Primary Children’s Ethics Committee. She is on the executive board for the Utah Psychological Association and the Utah representative to the American Psychological Association Council of Representatives. Prior to her current role, Dr. Fox was the program director for Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital adolescent residential and day treatment programs. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Utah clinical psychology program.
Sevier Valley Hospital
Kirt Cundick, Ph.D.
Dr Cundick is currently the outgoing President of the Utah Psychological Association and previously served as President and as a member-at large on the UPA board of directors. For the past several years he has been practicing at the Sevier Valley Hospital in rural Richfield, Utah – a primary medical care clinic in a hospital that serves an unusually large geographic catchment area, where he serves as site supervisor for the Utah Psychology Internship Consortium. Dr Cundick graduated from the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at the University of Utah. He worked ten years in community mental health centers (split between Valley Mental Health and Davis Behavioral Health) primarily with children, families, and parents. He spent several years at Valley Mental Health in a specialty position providing comprehensive mental health assessments and serving as a liaison with the Division of Child and Family Services during the period Utah was being monitored by the Court to ensure compliance with the David C. lawsuit settlement agreement. While working at Valley Mental Health he co-developed a parenting course curriculum for parents of oppositional and defiant children that he continues to offer to the local community. Dr. Cundick also spent nearly a decade performing psychological on-site testing for a group serving clients in various treatment settings, several years as a health integration psychologist at Hill Air Force Base, and maintained a solo independent practice in Layton for four years. He has provided clinical supervision services for practicum students from BYU Counseling and Clinical programs and postdoctoral residents. As a graduate student he worked on projects in medical informatics and program development, health psychology, health care quality assurance, and as an undergraduate spent time in a rat lab. Dr Cundick views himself as a generalist practitioner. He has received specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Functional Family Therapy.
Southwest Behavioral Health Center
Paul Staheli, Psy.D.
Paul Staheli, Psy.D. a St. George, Utah native returned to work in his hometown after obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University and his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Alliant University in Fresno, Ca.
He has worked at Southwest Behavioral Health Center in St. George, UT. as a clinical psychologist for the past twenty three years. He provides treatment services including psychological assessment, Individual, family and group therapy using a variety of modalities such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational interviewing, Moral Reconation Therapy, and Functional Family Therapy. He also goes to the local schools to work with middle and high school students. He speaks fluent Spanish.
When he is not working he enjoys spending time with his family in Southern Utah's amazing outdoors.
Valley Behavioral Health
Julia Hood, Ph.D.
Julia Hood, Ph.D., BCBA-D, NCSP received her bachelors degree from Westminster College and her masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Utah. She is one of the published authors of Superheroes Social Skills, a program that has been used and researched internationally. Her masters and doctorate research studied the efficacy of Superheroes Social Skills for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and externalizing behaviors.
Julia is a Licensed Psychologist, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst- Doctoral, and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Julia is the Chief Clinical Officer at Valley Behavioral Health and oversees the clinical services and staff throughout all programs at VBH. She was hired on with Valley as the Director of the Carmen B. Pingree Autism Center of Learning in 2014. In addition to her work at VBH, Julia is the Grant Director for an autism training grant for graduate students at the University of Utah funded through the US Department of Education. She works closely with the Educational Psychology department to help train doctoral students. Previously, she worked as a psychologist in Granite School District and she has also had experience working in substance abuse treatment centers, international humanitarian work, work with refugee populations, various clinical settings, and with gang and substance prevention programs.
Valley Behavioral Health
Elizabeth Albertsen, Psy.D., Lead Psychologist
Liz provides psychological evaluation including risk assessment, disability, fitness for duty, parenting, and mental health. Past work with Valley Behavioral Health includes development of Valley Victim Services domestic violence shelter and victim advocate program in Tooele County as a member program of the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition; Domestic Violence Attending Clinician providing and overseeing services for victims and offenders of domestic violence; Clinical Supervisor of the Forensic Clinic for court-ordered assessment and treatment for people with severe psychiatric and substance use disorders; Coordinator of the Women’s Intensive Outpatient Substance Use Disorders Treatment Program; and Prevention Services Coordinator for Valley’s prevention services in Salt Lake County. Liz served in leadership roles for several years with the Utah Association for Domestic Violence Treatment (UADVT) and as an invited member of the Utah Domestic Violence Offender Taskforce. Liz is licensed as a psychologist in Utah. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkley, California, and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Walla Walla University in Washington state. Liz enjoys time with her family and dog, including team sports and board games.