Alumni Spotlight 2016 - 2017: Aimee Kotrba and Lenwood Hayman

Aimee Kotrba received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Wayne State University in 2007, and is currently the owner and director of Thriving Minds Behavioral Health in Brighton and Thriving Minds Family Services in Chelsea. Both clinics specialize in the treatment of children and adolescents using evidence-based interventions, but the Chelsea clinic also provides wrap-around psychological services for parents and couples impacted by the stress of having a child with special needs. Aimee also teaches as an adjunct professor at Michigan State University in the School Psychology department, and published Selective Mutism: An Assessment and Intervention Guide for Therapists, Educators, and Parents in 2015. She is currently working on her second book, a parent workbook/manual for families of children with Selective Mutism.
 
Aimee spends much of her time teaching, conducting workshops, supervising, and treating children with Selective Mutism, a childhood anxiety disorder impacting the ability to speak in specific social situations (while being able to speak well in the home or comfortable settings). She is passionate about spreading awareness of Selective Mutism, and also enjoys teaching early career psychologists about running a business in psychology (a topic not many psychologists learn about in graduate school). 

Lenwood Hayman is an Assistant Professor of Health Education and Health Behavior in the Department of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Michigan – Flint. Trained as a Social-Health Psychologist, Lenwood’s research focuses on the social, psychological, structural, and environmental influences of emotional arousal in under-privileged populations.
Specifically, Lenwood’s studies have focused on the influence of stress on the disparate rates of obesity in African American women and low-income families, the various negative consequences that result from poor mental health in African American men (i.e., mass incarceration, interpersonal violence, unprotected sexual promiscuity, alcohol/drug abuse, etc.), and academic achievement in first generation and non-traditional students. In efforts to develop a
concerted effort to combat these issues, Lenwood established the Mindful Promotion of Healthy Emotions & Learning (Mind-PHEL) research team in which he and his colleagues study how mindfulness-based activities can inspire and maintain healthy eating behaviors, Black male mental health, and positive student learning outcomes.
 

Lenwood earned his Ph.D. from Wayne State University as a Graduate Research Fellow of the National Institutes of Health. Lenwood extended his expertise via postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, and later as a fellow of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development at the Center for Human Growth and Development, also at the University of Michigan.


Overall, as a recovering perfectionist and functioning practitioner, Lenwood is committed to maintaining the contemplative pursuit of a just society via his scholarship, teaching, and constantly evolving practice of lovingkindness.

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