WPS is run by an eight person steering committee. The members are as follows.
Founder and Chair Emeritus
Over a 50-year career as a practicing psychologist, Dr. Perlman has developed expertise in many therapy approaches and integrated diverse theoretical perspectives—psychodynamic, family systems, behavioral, and solution-focused. Recently, he has been a strong advocate for the use of progress monitors in routine clinical practice.
Dr. Perlman has worked in institutional settings and private practice with children, adolescents, adults and families. He has taught and provided clinical supervision in the graduate psychology programs at NYU, CCNY, Yeshiva University, EMU and UM. He now has a particular interest in the treatment of OCD. In November 2015, Dr. Perlman founded WPS and continues to serve as chair.
Chair and MPA Liaison
Angela is trained in both neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology and is now in private practice in Saline. Angela has a CBT orientation but also does relationship-based work and helps adults adjust to disability. Angela is particularly interested in working with children ages seven and younger. She does both assessment and therapy. She spent 5 years in an autism clinic.
Outgoing Program Chair, Member-at-Large
Barbara is a founding member of WPS and career-long member of MPA, previously serving as member of the Communications Committee for MPA and Program Chair for WPS. Barbara is in private practice in Ann Arbor, specializing in the treatment of adults. Her practice is informed by Mindfulness and Mindful Self Compassion and incorporates other therapeutic and theoretical orientations geared towards empowering and mobilizing patients to participate in their own wellness.
Aimee Tuck is a master’s-level psychologist at Arbor Psychology Group in Ann Arbor. She specializes in perinatal and maternal/paternal mental health, with a focus on postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, grief and loss due to miscarriage or stillbirth, adjustment to parenthood, and birth trauma. In a non-clinical setting, she is a postpartum doula at Rise Wellness Collaborative. She received her Master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University. Aimee is the communications chair of WPS, focusing on recruiting new members and promoting monthly meetings.
Nicole joined the WPS steering committee as recording secretary in 2018. She works in private practice at Grove Emotional Health Collaborative in downtown Ann Arbor. She provides individual and family therapy to clients of all ages, with a special interest in treating adolescents, young adults, and parents. Nicole received her Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Denver in 2006 and practiced in Colorado for 12 years before relocating to Michigan, her home state. She believes strongly in the power of community, which drives her commitment to WPS and MPA.
Ed joined the WPS steering committee as member-at large in 2019. Ed is an investigator in the Population, Neurodevelopment and Genetics Program at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. His clinical work has focused on evidence-based interventions for sleep disorders across the developmental spectrum as well as the treatment of anxiety, depression, and trauma in youth and adults. His research has focused on neurocognitive sequelae of disrupted sleep in youth with chronic medical illness and circadian and sleep mechanisms associated with depression and PTSD in young adults.
Graduate Student Representative
Kelsey joined the WPS Steering Committee in 2020 as a Graduate Student Representative. Kelsey is a doctoral candidate in the clinical psychology Ph.D. program at Eastern Michigan University. She is also the Chair of the Michigan Psychological Association Graduate Student Committee (MPAGS). Kelsey is passionate about advocating for graduate student needs and connecting students with training and networking opportunities within WPS and MPA.
Meredith is a third-year undergraduate at University of Michigan studying Psychology. She has a wide range of interests in the field, including: mood disorders, suicide prevention, and women’s health. She is an undergraduate intern at the Mary A. Rackham Institute in the University Center for Child and Family. She is also a volunteer for Michigan’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center and trains students on bystander intervention skills. After graduation, she hopes to obtain a post-bacc research position before applying to PhD programs in clinical psychology. Outside of academics, she loves to stay active, cook healthy meals, and plays on the women’s ultimate frisbee team.