Doctoral Fellows

image1Amanda Rankin, Psy.D, is a full-time Post-Doctoral Fellow in Families, Illness, & Collaborative Healthcare at CCFH. She completed her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at Wheaton College, and has experience working in hospitals, community mental health facilities, and inpatient facilities. Furthermore, Dr. Rankin is committed to delivering quality mental health services to children and families.

Dr. Rankin’s current research interests involve the intersection of complex trauma and development as well as how various traumas impact individuals. She also has an interest in topics of diversity and co-existing medical, social and psychological issues.

Dr. Rankin identifies as a Cognitive-Behavioral psychologist, and utilizes attachment and systems perspectives to develop better understanding of patients’ experiences. Dr. Rankin believes that people are wonderfully complex and resilient. Therefore, she seeks to understand the psychological, biological, spiritual, and social aspects of developing individuals and families.

20160718_193526Alexandra Zaikova, M.A., QMPH, AMFT, is currently a full-time Doctoral Fellow in Families, Illness, and Collaborative Health, as well as a full-time 3rd year doctoral student in the Couple and Family Therapy Ph.D. program at Adler University, with a specialty interest in Medical Family Therapy (OB/GYN and fertility issues). She completed her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Adler University as well, and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Case Western Reserve University, with Minors in Medical Anthropology and Russian.

Sasha works from a systemic relationships perspective, with emphasis on Contextual and Experiential models of family therapy. From personal and professional experience, Sasha has particular interest in working with couples and families who live with chronic illness in their daily lives, and to foster resilience and coping with that experience. From this, she also has a passion for working with the biopsychosocial-spiritual perspective, and integrating the physical, psychosocial, and relational realms in services. She has worked in a number of clinical settings, including community mental health centers and within the juvenile justice system, across different modalities of treatment, from individual to group.

Regardless of the model, Sasha works with clients with the belief in the goodness of the human spirit and the strength and benefit of genuine, caring relationships, and that every human being, regardless of the situation, has the capacity to grow, develop, and overcome any adversity.