Dr. Joshua Eudowe
Dr. Eudowe completed his doctoral studies in Clinical and Forensic Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology with special emphasis on cognitive behavioral treatment and forensic psychology. Dr. Eudowe spent several years in the Whiting Forensic Division of Connecticut Valley Hospital – Connecticut’s State psychiatric hospital – where he provided individual and group psychotherapy and conducted diagnostic assessments and risk evaluations to an in-patient, maximum-security population with special emphasis on severe psychopathology, violence, and predatory behavior. He also provided individual psychodynamic, CBT, and DBT therapy to high-risk patients within the State’s Young Adult Services (YAS) high-security in-paitient unit with a population of extreme suicidal and homicidal ideation. Also within the Whiting Forensic Division, Dr. Eudowe worked on the Competency Restoration Unit working with individuals who were arrested and deemed “incompetent to stand trial.” His work there was to determine underlying pathology, provide short-term treatment, perform risk evaluations, assist in competency restoration, and subsequent community re-entry or further treatment.
Subsequently, Dr. Eudowe was at the Yale School of Medicine’s, Child Study Center and provided treatment to patients within the Childhood Violent Trauma Section where he provided individual psychotherapy to children and families who were victims and/or witnesses to acts of extreme violence. Dr. Eudowe was a team member on the Yale/New Haven Police Department CDCP team – a group that provided acute, on-scene treatment in conjunction with law enforcement, DCF, and other agencies. Subsequently, at the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, Dr. Eudowe provided individual and group psychotherapy to children aged 5 to 17 and was a member of the Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Service (EMPS) Crisis Team, where he provided acute on-scene treatment to children and adolescents suffering from suicidal and/or homicidal ideation, self-harm, and a wide-range of disorders that required acute stabilization. In his clinical practice in Westport, Connecticut, Dr. Eudowe works with patients aged 12 through adult with a wide range of disorders ranging from depression and anxiety to severe personality disorders and high risk behaviors with special emphasis on trauma. Dr. Eudowe often works closely with area psychiatric hospitals as a provider to patients stepping down from inpatient units where a need for more intensive outpatient work is needed. Dr. Eudowe received a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and a Masters degree if Forensic psychology from The Chicago School and received his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from New York University’s, Stern School of Business.
In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Eudowe founded eA Risk Management Group in 2000, which consults with executive management, human resources, legal, and security personnel on various aspects of corporate and school threat assessment and crisis management. These services include conducting behavioral risk assessments, continuity planning, workplace and school safety audits, tactical and behavioral emergency preparedness, threat assessment team development and deployment, as well as training for post-crisis resiliency. Furthermore, Dr. Eudowe is the founder of Early Advantage Children’s Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that works to provide mental health care to children in need, as well as to fund grass-roots educational programming in schools and various other organizations that focus on a child’s well-being.
Dr. Eudowe is the mental health team leader for Region 1 with the Connecticut Critical Incident Stress Management team and has personally served as a volunteer in emergency services for more than 20 years. He has been a responder to many significant events, such as natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and active/school shootings. For years, Dr. Eudowe has worked with the children, families, and countless first responders of the Newtown/Sandy Hook elementary school shooting. Dr. Eudowe works closely with many local and state police departments, as well as federal law enforcement agencies and continually works to develop effective ways for mental health and law enforcement to work together.
Dr. Eudowe holds certifications and advanced academic training in threat assessment, tactical response and intervention, workplace and school violence mitigation, stalking, malingering, as well as comprehensive training in adult and adolescent violent behavior. Dr. Eudowe is a graduate of the prestigious Gavin de Becker & Associates Academy receiving advanced training in threat assessment and management in Lake Arrowhead, California.
Dr. Eudowe is board certified through the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and holds Diplomat status with the American College of Forensic Examiners.
Dr. Eudowe loves the outdoors. He is an avid hiker and backpacker and anything on the water. He’s studied martial arts extensively for more than 20 years, including hand-to-hand combat and weapons training and believes deeply in its power to improve self-awareness, self-esteem, self-control, and self-confidence.
Dr. Mary Cheyne
Dr. Cheyne is a clinical and forensic psychologist who has been practicing in Connecticut for over 20 years. Dr. Cheyne is experienced in educational/neuropsychological testing, personality assessment and consultation to a variety of other professionals, including public and private school teachers, administrators and counselors. In her clinical work she focuses on individual and family psychotherapy and her patients include children, adolescents and adults with a wide variety of behavioral, emotional, life change, and learning issues.
In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Cheyne provides violence risk and management assessments for schools as well as consultation and training to businesses, organizations and schools. Dr. Cheyne conducts forensic evaluations for the juvenile and family courts and provides expert testimony. She is also a member of the Northeastern Connecticut Juvenile Justice Review Board. She has been a faculty member for the Connecticut Family Court GAL-AMC trainings, lecturing to attorneys, judges and mental health professionals on psychological assessment, risk, interviewing and adult psychopathology.
Dr. Cheyne is an active member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) and a founding member of the ATAP New England Chapter. She is a founding member of the Connecticut Psychological Association’s Forensic Division and a graduate of the FBI New Haven Citizens’ Academy where she currently sits on its Alumni Association Board of Directors. She received her Doctorate and Masters in psychology from the Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology and her Bachelors from Trinity College.
Dr. Debra Wolkenfeld
Dr. Wolkenfeld completed her doctoral degree at Long Island University with specialized training in psychodynamic treatment and conducted extensive research in the areas of empathy and mindfulness. Dr. Wolkenfeld spent several years at the prestigious Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City providing individual outpatient psychotherapy to children and adolescents of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, as well as sexual orientations. Her patients presented with a wide range of major psychiatric disorders and learning disabilities. While at Mt. Sinai, Dr. Wolkenfeld also provided family therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, as well as conducted extensive neuropsychological evaluations and assessments.
Most recently, Dr. Wolkenfeld provided outpatient psychotherapist to children and adolescents at the Child Guidance Center (CGC) of Southern Connecticut. While at CGC, Dr. Wolkenfeld has specialized in a wide array of high risk and complex cases and has been a member of the Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Service (EMPS). Dr. Wolkenfeld also served as a psychological testing supervisor to several psychology interns.
Dr. Wolkenfeld earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at Long Island University and her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Skidmore College. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and is an active member of the Association for Psychological Science.