Get to know the Serin Center team by reading the biographies below. You can also read about our Lead Specialists and Directors by visiting the Lead Specialists page.
Meena Choi, PhD
Dr. Meena Choi is a licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in assessment and treatment of children and families who deal with a variety of difficulties including depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, attentional problems, autism spectrum symptoms, school difficulties, loss, and trauma.
Dr. Choi utilizes cognitive-behavioral techniques, play therapy, and parent training to assist her clients in reaching their goals and improving their lives.
Dr. Choi graduated from Arizona State University with dual degrees in Psychology and Child and Family Studies. She obtained both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (with a focus on children) from the State University of New York at Albany. During her pre-doctoral internship at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, she adopted a multidisciplinary and systems approach to the treatment of children and their families. She believes that collaboration with the family and others who work with children assists greatly to effectively help the child succeed. When working with children, Dr. Choi consults closely with parents, as they are invaluable sources of information and partners for intervention.
Dr. Choi is a member of the Arizona Psychological Association, Arizona Association of Play Therapy, and the Arizona Children’s Services Network. In her spare time, Dr. Choi enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her husband, two daughters and two dogs.
Ashley Lynch-Gaede, MA LAC
Ashley Lynch-Gaede, MA LAC is a seasoned counselor with over 13 years experience working children and adolescents who struggle with mental and behavioral health concerns in both counseling settings and within the foster care system. Ashley earned a Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in Human Development and a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University. Ashley specializes in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Play Therapy.
As a foster parent, Ashley has experienced and learned to manage a variety of behavioral, educational, and mental health concerns of the foster children placed in her home. These experiences give Ashley the ability to understand and support parents of children who have behavioral, educational, and/or mental health concerns. Ashley first experienced EMDR while attending a counseling session with one of her foster children. Ashley saw how effective EMDR is in treating a variety of concerns that she sought training in EMDR. For the past decade, Ashley has also taught Arizona’s 30-hour required curriculum for prospective foster parents, PS-MAPP. She has also created her own cutting-edge advanced trainings for foster parents.
Morgan Benoit graduated Summa Cum Laude from Grand Canyon University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Physical Education. Morgan has always been motivated by helping others improve their health and wellness through new and exciting ways. She is very eager to learn as much as she can so that she can continue to improve the quality of life of the individuals she encounters.
Morgan is passionate about our neuromodulation program and seeing the benefits that this innovative therapy can provide to individuals looking to improve their well-being. Whether it is in their home or workplace, Morgan is able to accommodate to the needs of many individuals with this amazing therapy.
In her free time, Morgan enjoys spending time with her husband and family. She also enjoys reading, water skiing, and playing sports.
Emily Kade, MA
Pre-Doctoral Research Assistant
Emily Kade, M.A. is a candidate on the Neuropsychology Track in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. Originally from Detroit, MI, she graduated with her B.S. in Psychology with honors from Grand Valley State University. Emily has 5 years of experience conducting neuropsychological and psychoeducational assessment services for children, adolescents, and adults. Her primary training is in pediatric assessment working with children with ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, giftedness, anxiety, and mood/psychiatric conditions. Emily is certified in the ADOS-2 and has 3 years of experience in assisted teaching for several graduate-level assessment courses at Midwestern University. With a background working in an inner-city inpatient pediatric psychiatric hospital, Emily knows how to quickly adapt to meet the needs of all her patients and make their experience both comfortable and positive.
Emily’s main interests are in neuromodulation, psychological assessment, and clinical research. She is a published researcher and has presented at numerous national and international conferences including Harvard Medical School Movementis, American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN), American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology (AAPdN), Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), and Association for Psychological Science (APS). She is currently pursuing BCIA board certification in Clinical qEEG Neurofeedback. Emily is a trained CogMed coach and has received training in both Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and EMDR therapy. She is a member of several organizations including the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR), Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB), Arizona Neuropsychological Society (AzNS), and American Psychological Association (APA) Division 40 for Clinical Neuropsychology. Emily is passionate about helping patients gain a holistic understanding of the relationship between brain and nervous system dysregulation and problematic behavioral or emotional symptoms. She strongly believes in using assessment and accurate diagnosis as a starting point to determine the most effective way to navigate treatment that will help patients lead an optimal life.
Rachel Robins, MC
Doctoral Practicum Intern
Rachel Robins is a Doctoral Practicum student at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ, under the supervision of Dr. Amy Serin. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She obtained her Master’s degree in Counseling from Arizona State University. Following her completion of her Master’s degree, Rachel is currently working toward achieving her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. While at Arizona State University, Rachel interned at the City of Tempe Counseling Services working in individual and group settings where she facilitated and provided therapy to persons in the community. Rachel is working toward her certification in EMDR Therapy and will soon complete her training.
Rachel is a member of the Arizona Psychological Association (AzPA), the American Psychological Association (APA), the Psi Chi Honor Society, and multiple clubs on her school’s campus. Rachel is excited to learn and grow during her Practicum placement at Serin Center.
Rebecca Bridges, MA
Doctoral Practicum Intern
Rebecca Bridges is a Doctoral Candidate at Midwestern University currently serving as an Advanced Doctoral Practicum Student at The Serin Center. Rebecca obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Arizona State University, and her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University. Rebecca specializes in neuropsychological and psychodiagnositic evaluations. She has worked with children and adults with a diverse range of mental and physical disabilities and psychological disorders such as traumatic brain injury, intellectual disability, learning disorders, ADHD, mood and psychotic disorders, and autism spectrum disorder. Rebecca’s goal is to establish excellent rapport with all clients to ensure a strong working alliance to create a safe and positive experience on every occasion.
Rebecca’s professional mission is to specialize in Pediatric Neuropsychology after the completion of her PsyD with the goal to provide both assessment and intervention services. Rebecca continually seeks additional outside training in therapy and assessment, and routinely attends continuing education presentations and annual conferences to keep up-to-date with ground breaking research and evidenced based practices within the field of psychology. Rebecca takes a service-oriented approach and dedicates her free time to our community through volunteerism. She facilitates grief and loss support groups for a local non-profit organization, provides psychoeducational presentations to homeless individuals, partners with the cancer support community’s teen prom program, and serves on executive boards to represent the AAPdN and APA Division 40.
Director of Human Resources
Adults with comorbid ADHD and anxiety have greater working memory difficulties compared to adults with ADHD or anxiety alone. At extreme levels, anxiety may inhibit one’s ability to efficiently utilize cognitive resources, which may lead to decreased performance in holding information in mind.
Source: Psychological Assessment, Jarrett, M.A.