Psychosocial Staff

Teri Simoneau, Ph.D.

Teri Simoneau, Ph.D., is the Director of Psychosocial Oncology at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center.  She has worked in psychosocial oncology and stem cell transplant for over sixteen years.  She began her career as a nurse, graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Early in her nursing career, she developed an interest in psychology.  After obtaining a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, she brought her background in medicine together with her training in psychology doing a behavioral medicine internship at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center. She did a fellowship at the University of Colorado Denver in their stem cell transplant unit and found a true passion for working with patients with cancer.  For the past 14 years she has worked at the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute (formerly known as the Rocky Mountain Blood and Marrow Transplant Program).  Her clinical and research interests include quality of life issues, the impact of illness on caregivers and family relationships, cancer survivorship issues, and training issues for developing psychologists. She was a co-investigator on a recently completed NIH-funded grant with Dr. Jim Grigsby of the University of Colorado Denver assessing the cognitive effects of chemotherapy in older women with breast cancer. She is currently a co-investigator on an NIH-funded study with Dr. Mark Laudenslager at the University of Colorado Denver assessing caregiver stress and the impact of a stress management intervention with caregivers of allogeneic transplant patients. 

Valerie Cattany, LCSW

Valerie Cattany, LCSW received her Bachelor’s of Social Work Degree from Metropolitan State College of Denver and her Master’s Degree in Social Work with an emphasis in Clinical/Mental Health from the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work.  Valerie has worked in a variety of social work settings including child welfare-foster care, school social work, and community mental health.  She has experience in palliative care and hospice care working with chronic/terminally ill individuals and their families.  Valerie has taken time off to do some volunteer work in Paraguay with the Peace Corps and then to raise a family.  She is currently working part-time at the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute at Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center doing rewarding work as a medical social worker.  She also works with students at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) serving as a liaison in the field office to aid students in their field work.

Christine Devoe

Christine DeVore, Psy.D., I couldn't be happier to join the Psychosocial Oncology team at Presbyterian/St. Lukes.  It's been a dream job of mine for years!   I've very excited to learn more about psychosocial oncology, as well as getting to know the team.  I recently graduated with a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology.  During the doctorate program, working with the Psychosocial Oncology department at Example St. Joseph Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center sparked my interest in pursuing advanced training in psychosocial oncology.  During this formative experience, I worked clinically with individuals with varying cancer diagnoses, in differing stages of treatment as well as survivorship in inpatient and outpatient settings.  Being moved by this work, I chose to study psychological distress over the cancer treatment continuum for my doctoral research.  Another professional interest of mine is working with international populations.  In 2009, I received my masters in International Disaster Psychology.  During this program, I spent time working in Sarajevo, Bosnia with individuals and families impacted by armed conflict.  As well, in Denver I worked locally with asylum seekers who had been tortured or persecuted in their country of origin.  I travelled with a medical volunteer team to Mali, West Africa which educated individuals about malaria prevention.   In my free time I enjoy playing Ultimate Frisbee, spending time with friends and family, being active in the mountains through skiing or hiking, as well as reading and painting.   I enjoy traveling, and learning about culture, language and traditions. 

Rebekkah Erks, LSW

Rebekkah Erks, LCSW - Rebekkah graduated from the University of Denver with her Master’s of Social Work Degree in 2009.  Since graduating, she has specialized in adult transplant related services; she has worked with both solid organ and bone marrow transplant patients.  From 2009-2011, she provided services in a solid organ transplant center working with patients who were in need of kidney, pancreas and/or liver transplants.  She recently joined the Psychosocial Team at the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute in August of 2011 and continues to serve patients in need of Bone Marrow Transplants.  

 

 Kristi Johnson

Kristi Johnson, LCSW received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Wright State University in Dayton, OH and her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Cincinnati.  Kristi has worked in a variety of social work settings including long term care, acute care and hospice and palliative care. Kristi joined the psychosocial team at CBCI in December of 2013 and is honored to provide social work support to patients and families undergoing bone marrow transplant. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, traveling, dancing and spending time with her family and friends. 

Tanisha Joshi

Tanisha Joshi, Ph.D.,  Originally from India, I moved to the US in 2007 to pursue my Ph.D. in Counseling and School Psychology at the University at Buffalo in NY. The concept of psychological care in a medical setting is not well developed in India and after losing a friend to cancer, I became very aware of the importance of the same. I came here with a strong interest in health psychology, particularly psychological aspects of cancer treatment and issues of grief and loss. However, the variety of training opportunities available within the field of Psychology in the US motivated me to seek clinical experiences in diverse settings including university counseling centers, a cancer hospital, a community mental health center, an inpatient PTSD unit at a VA, and a neuropsychological testing center. It is with this breadth of training experiences that I am returning to a cancer hospital for my postdoctoral year, eager to develop a specialty in Psycho-Oncology. I am convinced that this is in fact my true passion. As a person, I am very social, have a hearty laugh, enjoy baking, love traveling and learning about new cultures, and languages. Something handy to know about me is that I am multilingual and fluent in six languages – English, Hindi, Farsi, Marathi, Gujarati and Urdu – Spanish is the next one on my list. I am truly excited to be at PSL and look forward to becoming a part of your fabulous team over the next year.

Andrea Maikovich-Fong, Ph.D

Andrea Maikovich-Fong, Ph.D., is a program psychologist and Director of Practicum Training for the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute (CBCI) at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Yale University, and her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She then completed her clinical internship and a post-doctoral fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital, prior to coming to CBCI as a postdoctoral fellow.  She stayed on as a staff psychologist after her fellowship.  Andrea’s clinical and research interests involve understanding the ways in which psychological and neurocognitive factors predict post-transplant medical outcomes, and she is currently a co-investigator on a study investigating these questions with Dr. Tara Gregory.  She also has strong interests in understanding the impact of parental illness and transplant on children, and as such particularly enjoys working with the families and children of patients being treated at CBCI. Andrea also enjoys contributing to the training of future health psychologists through supervising the department’s trainees. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, camping, cheering on Denver sports teams, and spending time with her son and pets.

Jenny Merrill

Jenny Merrill, LCSW, graduated with her Masters of Social Work from Colorado State University in 2004.  She has spent the last 8 years working as a medical social worker in both pediatric and adult hospitals.  Jenny values being a part of the multi-disciplinary team and is honored to work together in the best interest of patients and their families.  Having joined the CBCI team in August 2012, Jenny is excited to be providing weekend psychosocial support for CBCI and Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center.

Samantha Mohr, LSW

Samantha Mohr, LSW, graduated from the University of Denver in 2011 with her Master’s Degree in Social Work, with a specialty in Trauma: Responses and Recovery.  Samantha comes to PSLMC with a passion for cancer care services and completed her graduate level internship at Kaiser Permanente in oncology. She is honored to work with patients and their families as an inpatient medical social worker on the Oncology and BMT units.

Melissa Sommers

Melissa Sommers, LCSW, grew up in a suburb of Chicago. She earned a B.S. in Psychology from Indiana University and a M.S.W from Washington University in St. Louis. After graduate school, she worked with children in the foster care system in Chicago for 3 years. She and her husband relocated to Denver in 2005 to take advantage of a lot of the outdoor activities in the mountains like hiking, skiing and camping. She worked in hospice and palliative care from 2005-2012 before coming to PSL in September 2012. She is honored to work with the great team at PSL and CBCI and the patients and families. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, and being outdoors.