Meet Our 2021-2022 Leadership
sharon chada, phd
Sharon Chada, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Sugar Land, Texas. She received her clinical training at UCLA, Clark University and CSPP-San Diego, and her psychoanalytic training at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. She is a faculty member at CFPS, where she teaches and is Chair of Progressions. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at BCM, where she supervises residents. She is past-president of the Fort Bend Psychological Association (2010, 2011, 2016). Prior to private practice, Dr. Chada held clinical positions in non-transitional residential programs for adults with severe and chronic mental illness, and was the director of two residential treatment programs for adults with both intellectual and psychological disabilities. She has conducted forensic evaluations, and has served as a certified expert in court. She has taught at three universities, and was a member of four research groups at UCLA. In addition to therapy and analysis, she has a special interest in psychological testing, both psychodynamic and neuropsychological.
cynthia mulder, lcsw
Cynthia Mulder, LCSW, is a psychoanalyst, Director of Education and Training at the Menninger Clinic, Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine, and on the faculty at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston. She received her MSW from Smith College School of Social Work as well as a certificate in Clinical Supervision. Cynthia began her career working in community mental health with victims of trauma and then as a family therapist at the Austen Riggs Center, in Stockbridge, MA. In 2010, she joined the Menninger Clinic as a senior social worker on the Professionals unit, working with individuals and families as well as facilitating The Daring WayTM, Brené Brown’s curriculum on shame, vulnerability and authenticity. In 2013, she became the Director of Education and Training overseeing multiple training programs and coordinating local and national continuing education events. Passionate about education and training, she continues to supervise, provide individual and group therapy, and host Family Education Day, a bi-monthly event for families to understand the impact of mental illness.
lisa miller, md
Lisa Miller graduated from medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, where she also completed a Neurology residency prior to practicing Neurology at St. Luke’s and The Methodist Hospitals. She returned to Baylor College of Medicine to complete residency training in Adult Psychiatry. Her avid interest in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis led her to complete training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from the Beck Institute, and psychoanalytic training from the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. She was certified by, and is currently a member of, the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She donates a lot of her time as a faculty member at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, where she also serves on the Board as Secretary; and as a psychotherapy supervisor for Baylor Psychiatry residents. She is in private practice, where she enjoys a multi-faceted practice of psychiatry, psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis.
joann ponder, phd
Program Committee Chair
JoAnn Ponder, PhD is a psychologist-psychoanalyst who has a private practice in Austin providing psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, family/couples therapy, consultation, and study groups. She was trained in adult psychoanalysis and child psychotherapy at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston, where she currently serves on the faculty. She also completed postgraduate programs in infant-parent mental health intervention, object relational family and couples therapy, and psychoanalytic writing. Over the years, JoAnn has presented papers on a variety of clinical and applied psychoanalytic topics at national and international conferences. In 2004, she was awarded the David A. Freedman Candidate Paper’s Prize by HPS. Her publications include a co-edited book about women’s issues, book chapters about adoptive motherhood and the childhood loss of a parent, and journal articles about narcissism in psychoanalysis, collective trauma following the Tower shootings in Austin, psychological defenses against climate change, the influence of childhood trauma on subsequent career choice, and patients’ identifications and projections onto dogs.
Elaine Loiselle, PhD
Marketing Committee Chair
Elaine Loiselle is a psychologist and therapist working in private practice in Houston, Texas. She completed Masters and PhD programs in Counseling Psychology at the University of Houston. Thereafter Elaine began private practice in addition to providing psychological consultation at The Kinkaid School for 12 years. She subsequently matriculated through the Academic Associate program at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. She is currently in a study group for Self Psychology with Dr. Richard Geist. Elaine serves as an Educational Consultant to Baylor College of Medicine psychiatry residents and works with older adolescents, adults of all ages, couples, and families.
Jessica Spofford, PhD
Membership Committee Chair
Dr. Jessica Spofford graduated with her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Jackson State University, August 2015; dissertation title: A pilot study for a brief mindfulness intervention among a racially diverse substance dependent population with and without post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at North Florida/ South Georgia VAMC, June 2015 and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in substance abuse at the VA North Texas Health Care System, August 2016. Dr. Spofford is a staff psychologist at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center where she practices trauma focused substance use treatment. She is also an assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is currently a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) and Division 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology), as well as the Association of VA Psychologist Leaders (AVAPL).
Ann Weiss, LPC
Ann Weiss is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, Texas. She is a mental health counselor at South Texas College of Law where she has helped students for over 15 years; and is retired from being the Program Director at a bereavement center for 10 years.
Beverly Bontrager, LCSW
Beverly Bontrager, LCSW, received her Master’s degree from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Following graduation she was intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and worked at the DBT Center in Houston, treating individual clients and leading DBT groups. In 2011, Beverly began training at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies where she completed the studies in Adult Psychoanalysis, where she is now a member of the faculty. Beverly now works with clients in her private practice, where she sees both individuals and couples. Her areas of expertise include anxiety and mood disorders, personality disorders, trauma, and relationship problems, as well as psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
Felecia Powell-Williams, EdD, LPC-S, RPT/S
Felecia Powell-Williams is a native Houstonian, where she earned her degrees, Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and a Doctorate in Clinical Counseling . She completed her post graduate education at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, formerly known as Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute, and recognized by the American Psychoanalytic Association as an adult, adolescent and child psychoanalyst. Dr. Powell-Williams is a Licensed Professional Counselor- Supervisor, and also a Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor, who provides clinical supervision for the State of Texas licensing board. Along with maintaining her private practice, Felecia has volunteered multiple hours training clinicians from Baylor and University of Texas medical schools. She also teaches on a collegiate level, and provides consultation and professional training with many state and local agencies on recognizing the need of mental health services for children, adults, and families. Among her many roles at the CFPS she is currently a faculty member in the Adult and Child & Adolescent training programs, Chair of the Child Program, and board secretary. Felecia also holds board positions with the Alliance of Psychoanalytic Schools and Association of Child Psychoanalysis, along with other national mental health organizations. Throughout her distinguished career, she has generously donated her time and talents to numerous organizations serving children throughout Houston. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her family & friends and actively serving in her church.
Kacie LIput, lcsw