Meet Our Staff
Laura Lokker, J.D., Psy.D.
Associate Director at the Law Center
B.A., Cornell University, 1983
J.D., Cornell Law School, 1986
Psy.D., Rutgers University, 2010
Internship: Albert Einstein Medical College/Bronx Psychiatric Center, 2009-2010
Fellowship: Princeton University, Counseling and Psychiatric Services, 2010-2011
I integrate various theories and evidence-based approaches to provide counseling that is effective, client centered and culturally aware. A strong relationship based on trust and positive support is at the heart of what I do! My clinical interests are anxiety, stress and resilience, identity development, depression, trauma & loss, concerns of law students and lawyers.
I enjoy traveling, knitting, and cooking for family and friends. My favorite place I have traveled to is a toss up between Italy and Iceland. Both are amazingly beautiful! I’m a huge TV and movie fan, but when in doubt I love to watch the cooking show Chopped!
Three things to bring on a deserted island: I’d bring books (for my mind), pizza (for my body), and a dog (for my soul).
Lauren DePompeo, Psy.D.
Staff Psychologist at the Law Center
B.A., University of Virginia, 2009
M.A., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2013
Psy.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2016
Internship: Frostburg State University Counseling and Psychological Services, 2015-2016
I was trained in CBT but work from a client-centered approach to meet students where they are using relational, interpersonal, and humanistic approaches. My clinical interests are interpersonal and relationship issues, life transitions, anxiety, depression, identity development, law student and lawyer related concerns, and clinical training and supervision.
I enjoy anything outdoors, traveling, reading, watching and going to sports games, spending time with family/friends, and my pets. My favorite place I have traveled to is Greece. The TV shows I can never get tired of are Friends and Gilmore Girls.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: Water, Sunscreen, and a Book
Annika Grangaard, Psy.D.
Psychologist at the Law Center
B.A., Stanford University, 2012
M.S., Loyola University Maryland, 2016
Psy.D., Loyola University Maryland, 2019
Internship: Canvas Health, 2018-2019
Post Doctoral Fellowship: Georgetown University Counseling and Psychiatric Service at the Law Center, 2019-2020
I gravitate toward interpersonal and relational approaches with an emphasis on being client-centered and providing the client with what best fits their needs. I also infuse DBT skills and mindfulness techniques throughout my work. My clinical interests are relationship issues, personality disorders, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive related disorders
I enjoy music, being outdoors (particularly lake life), reading, Minnesota sports, traveling, and games! My favorite place I have traveled to is Italy or Croatia. The TV shows I can never get tired of are The Office and Parks and Recreation.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: Water bottle, a picture of my family, and a book on how to survive on a deserted island.
Deborah Gordis, MPH, MSW
Staff Social Worker at the Law Center
B.A., Barnard College, 1980
MPH, Columbia University School of Public Health, 1991
M.S.W., University of Maryland School of Social Work, 2015
I typically apply a combination of approaches based on the needs and preferences of the client, including psychodynamic/insight; CBT; solution-focused; and motivational interviewing. I have advanced training in EMDR for trauma/PTSD. My clinical interests include trauma and PTSD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, life transitions and grief and loss, and feminist and multicultural issues, having a background in global women’s health.
I enjoy reading, swimming, kayaking, cooking, drawing and traveling. It’s hard to choose the favorite place I have traveled to: I love Mexico, Ghana, and my hometown of New York City! The TV show I can never get tired of watching is The West Wing.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: family, cats, and books
Ana María Muñiz-Leen, M.D.
Staff Psychiatrist at the Law Center
B.A., Georgetown University College of Arts and Sciences, English Honors program; Biology minor/pre-med, cum laude, 1996
M.D., University of Miami School of Medicine, 2000
Psychiatry Residency: University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital, 2004-2006
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship: University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital, 2006-2008
Board Certifications in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
My clinical interests are Autism Spectrum Disorder, adjustment to College/Higher Education, Depression, anxiety, ADHD, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and psychiatry in relation to Film/TV and Historical Figures.
I enjoy running (I’ve run two marathons in France), reading, and learning about fashion/design/architecture. My favorite place I have traveled to is St. Barth’s (via a puddle jumper), followed by Greece (Athens/Santorini) and Paris. The TV show I can never get tired of is In Treatment (on HBO).
Three things to bring on a deserted island: Other than my family, I would bring a library of classic novels, sunscreen, and plenty of water.
Jackie Pacella, Psy.D.
Post Doctoral Fellow at the Law Center
B.A., Clark University, 2013
M.A., University of Hartford, 2016
Psy.D., University of Hartford, 2020
Internship: Towson University Counseling Center, 2019-2020
I tend to work with clients from a relational-dynamic perspective, meaning I understand one’s current concerns as stemming from early interpersonal experiences. Such experiences lead us to develop unique patterns of relating with oneself and with others. Some of these patterns continue to be adaptive throughout our lives, while others may no longer serve us as we grow and experience new interpersonal contexts. In therapy, I focus on helping clients identify and understand these patterns so that they can consider alternate ways of relating to themself and to others, all with the goal of improving their ability to have their interpersonal and intrapersonal needs met. I also incorporate techniques from Emotion-Focused Therapy and Mindfulness when appropriate, to help clients become more connected with their emotional selves and to learn to be non-judgmental when it comes to embracing all parts of oneself.
I’m a proud cat mama to my 5-year-old baby, Rory. I also enjoy practicing yoga, watching documentaries, and traveling (sans pandemic). My favorite place I have traveled to is Amsterdam. The TV show I can never get tired of watching is The Office.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: An ice maker, a cell phone tower (or other way to get internet service), and my laptop.