Meet the dedicated professionals who make the work at LAPS possible.


Alex Levitan

Alex Levitan is an independently licensed clinical psychologist within Arizona and received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Levitan provides psychological evaluations, counseling, and consulting services to various private corporations and governmental agencies including the Department of Child Safety, Department of Public Safety, and Arizona State Hospital. He also provides third party services to agencies working with VAs across the United States.

Dr. Levitan is also a faculty member with the Arizona State University School of Criminology and Criminal Justice where he lectures on clinical and forensic research methodologies, statistical analyses, and criminogenic factors. He has presented at numerous public and professional organizations, has provided professional written material for publication, and facilitated interdisciplinary care.

Danielle Weston

Danielle Weston is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in working with individuals suffering from anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorders. She supports individuals who feel disconnected from themselves or those around them. She specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Dr. Weston has a background in military and law enforcement. She has experience working with a variety of law enforcement agencies to provide specialized care.

Timothy Franklin

Timothy Franklin is a postdoctoral resident who specializes in treatment for mood-related issues, trauma, and substance-specific intervention for LGBTIA+ individuals and couples. He has a history of working with law enforcement, military, and other first first responders and utilizes experimental models of treatment for trauma and emotional fatigue.

Megan Ford

Megan Ford is a postdoctoral resident and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) with experience working in both clinical and forensic populations. She specializes in working with children and families and has experience providing services to both Arizona Family Court and the Arizona Department of Child Services. Dr. Ford is a psychology consultant for community hospitals, has received training in psychopharmacology, and is an active member within the Arizona chapters of numerous forensic, correctional, and legal professional associations.

Dr. Ford has extensive training in completing psychological evaluations and is trained to provide Restoration Treatments Services involved in Rule 11 Court. She also leads a First Response Solutions & Treatment (FiRST) treatment program tailored to assist first responders in the course of their duties and a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills group.

Adriana Butler

Adriana Butler is a licensed professional counselor and holds a master's degree in professional counseling. She provides counseling and therapeutic services primarily to adults and adolescents suffering from mood disorders, grief, relationship challenges, trauma, and life adjustments. She utilizes a varying treatment modality style to best suite her client's needs and encourages her clients to play an active role in their own recovery and wellness.

Adriana has received advanced training in EMDR which is a gold standard therapeutic treatment to help clients resolve core issues, relieve distressing emotional symptoms, and gain new insights into past life experiences that may be negatively impacting mood or relationships.

Nicole Rerucha

Nicole is an independently licensed professional counselor who earned her Masters's degree in mental health counseling with a concentration in forensics. She interned at the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections and has experience providing treatment for delinquent and high risk youth. She remained in forensics as a Mental Health Team Coordinator before transitioning to private practice.

Nicole has experience treating children, adolescents, and families with substance use issues, personality disorders, sexual deviant behaviors, trauma, suicidal ideation, victims of sex-trafficking, and more. She is certified and trained in deescalation techniques, suicide prevention, dialectal behavior therapy (DBT), 7 Challenges substance abuse program, Aggression and Replacement Training (ART), and Sex Trafficking and Recovery (STAR).

Shannon Hendrickson Psy.D.

Shannon Hendrickson is an independently licensed clinical psychologist. She earned her doctorate degree from the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. Her clinical rotations included home-based bereavement work in hospice, residential group homes for adults, community mental health, and completing forensic evaluations within the Maricopa County court system.

She worked as the lead psychologist for the Indiana Department of Corrections and the Arizona Department of Corrections from 2014 through 2017. She then served as the Clinical Director for the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections from 2017-2020. She has completed an EMDRIA-approved training to help clients work through high levels of distress and conflict.

Shannon's primary focus in treatment includes depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, and difficult adjustment. She utilizes a person-centered, trauma-informed approach to create safety, decrease distress, and facilitate healing.

Emily Kade

Emily Kade is a postdoctoral resident. She completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Midwestern University and has a specialization in neuropsychology. She specializes in conducting psychological and neuropsychological evaluations with pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations. Dr. Kade has specialized training in various assessments, including the ADOS-2, and has provided clinical trauma-informed acute care and crises intervention. She has provided both assessment and treatment to individuals with ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, and giftedness, as well as completing the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) evaluations and treatment recommendations.

Dr. Kade is a published researcher and has presented at professional conferences both nationally and internationally. She is dedicated to providing clients with holistic understanding for their cognitive, emotional, behavioral, or interpersonal needs.

Alishia Qadri
B.S. Psychology

Alishia recently graduated from the University of Arizona with her Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology. She is interested in pursuing a doctorate degree in clinical psychology and is receiving training as a psychometrician. Alishia specializes in administering and recording test results ensuring adherence to testing and data collection protocols, including behavioral observations, for cognitive and academic functioning assessments.