Meet Our Team

 

Kimberly Porter Demby, Ph.D.

Director/Licensed Psychologist

Kimberly Porter Demby, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist who received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She received a Master of Arts in Clinical/Counseling Psychology from Southern Methodist University, and worked for 2 years at the Connections Center providing evaluation and therapy for children and adolescents on the Autism Spectrum. Dr. Demby received her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas. During her academic tenure, Dr. Demby completed 3 years of training in an elementary school setting where she provided individual and group therapy and psychoeducational evaluations. She also has extensive experience with late adolescence/college-aged populations through completion of training at 3 college counseling centers. Dr. Demby completed her postdoctoral training in a private practice specializing in neuropsychological evaluations, and has provided therapy and evaluation services for clients of all ages. 

 

With over 10 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings, Dr. Demby has a broad skill set that allows her to be flexible in meeting the unique needs of each client she sees. Above all, she is passionate about her work and honored to be a part of each client’s journey.

  • Health Service Psychologist with expertise in preventative and consultative services, assessment and treatment

  • B.A. – Spelman College

  • M.A.- Southern Methodist University

  • Ph.D. – University of North Texas

  • Clinical Internship – Texas Women’s University Counseling and Psychological Services

  • Postdoctoral Residency – Neuropsychological Associates – Private Practice specializing in evaluations

  • Licensed Psychologist in the state of Texas

Sophia C. Edukere, Ph.D.

Clinician and Evaluator

Sophia C. Edukere, Ph.D., received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Emory University and undergraduate degree from Cornell University. During her graduate academic tenure, she completed 7 years of psychotherapy clinical experiences in university outpatient clinics, adult rehabilitation clinics, medical center settings and community mental health clinics to help children, adolescents, adults and families. She also has extensive experience conducting neurocognitive and psychoeducational evaluations across the lifespan to clarify if patient’s meet criteria for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disorders, executive functioning difficulties, autism spectrum disorders and psychological components of fetal alcohol syndrome. Dr. Edukere completed a specialized 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital that focused on the psychological needs of adolescents and young adults who had depression, anxiety, eating disorders, emotional difficulties, prenatal depression, non-suicidal self-injury, and adjustment issues.

 

She has an integrative therapy approach that heavily draws on evidence-based psychotherapy treatments including cognitive-behavior therapy, behavior therapy and dialectical behavior therapy.  Her specialty areas include prenatal and postpartum depression, grief, trauma as well as working with teens and their parents.​

Dr. Edukere also has had rich research experience focused on trauma, maternal stress, early child development and resilience. While working at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, her research aimed to better understand how post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms are developed and maintained.

 

Overall, Dr. Edukere is passionate about utilizing client’s strengths to help propel them closer to their personal, professional/career, academic and relationship goals.

 

Salim H. Salim, Jr., M.S.

Clinician

Mr. Salim H. Salim Jr. earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Akron and his Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Prairie View A&M University. Mr. Salim is currently completing his final year of his Ph.D. at Prairie View A&M University in Clinical Psychology. He has completed his academic coursework and is concurrently completing his dissertation and Doctoral Internship. Mr. Salim has five years of counseling experience in private practice, university counseling centers, and community mental health settings.

 

Mr. Salim has extensive experience working with grief, adult-ADHD, pre-marital counseling, adolescents involved with the juvenile justice system, and adjustment issues.

 

Katina Harris, M.S.

Clinician

Ms. Harris is a proud alumna of North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. While conducting clinical research at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, she also attended the University of Cincinnati. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Texas A & M system at Prairie View, where she also earned a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology.

 

Ms. Harris has experience working with children, adolescents, emerging adults, adults, pre-trial diversion clients, and couples. She has experience conducting psychological evaluations to detect learning difficulties, neurodevelopmental disabilities, and other mental disorders. Ms. Harris has experience providing therapy for depression, grief, work-life balance, stress management, self-esteem, and anxiety. She also has experience facilitating groups for at-risk youth and women.

 

Ms. Harris enjoys helping clients realize and maximize their potential.

 

Paloma Dang

Practicum Therapist

Paloma is a practicum student in Counseling Psychology from University of Houston-Victoria.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Sam Houston State University. Paloma is originally from Houston and also spent a majority of her upbringing in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Upon graduating, she provided parenting classes based on the The Love and Logic Way Curriculum, completed psychological diagnostic interviews, and cognitive testing.

 

Paloma’s clinical training has included work with children, adolescents, families, and individual adults. She has experience working with a variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, family and relationship struggles, and other mental health concerns. Besides her professional work experience, she also has training in yoga, meditation, health and wellness, and is an active practitioner of mind-body awareness.

 

Paloma enjoys cooking plant-based recipes, reading, and spending time with her husband and her little corgi Tofu. She loves hiking, spending time outdoors, and traveling to beautiful places. She is committed to working with the Spanish speaking community, and underserved populations who frequently don’t have access to mental health care.

Destiny Porter

Practicum Therapist

Destiny is a practicum student in Forensic Psychology from University of Houston-Victoria. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kennesaw State University. Destiny is originally from Shreveport, Louisiana but moved to the Atlanta area of Georgia during her adolescence. In college, she provided mentorship to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Upon graduating, she provided behavioral health treatment, based on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), to children and adolscents at a psychiatric residential facility. 

 

Destiny's clinical training has included work with children, adolescents, and adults of varying developments and cultures within multiple settings. She has experience working with nuerodevelopmental disorders, anxiety, depression, childhood sexual and physical abuse, and more. Aside from her clinical experience, she also assists in research focused on understanding the perception of children in the justice system.

 

Destiny enjoys dancing, acrylic painting, and taking care of her plants. She loves reading fiction, watching documentaries on social justice issues, and spending time with friends and family. She is committed to exploring mental health and treatment outcome disparities among marginalized populations.

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