Doug Fagen, Ph.D.
Director of Psychological Services
Dr. Fagen is a clinical child psychologist who earned his doctoral degree at the University of Rochester. He has worked with students with learning difficulties for over 15 years. Before working at The Lab School, Dr. Fagen served as a postdoctoral fellow at The Forbush School, a private day school for students with severe emotional difficulties in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dr. Fagen began working at the Lab School in 1999, and has been the Director of the Psychological Services at Lab since 2010. He has a special interest in working with adolescents with learning and emotional difficulties, and their families. He has longstanding interests in issues of intrinsic motivation, the use of mindfulness practices to promote mental health, and the challenges of parenting in the information age, and has presented workshops to various groups on these and other topics.
MacRae O'Brien, LICSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
MacRae O'Brien, LICSW, is a licensed clinical social worker in the District of Columbia. She completed her Masters of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University. MacRae has worked with children in schools since completing her Masters degree and has extensive experience working with children and adolescents with learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and anxiety disorders. Her areas of special interest include pre-adolescent and adolescent development, social-emotional learning, and mindfulness; she is a certified mindfulness educator through Mindful Schools.
Morgan Ritacco, LICSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Morgan Ritacco, LICSW, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker in the District of Columbia and Virginia. She earned her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Clinical Social Work at The Florida State University. Morgan has been providing individual and group psychotherapy to children, adolescents, young adults, and families for 10 years. Her previous clinical experiences include working in community based mental health clinics, providing trauma-informed services to families in the DC area. Since 2009, she has been working with children and adolescents who have been diagnosed with emotional and learning differences in schools. Morgan started work at The Lab School of Washington in 2012.
Morgan specializes in the areas of anxiety, depression, trauma, adoption, divorce, grief and loss. Morgan works collaboratively to find a treatment approach that works for each client and their family. Morgan has a special interest in cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, narrative, and crisis therapy interventions. In addition, Morgan provides clinical supervision for students pursuing their Masters in Social Work Degree and for MSW clinicians pursuing a clinical license.
John Silsby, Ph.D.
Dr. Silsby is a licensed psychologist who has been with the Lab School of Washington since the 2003-04 school year. He specializes in assessing children, teenagers, and young adults for learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and social-emotional-behavioral issues. Additionally, Dr. Silsby has extensive experience in providing individual and group therapy, consultation with school personnel, and workshops on a range of clinical topics.
Dr. Silsby completed his undergraduate work (BS) at St. Joseph’s University and he completed his graduate work (MA, PHD) in counseling psychology at Boston College. Dr. Silsby began his career, before joining the staff at the Lab School of Washington, working with at-risk children, teens, and families in community based non-profits. He has extensive experience working as a counselor, licensed professional counselor, and certified addictions counselor in providing individual, family, and group therapy, psycho-social assessments, and crisis intervention.
Lorraine Simon, Ph.D.
Dr. Simon attended the University of Pennsylvania for her undergraduate studies in psychology and she earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Fordham University in New York. Prior to working at the Lab School of Washington, Dr. Simon worked with children and families in schools, community mental health clinics and in-patient settings. She also spent time conducting research and psychotherapy at an autism and Asperger’s research center at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Dr. Simon has experience working with children with learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, depression and social challenges.
Dr. Simon has been a licensed clinical psychologist at the Lab School of Washington since the fall of 2001. She specializes in working with children and adolescents in group and individual psychotherapy. Areas of interest include cognitive behavioral therapy, social skills training and psychoeducational testing with children and adults.
Lisa Watson has served as the Administrative Assistant in the Psychological Services Department at The Lab School since 2000. For the past 17 years, she has provided excellent attention to detail and has effectively represented the face of the Department, now the Reservoir Psychology Group, at The Lab School. Working in close coordination with the Director and the clinical staff, Lisa has proven to be essential in organizing and managing schedules and resources while successfully providing office support. She has played a critical role supporting the Reservoir Psychology Group’s communications both within The Lab School as well as with outpatients, schools, and parents. Lisa’s contributions towards the betterment of Reservoir Psychology Group at The Lab School and her readiness to take on any challenge has made her a valuable asset to the Group.
Lisa Watson graduated from Jefferson Business College in 1988, earning a Diploma in Information Processing. In addition, she has completed some college coursework at Trinity College. She has over 25 years of administrative/office management experience.
Katherine Dube, Psy.D.
Dr. Dube is a licensed psychologist in the District of Columbia and New York. She attended Barnard College for her undergraduate studies and earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at The George Washington University in 2007. Dr. Dube completed her internship in clinical neuropsychology at NYU Langone Medical Center at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, and was subsequently a postdoctoral fellow at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr. Dube specializes in the areas of depression, anxiety, trauma, social skills, family conflict, and learning differences. She received intensive training and has special interest in specific phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and generalized anxiety disorder. In addition, Dr. Dube has extensive experience in conducting psychoeducational evaluations in school, psychiatric, and hospital settings. Dr. Dube currently conducts comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations, as well as individual and group psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and young adults. Her collaborative and integrative therapeutic approach spans cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and family-based treatment modalities.
Victoria Erat, Ph.D.
Dr. Erat attended Emory University for her undergraduate studies in psychology and obtained her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at The George Washington University. Prior to coming to The Lab School of Washington, Dr. Erat worked in numerous clinical, school and community based settings including Children's National Medical Center and The George Washington University Hospital.
Dr. Erat has been employed at The Lab School of Washington for over twenty five years and specializes in working with adolescents in individual and group psychotherapy. A large part of her practice includes children and adolescents with attentional issues, learning differences, anxiety and mood disorders. Particular areas of interest include cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness. Dr. Erat works hard to find the best form of treatment necessary and to do so in a kind and collaborative way. Dr. Erat also performs psychoeducational evaluations and screenings for ADHD with children of all ages as well as adults.
Kenley Johnston, LGSW, received her graduate degree in social work from The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, with a concentration in clinical school social work and trauma-informed practices. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from North Park University in Chicago. Kenley comes to the Lab School of Washington’s Reservoir Psychology Group with a background in clinical school social work in the urban public school setting and out-of-school-time programming.
Kenley supports students and families who are working to manage school-related anxiety, mood disorders, and ADHD symptoms, as well as life transitions, self-advocacy, and self-esteem concerns. She recognizes that each client is part of their own unique set of systems that impacts their functioning, and works with clients to identify strategies that take into account the realities of those systems. Kenley is a trauma-informed and LGBTQ-inclusive clinician who works collaboratively with clients, and approaches each individual with a sense of curiosity and non-judgment.