WHO WE ARE


Office Manager

Marie Dean

Professional Staff
Jake Godfrey, Ph.D.
Chris Weintrob, Ph.D.

Advisors
Donald J. Stedman, Ph.D.

Associations
Darcy Berger, M.Ed.
Mary Jo Barnett, M.Ed.
Margaret Maternowski, M.S.Ed.


Office Manager

Marie Dean

 

Ms. Marie Dean has been a part of the staff since CPE originated in November of 2004 as the Office Manager and Intake Coordinator. Prior to working at CPE, Ms. Dean worked at North Carolina Neuropsychiatry, in a similar capacity. She and her husband, Keith, moved to the area in September 1980 from Gastonia, NC. They have three grown children.

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Professional Staff

Jake Godfrey, Ph.D.

 

Jake Godfrey is Director of the Center for Psychology and Education, PLLC. He is a Licensed Psychologist and Certified Health Care Provider. His interests and specialties include: psychological and psychoeducational assessment of individuals preschool through adult age; individual and family therapy addressing a wide range of clinical concerns; and parent and school consultation. As a therapist, he has particular interest in helping clients of all ages better address anxiety concerns, including those related to generalized anxiety, panic disorder, specific phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, school refusal, and in the context of performance situations (e.g., academic testing, athletic competition, and public speaking), using cognitive-behavioral treatments. Many of his clients are impacted by ADHD or learning disorders and he particularly enjoys helping this population further develop skills for autonomous functioning through therapy and consultation. He has served as court appointed individual therapist of children and teens coping with high conflict divorce and as such has worked in collaboration with court appointed parent coordinators. He is also trained in the administration of Cogmed, a working memory training program. He completed his undergraduate studies in Psychology, with a Certificate in Human Development, at Duke University; he received his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his clinical internship at The Children's Hospital of Denver, in Denver, CO.

Jake and his family have lived in Chapel Hill since 2003. In addition to enjoying time with his family, Jake is an avid tennis player, trail runner, and general outdoor enthusiast.

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Chris Weintrob, Ph.D.

 

Christopher S. Weintrob, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Center for Psychology and Education, PLLC. Dr. Weintrob provides psychological and psychoeducational assessment for individuals from school-age to late adulthood with a focus on examining emotional determinants of educational difficulties and providing intervention-focused reports and feedback. As a therapist, Dr. Weintrob sees individual clients ages 12 and up to treat a variety of psychological symptoms and behaviors with particular focus on trauma, relationship difficulties, and problems related to existential and life transition questions. He also sees couples and families to treat interpersonal problems. In terms of treatment modalities, Dr. Weintrob often uses Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Structural Family Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Emotion Focused Therapy. Dr. Weintrob completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California-Los Angeles with a degree in psychology, and earned his Masterís Degree and PhD at Alliant International University in San Francisco in the Child-Family Track. Dr. Weintrob completed his clinical internship at the Guidance Center in Long Beach, CA, and continued to work in community mental health and private practice in California and New York.

Chris and his family settled in Durham in 2017, after many moves around the country and internationally. In his free time, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and young son and is a committed sports and music enthusiast.

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Advisors

Donald J. Stedman, Ph.D.

 

Don Stedman is a retired Psychologist and former Pediatric Psychologist at Duke University Medical Center, Director of Special Education, Associate Director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center, and Professor and Dean Emeritus of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

As Senior Advisor in the Center for Psychology and Education, Dr. Stedman assists in the development of Center training, research, consultation and outreach activities. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hill Center, the Advisory Board of the Family Support Network of North Carolina, Vice Chair of the North Carolina Commission on Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services and a Senior Fellow of the North Carolina Child Advocacy Institute. Don is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and completed graduate studies in clinical and developmental psychology at the University of Rochester and at George Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. His post doctoral work was at Sonoma State Hospital and Child Study Center at the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently Clinical Professor of Child Development and Family Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Don and his family have lived in the Triangle area since 1963.

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Associations

Darcy Berger, M.Ed., CPLC

 

Darcy Berger is the founder and owner of Edu-Life Consulting LLC (www.edulifeconsulting.com). She is an Educational Consultant, College Admissions Advisor, and Certified Professional Life Coach who works with students and young adults. For over 15 years, Darcy has successfully helped students and parents through the various aspects of the college planning process including high school course selection, college choice and the full application process. In addition, she coaches young adults in navigating choices for careers and further education as well as helping them with organization of day to day tasks and responsibilities. She also conducts diagnostic and educational evaluations, consults with parents and teachers to assure effective strategies for meeting students' needs in schools, works with students in the area of organizational coaching, and meets with parents to help with behavior management issues at home. She has worked in public and private school settings in exceptional children's programs, counseling, administration, and admissions. Her undergraduate training in Exceptional Children's Education was completed at Syracuse University. She received her Master of Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she has recently worked as a Clinical Instructor. Darcy works with clients locally and remotely. Although her physical office is at the Center for Psychology and Education, she works with clients all over the United States and internationally via FaceTime, Skype, WeChat and other chat/messaging platforms. She can be reached at dberger@edulifeconsulting.com, or 919-928-0144 ext. 304.

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Mary Jo Barnett, M.Ed.

 

As founder of Pathways Education Planning, Mary Jo Barnett helps families find the most appropriate education support services, schools and mental health therapeutic placements available to meet each studentís unique needs. She partners with parents to recommend placements where students will be healthy, happy and challenged to do their very best. Mary Jo visits over 25 local and nation-wide schools and treatment programs yearly to bring an up-to-date quality analysis of the choices available. Her warm-hearted and knowledgeable expertise helps find solutions to complicated education planning questions.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Mary Jo earned her BA in Special Education/Child Development and her Masters in Counseling Psychology in Washington State and her Marriage Family Therapist training in Massachusetts. She has served students and families as a teacher, counselor, special needs consultant and family therapist specializing in adoption. Mary Jo and her husband are parents to three young adult children. They lived in several US cities before happily settling in Chapel Hill, NC in 1994.

Please contact Mary Jo at maryjo@pathways-educationplanning.com or call 919-270-3739.

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Margaret Maternowski, M.S.Ed.

 

Margaret joined Pathways Education Planning after a 20-year career as an Exceptional Children Program Facilitator in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. In this role, she assisted hundreds of families navigating a complex educational system using a multi-faceted, creative approach, helping them to chart a path to success for their children. She has extensive knowledge of both NC and Federal laws that guide the IEP team processes and procedures and has facilitated countless IEP team meetings, consistently bringing team members to consensus.

Her most important contribution has been serving as an Advocate for the many students she has worked with throughout the years. She has assisted families with children in elementary school through high school with varying disabilities. As an Advocate, she is committed to ensuring that every student receives the appropriate and required services, interventions, and remediation so they can find their pathway to being a productive, happy, and contributing member of the community at large. For most children, adolescents, and young adults, this can occur in a traditional school setting, whereas others require an environment that is clinically focused to provide opportunities for academic achievement as well as physical and mental health. In an effort to find appropriate opportunities and support for students, she has toured many local charter schools, private schools, and numerous other schools and therapeutic programs throughout NC and the United States.

Before moving to Chapel Hill, Margaret lived in Washington, DC, working as a law firm administrator for Steptoe and Johnson and in Baltimore, MD, working for the Baltimore County Schools as a special education teacher. She holds a B.A. in Elementary and Special Education from St. Maryís College of Notre Dame and an M.S.Ed. in Special Education from Duquesne University.

Margaret may be reached through email: mvmaternowski@gmail.com or via phone: 919-637-0019.

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CVs for individuals listed above are available upon request.