Layla Becker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working in social services for thirteen years, specializing in work with children for the last three. She obtained her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work in May 2010 and has experience working with multiple populations including children in foster care, people experiencing homelessness, and Veterans who have served our country. Layla’s background in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Trauma Informed Care are utilized to offer services for children and families with multiple concerns to offer support, tools, and services to promote well-being and an improved quality of life. To her, it is a great privilege to contribute to the lives of others with such a dynamic team of professionals.
Dr. Stephanie Chapman is a psychologist at The Center for Children and Women. She completed her graduate degree in Family Counseling in Canada prior to moving to Texas to complete her Doctoral in Counseling Psychology at the University of Houston. Recently, Dr. Chapman completed an internship and post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric Psychology at Texas Children’s Hospital. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Chapman loves working with patients and their families to improve behavior, emotions, relationships, and physical health by sharing psychology tools and strategies.
Rose Johnson-Fant is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Certified Counselor. She received her Master of Arts in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University. Her credentials and experience in education, criminal justice, social service, and mental health clinics have helped her to shape a unique understanding of the needs of children and women.
Kristina is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Clinical Therapist at The Center for Children and Women Southwest. She received her Master’s degree from The University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families in a variety of mental health, health care, and social service settings. Kristina is passionate about the work that she does with her patients and families. She provides therapeutic interventions, while empowering patients to access their own strengths and achieve their goals.
Dr. Arlene Gordon-Hollingsworth is a Houston native. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston and her Master of Arts from Houston Baptist University, both with concentrations in psychology. Following completion of her master’s, she obtained her Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her American Psychological Association predoctoral internship was completed at the University of Florida Health Science Center in Gainesville, FL. Subsequent to her graduation from LSU, Dr. Gordon-Hollingsworth completed her postdoctoral fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, with the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Baltimore, MD. While there, she worked on multiple R01 grants, including the Child/Adolescent Anxiety Multimodal Extended Study. This was followed by a two-year appointment in Beijing, The Republic of China as an International Research Scholar with the Psychology Department at Peking University where her work focused on understanding the treatment gap (in comparison to Western cultures). Currently, Dr. Gordon-Hollingsworth holds the appointment of Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas with the Department of Pediatrics, Section of Psychology. She has a joint appointment with Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Gordon-Hollingsworth leads clinical services of the Behavioral Health team of Texas Children’s Health Plan Center for Children and Women—Southwest. She has over a decade of experience treating children and women, is licensed as a psychologist in the state of Texas, and plays an integral role in the training of new therapists, as well as students. In addition, she facilitates research investigating the efficacy of evidence based treatments delivered using unconventional modalities (e.g., internet-based), as well as the utility of a stepped care approach to mental health intervention in primary care settings. Dr. Gordon-Hollingsworth has authored or co-authored multiple peer reviewed journal articles, serves as ad-hoc reviewer for several elite journals, and has presented her work at a number of professional conferences.
Annette D. Greene is a Licensed Master Social Worker with nearly 20 years of experience. She earned her Master’s Degree at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She says that she began her career as a social worker at the age of four years when she dived in to help her older sister get ready for her first day of kindergarten. Annette’s career has included counseling adolescents in the juvenile probation system and adults with a dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance abuse, renal social work, professional development and training and Emergency Center social work at TCH Main Campus. As a behavioral health social worker, Annette’s focus is on crisis intervention, providing brief counseling, support group facilitation, self-help education, empowerment training and connecting families with community resources. Nothing delights her more than seeing the difference she makes in the lives of the children and families she serves.
Brunilda Ortiz graduated from the University of Houston in 2002 with a master’s degree in social work. She has 20 years of experience working with families, children, and adults. She has been a behavioral health provider for 12 years and has worked in a variety of health care, law enforcement, and educational settings. She is passionate about mental health and helping families stay healthy.
Mudassar Tariq is a board certified adult psychiatrist and fellowship trained child and adolescent psychiatrist. He received his medicine degree from one of the top rated medical schools in South Asia, King Edward Medical University, Lahore, Pakistan. He moved to US to pursuit graduate education in Medicine. He joined a research team at New York Psychiatric Institute / Columbia University, NY. He was particularly interested in transfer of trauma stress from first responder parents to their children in context of World Trade Center attacks. He also participated in research at Beth Israel Medical Center, NY related to development of scales to assess probability of impulsive suicide attempts. Dr. Mudassar Tariq was accepted for his Adult General Psychiatry residency training at UMDNJ, The University Hospital in Newark, NJ. He received top notch training in substance abuse, Adult PTSD, Depression and schizophrenia management in multiple settings. He has worked with Veterans and has special interest and expertise in Post-traumatic stress disorder management. Dr. Mudassar Tariq completed his subspecialty training in child and adolescent treatment from Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA. He received excellent training from specialty renowned supervisors in evaluation of treatment of behavioral problems in children. He is well experienced in evaluation and management of ADHD, Autism spectrum disorders, Depression, Bipolar disorder, Anxiety, Borderline personality disorder and adolescent substance abuse disorders. He is also well trained in use of Psychotherapeutic techniques e.g. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal therapy, Family therapy, Parent-Child interaction therapy, Dialectical Behavioral therapy. Dr. Tariq has also received training and is certified in treatment of opiate dependence with Suboxone. Dr. Tariq joined Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children Hospital in August 2014. He has clinical and teaching responsibilities at The Center for Children and Women at Greenspoint and Southwest locations.
Patti Robbins-Furman is a board certified genetic counselor with more than 20 years of experience in the genetic counseling field. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston and Master of Public Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health. She has worked as a genetic counselor in both the prenatal and pediatric settings. She has also been involved in the training of genetic counselors with faculty members of the University of Texas Genetic Counseling Training Program. At the Center for Children and Women, she provides prenatal genetic counseling and provides genetic screening/consultation for the pediatric team.
Juliana is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian serving both pediatric and OB/GYN patients at the Center. She completed her bachelor of science in nutrition and dietetic internship through the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining the Center in August 2014, Juliana gained a wide variety of experience in the long-term acute care hospital setting, specializing in traumatic brain injuries, drug addiction treatment, and children with complex psychiatric disorders. She enjoys working with both pediatric patients from birth to 18 years of age and pregnant women to improve the quality of their nutrition care.
Megan is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and a Cooper Certified Healthy Behavior Coach. She is a native Houstonian and graduated from the University of Houston with Bachelors of Science. She was a patient, volunteer, intern, and now happy to be a provider with Texas Children’s.
Dr. Brook Komar is a therapeutic optometrist who has been taking care of patients for 10 years. She received her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University in Biomedical Science and Doctor of Optometry from the University of Houston before practicing independently for 9 years. In addition, Dr. Komar is a certified Optometric Glaucoma Specialist and a long-standing member of the American Optometric Association, the Texas Optometric Association, and the Harris County Optometry Society. Inspired by her passion for pediatric patients, Dr. Komar is excited to be a member of the team and provide care at The Center for Children and Women.
Dr. Yau-San Tam is a licensed therapeutic optometrist committed to providing quality eye care for adults and children of all ages. She graduated with honors from Texas A&M University with a bachelor of science followed by The University of Houston College of Optometry with a doctorate in optometry. Believing that vision is the foundation for learning, she is most passionate about working with children and treating ocular disorders such as lazy eye, eye turns, and ocular focusing problems. Always with a smile and caring attitude, she looks forward to welcoming your family at The Center for Children and Women.