The Mormon Mental Health Association

Supporting Mental Health Within the Mormon Community

MMHA Board of Directors

Natasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT, CST

President

Wichita, KS

Term expires Dec. 2019


Natasha Helfer Parker is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and accredited Sex Therapist through AASECT.  She has been providing therapy services for 18 years and runs a private practice out of Wichita, KS. She is currently serving as president-elect of the KS chapter of AAMFT and is on the board of the Open Stories Foundation. She has been a presenter on Mormon themed topics such as sexuality, cultural competence, and faith transition at several national professional conferences.  She also hosts the Mormon Mental Health Podcast and Writes the Mormon Therapist Blog. Natasha received her BS in psychology from Brigham Young University and her MS in Marriage & Family Therapy from Friends University. She has also received her Sex Therapy Certification from AASECT.

Kristin Hodson, LCSW

President-Elect

Midvale, UT

Term expires Dec. 2019


Kristin Hodson is Founder and Executive Director of The Healing Group and co-author of the book Real Intimacy: A Couples Guide for Genuine, Healthy Sexuality.  She has contributed to several publications such as Women’s Day Magazine and The Deseret News, as well as been on a variety of radio/tv programs (i.e. KSL and KUTV in Utah).  She received her BS in Social work from BYU-Hawaii, and her MS from the University of Utah with a clinical and medical emphasis.  Kristin is currently pursing her AASECT (American Association for Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists) certification as a sex therapist and does a lot of work around postpartum and women's issues.  

Dr. Marty Erickson, PhD

Treasurer

Provo, UT

Term expires Dec. 2019


Dr. Marty Erickson received a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Iowa State University. He works as a therapist at Alliance Behavioral Psychology in Orem, Utah, and also works as an adjunct faculty member of the BYU Counseling Center. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Dr. Erickson's work specialities include religious issues and faith transitions, compulsive behavior, eating issues and negative body image,  trauma/abuse, single adult issues (identity, relationships, career), and issues related to multiculturalism/diversity within the context of power/privilege/oppression (race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.). He is a straight LGBTQ ally. Dr. Erickson utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused, and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.

Joshua Neal, MA, LMHCA

Secretary

Seattle, WA

Term expires Dec. 2019


Joshua Neal received his Master of Arts in Psychology from Seattle University. He chose Seattle University for its humanistic approach to psychology with its roots in existential phenomenology. Prior to that he attended Utah Valley University where he obtained a Bachelors of Science in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Psychology, and a minor in Gender Studies. His academic pursuits have included research on materialism, fat shaming, and memoirs of mental illness in comics. 



Dr. Michelle Nuttall Eakin, MA, PhD

Board Member at Large

Baltimore, MD

Term expires Dec. 2019


Dr. Michelle Eakin, is an assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore MD. She attended BYU and received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Houston in Texas. She completed her internship at AI DuPont Hospital for Children and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Adherence Research Center before joining as faculty. Her current research interest is the development and evaluation of behavioral interventions to reduce health disparities in respiratory diseases and secondhand smoke exposure.


Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife, PhD

Board Member at Large

Winnetka, IL

Term expires Dec. 2019


Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife is a private practice clinician outside of Chicago.  She received a BS in psychology and women's studies from Brigham Young University and went on to complete her PhD at Boston College where she wrote her dissertation on Mormon women and sexuality.  She works primarily with LDS couples on relationship and sexuality concerns.  She has been a contributor to LDS-themed podcasts and blogs on the subjects of sexuality, relationships, mental health and faith. 

Kevin Kloosterman, MS, LMFT

Board Member at Large

Sycamore, IL

Term expires Dec. 2017


Kevin Kloosterman has worked in the mental health field for over 20 years in a variety of settings including residential, inpatient, outpatient and private practice.  Currently he works in an outpatient hospital setting as a primary therapist in an outpatient mental health program.  He is a life-long Mormon with pioneer ancestry and is involved in the Mormon community as an LGBTQ ally.  Kevin received his BS from Brigham Young University and his MS in Marriage & Family Therapy from Norther Illinois University.  


LaShawn Williams-Schultz, CSW

Board Member at Large

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Term expires Dec. 2018


LaShawn Schultz, CSW has a wealth of social work experience in leadership development, behavior management, community organization, and at-risk children and youth in custody. She has provided individual, family, and group therapy in the community-based care setting. She is building expertise in relational cultural therapy, focusing on individuals, families, and groups. She received a dual BA in Sociology and Psychology from Duke University, and a dual Masters in Social Work and Public Administration from Marywood University. She is completing a Doctorate in Education at College of Saint Mary and currently serves as an adjunct faculty and administrator in higher education. 

Zac Erickson

Student/Intern Representative

Alberta, Canada

Term expires Dec. 2017


Zac Erickson is pursuing an M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology at the University of Alberta. He completed an M.Sc. in Neuroscience in 2014, and defended the thesis "The Behavioural Effects of Ancestral Stress and Post-Natal Environment." Interests include: mindfulness-based therapies, anxiety, depression, attention, and the intersection of religion/spirituality and mental health.