Faculty, Clinical staff, and Fellows
Faculty and Clinical Staff
Todd Leech, PA-C , EdD is a board certified physician assistant practicing in collaboration with a supervising psychiatrist. He received his physician assistant degree from St. Francis University and his doctorate in adult learning theory from the University of South Dakota. He provides psychiatric assessment and medication management for clients of the Program in Human Sexuality.
Postdoctoral clinical/research fellows
Janna Dickenson, Ph.D. is the first Doug Braun-Harvey Postdoctoral Fellow at the Program in Human Sexuality, with research and clinical work focused on compulsive sexual behavior. Her clinical training has included experience in couple therapy, sexual trauma/abuse recovery, sexual functioning concerns, LGBT health, gender and sexual identity development, and managing compulsive and impulsive behaviors.
Dr. Kovic is a postdoctoral fellow who provides individual, family, couples, and group psychotherapy at the Program in Human Sexuality, where he specializes in gender diversity and sexual orientation issues, relationship and sexual problems, and sexual compulsivity.
Nicholas Newstrom earned his undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas (MN) and his master's in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary's University (MN). He recently earned his Ph.D. in Family Social Science (Couple and Family Therapy emphasis) from the University of Minnesota. Prior to his fellowship at PHS, he was a graduate assistant at the University of Minnesota’s, Program in Human Sexuality working on developing and evaluating a risk assessment tool for adult male sex offenders led by Dr. Michael Miner and Dr. Beatrice ‘Bean’ Robinson. As a Michael E. Metz fellow, he is interested in how men and women signal consent when engaging in sexual behaviors. Nicholas has published articles in family therapy and sexuality journals and has co-authored a book chapter on juveniles who commit sexual abuse. Clinically, Nicholas is a licensed marriage and family therapist and AAMFT approved supervisor who has experience working with couples, families, and individuals. When he is not conducting research or working as a therapist, he enjoys movies, sports, and spending time with his partner and pugs.
Alex Tatum, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow with research and clinical interests in LGBTQ mental health, minority stress, compulsive sexual behavior, romantic relationship concerns, and substance use/abuse. He received his doctorate from Loyola University Chicago, and his dissertation examined the effects of workplace environments on sexual minority employees’ work satisfaction. As a clinician, Dr. Tatum integrates existential, client-centered, and cognitive-behavioral techniques to address underlying stress associated with relational and/or sexual concerns. His previous clinical work includes psychotherapy and assessment experience at university counseling centers and community mental health clinics in the Twin Cities, Chicago, and Atlanta metropolitan areas.
Ghazel Tellawi, PhD, is the current Randi and Fred Ettner Postdoctoral Fellow in Transgender Health. Dr. Tellawi received clinical training in psychotherapy and assessment in a variety of settings, including a university counseling center, hospital settings, private practice, and a university clinic that served both students and members of the community. She has clinical interests in the following areas: sexual and gender identity, the role that microaggressions play in the experiences of LGBTQ individuals, and sources of coping and resilience in LGBTQ individuals.