Staff

Cathi Cohen, LCSW, CGP – In Step Director
Cathi Cohen, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Group Psychotherapist, has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in a clinical setting since 1984. Early in her career as a social worker, Cathi recognized the power of treating relationship problems through group therapy. It was this interest and expertise that led her to create the Stepping Stones Social Skills Group Therapy Program in 1990. The success of this program led to the formation in 1995 of In Step, a comprehensive mental health practice. Cathi is the author of Raise Your Child’s Social IQ: Stepping Stones to People Skills for Kids, and has become a leading expert in the field of social skills training with children. She has since then completed two more books, Stepping Stones to Building Friendships: A Guide for Camp Counselors, and Outnumbered, Not Outsmarted: An A to Z Guide for Working with Kids and Teens in Groups. In addition to writing numerous articles and conducting regular workshops for parents, educators, and mental health professionals, Cathi has appeared on radio and television programs about the mental health needs of children and their families. Cathi graduated from Tufts University before receiving her M.S. degree from Columbia University School of Social Work.

Jennifer Case – Office Manager
Jennifer received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. After graduation she moved to New York City, where she continued her education with a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Pace University and a Master of Philosophy degree in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Quantitative Methods from the Graduate Center of City University of New York. Read more.

Diana Liao – Web Master
Diana received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Yale University. Originally from New York City, she moved to the DC area to work at the US Patent and Trademark Office. At the USPTO, Diana worked as a patent examiner for over six years in the area of inorganic oxides and catalysts. Read more.

Ashleigh McPherson – Administrative Assistant
A native Southern Californian, Ashleigh and her family moved to Northern Virginia in 2002. She has held many positions in the service industry since she was 16. Throughout her customer service experience and after school teaching she found her niche in Psychology. She is currently earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Capella University. Read more.