IPS Online Education

Instructor Biographies


[accordion title=”Ian Butler, LMHP, M.A., M.T.S.”]

Ian Butler, LMHP, M.A., M.T.S. is a Catholic clinician who has worked since 1999 as a counselor for Catholic Social Services with the Diocese of Lincoln Nebraska, a clinical site specializing in the integration of the truths of the Catholic faith with Psychology. He has a Masters in Counseling from Franciscan University with a concentration in Christian Counseling as well as a Masters in Theological Studies from Ave Maria University’s Institute for Pastoral Theology. Since 2006, Ian has increasingly focused his clinical work toward providing professional counseling services by telephone to Catholics around the world, many of whom are unable to find faithful Catholic counseling in their area. He is the Executive Director of Holy Family Counseling Services and is currently developing an apostolate to work specifically with priests and seminarians: St. John Vianney Counseling Services. Since 2007, he has been a faculty member for the Institute for Priestly Formation, a summer seminary in Omaha Nebraska that currently draws 175 seminarians annually for a 10 week program focusing on deepening the prayer life of seminarians and removing or healing obstacles to healthy prayer and ministry. Since 2011, he has assisted in the human formation of aspirants for the deaconate program of the Archdiocese of Omaha. He is married and has three children.


[accordion title=”Richard Fitzgibbons, M.D.”]

Richard Fitzgibbons, M.D., is the director of the Institute for Marital Healing outside Philadelphia and has worked with several thousand couples over the past 30 years. In 2000 he coauthored Helping Clients Forgive: An Empirical Guide for Resolving Anger and Restoring Hope with Dr. Robert D. Enright, University of Wisconsin, Madison, for American Psychological Association Books.  Dr. Fitzgibbons has given many marital conferences in New York, Philadelphia and Washington and has also given numerous conferences to priests in various dioceses and religious communities and to spiritual formation teams of seminaries. He is a board member of the International Institute for Forgiveness.


[accordion title=”Peter C. Kleponis, Ph.D., LPC, NCC”]

Peter C. Kleponis is a Licensed Clinical Therapist and a National Certified Counselor, and serves as Assistant Director of Comprehensive Counseling Services in West Conshohocken, PA. He holds an M.A. in Clinical-Counseling Psychology from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA and a Ph.D. in General Psychology from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Kleponis has 15 years of professional experience working with individuals, couples, families and organizations. He specializes in marriage & family therapy, pastoral counseling, resolving anger, men’s issues, and pornography addiction recovery. He is Certified in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Sexual Addictions by The American Association of Christian Counselors’ Light University and by Dr. Mark Laaser’s Freedom Begins Here Program.

Dr. Kleponis travels throughout the country educating people on how to win the battle against pornography through his Fighting Porn in Our Culture…and Winning! program. He has presented his conferences to numerous dioceses, colleges, seminaries religious communities, parent’s groups and other Catholic organizations.

Dr. Kleponis has also been a guest on EWTN television programs such as Women of GraceFranciscan University Presents, and Crossing the Goal. He is a regular guest on Relevant Radio’s On Call program. Dr. Kleponis resides in Phoenixville, PA with his wife, Maria, and their son, John Paul.

Dr. Kleponis recently published the book, The Pornography Epidemic: A Catholic Approach. This book addresses:

* The pornography problem in America

* The addictiveness of pornography

* How porn affects men, women, children and teens

* How to protect families from pornography

* Where to find help for those who struggle with pornography use.


[accordion title=”Lisa Klewicki, Ph.D.”]

Dr. Lisa Klewicki is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has degrees in Psychology and Theology. She integrates the Catholic faith with sound psychology to provide psychotherapy, consultations, and assessments.

She also addresses both lay and academic audiences through various types of speaking engagements.

Dr. Klewicki speaks on such topics as intimacy, relationships, marriage, family, mental health and women’s issues from a Catholic perspective. For more information on these topics, click on the speaking topics link at the top of the page. The upcoming events will list the current speaking locations and topics.


[accordion title=”Greg Kolodziejczak, Ph.D., Psy.D.”]

Dr. Kolodziejczak works primarily in private practice in Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA.  In addition, he is involved with the Archdiocese of Boston, working with the diocese’s marriage preparation curriculum committee.

Dr. Kolodziejczak previously received a Ph.D. in Ocean Engineering from MIT and a Masters in Theology from Catholic University.  After enrolling in the Institute for Psychological Sciences, where he received a Masters and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, he then accepted an APA approved internship at the Danielson Institute in Boston.  He completed his postdoc at Two Brattle Center in Cambridge, a clinic that specializes in utilizing psychodynamic approaches and Dialectical Behavior Therapy in working with patients with severe levels of distress.  He passed the licensing exam in April, and currently works with Two Brattle Center and in private practice in Cambridge.  His almost-800 page dissertation was a synthesis of psychology, philosophy, and theology on the issue of love.  In January 2008, he was chosen to present on a case at the American Psychoanalytic Conference in New York, with Peter Fonagy and Otto Kernberg, both giants in psychology.


[accordion title=”Margaret Laracy, Psy.D.”]

Margaret Laracy, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist licensed in Maryland and Virginia. She has clinical interests in individual, family, and group psychotherapy, as well as psychological testing. She is in clinical practice at Vital Sources in Fredrick, MD and she is a part-time faculty member at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. Dr.Laracy completed her predoctoral internship in 2011 at the Outreach Community Counseling Center through the APA-accredited Chicago Area Christian Training Consortium. Her scholarly interests include various topics in the relationship between Christian anthropology and clinical psychology. In particular, she is interested in the role of beauty in mental health and in psychotherapy, which was the topic of her doctoral dissertation.


[accordion title=”Thomas Lickona, Ph.D.”]

Dr. Thomas Lickona is a developmental psychologist and professor emeritus of education at the State University of New York at Cortland, where he founded and continues to direct the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (Respect and Responsibility) (www.cortland.edu/character).  He has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Boston Universities, president of the Association for Moral Education, and Board member with the Character Education Partnership. He speaks around the world on fostering moral values and character development.  His eight books on character development include Raising Good Children, Educating for Character, Character Matters, and, with his wife Judith, a book for teens, Sex, Love, and You: Making the Right Decision.  Educating for Character  won a Christopher Award for “affirming the highest values of the human spirit.”  He received the Character Education Partnership’s “Sandy Award” for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education.  His work has been featured in a New York Times Magazine cover story, “Teaching Johnny To Be Good,”  and on “Good Morning America,” “Larry King Live Radio,” National Public Radio, and “Focus on the Family.”


[accordion title=”Frank J. Moncher, Ph.D.”]

Frank J. Moncher, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist in Virginia and Washington DC currently employed by the Diocese and Catholic Charities of Arlington. He received his B.A. in psychology from Kent State University and his Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina, Columbia. After working several years in the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Moncher joined the IPS faculty in 2000, and served as Director of Clinical Training from 2001-2003 and Director of the IPS Training Clinic from 2006-2007. His research interests include the integration of Catholic thought into psychotherapy, child and family development issues, and the evaluation of candidates for religious life. He has presented on these topics in Italy, Spain, Mexico, as well as at national Christian conferences. Selected recent publications and presentations include: (a) Religious and Spiritual Aspects of Family Assessment published in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinics of North America; (b) A psychotherapy of virtue: Reflections on St. Thomas Aquinas’ theology of moral virtue, in the Journal of Psychology and Christianity; (c) Psychological Evaluation for Applicants to the Seminary, an invited presentation to a Religious Order’s vocations’ council; (d) Christian Anthropological Foundations for a Psychotherapy of Virtue, an invited presentation at the Society for Christian Psychology, and (e) Motherhood and Fatherhood: The psychological foundations for children’s security and flourishing in an increasingly complex world, a presentation at the International Federation of Catholic Physicians Conference.


[accordion title=”William Nordling, Ph.D.”]

Dr. Nordling is one of the founding faculty members of the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. He is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Virginia. He also holds a number of specialized credentials in child, marriage, and family therapy and teaches both basic and advanced coursework in these areas at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. Dr. Nordling is active as scholar, and in addition to his many publications, he has conducted over 200 presentations and training workshops nationally and internationally. As a respected leader in the field, in 2010 he served as the President of the Association of Play Therapy, and he currently serves on the Board of Directors and as President of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association.


[accordion title=”Philip Scrofani, Ph.D., ABPP”]

Dr. Scrofani is currently a full-time, Associate Professor at IPS. His expertise is in clinical psychology, cognitive-behavioral therapy, group therapy, and research review, and he teaches in these areas. He has been Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology since 1990. Dr. Scrofani was the Director of Family Psychotherapy Training for five years and Director of Psychology for the Commission on Mental Health Services in Washington, D.C. for 12 years. In that capacity, he had oversight responsibility for approximately 100 clinical psychologists and administrative responsibility for an APA accredited psychology internship. He later accepted a faculty position with the Psychiatry Residency Training Program for the Department of Mental Health in Washington, where he continues to be involved in the training of 32 physicians in residency for psychiatry. He join joined the faculty at IPS in 2004.


[accordion title=”Adnrew Sodergren, M.T.S., Psy. D.”]

Dr. Sodergren holds Masters and Doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences (IPS) in Arlington, VA. IPS is the only graduate school in existence devoted to integrating the best psychological science with a Catholic view of the human person and the moral life. His doctoral dissertation, completed in 2009, was entitled Attachment and Morality: A Catholic Perspective.

Dr. Sodergren’s previous clinical work has been with the Alpha Omega Clinic and Consultation Service in Bethesda, MD and with Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska. He is trained in child, adult, marital/family, and group therapies as well as psychological assessment and testing, including vocational assessment for candidates to the priesthood or religious life. He is a certified Relationship Enhancement® Couples Therapist.

Dr. Sodergren is an active member of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association and the Society of Catholic Social Scientists and has given presentations at several professional conferences on the integration of psychology and the Catholic faith. He also teaches a course entitled “Issues in Psychological and Neurological Science: Gender, Marriage, and Family” as an adjunct professor at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, DC.

Dr. Sodergren has been married 12 years. He and his wife Ellie are certified Natural Family Planning instructors with the Couple to Couple League. They have four children: three on earth and one miscarriage.


[accordion title=”Dan Spadaro, M.A., LPC”]

Dan Spadaro, LPC brings over fifteen years of counseling experience to his practice. A graduate of Franciscan University, Dan received both his undergraduate (Theology 92) and graduate (Counseling 97) degrees from this Ohio institution.

Dan has worked as mental health counselor with families in Colorado since 1997 in a variety of settings: This includes experience in the psychiatric hospital setting, as well as residential treatment centers, and outpatient mental health offices. From 1999 to 2006, Dan volunteered with the Colorado Department of Corrections, to facilitate sexual addiction support groups for incarcerated men.

Dan founded Imago Dei Counseling, as a private practice dedicated to the integration of psychology and the Catholic faith and toward helping individuals and couples to rediscover their true image founded in God.

In addition to his formal training as a counselor, Dan also draws from his own personal experience of faith, family, and understanding of the battle for purity of heart.

Dan holds a certification as a Certified Sexual Addictions Therapist (CSAT) in 2009, having trained with Dr. Patrick Carnes.

Dan has been a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Colorado since 1999.

In 2006, Dan completed certification for adolescent disruptive behavior disorders as part of the Integrated Psychotherapy Consortium Training Institute with Columbia University.

Dan and his wife have five beautiful children and together enjoy the majesty of the Rocky Mountains.


[accordion title=”Gladys M. Sweeney, Ph.D.”]

Prior to her appointment as Dean Emeritus and Senior Scholar* in the spring of 2012, Dr. Sweeney held the position of Academic Dean since IPS’ founding. She served as the Executive Director of the Catholic Institute for the Psychological Sciences from 1997-1998. She has lectured at the North American College in Rome and at the Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum in Rome. She has been a faculty member of the Division of Child Psychiatry, Department of Pediatrics, at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Sweeney’s area of interest is the integration of the psychological sciences with the Catholic view of the human person and she has published in this area. Dr. Sweeney has co-edited Human Nature in its Fullness: A Roman Catholic Perspective CUA Press, July, 2006.

* Senior Scholar is a designation used by the Institute to acknowledge individuals who have made significant contributions to their field, and who serve as mentors for more junior members of the faculty.


[accordion title=”Paul Vitz, Ph.D.”]

Dr. Vitz’s teaching and research is focused on the integration of Christian theology, especially Catholic anthropology, with psychology. This requires breaking from the modern secularism and post-modern relativism prevalent today. He is presently focused on the following special topics: The Psychology of Hatred and Forgiveness; The Psychology of the Virtues; The Psychological Importance of Fathers; and the Positive Relevance of Psychology for the Priesthood. Dr. Vitz’s books include: Psychology as Religion: The Cult of Self-Worship; Sigmund Freud’s Christian Unconscious; Modern Art and Modern Science: The Parallel Analysis ofVision; Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism; and The Self: Beyond the Post-modern Crisis. He was Professor of Psychology at New York University for many years prior to joining the faculty at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences.

* Senior Scholar is a designation used by the Institute to acknowledge individuals who have made significant contributions to their field, and who serve as mentors for more junior members of the faculty.