Staff

The clinicians at the MidAmerican Psychological Institute are committed to using the most effective methods in the behavioral and psychological sciences to help you live the life you deserve. Our team members have diverse professional strengths, and you can be confident that we will introduce you to the therapist that best fits your needs.

Melissa Rowland, Psy.D


In the midst of pain and suffering, people can sometimes lose track of what is truly important to them. My goal as a therapist is to help people get back on track with what is meaningful in their lives and let go of the unnecessary struggle that psychological pain can create. I believe that everyone can learn to take a new perspective on pain and suffering and prevent it from acting as a barrier to healthier and more flexible living. I enjoy helping children, adolescents, and adults to begin focusing on making positive changes in their lives. My specialties include anxiety and mood disorders, child and adolescent behavior issues, behavioral parent coaching, compulsive hoarding, self-harm behaviors, eating disorders, sleep/insomnia difficulties, and chronic pain and illness, especially multiple sclerosis, cancer, and diabetes.

Meghan Kennedy, Psy.D


Dr. Meghan T. Kennedy is a graduate of Midwestern University. As a former educator, she maintains a solid knowledge of developmental and educational processes and practices. As a psychologist, Dr. Kennedy has devoted her training and research to health issues including, weight loss and bariatric surgery, pain, cancer, chronic illness, sleep, and caregiver support. Dr. Kennedy trained at multiple health care facilities in the Chicagoland area including Jesse Brown VA Medical Center and Franciscan St. James Hospital. Through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and other evidence-based treatments, Dr. Kennedy strives to align one’s living with their values, bringing balance and fulfillment to those in need.

Melissa Kozlowski, Psy.D


Dr. Melissa Kozlowski’s approach to counseling is based on evidence based frameworks that best help clients in overcoming behavioral, emotional, and social challenges. She specializes in anxiety disorders, depression, and health related issues such as insomnia, eating disorders, and chronic pain. Her educational degrees and experience in both marriage and family therapy and clinical psychology helps her blend together many strategies that can assist you in significantly improving your personal functioning and interpersonal relationships. She also offers parenting consultations, coping skills training and stress management training.

Oliver Williams, LCSW


Oliver M. Williams is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Registered Dual Disorder Professional, and a Certified Life Coach.

Having served in the behavioral health field for over three decades,  Mr. Williams is skilled in providing interactive professional therapeutic counseling for a full range of behavioral health issues. Mr. Williams is an interfaith minister and is comfortable providing spiritually focused counseling. Mr. Williams is also an accomplished writer, having authored two books.

Laura Jackman, LCSW


While clinically trained in the area of marriage/family therapy, I see adults who present with various concerns (for example, depression, relational issues, anxiety, some forensic work, life coaching). I work with clients to ameliorate psychological and emotional pain with caring, compassionate counseling. My approach to therapy is straightforward, honest, empathic, and relational. My goal is to assist clients modify their dysfunctional thought and behavior patterns to better achieve their life goals, arriving with a sense of contentment, fulfillment, and resolution.

Jennifer Patterson, Psy.D., LCPC


Life presents challenges for everyone, and I am interested in helping you overcome challenges and live a life that is full of meaning and vitality. As a clinician at the MidAmerican Psychological Institute it is my mission to offer evidenced-based psychotherapy to help others live full and abundant lives. Clients trust my ability to help them because they see that I believe in solving my problems in the same way as I help them solve theirs. Clients say therapy with me is not what they expected and they have made changes they didn’t think possible. Perhaps you are suffering and would like to learn to overcome your obstacles? I aim to help you move ahead toward living a life you want to live.

Monica Smiley, LCSW, BCBA


Monica Smiley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She is a graduate of University of Illinois and Aurora University, and worked for over 10 years with families and individuals with a variety disabilities ranging from autism, ADHD, anxiety, and depression. By approaching client’s struggles with effective behavioral and counseling perspectives, Monica strives to assist people to meet short-term goals while living a meaningful life as a long-term goal.

Daniel J. Moran, Ph.D., BCBA-D


Dr. Daniel J. Moran is the founder and executive director of the MidAmerican Psychological Institute. He is a recognized expert in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He co-authored ACT in Practice and Evidence-Based Education Methods. Dr. D.J. has appeared on The Learning Channel, Animal Planet, and FOX News discussing obsessive-compulsive disorder and hoarding. Dr. D.J. is also the founder of Pickslyde Consulting, a professional organization aimed at increasing leadership, innovation, and performance in the workplace.

Psychological Services in the New Lenox and Joliet Area

MidAmerican Psychological Institute proudly serves New Lenox, Joliet, Homer Glen, Orland Park, Tinley Park, and the surrounding areas. For more information about our services or to make an appointment, please contact us or call 815-735-0732.