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DMU and McLean Hospital Launch Three-Year Strategic Collaboration Agreement

Divine Mercy University (DMU) has entered into a strategic collaboration agreement with McLean Hospital. Founded in 1811, McLean Hospital is a leader in psychiatric care, research, training, and advocacy, and is the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

This new strategic collaboration is the fruit of a generous grant from the Orange Crimson Foundation and the result of a series of meetings held over the last fifteen months. Both institutions have experienced these collegial interactions in an overwhelmingly positive manner, learning from each other and developing a strong and friendly rapport.

The collaboration will consist of three principal areas:

The initial period of the collaboration will be for a period of three years and work will begin during the 2020-21 school year.  Dr. Scott L. Rauch, McLean Hospital’s President and Psychiatrist in Chief commented on the project, “It has been our great pleasure to discover, along with the DMU team, the significant synergies between our approaches toward improving the lives of people and families affected by psychiatric illness. We see this as an opportunity to grow our services and help many more mental health providers deliver evidence-based care to their communities.”

The joint research efforts will involve DMU students and faculty and McLean Hospital’s Spirituality and Mental Health Program, which is led by Dr. David H. Rosmarin.  Studies have shown that more than 50% of patients receiving medical or psychological care express a desire to discuss spiritual matters with their health care providers. However, traditional psychiatric and psychological training does not include instruction around spiritual matters, and absent a strong evidence base, it is unlikely that many providers will adopt a provision for spiritually-inflected care. “I am truly excited to partner with DMU, a global educational leader in integrating a theological framework into mental healthcare, with a steady cadre of students eager to make research contributions toward this effort,” said Dr. Rosmarin.

I could not be more excited about the opportunities this presents for our students and faculty in regard to clinical training and research, and for the broader fulfillment of our mission in all of our programs. McLean Hospital’s scientific expertise is second to none and their ground-breaking work on studies relating spirituality to mental health blends perfectly with our unique mission.

Fr. Charles Sikorsky, LC, JD, JCL

President, Divine Mercy University

Affordable Outpatient Mental Health Clinic to Host Open House

The newly relocated outpatient mental health clinic known as the IPS Center for Psychological Services will host two one-hour open house sessions on January 23 — with the first session in the morning at 9 a.m. and second session in the evening at 5:30 pm. All interested guests are encouraged to email to RSVP. (Members of the press are welcome.)

The clinic is part of the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology program operated by the Institute for the Psychological Sciences (IPS) of Divine Mercy University (located at 45154 Underwood Lane in Sterling, Virginia). Trainees receive regular supervision from licensed psychologists — a practice consistent with the American Psychological Association’s accreditation requirements. 

During this event, guests will get an overview of the IPS Center’s affordable, professional mental health services for adults, adolescents, children, families and couples. There will also be a presentation about the client-clinician matching process, psychological assessments offered, and the sliding scale fee (based on individual/family income).

“We are very pleased to share the services of the IPS Center with residents of Loudoun County and the Northern Virginia community,” said Fr. Charles Sikorsky, L.C., president of Divine Mercy University. “The IPS Center has been providing affordable outpatient mental health services since 2000, and our relocation to Sterling will allow us to serve more clients who desire a holistic approach to therapy.”  

The IPS Center is committed to providing the community high-quality services consistent with a Catholic-Christian understanding of the person, marriage, and family life. At the heart of such treatment is a deep respect for the dignity of each person and a commitment to providing appropriate state-of-the-art services within the context of each individual’s culture, race, religion and gender. All services are provided on a confidential basis, as the IPS Center adheres to the strict guidelines of HIPAA and state laws.

“Our clinicians are trained to treat a variety of concerns including anxiety and panic disorders, relationship difficulties, and child behavior management,” said Dr. Helena Orellana, interim director of the IPS Center and licensed clinical psychologist. “One distinguishing feature to our training program is that our students receive instruction in child-centered play therapy and marital therapy. They also receive training in a wide variety of modalities including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and interpersonal theory.”  

The IPS Center accepts referrals from physicians, psychiatrists, educators, church leaders, mental health providers, social service professionals, and others. To schedule an appointment with a clinician, call (703) 418-2111. (Services are by appointment only. The IPS Center does not provide emergency services.)

To RSVP for the open house, email and include your first and last name, along with your desired session (either 9 a.m. or at 5:30 p.m.).   


The IPS Center is an outpatient mental health facility providing clinical services to adults, adolescents, children, families and couples. Services are provided by doctoral students, closely supervised by licensed clinical psychologists. We are committed to providing the community with high quality, affordable mental health services that incorporates an understanding of the emotional, biological, social, spiritual and psychological aspects of a person. Clients of any faith or background are welcome.

For more information, contact Marketing and Communications Manager Ebony Shamberger at 703-416-1441 x115 or