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Stress, Trauma, and Anxiety Clinic Anxiety Disorders and their Treatment About the Team

Arash Javanbakht, M.D.

Dr. Arash Javanbakht is a psychiatrist specialized in the treatment of anxiety disorders and PTSD. He finished his residency and research training at the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry. He is currently director of the Stress, Trauma, and Anxiety Research Clinic (STARC) at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Wayne State University. 

In clinical practice, Dr. Javanbakht focuses on a treatment plan specifically tailored for each person based on their psychosocial and life circumstances, personal goals, and needs. He uses medications, psychotherapy, exercise, nutrition, and improving social life to help patients not only overcome their anxiety and fear, but also achieve their highest potential in having a better life.

His research is focused on the underlying neurobiological body and brain mechanisms in anxiety disorders and PTSD, and how psychotherapy works. He uses functional MRI (brain imaging), electrophysiology, and genetic methods.


Lisa Elrom, Ph.D.

Dr. Elrom achieved her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; her Master’s degree in School and Community Psychology as well as her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Wayne State University.

She comes with over 25 years solid experience providing therapy to all age ranges. She specializes in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders in both children and adults. She is particularly interested in treating OCD and PTSD. Dr. Elrom is trained in Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy and Exposure-based treatments for PTSD and Exposure Response Prevention Treatment for OCD. Dr. Elrom also has training in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and mindfulness meditation.

Audrey Gilliatt, LMSW

Ms. Gilliatt is a licensed clinical social worker. She achieved her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, minoring in psychology, as well as a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Wayne State University.

She is a clinical therapist and member of the mobile crisis team at WSU Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences as well as at the emergency room at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. She interned with the Detroit Police Department Rape Counseling Center and Domestic Violence unit, providing both crisis counseling and therapy. She also volunteered at Haven’s sexual assault/ domestic violence response team where she provided “on call” crisis counseling for local emergency rooms and police departments. Other experience includes working at Detroit Receiving Hospital in their E.R. crisis center and at the inpatient psychiatric units of DRH and Havenwyck Hospital. Ms. Gilliatt has a particular interest in mindfulness and biofeedback.


Kelly Powell LMSW

Ms. Powell is a licensed clinical social worker. She obtained her MSW from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor in 2011. She has been trained in TF CBT (trauma focused cognitive behavior therapy, CBT (cognitive behavior therapy), Motivational Interviewing and Interpersonal Psychotherapy. Her expertise is in working both with trauma survivors and with individuals with generalized anxiety. Her placement within integrated care settings has allowed her to work with women who are experiencing post-partum mental health issues as well as with people with chronic medical illnesses prone to increased anxiety. She primarily sees individuals ages 13 years and up.  Having been trained in crisis intervention, she also was a member of the mobile crisis team for ages 4 years and older.