Who We Are
Dr. Gilrain serves as the Director of Behavioral Medicine at Cooper University Hospital. Her undergraduate is in Psychology from Hunter College – CUNY on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. She remained there for her Master’s degree focusing on eating behaviors and diversity. She took time off from academics to explore careers in medicine and psychology working at the American Red Cross, Helene Fuld Medical Center and Princeton University Wellness Center. She opted to return to graduate school at Drexel University pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a focus in Health Psychology.
She has worked in Health Psychology for the past 15 years within the following areas: somatic/conversion disorders, in particular PNES at Jefferson University Hospital, Temple’s cardiac transplant unit and burn unit and at Pennsylvania Hospital in the Consultation-Liaison Service. She has completed training and evaluations at various neuropsychology clinics on the Philadelphia area focused on both health and forensic concerns. Her interests lie in chronic medical issues, end of life concerns, death and dying, trauma, behavioral medicine program development and provider wellness.
She has taught Psychology and Humanities courses in college and universities in the NY and Philadelphia area over the past 24 years. She holds Academic Professorships at Cooper Medical School at Rowan University (CMSRU) as well as Rowan University.
She has been with Cooper since 2010 and developed and implemented the Consultation-Liaison Service within the Medical Hospital under the Department of Hospital Medicine. She has supervised psychology externs since 2010 and has presented at national conferences with Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) discussing ways to further Health Psychology programs and training in Academic Medical Centers. She and her team have a robust externship program and are in process of seeking an APA Accredited Psychology Internship program as well.
Anastasia Bullock, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in health psychology within Cooper University Healthcare System since 2017. Dr. Bullock provides patient care, as well as coordinates and supervises graduate students on the Behavioral Medicine consultation-liaison service. She also holds a faculty position within Cooper Medical School at Rowan University, teaching medical students on rotation with the Behavioral Medicine team.
Dr. Bullock is actively engaged in research within health psychology, including quality indicators of consultation-liaison psychology, trauma, and weight and eating with articles in peer reviewed publications. She is a member of the Association for Psychologists in Academic Health Centers, Society of Behavioral Medicine, and American Psychological Association.
Michael DeAngelo, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in health psychology within Cooper University Healthcare System. Dr. DeAngelo provides patient care, as well as coordinates and supervises Behavioral Medicine graduate students in the outpatient offices of the Early Intervention Program. He also holds an adjunct faculty position with Rowan University, teaching undergraduate students in the Psychology Department. In addition, Dr. DeAngelo is an affiliate of the Postpartum Stress Center in Bryn Mawr, PA.
Alexa M. Hays, PhD
Dr. Hays is a licensed clinical psychologist, in New Jersey and New York, specializing in health psychology and has worked at Cooper University Healthcare System since 2021. She is currently serving as the Wellness Psychologist and in that role responsible for program development and support of ongoing efforts across multiple levels of the CUH system to promote work-life balance, professional fulfillment, and resiliency amongst employees. She also provides patient care as well as supports the training of graduate students and postdoctoral students on the Behavioral Medicine consultation-liaison service across several settings. Within the hospital, she serves on several committees including Resiliency Resources Team, Graduate Medical Education Wellness Committee, and Physician Wellness Committee.
Dr. Hays received her undergraduate education at Bucknell University and earned her MS and PhD in Clinical Psychology (health emphasis) from Drexel University. She completed both internship and postdoctoral residency in clinical health psychology at VA Connecticut Healthcare System during which time she also held an academic appointment at Yale School of Medicine. She has published in peer-reviewed journals as well as serves as reviewer for scholarly publications. Dr. Hays is a member of the Association for Psychologists in Academic Health Centers, the American Psychological Association, and Society of Behavioral Medicine.
Caitlin A. LaGrotte, Psy.D., M.Ed.
Dr. LaGrotte is a licensed clinical psychologist with a health psychology focus and she has recently joined Cooper University Health System in July of 2020. She completed her psychology internship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center with a focus on behavioral sleep medicine and her postdoctoral residency at the Center for Obesity Research and Education at Temple University.
She provides psychological consultation and psychotherapeutic intervention for patients and families within the areas of Critical Care Services and Orthopedics. Dr. LaGrotte previous research has been in the areas of sleep, obesity/bariatrics, mild traumatic brain injury, and psychosocial wellbeing in collegiate student athletes. She has published in peer-reviewed journals as well as serves as reviewer for scholarly publications. She is a member of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Association for Psychologists in Academic Health Centers, and the American Psychological Association.
Cori E. McMahon, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in health psychology who has 20 years’ experience in direct clinical care, graduate psychology and medical instruction, clinical supervision, and program administration across behavioral health, academic, and medical settings. She has served as Director of Behavioral Medicine within Cooper University Healthcare system since 2009; focusing her clinical work in chronic disease management and overseeing a Behavioral Medicine training program that has served MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, EIP/Department of Infectious Disease, Ob-Gyn, Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery, and inpatient C&L service. She holds a faculty position with Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, instructing medical students who rotate with the Behavioral Medicine team and has taught psychology courses at La Salle University since 2002, including serving as visiting faculty for LaSalle’s graduate psychology programs in Athens, Greece and Prague, Czech Republic.
Dr. McMahon has a record of health psychology research, publication, and presentations, particularly in the area of psycho oncology, and remains engaged in projects focused on integrated behavioral healthcare in medical settings, and the use of digital tools to enhance patient engagement, health literacy, and improved doctor-patient communication. She is a member of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, is a National Certified Custody Evaluator, and also serves as VP of Clinical Services for Tridiuum, Inc., a health technology company based in Philadelphia.
William M. Skelton, PsyD
Dr. Skelton is a licensed clinical psychologist, in California and New Jersey, specializing in health psychology and has worked at Cooper University Healthcare System since 2020. He completed his psychology internship in Health Service Psychology at the Sierra Nevada Veteran Affairs Healthcare System and his postdoctoral residency in Primary Care Psychology at the San Francisco Veteran Affairs Healthcare System in affiliation with the University of California San Francisco, Department of Psychiatry.
He is currently serving as the Psychologist in Cooper University Hospital’s Emergency Department. Dr. Skelton provides patient care, as well as supports the training of graduate students and postdoctoral students on the Behavioral Medicine consultation-liaison service across several settings. He assists with teaching medical students and Emergency Medicine Residents through didactics and shadowing experiences. Within the hospital he serves on several committees, including Suicide Prevention, Resiliency Resources Team, Emergency Medicine Care Plan, Child Abuse Research Education Services, Cooper Healthcare System Care Plan Committee, and Behavioral Medicine Diversity Equity and Inclusion. He is a member of the Association for Psychologists in Academic Health Centers, Society of Behavioral Medicine, and American Psychological Association.
Daisy Velez, Psy.D.
Dr. Daisy Velez is a bilingual (Spanish-English) licensed clinical psychologist in New Jersey specializing in health psychology and has worked at Cooper University Hospital since 2020. She earned her Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree at La Salle University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed an APA accredited psychology internship in medical/health psychology at University of Florida Health Science Center, Gainesville, Florida. Additionally, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in consultation and liaison psychology at Jackson Health System, Miami, Florida, specializing in trauma psychology at Ryder Trauma Center, Level I trauma hospital. Moreover, Dr. Velez has previously worked for the VA Health System and the U.S. Navy as a contractor through the Department of Defense.
She is currently serving as the Medical Trauma Psychologist supporting the trauma surgery team at Cooper University Hospital, adult Level I and pediatric Level II trauma center. She provides inpatient care for patients and families following traumatic injury and is able to offer limited outpatient treatment. Dr. Velez also supports the training of graduate students assigned to her rotation. Moreover, she holds an instructor of medicine appointment at Cooper Medical School at Rowan University and teaches medical students on rotation with the Behavioral Medicine team. Within the hospital she serves on committees, including Suicide Prevention and Cooper Against Domestic Violence (CADA). She is a member of the American Psychological Association and National Register of Health Service Psychologists.