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Faculty Educational Leadership

Psychiatry Residency & Fellowships Staff

Thomas Svolos, MD, Professor and Chair of Psychiatry, Creighton University

Steven P. Wengel, MD, Professor and Chair of Psychiatry, Nebraska Medicine

Kayla Pope, MD, Training Director

Jamie Snyder, MD, Child and Adolescent Fellowship Director & Post-Pediatrics Portal Program

Thomas Svolos, M.D.

Chairman & Professor, Creighton University

Thomas Svolos graduated summa cum laude with a BA in History from Duke University.  Dr. Svolos received his MD from University of California, San Francisco. He practiced as a general practitioner in rural Nebraska and Emergency Room physician in Omaha prior to completing psychiatric training at Creighton-Nebraska Psychiatry Residency Training Program.He joined the Creighton Faculty in 2001 and currently maintains a clinical practice as a Staff Psychiatrist for CHI Health. He also has a private practice in psychoanalysis. Prior to his position as Chair, Dr. Svolos served Creighton in numerous administrative roles including as Director of Psychotherapy Training, Associate Training Director, Medical Director for Outpatient Services, and Director of Continuing Medical Education.Dr. Svolos is a member of New Lacanian School and World Association of Psychoanalysis.  He serves as Secretary of Lacanian Compass, an initiative of the Members of the WAP in the United States towards the formation of a School of Lacanian Psychoanalysis within the United States.Dr. Svolos' scholarly work has been in psychoanalysis and clinical practice in the mental health field, with special areas of interest in the psychoanalytic treatment of patients with psychosis and patients with addictions. He has over 60 publications, with translations of his work appearing in French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Hebrew, Russian, Turkish, and Polish. He is coauthor and coeditor of Lacan and Addiction and has submitted his first solo authored book 21st Century Psychoanalysis for consideration for publication.  He is also the translator of 17 texts from French to English.D. Svolos has spoken widely at Congresses, conferences, and seminars throughout the United States and internationally, including University of Paris, Columbia University, Fordham University, Duke University, and the University of Chicago. He has been active in efforts to bring clinical innovation, better access and community collaboration for improvement in mental health programs in Nebraska.  He led the Creighton Rural Psychiatry and Telehealth Initiative to bring mental health services to patients in rural Nebraska.  Dr. Svolos  is currently active in the Omaha Partnership for Better Mental Health Outcomes, serving on the Governance Committee and leading the First Episode Psychosis workgroup.

Kayla Pope, M.D., J.D.

Residency Training Director

Dr. Pope is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and Program Director for the General Psychiatry program. Dr. Pope is also the Director of Neurobehavioral Research at Boys Town National Research Hospital. She trained at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC, with advanced training at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt, in Baltimore, MD, and Childrenís National Medical Center in Washington, DC.  She completed a research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health, where she studied the neurocircuitry of children with a diagnosis of conduct disorder using fMRI technology.  She is a past member of the American Psychiatric Associationís Board of Trustees and a past member of the Board of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. She currently on Council for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Before attending medical school, Dr. Pope was an attorney and mediator specializing in family law and child advocacy. Her clinical and research interests include juvenile justice, adolescent brain development, forensics and promoting neuroscience in residency training.

Steven P. Wengel, M.D.

Chair & Professor, UNMC

Dr. Wengel is an Omaha native and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  He completed his Psychiatry training in the Creighton-Nebraska Psychiatry Residency Training program, following which he became the first fellow in Geriatric Psychiatry in the same program, graduating in 1991. He has served on the UNMC faculty since that time. Dr. Wengel was appointed Chair of the UNMC Department of Psychiatry in 2005. 

Dr. Wengel is an enthusiastic teacher of medical students, physician's assistant students, and residents in Psychiatry and primary care specialties.  He previously served as Director of Medical Student Education and also served as a member of the UNMC College of Medicine Admissions Committee.  He currently has responsibility for three sections of the resident didactic program, and supervises residents on the Geriatric Psychiatry service and during weekly psychotherapy supervision sessions.

His clinical and research interests include the diagnosis and treatment of delirium and dementia, and mood disorders in older adults.  He also has a clinical focus on psychiatric co-morbidity associated with neuropsychiatric conditions including Parkinson's disease and frontotemporal dementia. He has a bounty of publications in peer reviewed journals.


Jamie Snyder, M.D.

Child & Adolescent Program Training Director, Creighton University

Dr. Snyder graduated from Pacific Union College in Angwin, California with a BS in Biochemistry in 1983, and received her MD from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California in 1987. She went on to complete her Psychiatry Residency there as well, graduating in 1990. She attended University of Southern California (USC) for her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship and completed that in 1992.  

Dr. Snyder is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Creighton University, and the Director of the Creighton-Nebraska Psychiatry Child & Adolescent Fellowship Program as well as the Director for the Post Pediatric Portal Program.