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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

Dr. Svolos graduated summa cum laude from Duke University with a BA in History. He received an MD from the University of California, San Francisco and completed post-graduate medical training in Family Practice at UCSF and Psychiatry, and graduated from the Creighton-Nebraska Psychiatry Residency Training Program.

Dr. Svolos is a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist. He is a member of the New Lacanian School and the World Association of Psychoanalysis. Dr. Svolos maintains a private office practice in psychoanalysis, and practices at Bergan Mercy Medical Center and Lasting Hope Recovery Center. He is a Member of the Circle for the Lacanian Orientation in Omaha.  He has given lectures and organized meetings and conferences in Omaha, across the United States, and in Europe.  He serves on the editorial Board of several different journals.
Dr. Svolos' writings on psychoanalysis and related subjects have appeared in numerous journals in English, French, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Hebrew, and Turkish.

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

She 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.