Psychology Team

Amy Hall, Psy.D.

Dr. Amy R. Hall received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Forest School of Professional Psychology in Springfield, MO. Her internship experience was gained at Dixon Correctional Center in Dixon, IL. While there she worked with a diverse population of adult males in individual and group settings (the group included: parenting, anxiety, smoking cessation, and sexual perpetrators). She completed a post-doctoral residency at Federal Medical Center in Rochester, MN where she gained experience in forensic evaluations, substance abuse treatment, and group therapy. However, for the past seven years, her focus has changed to the treatment and care of children, and adolescents. Before coming to CCNC, she was employed in outpatient settings providing psychological testing and individual, group, and family therapy to a child and adolescent population. Her psychological testing experience includes competency evaluations, testing to assess for cognitive and achievement abilities, learning disorders, mood and behavioral disorders, and personality disorders.

Kristina A. Hobby, Psy.D.

Dr. Kristina A. Hobby earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Florida School of Professional Psychology in Tampa, FL. She has a passion for working with people in general and more specifically, areas of trauma, family and couples issues, children and adolescents, and body image/self-esteem. She also has experience in providing psychological testing to assess cognitive and achievement abilities, learning disorders, mood and behavioral disorders, and personality disorders.
In addition to her work with patients, Dr. Hobby also supervises future mental health professionals. She is currently a member of the American Psychological Association.

Before coming to CCNC in 2008, she did her pre-doctoral training at the Center for Group Counseling in Boca Raton, Florida. During her graduate training, Dr. Hobby served as a teaching assistant, volunteered as a mentor for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Program of Tampa Bay, did volunteer research on “real beauty” and dolphin behavior, as well as developed a suicide risk protocol and provided outreach presentations for the University of South Florida Counseling Center.

Alan J. Crist, Ph.D.

Dr. Alan J. Crist received his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama in 1995. He received his Master’s Degree in 1990. He completed an internship at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, Texas. He has worked with clients in outpatient, partial hospitalization, residential, inpatient, rehabilitation, correctional, and student counseling settings since 1988. He has worked with children from preschool to high school ages, working for the past 6 years at a state hospital pediatric unit. He has also worked with geriatric, adult, youth, and child populations. He is a member of the American Psychological Association since 1997. He supervised interns at the APA-Approved Utah State Hospital Internship 1999-2009 and taught annual 8-hour training on the Rorschach Inkblot test for 7 of those years. He has extensive experience working with the severely mentally ill.

Lee Walker, Ph.D.

Dr. Lee Walker received his doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1978. He has held several positions including Director of Child and Adolescent Services at the Cumberland County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Center, Director of Psychology at the Wake County Mental Health Center, field supervisor for the Department of Psychiatry at UNC-Chapel Hill, Clinical Director at Wake Family Services, Mental Health Consultant for Kittrell Job Corp Center, and an adjunct faculty member for both North Carolina State University and Webster University. He has served as a psychological consultant to numerous local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. In addition, Dr. Walker maintained a private practice in Cary, NC from 1984 until 2008. Dr. Walker is also certified by the Council for the National Register of Health Services Providers and holds diplomas from the American Board of Professional Psychology with a specialty in Couples and Family Counseling and the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.

Sarah Sarubbi, Psy.D.

Dr. Sarah Sarubbi received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2012. She completed her APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at the James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, Illinois, where she worked with Veterans and Active Duty Navy in inpatient, outpatient, and residential treatment settings. Following her internship, Dr. Sarubbi was hired by the Loma Linda VA Medical Center in Loma Linda, California as a Staff Psychologist in Primary Care. Dr. Sarubbi has also worked as an outpatient psychologist on the Island of Guam, where she worked with Veterans on Guam, Saipan, and other neighboring Pacific Islands.

Dr. Sarubbi has devoted her career to working with Veterans, Active Duty, and their families. She specializes in providing structured, goal-oriented, evidence-based psychotherapies for the treatment of PTSD, generalized anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, insomnia, nightmares, substance use, chronic pain, coping with chronic health conditions, grief, and personality disorders. Dr. Sarubbi has nearly a decade of experience in providing Dialectical Behavior Therapy for patients with complex trauma and personality disorders. She has a passion for helping patients improve overall psychological flexibility and emotional health and wellness using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and mindfulness-based interventions. Dr. Sarubbi has experience with clinical supervision of practicum, pre-doctoral, and post-doctoral fellows. She has also presented clinical training on the subjects of motivational interviewing, insomnia, stress management, and acceptance and commitment therapy.

Diane Lee, Psy.D.

Dr. Diane Lee earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Florida School of Professional Psychology in Tampa, FL. She specializes in psychological testing and has experience with both children and adults. A specific area of interest is assessment for autism disorder. She also has experience in providing psychological testing to assess cognitive and achievement abilities, learning disorders, mood, and behavioral disorders. Dr. Lee is a Navy veteran who has a strong interest in meeting the needs of the veteran community.

Sara Brame, Ph.D.

Dr. Sara N. Brame received her doctoral degree in School Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2022. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at CCNC in July 2021. Dr. Brame previously completed a master’s degree in School Counseling in 2017 and maintained certification as a nationally certified counselor (NCC) from 2017-2022. Her training emphasized solution-focused, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, and person-centered techniques. Throughout her graduate studies, she gained experience conducting psychological assessments in both school and private practice settings. Her psychological assessment experience includes assessment of: cognitive abilities, learning disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, and mood and behavioral disorders. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults.

During her graduate training, Dr. Brame served as a teaching assistant, as well as supervising peer tutors and undergraduate learning assistants while working as a graduate assistant. She also assisted in revising a curriculum covering Traumatic Brain Injury assessment and intervention for school psychologists in the state. As a native of eastern North Carolina, Dr. Brame has a passion for providing mental health services to underserved regions of the state.