Who We Are

Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) provides brief counseling to students with personal, academic and career concerns. Professional counselors can meet with students to talk about a number of concerns such as: adjusting to school, deciding on a career or major, dealing with family or relationship issues, coping with personal crises.

Susan Bell, Ph.D.
Assistant Director

Susan Bell is the CPS manager of campus outreach and the program director for the SAMHSA grant. Susan is a licensed psychologist who grew up on the East Coast but landed in California as a student intern over 17 years ago. She is committed to student issues and to finding ways to support students who might be wary of counseling or not able to access services in traditional ways.

"As an undergraduate, I found it impossible to ask for help and didn’t even know that there was a counseling center on my campus.  So much of the work I do now is to help students talk about stress, to destigmatize mental health and to address the barriers to seeking help." When away from work, Susan enjoys eating, gardening, spending time with family, and training her out of control cat.

Cathy Kodama
Paige A. Lee, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinicial Psychologist

I love Berkeley! I've been on campus since I was 15 years old, taking courses as a Professional Development Program student and then as an undergraduate majoring in Psychology. After being a student at Cal and working as a staff member for the last 23 years in my various roles as a College Adviser in the College of Letters and Science and as a psychologist in Counseling and Psychological Services, I understand the unique pressures that API students endure while trying to attain a first rate education at a large, public institution.

I remember my own experiences as a student when I felt the pressure to study in the sciences and to become a doctor. After many lackluster grades in the pre-med requirements, I finally hit a brick wall and had to face the disappointment, shame and embarrassment of telling my family and friends that I was giving up the sciences. It was a difficult time for me because I had lost my self-confidence and wondered if I was Berkeley’s one mistake. Luckily while exploring the humanities and social sciences, I discovered Psychology. I had finally found my own strengths and niche at Cal and felt like I truly deserved to be here.

Although there were many struggles and challenges along the way, I felt I had grown as a person and had become much stronger. Coming to Berkeley marked a turning point in my life and Cal has become a huge part of my identity which is probably why I never left. My hope for other API students is that their time at Cal is just as memorable and life transforming as it has been for me!


Health Promotion

The Health Promotion Unit at University Health Services coordinates a wide range of educational and outreach activities to promote the health and well-being of Cal students, including academic health courses, individual appointments, workshops, volunteer and internship opportunities, and consultation and training.

Cathy Kodama
Cathy Kodama

Hi! I'm Cathy Kodama: baby boomer, Cal alum, health educator, and firm believer in health, happiness, equality, and social action. I'm a third-generation Japanese-American, with all the cultural richness and assimilation experiences that come along with that.

I came to campus as an open-minded but (mostly) inexperienced freshman in 1973. Being in, and at, Berkeley was a life-changing experience that I am still experiencing. I was pre-law, but in my sophomore year fell into being a peer educator in women's health, and never looked back. I had my first full-time job at University Health Services in Medical Records. From there I hopscotched to the Health Education unit, to graduate school in Public Health, to various community volunteer projects, and back to Health Education, now called Health Promotion, Tang Center, Berkeley, USA.

My passionate interests are: 1) the role of drugs in society, 2) sexuality and relationships, and 3) some TV shows. My particular abilities tend to be daydreaming (in the professional world we call it "visioning") and administrative work. I love talking about life with Cal students, whose perspectives are so enlightening and inspiring.


Campus Partners

Asian American Pacific Islander Student Development

The Asian Pacific American Student Development (APASD) office serves the changing needs of Asian Pacific American (APA) students on the UC Berkeley campus. The APASD office provides programs and supports activities that further the educational goals of the APA students and enhance their opportunities for academic success.