Who We Are

Counselors specializing in work with Asian and Pacific Islander Students

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) aims to provide cultural sensitive services to underserved population.

To make appointments with the counselors, please call (510) 642-9494. Some counselors provide drop-in counseling,  see the information below.

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Sonia Amin

Sonia Amin, MA

Doctoral Psychology Intern

Approach: Culturally-sensitive and adaptive lens to psychodynamic, interpersonal process, and relational approaches to support diverse client needs. Interests: Trauma, non-suicidal self injury (NSSI), grief, adjustment and transitional processes, anxiety and mood disorders, relaxation/stress reduction/self-compassion/sleep, bicultural identity conflicts, intersecting identities (e.g. race, gender, sexuality, class), racial and sexual identity development, South Asian/AAPI mental health and stigma, international students, undocumented students, marginalized racial minority students, and students who have been incarcerated/family members who have been incarcerated.  

Additional Languages: Gujarati, Hindi

Jeanine

Jeannie Baillie, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist 

Jeanine Baillie identifies as multiracial, queer, and is originally from Trinidad and Tobago.  Jeanine immigrated to the United States to attend Brown University where she earned her BA in psychology, and then went on to earn her doctorate in clinical psychology at William James College in Massachusetts.  Jeanine has interest and experience providing multicultural counseling for diverse populations, including working with Asian and Asian American students on a variety of academic, mental health, identity, relationship and family questions or concerns. 
Yu Bi, psychologist

Yu Bi, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist 

I grew up in China and have lived in the US for nine years. The experiences of living and studying in both countries have helped me understand about cultural identity, cultural basis, internalized expectation, and stereotype. I love Berkeley and has been working as a psychologist at Cal for four years. Through this experience, I have gained much understanding about the unique challenges faced by API students and their strength. I am always passionate about working Cal students about depression, anxiety, academic adjustment and cultural identity exploration." 

Additional Languages: Mandarin

DROP-IN HOURS: Tuesdays 2-4pm, Fridays 10am-12pm, B40/40A Hildebrand Hall

Kin Ming Chan, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist 

Kin is Chinese and from Hong Kong. As a psychologist, his clinical interests include working with college student development issues, multicultural identities concerns, Asian cultural and family dynamics, queer issues, unconditional self-love, mindfulness, and self-compassion.

Additional Languages: Cantonese

Christine Chih-Ting Chang, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist 

Before coming to Cal, I completed my predoctoral training at Stanford University’s Counseling and Psychological Services, received my doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University Chicago, and my master’s degree from Harvard University. My professional interests include short-term psychodynamic therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and issues related to grief, loss, and trauma. I particularly enjoy working with immigrants, refugees, and international students. As an immigrant myself, I am always fascinated by the identity formation process. It humbles me to witness the challenge and foster the resilience of the API community.

Additional Languages: Mandarin

Yi Du, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist 

Yi Du is a staff psychologist at CAPS. She earned her PhD in counseling psychology at Iowa State University and completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship at CAPS. At UC Berkeley, she provides individual therapy, group therapy, supervision, and outreach to a diverse student body. Her clinical interests include multicultural counseling, college adjustment, and identity development, depression/anxiety, relationship concerns, emotional awareness, disordered eating and body image, career exploration, and psychological assessments.

Additional Languages: Mandarin

Tiffany Lin

Tiffany Hsiang Lin, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Interests: Complex trauma, sexual/intimate partner violence, social justice, LGBTQIA+ issues, multicultural and intersectional counseling, identity development, empowerment, and resilience.

DROP-IN HOURS: Tuesdays, 1:15-2pm, 150 Chávez

Kiet Huynh

Kiet Huynh, MA

Doctoral Psychology Intern

Interests: LGBTQIA+ topics (self-acceptance, coming out, finding community), students of color, first-generation students, coping with discrimination/stigma/prejudice, multicultural counseling, group counseling, and mindfulness and meditation.

Jeff Lee, LCSW

Jeff Lee, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker 

 

Jeff grew up in the Bay Area and is a 5th generation Asian American.  He comes from a background in community mental health and has worked with the API community at a non-profit that focused on sexual health. His clinical interests include anxiety, holistic wellness, adjustments/transition, identity development, and sports psychology.

DROP-IN HOURSThursdays 4-6pm, 249 Chávez (Asian Pacific American Student Development)

Paige Lee, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist 

After being a student at Cal and working as a staff member for the last 30 plus years in various roles as a College Adviser in the College of Letters and Science and as a psychologist in Counseling and Psychological Services, Paige understands the unique pressures that API students endure while trying to attain a first-rate education at a large, public institution. It is her hope that she can help humanize the counseling experience and be of support to those students who may have encountered the same struggles and challenges that she had faced when she was a student at Cal.

Karen Lee Tsugawa, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Karen Lee Tsugawa is originally from Hong Kong and grew up in Southern California. She graduated from UCLA with a major in Psychology and minor in Applied Developmental Psychology and then moved to Chicago to complete her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Northwestern University. Karen currently sees individuals and couples for counseling at CAPS and enjoys working with the diverse student population at UC Berkeley including work Asian/Asian American students, mental health concerns, cultural identity development, and family and relationship concerns.

Cynthia Medina, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Interests: Integration of mindfulness, meditation, and cognitive-behavioral interventions for reducing depression and anxiety, family of origin issues, attachment, relationship concerns, career development, Latina/o mental health and academic persistence, multicultural identity development, sports psychology, discrimination and microaggression, and working with underrepresented student communities (students of color, undocumented, LGBTQ, first-generation, transfer).

Additional Languages: Spanish

DROP-IN HOURS: Wednesdays, 2-4pm, 150 Chávez

Kusha Murarka, PsyD

Kusha Murarka, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Kusha is a second-generation Asian Indian and grew up in the Chicago area with immigrant parents from India. She identifies as bicultural and has special interest in cultural identity development, immigration and acculturation, depression, anxiety, family of origin issues, relationship distress, social anxiety, and suicide prevention. She attended Northwestern University for her BA in Psychology and received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She worked in Chicago and New York for a decade before settling in the Bay Area last year. She is excited to have the opportunity to work with students from diverse Asian and South Asian cultural and religious backgrounds in her new role at Cal.

DROP-IN HOURS: Fridays, 10am-12pm, 82J B Well at B North (SSWANA students) 

Alyssa Panyawai

Alyssa Panyawai, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

 

I identify as Thai/Filipino and grew up in Bangkok, Thailand. I majored in Psychology at the University of California, San Diego and received my Master of Social Work from San Diego State University. I have a special clinical interest in multicultural counseling, formerly incarcerated students, substance abuse, relationship violence, and sexual violence. I have experience working with refugees, immigrants, and first-generation students. 
Diane Pena

Diana Peña, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Interests: Immigrant and undocumented student mental health

Call (510) 664-7483 to make an appointment with the Undocumented Students Program.

Additional LanguagesSpanish 

Lisa Quach

Lisa Quach, MSW

1st Year Post-MSW Clinical Social Work Fellow

Interests: Trauma counseling, couples and family counseling, alcohol and other drugs counseling, Intimate partner violence and sexual assault intervention, sexual health risk reduction, navigating intersectional identities and intergenerational healing.
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Helen Youngju Kim, MA

Postdoctoral Psychology Fellow

Helen received her BA in International Studies/Political Science from UC San Diego and her MA in Clinical Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. She's working on PhD in Counseling Psychology from New Mexico State University.

She has a special clinical interest in brief trauma-informed care, relational/mindfulness/acceptance-based interventions, emotional learning, intergenerational family relationships, migration stories, diverse traumas, intersectional identities, anti-colonial feminism, ethnocultural ways of knowing, work/life/health balance, mental health stigma, spirituality/faith, loss/grief/chronic illness, body image, Asian Pacific American and marginalized mental health/identities, transnational student experiences, transfer and re-entry students, and LGBTQIA allying.

Christine Zhou, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Interests: Multicultural counseling, working with underserved/marginalized populations, working with science and engineering/international students, Asian/Asian American students, and training and supervision of counselors internationally.

Additional Languages: Mandarin

DROP-IN HOURS: 241 Bechtel, for non-urgent concerns and engineering students only.

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.

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Kathy Kodama

Cathy Kodama, MPH

Director

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. I'm a 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.

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.