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.

JeanineJeannie 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, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist 

Yu Bi, 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." 

 Tuesdays 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Fridays 10 am to 12 pm at Rm B52 of Hildebrand Hall.

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.

Nadia Damani-Khoja, MBA, MA, LMFTNadia Damani-Khoja, MBA, MA, LMFT

Interests: American Muslim mental health and racial/ethnic identity formation, acculturation issues, immigrant/refugee/undocumented struggles, international students, relationships/couples, and multicultural counseling. 

Additional Languages: Urdu, Hindi, and Gujarati

DROP-IN HOURS: Monday 3:30-5:00 pm 150 Chavez.

Yi Du, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist 

Yi Du is a staff psychologist at CPS. She earned her PhD in counseling psychology at Iowa State University and completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship at CPS. 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

Kin Ming Chan, PhD

I am Chinese and from Hong Kong. As a psychologist, my 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

Esther Lee, PsyDEsther Lee, Psy.D.

Interests: Identity development and exploration, multicultural well-being, international students, parent students, veteran students, adjustment issues, and relationship and intimacy issues.

Additional Languages: Korean

DROP-IN HOURS: Monday 10:00 to 11:00 am 150 Chavez.

Jeff Lee, LCSW

Jeff Lee, LCSW

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


DROP-IN HOURS: Spring 2018 -Thursdays 4-6pm at Rm 249 (Asian Pacific American Student Development) of César Chávez Center

Paige A. Lee, PhD


Licensed Clinical Psychologist 

After being a student at Cal and working as a staff member for the last 30 plus 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. It is my hope that I can help humanize the counseling experience and be of support to those students who may have encountered the same struggles and challenges that I had faced when I was a student at Cal.

Kusha Murarka, PsyDKusha Murarka, PsyD 

Kusha is 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 Illinoise 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.

Alyssa Panyawai, LCSWAlyssa Panyawai

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 PenaDiana Pena, PhD

Specialty: Immigrant and undocumented student mental health; queer students of color; spirituality

DROP-IN HOURS: For Undocumented Students in 119 Chavez, Tuesdays from 1-3pm

Karen Lee Tsugawa, LMFT

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 CPS 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.

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.

Kathy Kodama

Director Cathy Kodama

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.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.

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.