Meet the Staff

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CPS Counseling Staff

The UHS CPS Counseling staff is a multicultural group of professional counselors and psychiatrists. Counselors include psychologists, social workers, and advanced-level trainees. We try to accommodate students’ preferences regarding counseling gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.

Laura Alie

Laura Alie, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

Interim Hospitalization Coordinator

Interests: LGB identity development, gender and transgender identities, first generation college students, multicultural counseling, and career development.

Adisa Anderson, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Interests: African American mental health and racial identity development, multicultural counseling/supervision issues, men’s concerns, underrepresented populations (students of color, first generation college students), alcohol and drug use, intimate relationships, spirituality, trauma, discrimination, adjustment/transition issues, academics, career development, anxiety, depression, holistic well-being, musical arts and healing, group counseling, outreach/consultation, the integration of cognitive-behavioral-interpersonal, and mindfulness/acceptance-based interventions.
Elizabeth Aranda, PhD

Elizabeth Aranda, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Interests: Multicultural psychology, feminist therapy, identity development, LGBTQ identity development relationships/couples, and first-generation students.

Jeanine Baillie, PhyD

Licensed Psychologist

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Interests: Multicultural counseling, underserved and marginalized student populations, international students, student athletes, LGBTQ+ populations, and students struggling with a variety of intersecting identity related questions or concerns.
Assistant Director Susan Bell

Susan Bell, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Assistant Director, Outreach and Consultation Services

Interests: Suicide prevention, post-traumatic reactions, graduate student issues, integration of psychodynamic, interpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral interventions.
Yu Bi, psychologist

Yu Bi, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

College of Chemistry Counselor

Interests: Anxiety and depression, international and Asian-American students, emotional crises.

Additional Languages: Mandarin

Sasha Blum, PhD

Licensed Psychologist
Interests: Low income and first generation college students, underrepresented student populations, sexual trauma, eating disorders, substance abuse, and career development.

Don Capone, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

Haas School of Business Counselor

Interests: Cognitive-behavioral approaches to reducing anxiety, brief psychodynamic psychotherapy, LGBTQ stressors and relationship challenges, coping with a loved one's mental illness, strategies for managing ADHD, mental health law, couples counseling and conflict resolution.

Kin Ming Chan, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Interests: Multicultural counseling, international student adjustment issues, Asian student identity development, LGBTQ issues, spirituality and mindfulness, holistic well-being.

Additional Languages: Cantonese

Christine Chih-Ting Chang, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Interests: Multicultural identities, immigrant, refugee, and international students, loss and grief, trauma, transition and adjustment, relationship and intimacy issues, and couples therapy. 

Additional Languages: Mandarin Chinese

Richard Chiovarelli, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist
Interests: Anxiety, life transitions, multicultural issues, family conflict, relationship issues, couples therapy, and fulfilling one's academic/career potential.
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Aaron Cohen, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Residential Life Counselor

Interests: Residential life, adjustment and transition issues, psychological first aid, psychiatric disabilities, learning disabilities, and outreach and consultation.

Claytie Davis III, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Training Director

Interests: Multicultural counseling, supervision issues, black racial identity and mental health/academic performance, career and life development coaching, and ethics.

Yi Du, PhD 

Licensed Psychologist

Interests: Multicultural counseling, college adjustment and identity development, depression and anxiety, relationship concerns, emotional awareness, disordered eating and body image, career exploration, and psychological assessments. 

Additional Languages: Mandarin

Tova Feldmanstern, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Interests: First generation college students, LGBTQ+ populations, addressing trauma, systematic oppression, substance-related issues.

Matt Goodman, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Quality Assurance and Research Manager

Interests: Men & masculinity, experiential/dynamic psychotherapy, grief and loss, and spirituality.

Amy Honigman, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Center for Environmental Design Counselor

Interests: Transitions, graduate student issues, anxiety, mindfulness and meditation, stress, wellness and resilience, diversity and belonging, and being an LGBTQ ally.

Carrie Guthrie, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Interim Clinical Director

Interests: Mental illness early intervention and recovery, impact of mental illness on family, LGBTQ issues, family of origin issues, and transition and adjustment.

Holly Landsbaum, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I work collaboratively to help you understand your unique life experiences in the context of your background and multicultural identities. I enjoy helping students with a broad range of concerns including academic, relationship, family, anxiety, depression, trauma, being successful while living with a serious and persistent mental illness, and coping with crises. I practice interactive and supportive counseling to help you meet academic and life goals. 

Jeff Lee, LCSW

Jeff Lee, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Interests: anxiety, depression, underserved populations, and transitions.

Paige Lee, PhD

Licensed Psychologist
Interests: Cross-cultural counseling, academic, career, student development, family of origin issues, alcohol and drug use, and crisis intervention.

Karen Lee Tsugawa, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist 

Interests: Mental health, college adjustment, transitions, relationship issues, family dynamics, multicultural identities, and Asian/Asian American identity development. 

Chris McLean, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Assistant Director, Career and Academic Programs

Interests: Family of origin issues, career development, sports psychology, and cognitive-behavioral treatment of depression and anxiety.
Kusha Murarka, PsyD

Kusha Murarka, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

Interests: Multicultural counseling, inclusion, identity development, family of origin, relationship and interpersonal concerns, South Asian mental health, immigrant families, low socioeconomic backgrounds, depression, suicide prevention, social anxiety, alcohol abuse, group therapy, wellness, balance, and graduate student life.

Cynthia Medina, PhD

Licensed 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, dicrimination and microaggression, and working with underrepresented student communities (students of color, undocumented, LGBTQ, first generation, transfer).

Additional Languages: Spanish

Veronica Orozco

Veronica Orozco, PhD

Licensed Psychologist 

Satellite Office Coordinator

Interests: Resilience of Latina/o and first generation studenets, low income, underrepresented, and undocumented students, adjustment issues, anxiety, depression, career development, loss and grief, relationship concerns, family of origin issues, and being an LGBTQ ally.

Additional Languages: Spanish

Alyssa Panyawai

Alyssa Panyawai, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker 

Interests: Multicultural counseling, formerly incarcerated students, substance abuse, relationship violence, and sexual violence.

Additional Languages: Thai and Spanish 

Diane Pena

Diana Peña, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Undocumented Students Program

Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence Counselor

Interests: LGBTQ affirmative therapy, immigrant and undocumented student mental health, queer students of color, spirituality, Latino/a family health, grief and loss, adjustment, career development, and sports psychology.

Jeffrey Prince, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Counseling and Psychological Services Executive Director

International Institute Director

Interests: Campus mental health administration, career development, lesbian/gay/bisexual issues, and psychological assessment.

Gloria Saito, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Counseling and Psychological Services Interim Director

Interests: Multicultural counseling, identity and lifespan development, integration of cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic and systems approaches to counseling, transgender care, social justice issues.

John Sauvé, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

Assistant Director, 
Manager of Groups & Bowditch Office

Interests: Graduate students, first generation college students, men's issues, LGBTQ issues, managing depression, coping with transitions, group counseling, and multimodal therapy.

Samuel C. Tourek, PhD

Licensed Psychologist
Interests: Working with student athletes, mindfulness meditation, men’s issues, existential psychotherapy, multicultural competence in counseling, attachment, and brief/accelerated and experiential psychodynamic psychotherapies.

Jung Yi, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

International House Counselor

Interests: Strength-based approach to short-term counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, and ADHD coaching.

Additional Languages: Korean

Linda Zaruba, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Boalt Law School Counselor

Interests: Depression and anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, psychological consequences of reproductive events in women's lives, and eating disorders.

Christine Zhou, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

College of Engineering Counselor

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

Postdoctoral Psychology Fellows


Germán A. Cadenas, PhD

Arizona State University

Interests: Multicultural counseling, immigrant and undocumented students, Latinx students, students of color, student activism and leadership, career counseling, couples and relationships, sexual trauma, and graduate students. 

Additional Languages: Spanish

Antonio Cantu, Psy.D.

Antonio Cantu, PsyD

The Wright Institute

Interests: Multicultural counseling, Latinx students, first generation students, athletes, students of color, LGBTQ+ identifies, queer students of color, relationship concerns, depression and anxiety, mindfulness, polyamorous/non-monagamous relationships, and sex positivity.

Alexander Lapinski, Psy.D., MSW

Alexander Lapinski, PsyD, MSW

The Wright Institute

Interests: Multicultural counseling, racial/ethnic identity development, working with undocumented students, LGBTQIQA+ identity development, relationship concerns, interracial couples, grief/loss, adult children of personality disordered parents, interpersonal therapy, psychodynamic approaches to therapy, and AEDP. 

Esther Lee, Psy.D.

Esther Lee, PsyD

Pepperdine University

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

Additional Languages: Korean

Elisa Vasvquez

Elisa Vasquez, PhD 

University of California, Santa Barbara

Interests: Multicultural counseling, Latinx identity development, LGBTQ+ identities, queer people of color, relationship concerns, grief and loss, and adjustment issues

Doctoral Psychology Interns

Nadia Damani-Khoja, MBA, MA, LMFT

Nadia Damani-Khoja, MBA, MA, LMFT

University of Houston

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

Eric Garcia M.S.

Eric Garcia, MS 

University of Oregon

Interests: Multicultural counseling, trauma, men’s concerns, career counseling, underrepresented student groups (students of color, undocumented, LGBTQ+, first generation, and transfer students), and integration of interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness-based interventions.

Additional Languages: Spanish

Nasreen Shah, M.A.

Nasreen Shah, MA

Washington State University

Interests: Muslim mental health and identity development, anxiety disorders, interpersonal relationships, multicultural counseling, spirituality and religion, adjustment and transition issues, career counseling, and family and couples counseling.

Social Work Fellows

Nabilah Khan, MSW

Nabilah Khan, MSW

Columbia University

Interests: Multicultural and social justice oriented counseling, underserved and marginalized student populations, trauma informed care, sexual violence and assault, family of origin, attachment, and relationship concerns, grief and loss, mindfulness, and self-care.
Nicole Kallas, MA

Nicole Kallas, MA

Saint Mary's College of California

Post-Master's MFT Fellow

Interests: Working with college students during transitional periods, career, and family systems.

McKenna Zerfas, MSW

Loyola University, Chicago

Second Year Fellow

Interests: Identity exploration and development, anxiety and depression, trauma, first generation college students, immigrant and refugee students, feminist and multicultural perspectives, families of origin, and mindfulness.


Molly Anderson, NP      

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Interests: Anxiety, depressive, death and dying, and somatic disorders. 

Mark Choa, MD

Interests: Young adult mental health, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, cultural factors affecting mental health and illness, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Ron Elson, MD

Interests: Integrating psychodynamic, interpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral areas when considering medication, anxiety and depression, importance of emotions in considering medication, meditation/mindfulness, art, writing and issues related to creativity, normative life and developmental issues --particularly in relation to academic work, and graduate student issues.

Veronica Lopez

Veronica Lopez, MSN, NP

Interests: Underrepresented student populations, psychosis, attenuated psychosis, ultra-high risk for psychosis, trauma, crisis intervention, the intersection between psychiatry and culture/spirituality, and the first onset of mental health concerns.

Additional Languages: Spanish

Maria Cristina Mendoza, MD

Interests: Phase of life and role transitions, cross- and multicultural issues in mental health, neuropsychiatry and neurocognitive disorders, integrative psychiatry, anxiety and mood disorders, trauma recovery, Jungian and psychodynamic schools of psychotherapy, interpersonal and social rhythm therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Aurora Ortiz, NP

Interests: Complex trauma, Latino/a mental health, immigrant mental health, and integrative medicine.

Kristine Panik, MD

Chief of Psychiatry

Interests: Holistic approaches for cultivating psychological wellness, incorporating mindfulness and meditation practices within treatment framework, transitioning off psychiatric medications, and autism and other developmental issues.

Karl Smart

Karl Smart, NP 

Interests: Chronic and acute comorbid medical illness, complex trauma, mindfulness, activity, and nature for wellness, multicultural awareness, personal development and identity formation, substance use, and family issues.

Sharon Smart, MD

Interests: The treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, mood disorders and psychosis, insomnia management and the interactions between sleep and mental health. 

Brandon Vance

Brandon Vance, MD

Interests: Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy, integrative medicine, cross-cultural and trans-cultural psychiatry, Accelerated Response Therapy, and hypnotherapy.

CPS Administrative Staff

Nancy Aguilar

Nancy Aguilar

Administrative Assistant

Jennifer Corcoran

Mental Health Records Coordinator

Charmaine Harris

Administrative Assistant

Valerie Luluquisen

Administrative Assistant

Lalita Magaro

Mental Health Scheduling Coordinator

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Katie Morasco

Administrative Assistant

Michele Swide

Administrative Assistant

JoAnn Torres

Business & Operations Manager

Career Counseling Library Staff

Chris Garcia, BS

Administrative Assistant

Career Counseling Interns

Jasmine Karmariotis

Jasmine Karmariotis

San Francisco State University, College & Career specializations

Interests: Career development for first-generation and underrepresented college students, and biracial/multiracial identity development.

Tiara Liquido

Tiara Liquido, MA

Wright Institute, Clinical Psychology 


Interests: Eating disorders, drug addiction, and mindfulness.

Caroline Leon Williams

Caroline Leon Williams

San Francisco State University, MFT & College specializations


Nan Zhao

Nan Zhao

University of San Francisco, MFT specialization

Interests: Career counseling, depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship issues.