Meet the CAPS Staff

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CAPS Counseling Staff

The UHS CAPS 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

Assistant Director, Hospital/High-Risk Team

Chair, University Health Services Transgender Care Team

Interests: Transgender Care Team, LGBTQ+ identity development, gender and transgender identities, non-binary identities/exploration, first-generation students, and post-hospital care.


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

Wellness Coordinator

Multicultural Community Center & bridges

Interests: Transgender Care Team, multicultural psychology, feminist therapy, LGBTQ identity development, Latinx and communities of color, kink, and polyamorous relationships.


Jeanine Baillie, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

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Interests: First-generation college students, international students, student-athletes, multicultural counseling, underserved and marginalized populations, trans and queer students, LGBTQ+ populations, intersecting identities, and students struggling with a variety of intersecting identity-related questions or concerns.

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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

Sasha Blum, PsyD

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: Transgender Care Team, couples counseling, conflict resolution, relationship challenges, cognitive-behavioral approaches to reducing anxiety, brief psychodynamic psychotherapy, LGBTQ+ stressors, strategies for managing ADHD, mental health law, coping with a loved one's mental illness, and self-esteem/body image.

Kin Ming Chan, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Interests: Cross-cultural concerns, multicultural counseling, international student adjustment issues, Asian student identity development, mindfulness, and self-compassion.

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

CE Program Coordinator 

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, ABPP

Licensed Psychologist

Interim Director, Counseling and Psychological Services

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

Rosanna Franklin

Rosanna Franklin, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

Interests: Anxiety, depression, major life transitions, general overwhelm and stress, relationship and family issues, grief/loss. Approach is interactive, strength-based, utilizing mindfulness, CBT, and psychodynamic based interventions.

Matt Goodman, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Assistant Director Quality Assurance and Research

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

Carrie Guthrie, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Clinical Director

Interests: Family and relationships, transfer students, transitions and adjustment, mental illness early intervention and recovery, the impact of mental illness on the family, family of origin issues, LGBTQ+ issues, and student parents.

Kate Hellenga psychologist

Kate Hellenga, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Interests: Resiliency and identity in the context of marginalization (e.g. LGBTQ+ people, communities of color, unhoused people, low-income students, formerly incarcerated people), complex trauma, depression, social anxiety, substance use, and harm reduction.

Amy Honigman, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Graduate Assembly Counselor

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

Geneé Jackson, PhD, BHC

Licensed Psychologist

Jai Jones social worker

Amber Jaiza Jones, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Interests: Feminist relational, multicultural, and brief dynamic approaches to mental health, intersectional identity development, working with underserved populations (Black/African American students/communities of color, queer and trans students of color, first-generation, low-income, and LGBTQIA+ students), family of origin concerns, grief/loss, spirituality, and social trauma (discrimination/micro/macroaggression).
Jennifer Khaw

Jennifer Khaw, LMFT

Interests: LGBTQ+ identity development, phase of life issues, crisis intervention, assessment and treatment planning, trauma, depression, anxiety, severe and persistent mental illness, clinical supervision, multi-disciplinary mental health care, co-occurring disorders, harm reduction, and re-entry.

Holly Landsbaum, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Post-MSW Fellowship Coordinator

Interests: Collaborative approaches to understanding one's unique life experiences in the context of multicultural and intersectional identities, person-in-environment considerations with a social-justice lens, anxiety, depression, adjustments and transitions, grief and loss, family issues, integration of therapeutic approaches including mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral modalities (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy/DBT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy/ACT), contemporary relational psychodynamic psychotherapy, harm reduction and clinical social work training.


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.

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

Additional Languages: Spanish

Gina Midili, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Interests: Sports psychology/student-athletes, transitions/adjustments, learning disabilities, students in crisis, LGBTQ identity development, cognitive and behavioral interventions, dissertation support, career counseling, transfer students.

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.

Veronica Orozco

Veronica Orozco, PhD

Licensed Psychologist 

Satellite Office Coordinator

Interests: Resilience of Latina/o and first-generation students, 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.

Diane Pena

Diana Peña, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Undocumented Student Program Counselor

Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence Counselor

Interests: Immigrant and undocumented student mental health, QTPOC-affirmative therapy, spirituality, Latinx family health, grief and loss, chronic health conditions, mindfulness-based stress reduction.

Additional LanguagesSpanish 

Jennifer Rooney psychologist

Jennifer Rooney, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

Interests: Trauma treatment, treatment informed by neuroscience, first-generation college students, sexuality, questioning, and gender spectrum students, substance use, care for caregivers, thought disorders, and young adults and psychosis.

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.

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

Doctoral Psychology Interns

Sonia Amin

Sonia Amin, MA

Western Michigan University

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

Kiet Huynh

Kiet Huynh, MA

University of Miami

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.

Daniel Meza

Danny Meza, MA

University of California, Santa Barbara

Interests: Multicultural psychology and psychotherapy, ethnic identity development and exploration, counseling for marginalized and oppressed communities, psychodynamic and relational therapies, and alcohol and drug use among college students.

Postdoctoral Psychology Fellows

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Derrick Bines, PhD

University of Oregon

Interests: Multicultural counseling, identity development, African American/Black mental health, first-generation and low-income students, anxiety and stress management, academic and career development, discrimination, self-esteem, adjustment/transition, men's concerns, and mental health stigma. 

Liz Crockett-Chaney postdoc

Elizabeth Crockett-Chaney, PsyD

University of San Francisco

Interests: multicultural counseling, intersectional identities, African American mental health and resilience, LGBTQ+ identity development, family of origin concerns, first-generation student experiences, undocumented students, mindfulness, self-compassion, existential/spiritual concerns, complex trauma, attachment, relational psychodynamic therapy, couples therapy, and anxiety.


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Elizabeth Kusin, PsyD

The Wright Institute

Specializes in adjustment, anxiety and panic, values clarification, multicultural identity development, communication, relationship concerns, trauma. Special interest in working with caregivers (peer counselors, parents, etc) and first-generation students. Collaborative approach that focuses on strengths, cultivates self-compassion and mindfulness, and utilizes cognitive-behavioral interventions.

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Helen Youngju Kim, MA

New Mexico State University

Interests: Brief trauma-informed care for diverse traumas, intergenerational resilience in our families and communities, anti-colonial feminisms, ethnocultural ways of healing, emotional learning, mind-body-heart connectedness, balance and sustainability in work and life, spirituality, body image, and working with intersectional and underserved students. 

2nd Year Post-MSW Clinical Social Work Fellows

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Paola Arroyo, MSW

University of Michigan

Interests: Multicultural counseling, Latinx/Chicanx, immigrant and undocumented students’ mental health, underserved populations (students of color, first-generation college students), identity development, adjustment and transitions, body image and disordered eating concerns, trauma-informed care, sexual violence and assault, relationship concerns, family of origin, grief and loss.

Additional Languages: Spanish

1st Year Post-MSW Clinical Social Work Fellows

Andrea Godinez

Andrea Godinez, AM

University of Chicago

Interests: Emotional awareness, empowerment, resilience, healing, relationships and intimacy, sexual health, anxiety, depression, intimate partner violence, loss and grief, trauma, transition and adjustment, career development, multicultural identities, underserved populations (students of color, first-generation college students), LatinX, international students, immigrant & next generations, refugee, and transfer students.

Additional Languages: Spanish

Lisa Quach

Lisa Quach, MSW

Columbia University

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. 


Molly Anderson, NP      

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

Mark Choa, MD

Interests: Collaborating with students in considering or managing meds while also supporting personal growth and healthy life habits (sleep, exercise, nutrition, nature, creativity and artistic expression, social connections), working with students who hear voices or have other unusual experiences, working with students of color and LGBTQ+ individuals, mixed race/multiracial identity development, supporting resilience and recovery from trauma, psychoanalytic therapy, parenthood. 

Ron Elson, MD

Interests: Integrating psychodynamic, interpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral areas when considering medication, anxiety and depression, the 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

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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.

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.

Michael Wymes, MD

Michael Wymes, MD

Interests: Helping transition-aged youth and young adults leverage the four essentials — nutrition, activity, sleep, and social connections — for optimal mental health in order to minimize the use of medications, and for some, appropriately transition off of them. Mood disorders, trauma, autism and developmental issues.

CAPS Administrative Staff

Nancy Aguilar

Nancy Aguilar

Administrative Assistant

Additional Languages: Spanish

Anita Botello Santoyo

Anita Botello Santoyo

Administrative Assistant

Additional Languages: Spanish

Charmaine Harris

Administrative Assistant

Valerie Luluquisen

Administrative Assistant


Lalita Magaro

Mental Health Scheduling Coordinator

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Katie McCrory

Administrative Assistant

Michele Swide

Administrative Assistant
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JoAnn Torres

Business & Operations Manager

Career Counseling Library Staff

Chris Garcia, BS

Administrative Lead

Kate Zuby

Kate Zuby, MS

Career Counseling Outreach Coordinator

Career Counseling Interns

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Sofia Johnston, BA

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Shelby Milgrom, BA

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Pratima Pathania, BS, MS

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Jessica Pourhassanian, BA