Meet the CAPS Staff

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

Co-Chair, University Health Service's Transgender Care Team

Laura Alie (she/they) joined the UHS CAPS team in 2012 as a postdoctoral fellow and was hired as a staff psychologist in 2013. Laura received a BS in psychology from Texas Woman’s University, where she was an intercollegiate athlete, and a doctorate in psychology from John F. Kennedy University. Laura serves as co-chair of the University Health Service’s Transgender Care Team and lead for the 10 campus UC-wide Transgender/Gender Diverse (TGD) Consultation Team. In 2018 Laura received the Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award at UC Berkeley for her work with queer and TGD communities on campus. In 2019 Laura joined the CAPS management team as the Assistant Director of High-Risk & Post Hospital Treatment Programs.  Since 2007 Laura has served in multiple roles on the Executive Board for the American Psychological Association’s Division 44 (LGBTQ+ Psychology.)

Prior to becoming a psychologist Laura had a fulfilling career as an organic farmer. Laura still enjoys growing fruits and vegetables in their backyard garden, and loves spending time with family and friends in the outdoors. Laura’s dog Charlie always comes along!

Clinical Interests: Transgender/gender diverse (TGD) identity development, multicultural identity development, post-hospitalization care, first-generation college student concerns, crisis response, and creating clinical systems that reduce barriers to 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 at Multicultural Community Center & bridges Multicultural Resource Center

Elizabeth Aranda joined the UHS CAPS team in 2015. She completed her undergraduate education at The University of Texas at Austin and her masters and PhD degrees in psychology at Texas Woman’s University. Dr. Aranda currently serves as the Wellness Coordinator for the Multicultural Community Center and bridges Multicultural Resource Center where she engages in culturally informed therapy that utilizes a holistic and decolonized lens. In 2018, Dr. Aranda received the Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award at UC Berkeley for her dedicated service to the campus community, and in 2016 and 2020 she was honored with Presidential Citation(s) from the National Latinx Psychological Association for her leadership centering sexual and gender diverse Latinx persons. In her free time she enjoys running, reading tarot cards, and creating new traditions with her wife. 

Dr. Aranda is committed to addressing healing and wellness within queer communities of color. Her clinical focuses within these communities include academic performance, anxiety, coping skills, family issues (challenges), identity development (race/ethnicity, sexuality, gender, and spiritual), “people-pleasing," relationship concerns, and stress management.


Jeanine Baillie, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

Read Jeanine's Staff Highlight

Jeanine Baillie (she/her) joined the UHS CAPS team in 2016. She received her psychology doctoral degree from William James College in Massachusetts. Jeanine has over 12 years of clinical experience serving diverse communities. Her areas of interest include: multicultural counseling, individual and group counseling, outreach & advocacy for underserved populations, multidimensional levels of healing, and justice and peacebuilding work to support the creation of more equitable and inclusive systems. Jeanine is passionate about the abilities of consciousness, and is curious about the process of growth for individual and collective realization. She enjoys gardening, dancing and spending time near the ocean.

Clinical interests: Transgender Care Team, LGBTQ+ identity development, multicultural counseling, underserved and marginalized populations, system impacted and formally incarcerated students, international students, and student-athletes. 
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Bianca Barrios, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Interests: Working with students from diverse backgrounds and identities (especially underrepresented minorities/students of color), undocumented students, first-generation college students, LGBTQ), Latinx mental health, sexual assault, grief and loss, adjustment concerns, and identity development.

Additional Languages: Spanish

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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.

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, JD

Licensed Psychologist

Haas School of Business Counselor

Don Capone (he/any), PsyD, JD, is a first-generation, queer-identified, Italian-American who grew up in NYC in a largely immigrant home. Don has lived and worked in the SF Bay Area for almost 20 years. He is a full-time staff psychologist at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business with specialized training in anxiety reduction (including mindfulness-based stress reduction), conflict resolution, and leadership wellness coaching. 

Don particularly enjoys working with students in psychology, business, and law. His counseling style is warm, curious, collaborative, culturally responsive, LGBTQI2S- affirmative, gentle but direct, humorous, and very interactive. Don is experienced in insight-oriented/dynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and solution-focused approaches. He typically customizes his supportive, engaged approach to meet student’s important needs and preferences. Don’s overall goal is always to increase student’s self-awareness, help alleviate emotional burdens, improve relationships with self and others, and enhance the quality of life so that students can realize their potential at Berkeley and beyond. Wellness and success are intertwined!

Clinical interests: 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

Kin Ming Chan, PhD, joined CAPS in 2009. He received his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. His main roles in CAPS are providing counseling services for students, offering drop-in consultations, running counseling groups, and providing supervision to training staff. He is bilingual in English and Cantonese.

Clinical interests: multicultural issues, LGBTQ issues, mindfulness, unconditional self-love, and self-empowerment. 

Additional Languages: Cantonese

Christine Chih-Ting Chang, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

International House Counselor

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.
Peter Cornish

Peter Cornish, PhD

CAPS Director

Dr. Peter Cornish is the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at UHS and an Honorary Research Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada. His clinical and research interests include online mental health, stepped care treatments, mental health service innovations, and inter-professional team functioning. 

Over the past five years, Dr. Cornish has provided consultation and on-site training on his Stepped Care 2.0 model to over 150 organizations across North America. His nonprofit company, Stepped Care Solutions, is the lead partner on Wellness Together Canada, a federal COVID-19 $70M mental health program for all peoples of Canada. Dr. Cornish is the principal investigator for a $1.14M four-year research grant aimed at digitizing and evaluating Stepped Care 2.0 across two Canadian provinces. Currently, he is collaborating with colleagues in the US and Canada on a three-book series on Stepped Care 2.0 to be published by Springer, with the first in the series available now. 

Claytie Davis III, PhD, ABPP

Licensed Psychologist

Claytie Davis III, PhD, ABPP, is a board-certified Counseling Psychologist who joined the UHS CAPS team in 1999. Claytie received his PhD in Counseling Psychology from The University of Texas, Austin. Claytie is passionate about training and has served on the board of directors for the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).  Claytie's research interests include training in supervision, application of stereotype threat theory, and ethics. He has served on the editorial boards of The Counseling Psychologist, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, and Training and Education in Professional Psychology.

Clinical 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

Clinical 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.

Denise Goitia CSW

Denise Goitia, CSW

Clinical Social Worker

Pronouns: she/her

Denise Goitia joined UHS in 2020 as a Clinical Social Worker. She was previously working for the University of Massachusetts Amherst at the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health. Denise received her BA in Anthropology from Georgetown University and her MSW from Smith College. She has a background in massage, holistic health, and herbalism. She loves supporting local farms, hiking, cooking, and riding her bike.

Clinical Interests: Trauma and resilience (EMDR trained), somatic and spiritual work, internal family systems/integrating parts work, person in community, holistic approaches including mindfulness practices, LGBTQIA+ support, anti-racism and cultural humility, international students including undocumented and refugee/asylees, couples and families, graduate students, transfer students, non-traditional aged students, feminist theory, and identity development.

Additional Languages: Spanish

Emma Gomez LCSW

Emma Gomez, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Interests: Multicultural and intersectional identity development and affirmative therapy, inter-generational trauma and resilience, trauma informed care, supporting undeserved populations (QTPOC/LGBTQIA+ folx, students of color, first-generation college students, undocumented students), anxiety and stress management, body image issues, harm reduction, and grief and loss.

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

Carrie Guthrie, LCSW, (she/her/hers) joined UHS in 2007. She completed her BA in Psychology and Anthropology at UC Berkeley and her AM in Clinical Social Work at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. After completing a post graduate fellowship at CAPS, she worked in community mental health for 7 years in San Mateo County in an outpatient adult psychiatric clinic. During that time, she completed comprehensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and post graduate study in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

Carrie returned to CAPS as the Hospital Coordinator working with students hospitalized for mental health concerns and providing general counseling services. Concurrently, Carrie worked as a foster care/adoption homestudy social worker. In 2015 she moved into a management role as the Assistant Director of Community Resource Development and High Risk Programs. Carrie transitioned to the role of Interim Clinical Director in 2017 and became the permanent Clinical Director in 2019.

When not working, Carrie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, biking, playing music, gardening, and cooking.

Clinical interests: Affect regulation, mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, young adult development, family of origin issues, relationships, multicultural counseling and intersecting identities, mindfulness, LGBTQIA+ support and identity development, mental illness early intervention and recovery, first generation students, transfer students, student parents, clinical operations and administration, clinical supervision and consultation.

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

Tiffany Hsiang Lin first joined UC Berkeley as a student, receiving her BA in Ethnic Studies and Sociology. She then went on to earn her masters degrees in Social Work at Columbia University and Social Science at University of Chicago. Tiffany returned to UC Berkeley in 2015 as the first dedicated Confidential Advocate at the PATH to Care Center and later joined Counseling and Psychological Services in 2019. Currently, Tiffany serves as the designated counselor for the CAPS satellite office at the School of Social Welfare. She's also part of the UHS Transgender Care Team. In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys knitting, cooking, jigsaw puzzles, and video/board games.

Clinical interests: trauma (EMDR trained), sexual/intimate partner violence, LGBTQ care, vicarious trauma and burnout, identity development, family systems, social justice, and multicultural/intersectional counseling.

Genee Jackson

Geneé Jackson, PhD, BHC

Licensed Psychologist

Interests: African American identified and underrepresented students, family of origin issues, trauma/PTSD (EMDR trained), relationship/interpersonal issues, behavioral health (BHC trained), chronic medical challenges, sleep issues, nutritional psychology, self-care/wellness, mindfulness meditation, indigenous healing practices, existential/spiritual concerns, personal growth and grief/loss.  
Strongly utilize systemic and integrative models.
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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).

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

Karen Lee Tsugawa, LMFT joined the CAPS team in 2008. She graduated from UCLA with a major in Psychology and minor in Applied Developmental Psychology and then received her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northwestern University in Chicago. Karen currently sees individuals and couples for counseling at CAPS and enjoys working with the diverse student population at UC Berkeley. As the CAPS Referral Coordinator, Karen also serves as a liaison to therapists and psychiatrists in the community.

Clinical 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.

Raquel Miller LCSW CAPS

Raquel Castellanos Miller, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Raquel Castellanos Miller, LCSW, worked at MarinHealth in the IOP program prior to joining UHS, and, before that, she resided in Montana for 27 years. After Raquel received her MSW from the University of Montana in 2015, she worked for 4 years at the Flathead Indian Reservation as a school social worker and in a private practice. 

Raquel enjoys hiking, outdoor activities, and has been focused on her engagement in Tibetan Buddhism for over 20 years. She’s served on the Dharmata Foundation Board of Directors in Richmond, CA and as the Development Director for Ewam Garden of 1,000 Buddhas in Montana, a project dedicated to the religious and cultural preservation of Tibetan Buddhism. She enjoys attending meditation retreats.

Additionally, Raquel founded Women Make Movies Missoula, a feminist film festival, and the Family Law Advice Clinic, a project of Montana Legal Services. She co-founded Working for Equality and Economic Liberation (WEEL), a grassroots organization addressing economic justice for low-income families, and founded the Western Region Welfare Activist Network, a twelve-state coalition of grassroots organizations focused on economic justice for low-income families. 

Raquel was an adjunct professor at the University of Montana’s School of Social Work where she served as the field supervisor for MSW candidates. Years later, she also taught MSW: Psychopathology and BSW: Interventions with Individuals and Families. Raquel was awarded the YWCA of Missoula Excellence Award for Empowerment of Women (2005) and has co-authored "Working for Equality and Economic Liberation: Advocacy and Education for Welfare Reform,” in the Affiliate Journal of Women and Social Work.

Clinical interests: Trauma-informed care, mindfulness-based therapies (ACT, DBT, MBSR, CBT), and resilience and strengths focus approach. Raquel trained in a Native American developed group process for healing generational and historical trauma (Healing Broken Hearts) and in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. She enjoy group psychotherapy and working with clients of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. 

Additional Languages: Spanish

Kusha Murarka, PsyD

Kusha Murarka, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

Kusha (she/her) is a licensed clinical psychologist who joined the UHS CAPS team in 2017 after working at Roosevelt University in Chicago for 8 years. She received her PsyD at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 2007. Kusha loves working with university students using a culturally centered and intersectional social identity lens. She has worked with university students across the US since 2005 and enjoys providing counseling, group therapy, and outreach to students as well as supervision and training to mental health professionals. She is currently the SSWANA wellness counselor providing support and advocacy for this population on campus. In her free time, she stays active indoors and outdoors with her family through cooking, singing, dancing, hiking, dining al fresca, and running after her two young sons.

Clinical interests: Multicultural counseling, inclusion, identity development, family of origin, relationship and interpersonal concerns, SSWANA 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

Diana Peña (she/they), received their PhD as a first-generation college student from the University of Oregon and joined the CAPS team in 2013. Diana coordinates the Undocumented Student Program’s mental health services at UC Berkeley, providing counseling support to undocumented students and consultation to the campus at large. 

As a queer Chicanx psychologist who applies Liberation Psychology and Social Justice frameworks to practice, their areas of focus include undocumented student resilience, LGBTQ-affirming therapy, spirituality, and somatic/body-centered healing. Diana stands on the shoulders of her Mexican immigrant parents and is committed to decolonizing mental health practices in the service of Black, Indigenous, Undocumented and POC communities.

Clinical 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 Languages: Spanish

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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.

Junichi Shimaoka

Junichi Shimaoka, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

Interests: Social/cultural/personal identity issues of all types (race/ethnicity, LGBTQIA+, immigration/national origin, ability status, etc.), Asian Pacific Islander/Desi-American communities, couples and relationship concerns, outreach/prevention/community engagement, grad students, international students, and other marginalized and underserved students.

Additional Languages: Japanese

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.
Chiyon Won

Chiyon Won, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

Interests: Psychodynamic psychotherapy, family of origin issues, immigration and children of immigrants, religion and non-binary gender issues, LGBTQ ally, API student concerns, and first-generation college students.

Additional Languages: Korean

Linda Zaruba, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Berkeley 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

Treajané Brown

Treajané T. R. Brown, MA

The University of Akron

Pronouns: she/her or they/them

Treajané T. R. Brown is currently a Counseling Psychology graduate student at The University of Akron in Ohio. She received her BA in Psychology from Clark Atlanta University and her MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron. Treajané enjoys swimming, spontaneous adventures, fitness pole dancing, free-flow journaling, edible gardening, collecting .gifs, and pretending to be an Elite Yelp reviewer.

Approach: Embraces a liberatory approach to therapy, rooted in the tenants of Black Feminism. Emphasizes affirming and humanizing care that is insight-oriented, person-centered, trauma-informed, sex-positive and body inclusive. 

Prioritizes helping clients increase their sense of empowerment, agency, authenticity, and self-knowledge while developing skills needed to navigate and minimize barriers to care/wellness. Utilizes an eclectic intervention style, pulling from Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Narrative, Art, Horticultural, Gestalt, Psychodynamic, and Systemic Therapies. 

Clinical Interests: Pleasure as a wellness and resistance strategy, psychopolitical wellbeing, healing and combating oppression-related trauma (specialties: misogynoir, homophobia, fatphobia, transphobia, and classism), integrative and culturally affirming psychological testing, self and community care, pre-colonial healing practices (e.g., energy healing, rootwork, and spirituality), somatic/body-centered interventions, kinky and non-monogamous relationships, Black feminist research, digital storytelling, organizational and institutional level intervention/consultation.

Paul Eastman

Paul Eastman, EdS

Florida State University

Paul Eastman is pursuing his PhD in Counseling and School Psychology at Florida State University. He received his BA in Psychology from the University of West Florida and his MS/EdS in Mental Health Counseling from Florida State University. Prior to joining UHS, he was most recently a practicum trainee at FSU’s counseling center and a student supervisor at FSU’s Human Services Center. In his spare time, Paul enjoys cooking, baking, hiking, digital photography, running, and video games.

Clinical interests: Emotion regulation, LGBTQIA+ support, identity development, self esteem, interpersonal relationship concerns, family of origin concerns, trauma, grief, anxiety and mood disorders, ADHD, group therapy, and integrative psychotherapy with a multicultural and systemic lens. 

Jevon Rice

Jevon Rice, MS

Alliant International University San Francisco

Jevon Rice is working on her PsyD in Clinical Psychology at Alliant International University San Francisco. She received her MS in Counseling Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and her MA in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University SF Bay Area. Prior to joining UHS, she was a practicum counselor at San Jose State University. 

Jevon was awarded the Student Leadership Honorarium (’20, Alameda Counseling Psychological Association) and the Social Justice Award (’18, American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University SF Bay Area). She also earned the APA NIDA Travel Grant from the National Institute for Drug Abuse in both 2017 and 2018. Jevon received the Dean Scholarship (’16, American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University SF Bay Area) and served on the Alameda County Board of Directors from 2018-20. 

Jevon enjoys crafting/DIY, comics, sci-fi, social justice engagement, pop culture, karaoke, board games, outdoor markets, exploring new places, socializing with others, music and cultural festivals, and learning about new music and making playlists. She’s an aunt to furry nephews (yorkie and poodle/dachshund/terrier) and the godmother to the best little girl in the world.

Clinical interest: Addictive behaviors, interpersonal conflicts, identity journeys, multicultural and intersectional exploration, stress management, issues impacting female-identified folx, and Black mental health. 

1st-Year Postdoctoral Psychology Fellows

Mar Chung

Mar Chung, PhD

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Pronouns: they/them or he/his

Mar Chung received their PhD in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). They received their MA in Psychology from SIUC. Prior to joining UHS, they were a predoctoral psychology intern at the University of California, Irvine’s Counseling Center. They enjoy playing guitar and writing songs, reading, playing badminton, and dancing. Their favorite pastime is probably sleeping.

Clinical interests: Family of origin concerns, interpersonal dynamics, examining experiences from a privilege and power lens, self-compassion, QTPOC experiences, emotional avoidance, procrastination, and a burgeoning interest in mindfulness.

Additional Languages: Teochew

2nd-Year Postdoctoral Psychology Fellows

Sonia Amin

Sonia Amin, PhD

Western Michigan University

Sonia Amin is a South Asian, first-generation, immigrant, multilingual, cis-gender female from Michigan. Sonia obtained her Masters Degree with a child specialization from the University of Detroit Mercy. She received her PhD in Counseling Psychology at Western Michigan University.

Sonia has experience in a variety of settings including college counseling centers, community clinics, and hospitals/integrated behavioral health settings. In her free time, Sonia enjoys meditative walks, watching basketball (go Lakers!), spending time with family and friends, and cooking/trying different cuisines (special penchant for cheese and spicy foods). 

Clinical Interests: Adjustment and transitional processes, mood and anxiety disorders, grief, self harming, intergenerational trauma, bicultural identity conflicts, and racial and sexual identity development. Sonia also enjoys working with a diverse array of student populations including students from low income and first-generation backgrounds, South Asian/AAPI students, international students, LGBTQIA+ students, undocumented students, and underrepresented racial minority and system-impacted students. Sonia takes a multicultural healing framework that centers self and familial trajectory and resiliency, consciousness raising, self-and other awareness and empowerment, and processing of emotional wounds. Therapy is not one size fits all, hence each person's unique experiences and needs shaped by their cultural identities is what informs what therapy and in turn modalities of healing look like. 

Additional Languages: Gujarati, Hindi

Kiet Huynh

Kiet Huynh, PhD

University of Miami

Kiet received his PhD from the University of Miami's Counseling Psychology program, his MA in Multicultural Counseling (Community Based Block Program) from San Diego State University, and his BA in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of California, San Diego. Kiet was awarded the Minority Fellowship Program Grant by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) from 2015-2018. Kiet was also awarded the John C. Mitchell Research Fellowship in Psychological Trauma from the University of Miami for his dissertation examining how queer people of color cope with racial and sexual orientation discrimination. 

Kiet enjoys exploring the town via bicycle with his husband and their adorable 15-year-old beagle, Bailey. He also likes hiking, cooking, and sharing food with friends and family. Kiet self-identifies as a gay first generation Vietnamese-American immigrant and as a first generation college student. He is passionate about working with students from underrepresented backgrounds including queer and trans students, students of color, and first generation college students.

Clinical 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, PhD

University of California, Santa Barbara

Danny Meza received his PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He also received his MA in Counseling Psychology from UCSB and his MA in Secondary Education from the City College of New York. Danny was awarded the Chicano Studies Institute Dissertation Grant (UCSB) and was also an Eduardo Escobedo Fellowship recipient (UCSB). He is a former New York City teaching fellow. Danny has been collecting records since he was a teenager and enjoys going out to concerts.

Clinical 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.

1st Year Post-MSW Clinical Social Work Fellows

Madeleine Kannan

Madeleine Kannan, MSW

Arizona State University

Madeleine Kannan (she/her/hers) received her BA in Psychology and Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, Boulder and her MSW from Arizona State University. Prior to joining UHS, she worked as an adult outpatient clinician within a community mental health clinic and a crisis intervention specialist at a crisis line. Madeleine identifies as a cisgender, queer, mixed race woman. She enjoys creative outlets centering art, writing, and music. 

Clinical interests: social justice oriented counseling, intersectional identity development, trauma/resiliency, expressive arts, South Asian-American identity, capacity building with LGBTQ+ students and students of color.

Darius Taylor

Darius Taylor, ASW

Loyola University Chicago

Darius Taylor received his BA in Professional Studies in Psychology (with a concentration in Mindfulness, Meditation, and Relaxation) from Roosevelt University and his MSW (with a Mental Health Specialization and focus on Substance Use and Addiction) from Loyola University Chicago. Before joining UHS, Darius worked at a dual-diagnosis substance use and mental health treatment facility in Chicago facilitating groups and doing individual therapy with clients. Prior to that, he worked at Catholic Charities in Refugee Resettlement as a case manager.

Darius is a fitness enthusiast and enjoys lifting, running, and biking weekly. He loves reading academic literature around psychology, spirituality, health, and wealth building, and science-fiction and supernatural young adult fiction are my favorite genres for pleasure. His favorite podcasts at the moment are Decolonize Social Work, Today Explained, and The Daily.

Clinical Interests: Harm reduction therapy, alcohol and other drugs counseling, multicultural/intersecting identity issues, and LGBTQ+ issues, body dysmorphia, and eating disorders.

2nd Year Post-MSW Clinical Social Work Fellows

Andrea Godinez

Andrea Godinez, MA

University of Chicago


Andrea Godinez, AM, received her AM in Social Service Administration with a clinical concentration from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining UHS, she was a counseling intern in Little Village, Chicago, a family and relationships workshop facilitator, and a Zumba instructor. Andrea identifies as a Latinx, cisgender counselor who recognizes and is interested in the intersectional identities we each hold and and how they shape our experiences. She is able to provide sessions in English or Spanish. Andrea is the happiest when she's dancing - she's an amateur salsa and bachata dancer. Her family is everything and she's very excited to now have time for naps and reading. 

Andrea's interests include body image, emotional awareness, empowerment, relationships, anxiety, depression, intimate partner violence, trauma, transition and adjustment, career development, multicultural identities, underrepresented students, LatinX, international students, immigrant & next generations, refugee, and transfer students.

Additional Languages: Spanish
Lisa Quach

Lisa Quach, MSW

Columbia Univeristy

Lisa Quach (she, her) identifies as a first-generation Vietnamese/Chinese/Cambodian born in Toronto and raised in Ottawa, Canada. She received her BA in International Development from the University of Ottawa. Lisa moved to Oakland in 2013 where she worked with children and families on abuse prevention and anti-human trafficking as a community organizer and case manager. Prior to joining UHS, Lisa resided in New York City where she completed her MSW at Columbia University.

Lisa has a collaborative approach to working with individuals, couples, and families and comes into therapy with a lens of culturally-attuned and social justice-oriented framework. Her clinical approaches include Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Lisa's interests include supporting the resilience of Southeast Asian/AAPI, BIPOC, first-generation, Muslim, LGTBQ, low-income, undocumented, and underrepresented students. She enjoys playing basketball, drinking good coffee, and watching anime. 


Molly Anderson, NP


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

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Mark Choa, MD


Mark Choa, MD, joined the UHS Psychiatry team in 2014. He is a Cal Bear (class of 2004) and he trained in psychiatry at UC Davis. He enjoys hanging out with his family and dog, camping in the desert, and playing guitar.

Clinical 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. 

Danielle Davidson LCSW

Danielle Davidson, LCSW

Psychiatry Care Manager

Danielle Davidson, LCSW, joined UHS in 2020 as the Psychiatry Care Manager. Danielle has previously worked with unhoused veterans at the Oakland VA and also as a clinical social worker at Citywide, a UCSF Department of Psychiatry community mental health program. She received her BA from Brandeis University and her MSW from UC Berkeley. Danielle enjoys making art (painting, printmaking, and pottery), coastal California road trips, biking around Berkeley, live music, and spending time with family and friends.

Clinical interests: Holistic wellbeing of traditionally underserved groups, addressing complex trauma using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction), navigating challenging transitions including grief and loss, resilience and early intervention for psychosis, family, relationships and intergenerational trauma, immigrant, refugee and first-generation students, drug and alcohol use, harm reduction approaches, advocacy and mental health support for people with disabilities, and housing/homeless issues.

Additional Languages: Spanish

Ron Elson, MD


Dr. Ron Elson joined the UHS Psychiatry team as the Chief of Psychiatry in 1994 and now serves as staff psychiatrist. He received his MD from the University of Maryland and his MPH from UC Berkeley (Health Policy and Planning). Ron interned in Medicine at Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago. He completed residencies at UC San Francisco (Psychiatry) and at UC Berkeley and the US Public Health Service (Public Health and Preventive Medicine). Ron is board certified in both Psychiatry and in Preventive Medicine. He was a Fellow in the Career Development Program in Global Community Health.

Ron is on the editorial board of the Berkeley Wellness Letter, a leading online and print resource for evidence-based wellness information. He is also on the board of Bay Psychiatric Associates, the largest psychiatry group in the East Bay. For many years Ron was on the UC Berkeley faculty and the director of a graduate Doctor of Mental Health Program. He has lectured and organized training in many areas of psychiatry and mental health.

Clinical interests: Anxiety and depression. The importance of emotions and the integration of psychodynamic, interpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral areas when 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.

Teray Kunishi

Teray Kunishi, RN, ND

Psychiatry Intern

Teray joined UHS in 2021 for a PMHNP internship. Prior to joining UHS, Teray was practicing as a licensed naturopathic doctor in Berkeley and becoming a parent. She received her undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines and her naturopathic medicine education from Bastyr University in Seattle. 

Teray is currently working on her Masters Entry Nursing Program at UCSF. She loves singing, going on hikes with family and friends, and growing orchids. Teray is currently reading sci-fi and fantasy with non-male leads in non-Western settings. She has a clinical interest in chronic pain and illness and how it intersects with mood and behavior, integrative mental health, psychedelic therapy, and mind/body medicine.

Additional languages: Tagalog

Veronica Lopez

Veronica Lopez, PMHNP-BC


Veronica Lopez joined the UHS Psychiatry team in 2017. She received her BA in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz and her MS in Nursing from UC San Francisco. She has a total of 20+ years working in various mental health settings and roles including outpatient community mental health, residential facilities, inpatient psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, and emergency room/hospital psychiatric consultation. She is currently serving as a board member for a community mental health organization and volunteers with asylum seekers. 

Clinical Interests: First generation college students, underrepresented populations, experiences with psychosis or unusual, alternative states, trauma, crisis work, and students accessing mental health support for the first time that are uncertain and curious about the role that psychiatry can have in their mental health journey.

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


Aurora Ortiz (she/her), joined the UHS Psychiatry team in 2016. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco. In addition to her role at CAPS, Aurora provides psychiatric services to children and adolescents, and clinical training to nurse practitioner students at La Clinica de la Raza in Oakland.

Her clinical interests include Latinx mental health, immigrant mental health, transgender mental health, complex trauma, ADHD, and integrative mental health. A Bay Area native, Aurora also lived and worked in Italy for several years. Outside of work, she enjoys exploring the outdoors, dancing, reading, cooking, travel, and spending time with family and friends.

Additional Languages: Spanish and Italian

Kristine Panik, MD

Psychiatry Director

Kristi Panik, MD, joined the UHS Psychiatry team in 2008. She received her MD from the University of South Florida and her General Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry training from the UC Irvine Medical Center. Kristi has been the Psychiatry Director since 2017. She loves hiking and listening to live music. Regular yoga and meditation are an important part of her life.

Clinical 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.


Sameera Saddiqi, MD

Sameera Saddiqi, MD


Sameera Saddiqi, MD, joined the UHS Psychiatry team in 2020 after completing a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at UCLA. Sameera completed her undergraduate education at the University of Texas, Austin, received her MD from Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Medicine, and completed a Psychiatry Residency at Baylor College of Medicine. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, working out, and traveling.

Clinical Interests: Mood and anxiety disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, prevention and early intervention, minority mental health, and a holistic approach to care. 

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


Brandon Vance joined the UHS Psychiatry team in 2018. In addition to working at UHS, he also runs a psychotherapy and integrative psychiatry private practice, supervises community psychiatric nurse practitioners, and occasionally works in county psychiatric inpatient wards.

Brandon received his MD from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and completed his psychiatry residency at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Brandon co-founded a hip-hop social justice music group, the Justice Arts Collective, where he composes and plays. The group's music video won first place at the My Hero International Film Festival in 2017.

Clinical interests: Cognitive behavioral psychotherapy, integrative medicine, cross-cultural and trans-cultural psychiatry, accelerated response therapy, and hypnotherapy.

CAPS Administrative Staff

Nancy Aguilar

Nancy Aguilar

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

Katie joined the UHS CAPS team in 2017. She is currently working on her BS in Psychology from Oregon State University and will graduate in the Spring of 2021. In addition to providing support for students, staff, and faculty, Katie serves as the administrative coordinator for the Post-MSW Fellowship committee, as well as the scheduling assistant to the CAPS director. She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her family.

Michele Swide

Administrative Assistant
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JoAnn Torres

Business & Operations Manager

Career Counseling Library Staff

Chris Garcia, BS

Administrative Lead

Chris Garcia joined the CAPS Career Counseling team in 2011. He received his BS from St. Mary's College of California. His role at UHS includes connecting students with career-related resources and managing the personality and interest assessments. He enjoys sports, video games and graphic art. 
Kate Zuby

Kate Zuby, MS

Career Counseling Outreach Coordinator

Kate Zuby joined the CAPS Career Counseling team in 2018. She received her Master's degree in College Student Personnel Counseling in 2017 from San Francisco State University. Her role at UHS includes working with students, alumni, and community members to provide career exploration support for individuals struggling with career indecision.

Kate has over six years of experience working in various educational settings as an undergraduate advisor, program coordinator, and career counselor providing one-on-one assistance and resources to individuals seeking career services.

Career Counseling Interns

Josh Lee

Josh Lee, BA

Josh Lee, BA, is a Master’s student in College and Career Counseling at San Francisco State University. He earned his BA in Psychology. Josh enjoys playing basketball, singing songs, hiking to water spots in nature, listening to music, and spending time with his family.

Erly Martinez

Erly Martinez, MA

Erly Martinez, MA, received her MA in Psychology (with a minor in Education) from UC Davis. She has experience as a tutor, substitute teacher, school counselor, and ABA therapist. Erly loves giving back to her community, helping people, and drawing and painting. She’s recently learning how to cook Peruvian food. 

Additional Languages: Spanish

Zdravko Rozic

Zdravko Rozic, BA

Zdravko Rozic, BA, earned his BA in Psychology from the University of North Florida. He spent some time acting in college and at community theaters. Zdravko is a stay-at-home parent and enjoys playing guitar.

Additional Languages: German, Serbo-Croatian