Meet the CAPS Staff

Counseling Staff

The UHS 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.

Tegan Adams, PsyD

Tegan Adams, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

Tegan (she/her) is a licensed clinical and sport psychologist, who recently joined CAPS in 2022. She has spent her career in college counseling and has a background in working with undergraduate and graduate students in individual (and partner) brief therapy, crisis assessment, and support; working on performance, mental skills, and mental health and wellness with student-athletes; and has led graduate and undergraduate therapy groups. Tegan earned her master's degree in Sport Psychology and a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. She is also a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC-AASP) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.

Tegan's approach is supportive, culturally informed, strengths-based, and solution-focused. She enjoys collaborating with students to identify and share what they need or want and empower them to head in a direction that feels better through building self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-confidence. She is very excited to be here supporting UC Berkeley students.

She grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has called the Bay Area home for more than 15 years. She enjoys spending time outside (on or near the water) with her family, and having coffee!

Clinical interests: Strengths-based focus, transitions, stress/anxiety, supervision, multicultural counseling, relationship concerns, motivation and habits, student-athlete and graduate student concerns

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 leads the 10 campuses 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 of 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 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

Assistant Director, Grants and Special Populations Program

Adisa Anderson, PhD, is a licensed counseling psychologist who joined the UHS CAPS team in
 2014. Dr. Anderson earned his BA in Cognitive Psychology from UC Irvine and his PhD in 
Counseling Psychology from Washington State University. He completed his doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at UHS CAPS. Dr. Anderson was then hired as a senior staff psychologist
at CAPS in 2016. In 2021, Dr. Anderson transitioned into a CAPS leadership and management
 team role as the assistant director of the Grants and Special Populations Program.

Dr. Anderson has engaged in extensive efforts at UC Berkeley to promote the mental health and 
well-being of Black, Indigenous, POC, as well as other underserved communities. These efforts 
have been advanced by serving on numerous committees over the years including the 
Chancellor’s committee for developing an anti-racist campus framework, the Chancellor’s
 Independent Advisory Board on Police Accountability and Community Safety, Black Leadership Collective,
 Black Staff & Faculty Organization, and the African American Mental Health Team.
 Over the years, Dr. Anderson has also served at the national level in various leadership
 capacities with the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association of Black
 Psychologists (ABPSI). In 2019, Dr. Anderson was selected as the Leadership Development 
Institute Fellow for the Society of Counseling Psychology, highlighting his social justice, 
leadership, and advocacy skills, while demonstrating a commitment to promoting mental health 
and well-being within underserved communities.

Dr. Anderson’s clinical work and research are grounded in an integrative praxis of a liberation 
psychology framework, anti-oppression lens, and social justice philosophy. His research
 interests and publication areas include Black racial identity, equity and inclusion, psychological
 oppression, and academic persistence. Dr. Anderson specializes in providing culturally
 competent mental health services, including psychotherapy (holistic health and wellness,
 complex trauma, relationships, family of origin concerns, substance use, men’s concerns, Black, 
Indigenous, POC), consultation, group therapy, professional development workshops, and
 continuing education training on multicultural mental health competency, as well as social
 justice, leadership, and advocacy.

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.

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Bianca Barrios, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Undocumented Student Program Counselor

Bianca Barrios earned her PhD as a first-generation college student from Washington State University’s Counseling Psychology program. She joined the CAPS team in 2018 as a postdoctoral fellow and as a licensed psychologist for the Undocumented Student Program in 2019. Bianca grew up in Los Angeles County with a mixed-status family. As a licensed psychologist, her areas of focus include students of color and undocumented/immigrant student college adjustment and persistence, Latinx mental health, LGBTQ affirmative therapy, and women’s concerns. She possesses an unwavering commitment to social justice and advocacy. When working with students she aims to co-create a space built on trust and compassion where students can feel comfortable bringing in all parts of themselves to begin the process of exploration, learning, and healing.

Additional Languages: Spanish

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William Berkhout, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

Pronouns: he/him

Bill is a licensed psychologist that joined the CAPS team in 2022. Prior to coming to CAPS, Bill was a staff psychologist and served as the Assistant Director of Outreach and Prevention Services at the Counseling Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. He graduated with a PsyD in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2018, and earned both a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a
Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign in 2011. Bill’s experience in various community mental health and university counseling settings has furthered a passion for community-based intervention, predominantly through the lenses of critical theory, as well as feminist and liberation psychologies. These same theoretical frameworks also inform Bill’s individual and group counseling approaches as well, striving to create affirming and inclusive therapeutic spaces where empathy and insight work in partnership with empowerment and advocacy.

When away from work, Bill enjoys time with family, hiking, other outdoor activities, traveling, organic gardening, music, cooking, and being cautiously optimistic about his hometown Chicago sports teams.

Clinical interests: critical theory and liberation psychologies; community psychology; expressive
arts; antiracism and mental health; personal/cultural/academic/professional identity
exploration and development; Latinx student mental health; Native and Indigenous student
mental health; Fine and Applied Arts student mental health; supporting undocumented
students; trauma-informed healing; mindfulness and meditation.

Sasha Blum

Sasha Blum, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

Sasha Blum started her career at CAPS as a postdoctoral fellow in 2002. After spending three years in private practice, she joined CAPS as a staff psychologist in 2006.  Sasha received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Florida and her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron. From 2006-2016 she served as the psychologist for the Incentive Awards Program, a scholarship program for first-generation, low-income, underrepresented students. Since 2016, Sasha has served the general student population, providing both individual and group services. She has also been active in the training program and served for one year as the Interim Postdoctoral Training Coordinator. Sasha enjoys running, racing, and spending time with her friends and five children.  

Clinical Interests: Consensual non-monogamy and polyamory, sex-positive subcultures (eg., the kink community), identity development, and first-generation and low-income college students. 

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 students’ important needs and preferences. Don’s overall goal is always to increase students’ 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 is Chinese and from Hong Kong. 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

Richard Chiovarelli, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

Richard (he/him) is a licensed psychologist who joined the UHS CAPS team after working at several schools and universities in the Bay Area as a teacher and mental health counselor. He grew up in the Northeast of the US and moved to California for graduate school. Richard greatly enjoys supporting students through transitions and life events and assisting students in further developing their sense of identity.

One of Richard's strongest interests is helping graduate students navigate the ups and downs of life, grad school, and career development. In addition to supporting students in individual counseling, Richard has also been facilitating the Graduate Men's Support Group at CAPS since 2013. Richard has a practical, action-oriented, solution-focused, culturally responsive, interactive, and collaborative counseling style. He deeply values respect, empathy, and equity, and interweaves his empathic nature and strategic thinking into his counseling and committee work.

Clinical interests: Fulfilling one's academic/career potential, life transitions, relationship challenges, couples therapy, stress/anxiety, family issues, and multicultural counseling. 

Mar Chung, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Mar Chung (they or he) joined CAPS as a licensed staff psychologist in 2022, and was previously a postdoctoral fellow from 2020-2021. From the Bay Area, they went to UC Davis for their undergraduate degree in Psychology and minor in Sexuality Studies. They received their PhD in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Mar identifies as many things, including: nonbinary/trans, queer, Asian American, thin, temporarily able-bodied, and middle class. A child of refugees/immigrants was raised in a multi-lingual, multi-generational home. From this upbringing, they learned the power of community and collaboration, and believe in the importance of context in understanding people. Since their practicum training, they sought to work with BIPOC QT university students and continue to grow their expertise in supporting these populations. They have worked in university counseling centers for most of their clinical training and practice.

In session, Mar is validating, warm, genuine, and collaborative. They try to model compassion and honesty with their clients. For fun, they play guitar, write songs, take naps, and spend time with loved ones.

Clinical interests: shame, perfectionism, procrastination, self-acceptance, family of origin concerns, gender, queerness, navigating differing levels of power and privilege in relationships with self and others, self-compassion, codependency, social anxiety, and spirituality.

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Aaron Cohen, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Residential Life Counselor

Aaron Cohen (he/him) started at CAPS as a post-doctoral fellow in 1999.  After completing his post-doctoral fellowship, he was hired by the Disabled Students Program as a disability specialist from 2001-2007. In 2007, Aaron returned to CAPS and started the satellite office in Residence Life. He has been involved in supporting students after a campus crisis event as well as in outreach and consultation.

Currently, Aaron's work focuses on the UC Berkeley Global Institute for Counseling and Student Mental Health which just launched a Collegiate Mental Health Ally Certificate Program. Aaron was born and raised in Chicago and he remains loyal to all his Chicago sports teams. Go Cubbies, Bulls, and Bears (both Cal and Chicago)!!! 

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

Peter Cornish

Peter Cornish, PhD

Co-Director, Student Mental Health

Dr. Peter Cornish is the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at UHS and an Honorary Research Professor at the 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

Claytie Davis III, PhD, ABPP

Licensed Psychologist

Co-Director, Student Mental Health

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, the 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.

Denise Goitia CSW

Denise Goitia, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Pronouns: she/her

Denise Goitia joined UHS in 2020 as a Licensed 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

Matt Goodman, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Assistant Director Quality Assurance and Research

Matt Goodman (he/him) joined the CAPS staff in 2008. Matt received a BA in Psychology from UCLA and a PhD in Counseling Psychology from University of Oregon. Matt is the manager of the CAPS Data and Quality Assurance Program. In this role, he is exploring how to utilize data with heart to support the development of CAPS services that promote student wellness. Matt is excited about identifying metrics that are meaningful for students and staff, and integrating quantitative and qualitative methods into his work.

Matt’s clinical interests include working with men and emotions, exploring spirituality as a resource for wellness, and supporting students experiencing grief and loss. Matt frequently integrates mindfulness and self-compassion into his work.

When not working, Matt enjoys being with his family, hiking amongst the redwoods, exploring Bay Area beaches, reading science fiction, cooking (he is especially proud of his matzah ball soup), and Jewish Meditation.

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, the 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.
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Amber Jaiza Jones, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

A. Jaiza Jones (they/she) joined the CAPS team in 2019. They completed their undergraduate education at Wesleyan University with a dual honors degree in Anthropology and African American Studies and received their master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. They went on to complete a post-graduate fellowship with the Yale School of Medicine Child Study Center. Jaiza has over 10 years of experience providing individual, group, and family therapy for historically marginalized and underserved communities.

Jaiza’s approach to clinical work is grounded in collective liberatory and social justice frameworks that consider an individual’s lived experience within their sociopolitical, cultural, and environmental context. Their practice is relational, strengths-based, and client-centered. It's informed by psychodynamic, feminist relational, family systems, mindfulness-based, trauma-informed, and cognitive behavioral therapies. Additionally, Jaiza has spent many years cultivating a mindfulness meditation practice and enjoys considering the importance that spirituality and connectedness can have as part of our collective wellbeing. In their free time, Jaiza rests and restores by reading (especially young adult science fiction), hiking, learning to play the ukulele, and dancing. 

Holly Landsbaum, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Holly Landsbaum, LCSW (she/her), joined CAPS in 2005 as a post-MSW fellow. She was hired in 2006 as the interim hospital coordinator and in 2007 as a staff counselor. Holly served on the UHS High-Risk Hospital Team for 12 year where she supported and advocated for students in crisis. She spearheaded the expansion and further development of the post-MSW fellowship program and served as its program coordinator from 2018-2021.

Holly received her BFA from the University of New Mexico and her MSW from San Francisco State University. She completed comprehensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and intensive study and consultation in contemporary relational psychodynamic theory/practice. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, Holly worked in the Bay Area non-profit sector in organizations focussed on immigrant rights and community organizing. Holly’s approach to counseling is collaborative, relational, strengths-based, justice-oriented, and focuses on centering students' personal goals and values and the cultural and sociopolitical contexts of our lives. 

Clinical interests:.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), and contemporary relational psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Jeff Lee, LCSW

Jeff Lee, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Jeff Lee (he/him) grew up in the Bay Area and is a 5th generation Asian American. He comes from a background in community mental health and NPOs, with previous experiences working with emancipated foster youth, homeless populations, and the AAPI community.

Clinical interests: anxiety, holistic wellness, adjustments/transition, identity development, and sports psychology.

Karen Lee Tsugawa, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Clinical Coordinator

Karen Lee Tsugawa (she/her) joined the CAPS team in 2008. Karen 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. She currently sees individuals and couples for counseling at CAPS and enjoys working with the diverse student population at UC Berkeley. Karen also serves as the CAPS Clinical Coordinator assisting with day-to-day clinical operations and various projects supporting our clinical programs.

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

Sara Lipton-Carey, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Sara Lipton-Carey (she/her/hers) joined UHS in 2022 as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She completed her BS in Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MSW at Smith School for Social Work. Before joining CAPS, Sara worked for ten years in community mental health and schools in Oakland as a clinician, counselor, and health educator. Prior to becoming a clinical social worker, Sara worked for a Bay Area non-profit organization focused on serving first-generation students.

Clinical interests: Anxiety, depression, adjustments, trauma and healing, undocumented communities, first-generation students, harm reduction, intersections of identity, anti-racism, cultural humility, identity development, learning differences, and student parents.

Chris McLean, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Assistant Director, Career and Academic Programs

Chris joined CAPS in 1994 after completing a PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota. He manages career development programs which include holistic individual career counseling, career assessments, and a collection of resources to support student academic and career planning in the Career Counseling Library. Chris is also a mental health liaison to Cal athletics. He has expertise in performance psychology and uses a culturally-affirming and strengths based approach to promote personal growth and professional development of university students, high performance athletes, and adults in career transition. Chris received a Chancellor's Outstanding Service Award in 2014 for contributions as a founding planning committee member for UC Berkeley's inaugural NOW Career Development Conference.

Clinical Interests:  Multicultural counseling, academic and career development, college student mental health and wellness, first generation college students, clinical supervision and training 

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

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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

Director of Training

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 Kurth, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker 

Interim Referral Coordinator

Alyssa (she/her/hers) is a Thai-Filipino American who spent most of her childhood growing up in Bangkok, Thailand. She joined CAPS in 2017. Alyssa provides counseling and serves as the interim referral coordinator, supporting students in navigating finding a provider off-campus and serving as a liaison to mental health providers in the community. 

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

Junichi Shimaoka

Junichi Shimaoka, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

Junichi joined the CAPS team in 2019. Prior to joining UHS, Junichi was a CAPS psychologist at UC Santa Barbara and the University of Michigan. He received his PsyD from Widener University and serves on the board of the Association for College Counseling Center Outreach. Junichi is passionate about Balinese Gamelan music and he’s a beginner rock climber. He used to volunteer to raise/train service dog puppies!

Clinical 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

Xiaoxia Song

Xiaoxia Song, PhD 

Licensed Psychologist, PhD

Xiaoxia Song joined UHS in 2020. Xiaoxia received her PhD in clinical psychology from Ohio University and completed her internship at the University of Texas at Austin. 
Clinical Interest: complex trauma, depression and anxiety, family issues, identity development, multicultural and diversity issues.

Molly Sullivan, LCSW

Referral Care Manager

Pronouns: She/her/her

Molly completed her undergraduate education at Macalester College with B.A. in Geography and Community Health and received her M.S.W. from the University of Southern California. Before joining CAPS, Molly worked in community mental health, primarily providing intensive case management services to unhoused/precariously housed individuals living with severe and persistent mental illness.

Molly's work in mental health and wellness takes a systems-oriented, person-in-environment approach. She is passionate about supporting people in harnessing their inner power and wisdom in the face of oppressive systems. She takes a non-pathologizing stance in the therapeutic relationship, and her work is grounded in a harm reduction philosophy. Her counseling style is collaborative, strengths-based, and culturally responsive. She is committed to helping clients meet their own goals, come into greater self-awareness, and find ease in their relationships and community.

In her free time, Molly enjoys spending time outdoors (the High Sierras are her happy place), making ceramics at her neighborhood clay studio, dancing, seeing live music, being an auntie to two adorable niblings, cooking elaborate meals with her Cookbook Club, and connecting with her beautiful East Bay community.

Clinical interests include depression, emerging psychosis, family/interpersonal issues, substance use/misuse, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Emily Taplin, LCSW

Emily Taplin, LCSW

Care Manager

Emily graduated from UC Berkeley’s MSW program in 2011. Prior to joining CAPS in 2022, she worked in a variety of roles, with a focus on community mental health, complex care coordination, palliative and hospice care, and supporting LGBTQIA+ people and families.

Emily strives for an approach that is rooted in warmth, humility, and respect, and that pays attention to the ways in which the complex intersections of identity, culture, family-of-origin, and privilege/oppression impact how we experience and navigate the world. With clients' goals and values at the forefront, she appreciates the opportunity to offer connection, support, and resources in her role as both a counselor and care manager.

Outside of work, Emily enjoys noodling around on the guitar, watching over the grill at backyard parties, spending time with loved ones, and playing in a basketball league for adults 5’6” and under!

Clinical interests include: identity development, self-care/self-compassion, navigating life transitions, processing new medical/mental health experiences or diagnoses, trauma-informed care, queer/trans/gender diverse wellbeing, anxiety, depression, bipolar spectrum, emerging psychosis and/or unusual mind states/sensory experiences, harm reduction approaches
Nancy Tavolacci-Arista

Nancy Ellen Tavolacci-Arista, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Nancy earned her Masters' Degree in Social Work (MSW) from San Francisco State University in 2003 and has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) since 2011. Prior to that, she studied Secondary Education and Spanish at the State University of New York in Geneseo, NY, earning a Bachelor's Degree and Secondary Education Teaching Credential in New York State. Before coming to CAPS at UC Berkeley, Nancy worked for the last 20 years in community-based and school-based non-profit settings in San Francisco and Oakland. Additionally, Nancy also works as a mental health evaluator for immigrants seeking asylum and other kinds of immigration-based protection in the United States. She has a background in working with foster youth, newly immigrated families from Mexico and Central America, survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault, and youth and families from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds represented throughout the Bay Area. Nancy uses a compassionate, relational approach to connecting with people and helping make mental health services highly accessible and personable. She uses culturally-informed narrative and solution-focused orientations to support people in understanding themselves in the context of their families, communities, and environment, while helping them to explore resources and their inherent strengths and abilities to create positive, empowered changes in their own lives.

Areas of clinical interest: Developmental life cycles and transitions, supporting immigrants and children of immigrants, healing from trauma and vicarious trauma, parenting, self-care and stress management, CBT and DBT skill building, healing through activism and social justice work.

Sam Tourek, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Sam joined the CAPS team in 2013. He received his MA from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, and his PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Sam completed his doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship training at UHS. His approach to therapy is dynamic and experiential in nature and uses existential psychotherapy, attachment style, multiculturalism, and emotional content to help clients develop a deeper understanding of self and others. Sam enjoys working with clients to explore patterns in relationships to make changes in the interest of growth.

Sam is particularly interested in working within the athletics community at UC Berkeley. As a former student-athlete, Sam understands the unique challenges of being both a scholar and an athlete, and he commits a significant portion of his time as a CAPS counselor to working with student-athletes, coaches, and trainers to help students and teams thrive while at UC Berkeley. Sam's doctoral dissertation examined multicultural competence and mindfulness in the therapeutic process, and he runs the mindfulness meditation group nearly every semester. Sam also enjoys developing relationships with campus partners and communities and working to ensure that underserved populations at UC Berkeley get their needs met to the fullest extent possible. In his spare time, Sam enjoys playing sports (most often baseball and golf), hiking and camping, and doing crossword puzzles.

Clinical interests and campus partnerships: Working with student-athletes (injury, performance, retirement, etc), mindfulness meditation, men’s issues, existential psychotherapy, multicultural competence in counseling, attachment, and brief/accelerated and experiential psychodynamic psychotherapies. Sam is the liaison to the Athletics Department and to the Cal Band, and holds Let's Talk drop-in hours (virtually and/or at César Chávez Student Center).

Sheela Vashishtha, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Sheela received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Paris School of Business. Sheela is trained in sensory motor psychotherapy. Her clinical experience includes community mental health as well as PHP and IOP settings. Sheela specializes in supporting folks with depression, anxiety, trauma, racial and cultural identities, and attachment wounding. Additionally, she works with first and second-generation clients who are navigating bicultural and multicultural identities and experiences. She has a holistic approach that is trauma-informed and social justice oriented.

Linda Zaruba, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Berkeley Law School Counselor

Dr. Zaruba was a first generation college student who majored in education and dance at Miami University in Ohio. She received her MA in Counseling from the University of Colorado and her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Zaruba has worked at UHS for the past couple decades in many different roles. She's currently the psychologist at Berkeley Law School. Dr. Zaruba has also facilitated the Graduate Women’s Support group for the past 15 years.

Dr. Zaruba’s counseling style is collaborative, culturally responsive, engaging and focused on helping clients meet their goals with an eclectic tool box of interventions — mindfulness, CBT, trauma-informed, family systems, and humor to name a few.

Clinical interests: Couples counseling, multicultural factors, family relationship challenges, graduate students' academic and personal concerns, body image, eating disorders and career and work struggles.

Christine Zhou, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Director of Operations, UC Berkeley Global Institute for Counseling and Student Mental Health  

College of Engineering Satellite Office Coordinating Counselor

Shuangmei (Christine) Zhou joined CAPS in the summer of 2012. She received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota, completed her internship at UCLA CAPS, and her post-doc at UC Berkeley CAPS. She was a staff psychologist at Michigan State University for three years before returning to Berkeley. Christine is the lead psychologist coordinating the CAPS satellite office at the College of Engineering (CoE). She has been working with CoE since 2012, providing counseling to students and consultations for faculty and staff. Christine also directs the Global Institute for Counseling and Student Mental Health where CAPS staff collaborate with partners both nationally and internationally. In her role as director she's been conducting research and  providing training and consultation on the latest topics related to college students mental health. 

Clinical interests: multicultural counseling, working with underserved/marginalized populations, working with science and engineering students, international students and AAPI students.

Additional Languages: Mandarin Chinese

Doctoral Psychology Interns

Norian Caporale-Berkowitz, MA

Norian Caporale-Berkowitz is completing his PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and holds a B.A. from Brown University.

Norian is passionate about building workspaces where people thrive. His writing has been featured by Harvard Business Review and MIT Press, and he has been invited to speak and run workshops at a diversity of organizations ranging from Oxford University to LinkedIn. Norian published the first peer-reviewed article on Google’s workplace mindfulness training program (the world’s largest) and has also published peer-reviewed papers on emotional intelligence, self-compassion, grit, resilience, and crowdsourced mental health. His research is funded by UT–Austin’s top research fellowship.

Norian enjoys helping people work through challenges including identity, self-esteem, relationships, boundaries, managing emotions, interpersonal or group conflict, impostor syndrome, anxiety, and more.

Bini Sebastian, M.Ed.

Bini Sebastian, M.Ed.

​​Bini Sebastian is completing her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri, where she also received her M.Ed. She has experience working in university counseling centers, integrative behavioral health settings, and community mental health centers. Bini views mental health through a multicultural, biopsychosocial-spiritual lens. She integrates mindfulness and psychosomatic practices with transpersonal approaches in her clinical work.

Bini enjoys collaborating with local leaders, healers, educators, and artists to co-create decolonized spaces for mind-body-spirt healing. She has offered consultation on mindfulness and psychospiritual practices to nonprofit faith communities, businesses, and health departments. Bini also loves working with students and hopes to bring liberatory and consciousness-raising practices to spaces in higher education, specifically through teaching courses on identity development and holistic approaches to well-being.

Clinical interests: identity development, transgenerational trauma, spirituality, grief/loss, psychosomatic approaches, mindfulness, self-compassion, BIPOC mental health, LGBTQ+ well-being, Asian/Asian American mental health, relationship/intimacy issues, and creative expression.

In her free time, Bini interweaves her identities as a counselor and visual artist to create art that is reflective of healing, liberation, and transcendence, a.k.a. artivism. She also loves practicing yoga, writing poetry, and singing.

Kehan Shen, MS

Kehan Shen, MS

Kehan Shen (he/him) is completing his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Kansas, where he also received his MS. Kehan has received training at various university counseling centers and enjoys working with the diverse student population. In his spare time, he likes cooking, traveling, music, and spending time with family and friends.

Clinical interests: multicultural counseling, college adjustment, identity development, interpersonal relationships, career counseling, chronic health condition, LGBTQ+ support, working with Asian/Asian American students, and international students.

Postdoctoral Psychology Fellows

Andre Casas, PsyD

Andre Casas completed their MA in Counseling and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at The Wright Institute in Berkeley. Andre's training includes community mental health settings and university counseling, at sites such as UCSF Alliance Health Project, Contra Costa College, Mills College, and the University of Oklahoma. Andre works with folks experiencing anxiety, depression, identity concerns, phase of life issues, grief/loss, trauma, relationship concerns, career concerns, LGBTQ and QTPOC issues, etc.
Stella Ko, PhD

Stella Ko, PhD

Stella Ko (she/her) received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver and M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri. Prior to joining Cal, Stella worked bilingually in university counseling centers, correctional settings, community mental health, international student and scholar services, and career center. She completed her doctoral internship at UC Irvine Counseling Center where she served as a liaison to UCI International Center and coordinated the LGBTQ Mentoring Program. She enjoys teaching, outreach programming, and learning from the students she serves and community partners she collaborates with.

As a first-generation, Asian international student, Stella is passionate about helping students navigate identity exploration and cross-cultural adjustment using a strength-based approach. She views humans as resilient learners who are capable of developing healthy coping skills through empowerment and guidance. During therapy, Stella fosters progress towards students' goals while exploring the connections between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. She strives to understand clients through a multicultural lens and establish a nonjudgmental space for healing. Aside from clinical work, Stella loves doing arts, baking, eating, hiking, and hanging out with cats and plants.

Clinical interests: cross-cultural adjustment, stress/anxiety management, career exploration, identity development, international student concerns, LGBTQ issues, first-gen/transfer student concerns

Additional Languages: Mandarin Chinese

Nolan Krueger, MA

Nolan Krueger, PhD

Nolan Krueger (he/him) received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin (UT). He received his BS in Clinical Psychology at the University of California, San Diego, and his MA in Counseling at the University of Texas at Austin.

Nolan identifies as Multiracial Black and his interests include strengths-based identity development (racial, sexual, gender, etc.) relational/interpersonal concerns, liberatory healing through critical resistance and radical hope, holistic career counseling, creativity, and decolonized praxis. His clinical approach is guided by cultural humility and interpersonal/relational authenticity.

Nolan’s research at UT investigates Multiracial identity and the various health effects of Multiracial-specific phenomena on both psychological well-being and behavioral health for Mixed-race individuals. Additionally, his research examines minority status stressors and psychosocial experiences impacting Black students in higher education.  Nolan is also engaged in prison abolition scholar-activism with an emphasis on higher education in correctional settings. While in Austin, he was involved in the Texas Prison Education Initiative where he taught UT-accredited coursework at Lockhart State Prison.

Every summer, Nolan joins a group of life-long friends for outdoor adventures that include backpacking and whitewater rafting. These adventures have included excursions into the Olympic National Rainforest, the Sawtooth Wilderness, Marble Mountain Wilderness, Mt. Lassen National Park, and Sequoia National Park.

Apoorvee Sawhney

Apoorvee Sawhney, PhD

Apoorvee (she/her) received her PhD and MEd in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at UCI, Counseling Center. Her research interests include multicultural issues, mentorship, training, and career development. Apoorvee is passionate about outreach and programming on campus and sees it as a form of prevention and advocacy to support marginalized and underrepresented groups. Apoorvee serves on the editorial team for Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology. She is a Fellow of the Leadership Collaborative, Society of Counseling Psychology, APA. On a personal note, Apoorvee enjoys connecting with family and friends, running, and watching Netflix. She also practices Nichiren Buddhism and loves spending time with her community.

Clinical interests: international student well-being, graduate student life, Asian/Asian American well-being, multicultural identity development, family of origin issues, attachment issues, relationship/interpersonal concerns, spirituality as a source of wellness, systemic issues, and empowerment.

Post-MSW Clinical Social Work Fellows

Krystin Gehrich, MSW

Krystin Gehrich, MSW

 KG Gehrich (she/her), received her MSW from the University of Montana, her MA in Intercultural Youth and Family Development from the University of Montana, and her BA in Psychology from Ohio University.

She has worked for the last 12 years in various nonprofits, including at a Child Advocacy Center (CAC), where she advocated for children who experienced harm and supported their caregivers, and at the University of Montana's Student Advocacy Resource Center (SARC), where she provided counseling and advocacy to students who experienced identity-based harm including sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, and harassment, as well as gender identity discrimination and racism.

KG believes the work that people do to process and make meaning from their experiences is sacred and beholds their passages through the heartbreaks and celebrations of life with great reverence. She enjoys employing somatic approaches, mindfulness, and internal family systems/parts work into her practice. She is passionate about social justice; abolition, restorative justice, harm reduction, tribal sovereignty, and reproductive justice inform her work with students. She believes in bell hooks’ assertion that “rarely, if ever, are any of us healed in isolation. Healing is an act of communion.”

KG identifies as queer and pansexual, and finds her spiritual home in the outdoors. Soccer was a near-daily part of her life until a devastating injury in 2019. Now, she is learning to harness her body as a resource for resiliency. KG loves to travel and try new foods. She feels most invigorated and connected while hiking and trail running among natural landscapes that make her feel small. She enjoys live music, avidly listens to podcasts and watches documentaries, and awes at as many wildflowers as possible.

Clinical interests: trauma, attachment, LGBTQ+ identity development, spirituality, aging, children and families, and holistic healing and wellness.

Jennifer Tai, MSW

Jennifer Tai, MSW

Jennifer Tai, MSW, ASW, is a 1st-year Post-MSW Clinical Social Work Fellow. She received her BA in Communication Studies and Child and Adolescent Development, with a minor in Psychology at San Jose State University. She received her MSW and PPSC (Pupil Personnel Services Credentials) from San Jose State University as well.

Prior to joining UHS, Jennifer interned at the Department of Family and Children’s Services within the foster care and adoption units. She also has experience as an academic coach at Pivotal, a nonprofit that supports foster youth in high school and higher education settings. Jennifer also has experience in school social work settings within the Berryessa Union School District and East Side Union High School District. There, she provided mental health counseling and group counseling sessions to students at Brooktree Elementary along with students at Andrew Hill High in the Emotional Disability/Special Education programs in therapeutic classroom settings.

Jennifer identifies as a former foster youth and first-generation Asian American. She has experience facilitating spaces for socio-emotional skills building, grief and trauma groups, and foster youth communities.

Jennifer’s clinical interests include trauma-informed care, holistic care, strengths-based therapy, social justice, intimate partner violence and sexual assault, intersectionality, foster youth identity, API/Asian American identity, grief counseling, women of color’s mental health and healing, PTSD, anxiety, and depression disorders.

Jennifer enjoys creative outlets such as making arts and crafts, watching musicals, and music, including attending music concerts. She also enjoys trying new food, especially dessert places, cooking, and exploring nature and beaches.

2nd Year Post-MSW Clinical Social Work Fellows

Angelica Yi, MSW, ASW

Angelica Yi, MSW

Pronouns: she/her/hers and they/them/theirs

Angelica received her MSW from Cal State LA and a BA in Gender Studies from UCLA. 

Angelica’s clinical interests include decolonizing therapy, strengths-based therapy, harm-reduction therapy, intersectional/multicultural counseling, LGBTQ+ identity and related concerns, API/Asian American identity, disordered eating/eating disorders, body image, self-compassion, religion, and spirituality (particularly Christian faith), perfectionism, self-care, and mindfulness.  She has worked as a mental health counselor at a middle school in East LA and as an adult outpatient clinician within the Department of Mental Health in LA County. 

Angelica identifies as a queer and bisexual, second-generation Korean American person. She has experience facilitating spaces for those who identify as LGBTQ+, Christian, and POC (predominantly API communities).

Angelica loves cultivating creativity daily through playing guitar and piano, singing, and dancing. She also enjoys staying active, cooking, baking, and reading. In her spare time, you can find her exploring local farmers’ markets, thrift stores, parks, and libraries.

Sarah Abbas, MSW, ASW

Sarah Abbas, MSW, ASW

Sarah received her BA in Psychology from Oakland University. Sarah is an awardee and member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and The National Honor Society of Leadership and Success. She completed her clinical social work internship in a federally qualified health center, providing outpatient substance use services and integrated behavioral health care.

Sarah’s clinical interests include integrative mental health and wellness, anxiety and mood disorders, holistic care, trauma-informed care, mindfulness-based therapies, adventure therapy, experiential therapy, nature therapy, laughter therapy, and interpersonal therapy. She’s also interested in substance use treatment and harm reduction, intersectional identity development, women’s health and healing, social justice, community preventive services, support, outreach and BIPOC, SSWANA, and Muslim mental health and well-being. 

Hailing from Dearborn, MI, Sarah enjoys taking scenic drives, going on road trips, exploring nature trails, kayaking, camping, and dabbling in art.


Molly Anderson, NP

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Molly Anderson, NP, joined the UHS Psychiatry team in 2012. She received her BA in English Literature from Dartmouth College and her MS in Nursing from Yale School of Nursing. Her current interests include strength training, cooking, and spending time in nature.

Clinical interests: Mood and anxiety disorders, women's health, integrative approaches.

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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, 


Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Teray first 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 completed 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

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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

Jessica Lu, MD


Jessie Lu joined the UHS Psychiatry team in 2023. She received her MD and MPH from UCLA, and completed her psychiatry residency there as well. She has worked for several organizations: a private practice in Maryland specializing in women's mental health, American University student health, and an online mental health start-up. Jessie is board certified in adult psychiatry.

Her clinical interests include mood and anxiety disorders, mental health during pregnancy and post-partum, working with people from different backgrounds and all identities, and most of all she enjoys the process of getting to know each individual and working with them to find ways to make them feel better.

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Maria Cristina Mendoza, MD


Cristina Mendoza, MD, joined the UHS Psychiatry team in 2014. She attended the University of Chicago where she received her BA in Psychology and MS in Teaching. She received her MD at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis and completed her medical internship and residency in psychiatry at New York University. She continued in subspecialty training and research in neurocognitive disorders and geriatric psychiatry at the University of Regensburg Germany, where she co-authored papers in dementia studies.

Her clinical interests include integrative psychiatry, neuropsychiatry and neurocognitive disorders, phase of life and role transitions, cross- and multicultural issues in mental health, trauma recovery, Jungian and psychodynamic schools of psychotherapy, interpersonal and social rhythm therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. 

Outside of work she enjoys camping and hiking, the making and sharing of food and music with family and friends, the movies, a good book, travel.

Additional languages: German

Aurora Ortiz, NP

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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.

Sharon Smart, MD


Sharon Smart joined the UHS psychiatry team in 2016. She received her MD and PhD (Pharmacology) from the University of Washington in Seattle and completed her residency in Adult Psychiatry at UCSF in 2002. Before UHS, she worked with a team focusing on psychosis treatment and then for 12 years supporting victims of violent crime at the UCSF/SFGH Trauma Recovery Center. She enjoys reading, running and hiking, and time with her family and cats.

Clinical interests: Trauma responses, mood and anxiety disorders, psychosis, interactions between sleep and mental health, understanding compassion-focused interventions and impact on wellbeing and resilience. 

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

Charmaine Harris

Administrative Assistant

Charmaine Harris joined CAPS in 2013 after working for three years as a clinical assistant with UHS. Her role in CAPS includes providing support to students, staff and faculty, completing ergonomic evaluations for CAPS staff, and assisting with staff scheduling. Charmaine graduated from Cal State East Bay in 2015 with a degree in Human Development. She loves spending time with family/friends, listening to music, reading, playing cards, going on nature walks, and traveling.

Valerie Luluquisen

Administrative Assistant

Valerie joined UHS in 2009 after working in the travel industry for 27 years. At UHS she worked in HR, Social Services, and volunteered at the information desk and Administration before joining the CAPS department in 2013. Valerie loves walking by the beach, hiking, cooking, baking, and crocheting.
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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 Lew

Administrative Assistant
Michele Swide Lew joined CAPS in 1992. Her main role is student services and triage where she ensures students are getting timely appointments scheduled same-day or beyond. Michele graduated from UC Berkeley with an English degree and enjoys water coloring, writing, and anything vintage.
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JoAnn Torres

Business & Operations Manager

Campus Mobile Crisis Response

AJ Kaur

Amarjit Kaur

Program Manager
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Amarjit Kaur is an LMFT, with over 15 years of experience in the mental health and education fields. She completed her undergraduate and graduate work at San Francisco State. Her experience includes working within non-profits organization, K-12 Schools, and most recently as a Clinical Supervisor with San Francisco's Street Crisis Response. She is well-versed in program development and implementation, crisis intervention, and training.

In her spare time, AJ often boxes and weigh lifts.  Spending time with friends and family is often a highlight of her day or week. Traveling is now limited, but defiantly a coveted activity. 

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Lindsay Felten, ASW

Crisis Intervention and Coordination Specialist

Pronouns: She/Her/Her

Lindsay is an Associate Clinical Social Worker who joined UHS to launch the new Campus Mobile Crisis Response program in 2023. Lindsay received her BS in Health Education from San Francisco State University and her MSW at Cal State East Bay. She has several years experience working in the Bay Area with underserved populations and in crisis counseling. She worked as a Crisis Response Clinician in San Francisco's pilot program, Street Crisis Response, providing integrated behavioral health care with EMS and peer counselors. Lindsay's clinical interests include: sexuality and gender related issues, trauma-informed care and advocacy, and harm reduction.

Lindsay enjoys traveling to new locations, camping, bike riding, and live music. Lindsay also enjoys spending time with her friends, family and pets.

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Edlin Vazquez, ASW

Crisis Intervention and Coordination Specialist

Pronouns: She/Her/Her

Edlin is an Associate Clinical Social Worker who joined UHS to launch the new Campus Mobile Crisis Response team (CMCR) in 2023. She obtained her BA in child and adolescent development with a minor in psychology from California State University, Northridge and a masters in social work from California State University, Long Beach. Edlin has experienced working with diverse populations across multiple settings (community, schools, clinics). Before joining CMCR Edlin was a Crisis Clinician for the San Francisco's Street Crisis Response Team where she found her passion for crisis work. Her goal is to be a change agent and provide mental health support to the most vulnerable in our communities.

Career & Wellness 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 & Wellness Counseling Interns

Bradley Cameron, MA

Career Counseling Intern Bradley Cameron is a doctoral graduate student working on his PsyD in Clinical Psychology at the Wright Institute, where he also received his Master's in Psychology. Prior to attending graduate school for clinical psychology, Bradley was a middle school math teacher and received his MEd at Hunters College.

Bradley loves to travel and experience new countries and cultures through food. He enjoys watching/reading all things Marvel, Game of Thrones, and The Wire.

Ahuti Goyal

Ahuti (she/her/hers) is a career counseling and wellness intern attending the University Of San Francisco where she is working on her Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. At USF, she is also a Graduate Research Assistant, where she focuses on multicultural-related topics and adoption, specifically focusing on Korean and Chinese adoptees being adopted by White families. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Anthropology at Santa Clara University. Ahuti's interests lie in Biracial folks, interracial couples, and international/multicultural-related research topics.

Ahuti loves to read, go for long walks and cuddle her guinea pig, Lola!

Iveth Lopez Obeso

Career Counseling Intern Iveth Lopez Obeso (She/Her/Ella) is a graduate student at San Francisco State University where she is working to earn her Master's degree in College and Career Counseling. Iveth earned her BA in Chicana/o/x Studies with a minor in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles, after completing a transfer from Folsom Lake Community College.

Iveth is passionate about closing the gaps that exist in student degree attainment, career advancement, and mental health. Iveth strives to acknowledge and uplift the unique needs and backgrounds of individuals and she works to help destigmatize the narrative of meeting with a counselor. Iveth's core belief is that mental health and peace in life, as in our academic and career endeavors, is our strength.

Iveth's favorite pastime is spending time with her family, and friends, and taking her dog on walks. She loves cooking, thrifting, and binge-watching her favorite shows. Her favorite dishes are her mother's fresh homemade tortillas, pozole, and Caldo de Carne. Iveth's favorite place to visit is San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

Abigail Boggs-Moura

Abigail (they/she) is a Career and Wellness Counseling Intern as part of their last year of attendance at the University of San Francisco (USF) for Marriage and Family Therapy. As an alumnus of UC Berkeley, they received their Bachelor Arts in Sociology in 2014, after transferring from Peralta Community College.

As a local to Oakland, Abigail brings a deep commitment to social justice, community care, and working to lower barriers for marginalized folks to access mental health care. They have worked in the mental health care field and mission-driven organizations in the Bay and New York that have focused on access to housing for LGBTQ+ and gender expansive folks, advocacy, and research for reproductive rights for the past 8 years. They are excited to bring that experience and passion to the Berkeley Career and Wellness program. 

In their spare time, they enjoy watching and reading sci-fi, getting outdoors, spending time with close friends at farmers' markets, and going out to dinner at a new vegan restaurant.