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CAPS Staff

The staff of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) includes licensed psychologists, board certified psychiatrists, licensed clinical social workers, and post-doctoral residents. All of our staff are generalists and see students presenting with a variety of issues and possess experience in working with diverse student populations. CAPS operates from a "de-centralized" community psychology model. While many of our staff are located at our Central Office (Galbraith Hall 190), in order to increase access for students, the majority of our staff are located at the seven undergraduate colleges, graduate student housing, the Campus Community Centers, and Student Health Services. 

CAPS Staff 2022-23

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Click on Sections below for individual staff bios!

Counseling Staff

  • Bridget Aiello, Psy.D.

    Bridget Aiello, Psy.D.

    Post-Doctoral Resident / Sixth College
    Alliant International University, San Diego

    Clinical Interests: Eating disorder treatment and research, Body Image and Eating Concerns, Self-compassion, Mindfulness, LGBTQQIAA+, Identity Development and Intersectionality, Multicultural and Diversity Issues, Trauma, Grief and Loss, Depression, Anxiety, Substance Use, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress Management.

    My theoretical orientation integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Process, Motivational Interviewing and Psychodynamic Theories.

    Languages Spoken: English

    Affiliations: CAPS: Eating Disorders Outreach and Emphasis Area.

  • Bryan Balvaneda, Ph.D.

    Bryan Balvaneda, Ph.D.

    Post-Doctoral Resident / Student Health Services
    University of Massachusetts Boston

    Pronouns: He/His/Him.

    Clinical Interests: Multicultural and Diversity Issues, Identity Development, Social Justice and Activism, Increasing Access to Care, Alternative Service Models, Community Outreach, Anxiety and Depression, Behavioral Medicine, CBT, Mindfulness, Self-Compassion. My theoretical orientation is involves an integrative approach that primarily utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Theory, Mindfulness/Acceptance-based approaches, and is also informed by Feminist/Multicultural Therapy framework to consider identity, diversity, and systemic issues in addressing a person’s areas of concern.

    Languages Spoken: English and Spanish.

    Affiliations: American Psychological Association (APA); Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).

  • Erin Bartelma, Psy.D.

    Erin Bartelma, Psy.D.

    Psychologist / Roosevelt College
    California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego

    Clinical Interests: Sport and performance psychology, health and wellness, academic success, stress management, adjustment and life transitions, managing depression and anxiety, identity formation, multicultural counseling, relationship issues, healthy communication skills, substance abuse, grief and loss, and working with student veterans. Theoretical orientation integrates psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness approaches.

    Languages Spoken: English

    Affiliations: CAPS: Co-Coordinator of Wellness Peer Education Program; Well-Being Cluster Advisory Board

  • Sarah Bromley, LCSW

    Sarah Bromley, LCSW

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker / Central Office
    California State University, Fresno

    Pronouns: she/her/hers

    Clinical Interests: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness, Stress management, Managing depression and anxiety, Relationship issues, Adjustment and life transition issues, Care Coordination and Advocacy.

    Languages Spoken: English

    Affiliations: National Association of Social Workers

  • Danielle Campbell, LCSW

    Danielle Campbell, LCSW

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker / Central Office
    University of California, Los Angeles

    Pronouns: she/her/hers

    Clinical Interests: Mindfulness, Adjustment and Life Transition Issues, Anxiety and Perfectionism, OCD, Relationship Issues and Attachment, Wellness, Healthy Communication Skills, Stress Management, Reducing Stigma of Mental Health Issues, Care Coordination and Advocacy, Mental Health and Creativity. Theoretical orientation integrates Strength-Based, Existential, Solution-Focused, Psychodynamic, Humanistic and Mindfulness-Based Interventions.

    Languages Spoken: English

  • Wenhsin Chang, Ph.D.

    Wenhsin Chang, Ph.D.

    Psychologist / Sixth College
    University of Wisonsin, Milwalkee

    Pronouns: She/her/hers

    Clinical Interests: Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Inner child, Relationships, Cultural adjustments. Psychotherapy approaches include: client-center therapy, Solution Focus Brief Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), mind-body connection.

    Languages Spoken: English, Mandarin, and Tawainese

    Affiliations: American Psychological Associationo (APA)

  • Sarah Clavell-Storer, Ph.D.

    Sarah Clavell-Storer, Ph.D.

    Clinical Director 
    Psychologist / Central Office
    California School of Professional Psychology

    Pronouns: she/her/hers

    Clinical Interests: Managing depression and anxiety; Adjustment and life transitions; Multicultural counseling; Women’s issues; Sexual and gender identity development; Veteran’s issues; Body image concerns; Childhood abuse; Relationships. Theoretical orientation integrates psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness approaches.

    Languages Spoken: English

    Affiliations: American Psychological Association (APA)

  • Gila Cohen, MSW LCSW

    Gila Cohen, MSW LCSW

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker / Central Office 
    New York University

    Pronouns: she/her/hers 

    Clinical Interests: Cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavioral therapy, trauma and recovery, crisis intervention, mindfulness, harm reduction, relapse prevention, managing depression and anxiety, stress management, adjustment and life transitions, interpersonal relationships, eating and body image issues, self -esteem, wellness, empowerment, and advocacy. 

    Languages Spoken: English 

    Affiliations: UCSD CARE Program, Early Psychosis Specialty Clinic, and UCSD Mother, Child, and Adolescent HIV Program. 

  • David Diaz, Ph.D.

    David Diaz, Ph.D.

    Post-Doctoral Resident / Warren College
    University of Missouri, Columbia

    Pronouns: He/Him/His

    Clinical Interests: College success and wellbeing, adjustment and life transitions,  academic/career development, anxiety, grief/living with loss, substance use,  first-generation college students, graduate students, managing disabilities while in college, trauma, and overall wellbeing of students with underrepresented/marginalized identities. I work with clients using an approach that is person-centered, multicultural, social justice oriented, and grounded in cognitive-behavioral, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, and other mindfulness-based interventions.

    Languages Spoken: English and Spanish (native speaker).

    Affiliations: American Psychological Association (APA); National Latinx Psychological Association (NLPA); Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP); UCSD Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).

  • Judy Goodman-Fermin, Ph.D.

    Judy Goodman-Fermin, Ph.D.

    Training Director 
    Psychologist / Central Office
    California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego

    Pronouns: she/her/hers

    Clinical Interests: Adjustment and Life Transitions; Managing Depression and Anxiety; Stress Management; Self-esteem; Enhancing Self-efficacy through Communication and Assertiveness training; Women’s Issues; Social Justice; Multiracial/Ethnic Identity and Relationships; Mind/Body/Spirit Connections; International Student Experience; Cultural Sensitivity and Competency. Theoretical orientation integrates cognitive-behavioral, dynamic, and positive psychology.

    Languages Spoken: English

    Affiliations: California Psychological Association; San Diego Psychological Association, CAPS Academic Affairs liaison

  • Rhonda Hackshaw, Ph.D.

    Rhonda Hackshaw, Ph.D.

    Psychologist / Roosevelt College
    University of Florida

    Pronouns: She/her/hers

    Clinical Interests: Managing Depression and Anxiety; Mindfulness Meditation; Mindfulness Relapse Prevention; Stress Management; Wellness and Holistic Care; Sleep Hygiene; Chronic Illness/Pain Management; Behavioral Medicine/Health Psychology; Athletic Peak Performance; Self-Hypnosis; Goal-Setting; Academic Performance; Disordered Eating Issues; Multiracial/Ethnic Identity; International Student Experience; Cultural Sensitivity and Competency; Healthy Relationships; Assertiveness Training; Group Therapy; Sexual Assault/Abuse Recovery. Theoretical orientation integrates cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and multicultural feministic approaches.

    Languages Spoken: English

    Affiliations: American Psychological Association; San Diego Psychological Association, Sport Psychology Committee; Liaison, UCSD Athletic Department

  • Scott Hansen, Ph.D.

    Scott Hansen, Ph.D.

    Psychologist / Central Office
    California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego

    Clinical Interests: The science of romantic love and relational compatibility; evolutionary psychology; philosophical psychology; the concept of self; verification/falsification of psychological claims; performance psychology; the psychology of religion. Theoretical orientation integrates Psychodynamic, Existential, Motivational Interviewing, Brief Therapy, and Cognitive-Behavioral approaches.

    Languages Spoken: English

    Affiliations: American Psychological Association, Division 42: Psychologists in Independent Practice; San Diego Psychological Association, Orange County Psychological Association

  • Tyler Hatchel, Ph.D.

    Tyler Hatchel, Ph.D.

    Psychologist / Revelle College
    University of Florida

    Pronouns: he/him

    Clinical Interests: Anxiety, depression, adjustment and life transitions, identity development, digital media issues, sexuality and gender diversity, trauma, graduate student issues, suicide, making meaning and existential matters, as well as interpersonal relationship concerns. My theoretical framework is integrated drawing from cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, interpersonal therapy, person-centered therapy, feminist and multicultural frameworks, as well as existential, strength-based, mindfulness, and narrative approaches.

    Languages Spoken: English

    Affiliations: American Psychological Association (APA)

  • Melissa Hawthorne-Campos, LCSW

    Melissa Hawthorne-Campos, LCSW

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker / Central Office
    California State University, Sacramentso

    Pronouns: she/her/hers

    Clinical Interests: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness.  Depression, Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Panic Disorder, OCD, Mood disorders, Gender Dysphoria, Victims of Crime, Care Coordination and Advocacy.

    Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

  • Sara Heinemann, Psy.D.

    Sara Heinemann, Psy.D.

    Post-Doctoral Resident / Student Health Services
    The Chicago School of Professional Psychology-Los Angeles

    Pronouns: She/Hers/Her

    Clinical Interests: Multicultural and Diversity Issues, Formation of Identity, Adjusting to College, LGBTQ+, Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, Art as an Expressive Means, ADHD, Crisis, PTSD, Stress Management, managing Anxiety and Depression, Grief and Loss, Relationship problems, Communication skills Trauma.

    My theoretical orientation involves Narrative Therapy with emphasis in CBT and Positive Psychology.

    Languages Spoken: English

  • Reina Juarez, Ph.D.

    Reina Juarez, Ph.D.

    Director
    Psychologist / Central Office
    California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles

    Pronouns: She/her/hers

    Clinical Interests: Innovative, integrative, empirically-based treatment modalities and evidence based practice in psychology; establishment and maintenance of diverse, inclusive, healthy and thriving living and learning environments; prevention through community outreach and psycho-educational interventions; critical incident and emergency management systems response; trauma and resilience; interpersonal neurobiology; enhancement of psycho-social behavioral capabilities and the evolving Self; developmental passages of young and middle adulthood, partnerships and families; Mindfulness practice and wellness life styles; Psychology and the arts; the psychology of international relations; consultation, leadership and organizational behavior. Psychotherapy approaches include: Psychodynamic Self-Psychology, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Strategic Problem Solving Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Re-decision Therapy, Community and Systems Psychology.

    Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

    Affiliations: American Psychological Association; Organization of Counseling Center Directors in Higher Education (OCCDHE); Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD); Consultant for California Jurisprudence and Professional Ethics Examination (CJPEE), California Board of Psychology

  • Alison Kempter Diaz, LCSW

    Alison Kempter Diaz, LCSW

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker / Central Office
    George Mason University / University of New England

    Pronouns: She, her, hers, ella/suya

    Clinical Interests: Innovative, integrative, empirically-based treatment modalities and evidence based practice; prevention through community outreach and psycho-educational interventions; Bystander Movement approach to preventing gender-based violence and sexual assault; implementing a trauma-informed and resilience-based organizational and community approach; developmental passages of young adulthood, partnerships, and families; mindfulness practice and wellness lifestyles; mental health and the creative arts; consultation, leadership and organizational behavior; Dialectical Behavioral Therapy; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Mentalization Based Therapy; LGBTQIA+ population and gender diversity; multicultural and diversity issues; relationships; sexual assault/abuse recovery; sexual health; sleep hygiene; stress management; Latinx/Chicanx students; first and second generation immigrants; acculturative stressors; first generation college students; migratory trauma;  mindfulness; managing depression and anxiety, chronic stress related to systemic oppression; adjustment and life transitions; strengths based approaches; Motivational Interviewing; and solution-focused therapy.

    Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

    Affiliations: Coming soon.

  • Kimberly Knight-Ortiz, LCSW

    Kimberly Knight-Ortiz, LCSW

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker / OASIS
    San Diego State University

    Pronouns: she/hers/ella

    Clinical Interests: First Generation College Students, Latinx/Chicanx Students, Building Positive Coping, Health and Wellness, Stress Management, Adjustment to Life Transitions, Managing Depression and Anxiety, Identity Formation (including gender and sexuality), Multicultural Counseling, Interpersonal Issues, Healthy Communication Skills, Grief and Loss, and student Veterans. My theoretical orientation integrates Multicultural Feminist Therapy, Client Centered, Cognitive-Behavioral, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness approaches.

    Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

    Affiliations: National Association of Social Workers (NASW); OASIS Liaison

  • Fengqin Lian, Ph.D.

    Fengqin Lian, Ph.D.

    Psychologist / Nuevo West Graduate Housing
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

    Pronouns: she/her/hers

    Clinical Interests: Anxiety, Depression, Eating disorders, OCD, Relationships, Sense of self, Living through different cultures, Living in general. Psychotherapy approaches include: Client-centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

    Languages Spoken: English and Mandarin

  • Emily Limas, Ph.D.

    Emily Limas, Ph.D.

    Psychologist / Central Office & Marshall College
    University of Indiana

    Pronouns: she/her/hers

    Clinical Interests: Identity issues, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, adjustment concerns, family of origin concerns, stress management, women's issues, graduate student issues, first generation, trauma, couples, multicultural/diversity issues. My approach is genuine, compassionate, flexible, and collaborative. I often blend Interpersonal, Cognitive-Behavioral, Multi-Cultural, Feminist, Existential-humanistic, Attachment, and Family Systems approaches.

    Languages Spoken: English

    Affiliations: Postpartum Health Alliance (PHA)

  • Louie Limas, Ph.D.

    Louie Limas, Ph.D.

    Psychologist / Sixth College
    Indiana University

    Clinical Interests: Anxiety, Depression, Latinx, AAPI, Graduate students, and Esports. Psychotherapy approaches include: Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

    Languages Spoken: English

    Affiliations: UCSD: APIMEDA and Raza liaison 

  • Noreen Marsland, Psy.D.

    Noreen Marsland, Psy.D.

    Post-Doctoral Resident / Sixth College
    Graduate School of Psychology, Pacific University

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Clinical Interests: Body Image and Eating Concerns, LGBTQQIAA+, Identity Development and Intersectionality, Multicultural and Diversity Issues, Trauma, Grief and Loss, Depression, Anxiety,  ADHD, Substance Use, Interpersonal Relationships, Social Anxiety, Stress Management, First Generation, Student Veterans, and ROTC Cadets.  My theoretical orientation integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Process, Humanistic, and Psychodynamic.

    Languages Spoken: English

    Affiliations: American Psychological Association (APA); World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), and Student Veterans of America (SVA).

  • Taylor McCavanagh, Psy.D.

    Taylor McCavanagh, Psy.D.

    Psychologist / Muir College
    Springfield College, MA

    Pronouns: they/them/theirs

    Clinical Interests: Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation, Depression, Interpersonal Relationships, Identity Exploration, Attachment Concerns, PTSD, Self-Compassion, Life Transitions, Communication, Family of Origin Issues. Psychotherapy approaches include: Time-Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Object Relations Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

    Languages Spoken: English

    Affiliations: American Psychological Association (APA).

  • Michael McGlenn, Psy.D.

    Michael McGlenn, Psy.D.

    Psychologist / Student Health Services - Behavioral Health
    California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego

    Pronouns: he/him/his

    Clinical Interests: Stress management, depression and anxiety, reactions to traumatic events, adjustment issues, mental health issues that exist with medical/physical problems, men’s health, military Veteran health, relationship conflict, sleep difficulties, cultural-identity formation, and self-worth issues. My theoretical orientation uses cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based approaches, particularly Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

    Languages Spoken: English

    Affiliations: American Psychological Association (APA)

  • Melissa Miller, LCSW

    Melissa Miller, LCSW

    Referral Coordinator, Central Office 
    San Diego State University

    Clinical Interests: Interpersonal stressors and stage of life concerns, mind-body wellness and integrated health care, women’s health, academic success, coping with change and stress reduction skills, managing depression and anxiety, identity formation, multicultural counseling, relationship issues, healthy communication skills and boundary-setting, substance abuse, grief and loss, and peri/post-partum mental health and wellness. Theoretical orientation integrates narrative, cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, clinical case management, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness approaches.

    Languages Spoken: English

    Affiliations: National Association of Social Workers

  • Tiffany O'Meara, Ph.D.

    Tiffany O'Meara, Ph.D.

    Director of Outreach Services
    Psychologist / Central Office
    University of Southern California

    Pronouns: she/her/hers

    Clinical Interests: Anxiety disorders, Building social confidence, Stress Management, Well-Being, and Flourishing, Multicultural, human sexuality, and women's issues. Theoretical orientation includes cognitive-behavioral, positive psychology, and humanistic approaches.

    Languages Spoken: English

    Affiliations: Campus Well-Being Committees, Liaison to Sorority Fraternity Life

  • Mariel Ruiz Stasiuk Psy.D.

    Mariel Ruiz Stasiuk Psy.D.

    Post-Doctoral Resident / Student Health Services
    California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego, CA

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Clinical Interests: Sport and performance psychology; Enhancing resilience, self-efficacy, optimism and overall well-being of scholar athletes, Active Duty Military and Veterans; Academic performance, stress reduction, sleep hygiene, and managing anxiety; Post-traumatic stress and post-traumatic growth; Grief/loss, chronic pain, substance use, and promotion of healthy behaviors.

    Theoretical orientation integrates cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive processing therapy, motivational interviewing, positive psychology, and mindfulness approaches.

    Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

    Affiliations: American Psychological Association (APA); Division 19: Military Psychology; Division 47: Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology, and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).

  • Shane Saenz, PsyD, CMPC

    Shane Saenz, PsyD, CMPC

    Psychologist, Sport Psychology Coordinator/ UC San Diego Athletics
    University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology

    Clinical Interests: Sport and performance psychology; peak performance; self-efficacy; self-compassion; trauma; long-distance relationships; animal-assisted interventions; career counseling & assessment; stress reduction; sleep hygiene; depression & anxiety management; grief; LGBTQ+; cultural competency
    Theoretical orientation integrates acceptance and commitment therapy, psychodynamic, internal family systems, cultural background, values, motivational interviewing, positive psychology, and mindfulness.

    Languages Spoken: English

    Affiliations: American Psychological Association (APA); APA Division 47: Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology; US Olympic & Paralympic (USOPC) Mental Health & Sport Psychology Registries; Clinical/Counseling Sport Psychology Association (CCSPA); Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).

  • Lilian Salcedo, Psy.D.

    Lilian Salcedo, Psy.D.

    Assistant Clinical Director of Urgent Care and Hospitalizations
    Psychologist / CAPS Central Office
    California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego

    Clinical Interests: Stress management, depression, anxiety, adjustment and life transitions, grief and loss, acculturation stress, first generation college student issues, trauma, and family of origin issues.

    Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

    Affiliations: American Psychological Association; San Diego Psychological Association

  • Haim Shemer, Psy.D.

    Haim Shemer, Psy.D.

    Psychologist / Seventh College
    California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego

    Clinical Interests: Evidence-based treatments for anxiety and sleep problems, adjustment and life transitions, Positive Psychology, stress management, meaning in life and well being, meditation and mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

    Languages Spoken: English and Hebrew

    Affiliations: American Psychological Association

  • Tong-An "Fred" Shueh, Ph.D.

    Tong-An "Fred" Shueh, Ph.D.

    Psychologist / Revelle College
    University of Florida

    Pronouns: he/him/his

    Clinical Interests: Biofeedback, mindfulness meditation, stress / anxiety management, adjustment & acculturation, sport psychology / performance enhancement, addictive behaviors, outreach/consultation, LGBTQ, APIMEDA, international students, identity concerns, and multicultural counseling. Theoretical orientation integrates multicultural, interpersonal, humanistic, biofeedback, and mindfulness approaches.

    Languages Spoken: English and Mandarin Chinese

    Affiliations: CAPS: Taiwan Psychology Network (TPN)

  • Danielle Simien, LCSW

    Danielle Simien, LCSW

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker / Muir College
    University of California, Berkeley

    Pronouns: she/hers

    Clinical Interests: Black/African-American students, graduate students, health and wellness, stress management, adjustment to life transitions, anxiety, panic, trauma, and, assertive communication. Psychotherapy approaches include: strength-based, solution-focused, culturally responsive, client centered, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and cognitive-behavioral.

    Languages Spoken: English

    Affiliations: Cognitive Processing for PTSD; CAPS: Liaison to Black Resource Center

  • Jashneel Singh, Psy.D.

    Jashneel Singh, Psy.D.

    Post-Doctoral Resident / Student Health Services
    Alliant International University-San Diego 

    Pronouns: He/She/They

    Clinical Interests: Multicultural and Diversity Issues, Social Justice/Advocacy/Activism, Increasing Access to Care, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation, Depression, Anxiety Identity Exploration, Trauma, Refugee and Human Trafficking Mental Health Concerns, Acute Mental Health, Severe Mental Illness, and Crisis Management. My theoretical orientation utilizes CBT, DBT, and Mindfulness based approaches. It is also informed through a humanistic/multicultural therapy framework to highlight a person centered approach.

    Languages Spoken: English and Indo-Fijian Hindi

    Affiliations: American Psychological Association (APA)

  • Allison (Allie) Wagner, Ph.D.

    Allison (Allie) Wagner, Ph.D.

    Psychologist, Eating Disorders Coordinator / Sixth College
    University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

    Clinical Interests: Eating disorder treatment and research, body image, feminist perspectives on body image, Health at Every Size, health behavior change, self-compassion, mindfulness, trauma, anxiety. Theoretical orientation includes cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, radically open dialectical behavior therapy, compassion focused therapy, and motivational interviewing.

    Languages Spoken: English

    Affiliations: American Psychological Association (APA), Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)

  • Lori Weiner, LCSW

    Lori Weiner, LCSW

    Assistant Clinical Director of BTAs and Referrals
    Licensed Clinical Social Worker / CAPS Central Office
    San Diego State University

    Pronouns: she/her/hers

    Clinical Interests: Mindfulness & Meditation, Stress Management, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Care Coordination and Advocacy, and Prevention.

    Languages Spoken: English and some Spanish

    Affiliations: Higher Education Case Managers Association (HECMA); UC San Diego Basic Needs Committee

  • Wende West, LCSW

    Wende West, LCSW

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker / Central Office
    Tulane University

    Pronouns: she/her/hers

    Clinical Interests: Prevention, Wellness, Mindfulness, Stress Management, Youth Disability Advocacy, Care Coordination, Health Promotion, Outreach, and Education.

    Languages Spoken: English

    Affiliations: National Association of Social Workers (NASW); Higher Education Case Managers Association (HECMA)

  • Haile Wright, LCSW

    Haile Wright, LCSW

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Warren College 
    San Diego State University

    Clinical Interests: Managing Anxiety and Depression, BIPOC experiences, Transitional Age Youth, First Generation student experiences, Former Foster Youth, Students with Dependents, Intersectional Identities, Sex and Gender Identity Development, Adjustment and Life transitions, Women’s issues, Sleep/Time management issues, and Relationship issues. Theoretical orientation integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness and Gratitude work.

    Languages Spoken: English

    Affiliations: Liaison, School of Medicine

  • Jessica Young, LCSW

    Jessica Young, LCSW

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker / Central Office
    San Diego State University

    Clinical Interests: Transitional Age Youth, BIPOC-multicultural counseling, identity formation, racial trauma, religious trauma, managing depression and anxiety, adjustment and life transitions, relationship and attachment issues. Modalities utilized: CBT, DBT, ACT, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused CBT, mindfulness, and self-compassion.

    Languages Spoken: English

Psychiatry Staff

  • Kelley Adams, M.D.

    Kelley Adams, M.D.

    Psychiatrist / Central Office / Roosevelt College
    M.D., University of Tennessee
    Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology
    General Psychiatry Residency, Dept of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina Hospitals
    Psychiatry Fellowship, Forensic Psychiatry, University of North Carolina Hospitals

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Clinical Interests: Transition-age mental health, lifestyle medicine, multicultural/diversity issues, forensic psychiatry, mood and anxiety disorders.

    Languages Spoken: English

    Affiliations: American Psychiatric Association; American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

  • David Kersey, M.D.

    David Kersey, M.D.

    Psychiatrist / Central Office / Roosevelt College
    M.D., University of Virginia
    Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Psychiatry Residency, Yale University
    Fellowship, Student Health Psychiatry Yale University

    Pronouns: he/him/his

    Clinical Interests: Well-being, mindfulness, LGBTQ issues, serious and persistent mental illness, anxiety, clinical depression.

    Languages Spoken: English

    Affiliations: American Psychiatric Association

Administrative Staff

  • Monique Balestreri

    Monique Balestreri

    Business and Systems Manager / Central Office

    Pronouns: she/her/hers

    Responsibilities: Management of all CAPS non-clinical functions; HIPAA officer; supervision of administrative support staff; business system management; budget management; human resources; credentialing; payroll; EMR and IT support; DSA for department.

  • Erin Grayce

    Erin Grayce

    Administrative Assistant / Central Office

    Responsibilities: Scheduling; referral processing; office administration.

  • Jenny Lynn Kyriakides

    Jenny Lynn Kyriakides

    Administrative Assistant / Central Office

    Responsibilities: Scheduling; referral processing; office administration.

  • Valerie Serrano

    Valerie Serrano

    Administrative Assistant / Central Office

    Responsibilities: Scheduling; referral processing; office administration.

  • Kae Vanderspek

    Kae Vanderspek

    Administrative Assistant / Central Office

    Responsibilities: Scheduling; referral processing; office administration.