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 Meet The CAPS Staff

The staff of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) includes licensed psychologists, board certified psychiatrists, and post-doctoral fellows. 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 six undergraduate colleges, the Women's Center, and Student Health Services. The staff members at CAPS are also researchers and writers. To see a list of writings and research projects run by our staff, please view the Staff Publications & Research Tab below.


CAPS Clinical Staff

  • Erin Kelly Bartelma, Psy.D.Psychologist / Roosevelt College
    California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego

    Welcome! I believe counseling is a process that allows you to create a personal path of empowerment and emotional wellness. It is an opportunity for you to identify strengths, increase coping skills, and problem solve. With acceptance and compassion, I will work with you to find more awareness and balance in your life, to help you meet your goals, and to face challenges more confidently. I am proud to be part of the CAPS team and look forward to supporting you during your journey here at UCSD!

    Clinical Interests:
    Sport & 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.
    Affiliations:
    CAPS: Co-Coordinator of Wellness Peer Education Program; Well-Being Cluster Advisory Board.
  • Sarah Bromley, LCSWLicensed Clinical Social Worker / Central Office
    California State University, Fresno

    Hello UCSD students! It is a pleasure to assist you as a part of the CAPS team. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of experience working in the field of mental health. I believe everyone needs some additional support sometimes, especially when faced with the multiple demands of college life! I am committed to helping students obtain the support and resources they need to improve their emotional well- being and accomplish their personal and academic goals. I look forward to working with you!

    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.
  • Sophia Chang, Ph.D.Psychologist / Marshall College
    California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles

    I am a licensed psychologist specializing in relationship issues with many years of training and experience working with individuals and couples in their emotional pain. My therapeutic approach is process-oriented, interpersonally and emotionally focused. I understand the difficulty of trusting another, and the fear of handing your vulnerable self to a professional you have never met. I am competent and skillful in creating the profound reward in all kinds of relationships—helping people regulate emotions and heal from their relational wounds. I also understand how painful and difficult it is to change. However, remaining stuck in the same patterns makes people feel depressed, devastated, and despaired. Change requires honesty and courage. I help people connect with the part of themselves that wants to be different and take responsibility. I help people face their longing, become honest with themselves and others and learn how to deal with conflicted emotions and complicated situations in relationships.

    Clinical Interests:
    Couple’s Therapy; Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)/Emotion Regulation; Interpersonal Relationship Issues; Infidelity; Process Group & Group Psychotherapy; Identity Exploration and Development; Conflicts with Family of Origin; Depression and Suicidal Thoughts; Diversity and Multi-cultural Counseling; Self-esteem and Insecurity; Sexuality or Sexual Concerns.
    Languages Spoken:
    English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.
    Affiliations:
    American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA).
  • Sarah Clavell Storer, Ph.D.Psychologist / Revelle College
    California School of Professional Psychology

    Hello and welcome to the Counseling Center! College is an exciting time filled with many new experiences and challenges. I feel so honored to be a part of students’ journeys of self-discovery and growth. I am passionate about helping students overcome challenges and attain lifelong skills. I enjoy working with students with a variety of concerns but have some special interests including managing depression and anxiety, multicultural counseling, interpersonal relationships, body image concerns, sexual and gender identity development, veteran’s issues, and childhood abuse. I look forward to meeting you!

    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.
    Affiliations:
    American Psychological Association.
  • Hercilia Corona, Ph.D.Psychologist / Warren College
    University of Massachusetts (Boston)

    Bienvenidos! Welcome! I am a Mexican immigrant and first-generation college student. I feel honored to serve the UCSD community as a Staff Psychologist at CAPS. In addition to offering direct clinical services, I am the Liaison to the RAZA Resource Centro. I would describe my clinical style as warm, supportive, and flexible. It combines psychodynamic, behavioral, and developmental approaches. Although I am a generalist, I have special interest and expertise in working with students of color, first generation college students, and other under-represented groups. I am also bilingual in Spanish. I look forward to meeting you!

    Clinical Interests:
    Impact of implicit and explicit racism; working with students of color, first-generation college students, and other under-represented groups; Identity development; Immigration and acculturation; Family of origin concerns.
    Languages Spoken:
    English and Spanish.
    Affiliations:
    UCSD: Liaison, RAZA Resource Centro.
  • Isabelle Creste, Psy.D.Post-Doctoral / Thurgood Marshall College
    Antioch University, New England

    Welcome to UCSD Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)! I am a postdoctoral resident, and I am excited to be part of the CAPS team. I feel privileged to work with you during this special time in your life, and will provide you with a supportive therapeutic environment, one that will enable you to share your thoughts, stories, identities, values, and goals within a comfortable context. I will guide you through a collaborative process, and help you to identify your strengths, and some ways of coping and problem-solving that may assist you in meeting your goals. I am looking forward to collaborating with you and supporting your unfolding journey at UCSD!

    Clinical Interests:
    Multicultural counseling within the context of Intercultural communication and cross-cultural adaptation, health and wellness, developmental trauma, academic goals, stress management, college transition, coping with depression and anxiety, identity development, relationship issues, healthy communication skills, grief and loss, and working with International students. Integrative theoretical approach: relational, psychodynamic, strength-based, compassionate acceptance, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness approaches.
    Languages:
    English.
    Affiliations:
    CAPS: Wellness Peer Education Program team; American Psychological Association; National Certified Counselor (NCC).
  • Rhonda Hackshaw, Ph.D.Psychologist / Roosevelt College
    University of Florida

    Hello! I am honoured to work at UCSD CAPS and excited by my opportunities to work with students. I am fortunate to be able to work with students in multiple settings: individual counseling, workshops, outreach and mentoring. Some of my training areas include cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness based cognitive therapy, and peak performance skills training, and I have a specialization in sport psychology. I also greatly value working within a framework of multiculturalism. Some topics I am especially passionate about are health behaviors such as sleep, management of chronic pain and injury, and effective communication patterns. I look forward to meeting and working with you!

    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.
    Affiliations:
    American Psychological Association; San Diego Psychological Association, Sport Psychology Committee; Liaison, UCSD Athletic Department.
  • Danielle Hanley, Psy.D.Post Doctoral Resident / Muir College
    California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego

    Hello and welcome UCSD Students! College is often a very exciting time in life, with many new experiences and adventures. However, it can also be challenging and present with new demands and responsibilities. I am committed to assisting you with navigating life challenges as well as identifying strengths, values, and ways of coping that will assist you in reaching your goals in college and other areas of your life. My approach integrates cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and mindfulness. My ultimate goal is to provide a safe, warm, and supportive space where students can find ways to flourish and thrive in this challenging and exciting environment. I truly look forward to supporting you during your time at UCSD.

    Clinical Interests:
    Identity Development, Adjustment and Life Transitions, Body Image and Eating Concerns, Sexuality and LGBTQIA+Concerns, Women’s Issues, Multicultural and Diversity Issues, Academic Success and Performance, Depression, Anxiety, Relationships, Wellness. My theoretical orientation integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Culturally Informed Interventions, and Mindfulness approaches.
    Languages Spoken:
    English.
    Affiliations:
    American Psychological Association (APA); UCSD CAPS: Tritons Flourishing Initiative.
  • Scott R. Hansen, Ph.D.Psychologist / Central Office
    California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego

    Greetings. I have spent twenty years in postgraduate study delving deeply into psychology, philosophy, anthropology, and systematic theology. During this time, I have acquired a unique understanding of the human condition that allows me to use this wisdom to help students understand, process, and conquer their personal challenges during college life. In addition to helping students cope with anxiety and depression, my area of expertise is romantic love and relational compatibility. I have been teaching seminars on love and marriage for 25 years, trying to help people avoid the relationship mistakes most people make and learn how to find and foster a successful relationship. While my clients find my style sensitive and supportive, they also appreciate that I go beyond active listening and reflection and challenge them with questions that lead them to deeper levels of insight and awareness.

    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.
    Affiliations:
    American Psychological Association, Division 42: Psychologists in Independent Practice; San Diego Psychological Association, Orange County Psychological Association.
  • Tyler Hatchel, Ph.D.Post Doctoral Resident / Revelle College
    University of Florida

    Dear UCSD students – My vision is to be an advocate for all students. I value compassion, diversity, innovation, empiricism, and empowerment. I believe that we can collaborate together to enhance both your success as a student and your general well-being.

    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 Psychology Association (APA).
  • Mojgan Jahan, Psy.D.Psychologist / Central Office
    Wright Institute

    Hello and welcome to CAPS! Life can be confusing and hard. Often, it is helpful to talk things over with someone who is outside of our immediate circle of family and friends. I am honored to accompany you on your journey of healing and self-discovery. My name is Mojgan Jahan. I grew up in Tehran, Iran and in San Antonio, Texas! Having such varied life experiences has helped me appreciate diversity and to work with people compassionately and non-judgmentally. I have a deep appreciation and respect for each person’s individuality. I listen deeply and work with you to address your concerns. I believe emotional safety is the foundation of healing and am committed to doing my very best to provide a safe space for our therapeutic work. My approach integrates mindfulness practices, positive psychology, cognitive behavioral, narrative, and psychodynamic modalities .

    Clinical Interests:
    Building resilience to stress, depression, anxiety, identity formation and transition stress, immigration and acculturation, self-compassion and mindfulness.
    Languages Spoken:
    Fluent in English and Farsi.
    Affiliations:
    Liaison: UC San Diego School of Medicine; American Psychological Association; Adaptive Leadership Network ; A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems.
  • Carly Knauf, Psy.D.Post Doctoral Resident / Seventh College
    University of Denver

    Hello Tritons! I am honored and grateful to be a part of the CAPS family and to have the opportunity to support and work with you! College is a unique and at times, trying experience, and now you are navigating this stage of life during multiple pandemics- both COVID-19 and ongoing racial injustices. My commitment is to provide support to help you navigate and succeed in your current situation by understanding, incorporating, and prioritizing your individual values and needs in the therapeutic setting. I truly look forward to connecting with you.

    Clinical Interests:
    ADHD, Adjustment and Life Transitions, Anger Management, Anxiety, Assertiveness Training, Couples, Depression, Disabilities, Grief and Loss, Group Therapy, Identity Development, LGBTQIA+ Population and Gender Diversity, Multicultural and Diversity Issues, Relationships, Sexual Assault/Abuse Recovery, Sexual Health, Sleep Hygiene, Stress Management, and Trauma -Posttraumatic Growth. My theoretical orientation integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Culturally Informed Interventions, Systems, and Acceptance Commitment Therapy approaches.
    Languages Spoken:
    English.
    Affiliations:
    American Psychological Association (APA); San Diego Psychological Association (SDPA), UCSD CAPS: Tritons Flourishing Initiative.
  • Gregory E. Koch, Psy.D.Psychologist / Muir College
    California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego

    Welcome. I believe in the potential of people and in their capacity for deeper connection and transformation. Through deeper connections, we can see that relationships give life meaning. I also believe that when we learn and practice compassion for ourselves and others we can access calm, peace, and happiness. From this perspective, success is not about perfectionism, but about achievement in the framework of love for self and others. My goal is to create a safe environment where students can look honestly at themselves and others while establishing directions for health and growth. I hope I can be of help.

    Clinical Interests:
    Couples/relationship therapy; gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender issues; hate/bias crime; mindfulness-based cognitive-behavioral therapy; men's wellness; building resilience to stress and trauma; humor. Psychotherapy approaches include: Imago Relationship Therapy, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic, Interpersonal, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Feminist and Cognitive-Behavioral approaches.
    Affiliations:
    American Psychological Association: Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues, Society of Clinical Psychology; Alliant International University--Adjunct Faculty; Imago Relationships International.
  • Christina Lambert, Ph.D.Psychologist / Marshall College
    CAPS Program Manager, Graduate and Professional Students
    Arizona State University

    Hello UC San Diego Graduate and Professional School Students! I am honored to provide individual counseling, as well as group workshops, to UC San Diego Graduate and Professional school students who want to design balanced lives, clarify their purpose, manage their moods, improve their relationships, optimize their performance, and achieve their goals.

    Clinical Interests:
    Depression, Anxiety, Stress Management, Motivation, Performance, Goal Achievement, Focus, Career Discernment, Meaning, Relationships, Assertiveness, and Grief. My theoretical orientation incorporates Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive-Behavioral, Existential, Narrative and Multicultural approaches.
    Affiliations:
    American Psychological Association (APA), Graduate Career Consortium (GCC).
  • Fengqin Lian, Ph.D.Psychologist / Warren College
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

    Hello and welcome to CAPS! I believe life is like a journey. Think of it as a journey of climbing a mountain, going through a forest, or traveling through a desert, or a combination of them. There are road blocks from time to time. As your therapist and fellow traveler, I may see the road blocks from different angles and have a clearer view because of my training, life experience, and the fact that I can be in and out of your journey. For a very short period of your time in your journey at UCSD, traveling with a therapist may help you travel farther.

    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.
    Research Interests:
    Therapist development, Therapy process.
    Affiliations:
    American Psychological Association, Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society.
  • Emily Limas, Ph.D.Psychologist / Central Office through Feb 22, then TMC
    Indiana University

    Hello and welcome! Throughout your life you will encounter many defining moments that will have lasting imprints on who you are and become. College life provides many opportunities for those moments. These life events can be both exciting and stressful and having social support and a plan for navigating them is important. My personal history as an first generation, transfer student taught me to grow from the challenges that I faced during this time. My goal is to provide you with a safe environment to explore and learn about yourself, to improve your quality of life. Thank you for taking time to read about me, and I look forward to be a part of your journey.

    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).
  • Michael McGlenn, Psy.D.Post Doctoral Resident / Behavioral Health - Student Health Services
    California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego

    Hello and welcome to CAPS! I recognize the unique stress that comes from being a student. It is my mission to help you successfully navigate these obstacles by teaching you useful strategies and using existing skills, abilities, and values that are unique to you. While I am capable of assisting you with many different issues, I have particular interests in helping students who are experiencing depression and anxiety, sleep difficulties, behavioral and mood changes following a traumatic life event, and relationship conflict. I believe that successful recovery happens when we can shed unhelpful ‘mental chatter’ and make choices that are in line with what truly matters to us. It is truly my honor to serve you in your academic journey.

    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).
  • Kristina Mendez, Ph.D.Post-Doctoral Resident/ Sixth College
    Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto University

    Welcome y Bienvenidos! I am so happy to have joined the UCSD CAPS community this year. I am a bilingual (Inglés y Español), multicultural and multiethnic therapist. I am passionate about serving all students from a holistic, compassionate, and empowering approach. I care deeply about working with communities to provide students with accessible resources to help them thrive. I see students as connected to a bigger picture beyond symptoms that bring them in, and work with my clients to explore what is most healing for them based on their own intersecting identities, values and experiences. I am committed to social justice and advocacy through lifelong studentship, therapy practice, research and community relationships. I recognize that therapy has differences in power and privilege built in, and I do my very best to make our work together as collaborative and client-led as possible. I am here to provide a safe, welcoming and empowering space for your healing and growth.

    Clinical Interests:
    Latinx/Chicanx Students, First and Second Generation Immigrants, Acculturative Stressors, First Generation College Students, Sexual Trauma, Migratory Trauma, Intergenerational Trauma, Historical Trauma, Chronic Stress Related to Systemic Oppression, Mindfulness Based Prevention and Intervention, Multicultural and Multiracial Identity Development, Sexual and Gender Identity Development, Adjustment and Life Transitions, Body Image and Eating Concerns, Spiritual Identity Development, Holistic Wellness, and Traditional Healing. My theoretical orientation integrates Multicultural Feminist Therapy, Client Centered Therapy, Relational Therapy, Mindfulness approaches, Third Wave Behavioral Therapies like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Traditional Healing as it resonates with each client.
    Research Interests:
    Decolonizing psychology and historically oppressive systems, culturally adaptive community research, community based prevention and intervention, yoga and mindfulness for underserved youth, educators and communities
    Languages:
    English and Espanol.
    Affiliations:
    Division 45: Society for the Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race; Division 27: Society for Community Research and Action; American Psychological Association (APA); UCSD CAPS: Underrepresented Students.
  • Benjamin Metta Penhas, Psy.D.Post Doctoral Resident / Eleanor Roosevelt College
    California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego

    Hello Tritons! My name is Dr. Benjamin Metta Penhas and I am proud to be completing my postdoctoral fellowship with the UCSD CAPS team. I was born in Mexico City and immigrated to the United States. I am a first-generation college student and fluent in Spanish. Whether you are a freshman or just finishing your graduate work, college is a very stressful time of life, with an endless array of new challenges showing up every day. It is my commitment to the UCSD student body to provide a safe and supporting space in order for students to persevere even in the most difficult situations. My number one goal will always be to help you maintain or increase your quality of life. Looking forward to meeting you.

    Clinical Interests:
    Multicultural and diversity Issues, immigration and acculturation stress/trauma, sports & performance psychology, academic Success and performance, depression, anxiety, relationships, identity development, ADHD/ focus and concentration, healthy communication skills, substance abuse, adjustment and life transitions, trauma, sexuality and LGBTQIA+ concerns. My theoretical orientation integrates: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Psychodynamic, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
    Languages Spoken:
    Spanish and English.
    Affiliations:
    American Psychological Association (APA); Association for Applied Sports Psychology (AASP); CAPS: UCSD Athletics.
  • Irma Cano Murphy, MSW LCSWLicensed Clinical Social Worker / Central Office
    San Diego State University

    Hello and welcome to CAPS. It is a great honor to be a part of the CAPS team and serve the UCSD community. I have nearly 20 years of experience working in college health and have an appreciation for students and the unique experiences that come along during their academic journey. I focus on a strengths-based prospective and believe that individuals can persevere through challenges when inner strengths are identified and mobilized to promote efficacy, confidence and hope.

    Clinical Interests:
    Care Coordination and Advocacy, Strength Based Methods, Multicultural Issues, Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Motivational Interviewing, Sexual Health, Solution-Focused Approaches.
    Languages Spoken:
    English and Spanish.
    Affiliations:
    National Association of Social Workers (NASW); Higher Education Case Managers Association (HECMA ).
  • Tiffany O'Meara, Ph.D.Psychologist / Central Office
    Director of Outreach / Coordinator, Flourishing Initiative
    University of Southern California

    Hello there, and welcome to CAPS! I feel privileged to work at UCSD and love working with University students. I use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in my work, but most important to me is establishing a warm and supportive place for students to feel comfortable to talk. I enjoy working with students from diverse backgrounds and am an LGBTQ ally. I am happy to meet with students regarding any issue or concern, but some of my particular areas of interest include stress management, anxiety/panic, helping students build social confidence, and human sexuality/relationship issues. I am also the coordinator of the Wellness Peer Education program, and love working with students in a mentorship relationship. The Wellness Peer Educators are one of my favorite parts of my job- “Go Peers!”

    Clinical Interests:
    Anxiety disorders; Building social confidence; Stress management; Multicultural, human sexuality, and women's issues; Theoretical orientation includes cognitive-behavioral and humanistic approaches.
    Affiliations:
    CAPS: Coordinator of Wellness Peer Education Program; Well-Being Cluster Advisory Board.
  • Kevin M. Ramotar, Psy.D.Psychologist / Central Office
    California School of Professional Psychology at AIU, Los Angeles

    I feel a great sense of privilege with having the opportunity to work with the diverse students at UCSD, as they navigate the fascinating and challenging journey to make meaning and find purpose through the complexities of life. I take a lifespan developmental approach with students, particularly through promoting self-compassion, encouraging the discovery of personal resilience, and helping identify and work through challenges on the transitional pathways to adulthood. I strive to help students make sense of their experiences by illuminating choices along the way. My integrative approach is primarily informed by psychodynamic traditions, cognitive-behavioral therapies, and mindfulness practices through a multicultural/family systems framework.

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    Clinical Interests:
    Identity development; emerging adulthood adjustment issues; transition stress; family relationships; mood/anxiety; ADHD; substance use issues; grief and loss; human sexuality; men’s issues; technology and mental health; relationship distress; 1st generation experiences; and multicultural/diversity issues.
    Affiliations:
    APA; APA Division 43 (Family Psychology); LACPA; SDPA, ATSA.
  • Lilian Salcedo, Psy.D.Psychologist / OASIS
    California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego

    Hello and welcome to CAPS at UCSD. My name is Dr. Lilian Salcedo. I am a licensed clinical psychologist who has been dedicated to the mental health field since the beginning of my graduate career in 2006. Although the pursuit of a college degree can be a very exciting time for many, it can also present itself with significant challenges. My goal is to assist students in identifying and navigating those very challenges from a culturally sensitive, strengths based approach. My clinical work is additionally guided by cognitive behavioral therapy, positive psychology, attachment theory, and mindfulness based practices. As a Mexican immigrant and first generation college graduate, I developed a special interest in working with underrepresented groups over the course of my career. I look forward to meeting you and being of support to you on your journey toward personal growth and achievement.

    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.
  • Stephanie Salo, Psy.D.Psychologist / Behavioral Health Specialist / Student Health Services
    Fuller Graduate School of Psychology

    I truly enjoy working with undergraduate and graduate students as they adjust to the many demands that they encounter at UCSD while emerging into adulthood. Although I can work with you on any number of concerns, I have particular interests in helping students cope with grief and loss, manage and reduce depression and anxiety, and gain insight about interpersonal conflicts such as relationship issues and developing assertive communication skills. In my sessions, I typically will help you deal with your current concerns while collaborating with you to explore and understand how your past experiences may contribute to and/or prevent you from becoming the successful person that you envision for yourself.

    Clinical Interests:
    Relational discord, couple counseling, identity development, grief and loss issues, adjustment and life transitions, managing depression and anxiety, assertive communication, and crisis care. Theoretical orientation integrates psychodynamic, interpersonal, multi-cultural, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness approaches.
    Affiliations:
    American Psychological Association; California Psychological Association; San Diego Psychological Association.
  • Rina Schul, Ph.D.Psychologist / International Students & Programs Office
    UCSD-SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology

    Hello and welcome! I am interested in questions of meaning and identity and their impact on one’s well-being. I enjoy helping students explore their unique personal journey as they search for meaning in their relationships, professional pursuits and life engagements. My therapeutic approach is relatively direct and practical. It combines elements of cognitive behavioral, existential and interpersonal therapies in a family-of-origin context. Although I am a generalist, I have some special expertise in working with international students and survivors of trauma. I look forward to meeting you!

    Clinical Interests:
    Personal development; resilience, coping with crisis, trauma and grief; international students, immigration and acculturation; the development of sexual and gender identity; couple / relationship counseling.
    Languages:
    English and Hebrew.
    Affiliations:
    UCSD: Liaison, International Center; CAPS.
  • Haim Shemer, Psy.D.Psychologist / CAPS Central Office
    California School of Professional Psychology - San Diego

    Hello and welcome UCSD Students! I am very excited to be a part of the CAPS family. It is my mission as well as my passion to be of help to you in any way throughout your time here with us at UCSD. University life can be very exciting as well as challenging at times. I am here and I look forward to assisting you through your journey and in any transitions or adjustments you may encounter along the way. My therapeutic approach employs a multitude of techniques including meditation practices, relaxation exercises, as well as self-hypnosis. I focus on a wholistic approach to healing which includes self-care habits for the mind, body and soul. I often incorporate elements from Positive Psychology (the focus on personal strengths and well-being). I am confident that together we can enhance and enrich your experience here and make this part of your life fulfilling and memorable!

    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:
    English and Hebrew.
    Affiliations:
    American Psychological Association.
  • Cathy Thompson, Ph.D.Psychologist / Women's Center
    California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego

    Hello everyone! As a UCSD alum (Muir), I feel extremely fortunate to be working at my “dream job” here with UCSD students since 2001. I am passionate about issues of Diversity and Social Justice, so I spend the majority of my time working with Oasis and the Campus Community Centers as a Community Psychologist. My office is located at the Women’s Center and I spend five hours per week at the Cross Cultural Center and five hours per week at the LGBT Resource Center to facilitate connecting with underrepresented students on campus and making CAPS services accessible to the community.

    Clinical Interests:
    Multicultural and Women's issues; Racial identity development (especially among biracial/multi-racial/ethnic/cultural individuals); Sexual and Gender identity development; Adjustment and Transition issues; Positive coping and resilience; Building healthy relationships and positive self-esteem; Assertive Communication; Eating and body image issues; Adults molested as children (AMAC). Theoretical orientation is integrative and incorporates humanistic, dynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and multicultural feminist approaches to therapy.
    Affiliations:
    American Psychological Association (Past President of Div 35, Section 1: Society for the Psychology of Women, Psychology of Black Women); Women of Color Caucus Coordinator for the Association for Women in Psychology; San Diego Psychological Association; UCSD: Liaison to the Campus Community Centers; Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women; Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation issues; LGBTRC Advisory Board; Cross Cultural Center Affiliate; CAPS: Coordinator for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; SDSU: Lecturer in Women’s Studies.
  • Lori Weiner, LCSWLicensed Clinical Social Worker / Central Office & Sixth College
    San Diego State University

    Hello! I consider it both an honor and privilege to work on the UC San Diego campus and serve the UCSD community through my work at CAPS. I have over 5 years of experience working at UCSD and have a wide range of knowledge of both on and off campus resources. Having been a student at UC Santa Cruz, with a similar college structure to UCSD, and having worked within the colleges, I have extensive knowledge and experience with this unique system. Additionally, I was an out of state student and understand the unique challenges that out of state students may experience. I am passionate about student success and wellness and believe in supporting students through a compassionate and strengths based lens.

    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, MPHLicensed Clinical Social Worker / Central Office
    Tulane University

    Hello! I am excited to be part of the CAPS team. My goal is to help the students of UCSD achieve a healthy and balanced life and be successful in their academic pursuits. I am passionate about student wellness. I have worked in college health for 10 years and truly love being in this field. I bring compassion and kindness to my work and strive to help students overcome obstacles and connect them with supportive resources.

    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).

CAPS Psychiatry Staff

  • Kelley Adams, M.D. Psychiatrist / Central Office
    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
    Clinical Interests:
    Transition-age mental health, lifestyle medicine, multicultural/diversity issues, forensic psychiatry, mood and anxiety disorders.
    Affiliations:
    American Psychiatric Association; American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.
  • David Kersey, M.D. Psychiatrist / Central Office
    M.D., University of Virginia
    Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Psychiatry Residency, Yale University
    Fellowship, Student Health Psychiatry Yale University
    Clinical Interests:
    Well-being, mindfulness, LGBTQ issues, serious and persistent mental illness, anxiety, clinical depression.
    Affiliations:
    American Psychiatric Association.

Administrative/Management Staff

  • Reina Juarez, Ph.D.Director / Central Office
    California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles

    Bienvenidos! As CAPS Director, I want you to know that it is a privilege being of service to you. CAPS is dedicated to providing student-centered services and programs to our Triton family. Each one of us at CAPS is wholeheartedly invested in your success and want to support you in your strivings towards academic achievement, personal development and being at home in our vibrant, dynamic, multicultural, and innovative campus community. Our human nature, global society and instantaneous connectivity compel us to live in a world where interpersonal integration, networking, and exerting a positive influence on our ecosystem is essential for our well-being and success. I work to foster coherence in our systems where kindness, generosity, compassion, abundance of internal resources and resiliency are a requisite for true empowerment and self-agency for our own good and the good of others. I trust that when we cultivate as a collective a culture of love of learning, ethics, gratitude, altruism, elevation, inclusion, and healthy lifestyles, we may have a positive impact on our campus community to sustain our drive to FLOURISH.

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    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.
    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.
  • Monique BalestreriBusiness and Systems Manager / Central Office

    CAPS strives to enhance the student experience at UCSD, by providing access to services on campus and in the community. It is our priority to provide a therapeutic and welcoming environment. Your experience at CAPS is important to us and we are interested in your feedback, as we continually work to improve our services. You can help us and contribute to your fellow students by completing our annual Client Experience Survey each May.

    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.
  • Judy Goodman Fermin, Ph.D.Training Director / Central Office
    California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego

    Hello! As the Training Director at CAPS I have the pleasure of working with students as well as overseeing our training program for Postdoctoral Fellows in Psychology and coordinating the professional training for our staff. When working with students I like to think of the person as a whole, where they come from, what are their personal concerns, goals and values. My areas of interest include first generation college students, multi-ethnic identity, issues of adjustment, spirituality, relationships and self-development.

    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.
    Affiliations:
    California Psychological Association; San Diego Psychological Association, CAPS Academic Affairs liaison.
  • Jerry Phelps, Ph.D.Clinical Director / Central Office
    University of Colorado, Boulder

    Hello UCSD students! I provide solution- focused counseling and a safe, supportive space to grow. I intend to promote each client’s own resources for healing and recovery. I take a whole-person approach to therapy. My special interests include recovery from alcohol and substance abuse, exercise and diet as medicine, cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and depression and integrative mental health. I employ positive psychological approaches to improving well-being.

    Clinical Interests:
    Alcohol/Substance Abuse, Exercise as Medicine, Health Psychology, Integrative Medicine, Marriage Counseling, Men's Issues, Motivational Interviewing, Positive Psychology, Sexuality, Solution-Focused Therapy, Strengths Based Approaches, Student Veterans, Wellness/Well-Being.
    Affiliations:
    Liaison to Student Veterans; Advisor to Students in Recovery; Advisor to Active Minds at UCSD; Assistant Clinical Professor (non-salaried) UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry; UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine; American Psychological Association (Division of Positive Psychology); Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers; National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASPA); UC Student Mental Health Initiative.
  • Samuel Park, Ph.D.Director of Research & Information Systems / Central Office
    University of California, Santa Barbara

    Hello and welcome to UCSD! I have been at CAPS since 2000 and enjoy working with students and the UCSD family. I am a generalist and see students for all concerns and issues. My areas of clinical interest include social adjustment and anxiety, Asian-American mental health, interpersonal relationship issues. In addition to my work with students, I oversee our department research, information systems, and technology efforts. It is a pleasure to serve you.

    Clinical Interests:
    Multicultural counseling; Asian American mental health; Men's issues; Group therapy; Organizational consultation. Theoretical orientation includes psychodynamic, interpersonal, and humanistic approaches.
    Research Interests:
    Asian-American mental health; Mental health disparities research; Clinical outcomes; Men's Issues.
    Affiliations:
    American Psychological Association, Division 45; Asian American Psychological Association. UCSD: Liaison, Campus Recreation, Registrar's Office; CAPS: CAPS Training Committee; Research Committee.

CAPS Research

CAPS is an active participant in multiple research projects. We conduct not only programmatic research, we also engage in IRB-approved studies to examine effective treatments and outcomes for college student populations. Our staff has pubished over 40 articles and has presented numerous symposiums, workshops, and posters at national and regional conferences. Below is a list of active CAPS research projects, consortiums, and publications:

Programmatic Research, Samuel Park (CAPS lead)
CAPS conducts multiple department studies and responds to campus, systewide, and UCOP-level data requests. In addition, we conduct a series of programmatic research to assess client satisfaction, treatment outcomes, and effectiveness. These include:
  • Counseling Experience Survey (annual satisfaction and feedback survey)
  • Learning Outcomes studies (multiple each year)
  • Treatment outcome studies
  • Compliance assessments
Asian American Center on Disparities Research, Samuel Park (CAPS lead)
Since 1978, various presidential commissions have concluded that disparities in mental health were not so much due to racial and ethnic differences in rates of psychopathology but were due to inaccessible and ineffective treatment. Thus, one critical task is to improve therapeutic effectiveness and quality of care for these clients. The mission of the Asian American Center on Disparities Research (AACDR) is focused on this aspect of disparity – ethnocultural factors that influence the effectiveness of treatment. AACDR pursues a research agenda that investigates how cultural factors work to either enhance or mitigate the implementation and effectiveness of evidence-based treatments for Asian American clients. Currently, CAPS and the AACDR is conducting a study on treatment process, outcomes, and disparities for college student populations.
Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH), Samuel Park (CAPS lead)
The Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH) is a multi-disciplinary, member-driven, research center and consortium focused on providing accurate and up-to-date information about the mental health of today's college students in order to serve the needs of mental health providers, administrators, researchers, and the public. Part of this collaboration is the implementation and use of the CCAPS-34 outcome measure, which is utilized at CAPS in measuring student change and progress in treatment.
National Research Consortium of Counseling Centers in Higher Education, Samuel Park (CAPS lead)
The National Research Consortium of Counseling Centers in Higher Education, housed at the University of Texas Counseling and Mental Health Center, conducts large scale, national research studies on the mental health issues of college students. Participation in the Research Consortium is open to any U.S. institution of higher education, and membership in the Research Consortium changes for each study that is conducted. Recent studies include Suicide and Risk assessment in college student populations; this study included UCSD students.

CAPS Staff Publications

Ward, E.C. & Besson, D. D. (2013) African American men’s beliefs about mental illness, perceptions of stigma, and help-seeking barriers. The Counseling Psychologist, 41, 359-391.

Castellanos, J., Gloria, A.M., Besson, D., & Clark Harvey, L. (2016). Mentoring Matters: Racial ethnic minority undergraduates’ cultural fit, mentorship, and college and life satisfaction. Journal of College Reading and Learning, 46(2), 81-98.

Trunko, M.E., Rockwell, R. E., Curry, E. , Runfola, C. & Kaye, W. H. (2007). Management of bulimia nervosa. Women's Healh ,3(2), 255-265.

Juarez, R. (1985) . Core issues in psychotherapy with the Hispanic child. Psychotherapy, 22, 441-448.

Koch, G. E. & Nelson K. H. (1999). Assessing trends in student attitudes using CIRP data, 1985-1994. Journal of the First Year Experience & Students in Transition, 11, 7-24

Gagliardi, C. J., Gloria, A. M., Robinson Kurpius, S. E., & Lambert, C. D. (2004). Contextual and Cultural Considerations of Adolescent Substance Use and Abuse. In D. Capuzzi & D. R. Gross (Eds.), Youth at risk: Prevention resources for counselors, teachers and parents (4th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Lambert, C. D. & Robinson Kurpius, S. E. (2004). Relationship of gender role identity and attitudes with images of God. American Journal of Pastoral Counseling,7(2).

Gagliardi, C. J., & Lambert, C. D. (2005) . Ripped, blitzed, smashed potential: substance use and talented at-risk girls. In S. E. Kurpius, B. Kerr, & A. Harkins (Eds.), Handbook for counseling girls and women: Ten years of gender equity research at Arizona State University (Vol 1). Mesa, AZ: Nueva Science Press.

Mashman, R. (1978). The effect of physical attractiveness on the perception of attitude similarity. Journal of Social Psychology, 106, 103-110.

Mashman, R. (1988). The psychological effects of facial disfigurement. California Trial Lawyers Association Forum, October.

Mashman, R. & Stennet, J. (1990). The psychological effects of physical disfigurement. American Jurisprudence Proof of Facts, POF3d, 9, 307-369.

Mashman, R. (1997). An Evolutionary View of Psychic Misery. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 12, 979-998.

Coughlan, P. & Mashman, R. (1999). Once is not enough: repeated exposure to and aesthetic evaluation of an automobile design prototype. Design Studies, 20, 553-563.

Evans, G.W., Allen, K.M., Tafalla, R., & O'Meara, T. (1996). Multiple Stressors: Performance, psychophysiological and affective responses. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 16, 147-154.

Zane, N., Hatanaka, H., Park, S., & Akutsu, P. (1994). Ethnic-specific mental health services: Evaluation of the parallel approach for Asian-American clients. Journal of Community Psychology, 22, 68-81.

Zane, N., Park, S., & Aoki, B. (1999). Development of culturally valid instruments in the evaluation of substance abuse treatment for Asian Americans. In B. K. Yee, N. Mokuau, & S. Kim (Eds.), Developing Cultural Competence in Asian-American and Pacific Islander Communities: Opportunities in Primary Health Care and Substance Use Prevention (CSAP Cultural Competence Series 5) (pp. 61-89). Bethesda, MD: Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

Park, S. (2006). Facing fear without losing face: Working with Asian American men. In M. Englar-Carlson & M. A. Stevens (Eds.), In the Room with Men: A Casebook Approach to Psychotherapy with Men (pp. 151-173). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Park, S., & Manese, J.E. (2008). Training for multicultural competence: A different way of knowing. In J. L. White & S. J. Henderson (Eds.), Best Practices in Multicultural Competency Training (pp. 93-104). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Park, S. (2010). The face of the Asian American male client: A clinician's assessment. In W. M. Liu, D. K. Iwamoto, & M. H. Chae (Eds.), Culturally Responsive Counseling with Asian American Men (pp. 19-38). New York: Routledge.

Kim, J., Park, S., La, A., Chang, J., & Zane, N. (2016). Counseling services for Asian, Latino/a, and White American students: Initial severity, session attendance, and outcome. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 22(3), 299-310.

Karnik, N., Joshi, S., Paterno, C., Shaw, R. (2007). Subtypes of Pediatric Delirium: A Treatment Algorithm. Psychosomatics, 43, 3.

Phelps, J. S., Albo, M., Dunn, K., & Joseph, A. (2001). Sexual activities, function and needs for services in significantly partnered male veterans, Archives of Sexual Behavior, December, 30(6), 592-602.

Phelps, J. S., Jain, A., & Monga, M. (2001). The coordinated approach to erectile dysfunction: Psychoeducational and pharmacological interventions, International Journal of Impotence Research, 13 (Suppl.5), Abstract. 5.

Monga, M., Jain, A., & Phelps, J. S. (2002). The coordinated approach to erectile dysfunction: Psychoeducational and pharmacological interventions. Journal of Urology, 167(Suppl), A1112.

Phelps, J. S., Monga, M., Jain, A. (2004). The PsychoedPlusMed Approach to Erectile Dysfunction Treatment: The Impact of Combining a Psychoeducational Intervention with Sildenafil. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 30, 305-314.

Burke, B.L., Dunn, C., Atkins, D. & Phelps, J. S. (2004). The Emerging Evidence Base for Motivational Interviewing. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy: An International Quarterly, 18(4).

Phelps, J. (2010). Motivational Interviewing: A Strengths-Based, Affirmative Approach to Change. Naming & Nurturing: The e-newsletter section on Positive Psychology of the American Psychological Association’s Division 17-Society of Counseling Psychology, Summer.

Phelps, J. S., Mendoza Crandal, M., & Juarez, R. (May/June 2013). Effective Suicide Prevention in Higher Education, The California Psychologist, 12-14.

Scalise, D., Sukumaran, N., Merson, E.S., Purcell, C., Grossman, L., Johnson, C., & Eliot, J.F. (2018). A Qualitative Analysis of Early Career Women’s Adjustment to Work in Professional Psychology: Practitioners’ Reflections, Journal of Career Development, 1-19.

Thompson, C. (1996). The oreo cookie: Black on the outside, white on the inside. In T. Dublin (Ed.), Becoming American, becoming ethnic: College students explore their roots. (pp. 183-186). Philadelphia : Temple University Press.

Gillem, A. & Thompson, C., Eds. (2004). Biracial women in therapy: Between the rock of gender and the hard place of race. Binghamton, NY: Haworth.