Meet Our Staff
Counseling and Psychological Services at UC Santa Cruz is a decentralized service with professionally trained counseling psychologists located in many of our colleges and in our central counseling office in the Cowell Student Health Center Building. The staff members come from a variety of backgrounds and have special interests and experiences in helping students explore various issues. The following is a list of counseling psychologists and their locations.
Please keep in mind that although some of us have a particular interest in some areas, all of us on staff are aware of the social pressures and cultural characteristics which affect particular groups in different ways. Therefore, we have been trained in aspects of multicultural counseling; gay, lesbian, and bisexual counseling; rape and sexual abuse counseling; and in counseling students with disabilities. The CAPS staff engage in mandatory and elective continuing education for mental health professionals.
Gary Dunn, Ph.D., CAPS Director
CAPS Central Office
(831) 459-2628Gary is a licensed psychologist who has experience and training in individual, couples and group therapy. He has a background in community mental health and hospital-based psychology. He is interested in the treatment of sexual abuse survivors, dissociative identity disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Gary’s primary training is in cognitive-behavioral therapy and strategic therapy. He is also interested in health psychology, healthcare administration, and leadership development.
MaryJan Murphy, Ph.D., Associate Director & Associate Director for Training & Clinical Programs
CAPS Central Office
(831) 459-2120MaryJan is a licensed psychologist with a Ph.D. in counseling psychology and is the Training Director for our APA-Accredited Predoctoral Internship Program in Professional Psychology. She has experience and training in individual, couples, and group therapy, outreach and consultation, and supervision and training. Her training has included integrative and developmental approaches to psychotherapy. She is interested in training and supervision, women's issues, eating disorders, rape and sexual assault, issues facing reentry students, relationship concerns, and career development.
Dorje Jennette, Psy.D., Associate Director for Clinical Services
CAPS Central Office
(831) 459-4038Dorje is a licensed psychologist with a Doctor of Psychology degree in clinical psychology. His career has been devoted to university counseling centers and their full range of wellness-enhancing services. He worked at university counseling centers on the East Coast and at the University of Hawaii before devoting most of his career to the University of California. He transferred from UC Davis to become UCSC's CAPS clinical director in 2013. His interests include collaborative integration of mind/body care, as well as assessing attention difficulties and developing mindfulness skills. Dorje celebrates diversity and is committed to the lifelong development of multicultural competencies.
Mark Kutcher, M.D., Lead Psychiatrist
CAPS Central Office
(831) 459-2628Dr. Kutcher is a board certified adult psychiatrist. He has worked in campus mental health settings for the past 16 years. Previous positions include Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Staff Psychiatrist at the University of Texas, Austin and an investigator on numerous Psychopharmacology research studies.
Emilie Cate, Ph.D.
CAPS Central Office
(831) 459-2753Emilie is a licensed counseling psychologist experienced in providing individual, couples and group therapy. She enjoys working collaboratively and from a strength-based perspective with all students, particularly international, first generation, graduate, and transfer students. Emilie specializes in issues associated with stress and mood; relationships; sexuality; LGBTQ identity; disability and ability; social justice issues; and the intersection of multiple identities. Her theoretical orientation integrates mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral, and multicultural approaches to therapy.
Melody Fo, Psy.D.
Student Health CenterMelody is a licensed psychologist with experience in individual and group therapy. Prior to joining the CAPS team, she worked at university counseling centers and hospitals providing integrated behavioral health care. Melody values collaborative relationships and tailors her approach to meet individual student needs. She most often utilizes evidence-based treatments including Cognitive Behavioral and Mindfulness-based approaches. Areas of interest include health and wellness, anxiety, stress management, trauma, disordered eating, and evidence-based treatments.
Christine Merriman, LCSW, Psychiatric Case Manager
CAPS Central OfficeChristine is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience in individual, couples, family and group therapy. She has worked in mental health, healthcare and end of life care, as well as residential treatment and school-based prevention/intervention programs providing case management and psychotherapy services. Christine meets each student with openness and respect, and her approach recognizes people's developmental systems, and cultural factors as well as their emotional, physical and spiritual strengths. She has particular expertise in the areas of sexual abuse/assault, people raised in non-traditional homes including foster care, guardianship and adoption, living with a serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss, mindfulness and integrative therapies.
Jenner Rosgen, M.A., LMFT, Case Manager
CAPS Central Office
(831) 459-2895Jenner is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Prior to becoming the Case Manager at CAPS, she worked as a therapist and case manager at a residential treatment facility for adolescents in the foster care system and at a drug and alcohol treatment facility. Jenner’s approach is interactive, empathetic, collaborative, and respectful. Jenner has worked with a variety of issues and has worked with diverse populations and people of all age groups. Her areas of expertise and interest include anxiety, depression, LGBTQI issues, trauma, PTSD, sexual abuse survivors, addiction, divorce, parenting skills, stress management, relationships, grief and loss, foster care, and self harm.
Brent Alsaker, LCSW
Merrill College, Academic Bldg., Rm 107
Brent Alsaker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience in individual, couples and group therapy in university counseling centers and in private practice. Brent’s approach to counseling is relational, collaborative and draws on interpersonal, attachment, mindfulness and cognitive strategies to facilitate personal growth and relieve distress. Brent believes that it is important to respect and celebrate the many identities that student have. He is particularly interested in working with students from diverse and multicultural backgrounds, students who identify as LGBTIQ , students on the Autism Spectrum, family of origin issues and promoting social justice.
Maya Borgueta, Psy.D.
Porter College, Room D229
(831) 459-2572Maya is a clinical psychologist who is passionate about working with college students from an integrative, strengths-based perspective. She particularly enjoys helping students address issues related to academic concerns, stress and anxiety, adjustment to college life, sexual health and relationships, family relationships, sexual orientation, gender identity, sexual and interpersonal violence, and school-work-life balance. She also has a special interest in working with students from diverse and multicultural backgrounds, including students of color, multiracial/multiethnic students, immigrants, international students, and first-generation college students.
Blair Davis, Psy.D.
Stevenson College, Room 208
(831) 459-5883Blair is a licensed psychologist with experience treating mood and anxiety disorders, relational issues, substance abuse, trauma, identity issues, and life transitions. She has provided individual, group, crisis, and couples therapy at several universities, including an art college, at an agency for people with disabilities, and at a low-fee therapy clinic. Blair tailors her approach to suit the needs and personality of each student, combining cognitive-behavioral, insight-oriented, client-centered, and art therapy, as well as mindfulness. She enjoys helping students learn about themselves and feel more self-accepting, as well as collaborating with them to plan for change and growth. Her areas of interest include drug and alcohol issues, gender and sexuality, the arts, popular culture, and eating disorders and body image.
Audrey Kim, Ph.D.
Social Sciences 1, Room 259
(831) 459-1373Audrey is a licensed psychologist with experience in individual, couples, and group therapy. Audrey generally approaches counseling from a developmental and growth-oriented perspective using insight-oriented as well as cognitive behavioral techniques. Her areas of interest include relationship issues, eating concerns, and career counseling. She especially enjoys working with students of color, first generation college students, and graduate students.
Amy Mandell, LMFT
Social Sciences 1, Room 257
(831) 502-7193Amy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Prior to becoming the Case Manager at CAPS, she worked as a therapist and case manager at multiple community mental health settings including a foster and adoption care agency in Oakland, and a GLBTQ therapy center in San Francisco. She enjoys working with young adults, families, and couples. Her therapeutic approach is collaborative and strength-based with an emphasis on multicultural competence. Her areas of expertise and interest include anxiety, depression, relationship issues, GLBTQ issues, cross-cultural services, bipolar disorder, psychosis, eating disorders, grief and loss, AB540 students, self-harm, veterans, foster care, sexual abuse survivors, and identity formation.
A. Patrice Monsour, Ph.D.
College 8, Room 212 Academic Building
(831) 459-2109Patrice is a licensed psychologist with a background in clinical/community psychology and Zen Buddhism. Her interests include spirituality, GLBT issues, multicultural counseling (especially with Middle Eastern students), healing from child abuse, and working with transfer and reentry students. She integrates developmental, existential, and Buddhist approaches to counseling.
Jodi Mulder, LCSW
Oakes College, Room 225
(831) 459-2220Jodi is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has a background working in school social work, an international community agency, and private practice. In her work with students, she integrates cognitive behavioral techniques, insight oriented therapy and motivation interviewing. Her interests include family and relationship dynamics, substance abuse, students in transition, and spirituality. She enjoys working with international students, incoming freshman and student athletes.
Susan Gulbe Walsh, Ph.D.
Family Student Housing, Apt. 712
(831) 459-2377Susan is a licensed psychologist who has training and experience in individual, couples, and group therapy, as well as a background working in social service, mental health, and educational settings. She is particularly interested in cultural, identity, and eating issues and is passionate about community mental health, social justice, and the interface between psychology and religion. Her therapeutic approach is integrative with an emphasis on imaginal, existential, and psychodynamic perspectives; she also draws on treatment modalities such as expressive arts therapy, mindfulness and somatic practices.
Quade Yoo Song French, Ph.D.
Crown College, Room 207
Quade is a Postdoctoral Fellow at CAPS and completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is pleased to return to UCSC, having completed his Predoctoral Clinical Internship right here at UCSC last year. Quade has significant training in the area of college mental health, and enjoys working with clients from diverse backgrounds to address the challenges of identity development, cultural adjustments to college, interpersonal relationships, and the challenges of privilege. An area of specialty is in working with adopted individuals on issues of race, family, social context, and identity. He also has a particular interest in working with students of color and those from other social minority populations. His work is guided by interpersonal, relational, and insight-oriented approaches, with an emphasis on human development, and the intersection between one’s personal experience and the social contexts in which they live.
Lorena Ho, Psy.D.CAPS Central Office
Lorena is a Postdoctoral Fellow at CAPS and holds a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. She has worked with a variety of clients who experience challenges due to anxiety, depression, PTSD, relationship and family issues, and addiction. Her areas of interest include bicultural/multicultural identity, women's issues, family of origin issues, and alcohol and substance use. She enjoys helping clients think creatively and flexibly about their lives. Her therapeutic approach draws on insight-oriented and cognitive behavioral perspectives and she enjoys integrating writing and relaxation practices into treatment.
Eun Sul Lee, Ph.D.CAPS Central Office
Eun Sul is Postdoctoral Fellow at CAPS. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and completed her internship at the University of Memphis Counseling Center. Eun Sul enjoys working with students and supporting them in their educational goals and personal growth. She works with students on variety of concerns, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance use, adjustment to college, and identity development. She has a special interest in working with students from multicultural backgrounds, including but not limited to students of color and international students. She is also passionate in cultivating an inclusive cultural climate and supportive learning atmosphere across the university through various formats of outreach programs.
Kristin Sergeant, Ph.D.Cowell College, Room 206
Kristin is a Postdoctoral Fellow at CAPS. She graduated from Washington State University with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and completed her Predoctoral Internship at Arizona State University Counseling Services. Kristin approaches counseling from an integrative and strengths-based perspective, with an emphasis on cognitive behavioral and insight-oriented techniques. She has worked with college students on a variety of concerns, including adjustment, relationships, grief/loss, anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, and body image. Kristin especially enjoys working with first-generation and reentry college students.
A. Joe Bankman, M.S.
CAPS Central Office
Joe is a Psychology intern completing his Psy.D at the PGSP-Stanford Consortium. He has experience working with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating concerns, trauma, relationship issues and issues of sexual identity. Joe has training in cognitive behavioral, narrative, short-term psychodynamic and mindfulness-based therapy. He adopts an integrative approach to therapy, looking for the therapeutic mode that best fits each student. He has a special interest in social anxiety and veteran’s issues.
Pio Choong Yuk Kim, M.S.
CAPS Central Office
Pio is a Psychology Intern completing his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Fordham University, New York City. Pio's training emphasizes integration of humanistic, existential, and psychodynamic orientations, and he is passionate about incorporating developmental and multicultural perspectives into his clinical work. He has experience working with adjustment issues, interpersonal relationship issues, depression, anxiety, and some severe forms of mental illness. He is particularly interested in attachment, cognitive processing, emotion regulation, and the role of religion and spirituality in mental health. He enjoys working with college students from underprivileged backgrounds.
Melva Torne-Boyd, M.S.
CAPS Central Office
Melva is a Psychology intern completing her PsyD in Counseling Psychology at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. She has experience working with individuals, couples and groups utilizing strength-based approaches to therapy. Melva has training and experience working with individuals experiencing difficulties related to anxiety, depression, relationships issues and sexual trauma survivors, and has interest working with culturally diverse, ethnic minority and Spanish-speaking students. Melva believe that clients have strengths and resources to create more satisfactory lives for themselves. She works in a collaborative and respectful way with her clients to help them find their own solutions to their problems.
Debbie HallAssistant to the Director & Office Manager
Tarini Rae, C.M.A.CAPS Medical Assistant