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.

    Counseling and Psychiatry Staff

  • Gary Dunn

    Gary Dunn, Ph.D., CAPS Director

    CAPS Central Office
    (831) 459-2628

    Gary 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

    MaryJan Murphy, Ph.D., Associate Director & Associate Director for Training & Clinical Programs

    CAPS Central Office
    (831) 459-2120

    MaryJan 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

    Dorje Jennette, Psy.D., Associate Director for Clinical Services

    CAPS Central Office
    (831) 459-4038

    Dorje 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

    Mark Kutcher, M.D., Lead Psychiatrist

    CAPS Central Office
    (831) 459-2628

    Dr. 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

    Emilie Cate, Ph.D.

    CAPS Central Office
    (831) 459-2753

    Emilie 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.
  • Jenner Rosgen

    Jenner Rosgen, M.A., LMFT, Case Manager

    CAPS Central Office
    (831) 459-2895

    Jenner 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.

  • Counselors in the Colleges

  • Brent Alsakar

    Brent Alsakar, LCSW

    Merrill College, Academic Bldg., Rm 107
    (831) 459-2828

    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

    Maya Borgueta, Psy.D.

    Porter College, Room D229
    (831) 459-2572

    Maya 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

    Blair Davis, Psy.D.

    Stevenson College, Room 208
    (831) 459-5883

    Blair 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

    Audrey Kim, Ph.D.

    Social Sciences 1, Room 259
    (831) 459-1373

    Audrey 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

    Amy Mandell, LMFT

    Social Sciences 1, Room 257
    (831) 502-7193

    Amy 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.
  • Patrice Monsour

    A. Patrice Monsour, Ph.D.

    College 8, Room 212 Academic Building
    (831) 459-2109

    Patrice 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

    Jodi Mulder, LCSW

    Oakes College, Room 225
    (831) 459-2220

    Jodi 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.

    Susan Gulbe Walsh, Ph.D.

    Family Student Housing, Apt. 712
    (831) 459-2377

    Susan 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.

  • Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Christina Aranda

    Christina Aranda, Ph.D.

    Crown College, Room 207
    (831) 459-2269      

    Christina is Post-Doctoral Fellow at CAPS. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and completed her internship at the UO Counseling and Testing Center. Christina enjoys working with students on a variety of concerns, including general anxiety, test-anxiety, ADHD, substance use/abuse, vocational counseling, grief and loss, and interpersonal processes. She is passionate about working with students and supporting them in their educational and personal goals.

  • Lauren Lee

    Lauren Lee, Ph.D.

    Cowell College, Room 206
    (831) 459-3630  

    Lauren grew up in the Bay Area and is excited to return to Northern California. Most recently she was at Northwestern University Counseling and Psychological Services where she completed her pre-doctoral internship. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arizona. Lauren works with a variety of clients who experience distress related to depression, anxiety, adjustment to college, identity development, eating concerns, family of origin issues, and grief/loss. She has a special interest in young adult romantic relationships and breakups, and wrote her dissertation on this topic. Lauren enjoys working with undergraduate and graduate students because of their enthusiasm and willingness to expand their understanding of themselves and others.

  • Doctoral Interns

  • Quade French

    Quade French, M.A.

    CAPS Central Office
    (831) 459-2620

    Quade is a doctoral intern completing his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  He has a background in college mental health, and enjoys working with clients to address the challenges of identity development, cultural adjustments to college, interpersonal relationships, and issues of privilege.  He also has a special interest in working with adopted individuals on issues of race, family, social context, and identity.  His work is guided by developmental, systemic, and insight-oriented approaches, with an emphasis on the intersection between one’s personal experience and the social contexts in which they live. 

  • Amy Kim

    Amy Kim, M.A.

    CAPS Central Office
    (831) 502-7192    

    Amy is a Doctoral Psychology Intern completing her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, CA.  She has experience conducting individual, group, and couples therapy and enjoys working with students of all ages and backgrounds. Amy is trained in psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral approaches and has an integrative approach to treatment, utilizing mindful awareness practices throughout her work with students. She has experience working with adjustment issues, depression, anxiety, interpersonal relationships, identity development, and body image concerns. Amy is passionate about issues related to culture and spirituality.

  • Susana Martinez

    Susana Martinez, M.S.

    CAPS Central Office
    (831) 502-7220

    Susie is a Doctoral Psychology intern completing her PsyD in Counseling Psychology at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. She has training and experience working with individuals, couples, and groups from an integrative approach informed by multicultural, feminist, and solution-focused theories. She works from a collaborative and strengths-based perspective. Susie has a special interest in working with students from diverse backgrounds including students of color, bicultural/multicultural students, immigrants, and first- generation college students. She is also passionate about social justice and advocacy for underserved populations.

  • Office Staff

  • Debbie Hall

    Debbie Hall

    Assistant to the Director & Office Manager
    (831) 459-2629
  • Tarini Rae

    Tarini Rae, C.M.A.

    CAPS Medical Assistant
    (831) 459-2214
  • Barbara Shelley

    Barbara Shelley

    CAPS Assistant
    (831 459-2628