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., Senior Associate Director
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.
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.
Karen Peterson, M.D., Psychiatrist
CAPS Central Office
Karen is a board certified General Psychiatrist and a member in good standing with the American Psychiatric Association for over 20 years. As a former Air Force psychiatrist, Karen has worked all over the world, and in widely varying conditions. She has additionally had numerous academic teaching positions and worked with the severely mentally and physically ill in community mental health. She comes to the CAPS team with an expertise and joy in working with young adults. Karen understands the needs, strengths and challenges of young adults engaged in major life transitions. Her aim is to provide comprehensive assessments and treatment recommendations based on the student's individual needs, personal goals, clinical condition, and in accordance with evidence-based medicine.
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.
Emilie Cate, Ph.D.
Kresge College, Room 162
(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.
Blair Davis, Psy.D.
Stevenson College, Room 271
(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.
Elena Herrera, Psy.D.Porter College, Room D229
Elena is a Spanish speaking licensed psychologist with a Doctor of Psychology degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University. She has experience working in college counseling centers, and in community mental health with low income and underserved populations. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults coping with anxiety and mood disorders, relational and family difficulties, substance abuse, physical and sexual abuse, and socioeconomic challenges due to low income, lack of adequate health insurance, language barriers, undocumented status and discrimination. Elena is passionate about social justice and equality, and is committed to working with students from diverse backgrounds, including first generation college students of color, LGBTQ individuals, and undocumented students.
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.
Julia Ragen, Psy.D.
Kresge College, Room 236
Julia is a licensed psychologist with training and experience at college counseling centers and community mental health settings on both coasts (and in New Mexico!). She works from a collaborative, humanistic, psychodynamic foundation to engage in a broad generalist range of issues incorporating an integrative approach - using therapeutic models that fit best to each student's needs to relieve distress and help create change. Julia is devoted to lifelong learning and growth for ourselves and in our communities.
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.
Koyun Alice Chi, Ph.D.
Merrill Rm 107 A
Alice is a Postdoctoral Fellow at CAPS and holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University. Alice completed her internship at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. She approaches counseling from a psychodynamic perspective while incorporating other treatment modalities such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy, expressive arts, and mindfulness-based practices. Alice is particularly interested in the intersection between family, culture, and food. Her areas of expertise and interest include eating disorders, multicultural/bicultural identity formation, international students, first generation college students, and students of color.
Colin Dietz, Ph.D.
Cowell College Rm 206
Colin is a Postdoctoral Fellow at CAPS. He graduated from California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and completed his internship at Butler University Consortium. Colin approaches counseling from a student-centered perspective by taking into account individual, cultural, and societal consideration to help foster exploration and growth. He works with college students on a variety of concerns, including adjustment to college, identity development, anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief/loss. Colin is particularly passionate about working with students who identify as LGBTQ and spreading awareness regarding sexual violence. As a former collegiate athlete, Colin also enjoys providing support to student-athletes wishing to succeed academically, socially, and physically.
Ashley Wickliffe, Psy.D.
Central Rm 2448
Ashley is a Postdoctoral Fellow at CAPS and graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. She completed her doctoral internship at the Bowling Green State University Counseling Center. She has worked with a variety of populations including adolescents, university aged adults, and adults with acute psychiatric conditions at an inpatient hospital. She enjoys working with individuals from diverse and multicultural backgrounds, particularly those with LGBTQ identities. Her clinical interests include, but are not limited to, anxiety disorders, complex relational issues, religion/spirituality concerns, and issues related to identity development. She is also passionate about engaging with the campus community through consultation and outreach programing.
Alesha Harris, MA
Central Rm 2458
Alesha is a psychology intern completing her PhD in Counseling Psychology at Boston College. She has experience working with adjustment issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, interpersonal issues, and racial identity development. Her therapeutic approach is guided by a multicultural framework. She is particularly interested in ADHD, career development, and promoting positive racial identity development in college students.
Raghav Suri, MA
Central Rm 2460
Raghav is a Psychology Intern completing his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Wright State University. Raghav uses a relational approach in his work and believes that one's past experiences with parents, friends and significant others impacts how they perceives and responds to different situations in life. He has experience working with individuals experiencing relationship difficulties, identity formation/struggles, social and generalized anxiety, depression, eating disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and survivors of abuse and trauma.
Roberto Villegas-Gold, MA
Central Rm 2456
Roberto is a Psychology Intern completing his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Roberto approaches counseling from an integrative and strengths-based perspective, with an emphasis on emotion focused, interpersonal, and mindfulness based cognitive behavioral techniques. He has received the majority of his training in the area of college mental health, and enjoys working with college students to help them attain their educational goals and personal growth and development. Roberto has experience working with mood and anxiety disorders, grief and loss, interpersonal relationship issues, and adjustment issues. His areas of interest include ethnic/racial identity issues, PTSD, and mindfulness.
Debbie HallAssistant to the Director & Office Manager
Tony AyalaCAPS Assistant
Tarini Rae, C.M.A.CAPS Medical Assistant