Meet Our Staff

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) at UC Santa Cruz is a part-centralized, part-decentralized service, with professionally trained masters- and doctoral-level clinicians located in our central counseling office in the Cowell Student Health Center complex and in various locations around campus. Our staff members come from a variety of backgrounds and have a special interest in and experience with helping students explore various issues. We provide a wide range of mental health and wellness services to UCSC students and the UCSC community.

Please keep in mind that although some of us have a particular interest in specialty areas, all of us at CAPS are aware of the social pressures and cultural characteristics that affect particular groups in different ways. We have been trained in aspects of multicultural counseling, including working with LGBTQI students, addressing rape and sexual abuse, and counseling students with disabilities. CAPS staff engage in ongoing mandatory and voluntary continuing education for mental health professionals.

The following is a list of our staff members and their locations. Note that we do not provide drop-in counseling, so if you are interested in finding out about and/or starting services with CAPS, please stop by our central office or call us during business hours (Mon–Fri, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.) at (831) 459-2628. You can also find more information about our services on our Counseling Services, Psychiatry, and Groups & Workshops web pages.

    Counseling Staff

  • Gary Dunn

    Gary Dunn, Ph.D., CAPS Director

    Pronouns: He/Him/His

    CAPS Central Office
    (831) 459-2628

    ABOUT: Gary is a cisgender male heterosexual-identified Jewish licensed psychologist who has been working in mental health, hospital, and educational settings for more than 25 years.  He has extensive training and experience in individual, couples, family, and group therapy, as well as mentorship and supervision of candidates for licensure as psychologists in California.  Gary’s primary training is in cognitive-behavioral therapy and strategic therapy. He is also interested in health psychology,
    healthcare administration, and leadership development.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Gary is interested in the treatment of sexual abuse survivors, dissociative identity disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Other areas of interest include understanding the dynamic role of college counseling centers, addressing suicidal thoughts and behaviors of college students, and developing a college counseling center to meet the diverse, multicultural, and
    intersectional needs of our UCSC students.

  • MaryJan Murphy

    MaryJan Murphy, Ph.D., CAPS Senior Associate Director

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    CAPS Central Office
    (831) 459-2120

    ABOUT: MaryJan is a white cisgender female-identified licensed psychologist.  She has been working in University Counseling Centers for more than 25 years and has devoted much of her professional career to training and mentoring doctoral interns, postdoctoral fellows, early career psychologists, and practicing psychologists in a university counseling center. She has experience in individual, couples, and group therapy; outreach programing; and education and also directs the APA-Accredited Internship in Health Services Psychology and the Postdoctoral Fellowship program.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: MaryJan takes a multicultural, feminist, and cognitive-behavioral approach to therapy. She is interested in training and supervision, women's issues, eating disorders, trauma, and career development. Other areas of interest include leadership development, counseling center administration, and developing a multiculturally and social justice–focused counseling center.

  • Jenner Rosgen

    Jenner Rosgen, M.A., L.M.F.T., Case Manager Supervisor

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Student Health Center, Room 1316
    (831) 459-2895

    ABOUT: Jenner is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She has experience working in the mental health field for more than 20 years. Jenner has experience working as a therapist and case manager in 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.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Jenner takes a client-centered approach to working with students. She believes that working with each student as an individual is important to her work. Jenner has training in cognitive-behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, and mindfulness. She feels that it is important to connect students to organizations and resources on and off campus to help student’s sense of community.

  • Glory A. Blanceagle

    Glory A. Blanceagle, Psy.D.

    Porter College, Room D228
    (831) 459-1818

    ABOUT: Glory is a licensed clinical psychologist with experience providing psychotherapy to undergraduate and graduate students, students of color, and first-generation students. Glory is a first-generation, Mexican-American clinical psychologist and earned her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus. Prior to working at UCSC CAPS, Glory worked at Cornell University's CAPS in addition to counseling centers in Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Glory uses a psychodynamic, interpersonal, multicultural, and feminist theoretical approach with students to help them gain insights and an understanding of how past experiences and relationships are often related to what an individual is currently experiencing. Glory also works with students to create changes.

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    Emilie Cate, Ph.D.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Kresge College, Room 206
    (831) 459-2753

    ABOUT: Emilie is a white cisgender female-identified licensed psychologist and proud Banana Slug alum. Her compassionate approach to counseling is profoundly shaped by her first challenging experiences seeking counseling at the same center where she now works: She strives to create a warm, welcoming, and empowering experience for students of all identities focused on collaborative solutions and navigating systemic barriers. Emilie has 15+ years experience in university and community college counseling. Outside of CAPS, she is happiest when traveling, playing in water, or wandering among the redwoods with her family.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Emilie specializes in providing brief, solution-focused therapy designed to build on students’ unique strengths. She particularly enjoys supporting students who are seeking counseling for the first time on issues around adjustment, stress and coping, life transitions, dis/ability, stigma reduction, and self-compassion. Emilie is passionate about social justice and allyship on individual and systemic levels and is an experienced clinical trainer and supervisor. Her theoretical orientation is multicultural, ecological, and feminist, integrating cognitive-behavioral, narrative, and mindfulness-based strategies.

  • Photo of Brittany Crew

    Brittany Crew, L.M.F.T.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    CAPS Central Office
    (831) 459-1785

    ABOUT: Brittany is a white cisgender lesbian-identified licensed therapist. She graduated from California State University, Stanislaus after successfully transferring from community college and before obtaining a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. Brittany is a case manager providing therapeutic services and care coordination for CAPS. Brittany’s experience includes working with adults with severe and persistent mental illness in both locked, residential care and community-based settings providing clinical services. Prior to that, Brittany worked in a school-based setting with children diagnosed with emotional disturbance. Brittany also has experience working at a women’s domestic violence and sexual assault shelter.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Additional areas of interest and expertise include anxiety and depression, trauma, family and relationship dynamics, sexuality and gender identity, suicidality, and self-harm. Brittany’s approach to counseling includes cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused techniques, unconditional positive regard, and mindfulness practices.

  • Blair Davis

    Blair Davis, Psy.D.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Stevenson College, Administration Building, Room 271
    (831) 459-5883

    ABOUT: Blair is a white cisgender female licensed psychologist. She is originally from the East Coast, where she studied mass media communications and worked in publishing and nonprofit organizations before deciding to go back to school in the Bay Area to become a psychologist. She has experience doing individual, group, crisis, and couples therapy at several universities, including an art college. She has also worked at an agency for people with disabilities and a low-fee therapy clinic.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Blair is fascinated by the ways in which culture and society shape how we see ourselves and others and has a passion for the arts. She has special training and experience around drug and alcohol concerns and eating and body image issues. Her therapeutic style combines “asking the right questions” to help people think and reflect with being a supportive and empathic listener. She enjoys helping students work toward being more mindful and self-accepting, as well as collaborating with them to plan for change and growth.

  • Anna Iversen

    Anna Iversen, M.S., L.M.F.T.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Student Health Center, Room 1335
    (831) 502-8129

    ABOUT: Anna is a licensed marriage and family therapist providing therapeutic services and care coordination to both CAPS and Student Health and consultation to support efforts toward integrated health care. Anna is a white, cisgender, straight-identified female. Her spirituality and personal and professional experiences assisting individuals with chronic illness also influence her identity. Anna has 15 years of experience working in county mental health systems and nonprofit agencies. Prior to her time at UCSC, Anna worked with adults with persistent mental illness in both locked, residential care and community-based settings, as well as jails, providing clinical services, training, and program implementation for mental health rehabilitation in diverse populations. Anna enjoys supporting EOP students develop strategies to remove barriers to academic success and negotiate healthy interpersonal boundaries in the context of their culture and family of origin.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Anxiety, developmental trauma, PTSD, addressing addiction and other unsafe behaviors, grief and loss, codependency, and working with individuals living with medical and mental health conditions to improve their overall well being.

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    Alana Jacobs, Psy.D.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Porter College Annex (Modular Building near Meadow), Room A
    (831) 459-4038

    ABOUT: Alana is a cisgender culturally Jewish female-identified psychologist originally from a suburb of Washington, D.C. She’s always been drawn to the ocean and mountains, leading her to complete her doctorate in clinical psychology at Pacific University in Oregon and her B.A. at UC Santa Barbara. She has experience in and a passion for working with college students of diverse ethnicities, races, sexual orientations, gender identities, SESs, and abilities. Alana has worked at college counseling centers previously, both during her graduate training and in her predoctoral internship at Santa Ana College, where she primarily served first-generation Latinx students. She then moved back to the East Coast and worked at two practices in the Washington, D.C. area, where she served a diverse mix of individuals, particularly young adults and college students as they navigated young adulthood. Prior to starting at UCSC, Alana backpacked solo for 7.5 months in Latin America, further expanding her perspective and deepening her appreciation of Latin America culture and her understanding of her own intersecting identities. Alana brings warmth, acceptance, trust, and empathy into her work. She draws on Gestalt, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral therapy, attachment theory, and mindfulness-based approaches to create a safe, compassionate space and help students think more flexibly. She believes that some of the ways people developed to cope and survive difficult situations or experiences in early life no longer serve them; therefore, she works with students to better understand these patterns and make positive changes.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Relationship issues, couples therapy, social anxiety, grief/loss, life transitions, first generation college students, multiculturalism, trauma, family-of-origin issues, sexuality/identity questions, adjustment difficulties, trauma, and group therapy. Alana is also a 200-hour certified yoga teacher, an amateur painter, and a lover of dogs, yoga, and dance!
  • Audrey Kim

    Audrey Kim, Ph.D.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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

    ABOUT: Audrey is a 1.5-generation Korean American, born in Korea but raised primarily in North America. Audrey really enjoys helping students figure out who they are and what they want to do with their life, because she felt rather confused about these things in college, and it took her a while to discover her passion for psychology. After majoring in American Civilization, she worked in the corporate world and in L.A.’s Skid Row as a domestic Peace Corps volunteer before completing her Ph.D. in Counseling/Clinical/School Psychology at UC Santa Barbara.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Audrey works from a feminist, multicultural perspective in which she collaborates with students to help them gain insight into their problems and develop practical skills to improve their academics, relationships, and everyday functioning. Audrey especially enjoys working with students of color, first-generation college students, and graduate students.

  • Photo of Lain Lease

    Lain Lease, L.M.F.T.

    Pronouns: Lain/They/Them/He/Her/She/Him

    Student Health Center, Room 1335
    (831) 459-1476

    ABOUT: Lain is transgender/nonbinary, queer, and white. Lain graduated from UCSC after successfully transferring from community college and before obtaining a masters degree in Counseling Psychology. Lain is a case manager providing therapeutic services and care coordination for both the Health Center and CAPS. Lain's experience includes working with Medi-Cal, integrative behavior health, transgender care, and
    collaborative support for pregnant and parenting teens. Lain has a great appreciation for the trees, ocean view, and awesome people that can be found on campus.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Lain approaches behavioral health through the lens of social justice. Lain has extensive experience working with gender identity, chronic pain, panic attacks, anxiety and neurodiversity. Lain's approach includes an eclectic blend of curiosity, mindfulness, somatic awareness, unconditional positive regard, solution-focused techniques, a dash of play, and a sprinkle of internal family systems.

  • Photo of Erica Lopez, L.M.F.T.

    Erica Lopez, L.M.F.T.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Porter College, Room D229
    (831) 459-2572

    ABOUT: Erica is a licensed marriage and family therapist with experience providing individual, couples, family, and group therapy. From the onset of her career, she has worked with diverse and underserved populations in different settings: home, academic, health, and in-custody. As an immigrant woman of color and first-generation college student with a migrant background, she is passionate about working with individuals who face similar experiences.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Erica takes an individualized approach to treatment, which may involve cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and mindfulness practices. She has interest and experience in working with anxiety, depression, adjustment, relationship issues, stress management, and sexual trauma (survivors or perpetrators).

  • Amy Mandell

    Amy Mandell, L.M.F.T.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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

    ABOUT: Amy is a white cisgender lesbian-identified therapist, originally from Minnesota. In an effort to escape the snowy Midwest, she moved to San Francisco, where she completed her masters degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in social justice at New College of CA. Before moving to Santa Cruz, she lived in the Bay Area for 8 years, working at an LGBTQ+ community therapy agency and then with
    foster children and families. As a first-generation college student herself, she enjoys working with EOP students and helping students in navigating cultural and administrative barriers within the college environment.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Amy has a particular specialization and interest in anxiety and trauma, family and relationship dynamics, social justice and cultural identity, sexuality and gender identity development, eating and body image concerns, bipolar disorder, and supporting undocumented students. Her therapeutic approach is collaborative with a focus on insight and skill-building and informed by
    multiple clinical orientations, including psychodynamic, feminist, cultural-relational, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness practices.

  • Jackie Rabouin

    Jackie Rabouin, L.M.F.T.. Ph.D.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Oakes College, Room 225
    (831) 459-2220

    ABOUT: Jackie is an African-American cisgender female in a blended family with a husband, two adult step-children, and seven step-grandchildren (three of whom are biracial). She is available to counsel any student, with a particular emphasis on those identified as African, Black, or Caribbean (ABC). Her experience includes providing counseling and case management services to persons of various races, ethnicities, cultures, religions, nationalities, genders, sexual orientations, and levels of ability for
    more than 25 years.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Jackie’s clinical orientation is psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and holistic, used in a solution-focused brief therapy model. Her areas of interests include racial/cultural identity, sexual abuse, generational trauma, chronic pain, anxiety, and depression. These interests and expertise were developed when she served as custody mediator and sexual abuse
    evaluator to families dealing with abuse, abduction, substance use, personality disorders, and/or other mental health concerns in a family court setting. Her expertise was further broadened by providing leadership, advocacy, counseling, and case management to people with disabilities at local agencies. Her education includes a Ph.D. in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and a
    M.S. in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas. Her dissertation centered on the traumatic impact wrought from the intersection of institutionalized racism, sexism, and religion on the intimate relationships of people of African descent. She looks forward to using the experience noted here to help USCS students.

  • Julia Ragen

    Julia Ragen, Psy.D.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Porter College Annex (Modular Building near Meadow), Room B
    (831) 502-8029

    ABOUT: Julia is a licensed psychologist with more than 15 years of experience at college counseling centers and community mental health settings on both coasts (and in New Mexico!).  She grew up in New Jersey, and has lived in California since 2011, with some years in Albuquerque and then Brooklyn, NY.  Her identities include being white, being Jewish, and being allied, both personally and professionally, with the queer community; she embraces a stance of cultural humility. Julia works from a collaborative, feminist/multicultural/relational frame with a psychodynamic foundation to engage in a therapy that fit best each student's needs. She uses a holistic framework to work with each student to find ways to create change—working together to help relieve distress and find strength and empowerment. Julia works from an understanding that our intersecting identities and histories impact our experience of the world, which in turn impact our well-being. 

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Julia is a generalist clinician who enjoys working with all students on concerns including adjustment/transitions, depression, anxiety, trauma, suicidality, self-harm, racial trauma, and identity development issues, among other experiences. She offers additional experience and expertise in mindfulness practices, existential/humanistic theory, and incorporating cultural relational and social justice values as part of treatment. Populations of interest/experience/expertise include sexual identity development, gender identity development, African/Black/Caribbean (ABC)-identified students, HIV/AIDS, students who struggle with attentional difficulties/ADHD, and graduate students.
  • Susan Gulbe Walsh

    Susan J. Gulbe Walsh, Ph.D.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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

    ABOUT: Susan is a cisgender female and bisexual-identified licensed psychologist who has been working in mental health, social services, and educational settings for more than 25 years.  She has extensive training and experience in individual, couples, family, and group therapy, as well as mentorship and supervision of candidates for licensure as psychologists in California. As Susan has worked through recovery of various eating disorders and body image issues, she feels privileged to witness and support others on
    this journey.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Susan is particularly interested in cultural, identity, eating, grief and loss, parenting, life transition, and sexual orientation issues while sustaining a professional passion about community mental health, social justice, and the interface between psychology and religion. Her therapeutic approach is integrative with an emphasis on interpersonal, imaginal, existential, feminist, and psychodynamic perspectives.  Susan also draws on alternative treatment modalities to talk therapy, such as expressive arts, mindfulness, and somatic practices.

  • Psychiatry Staff

  • Shuyun David Lo

    Shuyun David Lo, M.D., Director of Psychiatry

    CAPS Central Office
    (831) 459-2628

    ABOUT: David is a board-certified psychiatrist who has worked in college mental health centers for more than 10 years.  He attended medical school in Chicago and trained in psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: David treats students with a holistic attitude and considers medications, psychotherapy, and exercise as all part of the treatment. David is interested in the integration of mental health with physical health, at both the individual and system levels. He also has expertise in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder and in various psychotherapies.

  • Kacy Bonnet, M.D.

    Kacy Bonnet, M.D.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    CAPS Central Office
    (831) 459-2628

    ABOUT: Kacy is a board-certified psychiatrist who is interested in working with young adults in a compassionate, collaborative, and integrative way. She completed her medical training at UCLA and her psychiatry residency at Stanford. She is a California Bay Area native and enjoys cooking, staying active, and being in the outdoors.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Kacy is passionate about early intervention and using a resiliency-focused approach to help students feel equipped to thrive in college and in the world beyond, regardless of their background or current struggles.

  • Christine Merriman

    Christine Merriman, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    CAPS Central Office
    (831) 459-2649

    ABOUT: Christine is the psychiatry case manager at CAPS. She is a cisgender female bisexual-identified, licensed clinical social worker with experience in individual, couples, family, and group therapy on both coasts. Christine has worked in mental health, healthcare, and end-of-life care, as well as residential treatment and school-based prevention/intervention programs focused on child abuse and juvenile delinquency. As a multicultural/biethnic feminist, with a personal experience of emigration and re-entry to the United States, Christine meets each student with openness and respect, utilizing a developmental and systems approach that takes into account cultural and environmental factors, as well as emotional, physical, and spiritual strengths.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Christine has particular expertise and interest in the areas of sexual abuse/assault; people raised in nontraditional homes, including foster care, guardianship, and adoption; student athletes and musicians; living with serious or chronic illness; death and dying; grief and loss; mindfulness; and integrative therapies. 

  • Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Brittany Cooper

    Brittany Cooper, Ph.D.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Porter College Annex (Modular Building near Meadow), Room F
    (831) 459-5704

    ABOUT: Brittany is a postdoctoral fellow at UCSC CAPS. She completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco and did her doctoral internship at UCSC CAPS. Brittany approaches psychology from an integrative perspective, emphasizing multicultural frameworks while incorporating approaches such as psychodynamic theory, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and mindfulness. She collaboratively works with her clients to explore how they relate with their intersecting identities and how this relationship to self and others impacts well-being.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Brittany has worked with a range of diverse populations, including adults, adolescents, families, and children within school, hospital, shelter, and college settings on issues such as anxiety, depression, adjustment, substance use, trauma, and relationships. She is passionate about supporting communities of color and honoring the dynamics of intersecting identities. Brittany's research focuses on how themes of intersectionality relate to activist expression for biracial women. Her research supports her clinical interests working with biracial and multiethnic communities exploring identity development themes and expression of voice.

  • Richard Enriquez, Ph.D.

    Richard Enriquez, Ph.D.

    Pronouns: He/Him/His

    The Cove (Modular Building at Cowell College near Provost House), Room A
    (831) 459-1245

    ABOUT: Richard is a cisgender male gay-identified married Mexican-American Christian, originally from the Los Angeles area. Richard is a postdoctoral fellow at UCSC CAPS. He completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Palo Alto University and completed his doctoral internship at San Jose State University. Richard approaches psychology from an integrative perspective, incorporating cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) to meet students’ individual needs.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Richard’s clinical interests include alcohol and other drug use, religion and spirituality, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. He has experience with a wide range of populations and settings, including ethnically diverse populations, adult populations (ages 18 to 61), LGBTQ-identified clients, residential substance treatment, community mental health, and college counseling. Richard believes in working collaboratively with students, helping them identify their personal goals and supporting them in their journey.

  • Michael Richards, Ph.D.

    Michael Richards, Ph.D.

    Pronouns: He/Him/His

    The Cove (Modular Building at Cowell College near Provost House), Room B
    (831) 459-1255

    ABOUT: Michael is a postdoctoral fellow at UCSC CAPS. Originally from the Midwest, he completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Palo Alto University and did his doctoral internship at San Jose State University CAPS. Michael has previously worked with a range of economically and racially diverse populations in settings including a residential substance use treatment center and a job training program for teenagers and young adults. Michael leads Let’s Talk drop-in services at the Cantu Queer Center at UCSC.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Michael utilizes an integrative theoretical framework, emphasizing a multicultural approach to therapy while incorporating interventions including cognitive-behavioral therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, interpersonal therapy, narrative therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Michael also typically incorporates mindfulness techniques when helping
    clients develop coping strategies.  He enjoys exploring client’s multicultural identities and values and how these develop alongside clients’ identities as students and emerging adults.  Michael has a particular interest in working with clinical issues including anxiety, depression, substance use, and identity exploration.  He also has a particular focus on working with male clients exploring masculinity and related topics, as well as working with LGBTQ clients exploring sexual and gender identity.

  • Kristal Valdovinos

    Kristal Valdovinos, Ph.D.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Porter College Annex (Modular Building near Meadow), Room D
    (831) 459-1080

    ABOUT ME: Kristal is a Chicana bilingual (English and Spanish) cisgender female. She serves as the Trauma-Focused Postdoctoral Fellow at UCSC CAPS. She completed her Ph.D. in counseling psychology at New Mexico State University and did her doctoral internship at UCSC CAPS. She has experience working with college students, undocumented immigrants, students from mixed status families, and domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. She has worked with children, teens, and adults in different settings, such as schools, community agencies, and primary care clinics along the U.S.-Mexico border and in California.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: As the Trauma-Focused Postdoctoral Fellow, Kristal has a liaison relationship with the UCSC CARE office. Her clinical interests are trauma, rape, sexual assault/abuse, domestic violence, racial trauma, and the experiences of undocumented students, first-generation college students, and students from marginalized identities. Kristal approaches counseling from a feminist multicultural framework while integrating approaches from other modalities to meet the unique needs of each individual. Her focus is on client empowerment, intersectionality, and social justice.

  • Psychology Interns

  • Photo of Ritu Agarwal, M.A.

    Ritu Agarwal, M.A.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    CAPS Central Office
    (831) 459-2620

    ABOUT: Ritu is a doctoral intern at UCSC CAPS. She is completing the final year of her Psy.D. in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco. She identifies as queer, nonbinary, and second-generation South Asian American. Ritu is a proud North Carolinian and has been an honored Californian for the past 15 years. She has been studying psychology for 13 years and has focused on helping people with experiences of trauma and chronic stress.

    AREAS OF SPECILIZATION AND INTEREST: Ritu has a passion for working with individuals with nondominant identities. She enjoys working with students to address anxiety, depression, imposter syndrome, and transition. In therapy, Ritu uses psychoanalytic theory and behavioral neuroscience. She views dis-ease as a split between mind and body. In practice, Ritu uses empirically derived knowledge in tandem with practice-based evidence to help her clients feel well. In treatment, she harnesses a strengths-based frame that emphasizes collaboration. She conducted her psychological training with adult survivors of child abuse, veterans at an outpatient clinic, and child abuse survivors undergoing treatment in community mental health. She has been working at colleges for 2 years.

  • Photo of Jennifer Jameson, M.A.

    Jennifer Jameson, M.A.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    CAPS Central Office
    (831) 502-7192

    ABOUT: Jennifer is a doctoral intern at UCSC CAPS. She is completing her doctorate in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles. She has provided solution-focused therapy in a variety of settings including community mental health, inpatient, residential, and university counseling. She integrates a repertoire of empirically supported interventions into her clinical practice, which are uniquely tailored to a student’s individual and cultural experience.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Jennifer is particularly interested in identity development, diversity issues, body image and eating concerns, relationship and family challenges, self-compassion–focused interventions, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based practices, outdoor behavioral healthcare/wilderness therapy, and experiential learning opportunities. She utilizes a humanistic, strength-
    based approach to therapy. Jennifer works collaboratively with clients and strives to create a safe space in which dialectics can be acknowledged and explored with curiosity. Her therapeutic values are geared toward promoting resilience, self-acceptance, and social justice among the student population.

  • Photo of Louiza Livschitz, M.S.

    Louiza Livschitz, M.S.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    CAPS Central Office
    (831) 502-7220

    ABOUT: Louiza is a white cisgender heterosexual female, who was born in Ukraine and immigrated to the United States as a child. She is bilingual and feels comfortable conversing in both English and Russian with students. As an immigrant herself, she deeply values the impact of family and culture on personal development and challenges that occur during college years. Her dissertation research focuses on examining the relationship between academic stress and physical health symptoms in young adults
    and how cultural factors impact that relationship.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Louiza primarily practices from a psychodynamic orientation, but she integrates aspects from other theories based on each client's unique presenting problems. Her work involves understanding how an individual’s past history and culture have shaped their beliefs, values, and experiences of the world. She enjoys working on identity development, life transition, self-harm, 
    depression, interpersonal and relationship issues, dating violence, and sexual assault–related trauma within the therapeutic context. She has a passion for supporting marginalized communities on campus.

  • Front Office Staff

  • Debbie Hall

    Debbie Hall

    CAPS Central Office
    Assistant to the Director and Office Manager

    (831) 459-2629
  • Chrissie Mullen

    Chrissie Mullen

    CAPS Central Office
    CAPS Assistant

    (831) 459-2214
  • Tarini Rae

    Tarini Rae, C.M.A.

    CAPS Central Office
    CAPS Medical Assistant

    (831) 459-3944
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    Lisa Uli

    CAPS Central Office
    CAPS Assistant

    (831) 459-2628