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

    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., CAPS Senior Associate Director

    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.

  • Jenner Rosgen

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

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

    Jenner is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Prior to becoming a 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.

  • Glory Blanceagle

    Glory Blanceagle, Psy.D.

    Porter College, Room D228
    (831) 459-1818

    Glory is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked with students on university campuses, primarily in Connecticut and New York. Dr. Blanceagle has training and a special interest working with students of color, Latina/Latino, immigrant, first-generation, and international students. She also has training working with diversity and multiculturalism and with students experiencing trauma, grief, and bereavement. She worked for three years in Connecticut with the Department of Justice on the Office on Violence Against Women college consortium grant and has experience working with interpersonal violence, sexual assault, stalking, and domestic violence. She attended Long Island University, C. W. Post Campus, and was trained in psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, interpersonal, and relational theoretical orientations. She relocated from Cornell University to UCSC in 2015.
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    Emilie Cate, Ph.D.

    Kresge College, Room 206
    (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.

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    Brittany Crew, L.M.F.T.

    CAPS Central Office
    (831) 459-1785

    Brittany is a licensed marriage and family therapist providing therapeutic services and case management at CAPS.
  • Blair Davis

    Blair Davis, Psy.D.

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

    Blair is a licensed psychologist with experience treating a variety of issues. Originally from the East Coast, Blair obtained her doctorate in psychology in the Bay Area and has provided individual, group, crisis, and couples therapy at several universities in central and northern California, including an art college. She has also worked in the Bay Area at an agency for people with disabilities and a low-fee therapy clinic. Blair tailors her approach to suit the needs and personality of each student and takes both individual and contextual factors into consideration, including personal history, family background, and sociocultural factors. Her work combines cognitive-behavioral, insight-oriented, client-centered, and mindfulness interventions. 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 clinical interest include drug and alcohol problems, cultural/sociological issues, the arts, gender, and body image.

  • Anna Iversen

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

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

    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. Prior to this, Anna worked with adults with severe and persistent mental illness in both locked, residential care and community-based settings providing clinical services, training, and program implementation for mental health rehabilitation in diverse populations. Additional areas of interest and expertise include anxiety, developmental trauma, PTSD, addressing addiction and other unsafe behaviors, grief and loss, codependency, and working with individuals living with chronic medical conditions to improve their overall well being.
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    Alana Jacobs, Psy.D.

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

    Alana is a licensed psychologist with a doctorate in clinical psychology from Pacific University in Oregon. She has experience in and a passion for working with college students of diverse ethnicities, races, sexual orientations, gender identities, SESs, and abilitiesAlana brings warmth, acceptance, trust, and empathy into her work and draws on Gestalt, interpersonal, CBT, and mindfulness-based approaches to create a safe, compassionate space and help students think more flexibly. Alana 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. Treatment specialties include social anxiety, multiculturalism, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, family-of-origin issues, life transitions, sexuality/identity questions, grief/loss, adjustment difficulties, and trauma.  Alana also specialize in the integration of mindfulness meditation and psychotherapy and is a certified yoga teacher.
  • Audrey Kim

    Audrey Kim, Ph.D.

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

    Audrey is a licensed psychologist who especially enjoys working with students of color, first-generation college students, and graduate students.  Audrey works from a feminist, multicultural perspective in which she collaborates with students to help them grow and achieve their personal goals.  Audrey likes to help students gain insight into how their past might be related to their present-day problems and also develop practical skills to improve their academics, relationships, and day-to-day functioning.  Audrey earned her Ph.D. in Counseling/Clinical/School Psychology at UC Santa Barbara.  Prior to joining the CAPS staff in 2001, she completed her internship at UCLA and was previously on staff at the University of Michigan.

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    Lain Lease, L.M.F.T.

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

    Lain 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. 

  • Erica Lopez, L.M.F.T.

    Porter College, Room D229
    (831) 459-2572

    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 served diverse and
    underserved populations in different settings: home, academic, health, and in-custody. As a
    woman of color and first-generation college student growing up as part of a migrant family,
    she is passionate about working with individuals who face similar experiences. Erica takes an
    individualized approach to treatment, which may involve cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused,
    client-centered, 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.

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

    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.  Her therapeutic approach is collaborative, with a focus on insight and skill-building and is informed by multiple clinical orientations, including Psychodynamic, Feminist, Cultural-Relational, Cognitive Behavioral, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. As a former first-generation college student herself, she enjoys working with EOP students, helping to navigating cultural and administrative barriers within the college environment. Her areas of expertise and interest include anxiety and trauma, family and relationship dynamics, social justice and multicultural concerns, sexuality and gender identity development, eating and body image concerns, and supporting undocumented students. 

  • Julia Ragen

    Julia Ragen, Psy.D.

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

    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 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

    Susan J. Gulbe Walsh, Ph.D.

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

    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. 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

    David is a board-certified psychiatrist who has worked in college mental health centers for more than 10 years.  He 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, both at the individual and system level.

  • Sharon Haight-Carter

    Sharon Haight-Carter, R.N., PMHNP-BC

    CAPS Central Office
    (831) 459-2628

    Sharon is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with more than 11 years of experience working in mental health across the United States in a wide range of settings. Additionally, she received CBT training at the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Center of Western North Carolina and has carried out individual as well as group therapy. In 2014, she completed the Subtle Yoga Teacher Training for Behavioral Health Professionals and is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. She has led yoga groups for women with high-risk pregnancies, clients coping with mental health disorders, and hospital employees for stress reduction. Her related interests and influences include Compassion Focused Therapy, Trauma Informed Care,  Animal Assisted Therapy, Kripalu yoga, and Viniyoga. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and Physicians for Human Rights. She speaks fluent Portuguese, Spanish, and some French.
  • Christine Merriman

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

    CAPS Central Office
    (831) 459-2649

    Christine is the psychiatry case manager at CAPS.  She is a 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. As a multicultural 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 factors as well as emotional, physical, and spiritual strengths. She has particular expertise and interest in the areas of sexual abuse/assault; people raised in nontraditional homes, including foster care, guardianship, and adoption; living with serious or chronic illness; death and dying; grief and loss; mindfulness; and integrative therapies.

  • Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Brittany Cooper

    Brittany Cooper, Ph.D.

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

    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 identities and how this relationship to self and others impacts well-being. Brittany has worked with a range of diverse populations, including adults, adolescents, families, and children in school, hospital, shelter, and college settings on issues such as anxiety, depression, adjustment, substance use, trauma, and relationships.
  • Richard Enriquez, Ph.D.

    Richard Enriquez, Ph.D.

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

    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. 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 18-61), 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.

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

    Michael is a postdoctoral fellow at UCSC CAPS. He completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Palo Alto University and did his doctoral internship at San Jose State University CAPS. 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 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 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.

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

    Kristal is a 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, 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. Her clinical interests are trauma, rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, and the experiences of undocumented students, first-generation college students, and Latinx. Kristal approaches counseling from a feminist multicultural framework while integrating approaches such as mindfulness and solution-focused therapies 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.

    CAPS Central Office
    (831) 459-2620

    Ritu is a doctoral intern at UCSC CAPS. She is completing her Psy.D. in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco. Her approach to working with clients is informed by psychoanalytic, feminist, and humanistic theories, as well as behavioral neuroscience. In practice, this means that Ritu identifies challenges through a mix of conscious and unconscious dynamics in the therapeutic relationship. She conceptualizes these difficulties by considering how biological, environmental, and structural factors interact to shape development and the formation of identity. In treatment, she uses a strengths-based frame that emphasizes collaboration and meeting the client where they are at, culturally and in their growth process. Her area of specialty is childhood trauma and stress-related disorders, which can often look like inattention, anxiety, or depression and lead to substance use. She is passionate about working with historically oppressed communities and has focused her doctoral training in settings that support this interest.

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    Jennifer Jameson, M.A.

    CAPS Central Office
    (831) 502-7192

    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 training and experience in individual, group, and milieu therapy.  Her humanistic, strength-based approach to therapy integrates a balance of empirically supported interventions that are uniquely tailored to a student’s individual experience. She has provided brief, solution-focused therapy in a variety of settings including community mental health, inpatient, and university counseling.  She is passionate about serving students with body image and eating concerns, first-generation college students, individuals on the Autism Spectrum, and students with adjustment issues. Her therapeutic values are geared toward promoting resiliency, self-compassion, and social justice among the student population.

  • Photo of Louiza Livschitz, M.S.

    Louiza Livschitz, M.S.

    CAPS Central Office
    (831) 502-7220

    Louiza is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium. 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. 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. As an immigrant herself, she deeply values the impact of family and culture on personal development and challenges that occur during college years. 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 experience in and a passion for supporting marginalized communities on campus. Louiza is bilingual and feels comfortable conversing in both English and Russian with students.


  • 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
  • Lisa Uli

    Lisa Uli

    CAPS Central Office
    CAPS Assistant

    (831) 459-2628