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.

    Supervising Staff

  • MaryJan Murphy

    MaryJan Murphy, Ph.D., Interim CAPS 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.

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    Nadia Damani-Khoja, Ph.D., Associate Director - Equity in Mental Health

    Pronouns: She/Her

    ABOUT: Nadia identifies as a South-Asian American Muslim female. She was born in Pakistan, grew up in TX, and has also lived and worked in the UAE and Canada. She earned her MBA in Management, MA in Marriage & Family Therapy, and PhD in Counseling Psychology. Nadia has worked in many different systems, including university counseling centers, non-profit, community health clinic, VAMC, school district, and private practice. She has varied clinical experiences with diverse clients including children, families, couples, and emerging adults. She completed her doctoral and post-doctoral training at UC Berkeley CAPS. Prior to joining UCSC, Nadia was the Outreach, Education & Prevention Coordinator and staff psychologist at MIT University Student Mental Health & Counseling Services. She also speaks Urdu, Hindi, and Gujarati languages.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Nadia is keenly aware of the struggles and barriers to accessing mental health services for college students, especially for the marginalized and underserved student population, and therefore she pays special attention to ensuring ease of access for all. She is passionate about promoting well-being for all students, especially students of color, international, 1st gen, immigrant, South Asian, and Muslim. Her special interests include supervision, outreach, and creating systems that reduce barriers to care. 

    Nadia’s approach to therapy is relational and systemic. She values cultural humility and incorporates strength-based and culturally-informed ways of working with students. Her therapy style is integrative,
    which could include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), family systems, all with a social-justice lens.
  • Richard H. Enriquez, Ph.D

    Richard H. Enriquez, Ph.D, Assistant Training Director

    Pronouns: He/Him/His

    CAPS Central Office
    (831) 459-4799

    Richard is a cisgender male, gay identified, married, Mexican American, Christian, originally from the Los Angeles area. He completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Palo Alto University with an emphasis in Diversity and Community Mental Health (DCMH). He is a long-time slug, having earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and completing his postdoctoral fellowship here at UCSC. 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 18-61), 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.

  • Jenner Rosgen

    Jenner Rosgen, M.A., L.M.F.T., Associate Director, Integrative Behavioral Health

    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.

  • James Russell

    James Russell, LMFT, Supervisor, Campus Mobile Crisis Team

    Pronouns:  He/Him/His

    ABOUT: James is a licensed marriage and family therapist who is a lifetime resident of Santa Cruz County.  James has had a variety of employment experiences which led him into crisis intervention including substance use counseling, street outreach, forensic behavioral health, and mobile crisis response.  Prior to coming to UCSC as the Mobile Crisis Team Supervisor, James was employed at Santa Cruz County Behavioral Health as the Program Manager for the Community Crisis Continuum.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: James takes an interest in crisis intervention work and how to approach individuals who are experiencing a crisis while respecting their individuality and autonomy. James takes a client centered approach while utilizing crisis de-escalation and solution focused interventions to assist individuals in finding alternatives to where they happen to be at the time of crisis.

  • Counseling Staff

  • Anastassia Alexandrovskaia

    Anastassia Alexandrovskaia, LMFT

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Student Health Center, Room 1310
    (831) 459-1383

    ABOUT: Anastassia Alexandrovskaia is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with a M.A. in Counseling Psychology, who provides therapeutic services and service coordination with CAPS and Student Health, with a focus on international students.  Anastassia emigrated to the United States in her early adolescence from Russia, and is fluent in both English and Russian. Anastassia acquired her B.A. from UCSC in 2011 and has since worked in the local community with various populations and settings, including; residential programs, school setting, home visiting, foster youth, marginalized populations, adult mental health, and early intervention with families with young children. Anastassia is third generation to work in a University setting, and is appreciative of the opportunity to enjoy the stunning views and trails of this campus. 

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Anastassia enjoys working with individuals with diverse backgrounds and lived experiences. She has special training and experience working with trauma, attachment injuries, dual diagnosis, multicultural identity development, and family issues. Anastassia uses a trauma informed approach of meeting people where they are, with unconditional positive regard, and collaborating on goals. Anastassia frequently utilizes motivational interviewing, mindfulness, psychoeducation, emotion focused therapy, as well as cognitive based approaches.

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    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.

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    Tara Cryderman, Psy.D.

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Location: Kresge College
    (831) 459-2753

    ABOUT: Tara is a licensed psychologist and marriage and family therapist.  She identifies as a white cisgender female mother and first-generation college student.  She came to UCSC as a generalist psychologist at CAPS from her previous role as training director and staff psychologist at a psychiatric inpatient hospital in northern California.  In her previous roles she has spent her professional career providing individual, group, family & couple's therapy and providing clinical supervision to trainees from multiple disciplines.  When not at work, Tara likes to hike, scuba dive and take walks at the beach with her dog.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST:  Tara works from a trauma informed care, psychodynamic and relational approach to therapy. Her clinical interests include; women’s issues, substance use disorders, training and supervision, trauma and adult family reconciliation.  She is especially skilled at using trauma informed cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing therapeutic techniques. 

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    Amelia Cutten, LCSW

    Amelia Cutten, LCSW

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers/Ella

    Student Health Center, Room 1309
    (831) 459-4593

    ABOUT: Amelia is a white, cisgender, female social worker who graduated with a Bachelors degree in American Studies and Education from UCSC in 2006 before going on to pursue a Masters degree in Social Work with a focus in community development from Cal State East Bay. Amelia is a case manager providing care coordination and therapeutic services to the Student Health Center and CAPS, with a focus in supporting the out-of-state student population. Prior to UCSC, Amelia worked for non-profit organizations in the Bay Area providing bilingual crisis services, care coordination, and therapy to people with developmental disabilities and youth in both the foster care systems and juvenile justice systems. Amelia incorporates a strength-based perspective into her clinical work and acknowledges the individual as the expert of their own experience.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Amelia has particular interest and expertise working with people from non-traditional backgrounds including former foster youth, undocumented students, first-generation students, transfer students, and the veteran student population. Amelia also has particular interest in working with people experiencing trauma, interpersonal conflicts, grief/loss, and supporting community-building.

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    Susan J. Gulbe Walsh, Ph.D.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    ABOUT: Susan is a white cisgender female, pansexual identified licensed psychologist (PSY 21766) and certified grief educator who has been working in mental health, social services, and educational settings for over 30 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’s journey has included many years of working through eating disorder recovery and significant grief and loss issues, she feels privileged to witness and support others who are struggling with these challenges.

    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.

  • Anna Iversen

    Anna Iversen, LCSW

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Location: CAPS Central Office
    (831) 459-2628

    ABOUT: Anna is a licensed marriage and family therapist providing behavioral health consultation and therapeutic services to CAPS and Student Health to support efforts toward integrated health care. Anna is a cisgender identified, white female. Her spirituality and personal and professional experiences assisting individuals with chronic illness also influence her identity. Anna has 18 years of experience working in county mental health systems and nonprofit agencies. Prior to her time at UCSC, Anna worked with adults in residential care and community-based settings, as well as subacute settings and jails, providing clinical services, training, and program implementation for mental health rehabilitation in diverse populations. 

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Integrative behavioral health, insomnia, pain, anxiety, developmental trauma, codependency, neurodiversity, and working with individuals living with various medical conditions to improve overall wellbeing.

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    Dean Khambatta, LMFT

    Pronouns: He/Him/His
    Location: Merrill College, Room 107A, 2nd floor
    (831) 459-5346

    ABOUT: Dean is a Queer, Trans, Parsi, second-generation Indian-American, multi-racial man born and raised in the Bay Area. Dean is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Multicultural focus. He earned his Master of Counseling from Palo Alto University and Bachelors of Arts in History of Art from UC Berkeley. Dean came to his work as a therapist through a background of sex-positive sex education and Queer peer support groups. Prior to UCSC, Dean worked in residential co-occurring treatment, college student mental health and community-based outpatient settings. Dean uses a Social Justice and anti-racist clinical lens. He collaborates with students to provide the emotional safety necessary to meet their goals. Dean prioritizes advocating for students. He feels it’s a privilege to support them on their journey.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Dean’s approach to therapy is person-centered, gender-affirming, neurodiversity-affirming, strength based, and trauma informed. He partners with students to find the therapeutic approach that best meets their needs; his integrative approach often includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, solution focused, and Feminist therapies. Dean has a special interest in working with students of color, Queer identified students, gender identity, and sexuality. Dean also has extensive experience working with identity development, neurodiversity, substance use concerns, chronic suicidality, mood and anxiety disorders, those previously incarcerated, and unhoused populations.
  • 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.

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    Lain Lease, L.M.F.T.

    Pronouns: Lain/They/He/She

    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.

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    Amy Lebichuck, LCSW

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Location: CAPS Central Office
    (831) 459-2628

    ABOUT: Amy is a white, cisgender woman, heterosexual-identified, licensed clinical social worker. She is a case manager providing care coordination and therapeutic services to the Student Health Center and CAPS. Amy is a slug alum and has a B.A. in Sociology. After graduating, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in China where she taught English at a university. After returning to the U.S., Amy obtained her Masters of Social Work from San Jose State specializing in school social work and child welfare. Prior to UCSC, Amy worked with children, youth, and families involved in the child welfare system.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Amy enjoys working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences. She has expertise working with individuals with disabilities, current and former foster youth, parents, intimate partner violence (both survivors and perpetrators), family relationships, and substance use/ harm reduction. Amy affirms that individuals are the experts of their own experiences and utilizes a strengths-based approach and motivational interviewing.

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    Erica Lopez, L.M.F.T.

    Pronouns: She/Her
    Location: Porter College
    (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 and
    trauma informed approach to treatment, which can involve cognitive-behavioral therapy
    (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), strength-based solution-focused brief therapy
    (SFBT), and mindfulness practices. She has interest and experience in working with
    anxiety, depression, adjustment, relationship struggles, stress management, and sexual
    trauma (survivors or perpetrators).
  • Jessica Magallanes-Evans, Psy.D.

    Jessica Magallanes-Evans, Psy.D.

    Pronouns: she/her/hers

    Rachel Carson College, Room 212, 2nd floor
    (831) 459-2109 

    Jess is a cisgender, Latinx, Queer woman, born and raised in Southern California. She is a Clinical Psychologist with a Multicultural focus. She earned her doctorate degree at Pepperdine University, and has been working in college and university counseling centers since 2011. She has previously worked at Santa Monica College, New Mexico State University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and CSU Chico. Jess works from a Person-Centered therapeutic framework, while incorporating cognitive-behavioral, solution focused, and trauma informed therapies. Jess’s work is largely attentive to the intersections of various parts of identity, including culture and ethnicity, sexual identity, and gender. Her goal is to work collaboratively with students to identify changes they wish to experience in their life, highlight personal strengths and resilience, and help them create a roadmap to facilitate movement towards their goals. Her hope is that each student she works with will feel authentically seen, develop a clearer sense of their unique personal values, and have the flexibility and confidence to create change when needed. 

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Jess has a special interest in working with students of color, student activists, first generation students, and Queer identified students. She also has a special interest in sexual and gender identity development, family relationships, culture and ethnicity, and socio-political stress. 

  • 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 whose deceased husband blessed her with a blended family of two adult step-children, and seven step-grandchildren (3 of whom are biracial). She is a licensed marriage and family therapist 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 ability levels for more than 30 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 interest include racial/cultural identity, sexual abuse, generational trauma, chronic pain, anxiety, and depression. Her expertise and interests developed when she served as a 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 by 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.

  • Niki Severson

    Niki Severson, LCSW

    ABOUT: Niki is a white and Latinx, cisgender female, straight-identified, clinical social worker. She has lived in many places including on both coasts, but was born and raised in CA and received all her higher education through the UC system (UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz). She was a first-generation college student. Niki came to her work as a therapist by way of a background in academia, education, and research in public health and social work focused on health inequities in marginalized groups. Previous to UCSC Niki worked in community mental health, most recently running a day treatment center in Salinas, CA. Niki works from a feminist, social justice framework and sees therapy as a collaborative process of transformation that is often connected to larger processes of social change. She strives to create a relaxed, open atmosphere in which students can explore challenges and move towards feeling more connected to themselves and others.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Niki integrates interventions from cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and narrative therapy into her work with students, and has a particular interest in meditation and somatic-based practices. She has experience with a range of settings and diverse populations, and clinical experience that includes mood and thought disorders, anxiety, and depression. Niki welcomes all students, particularly 1st generation and graduate students, with a special attention to topics of identity development, gender and sexuality, family and romantic relationships, and religion/belief systems.

  • Danielle Smith

    Danielle Smith, Ph.D.

    About: Danielle is a licensed psychologist with experience supporting clients with mood and anxiety disorders, relationship or family problems, and developmental or adjustment concerns in a variety of settings (outpatient psychiatry departments and mental health clinics, school-based settings, children’s advocacy centers, partial hospitalization programs, and a federal prison camp). Danielle is a white, cisgender, straight-identified female who has lived and has worked in multiple states including New Jersey, Texas, and California. She is also a first-generation college student.

    Areas of Specialization and Interest: Danielle’s approach to therapy is centered on creating a strong therapeutic relationship. She frequently uses skills and strategies from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help her clients better understand their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors while at the same time taking meaningful steps toward change. She has special interests in supporting those struggling with thoughts of suicide or self-harm, healing from traumatic experiences including sexual or interpersonal violence, and working with first-generation students.

  • Psychiatry Staff

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    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.

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    Michael Gadbaw, M.D.

    Pronouns: he/him

    Location: CAPS Central Office
    Phone: (831) 459-2628

    ABOUT: Dr. Michael Gadbaw is board certified in Adult and Child psychiatry. He attended the USC Keck School of Medicine for medical school and Stanford University where he did his residency in adult psychiatry and fellowship in Child and Adolescent psychiatry. He also served as chief resident and concentrated in psychotherapy and education.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: He has a particular interest in Psychodynamics, Psychoanalysis, Attachment Theory, Buddhism, and Trauma. He has particular expertise in treating ADHD, PTSD and Eating Disorders. When providing psychiatry care and determining pharmacological treatments, he takes a holistic and developmental approach, striving to understand someone’s unique experience and story.


  • 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. 

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    Molly Allgood, Psy.D

    Pronouns: she/her/hers

    Location: Central Office
    (831) 459-5446

    ABOUT: Molly identifies as a White, cisgender, heterosexual, female from Southern Indiana. She earned her masters and doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Midwestern University and her bachelors of science degree in exercise science from the University of Louisville. Molly has experience working with individuals from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, socioeconomic statuses, religious and spiritual beliefs, and physical and psychological disabilities across the life span. She takes an integrative approach to therapy in order to meet the specific needs of the student while pulling from psychodynamic therapy, person centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Molly has a passion for working with college students and fosters a safe and collaborative space for students to feel seen, heard, supported, and validated.

    In Molly's free time she enjoys hiking, cooking, and reading fiction books.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Molly's clinical interests include trauma, disordered eating, body image concerns, mood symptoms, identity exploration, interpersonal concerns, coping with ADHD, grief and loss, and communication skills.

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    Sudheera Ranaweera, Ph.D.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Location: Central Office
    (831) 459-2828

    ABOUT: Sudheera is a first-generation immigrant, and was born in Sri Lanka. Sudheera identifies as cisgender, heterosexual, and female. Sudheera completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. As a woman and person of color, Sudheera is passionate about both social justice and mental health. She strives to provide access to mental health services and culturally informed care for students from underserved groups or with intersecting identities. Sudheera works to help students feel empowered in their lives and values meeting students where they are at in the change process. In her free time, Sudheera enjoys writing, being in nature, exploring new cities, singing, and doing yoga. 

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Sudheera's clinical interests include mood concerns, grief and loss, identity exploration, interpersonal concerns, acculturation, generational trauma, and spirituality. Sudheera is passionate about working with students of color, and students from minority communities.

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    Judie Roberts, Ph.D.

    Location: Central Office
    (831) 459-5704 

    ABOUT: Judie is a white, cisgender-ish, bisexual female, who is also a UCSC Alumna, grew up in Santa Cruz, and lived at Family Student Housing as a child. Judie is the trauma-focused Post-doctoral fellow at CAPS, with both trauma-focused and generalist experience supporting clients with a wide range of diagnoses in community mental health clinics and university counseling centers.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Judie’s approach to therapy is client-centered, with an emphasis on the therapeutic relationship. She has received the most training in Internal Family Systems, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and is developing competency with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She has special interests in supporting those struggling with thoughts of suicide or self-harm, healing from traumatic experiences including sexual or interpersonal violence, LBGTQ+ identity development, substance use disorders, serious mental illnesses, and working with first-generation college students and folx of other marginalized identities.

  • Psychology Interns

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    Sophie Hawkins

    ABOUT: Sophie is a white, queer, and cisgender female. She also identifies as small-fat, culturally Jewish, and spiritually agnostic. She grew up in Virginia where she attended community college before receiving her undergraduate degree in psychology at Virginia Tech. She is currently a predoctoral candidate at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. She has been living in California for 5 years with her partner and 2 dogs, Otter and Tuck. The holistic care Sophie provides is liberation-focused, trauma-informed, and client-centered. She hopes to create a space for students that is safe, creative, and affirming.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION/CLINICAL INTERESTS: Sophie pulls from many different treatment modalities including humanistic, schematic, DBT, and mindfulness-based therapies. She also incorporates her personal values of cultural humility, collaboration, and humor into all of her work. Her main interests and specializations include: Queer-identified students, social/medical gender transition, identity exploration, relationship issues (w/ family, friends, and partners), negative body image, body liberation, substance use concerns, harm reduction, grief and loss, existentialism.

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    Kim Nguyen

    Pronouns: She/Her

    Location: Central Office
    (831) 502-7192

    ABOUT: Kim is a first-generation Vietnamese American who identifies as a bilingual cisgender female. She is currently a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology (PsyD) at CSPP, San Francisco Bay. Her clinical training experience includes school-based, community mental health, residential treatment and college settings. Her approach to therapy is integrative, incorporating humanistic, relational, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapy principles. She supports clients to gain a deep understanding of themselves and their relationships with others.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Topics: anxiety, depression, stress, life transitions, identity development. Populations: First generation immigrants, Asian, Asian American students, Pacific Islanders, Vietnamese speaking, undergraduate and graduate students.

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    Shola Shodiya-Zeumault

    ABOUT: Shola is a cisgender Black American and Nigerian who identifies as a woman. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Georgia State University, where she studies racial stress, activism and resistance, and wellness for communities that have been historically marginalized. Shola’s approach to therapy is relational and trauma-informed, and she integrates interpersonal, feminist, and narrative therapies into her work with clients. Ultimately, Shola supports clients to move toward a deep sense of agency and hope as they navigate discrimination, oppression, and difficult life circumstances.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Shola specializes in working with individuals and communities experiencing racial stress and/or racial trauma, relationship difficulties, academic stress, and grief and loss. Shola also enjoys working with students who are exploring, or wish to explore, their gender, sexual, racial, and religious/spiritual identities.

  • Front Office Staff

  • Tanya Castillo

    Tanya Castillo

    CAPS Central Office
    CAPS Administrative Supervisor, Office Manager
    (831) 459-4276

  • Heather Dawson

    Heather Dawson

    CAPS Central Office
    CAPS Assistant

    (831) 459-2628
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    Luke Jensen

    CAPS Central Office
    CAPS Assistant
    (831) 459-2214
  • Tarini Rae

    Tarini Rae, C.M.A.

    CAPS Central Office
    CAPS Medical Assistant

    (831) 459-3944