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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Deahdre Bowier, Psy.D.

    Deahdre Bowier, Psy.D.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Porter College Annex (Modular Building near Meadow), Room 104

    ABOUT: Deahdra is a licensed psychologist with experience working in community mental health, private practice, and various college counseling settings. Deahdra is a white, cisgender, straight-identified female. She was born and raised in Canada and has lived and worked in several states in the U.S. as well as the West Indies.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Deahdra’s primary area of focus is survivors of trauma. Her theoretical orientation is grounded in psychodynamic, relational, mind-body oriented approaches. She uses ACT when needed to meet the unique needs of each individual client. Deahdra is particularly drawn to assisting those who are questioning their identity based on various factors including gender identity, sexuality, able-bodiness, socioeconomic status, religion and spirituality with regard to their place within various social, cultural, and relational environments. She also enjoys working with students who are struggling with various interpersonal concerns, depressive and anxious symptoms, grief, and self-esteem concerns.

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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.

  • Richard H. Enriquez, Ph.D

    Richard H. Enriquez, Ph.D

    Pronouns: He/Her/His

    McHenry Library, Room 2285

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Jessica Magallanes-Evans, Psy.D.

    Jessica Magallanes-Evans, Psy.D.

    Pronouns: she/her/hers

    Rachel Carson College, Room 212, 2nd floor

    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. 

  • 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.
  • Nupur Sahai

    Nupur Sahai, Ph.D

    Stevenson College, Room 271
    (831) 459-5883

    ABOUT: Nupur is a counseling psychologist of South Asian descent. She obtained her master’s degree in psychology (specialization in human development), and a Ph. D. in Counseling Psychology (research focused on integrating Indian and Western models of healing). Nupur has worked in diverse settings (e.g., hospital, school, community settings, and university counseling centers) in India and U.S. Nupur appreciates listening to music, and nature and ocean views.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Nupur’s professional interests include multiculturalism; international students’ experiences; coping, resilience, and trauma; shame and self-compassion; mindfulness meditation; acculturation; counseling in non-Western cultures; Indian psychology; bilingual counseling (Hindi and English). Nupur approaches psychotherapy from humanistic orientation grounded in a multicultural feminist framework. 

  • 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

  • Angela Adams

    Angela Adams, Psy.D.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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

    ABOUT: Angela is a white cisgender female queer-identified postdoctoral fellow at UCSC CAPS. She is originally from Georgia.  She completed her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Georgia Southern University and her doctoral internship at Texas Woman’s University. Angela approaches psychology from an integrative perspective that includes cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), feminist/multicultural theory, and humanistic approaches. She enjoys collaboratively working with clients to empower them and strengthen their relationship to self and others. She enjoys exploring how clients relate with their intersecting identities and how this relationship to self and others impacts their well-being. 

    Angela has worked with a range of diverse populations at college counseling centers and community settings. Angela’s clinical interests include identity development and exploration, emerging adulthood, multicultural identities and intersectionality, gender and sexual minorities, anxiety, and depression. Angela also enjoys incorporating mindfulness, self-compassion, and art when working with her clients.
  • Salvia Artman

    Salvia Artman, Ph.D.

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers/They/Them/Theirs

    Porter College Annex (Modular Building near Meadow), Room 105

    (831) 459-1080

    ABOUT: Salvia serves as the Trauma-Focused Postdoctoral Fellow at UCSC CAPS. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Utah and completed her doctoral internship at Duke University CAPS. She identifies as queer, white, and nature-centered. She applies a relational, multicultural, ecological, and holistic approach to counseling. In so doing, she often utilizes mind-body, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, eco-therapeutic, and positive psychology interventions with college students. Her research explores how humans’ social and cultural identities impact their relationships with the natural environment as well as their emotional response to climate change. In her free time, she enjoys trail running, urban agriculture, and jamming with other musicians.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Salvia’s clinical interests focus on interpersonal trauma including sexual assault, domestic violence, and childhood abuse. She is also interested in climate change and mental health, social and cultural identity development, intersectionality of identities, eating and body image concerns, relationship with self and others, grief and loss, perfectionism, and poly/open/non-traditional relationships.

  • Duncan Benjamin

    Duncan Benjamin, Psy.D.

    Pronouns: He/Him/His

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

    ABOUT: Duncan is a white cisgender male-identified therapist working as a postdoctoral fellow at UCSC CAPS. Originally from southern California, he completed his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago and his doctoral internship at Washington State University. Duncan has previously worked with a range of economically and racially diverse populations in community mental health, inpatient care, and college counseling. Outside of CAPS, he enjoys cooking, gaming, hiking, and consuming as many podcasts as possible.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Duncan is a generalist clinician whose therapeutic approach is integrative with an emphasis in interpersonal and CBT/ACT modalities. Duncan’s areas of interest include family and relationship dynamics, adjustment concerns, stress management, and social anxiety. He especially enjoys working with students seeking counseling for the first time, students of international backgrounds, and graduate students.

  • Alexandra Nichols

    Alexandra Nichols, Ph.D

    The Cove (Modular Building at Cowell College near Provost House), Room B

    (831) 459-1255

    ABOUT: Alexandra is a postdoctoral fellow at UCSC CAPS.  She identifies as a white, cisgender female.  Alexandra completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University and her doctoral internship at the University of Idaho Counseling and Testing Center.  Alexandra works from a relational and psychodynamic perspective, and also integrates skills such as mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy to meet the needs of students and to improve their coping skills.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Alexandra has worked at a range of settings with populations including university students, older adults, families, and clients with severe mental illness. She enjoys working with college students and exploring their diverse identities.  She is focused on helping clients understand what triggers their mental health concerns, as well as to explore, identify, and pursue their goals.  

  • Psychology Interns

  • Joshua Sheltzer

    Joshua Sheltzer, M.A.

    Pronouns: He/Him/His

    CAPS Central Office
    (831) 459-2620

    ABOUT: Josh is a doctoral Psychology Intern at UCSC CAPS. He is completing the final year of his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He identifies as a white, cisgender, heterosexual, Jewish male. Josh has lived in various parts of California throughout his life (from the Central Valley to the Bay Area to SoCal) and has a special connection to South America through his time spent in Argentina and Peru. Josh has previously worked at a family and youth agency, UCSB’s Alcohol and Drug Program, and in a college counseling setting. During his free time, he is riding his mountain bike, playing the saxophone or guitar, or attempting to build things out of wood.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Josh primarily practices from a strengths-based solution-focused perspective, integrating aspects of cognitive-behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, and existential therapy. He takes a multicultural approach to therapy, acknowledging how family, values, community, and culture can shape our life experiences and understanding of the world. He is interested in working with college students on issues surrounding identity development, relationship and family challenges, meaning-making, men and masculinity, alcohol and drug use, anxiety, and depression. He strives to provide a judgment-free safe space for all.

  • Whitney Shuman

    Whitney Shuman, MA

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    CAPS Central Office


    ABOUT: Whitney is a doctoral Psychology Intern at UCSC CAPS. She is completing her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Memphis. She is originally from Visalia, CA and is a fan of pumpkin spice latt­és and cats. She completed her B.A. in English at UC Davis and her M.A. in mental health counseling at Southern Oregon University. Whitney identifies as a White cisgender heterosexual female. She approaches therapy from an existential/constructivist perspective to meet the individual needs of students.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Whitney’s clinical interests include working with university student populations. She has particular interests in identity development, gender, grief and loss, alcohol and other drug concerns, anxiety, men’s issues, and depression. She works with students to help them explore their current experiences and what they want to change about their lives within individual, cultural, and environmental contexts. She emphasizes looking at meaning in life and increasing self-awareness in order to more fully examine the various ways students can interact both with themselves and others.

  • Elizabeth Sokolowski

    Elizabeth Sokolowski, MS

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    CAPS Central Office

    (831) 502-7220

    ABOUT: Soko is a doctoral Psychology Intern at UCSC CAPS. She grew up in Iowa and earned a BA in Philosophy before moving to Colorado to pursue her graduate training. She is completing the final year of her PhD in Counseling Psychology at Colorado State University. Her qualitative dissertation explores campus climate for LGBTQ graduate students through the lenses of queer theory and student retention. Soko identifies as white, queer, genderfluid, living with chronic health experiences, and a dog mom. She values the opportunity and feels honored to provide support and resources to college students during a pivotal time in their personal, academic, and professional development.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Soko takes a behavioral, mind-body, and dialectics approach approach to therapy. She values empowering clients to better understand themselves and meet their needs. Soko’s primary interventions involve mindfulness, self-compassion, DBT skills, and Brené Brown’s works (e.g., whole-hearted living, resilience, vulnerability, & shame). Soko considers herself a generalist in working with college students, with specific passions in working with trauma and nondominant identities.

  • Front Office Staff

  • Tanya Castillo

    Tanya Castillo

    CAPS Central Office
    CAPS Assistant
    (831) 459-4276

  • Heather Dawson

    Heather Dawson

    CAPS Central Office
    CAPS Assistant

    (831) 459-2628
  • 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