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 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., 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 varied clinical experiences with diverse clients and has worked in many different systems, including university counseling centers, non-profit, VAMC, community health clinic, school district, and private practice. She completed her pre and post-doctoral trainings at UC Berkeley CAPS and prior to joining UCSC was the Outreach, Education, and 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 identified. Her special interests include leadership development, supervision, outreach, and creating inclusive and equitable systems. Nadia’s approach to therapy is relational, multicultural, and systemic.

  • 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.

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    Beth Chiarelli, MSW, LCSW, Supervisor Campus Mobile Crisis Team

    Pronouns: She/her/hers
    Location: CAPS

    About: Beth Chiarelli has 30 years of experience as a Social Worker. She is originally from New Jersey and has been in the San Francisco Bay Area for 30 years. Beth obtained an MSW in 2003 from SFSU and LCSW in 2014. After working at Zuckerberg General Hospital for 7 years, she worked at UCSF Medical Center for 18; the bulk of which were at the Women’s HIV Program. She played a pivotal role in supporting trauma informed care at WHP and has been practicing with a trauma informed lens ever since.  

    Areas of Specialization and Interest: Beth has extensive experience providing outreach, HIV services to women, crisis, de-escalation, harm reduction and trauma informed systems. Much of her career has been working with houseless individuals; advocating for safe, affordable housing. Beth’s goal is to bring all of her knowledge and experience to this role to support the students and staff in working together to remain healthy, happy and safe. Her greatest joy and achievement has been raising her 19 year old son. He has a mobile auto detailing business and plans to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at San Jose State University.

  • 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

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers/Ella

    Student Health Center/CAPS
    (831) 332-7596

    ABOUT: Amelia is a white cisgender female social worker who graduated with a Bachelor's 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 and Latinx 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 former foster youth, undocumented students, first-generation students, transfer students, and the veteran student population. Amelia also has particular interest in working with substance use, harm reduction and recovery, Latinx students, trauma, interpersonal conflicts, grief/loss, and supporting community-building. Amelia is bilingual in English and Spanish.

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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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    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. 

  • 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.

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    Haidi Song, Ph.D.

    Pronouns: she/her/hers

    Stevenson, Room 271, 2nd floor

    About: Haidi is a cisgender, Asian, woman, grew up in China, first generation college student. She is a Counseling Psychologist with a Multicultural focus; studied Literature and Applied Psychology and attended college in Shanghai China; gained her master degree in Counseling Psychology from University of Minnesota in Twin Cities and doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology at Auburn University in Alabama. She completed her doctoral and post-doctoral trainings at Stanford CAPS prior to joining UCSC CAPS and was a staff psychologist and a Mandarin speaking therapist at USF CAPS. She has worked in community mental health, college counseling, and outpatient hospital with diverse populations presenting various concerns, including: depression, anxiety, substance use issues, trauma, psychosis, body image concerns, family and relationship distress, identity development and cultural adjustment issues. 

    Areas of Specialization and Interest: Haidi’s approach to therapy integrates psychodynamic interpersonal process orientation, CBT interventions, and feminist theories through cultural relational lens. She enjoys working with international students, Asian identified students and people holding marginalized or oppressed identities regarding their cultural/ethnic background or gender and sexual identities. She likes to work with clients and support them exploring different ways to build mental wellbeing and self-compassion and she feels privileged to be part of their healing journey. 

  • 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.

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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. 

  • Postdoctoral Fellows

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    Wan-Ju Chao, Ph.D.

    Pronouns: she/her
    Location: CAPS Central Office

    (831) 459-1080 

    ABOUT: Wan-Ju is a cisgender female originally from Taiwan. She completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of North Texas. Wan-Ju believes that a genuine therapeutic relationship allows change to occur. She strives to provide a safe, non-judgmental, and supportive environment to help students explore their needs and encourage their personal growth. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, doing yoga, and spending time with loved ones.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Wan-Ju’s clinical interests include relationship issues, grief/loss, acculturation, and academic distress. She is particularly enthusiastic about working with students of color, the immigrant/international population, and Mandarin-speaking students.

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    Ari Lyon, Ph.D.

    Pronouns: she/they
    Location: CAPS Central Office
    (831) 459-5704

    ABOUT: Ari is a biracial, black-identified, bisexual, genderqueer person originally from Los Angeles. She earned her masters and doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Binghamton University and her BA in psychology from the University of Southern California (USC). Ari has prior experience conducting individual and group therapy in a college counseling center and various community mental health outpatient clinics.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Ari approaches clients from a mindful self-compassion perspective. She also integrates many aspects of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) into her work. She believes that many different types of psychological distress are related to negative self-talk, shame, and self-judgment, and tries to help clients learn how to talk to themselves as if they were a close friend. Ari believes that her clients already possess the tools they need to take care of themselves, and that therapy is a way to help the client find them. She is passionate about supporting individuals in the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities, and working with students struggling with addressing trauma, identity development, and self-esteem.

  • Psychology Interns

  • Sabah Awar

    Sabah Awar, MA

    ABOUT: Sabah is a trans, queer, neurodivergent Arab woman. She is a doctoral candidate at CSPP San Diego, where she is studying mental health effects of interactions with police. Her methodology is based in psychodynamic as well as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) techniques with a focus on client autonomy, liberation, and intersectionality. She is interested in social justice and exploring environmental and
    systemic barriers that affect clients’ well-being. Her goal is to create a safe space for clients to explore their identities and find affirmation, self-worth, and joy.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Sabah’s clinical interests include identity exploration, gender and sexuality, LGBTQIA+ identity, social/medical gender transition, neurodiversity, disability, social justice, systemic injustice, and harm reduction. She has experience in working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, including their racial and ethnic background, gender, sexuality, disability, and neurodiversity. She has worked with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, identity distress, traumatic experiences, substance use, grief and loss, interpersonal violence, serious mental illness, suicidal ideation, and marginalization.

  • Sage Coler

    Sage Coler, MA

    Pronouns: she/her
    Location: CAPS Central Office
    (831) 502-7192

    ABOUT: Sage is a bilingual, Spanish and English, white cisgender female from the east coast. She is a fifth-year doctoral intern from William James College in Boston, MA. Prior to beginning her doctoral degree Sage served as Peace Corps Volunteer from the Caribbean coast of Colombia with previous work in youth development and education. She approaches therapy with an integrative and collaborative approach, taking into consideration student’s backgrounds and previous experiences to create a unique and comfortable therapeutic space to meet the student’s needs.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Sage’s clinical interest include grief and bereavement, life transitions, family dynamics and identify exploration. She has experience working with the Latinx population, LGBTQIA+ population, college students and international students. Sage appreciates the use of positive psychology in the therapeutic space. She believes therapy can be successful, by not only decreasing distress, but also working to increase well-being.

  • Jackson Liguori

    Jackson Liguori, MA

    Pronouns: he/him/his
    Location: CAPS Central Office
    (831) 502-7220

    ABOUT: Jackson is a white, cisgender, male-identified intern therapist from Los Angeles. He is currently a 6th year counseling psychology PhD candidate at Arizona State University. Jackson has worked as a therapist in both university settings and community mental health centers. He approaches therapy using a Gestalt framework, which emphasizes integrating both personal and environmental factors into case conceptualization and treatment.

    AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION AND INTEREST: Jackson takes a client-centered
    approach to working with students. His clinical interests include mood disorders, anxiety
    disorders, trauma, identity exploration, and religion and spirituality. He has experience
    with a wide range of populations including those from ethnically diverse backgrounds,
    LGBTQIA+-identified clients, and college students.

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  • Tanya Castillo

    Tanya Castillo

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

  • Hanna Begnell

    Hanna Begnell

    CAPS Central Office
    CAPS Assistant

    (831) 459-2628
  • 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