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512-471-3515
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8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Professional Staff and Supervised Trainees

The CMHC professional staff includes clinicians who represent a variety of mental health disciplines. Our licensed staff includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Professional Counselors. Our staff also includes post-graduate clinicians who are in the process of completing their licensure requirements, as well as graduate students who are in the process of obtaining advanced degrees in psychology or social work.

For more information about our Psychology and Social Work internship programs click on the links below:

Please feel free to talk with your counselor if you have any questions about his or her background, experience, or training.

Administrative Services Staff

Jane Morgan Bost
Associate Director, Prevention and Outreach Services
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Oklahoma State University
Licensed Psychologist, Texas

Oversees all of the Prevention and Outreach Services including the Voices Against Violence (VAV) Program, Be That One (BT1) Suicide Prevention Program and CMHC Mental Health Promotion. Jane was the first Director of Counseling Services at Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, from 1984-1992. She has been an administrator at the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center since 1992. She is the Past Chair of the American College Personnel Association's Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services and secured over $1 million in U.S. Department of Justice funding to establish and grow the Voices Against Violence Program. In 2000 and 2001, Jane hiked to the top of Mt. Whitney (highest peak in the 48 states) and has hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon 7 times.


Chris Brownson
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Director of the Counseling and Mental Health Center

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Psychologist, Texas

Was appointed associate VP for student affairs in 2011 and oversees the University Health Services in that capacity. Has served as director of CMHC since 2006. Since 2004, has been the director of the National Research Consortium of Counseling Centers in Higher Education, which conducts research on college mental health. He is a past chair of the Section on College and University Counseling Centers of Division 17 of APA, a past chair of the Higher Education Mental Health Alliance, a past chair of the Mental Health Section and past member of the Board of Directors for the American College Health Association. He is a clinical associate professor in Educational Psychology, and his research and professional interests include college student suicide prevention and the integration of mental health into primary care.


Marla Craig
Associate Director, Clinical Services
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Texas A&M University
Licensed Psychologist, Texas

Supervises clinical services, which includes individual and group counseling and psychiatric services and crisis counseling. Marla enjoys running, swimming, cycling and yoga. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading a good book and drinking a strong cup of hot coffee.


Melissa Eshelman
Associate Director and Chief Psychiatrist
M.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas
Board certified in Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Forensic Psychiatry

Provides diagnostic psychiatry evaluations, medical evaluation and management, crisis intervention, consultation and supervision. Professional interests include crisis/emergency psychiatry, risk assessment, consultation/liaison psychiatry, ethics, developmental issues/child and adolescent psychiatry, mood disorders, eating disorders, supervision/training and psychopharmacology. Her personal interests include spending time with her family, regular exercise at the gym, enjoying home cooked meals, and reading mystery novels.


Alicia Garces
Director of Social Work Training and Clinical Social Worker
Master's of Science in Social Work (MSSW), The University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas
Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work

Provides individual counseling. Directs the Social Work Internship Program. Participates in training for psychology and social work interns. Works with campus groups and leads workshops for the general student population, as well as for international students and Hispanic students.


Cary Tucker
Associate Director, Integrated Health Program and Clinical Social Worker
Master's of Science in Social Work (MSSW), The University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Registered Nurse (RN), Texas

Provides individual counseling and facilitates classes through the Integrated Health Program, a collaboration between CMHC and UHS. As Director of the Integrated Health Program, works closely with University Health Services. Trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Areas of interest include mindfulness and psychotherapy, meditation, yoga, humor, spirituality, and a holistic approach to health and healing.


Javier Ungo
Program Director for Access & Referral Services
Master's of Science in Social Work (MSSW), The University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Texas)

Oversees the Brief Assessment and Referral program. Provides brief assessment services to students upon intake, assists with referrals to community resources and coordinates CMHC's crisis services. Also coordinates the CMHC Crisis Line. In high school he was in a Beastie Boys cover band.

Mark Zentner
Practicum Training Director and Staff Psychologist
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Psychologist, Texas

Provides individual and group therapy. Specializes in assessment for ADHD/ADD and learning disabilities in adults; also anxiety, depression, counseling and assessment with diverse populations. As Practicum Training Director, supervises practicum training. He enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, and traveling to National Parks and Colorado.


Clinical Staff

Mike Andorka
Staff Psychologist - CARE counselor - School of Undergraduate Studies/Division of Housing
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Akron
Licensed Psychologist, Texas

Provides individual and group therapy, along with outreach, consultation, and crisis support to the School of Undergraduate Studies and Division of Housing on the south side of UT¹s campus. Clinical interests include working with LGBTQIA students, multicultural dynamics, survivors of interpersonal trauma, alcohol and drug moderation/recovery, disordered eating/body image, and social confidence. In his free time, he enjoys going to the gym, reading fantasy/sci fi novels, and playing video games.


Keith T. Arrington
Clinical Social Worker
Master's of Science in Social Work (MSSW), The University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas

Provides individual and group therapy and is part of the Integrated Health Program, a collaboration between CMHC and UHS. Provides counseling and referral services to students in UHS general medicine clinics, as well as leading Integrated Health classes. Trains interns and practicum students, and chaired CMHC's Diversity Education and Awareness Committee for eight years. Is especially interested in mindfulness and psychotherapy, diversity and multicultural issues, existential issues, chronic and terminal illness, grief and loss, spiritual concerns, identity development, and sexuality issues. In addition to being a Longhorn for 40 years, Keith is a true Texan, evidenced by the fact that his favorite musician is Willie Nelson.


Elana Bizer
Integrated Health Counselor
Master's of Science in Social Work (MSSW), The University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas

Provides individual counseling and co-leads groups through the Integrated Health Program, a collaboration between CMHC and UHS. She is interested in the inter-relationship between emotional and physical health and enjoys working with students to facilitate wellness on both levels. She utilizes a relational style of counseling which incorporates mindfulness-based approaches. Outside of work, Elana is passionate about all things involving food. In addition, she enjoys yoga, art, hiking, and travel.


Catherine Corbin
Staff Therapist
M.A., Counseling Psychology, Texas Woman's University
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Texas

Provides individual counseling for a wide range of issues to students at the University. Professional interests include: mood and anxiety disorders, relationship concerns, trauma, grief and loss. She hopes that her knowledge of and passion for therapeutic development brings warmth and comfort to a process that may otherwise feel intimidating.


Sylvia W. Chen
Staff Psychologist
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Texas A&M University

Provides individual and group counseling, as well as outreach programming and staff consultation. Having been an international student herself, Sylvia finds it especially rewarding to work with UT international students. She has a special interest in diversity issues and cross-cultural adjustment. She also enjoys providing bilingual counseling to students who may feel more comfortable discussing their concerns in Mandarin Chinese.


Laura Dannenmaier
Clinical Social Worker
CARE Program Director and Natural Sciences Counselor
Master's of Science in Social Work (MSSW), University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas

Directs the Counselors in Academic Residence (CARE) Program, a program that provides mental health services in academic offices to facilitate students' academic and life goals. Provides individual, group, and crisis counseling in the College of Natural Sciences. Also provides consultation to staff and prevention services. Participates in training for psychology and social work interns. Areas of professional interest include grief and trauma, depression and anxiety, and relationship concerns. In her free time, Laura enjoys time wither boisterous family, traveling and exploring Austin.


Mona Ghosheh
Staff Psychologist, Asian American Services Specialist
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Ball State University

Provides individual, group, and crisis counseling. She also provides outreach programming to Asian American students. Mona participates in the training of psychology and social work interns. She is especially interested in diversity and multicultural issues, identity development, family of origin concerns, and helping students identify inherent strengths. Mona also provides bilingual counseling to students who prefer to discuss concerns in Arabic. In her spare time, Mona enjoys spending time with friends and family, painting, running, and cooking.


Lacey Holcomb, LPC
Staff Therapist
M.A., Counseling Psychology, Boston College
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Texas

Provides individual, couples, and group therapy. She is passionate about helping students to navigate this often stressful and confusing yet pivotal and potentially exciting time in their life. Professional interests include depression, anxiety, relationship issues, life transitions, family dynamics, grief/loss, and self esteem concerns. Lacey utilizes a Client Centered/Humanistic approach to therapy which can be seen as collaborative as opposed to directive. Lacey has training in Psychoanalytic Psychology and often uses this training and knowledge for work on family of origins concerns.

In her free time she enjoys yoga, traveling, and listening to live music.


Toby LeBlanc
Staff Therapist
CARE Counselor, LPC McCombs Business School
M.A. in Community Counseling, LSU
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Texas

Provides individual and group therapy, consultation, and outreach for students of McCombs School of Business. Clinical interests include alleviating trauma, reducing anxiety and depression, exploring issues of masculinity, and redefining relationships with drugs and alcohol. In his free time Toby enjoys cooking, reading, watching football and playing with his two children.


Leah Leeds
Clinical Social Worker
Masters of Science in Social Work, UT Austin
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas

Provides individual and group therapy. Experience providing advocacy services in mental health and community settings, community based shelters, law enforcement and campus settings. Professional interest in working with survivors of interpersonal violence, the effects of and neurobiology of trauma, anxiety, depression and grief. Leah enjoys the outdoors, traveling, running, and spending time with friends and family.


Diane Lewis
Psychiatrist
M.D., Texas A&M Health Sciences Center College of Medicine, Board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Provides psychiatric evaluations, medication management, medical evaluation and management, crisis intervention, consultation and supervision. Professional interests include depression, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, post traumatic stress, bipolar disorder, substance use disorders, ADD/ADHD, OCD. Her personal interests include discovering new music and spending time with friends.


Matthew Olson, MA, NCC, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
M.A. in Professional Counseling from Texas State University at San Marcos

Provides individual consultations and counseling sessions, group counseling, and therapeutic programs related to substance abuse. Matthew is originally from the Houston area and enjoys all sports, playing chess, and spending time with his beagle.


Kristen Pearson
Staff Therapist
Master's of Science in Social Work (MSSW), The University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas

Provides individual and group therapy to students. Participates with Voices Against Violence, providing individual and group counseling and advocacy to students who have experienced interpersonal violence. In her free time she loves reading, learning to sew, cooking, camping/hiking and spending time with family and friends.

Rhea Pledger
Staff Therapist
Master's Degree in Professional Counseling, Texas State University
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Texas

Provides therapy to individuals and couples. Professional interests include working with low self esteem, anxiety, GLBT issues, sexual health, porn addiction, and trauma. In his spare time, Rhea enjoys running and biking around Austin, discovering new things, and catching up with friends.

Dian Ruud
Staff Social Worker
Ph.D., Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Texas

Provides individual, and group therapy. Trained in Interpersonal Psychotherapy for depression, Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT), and stress reduction techniques. Experience working with Veterans (Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan theatres.) Enjoys hiking, cooking Mexican food, and quality time with friends and family.

Abby Simpson
CARE Counselor, Moody College of Communication
Master's of Science in Social Work (MSSW), The University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Texas)

Provides individual, group, and crisis counseling in the Moody College of Communication. Also provides consultation to staff and prevention services. Professional interests include working with survivors of interpersonal violence, crisis intervention, and helping clients manage perfectionism and anxiety. In her free time she enjoys biking, taking her dog to the park, and watching horror movies.


Jeni Wade
Clinical Social Worker
CARE Counselor, LCSW Cockrell School of Engineering
Masters of Science in Social Work, UT Austin
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas

Provides individual, group and crisis counseling for students in the Cockrell School of Engineering. Assists Cockrell School of Engineering Advisors with mental health consultation, training and outreach. Professional interest include the use of mindfulness and emotion regulation to recover from trauma, address difficulties with substance abuse and cope with life transitions such as relationship changes, adjusting to mental and physical illnesses, grief and loss. In her spare time, she enjoys reading a good book with a cup of coffee, cooking with friends, hot yoga and dancing.


Katie J. Welsh
Mindful Eating Program Coordinator
Master of Arts in Health Psychology from Texas State University

Counseling specialist for the Mindful Eating Program, providing individual and group counseling for students struggling with disordered eating behaviors, thoughts and feelings. As a dedicated and compassionate therapist, Katie enjoys working with others to help them identify and decrease barriers to living a healthy well-balanced life. In her free time she enjoys traveling, playing sports, karaoke, and being outdoors.


Gareth White
Brief Assessment and Referral Counselor
Master of Social Work (MSW), Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas

Provides brief assessment and referral services to students seeking information or counseling at CMHC. She has also co-facilitated a group on self-compassion at CMHC. She specializes in mental health triage. In her free time she sings in a community choir and loves to swim.



Prevention and Outreach Staff

Erin Burrows
Health Education Coordinator, Voices Against Violence
M.A. Women's History, Sarah Lawrence College

Develops and implements prevention strategies of interpersonal violence in collaboration with the UT community. Erin serves as the staff adviser to the VAV-sponsored student organization and co-chairs the Bystander Intervention Work Group of the Wellness Network. Erin has been working in intimate partner violence prevention and intervention since 2005 as a student organizer and as a professional in education, community mobilization and direct service for survivors.


Lynn Hoare
Health Education Coordinator, Theatre for Dialogue
Master's in Fine Arts (MFA), Drama and Theatre for Youth, The University of Texas at Austin

Trains student Peer Theatre Educators through a two-semester academic course sequence, and devises, directs and facilitates interactive Theatre for Dialogue performances on and off campus for the Voices Against Violence program. Theatre for Dialogue uses theatre to educate, raise awareness and spark dialogue on the issues of relationship violence, sexual violence and stalking. Lynn specializes in Applied Theatre, Theatre-In-Education (TIE), and theatre for social change, interactive theatre, and devising new work.


Katy Redd
Health Education Coordinator, Mental Health Promotion
M.P.H. New Mexico State University
M.S.W. New Mexico State University
C.H.E.S. (Certified Health Education Specialist)

Develops and implements innovative health education programming and outreach to support mental health promotion for students. Katy provides training and workshops for students, faculty, and staff on issues related to student mental health and wellbeing. In her free time, Katy enjoys running, hiking, traveling, quilting, and watching her young daughter experience the world.

Marian Trattner
Health Education Coordinator, Be That One. Suicide Prevention Program
M.A. Social Work, University of Missouri

Coordinates the Be That One Suicide Prevention Program. Presents the Be That One information program to student groups and departments within the University, develops and coordinates campus events on suicide prevention, and works to involve the University community in the program. She is also liaison to the UT Chapter of Active Minds. Marian enjoys going to music concerts, spending time at coffee shops with friends, exercising, and finding new dessert places to try in Austin.

Mike Andorka
Keith T. Arrington
Elana Bizer
Erin Burrows
Jane Morgan Bost
Chris Brownson
Catherine Corbin
Sylvia W. Chen
Marla Craig
Laura Dannenmaier
Melissa Eshelman
Mona Ghosheh
Alicia Garces
Lynn Hoare
Lacey Holcomb
Greg Keilin
Toby LeBlanc
Leah Leeds
Diane Lewis
Judith A. Mitchell
Matthew Olson
Kristen Pearson
Rhea Pledger
Katy Redd
Dian Ruud
Abby Simpson
Marian Trattner
Cary Tucker
Javier Ungo
Jeni Wade
Katie J. Welsh
Mark Zentner
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