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CMHC Staff

Business Hours:
Monday thru Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Appointment-Scheduling hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-4:00pm
Phone: (512) 471-3515 - Student Services Building 5th Floor

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Professional Staff and Supervised Trainees

The CMHC professional staff includes clinicians who represent a variety of mental health disciplines. Our licensed staff includes Licensed Professional Counselors, Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Social Workers. 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. These clinical staff members work under the license of our licensed clinical staff and are qualified to provide mental health services.

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

Leadership Staff

Chris Brownson

Chris Brownson

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

Director of the Counseling and Mental Health Center

 

 

Education

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

Licensed Psychologist, Texas

Professional Interests

Dr. Brownson has served as director of CMHC since 2006 and associate vice president for student affairs since 2011. His portfolio also includes University Health Services, the Longhorn Wellness Center, and the Center for Students in Recovery. Since 2004, he has been the director of the National Research Consortium of Counseling Centers in Higher Education, which conducts research on college mental health. He is past president-elect of the Texas University Counseling Center Director’s Association, 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, the intersection of mental health and academic success, and the integration of mental health into primary care. Dr. Brownson was also appointed as a Chancellor’s Health Fellow at The University of Texas System in 2014, and he currently leads a $6 million project implementing various mental health, student safety, and alcohol-related initiatives at the 14 academic and health institutions of the UT System.

Personal Interests

In his spare time, Chris enjoys tennis, travel, British crime dramas, and softball.

Marla Craig

Marla Craig

Licensed Psychologist; Senior Associate Director for Clinical Services

 

 

Education

Doctorate in Counseling Psychology, Texas A&M University

Master of Sociology, University of Texas at Austin

Licensed Psychologist, Texas

Pronouns

She/Her

Approach

Dr. Craig's approach involves being mindful of the therapeutic relationship and using it to create opportunities to support clients in forming and sustaining quality relationships with others. She also focuses and builds upon clients' strengths with the goal of being more solution than problem focused.

Professional Interests

Crisis work, non-suicidal self injury, early career professionals, clinical systems and operations management, administration in higher education.

Personal Interests

In her free time, Dr. Craig enjoys spending time with family, friends and her animals (3 dogs, cat and fish). She enjoys studying the science behind food with wine pairing, exercising, drinking strong french press coffee and reading at least 3 books at one time (history/culture/race relations, wine, fiction).

Stephanie Dodoo

Stephanie Dodoo

Associate Director of DEI Initiatives, Health Equity, and Diversity, Counseling & Outreach Services

 

 

Education

Master’s Degree in Social Services Administration, University of Chicago (Chicago/Illinois)

Pronouns

she/her/hers

Approach

Oversees the DCOS program which specializes in promoting equity and access to our UT students with historically underrepresented and marginalized identities. She truly loves working with our campus partners, staff and students. She also provides individual, group, and crisis counseling plus consultation to staff and prevention services. Relationships and collaborations are important aspects of her clinical work.

Professional Interests

Favorite parts of her work includes providing identity affirming services and effecting healing and change on the margins, with the students who need us most. She is passionate about advocacy, liberation, diversity, equity, inclusion and especially reducing disparities in healthcare and mental health. Stephanie believes we each play a part in helping disrupt systems of oppression. We can all make a difference in the lives and institutions with which we come in contact.

Personal Interests

She loves to cook (improvising!), play and watch tennis, travel (outside of her home), now dreaming about future travels, spending time with family and friends, indulging in Ghanaian and other cultures, watching films and gardening. Fostering relationships is important to her daily life. And, likes to surround herself with kind and diverse people, and gets many laughs and stories from parenting.

Monica Dowd

Monica Dowd

Associate Director for Business Services

 

 

Education

Master of Business Administration, Texas State University

Pronouns

She/Her

Professional Interests

Monica oversees the finance, billing, human resources and materials management departments for the Counseling and Mental Health Center and University Health Services. Her professional interests include revenue cycle and financial management, particularly focusing on process improvement and reporting functions.

Personal Interests

In her free time, Monica enjoys spending time with her family, bike riding, fishing, sewing and yoga.

Laura Dupuis

Laura Dupuis

Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Assistant Director for CARE

 

 

Education

Master's of Science in Social Work (MSSW), University of Texas at Austin

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas

Professional Interests

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 Steve Hicks School of Social Work. 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.

Personal Interests

In her free time, Laura enjoys hiking, working at her pottery wheel, playing guitar and spending time with her family.

Melissa Eshelman

Melissa Eshelman

Psychiatrist; Associate Director for Psychiatric Services

 

 

Education

M.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

Approach

Dr. Eshelman provides diagnostic psychiatry evaluations, medication management, crisis intervention, consultation and supervision.

Professional Interests

Dr. Eshleman's professional interests include crisis/emergency psychiatry, developmental issues, risk assessment, mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and working with first-generation college students.

Personal Interests

Dr. Eshelman is Latina; her parents emigrated from Peru. Her personal interests include spending time with her family, exercising on a rowing machine and pilates reformer and enjoying home cooked meals.

Alicia Garces

Alicia Garces

Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Assistant Director for Social Work Training

 

 

Education

Master of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin

Pronouns

She/Her

Approach

Alicia provides individual counseling and group counseling. Her areas of specialty are: Grief & Loss; Working with Latinx members of the campus community; Cultural Considerations of Grief & Loss; First Generation College students; Managing transitions to a large campus setting, and Working with students from marginalized communities.

Professional Interests

In her role as a Training Director, she enjoys training graduate students to learn clinical skills and to work with diverse populations on a college campus. She is committed to multi-cultural awareness, open-minded humility, and appreciation of everyone's unique talents as emerging counselors.

Personal Interests

Alicia enjoys gardening and learning how the relationship with between nature and humans replenishes our bodies and spirit. She enjoys cooking, baking, watching films, writing, and spending time with pets and friends.

Susan Hochman

Susan Hochman

Associate Director, Assessment, Communication and Data Informatics

 

 

Education

Bachelor of Science Education, University of Kansas
Master of Public Health, Emory University

Pronouns

She/Her

Job Description

Susan provides strategic leadership over communications, assessment, data informatics, and health information technology for the Counseling and Mental Health Center and University Health Services. She is also the co-executive leader of SHIFT and leads the UT Health Care Entities Group.

Professional Interests

Susan has been involved with the field of college health since she was an undergraduate student at the University of Kansas where she worked as a student assistant at Watkins Memorial Health Center and established the peer health educator program. Susan started her professional career in college health as a health promotion professional. In recent years, Susan has transitioned from health promotion to administration where she focuses on strategic planning, building a health promoting environment and ensuring that programs and services are accessible, student-centered, and linked to the mission of the institution. She is excited to use data to build new models for addressing students’ health and wellbeing.

Susan often cites her involvement with the American College Health Association as a highlight of her job and she is grateful to work with colleagues across the country to institute change on a national level. Susan has served the association in numerous volunteer and elected leadership positions, including Vice President of the ACHA Board of Directors, member-at-large to the board, chair of the Health Promotion section, Annual Meeting Program Planning Chair in 2014, 2017, and 2020 and was a co-author of the Framework for a Comprehensive College Health Program. Susan is currently the co-chair of the Benchmarking Advisory Committee and also a contributing member of the NCHA Advisory Committee where she helped developed the NCHA III. She also serves on the Leadership Institute Committee, Education Planning Committee, and leadership team for the Connected College Health Network. She is honored to be an ACHA Fellow.

Personal Interests

Susan enjoys watching Jeopardy, racing to complete the crossword puzzle, fitness, and spending time with her family. She also loves playing Scrabble and is undefeated at Bananagrams.

Ginny Maril

Ginny Maril

Licensed Psychologist; Associate Director for Clinical Services

 

 

Education

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Texas Woman's University
Licensed Psychologist, Texas, California, PSYPACT

Pronouns

She/Her

Approach

Dr. Maril is trained in a number of different types of therapy such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Existential Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Each of these is couched in an understanding of cultural systems that impact who we are and how we feel. Working with her is comfortable, conversational, and focused on helping you feel better.

Professional Interests

Dr. Maril specializes in working with college students, individuals living with chronic illness and rare disease, and survivors of sexual trauma.

Personal Interests

In her free time, she loves going to concerts, traveling, and being in nature.

Brittany O'Malley

Brittany O'Malley

Assistant Director for Prevention

 

 
Katy Redd

Katy Redd

Associate Director for Prevention, Development and Media Relations

 

 

Education

M.P.H. New Mexico State University
M.S.W. New Mexico State University

Pronouns

She/Her

Job Description

Katy oversees prevention programming, development, and media relations for the Counseling and Mental Health Center and University Health Services. She oversees innovative public health programming and forges partnerships to support the well-being of today’s college students. She also oversees development efforts for both organizations as well as media relations, ensuring that CMHC and UHS’s services are appropriate and effectively communicated to the UT community.

Professional Interests

Katy’s professional interests include health communication, public health methods to improve mental health, and health equity.

Personal Interests

In her free time, Katy enjoys backpacking, adventure traveling, crafting, and watching her young children experience the world.

Robert Reed

Robert Reed

Assistant Director for IT

 

 

Education

Bachelor of Science, UT Austin
Bachelor of Arts, UT Austin

Pronouns

He/Him/His

Job Description

Robert manages the team providing IT support to CMHC and UHS. The team supports everything from the network to the hardware and software used by staff. In addition the team is responsible for ensuring the privacy and security of the information collected by clinicians.

Professional Interests

Robert is interested in Health Information Management and Technology. He keeps current on best information security practices. He also likes to dabble in data analysis and reporting.

Personal Interests

When not working, he enjoy spending time with his wife, Anna, and his kids. He likes being in nature and also enjoys partaking of the local bounty Austin has to offer.

Javier Ungo

Javier Ungo

Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Assistant Director for Access and Referral Services

 

 

Education

Master of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Pronouns

He/Him/His

Job Description

Javier directs the Brief Assessment and Referral team (BART). BART is the first point of contact for students looking to access mental health resources. BART provides brief screenings to assist students in identifying treatment options and assisting with scheduling and referring to appropriate resources. Javier also supervises the Case Management Program which consists of a team of CMHC case managers who meet with students to assist in connecting to mental health and other resources both on and off-campus.

Professional Interests

Javier’s professional interests include mental health triage, crisis intervention, college mental health and LGBTQ+ mental health.

Elana Verbin Bizer

Elana Verbin Bizer

Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Assistant Director, Integrated Health

 

 

Education

Master's of Science in Social Work (MSSW), University of Texas at Austin

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas

Pronouns

She/Her

Approach

Elana is interested in the inter-relationship between emotional and physical health and enjoys working with individuals to facilitate wellness on both levels. She believes that fostering a compassionate, non-judgmental relationship with oneself can give us access to our full range of possibilities. As such, she utilizes a student-centered, mindfulness-based style of counseling which incorporates relational and cognitive-behavioral approaches.

Professional Interests

Elana directs the Integrated Health Program, which provides behavioral health services within University Health Services. She also manages the Thrive at UT mobile app and MindBody Labs on campus. Elana believes in empowering individuals to discover strategies that work for them by learning and experimenting with new behaviors. Elana enjoys working with students from diverse backgrounds. Interests include working with students with chronic illnesses and helping individuals manage anxiety in all of the varied way it can show up in our lives.

Personal Interests

Elana enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and loves to travel overseas every chance she gets. She also enjoys reading and all things food-related.

Mark Zentner

Mark Zentner

Licensed Psychologist; Assistant Director for Psychology Training

 

 

Education

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, University of Texas at Austin

Pronouns

He/Him

Approach

Dr. Zentner approaches therapy with the understanding that the therapist and student are working together as a team to address the needs and interests of the student. Counseling can be a place to focus on building skills to address specific areas of concerns. It can also be an environment to explore aspects of one's self and the circumstances in their life that may be challenging to talk about with friends, family, or peers. For Dr. Zentner, therapy is a place where students can expect to be treated with respect and kindness, whether they are using the time to address problems that have come up recently, patterns that have caused stress over time, or discussing the experience of living in the world during a turbulent time.

Professional Interests

Dr. Zentner is interested in working with students who are experiencing disruptions in their lives due to anxiety, stress, depression, loss and grief, life transitions, traumatic experiences, and issues related to the ways that events in our society and the world impact them.

Personal Interests

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, friends, and his dog, reading, spending time outdoors, and eating poke.

Counseling Staff

Tina Alexander

Tina Alexander

Social Work Fellow

 

 

Education

Master of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin

Pronouns

she/her/hers

Approach

Tina is a person-centered therapist at her core. She believes that clients are the expert in their life. Her role is to support your journey by highlighting strengths and providing additional skills to help work through life’s challenges . She also believes exercising cultural humility is important in keeping the needs of the person as well as the respect of their psychosocial background at the forefront, to assist them through the process of therapeutic change. Her therapeutic style is a strengths-based perspective, blending relational cultural theory, solution-focused, motivational interviewing, and cognitive behavioral frameworks into her approach. She believes in the power of challenging students to increase self-awareness, while at the same time maintaining an unconditional positive regard for their experiences with empathy, understanding and genuineness (authenticity) for each person that she is fortunate to work with.

Professional Interests

Her professional interests include, but are in no way limited to, optimal psychosocial well-being of African-Americans, exploring areas/issues related to college students, family of origin concerns, sports psychological concerns, life adjustments and self-esteem work. Additionally, her clinical interests include women's issues and empowerment, anxiety, depression, spirituality, grief and loss, multiculturalism, and a harm reduction focused lens of managing maladaptive coping strategies.

Personal Interests

In her free time she enjoys building upon all things related to art and creativity including but not limited to painting, sculpting, glassblowing, theatrical performances, building upon my colorful wardrobe, or photography. In the interim of the aforementioned activities you can find me spending time with family, watching college football, or making a dent in an ever increasing list of television shows.

Renissa R. Arnold

Renissa R. Arnold

Psychology Intern

 

 

Education

Masters of Science in Educational Psychology, Oklahoma State University

Pronouns

she/her/hers

Approach

Renissa's personal theory of counseling is truly integrative in nature. Renissa utilizes techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotion Focused therapy, and Feminist theory. Renissa believes that our experiences impact how we see ourselves, others, and the world, which influences our feelings and behaviors. Renissa believes that therapy should be a collaborative space for students to explore and be their most authentic self. She also believes that students should be the expert of their own experiences while sharing their thoughts, feelings, and emotions.

Professional Interests

Renissa’s professional interests include black masculinity, suicide prevention, multicultural counseling, mental health stigma within the BIPOC community, race-related stress, anxiety, addressing trauma, depression and religion/ spirituality.

Personal Interests

Renissa enjoys cooking, spending time with her family, watching musicals, and traveling.

Julia Chafkin

Julia Chafkin

Practicum student

 

 

Education

Master of Arts in Psychology, University of Texas at Austin

Pronouns

she/her/hers

Approach

As a student clinician, Julia provides individual and group counseling services. She has worked in clinics, hospitals, community settings, and correctional facilities, and has worked with folks presenting with a variety of different concerns. She is interested in culturally sensitive therapies that can help clients to identify areas with which they may be struggling, and allow them to raise awareness, foster change, and increase feelings of well-being and healing.

Professional Interests

Julia's research interests are in the field of behavioral neuroendocrinology (hormones!). She is interested in the relationship between adolescent hormones and mental health trajectories, and in trying to make biological research more accessible.

Personal Interests

In her free time, Julia enjoys hanging out with her family, spending time outside, reading, and cooking.

Marla Craig

Marla Craig

Licensed Psychologist; Senior Associate Director for Clinical Services

 

 

Education

Doctorate in Counseling Psychology, Texas A&M University

Master of Sociology, University of Texas at Austin

Licensed Psychologist, Texas

Pronouns

She/Her

Approach

Dr. Craig's approach involves being mindful of the therapeutic relationship and using it to create opportunities to support clients in forming and sustaining quality relationships with others. She also focuses and builds upon clients' strengths with the goal of being more solution than problem focused.

Professional Interests

Crisis work, non-suicidal self injury, early career professionals, clinical systems and operations management, administration in higher education.

Personal Interests

In her free time, Dr. Craig enjoys spending time with family, friends and her animals (3 dogs, cat and fish). She enjoys studying the science behind food with wine pairing, exercising, drinking strong french press coffee and reading at least 3 books at one time (history/culture/race relations, wine, fiction).

Cameron Davis

Cameron Davis

Psychology Intern

 

 

Education

Master of Science, Counseling Psychology, University of North Texas

Master of Science, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Southern Methodist University

Pronouns

he/him/his

Approach

Cameron's clinical work focuses on creating an enriching environment in which clients may feel seen and cared for. He believes that therapy should be a collaborative space in which goals are mutually agreed upon and altered as the work of therapy progresses. Cameron approaches therapy with a relational, multicultural, and humanistic lens. He would describe his clinical work as empowering, compassionate, and real.

Professional Interests

His professional interest include working with client's who seeking to gain new insights regarding multicultural/diversity, life transitions, identity development, Black identity, religion/spirituality, anxiety, depression, and interpersonal concerns.

Personal Interests

In his free time he enjoys going to the gym, trying new places to eat, going to the movies, and hanging out on a patio with friends.

Bridget Freihart

Bridget Freihart

Practicum student

 

 

Education

Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, University of Texas at Austin

Master of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley

Pronouns

she/her/hers

Approach

Bridget's goal in therapy is to help individuals amplify existing strengths and build new skills to more effectively engage with their lives. Using a range of scientifically-supported interventions (i.e., cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, acceptance and committment therapy), she collaboratively focuses on shifting patterns of thought and behavior such that they align more closely with client goals, hopes, and values.

Professional Interests

Bridget is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology department at UT, and her time is split between research and clinical work. Her research interests are in sexual and reproductive health, with a specific focus on maximizing sexual satisfaction outcomes in couples. Clinically, her work has largely focused helping individuals to overcome anxiety, trauma, and other mood-based concerns.

Personal Interests

In her free time, she enjoys singing and playing piano and crafting elaborate cheese plates.

Hannah Yeo Garza

Hannah Yeo Garza

Social Work Fellow

 

 

Education

Master of Science in Social Work, University of Texas at Austin

Pronouns

she/her/hers

Approach

Hannah has developed a therapy practice grounded in a relational, strengths-based, and trauma-informed approach. She values creating a comfortable therapeutic relationship with clients and tries to ensure this through her own transparency, as well as through constant collaboration with clients. She also values supporting and empowering clients in their preexisting strengths and resources. Additionally, she believes it is exceedingly important that the services she offers to clients are client-centered, culturally conscious, and take into account each client's context, identities, experiences, and the systems that they may navigate.

Professional Interests

Hannah enjoys working with a wide range of students. Because of her own identities as a biracial person and a daughter of an immigrant, she is especially interested in working with clients exploring multi-cultural issues and cultural identity development. Additionally, as a part of CMHC's Voices Against Violence team, she is also particularly interested in working with survivors of trauma.

Personal Interests

Outside of work, she loves to sing, dance, read, get outside of herself in nature with frequent walks and hikes, and spend intentional time with loved ones.

Meghan Graham

Meghan Graham

Licensed Master Social Worker; Brief Assessment and Referral Counselor

 

 

Education

Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) from The Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin.

Pronouns

she/her/hers

Approach

Meghan uses a strengths-based, empowerment approach, which means building on student's pre-existing skills and abilities. Meghan will honor that you are the expert of your own life. She likes to take concepts from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which helps bolster your ability to cope with stressful situations and strong emotions. She uses a relational-cultural approach with feminist underpinnings, which seeks to reduce sources of individual isolation and social injustice, such as racism, classism, sexism, and homophobia, which contribute to chronic disconnection and distress.

Professional Interests

Meghan enjoys working with people who experience anxiety, depression, and grief. She also enjoys working with survivors of trauma and those who have had adverse childhood experiences. She uses her social work values, which emphasize the value of human relationships, challenging social injustice, and acknowledging the dignity and worth of every individual.

Personal Interests

In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, biking, and swimming. You can usually catch her at Barton Springs or Deep Eddy enjoying a quick dip. She also like crafting, reading zines, and the local art & music scene here in Austin.

Louis Haling

Louis Haling

Case Manager

 

 

Education

Master of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin

Pronouns

He/Him/His

Sarah Levinn

Sarah Levinn

Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor; Brief Assessment and Referral Counselor

 

 

Education

Master of Science in Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin

Pronouns

she/her/hers

Approach

Provides brief assessment and referral services, groups and individual counseling, and is part of the Alcohol and Other Drug Program. Her approach is grounded in narrative and relational therapy, empowering clients to own their stories. Sarah has professional experience in inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment, inpatient and outpatient detoxification programs, case management, and crisis intervention.

Professional Interests

Her professional interests include LGBTQIA issues, addiction, addressing trauma, and self-compassion.

Personal Interests

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys playing competitive and recreational sports, notably Ultimate Frisbee and ping pong.

Katherine Melo Li

Katherine Melo Li

Psychology Intern

 

 

Education

Master of Mental Health Counseling, Florida State University; Educational Specialist of Mental Health Counseling, Florida State University

Pronouns

she/her/hers/Ella

Approach

I'm really interested in getting to know my clients thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to their experiences, while also considering the social-political contexts that they exist in and how that impacts their experiences. It is my understanding that being able to have open conversations related to these topics helps an individual better understand themselves, and ultimately feel that they can cope better or make any necessary changes to their lives and reach their therapy goals.

Professional Interests

I am very interested in working with first generation undergraduate and graduate students to help them best navigate the university system. I am also interested in working with students with concerns related to anxiety, assertiveness training, depression, identity development, intergenerational trauma, interpersonal skill building, romantic relationships, and suicidal thoughts.

Personal Interests

In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my Yorkie Poodle Chewie, binge watching new shows on streaming platforms, and exploring all my new local neighborhood restaurants.

Joan Long

Joan Long

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

 

 

Education

Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW), The University of Texas at Austin

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas

Pronouns

she/her/hers

Approach

Joan provides individual and group therapy to students. Joan's practice emphasizes psychodynamic and relational approaches to therapy, and also the ways in which mindfulness and awareness of body sensations contribute to development of emotional regulation and a stronger sense of self.

Professional Interests

Joan's professional interests include trauma and attachment, existential and spiritual concerns, and the dynamics of development of the self. She also enjoys clinical supervision and working with trainees and their professional development.

Personal Interests

Joan enjoys spending time with friends and family, walking at Lady Bird Lake, and travelling to New Mexico and Colorado.

Ginny Maril

Ginny Maril

Licensed Psychologist; Associate Director for Clinical Services

 

 

Education

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Texas Woman's University
Licensed Psychologist, Texas, California, PSYPACT

Pronouns

She/Her

Approach

Dr. Maril is trained in a number of different types of therapy such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Existential Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Each of these is couched in an understanding of cultural systems that impact who we are and how we feel. Working with her is comfortable, conversational, and focused on helping you feel better.

Professional Interests

Dr. Maril specializes in working with college students, individuals living with chronic illness and rare disease, and survivors of sexual trauma.

Personal Interests

In her free time, she loves going to concerts, traveling, and being in nature.

Luis Martinez

Luis Charles Martinez Jr

Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Case Manager BART

 

 

Education

Master of Clinical Social Work, University of Texas at Austin

Pronouns

he/him/his

Approach

My approach involves helping people become empowered in order to reach their goals. I utilize a strength's perspective in order to accomplish this. I also believe that a mindful approach assists me in helping those that I work with.

Professional Interests

Performing clinical Social Work, which involves case management is what I have spent the majority of time doing in my professional career. I wish to continue Social Work from a mindful perspective.

Personal Interests

I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends. I enjoy listening to music. I also enjoy watching movies.

Kristen Pearson

Kristen Pearson

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

 

 

Education

Master of Science of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin

Pronouns

She/her/hers

Patrizia Perazzo

Patrizia Perazzo

Practicum student

 

 

Education

Master in Mental Health Counseling, Boston College

Pronouns

She/Her/Hers

Approach

Patrizia integrates various approaches when doing therapy such as relational modalities, multicultural, and developmental.

Professional Interests

Patrizia is interested in Immigration and acculturation, women's related issues, and multicultural issues.

Personal Interests

She enjoys reading fiction books, running, and being in nature.

Hannah Powers

Hannah Powers

Licensed Master Social Worker; Case Manager

 

 

Education

Master of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin

Pronouns

She/Her/Hers

Approach

Hannah provides personalized case management and support services to students using a relational, collaborative, and strengths based approach. As a social worker, her background is rooted in social justice and a culturally informed orientation to ensure that students receive services that best reflect their individual needs and identities. Hannah utilizes elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance/Commitment Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy to assist students in pursuing connections to mental health/other community resources, as well as navigating barriers to care.

Professional Interests

Hannah's professional interests include working with fellow multicultural individuals to support them in exploring identity and fostering a sense of belonging. Hannah also enjoys working with people who identify as neurodiverse to help navigate complex mental and health care systems, as well as facilitate development of self-advocacy skills.

Personal Interests

Hannah enjoys spending time with her dogs, playing video games, and mentoring other mental health professionals.

Aly Ramirez

Aly Ramirez

Licensed Master Social Worker; Case Manager

 

 

Education

Master of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin

Pronouns

she/her/hers

Approach

Aly provides case management, advocacy, individual and group therapy, and brief assessment. She approaches her work from a person-centered, trauma-informed perspective with a social justice orientation. She firmly believes in meeting clients where they are and respecting their autonomy. She frequently uses relational-cultural, narrative, and psychodynamic approaches while integrating mindfulness work, motivational interviewing, and skills from CBT, DBT, and ACT.

Professional Interests

Aly's professional interests include trauma, substance use, navigating systems, advocacy, and identities (e.g., race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation). She enjoys working with survivors of trauma, women, young adults, and people who hold non-dominant identities. As a Chicanx woman, she has a special fondness for serving members of Latinx communities.

Personal Interests

In her free time, Aly enjoys cooking, writing, and spending time with her dog Lux and her two cats, Shapka and Special Agent Dale Cooper. She loves watching movies (especially horror). Her favorite Muppet is Animal.

Chloe Ropner

Chloe Ropner

Social Work Intern

 

 

Education

Currently working on Master of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin

Pronouns

she/her/hers

Approach

Chloe works to provide a counseling space grounded in a relational and strengths-based approach, built on the foundation that clients are the experts of their own experience. Chloe believes in collaborating with students to work as a partner in accomplishing goals, exploring emotion, and navigating difficult situations. Additionally, she strives to ensure the services she provides are client-centered, culturally conscious, and take into account the context, identities, experiences, and systems navigated by her clients. Chloe grounds her work in relational-cultural theory and anti-oppressive practice, incorporating an anti-racist, body-positive, LGBTQIA+ affirming, and strengths-based perspective. Chloe believes it's an honor to hear the stories of her clients and works to bring empathy, authenticity, and genuine respect to her virtual and in-person therapeutic spaces.

Professional Interests

Her professional interests include, but are not limited to, family of origin concerns, life adjustments, self-esteem work, and exploring areas/issues related to navigating college. Additionally, her clinical interests include eco-therapy, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, multiculturalism, and developing effective coping strategies. Chloe deeply aligns with social work values, which emphasize the value of human relationships, challenging social injustice, and acknowledging the dignity and worth of all people.

Personal Interests

From camping and road trips to hiking and running, Chloe loves adventure and just about anything in the outdoors. She also can't get enough of live music, museums, spending time with loved ones, and adventuring around with her pup.

Thomas Schlitt

Thomas Schlitt

Licensed Professional Counselor; MHART Counselor

 

 

Education

Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Appalachian State University

Pronouns

he/him/his

Approach

Thomas’ approach to counseling starts with being person centered and trauma informed. This means being empathetic, genuine, and none judgmental, and creating a safe space where every person has a voice in the care they receive. Thomas utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy techniques and is experienced in working with folks struggling with grief and loss.

Professional Interests

Thomas is interested in early intervention with students who are experiencing mental health symptoms for the first time. Thomas is also interested in supporting students who are experiencing a crisis.

Personal Interests

When Thomas is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three dogs, camping and hiking, and playing kickball.

Kory Schruben

Kory Schruben

Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Brief Assessment and Referral Counselor

 

 

Education

Master of Science in Social Work, University of Texas at Austin

Pronouns

She/her/hers

Approach

Kory works from a Relational-Cultural model while incorporating Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, and self-compassion.

Professional Interests

Kory’s professional interests include identity development, trauma, and working with LGBTQIA+ identified students.

Personal Interests

In her free time, Kory enjoys trying new foods, seeing live music, and watching movies with her dog, Benny.

Danielle Sirles

Danielle Sirles

Licensed Psychologist

 

 

Education

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Texas Tech University

Pronouns

She/her/hers

Approach

Dr. Sirles takes a collaborative, strengths-based approach to helping her clients live authentically and navigate life’s challenges. She strongly believes that the quality of the relationship between the therapist and the client is one of the most important factors in therapy success. To this end, Dr. Sirles works hard to ensure that her clients feel understood, respected, and safe to show up as their true selves. In session, Dr. Sirles integrates elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and other culturally-affirming approaches that help clients move towards healing and growth.

Professional Interests

Dr. Sirles enjoys working with relationship concerns, (re)building confidence and self-esteem, healing from trauma, and learning how to manage symptoms of depression and anxiety. Dr. Sirles is especially passionate about working with members of the BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities, providing clinical supervision, and facilitating therapy groups and workshops.

Personal Interests

In her free time, Dr. Sirles loves spending time with her family and friends, (window) shopping for antiques, reading, traveling, visiting museums, and playing Pokémon Go.

Javier Ungo

Javier Ungo

Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Assistant Director for Access and Referral Services

 

 

Education

Master of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Pronouns

He/Him/His

Job Description

Javier directs the Brief Assessment and Referral team (BART). BART is the first point of contact for students looking to access mental health resources. BART provides brief screenings to assist students in identifying treatment options and assisting with scheduling and referring to appropriate resources. Javier also supervises the Case Management Program which consists of a team of CMHC case managers who meet with students to assist in connecting to mental health and other resources both on and off-campus.

Professional Interests

Javier’s professional interests include mental health triage, crisis intervention, college mental health and LGBTQ+ mental health.

Trevor Waagen, M.A.

Trevor Waagen

Psychology Intern

 

 

Education

Master of Counseling Psychology, University of North Dakota

Pronouns

They/Them/Theirs

Job Description

I tend to tailor treatment to every individual I work with given every client has unique experiences and cultural backgrounds to consider. I seek to develop a collaborative environment so clients feel empowered in their therapeutic work. The modalities I utilize stem from cognitive behavioral and emotion-focused treatments which allows clients to explore their thoughts and feelings in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.

Professional Interests

My research focuses on the experiences of the transgender and non-binary community. Specifically, I am interested in the developmental experiences individuals have as they pertain to gender and societal expectations. Additionally, I seek to engage in advocacy related to the LGBTQIA2S+ community as often as I can.

Personal Interests

In my free time, I enjoy playing video games (RPGs, MMOs, strategy-based), baking, cooking, and watching drag related content. I have a 2 year old American Foxhound who keeps me busy and active.

Brennden Ward

Brennden Ward

Licensed Professional Counselor; MHART Counselor

 

 

Education

M.Ed Athletic counseling, Springfield College

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Clinical Mental Health, Springfield College

Pronouns

He/Him

Approach

Brennden provides individual counseling and crisis support at CMHC. Brennden's clinical experience began with providing direct counseling and consultation with athletes and associated staff within a college setting. Brennden served as a Mobile Crisis Clinician for youth & families within the state of CT. He enjoys practicing through the lens of CBT and Solution-Focused Therapy.

Professional Interests

Brennden's professional interests include anxiety and mood disorders. His interests also include crisis work.

Personal Interests

Brennden enjoys cooking and trying new cuisines. He also enjoys spending time with his pitbull, Barley. Brennden also enjoys video games, weightlifting, and baseball.

Gareth White

Gareth White

Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Brief Assessment and Referral Program Coordinator

 

 

Education

Master of Social Work, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College – CUNY

Pronouns

she/her/hers

Approach

Gareth provides brief assessment and referral services and enjoys being the first point of contact for students seeking services at CMHC. She operates from an anti-racist, fat/body positive, LGBTQIA+ affirming and strengths based perspective. Gareth believes in collaborating with students to help build an inclusive and safe space for therapeutic work.

Professional Interests

Gareth’s professional passions include mental health triage, LGBTQIA+ affirming work, as well as body and fat positivity. She facilitates the Queer and Questioning Women’s Support Group and the fat positive group Big Bodies. Radical Love. Gareth loves to train other therapists on body based oppression and how to operate from a fat and body positive space. Gareth has a special place in her heart for anxiety management, relationship concerns and grief and loss support as well.

Personal Interests

Gareth spends time singing with a women’s chorus, performing in theater productions and swimming in any body of water she can find.

Cherry Youn

Cherry Youn

Practicum student

 

 

Education

BA, University of California, Berkeley

MA, The University of Texas at Austin

Pronouns

she/her/hers

Professional Interests

Cherry's clinical interests include college mental health and multi-generational immigrant females and gender non-binary populations. Her research interests include examining genetic mechanisms behind cognitive performance in psychopathology and understanding trajectories of academic achievement and social functioning in children with externalizing disorders.

Personal Interests

Cherry enjoys spending time with her cats.

Mark Zentner

Mark Zentner

Licensed Psychologist; Assistant Director for Psychology Training

 

 

Education

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, University of Texas at Austin

Pronouns

He/Him

Approach

Dr. Zentner approaches therapy with the understanding that the therapist and student are working together as a team to address the needs and interests of the student. Counseling can be a place to focus on building skills to address specific areas of concerns. It can also be an environment to explore aspects of one's self and the circumstances in their life that may be challenging to talk about with friends, family, or peers. For Dr. Zentner, therapy is a place where students can expect to be treated with respect and kindness, whether they are using the time to address problems that have come up recently, patterns that have caused stress over time, or discussing the experience of living in the world during a turbulent time.

Professional Interests

Dr. Zentner is interested in working with students who are experiencing disruptions in their lives due to anxiety, stress, depression, loss and grief, life transitions, traumatic experiences, and issues related to the ways that events in our society and the world impact them.

Personal Interests

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, friends, and his dog, reading, spending time outdoors, and eating poke.

Psychiatry Staff

Emily Doyle

Emily Doyle

Psychiatrist

 

 

Education

M.D., University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Medical School

Pronouns

she/her/hers

Approach

Dr. Doyle is a board-certified psychiatrist, a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. She provides psychiatric care with a patient-centered approach that respects the patient’s unique identities, experiences, preferences, and goals. She strives to understand each patient as a person and to align with the goals that brought them to treatment. She provides psychiatric evaluations, medication management, crisis intervention, consultations, and supervision with attention to accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment planning. She believes patients benefit from knowledge about the broad range of treatment approaches for psychiatric illness that include not only medication options, but also psychotherapy and other lifestyle interventions that can bring patients meaningful relief.

Professional Interests

Some of Dr. Doyle’s professional interests include teaching and training, ethical and legal issues in psychiatry, eating disorders, and working with transitional age youth.

Personal Interests

Outside of work, Dr. Doyle enjoys hiking, cooking, gardening, playing piano, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Melissa Eshelman

Melissa Eshelman

Psychiatrist; Associate Director for Psychiatric Services

 

 

Education

M.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

Approach

Dr. Eshelman provides diagnostic psychiatry evaluations, medication management, crisis intervention, consultation and supervision.

Professional Interests

Dr. Eshleman's professional interests include crisis/emergency psychiatry, developmental issues, risk assessment, mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and working with first-generation college students.

Personal Interests

Dr. Eshelman is Latina; her parents emigrated from Peru. Her personal interests include spending time with her family, exercising on a rowing machine and pilates reformer and enjoying home cooked meals.

Leah Kelley

Leah Kelley

Registered Nurse

 

 

Education

BSN, RN at The University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Registered Nurse, Texas

Pronouns

she/her/hers

Job Description

Manages appointments, scheduling, referrals, transfer of care, records, medication issues/refills and communication at CMHC for the psychiatry team. Serves as an assistant to the associate director of psychiatry and case manager for psychiatry students. Provides transfer of care screenings, reviews records requests and release of information, coordinates student care with counseling, BART and off-campus providers.

Personal Interests

Leah enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, traveling, karaoke and watching paranormal/forensic TV shows.

Diane Lewis

Diane Lewis

Psychiatrist

 

 

Education

Doctor of Medicine, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine

Pronouns

she/her/hers

Approach

Dr. Lewis earned her BS in Psychology from Texas A&M University and her MD from Texas A&M Health Science Center College of medicine. While completing her residency in Psychiatry through the UT Southwestern - Austin Programs (now Dell Medical School), her favorite training experience was her full-year elective rotation at CMHC. After graduating from residency in 2013, Dr. Lewis was excited to have the opportunity to return to CMHC as a staff psychiatrist. Her patients and colleagues appreciate her approachability and down-to-earth style. Dr. Lewis is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Professional Interests

Professional interests include providing high quality and compassionate psychiatric care in the college mental health setting. Through her work at CMHC she assess and treats a wide range of psychiatric conditions, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD, trauma, psychosis, substance use disorders, and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Personal Interests

In her free time, she enjoys binge-watching guilty-pleasure cheesy shows on Netflix, vegetable gardening, and spending time with her friends, family and cat.

Anh-Thu Tran

Anh-Thu Tran

Psychiatrist

 

 

Education

Doctor of Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Approach

Dr Tran's approach to psychiatry is a patient-centered approach that not only considers all aspects of a patient but also respecting the patient's needs and preferences. She evaluates the patient's diagnoses while also considering their social well-being, their lifestyle and their culture. In doing so, she is able to have a comprehensive understanding of the patient so that she can individualize her care in a way that best suits the patient. She also provides extensive education to my patients so that they may be informed decision makers in their treatment.

Professional Interests

Dr. Tran has a strong interest in treating mood disorders from depression to bipolar disorder. She also values therapy as a integral part of psychiatric care.

Personal Interests

She enjoys dancing and costume design in her free time. She also loves travel when time allows.

Diversity Counseling and Outreach Specialists (DCOS)

Mike Andorka

Mike Andorka

Licensed Psychologist; Diversity Counseling and Outreach Specialist

 

 

Education

PhD, Counseling Psychology, University of Akron

Pronouns

He/Him

Approach

Sometimes, life can be difficult. The way we interface with our negative thoughts, feelings, and beliefs may cause us significantly more suffering. This interface takes us far from our values and goals. Dr. Andorka wants to help you change your relationship with yourself, and aid you in acting in ways congruent with your values in spite of negativity. He considers his work honest, direct, compassionate, and transparent.

Professional Interests

Dr. Andorka works from a multicultural, person-centered framework. He is passionate about working with students from multiethnic and multiracial backgrounds as he identifies as Puerto Rican and White. Clinical areas of interest include body image, depression, anxiety, social confidence and working with masculinity and masculine-identifying clients. He also enjoying working within his LGBTQIA+ community.

Personal Interests

In his spare time, he enjoys going to the gym, playing video games, and trying new experiences

Stephanie Dodoo

Stephanie Dodoo

Associate Director of DEI Initiatives, Health Equity, and Diversity, Counseling & Outreach Services

 

 

Education

Master’s Degree in Social Services Administration, University of Chicago (Chicago/Illinois)

Pronouns

she/her/hers

Approach

Oversees the DCOS program which specializes in promoting equity and access to our UT students with historically underrepresented and marginalized identities. She truly loves working with our campus partners, staff and students. She also provides individual, group, and crisis counseling plus consultation to staff and prevention services. Relationships and collaborations are important aspects of her clinical work.

Professional Interests

Favorite parts of her work includes providing identity affirming services and effecting healing and change on the margins, with the students who need us most. She is passionate about advocacy, liberation, diversity, equity, inclusion and especially reducing disparities in healthcare and mental health. Stephanie believes we each play a part in helping disrupt systems of oppression. We can all make a difference in the lives and institutions with which we come in contact.

Personal Interests

She loves to cook (improvising!), play and watch tennis, travel (outside of her home), now dreaming about future travels, spending time with family and friends, indulging in Ghanaian and other cultures, watching films and gardening. Fostering relationships is important to her daily life. And, likes to surround herself with kind and diverse people, and gets many laughs and stories from parenting.

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Arna Erega

Diversity Counselor and Outreach Specialist for International Students

 

 

Education

Doctor of Philosophy, Counselor Education and Supervision, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Pronouns

she/her/hers

Approach

Dr. Erega has been an international student and a student-athlete herself, which helps her relate to the many challenges, obstacles, and pressures these particular populations experience. She does not believe in the one shoe fits all theory, nor does she have a magic wand, however, she does have an abundance of patience, positive regard, and understanding. Dr. Erega takes pride in getting to know each person individually and then tailoring her therapeutic approach accordingly. She practices from CBT and a solution-focused standpoint, which allows her to help her clients map their way through fears and anxieties and work on their personal journey of growth and development.

Professional Interests

Dr. Erega's professional interests include working with international students and athletic populations. She is also interested in the implementation of self-care practices among international students, identity development, and the use of multicultural approaches in clinical settings.

Personal Interests

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, painting, working out, or doing various DIY projects.

Joey Hannah

Joey Hannah

Licensed Psychologist; Practicum Training Coordinator; Diversity Counseling & Outreach Specialist

 

 

Education

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Florida

Pronouns

he/him

Approach

Dr. Hannah places a lot of importance on building a trusting relationship where you feel supported, but also safe enough to be challenged to make changes. He values providing evidence-based treatment and interventions to make sure you get the most out of our work together. As a therapist he is actively involved, direct with feedback, and will openly share his thoughts, questions, and perceptions with you.

Professional Interests

Dr. Hannah's professional interests include working with LGBTQIA+ students, working with graduate students, identity development, multicultural diversity, psychological assessment, suicide prevention/intervention, trauma recovery, grief & loss, training, and telehealth services.

Personal Interests

In his spare time Joey enjoys video games, tv/movies, traveling, food/cooking and reading.

Amy Tao-Foster

Amy Tao-Foster

Diversity Counseling & Outreach Specialist

 

 

Education

Master of Community Counseling, University of Texas at Austin

Pronouns

she/her/hers

Approach

Amy anchors her clinical approach with the mindset that clients ultimately need to feel seen, heard, and understood. She often help clients explore the effects of family experiences on interpersonal beliefs. In both group and individual therapy , she utilizes the frameworks of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Both of these frameworks help clients examine the content and relationship with their thoughts. She also practice from a Multicultural Counseling and Therapy (MCT) perspective and incorporate concepts from Critical Race Theory.

Professional Interests

Amy's professional interests include examining the impact of intergenerational trauma on students of color, exploring the Asian/Asian American identity, and increasing awareness and reducing stigma around mental health treatment for people of color. She advocates for the use of culturally informed clinical interventions and practice, and thinks that is important to examine psychotherapy through a lens of equity and inclusion. She is also am interested in looking at how every-day use of technology and consumption of multi-media and social media intersect with mental health and well-being.

Personal Interests

In her free time, she enjoys cooking (especially Vietnamese food) hiking, baking, reading, listening to music (via both Spotify *and* vinyl) and spending time with her 3 dogs and 1 husband. She especially enjoys hyper-focusing on film, television shows, and podcasts, all things pop/nerd culture.


Counselors in Academic Residence Program (CARE)

View the staff bios on the CARE page.

Longhorn Wellness Center

View the staff bios on the Longhorn Wellness Center site.


Integrated Health

Elana Bizer

Elana Bizer

Assistant Director, Integrated Health

 

 

Education

Masters of Science in Social Work, University of Texas at Austin

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas

Pronouns

she/her/hers

Approach

Elana is interested in the inter-relationship between emotional and physical health and enjoys working with individuals to facilitate wellness on both levels. She believes that fostering a compassionate, non-judgmental relationship with oneself can give us access to our full range of possibilities. As such, she utilizes a student-centered, mindfulness-based style of counseling which incorporates relational and cognitive-behavioral approaches.

Professional Interests

Elana directs the Integrated Health Program, which provides behavioral health services within University Health Services. She also manages the Thrive at UT mobile app and MindBody Labs on campus. Elana believes in empowering individuals to discover strategies that work for them by learning and experimenting with new behaviors. Elana enjoys working with students from diverse backgrounds. Interests include working with students with chronic illnesses and helping individuals manage anxiety in all of the varied way it can show up in our lives.

Personal Interests

Elana enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and loves to travel overseas every chance she gets. She also enjoys reading and all things food-related.

Kate Czar

Kate Czar

Group Services Coordinator

 

 

Education

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi

Pronouns

she/her/hers

Approach

Dr. Kate Czar considers it an honor to support individuals in their journey toward improved mood, sense of self, active self-nourishment, and overall wellness and psychological sturdiness. She approaches emotional health concerns from a strength-based and holistic lens with an understanding of the mind-body connection. Common interventions employed are derived from mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Additionally, Kate deeply values diversity consciousness, strives to create an inclusive therapeutic space, and attends to aspects of identity in clients' presenting concerns. Her style is warm, collaborative, and down-to-earth with a blend of professionalism and humor. Kate helps clients to establish therapy goals and offers concrete concepts/skills to assist in reaching those goals.

Professional Interests

Kate values being a generalist and having a chance to provide support for clients around a variety of topics. She particularly enjoys working with clients around areas such as anxiety management, substance-related issues, grief and loss, and identity exploration. Her professional interests also include mindfulness, self-compassion, social justice, supervision and training, group therapy, and coordinating CMHC's group and workshop services.

Personal Interests

Kate is passionate about stories, music, animals, the environment, new learning, and new experiences. Some of her hobbies include spending time with nature, travel, playing sports, watching TV/movies, leisure reading, and attempting to learn new instruments and languages.

Ellie Shuo Jin

Ellie Shuo Jin

Integrated Health Counselor

 

 

Education

Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, University of Texas at Austin

Pronouns

she/her/hers

Approach

Dr. Jin aims to cultivate a warm, collaborative, and genuine connection in therapy. She is attentive to experiences of diversity, and works to ensure that clients feel comfortable and celebrated in living authentically. Dr. Jin's clinical approach is rooted in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, an evidenced-based approach that helps to regulate emotions, change unhelpful patterns, and live according to one's own values. She supports clients in recognizing the function of behaviors, thoughts, and emotions that prompt pain and help find resolution.

Professional Interests

Her professional interests include anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, trauma, relationship/interpersonal concerns, racial/ethnic minorities, and family of origin issues.

Personal Interests

In her free time, she enjoys reading novels/memoirs, game nights, biking, traveling, camping/hiking, and indulging in new culinary experiences.

Geeti Shirazi Mahajan

Geeti Shirazi Mahajan

Integrated Health Counselor

 

 

Education

Joint Master of Social Work & Master of Public Health, Washington University in St. Louis

Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas

Pronouns

she/her/hers

Approach

Geeti is a cisgender, heterosexual, biracial woman of Indian and Iranian descent. She works to offer culturally-affirming psychotherapy and yoga therapy through the Integrated Health program. Geeti’s approach is rooted in mindfulness based modalities, emphasizing the body and being connection through somatic practices drawn from yoga traditions. Geeti provides individual and group therapy, as well as clinical supervision to trainees.

Professional Interests

Geeti enjoys working with highly sensitive people from multicultural backgrounds. Some of her specialty areas include relationship issues, love addiction, co-dependency, living with complex medical conditions, women's issues, and healing from trauma.

Personal Interests

Geeti loves spending time with family and friends, being in nature, and creating art of any kind.

Administrative Staff

Katherine Collins

Katherine Collins

Administrative Associate

 

 

Education

Bachelor of Science, Texas State University

Pronouns

she/her/hers

Job Description

Provides primary support for CMHC events and administrative support to CMHC Associate Directors.

Personal Interests

Personal interests include walking in nature, reading, and writing. May be seen swimming at Barton Springs or frequenting local Austin coffee shops.

Dylan Garsee

Dylan Garsee

Administrative Assistant

 

 

Pronouns

They/Them

Mitzi Henry

Mitzi Henry

Administrative Associate

 

 

Pronouns

She/her

Job Description

Mitzi is the Records Release Coordinator. She releases records to students, providers and hospitals and creates treatment letters. She schedules appointments, works with clinician schedules and enters information about cancellations.

Personal Interests

Mitzi enjoys music and spending time with her family.

Michelle E. Rivera

Michelle E. Rivera

Senior Administrative Associate

 

 

Education

Bachelor of Arts, University of Texas at Austin

Pronouns

She/her

Job Description

Schedules calendars & meetings, coordinates events & room reservations and maintains staff directories & supplies.

Professional Interests

Enjoys assisting people, problem-solving situations and collaborating with colleagues to make things happen that will help the center, the university and students.

Personal Interests

Michelle loves helping animals, food, history, classic & horror films, documentaries and the Beatles.

Ana Robledo

Ana Robledo

Administrative Assistant

 

 

Pronouns

she/her

Job Description

Ana works at the front desk office. She helps greet students and check them into their appointments as well as ensure they are given access to their paperwork. She helps answer student calls to the center and get them connected to the department or person who can best help them. At the end of every semester she also help assist the Medical Withdrawal Coordinator.

Personal Interests

Away from the counseling center she enjoys reading and puzzling to relax her mind. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Tanya S. Schmidt

Tanya S. Schmidt

Administrative Program Coordinator

 

 

Education

Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Central Florida

Pronouns

She/her

Job Description

Tanya provides administrative and event support to the Counseling and Mental Health Center.

Professional Interests

Tanya has always enjoyed art and design and integrates it into her work. She thrives in a creative team environment where she can put her design knowledge to use.

Personal Interests

She enjoys the outdoors, spending time with her 2 dogs, creating art, reading, and being a plant mom.

Amber Serra

Amber Serra

Assistant to Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

 

 

Education

Bachelor's in Business Administration, University of Houston-Clear Lake

Pronouns

she/her/hers

Job Description

Amber joined CMHC in 2018. She provides administrative support to the associate vice president and director of CMHC, Dr. Chris Brownson. Prior to joining CMHC and UT-Austin, she worked as a senior paralegal and office manager in Southern California.

Professional Interests

She is a first-generation college graduate and obtained her bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She is thrilled to be on staff at CMHC where she can collaborate with other lifelong learners and compassionate individuals every day.

Personal Interests

Outside of work, Amber’s interests include traveling, making things, tacos, reading, writing letters, Bill Murray, live music, rock climbing, tiny living, Wes Anderson films, volunteering, winning at dominoes, and spending time with family and friends.

Business Services

Tracy Brzozowski

Tracy Brzozowski

Senior Human Resources Coodinator

 

 

Education

Bachelor of Business Administration, Management, The University of Texas at Austin

Job Description

Tracy has been providing human resources support for University Health Services (UHS) since 2006 and also provides back-up HR support for Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC), UHS/CMHC joint areas (Billing/Insurance, Materials Management, Finance, Longhorn Wellness Center, Human Resources), Center for Students in Recovery (CSR), and SHIFT. As Senior Human Resources Coordinator, she manages every aspect of the employee life cycle. This includes, but not limited to, recruiting, onboarding, offboarding, training, ensuring compliance with labor law and employment standards, compensation, and benefits.

Professional Interests

Tracy enjoys discovering innovative ways of using technology to make HR processes more efficient. She loves attending HR conferences to connect and learn about unique challenges the profession offers in the ever-changing world of HR. She is a member of Austin Human Resource Management Association (AHRMA) as well as the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). Tracy has been a member of the university’s multi-cultural group Asian Asian-American Faculty and Staff Association (AAAFSA) since 2014 and served as Staff Co-chair from 2016-2018.

Personal Interests

A few of Tracy’s interests include traveling, food (especially Korean and Dr. Pepper/Flamin’ Hot Cheetos combo), daily prayer, and spending time with her furbaby Beebee, family and friends.

Cathy Glazener

Cathy Glazener

Financial Analyst

 

 

Education

BBA, Baylor University

Pronouns

she/her

Job Description

Cathy monitors transactions and balances in the University's accounting system, prepares budgets and financial reports, performs financial analysis on data in both the accounting system and the medical insurance claims system, and maintains our third-party contracts.

Professional Interests

Cathy enjoys maximizing use of our available tools and systems and improving the efficiency and accuracy of our processes.

Personal Interests

Cathy enjoys anything outdoors - hiking, cycling, sailing, yardwork, a good cup of coffee and a newspaper! She's also a hobbyist beekeeper.

Jessica Guerrero

Jessica Guerrero

Billing and Insurance Specialist

 

 

Pronouns

she/her

Job Description

Jessica serves as the department’s billing, payment posting, and insurance assistant with a moderate knowledge and application of various aspects of insurance claims filing for services provided at University Health services (UHS).

Professional Interests

Jessica really enjoys working with billing and insurance and wants to expand her knowledge in coding.

Personal Interests

Jessica enjoys traveling, hosting family gatherings and watching her son play baseball.

Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones

Stores Keeper

 

 

Pronouns

He/Him

Job Description

Kevin is a Stores Keeper for CMHC/UHS and helps run the inter-department Material Management. He provides medical and administrative logistic supplies for both CMHC/UHS.

Personal Interests

In his free time Keving enjoys fishing and gardening.

Ben Lara

Ben Lara

Material Management Manager

 

 

Pronouns

He/Him/His

Job Description

Ben plans, administers, and directs the Materiel Management Department and supports organizational requirements.

Professional Interests

Ben likes to build and manage large teams, especially enjoying the mentorship involved in team-building.

Personal Interests

Ben likes outdoor activities, such as golf and barbecuing and spending time with his family.

Monica McBroom

Monica McBroom

Senior Human Resource Coordinator

 

 

Education

Bachelor of Science, Texas Tech University

Job Description

As a Senior Human Resource Coordinator, Monica provides local expertise in all areas of Human Resource functions for the Counseling and Mental Health Center, University Health Services, Longhorn Wellness Center, CMHC/UHS Business Services, the Center for Students in Recovery, SHIFT, and Well-Being in Learning Environments. These functions include Payroll, Benefits, Leave Management, Hiring, Recruiting, Employee Management, Performance Management, Federal and State regulatory guidelines and compliance just to name a few. There are many functions that are processed at the University level, but as the departmental HR representative, she serves as one of the first points of contact.

Professional Interests

Monica enjoys delving into the statistics of HR to identify ways to better the company. She also finds immense satisfaction in helping employees through whatever situation they find themselves in, whether that be planning for a new addition to their family and all that entails or finding the common ground when they and a co-worker are at odds.

Personal Interests

When not at work, you'll find Monica jetting off to a beach someplace for some amazing scuba diving, reading a good book with a cocktail or glass of wine, or simply enjoying the great outdoors with family.

Debbie Morgan

Debbie Morgan

Insurance Verification Coordinator

 

 

Job Description

Debbie supports the Billing and Insurance office as the primary Insurance Verification Coordinator. She is responsible for verifying benefits, obtaining precertification for all UHS Procedures and Specialty services, and then relaying benefits information to the patient such as deductible, coinsurance, cost sharing and self-pay options.

Professional Interests

Debbie enjoys answering students’ questions and helping them navigate the world of insurance, so that that they better understand the information regarding their benefits.

Personal Interests

In her free time, Debbie enjoys spending time with family, loves hiking, she also enjoys DIY and home renovation projects.

Nicolette Page

Nicolette Page

Billing and Insurance Manager

 

 

Education

Bachelor of Arts Healthcare Administration, Concordia University Texas

Pronouns

she/her

Job Description

Nicolette oversees our business operations for Billing/Insurance and Authorization department for University Health Services. She is responsible for managing our revenue cycle functions for UHS along with planning, staffing, and facilitating insurance credentialing for CMHC/UHS joint services. Nicolette provides complex administrative support for the Billing/Insurance department.

Professional Interests

Nicolette has been in the healthcare industry for 21 years, and has a passion for helping others. She hopes to continue making a positive impact in the healthcare industry and to those who paths she has crossed over the past several years.

Personal Interests

Nicolette is an original Austinite and enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and two dogs in her free time.

Brianna Rohrich

Brianna Rohrich

Accountant

 

 

Education

Bachelor of Science, Management, North Dakota State University

Pronouns

she/her

Job Description

Brianna supports UHS, CMHC, CSR, and SHIFT with budgeting, forecasting, and other financial reports.

Personal Interests

In her free time, Brianna likes volunteering with my trained therapy dog, Izzy, traveling, trying new restaurants, and spending time with family and friends.

Ronnie Ruiz

Ronnie Ruiz

Procurement Officer

 

 

Education

High School Diplomat / Las Vegas High

Pronouns

he/him

Job Description

Ronnie procures medical and office supplies for UHS and CMHC.

Personal Interests

In his free time, Ronnie enjoys cooking, and spending time with his wife

Jennifer Russell

Jennifer Russell

Billing and Insurance Specialist

 

 

Job Description

Jennifer has worked in the insurance department since 2016. When she is not doing Credentialing and Privileging, her day consistd of patient billing, insurance entry, and follow up with insurance plans.

Personal Interests

She enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Lee Warren

Lee Warren

Administrative Associate

 

 

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Southern Methodist University

Pronouns

He/him

Job Description

Lee manages purchasing, travel, and facilities for UHS and CMHC.

Ashley Whitworth

Ashley Whitworth

Billing and Insurance Assistant Manager

 

 

Pronouns

she/her

Job Description

Ashley provides managerial support to the Billing & Insurance department. In addition, she reviews medical documentation for medical coding compliance and assists with coding education. She has worked for UHS and CMHC since 2013.

Professional Interests

Ashley enjoys helping develop processes that improve the efficiency of the Billing/Insurance team, as well as growing the coding education and support for UHS and CMHC.

Personal Interests

In her free time, Ashley enjoys the company of her dog, Ringo, and two cats. She also loves hiking, gardening, and traveling. Her favorite travel location so far has been to Malaysia, but loves visiting her family in Germany as well.

Anneliese Williams

Anneliese Williams

Patient Account Representative / Administrative Associate

 

 

Education

Bachelor of Science in Public Relations, University of Texas at Austin

Pronouns

she/her/hers

Professional Interests

I am interested in learning more about student affairs and leadership in higher education. I enjoy advocating for students and working to help them with their questions and concerns regarding UHS billing.

Personal Interests

In my spare time I enjoy painting, reading, and learning to play bass guitar.

Melony Zellous

Melony Zellous

Credentialing Coordinator

 

 

Education

Bachelor of Professional Studies, University of Memphis

Pronouns

she/her/hers

Job Description

In my role as the Credentialing Coordinator, I ensure that all providers and medical staff that carry any certifications and or licensures have successfully provided the most current and valid documentation to complete the HR vetting process. As the SR. Administration Associate I provide administrative support to the Associate Director of Business Services and assist SR. HR Coordinators with onboarding, separations, payroll, benefits, employee evaluations and NEO trainings

Professional Interests

Professionally my interests consist of proactively providing the best training, development, recruiting/onboarding experience for all potential /qualified new candidates.

Personal Interests

In my spare time I really enjoy being outside along with traveling, photography, crafting, decorating, cooking and reading.

Information Technology, Data and Research

Brittany Boyer

Brittany Boyer

Manager, Clinical Data Informatics

 

 

Education

Ph.D., Psychological Sciences, The University of Texas at Dallas

Pronouns

she/her

Job Description

Brittany oversees research and data analytics for organizations in the Healthyhorns portfolio. She leads the Data Informatics Team in developing processes to mine, analyze, and gain insights from big data to improve service delivery, inform strategic planning, and empower clinicians to make data-informed decisions. She also co-directs the National Research Consortium of Counseling Centers in Higher Education with Dr. Chris Brownson.

Professional Interests

Brittany has a passion for making data accessible to a variety of audiences, and enjoys developing interactive tools that encourage others to engage with and incorporate data in their day-to-day work.

Professional Interests

Brittany enjoys running, sand volleyball, sci-fi books and movies, and spending time with her cat, Mark.

Luke Klima

Luke Klima

Data Engineer/Database Coordinator

 

 

Education

Bachelor of Business Administration, Texas A&M University

Pronouns

He/Him/His

Job Description

Luke works with the Healthyhorns Data Informatics Team on various aspects of clinical analytics and reporting. He also supports staff with various aspects of the health record system.

Professional Interests

Luke enjoys working with and interacting with smart people and loves learning about novel ideas from just about any discipline. He is a strong believer in the value of generalism.

Personal Interests

Luke enjoys reading (non-fiction and classic lit), really likes music (consuming and making), and loves his family. He is always proud when he is able to write a short bio in a straightforward way, without going out of his way to make it weird.

Samuel Pitasky

Samuel Pitasky

Graduate Assistant for Program Evaluation

 

 

Education

Bachelor of Arts, The University of Pennsylvania
Psychology Certificate, Columbia University

Pronouns

he/him/his

Job Description

Sam assists with efforts to evaluate programs in both CMHC and UHS. This assessment is done to ensure that programs are achieving their stated goals, to report on progress to the University community, and to share insights and best practices more broadly in field of college student health.

Professional Interests

Sam is a doctoral student in Counseling Psychology here at UT Austin. His professional interests focus on college student mental health and the factors that contribute to positive identity development and flourishing. He is interested in both clinical and community-level approaches to college mental health and is currently a counselor in a community mental health clinic in Austin.

Personal Interests

In his free time, Sam enjoys playing tennis, riding motorcycles, cooking, and spending time with friends, family, and pets.

Robert Reed

Robert Reed

Assistant Director for IT

 

 

Education

Bachelor of Science, UT Austin
Bachelor of Arts, UT Austin

Pronouns

He/Him/His

Job Description

Robert manages the team providing IT support to CMHC and UHS. The team supports everything from the network to the hardware and software used by staff. In addition the team is responsible for ensuring the privacy and security of the information collected by clinicians.

Professional Interests

Robert is interested in Health Information Management and Technology. He keeps current on best information security practices. He also likes to dabble in data analysis and reporting.

Personal Interests

When not working, he enjoy spending time with his wife, Anna, and his kids. He likes being in nature and also enjoys partaking of the local bounty Austin has to offer.

Debra Steinman

Debra Steinman

Software Developer/Analyst

 

 

Education

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, New Mexico State University

Pronouns

she/her/hers

Job Description

Deb assists staff with all their technology needs. She maintains the Electronic Medical Records (EMR) database. She also produces SQL data solutions from the EMR.

Professional Interests

Deb enjoys coding visualization dashboards from the EMR data. She also gets a lot of gratification from helping people.

Personal Interests

For relaxation, Deb dabbles in all kinds of visual art, logic puzzles/games and binge TV watching shows. Her favorite time is when her kids come visit her. Her ultimate thing to do would be lounging in the sun on a balcony overlooking the beach, feeling the sea breeze on her face.

Public Information Team

Chris Griffault

Chris Griffault

Web Manager

 

 

Education

Bachelor of Arts, The University of Virginia

Pronouns

he/him/his

Job Description

Chris is responsible for designing and coding various sites with a focus on usability.

Personal Interests

Chris enjoys collecting first edition books, explaining to his wife why he needs more books, practicing Krav Maga, paddle boarding, and spending time with family.

Andrew Mendoza

Andrew Mendoza

Art Director

 

 

Job Description

Andrew is a passionate creative who focuses on being a mentor to students and staff. He serves as the founding member of the UT Creatives (resource groups of creative professionals at UT Austin). He strives in strategically creating an artistic vision come to life in communications from concept to execution for the organizations.

Personal Interests

Andrew cares deeply for everyone in the family (including pets), enjoys cooking dinner for the family, fixes whatever needs to fixed, handles whatever needs to be handled, and simply enjoys relaxing after another long day.

Anthony Riojas

Anthony Riojas

Outreach and Social Media Coordinator

 

 

Education

Master of Arts in Strategic Communications and Innovation, Texas Tech University

Pronouns

he/him/his

Job Description

Anthony is responsible for sharing the story and initiatives of University Health Services and the Counseling Mental Health Center on our @healthyhorns social media pages. Anthony enjoys engaging with our students, faculty, staff, and parents and informing them how our offices can assist them.

Personal Interests

Anthony loves going to the theater and experiencing live shows. He was involved in theater in his past but now enjoys watching the show. In his spare time, he loves going onto Netflix or Hulu and watching comedies from the 80s and 90s.

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