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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 Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers 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:
Psychology Internship Program
Social Work Internship Program
Psychology Practicum Program

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

Administrative Services Staff

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.


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Marla Craig
Associate Director for 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.


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Laura Dannenmaier
Clinical Social Worker
Assistant Director for CARE
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 with her boisterous family, traveling and exploring Austin.


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Melissa Eshelman
Associate Director for Psychiatric Services
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.


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Alicia Garces
Assistant Director – Social Work Training Director
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.


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Katy Redd
Assistant Director for Prevention and Outreach
M.P.H. New Mexico State University
M.S.W. New Mexico State University
C.H.E.S. (Certified Health Education Specialist)

Katy oversees prevention programming, communication, and assessment for CMHC. She plans, develops and implements innovative public health programming and forges campus partnerships to support mental health promotion, suicide prevention and interpersonal violence prevention. She also oversees the Public Information Team (PIT), a team of professionals dedicated to ensuring that CMHC’s services are appropriate and effectively communicated to the UT community. Katy’s professional interests include health communication, public health methods to improve mental health, social justice and health equity. In her free time, Katy enjoys running, hiking, traveling, quilting, calligraphy and watching her young children experience the world.
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Cary Tucker
Associate Director for Integrated Health
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.


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Javier Ungo
Assistant Director for Access and 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.

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Mark Zentner
Assistant Director – Psychology Training Director
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Psychologist, Texas

Oversees the Practicum Training Program, the APA-accredited Psychology Internship Program, and the Psychology Fellowship Program at CMHC. Serves as a supervisor and seminar leader for interns and practicum students. Provides individual, crisis, and group counseling, approaching the counseling process from an integrative perspective, informed by relational-cultural, person-centered, relational, and multicultural theories. He enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, traveling to National Parks and Colorado, and cheering for the Minnesota Vikings.


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Clinical Staff

Mike Andorka
Staff Psychologist – CARE Counselor – Dell Medical School, School of Nursing, School of Social Work
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.


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Asli Baykal
Staff Therapist
MSW, Boston University
PhD, Anthropology, Boston University
MA, Women's Studies, Middle East Technical University
Licensed Social Work Counselor, Massachusetts

Provides individual, group and crisis counseling. Asli has professional experience in providing individual and group therapy in outpatient addictions and long-term individual therapy. Her professional interests include psychodynamic psychotherapy (particularly interpersonal and relation approaches), depression, anxiety, trauma, attachment disorders, and cross-cultural issues in psychotherapy. She provides bilingual counseling to students who prefer to discuss their concerns in Turkish. In her spare time, Asli enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family and traveling – prior to her clinical training, she practiced and taught cultural anthropology.


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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.


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Kimberly Burdine
Staff Psychologist
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Oklahoma State University

Provides individual, group and crisis counseling. Provides preventative and specialized programming for Black and African American Students. She is interested in preventative treatment and outreach programming in underserved populations, cultural identity development, family of origin and the interpersonal/relationship concerns, trauma survival, training/supervision and group therapy. Outside of work, Kimberly enjoys quality time with family and friends, which always includes food! Spirituality and connectedness charges her sense of purpose and passion for mental health work and is a firm believer that “me” time is an absolute must!


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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.


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Karl Chiang
Integrated Health Counselor
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Denver
Licensed Psychologist, Massachusetts
Credentialed Health Service Psychologist, National Register of Health Service Psychologists

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, and trains interns and practicum students. Is especially interested in health psychology, mindfulness based interventions, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, post traumatic growth, health behavior change, coping with illness, quality of life, integrating behavioral health in primary care settings, health disparities, psychometrics, support groups for chronic conditions, readjusting after living/studying abroad, and sexual harassment/assault prevention. In his personal time, Karl enjoys running, cycling, backpacking, skiing, whitewater kayaking, rock climbing and playing the guitar.


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Natalie Connors-Loid
Brief Assessment and Referral Counselor
MSW, University of Buffalo
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas

Provides individual, group and crisis counseling. Natalie has professional experience in community mental health, emergency department mental health and Psychiatric mental health. Her professional interests include mindfulness, treatment of anxiety, depression and trauma. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, swimming and playing with her dogs.


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Kate Czar
Integrated Health Counselor
Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, The University of Southern Mississippi
Licensed Psychologist, Texas

Provides individual, group, and crisis counseling. Kate coordinates the center’s group services and is involved in the supervision and training of interns and practicum students. She enjoys working with diverse students with various presenting concerns, with a particular interest in anxiety management, substance-related issues, grief and loss, LGBTQ identity exploration, and a holistic view of health and wellness. She values the use of mindfulness, relaxation, and strength-based approaches in therapy. Kate is a huge animal lover, is passionate about plants and the environment, and loves eating, movies, music, stories, playing sports, and traveling.


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Emily J Doyle
Staff Psychiatrist
M.D., University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas
Board certified in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry

Provides diagnostic psychiatry evaluations, medical evaluation and management, crisis intervention, and consultation. Professional interests include ethical and legal issues in medicine, physician health and wellbeing, and medical education.


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Aaron Evans
CARE Coordinator
M.Ed., Counseling, University of North Texas
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Texas

Provides individual, group and crisis counseling for students in the College of Liberal Arts. Assists College of Liberal Arts advisors with mental health consultation, training and outreach. Her professional interests include how the body stores trauma, challenges in adjustment, family dynamics, mindfulness, and practicing compassion and acceptance toward self. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga, seeing live music, and cooking with friends and family.


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Mona Ghosheh
Staff Psychologist
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Ball State University
Licensed Psychologist, Texas

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.


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Alice Gerhart
Social Work Fellow
MSSW, University of Texas, Austin
Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Texas

Provides individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, and prevention and outreach services. Alice’s professional interests include life transitions, resiliency, trauma, grief and loss, mindfulness and neurobiology, and healthy relationships. Outside of work, Alice enjoys home-improvement projects, writing, gardening, spending time with friends and family, and eating breakfast tacos.


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Joey Hannah, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Florida

Provides individual and group counseling. Joey also provides training and supervision to psychology and social work interns as well as outreach programming. Professional interests include suicide prevention/intervention, sexual, gender, and relationship diversity. Other areas of specialty include trauma recovery, coping with grief and loss, and video game, internet and technology addictions. In his spare time, Joey enjoys video games and everyday technology, watching a good show or taking in a movie, traveling, cooking and reading.


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Aki Imai
Psychology Fellow
MA, Clinical Psychology, Miami University

Provides individual, couples, group and crisis counseling. Aki has professional experience in individual, group and crisis counseling and outreach programming. Their professional interests include social injustice, cultural diversity, sexual, gender and relationship diversity, intersecting identities, supervision and training, survivor issues related to trauma and interpersonal violence and the use of creative arts in therapy. In their spare time, they enjoy art, watching (and sometimes making) films, eating (and sometimes cooking) food, and spending time with friends and their cat.


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Erin Jenkins
Psychology Fellow
MS, Juvenile Forensic Psychology, Prairie View A&M Universit

Provides individual, group and crisis counseling under appropriate lever of supervision. Erin has professional experience providing individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, prevention and outreach services, advocacy services, psychological assessments, and consultation and supervision. Her professional interests include survivors of interpersonal trauma, students of color, diversity and multicultural dynamics, holistic health and wellness, family of origin concerns, relationship concerns and identity development. In her spare time, Erin enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, going to catch the latest movie, visiting museums/art galleries, shopping and grounding herself spiritually!


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Toby LeBlanc
Staff Therapist – CARE Counselor – College of Education, 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.


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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.


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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.


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Joan Long
Clinical Social Worker
Clinical Team Coordinator

Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW), The University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas

Provides individual therapy, co-facilitates interpersonal process groups, and is part of the Mindful Eating Program. Her professional interests include trauma and attachment, existential and spiritual concerns, and the dynamics of development of the self. She enjoys the study and practice of psychodynamic and relational approaches to therapy, and also the ways in which mindfulness and awareness of body sensations contribute to development of emotional regulation. Joan enjoys learning about other cultures through food and travel. In addition, she enjoys yoga, walking at Lady Bird Lake and experiencing the vibrancy of downtown Austin.


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Geeti S. Mahajan
Integrated Health Counselor
2011, Master of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis
2011, Master of Public Health, Washington University in St. Louis
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas

Provides individual counseling and co-leads groups through the Integrated Health Program, a collaboration between CMHC and UHS. Geeti’s approach is rooted in mindfulness based modalities such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), while also emphasizing mind/body/spirit connection through somatic and expressive arts practices drawn from yoga traditions. She is undergoing certification as a Professional Yoga Therapist and has enjoyed facilitating specialty yoga groups as part of the CMHC group offerings. Geeti enjoys being in nature, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.


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Linett Negroni
Staff Therapist
MSW, New York University
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas

Provides individual, group and crisis counseling. Linett has professional experience in eating disorder residential treatment, trauma therapy and support for adult and child survivors of sexual assault and their non-offending family members. Her professional interests include early attachment, identity development and interpersonal relations. She uses trauma-informed relational approach to therapy; bringing mindfulness and body awareness into sessions to assist with identifying emotions and practicing affective regulations. Linett is especially interested in diversity, multicultural issues, and cultural identity development and enjoys providing bilingual counseling to any students who might be more comfortable discussing their concerns in Spanish. In her spare time she making friends with animals, dancing, reading and making up ridiculous lyrics to popular songs.


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Matthew Olson
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.


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Jordan Osher
Brief Assessment and Referral Counselor
MSW, Boston College
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas

Provides individual, group and crisis counseling. Jordan has professional experience in outpatient individual and family therapy and Mobile Crisis Outreach. Her professional interests include trauma focused cognitive based therapy and crisis work. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and volunteering at Austin Pets Alive.


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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.
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Bernadette Pinon
Staff Therapist – CARE Counselor – School of Undergraduate Studies/Division of Housing
M.A., Professional Counseling, Texas State University
Licensed Professional Counselor and Board-Approved Supervisor (LPC-S), Texas
National Certified Counselor (NCC)

Provides individual, couples, family, group and crisis counseling utilizing solution focused therapy. Her professional interests include attachment issues, emotional management, trauma related issues, and life transition. Bernadette is also trained in EMDR. In her spare time, she enjoys meditation/mindfulness, spending time with family, running at Town Lake, and is always in the mood for a good cup of coffee or latte.

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

Provides individual and group therapy. Professional interests include working with isolation and loneliness, anger, gay and bisexual men, relationship struggles, and impulse control. In his spare time, Rhea enjoys practicing yoga and actively learning more about group therapy and insight oriented therapy.

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

Provides strength-based individual counseling and group therapy. Professional interests include depression management, living with anxiety, stress management through self-care action, and relationship issues. Trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy for depression (IPT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and stress reduction techniques (e.g., biofeedback.) Appreciates the opportunity to offer Spanish-speaking counseling services to students who may prefer expressing themselves in their native language. Enjoys yoga, tennis, hiking, social activism, and leisure time with friends and family.


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Kory Schruben, LMSW
Social Work Fellow
MSSW, University of Texas, Austin
Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Texas

Provides individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, and prevention and outreach services. Participates in the Voices Against Violence program, providing counseling and advocacy to students who have experienced interpersonal violence. Kory’s professional interests include identity development, trauma, resiliency, and working with LGBTQIA identified students In her free time, Kory enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

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Samuel Shapiro, M.D.
Psychiatrist
M.D., University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
Board Certified in Psychiatry

Provides diagnostic psychiatry evaluations, medical evaluation and management, crisis intervention, and consultation. Professional interests include General Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry.

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Abby Simpson
Staff Therapist – CARE Counselor – Moody College of Communication, College of Fine Arts
Master's of Science in Social Work (MSSW), The University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), 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.

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Stephen Strakowski
Psychiatrist
M.D., Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN
Board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology

Provides diagnostic psychiatry evaluations, medical evaluation and management, crisis intervention, consultation and supervision. As Chair for the Department of Psychiatry at Dell Medical School, Steve leads the development of improved mental health care delivery, research and research strategies to improve access and quality of treatment for people suffering from mental illness in the region. He is also helping to guide the development of a neuroscience institute and expand UT imaging research. He maintains an active outpatient clinical practice, and he provides consultations for difficult to treat patients (primarily with bipolar disorder) both regionally and nationally. Dr. Strakowski is active in research and is a national leader addressing health disparities in the U.S., specifically in the widely recognized problem of misdiagnosis of African Americans with schizophrenia. In his spare time, Steve enjoys playing the bass guitar while his wife sings.


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Leeann Terwilliger
Brief Assessment and Referral Counselor
Master's of Science in Social Work (MSSW), The University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW), Texas

Provides brief assessment and referral services to students seeking information or counseling at CMHC. She is trained and experienced in providing counseling in emergency room settings and working with refugee and immigrant populations. She is especially interested in helping others with crisis intervention, who may be at risk for suicide, or dealing with sexual assault or trauma. In her spare time, Leeann enjoys sewing, woodworking, traveling and crafts.


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Amy Trinh
Staff Therapist – CARE Counselor – College of Natural Science
MA, Community Counseling, University of Texas, San Antonio
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Texas

Provides individual, group and crisis counseling. Amy has professional experience in various settings including research, community based mental health and private practice. Her professional interests include researching and providing trauma-informed care, helping students and clients integrate their personal interest and use of technology with their mental health care, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness, and exploring the effects of family experiences on interpersonal beliefs. In her spare time, Amy enjoys baking, hiking, spending time with family and is a self-professed film, tv and music nerd


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Jeni Wade
Clinical Social Worker
Staff Therapist – CARE Counselor – 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.


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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.


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Katie J. Yates
Mindful Eating Program Coordinator
Master of Arts in Health Psychology from Texas State University
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Texas

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.


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Prevention and Outreach Staff

Kelsey Lammy
Mental Health Promotion Coordinator
2014 Masters in Public Policy, Planning and Administration in Social Work from the University of Missouri

Kelsey coordinates the Mental Health Promotion Program. She applies theory and evidence-informed practices in order to develop and implement population-level interactions which promote mental health for the student population on the University of Texas at Austin campus. She also coordinates the prevention and outreach for the Counseling and Mental Health Center. This includes providing workshops to departments, organizations and classes, as well as advising the CMHC Student Organization.

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

Marian E. Trattner, MSW, serves as the Coordinator for the Be That One Suicide Prevention Program (BT1), a program within the Prevention and Outreach area of the Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC). BT1 utilizes a public health approach to implement suicide prevention strategies across the UT-Austin campus by peer outreach, education, and support. BT1 provides interactive workshops for students, faculty, and staff on recognizing and responding to students experiencing mental health distress and thoughts of suicide. Ms. Trattner represents UT in the larger community and state of Texas through her membership with the Austin/Central Texas Suicide Prevention Coalition and through her service as the University Liaison for the state of Texas’s Suicide Prevention Council. In addition to her primary role, Ms. Trattner also serves as the instructor and advisor for the Mental Health Promotion Peer Education Program at CMHC. Ms. Trattner is the founder and moderator of the national College Student Suicide Prevention Listserv. For self-care, she enjoys spending time outside, running, volunteering in her community, and travel.

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Lauren White
Interim Prevention and Outreach Specialist
MSSW, Social Work, University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW), Texas

Lauren serves as the health education coordinator of Voices Against Violence (VAV). In this role Lauren coordinates campus partners, plans events, manages a student organization, and coordinates outreach efforts. Lauren’s professional interests include coalition building, evidence-based practices, survivor-focused programming, and intersectionality. In their spare time they enjoy Racquetball, The Singularity, and hosting talent shows.

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Amissa Miller
Interactive Theatre Specialist
MFA, Dramaturgy and Script Development, Columbia University

Amissa serves as the interactive theatre specialist with Voices Against Violence (VAV). She applies community based arts education, social justice education, applied theatre, playwriting, directing, devising, documentary theatre, dramaturgy and new play development, and theatre in education to her role of delivering education to students in an interactive theatrical approach. Her professional interests include identity and culture, intersectionality, constructions of gender, brave space communities, art and civic engagement, and arts-based healing practices. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, writing, independent films, live music and learning new vegan recipes.




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