Other Interesting Information
Meeta Kumar, PhD
Deputy Executive Director, Psychologist
|Minority mental health, Asian/Asian-American Issues, International students, Developmental issues, Mental health and Wellness based prevention and educational programming||I am originally from India. Received my PhD in Counseling Psychology from Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania. I like to travel, cook and listen to music.|
Michal Saraf, PsyD
|Substance abuse, character pathology and other complex diagnoses, eating disorders, anxiety and depression|
"Is it so small a thing
Cyndy Boyd, PhD
Director of Training, Psychologist
|Multicultural Counseling, LGBTQI Mental Health and Wellness, Trauma, and Anxiety||"Without community, there is no liberation."|
Jane E. Kotler, LCSW
Assistant Director, Clinical
|Mental health & wellness, multicultural counseling, women's issues, identity development, relationship concerns, grief and loss||"Art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos...an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction." -- Saul Bellow|
CLINICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF
Julien Almonte, PhD
Post Doctoral Psychology Fellow
|Social justice, community outreach and development, multicultural counseling, Latinx student concerns, body image concerns. Interest in women's issues and working with 1stgeneration students and immigrant populations. Work focuses on empowering clients and exploring intersecting identities. Fluent in Spanish.|
I am originally from New York City and recently moved to Philadelphia and am loving it so far. I enjoy reading, traveling, going for walks, movies, and spending time with family and loved ones.
"It's important to remember that we all have magic inside us." --JK Rowling
Crystal Austin, PhD
Post Doctoral Psychology Fellow
|Multicultural Counseling, Identity, Race-Based Traumatic Stress, Social JusticeAdvocacy, Family of Origin Concerns, First Generation College Student Concerns, Career andVocational Development/ Concerns|
Counselor by day, baker and 'reality' TV enthusiast by night.
Tiffany Brown, PhD
|Mood disorders, racial and ethnic identity development, spirituality, chronic illness and relational concerns||"Mental strength is not the ability to stay out of the darkness, it is the ability to sit present in the darkness knowing that the light will shine again." --Anonymous|
Batsirai Bvunzawabaya, PhD
Interim Director of Outreach and Prevention Services, Psychologist
|Body image concerns, sexual trauma (STTOP team member), racial and ethnic identity development, spirituality, issues related to equity and inclusion, and multicultural counseling||I am originally from Zimbabwe. I attended Alabama A&M University for my undergraduate degree, and I earned my PhD in Counseling Psychology from Auburn University. I enjoy playing tennis, watching movies and reading. I hope to learn how to play a musical instrument.|
Mara Capistrano, LSW
|Multicultural counseling, minority mental health, identity development; Eating Concerns, STTOP, FGLI, Returning Students||Born in the Philippines, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a Philadelphian for over ten years. Things that make me happy: animals, ice cream, and plants.|
|Front Desk Service||The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. --H. Jackson Brown, Jr.|
Aurora Casta, MD
|General Adult Psychiatry with subspecialty in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Integrative Psychiatry with strong developmental, humanistic, body-mind approach. Psychopharmacology. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction instructor, EMDR certified therapist, sand therapy, and expressive movement. Fluent in Spanish and English.||"Transitions are almost always signs of growth, but they can bring feelings of loss. To get somewhere new, we may have to leave somewhere else behind" --Mister Rogers|
Jeannine Cicco Barker, PsyD, ATR-BC
Psychologist, Coordinator of the Eating Concerns Team
|Healing from trauma, FGLI student concerns and wellness, Latinx student concerns, mental health and wellness of students of color, eating concerns and body image concerns, LGBTQ+ affirming support, social justice psychology and advocacy, art therapy, STTOP team member|
"I change myself, I change the world." --Gloria Anzaldúa
"Nada es absoluto. Todo cambia, todo se mueve, todo gira, todo vuela y desaparece."
Laura Kay Collins, LSW
Coordinator of Social Work Training, Social Worker
|Anxiety, Mood Regulation, LGBTQIA Identity, Trauma Recovery, Family of Origin/Relationship Concerns, Anger Management, Grief & Loss, Substance Abuse, and Self-Esteem & Empowerment and STTOP Team member|
"The people who think there's a time limit for grief have never lost a piece of their heart. Take all the time that you need." (Anonymous) I have degrees in both Social Work and Religious Studies. As a therapist, I'm organized around the beliefs that all people have a story worth listening to; that suffering is alleviated and/or exacerbated by the context and systems we exist in; and that healing is both possible and a process. Laughter, the ocean, live music, and meaningful relationships are big parts of what restore me.
Social Work Intern
|Eating disorders, body image concerns, anxiety, depression, trauma, identity development, life transitions, and character pathology||"Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it's having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome." -- Brené Brown|
Emily Curran, LCPC, NCC
|Anxiety and Depression, Relational Concerns, Identity Development, and Emerging Adulthood||"The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases." |
Chenchen Dai, MEd
|Feminist, multicultural counseling; Cultural identity exploration and development; Adult attachment; Psychological well-being of international/ immigrant students and students of color.||I was born and raised in southwest China. I am currently pursuing my Ph.D. in counseling psychology at Lehigh University. I am a nature lover and enjoy growing succulents and houseplants.|
Brittan Davis, PhD
|Relational cultural counseling, multicultural counseling, LGBTQI+ identities and concerns, sex positivity and sexual well-being, sexual trauma (STTOP team member), social justice advocacy, substance abuse, self-injury, career and vocational concerns, relationship concerns, grief and loss, and mood regulation||"I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood." --Audre Lorde|
Michele Downie, PhD
Group Coordinator, Psychologist
|Multicultural Counseling, Multiracial/ethnic Identity, African American Issues,Women's Issues, Group Therapy||Mother, activist, baker, runner, animal lover.|
Bailey Frankel, LSW
Case Manager, Social Worker
|Trauma, relationship concerns, family of origin issues, 1st generation college student concerns, chronic pain, and multicultural counseling||"We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already." --J.K. Rowling|
Janice L. Freeman, PhD
|Developmental Psychology, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Trauma, Developmental Trrauma, Spiritual Practices||I was born in South Carolina, received my PhD from the University of Wisconsin, and several years later moved to Philadelphia. My favorite place to walk is Heinz Wildlife Refuge (near Philly airport).|
Heather Frost, LSW, MSW, MEd
|LGBTQIA issues, relationship issues (including open/poly relationships), sexuality and sexual well-being, identity development, trauma, anxiety, family-of-origin concerns, mindfulness/meditation; Eating Concerns Team member|
"We don't fix problems - we support people to grow, to create their lives." -- Lois Holzman
"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of becoming." -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
David Glassman, PsyD
|Queer/LGBTQIA-Affirmative Counseling; Mindfulness; Relationships and Intimacy||"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly." --Buddha|
Jacob Glickman, MA
|Transgender wellness, LGBTQIA+ wellness, Sexual orientation/Gender identity exploration, Human sexuality (sex positive/kink positive/poly positive), Multicultural counseling, Adjustment and change, Interpersonal challenges (family/relationship concerns), Self-image, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma|
"Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it."
I believe in using art, music, and narrative therapy techniques as part of an integrative, clinical practice.
Yuhong He, PhD
|Multicultural counseling, international students and immigrants' mental health and wellness, first generation/low income student concerns, transition and adjustment, identity and personal development, family of origin and relational Issues, career counseling, social justice outreach and prevention. Also provide therapy and workshop in Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese.|
"Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."
Social Work Intern
|Relationship and Family Issues, Identity Development, Eating Disorders and Concerns, Trauma Recovery, STTOP, Women's Issues, Anxiety, and Depression||"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." -- Maya Angelou|
Heather Hersh, PsyD
|LGBTQ Issues, Gender identity, Depression and Anxiety, Life Transitions, Chronic Illness, First-Generation, Low-Income||"To thine own self be true." --Shakespeare|
I am an undergraduate Penn alumna, and I attended California School of Professional Psychology for my doctorate. I love food, music, reading, and Philly.
|Social Justice, advocacy, self-empowerment, Utilization Management, Wellness||"It always seems impossible until it's done" |
|Mood and anxiety disorders, family of origin issues, attachment-based therapy, relational and identity concerns, and substance abuse. I have a background in public health and political advocacy.||"The moment we choose to love we begin to move against domination, against oppression. The moment we choose to love we begin to move towards freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others." --bell hooks|
|Strengths-based practice; anxiety & depression; career & academic concerns; life transitions; perinatal mood disorders; social justice||"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." --C.S. Lewis|
|Working with students of color, women of color, international students, first-generation students, students with intersecting identities, identity development, adjustment and transition, career counseling||I am originally from South Korea and have received my doctoral training in Counseling Psychology at University of Maryland College Park. I love traveling locally and internationally, trying new foods, and chatting with my 3-year-old niece.|
|Multicultural Counseilng, Grief and Loss, Creativity and Interpersonal Difficulties||I'm originally from New York, and have spent time in Philadelphia and Chicago. As a therapist I see my role as helping clients understand their emotions and patterns, which could be hurting their quality of life. Personally, I enjoy laughing, reading, spending time with my cats and traveling.|
Yong-Tong Li, MD
|Cross-cultural/multi-cultural psychiatry and counseling, psychopharmacology, general psychiatry||Grew up in Beijing China, trained in psychiatry at Penn Health System, had research background in neurosciences. Interested in suicide prevention and disaster psychiatry outreach. Holistic approach to mental health. Love family & friends, nature & animals, visual arts & music.|
Soumya Madabhushi, PhD
|Trauma, Grief and Loss, STTOP Team Member, Working with International/Immigrant Clients, Minority mental health, Multicultural Counseling and Social Justice Advocacy, Identity concerns, Family of origin and relational concerns|
I am originally from India and earned my PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. I come alive in the sun; find learning to sing to be at once challenging and revitalizing; strength training has recently become the way I relax; and time with my nieces feeds my soul.
Geoffrey Margo, MD
When I'm not at CAPS, I'm watching birds and taking photographs.
Marilia Marien, PhD
Psychology Externship Coordinator, Psychologist
|Multicultural Counseling, Latino Issues, Grief and Loss, Women's Issues, Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher||Generalist with an interest in multicultural counseling, Latino issues, grief and loss, women's issues, identity exploration, mindfulness, and meditation.|
Beth Mark, MD
Resident Coordinator, Psychiatrist
|Mind Body Medicine||Interested in Climate Psychology|
|LGBTQ mental health and wellness, Gender identity exploration, minority stress and resilience, multicultural counseling relationships, family conflict||"Of course I'll hurt you. Of course you'll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence. To become spring, means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence, means accepting the risk of absence." |
-- The Little Prince
|Front Desk Service|
"Self- Preservation is not selfish."
Ken Meehan, MSW, LCSW
Coordinator of Initial Consultation, Clinical Social Worker
|Substance Abuse, Family Therapy, Adolescents/Young Adults, Men's Issues||"Forget what we became, what matters is what we've become, and our potentials to overcome." --Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel|
Sonya Meora, MSN, CRNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
|Medication management, general mental health and wellness||I love yoga and movement, in any form. I feel peaceful in and around water. My greatest life joy is coming home to Lee and Sam (two sons) and Adam (husband).|
Carmen Moedano, LCSW
|Multicultural counseling, first-generation college students, adjusting to change/life transitions, anxiety, depression, grief & bereavement, identity concerns, interpersonal issues, trauma, suicide prevention, relationship issues, fluent in Spanish.|
Received Master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and bachelors degree from Brown University. Enjoy camping, hiking, and dancing.
|Multicultural counseling, identity development, trauma, working with first generatio/immigrant/ international students, mindfulness, faith transition, and social justice and advocacy.|
I am originally from Hong Kong and speak both Cantonese and Mandarin. My favorite relaxing activities are enjoying delicious food, snuggling my cat, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Julie Mullany, PsyD
|LGBTQIA issues, Gender, Transition and Identity concerns, Eating disorders, Mood regulation, Trauma, Relationships, International students, Marginalized populations, and Human Rights|
"In refusing our vulnerability we refuse the help needed at every turn of our existence and immobilize the essential, tidal and conversational foundations of our identity." --David Whyte
Nicole Nardone, LSW, MLSP
|General mental health and wellness||"The real revolutionary is always concerned with the least glamorous stuff: the raising a child's reading level from third-grade to fourth; the filling out food stamp forms for folks, because they have to eat, revolution or not. The real revolutionary is always close enough to the people to be there for them when they're needed." --Alice Walker|
Deborah (Di) O'Neill, DSW
Coordinator of STTOP Team, Clinical Social Worker
|Trauma, Sexual Assault/Inter-Personal Violence/Stalking, Self Injury, Grief & Loss, EMDR, Women's Issues, Queer/Trans Support, STTOP Team member||"Self development is a higher duty than self sacrifice." |
--Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Ben Ototivo, PhD
|Multicultural Counseling, Racial and Ethnic Identity Development, Outreach and Prevention, Social Justice Advocacy, Mindfulness|
"I was told by those old ones
that every song has a special time and a place where its sang.
this is our songand this our time"
--Thomas Ryan RedCorn
"The world, even the smallest parts of it, is filled with things you don't know." --Sherman Alexie
|Interpersonal relationship concerns, issues related to trauma/sexual assault, abuse, and loss, career/academic concerns, anxiety, depression, body image issues, intersecting identities (e.g., race, gender, social class), international students, undocumented students, students from low-income background, first generation college students|
I am originally from South Korea and have received my doctoral training in Counseling Psychology at the University of Iowa.
|Developmental and multicultural counseling, mindfulness and acceptance informed counseling, LGBTQIA+ identity and concerns, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive and related concerns.|
Home for me is Western Canada. It's a place where the presence of the earth in all her vastness is palpable. I see my role in counseling as creating a space where people can connect with greater vitality in living and build an empowered relationship with their emotional and interpersonal experiences. Outside of work, I find vitality in mindfulness practice, board games, climbing, my friends and my relationship.
Ella Ray, PhD
|Self-empowerment and maximizing potential: mindfulness based psychotherapy at times using meditation. Anxiety and trauma. Depression|
Helping disenfranchised individuals find their voice, Penn alumna.
|Assessment, evaluation of programs and interventions, mental wellness and prevention, social justice, multicultural perspectives, mindfulness |
"People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child; our own two eyes. All is a miracle." --Thich Nhat Hanh
|Trauma and Recovery, Relational Concerns, Identity Development, Violence Prevention||"The dark does not destroy the light; it defines it. It's our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows." --Brené Brown|
|Multicultural counseling, chronic illness, psycho-oncology, depression, grief and loss, identity and relational concerns||"We must not wish for the disappearance of our troubles but the grace to transform them." |
|Multicultural counseling, Women's issues and wellness, LGBTQAI mental health and wellness, Mindfulness practices and interventions, Identity development, social justice, anxiety and depression|
"Who is wise? One who learns from every one"
"You can talk a great philosophy
|Outreach programming, mental health awareness, suicide prevention, social justice, emerging adulthood, coping with anxiety, mindfulness||I help coordinate and facilitate the I CARE training, as well as other CAPS' outreach events and workshops. In my personal life, I love spending time with friends and family, exploring new places in Philly, and getting inspiration from Pinterest. My favorite quote is from Maya Angelou: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."|
|Working with International/Immigrant Clients; Multicultural Counseling; Trauma and Recovery (STTOP Team Member); Eating Concerns (Eating Concerns Team Member); Family of Origin and Relational Concerns; Women's Issues; Social Justice Advocacy; Group Therapy||Originally from Ukraine; Attended the College of Wooster (BA) and Lehigh University (M Ed; PhD); Loves music, dance, and dogs|
|Front Desk Service|
I obtained my Bachelor's degree in English Literature, with minors in African-American Literature and Women's Studies, from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
|Front Desk Service||I received my Bachelors in Business Administration from Rutgers University. In my free time, I love to relax by going to the gym, yoga, and the beach. |
|General Psychiatry||Holistic approach to mental wellness. M.D. from Penn before it was the Perelman School. "You only need one feather to have a feather in your cap" |
-- my sister
|LGBTQI Identity and Mental Health, Spiritual/Existential Concerns, Trauma, Relationships|
Yacob Tekie, PhD
Post Doctoral Psychology Fellow
|Trauma and anxiety, grief and loss, international students, immigration concerns, multicultural counseling and social justice advocacy. Fluent in Tigrigna.|
I am originally from Eritrea, born and raised in the capital city Asmara. I attended the University of Tennessee Knoxville for my PhD in Counseling Psychology. I enjoy traveling, photography, painting, woodwork and sculptures. I can't breath any day without listening to Luciano Pavarotti.
Karoline Wallace, MA, MCIT
IT Support, Webmaster
|Website, desktop support, data reporting, information management specialist|
Supporting all CAPS staff with their computers and related needs is my specialty. The CAPS staff are some of my favorite people! I am also a Penn Alumna, I enjoy making art quilts, hiking with my dogs, and enjoying lots of jazz.
"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." --Pablo Picasso
Social Work Intern
|Social Justice, Trauma, Multicultural Counseling, Identity Development, Anxiety and Depression, Relational and Family Concerns, Life Transitions, STTOP Team Member|
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, I have also spent a good deal of time in Maine and Vermont. I find joy in family, food, art, and animals.
"when the world comes crashing at your feet
I am very proud to be on the CAPS team. My responsibility is to oversee all general administrative and building operations at CAPS. I always strive to make everyone happy and love spending my free time with my family. I enjoy cooking, listening to music and dancing.
My favorite word of wisdom that keeps me strong, "When bad things happen in your life/You have three choices/You can either let it define you/Let it destroy you or/You can let it strengthen you."
Derik Yager-Elorriaga, PhD
|Multicultural Counseling, Racial/Ethnic Identity Development, Bicultural Identity Issues, Latinx Issues, STTOP Team Member|
"That's the history of the world. His story is told, her's isn't." --Dolores Huerta
Coordinator of Clinical Administrative Operations
Each day I find pleasure and inspiration in my interaction with CAPS staff and clients.
Wenzhen Zhu, MS
|Identity development, adjustment issues, relationship concerns, sexual and relational trauma; working with students of color, international students. Fluent in Mandarin.|
I am originally from China, and received my doctoral training in counseling psychology at the University of North Texas. I love photography, traveling, and baking.