Other Interesting Information
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."|
Batsirai Bvunzawabaya, PhD
Associate 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.|
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
Mary Brennan, PsyD
|Body size and eating concerns, religiosity and spirituality, relationship issues, trauma|
Leanna Brisson, MS
Psychology Doctoral Intern
|Multicultural counseling, LGBTQIA+ Mental Health and Wellness, Identity Development, Trauma, Sex Positive and Sexual Well-Being, Relationship and Intimacy, Social Justice Advocacy||"The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose share you do not expect to sit."-- Nelson Henderson|
"The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them." -- Ida B. Wells-Barnett
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|
Mara Capistrano, LCSW
|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|
Alicia Chatterjee, MSEd
Social Work Intern
|Social Justice, Trauma and Healing (STTOP Team Member), Mindfulness, LGBTQ Support, Multiracial and Multicultural Concerns, Identity Development, Grief and Loss|
"be softer with you.
Eddie Chong, MS
Psychology Doctoral Intern
|Multicultural Counseling; Trauma, grief, and loss; Family of Origin and Relational Concerns; Students of color; LGBTQIA+ affirming support; International/immigrant students; FGLI students; Spirituality; Social justice and advocacy|
I am originally from Hong Kong and have spent time in Southern California, Boston, and DC. I received my doctoral training in Counseling Psychology at the University of Maryland - College Park. I enjoy working with students to gain understanding about themselves and their relationships. I collaborate with students to live wholeheartedly as they navigate layers of challenging contexts and realities. I also provide services in Mandarin and Cantonese. Being in the nature, practicing yoga, and spending time with friends energize me.
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.
Elizabeth Cook, PhD
|Integrative approach comprised of person-centered, feminist and multicultural theories, interpersonal and relationship concerns, issues related to spirituality and religion, social justice advocacy, family of original concerns, working with students of various marginalized and intersectional identities, Outreach & Prevention||"Justice is what love looks like in public. Tenderness is what love feels like in private." |
--Dr. Cornel West
Jazmine Cooper, MS
|Childhood trauma/Complex trauma, Sexual Trauma (STTOP team member), Multicultural Counseling, Racial Trauma, Students of Color; LGBTQIA+, Adjustment Issues, Interpersonal issues, Mindfulness, Meditation and Spirituality, Identity and Intersectionality, Social Justice|
Cat Lover (I have four of them). In my free time I enjoy painting, sketching, writing and reading poetry, star gazing, and cooking. I also enjoying baking Novelty Cakes as a hobby.
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, LCSW
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|
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|
Yuhong He, PhD
International Specialist, Psychologist
|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."
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.
|Relational-cultural theory, multiculturalism, intersectionality, cultural factors of resilience, the imposter syndrome||"Facilitating adaptation to unhealthy systems does not lead to healthy development or fully lived lives." --Arthur Horne|
|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|
|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|
|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|
Renee Mikorski, MS
Psychology Doctoral Intern
|I am interested in issues related to gender, men and masculinity, interpersonal issues, sexual assault prevention and treatment, and working with LGBTQIA+ students in therapy. I also enjoy working with students on identity development.||I am completing my PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and am originally from New Jersey. I really enjoy hiking, cooking, and cats!|
"Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity."
--Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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 generation/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
Soeun Park, PhD
Post Doctoral Psychology Fellow
|STTOP Team and Eating Concerns Team member, Interpersonal relationship concerns, anxiety, depression, academic/career concerns, multicultural counseling, social justice advocacy, intersecting identities, Asian/Asian American students, international students, gifted and talented, Korean-English bilingual therapy|
I am originally from South Korea and graduated from the Counseling Psychology PhD program at the University of Iowa.
|I have a wide range of clinical experiences which includes working with anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, schizo-related disorders, mood disorders, interpersonal distress, and personality disorders. I have a special interest in working with students on issues related to racism, racial trauma, identity development and exploration, social justice, and intersectionality. I have a more relational and interpersonal approach to therapy and like to view the process as collaborative, while respecting that each client is unique and an expert in their own life and experiences.|
I am originally from Denver, CO and received my bachelor's degree in psychology before moving directly into the PhD program at the University of Denver, where I acquired my master's degree in counseling along the way. I enjoy traveling, anything involving food, binging Netflix/hulu/HBO shows, and having a fun time with friends and family!
|Assessment, evaluation of programs and interventions, mental wellness and prevention, social justice, multicultural perspectives, mindfulness |
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
|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." |
|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
Working with marginalized clients, international/immigrant students, black-queer students, men & masculinity, multicultural counseling, Trauma, anxiety, depression, relational concerns, eating concerns, mindfulness and acceptance, social justice advocacy & Human Rights, community mental health, outreach and prevention. Tigrigna-English bilingual therapy.
Let's Talk counselor.
I am originally from Eritrea, East Africa & earned my PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Dedicated to community mental health, asylum seekers, torture survivors, social justice advocacy and human rights. When I am not at CAPS, I like to pick my camera and travel, go hiking or driving, painting and sculpture. My family and friends are my main source of happiness. I can't skip a 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
Alice Wang, MSW, MSEd,
|Social Justice, Trauma (STTOP Team Member), Grief and Loss, Identity Development, Multicultural and Multiracial Issues, Relationship and Family Concerns, Anti-Oppressive Practices, Strengths-Based Practices|
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, I have also spent time in Maine and Vermont before moving to Philadelphia for my graduate studies. I find joy in family, food, art, and animals.
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, PhD,
Post Doctoral Psychology Fellow
|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.