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William Alexander, PhD
Executive Director, Psychologist
Advocacy for underserved and marginalized student populations and reduction of stigma surrounding mental health
I earned my PhD from Temple University in Counseling Psychology but my undergraduate degree is in music. I  have worked my entire career with adolescents and young adults in family and individual treatment.  I relax by cooking and playing golf.
Michal Saraf, PsyD 
Deputy Director,
Substance abuse, character pathology and other complex diagnoses, eating disorders, anxiety and depression

"Is it so small a thing
 To have enjoy'd the sun.
 To have lived light in the spring,
 To have loved, to have thought, to have done"
-From the Hymn of Empedocles

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.
Cyndy Boyd, PhD 
Director of Training, Psychologist
Multicultural Counseling, LGBTQI Mental Health and Wellness, Trauma, and Anxiety
"Without community, there is no liberation."
--Audre Lorde
Jane E. Kotler, LCSW
Assistant Director, Clinical
Social Worker
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 arrest of attention in the midst of distraction." -- Saul Bellow
Julien Almonte, MA
Doctoral Psychology Intern
Social justice, community outreach and development, multicultural counseling, Latinx student concerns, body image concerns. Interest in women's issues and working with 1st generation 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
Doctoral Psychology Intern
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.

"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."  --Nelson Mandela

Hanna Berleth, PsyD
Post Doctoral Psychology Fellow

Trauma, grief and loss, difficulty experiencing emotions, depression, anxiety.  STTOP Team Member

"Believe that with your feelings and your work you are taking part in the greatest; the more strongly you cultivate this belief, the more will reality and the world go forth from it." --Rainer Maria Rilke

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
Social Worker
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.

Amelia Cason
Administrative Assistant

Front Desk ServiceThe 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
Eating disorders and concerns, body image, trauma recovery, STTOP team member, students with marginalized identities, FG/LI student concerns, Latinx student concerns, relationship and family issues, social justice psychology and advocacy, art therapy

"Nada es absoluto. Todo cambia, todo se mueve, todo gira, todo vuela y desaparece."

"Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and disappears."  --Frida Kahlo

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.

Brittan Davis, PhD
Staff Psychologist

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
Social Worker
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; Short-term Couples Counseling
"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
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."
--Regina Bret

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.

Wydia Houston, LSW
Referral Coordinator,
Social Worker

Social Justice, advocacy, self-empowerment, Utilization Management, Wellness
"It always seems impossible until it's done"

Young Hwa Kim, MS
Doctoral Psychology Intern

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.

Matthew LeRoy, PsyD

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
General Psychiatry

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 MedicineInterested in Climate Psychology
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
Social Worker
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.

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
Social Worker
Referral Coordinator"I think every individual has his or her own power, and it's a matter of working, taking time and defining what that power is."  --Jill Scott
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
Staff Psychologist
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

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.

Marian Reiff, PhD, LSW
Assessment Specialist

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´┐Ż"our own two eyes. All is a miracle."  --Thich Nhat Hanh

Elissa Sarno, MS
Doctoral Psychology Intern

LGBTQIA+ affirmative counseling, multicultural counseling, adjusting to life transitions, anxiety and depression, relationship issues, sexual health and well being
I'm originally from Los Angeles. I received my bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, my master's degree from Columbia University, and am currently a doctoral candidate in counseling psychology at the University of Maryland. I love all things pop culture, and am a proud mother to a ten-year-old cat.

Kyra Selwyn, PsyD

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."  --Simone Weil

Alaina Spiegel, PsyD
Coordinator of Prevention Programs,

Outreach programming, mental health awareness, suicide prevention, social justice, emerging adulthood, coping with anxiety,mindfulness
I coordinate the I CARE training and various workshops at CAPS. I went to University of Maryland-College Park for undergrad and completed my Master of Arts and Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology at La Salle University. 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."

Valeriya Spektor, PhD
Staff Psychologist

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

Cherie Stanford
Administrative Assistant

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.

"Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: the potential for greatness lies within each of us." 
--Wilma Rudolph

John Stein, MD

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

Meghan Sullivan, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker

LGBTQI Identity and Mental Health, Spiritual/Existential Concerns, Trauma, Relationships

Yacob Tekie, MA
Doctoral Psychology Intern
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. 

"It's not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept and celebrate those differences."
--Audre Lorde

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

Abeeda Warnauth
Office Manager 
Office Operations

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
Staff Psychologist

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

Peter Zamora
Administrative Assistant
Front Desk Service

Each day I find pleasure and inspiration in my interaction with CAPS staff and clients.