Other Interesting Information
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
|Substance abuse, character pathology and other complex diagnoses, eating disorders, anxiety and depression|
"Is it so small a thing
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."|
Jane E. Kotler, LCSW
Assistant Director of Clinical Administration, 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|
Social Work Intern
|Racial and ethnic identity development, trauma recovery, family of origin and relational concerns, body image, mood, self-empowerment, advocacy, and social justice|
My heart is so small it's almost invisible. How can you place such big sorrows in it? "Look," He answered, "your eyes are even smaller, yet they behold the world." --Rumi
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
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.
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
Behdad Bozorgnia, MD
|Psychodynamic Psychotherapy ||I edit the magazine thepenndulum.org|
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
|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.
Social Work Intern
|Facing transitions, Self-empowerment, Trauma, Multicultural counseling, Social Justice|
"Podran cortar todas las flores, pero no podran detener la primavera" --Pablo Neruda
"They can cut all the flowers, but they will never be able to stop the spring."
Brittan Davis, PhD
Post Doctoral Psychology Fellow
|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, substance abuse, sexual assault/trauma, family-of- origin concerns, mindfulness/meditation||Earned my BS in Psychology from University of Pittsburgh and my MSW/MEd in Human Sexuality from Widener University. Focus on mental health from a holistic perspective and work with clients to create a safe, warm, respectful, collaborative (and sometimes humorous) therapy space.|
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|
Rachael B. Goldberg, MA
|Mood and anxiety disorders, grief and loss, multicultural counseling, women's issues, spirituality, meditation, and identity and relational concerns|
Currently, I am a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) at La Salle University. My dissertation examines ways to train therapists to utilize different aspects of their identities, backgrounds, and emotional responses in order to enhance therapeutic effectiveness (e.g., Self of the Therapist Training).
I enjoy hiking, spending time amidst nature, playing the guitar and piano, attending concerts, reading, laughing, writing, and learning new things.
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."
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.
|Multicultural focus; integrating attachment theory and acceptance and commitment therapy; working with parents and families||I received my B.A. from the University of Rochester, and my M.Ed. from Lehigh University, where I am currently a doctoral student. I am interested in care-giving, attachment theory and emotion regulation. If I'm not studying, I'm spending time with my partner and kids, and enjoy cooking and dancing.|
|Social Justice, advocacy, self-empowerment, Utilization Management, Wellness||"It always seems impossible until it's done" |
|Depression, Anxiety, Grief and Loss, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Counseling, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness||A Norwegian born sports enthusiast who loves laughter, nature, and food. "You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf."-- Jon Kabat-Zinn|
|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|
|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. |
|Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy||"I do not fear the storm for I am learning to sail my ship." --Anonymous|
|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||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, Acupuncture||Interested in Climate Psychology|
Social Work Intern
|Sleep concerns, bipolar disorder, religion, multicultural counseling, anxiety, depression, trauma, academic pressure, sexual assault, wellness, and social justice||"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?" -- Marianne Williamson|
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.
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
Social Work Intern
|Family of Origin/Relationship Concerns, Anxiety, Religion & Spirituality, Existential Concerns, Identity Development & Integration||"I stood stone-like at midnight, suspended in my masqueradeI /combed my hair till it was just right and commanded the night brigade/I was open to pain and crossed by the rain and I walked on a crooked crutch/I strolled all alone through a fallout zone and come out with my soul untouched/I hid in the clouded wrath of the crowd, but when they said, "Sit down, " I stood up/Ooh...growin' up" --Bruce Springsteen|
Nicole Nardone, LSW, MLSP
|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
Post Doctoral Psychology Fellow
|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.
|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 childï¿½"our own two eyes. All is a miracle." --Thich Nhat Hanh
|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.|
|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|
|General psychiatry resident at University of Pennsylvania||I grew up in Pennsylvania and attended Penn State University, where I double majored in psychology and pre-medicine. I earned my medical degree at Penn State as well. Within psychiatry my interests include psychotherapy and increasing access to care in underserved areas.|
|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."|
|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.
"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."
|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, 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.
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
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
Post Doctoral Psychology Fellow
|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
|Front Desk Service|
Each day I find pleasure and inspiration in my interaction with CAPS staff and clients.