The Counseling Center is staffed by:
All are trained to help students with a wide range of personal problems, emotional and psychological difficulties, career questions, and relationship issues. The Counseling Center staff adheres to all relevant ethical codes of conduct and state and federal laws and regulations. The staff is committed to the highest standards of competency in meeting the needs of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including differences of culture, race, ethnicity, national origin, class, gender, ability, age, and sexual orientation. The Counseling Center's internship is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
ROBERT BALLANTYNE, Psy.D. (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2011)
Assistant Director for Paraprofessional Training, Staff Psychologist
Areas of special interest: Depression, men's issues, LGBTQ issues, multicultural counseling, adult children of alcoholics, family of origin issues, suicide prevention, relationship issues, identity/self-esteem/self-confidence issues, community psychology, counselor training and development
Liaison to: Psychology Department, Social Work, Financial Aid Office, Library
JENNA BAUER, Psy.D. (California School of Professional Psychology- Alliant International University, 2011)
Areas of special interest: Eating disorders and body image; mindfulness meditation; multiculturalism; trauma; relational issues.
Liaison to: Campus Housing (West Campus), College of Education, Graduate College, College of Nursing
STEPHANIE BENEDICT, Psy.D. (Illinois School of Professional Psychology, 2006)
Associate Director for Training, Staff Psychologist
Areas of special interest: Multicultural counseling, training, and supervision; gender identity and sexual orientation concerns; relational issues; grief and loss.
Liaison to: Campus Housing (South Campus), Gender and Sexuality Center, Native American Support, Office for Student Veterans, Pharmacy, Urban Planning and Public Affairs
JOSEPH HERMES, Ph.D. (Loyola University Chicago, 1985)
Director, Staff Psychologist
Areas of special interest: Administration of mental health services in university settings; brief therapies; consultation and psychoeducational outreach; and supervision/mentoring of trainees.
Liaison to: Academic Center for Excellence, Campus Ministries, Campus Police, Family Medicine/Student Health, Legal Counsel, Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI)/Campus Care, University Hospital/ER
CHUCK La CHANCE, PsyD. (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2007)
Assistant Director for Clinical Services, Staff Psychologist
Areas of special interest: Trauma, relational issues, gender identity and sexual orientation concerns, autism spectrum issues, social justice, chronic medical issues, and grief and loss.
Liaison to: Applied Health Sciences, Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities, Disability Resource Center, Gender and Sexuality Center
KAREN L. MADDI, Ph.D. (University of North Carolina, 1988)
Associate Director for Clinical Services, Staff Psychologist
Areas of special interest: Eating disorders; treatment of trauma; women's mental health; social justice; research and technology.
Liaison to: Architecture & the Arts, Campus Police, Dentistry, Family Medicine/Student Health, Legal Counsel, Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI)/Campus Care, Office of Applied Psychological Services
MICHELLE MONTERO, PsyD. (Roosevelt University, 2013)
Areas of special interest: Women’s issues, identity and development issues, student athletes, LGBTQ issues, multicultural counseling, mood disorders, trauma, and counselor training/supervision and development.
Liaison to: College of Engineering, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Athletics, Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Women,
YOKO MORI, Ph.D. (Lehigh University, 2010)
Staff Psychologist, Assistant Director for Group Psychotherapy
Areas of special interest: Multicultural issues in therapy and training/supervision; social justice activism; international students' adjustment issues.
Liaison to: Asian American Resource and Cultural Center/Asian American Cultural Center, Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Asian Americans, Children's Center, Office of International Services
LUIS G. SALAS, MSW (University of Illinois' Jane Addams College of Social Work - Chicago, 2009)
Areas of interest: Hotline Administration; Supervising/mentoring student volunteers; mental health issues; college adjustment issues; social justice; multicultural issues; relational issues; family issues.
Liaison to: Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Latinos, LARES/Latin American Cultural Center, Social Work
MARISA SERRATO, M.D., ABIHM (Baylor College of Medicine, 2001)
Areas of special interest: Psychiatric management of college mental health; women's mental health; mood and anxiety disorders; Integrative Holistic Medicine; Clinical Nutrition and its application in mental health treatment
Liaison to: Family Medicine/Student health, Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI)/Campus Care, University Hospital/ER
DANIELLE J. SIMMONS, Ph.D. (Iowa State University, 2010)
Assistant Director for Outreach/Psychoeducation, Staff Psychologist
Areas of special interest: Multicultural counseling and training; supervision; relational concerns; Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersexed, and queer concerns; identity issues; consultation and psychoeducational outreach
Liaison to: AAAN/African American Cultural Center, Campus Programs, Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Blacks, Commuter Student Resource Center, CHANCE, Student Development Services, Student Orientation Committee, TRIO
JEANETTE SIMON, Psy.D. (Illinois School of Professional Psychology, 1997)
Assistant Director of Training, Staff Psychologist
Areas of special interest: Training and supervision; relational issues (including couples, family and parenting concerns); gender issues; substance abuse.
Liaison to: Career Services, Language and Cultural Learning Center, The Wellness Center, Women's Affairs/Campus Advocacy Network, The Writing Center
KURT STEVENS, Psy.D. (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2012)
Areas of special interest: Relational and family-of-origin concerns/issues; complex personality concerns/issues; gender issues; couples counseling; group psychotherapy; supervision and training; and identity development.
Liaison to: Academic Center for Excellence, Athletics, Business Administration, Chancellor's Committee on the Status of LGBTQ People and Allies, Honors College.
RAASHEEN K. THROWER, M.D. (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, 2000)
Areas of special interest: Community psychiatry, cultural psychiatry, general adult psychiatry, integrating psychopharmacology and psychotherapy, non-pharmacologic and holistic approaches to mood management and well-being, psychiatric management of college and university mental health, underserved populations
Liaison to: College of Medicine, College of Nursing
Chandan Bhagia, Psy.D. (Illinois School of Professional Psychology, 2014)
Areas of special interest: Men’s issues; gender identity issues; international students’ acculturation stress and mental health concerns; abuse and trauma; multi-cultural counseling and outreach; mindfulness based therapy; identity development; social justice and advocacy.
Rebecca Hubbard, Ph.D. (Virginia Commonwealth University, 2013)
Areas of special interest: Racial and ethnic identity, couples counseling, social justice, group counseling, multicultural counseling, supervision, outreach, athletic identity and athlete concerns, depression, and anxiety.
Eunju Yoon, Ph.D. (University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, 2005)
Areas of special interest: Depression, anxiety, relationship issues, religious/spiritual issues, acculturation, racial/ethnic identity development, intergenerational cultural conflicts
Leah Boisen, M.A., Duquesne University, Clinical Psychology
Rachana Doshi, M.A., Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Clinical Psychology
Kelly Sheline, M.Ed., M.S., Colorado State University-Fort Collins, Counseling Psychology
Johanna Strokoff, M.A., University of Louisville, Counseling Psychology
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