Meet Our Staff

Meet Our Staff

The Counseling Center is staffed by licensed psychologists, psychiatrists, post-doctoral clinicians, and advanced doctoral psychology trainees. 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.

Senior Staff

ROBERT BALLANTYNE, PSY.D.

Pronouns: he/him/his
Coordinator for Peer Support Programs, Staff Psychologist
(The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2011)

Areas of special interest: Depression, men’s issues, LGBTQ issues, couples therapy, multicultural counseling, adult children of alcoholics, family of origin issues, suicide prevention, relationship issues, identity/self-esteem/self-confidence issues, community psychology, and counselor training and development.

Liaison to: Psychology Department, Jane Addams College of Social Work, Study Abroad Office, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS), and Library.

NICCOLE BRUSA, PSY.D.

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Assistant Director for Clinical Administration, Staff Psychologist
(The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2007)

Areas of special interest: Multicultural counseling, biracial/multiracial identity development, marginalized identity exploration, relational issues, family-of-origin concerns, self-confidence issues, grief and loss, women’s mental health, depression and anxiety, life transitions, and supervision and training.

Liaison to: African American Academic Network (AAAN), College of Applied Health Sciences, Greek Life, and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS).

AZADEH FATEMI, PH.D.

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion, Staff Psychologist
(University of Georgia, 2015)

Areas of special interest: Multicultural counseling, diversity and social justice, grief and loss, women’s issues, abuse and trauma, training and supervision, suicide prevention, and relationship issues.

Liaison to: College of Medicine, Office of Diversity, AARC/Asian American Cultural Center, AVP for Student Inclusion, Arab American Cultural Center, and Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Asian Americans.

MIRKA IVANOVIC, PSY.D.

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Assistant Director for Clinical Training, Staff Psychologist
(The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2011)

Areas of special interest: Depression, women’s issues, working with immigrant and international students, trauma, identity exploration, grief/loss, existential issues, mindfulness and self-compassion, sexual assault awareness and prevention, and counselor training and development.

Liaison to: Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women,  Office of International Services (OIS), College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, and College of Engineering.

DAVID KASHER, LCPC

Pronouns: he/him/his
Crisis Counselor/Case Manager
(University of Nebraska-Omaha, 2000) 

Areas of special interest: Crisis management, risk/suicide prevention, depression, anxiety, LGBTQ issues, self-compassion, mindfulness, self-care, and grief and loss.

Liaison to: Campus Housing (East Campus and West Campus).

CHUCK La CHANCE, PSY.D.

Pronouns: he/him/his
Associate Director for Clinical Services, Staff Psychologist
(The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2007)

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: Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of LGBTQI Peoples and Allies, Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities, Disability Resource Center, and Gender and Sexuality Center.

CAROLINE LAVELOCK, PH.D.

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Coordinator for Group Therapies; Staff Psychologist
(Virginia Commonwealth University, 2016)

Areas of special interest: Group psychotherapy, family and relationship concerns, trauma, cultural and religious identity concerns, depression, anxiety, OCD, identity and character development, and forgiveness.

Liaison to: Academic Center for Excellence, Campus Ministries, Commuter Resource Center, and Campus Housing (South Campus).

KAREN L. MADDI, PH.D.

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Director, Staff Psychologist
(University of North Carolina, 1988)

Areas of special interest: Eating disorders, treatment of trauma, women’s mental health, social justice, and research and technology.

Liaison to: College of Architecture & the Arts, College of Dentistry, Family Medicine/Student Health, Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI)/Campus Care, Campus Police, Legal Counsel, University Hospital/ER (Dean of Students Office), and Office of Applied Psychological Services.

BELVA A. MILES, PSY.D.

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Coordinator for Mind/Body Programming, Staff Psychologist
(Roosevelt University, 2013)

Areas of special interest: Multicultural counseling, diversity and social justice, student persistence and retention, training and supervision, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and anger management.  

Liaison to: Career Services, the CHANCE Program, African American Cultural Center, and the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Blacks.

STEVE PALMIERI, PH.D

Pronouns: he/him/his
Coordinator for Outreach Programming, Staff Psychologist
(The University of Akron, 2020)

Areas of special interest: LGBTQ issues, sex and sexual wellness, non-monogamous relationships, cultural identity development and exploration, political anxiety, sustainable social justice activism, training and supervision.

Liaison to: Campus Programs, College of Public Health, Graduate College, Student Development Services and Orientation, College of Business, and the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of LGBTQI Peoples and Allies.

LIZ ROSARIO, LCSW, ICDVP

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Medical Social Consultant
Bilingual: English/Spanish
(Dominican University, 2017)

Areas of special interest: Abuse and trauma, domestic violence, women’s mental health, identity and character development, family and relationship concerns, depression, anxiety, self-esteem development, self-compassion, multicultural counseling, life transitions, life skills development, coping skills development, and COVID-19 concerns.

LUIS G. SALAS, MSW

Pronouns: he/him/his
Case Manager
(University of Illinois’ Jane Addams College of Social Work – Chicago, 2009)

Areas of interest: Paraprofessional administration, supervising/mentoring student volunteers, mental health issues, college adjustment issues, social justice, multicultural issues, relational issues, and family issues.

Liaison to: Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Latinos/as and Undocumented Students Task Force, LARES, Jane Addams College of Social Work, and Office of Applied Psychological Services.

SILVIA SALAS, PH.D.

Pronouns: she/her/ella
Staff Psychologist
Bilingual: English/Spanish/Spanglish
(University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2019)

Areas of special interest: Advancing a strength-based psychology for BIPOC Students, w/focus on Latinx students’ psychological well-being. Other areas of interest include first-generation students, immigration concerns, ethno-racial trauma, racism, colorism, identity development (e.g., ethnic, racial, gender, queer), and training.

Liaison to: LARES, Honors College, Office for Student Veterans (Dean of Students Office), and Language and Cultural Learning Center.

JEANETTE SIMON, PSY.D.

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Associate Director for Training, Staff Psychologist
(The Illinois School of Professional Psychology, 1997)

Areas of special interest: Training and supervision, relational issues (including couples, family and parenting concerns), gender issues, and substance abuse.

Liaison to: The Wellness Center, Women’s Affairs/Campus Advocacy Network, The Writing Center, TRIO, and College of Nursing.

CHERYL TALIAFERRO, PSY.D.

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Staff Psychologist
(Adler University, 2018)

Areas of special interest: Adjustment concerns, anxiety, depression, relational distress, trauma, diversity, social justice, and training and supervision.

Liaison to: College of Education, College of Pharmacy, Athletics, and Native American Support Program.

Administrative Support Staff

SYLVIA DANIELS

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Customer Service Assistant

VALENCIA STIFFIC, MSM

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Business Administrative Associate

NANCY E. VELEZ, B.A.

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Program Service Aide

Post Doctoral Fellows

ALEXA KERAMIDAS, PH.D.

Pronouns: she/her/hers
(University of Missouri – Kansas City, 2021)

Areas of Special Interest: Social anxiety, perfectionism, women’s issues, sexual trauma, eating concerns/disordered eating, self-compassion, multicultural identity development, supervision and training, relational distress, self-compassion

DAEWON (DAVE) KIM, PH.D.

Pronouns: he/him/his
(Counseling Psychology, Loyola University Chicago, 2021)

Areas of Special Interest: International students, graduate students, career concerns, anxiety, identity development, multicultural concerns, adjustment issues, family and relational issues.

Interns

PRIYA BADHWAR, M.A.

Pronouns: she/her/hers
(Roosevelt University, Clinical Psychology)

ALEXANDRA "LEXY" COLEMAN

Pronouns: she/her/hers
(The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Clinical Psychology)

ELLIOTT DEVORE, M.ED, M.A.

Pronouns: he/him/his and they/them/theirs
(University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Counseling Psychology)

ADRIANA SANCHEZ, M.A.

Pronouns: she/her/ella
(University of California-Santa Barbara, Counseling Psychology)

Externs

MARIA FAKHOURI, M.A.

Pronouns: she/her/hers
(The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Clinical Psychology)

MIA JOHNSON, M.A.

Pronouns: she/her/hers
(Roosevelt University, Clinical Psychology)

YURI KIM, M.S., M.A.

Pronouns: she/her/hers
(Roosevelt University, Clinical Psychology)

JUAN PANTOJA-PATIÑO, M.S., N.C.C.

Pronouns: he/him/el
(Loyola University, Counseling Psychology)