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
Assistant Director 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, Social Work, Study Abroad Office, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS), and Library.

JENNA BAUER, PSY.D.

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Assistant Director for Mind/Body Services, Staff Psychologist
(California School of Professional Psychology- Alliant International University, 2011)

Areas of special interest: Mindfulness meditation, mind/body wellness, eating disorders and body image, multiculturalism, abuse and trauma, relational issues, family-of-origin concerns, identity development, and self-compassion.

Liaison to: Graduate College, Athletics, and College of Nursing.

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
Assistant Director 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, Language and Cultural Learning Center, Office of Diversity, and Arab American Cultural Center

JOSEPH HERMES, PH.D.

Pronouns: he/him/his
Director, Staff Psychologist
(Loyola University Chicago, 1985)

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: Campus Police, Family Medicine/Student Health, Legal Counsel, Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI)/Campus Care, University Hospital/ER, and Office of Diversity.

MIRKA IVANOVIC, PSY.D.

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Assistant Director for Clinical Training, Staff Psychologist
(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), and College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs.

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
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
Staff Psychologist
(Virginia Commonwealth University, 2016)

Areas of special interest: Group psychotherapy, family and relationship concerns, cultural and religious identity concerns, depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, 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
Associate Director for Clinical Services, 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, and Office of Applied Psychological Services.

DIA ANJALI MASON, PH.D.

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Staff Psychologist
(University of Kentucky, 2017)

Areas of special interest: International students’ concerns, group therapy, relational dynamics, minority identity development, couples therapy, social justice and advocacy, and trauma.

Liaison to: College of Education, Office of International Services (OIS), Office of the Vice Provost for Student Inclusion, Asian American Resource Center (AARC), and Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Asian Americans.

BELVA A. MILES, PSY.D.

Pronouns: she/her/hers
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, and the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Blacks.

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, and Office of Applied Psychological Services.

MARISA SERRATO, M.D., ABIHM

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Assistant Director for Psychiatry & Integrative Medicine, Staff Psychiatrist
(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, and Clinical Nutrition and its application in mental health treatment.

Liaison to: Family Medicine/Student Health, Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI)/Campus Care, and University Hospital/ER.

JEANETTE SIMON, PSY.D.

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Associate Director for Training, Staff Psychologist
(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, and TRIO.

KURT STEVENS, PSY.D.

Pronouns: he/him/his
Assistant Director for Group Therapies, Staff Psychologist
(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: College of Business Administration, College of Pharmacy, and Honors College.

JOHANNA STROKOFF, PH.D.

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Assistant Director for Psychoeducation/Outreach, Staff Psychologist
(University of Louisville, 2015)

Areas of special interest: Relationship and family-of-origin concerns/issues, couples counseling, group psychotherapy, grief and loss, anxiety, supervision and training, and identity development.

Liaison to: Campus Programs, School of Public Health, Athletics, and Student Development Services and Orientation.

JUHELIA THOMPSON, M.A.

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Medical Social Consultant
(Saint Xavier University, 2005)

Areas of special interest: Multicultural counseling, sexual assault survivor counseling, wellness and mindfulness counseling, domestic violence advocacy, and COVID-19 concerns.

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 MOULOPOULOS, PSY.D.

Pronouns: she/her/hers
(The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2020)

Areas of Special Interest: Trauma, anxiety, identity development, disordered eating, grief and loss, multicultural concerns, adjustment issues, family and relational issues, and psychological assessment.

STEVE PALMIERI, PH.D.

Pronouns: he/him/his
(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.

Interns

JOSUE BUZZE, M.A.

Pronouns: he/him/his
(Pacific University, Clinical Psychology)

LUCILLE GARDNER, M.A.

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

SARAH KHAZOUM, M.A.

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

IRINA RIVERA, M.A.

Pronouns: she/her/hers
(Fuller Theological Seminary, Clinical Psychology)

Externs

PRIYA BADHWAR, M.A.

Pronouns: she/her/hers
(Roosevelt University)

CATIE HOFF, M.A.

Pronouns: she/her/hers
(Adler University)

MICHELLE MARTINEZ, M.A.

Pronouns: she/her/hers
(Midwestern University)

ALAYNA SAMSON, M.A.

Pronouns: she/her/hers
(Roosevelt University)