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Counseling Center

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Counseling Center Staff

The Counseling Center is staffed by:

  • Licensed psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Clinical therapists
  • Post-doctoral clinicians
  • 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. The Counseling Center's internship is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Meet Our Staff

Senior Staff

 

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)

Staff Psychologist, Assistant Director for Stress Management Programs

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;self-compassion.

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

 

CHANDAN BHAGIA, Psy.D. (Illinois School of Professional Psychology, 2014)

Staff Psychologist

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.


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

 

MIRAK IVANOVIC, Psy.D. (Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2011)

Staff Psychologist

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; counselor training and development

Liaison to: College of Engineering, Campus Housing (East Campus), Office of International Services (OIS)

 

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

 

LUIS G. SALAS, MSW (University of Illinois' Jane Addams College of Social Work - Chicago, 2009)

Case Manager

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)

Assistant Director, Psychiatry & Integrative Medicine

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


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)

Assistant Director for Group Psychotherapy, Staff Psychologist

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.


JOHANNA STROKOFF, M.A., (University of Louisville, 2015)

Assistant Director for Outreach, Staff Psychologist

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: African American Academic Network (AAAN), Native American Support, Public Health, Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Blacks

 

Post Doctoral Fellows


Dia Anjali Mason, Ph.D. (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


Priyanka Banerjee, Psy.D. , (Adler University, 2017)

Areas of special interest: trauma; relational concerns; mood disorders; family of origin struggles; multicultural counseling; identity development; social justice and advocacy; couples therapy.

 

Interns


Lily Cahnman, M.A., , Roosevelt University, Clinical Psychology

Corina Morgan, M.A., , Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Clinical Psychology

Beverly Herr, M.A., , Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Clinical Psychology

Kaila Smith, M.A., , Alliant IU/California School of Professional Psychology-San Diego, Clinical Psychology

Externs


Matt Jones, M.A., L.P.C., C.A.D.C. , The Chicago School, Clinical Psychology

Tessa Lucchi, M.A.,, Roosevelt University, Clinical Psychology

Jordan Torrie, M.A., , Roosevelt University, Clinical Psychology

Brian Trager, M.A., , Roosevelt University, Clinical Psychology

Location
Suite 2010
Student Services Building
1200 West Harrison

Tel: (312) 996-3490

Fax: (312)996-7645

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