2013-14 ALL STAFF
SENIOR CLINICAL STAFF
Shelly Kerr, Ph.D. (1997, Washington State University)
- Roles at the UCTC: Director and Senior Staff Psychologist
- Clinical and Professional interests: Interpersonal, Cognitive orientation to therapy. Expertise in gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender issues, hate crimes, sexual assault and abuse, depression, and anxiety. Interest in diversity related and social justice issues.
- Personal interests: hiking, reading mysteries, playing Wii, watching American Idol, listening to music, and traveling.
SENIOR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/TRAINING DIRECTOR
H. Brooks Morse, Ph.D. (1995, University of Kentucky, Counseling Psychology)
- Roles at UCTC: Associate Director/Training Director/Intepersonal Violence Response Coordinator/Senior Staff Psychologist
- Clinical and Professional interests: Feminist, multicultural, and experiential approach to counseling; training and supervision of new professionals; multiculturalism and social justice; and trauma, disordered eating, body sizism, cultural identity, gender and sexual orientation, family of origin clinical interests
- Training roles: Training Director; facilitating supervision of supervision, trauma intervention and assessment, and ethics seminars for Doctoral interns; Doctoral Intern supervisor; psychology resident supervisor. Outreach Projects: Bias Response Team and Cultural Competency Project member.
- Liaisons: Dean's Consultation Committee and Academic Refund Committee.
- Play: My partner and I moved to the Northwest for the outdoor opportunities. I love to hike and backpack in the mountains or on the coast. I also find great enjoyment in watching my furry family members’ enthusiastic curiosity about life.
- Song I could listen to over and over again: I have watched the Glee cast perform and sing "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga more times than I am willing to admit
- Favorite books from 2011: Homer's Odyssey (not the original, but about a cat's life who had his eyes surgically removed when a few days old to save his life,) and Art of Racing in the Rain.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/CLINICAL DIRECTOR
Joseph DeWitz, Ph.D. (2004, Ohio State University, Counseling Psychology)
- Roles at UCTC: Assistant Director/Clinical Director and Senior Staff Psychologist
- Clinical and Professional interests: Humanistic/existential philosophy toward life/work; integrating solution-focused and holistic ideals in therapy, while being mindful of cultural and individual differences. Enjoy working with a wide range of concerns, including, but not limited to: anxiety and mood problems, adjustment difficulties, identity exploration/development, relationship concerns, men’s issues and positive masculinity, finding meaning/purpose in life, severe and persistent mental illness, and generally finding ways to make life more enjoyable and productive for individuals. In supervision, emphasis is placed on a collaborative, developmental approach tailored to an individual’s interests and needs.
- Favorite Activities: walking/biking, watching movies, Food Network and cooking (of course eating too), gardening, and spending time with friends and family.
Alisia Caban, Ph.D. (2010, University of Oregon, Counseling Psychology)
- Roles at UCTC: Assistant Clinical Director, Eating Disorders Coordinator, and Senior Staff Psychologist.
- Clinical and Professional Interests: Clinical and Professional Interests: Interpersonal process infused with multiculturalism, feminism, and cognitive behavioral approach to therapy; therapeutic approach takes into consideration the ecological model. Enjoy working with students of color, LGBTQ, international students, eating disorder and body image concerns, trauma, self injurious behaviors, and issues related to acculturation, cultural identity, and family of origin. Interest in training, supervision, and the development of multicultural competence. Approach to supervision is collaborative, multicultural and feminist-oriented, with a focus on meeting trainees at their developmental level. Liaison with Center on Diversity and Community.
- Training Roles: Eating Disorders Treatment Team; Eating Disorders Intervention & Treatment Seminar Leader; Case Presentation Seminar Leader; Supervision of Eating Disorders GTF
- Favorite outdoor activity: Going on walks/strolls/hikes with my partner and our dog, Tako.
Mark Evans, Ph.D. (1986, University of North Carolina, Clinical Psychology)
- Roles at UCTC: Senior Staff Psychologist, Shrink Wrap Writer and Editor, Campus Suicide Prevention, and Director of the Oregon College & University Suicide Prevention Project (OCUSPP)
- Clinical and Professional interests: Psychodynamic/Humanistic/ Jungian orientation while incorporating CBT strategies, guided imagery and subpersonality work. Interests include men's issues, ADHD, gay and bisexual issues, sleep and dreams, international and non-traditional students, creativity, and spiritual issues.
- Outside of the UCTC: Mark has lived and traveled extensively in Southeast Asia. When he's at home, he enjoys photography, gardening, hiking, reading, mentoring youth and ccomposing music.
- Favorite Books: The Man who Tried to Save the World by Scott Anderson, Desierto by Charles Bowden, Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks.
Ron Miyaguchi, Ph.D. (1993, Miami University, Clinical Psychology)
- Roles at UCTC: Senior Staff Psychologist, Campus Suicide Prevention Coordinator, and Research Coordinator
- Clinical and Professional interests: Interpersonal/Cognitive Behavioral orientation to counseling; student leadership, intimacy/relationship issues; depression; anxiety; cultural competence.
- Training Roles: Multicultural and Brief Therapy Seminar Leader.
- Favorite outdoor activity (current): I enjoy playing soccer and running with my kids. On rainy days my favorite indoor activities are knitting, baking and playing on my Xbox.
Brian Parks, Ph.D. (2005, University of Utah, Counseling Psychology)
- Roles at UCTC: Senior Staff Psychologist and Professional Development Coordinator
- Clinical and Professional interests: Integrative approach to counseling: Multicultural/Feminist, Humanistic-Existential, Interpersonal, Psychodynamic, and Cognitive approaches. Multicultural counseling; family of origin issues; grief and loss; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues; supervision/training; depression; substance abuse; identity development; existential issues; and adult adoptees. Liaison to Pathway Oregon Program, Student Support Services, and the Career Center.
- Best ideas for rejuvenation: My two dogs; Rock and Roll (and related genres); attending concerts and movies; and reading.
Asha Stephen, Ph.D. (2010 Iowa State University, Counseling Psychology)
- Roles at UCTC: Senior Staff Psychologist and Groups Coordinator
- Professional interests/pursuits: Interpersonal, Cognitive-Behavioral and Emotion-Focused approach to therapy supported by multicultural and feminist theories. Developmental and collaborative approach to supervision.
- Clinical interests: Group therapy, couples counseling, and training/supervision. I enjoy working with international students, LGBTQI individuals, students of color, and addressing relationship concerns, grief and loss, identity development, anxiety, depression, adjustment, and career development. Liaison to LGBTQEESP and Office of International Affairs.
- Training roles/focus: Group Seminar with Doctoral Interns, Individual Supervision with Clinical Extern.
- My favorite book: The Way of All Flesh.
Elizabeth Asta, Ph.D. (2011 Colorado State University, Counseling Psychology)
- Roles at UCTC: Senior Staff Psychologist, Assistant Training Director, and Practicum Coordinator
- Clinical Interests: Feminist/Interpersonal orientation to counseling; group therapy, disordered eating and body image concerns, gender and sexual orientation, relationship concerns, trauma, depression, perfectionism, social justice issues and multicultural counseling.
- Training Roles/focus: Assistant Training Director, Secondary Supervision for Eating Disorders Rotation and GTF group supervision, Practicum Coordinator, Doctoral Intern Multicultural Seminar Co-leader, Brief Therapy Seminar co-leader, Intern support meetings.
- Song I could listen to over and over: Float On, by Modest Mouse, or anything by Death Cab for Cutie, Iron and Wine, and Sara Bareilles.
- Dream Destination: Returning to Lesotho Africa, where I studied abroad in undergrad.
Mariko M. Lin, Ph.D. (2011 University of Wisconsin-Madison, Counseling Psychology)
- Roles at UCTC: Senior Staff Psychologist, Outreach Coordinator
- Clinical Interests: Interpersonal process, humanistic, multicultural, feminist orientation. Relationship/interpersonal issues, anxiety, family of origin, trauma recovery, identity development, and supervision.
- Professional Interests: Multicultural counseling, working with underrepresented students from diverse backgrounds (race/ethnicity, SES, sexual orientation, gender, ability, etc.,) campus climate issues, social justice, and advocacy. Specialization in working with first-year students transitioning to college, racial/ethnic minority students, and first-generation college students.
- Outside of the UCTC: Playing ultimate frisbee, biking, walking/hiking, hanging around coffee shops, and sharing good food in good company.
Alan Siebel, M.A. (1999 Marshall University, Counseling)
- Roles at UCTC: Senior Staff Therapist; Senior Alcohol and Drug Counselor/ AOD Coordinator/Supervision.
- Professional interests or pursuits: I enjoy working with all types of students and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to be able to do so here at the U of O. I work with students suffering from chemical dependency or abuse, recovering from chemical dependency, or with those who have been emotionally and mentally impacted by a family member, friend, or loved ones alcohol or drug use. I also work with students struggling with loss, depression, issues with anxiety and issues with spirituality. I work an integrated approach to therapy and utilize various cognitive behavioral theories in session.
- Something personal: I am a slow avid runner and enjoy the chances to run that Eugene offers. I enjoy going on adventures in the great outdoors when I can. I love listening to music and going to various concerts. Favorite artists would be the Counting Crowes, White Stripes, Warren Zevon, Colin Hay, and recently the Lumineers. Most recent book read was “The Presence Process”, by Michael Brown. A great book about learning to live in the moment.
Brent P. Horner, Ph.D. (2012 University of Oklahoma, Counseling Psychology)
- Roles at UCTC: Senior Staff Psychologist, Psychological Assessment Coordinator
- Clinical Interests: Feminist/Multicultural counseling and supervision; interpersonal process; group therapy; LGBTQI issues; and, men's issues.
- Professional Interests: Supporting students of marginalized, underrepresented, and diverse identities; social justice issues; practice and research around LGBTQI issues; and, multicultural competence.
- Personal Interests: Hiking, drawing, cooking, video games, trying new restaurants, spending time with my partner and the 4-legged members of our family.
Adam Gorman, Psy.D. (2013 John F. Kennedy University, Clinical Psychology)
- Roles at UCTC: Alcohol & Other Drug Post-Doctoral Resident
- Clinical & Professional Interests: Psychodynamic, Humanistic and Interpersonal orientation. Adam has a passion for Integral theory in particular the works of Ken Wilber. Additional interests include Alcohol and Drug abuse/dependence, international and non traditional students, spiritual issues, anxiety and depression.
- Outside UCTC: Adam enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, running and hiking in his spare time.
- Favorite Books: The Game of Thrones Series by George R.R. Martin & The Heroes Journey By Joseph Campbell.
Melissa Todd, Ph.D. (2006, Univeristy of Missouri-Kansas City, Counseling Psychology)
- Role at UCTC: Relief Therapist
- Clinical Approach: I take a psychoeducational approach to counseling with a foundation built upon a trusting therapeutic relationship. My orientation is based in Reality Therapy and Existentialism, informed by the Transtheoretical Model of Change, with use of Cognitive-Behavioral strategies when appropriate. I believe in enhancing strengths and identifying choices as a means of empowering clients to move forward.
- Professional Interests: Specialty in sport psychology and working with athletes, experience and interest in working with social anxiety, depression, anxiety, identity issues, addiction, relationship concerns, and making life transitions.
- Activities Outside of UCTC: As a former professional runner, I now run to stay healthy and fit enough to enjoy an occasional road race. I have a horse, and have ridden since the age of 9. I try to spend as much time outdoors as possible.
- Role at UCTC: Relief Therapist
- About: Jen is an alum of the Couples & Family Therapy program here at the U of O, and before that worked as a couples/relationship therapist in England. Jen works part time at a community mental health agency, part time in private practice and part time here.
- Professional Interests: grief/loss, coping with chronic illness (as a patient or caregiver), loss of connection to nature, reducing stress and anxiety, and fostering healthy attachment in all kinds of relationships.
- Activities outside of the UCTC: world music, travelling, documentaries, being outside, sharing good food with friends, and snuggling up with her dog.
- Roles at UCTC: Senior Staff Therapist, Casemanager, External Resource Coordinator.
- Clinical Interests: Systems Theory, Humanistic, Relationship/ Interpersonal (Gottman), Family/ Generational Patterns, Trauma Therapy, Spiritual Processing, Identity Development, and Innovative Resource Networking.
- Professional Interests: Supporting individuals through life’s challenges with a Solution Focused and emotionally validating process. Specific work with non-traditional students, trauma survivors, underrepresented students from diverse backgrounds, attachment issues, community collaboration, social justice and advocacy. Specialization in working with students who find large barriers in accomplishing academic goals.
- Outside of the UCTC: Spending time with family; checking out classic car “cruise-ins”; enjoying concerts and comedies; along with playing the drums and trips to the Oregon Coast.
COUNSELING CENTER ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF
Karen Stokes, Executive Assistant to the Director
- Roles at UCTC: Executive Assistant- Assist and support the Director, as well as the UCTC Leadership Team with scheduling, travel and business responsibilities. Supervise and manage the UCTC Office, Personnel, Accountant, and Administrative Staff.
- What I Like Most About Eugene: I feel so very blessed that I was given the opportunity to come to Eugene, as it embodies everything I could ever want in a place that I want to call home. The beauty of the city is something I revel in every day. I love that seeing squirrels, raccoons, birds and deer are an everyday occurrence, and the rainbows here are exquisite! And I think our Ducks are pretty fantastic too.
Turi Holte, Accountant
- Roles at UCTC: I work with budgeting and expenditures, process payroll, and handle all those other financial tidbits that keep things running!
- Favorite Book Genre: Juvenile Fantasy and Science Fiction. My kids and I read the same books; you are never too old for magic and imagination!
Rod Keck, BA.
Administrative Services Coordinator
- Roles at UCTC: Manage staff at the front desk, check students in, schedule intake appointments, manage student files and documents, order supplies, retrieve files, assist in the operations of the center.
- Favorite Activity: Collecting comic books, watching pre-1940 movies, spending time with my husband and dog.
Starr Miller, Administrative Assistant and Mental Health Educator
- Roles at UCTC: Helping with the general front desk duties, answering phones, scheduling appointments, and helping students find information.
- Favorites Books: My two all-time favorite books are: "The God of Small Things," I read it twice in a row...it's that good. And "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues."
- Dream vacation: I would love to spend several months traveling through South America. I also wouldn't mind spending more time in Europe, especially Istanbul.
Julie Mason, Administrative Services Assistant
- Roles at UCTC: Providing reception and clerical support , scheduling, special projects, and assisting students in need of counseling resources and information.
- Personal Interests: Spending time outdoors by hiking, camping, snowboarding in the winter and dipping my toes in the ocean during the summer. I enjoy classic rock such as The Beach Boys and Van Morrison, and any movie starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. I believe that whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend never owned a dog, and I am loyal fan to all of my Oregon teams (Portland Timbers, Portland Blazers and Oregon Ducks). Above all, I cherish most the quiet nights at home with my partner and a good book.
- Favorite Quote: “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl
Suzie Stadelman, Administrative Services Assistant
- Roles at UCTC: Provide reception support, help students schedule individual counseling appointments and locate information and resources, manage scheduling systems, and work on special projects.
- Personal Interests: I enjoy ultimate Frisbee, hiking, writing postcards, playing cribbage, traveling, and preparing and eating meals with friends and family.
- (Some of my)Favorite Quotes: “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” --Helen Keller
“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.” --Marian Wright Edelman
TESTING CENTER ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF
David Espinoza, Assistant Director /Testing Center Director
- Roles at UCTC: Responsible for program development and resource coordination, supervision of testing office personnel, test administration and scoring and reporting, budgeting for testing area, compliance with testing agreements and requirements, and quality control. Serves on the IntroDUCKtion Steering Committee, is a member of the University of Oregon’s Officer of Administration Council and the Division of Student Affairs Curriculum Committee. Outside of the UCTC, serves on the Riverfront School Quality and Program Improvement Committee, is a board member for the non-profit Books to the People, is a member of the Governing Board of the National College Testing Association and will serve a 2-year term as the President of NCTA beginning in September 2010.
- Dream destination: Paris in the springtime.
Lisa Montgomery, Psychometrician
- Roles at UCTC: Certified proctor for ACT, Castle, CLEP, DANTES, ETS, Pearson VUE, GED & Kryterion. Proctoring also includes placement testing during IntroDUCKtion, graduate admissions testing, TOEFL, State of Oregon licensure & certification programs, Accommodated testing for U of O students and Distance Education testing. Quarterly billing for GED and State of Oregon Building codes and Tax Board Divisions.
- Professional interests: Creating and providing a warm, inviting, comfortable and supportive environment for students.
- Favorite activities: Summer just ended so whitewater rafting is still very fresh in my mind! Traveling, watching Duck sports, watching my kids play basketball, Lacrosse and tennis, working out at CrossFit, baking, soaking up sunshine and reading.
Jennifer Rouch, Psychometrician
- Roles at UCTC: Assist with a variety of tests for students at the University of Oregon and the community. Testing includes placement tests, IntroDUCKtion testing for incoming students, College Level Exam Program, graduate admissions testing, TOEFL , GED, State of Oregon licensure & certification programs and Distance Education testing. Certified for ACT, ETS, Pearson VUE, CLEP, DANTES, GED, Castle and Kryterion. Work with the Registrar's Office, preparing placement test score data for the uploading of test scores into BANNER.
- Professional interests: Enjoy working with the Accessible Education Center assisting students with accommodated tests. Enjoy helping students and community members achieve their goals through academic testing
- Favorite Activities: Snowboarding, rock hunting along rivers, gardening, movies, traveling and spending time with my family.
Amanda Morreira, Administrative Assistant
- Roles at UCTC: Proctor a variety of exams for University of Oregon students and community members. Assist with proctoring and administration of placement tests, IntroDUCKtion testing for incoming students, graduate admissions testing, TOEFL , GED, State of Oregon licensure & certification programs, distance education testing and ACT, Castle, CLEP, DANTES, ETS, Pearson VUE, and Kryterion exams.
- Professional Interests: Help provide a positive and uplifting environment for students and clients; encourage their success and achievement of goals through academic testing
- Dream Destinations: Portugal, Brazil and Nicaragua.
- Lighthearted Life Philosophy: Dancing is good medicine; driving is theraputic; traveling is always an adventure and coffee is a necessity!
Student workers: Bridget O'Donnell-Davidson, Christine Morriera, and Ashley Rausch
2013-2014 DOCTORAL INTERNS
- Roles at the UCTC: Doctoral Psychology Intern and Rotation in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse.
- Professional Interests: Interpersonal approach to therapy, multiculturalism and diversity, supervision and training, and student outreach.
- Clinical Interests: I enjoy working with college students on a wide range of concerns, including: Anxiety, depression, stress management, career counseling, eating disorders, substance use, and relationship issues.
- Favorite Activities: Spending time with my family and taking walks. When I have spare time, I enjoy practicing yoga, bike rides, baking, and taking adventures in nature.
- Roles at UCTC : Doctoral Intern with interests in supervision, trauma, and multicultural/diversity work
- Professional interests or pursuits : My professional interests include clinical work, training/supervision, outreach, and teaching.
- Clinical interests or pursuits : I enjoy working with students with numerous concerns including: gender identity, sexual identity, family and relational challenges, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and general life challenges.
- Something personal if you wish: I am an avid lover of books, nature, and spending time with my partner, dog, and friends.
- Roles at UCTC: Doctoral Psychology Intern
- Professional interests or pursuits: My professional interests include training/supervision, multiculturalism/diversity, outreach, and teaching.
- Clinical interests or pursuits: My clinical interests include a wide range of college student concerns spanning from developmental growth such as identity development onto other struggles such as depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, and exploring experiences related to having an underrepresented and/or marginalized identity.
- Something personal if you wish: Some activities I enjoy are watching documentaries and cooking/baking!
- Roles at UCTC: Doctoral Psychology Intern and Rotation in Trauma Intervention.
- Professional interests or pursuits: My passions include: multiculturalism/diversity, trauma, social justice, and their intersections. Professionally, my interests are counseling, outreach/prevention, teaching, supervision/training, and research.
- Clinical interests or pursuits: My approach to therapy weaves together multiculturalism, feminism, social justice, and interpersonal process. I enjoy working with undergraduate and graduate students as they negotiate such issues as trauma; sexuality and gender concerns; identity, career, and relational development; relationship concerns; and family of origin concerns.
- Something personal if you wish: In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my furry friend, Raven, and my partner. I love relaxing, catching a good movie, eating (gluten free) cupcakes, practicing yoga, and rocking out to live music. With all that excitement, I value catching up on my sleep.
2013-2014 Graduate Teaching Fellows and Externs
Karina Ramos- Outreach Graduate Teaching Fellow
Jennifer Chain- Clinical Extern
Nina Hidalgo- Clinical Extern
Audra Horney- Eating Disorders Graduate Teaching Fellow
2013-2014 Practicum Counselors
Carolyn Peterson, Practicum Intern
Anna Reichard, Practicum Intern
Eric Garcia, Practicum Intern
Jessica Farrar, Practicum Intern
Elisa DeVargas, Practicum Intern