Student Counseling Service

David Albert, PhD

Director, Student Counseling Service
T: 773.702.9800

Education: BA in Russian Studies from Amherst College; PhD in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University; Clinical Internship at The Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Postdoctoral Fellowship at The Victims of Violence Program/Harvard Medical School. 

Professional Interests: Helping emerging and young adults manage difficult feelings, navigate relationships, and meet life’s challenges. Developing programs and services that make high-quality, innovative counseling services readily accessible to the campus community.    

Personal Interests: Distance running, film, travel, spending time with friends and family, exploring the city with my Rhodesian Ridgeback.

Languages Spoken: English, Russian

David Berrier

David Berrier, MD

Chief Psychiatrist, Student Counseling Service

Education: BA from Grinnell College; MD from Rush University Medical College; Residency in General Psychiatry from Northwestern University.

Professional Interests: Student and emerging adult mental health, adult outpatient psychiatry, medical education in psychiatry, adult inpatient and emergency psychiatry, biomedical ethics

Personal Interests: Fitness, nature, Chicago culture/dining, and graphic novels

Languages Spoken: English

Liaison to the Biological Sciences Division (BSD) 

Anne Brody, PsyD

Associate Director of Clinical Operations

Education: BSS, Special Studies, Cornell College, Mt Vernon, Iowa;  PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago; Clinical Internship, Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital, Hines, IL

Professional Interests: Individual and couple psychotherapy with students struggling with a wide range of emotional/psychological problems; working with severe psychiatric disorders as well as milder “problems of living” dilemmas; supervision of doctoral/post-doctoral trainees in clinical psychology and psychiatric residents in psychiatry.  Anne is a member of the SCS leadership team with responsibilities that include the supervision of the SCS clinical staff. 

Languages Spoken: English

Liaison to the Humanities Division and Social Sciences Division

Jessica Bychawski, LCSW

Clinical Case Manager

Education: B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in Psychology and the History of Art. Masters in Social Welfare (MSW) from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Professional Interests: Supporting the recovery of students diagnosed with mental health conditions and providing psychoeducation to students and loved ones. Linking students to resources on and off campus, and working through barriers to resources. Working with family, faculty, and staff to increase awareness of mental health conditions and to fight stigma associated with diagnosis and treatment. Utilizing the Wellness Recovery Action Plan model to increase personal insight into symptoms and allow students to take a leading role in their treatment. Approaching student care from a system’s perspective with a focus on the promotion of social justice, inclusion, and cultural competence.

Personal Interests: Exploring art in Chicago, going to the lake, kayaking, bird watching, true crime, and spending time with family and friends.

Languages Spoken: English, conversational Polish

Alexandria Davis, RN, PMHNP

Advanced Practice Nurse, Student Counseling Service

Education: BA in Psychology from Northwestern University; MSN and Psychiatric-Mental Health NP from University of Illinois at Chicago; Clinical Practicum at University of Illinois at Chicago–Institute for Juvenile Research/ Adult Psychiatry Evaluation Clinic

Professional Interests: Adolescent/young adult mental health, culturally informed mental health care, medication management

Personal Interests: Music, family, food, TV/film, travel

Languages Spoken: English

A.J. Deloney, LCSW

Clinical Case Manager

Michelle Emerick

Michelle Emerick, PsyD

Staff Psychologist; Coordinator of Group Counseling

Education: BA from Columbia College; M.A. and PsyD in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology—Chicago; Clinical Internship at Northern Illinois University Counseling and Student Development Center; Postdoctoral Fellowship at Howard Brown Health Center—Chicago. 

Professional Interests: Supporting LGBTQQ students, Kink and/or Polyamorous students; supporting international students; exploring intersectionality of identities; helping students better define their own goals and finding a self-directed path to actualization; fostering development of healthy communication, assertiveness, and boundaries; stress and anxiety management; couples counseling; and helping others benefit from the unique opportunity for connection, normalization and relief found in group counseling.  Also enjoys training other professionals about supporting LGBTQQ individuals and supervising interns, externs, and post-docs in their development as competent clinicians.

Personal Interests: Exploring the world, being in nature, spending time with family and friends, movies, reading for fun, finding joy in small things, petting puppies, and laughing.

Languages Spoken: English

Liaison to the UChicago LGBTQ Student Life Center and the UChicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA) 

*Has completed UChicago Safe Space Training and Safe Space Facilitation Training.

Kathleen Emery, PhD

Staff Psychologist

Michelle Ford

Clinic Coordinator

Education:  BA, Speech Communication, Augustana College.

Professional Interests: Mental healthcare with dignity for all. Social justice, criminal and civil law (attaining a JD or MJ), to work for an exoneration program or legal clinic.  Self-publishing my manuscripts, getting my screenplays produced. 

Personal Interests: Family, church activities, photography, making a difference.

Languages Spoken: English

Kim Garza

Project Assistant

Education: MLIS from Drexel University

Professional Interests: Student Mental Health Administration and Library and Information Science

Personal Interests: Reading, bike riding, and taking dance lessons

Languages Spoken: English

Adia Gooden, PhD

Staff Psychologist; Coordinator of Multicultural Outreach and Services

Education: BA from Stanford University; MA and PhD in Clinical Community Psychology from DePaul University; Clinical Internship at University of Southern California Student Counseling Services; Postdoctoral Fellowship at The Family Institute at Northwestern University.

Professional Interests: Supporting students of color, first-generation students, and undocumented students; providing culturally sensitive therapy, addressing social justice issues, and promoting diversity, inclusion, and multicultural competence; doing couples therapy; and utilizing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness, self-compassion, and other therapeutic approaches to support students in their growth and healing. 

Personal Interests: Cooking, dancing, spending time with friends, traveling, and going to concerts

Languages Spoken: English, limited Spanish

Liaison to the Center for Identity and Inclusion (CI+I) 

Erin Hurst, MD

Staff Psychiatrist; Coordinator of Psychiatry Training

Education: BA and MD from Northwestern University; Psychiatry Residency at University of Illinois Chicago; Fellowship in University Student Mental Health at University of Chicago. 

Professional Interests: In her work with students, Dr. Hurst feels strongly that medical decision making should be an inherently collaborative process and she prides herself on her efficiency and directness. Dr. Hurst incorporates Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy techniques into medication management as indicated and applicable. Dr. Hurst has also served on the university-wide Veteran’s Task Force.

Personal Interests: knitting, theater, time with family and friends

Languages Spoken: English

Liaison to Pritzker School of Medicine

Yu-Yun Liu, PhD

Staff Psychologist

Education: BA in Chinese Literature, National Central University, Taiwan; MEd in School Counseling, Purdue University; PhD in Counseling Psychology, University of Louisville; Clinical Internship at University of Florida Counseling and Wellness Center

Professional Interests: Disordered eating and body image; cultural adjustment of international students; intersecting identities of race, gender, class, and sexual orientation; anxiety/stress management; relationship issues; group therapy; clinical training and supervision

Personal Interests: Eating, traveling, gardening, watching movies and musicals, and spending time with friends and family

Languages Spoken: English, Mandarin Chinese

Angela Mahome, MD

Staff Psychiatrist

Education: BA in Philosophy from Spelman College; MD from Medical College of Georgia; Residency in General Psychiatry and Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Chicago

Professional Interests:  Dr. Mahome takes pride in treating patients as she would want her own family to be treated.  Dr. Mahome has expertise in treating ADHD and enjoys treating generalized anxiety disorder, social phobia, panic disorder, OCD, depression and mood disorders.  

Personal Interests: fashion, art, writing, and attending professional football games.

Languages Spoken: English                                  

John McPherrin, PsyD

Staff Psychologist; Coordinator of Psychology Training

Education: BA, DePaul University; PsyD, Illinois School of Professional Psychology; Clinical Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship, The Chicago Counseling and Psychotherapy Research Center

Professional Interests: Supporting gender-expansive students, as well as students who identify as gay, lesbian and bisexual; providing culturally and racially aware psychotherapy; working with low-income and first generation college students; doing couples therapy;  treating sexual dysfunction and childhood trauma, including physical, sexual and emotional abuse; supervising and training psychology trainees; utilizing and teaching humanistic approaches to psychotherapy. 

Personal Interests: Traveling the U.S., watching Netflix, gardening, hiking, and eating

Languages Spoken: English

Liaison to the Chicago Booth School of Business

Khanh Nghiem, PhD

Staff Psychologist

Tracie Pape, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Education: BA, Sociology, University of Notre Dame, Concentration in the Hesburgh Program of Public Service; AM, Social Service Administration, Clinical Concentration, University of Chicago; Internship, Center for Contextual Change, Skokie and Oak Park, IL

Professional interests: Supporting students in finding ways to balance their lives, creating connections and learning skills to navigate emotional pain; supporting survivors of sexual abuse and assault with trauma informed therapy; destigmatizing mental health struggles and teaching skills to help students manage emotions; inclusive and culturally sensitive approach; humanistic relational model that creates safety for students and supports students with personal growth through the therapeutic relationship; Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to help students regulate emotions and strengthen relationships; strengths based approach that allows each student to identify their resilience in the face of adversity.

Personal interests: Spending time with family and friends, meditation, swimming, watching her sons play soccer, and traveling.

Languages Spoken: English

Jacqueline Pardo, MD

Staff Psychiatrist

Education: BA from Yale University; MD from University of Chicago; Residency in Pediatrics, University of Chicago; Residency in Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago; Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Chicago

Professional Interests: Emerging Adult mental health; emerging adult development and wellbeing; adjustment to college and graduate school; medical Illness in young adults; first generation and international students; problems with inattention; anxiety, depression and mood disorders; ADHD, OCD.

Personal Interests:  Fitness, music, travel, spending time with family and friends.

Languages Spoken: English, German, French

Deborah Pratt

Administrative Director, Student Counseling Service; Co-Coordinator of Let's Talk

Education: BA from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in Human Development (Psychology)

Professional Interests: Identifying and implementing processes that enable mental health clinicians to work effectively with the fewest number of administrative challenges; student wellness; suicide prevention research (formerly Editorial Asst., Journal of Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior)

Personal Interests: Gardening, social justice work, reading, crossword puzzles, and laughing with friends and family

Languages Spoken: English

Joey Rea, PsyD

Clniical Psychology Trainee

Education: B.S. in psychology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.A. and Psy.D. in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology; clinical internship in health service psychology at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Counseling Center.

Professional Interests: Using a relational approach to treatment, I aspire to offer students the kind of empathic and encouraging environment that empowers them to heal from the past, work through present-day difficulties, express affect effectively, change long-standing patterns in relationships, and move forward in ways that are meaningful for them. I also incorporate Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills training and mindfulness-based interventions into my work as needed. My clinical experience has mostly included working with disordered eating and body image, trauma-survivors, obsessive-compulsive presentations, the LGBTQ+ population, and Spanish-speaking populations.

Personal Interests: Music, art, fitness, traveling, trying to keep my plants alive, trying new restaurants, and spending time with family and friends,

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, and conversational French

Giovanna Rivano Gomez

Giovanna Rivano Gomez, PsyD

Staff Psychologist; Coordinator of Eating Concerns Assessment and Services

Education: BS in psychology from Nova Southeastern University, MS and PsyD in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University; clinical internship at Northwestern University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS); postdoctoral fellowship at Oliver-Pyatt Centers.  

Professional Interests: Mind-body health and wellness, anxiety/stress management, eating concerns and body image, substance use, identity development, life transitions, and trauma. Supporting Latinx students, international students, and undocumented students; providing culturally sensitive psychotherapy; and promoting diversity. Interest and practice in Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT), Compassion-Based Therapy, Mindfulness, and other therapeutic approaches that promote an individual’s ability to thrive.

Personal Interests: Spending time with my family and friends, yoga and meditation, cooking, traveling, and exploring new places. 

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Liaison to the Office of International Affairs (OIA) 

Elyse Rocco, PsyD

Staff Psychologist

Tab Shamsi, PsyD

Staff Psychologist, Coordinator of Academic Skills Assessment Program

Education: PsyD in Clinical Psychology and MA in Counseling and Organizational Psychology from Adler University; Internship at University of Notre Dame Counseling Center, Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of Chicago Student Counseling Service.

Professional interests: Evidence-based approaches for the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, academic and career issues, mindfulness and meditation, working with international students, issues related to cultural identity, existential concerns, group psychotherapy, stress management, supervision and training.

Personal interests: Music, dog training, astronomy

Languages Spoken: English

Richard Shepard

Richard Shepherd, LCSW

Crisis Intervention Counselor

Education: BA, Psychology, Illinois State University, Normal, IL; MSW, University of Illinois, Jane Addams School of Social Work, Chicago; Clinical Internship at the University of Illinois, Neuropsychiatric Institute, Chicago, IL

Professional Interests: Encouraging students to consider all aspects of growth in their lives that lead to better balance between academic and personal development. Through thoughtful consideration of immediate and stressful circumstances, students can receive needed insight and assistance to bridge the gap between problems and solutions. A supportive approach coupled with cognitive behavioral strategies and principles of mindfulness form the basis of treatment.

Personal Interests: Gardening and nature, bicycling, inspiration through art and meditation

Languages Spoken: English

Advisor to The Active Minds chapter of the University of Chicago

Sarah Taylor, PsyD

Staff Psychologist

Kate Winderman, PhD

Clinical Psychology Trainee

Education: B.A. in psychology from Saint Louis University; M.Ed. in counseling and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from University of Houston; doctoral internship at the University of Maryland Counseling Center.

Professional Interests: Interpersonal and feminist therapies; working with members of the LGBTQ+ community and exploring other intersecting identities; providing a supportive space for survivors of sexual violence and other traumatic experiences; helping students heal from painful past experiences and learn new skills to create balance in daily life; making changes in relational patterns through the therapeutic relationship; clinical supervision of psychology trainees; group and couples therapy.

Personal Interests: Reading, music, theatre, art, traveling, yoga

Languages Spoken: English

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