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Deja Alexander

Deja Alexander, MA

Advanced Extern

Pronouns: She/Her

Education: BA from Oberlin College and Conservatory, Psy.D. (expected Spring 2023) from Adler University, Chicago

Carina Bauer, PsyD

Staff Psychologist

Education: PsyD in Clinical Psychology and MA in Counseling Psychology from Adler University; Internship at University of Idaho Counseling and Testing Center, Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Counseling and Psychological Health.

Professional interests: Eating disorders and body image, relational issues, self-esteem and identity development, anxiety and mood disorders, perfectionism, grief and loss, couples counseling and supervision and training.

Personal interests: Spending time with family and friends, traveling, barre classes, and trying new restaurants in the city.

Languages Spoken: English

David Berrier

David Berrier, MD

Chief Psychiatrist

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

Jessica Bychawski, LCSW

Staff Therapist

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 systems 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

Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse

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

AJ Deloney

A.J. Deloney, LCSW

Staff Therapist

Education: BLS from the University of Iowa; MSW from Loyola University Chicago; Clinical Internships at Streetwise Magazine and the Jesse Brown VA.

Professional Interests: Working with highly functional as well as high acuity individuals; providing case management to students; providing psychotherapy for a wide range of emotional/psychological issues including academic and/or life stressors as well as cultural and relationship challenges.

Personal Interests: Photography, listening to live music, having a good meal, and enjoying family time. 

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

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

Emily Knotek

Emily Knotek, PsyD

Staff Psychologist, Co-Coordinator of the Trauma Team

Education: BA in Psychology, Spanish minor from The University of Dayton; MA and Psy.D. from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology; Clinical Internship at University of South Florida, Postdoctoral Fellowship at Washington University in Saint Louis. 

Professional Interests: Trauma, eating disorders and body image, anxiety and mood disorders, identity development and adjustment issues, diversity issues and providing culturally-informed care, facilitating exploration of relational patterns and family of origin issues, perfectionism, grief and loss.  Utilizing psychodynamic, relational, and multicultural approaches to psychotherapy. 

Personal interests: fitness, travel/culture, foreign languages, music and dance, animal lover

Languages spoken: English

Liaison to Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Support

Meeta Kumar, PhD

Executive Director of Counseling and Health Promotion

Education: BA in Psychology, Philosophy, and English Literature from Nizam College, Hyderabad, India; MA in Psychology from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India; PhD in Counseling Psychology from Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania. Clinical internship at Counseling and Psychological Services, University of Pennsylvania.

Professional Interests: College student mental health and well-being; psychotherapy, crisis intervention, suicide prevention; training and supervision; community engagement, outreach, and prevention programs; provision of affirming, inclusive, and culturally informed care; identity development and intersectionality; working with faculty/staff and parents/families. 

Personal Interests: Food/cooking/restaurants, traveling, music, friends, and family.

Languages spoken: English and Hindi

Han Na Lee

Han Na Lee, MA

Advanced Extern

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Education: Currently pursuing PhD at Loyola University Counseling Psychology program with emphasis on measurement and quantitative methodology; MA in clinical psychology from Cleveland State University with emphasis on Neuropsychology; BA in psychology, computer science, music business, and statistics minors from Anderson University.

Professional Interests: Adjustment issues, immigrant stress, ethnic identity development, cultural transition of international students, anxiety/depression concerns, relational concerns, academic and career-related issues

Personal Interests: Piano, travel, collecting tea, watercoloring, going on walks

Chih-Ying Liu

Chih-Ying Liu, LCSW

Clinical Case Manager

Education: BBA in International Business and BA in Sociology from National Taiwan University, Taiwan; MSW from University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Professional Interests: Providing trauma and culturally informed care through a collaborative, strength-based approach. Supporting the recovery of students with mental health concerns through psychoeducation, case management, psychotherapy, removal of barriers, and addressing stigma.

Personal Interests: Traveling, walking, exploring neighborhoods, eating out, reading, yoga, and meditation

Languages Spoken: English, Mandarin Chinese

Yu-Yun Liu, PhD

Staff Psychologist, Co-Coordinator of Eating Concerns Assessment and Services

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:  Student and emerging adult mental health; psychoeducation; culturally informed mental health care; medication management of ADHD, anxiety disorders, mood disorders and other psychiatric illnesses.

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

Languages Spoken: English                                  

Robin Mathew, APN, PMHNP

Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse

Education: BS from Northern Illinois University and MSN-Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from University of Illinois at Chicago.

Professional Interests: Young-adult mental health, collaborative care-approach model, and culturally informed mental health care.

Personal Interest: Graphic novels, horror/weird fiction, film, music, and trying new foods.

Languages Spoken: English

John McPherrin

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

Reema Mobeireek

Reema Mobeireek, MA

Advanced Extern

Pronouns: She/Her

Education: MA in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology; HBSc in Psychology from the University of Toronto

Personal Interests: I'm passionate about creative expression through visual arts (painting, digital illustration, printmaking, etc.) and enjoy writing/literature. I love animals please tell me all about your pet(s)!

Khanh Nghiem, PhD

Staff Psychologist and Associate Director for Diversity, Inclusion, and Outreach

BS in Psychology with minor in Biology from Oklahoma State University; MS in Cognitive Psychology from University of Florida; PhD in Counseling Psychology from University of Florida; Clinical Internship at Ball State University

Professional Interests:
Multicultural therapy and advocacy; diversity and social justice;  supporting undocumented immigrant students, refugee students, first-generation students, and students of color; intersectionality of identities and cultural identity development; suicide prevention/crisis intervention; trauma; adjustment and transition; family of origin issues; relationship issues; performance and sports psychology; outreach, training, and supervision

Personal Interests:
visiting aquariums, gardening, drinking bubble tea, traveling, trying different foods/restaurants, cooking shows

Language Spoken:  English, Vietnamese

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 for Student Counseling; 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

Elyse Rocco, PsyD

Staff Psychologist, Co-Coordinator of Eating Concerns Assessment and Services

Education: BS in psychology from Michigan State University; MA and PsyD in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology; Clinical Internship at Pace University Counseling Center in New York City; Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of Chicago Student Counseling Service

Professional Interests: Eating disorders and body image; providing a safe space for trauma survivors to give voice to their experience; focusing on identity development and intersectionality; utilizing relational and feminist multicultural approaches to therapy; working with LGBTQA+ students; facilitating exploration of relational patterns and supporting students to develop healthy relationships with themselves and others; supervising doctoral trainees.

Personal Interests: Travel, being in nature, spending time with friends and family, any type of water recreation, animal lover  

Languages Spoken: English

Samantha Ryland

Samantha Ryland (she/they), PsyD

Staff Psychotherapist

Education: BA in Psychology with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from Ohio Wesleyan University; MA in Professional Mental Health Counseling and Addictions from Lewis and Clark College; PsyD in Counseling Psychology from Carlow University; Clinical Internship at Carnegie Mellon University Counseling and Psychological Services; Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of Chicago Student Counseling Services

Professional Interests: Working with LGBQ+ and gender-expansive clients, sexual health and embodiment (incl. kink, disability, and diverse bodies), alcohol and substance use concerns, self-compassion work, trauma issues, navigating relationships (traditional/nontraditional), and family of origin dynamics. I identify as a trauma-informed, fat-positive, sex-positive, kink-friendly, and poly-affirming therapist.

Personal Interests: Reading, video games, drawing/painting, photography, spending time with my adorable cat

Languages Spoken: English

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 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

Amanda Slawter

Amanda Slawter, LCSW

Clinical Case Manager

Education: BA from James Madison University in Psychology; MSW from University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professional Interests: Working collaboratively with individuals across the lifespan with a wide range of mental health conditions. Primary Care Behavioral Health integration. Providing brief, solution-focused therapy, CBT, motivational interviewing and CBT-I. Providing compassionate care and psychoeducation to individuals and their families and helping them navigate the often complex mental health system and connect to resources. Working with individuals who are experiencing adjustment difficulties, anxiety and depression, sleep difficulties/insomnia, ADHD, academic and career issues, and eating concerns.

Personal Interests: Hiking; spending time with my family and two cats; trying new restaurants in the city, especially different styles of pizza!

Languages Spoken: English

Sarah Taylor, PsyD

Staff Psychologist

Education: BA from American University; MA and PsyD in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology;  Clinical Internship in Health Service Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles; Postdoctoral Fellowship at Student Counseling Services at the University of Chicago.

Professional Interests: Providing culturally sensitive individual, couple, and group psychotherapy; offering a space that honors and respects a person’s multiple identities and how these identities intersect to inform the person’s current concerns and/or mental health struggles; working with LGBTQIA+ identified individuals, disordered eating and body image concerns, and survivors of trauma; clinical training and supervision; utilizing existential and humanistic approaches to psychotherapy; decreasing the stigma of mental health and mental health treatment.

Personal Interests: Exploring Chicago, watching Bravo, traveling with friends and family, attempting to perfect an all black wardrobe, and trying to get our puppy how to “stay” without having treats in hand.

Languages Spoken: English

Alexandra Todorova

Alexandra Todorova, PhD

Staff Psychotherapist

Pronouns: She/Her

Education: BA in Developmental Psychology, Sofia University, Bulgaria; PhD in Clinical Psychology, New School for Social Research, NYC; Clinical Pre-Doctoral Internship at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia; Postdoctoral Fellowship at Princeton University; Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of Chicago

Greverlin Ulerio

Grevelin Ulerio, MA

Advanced Extern

Pronouns: She/Her

Education: MA in Clinical Psychology, DePaul University; BA in Psychology and Africana Studies, Bucknell University

Professional Interests: Complex trauma, racial trauma, ethnoracial identity formation, refugee mental health, healthcare equity and advocacy

Personal Interests: I enjoy creative outlets like embroidery and pottery.

Alice Wasylowsky

Alice Wasylowsky , PsyD

Doctoral Clinical Psychology Trainee

Pronouns: (She/Her/Hers)

Jerome Wilczynski

Jerome Wilczynski, PsyD

Staff Psychologist

Education: BMus in Viola Performance from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; MA in Theology from Catholic Theological Union at Chicago; PsyD in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology; Clinical Internship, Lake Forest College Counseling Center; Post-doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology/Behavioral Medicine, St James Hospital in Olympia Fields, Illinois.

Professional Interests: Individual therapy for depressive and anxiety conditions, as well as adjustment reactions to the gamut of life circumstances; interpersonal process group therapy; couples therapy; client-centered therapy; multicultural informed therapy; working with persons that are gay, lesbian, bisexual and gender fluid identifying; religious and/or spiritual issues in therapy; psychological reactions to medical conditions; working with those with serious mental disorders; and supervising psychotherapy trainees.

Personal Interests: Modern interpretations of religious faith that do not forsake a scientific worldview; movies of all sorts, with an interest in those that are gay themed (foreign and domestic), vampire themed movies/TV shows; TV series such as Breaking Bad or Downtown Abbey; eating out, spending quality time and laughing with friends and family; and above all, spending time with his husband.

Languages Spoken: English

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