Student Counseling Service

Carolyn Alter, PsyD

Clinical Psychology Trainee
alterc@uchicago.edu

Education: BA in Psychology from Michigan State University; PsyD from Adler University; Pre-doctoral Internship at Purdue University

Professional Interests: College student mental health; working from a relational therapy model; adjustment and transitions; identity concerns; grief and loss; trauma; family of origin issues; relationship issues; using a diversity and social justice lens in all her work.

Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends; travel; downhill skiing; enjoying a good meal with loved ones; exploring Chicago

Language Spoken: English


Carina Bauer, PsyD

Staff Psychologist
cdbauer@uchicago.edu

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, Student Counseling Service
dberrier@uchicago.edu

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) 


Maalika Bridges

Clinic Coordinator
mbridges2@bsd.uchicago.edu


Anne Brody, PsyD

Associate Director of Clinical Operations
afbrody@uchicago.edu

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
jbychawski@uchicago.edu

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

Advanced Practice Nurse, Student Counseling Service
davisa1@uchicago.edu

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
ajdeloney@bsd.uchicago.edu

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


Kathleen Emery, PhD

Staff Psychologist, Coordinator of Substance Use Assessment and Services
emery1@uhs.bsd.uchicago.edu

Education: MS in Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; PhD in Counseling Psychology, Loyola University Chicago; Clinical Internship at University of Illinois Counseling Center; Postdoctoral Fellowship at Salina & Associates Inc. at Cook County Sheriff’s Women’s Justice Programs

Professional Interests: Alcohol and other drug concerns; trauma; college and graduate student well-being; anxiety/stress management; depression; intersecting social identities including race, gender, social class, and sexual orientation; relationship problems; mindfulness; clinical training and supervision.

Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends, yoga, being active, exploring, eating, and traveling.

Languages Spoken: English


Michelle Ford

Clinic Coordinator
mlford@uchicago.edu

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
kgarza@uchicago.edu

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


Farah Giovannelli, PsyD

Clinical Psychology Trainee
fgiovannelli@uchicago.edu


Erin Hurst, MD

Staff Psychiatrist; Coordinator of Psychiatry Training
eburke@uchicago.edu

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


Rielle Johnson, PsyD

Staff Psychologist
riellejohnson@uchicago.edu

Education: PsyD in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology; Internship at Regional Mental Health Center and Postdoctoral Fellowship at John D. Dingell VAMC

Professional interests: Substance use concerns, relational issues, stress management, culturally informed mental health care, mood disorder and anxiety issues, as well as various stressors related to adjustment and emerging adult issues.

Personal interests: Traveling, running and fitness, and trying new restaurants.

Languages Spoken: English


Emily Knotek, PsyD

Staff Psychologist, Co-Coordinator of the Trauma Team
eknotek@uchicago.edu

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

Director of Student Counseling Service
kumarm@uchicago.edu

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


Yu-Yun Liu, PhD

Staff Psychologist, Co-Coordinator of Eating Concerns Assessment and Services
yyliu@uchicago.edu

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
drmahome@uchicago.edu

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
jkm@uchicago.edu

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, Coordinator of Multicultural Outreach and Services
knghiem@bsd.uchicago.edu

Education:
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
j-pardo@uchicago.edu

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
dm-pratt@uchicago.edu

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


Brenda Reavis, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
breavis@uchicago.edu

Education: BA, Psychology, Elon University. AM, Social Service Administration, Clinical Concentration, University of Chicago. Internships: PCC Wellness Behavioral Health; Olive Harvey Community College Student Wellness Center, Chicago, IL

Professional Interests: Providing a safe, nonjudgmental space for students to explore challenges and receive support; issues of identity and adjustment; relational issues; self-esteem; anxiety/depression; supporting diverse and intersectional identities; providing culturally informed, inclusive care; using relational and client-centered approaches in psychotherapy; outreach; advocacy; social justice; college and graduate student mental health.

Personal Interests: Family, food, yoga, traveling, cats, TV/movies, aquariums

Languages Spoken: English


Elyse Rocco, PsyD

Staff Psychologist, Co-Coordinator of Eating Concerns Assessment and Services
erocco@uhs.bsd.uchicago.edu

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


Tab Shamsi, PsyD

Staff Psychologist, Coordinator of Academic Skills Assessment Program
tshamsi@bsd.uchicago.edu

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
rshepherd@uchicago.edu

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, Co-Coordinator of Psychology Training
staylor11@uhs.bsd.uchicago.edu

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


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