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Mike Pietrus, PsyD

Director, Student Counseling
mpietrus@uchicago.edu

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Education: BS, Psychology and Philosophy with a Certificate in Integrated Liberal Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison;  PsyD, Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School; Clinical Internship, University of Chicago, Student Counseling and Resource Service

Professional Interests: Student mental health, psychotherapy, assessment, supervision, qualitative research/practice, phenomenology, hermeneutics, applied biopsychosocial inquiry, university counseling centers, child and adolescent psychology, gifted psychology, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, educational settings, developmental concerns, grief/loss, music/art therapy, and trauma.  

My work comes from an existential/phenomenological perspective and is informed by interpersonal, constructivist and systems theory. I have a particular interest in working with gifted children, adolescents, and adults through the use of individual, group, and family therapeutic modalities.  Other interests include motivation, innovation, and social justice/intersectional issues, as well as the intersection of technology and psychology.

I am a member of the Student Counseling and Wellness leadership teams with responsibilities that include the supervision of the Student Counseling clinical staff. 

Personal Interests: Spending quality time with family and friends, all manner of music, film, and sports.

Languages Spoken: English


Anne Brody, PsyD

Associate Director of Clinical Operations
afbrody@uchicago.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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


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Deja Alexander, PsyD

Post-Doctoral Fellow
dalexander7@uchicago.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Education: BA in Psychology and Theatre (majors) & Africana Studies (minor), Oberlin College & Conservatory | MA and PsyD in Clinical Psychology, Adler University

Professional Interests: Multicultural concerns, 1st year student challenges and other life transitions, mood disorders including depression and anxiety, family of origin analysis, identity exploration, boundary setting, and interpersonal relationships. I offer services in the form of individual, couples, and group therapy along with occasional outreach events around campus. I identify my approach as client-centered, eclectic, collaborative, interpersonal, culturally informed, non-judgmental, validating and trauma informed. While I enjoy working with all students, I particularly enjoy working with students of the Africana diaspora and other students who hold marginalized and intersecting identities. I aim to help students live as their most authentic selves while being mindful of societal constructs, historical contexts, and safety. 

Personal Interests: Travel, "Reality" television, Dining out, Hosting seasonal events, Community service, Naps

Languages Spoken: English


Carina Bauer, PsyD

Assistant Director for Access Management
cdbauer@uchicago.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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


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Paris Benson-Perez, MA

Advanced Psychology Extern
t-9bensp@uchicago.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Education: BA in Psychology and a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies from New York University; M.A. in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School; PsyD doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School. 

Professional Interests: Anxiety, depression, grief & loss, gender identity and sexuality, adjustment concerns, especially in college and higher education, interpersonal relationships, trauma informed care, advocate for marginalized groups, person/client-centered approach. 

Personal Interests: Reality TV and crime documentaries, trying new restaurants, being outside in the sunshine & at the beach (weather permitting), spending time with my family, friends, and partner, and playing the violin. 


David Berrier

David Berrier, MD

Chief Psychiatrist
dberrier@uchicago.edu

Pronouns: He/him/his

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) 


Jessica Bychawski

Jessica Bychawski, LCSW

Staff Therapist
jbychawski@uchicago.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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


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Ashwin Chugh, LCSW

Staff Therapist
ashwinchugh@uchicago.edu

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Education: MSSW in Advanced Clinical Social Work from Columba University, BSM in Business Management from Tulane University.

Professional Interests: Individual and group therapy with young adults who are living with the impact of trauma, mood disorders, grief, and life adjustments. Applying self-compassion, values-based, and a person-centered approach to therapy. Working with first gen, diverse, and vulnerable populations.

Personal Interests: Trying new restaurants, watching films, making espresso, and spending quality time with family and friends.


Alexandria Davis, RN, PMHNP

Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse
davisa1@uchicago.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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, DSW, LCSW

Staff Therapist
ajdeloney@bsd.uchicago.edu

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Education: Bachelor's Degree of Liberal Studies (BLS) from the University of Iowa; Master's Degree of Social Work (MSW) from Loyola University Chicago; Doctorate Degree of Social Work (DSW) from University of Kentucky; 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
kgarza@uchicago.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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


Lauren Haruno, PsyD

Clinical Psychology Trainee
lharuno@uchicago.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Education: BA in Psychology and Anthropology, University of Notre Dame; MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs, University of Portland; Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, PGSP-Stanford Consortium; Clinical Internship, University of Southern California Counseling & Mental Health.

Professional Interests: Young Adult development and experience, relationship/interpersonal concerns, identity formation, residential/campus life adjustment, chronic medical illness, AAPI identified students, multicultural/diversity issues.

Personal Interest: Exploring new restaurants/coffee shops, hiking, dancing, cooking/baking, reading, being present with loved ones.

Languages Spoken: English 


Yael Hoffman, LCSW, MPH

Crisis Care Counselor
yhoffman@uchicago.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Education: BA in Communications; BFA in Musical Theatre Performance; MSW in Interpersonal Practice; MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education all from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

Professional Interests: Providing trauma-informed psychotherapy with the goal of building one's ability to cope, manage intense emotions, and strengthen skills to promote healing and well-being. Linking clients to community resources and support systems. Employing culturally responsive and holistic short-term and long-term integrative approaches for youth, adults and couples. Crisis intervention, psychiatric emergencies, and psychosocial disaster response.

Personal Interests: Musical theatre/straight theatre, singing wherever and whenever I can, ballet/tap, biking, trying to win pie-baking competitions, reading, doing puzzles, yoga, travel, volunteer work, Wordle, movies/TV, board games, sharing meals with family and friends.

Languages Spoken: English, Hebrew


Erin Hurst, MD

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

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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


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Laura Hyder

Advanced Psychology Extern
t-9hyder@uchicago.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Education: BA in Biology from Swarthmore College; MA in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University; PsyD Candidate in Clinical Psychology at Roosevelt University 

Professional Interests: Identity development in early adulthood; intersectionality of identities; queer identity development; masculine identity development with men; adjustment through life transitions;  individual and couples therapy; depression and anxiety; chronic and severe mental illness; relational, client-centered, multicultural, trauma-informed therapy; outreach 

Personal Interests: Being active outdoors (running, climbing, skiing, biking, backpacking.…!), making all kinds of art, seeing live music, tending to my garden, yoga, putting together fun outfits, spending time with my family (and more specifically, with our dog, Mazel), and laughing with my friends 


Emily Knotek

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


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Chih-Ying Liu, LCSW

Clinical Case Manager
cyliu@uchicago.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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
yyliu@uchicago.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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


Robin Mathew, APN, PMHNP

Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse
mathewr@uchicago.edu

Pronouns: He/Him/His

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, PsyD

Assistant Director, Training
jkm@uchicago.edu

Pronouns: He/Him/His

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 and Associate Director for Diversity, Inclusion, and Outreach
knghiem@bsd.uchicago.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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
dm-pratt@uchicago.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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


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Seth Preminger, PsyD

Staff Psychologist
preminger@uchicago.edu

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Education: BS in Psychology from Trinity College in Hartford, CT; PsyD in Clinical Psychology and MA in Counseling from Adler University; Internship at Palos Behavioral Health Professionals

Professional interests: evidence-based approaches for the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, athletic performance, attention concerns, mindfulness and meditation, supervision and training. 

Personal interests: watching sports, running, and spending time with family and friends

Languages Spoken: English


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Morgan Robinson

Administrative Manager, Counseling
mmrobinson@uchicago.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Education: BA from Pacific Union College

Professional Interests: Streamlining administrative processes, creating an organized and efficient work environment, project management, LGBTQ+ health and advocacy, mental health awareness and support. 

Personal Interests: Writing, being creative (doodling, crafting, painting, etc.), animals of all kinds, my dogs, horror films, cooking and baking, being in nature, walking, and laughing with friends and family.

Languages Spoken: English


Samantha Ryland

Sam Ryland, PsyD

Staff Psychologist, AOD Coordinator
sryland@uchicago.edu

Pronouns: They/Them

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


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Adriana Sanchez, PhD

Staff Psychologist
sancheza1@uchicago.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Education: BA in Psychology, MA in Counseling Psychology, and Ph.D. in Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology from The University of California, Santa Barbara. APA-accredited Clinical Doctoral Internship at The University of Illinois at Chicago Counseling Center.

Professional interests: Increasing mental health access and utilization for all students, especially among students with historically marginalized identities with an emphasis on Latinx/e communities. Using a culturally responsive, client-centered and integrative approach. Working with first-generation college students, transfer students, immigrant and international students, supporting LGBTQIA+ identified individuals; anxiety, depression, anxiety, adjustment concerns, acculturation, family issues, trauma, identity exploration, supervision and consultation.

Personal Interest: Music, getting outdoors and exploring new restaurants and coffee shops, spending time with family and friends.

Languages: English, Spanish


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


Amanda Slawter, LCSW

Clinical Case Manager
aslawter@uchicago.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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


Jay Steinberg, PsyD

Staff Psychologist
jaysteinberg@uchicago.edu

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Education: Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Midwestern University; MA in Clinical Psychology from Teacher’s College, Columbia University; doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University’s student Counseling Center.

Professional Interests: Anxiety, mood disorders, identity, relationships, body image concerns, and group psychotherapy.

Personal Interests: Snowboarding, dogs, hiking, spending time with family and friends, and fishing.

Languages Spoken: English


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Jerome Wilczynski, PsyD

Staff Psychologist
jwilczynski@uchicago.edu

Pronouns: He/Him/His

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


Jie Zhu, PsyD

Staff Psychologist
jazhu@uchicago.edu

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Education: BA in Psychology from Ohio State University; MS and PsyD in Clinical Psychology with Psychodynamic Concentration from Nova Southeastern University; Clinical Internship at the Hamilton-Madison House in New York City, Postdoctoral Fellowship at Princeton University, Counseling and Psychological Services.

Professional Interests: Working with immigrants and international students/multicultural issues, identity development, supporting LGBTQIA+ identified individuals, working with students with neuro-diversities, relationship conflicts, and counseling in Mandarin. Using psychodynamic theories as the foundation of clinical work, Valuing and respecting the dynamic unfolding in the therapeutic relationship, integrating various treatment modalities depending on the needs of the visiting students, including interpersonal approach, cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness.

Personal Interests: Rocking climbing/bouldering indoor and outdoor, spending time with my wife and cats, video games, movies, outdoor sports

Languages spoken: English, Mandarin


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