CAPS Staff

CAPS staff is comprised of professionals from diverse cultures and backgrounds.  All CAPS clinicians are experienced with college mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, stress, and adjustment to college life.  Clinical staff are licensed in the state of California through their respective boards:



Leadership

 

Nicole Presley Green, Ph.D., Executive Director, CAPS & CARE

Licensed Psychologist, CA PSY 21353
Ph.D. University of Southern California
Ed.M. Harvard University
B.A. University of California, Los Angeles


Dr. Green is a counseling psychologist who received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Southern California. Her areas of interest include academic success among students of color, African American family issues, intimate partner violence, and women’s issues. She currently serves as Interim Executive Director and Director of Campus Assault Resources & Prevention (CARE), providing psychological and sexual violence prevention, education and outreach services to the campus.

Before her work at CAPS, Dr. Green was a research associate for the Sexual Health Program at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA conducting research in the areas of HIV/AIDS, sexual risk, and substance use among men and women of color. Dr. Green is actively involved in the Southern California Association of Black Psychologists and is a recipient of the Minority Fellowship Program Award from the American Psychological Association.

Tanya Brown, Ph.D., Assistant Training Director

Licensed Psychologist, CA PSY 23571
Ph.D. Duquesne University
B.A. Duquesne University


Dr. Brown earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Duquesne University. She completed a one-year APA accredited clinical internship at Cambridge Hospital, Harvard Medical School, where she worked with individuals with a wide range of mental health concerns (e.g. , anxiety, mood disorders, schizophrenia, and substance abuse). She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCLA’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Dr. Brown is the housing liaison and is actively involved in outreach on campus. She integrates humanistic, psychodynamic, and cognitive behavioral models of treatment and her clinical interests include: promoting academic success among underrepresented student groups, multicultural counseling, international and first-generation student transition and adjustment to college life, post-traumatic stress, and substance abuse/dependence.

Johanna Canlapan Rigor, Administrative Services Director

Profile pending...

Ancy Cherian, Ph.D., Clinical Director

Licensed Psychologist, CA PSY 21867
Ph.D. Boston University
B.A. University at Albany


Dr. Cherian earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Boston University where she received extensive training in the assessment and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders. She completed a one year APA accredited clinical internship at the West Los Angeles VA where she worked with individuals with a wide range of mental health (e.g., anxiety, mood disorders, schizophrenia, substance abuse) and physical health (e.g., smoking cessation, cardio pulmonary rehabilitation) concerns. Dr. Cherian completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior where she was involved in clinical research and treatment pertaining to adolescent health, depression, and suicidality.

Dr. Cherian specializes in applying cognitive behavioral and acceptance based treatment strategies to a variety of clinical concerns including anxiety (panic disorder, generalized anxiety, social phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder, compulsive hoarding), depression, stress, and substance use in both individual and group modalities.

Michael Friedmann, Ph.D., Assistant Clinical Director

Licensed Psychologist, CA PSY 28298
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
B.A. University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Friedmann earned his doctorate from UCLA, where he received specialized training in helping families cope with the emotional challenges they face when a loved one is struggling with mental illness. He then went on to complete a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Brown University, continuing his work with both families and individuals in the treatment of a broad range of emotional difficulties. Upon completion his fellowship, Dr. Friedmann accepted a position at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, where he served for 20 years as an Attending Psychologist on an adult inpatient psychiatric unit as well as in a variety of leadership roles, including Director of an APA-Accredited Psychology Internship program. Dr. Friedmann integrates psychodynamic, relational psychoanalytic, and cognitive behavioral approaches in his clinical work. He has expertise in the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship difficulties, loss and grief, sexuality and identity issues, and managing stress.

Deborah Green, L.C.S.W., Senior Clinical Coordinator

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, CA LCSW 25189
M.S.W. University of Southern California
B.S. University of Arizona


Deborah Green is a licensed clinical social worker. She received her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California and her BS in Psychology from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining CAPS Deborah worked within the Los Angeles County mental health system where her clinical work focused on young adults with a wide range of mental health needs. Deborah’s clinical interests include community mental health, women’s issues, early adulthood, developmental transitions and adjustment difficulties, and group therapy. Deborah draws on a number of concepts in approaching her clinical work and takes a practical and collaborative approach with her clients. Deborah has training and experience in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Peter Kassel, Psy.D., Training Director

Licensed Psychologist, CA PSY 21958
Psy.D. University of Denver
B.A. University of California, Los Angeles


Peter Kassel is Director of Training at UCLA’s Counseling and Psychological Services and an Assistant Professor in UCLA’s Psychology Department. His experiences span university counseling and mental health services, inpatient and outpatient medical populations, community-based mental health, and private practice populations. He is a generalist with expertise in relationship concerns, LGBT issues, depression, anxiety, despair and grief, and training and clinical supervision. Other clinical interests include transition to undergraduate or graduate school life, coping with medical illness, working with medical professionals, men’s sexuality and sexual health, and adjustment to parenting. Dr. Kassel provides evidence-based psychotherapy for individuals, couples and groups. His treatment approach includes the integration of psychodynamic and other evidence-based treatments, and brief interventions. Dr. Kassel received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at University of Denver. He completed internship at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center, and postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Community Health. From 1986-2011 he was Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School. He currently serves as a member of the Education and Training Committee for Division 44 of the American Psychological Association. Other professional assignments have included tenures as Board Vice-President of GLAD, New England’s largest civil rights organization, and Commissioner for the Massachusetts Governor’s Commission for Gay and Lesbian Youth.

Saeromi Kim, Ph.D., Assistant Clinical Director

Licensed Psychologist, CA PSY 25024
Ph.D. Clark University, Worcester, MA
B.A. Brown University, Providence, RI

Pronouns: she/her/hers. Dr. Kim received her doctorate in clinical psychology at Clark University. She completed a predoctoral internship at Yale University's School of Medicine and a postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University's Psychiatry and Human Behavior department. Her research and clinical training has focused on exploring sociocultural factors in the experience and treatment of mental health problems, such as the impact of social class, ethnicity, and immigration on the course of mental illness. She follows a community psychology orientation that emphasizes social justice, health promotion and community engagement. She works closely with specific populations such as first generation college, international, third culture kid (TCK), undocumented and LGBTQ students. Dr. Kim is a cisgender, queer, out therapist who also has counseling hours at the LGBT center on campus. Her clinical interests include depression and anxiety, loss and grief, transgender care, multicultural counseling, and intersectional identity concerns. Dr. Kim employs an integrative approach in therapy combining relational, narrative, cognitive behavioral, and acceptance and commitment therapy modalities.

Kathleen Lambird, Ph.D., Quality, Client Safety and Risk Manager

Licensed Psychologist, CA PSY 21774
Ph.D. University of California Los Angeles
B.A. University of Pennsylvania


Dr. Lambird earned her doctorate in the UCLA Clinical Psychology program. She has been at the UCLA Counseling Center since 2005, first as an intern, and now as a staff psychologist. She is a generalist with special training in health psychology issues including sleep problems, pain, and eating disorders. Other clinical interests include depression, anxiety, substance use, self-esteem, family conflict, and first-generation student issues. Dr. Lambird’s approach to psychotherapy is integrative, and includes cognitive-behavioral interventions and interpersonal work. She enjoys leading groups, offering Coping with Insomnia and a therapy group for graduate students each quarter.

Amy Mulherin, M.D., Psychiatry Director

Licensed Psychiatrist CA A93514
MD University of Southern California
MA Columbia University
BS University of Calilfornia, Los Angeles


Dr. Amy Mulherin is a long-time Bruin. She received her undergraduate degree from UCLA in psychobiology. She then obtained a master’s degree in developmental psychology at Columbia University in New York. She completed her medical training at USC and her residency at UCLA Medical Center.

Michal Scharlin, L.C.S.W., M.P.H., Senior Clinical Coordinator

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Michelle Scharlin CA LCS 27863
M.S.W. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
M.P.H. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
B.A. University of California, Berkeley


Michal Scharlin uses a client-centered approach, encouraging students to foster change and increase self-understanding. She supports students as they increase their energy to build relationships, invest academically, and pursue their interests and passions. Michal works from an integrated perspective, including drawing from psychodynamic, humanistic, and systems techniques. Her areas of interest include trauma, childhood abuse, sexual assault, depression and anxiety, immigration/cultural adjustments, first generation college students, spiritual concerns, and family and relationship challenges.

Staff Clinicians

 

William (Bill) Caperton, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist, CA PSY 28776
Ph.D. Marguette University
M.A. St. Mary's University of Minnesota
B.A. University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Caperton earned his doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Marquette University, and completed his clinical internship at the University of Iowa. He was a clinical fellow in collegiate mental health at Moorpark College, where in addition to providing individual and group therapy, he served as a liaison to the Veterans Resource Center. He has trained and worked in a variety of settings including the USC Health Sciences Campus, Marquette University’s counseling center, and both the Minneapolis and Milwaukee VA medical centers.

Clinical interests include depression, coping with trauma, men’s issues, grief and loss, relational concerns, sleep issues (including  insomnia, nightmares, and dream-work), and identity/existential concerns. Prior to becoming a psychologist, he worked for several years in the music industry, and has a special interest in working with students focusing on the arts, music, theater, and film. Dr. Caperton is integrative in his practice, blending contemporary psychodynamic psychotherapy with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a mindfulness-based experiential behavioral approach. In practice, this means working collaboratively to help you develop new relationships to your emotions and internal world, in the service of moving toward what truly matters to you. 

Anthony Chambers, L.M.F.T.

CAPS Brief Screen Counselor

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT 53608
M.S. California State University, Dominguez Hills
B.A San Jose State University


Anthony Chambers received his master’s in marital and family therapy from C.S.U. Dominguez Hills, and his bachelor’s in Psychology from San Jose State University. Prior to joining CAPS, Anthony worked with children and adolescents with special needs in a school based setting. Anthony participates in a number outreaches on campus, and interest include working with underrepresented students and promoting academic successes. Anthony draws on a number of modalities when collaborating with clients in order to best meet the needs of students.

Diana (Dee) Chappelear, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist, CA PSY 14717
Ph.D. CSPP, Los Angeles
B.A. , M.A. California State University, Northridge


Dr. Diana (Dee) Chappelear is a licensed psychologist who earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from California School of Professional Psychology, and her M.A. and B.A. in psychology, with minors in sociology and Women’s studies, from California State University, Northridge. Prior to joining CAPS, Dr. Chappelear worked extensively within a community mental health setting. Her supervisory and clinical work focused on adults and transitional aged youth with diverse mental health concerns. Diagnostic issues addressed included; mood disorders, PTSD, anxiety, mood dysregulation, schizophrenia, substance abuse, and LGBT issues. For several years, Dr. Chappelear served as Didi Hirsch MHS Director of Crisis Residential Programs for the only two crisis residential programs in Los Angeles County, and is adept at crisis intervention and resolution. Dr. Chappelear works collaboratively with a variety of clients in order to best address their individual needs and is strength based in her approach.

Lillian Chen, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist, CA PSY 26850
Psy.D. University of Denver, Colorado
M.A. University of Denver, Colorado
B.A. University of British Columbia, Vancouver B.C., Canada


Dr. Chen is a licensed psychologist who received her doctorate in clinical psychology from University of Denver in Colorado. She completed an APA-accredited internship at Pacific Clinics, and a post-doctoral fellowship at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Counseling and Psychological Services. Dr. Chen takes a collaborative approach to psychotherapy, integrating principles from psychodynamic, systemic, and cognitive-behavioral frameworks. Her clinical interests include immigration adjustment, acculturation challenges, racial and sexual identity development, relationship concerns, grief and loss, self-esteem, body image issues, and severe mental illness. Dr. Chen is bilingual in English and Mandarin.

Edith Chung, Ph.D., ABPP

Licensed Psychologist, CA PSY 15251
Ph.D. University of Southern California
M.F.C.C. University of Southern California
M.A. University of California, Santa Barbara
B.A. Providence University, Taiwan


Dr. Chung received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. She is also certified as a group specialist by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). Her clinical interests include group psychotherapy, relational and family problems, life transitions and adjustment difficulties, survivors of physical/sexual/emotional abuse, couple issues, sexual identity and gender issues, bereavement, multicultural counseling, Asian-American mental health issues and immigrants’ acculturation challenges.

James H. Cones, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist, CA PSY 13387
Ph.D. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
M.S. Georgia Regents University, Augusta, Georgia
B.A. University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia

Dr. James Cones is a licensed psychologist. For over twenty-five years, he has treated university students and others with high aspirations. During that time, he discovered that what really matters the most is to freshly discover the unique experiences of each client. The challenges, sacrifices and heroic achievements are all there in their narrative. Together, he and his clients explore the impact of past challenges and critique current ways of coping in order to facilitate a recovery that allows for a fuller awareness and access to previously dormant sources of energy, creativity and choice.

Dr. Cones received his Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University in clinical psychology, a Masters of Sciences degree from Georgia Regents University in clinical psychology and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Richmond in psychology and journalism. As an undergraduate he was a student government senator, a student-athlete (football) and an ROTC cadet. He completed his pre-doctoral psychology internship at Yale University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. He served as a clinical psychologist at the rank of captain in the military from 1987-1991. Dr. Cones then joined the University of California, Irvine Counseling Center where he worked for twenty-three years and served as the Assistant Director of Clinical Services for thirteen of those years. His research interest has included autobiographical memory, socio-political identity, trauma, race and gender. From 1998 to 2005 he taught classes on these topics at UCLA’s Departments of Women’s and African American Studies. He is the co-author with Joseph White, Black Man Emerging: Facing the past and seizing a future in America.

Since 2014, he is pleased to be serving as a staff psychologist at UCLA CAPS with an additional focus on athletics, veterans and the African American community.

Yusef Daulatzai, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist, CA PSY 24285
Psy.D California School of Professional Psychology
Ed.M Harvard University
B.A. University of California, Los Angeles
 

Dr. Yusef Daulatzai is a licensed psychologist who earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, a Masters in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University, and a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from UCLA. His clinical interest include Multicultural Community Clinical Psychology, Critical Race Study, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Clinical Sports Psychology. Dr. Daulatzai enjoys working with students to overcome challenges and obstacles they face in order to meet their academic and personal goals. He has a long history of working with first generation college students, immigrants, students of color, members of the LGBTQ community, as well as members of various faith communities whose religious and spiritual practices occasionally intersect with their presenting clinical concerns. Dr. Daulatzai also has a passion for Sport Psychology and works with UCLA student-athletes helping them achieve their academic, personal, and performance goals.

Arash Davidi, L.M.F.T.

Profile pending...

Andrew Felder, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist, CA PSY 22412, VA #0810003819 (inactive)
Ph.D. Duquesne University
M.A. Pepperdine University
B.S. George Mason University


Dr. Felder draws upon phenomenological mindfulness meditation, humanistic, existential, critical-hermeneutic, CBT third wave, and object relations traditions. Counted among his areas of interest are anxiety, depression, childhood abuse, trauma, sexual assault, grief, NCAA athlete concerns, and multicultural issues. At the community level, he supports intergroup conversations between culture-based groups historically in conflict.

Before coming to UCLA, Dr. Felder completed an internship and clinical fellowship at The Ohio State University. Prior to that he served as Clinical Director for the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Service’s sexual abuse program and worked with inner city youth in south central and east Los Angeles. Presently, he is a consulting editor for Janus Head and writes in the areas of cultural issues, phenomenology, and mindfulness.

Magnolia Ghassemi, L.M.F.T.

CAPS Clinical Coordinator

Profile pending...

Dominique Gillis, L.M.F.T.

CAPS Clinical Coordinator

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT 53674
M.S. University of La Verne
B.A California State University Northridge


Dominique Gillis is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She received her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of La Verne and her BS in Deaf Studies from California State University Northridge. Prior to joining CAPS Dominique worked for a non-profit mental health agency serving foster youth within Los Angeles County. Dominique’s clinical interests include community mental health, Deaf and hard of hearing populations, transitional age youth and former foster youth. Dominique utilizes an eclectic approach when working with clients in order to best meet their needs.

Amanda Gorlick, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist, CA PSY 28519 
Ph.D. Loma Linda University  
M.A. Loma Linda University
B.A. University of California, San Diego

Dr. Gorlick is a licensed psychologist who received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Loma Linda University. She completed an APA-accredited internship at the Phoenix VA Healthcare System and an APA-accredited postdoctoral fellowship at the San Diego VA Healthcare System. Her interests include treatment of anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, adjustment disorders, sleep-related disorders, and trauma-related disorders. Dr. Gorlick has extensive training providing individual and group therapy for a wide range of mental health concerns as well as coping with chronic disease. She utilizes evidence-based practices, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, exposure therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy, while appreciating the uniqueness of clients and the importance of the therapeutic relationship. 

Katherine (Kayte) Heslet, L.M.F.T.

CAPS Brief Screen Counselor 

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT 80618
M.S., California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
B.S., University of La Verne

Kayte is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned her Master of Science degree in Psychology from Cal Poly Pomona, and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of La Verne. Before joining the brief screen team at CAPS, she enjoyed working in a nonprofit community mental health clinic where she worked with at-risk families, children, and adolescents, as well as youth in the foster care system. Kayte applies a strong social justice and advocacy focus to her work in mental health, and utilizes solution focused, strengths based, multicultural, and postmodern clinical approaches. Her clinical interests include trauma, interpersonal relationships, identity development, sexual abuse and assault, former foster youth, first-generation college students, and the intersection of physical and mental health.

Loanie Huynh, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist, CA PSY 26233
Ph.D. Palo Alto University
M.A. Harvard University
B.A. University of California, Los Angeles


Dr. Loanie Huynh is a bilingual, licensed psychologist with experience in brief and long-term psychotherapies; supervision; community and program evaluation research; and mental health prevention, outreach, and advocacy. She has worked with culturally diverse individuals, groups, couples, and families seeking help for difficulties arising from depression, anxiety, grief, life transitions, relationships and interpersonal problems, trauma, and severe and persistent mental illness. Dr. Huynh utilizes a variety of techniques in her clinical work, and has specialized training and experience in cognitive-behavioral, dialectical behavioral, interpersonal, and acceptance and commitment therapies; crisis intervention; and suicide prevention and postvention. Her clinical expertise is an extension of her major research accomplishments which include a cross-cultural examination of college students’ acceptance of rape myths and its impact on attitudes toward survivors of rape, a cultural adaptation of problem-solving therapy for Chinese American older adults, and multicultural suicide risk assessment.

Katy Jakle, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist, CA PSY 24708
Psy.D. Pepperdine University
B.A. & M.A. Stanford University


Dr. Jakle is a licensed psychologist who received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University. Dr. Jakle’s diverse clinical training experiences include practicum placements at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, a clinical internship at West Los Angeles VA and a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services. Dr. Jakle utilizes cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral and acceptance-based approaches in her clinical work. Her clinical interests include treatment of mood, anxiety, trauma and eating disorders. She enjoys helping students increase their effectiveness in managing stress, regulating emotions and enhancing interpersonal relationships. As the student veteran specialist Dr. Jakle also works collaboratively with the BRC Veteran Resource Office and other on and off campus organizations to enhance the experience of servicemembers and student veterans at UCLA.

Aleksandra Kalinich, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist, CA PSY 24395
Psy.D. Azusa Pacific University
M.A. Azusa Pacific University
B.A. University of California, Irvine

Dr. Kalinich earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. She has trained and worked in various setting including Harbor-UCLA Medical Center’s Dual Diagnosis Program, Patton State Hospital, and the Harry S. Truman VA. Dr. Kalinich completed a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at UC Davis School of Medicine where she specialized in treatment of individuals with chronic and persistent mental illness and psychological assessment. Prior to joining CAPS, Dr. Kalinich supervised a partial hospitalization program at College Hospital. Therapeutically, Dr. Kalinich works from an interpersonal approach while integrating principles of self-compassion, acceptance and commitment therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Her clinical interests include integration of faith and spirituality, evidence-based practices, development of self-compassion, emotion regulation, mood disorders, and relationship issues.

Melinda Kirschner, Ph.D., MSW

Athletics Program Coordinator; Eating Disorder Lead Psychologist

Licensed Psychologist, CA PSY 25019
Ph.D. California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles
M.S.W. University of Hawaii
B.A. Georgetown University


Dr. Kirschner received her B.A. from Georgetown University and obtained her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Hawaii prior to earning her doctorate degree in clinical psychology. She completed both her APA accredited pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services. During her fellowship year, Dr. Kirschner specialized in the treatment of students with eating disorders and body image concerns. She also has experience and interest in working with student athletes, as well as engaging in prevention and outreach with various groups on campus. Dr. Kirschner has a wide range of clinical interests, including family and relational problems, eating disorders/body image, couples/intimacy issues, life transitions, mood and anxiety disorders, identity concerns, and substance use. She takes an integrated approach to psychotherapy, combining principles and strategies from psychodynamic, family systems, and cognitive behavioral therapies. Dr. Kirschner serves as the Eating Disorder Lead Psychologist and the Athletics Program Coordinator at UCLA CAPS. In her role as the liaison working with the Department of Athletics, Dr. Kirschner helps to coordinate clinical care for student athletes as well as outreach and prevention efforts, which includes the Student Athletes Mentors program.

Sarah Klein, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist, CA PSY 28791
Ph.D. George Mason University
M.A. George Mason University
B.A. Washington University in St. Louis


Dr. Klein is a licensed clinical psychologist. She completed an APA-accredited postdoctoral fellowship in the CBT/DBT Adult Outpatient Clinic at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and an APA-accredited internship at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, DC. She graduated from the APA-accredited clinical psychology doctoral program at George Mason University. Dr. Klein has trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for a variety of conditions, with particular focus in exposure therapy for anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders as well as prolonged exposure and cognitive processing therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder. Additionally, Dr. Klein has received training in the evidence-based practices of motivational interviewing (MI), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral analysis system of psychotherapy (CBASP) for chronic depression, and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Furthermore, Dr. Klein has provided supervision, teaching, and consultation in CBT and other evidence-based therapies as part of her fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Klein primarily practices using the cognitive behavioral model grounded in case conceptualization and incorporates motivational, mindfulness, acceptance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal techniques to help clients thrive, improve relationships, and pursue valued goals. 

Ian Mathis, Ph.D.

Profile pending...

Kristen McDonald, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist, CA PSY 22903
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.A. San Francisco State University
B.A. Pomona College


Dr. McDonald is a licensed psychologist who received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her formal training included an internship at the Albany Psychology Internship Consortium in New York and externship with undergraduate students at Hampshire College. Dr. McDonald received specialized training in psychosocial rehabilitation during her fellowship year at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System. Her clinical interests include working with individuals who have experienced trauma, psychosis, insomnia, or mood disorders, and also providing group and couple psychotherapy. Dr. McDonald works from a philosophy that emphasizes personal wellness and resiliency, with an eye toward identifying and enhancing each person’s unique strengths. Her therapeutic style is integrative, drawing from behavioral, psychodynamic, and mindfulness-based approaches. Prior to joining CAPS, Dr. McDonald served as the Program Director for the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC) at the Palo Alto VA, and also worked with veterans and their families in the VA outpatient mental health clinic.

Colby Moss, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, CA LCS 22318
MSW University of California, Los Angeles
B.A. Brown University


Ms. Moss is a licensed clinical social worker who received her master’s degree in Social Welfare from UCLA, and currently serves as the coordinator of Substance Use Treatment and Programming. She entered the counseling field after several years in the entertainment industry, working in television development and eventually in social services for entertainment professionals. Prior to joining CAPS, she worked as a crisis specialist in the Student Counseling Center at the University of Southern California. In 2004, she completed a one-year advanced training program in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Experienced in treating addiction, depression, emotional dysregulation, couples and relationship issues, co-occurring disorders and in conducting crisis and brief intervention, Colby also facilitates the Anger Management group and the Moving Forward group, for students interested in addressing their relationship to psychoactive substances. Drawing from several therapeutic approaches to help students clarify their needs and experiment with how to best meet them, Colby uses a variety of therapeutic modalities for fostering compassionate growth and change in students’ lives, including mindful awareness, motivational interviewing, and communication skills training.

Ayala Ofek, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist, CA PSY 26396
Psy.D. Pepperdine University
B.A. University of California, Los Angeles


Dr. Ayala Ofek is a licensed clinical psychologist who works with a wide range of students and groups at UCLA. She works especially with graduate students, transfer students, international students, and underrepresented student groups. Dr. Ofek’s clinical interests include issues relating to family of origin, couples and intimacy, grief and loss, life transition and adjustment, disordered eating and body image, multicultural concerns, trauma, depression, anxiety, and severe and chronic mental illness. Dr. Ofek's individualized approach to the treatment integrates relational, mindfulness and acceptance-based, cognitive behavioral, and psychodynamic treatments, helping students achieve their goals and find deeper connection and fulfillment. Dr. Ofek leads several therapy groups and wellness skills groups at UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). She also provides prevention and outreach programming to the campus on a variety of wellness-related topics, including assertiveness skills, healthy sleep habits, and stress management.

Dr. Ofek received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from UCLA and her doctorate in clinical psychology at Pepperdine University. She completed both her APA accredited internship and postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA CAPS. Dr. Ofek has trained in a variety of settings, including UCLA Semel Institute and Ronald Reagan Medical Center, the West Los Angeles VA, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and Santa Monica College Psychological Services. Dr. Ofek’s research expertise concerns training and supervision in the field of professional psychology. She has co-authored peer-reviewed articles and provided professional presentations about best practices in supervision and multicultural issues.

Mia Power, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist, CA PSY 27525
Psy.D. CSPP Alliant International University, Los Angeles
M.A. CSPP Alliant International University, Los Angeles
B.A. Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

Dr. Power received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from CSPP Alliant International University and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish from Southern Methodist University. She completed her internship and post-doctoral residency at Kaiser Permanente, where she worked with a demographically and diagnostically diverse population and received extensive training in individual and group psychotherapy as well as neuropsychological assessment. Her clinical interests include issues relating to family of origin, anxiety, life adjustment, trauma, and domestic violence. Dr. Power provides an eclectic and individualized approach to psychotherapy integrating cognitive behavioral, acceptance and commitment, and psychodynamic perspectives.

Ana Ribas, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, CA PSY 23577
Ph.D. Illinois Institute of Technology
M.S. Illinois Institute of Technology
B.S. University of Porto, Portugal


Dr. Ribas is a licensed psychologist who received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a Rehabilitation track at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and her undergraduate degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of Porto, Portugal. Dr. Ribas is also a licensed psychologist in Portugal where she gained experience in therapy, career counseling and rehabilitation in various settings, and was awarded a fellowship from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology for her doctoral studies. More recently, Dr. Ribas completed a one-year APA accredited internship at Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center working with adults with severe mental illness. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Southern California engaged in research involving cultural competence in clinicians, and was a therapist and supervisor at the USC Psychology Services Center.

Dr. Ribas establishes a collaborative relationship with clients and uses a cognitive-behavioral framework, integrated with mindfulness, humanistic, solution-focused and experiential techniques. Her interests include working with international students, immigrants and cultural minorities, cultural competence, evidence-based treatments, Latino mental health, severe mental illness, and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities.

Bryan Ritchey, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist, CA PSY27244, FL PY8839
Psy.D. Nova Southeastern University
M.S. Nova Southeastern University
M.Ed. / Ed.S. University of Florida
Bachelor of Journalism, University of Missouri


Dr. Bryan Ritchey completed his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL and completed his masters and specialist degrees in mental health counseling from the University of Florida. He is a licensed psychologist in both California and Florida. Dr. Ritchey completed his pre-doctoral psychology internship at Duke University CAPS and his post-doctoral psychology fellowship at University of California, Berkeley CAPS. Therapeutically, he works primarily from a cognitive-behavioral therapy framework while also incorporating elements of acceptance and commitment therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, and mindfulness skills into his sessions. Dr. Ritchey specializes in anxiety and mood disorders, LGBTQ concerns, health psychology issues, disordered eating, couples counseling, and working with diversity and social justice concerns.

Jennifer Robles, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist, CA PSY 21963
Ph.D. The Ohio State University
B.A. Dartmouth College


Dr. Jennifer Robles received her doctorate in clinical psychology from The Ohio State University. She completed her clinical internship at the VA Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA, where she utilized Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) with veterans. Dr. Robles completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center which involved training in third-wave cognitive behavioral therapies including: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Dr. Robles also has experience providing individual and group psychotherapy in outpatient private practice settings. She specializes in anxiety disorders, mood disorders, insomnia, and stress management. Dr. Robles works from a cognitive-behavioral perspective, often incorporating mindfulness and acceptance strategies.

Patricia Rodriguez-Holguin, L.C.S.W., BCD

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, CA LCS 10534
M.S.W. University of Southern California
B.A. California State University Long Beach

Ms. Rodriguez-Holguin is a Board Certified Diplomate in clinical social work. She received her master’s degree from the University of Southern California, and worked with Spanish-speaking families for the County of Los Angeles and in managed care. She is a generalist, with special interest and expertise in short term/crisis intervention treatment, multicultural and ethnic diversity, couples/relationships, and women’s issues. Her other clinical interests include mood disorders, grief and loss, and immigrant and first generation college students. She is the Coordinator of Social Work Training and serves as an individual clinical supervisor as well as the crisis intervention training supervisor in our APA-accredited training program. She also serves as department liaison to the Social Sciences Division in the College of Letters and Sciences, Honors and Undergraduate Programs, School of Law, School of Public Affairs, Financial Aid Office, Academic Advancement Program and the University Religious Conference.

Deborah Schleicher, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist, CA PSY 25901
Psy.D. Alliant International University
B.A. San Diego State University


Deborah Schleicher is a licensed psychologist who received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Alliant International University in San Francisco, California and her B.S. in psychology from San Diego State University. Dr. Schleicher completed an APA-accredited Internship at Western Youth Services, a community mental health outpatient clinic in Orange County, working primarily with youth, young adults, and families in foster care. Prior to working at UCLA, Dr. Schleicher completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Loyola Marymount University’s Student Psychological Services center providing individual, couples and group therapy to the campus community. Dr. Schleicher takes a collaborative approach when working with clients, integrating family systems, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral frameworks to appropriately fit each client’s needs. She enjoys utilizing evidence-based practices to enhance student’s health, academic success, and quality of life. Dr. Schleicher’s clinical interests include foster youth and foster alumni, issues related to emerging adulthood, transitional and adjustment issues, relational issues, anxiety and mood disorders, and Greek Life students. Additionally, she has expertise in early prevention and outreach on a variety of topics and this continues to be a focus of her clinical work. For the past three years, Dr. Schleicher, in collaboration with the Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE) office, has facilitated various workshops, trainings and support services regarding issues of gender based violence. She is passionate about her work with student survivors of sexual abuse, sexual assault, stalking and intimate partner violence in individual therapy.

Kei Takahashi, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist, CA PSY 25335
Psy.D. Loyola University Maryland
B.A. Stanford University


Dr. Takahashi is a licensed clinical psychologist who received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology fromLoyola University Marylandandbachelor’s degree in Psychology from Stanford University. He completed his internship at VA Sepulveda Abulatory Care Center, where he focused on treating veterans suffering with PTSD, chemical dependency, and health-related problems. Dr. Takahashi's postdoctoral work at WISE & Healthy Agingfocused on treating older adults with severe-persistent mental illness and establishing a program to provide in-home psychotherapy for victims of elder abuse. His clinical interests include affective disorders, trauma, and mindful-awarenessbased treatments. Dr. Takahashi incorporates a cognitive behavioral approach that focuses on identifying personal strength and sense of purpose, and helping individuals engaging in behavioral change.

Stephanie Van Stralen, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist, CA PSY 28471
Psy.D. CSPP Alliant International University
B.A. San Diego State University


Dr. Van Stralen is a licensed psychologist who received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from CSPP Alliant International University in San Diego, California and her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Counseling and Social Change from San Diego State University. Dr. Van Stralen completed an APA-accredited Internship at California State University, Northridge, providing individual, couples and group therapy to students at their Counseling and Psychological Services Center. Prior to working at UCLA, Dr. Van Stralen completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Loyola Marymount University’s Student Psychological Services center providing individual, couples and group therapy to the campus community. Dr. Van Stralen has extensive training in evidence-based treatments for anxiety and depression. Her therapeutic approach integrates relational and psychodynamic theory with more present-focused cognitive behavioral techniques. Her clinical interests include anxiety, adjustment, trauma, students on the Spectrum and student Veterans.

Kimberly White, L.M.F.T.

CAPS Brief Screen Counselor

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Judy Wu, L.M.F.T.

CAPS Brief Screen Counselor

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, CA MFT 47840
M.A. California Graduate Institute
B.A. University of California, Irvine


Judy Wu earned her MA in Psychology after several years of working in the non-profit public health sector. Her clinical experience includes working with diverse populations at The Maple Counseling Center, the California Family Counseling Center, and in private practice. She has also worked with first responders as part of a community crisis response team, providing crisis intervention and trauma support to the public. Judy is trained in various modalities and techniques, including psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based approaches, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Prior to joining CAPS, Judy worked in a private practice, focusing on concerns i.e. depression, anxiety, shame, perfectionism, relational and family issues, trauma, loss, and Asian-American mental health.

Staff Psychiatrists

Geneice Christian, M.D.

Profile pending...

Linda Do, M.D.

Profile pending...

Anupama Kalsi, M.D.

Licensed Psychiatrist
M.D. University of California, San Francisco
B.A. University of California, Los Angeles
Psychiatry Residency, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital
Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Dr. Kalsi is a board-certified psychiatrist who received her medical degree from UC San Francisco and completed her psychiatry residency at UC Los Angeles. Areas of interest include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, women’s issues, and cultural issues.

Connie Lane, M.D.

Licensed Psychiatrist
M.D. Texas A&M Health Science Center
B.A. University of Texas at Austin
Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


Dr. Lane received her MD from Texas A&M Medical School. She completed her psychiatry residency at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. Her clinical interests include mood disorders, women’s mental health, and community psychiatry.

Hope W. Levin, M.D.

Licensed Psychiatrist
M.D. MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine
B.S. Cornell University
Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology
in General Psychiatry
Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. Levin is a board-certified psychiatrist with specialized training in working with children, adolescents and adults. She completed her general psychiatry residency at the University of Pennsylvania and her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital, Harvard University. She has special interest in development, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, psychopharmacology and psychotherapy.

Charles McDaniel, M.D.

Licensed Psychiatrist
M.D. University of Southern California Medical School
B.S. University of Southern California
Psychiatry Residency, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital
Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Dr. McDaniel is a board-certified psychiatrist who received his medical degree from USC, and completed his psychiatry residency at the UCLA NPI&H. Areas of interest include psychopharmacology, anxiety disorders, and women’s mental health. Dr. McDaniel is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA NPI&H.

Michael Mirbaba, M.D.

Profile pending...

Julie M. Pan, M.D.

Licensed Psychiatrist
M.D. Brown University
B.A. Brown University
Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Dr. Pan is a board certified, licensed psychiatrist who received her medical degree from Brown University. She completed her general adult psychiatry residency at McGaw Medical Center/Northwestern University, and her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at The University of Chicago. Her work at CAPS involves medication management and diagnostic evaluations. She also has interest and experience in supportive, psychodynamic, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Other clinical interests include mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, ADHD, cultural and women issues.

Steven Sager, M.D.

Profile pending...

David Taylor, M.D.

Licensed Psychiatrist
M.D. George Washington University
B.A. Stanford University
Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, Psychiatry
Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, Forensics
Diplomate, American Board of Addiction Medicine

Dr. Taylor is a board-certified psychiatrist who received his medical degree from the George Washington University. He completed his psychiatry residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a forensic psychiatry fellowship at New York University. Dr. Taylor’s clinical interests include adult psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and the intersection of psychiatry and the law.

Clinicians in Training

Psychology Interns

Shelly-Ann Collin, M.S.

Nicole Crawford, M.S.

Angela Li, M.A.

Sarah Taylor, M.A.

Post Doctoral Fellows

Paul Hagan, Ph.D.

Payam Kharazi, Psy.D.

Practicum Students

Michelle Fenesy

Alayna Park

Social Work Interns

Melissa Bolivar

Leticia Vasquez

Administrative Support

Miguel Alvarez-Romo (Clinic Assistant)

Alejandro Barba (Logistics Coordinator)

Cecilia Colon (Clinic Assistant)

Doreen Gonzales (Clinic Assistant)

Tyler Harano (Clinic Assistant)

Guadalupe Medina (Insurance & Referral Coordinator)

Michelle Ventura (Executive Specialist)

Quality Assurance

Kathleen Lambird, Ph.D. - Quality, Client Safety and Risk Manager

Johanna Canlapan Rigor - Administrative Services Director

Lori Marshall - Quality Analyst

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