Name, Title

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Other Interesting Information

EXECUTIVE STAFF

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Batsirai Bvunzawabaya, PhD
Director of Outreach and Prevention Services, Psychologist
Body Image Concerns; Sexual Trauma Treatment Team (STTOP) member; Racial and Ethnic Identity Development; Spirituality; Issues related to equity and inclusion; and Multicultural Counseling I am originally from Zimbabwe. I attended Alabama A&M University for my undergraduate degree, and I earned my PhD in Counseling Psychology from Auburn University. I enjoy playing tennis, watching movies and reading. I hope to learn how to play a musical instrument.
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Michele Downie, PhD
Interim Director of Training, Group Coordinator, Psychologist
Multicultural Counseling; Multiracial/Ethnic Identity; African American Issues; Women’s Issues; Group Therapy Mother, activist, baker, runner, animal lover.

CLINICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

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Mary Brennan, PsyD
Psychologist
Body Size and Eating Concerns; Religiosity and Spirituality; Relationship Issues; Trauma

Tiffany Brown, PhD
Psychologist
Mood Disorders; Racial and Ethnic Identity Development; Spirituality; Chronic Illness; and Relational Concerns “Mental strength is not the ability to stay out of the darkness, it is the ability to sit present in the darkness knowing that the light will shine again.”

–Anonymous

Eddie D. Burks, MEd, PsyD

Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow, Outreach & Prevention Specialization

Identity development, psychological implications of racial trauma and other oppressive systems, anxiety and stress, human sexuality (sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, sex and intimacy issues), relationship conflict, life-altering experiences (trauma, grief, death, dying, loss, bereavement), career and life transitions, and academic performance and functioning. My approach to psychotherapy is integrative with a multicultural, intersectional, and social justice focus. I use cognitive, behavioral, relational, systems, and an emotion-focused approach with clients. Born in Milwaukee and raised in Illinois. Received a BA in Psychology from Roosevelt University Chicago, MEd in Community Counseling from Loyola University Chicago, and both a MA and PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Adler University. When I’m not at CAPS, I enjoy socializing with friends, traveling, exploring different eateries, and embracing who I am fully.

Katelyn Campbell

Social Work Intern

Anxiety and Stress; Sexuality and Sexual Well-Being; Relational Concerns; Student-Athlete Concerns Avid coffee shop explorer. I like to relax by talking with friends or family, journaling, running, and weight training.

“Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”

-Brené Brown

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Mara Capistrano, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker
Multicultural Counseling; Minority Mental Health; Identity Development; Eating Concerns; STTOP Team member; FGLI; Returning Students. Let’s Talk counselor. Born in the Philippines, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a Philadelphian for over ten years. Things that make me happy: animals, ice cream, and plants.
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Amelia Cason
Administrative Assistant
Front Desk Service The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.

–H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


Heather Charboneau, LCSW, MEd
Behavioral Health Consultant
Integrated Care; Mental health issues relating to medical conditions; Stressors related to life changes/transitions; Trauma; Depression; Anxiety; Relationship dynamics; FGLI students; Social Justice and Advocacy I obtained my BA in Psychology at Earlham College. I completed my MSW and MEd at Widener University. For fun I like to travel, play card/board games, read and spend time with dogs.
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Laura Kay Collins, LSW
Coordinator of Social Work Training, Social Worker
Anxiety; Mood Regulation; LGBTQIA Identity; Trauma Recovery; Family of Origin/Relationship Concerns; Anger Management; Grief & Loss; Substance Abuse; Self-Esteem & Empowerment; STTOP Team member “The people who think there’s a time limit for grief have never lost a piece of their heart.  Take all the time that you need.” (Anonymous) I have degrees in both Social Work and Religious Studies.  As a therapist, I’m organized around the beliefs that all people have a story worth listening to; that suffering is alleviated and/or exacerbated by the context and systems we exist in; and that healing is both possible and a process.  Laughter, the ocean, live music, and meaningful relationships are big parts of what restore me.
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Brittan Davis, PhD
Psychologist, Let’s Talk Counselor
Relational Cultural Counseling; Multicultural Counseling; LGBTQIA+ identities and concerns; Sex Positivity and Sexual Well-Being; Sexual Trauma Treatment Team (STTOP) member; Social Justice Advocacy; Substance Abuse; Self-Injury; Career and Vocational Concerns; Relationship Concerns; Grief and Loss; and Mood Regulation. Let’s Talk Counselor “I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.”

–Audre Lorde

Morgan H. Fisher, M.S.

Psychology Extern

I’m originally from San Diego, California. I grew up primarily in Philadelphia, PA. I got my master’s at Thomas Jefferson University in Community and Trauma counseling. I am currently a third-year doctoral student at Holy Family University in their Counseling Psychology program. Just like every other Philadelphia sports fan, I have a love/hate relationship with the Eagles and Sixers. In my free time, you will find me boxing, reading, spending time with family and friends, or eating a cheesesteak from Geno’s.

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Heather Frost, LCSW, MSW, MEd
Clinical Social Worker
Queer and LGBTQIA Identity Development; Gender Identity and Trans/Non-Binary Concerns; Relationship Dynamics and Non-Monogamy; Sexuality and Sexual Well-Being; Family Dynamics; Trauma; Life Transitions; Existential Concerns; Mindfulness/Meditation; Eating Concerns Team member, and STTOP Team member “We don’t fix problems – we support people to grow, to create their lives.”

— Lois Holzman

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.”

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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David Glassman, PsyD
Psychologist
Queer/LGBTQIA-Affirmative Counseling; Mindfulness; Relationships and Intimacy “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”

–Buddha

Dayna Greenspon, LCSW

Behavioral Health Consultant

Integrated Care; Mental health issues relating to medical conditions and/or injuries; Stressors related to life changes/transitions; Intimate Partner Violence; Trauma; Student-Athletes; First-Generation Students; STTOP Team member

I was raised in New Jersey, received my BS in Psychology at Allegheny College, and my MSW at Widener University. I spent 6 years as a behavioral health clinician in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Emergency Department where I developed my passion for working within an integrated care model. In my free time you can find me hiking in Wissahickon Park with my partner and pup, looking up National Parks to travel to, and finding new ways to move my body and challenge my mind.

“Connecting the mind and body is not just a health strategy. It is a movement of consciousness that can change the world.”

-Matthew Sanford

Bramble Heidt, LSW

Social Worker

Mood Regulation, Trauma and Recovery, LGBTQIA+ Identities and Concerns, Grief and Loss, Family and Relationship Dynamics, Life Transitions, Identity Development, Social Justice and Anti-Oppressive Practices “Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful parts of us.”

– David Richo

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Wydia Houston, LSW
Referral Coordinator,
Social Worker
Social Justice; Advocacy; Self-Empowerment; Utilization Management; Wellness “It always seems impossible until it’s done”
–Anonymous
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Courtney Hutchison, LSW
Social Worker
Mood and Anxiety Disorders; Family-of-Origin issues; Attachment-Based Therapy; Relational and Identity concerns; and Substance Abuse. I have a background in Public Health and Political Advocacy. “The moment we choose to love we begin to move against domination, against oppression. The moment we choose to love we begin to move towards freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others.”

–Bell Hooks


Jasmine R. Johnson, PsyD

Psychologist

Multicultural Counseling through a Social Justice lens; Intersecting Marginalized Identities; Minority Identities; Identity Development; Traumatic Experiences (racial trauma, sexual trauma, intimate partner violence, grief, loss, and bereavement); Family of Origin and Relational Concerns; Religion and Spirituality; Women’s Concerns; and First-Generation Students I was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA., and as a true Philadelphian I have a love/hate relationship with the Philadelphia Eagles, I enjoy a good cheesesteak, and in the summer, you will find me with a water ice and pretzel. I obtained my Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). I love dancing, reading, and spending time with my family, friends, and rescue Pomeranian Foxxy Brown.

“Don’t go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Carie Kipnis

Social Work Intern

Substance Use & Harm Reduction; Criminal Justice Involvement & Related Stressors; Social Justice Advocacy; Exploring Internalized Stigma & Self-Concept; Navigating Phase of Life Changes/Transitions; Exploring Strengths & Resilience “A person is a fluid process, not a fixed and static entity; a flowing river of change, not a block of solid material; a continually changing constellation of potentialities, not a fixed quantity of traits.”

– Carl Rogers

 Sara Kulleseid, MD

Psychiatrist

Young Adult and Adult Psychiatry Avid reader, piano player, needlecrafter, wife and mother.
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Matthew LeRoy, PsyD
Psychologist
Multicultural Counseling; Grief and Loss; Creativity; and Interpersonal Difficulties I’m originally from New York, and have spent time in Philadelphia and Chicago. As a therapist I see my role as helping clients understand their emotions and patterns, which could be hurting their quality of life. Personally, I enjoy laughing, reading, spending time with my cats and traveling.

Rosaline Lin, MEd, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Multicultural Counseling; Relational Concerns; Trauma; Grief and Loss; Career and Vocational Concerns; Mindfulness; Creative Arts; Social Justice and Advocacy; Strengths-Based Counseling; Mental Health and Wellness of Twice-Exceptional Students; International/Immigrant Students; Students of Color; STTOP Team member. Fluent in Mandarin and Taiwanese. I am originally from Taiwan. I received my BA in Educational Psychology and Counseling from National Taiwan Normal University, MEd in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri, and PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa. I enjoy playing the piano, practicing yoga and meditation, drawing, traveling, being in nature, and spending time with friends and family.
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Beth Mark, MD
Resident Coordinator, Psychiatrist
Mind Body Medicine Interested in Climate Psychology
Psalm McDaniels, LSW

Social Worker

Multicultural Counseling, Trauma, Spirituality, Racial and Ethnic Identity, Family of Origin, Interpersonal Relationships, and Social Justice “There is freedom waiting for you,
On the breezes of the sky,
And you ask “What if I fall?”
Oh but my darling,
What if you fly?”

-Erin Hanson

Marla McKenzie

Administrative Assistant

Front Desk Service
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Ken Meehan, MSW, LCSW
Coordinator of Initial Consultation, Clinical Social Worker
Substance Abuse; Family Therapy; Adolescents/Young Adults; Men’s Issues “Forget what we became, what matters is what we’ve become, and our potentials to overcome.”

–Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel

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Sonya Meora, MSN, CRNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Medication Management; General Mental Health and Wellness I love yoga and movement, in any form.  I feel peaceful in and around water.  My greatest life joy is coming home to Lee and Sam (two sons) and Adam (husband).
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Carmen Moedano, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker
Multicultural Counseling; First-Generation College Students; Adjusting to Change/Life Transitions; Anxiety; Depression; Grief and Bereavement; Identity Concerns; Interpersonal Issues; Trauma; Suicide Prevention; Relationship Issues; STTOP Team member. I am fluent in Spanish. Received Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and bachelors degree from Brown University. Enjoy camping, hiking, and dancing.
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Julie Mullany, PsyD
Psychologist
LGBTQIA issues; Gender Transition and Identity Concerns; Eating Disorders; Mood Regulation; Trauma; Relationships; International Students; Marginalized populations; and Human Rights “In refusing our vulnerability we refuse the help needed at every turn of our existence and immobilize the essential, tidal and conversational foundations of our identity.”

–David Whyte

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Nicole Nardone, LSW, MLSP
Social Worker,  Let’s Talk Counselor
General Mental Health and Wellness. Let’s Talk counselor “The real revolutionary is always concerned with the least glamorous stuff: the raising a child’s reading level from third-grade to fourth; the filling out food stamp forms for folks, because they have to eat, revolution or not. The real revolutionary is always close enough to the people to be there for them when they’re needed.”

–Alice Walker

Elizabeth Nobis, PhD, MPH

Postdoctoral Fellow

Trauma; Interpersonal Concerns; Religion and Spirituality; Social Justice and Human Rights; Health Psychology; Community Mental Health “When the world comes crashing at your feet, it’s okay to let others help pick up the pieces. If we’re present to take part in your happiness when your circumstances are great, we are more than capable of sharing your pain.” Community

-Rupi Kaur

Nikki M. Novak, MS

Psychology Extern

Multicultural Counseling; Substance Use; Body Image; LGBT+; and Women’s Mental Health I am originally from Maryland, and I went to undergrad in North Carolina. I am a fifth-year student at Chestnut Hill College where I am currently working towards my Psy.D. I am passionate about providing a space in therapy that is safe, supportive, and collaborative. In my free time I enjoy collecting vinyl records, cooking, working out, and spending time with loved ones.
Madeline C. Omrod

Social Work Intern

Academic Stress Management; Anxiety/Depression; Religion/Spirituality; LGBTQ+ Affirming; Sexual Trauma Support; Body Image/Relationship with Food; Substance Abuse; Substance Abuse in the Family Raised in the Philly suburbs, I obtained my BA from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire where I studied Psychology and French. I am a Candidate for a Masters in Social Service at the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School for Social Work and Social Research. I am passionate about learning how family systems and intergenerational trauma impact the mind/body and how to implement healing through therapy. I love Dim Sum, espresso, swimming in the ocean and indoor cycling. Some of my favorite musicals include Next to Normal, Rent and Spring Awakening.
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Deborah (Di) O’Neill, DSW
Coordinator of STTOP Team, Clinical Social Worker
Trauma; Sexual Assault/Inter-Personal Violence/Stalking; Self Injury; Grief and Loss; EMDR; Women’s Issues; Queer/Trans Support; STTOP Team member “Self development is a higher duty than self sacrifice.”
–Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Alexzandra Perez, M.A.

Psychology Extern

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

– Lao Tzu

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Marian Reiff, PhD, LSW
Assessment Specialist
Assessment; Program Design and Evaluation; Outreach and Prevention; Social Justice; Multicultural Perspectives; Trauma; Mindfulness; Yoga

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
–The Dalai Lama

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Kyra Selwyn, PsyD
Psychologist
Multicultural Counseling; Chronic Illness; Psycho-Oncology; Depression; Grief and Loss; Identity and Relational Concerns “We must not wish for the disappearance of our troubles but the grace to transform them.”
–Simone Weil
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Valeriya Spektor, PhD

Psychologist
Work with international/Immigrant Clients; Multicultural Counseling; Trauma and Recovery (STTOP Team member); Eating Concerns (Eating Concerns Team member); Family-of-Origin and Relational Concerns; Women’s Issues; Grief and Loss, Social Justice Advocacy; Group Therapy; In training to become a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner Originally from Ukraine; Attended the College of Wooster  (BA) and Lehigh University (M Ed; PhD); Loves music, dance, and dogs
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Alaina Spiegel, PsyD
Coordinator of Prevention Programs,
Psychologist
Outreach Programming; Mental Health Awareness; Suicide Prevention; Social Justice; Emerging Adulthood; Coping with Anxiety; Mindfulness. Let’s Talk counselor. I help coordinate and facilitate the I CARE training, as well as other CAPS’ outreach events and workshops. In my personal life, I love spending time with friends and family, exploring new places in Philly, and getting inspiration from Pinterest. My favorite quote is from Maya Angelou: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
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Cherie Stanford
Administrative Assistant, Webmaster
Front Desk Service I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, with minors in African-American Literature and Women’s Studies, from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.
We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?”
–Marianne Williamson

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Alyssa Steglik
Administrative Assistant
Front Desk Service I received my Bachelors in Business Administration from Rutgers University. In my free time, I love to relax by going to the gym, yoga, and the beach.
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John Stein, MD
Psychiatrist
General Psychiatry Holistic approach to mental wellness.  M.D. from Penn before it was the Perelman School. “You only need one feather to have a feather in your cap”
— my sister
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Yacob Tekie, PhD
Psychologist,
Let’s Talk Program Coordinator

Working with marginalized clients; International/Immigrant students; Black-queer students; Men & Masculinity; Multicultural Counseling; Trauma; Anxiety; Depression; Relational Concerns; Eating Concerns; Mindfulness and Acceptance; Social Justice Advocacy & Human Rights; Community Mental Health; Outreach and Prevention; Let’s Talk Program Coordinator. Tigrigna-English bilingual therapy. I am originally from Eritrea, East Africa & earned my PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Dedicated to community mental health,  asylum seekers, torture survivors, social justice advocacy and human rights. When I am not at CAPS, I like to pick my camera and travel, go hiking or driving, painting and sculpture. My family and friends are my main source of happiness. I can’t skip a day without listening to Luciano Pavarotti!

Vincent G. Walford, PhD

Psychologist

Men’s Issues; Racial and Ethnic Identity Development; Group Therapy, Spirituality; Issues related to equity and inclusion; Multicultural Counseling; STTOP Team member. Let’s Talk counselor. I completed my undergraduate studies at Baylor University and obtained a Master’s in Public Health from Morehouse School of Medicine, with a specialty in Health Education and Health Promotion. I pursued and completed my doctoral training in Counseling Psychology from Howard University, and completed my clinical internship with the University of Houston Counseling Center. From there, I completed a post-doctoral Trauma Fellowship at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.
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Alice Wang, LSW, MSEd,
Social Worker
Social Justice; Trauma (STTOP Team member); Grief and Loss; Identity Development; Multicultural and Multiracial Issues; Relationship and Family Concerns; Anti-Oppressive Practices; Strengths-Based Practices; Queer and Trans Support; Eating Concerns Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, I have also spent time in Maine and Vermont before moving to Philadelphia for my graduate studies. I find joy in family, food, art, and animals.

“when the world comes crashing at your feet
it’s okay to let others
help pick up the pieces
if we’re present to take part in your happiness
when your circumstances are great
we are more than capable
of sharing your pain”
community

–Rupi Kaur

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Abeeda Warnauth
Office Manager
Office Operations I am very proud to be on the CAPS team.  My responsibility is to oversee all general administrative and building operations at CAPS.  I always strive to make everyone happy and love spending my free time with my family.  I enjoy cooking, listening to music and dancing.

My favorite word of wisdom that keeps me strong, “When bad things happen in your life/You have three choices/You can either let it define you/Let it destroy you or/You can let it strengthen you.”

Eva S. Wilson, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Multicultural Counseling; Identity Exploration; Racial and Ethnic Identity Development; Multiracial Identity; Racism and Racial Trauma; Family of Origin and Relationship Concerns; Grief and Loss; Students of Color; First Generation and Low Income Students; LGBTQIA+ Affirming Support; Social Justice and Advocacy; Strengths-Based Counseling; STTOP Team member I am originally from New Haven, Connecticut and completed my BA in Psychology at Yale University, and both my MA in Mental Health Counseling and my PhD in Counseling Psychology at Boston College. Things that bring me joy include the beach, the performing arts, animals, cooking, and time with family and friends.
“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Derik Yager-Elorriaga, PhD
Psychologist, Let’s Talk Counselor
Multicultural Counseling; Racial/Ethnic Identity Development; Bicultural Identity Issues; Latinx Issues; STTOP Team member, Let’s Talk counselor “That’s the history of the world. His story is told, her’s isn’t.”

–Dolores Huerta

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Peter Zamora
Coordinator of Clinical Administrative Operations
Administrative Operations Each day I find pleasure and inspiration in my interaction with CAPS staff and clients.