UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN


Staff Roster


CLINICAL STAFF

CHENG, SEAN - sjcheng@illinois.edu

Clinical Counselor
Chair, Asian American Outreach

M.A., Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Theoretical Orientation: humanistic, interpersonal, and existential within a multicultural framework

Professional Interests: diversity issues, identity development, transition into college life, acculturation, career and major exploration, and concerns specific to Asian/Asian American students

GÓMEZ, ALEJANDRO - jrgomez@illinois.edu

Clinical Counselor
Chair, Latina/Latino Student Outreach

M.S.W., Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: When working with individuals, I like to include as many aspects of the human condition as possible: thinking, feeling, behaving, and social selves. My approach is integrative that includes client-centered, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and multicultural frameworks.

Professional Interests: depression and anxiety; existential theory; LGBT issues; DBT; multicultural issues; and concerns with Latina/Latino students

HALLETT, MARYBETH - hallett@illinois.edu

Clinical Counselor

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: includes influences from developmental, psychodynamic, systemic, cognitive, gestalt, and interpersonal theories; practices from a feminist philosophy of treatment using short-term therapy models

Professional Interests: provision of group psychotherapy; identity concerns; relationships; women’s career development and dual-career relationships; shame; experiencing and expressing emotion

HEGEMAN, KURT - khegeman@illinois.edu

Clinical Counselor, Alcohol and Other Drug Office (AODO)

M.A., Clinical Psychology, Eastern Illinois University
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)

Theoretical Orientation: emphasis on cognitive-behavioral, strength-based, psychodynamic, family systems approaches

Professional Interests: Group therapy (AOD and men’s issues), AOD assessments, AOD outreach and consultation, mood disorders, individual counseling, couples and family therapy

HU, TZU-AN - thu@illinois.edu

Clinical Counselor

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University at Buffalo

Theoretical Orientation: I integrate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness approaches along with a focus on the interpersonal dynamics within the therapeutic relationship.

Professional Interests: Individual and group therapy; multicultural, international students, and men’s issues; mindfulness practice; perfectionism; adjustment issues; grief and loss; spirituality; relationship issues; depression and anxiety; multilingual counseling (Mandarin).

KINDERMAN, LISA - lisakind@illinois.edu

Clinical Counselor
Chair, Integrative Health and Wellness Treatment Team
Training Coordinator

Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Pacific University School of Professional Psychology
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical orientation: Integrative with an emphasis on building strong and collaborative working alliances with clients; utilizing cognitive-behavioral and short-term psychodynamic theories within a multicultural framework.

Professional Interests: Mindfulness-based treatment strategies, strengths-based clinical practice, relationship/couples issues, mood and anxiety disorders, coping with chronic medical concerns, eating/body image concerns, international student issues, training/supervision.

LAMBETH, GREGORY S. - lambeth@illinois.edu

Clinical Counselor
Chair, Cognitive and Psychiatric Disability Treatment Team

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: My approach to treatment is generally solution-focused and/or cognitive-behavioral, but I also use psychodynamic approaches to be helpful at times.

Professional Interests: assessment and treatment of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders, Learning Disorders and Autistic-spectrum Disorders; liaison to Graduate College, counseling graduate students on issues related to dissertation-completion; assistance with academic difficulties such as procrastination; treatment of depression and anxiety; evaluation of sleep-related problems

LANGELLIER, CONSTANCE – langelli@illinois.edu

Clinical Counselor, Sub-specialist Eating Disorders
Therapeutic Services Coordinator
Co-Chair, Eating Disorders Treatment Team
Coordinator, Campus-wide Eating Disorders Interdisciplinary Treatment Team

B.S.N., Nursing, University of Illinois
M.A., Clinical Psychology, Wheaton College
Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Illinois School of Professional Psychology
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois
Licensed Registered Nurse, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: I conceptualize primarily from a psychodynamic and family systems perspective. However my treatment approach is integrative, utilizing the necessary interventions for the short-term framework here at the center.

Professional Interests: eating disorders, body image concerns; multicultural issues; identity development and interdisciplinary treatment models

MASON GRISSOM, DYNESHA D. – ddmason@illinois.edu

Clinical Counselor
Outreach and Consultation Services Coordinator

M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy, Christian Theological Seminary
ABD, Counseling Psychology, Indiana State University

Theoretical Orientation: Integrative with heavy reliance upon the gamut of systems theories, multicultural principles, and feminist ideologies.

Professional Interests: Generalist clinician with a special interest in working with US racial and ethnic minorities, issues related to religion and spirituality, sexual diversity, couples, loss and grief, trauma, men of Color, identity development, and gender.

MCCOWAN, CARLA J. – cmccowan@illinois.edu

Director

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Kentucky
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: integrative with emphasis on interpersonal and developmental theories; short-term interventions often derived from cognitive theories; I practice from a multicultural and feminist framework

Professional Interests: multicultural and feminist issues; identity development; counseling issues with African American women and men; career development; utilization of group therapy with people of color, treatment of anxiety, strategic planning and implementation

MCNICHOLL, R.J. – rjcrisis@illinois.edu

Crisis Triage Case Manager

M.S.W., Indiana University, Bloomington
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: strong emphasis on cognitive-behavioral, strength-based, psychodynamic, family systems approaches

Professional Interests: crisis intervention, suicide prevention, couples counseling, sexual addictions, men’s issues, motivational interviewing, performance anxiety, and life transition issues

RICKETTS, PATRICIA – pricktts@illinois.edu

Clinical Counselor
Chair, Native American Outreach
Chair, Trauma Treatment Team
Chair, Women’s Issues and Trauma Outreach

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Long Island University
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: integrative; interventions drawn from short-term psychodynamic models that incorporate developmental, cognitive behavioral methods, existential, and interpersonal techniques

Professional Interests: complex psychological trauma (includes early childhood abuse, traumatic loss, sexual assault, and PTSD), anxiety and mood disorders, psychotherapy integration, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and identity issues

ROBERTS, BILL – wilro@illinois.edu

Associate Director

Ph.D., Clinical and Community Psychology, University of South Carolina
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: Person centered, integrative, interpersonal, developmental, and humanistic are some of the words which come to mind as I think about my work. However I am often left in wonderment regarding the human condition as my understanding is so limited.

Professional Interests: I currently find myself focusing on trying to be useful to staff as they grow professionally and personally. Part of that focus is working to develop systems which are truly supportive.

RUSSELL, MARY – mrussell@illinois.edu

Clinical Counselor
Coordinator, Alcohol and Other Drug Office (AODO)

M.S., Psychology, Illinois State University
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: emphasis on humanistic, interpersonal process, social/cultural and family of origin conceptualizations

Professional Interests: addiction-focused assessments and services; outreach and consultation, including AOD; individual and group counseling; multicultural psychology; LGBT Ally; mental health concerns of students with disabilities; vocational psychology

SEN, RAKHI -sen@illinois.edu

Clinical Counselor
Chair, International Student Outreach

M.A., Applied Psychology, University of Delhi South Campus, New Delhi, India
M.A., Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: integrative, operate within an overarching multicultural framework drawing from Interpersonal, Humanistic, Social Learning, and Feminist approaches

Professional Interests: diversity issues, identity development, gender issues, trauma concerns, interpersonal psychotherapy, use of stories and metaphor in therapy, spirituality issues, role and nature of counseling in non-western cultures, supervision and training

STEELE, COREY – csteele7@illinois.edu

Clinical Counselor

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Loyola University Chicago

Theoretical Orientation: integrative, including influences from person-centered, multicultural, and strengths-based approaches

Professional Interests: Issues related to diversity, racial identity development, late adolescence/emerging adulthood issues/development, prevention and outreach, and concerns specific to young men of color

THOMAS, JODI – jmthomas@illinois.edu

Clinical Counselor
Practicum Training Chair

M.A., Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Theoretical Orientation: I approach my work with clients primarily from a cognitive-behavioral and feminist theory perspective.

Professional Interests: Although I enjoy working with a variety of concerns that college students experience, I have particular interests in psychosocial treatments for ADD/ADHD, women’s issues, identity development, and gender and sexuality (sexual health, sexual behavior, relationship issues, sexual functioning, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender roles/socialization). LGBT Ally, Kink-Aware, Poly-Aware.

WEATHERSBY, DEIDRE – daweath@illinois.edu

Clinical Counselor
Assistant Director
Chair, African American Outreach

M.A., Community Counseling, Loyola University Chicago
Ph. D., Counseling Psychology, Loyola University Chicago

Theoretical Orientation: integrative including person centered approaches, interpersonal process and multicultural counseling theories

Professional Interests: race related stress, ways of coping and cultural identity models in ethnic minority groups and prevention, outreach and advocacy work in counseling settings

ZHANG, QIANHUI (pronounced “Chien-Hway”) – qhzhang@illinois.edu

Clinical Counselor

M.A., Counseling Psychology, Southern Illinois University

Theoretical Orientation: integrative; influenced by various orientations, such as psychodynamic, interpersonal, narrative, and emotion-focused theories, within a multicultural and feminist framework. I also incorporate the use of metaphors and mindfulness/acceptance-based interventions in my practices.

Professional Interests: anxiety and depression, relationship with self and others, family of origins, body image and disordered eating, interpersonal trauma and coping, gender and women’s health, diversity and identity development, concerns specific to Asian international students, and multilingual counseling (Mandarin & Cantonese).

2013-2014 INTERNS

BANKS, JAMYE – jrbanks@illinois.edu

M.A., Counseling (Community Track), Ball State University, Muncie, IN
Ed.S., Counseling Psychology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Theoretical Orientation: Encompassed within a multicultural counseling framework, I have an integrative approach, drawing from interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and family of origin perspectives.

Professional Interests: I like to work with a variety of concerns, however have particular interest in grief and loss, relationships, identity development, perfectionism, stress management, multiculturalism, ally development, and outreach.

HENKE, LUKE – lhenke6@illinois.edu

M.A., Clinical Psychology, Roosevelt University

Theoretical Orientation: Integrative, combining influences from relational, psychodynamic, and cognitive theories, using a person-centered and multicultural lens.

Professional Interests: Anxiety, mood disorders, loss, identity development and developmental transitions, GLBTQ issues, supervision and training.

MACY, SAM – smacy@illinois.edu

M.A., Clinical Counseling, Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Theoretical Orientation: My therapeutic approach is integrative, flexible, and tailored to the needs of my clients. I conceptualize from an interpersonal psychodynamic framework while paying close attention to cultural and contextual factors that contribute to identity and sense of self. In clinical practice, I draw from cognitive-behavioral, feminist, interpersonal, and emotion-focused traditions.

Professional Interests: Multicultural psychology, family of origin issues, anxiety and stress, identity development, LGBTQ concerns, existential concerns, social justice advocacy.

SUCHAK, MEGHANA – msuchak@illinois.edu

M. Psych (Couns), Monash University, Australia

Theoretical Orientation: A mixture of psycho-dynamic, interpersonal, and systems approach with a strong multicultural focus.

Professional Interests: I am open to working with a wide variety of concerns. My interests include working with transitional concerns, grief and loss issues, bereavement issues, identity development, LGBTQ concerns, and working with international students. I am also interested in working with students struggling with long term family illnesses.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL STAFF

BENSON, THERESA – tmb67@illinois.edu

Assistant Director

Program Coordinator, Counseling Center Paraprofessional Program

M.A., Holistic Health Education, JFK University
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, The University of Akron
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, State of Illinois

Professional Interests: I started working with the CCP program in 2007 as the Program Coordinator. As an instructor, I take an experiential learning approach with a holistic emphasis focusing on the development and integration of the cognitive, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual aspects of the students. As a clinician, I practice a common factors approach influenced by an existential-constructivist perspective when developing case conceptualizations and treatment plans with my clients. Clinical interests include Eastern therapies with an emphasis on Morita therapy and mindfulness-based practice; holistic health practices and interventions that focus on the development and integration of the cognitive, physical, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of a person; self-care practices of caregivers; body-based psychotherapies; post-traumatic growth; and social justice issues.

BRIGHT, LATRELLE – lbright@illinois.edu

Program Coordinator, INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre

M.F.A. Directing, University of Memphis

Professional Interests: directing, ensemble created works, solo performance, and narrative theatre. She has served as artistic director of The Renaissance Guild, Director of Audience Development for Voices of the South, and Assistant Program Director for the Heifer Theatre Project with Heifer International. In addition, she was a paralegal in the corporate world, volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Alamo Theatre Arts Council, and the YWCA, and facilitated dialogues on race through the Common Ground program. She has received awards for her innovative programming and directing and has been recognized as a Young Leader of Color in American theatre by TCG.

FREI, AARON- afrei2@illinois.edu

Information Technology Operations Manager

B.S., Computer Informational Sciences, Bradley University
M.S., Computer Science, University of Illinois at Springfield (in-progress)

Professional Interests: Finding and researching improvements that can be made within the Counseling Center to improve efficiency at work and staying up to date with all the latest technology discoveries to make everyone’s workload a bit easier.

LOGGINS, SHONDRA – loggins@illinois.edu

Research Data Analyst

B.A., Community Health, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
M.S., Public Health, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D., Community Health, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Professional Interests: My broad areas of interest are in the areas of Public Health, Education, Human and Community Development, Health Rehabilitation and Disabilities, and Epidemiology; which can be narrowly tailored to focus on research design, assessment and evaluation . My specific research interests include minority health and health disparities, using statistical data as a practical tool to develop public policy, and program implementation/evaluation.

PETERSON, BETSY – betsyp@illinois.edu

Education and Prevention Specialist, Alcohol and Other Drug Office
Alcohol Culture Explored Interactive Theatre (ACE IT) Program Coordinator
Instructor – CHLH 199-ACE

M.F.A., Theatre Directing, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Professional Interests: issues of college drinking and how the campus drinking culture impacts students, peer education and facilitation skills, diversity dialogue, active learning in the classroom, using theatre to facilitate dialogue on social issues, script development, leadership, outcome evaluation

AODO OFFICE

Mary Russellmrussell@illinois.edu
Kurt Hegeman
khegeman@illinois.edu
Betsy Peterson – betsyp@illinois.edu
Joni Pankaujpankau@illinois.edu

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Gina Arnoldglarnold@illinois.edu

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES OFFICE

Francie Bright - fbright@illinois.edu
Angie Gruendl - agruendl@illinois.edu

RECEPTION SERVICES OFFICE

Debbie Garthwait - dwhites1@illinois.edu
Sarah Miller - semiller@illinois.edu

GRADUATE ASSISTANTS

Brittany Meyer, ACE-IT
Bryan Haggard, African-American Outreach
Michelle Flores, Alcohol and Other Drug
Jenna Reid, Alcohol and Other Drug Office
Zhenni Wang, Asian Pacific American Outreach
Sarah Rinehart, Eating Disorders
Molly Yue, International Student Outreach
Lisa Ortiz, Latino/a Outreach
Michelle Gao, Paraprofessional Program
Elizabeth Weck, SODA LGBT Outreach
Keithan Hedrick, Technology Based Outreach
Katherine Earl, Therapeutic Services
Namrata Doshi, Trauma Treatment

 

PRACTICUM STUDENTS, 2013-2014

Namrata Doshi
Katherine Earl
Sarah Rinehart
Alyssa Swan