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CMHC Staff

Business Hours:
Monday thru Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Appointment-Scheduling hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-4:00pm
Phone: (512) 471-3515 - Student Services Building 5th Floor
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Professional Staff and Supervised Trainees

The CMHC professional staff includes clinicians who represent a variety of mental health disciplines. Our licensed staff includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers and Licensed Professional Counselors. Our staff also includes post-graduate clinicians who are in the process of completing their licensure requirements, as well as graduate students who are in the process of obtaining advanced degrees in psychology or social work.

For more information about our Psychology and Social Work internship programs click on the links below:
Psychology Internship Program
Social Work Internship Program
Psychology Practicum Program

Please feel free to talk with your counselor if you have any questions about his or her background, experience, or training.

Leadership Staff

Chris Brownson
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Director of the Counseling and Mental Health Center

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

Has served as director of CMHC since 2006 and associate VP for student affairs since 2011. Oversight of University Health Services and the Center for Students in Recovery is also in his portfolio. Since 2004, has been the director of the National Research Consortium of Counseling Centers in Higher Education, which conducts research on college mental health. He is president-elect of the Texas University Counseling Center Director’s Association, a past chair of the Section on College and University Counseling Centers of Division 17 of APA, a past chair of the Higher Education Mental Health Alliance, a past chair of the Mental Health Section and past member of the Board of Directors for the American College Health Association. He is a clinical associate professor in Educational Psychology, and his research and professional interests include college student suicide prevention, the intersection of mental health and academic success, and the integration of mental health into primary care.


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Marla Craig
Associate Director for Clinical Services
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Texas A&M University
Licensed Psychologist, Texas

Supervises clinical services, which includes individual and group counseling and crisis counseling. Marla enjoys working out, cooking and yoga, spending time with family and friends, reading a good book and drinking a strong cup of hot coffee.


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Laura Dannenmaier
Clinical Social Worker
Assistant Director for CARE
Master's of Science in Social Work (MSSW), University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas

Directs the Counselors in Academic Residence (CARE) Program, a program that provides mental health services in academic offices to facilitate students' academic and life goals. Provides individual, group, and crisis counseling in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Also provides consultation to staff and prevention services. Participates in training for psychology and social work interns. Areas of professional interest include grief and trauma, depression and anxiety, and relationship concerns. In her free time, Laura enjoys hiking, working at her pottery wheel, playing guitar and spending time with her family.


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Melissa Eshelman
Associate Director for Psychiatric Services
M.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas
Board certified in Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Forensic Psychiatry

Provides diagnostic psychiatry evaluations, medical evaluation and management, crisis intervention, consultation and supervision. Professional interests include crisis/emergency psychiatry, risk assessment, consultation/liaison psychiatry, ethics, developmental issues/child and adolescent psychiatry, mood disorders, eating disorders, supervision/training and psychopharmacology. Her personal interests include spending time with her family, regular exercise at the gym, enjoying home cooked meals, and reading mystery novels.


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Alicia Garces
Assistant Director – Social Work Training Director
Master's of Science in Social Work (MSSW), The University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas
Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work

Provides individual counseling. Directs the Social Work Internship Program. Participates in training for psychology and social work interns. Works with campus groups and leads workshops for the general student population, as well as for international students and Hispanic students.


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Katy Redd
Associate Director for Prevention and Outreach
M.P.H. New Mexico State University
M.S.W. New Mexico State University
C.H.E.S. (Certified Health Education Specialist)

Katy oversees prevention programming, communication, and assessment for CMHC. She plans, develops and implements innovative public health programming and forges campus partnerships to support mental health promotion, suicide prevention and interpersonal violence prevention. She also oversees the Public Information Team (PIT), a team of professionals dedicated to ensuring that CMHC’s services are appropriate and effectively communicated to the UT community. Katy’s professional interests include health communication, public health methods to improve mental health, social justice and health equity. In her free time, Katy enjoys running, hiking, traveling, quilting, calligraphy and watching her young children experience the world.
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Cary Tucker
Associate Director for Integrated Health
Master's of Science in Social Work (MSSW), The University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Registered Nurse (RN), Texas

Provides individual counseling and facilitates classes through the Integrated Health Program, a collaboration between CMHC and UHS. As Director of the Integrated Health Program, works closely with University Health Services. Trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Areas of interest include mindfulness and psychotherapy, meditation, yoga, humor, spirituality, and a holistic approach to health and healing.


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Javier Ungo
Assistant Director for Access and Referral Services
Master's of Science in Social Work (MSSW), The University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Texas)

Oversees the Brief Assessment and Referral program. Provides brief assessment services to students upon intake, assists with referrals to community resources and coordinates CMHC's crisis services. Also coordinates the CMHC Crisis Line. In high school he was in a Beastie Boys cover band.

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Mark Zentner
Assistant Director – Psychology Training Director
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Psychologist, Texas

Oversees the Practicum Training Program, the APA-accredited Psychology Internship Program, and the Psychology Fellowship Program at CMHC. Serves as a supervisor and seminar leader for interns and practicum students. Provides individual, crisis, and group counseling, approaching the counseling process from an integrative perspective, informed by relational-cultural, person-centered, relational, and multicultural theories. He enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, traveling to National Parks and Colorado, and cheering for the Minnesota Vikings.


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Clinical Staff

Mike Andorka
Staff Psychologist
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Akron
Licensed Psychologist, Texas

Provides individual and group therapy, along with outreach, consultation, and crisis support. Clinical interests include working with LGBTQIA students, multicultural dynamics, survivors of interpersonal trauma, alcohol and drug moderation/recovery, disordered eating/body image, and social confidence. In his free time, he enjoys going to the gym, reading fantasy/sci fi novels, and playing video games.


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Elana Bizer
Integrated Health Counselor
Master's of Science in Social Work (MSSW), The University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas

Provides individual counseling and co-leads groups through the Integrated Health Program, a collaboration between CMHC and UHS. She is interested in the inter-relationship between emotional and physical health and enjoys working with students to facilitate wellness on both levels. She utilizes a relational style of counseling which incorporates mindfulness-based approaches. Outside of work, Elana is passionate about all things involving food. In addition, she enjoys yoga, art, hiking, and travel.


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Kimberly Burdine
Staff Psychologist
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Oklahoma State University

Provides individual, group and crisis counseling. Provides preventative and specialized programming for Black and African American Students. She is interested in preventative treatment and outreach programming in underserved populations, cultural identity development, family of origin and the interpersonal/relationship concerns, trauma survival, training/supervision and group therapy. Outside of work, Kimberly enjoys quality time with family and friends, which always includes food! Spirituality and connectedness charges her sense of purpose and passion for mental health work and is a firm believer that “me” time is an absolute must!


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Zac Carter
Social Work Fellow
MS, Social Work, University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Texas

Provides individual, couples, family, group and crisis counseling. Zac co-created and co-leads “Big Bodies. Radical Love.” a therapy group focused on body positivity, self-love and self-compassion. His professional interests include relational-cultural/feminist theory, social justice, cultural diversity and intersectionality, fat and body positivity, mindfulness and self-compassion, queer identities, and working with survivors of trauma. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, being in nature, watching movies and spending time with close friends. He is committed to making time for good food, laughter and self-care.


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Sylvia W. Chen
Practicum Training Program Coordinator
Staff Psychologist

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Texas A&M University

Provides individual, group and crisis counseling to UT students, with a specific interest in working with students from marginalized and underserved communities. Her clinical interests include diversity issues, cross-cultural adjustment, identity concerns and family dynamics. She also oversees the CMHC Practicum Training Program and serves as a clinical supervisor and seminar leader for practicum counselors, psychology interns and psychology fellows.


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Karl Chiang
Integrated Health Counselor
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Denver
Licensed Psychologist, Massachusetts
Credentialed Health Service Psychologist, National Register of Health Service Psychologists

Provides individual and group therapy and is part of the Integrated Health Program, a collaboration between CMHC and UHS. Provides counseling and referral services to students in UHS general medicine clinics, as well as leading Integrated Health classes, and trains interns and practicum students. Is especially interested in health psychology, mindfulness based interventions, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, post traumatic growth, health behavior change, coping with illness, quality of life, integrating behavioral health in primary care settings, health disparities, psychometrics, support groups for chronic conditions, readjusting after living/studying abroad, and sexual harassment/assault prevention. In his personal time, Karl enjoys running, cycling, backpacking, skiing, whitewater kayaking, rock climbing and playing the guitar.


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Kate Czar
Integrated Health Counselor
Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, The University of Southern Mississippi
Licensed Psychologist, Texas

Provides individual, group, and crisis counseling. Kate coordinates the center’s group services and is involved in the supervision and training of interns and practicum students. She enjoys working with diverse students with various presenting concerns, with a particular interest in anxiety management, substance-related issues, grief and loss, LGBTQ identity exploration, and a holistic view of health and wellness. She values the use of mindfulness, relaxation, and strength-based approaches in therapy. Kate is a huge animal lover, is passionate about plants and the environment, and loves eating, movies, music, stories, playing sports, and traveling.


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Emily J Doyle
Staff Psychiatrist
M.D., University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas
Board certified in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry

Provides diagnostic psychiatry evaluations, medical evaluation and management, crisis intervention, and consultation. Professional interests include ethical and legal issues in medicine, physician health and wellbeing, and medical education.


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Aaron Evans
CARE Coordinator
M.Ed., Counseling, University of North Texas
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Texas

Provides individual, group and crisis counseling for students in the College of Liberal Arts. Assists College of Liberal Arts advisors with mental health consultation, training and outreach. Her professional interests include how the body stores trauma, challenges in adjustment, family dynamics, mindfulness, and practicing compassion and acceptance toward self. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga, seeing live music, and cooking with friends and family.


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Alice Gerhart
Social Work Fellow
MSSW, University of Texas, Austin
Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Texas

Provides individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, and prevention and outreach services. Alice’s professional interests include life transitions, resiliency, trauma, grief and loss, mindfulness and neurobiology, and healthy relationships. Outside of work, Alice enjoys home-improvement projects, writing, gardening, spending time with friends and family, and eating breakfast tacos.


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Meghan Graham
Brief Assessment and Referral Counselor
MSSW, The University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Texas

Provides brief assessment and referral services in addition to individual and group counseling. Meghan has professional experience in providing risk assessment, crisis intervention and brief counseling. Her professional interests include relational-cultural model, interpersonal neurobiology, mindfulness and self-compassion focused cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and attachment theory. In her spare time, she enjoys being in nature, swimming, yoga, walking her dog, and spending time with friends and loved ones. She also enjoys reading, crafting, and organizing.


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Joey Hannah, Ph.D.
Diversity Coordinator, Staff Psychologist
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Florida

Provides individual and group therapy, outreach, consultation, and crisis support, in addition to training/supervision for interns and practicum students. Joey serves as a Diversity Coordinator and liaison to the LGBTQ+ communities at UT. Professional interests include sexual, gender, and relationship diversity; racial justice and White allyship; psychological assessment; suicide prevention/intervention; trauma recovery; grief & loss; video game, internet, and technology issues. In his spare time, Joey enjoys video games, Netflix, traveling, food/cooking and reading.


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Nathan Langfitt
CARE Coordinator
MA, Counseling, St Edwards University
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Texas

Provides individual, group and crisis counseling for students in the College of Nursing, College of Fine Arts & Dell Medical School. Assists the colleges with mental health consultation, training and outreach. His professional interests include mental health issues unique to the performance and visual arts, emerging adults and identity development, self-compassion and issues of self-worth/value, and proactive and preventative wellness. In his spare time, he enjoys running marathons, enjoying and performing classical music and being a foodie and trying new restaurants.


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Toby LeBlanc
CARE Counselor – College of Education, McCombs Business School
M.A. in Community Counseling, LSU
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Texas

Provides individual and group therapy, consultation, and outreach for students of McCombs School of Business and the College of Education. Clinical interests include alleviating trauma, reducing anxiety and depression, exploring issues of masculinity, and redefining relationships with drugs and alcohol. In his free time Toby enjoys cooking, reading, watching football and playing with his two children.


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Sarah Levinn
Brief Assessment and Referral Counselor
MSSW, The University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), Texas

Provides brief assessment and referral services in addition to individual and group counseling. Sarah has professional experience in inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment, inpatient and outpatient detox with adults, case management and crisis intervention. Her professional interests include self-care, LGBTQ issues, addiction, mindfulness and self-compassion. In her spare time she enjoys Ultimate Frisbee – I play grass and beach ultimate, most recently representing Team USA at the World Championships of Beach Ultimate in France and on my local women’s club team, Texas Showdown. She also enjoys bouldering, trying new restaurants in town, and making friends with stray cats.


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Leah Leeds
Clinical Social Worker
Masters of Science in Social Work, UT Austin
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas

Provides individual and group therapy. Experience providing advocacy services in mental health and community settings, community based shelters, law enforcement and campus settings. Professional interest in working with survivors of interpersonal violence, the effects of and neurobiology of trauma, anxiety, depression and grief. Leah enjoys the outdoors, traveling, running, and spending time with friends and family.


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Yesica Lemus
CARE Coordinator
MA, Psychology, Houston Baptist University
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Texas

Provides individual, group, and crisis counseling for students in the College of Undergraduate Studies. Assists advisors in the College of Undergraduate Studies with mental health consultation, training and outreach. Yesica has professional experience working in an outpatient mental health setting, inpatient setting, private practice, non-profit organizations, and academic setting. She is interested in working with issues regarding anxiety, depression, trauma, and challenges in adjusting, developing effective coping skills for stress and decreasing the stigma surrounding mental health. In her spare time, Yesica enjoys traveling, reading, watching movies, shopping and trying new things.


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Diane Lewis
Psychiatrist
M.D., Texas A&M Health Sciences Center College of Medicine, Board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Provides psychiatric evaluations, medication management, medical evaluation and management, crisis intervention, consultation and supervision. Professional interests include depression, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, post traumatic stress, bipolar disorder, substance use disorders, ADD/ADHD, OCD.


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Joan Long
Clinical Social Worker
Clinical Team Coordinator

Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW), The University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas

Provides individual therapy, co-facilitates interpersonal process groups, and is part of the Mindful Eating Program. Her professional interests include trauma and attachment, existential and spiritual concerns, and the dynamics of development of the self. She enjoys the study and practice of psychodynamic and relational approaches to therapy, and also the ways in which mindfulness and awareness of body sensations contribute to development of emotional regulation. Joan enjoys learning about other cultures through food and travel. In addition, she enjoys yoga, walking at Lady Bird Lake and experiencing the vibrancy of downtown Austin.


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Geeti S. Mahajan
Integrated Health Counselor
Master of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas

Provides individual, group and crisis counseling through the Integrated Health Program, a collaboration between CMHC and UHS. Geeti’s approach is rooted in mindfulness based modalities, emphasizing somatic and expressive arts practices drawn from yoga and dance. She is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and has enjoyed facilitating specialty yoga groups as part of CMHC group offerings. Geeti enjoys being in nature, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.


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Linett Negroni
Staff Therapist
MSW, New York University
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas

Provides individual, group and crisis counseling. Linett has professional experience in eating disorder residential treatment, trauma therapy and support for adult and child survivors of sexual assault and their non-offending family members. Her professional interests include early attachment, identity development and interpersonal relations. She uses trauma-informed relational approach to therapy; bringing mindfulness and body awareness into sessions to assist with identifying emotions and practicing affective regulations. Linett is especially interested in diversity, multicultural issues, and cultural identity development and enjoys providing bilingual counseling to any students who might be more comfortable discussing their concerns in Spanish. In her spare time she making friends with animals, dancing, reading and making up ridiculous lyrics to popular songs.


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Matthew Olson
Alcohol and Other Drug Counseling Program Coordinator
M.A. in Professional Counseling from Texas State University at San Marcos
License Professional Counselor – Supervisor (LPC-S), Texas

Provides assessments, individual and group counseling, and therapeutic programs related to substance use concerns. Matthew is originally from the Houston area and enjoys all sports, playing with his daughter, and spending time with his livestock.


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Jordan Osher
Brief Assessment and Referral Counselor
MSW, Boston College
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas

Provides brief assessment and referral services in addition to individual and group counseling. Jordan has professional experience in outpatient individual and family therapy and Mobile Crisis Outreach. Her professional interests include trauma focused cognitive based therapy and crisis work. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and volunteering with animals.


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Kristen Pearson
Staff Therapist
Master's of Science in Social Work (MSSW), The University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas

Provides individual and group therapy to students. Participates with Voices Against Violence, providing individual and group counseling and advocacy to students who have experienced interpersonal violence. In her free time she loves reading, learning to sew, cooking, camping/hiking and spending time with family and friends.
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Dian Cuellar Ruud
Clinical Social Worker
Ph.D., Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Texas

Provides strength-based individual counseling and group therapy. Professional interests include depression management, living with anxiety, stress management through self-care action, and relationship issues. Trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy for depression (IPT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and stress reduction techniques (e.g., biofeedback.) Appreciates the opportunity to offer Spanish-speaking counseling services to students who may prefer expressing themselves in their native language. Enjoys yoga, tennis, hiking, social activism, and leisure time with friends and family.


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Kory Schruben, LMSW
Social Work Fellow
MSSW, University of Texas, Austin
Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Texas

Provides individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, and prevention and outreach services. Participates in the Voices Against Violence program, providing counseling and advocacy to students who have experienced interpersonal violence. Kory’s professional interests include identity development, trauma, resiliency, and working with LGBTQIA identified students In her free time, Kory enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

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Samuel Shapiro, M.D.
Psychiatrist
M.D., University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
Board Certified in Psychiatry

Provides diagnostic psychiatry evaluations, medical evaluation and management, crisis intervention, and consultation. Professional interests include General Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry.

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Abby Simpson
CARE Coordinator – Moody College of Communication, College of Fine Arts
Master's of Science in Social Work (MSSW), The University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas

Provides individual, group, and crisis counseling in the Moody College of Communication and the College of Fine Arts. Also provides consultation to staff and prevention services. Professional interests include working with survivors of interpersonal violence, crisis intervention, and helping clients manage perfectionism and anxiety. In her free time she enjoys biking, taking her dog to the park, and watching horror movies.

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Stephen Strakowski
Psychiatrist
M.D., Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN
Board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology

Provides diagnostic psychiatry evaluations, medical evaluation and management, crisis intervention, consultation and supervision. As Chair for the Department of Psychiatry at Dell Medical School, Steve leads the development of improved mental health care delivery, research and research strategies to improve access and quality of treatment for people suffering from mental illness in the region. He is also helping to guide the development of a neuroscience institute and expand UT imaging research. He maintains an active outpatient clinical practice, and he provides consultations for difficult to treat patients (primarily with bipolar disorder) both regionally and nationally. Dr. Strakowski is active in research and is a national leader addressing health disparities in the U.S., specifically in the widely recognized problem of misdiagnosis of African American individuals with schizophrenia. In his spare time, Steve enjoys playing the bass guitar while his wife sings.


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Monica Thiagaragan
Staff Psychologist and Diversity Coordinator
Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Western Michigan University
Licensed Psychologist, Texas

Provides individual, group, and crisis counseling. Has specific interest in serving students from marginalized and underserved student communities. Her own life experiences make her passionate about providing an affirming space for students exploring the intersections of multiple identities such as ethnicity, nationality, gender expression, and sexual/affectional orientation. She is especially excited to provide outreach programming for Asian American students so they have the tools and coping skills necessary to successfully navigate their academic, emotional, and social life while on campus. Outside of the office, she enjoys eating the spiciest food from various food trucks around the city, flying kites, and engaging in deep, soulful, and silent conversations with her beagle/hound fur baby.


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Amy Tao-Foster
CARE Counselor – College of Natural Science
MA, Community Counseling, University of Texas, San Antonio
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Texas

Provides individual, group and crisis counseling. Amy has professional experience in various settings including research, community based mental health and private practice. Her professional interests include researching and providing trauma-informed care, helping students and clients integrate their personal interest and use of technology with their mental health care, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness, and exploring the effects of family experiences on interpersonal beliefs. In her spare time, Amy enjoys baking, hiking, spending time with family and is a self-professed film, tv and music nerd


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Jeni Wade
Clinical Social Worker
CARE Coordinator – Cockrell School of Engineering
Masters of Science in Social Work, UT Austin
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas

Provides individual, group and crisis counseling for students in the Cockrell School of Engineering. Assists Cockrell School of Engineering Advisors with mental health consultation, training and outreach. Professional interest include the use of mindfulness and emotion regulation to recover from trauma, address difficulties with substance abuse and cope with life transitions such as relationship changes, adjusting to mental and physical illnesses, grief and loss. In her spare time, she enjoys reading a good book with a cup of coffee, cooking with friends, hot yoga and dancing.


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Gareth White
Brief Assessment and Referral Team Coordinator
Master of Social Work (MSW), Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Texas

Gareth providers brief assessment and referral services to students seeking information or counseling at CMHC. Gareth co-created and co-facilitates the group Big Bodies. Radical Love, a group focused on body positivity and body compassion. She also facilitates a support group for Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer women at CMHC. Gareth has experience facilitating groups related to grief and self-compassion. Her areas of interest include body positivity and acceptance, self-compassion, exploration of intersecting identities and mental health triage to name a few. In her free time she sings in a community choir and loves to swim.


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Katie Yates
Mindful Eating Program Coordinator
Master of Arts in Health Psychology from Texas State University
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC-S), Texas

Eating disorder specialist for the Mindful Eating Program, providing individual and group counseling for students struggling with eating disorders, disordered eating and body image concerns. Katie has been intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and has worked in various mental health settings. As a dedicated and compassionate therapist, Katie enjoys working with others to help them identify and decrease barriers to living a healthy well-balanced life. In her free time she enjoys traveling, hanging out with her family, and being outdoors.


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Prevention and Outreach Staff

Michelle Emery
Be That One, Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator
MA, Women’s and Gender Studies, DePaul University

Michelle serves as the Coordinator for the Be That One Suicide Prevention Program (BT1), a program within the Prevention and Outreach area of the Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC). BT1 utilizes a public health approach to implement suicide prevention strategies across the UT-Austin campus by peer outreach, education, and support. BT1 provides interactive workshops for students, faculty, and staff on recognizing and responding to students experiencing mental health distress and thoughts of suicide. Michelle brings experience in youth leadership development, social justice education, domestic violence advocacy, mental health system transformation. Her professional interests include restorative justice, community accountability and other community based anti-violence efforts, and promoting recovery-oriented organizational change among peer and clinical providers. On a personal level, Michelle enjoys cooking with her partner, trying new restaurants, being outdoors and reading her horoscope.

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Kelsey Lammy
Mental Health Promotion Coordinator
2014 Masters in Public Policy, Planning and Administration in Social Work from the University of Missouri

Kelsey coordinates the Mental Health Promotion Program. She applies theory and evidence-informed practices in order to develop and implement population-level interactions which promote mental health for the student population on the University of Texas at Austin campus. She also coordinates the prevention and outreach for the Counseling and Mental Health Center. This includes providing workshops to departments, organizations and classes, as well as advising the CMHC Student Organization.

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Marian Trattner
BEVocal, Bystander Intervention Program Coordinator
M.A. Social Work, University of Missouri

Marian Trattner serves as the inaugural Bystander Intervention Specialist for The University of Texas at Austin (UT) where she coordinates an initiative called BeVocal. The mission of BeVocal is to enhance bystanders’ confidence and motivation to intervene in order to prevent and reduce harm. She has close to 10 years working in student affairs. Prior to this, Marian served as the Coordinator for the Be That One Suicide Prevention Program (BT1), a program of the Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC) at UT. The program utilizes a public health approach to implement suicide prevention strategies by peer outreach, education, and support. BT1 provides interactive workshops for students, faculty, and staff on recognizing and responding to students experiencing mental health distress and thoughts of suicide. While at CMHC, Marian also served as the instructor and advisor for the Mental Health Promotion Peer Education Program at CMHC. Marian is the founder of the National College Student Suicide Prevention Listserv. She is currently serving as the NASPA Region III Chair for Wellness and Health Promotion Knowledge Community. For self-care, Marian enjoys spending time outside, running, volunteering in her community, and travel.

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Lauren White
Prevention and Outreach Specialist
MSSW, Social Work, University of Texas at Austin
Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW), Texas

Lauren serves as the Voices Against Violence (VAV) Prevention and Outreach Specialist. In this role Lauren collaborates with campus partners, organizes events, advises the VAV student organization, and coordinates workshops and outreach efforts. Lauren’s professional interests include primary prevention, critical connections, coalition building, evidence-based practices, survivor-focused programming, and intersectionality in action. In their spare time Lauren enjoys Racquetball, The Singularity, and hosting talent shows.

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Amissa Miller
Interactive Theatre Specialist
MFA, Dramaturgy and Script Development, Columbia University

Amissa serves as the interactive theatre specialist with Voices Against Violence (VAV). She applies community based arts education, social justice education, applied theatre, playwriting, directing, devising, documentary theatre, dramaturgy and new play development, and theatre in education to her role of delivering education to students in an interactive theatrical approach. Her professional interests include identity and culture, intersectionality, constructions of gender, brave space communities, art and civic engagement, and arts-based healing practices. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, writing, independent films, live music and learning new vegan recipes.

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Thea Woodruff
Project Coordinator, Well-Being in Learning Environments
Ph.D., Educational Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin

Coordinates the Well-Being in Learning Environments project, a project that works with faculty to imbed practices for improving student well-being in their classes. Thea also teaches courses as a lecturer in the College of Education. Areas of professional interest include research-based literacy practices in PK-12 settings, student motivation and identity, and effective instructional coaching practices. In her free time, Thea enjoys hanging out with her family, playing sports, and reading.





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