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Counseling Center Staff

The Counseling Center is staffed by:

  • Licensed psychologists
  • A psychiatrist
  • Clinical therapists
  • Post-doctoral clinicians
  • Advanced doctoral psychology trainees

All are trained to help students with a wide range of personal problems, emotional and psychological difficulties, career questions, and relationship issues. The Counseling Center staff adheres to all relevant ethical codes of conduct and state and federal laws and regulations. The staff is committed to the highest standards of competency in meeting the needs of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including differences of culture, race, ethnicity, national origin, class, gender, ability, age, and sexual orientation. The Counseling Center's internship is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Meet Our Staff

Senior Staff

 

JENNA BAUER, Psy.D. (California School of Professional Psychology- Alliant International University, 2011)

Staff Psychologist

Areas of special interest: Eating disorders and body image; mindfulness meditation; multiculturalism; trauma; relational issues.

 

STEPHANIE BENEDICT, Psy.D. (Illinois School of Professional Psychology, 2006)

Associate Director for Training, Staff Psychologist

Areas of special interest: Multicultural counseling, training, and supervision; gender identity and sexual orientation concerns; relational issues; grief and loss.

Liaison to: Campus Housing (South Campus), Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Women, Gender and Sexuality Center, Native American Support, Office for Student Veterans, Pharmacy, Urban Planning and Public Affairs

 

LEANNA FORTUNATO, Ph.D. (Eastern Michigan University, 2010)

Assistant Director for Clinical Services, Staff Psychologist

Areas of special interest: Relational issues; women's issues; eating concerns and body image; identity issues; self-esteem.

Liaison to: Education, Financial Aid, Housing (West Campus), Nursing, Public Health

 

HEATHER FRANK, Psy.D. (Illinois School of Professional Psychology, 2012)

Visiting Staff Psychologist

Areas of special interest: Body image and eating concerns; women's issues; identity development; multicultural counseling; supervision and training; psychodynamic and feminist theories; outreach programming; couples counseling.


JOSEPH HERMES, Ph.D. (Loyola University Chicago, 1985)

Director, Staff Psychologist

Areas of special interest: Administration of mental health services in university settings; brief therapies; consultation and psychoeducational outreach; and supervision/mentoring of trainees.

Liaison to: Academic Center for Excellence, Campus Ministries, Campus Police, Family Medicine/Student Health, Legal Counsel, Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI)/Campus Care, University Hospital/ER


SEUNGHEE KWON, Ph.D. (Indiana University, 2011)

Staff Psychologist

Areas of special interest: Multicultural counseling and training; identity development; relational concerns; interpersonal and group dynamics related to racial/ethnic diversity; international students and immigrants; LGBTQ concerns; family of origin issues; grief and loss; crisis intervention; and group therapy.

Liaison to:Applied Health Sciences, AARCC/Asian American Cultural Center, Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Asian Americans, Engineering, Graduate, LARES, Language and Culture Learning Center

 

KAREN L. MADDI, Ph.D. (University of North Carolina, 1988)

Associate Director for Clinical Services, Staff Psychologist

Areas of special interest: Eating disorders; treatment of trauma; women's mental health; social justice; research and technology.

Liaison to: Architecture & the Arts, Campus Police, Dentistry, Family Medicine/Student Health, Legal Counsel, Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI)/Campus Care, Office of Applied Psychological Services

 

YOKO MORI, Ph.D. (Lehigh University, 2010)

Assistant Director for Paraprofessional Training, Staff Psychologist

Areas of special interest: Multicultural issues in therapy and training/supervision; social justice activism; international students' adjustment issues.

Liaison to: Asian American Resource and Cultural Center, Children's Center, Library, Office of International Services, Psychology Department


LUIS G. SALAS, MSW (University of Illinois' Jane Addams College of Social Work - Chicago, 2009)

Case Manager

Areas of interest: Hotline Administration; Supervising/mentoring student volunteers; mental health issues; college adjustment issues; social justice; multicultural issues; relational issues; family issues.

Liaison to: Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Latinos, LARES

 

MARISA SERRATO, M.D. (Baylor College of Medicine, 2001)

Staff Psychiatrist

Areas of special interest: Psychiatric management of college mental health; women's mental health; mood and anxiety disorders.

Liaison to: Medicine, Nursing, Family Medicine/Student health, Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI)/Campus Care, University Hospital/ER

 

BENJAMIN SCHWARTZ, Psy.D. (Argosy University - Chicago, 2011)

Assistant Director for Group Psychotherapy, Staff Psychologist

Areas of special interest: Men's issues; learning disabilities and ADHD; identity development; gender-based violence; group psychotherapy.

Liaison to: Chancellor's Committee on the Status of People with Disabilities, Disability Resource Center, Campus Housing (East Campus), Medicine, Social Work

 

DANIELLE J. SIMMONS, Ph.D. (Iowa State University, 2010)

Assistant Director for Outreach/Psychoeducation, Staff Psychologist

Areas of special interest: Multicultural counseling and training; supervision; relational concerns; Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersexed, and queer concerns; identity issues; consultation and psychoeducational outreach

Liaison to: AAAN/African American Cultural Center, Campus Programs, Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Blacks, Commuter Student Resource Center, CHANCE, Student Development Services, Student Orientation Committee, TRIO


JEANETTE SIMON, Psy.D. (Illinois School of Professional Psychology, 1997)

Assistant Director for Training, Staff Psychologist

Areas of special interest: Training and supervision; relational issues (including couples, family and parenting concerns); gender issues; substance abuse.

Liaison to: Career Services, The Wellness Center, Women's Affairs/Campus Advocacy Network, The Writing Center

 

KURT STEVENS, Psy.D. (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2012)

Staff Psychologist

Areas of special interest: Relational and family-of-origin concerns/issues; complex personality concerns/issues; gender issues; couples counseling; group psychotherapy; supervision and training; and identity development.

Liaison to: Academic Center for Excellence, Athletics, Business Administration, Chancellor's Committee on the Status of LGBTQ People and Allies, Honors College, Liberal Arts and Sciences.

 

Post Doctorol Fellows

Elizabeth Clark, Psy.D. (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2013)

Areas of special interest: Sexual orientation and gender diversity (particularly bisexual, fluid, queer, questioning, trans, and genderqueer issues); women's issues; mens issues; group psychotherapy; substance use concerns; family of origin issues; relationship concerns; psychodynamic, relational cultural and feminist theories; integrating mindfulness into treatment of anxiety and mood disorders.


Cristina Dorazio, Ph.D. (Teacher's College at Columbia University, 2013)

Areas of special interest: Trauma; women's health and wellness; couples counseling; social justice, advocacy, multicultural counseling; supervision, training, education, and outreach; cross-cultural inter-generational concerns.

 

Eunju Yoon, Ph.D. (University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, 2005)

Part-Time Therapist

Areas of special interest: Depression, anxiety, relationship issues, religious/spiritual issues, acculturation, racial/ethnic identity development, intergenerational cultural conflicts

Interns

Lesley Graves, M.S., University of Oregon, Counseling Psychology

Melissa Heinemann, M.A., Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Clinical Psychology

Shantoyia Jones, M.S., University of Kansas, Counseling Psychology

Lauren Hussar, M.A., Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Clinical Psychology

Externs

Ben De Boer, M.A., Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Clinical Psychology

Samar Harfi, M.A., Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Clinical Psychology

Brad Meyers, M.A., Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Clinical Psychology

Jaclyn Pistorio, M.A., Adler School of Professional Psychology, Clinical Psychology

Location
Suite 2010
Student Services Building
1200 West Harrison

Tel: (312) 996-3490

Fax: (312)996-7645

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