The Center's Faculty and Staff

Staff and Faculty of Counseling and Psychological Services

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Derethia DuVal, PhD., LMFT, Director

Areas of Interest: Multicultural Psychotherapy, PTSD, Feminist Therapy, Couples/Family Therapy, Identity Development

Motto: "Taking even one step in mindfulness can benefit all beings on Earth" ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Taghi Amjadi, PhD., LMFT*, Clinical Counselor

Areas of Interest: Relationships, personal growth, spirituality and psychology, trauma relief work with refugee and Immigrants (PTSD), and cross-cultural psychotherapy

Motto: "And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." ~ Nelson Mandela

Karla Castillo, MFTI*, Assistant Program Director of Prevention Education Programs

Areas of Interest: Crisis Counseling with students who have experienced sexual violence/ drug and alcohol counseling

Motto: Peace, Respect, and Dignity

Mary Cavagnaro, LMFT, Clinicial Counselor & Coordinator of Graduate Training

Areas of Interest: Relationship Counseling, Codependency and Adult Children of Alcoholics, LGBTQQI  Identity and Coming Out Issues, Eating and Body Image Concerns, Training and Supervision for Graduate Trainees in Counseling

Motto: 'Gentleness is not a luxury, but a critical requirement for coming to our senses.'  ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn. "Differences are not intended to separate, to alienate. We are different precisely in order to realize our need of one another." ~Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Susan Chen, LMFT*, Clinical Counselor & Liaison to International Programs

Areas of Interest: Anxiety, International student concerns, LGBTQ issues, Harm reduction, Meditation

Motto: "Pain is not punishment. Pleasure is not a reward. They are just ordinary occurrences" ~Pema Chodron et al.

"The greatest gift you give to the universe is being who you really are. Kindness, like a boomerang always returns." ~Unknown

Patricia Davis, LMFT, Clinical Counselor & Coordinator of Faculty and Staff Services

Areas of Interest: Attention Deficit Disorder

Motto: Treat others as you would like to be treated.

Laurene Domínguez, MSW, Coordinator of The SAFE Place

Areas of Interest : I enjoy working with a broad range of issues with a focus on cultural identity/multicultural issues, spirituality/religion, depression & anxiety, bereavement, and working with Chicano/Latino & first generation students. I am especially interested in supporting students dealing with crisis/trauma and relationships. I am passionate about social justice issues and the integration of western and indigenous ways of healing.

Motto : "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." -Maya Angelou

Yolanda Gamboa*, PhD., Clinical Counselor, Liaison to Student Health Services & Advisor to Active Minds

Areas of Interest: I am interested in developmental issues facing the diverse college population, women of color, body image and eating issues, crisis intervention, training, first generation college students, ethnic identity, LGBT issues, Chicano (a)/Latino(a) population, and multicultural issues. I am currently developing a Post Doctoral Training Program for CPSC and in the last year started Active Minds, a student organization focused on raising mental health awareness on the campus community. I have also presented at professional conferences on research related to Women of Color and Multicultural Issues. The most recent presentation was my dissertation research focused on the Sociocultural Issues Related to Body Image and Eating Issues in Mexican American College Women.

Motto: "Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow'." ~Mary Ann Radmacher

Ismael de Guzman*, MFT Trainee, Men's Prevention Education Specialist, Crisis Counselor/Advocate

Areas of Interest: He started the Men Can Stop Violence program to educate other young men on our campus in addressing violence and acting as male allies. Ultimately, his goal is to apply the concept of social justice in addressing all forms of oppression within our campus community and beyond.

Motto: "If you can't love yourself, how the hell are you able to love somebody else!" ~RuPaul

Vincent Lam, MPH, Prevention Education Specialist

Areas of Interest: Utilizing praxis to promote change and initiate healthier lifestyle practices, especially by focusing on the fulfillment of the mind, body, and soul. Also, using expressive arts as a pedagogy to learn, reflect, and address public health topics.

Motto: "Before you act, listen. Before you react, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try." - Ernest Hemingway

Curtis Mabry, LMFT, Clinical Counselor

Areas of Interest: Couples Counseling, Treatment Interventions for Depression, Treatment Interventions for Panic Attacks, Relationship Counseling, Multicultural Counseling, Grief and Loss, Foster Child Issues, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Motto: We become very powerful when our thoughts control our behaviors and feelings instead of the reverse.

Rick Nizzardini, LCSW, Clinical Counselor & Residential Life Clinical Counselor

Areas of Interest: Trauma (including histories of physical, emotional and sexual abuse/violence), LGBTQ issues (including relationship issues, coming out, transitioning), stress managment, conflict mediation, adjusting to college life

Motto: A life is only as important as the effect it has on other lives.

Michael Ritter, CRC, Program Director of Prevention Education Programs

Areas of interest: Alcohol & drugs, harm reduction, HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ issues

Motto: "Action expresses priorities." ~Mohandas Gandhi

Shannon Ulrike, Psy.D.*, Clinical Counselor

Areas of Interest: Shyness and social anxiety, general anxiety, phobias, stress, assertiveness, transition and adjustment, grief, identity formation, internalized oppression, appearance discrimination, women as a marginalized group, LGBTQQI identity and coming out, Disability and Deafhood. Treatment approach is feminist, multicultural, humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, and solution-focused. Fluent in American Sign Language.

Motto: "The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change." - Carl Rogers

Lightfoot Wilhite, LCSW, Clinical Counselor

Areas of Interest: Thought as creation myth, Collecting dvds, Watching UK crime/drama TV shows, Basketball, Cooking, Joy.

Motto: As you wake up more deeply to the now, you discover that you are what you seek.

Support Staff

Brittney West, Administrative Support Assistant II

Areas of Interest :


Katharine Tsang**, Administrative Analyst Specialist

Areas of Interest: Traveling, Listen to music, Reading

Motto: "Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared." ~ Buddha

Emily Wong-Yan**, Administrative Assistant II

Areas of Interest : To promote health for myself and others. Practicing Tai Chi and meditation

Motto : Other than your parents and spouse, no one cares more about you than yourself

*Counseling available in the following languages: American Sign Language (ASL), Mandarin, Farsi, Spanish, Pangasinan, Tagalog

**(Bilingual in Mandarin and Cantonese)

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