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Counseling and Psychological Services Staff
Welcome to the Cowell Center Counseling and Psychological Services. Below you will find a team of mental health providers who work hard to assure the psychological health of our students.
Marie G. Herbert, Ph.D.
Assistant Director and Staff Psychologist
Dr. Herbert is a licensed psychologist who practices from an integrative and growth-oriented perspective. Her special clinical interests include working with students with depression, anxiety, identity and developmental issues, problematic eating behaviors and body image concerns, and relationship conflicts. Her approach uses insight-oriented, cognitive behavioral, and mindfulness acceptance and change strategies. Her administrative interests include supervision, training, and campus mental health policies. This is Dr. Herbert's twentieth year at CAPS.
Rosemary Ellmer, Ph.D.
Training Director and Staff Psychologist
Dr. Ellmer is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her B.A. degree from Stanford University and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Ellmer also has a Masters of Divinity and an M.A. in Psychology and Religion which she received through the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. She is particularly interested in the interface between psychological and spiritual issues. In addition to working at CAPS, Dr. Ellmer has a private practice in San Jose.
Mohammad A. Oveissi, Ed.D.
Dr. Oveissi is a licensed psychologist, a licensed Marriage, Family, and Child Therapist, a board-certified hypnotherapist, and a certified EMDR therapist. Dr. Oveissi received his BS in Psychology from Pars College in Iran, his MS in counseling psychology from Cal State University Hayward, and his Ed.D. in counseling psychology from University of San Francisco. Dr. Oveissi is skilled in treating young adult issues such as separation and individuation, self-esteem, depression, anxiety disorders, family of origin issues, substance abuse, and stress reduction and relaxation. He also teaches at JFK University Graduate School of Professional Psychology and is in private practice in Campbell. Dr. Oveissi is fluent in Farsi and English.
Michelle Bebb, Psy.D.
Dr. Michelle Bebb is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her B.A. degree in both Psychology and History from Westmont College. She received her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University and her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Wright Institute. Dr. Bebb conducted dissertation research on the relationship between involvement in a spiritual community and the mental health of young adults and continues to be interested in the intersection of psychology and spirituality. Dr. Bebb is passionate about providing supportive, holistic care to her clients, as they present with an array of concerns, including: depression, anxiety, relationship patterns, substance use, self-care, vocation, and identity development.
Michael Wood, Ph.D.
Staff PsychologistDr. Wood is a working towards licensure. He received his B.S. from the University of Florida and his Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary. Dr. Wood also has a M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Dr. Wood specializes in providing brief, solution-focused therapy drawing from interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and feminist frameworks. A critical component of his work with students is tailoring their treatment to their intersecting cultural identities. He is passionate about working with underserved student populations and enjoys assisting LGBTQ students with questions and challenges they may have regarding their faith and spirituality. He is also passionate about enhancing the emotional well-being of college students, particularly those who suffer from significant emotional, behavioral, or chronic mental health issues that may impede their academic performance and psychosocial development.
Cynthia Oei, Psy.D.
Staff PsychologistDr. Oei is working towards licensure. She received her B.A. from Humbolt State University and her Psy.D. from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She also has a M.S. in Nursing from the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Oei is a skilled generalist and has a passion for working with young adults. She enjoys working with a university population presenting with a wide range of concerns. She also possesses a special interest in working with students that have past trauma, depression/anxiety disorders, issues related to bi-culturalism, relationship challenges, and intrapersonal development.
Sujata Patel, M.D.
“I enjoy the collaborative aspects of working in a counseling center. I find the student population fascinating and rewarding to treat. Helping young adults navigate issues of identity, separation, and relationships while also treating the range of psychiatric issues that present at this stage of life is both challenging and gratifying. I have been fortunate to be able to work with students from all over the world, and from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds.”
Dr. Patel is interested in all aspects of clinical care.
Monica Torreiro-Casal, M.A.
Zankhana Smith, M.A., M.S.
Advanced Practicum Trainee
Katie HamlinAdvanced Practicum Trainee
Caitlin (Katie) is a doctoral candidate at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium, where she received her MS in clinical psychology. She received a BA in psychology from Boston College. Katie has worked with clients with a range of ages, cultural backgrounds, sexual and gender orientations, but is particularly interested in working with the young adult population around issues of identity development, managing emotions, and coping with stress. She has experience working with disordered eating, anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. Additionally, Katie is currently conducting research on the role of social anxiety symptoms in group therapy for mood disorders at Stanford University's School of Medicine. She draws upon cognitive-behavioral, relational, and mindfulness-based approaches to therapy while taking into account the unique needs and strengths of each individual.