Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Staff
Kathy Lee-Anderson, PhD
Assistant Director and Staff Psychologist
Dr. Lee is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY 18989). She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (PGSP), M.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine University and B.A. in Social Ecology from UC Irvine. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Houston Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and her post-doctoral fellowship at UC Berkeley Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS). Prior to joining the SCU CAPS team, she worked as a Staff Psychologist at Stanford University for over 8 years where she provided clinical services, developed outreach programs, and was a Lecturer on “Psychological Well-Being on Campus: Asian American Perspectives”. As a psychologist, Dr. Lee’s clinical interests include Asian/Asian-American mental health, depression, anxiety, identity development, relationship concerns, first generation college issues, family of origin as well as clinical training and professional development for women of color. Her integrative therapeutic approach draws from an insight-oriented, interpersonal, cognitive behavioral, and systems perspective within a multicultural context. She is also bilingual in conversational Cantonese and Toisan.
Nadeem Hasan, Psy.D.Training Director and Staff Psychologist
firstname.lastname@example.orgDr. Hasan received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium and is a licensed clinical psychologist. He completed his pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services and has also trained at the Palo Alto VA, Stanford’s Behavioral Medicine Clinic, and San Jose State University. As a therapist, Dr. Hasan draws from cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic principles as well as mindfulness-based interventions to collaboratively create a unique plan with each person he works with. His clinical interests include anxiety and depression, substance use, relationship and family of origin issues, as well as identity and multicultural concerns.
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.
Sarah Rotsinger-Stemen, Psy.D.
Dr. Sarah Rotsinger-Stemen is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Wright State University School of Professional Psychology in Dayton, Ohio. She completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of San Francisco, Counseling and Psychological Services. Dr. Rotsinger-Stemen utilizes a multiculturally informed, integrative approach drawing on interventions based in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Interpersonal Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She enjoys working with students with a variety of presenting concerns including: interpersonal and relationship issues, depression, anxiety, identity and multicultural issues, and eating/body-image concerns.
Estrella Ramirez, Ph.D.
Dr. Estrella Ramirez's is a licensed psychologist. Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, a Master’s degree in Social and Personality Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern California. Her dissertation explored racial identity development for multiracial persons and is committed to multiculturalism and providing culturally competent care. She has experience working in a variety of settings including university counseling, community mental health, and three years at an eating disorder treatment center. Dr. Ramirez has an integrative approach to therapy, weaving together client-centered, psycho-dynamic, acceptance commitment therapy, and relational interventions. She has a warm, personable, and energetic style. She strives to help her clients reconnect with their emotions in a genuine way and believes that connection to self and others is an integral part of a fulfilling life. In addition to eating disorders, she is interested in working with students on interpersonal issues, identity formation, trauma, recovery, and anxiety. She is also trained to provide EMDR therapy.
Chi Nguyen, Ph.D.
Dr. Chi Nguyen received her doctorate counseling psychology from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She received her M.S. in Counseling at California State University, East Bay, and her B.S. in Psychology at Santa Clara University. She has trained in various settings including school-based serving at-risk youth, community mental health clinics, and college counseling center. She completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), where she provided counseling services in both English and Vietnamese. Dr. Nguyen has taught classes at the community college, undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of psychology and multicultural counseling. Dr. Nguyen enjoys working with students with a variety of presenting concerns including: interpersonal and relationship issues, depression, anxiety, identity and multicultural issues. She takes an integrative approach to therapy in order to collaboratively meet the needs and goals of the client.
Jason Wu, Ph.D
Dr. Jason Wu is a licensed psychologist. His educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California at San Diego and a Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology from Washington State University. His dissertation explored the use of Buddhism and psychotherapy to reduce stress related to the acculturation process for bicultural individuals. He has experience working in a variety of settings, including university counseling, community mental health, a hospital, and a state penitentiary. Dr. Wu has an integrative approach to therapy and utilizes person-centered, mindfulness, acceptance and commitment, interpersonal process, and cognitive behavioral therapy. He is interested in working with students on substance use (abstinence and/or moderation), men and masculinity concerns, multicultural issues, and interpersonal relationships. Dr. Wu also speaks (conversational) Mandarin Chinese, but is not fluent and does not conduct therapy in Mandarin Chinese.
Heather Kranz M.S., M.Ed
Heather Kranz M.S., M.Ed. is a doctoral candidate at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium at Palo Alto University. She received her B.A. from The University of California, Irvine in psychology, and her M.Ed. in vocational rehabilitation from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to her current graduate training, Heather worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor for Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services in Austin, Texas and most recently as a clinical interviewer at The Menninger Clinic in Houston, TX. In addition to her experience conducting individual therapy, Heather also has experience in providing group and couples therapy in a variety of mental health settings. She has a strong interest in Jungian psychology, and understanding the ways in which our early experiences shape our character. Heather utilizes an integrative approach in her work with clients, drawing from psychodynamic psychotherapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Her clinical areas of interest include: couples work, interpersonal relationships, interplay between spirituality and psychology, anxiety disorders, mindfulness, and identity development in young adults. Heather has a passion for working with young adults, specifically in helping them to discover, develop, and nurture their unique identities through thoughtful and compassionate self-exploration.
Akshay Naresh M.A.
Akshay Naresh M.A. is a doctoral candidate at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He has trained in a variety of settings including: a community college, a community clinic specializing in evidence-based practice, at a University research lab, and also spent one year working specifically with South Asian mental health. He has provided training in crisis intervention and evidence based treatments for psychosis and has supported young clinicians in this regard for several years. Akshay’s clinical interests include identity formation, mood disorders, trauma, and self-compassion work. He strives to continuously incorporate multiculturalism and humor into every session. His dissertation explores the impacts of acculturation on Asian Indian cultural and caste identities. Outside of psychology, Akshay enjoys watching basketball, performing Indian jazz fusion flute, writing poetry, and playing video games. Akshay can provide therapy in Tamil and also speaks conversational Spanish.
ADVANCED PRACTICUM TRAINEES
Kayla Breslin is a doctoral student at CSPP at Alliant International University in San Francisco. She earned a B.A. from the University of California at Davis, where she studied Psychology and Communications and received a minor in Human Development. Kayla has experience working with diverse individuals from an array of cultures with varying mental health problems. She has worked with clients presenting with depression, anxiety, past trauma, problematic eating behaviors, identity and developmental issues, as well as issues with interpersonal relationships. She approaches therapy with an integrative approach that combines evidence-based therapies, including psychodynamic therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). At Alliant International University, she conducts research focusing on how young adult couples communicate about their use of technology in their relationship and the impact this has on overall relationship satisfaction.
Louiza Livschitz is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium. She received her B.S. from UC Davis, where she studied Psychology and Biology. Louiza has worked with individuals from a wide range of cultural backgrounds throughout various settings in Bay Area including: a residential crisis facility, a trauma center, a community mental health clinic, a high school counseling center, and as a volunteer on various crisis lines. Louiza's dissertation research focuses on examining the relationship between academic stress and physical symptoms in young adults and how cultural factors impact that relationship. As part of her research, she runs groups for adolescents with depression and anxiety symptoms. Her areas of clinical interests include trauma recovery, depression, anxiety, stress management, and identity development. Louiza is also a fluent Russian speaker.
Emily Morimoto is a doctoral candidate at Palo Alto University. She received her B.A. from Northwestern University, where she majored in Psychology. Emily has experience working with a variety of diverse populations and mental health concerns, especially with young adults. Much of her previous work has been helping emerging adults who have experienced trauma, depression, and anxiety. She is passionate about working with young adults and college students on issues of identity development and experiences of minority stress in response to sociocultural context. Emily also researches college student substance abuse, with a focus on high-risk drinking behaviors. She most recently joined the team at Stanford University's Office of Alcohol Policy and Education, where she conducts brief interventions with students with alcohol or other drug issues. She has also had extensive training in working with adults with eating disorders through Stanford University's Healthy Body Image program and facilitating an eating disorders support group through the Eating Disorders Resource Center. Emily has knowledge and experience utilizing technology-based interventions in addition to in-person interventions. She takes a collaborative and integrative approach to therapy in order to meet the needs and goals of the client. Emily utilizes evidence-based approaches to therapy including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and emotion-focused therapy (EFT) for couples.
OUTREACH PRACTICUM STUDENT
Michelle "Chelle" TranMichelle "Chelle" Tran is a graduate student at Palo Alto University and is pursuing her PhD with an emphasis in diversity and community mental health. She has experience working with individuals from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, and she has worked with adolescents, adults, and older adults struggling with issues such as depression, adjustment, anxiety, trauma, attention disorders, and self-harm. She received her B.S. in Psychology at Santa Clara University. In her time at SCU, she was a member of the Peer Health Educators with the Wellness Center, an officer of the Vietnamese Student Association, an executive board member of the Multicultural Center, founder of the first To Write Love on Her Arms University Chapter in California, a member of multiple LGBTQ advocacy groups, and one of the students who proposed the formation of the Rainbow Resource Center. Her interests include preventative measures, outreach and education, group support, and accessibility of services. Chelle's research interests include treatment-seeking behavior and barriers to adequate service in the mental health field. She also has experience in improving mental health literacy and is a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor and QPR instructor. In addition, Chelle is an avid martial artists and musician and has interest in integrating creativity and movement in addressing overall physical and mental wellness.