Counseling Services Staff

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Yoey Cheng, PsyD

Staff Psychologist, Coordinator of Practicum Training
Pronoun: she, her, hers

  • Education: California School of Professional Psychology-Los Angeles, 2012
  • Professional interests: individual, couples and family therapy; adjustment problems; stress-management; relationship issues; depression; anxiety; diversity; cross-cultural and international issues; crisis intervention; psychological testing; cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, psychodynamic and differentiation therapy.
  • Liaisons: Asian Pacific American Student Services (APASS), Office of International Services; International Language Academy.
  • What would I tell my college self: I would tell my college self to not be so stressed about having to make the “right” decisions regarding the future. What appears to be the best choice at one point of our lives may not always be at another point. The future will always change and it’s really our ability to be flexible and adapt to change that is important.

Alise Cogger, PhD

Staff Psychologist
Pronoun: she, her, hers

  • Education: University of California, Santa Barbara, Counseling Psychology, 2014
  • Professional interests: college adjustment; life transitions; development of authentic voice; intersecting aspects of diversity; marginalization; LGBTQ+ mental health and wellness; alcohol and other drug use; student athletes; ADHD; mindfulness; stress management; interpersonal difficulties; feminist therapy.
  • Liaison: Office for Wellness and Health Promotion (OWHP), Engemann TransCare transgender committee, LGBT Resource Center Advisory Committee.
  • What would I tell my college self: You will have tough times ahead, but also the best you can imagine. You can and will cope with whatever you face, and know that everything and everyone can change.

Dylan Firsick, PhD

Staff Psychologist, Athletics
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences, USC Keck School of Medicine.
Pronoun: he, him, his

  • Education: University of Northern Colorado, Counseling Psychology, 2016
  • Professional interests: sport psychology; student-athlete adjustment and functioning; performance enhancement; injury recovery; alcohol and other drug treatment; men’s issues; sexual assault and relationship violence awareness and prevention; mindfulness in athlete populations; spirituality; research and program evaluation; cognitive behavioral and interpersonal process therapy (CBT/IPT); depression; anxiety; diversity and multiculturalism; supervision; teaching.
  • What would I tell my college self: You have the power to define your situation rather than allow the situation to define you.

Quade Yoo Song French, PhD

Staff Psychologist, Multicultural Coordinator
Pronoun: he, him, his

  • Education: University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Clinical Psychology, 2014
  • Professional interests: multicultural, relational, and insight-oriented approaches to individual and group therapy; processes of identity development; racial and cultural identity formation; mental health in men of color; adoption; adoptive identity development.
  • Liaisons: Asian Pacific American Students Services (APASS); Veterans Resources.
  • What would you tell your college self: I would tell my college self that just as academics are important, so too is the exploration and strengthening of a personal identity and sense of self. A great way to facilitate this development is to find time to disconnect from social media, and learning to be comfortable sitting with your own thoughts, ideas and feelings.

Kelly Greco, PsyD

Staff Psychologist, Assistant Director of Outreach and Prevention Services
Pronoun: she, her, hers

  • Education: CSPP at Alliant International University, Sacramento/Fresno
    Clinical Psychology, 2004
  • Professional interests: anxiety, depression, women’s issues such as postpartum depression, suicide prevention, grief and loss, body image, eating disorders, resiliency/thriving, positive psychology, parenting during young adulthood.
  • Liaisons: Greek community, Residential Life and the Kaufman School of Dance; outreach and consultation to the campus community.
  • What would I tell my college self: I would tell myself that when a door closes another one will open even if it is not the one you want. I would practice resiliency skills of bouncing back from setbacks and learning from changes and disappointments and accepting what comes my way.

Stanley E. Harris, MD, DLFAPA

University Psychiatrist; Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and the Behavior Sciences, Keck School of Medicine
Pronoun: he, him, his

  • Education:Loma Linda University – Medicine 1978
    Letterman Army Medical Center, San Francisco – Psychiatry 1982
  • Professional interests: integrative mental health; crisis intervention; psychotherapy; psychopharmacotherapy; alcohol and drug abuse; sports; performing arts; culture; LGBT; nutrition; supplements; and supervision.
  • Committees: Clinical Issues Committee; LGBT Support Network Advisory Committee
  • Liaison: Ostrow School of Dentistry
  • What would I tell my college self: Go for it!

Carolyn Heitzmann Ruhf, PhD

Staff Psychotherapist
Pronoun: she, her, hers

  • Education: University of Notre Dame, Counseling Psychology, 2010
  • Professional interests: collegiate mental health; individual, group and couples counseling; empirically supported therapies; anxiety and mood disorders; health psychology (exercise, wellness, women’s health, managing chronic illness, sleep/sleep disorders); eating disorders; sexual assault prevention and response; the student athlete experience; ADHD, learning and other disabilities; diversity and multicultural counseling.
  • Liaisons: RecSports, Keck Sleep Center, Engemann Eating Disorder Committee
  • What I would tell my college self: Take your time, at your own pace – you will have years to make your transitions (career, personal) – so be thoughtful about your choices, reflect, and make them meaningful to your values.

Annie Hsueh, PhD

Staff Psychologist
Pronoun: she, her, hers

  • Education: Texas A&M University, Clinical Psychology, 2011
  • Professional interests: individual, couples and group psychotherapy; college adjustment; life transitions; relationship issues; communication patterns; women’s health; mindfulness and mindfulness-based approaches; stress management and relaxation; treatments for anxiety and depression, outreach and consultation.
  • Liaisons: Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism and Marshall School of Business.
  • What I would tell my college self: I would tell my college self to practice mindfulness and the art of savoring. Focusing more on the here and now rather than worries about the future. I would challenge myself to take more risks – to explore and be adventurous. I would also remind myself, particularly when I face challenges, to work on being kinder and gentler to myself.

Andrew Iskandar, MSW, LCSW

Staff Clinical Social Worker, Crisis Services
Pronoun: he, him, his

  • Education: University of Southern California – Masters of Social Work, 2013
  • Professional interests: crisis intervention; individual and group psychotherapy; cognitive behavioral therapy; treatment of depression and anxiety; mindfulness; psychotic disorders; substance abuse and dependence; and identity development.
  • What I would tell my college self: I would encourage myself to find a better balance in all things. If I’m studying too much, take a break. If I’m playing it too safe, challenge myself more.

Beth Kebschull, MSW, LCSW

Staff Clinical Social Worker, Assistant Director, Crisis Services
Pronoun: until a third neutral pronoun is created, she prefers she, her, hers

  • Education:California State University, Long Beach, Social Work, 1997
  • Professional interests: crisis intervention; traumatic event post-vention; treatment of depression; anxiety; issues of identity; cross-cultural adjustment and transition; mindful awareness; Dialectical Behavioral Therapy; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; Mentalization Based Therapy; short-term dynamic therapies.
  • Liaisons: Student Concerns Committee, Trojan Marching Band and Law School.
  • What I would tell my college self: Prioritize sleep. And not just on weekends.

Lani Lawrence, PsyD

Staff Psychologist, Athletics
Pronoun: she, her, hers

  • Education: Graduate School of Professional Psychology, University of Denver, Clinical Psychology, 2012
  • Professional interests: sport psychology; stress management; relaxation techniques; team dynamics; anxiety; depression; relationship issues; LGBT concerns; gender identity; ethnic/cultural identity development; first generation to college; LD/ADHD; substance use; outreach; training and consultation; USC Student-Athlete Injury Group; and integrative (Dynamic/CBT) short-term therapy.
  • What I would tell my college self: Go to the counseling center! You’ll learn how to manage anxiety, play under pressure, better communicate, handle challenging coaches/teammates, and other mental skills needed after you graduate.

Broderick Leaks, PhD

Staff Psychologist, Assistant Director, Training
Pronoun: he, him, his

  • Education:Fuller Seminary Graduate School of Psychology
    Clinical Psychology, 2009
  • Professional interests: individual and group psychotherapy; treatment of anxiety and panic disorders; OCD, stress management; ethnic minority identity development (particularly African American); and the integration of psychology and spirituality.
  • What I would tell my college self: I would tell my college self to relax as things will be OK! Many decisions at that time felt as though they were life or death. What grad school to attend? What career path to take? Who should I date? Those were legitimate concerns, but life has a way of working itself out.

Bryce McDavitt, PhD

Staff Psychologist
Pronoun: he, him, his

  • Education: Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2014, Clinical Psychology
  • Professional interests: individual, couples and group psychotherapy; LGBTQ psychology; gay-centered psychoanalysis; Jungian dreamwork and active imagination; intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy; creative and performing arts; relationships and sexuality; self-realization.
  • Liaisons: Engemann TransCare Committee for Transgender Healthcare; LGBT Resource Center Advisory Committee.
  • What I would tell my college self: Your future is going to be nothing like what you thought it would be, and that’s okay!

Yong S. Park, PhD

Staff Psychologist
Pronoun: he, him, his

  • Education: University of California, Santa Barbara, Counseling Psychology, 2009
  • Professional interests: individual and group psychotherapy; college adjustment; academic pressures; family and relationship issues; stress management; biofeedback training; career counseling; depression and anxiety; first generation of college; ethnic identity development; marginalization; and supervision and training.
  • Liaison: Viterbi School of Engineering.
  • What I would tell my college self: Embrace the anti-hero in you. Allow yourself to FAIL – falling 99 times but getting up 100 is better than not failing at all. Allow yourself to be ALONE – it is in quiet solitude we often connect with our deeper inner selves. Allow yourself to be UNPOPULAR – be true to yourself and others especially when it goes against the grain. Allow yourself to be LOST – life is full of unexpected twists and turns but never lose faith that your life has a greater purpose that will reveal itself in time. Allow yourself to feel PAIN – life is not easy and it is often in the face of adversity we grow the most.

Susan Ramirez, PhD

Staff Psychologist
Pronoun: she, her, hers

  • Education: Southern Illinois University, Counseling Psychology, 2010
  • Professional interests: adjustment to college; first-generation to college; social class; ethnic identity development (particularly multi-ethnic identity); intersecting identities; ADHD; Asperger Syndrome; coping and resilience.
  • What I would tell my college self: If I could talk to my younger self, I would say, “No one has it all figured out…embrace not knowing and ask many, many questions.” As a first-generation to college student, I felt uneasy going into certain spaces and approaching certain people. I worried too much about demonstrating how independent I was and missed opportunities to embrace the powerful connections that emerge from relying upon others.

Elizabeth A. Reyes, PhD

Staff Psychologist, Associate Director, Clinical Services and Operations
Pronoun: she, her, hers

  • Education:Northwestern University, Counseling Psychology, 2002
  • Professional interests: ethnic/cultural diversity; first generation to college; veterans; cross-cultural adjustment; interpersonal violence; Latino/a psychology; eating disorders and body image concerns; women’s issues; LGBT identity development; gender identity.
  • Liaisons: Accessibility Committee and Hearing subcommittee; Engemann TransCare Transgender Committee; Veteran Resources.
  • What I would tell my college self: To not take things so seriously. Don’t stress yourself out about each and every challenge or setback, learning to manage setbacks is the real key, there is no avoiding setbacks altogether. There will be good days and bad days so keep your eyes on the big picture. Keep the faith, keep your chin up and keep on truckin’.

Robin M. Scholefield, PhD

Staff Psychologist, Associate Director, Clinical and Sport Psychological Services for Athletics
Pronoun: she, her, hers

  • Education:California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles
    Clinical Psychology, 1999
  • Professional interests: sport psychology; clinical and performance work with student athletes; outreach/programming with teams; consultation with Athletic Department administration; coaches and staff regarding policy, program development, team dynamics, and mental health issues; cross-cultural issues; first generation college student issues; and the range of behavioral and emotional issues college student athletes manage with full schedules in a highly competitive academic and athletic environment; USC Student Athlete Mentor Program founder; interpersonal/dynamic therapy and CBT.
  • What I would tell my college self: Use your values as your guide in everything you do. They will steer you well, big decisions and small. A feeling can seem intolerable, but they can be managed. Learn to tolerate them. Wisdom comes later.

Sarah Schreiber, MSW, LCSW

Staff Clinical Social Worker, Crisis Services
Pronoun: she, her, hers

  • Education: University of Southern California, Masters of Social Work, 2013
  • Professional interests: individual and group psychotherapy; anxiety and depression; first episode psychosis; PTSD and complex trauma; Dialectical Behavior Therapy; LGBTQ identity; religion and spirituality; macro social work.
  • What I would tell my college self: Calm down, honey, it’s gonna be ok.

Robin Ward, MSW, LCSW

Staff Clinical Social Worker, Coordinator, Social Work Internship Program
Pronoun: she, her, hers

  • Education: San Francisco State University, Social Work, 1989
  • Professional interests: psychodynamic and integrative psychotherapy; mindfulness and self-compassion practice; women’s issues; trauma; grief and loss; cross-cultural and international issues; identity formation; life transition; and supervision and training.
  • Liaisons: Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services (RSVP); USC Suzanne Dvorak-Peck School of Social Work.
  • What I would tell my college self: To “live the questions”, as Rilke wrote. To trust that though you may not have all the answers yet in terms of your goals, plans and dreams in being present and allowing for quiet time to reflect, you’ll also be creating room for clarity and inspiration.

Olivia Wills, MSW, LCSW

Staff Clinical Social Worker, Crisis Services
Pronoun: she, her, hers

  • Education:University of Chicago, School of Social Administration, 2011
  • Professional interests: crisis intervention; individual and group psychotherapy; severe and chronic mental illness; psychotic disorders; anxiety disorders; arts and wellness; cross cultural and international issues; cognitive behavioral therapy; interpersonal psychotherapy.
  • Liaisons: Homelessness initiative; Office of International Services; International Language Academy; School of the Dramatic Arts.
  • What I would tell my college self: Allow yourself to geek out on the topics and activities you love without spreading yourself too thin to be successful.

Abbie Wolfson, PhD

Staff Psychologist, Crisis Services and Group Coordinator
Pronoun: she, her, hers

  • Education: Boston University, Boston, 2007
  • Professional interests: psychotherapy integration in individual, couple and group psychotherapy, attachment and all types of relationships (parent/child, partners, friends, therapist/client, professor /student), therapeutic alliance, how larger systems influence the experience of the individual, developing a growth mindset, healthy emotion regulation, anxiety management, university student veterans, training and supervision, increasing flexibility in coping style, overcoming obstacles to change, self-care, and compassion.
  • Liaisons: Title IX
  • What I would tell my college self: first, very little about your self is fixed in stone. If you want to improve or change academically or emotionally, or in any area of your life, consult with others, come up with a plan, and get started. Second, and more importantly, when you are struggling, ask for help.

J. Paul Zawacki, MSW, LCSW

Staff Clinical Social Worker, Crisis Services
Pronoun: he, him, his

    • Education: University of Southern California, Masters of Social Work, 2013
    • Professional interests: complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD); anxiety disorders; bi-polar management; psychosis; borderline personality disorder; pornography addiction; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
    • Liaisons: Dornsife College of LS&A; Title IX Office and Viterbi School of Engineering.
    • What I would tell my college self: Be brave and ask questions when you don’t understand something, and feel free to share and test out your thoughts in class, and with others. College is all about discovery and making connections, not being perfect. As a first-gen college student, I struggled a lot with knowing how to “do” college and I wrestled with a lot of uncertainty and anxiety. I felt like an imposter – like everyone else knew that my “inadequacies” would be exposed. It wasn’t until later in my college career that I realized that embracing my vulnerabilities and perceived shortcomings was actually a strength, and that I could grow thereby and develop my unique voice.

Summer Zapata, PsyD

Staff Psychologist
Pronoun: she, her hers

  • Education: Alliant International University, Los Angeles, 2012
  • Professional interests: anxiety disorders; panic attacks; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; social anxiety; phobias, generalized anxiety; working with Filipino Americans; cognitive-behavioral therapy and exposure and response prevention therapy.
  • What I would tell my college self: Speak the truth and be your authentic self. Care less what other people think and trust your instincts.

2017-2018 Training Cohort

Psychology Interns

Edden Agonafer, M.A., Fuller Seminary Graduate School of Psychology
Lindsay Dwelley, M.A., M.A., Alliant International University
Simrun “Simi” Sandhu, M.A., Chestnut Hill College
Laneisha Waller, M.A., University of Iowa

Social Work Interns

Ileana Barriga, University of Southern California
Sabrina Schoneberg, Univeristy of Southern California

Practicum Counselors

Shalom Alaichamy, M.A., Azusa Pacific University
Tatiana Kassar, M.S., University of La Verne
Sahar Motakef, M.A., MFT, Pepperdine University
Lauren Volpei M.A., Azusa Pacific University

Administrative Staff

Sapeer Kadoch, BA
Referral Coordinator
Pronoun: she, her, hers

  • Education: University of Southern California, Psychology, 2015
  • Professional interests: social advocacy; referral or insurance billing support and education; wellness, resource support and development; higher education administration; client and provider satisfaction; and organizational efficiency.
  • Liaisons: Virtual Food Bank.
  • What I would tell my college self: It’s okay to not know what you want to do. Take that random weird class, get involved in a club that sounds interesting, and go study abroad in a country that’s outside of your comfort zone. You might just find what you’re passionate about along the way.

Administrative Staff for Office Operations

Linda Marshall
Office Manager
Pronoun: she, her, hers

Angelique Burroughs
Secretary
Pronoun: she, her, hers

John Kennedy
Receptionist
Pronoun: he, him, his

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