Meet Our Staff
Durriya A. Meer, Psy. D.
Director of CAPS
B.A. Sophia College, 1985
B.A. New Mexico State University, 1988
M.S., Illinois State University, 1991
Psy.D., Wright State University, 2002
I have a special interest in working with individuals who have conflicting, intersecting identities. Other clinical interests are family of origin issues, trauma, international, Asian/Asian-American, Muslim students and personality disorders. I work integratively from a psychodynamic (Kohut’s self-psychology), multicultural and feminist lenses. I believe in the power of the individual and their collective (however they define it). In my understanding, each individual is a mosaic and when all the pieces are brought together through therapy, it becomes a rich, colorful and unique tapestry with its strengths and flaws.
I love travelling, creating things with whatever materials I have on hand, watching true crime shows and small get togethers with friends. My favorite places to travel to are Bhutan, Cyprus, Egypt and Turkey. A movie I can watch over and over again is Sound of Music.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: Family, chocolate and craft supplies.
Mo Basith, M.D.
B.S., Penn State University, Neurobiology, with Honors, 2011
M.D., Jefferson Medical College, 2015
Psychiatry Residency: Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, 2019
My treatment philosophy is based on fostering a safe atmosphere in which to explore biological and psychosocial factors that affect mental health. I try to balance the complexities of each patient’s lifestyle and past experiences with their current symptoms to gauge whether medication may be helpful on top of psychotherapy and other interventions. My clinical interests include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma-related disorders, psychosis, cognitive behavioral therapy, relational/attachment patterns, and identity development.
I enjoy playing tennis, having philosophical discussions, reading, traveling, and rooting for both Philadelphia and Houston sports teams. My favorite place I have traveled to is Maui. The TV shows I can never get tired of are Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks and Recreation, and the first season of Westworld.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: A Kindle with a solar-powered battery, an ax, and a water purifier.
Lauren DePompeo, Psy.D.
Associate Director at the Law Center
B.A., University of Virginia, 2009
M.A., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington, DC, 2013
Psy.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington, DC, 2016
Internship: Frostburg State University Counseling and Psychological Services, 2015-2016
I was trained in CBT but work from a client-centered approach to meet students where they are using relational, interpersonal, and humanistic approaches. My clinical interests are interpersonal and relationship issues, life transitions, anxiety, depression, identity development, law student and lawyer related concerns, and clinical training and supervision.
I enjoy anything outdoors, traveling, reading, spending time with family/friends, and my pets. My favorite place I have traveled to is Greece. The TV shows I can never get tired of are Friends and Gilmore Girls.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: Water, Sunscreen, and a Book.
Erica Force, Ph.D., CMPC
Associate Director in the Athletics Department
B.A., Rutgers University, 2001
M.Ed., Rutgers University, 2003
Ph.D., University of North Texas, 2011
Internship: U.S. Air Force, Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, 2010-2011
As a licensed psychologist and sport psychologist, my passion is supporting the mental health and well-being of college-athletes. I utilize an eclectic approach in treatment, with an emphasis on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.
I enjoy training dogs and any outdoor activities. My favorite place I have traveled to is Italy. The movie I can never get tired of watching is The Blind Side.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: my dog, matches, and a raft.
Deborah Gordis, MPH, MSW
Staff Social Worker at the Law Center
B.A., Barnard College, 1980
MPH, Columbia University School of Public Health, 1991
M.S.W., University of Maryland School of Social Work, 2015
I typically apply a combination of approaches based on the needs and preferences of the client, including psychodynamic/insight; CBT; solution-focused; and motivational interviewing. I have advanced training in EMDR for trauma/PTSD. My clinical interests include trauma and PTSD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, life transitions and grief and loss, and feminist and multicultural issues, having a background in global women’s health.
I enjoy reading, swimming, kayaking, cooking, drawing and traveling. It’s hard to choose the favorite place I have traveled to: I love Mexico, Ghana, and my hometown of New York City! The TV show I can never get tired of watching is The West Wing.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: family, cats, and books.
Annika Grangaard, Psy.D.
Staff Psychologist at the Law Center
B.A., Stanford University, 2012
M.S., Loyola University Maryland, 2016
Psy.D., Loyola University Maryland, 2019
Internship: Canvas Health, 2018-2019
Post Doctoral Fellowship: Georgetown University Counseling and Psychiatric Service, 2019-2020
I gravitate toward interpersonal and relational approaches with an emphasis on being client-centered and providing the client with what best fits their needs. I also infuse DBT skills and mindfulness techniques throughout my work. My clinical interests are relationship issues, personality disorders, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive related disorders.
I enjoy music, being outdoors (particularly lake life), reading, Minnesota sports, traveling, and games! My favorite place I have traveled to is Italy or Croatia. The TV shows I can never get tired of are The Office and Parks and Recreation.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: Water bottle, a picture of my family, and a book on how to survive on a deserted island.
Sonja Lillrank, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Director of Psychiatry
M.D., Univ. of Tampere, Finland, 1992
Ph.D., Univ. of Tampere, 1994
Internship: Johns Hopkins University, 1997
Psychiatry Residency: George Wash. University, 1998-02
Neurosci. Fellowship: NIMH/Clinical Brain Disorders Branch, ’93-’97
Other Language(s): Finnish, Swedish
I have an eclectic approach although I am trained more in Cognitive Behavioral therapy. My clinical interests are psychotic disorders, anxiety disorders, women’s mental health, and cultural aspects of mental health.
I enjoy reading, exercising, and gardening. My favorite place I have traveled to is Kibbutz work in Israel 84, backpacking in China/Japan 86, and Burma 88.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: my kindle, my dog, and running shoes.
Jenny Lloyd, Psy.D.
Associate Director of Psychology Training
B.A., Washington University in St. Louis, 2011
M.Psy., George Washington University, 2014
Psy.D., George Washington University, 2016
Internship: North Carolina State University Counseling Center, 2015-2016
I primarily use a psychodynamic framework, which means that I focus on patterns, family history, developmental concerns, emotional expression, defenses, and relationships with self and others. I also rely heavily on feminist and multicultural perspectives, as these mandate addressing power structures, and acknowledging the impact of oppression (both current and historical) on a person and their symptom presentation. Every person is different, so I am open to taking an approach that works best for that person; my priority is developing a trusting therapy relationship. My clinical interests are trauma, identity topics, trans support, personality concerns, relationship/family dynamics.
I enjoy most things that include adventure, laughing, existential convos, music, and coffee. My favorite place I have traveled to is the Grand Canyon. The TV show I can never get tired of Battlestar Galactica.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: Does it have to be things? I choose three rescue dogs.
John Loughlin-Presnal, Ph.D.
B.A., University of Washington, Drama, 2007
B.S., University of Washington, Psychology, 2011
Ph.D., Penn State University, 2019
Internship: Penn State Counseling and Psychological Services, 2018-2019
Post Doctoral Fellowship: Georgetown University Counseling and Psychiatric Service, 2019-2020
I believe that areas of struggle in our lives are often rooted in natural adaptations we made to difficult circumstances as we grew up. By being curious about the connections between current difficulties and past experiences, we can increase awareness and reflection, which can lead to important shifts in how we feel, think, and act in the present. My clinical interests are PTSD, including both acute and complex/developmental trauma; depression and anxiety; group therapy; clinical applications of attachment theory.
I enjoy cooking/baking; theater (both as an audience member and as an actor); traveling outside the U.S.; surfing; woodworking; finish carpentry. My favorite place I’ve traveled to is Cornwall, England.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: surfboard, hammock, and sunscreen.
Symone Lyles, LICSW, LCSW-C
Staff Social Worker in the Athletics Department
B.A., The Ohio University, Psychology w/ Minor in Sociology 2013
M.S.W., University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work, 2016
My clinical interests are trauma, PTSD, anxiety disorders, and sport social work/performance. I would describe my approach as integrated. I enjoy a combination of Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Systems Theory. I additionally use a solutions focused approach when working with my clients. I am trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy and DBT. I am passionate about working with marginalized populations and addressing mental health stigma.
I enjoy traveling, yoga, Game Nights, spending time with friends/family & my dog, hiking, and binge watching shows. My favorite places to travel to are Honolulu and Paris. I’m not a huge fan of rewatching shows or movies, but if I had to choose, it would be Major Payne and The Wood.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: My dog, comfy blanket, water purifier.
Minu Mathew, LICSW
Staff Social Worker
B.A., The College of New Jersey, 2007
M.S.W., University of Pennsylvania, 2011
I take a client centered approach to therapy and utilize a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic exploration and mindfulness practices in my work. Cultivating and encouraging self-compassion is at the core of my practice as I believe it is essential in creating emotional safety. I work in a collaborative fashion with my clients and tailor my interventions to meet the specific needs of each person in the manner that suits them best. I am trained in EMDR and incorporate that, as well as other relevant interventions in my clinical practice as appropriate. My clinical interests include Trauma, PTSD, various forms of abuse, adjustment issues, identity development/exploration and experiences relevant to marginalized identities.
I enjoy reading, hiking/ being out in nature, enjoying music, watching sunsets, and traveling to new places. My favorite place to travel is Venice, Italy. The show that I can never get tired of is Seinfeld.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: A water filtration device, a good book, and a solar powered satellite phone (so I can eventually get off this island).
Nisha Molugu, Psy.D.
B.A., Christ University, India, 2012
M.Sc., Bangalore University, India, 2014
Psy.D., University of St.Thomas, 2020
Internship: University of Nebraska, 2019-2020
Post Doctoral Fellowship: University of Chicago, 2020-2021
I lean towards an integrated approach to psychotherapy, a combination of Time-Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy and Interpersonal Process Therapy with a strong emphasis on cultural factors. When applicable, I also draw from Dialectical Behavior Therapy to facilitate skill building. My approach to treatment is focused on facilitating insight and awareness into presenting concerns, developing understanding of connections between past experiences and presenting issues, and building skills. I strive towards creating a safe and supportive space, building strong therapeutic alliances, and tailoring treatment to support unique demographic backgrounds and needs. My clinical interests include multicultural and multinational issues, international student issues, working with BIPOC individuals, acculturation and adjustment-related concerns , anxiety and depression, relational/interpersonal issues, and group therapy.
Outside of work, I absolutely enjoy cooking, exploring new restaurants, traveling, and binge watching shows on Netflix 🙂 My favorite places I’ve traveled to so far are Paris and Switzerland. Tv shows I can watch over and over again would be Friends and Schitt’s creek.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: A friend, a boat, and a lot of food.
Ana María Muñiz-Leen, M.D.
B.A., Georgetown University College of Arts and Sciences, English Honors program; Biology minor/pre-med, cum laude, 1996
M.D., University of Miami School of Medicine, 2000
Psychiatry Residency: University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital, 2004-2006
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship: University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital, 2006-2008
Board Certifications in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
My clinical interests are Autism Spectrum Disorder, adjustment to College/Higher Education, Depression, anxiety, ADHD, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and psychiatry in relation to Film/TV and Historical Figures.
I enjoy running (I’ve run two marathons in France), reading, and learning about fashion/design/architecture. My favorite place I have traveled to is St. Barth’s (via a puddle jumper), followed by Greece (Athens/Santorini) and Paris. The TV show I can never get tired of is In Treatment (on HBO).
Three things to bring on a deserted island: Other than my family, I would bring a library of classic novels, sunscreen, and plenty of water.
Engin Ontiveros, Ph.D.
B.A., College of William and Mary, 2011
M.S., University of Florida, 2013
Ph.D., University of Florida, 2016
Internship: University of Maryland-College Park Counseling Center, 2015-2016
I believe in the power of my clients to make positive changes in their lives once they gain the necessary insight and skills in our sessions. I seek to empower clients as they explore, express and honor their truth. To respect the diversity in my clients’ needs, the interventions I use follow an integrative approach, including: interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness-based methods. My clinical interests are International student concerns, multicultural issues, social belonging, mindfulness-based treatment, and group therapy.
I enjoy traveling, family time, and growing food. My favorite place I have traveled to is Cunda, Turkey. The TV show I can never get tired of is Parks and Rec.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: Two good friends and a boat!
Jade Sanders, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist at the School of Medicine
B.A., University of Virginia, 2011
M.A., Adelphi University, 2014
Ph.D., Adelphi University, 2020
Internship: SUNY Old Westbury College, 2019-2020
I enjoy being integrative. I was trained psychodynamically and enjoy incorporating CBT and interpersonal therapy. I apply a client centered approach to all of my sessions. My clinical interests are trauma, racial & acculturation distress, identity issues, and issues related to transitions. I enjoy working with marginalized populations and addressing mental health stigma.
I love to travel, learn history, attend live music festivals, as well as food festivals. My favorite place to travel is Amalfi Coast, Italy. The show I can always rewatch is “Key & Peele”.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: grill, tent, a large book.
Chao Song, Ph.D.
B.A., Shandong Normal University, China, 2009
M.A., Beijing Normal University, China, 2012
Ph.D., California School of Professional Psychology, 2018
Internship: Miami University Student Counseling Service, 2017-2018
My clinical interests are interpersonal and relationship issues, life transitions, trauma, intersectionality and identity development, international students concerns, clinical training and supervision. I enjoy working with members of historically underrepresented groups. I work from humanistic, existential, multicultural, and client-centered approach, and utilizes evidence-based interventions that fit well with Eastern philosophy such as DBT and ACT.
I enjoy traveling, food, and pop culture. My favorite place to travel to is Sichuan, China. I never get tired of watching The Shawshank Redemption.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: Bear Grylls, water filter, sunscreen.
Jo Ellyn Walker, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Diversity Initiatives
B.A., Northwestern University, 2009
M.Ed., Texas A&M University, 2012
Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 2016
Internship: Michigan State University Counseling Center, 2015-2016
My theoretical orientation is an Interpersonal, Existential, Multicultural approach that emphasizes context, identity, meaning-making, & the therapeutic alliance as central to therapeutic process & change. I enjoy working with members of historically excluded/marginalized groups; educating & employing holistic health interventions that emphasize mind-body connection(s); & mood, phase of life, & identity-related concerns.
I enjoy traveling and reading. My favorite place I have traveled to is Japan. The movie that I can never get tired of is Brown Sugar.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: water filter/purifier, boat, walkie radio …with which to survive until I could escape.
Deirdre Gaughan, Psy.D.
Post Doctoral Fellow
B.A,. New York University, 2014
M.Psy. Divine Mercy University, 2019
Psy.D., Divine Mercy University, 2021
Internship: Baylor University Counseling Center, 2020-2021
I take a collaborative approach to counseling drawing primarily from a psychodynamic, interpersonal, and emotion-focused framework as a therapist. In doing so, I work to create a non-judgemental and trusting environment in order to help students address patterns, process their experience, gain insight into their relationships, and better understand themselves in order to reach their goals. My clinical interests include working with anxiety and mood disorders, trauma recovery, identity development, spirituality and family of origin concerns.
Outside of work, I enjoy frequenting coffee shops, going on adventures in pretty places, and trying new recipes. One show I could watch over and over again without getting tired of it would be Gilmore Girls. My favorite place that I’ve traveled to is Australia.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: A beach blanket, my best friend, and a copy of Wilderness Survival for Dummies.
Ramya Matam, Psy.D.
Post Doctoral Fellow at the Law Center
B.S., University of Dayton 2014
M.Couns., Forest Institute of Professional Psychology 2016
M. Psy., Adler University 2018
Psy.D., Adler University 2021
Internship: University of Houston 2020-2021
I view therapy as a holistic experience and take account of my clients as a whole rather than a set of symptoms. My foundation of therapy is based in creating a warm, collaborative experience to promote genuineness and authenticity in our work together. I view the client as the expert of their lives and see myself as a guide in my client’s life experiences. Based on my client’s needs, I take a Humanistic Client-Centered, relational approach to therapy. My clinical interests are in Traumatic Stress and Substance Use as well as anxiety, depression, relationships, and identity developments. I welcome clients of all walks of life and look forward to working with anyone that wants a therapist who is knowledgeable in diversity and different identities.
Outside of work, I enjoy cooking and baking. I can watch Grey’s Anatomy as many times as you’d ask me to without being tired of them.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: Harry Potter books, some potato chips, and a water filter.
Sarah Scalese, Psy.D.
Post Doctoral Fellow
B.S., Loyola University New Orleans, 2014
M.A., La Salle University, 2018
Psy.D., La Salle University, 2021
In my work with students, it’s important that I first learn who they are, and what their strengths and values are. We then work together to identify how thoughts, emotions, and behaviors may be getting in the way of them being their best selves. I use evidence-based interventions (strategies proven successful through research) within a cognitive behavioral model, and integrate third wave modalities, particularly DBT skills and principles of ACT. My clinical interests include body image, disordered eating, anxiety disorders, relationships/dating, and the intersection between religion and sexual orientation identity.
I enjoy running, reading, traveling, and petting other people’s dogs. My favorite place I have traveled to is the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia. I’ve never met a show on Bravo that I didn’t like, but my current favorite is Below Deck.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: A hammock, SPF 200, and a never ending book.
M. Denise English
I enjoy making jewelry and spending time with grand people. My favorite place I have traveled to is Malaga, Spain. The movie I can never get tired of is Imitation of Life.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: Bible, family, and a blanket.