Meet Our Staff
Lauren DePompeo, Psy.D.
Associate Director of 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, cheering on my favorite teams, and my pets. My favorite place I have traveled to is Greece and Hawaii. The TV shows I can never get tired of are Schitt’s Creek and Friends.
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.
Latoya Giles, LCSW-C, LICSW
B.S.W., Morgan State University, School of Education & Urban Studies, 2012
M.S.W., University of Maryland School of Social Work, 2013
LCSW-C, Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners
LICSW, The Government of the District of Columbia Department of Health
Guided by systems theory, my theoretical approach to referral coordination is strengths-based solution focused. Helping individuals to identify their strengths and leverage their resources to find solutions for challenges is my passion. I have over 13 years of social work experience serving diverse populations in child welfare and higher education.
Outside of the office, I enjoy writing poetry and performing spoken word. I love spending time with family and friends, exploring museums and expressing myself through fashion and interior decorating. Lastly, I love basketball and enjoy rooting for the Washington Wizards and the Las Vegas Aces. Two movies or TV shows I can watch over and over again are Toy Story and Love and Basketball.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: survival kit, weather-proof emergency tent, and a solar powered radio/flashlight combo.
Jasmine Kaleka, Psy.D.
B.A., The New School, 2014
M.Psy., George Washington University, 2019
Psy.D., George Washington University, 2021
Internship: Yale University, School of Medicine, 2020-2021
While my theoretical orientation is rooted in contemporary psychodynamic theories, I seek to remain flexible in my clinical practice by tailoring treatment according to each individual’s needs. I work to cultivate a secure attachment with clients, as I have witnessed how this can provide individuals with space for healing. I am also interested in collaborating with clients to help them reclaim aspects of their identities that have been erased, disavowed, or omitted from the dominant discourse. Finally, I seek to empower clients to take on an active role in their therapy and endeavor to integrate clients’ strengths into their care. I believe that treatment does not simply entail the amelioration of symptoms but instead also includes collaboratively working towards helping individuals discover their own narratives and live a life that they find personally meaningful.
I enjoy reading, swimming (especially in the ocean!), watching movies, listening to Qawwali music, and spending time with my family. My favorite place I have traveled to is Venice, Italy. The movie I can never get tired of watching is Amélie.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: my family, popcorn, and a Donna Tartt book.
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.
John Loughlin-Presnal, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Psychology Training
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
Postdoctoral 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.
Minu Mathew, LCSW, 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).
Durriya A. Meer, Psy. D.
Director of CAPS
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.
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 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.
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
Postdoctoral 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, internal family systems (IFS) and mindfulness-based methods. My clinical interests are Arab, Middle Eastern, and North African (AMENA) mental health, 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!
Tanisha Pelham, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist, Coordinator of Services for BIPOC & First Generation Students
B.S., Florida A & M University, Psychology, 2013
M.S., Florida A & M University, Community Psychology, 2015
Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2023
Internship: Johns Hopkins University Counseling Center, 2022-2023
My theoretical orientation is primarily based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). However, I like to integrate the most helpful therapeutic tools and approaches to meet the needs of each individual. My orientation is also heavily influenced by multicultural and feminist perspectives. I enjoy exploring intersections of identity and mental health including but not limited to experiences related to race, ethnicity, gender, and class. It is important for me to empower my clients through a strength-based, holistic approach and create a meaningful alliance in a space which is collaborative and authentic.
Outside of the office I enjoy spending time with family and friends, outdoor leisure, reading, exploring somewhere new, or watching an entire series over the span of a weekend!
Three things to bring on a deserted island: a satellite phone, a hammock, and a book…I’ll take a vacation however I can get it!
Helen Rathbun, Psy.D.
Staff Psychologist, LGBT Specialist
B.S., James Madison University, 2018
M.Psy., The George Washington University, 2020
Psy.D., The George Washington University, 2022
Internship: Towson University Counseling Center, 2021-2022
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Georgetown University Counseling and Psychiatric Services, 2022-2023
I approach therapy with a psychodynamic, relational, and multicultural lens. In this effort, I often find it helpful to discuss unresolved conflicts, early life experiences, automatic patterns, and various aspects of identity. I also find it helpful to create ample space for processing and expressing emotions. In general, I place a strong emphasis on the therapeutic alliance and rapport. When needed, I also use CBT and mindfulness techniques to help build coping skills.
In terms of clinical interest, I have particular experience working with LGBT+ identified folks and I’m proud to provide LGBT+ affirming therapy. I am also interested in anxiety, trauma, interpersonal/relationship concerns, and couples therapy.
Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, trying new foods, and photography. One movie I could watch over and over again without getting tired of it would be Spirited Away. My favorite place that I’ve traveled to is South Africa-Kruger National Park.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: A waterproof tarp, flint stick, and fishing line
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.
Amy Sproul, Psy.D.
Staff Psychologist at the Law Center
B.A., University of Virginia, 2011
M.S., London School of Economics, 2015
Psy.D., George Washington University, 2022
Internship: University of Virginia Counseling Center, 2021-2022
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Georgetown University Counseling and Psychiatric Service, 2022-2023
I use a blend of psychodynamic, relational, liberation, and attachment-based approaches in therapy, believing the past impacts our present, systemic stressors affect our experience, and maintaining positive relationships is vital to well-being and resilience. I enjoy working with a wide range of presentations and have a particular interest in the treatment of trauma, family stress, grief, adjustment difficulties, and depression. I also enjoy collaborating with clients to develop therapeutic spaces that feel safe and well-aligned with each person’s preferences and needs.
Outside of work, I love listening to comedy podcasts while attempting overly-ambitious recipes (with varying results). I also love literary fiction, the outdoors, and greeting every doggo in the neighborhood.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: An anthology of David Mitchell books, a life supply of Trader Joe’s chocolate caramels, and a volleyball.
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.
Jerimi Vindua, Psy.D.
Staff Psychologist at the Law Center
B.A., University of California at Irvine, 2014
M.A., University of Denver — The Graduate School of Professional Psychology, 2020
Psy.D., University of Denver — The Graduate School of Professional Psychology, 2023
Internship: Johns Hopkins University Counseling Center, 2022-2023
I take a collaborative approach to therapy to ensure that my students’ care is tailored to their unique blend of culture(s), life experiences, and developing values. As an integrative therapist, I pull from different theoretical orientations including CBT, ACT, and Psychodynamic Therapy depending on my student’s treatment goals. I work with a wide range of psychological presentations commonly found in university settings (e.g., anxiety, depression, identity development, acculturation, and relationship dynamics), but I am also specifically interested in working with BIPOC- and/or Queer-related concerns considering my own life experiences and intersecting identities.
Outside of the office, I enjoy making art inspired by shows I’m watching. I recently picked up Suits, but I’ll always make time to rewatch favorites like Sense8 and Steven Universe. I also have a fondness for growing plants. Lastly, while I thoroughly enjoyed my times visiting the Philippines and Japan, I hope to visit more of Asia in the (hopefully not too far) future.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: Sunblock, Bug Spray, My (filled) Art Supply Bag
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.
Post Doctoral Fellows and Externs
Shanice Anderson, Psy.D.
Post Doctoral Fellow
B.A., University of Hartford, 2017
M.S., Nova Southeastern University, 2021
Psy.D., Nova Southeastern University, 2023
Internship: University of Connecticut, Student Health and Wellness – Mental Health, 2022-2023
Carl Rogers once said, “we cannot change, we cannot move away from what we are, until we thoroughly accept what we are.” Accepting oneself can be a difficult task when it requires us to intentionally examine the good, the bad, and the ugly things that make us who we are. As a clinician, it is important for me to cultivate a safe, comfortable, and supportive space where students feel seen and heard. When working with students, my aim is to build strong therapeutic alliances and cater to the unique needs of each person. I consider myself to be an integrative clinician who works from a humanistic approach influenced by the multicultural orientation framework. I have found in my experience that helping students to identify and understand their intersecting identities can help them and myself to recognize how those identities influence their sense of self and the world at large. I also draw from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help students to become more comfortable with being in the present and allowing themselves to acknowledge what they are feeling in their daily lives. My clinical interests include working with BIPOC individuals, eating disorders, identity development/intersectionality, social justice advocacy, and healing generational/collective/racial trauma.
Outside of work, I really enjoy trying new foods and restaurants, live music/concerts, traveling, buying sneakers, and watching movies/shows (some of which I have watched a few times). My favorite movie of all time is Shrek (if they do a remake, I can be cast). My favorite places I’ve traveled to so far are Venice and Jamaica.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: my dog, Myles, a ton of water, and my best friend. (honorable mention: a blanket)
Carmella Asparrin, Psy.M.
B.A., Princeton University, 2021
M.Psy., George Washington University, 2023
I take an integrative approach to therapy. My orientation is psychodynamic at its core, though I also utilize ACT, CBT, and relational approaches as well to meet students where they are at. My clinical interests are working with multicultural issues, trauma, the mind-body connection, interpersonal issues, and anxiety and depression.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with friends, listening to music, and exercising. One show I could watch over and over again without getting tired of it would be New Girl. My favorite place that I’ve traveled to is Peru.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: A water bottle with a filter, a fishing net, and a solar powered radio
Glory Rae Finnegan, Psy.D.
Post Doctoral Fellow
B.A., University of Nevada, Reno
M.A., The California School of Professional Psychology
Psy.D., The California School of Professional Psychology
Internship: University of South Carolina, Counseling & Psychiatry
The connection I feel to working with students is due to an understanding that having someone in our corner is one of the most important things in life. I seek to build non-judgmental, warm, and genuine relationships with students during their academic career, balancing both a supportive and challenging nature. As a clinician, I am informed by a constructivist and humanist viewpoint. In combination, these theories allow me to honor a student’s reality while stepping into their unique meaning-making processes and multicultural landscapes. Complementary to these orientations, I enjoy utilizing third-wave behavioral tools from Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). In particular, DBT’s eastern-inspired message that “No Feeling is Final,” is one of my favorite clinical and life philosophies. My clinical interests include working with a student population and survivors of sexual violence, substance use, psychosomatics, psychopharmacology, utilizing interventions inspired by Eastern philosophy, and exploring intersections of: media, art, and psychology.
Outside of work, I enjoy thrifting and sewing, sketch comedy, documentary film, exploring national parks, and Asian cuisine of all kinds (from Indian to Japanese) with a special shoutout to ramen. One show I could watch over and over again without getting tired of it would be I Think You Should Leave. My favorite place that I’ve traveled to is Yosemite Valley.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: 2 spoons, Vegan Chunky Monkey Ben & Jerrys, and My Mom.
Aida Gruden, Psy.D.
Post Doctoral Fellow
B.S., Dickinson College, 2000
M.S., Johns Hopkins University, 2019
Psy.D., George Washington University, 2023
Internship: Howard University, 2022-2023
Much of my approach to therapeutic work is oriented in both Rogerian and Psychodynamic thought. I love the one for its profound ability to honor and explain the importance of early developmental figures, events, and sentiments. And the other for its exuberant faith in the power of the individual to flourish despite the depleted soil, tattered roots, or trauma they may have experienced. These two bookends often allow both the clinician and client the ability to explore the heartaches, confusions, and conflicts that can arrest and sabotage our journey towards wisdom and healing.
Aeschylus once wrote how sometimes “in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom.” As someone whose clinical interests center on complex developmental trauma, this verse of poetry reminds me that even through the dark paths of suffering, there is a path towards light.
Outside of the office, well, I like pina coladas and gettin’ caught in the rain. Just kidding. I’m happiest spending time with people who love laughing and are natural storytellers. Otherwise, reading a good book or poetry keeps me quite content, especially if I’m near gardens or the ocean. Some movies I could watch repeatedly are Babette’s Feast and In the Mood for Love. A favorite place I’ve travelled to is Crete where I got my favorite blend of engaging with different cultures, writing, and being near the sea.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: Someone with a good sense of humor, some Tolstoy and Dostoevsky novels, and a journal. (yup, practicality is my middle name).
Sarhand Hasan (Sarnosi), M.Sc.
M.Sc., Missouri State University
M.A., Galludet University
The theoretical orientation I adhere to is an integrative approach that draws from the rich tapestry of humanistic psychology, incorporating Roger’s Person-Centered and Miller’s Motivational Interviewing approaches, supplemented by evidence-based approaches (e.g., CBT, DBT, ACT, AEDP).
Outside of work, I enjoy reading, watching and playing soccer, working out, cooking Kurdish meals, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. A TV show I could watch over and over again is The Big Bang Theory. My favorite place I’ve ever traveled to is Beartooth Mountain.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: My wife, my friends, and my books.
Natalie Simpson, M.A.
B.A., Elon University, 2020
M.A., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2023
My theoretical orientation is CBT. My clinical interests include interpersonal relationships, life transitions and eating disorders.
Outside of work, I enjoy My hobbies include hiking with my dog and skiing. My favorite place I have traveled to is New Zealand.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: My dog, water, and pasta.
I enjoy playing with my dog, practicing Bagua, and watching Netflix. My favorite place I’ve traveled to is Ireland. I like shows where the host pokes fun at their guests, like Billy on the Street or Eric Andre Show. Also Always Sunny in Philadelphia!
Three things to bring on a deserted island: A Greenhouse that contains a library of seeds, soil, and water purifier; my partner, and my dog.
M. Denise English
Interim Office Manager
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.