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, 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.
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.
Interim 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
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, 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).
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.
Steven Nicholson, LCSW, LICSW
Staff Social Worker and Case Manager
B.A., University of South Carolina, Psychology; Business minor, 2014
M.S.W., University of South Carolina, 2016
My theoretical framework is based on an ecological perspective. While we are born into the world and ultimately raised by a guardian or caregiver, we are also products of our environment. Our surroundings impact not only our growth and development, but how we respond to specific situations and circumstances within our environment. “No man is an island.” – John Donne. By utilizing a combination of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Erickson’s Stages of Development, and Trauma-Informed Care, we can begin to address any issues encountered as a result of our upbringing as well as those that have come as a result of our environment to include significant loss and trauma. My clinical interests include developmental psychology, multicultural issues, community-based social work, grief, loss, and trauma.
I enjoy the outdoors (especially the beach), traveling (I’ve been to 40 of the 50 states), visiting art and history museums, going to concerts (I’ve been to over 15), and sports, particularly college athletics (Go Gamecocks, Go Hoosiers, and Go Hoyas!!!). My favorite place I have traveled to is Spain (I absolutely love Barcelona!). One TV Show I could watch over and over again is Grey’s Anatomy (also love the Private Practice and Station 19 spin-offs).
Three things to bring on a deserted island: A solar-powered generator, all my Beyonce albums (and I own them all), and a machete.
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!
Dan Pineau, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist at the Law Center
B.A., Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, 2015
Ph.D., University of Mississippi, 2022
Internship: Southern Illinois University – Carbondale Counseling and Psychological Services Center, 2021-2022
Originally trained in CBT, I utilize a mixture of functional behavioral approaches (ACT, DBT) to help students identify and engage in valued activities to promote holistic health. My interests and experiences have involved working with large, diverse student populations with an emphasis on anxiety, life/identity developments and adjustments, interpersonal difficulties, and depression.
I enjoy playing with my dog, exploring new restaurants or venues, creative writing, and arguing about baseball. My favorite places I have traveled to are Melbourne and Sydney, Australia. The movies I will never get tired of are the Lord of the Rings, Extended Editions.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: A boat for when I get tired of island time, my library, and my dog!
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.
Natalie Léger, Psy.D.
Post Doctoral Fellow
B.S., The George Washington University, 2016
M.S., Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, Barry University, 2018
M.Ed., Springfield College, 2020
Psy.D., Springfield College, 2022
Internship: Stony Brook University Counseling Center, 2021-2022
I believe that challenges in our lives often stem from struggles with systems of power as well as our distance from our own humanity. When working with clients, I often utilize a strengths and acceptance-based approach with a social justice lens in order to help clients see their own potential to make change and new meaning out of their experiences. My clinical interests include working with athletes, those who work within sport, as well as high performers/achievers of various disciplines.
Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, spending time with family and friends, cooking, and listening to music. One show I could watch over and over again without getting tired of it would be The Office. My favorite place that I’ve traveled to is Paris.
Three things to bring on a deserted island: A water filter, a lighter, and Creole seasoning
Helen Rathbun, Psy.D.
Post Doctoral Fellow
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
I work from a psychodynamic perspective that focuses on exploring one’s sense of self, relationship dynamics, and past events. I also work from a multicultural perspective. This perspective focuses on the systemic power structures and cultural factors that may impact a person’s development. In general, I place a strong emphasis on the therapeutic alliance and rapport. When needed, I can utilize CBT and mindfulness techniques to help build coping skills. My clinical interests include LGBTQIAP+ identities, anxiety, OCD, trauma, relational/interpersonal issues, and couples psychotherapy.
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
Amy Sproul, Psy.D.
Post Doctoral Fellow 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
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.
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.