Elizabeth Mondragon, Psy.D.
Interim Executive Director of Health and Psychological Student Services (HAPSS)
Director of Counseling and Psychological Services(CAPS)
Licensed Psychologist – CA PSY 21471
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Dr. Mondragon is a licensed psychologist who received her Psy.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology at the University of La Verne. Some areas of particular interest include: supporting academic success through increased access to mental and physical health care services to students; reducing stigma and barriers to help seeking for mental health concerns of our diverse campus community; supporting the unique needs and challenges of first generation college students; working with trauma and sexual abuse; processing clinical issues around grief and loss; and supporting campus equity and inclusion through advocacy and education. She currently serves as Interim Executive Director of Health and Psychological Student Services (HAPSS); consisting of the Student Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services and Student Affairs Case Management departments.
Identifying as a first-generation college student/first generation in the USA and proud Latina, Dr. Mondragon has a particular passion for the UCR campus community and supporting students to feel empowered through their educational experience and beyond.
Dr. Mondragon joined UCR in 2006 as a CAPS staff member and was also a former Psychology intern in UCR CAPS as part of her pre-doctoral training.
Loretta Mead, Psy.D
Assistant Director/Clinical Director
Licensed Psychologist - CA PSY24298
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Dr. Mead provides individual, couples and group therapy at Counseling and Psychological Services and is also involved in the center's training of psychology interns. while she enjoys working with diverse individuals with a variety of challenges, her particular areas of interest include Latino/Chicano mental health, relational dynamics, loss and grief, identity and self-development, and first-generation college students.
Dr. Mead joined Counseling and Psychological Services in 2010. She received her master's and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in Los Angeles.
Lee Stillerman, Ph.D.
Assistant Director/Crisis Director
Licensed Psychologist, CA PSY21971
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Dr. Stillerman has worked at UCR CAPS since 2009. He has extensive training in multicultural competencies and enjoys working with diverse orientations, cultures and worldviews. Dr. Stillerman has a special interest in humor and is interested in the intersection between humor and well-being. Before UCR, Dr. Stillerman worked at counseling centers at New Mexico State University, the University of Hawaii, Boston College, CSU Long Beach and UCLA. He earned his Master's degree in counseling psychology from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and his Ph.D. from New Mexico State University. In his current role as Assistant Director/ Crisis Director Dr. Stillerman helps to plan, direct, and oversee the day to day operations in the center and assumes additional oversight and responsibility for urgent care services, working closely with campus partners to coordinate crisis intervention and stabilization for students with high acuity.
Jennifer Hung, Psy.D.
Assistant Director/Training Director
Licensed Psychologist – CA PSY 21949
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Dr. Hung joined the Counseling and Psychological Services in 2008 and worked as a full-time counseling psychologist until 2013. She returned in August, 2016 and rejoined the CAPS team. Dr. Hung is the Assistant Director/Training Director who oversees our APA Accredited Health Psychology Internship Program. Dr. Hung received her doctorate in clinical-community psychology at the University of La Verne in 2006. She has worked in various clinical settings, such as university counseling center, community mental health, psychiatric hospital and private practice.
Aside from supervising and managing the health psychology internship program, Dr. Hung provides individual, couples and/or group therapy to the campus community. She often collaborates with various campus partners to facilitate different mental health outreach programs. Dr. Hung has particular interest in immigration, acculturation, trauma, social justice and identity issues.
Farid Azhir, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist- CA LMFT 48161
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Farid Azhir, LMFT loves nature and enjoys learning about different cultures. He believes nature influences culture and culture influences our perspective. This perspective then filters our thoughts and, our thoughts cradle our feelings, our relationships, and our lives.
Farid Azhir joined Counseling and Psychological Services in 2015. Prior to joining UCR, he had the privilege to serve K-12 students and their families who required a variety of mental health services. His passion for exploring the influence of cultures and how it impacts therapy has taken him to five continents around the world. He immersed himself in cultural experiences that at first glance did not seem alike, however became a firm believer that a nonjudgmental deeper view reveals credulous simplicity of the very fabric that tightly bounds us together “Love & Respect."
Prior to earning his Master's degree in counseling at California State University Fullerton, Farid Azhir also received a B.S. in kinesiology with an emphasis on physiology of exercise. During his research which was to investigate the impact of physiological changes on weight control exercises. He gravitated towards undeniably power of psychological constructs to maintain a healthy life style, that's when he decided to focus his graduate study in the area of psychotherapy and his journey continues to enrich his enthusiasm in everlasting learning and how to serve others humbly and sincerely.
Sarah Pemberton MSW, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker - CA LCS 25339
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Sarah Pemberton is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and she provides individual, couples and group therapy at Counseling and Psychological Services, as well as collaborates with campus partners to support the mental health and wellbeing of the UCR campus.
Sarah was born and raised in Southern California and studies psychology at Scripps College and received her Master's Degree in Social Welfare with a focus on mental health from UCLA in 2004.
Sarah began working at UCR in 2008 as the Case Manager in the Dean of Students Office and began working in Counseling and Psychological Services in 2012. She has a diverse background of experience after spending 6 years as a therapist in outpatient mental health clinics in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, before coming to UCR.
While she enjoys working with individuals and a variety of challenges, her particular areas of interest include developing healthy relationships, identity development, grief and loss, as well as first generation college students. Sarah is passionate about working in a helping field, especially with college students
Ayoka Bell, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist – CA PSY 27676
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Dr. Ayoka Bell is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides individual, couples, and group therapy at Counseling and Psychological Services. In addition to providing clinical supervision and training to psychology interns, Dr. Bell serves as liaison to UCR’s African Student Programs.
With and integrative and collaborative therapeutic approach, she draws from various treatment modalities including cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, biopsychosocial, person-centered, systems, mindfulness-based, and motivational interviewing. Dr. Bell enjoys working with people of all abilities, backgrounds, and identities. Her goal is to create a space that feels safe and free of judgment, and she is passionate about providing support around issues of diversity.
Dr. Bell brings clinical experience from her past work in public education, community mental health, and Primary Care - Behavioral Health Integration. She completed her doctoral internship at UCSF-San Francisco General Hospital Trauma Recovery Center, and completed postdoctoral training at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View California. She received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from CSU, Sacramento and earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology at John F. Kennedy University.
Nicole Pitsavas, Psy.D. Counseling
Licensed Psychologist-CA PSY 29303
(951) 827-5531 | nicole.pitsavas @ucr.edu
Nicole Pitsavas obtained her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago. As a generalist, Dr. Pitsavas offers a variety of service modalities, including individual, couples, groups, and outreach presentations. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Dr. Pitsavas’ clinical conceptualization is grounded in psychodynamic and attachment theories yet she borrows from several orientations to best fit her clients’ needs. She describes her work as relational, collaborative and transparent. Dr. Pitsavas has a particular passion for working with sexual and gender minorities, undocumented immigrants and other marginalized populations on a variety of concerns, including trauma, substance abuse, mood and anxiety disorders, and grief and loss. Social justice guides not only her clinical work but also her professional and personal life.
Dr. Pitsavas enjoys many hobbies in her spare time. These include camping, playing with her dog and cats, and manual activities such as cross-stitching, model building and carving. She and her wife love to sing and go on hikes together. Science fiction and fantasy are among her favorite genres whether for reading or watching movies. As a previous Senior Desktop Analyst, she is an avid technology consumer and thrives on learning how things work.
Eryn Parks, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist-CA PSY 20429
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Dr. Parks provides individual therapy focused on whatever is most important to the person. He strives to work collaboratively with a style and method that most suits the individual. He enjoys working with and learning from people from all cultures and backgrounds. His theoretical orientation is primarily person-centered and cognitive-behavioral, attempting to integrate the latest research findings when possible.
Dr. Parks joined CAPS in December of 2017 after 11 years with the Department of Mental Health in Riverside County. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Public Service from UCR in 1993 and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern California in 2002. He currently enjoys his appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCR School of Medicine where he works with the 3rd year psychiatric residents. His interests include research in therapy effectiveness, self-esteem, anger management, anxiety, and depression. His personal interests include cycling, movies, and travel.
Heather Johnson M.S.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - CA LMFT 103173
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Heather Johnson was born and raised in Southern California and studied psychology and philosophy at Cal State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Heather received her Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University in 2015.
Heather has a diverse background of experience after spending 5 years as a therapist in non-profit organizations in San Bernardino and San Diego Counties. Her areas of specialty include substance abuse, anger management, anxiety, and healthy relationships. Heather’s primary specialty is trauma, working three years in sexual and relationship violence. Heather is professionally trained in the Trauma Resiliency Model, which focuses on understanding the biology of traumatic stress reactions and learning specific skills to return the body, mind, and spirit back to balance.
Heather utilizes an integrative approach, drawing from various treatment modalities including emotion-focused, person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, and dialectical-behavioral. She has also completed her Master’s thesis on attachment, so she is naturally drawn to the impact of relationships on our ability to feel safe and secure in this world. With the belief that each person is an expert of their own experience, Heather strives to create a collaborative space that feels safe and free of judgment.
Heather is an avid reader, and loves anything in the fantasy universe. She often use metaphors from Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings in her clinical work.
Danielle Larin, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist- CA LMFT 103879
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Jarrett Ellington, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist-CA PSY 24978
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Dr. Jarrett Ellington is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides individual counseling to the diverse student body at UCR. Dr. Ellington also provides clinical supervision and training to psychological interns.
Dr. Ellington completed his graduate work at Fuller Seminary’s Graduate School of Psychology in 2010, receiving a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. After graduation, Dr. Ellington completed a one-year residency within Kaiser Permanente’s Central Bay Consortium- Chemical Dependency Recovery Program- in Oakland, CA.
Prior to joining UCR, Dr. Ellington worked at the University of San Diego & Caltech as a staff psychologist, supporting students with alcohol & other drug concerns, anxiety, depression, adjustment/transition, relationship issues, spiritual concerns, etc. Dr. Ellington strives to “meet people where they are at” and provide a safe, non-judgmental environment in which students can explore their concerns. His primary theoretical orientation is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, integrating other theory and approaches as needed. Dr. Ellington also strives to integrate mindfulness practice into clinical interventions. In his previous roles, Dr. Ellington has also served as a Practicum Training Program coordinator, a mental health consultant within a Student Health Center, and taught a Peer Counseling course to undergraduate students majoring in Psychology/Behavioral Sciences.
Emily Bragg, MA
Emily Bragg is a doctoral intern coming from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She was born and raised in Southern California. Emily has two years of experience in college counseling centers and is excited to continue her work with college students at UCR. She has worked with diverse populations and strives towards continuous learning through her clients. Emily enjoys using art therapy to help clients tap into their personal creativity.
Danielle Hanley, MA
Danielle is a Doctoral Psychology Intern from the California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego. She was born and raised in Wisconsin and received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at Cardinal Stritch University. Danielle completed her Master’s Thesis focused on gay men and disordered eating and body esteem, and currently completing her Doctoral Dissertation researching the impact of societal expectations on gay and lesbian relationship satisfaction.
Danielle has previous clinical experience with young adults and adults suffering with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance use, identity, and life transitions in a variety of mental health settings.
With an integrative and collaborative therapeutic approach, Danielle utilizes various evidence-based treatment modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy. She also values a person-centered approach while focusing on the individual’s specific needs, values, and strengths.
Niki Sarrafian, MS
Niki Sarrafian is a doctoral intern coming from the University of La Verne Psy.D. Clinical Psychology program. She was born and raised in Southern California and feels excited to work with the diverse student body at UC Riverside. She is bilingual in both English and Farsi.
Prior to joining UCR, Niki had experience in both college counseling and community mental health settings. She takes an integrative and collaborative approach and tries to enter each therapeutic relationship in a nonjudgmental and empathetic manner. Niki has found her passion in working with a young adult population undergoing a transitional stage in their lives. She likes working with a variety of presenting concerns but her particular areas of interest include relationship concerns, identity development, and anxiety.
Administrative Support Team
Gloria Vera, Administrative Assistant III and Maria Reyes, Administrative Assistant II
Our wonderful administrative support team is the backbone of CAPS. They are here to greet and support the needs of our clients, CAPS staff and our UCR campus community.
Walidah Thrift, PsyD
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Dr. Walidah Thrift is a postdoctoral clinician, she has completed her PsyD in Clinical Psychology with the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University in San Diego. Prior to attending CSPP, Dr. Thrift earned a terminal Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Chapman University. She is experienced in providing crisis intervention, mental health counseling, and outreach services. Dr. Thrift has worked over a number of years within a multitude of different settings, including outpatient mental health clinics, community mental health agencies, chronic pain clinical care, and inpatient psychiatric hospital care. She is authentic in her approach to treatment. She utilizes a person-centered strength-based brief therapy model, and consistently considers the uniqueness of each individual. She works to provide a supportive environment in which individuals feel safe and secure to identify, explore, and resolve their concerns.
Thomas Tadros, LMFT
Mental Health Clinician
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist– CA 102806
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Thomas Tadros is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Thomas obtained his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at Azusa Pacific University.
Prior to joining UCR, Thomas worked at an adult outpatient clinic in a community mental health setting; supporting individuals with various cultural differences and backgrounds. While working there, areas of specialties were trauma, substance abuse, Bipolar, depression, anxiety, and creating meaningful and healthy relationships.
Thomas takes interest in integrating Stoic philosophy into his counseling modalities. Thomas strives to assist students in obtaining a healthy mindset and a unique approach to their problem. His self-awareness approach helps students become familiar with their identity, in order to find individualized solutions to their struggles. Thomas also utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Metaphorical Therapy, and various mindfulness approaches.
Crystal Saidi, PsyD
Licensed Psychologist – CA PSY 29022
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Dr. Crystal Saidi is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides counseling to the diverse student body at UCR. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at UCI and earned her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University. She completed her doctoral internship at CSUF Counseling and Psychological Services and completed post-doctoral training at Monsour Counseling Center in the Claremont University Consortium.
Dr. Saidi enjoys working with and learning from individuals of all backgrounds and cultures. She strives to create a safe space for students where they can process and explore their concerns free of judgment. Although Dr. Saidi’s primary theoretical orientation is Cognitive-Behavioral, she believes the therapeutic relationship is what is most important in her work.
Dr. Saidi’s clinical interests include anxiety and mood disorders, self-esteem issues, relationship issues, substance abuse, and acculturation issues. Dr. Saidi is fluent in Farsi and has a particular interest in working with Iranian-American students.
Mario Rocha, LMFT
Mental Health Clinician
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist– CA 110095
(951) 827-5531 | email@example.com
Hello and welcome to UCR CAPS!
As a Chicano first generation university graduate, I feel honored to be here at UCR and assist students along their journey of life. It is my goal to assist students in working through mental health, adjustment, relationship, or academic struggles in a way that is healing and empowering. My approach is to assist students in realizing their full potential and walking into who they are truly meant to be in life. My particular areas of interest, research, and in experience are in complex trauma and sex trafficking, first generation college students, Chicano and Native American student programs, serving populations with severe and persistent mental health diagnosis, and community mental health. I hope to bring a holistic and culturally sound approach to the students here at UCR, and I look forward to assisting you in reaching your goals and maximizing your full potential.