Annie Ahn, Ph.D. Senior Staff Psychologist
Counseling Psychology, UC Santa Barbara
Hello and welcome to the Counseling Center! College can be an exciting time personally, academically, socially and spiritually. I feel fortunate to be part of students’ journey of self-discovery and growth. I am passionate about assisting students overcome challenges and attain lifelong skills. Working at three UC counseling centers and being UC undergraduate and graduate alumni, I am familiar with the quick pace of the quarter system and invested in helping students lead a balanced life that fits their values and priorities. I have special interests in multicultural counseling, Asian American mental health, child-parent intergenerational conflict, identity, intimate relationships, trauma and resilience, family concerns, anxiety, depression, and mindfulness. As the liaison for Graduate Division, I am also committed to enhancing the wellbeing of graduate students.
- Kim, B. S. K., Ahn, A. J., Lam, A. N. (2009). Theories and Research on acculturation and enculturation experiences among Asian American families. In N. T. Trinh, Y. C. Rho, F. G. Lu, & K. M. Sanders (Eds.), Handbook of mental health in Asian American families (pp. 25-43). New York: Humana Press.
- Kim, B. S. K., Ng, G. F., & Ahn, A. J. (2009). Client adherence to Asian cultural values, common factors in counseling, and session outcome with Asian American clients at a university counseling center. Journal of Counseling and Development, 87, 131-142.
- Ahn, A. J. (2008). Bridging Intergenerational Gaps among Korean American Families. Germany: VDM Verlag.
- Ahn, A. J., Kim, B. S. K., & Park, Y. S. (2008). Asian cultural values gap, cognitive flexibility, coping strategies, and parent-child conflicts among Korean Americans. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 14, 353-363.
- Kim, B. S. K., Ng, G. F., & Ahn, A. J. (2005). Effects of client expectation for counseling success, client-counselor worldview match, and client adherence to Asian and European American cultural values on counseling process with Asian Americans. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 52, 67-76.
Zer Alon, Psy.D. Senior Staff Psychologist
Clinical Psychology, Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago
I am passionate about providing high quality psychological services using established theories, science and practices. I am an empathetic psychologist who uses an integrative approach to promote psychological health and wellness. My clinical interests include anxiety and stress, depression, relationship and family issues, addiction and substance abuse, the psychology of men, self-esteem, veterans, multiculturalism and identity. As liaison to both the Veteran Services Center and Campus Village Housing, I am committed to the concerns and wellbeing of students across our campus.
Uyen Bui, Ph.D. Senior Staff Psychologist
Counseling Psychology, UC Santa Barbara
Hello ~ I enjoy working with students from a warm, collaborative and positive approach. I feel privileged to be able to be a part of students’ journeys in prioritizing and maintaining a sense of wellness while here at UCI. I am passionate and interested in the following clinical areas: multicultural competency and diversity training, healthy relationships, sexuality and sexual wellness, couples therapy, LGBT and Asian American mental health, and mindfulness psychology.
Theodore (Theo) R. Burnes, Ph.D., M.S.Ed. Director of Research and Quality Assurance/ Assistant Director
Counseling Psychology, UC Santa Barbara
Hello and Welcome to the Counseling Center! As both a licensed psychologist and also a licensed professional clinical counselor, I have had the opportunity to work with a number of different types of clients in a variety of different settings. I feel honored to work collaboratively with the diverse student population at UCI. Although I look forward to serving all of our students at UCI with humility, curiosity, and compassion, I also specialize in areas related to LGBQ students’ and sexual orientation-related mental health and wellness; group therapy and group process; human sexuality, sexual expression, and sex therapy; gender identity-related, transgender, and intersex students’ mental health and wellness; young adult identity development; issues specifically impacting graduate, master’s and doctoral students; grief and loss; multicultural counseling; and issues impacting students who have studied abroad. I look forward to meeting you!
Diana Chan, Psy.D. Senior Staff Psychologist
Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles
When working with a student, my goal is to understand how that student’s unique life experiences and past relationships have influenced the student’s overall sense of well being. My clinical interests include depression, trauma, relationships, self-esteem, identity, family or intergenerational conflict, Asian American mental health, multiculturalism, and the assessment of learning disabilities. I am bilingual in Mandarin Chinese/English, and enjoy working with students from diverse background.
Frances Diaz, Psy.D Training Director/ Associate Director
Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine University
Hello and Welcome to the Counseling Center! As a licensed bilingual psychologist I have had the opportunity to work with people from all walks of life through a number of settings. As an alumnus of UCI, I feel honored to return and have the opportunity to work with the diverse student population of this university. While I enjoy working with individuals facing a variety of challenges, my special interests are in addressing personal development, impact of family on academic achievement, first-generation college students, acculturation, international students, issues of adjustment, and Latino mental health. I recognize that higher education, whether it is undergraduate or graduate school, can be a difficult yet rewarding time in your life. Know that there are resources available to help you reach your full potential and goals. I look forward to meeting you!
Milo L. Dodson, Ph.D. Senior Staff Psychologist
Graduate Program: University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign
Greetings! It is an honor and privilege to serve the UC Irvine community as a Senior Staff Psychologist after completing both my internship, as well as my Post-Doctoral Fellowship here at the Counseling Center.
I describe my clinical work with clients as theoretically integrative and technically eclectic. My approach to psychotherapy is grounded in multiculturalism and integrates interpersonal, person-centered, and CBT theoretical perspectives. Like a trained musician, I use myself as an instrument for change by cultivating a strong therapeutic relationship with clients. I adopt a strengths based approach to empower clients to arrive at their own “answers” by collaboratively helping them create short-term and long-term goals.
My outreach efforts include collaborations with and advocacy for the African American/Black community and serving as the Counseling Center liaison to the Athletics Department.
I genuinely look forward to forward to the possibility of working with you! Peace and Blessings.
Publications and Professional Presentations
- Dodson, M. L. (2016) A mother’s love and a mother’s language. Published in Ryan, A. (2016). At mama’s knee: Mothers and race in black and white. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
- Dodson, M. L. (Writer/Director/Producer). (2012). Counseling psychology: Beyond “the couch” [Video]. Created for Division 17 of APA; presented at the 2012 APA Convention Division 17 Business Meeting, Orlando, FL.
- Neville, H. A., Flores, M., & Dodson, M. L. (2012). Being an ally: Learning from and respecting the contributions of ethnic minority psychological associations, The Counseling Psychologist, 40, 738-745.
- Turner, B. L, Henderson, R., & Dodson, M. L. (2012). At the top of the game: Providing relevant support for African American male athletes. Presentation at the annual Black Male Summit, Akron, OH.
Katy Dorsheimer, Ph.D. Senior Staff Psychologist
Counseling Psychology, University at Albany, SUNY
I am both grateful and proud to be a part of the Counseling Center team and the UCI community! My objective is to enact social justice by supporting the well-being of our diverse and outstanding student body. I am passionate about providing care and healing through an integration of mental health interventions with attention to intersections of diversity. As a generalist, I work with such issues as depression, anxiety, identity concerns, and relationship issues. Also, I specialize in working with survivors of sexual violence, and am excited to be the liaison to the CARE Office. Other areas of special interest include prevention, training, and supporting the LGBTQ population.
Jessica Eldridge, Ph.D. Senior Staff Psychologist
Counseling Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles at Alliant International University
Hello and welcome to the Counseling Center! As the designated liaison to the UCI School of Medicine, I have the good fortune to be able to work both in the Counseling Center and with the medical students at the UCI School of Medicine. In my work with students, I believe that the therapeutic alliance that develops between the client and the therapist is very important. I put effort and energy into developing a relationship that is caring, trusting, and collaborative. I enjoy working with a variety of concerns, and my areas of special interest include managing stress and anxiety, the incorporation of relaxation and mindfulness into daily life, relationship issues, depression, LGBTQ issues, and adjustment to transitions and new circumstances. I look forward to meeting you!
Jonathan Flojo, Ph.D. Senior Staff Psychologist
Counseling Psychology, University of Oregon
Students and I work together to overcome barriers to their success. We focus on developing awareness and acquiring pragmatic skills. I believe that being a psychologist is a combination of coach, educator, problem-solver, therapist, and advocate. My work centers on equity in healthcare and in education, especially where activism, community, and policy intersect. My professional areas of interest include: multicultural mental health, Asian American Studies, LGBT issues, men’s health, and mindfulness-based approaches. In addition, I am interested in large-scale evaluation and policy analysis research.
Dianna M. Gonzalez, Ph.D. Senior Staff Psychologist
Counseling Psychology, New Mexico State University - Las Cruces
Hello and welcome to the Counseling Center! I have had the privilege of working with college students at several universities and look forward to continuing to do so at UCI. My approach to working with clients is informed by an ecological, developmental, strength-based, social justice, and multicultural lens. Through this perspective I contextualize student concerns within their environment, considering how power, privilege, and oppression impact student well-being. Although I consider myself a generalist counseling psychologist, I have an interest in mental health disparities, non-traditional and first-generation college students, and Latino mental health. I am currently the liaison for Student Support Services/Transfer Student Services and Undocumented/AB540/Dreamers community at UCI. I look forward to working with you!
Catherine Hsieh, Ph.D. Senior Staff Psychologist
Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri
Hello, Anteater! As an Alum of UCI, I am excited to be part of this vibrant campus community once again and to work with students with diverse life experiences and aspirations. My approach to counseling and psychotherapy is grounded in an integrative stance informed by multicultural, strength-based, and evidence-based practices. Our work together starts with building a supportive and collaborative therapeutic relationship. It is my hope that through working in counseling, you can gain a better understanding about yourself, learn new skills that would help you cope with your stressors, and establish more meaningful relationships. My clinical interests include happiness and positive psychology, interpersonal trauma, Asian American mental health, documented and undocumented immigrant issues, and international student adjustment. I am a bilingual therapist fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese, and I currently serve as the liaison to the International Center and the UCI Dreamers/AB540/Undocumented community.
Heather Jett, Psy.D. Senior Staff Psychologist
Clinical Psychology, Azusa Pacific University
Greetings and welcome to the Counseling Center! I am both privileged and honored to work with students during their time at UCI. I work collaboratively and employ a humanistic approach to help empower and support students through life’s challenges. My clinical focus includes a wide range of areas such as anxiety, stress, depression, adjustment problems, relationship issues, cross-cultural issues, gender identity issues, LGBTQ community, trauma and intimate partner violence. I have a special interest in working with first generation students and also issues surrounding African-American mental health. Currently, I serve as the liaison to the Black Resource Center. I am excited to serve the campus community with compassion and support in order to help improve our student’s college experience and overall quality of life. I look forward to working with you!
Mary Pat Kelly , Ph.D. Senior Staff Psychologist
Counseling Psychology, University of Utah
Greetings - I am excited to be on staff here because I know that your Counseling Center is an amazing resource for the campus community and for you as a student of the University of California, Irvine. I am privileged to have trained here as an intern at the very start of my career and now to be back working with this dynamic population of students among a team of incredible professional colleagues. I believe that the college years are among the best period in life to take advantage of counseling opportunities because there is so much change going on in your lives and so much potential for positive growth that serves you for a lifetime.
My approach to student concerns combines a cognitive-behavioral framework with a developmental perspective on how your challenges have come to be and how best to overcome them towards optimal personal satisfaction and capability. I work with students on a variety of concerns including academic, personal and relationships issues in a collaborative style where you and I work together to identify, practice and strengthen the understandings and skills that best work to relieve your concerns and remove obstacles in the way of your best life.
Debbie Liu, Ph.D. Senior Staff Psychologist
Counseling Psychology, University of Southern California
Welcome to the Counseling Center! I feel it is a privilege to be part of my clients’ journey as I help students to develop coping skills to manage depression and anxiety, and to begin to live the life that brings them happiness. I am trained as a cognitive-behavioral therapist and use tools from that framework specifically tailored to the needs of my clients. My clinical interests include social anxiety, PTSD, identity issues and depression. I look forward to working with you!
Yuli Liu, Ph.D. Senior Staff Psychologist
Counseling Psychology, University of Southern California
I have specialized in working with college students at several universities and enjoy assisting students with their personal growth and development. I often work with students around concerns about their self-esteem, stress, anxiety, adjustment, and relationships with others. My other interests include multicultural counseling and training, Asian American mental health, career development, acculturation and identity development, immigrant communities, diversity education, and gender issues.
- Tsong, Y. and Liu, Y. (2008). Parachute kids and astronaut families. In N. Tewari & A. Alvarez (Eds.), Asian American Psychology: Current Perspectives (Psychology Press).
- Liu, Y., Tsong, Y., & Hayashino, D. (2007). Group counseling with Asian American women: Reflections and effective practices. Women and Therapy, 30, 193-208. Co-published simultaneously in D. Kawahara & O. Espin (Eds.) Feminist Reflections on Growth and Transformation: Asian American Women in Therapy (The Haworth Press, Inc.).
Jeanne Manese, Ph.D. Director
Counseling Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park
As Director of the Counseling Center I welcome you to use our services. I have extensive university experience providing psychological services and have also worked abroad as a psychologist. My clinical specializations include treatment for anxiety disorders, coping with life transitions, cross cultural couples counseling, and adult identity development. I am a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 17 and 45). My research interest focuses on multicultural competency, social justice in psychological practice, and strength based interventions.
- Park, S. & Manese, J. E. (2008). Training for Multicultural Competence: A Different Way of Knowing. In J. White and S. Henderson, (Eds). Building Multicultural Competency. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
- Burnes, T. & Manese, J. E. (2008). Social Justice in an accredited Internship in professional psychology: Answering the Call. Training and Education in Professional Practice, 2, (3), 176-181.
- Singley, D. B. & Manese, J. E. (2006). Goals in Action summary report. (Research Report #1-06) San Diego, CA: UCSD Psychological and Counseling Services.
- Manese, J. E., Saito, G., & Rodolfa, E. (January 2004). Diversity based psychology: What practitioners and trainers need to know. California Board of Psychology, BOP Update, 11.
- Manese, J. E., Wu, J.T., & Nepomuceno, C.A. (2001). The effect of training on multicultural counseling competencies: An exploratory study over a ten year period. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 29(1), 31-40.
- Sue, D.W., Carter, R.T., Casas, J.M., Fouad, N.A., Ivey, A.E., Jensen, M., LaFramboise, T., Manese, J. E., Ponterotto, J.G., & Vasquez-Nutall, E. (1998). Multicultural Counseling Competencies: Individual and Organizational Development. Thousand Oaks , CA : Sage.
- Johnston, M.W. & Manese, J. E. (1990). Intervention for AIDS related concerns: A professional development workshop. Journal of College Student Development, 31(1), 80-81.
- Manese, J. E., Sedlacek, W.E., & Leong, F.T. (1988). Needs and perceptions of female and male international undergraduate students. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 16, 24-29.
- Manese, J. E. (1988). Predictors of adjustment among retirees with health problems. (Doctoral dissertation, University of Maryland, 1988). Dissertation Abstracts International, 48, 2785.
- Manese, J. E., Sedlacek, W. E. (1986). Religious dimensions of college Students: A model for counseling and programming. Journal of College Student Personnel, 27, 82-84.
- Manese, J. E., Sedlacek, W.E. & Leong, F.T. (1985). Background, perceptions, and needs of undergraduate international students. The College Student Affairs Journal, 6(1), 19-28.
- Manese, J. E., Sedlacek, W.E. (1985). Changes in religious behaviors and attitudes of college students from 1973 to 1983. Counseling and Values, 30, 74-77.
- Manese, J. E., & Fretz, B.R. (1984). Relationship between Black students' racial identity attitudes and vocational exploration. (Report No. ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 251756)
Carolyn O'Keefe, Psy.D. Senior Staff Psychologist
Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine University
Hi There! I feel so fortunate to work at the Counseling Center at UCI!! Not only because of the fantastic colleagues I have here, but because it provides me with the opportunity to work with an amazing and diverse group of students. The environment here at UCI is fertile ground for one to plant the seeds of his or her future, and I feel honored to be able to partake in that growth process. I have a multifaceted approach to working with students that includes focusing on strengths, building skills, educating, problem solving, and wellness. I am strongly dedicated to multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice issues and strive to address these in all areas of my work and life. I have a great deal of training as an LGBT specialist and advocate, and my clinical interests include suicide prevention, identity development, grief, depression, trauma, issues of first generation college students, and spirituality. As a former long-time professional musician, I also have a passion for the arts and helping artists. In addition to my work here at UCI, I also teach in the graduate psychology program at Pepperdine University. Don’t ever forget that we’re here to help you! I look forward to meeting you!!
Jessica R. Ortega, Ph.D. Senior Staff Psychologist
Counseling Psychology, Arizona State University
Bienvenidos! (Welcome!) I am delighted and honored to be able to work with students at UCI that extends across the clinical domain and in my community outreach, which involves teaching, workshops, and collaboration with and mentoring of students. My work with students is guided by a multicultural lens that seeks to understand the unique individual experience in addition to his/her relationship to their surrounding community. Although I work from a generalist approach, I do possess clinical interests that include working with issues related to college adjustment and academic persistence, Latino/a/Chicano/a mental health, the 1st generation/transfer student experience, and eating disorder/body image concerns. I look forward to working with you!
- Dixon Rayle, Brucato, Sand, & Ortega (2006). The “Comadre” group approach: A Wellness-based group model for monolingual Mexican women. Journal of Specialists in Group Work, 31, 1-20.
Kanwarjit Pahwa, Ph.D. Senior Staff Psychologist
Counseling Psychology, University of Tennessee At KnoxvilleBio
Karina Ramos, Ph.D. Senior Staff Psychologist
Counseling Psychology, University of Oregon
Dr. Karina Ramos is passionate about multicultural issues and enjoys working with the diverse student population at UC Irvine. She is particularly passionate about multicultural counseling and issues related to the educational experiences and mental health well-being of undocumented students. Dr. Ramos also has an interest in working with students on concerns related to grief/loss, adjustment, sexual trauma, identity development, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues. She is a native Spanish speaker and able to provide bilingual therapy services. Dr. Ramos currently serves as the liaison for UCI Dreamers and the American Indian Resource Program.
Perez, W., Cortes, R., Ramos, K., & Coronado, H. (2010). “Cursed and blessed”: Examining the socio-emotional and academic experiences of undocumented Latina and Latino college students. New Directions for Student Services, 210(131), 35-51. doi: 10.1002/ss.366
Flores, L. Y., Ramos, K., & Kanagui, M. (2010) Applying the Cultural Formulation Approach to career counseling with Latino/as. Journal of Career Development, 37, 411-422. doi: 10.1177/0894845309345843
Perez, W., Espinoza, R., Ramos, K., Coronado, H., & Cortes, R. (2009) Academic resilience among undocumented Latinos. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 31, 149-181. doi: 10.1177/0739986309333020
Karan Singh, Ph.D. Senior Staff Psychologist
Clinical Psychology, University of Southern California
Hello Anteaters and welcome to the Counseling Center! As a former undergraduate UCI student, I am excited to now have the opportunity to contribute to healthy campus life and student wellness. I have been trained to deliver evidenced-based treatment for a number of issues students may commonly encounter, including depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, issues of adjustment, and behavioral sleep disorders. In addition, as the liaison to the UCI Center for Student Wellness & Health Promotion center and the Student Health Center, I have particular interest in working with students who are struggling to cope with medical difficulties that they may be experiencing. I am excited to work with the culturally diverse student body of UCI; I believe that understanding the life experiences that make my clients unique and establishing a genuine, warm, and caring relationship with my students is a requirement of successful therapeutic growth. I look forward to working with you!
Jas Tilghman, Ph.D. Senior Staff Psychologist
Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri - Columbia
Greetings UCI Anteaters! I am so proud to be a part of this university and help serve your mental health needs. As an African-American woman, my experiences have shaped my worldview and my work with clients. Therapeutically, I integrate both Feminist/Multicultural and Person-Centered frameworks. My goal is to help the college student population embrace an understanding of their identities, be secure in themselves, and develop skills to better navigate college and the greater society. My clinical interests include multicultural counseling, anxiety and depression, stress management, mindfulness and relaxation, interpersonal relationships, adjustment, identity concerns, African-American mental health, race-related stress, first-generation college students, disenfranchised students, while emphasizing one’s strengths. I also have a passion for working with creative performers (i.e., musicians, dancers, actors, etc.) and the unique challenges faced by this population. Let’s work together to make your journey through college a success!
Rodolfo Victoria, Ph.D. Senior Staff Psychologist
Counseling Psychology, Teachers College - Columbia University
Bienvenidos! (Welcome!) It is a tremendous pleasure to be part of the Counseling Center here at UC Irvine. As a first-generation college student, my personal experiences have influenced my research and clinical interests which have focused on racial & ethnic identity development as well understanding how individuals navigate through various, and often conflicting, cultural demands. Together, students and I work collaboratively in enhancing self-awareness and exploring how our personal and collective, cultural histories influence our present day-to-day functioning.
I strongly believe that each of us has the resiliency to work through life’s hurdles and I help students identify these inner strengths with empathic support & insight. While therapy can be a challenging process, I encourage students to challenge and identify potential psychological barriers & patterns that prevent them from achieving their personal/professional goals as well as developing meaningful relationships. I look forward to working with you!!!
- Carter, R. T., Mazzula, S., Victoria, R., Vazquez, R., Hall, S., Smith, S, Sant, S., Forsyth, J., Bazelais, K., & Williams, B. (In Press). Initial Development of the Race-Based Traumatic Stress Symptom Scale: Assessing the emotional impact of racism. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, & Policy.
- Kohatsu, E., Victoria, R., Lau, A., Flores, M., & Salazar A. (2011). Analyzing anti-Asian prejudice from a racial identity and color-blind perspective. Journal of Counseling & Development, 89(1), 63-72.
Vivian Yamada, Psy.D. Clinical Director/ Associate Director
Clinical Psychology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Welcome! College and graduate school can be so fulfilling, but can also lead to many stressors and challenges. I greatly value the opportunity to work with UCI students to help them navigate their roles as students and their additional relationships with family members, friends, romantic partners, colleagues and others. I enjoy working with students who have a variety of concerns and adapt my therapeutic approach to what a particular student needs. Most importantly, I believe a client needs to feel safe and understood given the vulnerability that can be present in counseling. In addition, I frequently find it helpful to explore how a client’s various relationships can function better in the client’s life as these relationships are often connected to their concerns. Some of my special interests are couples therapy, trauma and abuse, and multicultural issues including LGBT and multiracial/multi-ethnic issues.
Clinical Social Worker
Kristy Matayoshi, LCSW Clinical Social Worker
University of Southern California
Hello! As a UCI Alum, I am both excited and honored to be back on campus again. As the Counseling Center’s social worker, my role is to provide support, information and resources to assist students during their time at UCI so they can excel academically, personally and professionally. I look forward to meeting you!
Diana Nguyen, LCSW Clinical Social Worker
University of Southern California
Hello and welcome to the Counseling Center! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and am here to provide UCI students with support, information, and resources that they may need to be successful in both their personal and academic areas of their lives. I am bilingual and fluent in English and Vietnamese and am committed to working with students to help them reach their goals. I look forward to working with you!
Ilana Rosenberg, LCSW Clinical Social Worker
The University of Toronto
I am thrilled to be a part of the Counseling Center team and the UCI community! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker originally from Canada and have also lived and worked in the mid-west. As a Counseling Center social worker, I can advocate for UCI students and provide them with referrals, resources and support if required. I hope I can help you thrive and succeed here at UCI!
Yujuan Choy, M.D. Chief Psychiatrist
MD from Weil Medical College of Cornell University, Psychiatry Residency at NYU Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital, Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Anxiety Disorders, Columbia University Diplomate, & American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
I have been working in the field of college mental health since 2006. I am committed to providing students with the highest standard of care. As a consultant to the therapists at the Counseling Center, I conduct psychiatric evaluations and time-limited medication management. I treat a wide range of psychiatric disorders with an expertise in the treatment of anxiety disorders, including social anxiety, generalized anxiety and panic disorder.
I am Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at UCI, and am involved in the UCI psychiatry residency training program.
- Choy, Y. (2012). Acute Procedure Anxiety in Adults: Epidemiology and Clinical Presentation. In Basow, DS (Ed) UpToDate, Waltham, MA.
- Choy, Y. (2012). Acute Procedure Anxiety in Adults: Course, Screening, Assessment, and Differential Diagnosis. In Basow, DS (Ed) UpToDate, Waltham, MA.
- Choy, Y. (2012). Treatment of Acute Procedure Anxiety in Adults. In Basow, DS (Ed) UpToDate, Waltham, MA.
- Choy, Y. (2012). Treatment of Specific Phobias of Medical and Dental Procedures. In Basow, DS (Ed) UpToDate, Waltham, MA.
- Choy (2008). Treatment planning for panic disorder: Evidence based treatments. Special Report. Psychiatric Times. 25(2):40.
- Kinoshita Y, Chen J, Rapee RM, Bogels S, Schneier FR, Choy Y, Kwon JH, Liu X, Schramm E, Chavira DA, Nakano Y, Watanabe N, Ietzugu T, Ogawa S, Emmelkamp P, Zhang J, Kingdon D,, Nagata T, Furukawa TA. (2008) Cross-cultural study of conviction subtype Taijin Kyofu: proposal and reliability of Nagoya-Osaka diagnostic criteria for social anxiety disorder. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 196:307-313.
- Choy, Y. and FR Schneier (2008). New and Recent Drugs for Anxiety Disorders. Primary Psychiatry 15 (12): 50-56.
- Choy, Y., A.J. Fyer & J. Lipsitz. I (2007). Treatment of specific phobia in adults. Clinical Psychology Review. 27 (3): 266-286
- Choy, Y., AJ Fyer and RD Goodwin.(2007) Specific Phobia and Depression: A Closer Look at the NCS Data. Comprehensive Psychiatry. 48 (2): 132-6
- Choy, Y., FR Schneier, RG Heimberg, KS Oh, ML Liebowitz (2007) Features of the Offensive Subtype of TaijinKyoFusho in U.S. and Korean Patients with DSM-IV Social Anxiety Disorder. Depression and Anxiety 0: 1-11
- Choy. Y. (2007) Managing Side Effects of Anxiolytics. Primary Psychiatry. 14 (7): 68-76
- Choy, Y., ED Peselow, BG Case, MA Pressman, JA Luff, G Laje, M Paizis, P Ying, MT Guardino. (2007). Three-year medication prophylaxis of panic disorder: to continue or discontinue? A naturalistic study. Comprehensive Psychiatry. 48: 419-425
- Choy, Y. (2006). The Anxious Patient. In: C. Bernstein, Z. Levin, M. Poag, M Rubinstein (Eds). On Call Psychiatry (3rd ed.): Elsevier.
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Lissa Lim, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow
Graduate Program: Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Greetings and welcome! I am the bilingual (Spanish/English) postdoctoral therapist at the Counseling Center specializing in working with people affected by trauma, including people who have experienced sexual assault, childhood abuse, relationship violence, family violence, and stalking. I use a trauma-informed approach in my work with all students, what this means is that I take a holistic understanding of the way trauma affects people and I integrate this knowledge into all my interactions with students. I have a passion for supporting people affected by trauma and finding pathways to healing that are useful for them. For example, I also work with the UCI Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE) office, developing and facilitating holistic healing programs such as Art as Healing (re:Create) and Horticulture as Healing (re:Cultivate), as well as other programs that offer various avenues for healing.
Therapeutically, I use an integrative approach rooted in Interpersonal, Feminist, and Person-Centered therapy. What this means for my clients is that I attend to early relationships and experiences to understand the ways client have learned to cope with their struggles. It also means I focus on supporting my clients in ways that are culturally sensitive, empowering, and client-centered to help clients reach their personal goals. I believe it is important to help clients tap into their own inner strength and resilience to facilitate their healing and growth. Additionally, I draw from various other approaches (e.g., CBT, Gestalt, and Mindfulness) to meet the client’s personal needs and preferences as needed.
My other clinical and professional interests include working with people with depression, relationship concerns, identity concerns, and Latin@ mental health. I’m also passionate about being a social justice advocate and working to support traditionally underserved and underrepresented populations.
Julia I. Renedo, Psy.D. Postdoctoral Fellow
Graduate Program: University of Denver
Mekeisha S. Buffaloe, M.A.
Graduate Program: Alliant IU/ CSPP - Los Angeles
Hello and Welcome! Zot! Zot! Zot! As a UC Irvine alumni, I am honored and excited to work with a culturally diverse student population here on campus. I am a Multicultural Community Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student/Psychology Intern from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Los Angeles. As such, I approach working with students from a place of cultural humility and sensitivity, as well as empathy and compassion. I am strongly dedicated and committed to creating a supportive space for self-exploration, personal development, and growth. My clinical interests include multiculturalism and diversity, identity development, depression, anxiety, mindfulness, spirituality, as well as working with LGBTQ identified students, women of color and former foster youth. I look forward to having the privilege of working with you and being a part of your UCI and personal life journey.
Tiffany K. Chang, M.S.
Graduate Program: Indiana University - Bloomington
Hello and welcome! I am excited to have the opportunity to work and train with a dynamic group of professionals at UCI’s counseling center. I am currently a psychology intern and am completing my PhD in counseling psychology at Indiana University Bloomington. My approach to working with students is to foster a collaborative, safe, and supportive therapeutic relationship that facilitates empowerment and self-reflection. My counseling approach is integrative and informed by humanistic, cognitive behavioral therapy, and a multicultural framework. My clinical interests include working with diverse populations, Asian American mental health, identity development, international student adjustment, relational concerns, and academic issues. I look forward to supporting and working with you during your journey at UCI.
Timothy W. Chen, M.A.
Graduate Program: University of Denver
Hello and welcome! As an UCI alum, I am so excited to be back on campus for my doctoral internship year. My primary interests in psychology are creating connection and reducing stigma. As such, I enjoy working with couples, performing outreach, and making therapy more accessible to populations in which it is traditionally stigmatized (namely, for me, Asian Americans and men). For this year, I will be acting as a liaison to Middle Earth, a supervisor to the Peer Educators, and co-facilitator of the Men’s Group in the winter and spring quarters.
In therapy, I believe my primary function is to help you reach your goals and understand the blocks that have prevented you from reaching them yourself. In this vein, I hope to help illuminate your relationship with yourself through creating mutual goals, relevant tasks, and an emotional bond.
Nathaniel A. Fernandez, M.A.
Graduate Program: Fuller Graduate School of Psychology
I am grateful to be one of the Counseling Center interns for the 2016-2017 year. I am a Southern California native and I have been working in university counseling settings for four years. It is my passion to work with students through all the ups and downs of life in order for you to reach your own goals and thrive. Many students I see are working through issues of depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, or spirituality and identity questions. Every student has unique challenges though and I am happy to meet to discuss your goals and either work with you or get you connected to the resources you need. I am also interested in helping promote wellness and success for those who do not currently desire individual therapy, and so I co-facilitate groups, serve on the Clinical Services Committee, co-teach the Goals in Action course, and help coordinate the COACH peer mentoring program.
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- Schnitker, S. A., Felke, T. J., Fernandez, N. A., Redmond, N., & Blews, A. E. (2016). Efficacy of self-control and patience interventions in adolescents. Applied Developmental Science. DOI:10.1080/10888691.2016.1178578
- Fernandez, N. A., Schnitker, S. A., & Houltberg, B. (2016). Charitable sporting events as a context for building adolescent generosity: Examining the role of religiousness and spirituality. Religions, 7, 35. doi:10.3390/rel7030035