Eastern Michigan University

Meet the CAPS Staff

Senior Clinical Staff


 

 
Dr. Alcaine
Oscar Alcaine, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist & Coordinator of Post-Doctoral Training

Oscar is a licensed clinical psychologist who started working at EMU in 2006 after moving from New York where he worked at SUNY Purchase’s Counseling Center and previous to that, completed a clinical fellowship at Columbia University Counseling and Psychological Services. His interests include working with students who present with anxiety and depression, multicultural issues in therapy, interpersonal processes in treatment, and the integration of eclectic perspectives in psychotherapy. Oscar is currently the CAPS post-doctoral training coordinator.

 
Dr. Carney
Sharon Carney, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist & Coordinator of Practicum Training

Sharon is a licensed psychologist and a licensed professional counselor. She earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Western Michigan University. Sharon completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Notre Dame in 2006 and worked as a clinician at the University of Notre Dame and Valparaiso University prior to joining EMU Counseling and Psychological Services in April 2008. Her areas of clinical interest include women’s issues; multicultural and feminist psychology; trauma and abuse recovery; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues; spirituality; and use of creative arts in counseling.  Sharon is the graduate training director.

Dr. Hunt-Carter
Erin Hunt-Carter, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

Erin is a licensed clinical psychologist.  She completed her bachelor's degree here at Eastern Michigan University and went on to earn her master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She completed her internship at the Ann Arbor VA Hospital. Her areas of clinical interest include substance use and addiction, depression, anxiety disorders, and trauma. She takes an individualized, cognitive-behavioral approach with an emphasis on interpersonal issues, motivation and gender. 

Dr. Lauterbach
Lisa Lauterbach , Ph.D., Director

Lisa is a licensed clinical psychologist who began working at EMU in 2002 as a staff psychologist. She became director of CAPS in 2007. Lisa returned to college mental health after working for nine years in veterans hospitals and community mental health agencies. Her interests include working with students with sexual trauma, depression, anxiety, and dissociation.

 

Daniel Mayman, M.D., Staff Psychiatrist - Bio pending

Lourdes

Lourdes Mir-Orrange, LMSW, Clinical Social Worker

Lourdes is a licensed clinical social worker who joined the EMU Counseling and Psychological Services team in 2007. Prior to coming to EMU, Lourdes worked in several outpatient mental health clinics, public health clinics, and at Cornell Counseling and Psychological Services. Her experience includes working with clients with depression and anxiety, couples and marital therapy, women’s issues, domestic violence, grief/loss issues, chronic illness, and identity and phase of life problems. Lourdes is especially interested in working with international students around acculturation issues and working with multicultural issues in therapy.

Jake

Jacob Nienhuis, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist & Group Therapy Coordinator

Jake is a licensed counseling psychologist who began working at EMU after completing a post-doctoral residency at Appalachian State University. He worked at Grand Valley State University for his pre-doctoral internship. Jake completed his master’s and doctorate at the University of Louisville. His interests include working with student veterans and trauma survivors; group therapy; depression; anxiety; transitional concerns; relationships; and the purpose/use of emotions. Jake’s approach to therapy is based on understanding the relationship between what we think and feel, and how this affects our relationships with others.

Dr. Melissa Rosenblum
Melissa Rosenblum, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

Melissa is a licensed psychologist who joined the EMU team in 2008 following her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan Psychological Clinic. She holds a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky. Prior to working in university counseling, Melissa was employed as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in community mental health settings in rural Kentucky. Her areas of clinical interest include women's issues and trauma; couples and marital therapy; supervision and training; interpersonal process groups; identity development concerns throughout the lifespan; and multicultural concerns. Beyond her clinical duties, she is coordinator of the university's Speak UP! Active Bystander Training Program that aims to teach students how to safely respond to bullying, discrimination, harassment and other injustices on and off campus.  She also co-chairs the Prevention and Education subcommittee on the university's larger Title IX committee.

Debbie Simpson, M.A., LLP

Debbie is a Limited Licensed Psychologist who joined the EMU CAPS team in the fall of 2015 after completing a pre-doctoral internship at the University of Pittsburgh Counseling Center. She completed her Masters degree in clinical psychology at the University of Detroit Mercy in 2008. She is currently finishing her dissertation to complete her PhD in Counseling Psychology at Louisiana Tech University. Prior to coming to EMU, Debbie worked in college counseling and community mental health. Her clinical areas of interest include disordered eating behavior, identity development concerns, relationships and attachment, emotion regulation, and group therapy.

 


Administrative Staff

Tami

 

Tami Clairday, M.S., Client Services Specialist

Tami joined the EMU CAPS team in the Spring of 2015. She earned both her bachelors and masters degrees in Accounting from EMU in 2008. Prior to working at CAPS, Tami was the Office Manager for a private mental health agency in Adrian, MI for 10 years. Tami is responsible for assisting clients with scheduling or any concerns they may have. She also makes sure the front office at CAPS is running smoothly day-to-day.

 

Post-Graduate Fellows

Jillian Carey, M.S.jillian

Jillian is completing her post-doctoral fellowship at CAPS and completed her graduate work right here at EMU.  She completed her clinical internship at the University of San Diego Counseling Center and her previous clinical experiences have included community mental health, private practice, college counseling, and psycho-oncology.  Jillian’s clinical interests include emotion regulation, crisis intervention, behavioral excesses, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, and mindfulness. Although her clinical approach is integrative, Jillian focuses on acceptance and self-compassion while empowering clients to make the changes they would like to see in their lives. 

Rose

Rose Wilson, LLMSW, Clinical Social Worker

Rose is completing her post-graduate fellowship at CAPS. She earned her Masters of Social Work Degree from the Smith College School of Social Work in 2014. Rose completed her pre-graduate internship at Duke University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Her background is in interpersonal and psychodynamic practice. Her areas of clinical interest include depression and anxiety; trauma recovery; sexual orientation, gender, and identity issues; and grief and loss. Rose’s approach to therapy is based on the understanding that therapy is different for each client as it works to integrate components of an individual’s history, identity and lived experience. 


Graduate Student Therapists (2015-2016)

 
Alexandra Amersdorfer

Alexandra is a second year master's student in the General Clinical program at EMU. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology and political science at the University of Detroit Mercy. Her current clinical interests include depression, anxiety, and romantic relationships.


Tara Baluck

Tara is an advanced clinical psychology doctoral student at Eastern Michigan University. She completed her Bachelor's at Kent State University prior to beginning her graduate work. Tara has completed external practica at Albion College Counseling Services and U of M CAPS, as well as an internal practicum at the EMU Psychology Clinic. Her areas of clinical interest include lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues, multicultural concerns, relationship difficulties, depression, and anxiety. She has experience working with older adolescents, adults, and couples. 

Terrence Harper

Terrence is an advanced clinical psychology doctoral student at Eastern Michigan University. He completed his Bachelor’s at Wheaton College prior to beginning his graduate work.  Terrence has experience working with adolescents and adults dealing with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, relational issues, and phase of life problems. He recently completed an internal practicum at the EMU Psychology Clinic and external practica at EMU CAPS and at University of Michigan CAPS. His areas of clinical interest include working with students who present with identity concerns; multicultural issues in therapy; interpersonal processes in treatment; spirituality and theory of mind; and the use of acceptance and commitment therapeutic techniques. 

Monica Lackups

Monica is an advanced clinical psychology doctoral student at Eastern Michigan University. She completed her Bachelor's at St. Mary's University at San Antonio prior to beginning her graduate work. Monica recently completed an internal practicum at the EMU Psychology Clinic and external practica at EMU CAPS and at UM CAPS. She is interested in anxiety, depression, and identity development in university students and takes a third-wave behavioral treatment approach to her clinical work.

Truc Nguyen

Truc is a second year master's student in the General Clinical program at EMU. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience at the University of Michigan. Her clinical interests include working with students who present with developmental and relational concerns, multi-cultural issues, depression, and anxiety.

Leah Parnes

Leah is an advanced master’s student in the College Counseling program at EMU. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at Eastern Michigan University. Her current clinical interests include anxiety disorders, depression, college student development, and academic/career exploration and decision making.

Ethan Paschall

Ethan is a second year master’s student in the General Clinical program at EMU. He completed his undergraduate degree in psychology at Oakland University. His current clinical interests include trauma recovery, depression, anxiety, and multicultural issues in therapy.

Rachel Sienko

Rachel is an advanced clinical psychology doctoral student at Eastern Michigan University. She completed her Master's degree in clinical psychology at EMU and her Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Adrian College. She has completed an internal practicum at the EMU Psychology Clinic and external practica at EMU CAPS and an outpatient private practice setting. Her areas of clinical interest include body image and eating concerns, anxiety disorders, and gender and multicultural issues in therapy.

Aimee Sohnleitner

Aimee is a second year master's student in the General Clinical Psychology program at EMU. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at the Pennsylvania State University. Her current clinical and research interests include personality pathology. 

Tyeisha Weaver

Tyeisha is an advanced standing Masters of Social Work student. Her concentration is in Mental Health and Chemical Dependency. Tyeisha completed her undergraduate degree in Social Work at Limestone College in South Carolina. Her current interests include Crisis and Trauma Response, Developmental Disorders and Behavioral Analysis. 

 

 


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