Eastern Michigan University
Meet the CAPS Staff
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.
Senior Clinical Staff
Oscar Alcaine, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist
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.
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.
Erin Hunt-Carter, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist & Coordinator of Postdoctoral Training
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.
Daniel Mayman, M.D., Staff Psychiatrist
Dr. Mayman is a licensed psychiatrist. He graduated from medical school at Yale Univeristy in 2003, and has been on staff at Eastern Michigan University since 2013. Dr. Mayman treats patients with a wide range of presenting concerns. At this time, some insurance plans are accepted for appointments with Dr. Mayman at CAPS. Please call for additional information.
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.
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.
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, Mental Health Therapist & Outreach Coordinator
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.
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.
Jillian Carey, Ph.D.
Jillian is completing her post-doctoral fellowship at CAPS and finished 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.
Lauren Proux, LLMSW
Lauren is a Limited Licensed Social Worker who began working at EMU CAPS part-time in the winter of 2015 and joins us this year as a post-master’s fellow. She completed her master’s degree in social work at the University of Michigan in 2014. She worked as an intern for Washtenaw County Community Mental Health and the University of Michigan Counseling and Psychological Services. Her areas of clinical interest include grief and loss, family-of-origin, women’s issues, relationships, adjustment concerns, and identity development.
Sneha Shankar, MS
Sneha is a Temporary Limited Licensed Psychologist who received her Master's of Science in General Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University in April 2016. She began at CAPS as a graduate trainee in 2014 after which she was hired part-time, and is now back as a post-master's fellow. Her clinical interests include anxiety, depression, multicultural issues, trauma, and interpersonal processes within therapy. Due to her diverse background, she approaches therapy from a culturally aware standpoint where she seeks to understand the development of a client's viewpoint through the exploration of their past, and its effect on their present.
Megan Shaughnessy-Mogill, LLMSW
Megan is a limited license clinical social worker who received her MSW from Smith College School for Social Work in Massachusetts. Her background includes community organizing as well as advocacy and therapy with children, youth and adults. Her clinical interests include feminist and relational therapy, somatics, trauma and resilience, attachment, and restorative justice. Her clinical approach is compassionate, relational, and integrative and centers on the strengths and resilience of those with whom she works.
Graduate Student Therapists (2016-2017)
Matt is a second-year graduate student in the Clinical Behavioral Psychology Masters of Science program at EMU. He completed his undergraduate degree in psychology at Winona State University in Minnesota in 2015. His clinical interests include interventions for substance use, anxiety, and behavioral health topics, as well as promoting healthy adjustment to new environments.
Katrina is an advanced Master's student in the College Counseling program here at EMU. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Her current clinical interests include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, woman's issues, anxiety, depression, mindfulness, and stress management.
Alexandra (Ali) Newman
Ali is thrilled to be at EMU CAPS this academic year completing her clinical placement for her master’s program. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Hope College and will soon have her M.A. in Counseling- Clinical Mental Health from Oakland University. She has previously been a practicum student in the SEHS Oakland University counseling center and an intern at Wentworth and Associates Counseling Agency. During both of these placements Ali gained experience working with clients presenting with depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, identity development, grief and loss, high stress, and adjustment issues. She takes a person-centered clinical approach and aims to meet the client within the context of their own environment and culture.
Jonathan (Jon) Schaber
Jon is a fourth year master’s student in the Masters of Social Worker program at Eastern Michigan University. Jon completed his Bachelor’s degree here at Eastern Michigan in psychology and history. Jon’s current clinical interests are in PTSD, autism, stress management, mindfulness and depression/anxiety.
Randall is a third year master's student in the college counseling program at Eastern Michigan. He will soon earn his M.A. in college counseling. He received his B.A. in psychology from Eastern Michigan. His clinical interests include grief and loss, anxiety and depression and stress management. In addition to his individual clinical interests, he has worked with groups in the past and looks forward to being involved in groups in the future. He takes a Holistic/Integrative approach to individual counseling.
Michael is in his second year in the Clinical Behavioral master’s program at Eastern Michigan University. He completed his undergraduate degree at Calvin College in philosophy and psychology. His current areas of clinical interests include depression, anxiety, psychosis, and behavioral analysis.
Sarah is a second year master's student in the Clinical Behavioral program at EMU. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at Bowling Green State University. Her current clinical interests include trauma and stress-related disorders and their behavioral and psychological correlates.