Meet Our Staff

Our professional staff are licensed and experienced mental health professionals. In addition to our professional staff, clients may be seen by post-doctoral trainees, post-master's trainees and graduate students from the departments of psychology, social work and leadership and counseling while supervised by professional staff.

Lisa Lauterbach, Ph.D.

Clinic 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. 

Oscar Alcaine, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist, Senior Clinical Staff

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.

Sharon Carney, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist and 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.

Ashwini Gulwadi, M.D.

Staff Psychiatrist

Dr. Gulwadi is a board-certified psychiatrist. She believes in coordinating clinically-appropriate treatment plans with combining evidence-based and novel psychotropic medications and psychotherapy. She works in a collaborative treatment model with the student’s current therapist, if they are already working with one. Dr. Gulwadi's work includes looking at the relationships between mental health, physical health, women’s issues, nutrition, spirituality, culture, grief, loss, childhood, development and identity. Her approach involves alleviating clinical symptoms while helping students toward living more fulfilling lives. Her areas of special interest include mood disorders, anxiety disorders and trauma-related disorders.

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.

 Erin Schaffer, LMSW


Erin Schaffer is a licensed clinical social worker who received her BSc in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University and her Master’s of Social Work from University of Michigan. She has spent much of her career working in educational systems, combating homelessness, and providing mental health services. Erin uses an eclectic approach with an emphasis on CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution-Focused therapy, all through a trauma lens. Her clinical interests include issues of social justice, women’s issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, and identity formation. She considers herself an ally for LGBTQ+ populations, BIPOC, and other marginalized identities. Clients coming to see Erin can expect to be greeted with warmth, humor, and a safe space.

Melina Tumpkin, M.A., LPC, NCC

Melina is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) who received her degree from Eastern Michigan University in counseling, with a concentration on college students. She has experience treating a range of mental health concerns in clients ages 17 through 56 who are from a variety of ethnic/racial backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, religious/spiritual backgrounds, and ability statuses. Melina has clinical training, experience, and passion working with folks in the LGBTQIAA+ community, and those presenting with grief and loss, family-of-origin concerns, identity, trauma, self-esteem/self-compassion, and chronic health concerns. She utilizes a collaborative, client-centered approach that emphasizes meeting clients where they're at and providing a safe non-judgmental space for clients to explore their concerns. 



Sania Ahmed, MS, LLP

Sania is a limited license psychologist who received her master’s degree in general clinical psychology from Eastern Michigan University. She completed both her graduate internship and post-graduate fellowship at EMU CAPS. Her clinical interests include multicultural concerns, family of origin concerns, identity issues, trauma, depression, and anxiety. Sania adopts an interpersonal, strengths-based, and integrative approach to therapy, working collaboratively with her clients to foster insight and growth.


Administrative Staff

Tami Clairday, MS

Client Services Specialist

Tami joined the EMU CAPS team in the Spring of 2015. She earned both her bachelor's and master's 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, Mich. 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.

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