Eastern Michigan University

Meet the CAPS Staff


Clinic Director

Lisa Lauterbach, Ph.D., Director lisa

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


Dr. Alcaine
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.

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 & Coordinator of Postdoctoral Training

Erin is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been at EMU CAPS since 2012.  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 body image, working with clients of size, 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.  Erin is currently the CAPS post-doctoral training coordinator.



Daniel Mayman, M.D., Staff Psychiatrist dan

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.

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 P. Simpson, Ph.D., Mental Health Therapist & Outreach Coordinatordebbie

Debbie is a 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 completed 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 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


Jessica Davis, MSjessica

Jessica is a post-master's clinical fellow at CAPS. She completed her bachelor's degree in psychology at Oakland University and her master's degree in clinical mental health counseling at Indiana State University. She previously worked as an intern at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Student Counseling Center. Her clinical interests include personality disorders, existential issues, relationships and couples counseling, and women's issues.



Kara Johnson, Psy.D.

Kara is completing her post-doctoral fellowship at EMU CAPS. She received her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Cleveland State University and her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Georgia Southern University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at West Virginia University’s Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services and her previous clinical experiences have included community mental health, college counseling, and LD/ADHD assessment. Her areas of clinical interest include mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and identity development.



Katrina Mahan, MS


Katrina is a post-master's fellow at EMU CAPS.  She earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and  achieved her Masters in College Counseling at EMU. She spent the last year completing her counseling internship here at EMU CAPS.  Her current clinical interests include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, woman's issues, anxiety, depression, and mindfulness. 








Lauren Proux, LMSW

Lauren is a Licensed Social Worker who began working at EMU CAPS part-time in the winter Laurenof 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.







Rachel Sienko, PhD rachel

Rachel is a post-doctoral fellow at CAPS now that she has finished her doctoral training at EMU.  She completed her clinical internship at the Bowling Green State University Counseling Center and her previous clinical training settings have included college counseling centers, a community outpatient clinic, and private practice.  Rachel’s clinical interests include anxiety, women’s issues, body image and disordered eating, relationship concerns, group therapy, and social justice. Rachel uses an integrative clinical approach, though she tends to focus on acceptance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal processes. 




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