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.



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 & Post-Graduate Training Coordinator

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. Melissa is currently the post-graduate training coordinator.

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, MS, LLPCjessica

Jessica is a second-year 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 women's issues.

Korisma Grant, LLMSWkorisma

Korisma Grant is a Limited License Social Work post-master’s fellow at EMU CAPS. She completed her bachelor’s degree in business management at Stony Brook University and received her master’s degree in social work at the University of Michigan. Prior to CAPS, Korisma has had experience in providing substance use treatment at a non-profit agency in Canton, MI. Her clinical interests include trauma, intimate partner violence, women’s issues, anxiety, depression, and spirituality.


Katie O'Connor, MA, LLPCkatie

Katie is a post-master’s fellow at CAPS. She completed her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Montana, where she also worked as an Academic Advisor in the College of Education & Human Sciences. She completed her internship at the University of Montana Curry Health Center and specializes in college mental health. Katie utilizes a relational, whole-person, and collaborative approach. Her professional interests include culturally-conscious therapy, intimate relationships, mindfulness, identity formation, sexual & gender minority issues, academic & career concerns, and emotional regulation skill building.


Melina Tumpkin, MA, LLPC, NC melina

Melina is a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor completing her post-master’s fellowship at EMU CAPS.   She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2015, and her master’s degree in College Counseling in 2018, both completed at EMU. Her clinical interests include LGBTQ+ concerns; identity development, family-of-origin concerns, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, existential concerns, and self-esteem.


Samantha Zohr, MS, TLLPsam

Samantha is a post-master’s fellow at EMU CAPS. She achieved her Bachelor’s degrees in Zoology and Psychology at Michigan State University and achieved her Master’s degree in Clinical Behavioral Psychology at EMU. She spent the last year completing her practicum training here at EMU CAPS. Her current clinical interests include anxiety, depression, women’s issues, grief and loss issues, relationship concerns, and identity development.



















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