Eastern Michigan University
Meet the CAPS Staff
Oscar Alcaine, Ph.D., 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.
Sharon Carney, Ph.D., 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
Erin is a clinical psychologist who joined CAPS in 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 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.
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.
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. She comes to EMU with 18 years of clinical experience after having 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, intimate relationship conflict, domestic violence, grief/loss issues, chronic illness, and phase of life problems. Lourdes is especially interested in working with international students around acculturation issues and working with multicultural issues in therapy.
Melissa Plaufcan, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist
Melissa is a counseling psychologist, having earned her Ph.D. from the University of Akron. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at Appalachian State University, and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan. As a first-generation college student, she is passionate about helping other first-gens identify and overcome barriers to succeeding in the college environment. Her other areas of interest include stress and anxiety, relationship concerns, identity development, and eating and body image issues. Melissa utilizes a flexible approach to therapy, but often incorporates cognitive techniques and mindfulness-based intervetions to help clients engage in non-judgmental awareness of thoughts and feelings.
Melissa Rosenblum, Ph.D., Coordinator of Outreach Programs
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. She is currently the CAPS outreach coordinator and coordinator of the active bystander intervention training program.
Monica Thiagarajan, Ph.D., Coordinator of Group Therapy
Dr. T is a licensed counseling psychologist. She received her master's degree from Loyola University of Chicago and her Ph.D. from Western Michigan University. Formerly an international student, Monica has a strong interest and experience in working with international students. Her other areas of interest include healthy relationships depression, anxiety, couples counseling, multicultural and diversity issues, sexual orientation and identity issues, and interpersonal trauma. In addition to individual therapy, Monica also facilitates the women of color support group.
Karen Burba, Psy.D., Postdoctoral Fellow
Karen is completing her postdoctoral fellowship at Eastern Michigan University's CAPS. She eared her doctorate in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2013. She joins CAPS after completing her internship at Grand Valley State University's counseling center. Her primary interests are trauma, women's issues, relationship issues and family of origin. She is also interested in helping students overcome worries and depression. She takes a collaborative, personal approach to therapy using feminist and systems theories.
Megan Tucker, Psy.D., Postdoctoral Fellow
Megan came to EMU in August 2013 as a post-doctoral fellow. She earned her Master's degree in Counseling and Human Services from Lehigh University and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Marywood University. Megan completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University at Albany in New York and has worked in college mental health since 2010. Her areas of clinical and professional interest include health and wellness; identity concerns; interpersonal relationships; and anxiety and depression. In counseling, Megan incorporates positive psychology and interpersonal process with particular attention given to multiculturalism and diversity.
Client Services Staff
Stephanie Tandy, Client Services Specialist
Stephanie has worked at Eastern Michigan University since 1999 and joined the Counseling and Psychological Services team in 2001.
Graduate Student Therapists
Dana Calandrino, B.A., Graduate Student Therapist
Dana Calandrino is a counselor-in-training in Eastern Michigan's College Counseling program. She has six years of experience in residence life and student affairs and has worked at three different higher education institutions. She has also worked in community agencies for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and has worked in grouphomes for people with traumatic brain injury. Her interests include using creative expression and empowerment in therapy, and working with college students on interpersonal issues, relationship conflict, womens' issues, and identity development.
Bethany Gourley, B.A., Graduate Student Therapist
Bethany Gourley is a fifth year clinical psychology doctoral student at Eastern Michigan University. She completed her bachelor's degree at Michigan State University in 2002 and began her doctoral training after several years working as a clinical research coordinator at St. Vincent's Comprehensive Cancer Center and NYU Cancer Institute. She recently completed external practica at the University of Michigan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Program and at the Ann Arbor VA Health System. Beth is interested in issues related to health psychology, as well as anxiety and depression and primarily takes a cognitive-behavioral approach with an emphasis on third-wave behavioral treatments in her clinical work.
Terrence Harper, B.A., Graduate Student Therapist
Terrence is a third year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at EMU. Prior to joining EMU Counseling and Psychological Services, he worked at the EMU Psychology Clinic where he gained experience working with a diverse group of clients. He 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. 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.
Meaghan Lewis, B.S., Graduate Student Therapist
Meaghan is a second year Clinical Behavioral Psychology graduate student at EMU. She completed undergraduate training at Western Michigan University where she was actively involved in collaborative research and conducted an honors thesis. Meaghan formerly worked as a Crisis Worker at Gryphon Place, de-escalating suicidality and facilitating crisis intervention training for helpline trainees. She has worked directly with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, adolescents with autism, and is competent in diagnostic assessment, particularly of psychological trauma. Meaghan's clinical interests include undermining experiential avoidance and problem behaviors; emotional responses to trauma; and acceptance and mindfulness based psychotherapies, especially Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Ashley McConaughey, B.S., Graduate Student Therapist
Ashley is a second-year master's student in the clinical psychology program at Eastern Michigan University. She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Bachelors of Health Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Florida. Her research interests include trauma, anxiety, and depression.
Stefanie Poehacker, B.A., Graduate Student Therapist
Stefanie is a second- year master's student in the General Clinical Psychology program at EMU. Stefanie received her undergraduate degree in psychology from La Salle University in Philadelphia. Her interests include trauma, depression, stress and anxiety, and problems in interpersonal relationships.
Erica Rouleau, B.A., Graduate Student Therapist
Erica is a graduate student in the clinical psychology master's program here at Eastern Michigan University. Erica is expected to graduate in April 2014 and plans to pursue a Ph.D. program in clinical psychology. Her clinical interests include working with students who present with anxiety and depression; relationship conflicts; grief and loss; and interpersonal trauma.
Samantha Savoy, B.A., Graduate Student Therapist
Samantha is a second year student in EMU's clinical psychology master's program. She completed her bachelor's degree at Skidmore College.