Dr. Amendolace received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Florida State University where he graduated with Honors in the Major. He earned his Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in clinical psychology from Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. He completed an APA-accredited internship at Florida International University’s college counseling center, and a postdoctoral residency at Nova Southeastern University’s Center for Assessment and Intervention. He is an active member of the the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science and the Association for the Coordination of Counseling Center Clinical Services. He leads the CAPS’ Clinical Services Committee, manages high risk student services, and serves as liaison with the Dean of Students office.
Dr. Amendolace is an anti-racist and current trainer with the Racial Equity Institute based our of Greensboro, North Carolina. His passion is connecting with others on a deeper, more meaningful level and using that connection to foster desired change in one’s life. The students at FAU continue to provide inspiration, joy, and unique perspectives on life which fit well with his professional and personal interests. He attempts to cast a wide net when working with students at FAU, and gladly encourages students with a desire to live a more vital, mindful, and fulfilling life to seek him out at CAPS. His areas of specialty include: trauma/abuse survivors, racial equity, counseling center administration, therapeutic personality assessment, relationship difficulties, and group counseling.
Outside of FAU, Dr. Amendolace is an author, consultant, and advocate for the prevention of childhood maltreatment. He tries to find time to step away from technology, slow things down, and enjoy life as it happens. He is a huge fan of live music, good movies, and great food. As Carl Sagan said, “For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love.”
/Director of Training
Eating Disorders Coordinator
Dr. Laura DiPasquale obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Canisius College and her Master's degree in Kinesiology with a specialization in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Temple University. She holds a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas, where her research focused on sport psychology and eating disorders in athletes and musicians. Before coming to FAU Laura was an intern at Appalachian State University Counseling & Psychological Services and previously worked at The Renfrew Center for Eating Disorders.
Laura enjoys helping students gain a greater understanding of themselves and find new ways to deal with life’s challenges. She is a generalist and works with a wide range of concerns; however she specializes in working with eating disorders, athletes, and trauma.
Outside of work Laura likes to spend time with her family and friends. She enjoys going to the beach and most water activities including snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming.
/Director of Outreach
Dr. Saltzburg obtained a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling as well as a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Miami. Before coming to FAU, she worked as a staff psychologist at the counseling center at California State University Northridge. Dr. Saltzburg did her internship and postdoctoral training at the counseling center at University of California Irvine.
Dr. Saltzburg continues to very much enjoy working with college and graduate students on a diverse range of issues. Her specialty areas of clinical focus include mental health in the LGBTQ community, students with disabilities, anxiety and stress management, and sexual health and wellness. She also enjoys providing outreach to the campus community, as well as contributing to the training program at CAPS.
Outside of work, Dr. Saltzburg usually can be found spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys outdoor activities like playing wheelchair tennis, swimming, and taking walks while listening to music. She is also likes to cook and watch movies.
/Director of Equity &
Lucinda Bratini, Ph.D. is a Counseling Psychologist, who obtained her Doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University. She completed her Master of Education in Psychological Counseling at Teachers College and her Bachelor of Science in Human Development at Binghamton University, State University of New York. Before coming to FAU, she worked at university counseling centers, community agencies, public hospital settings, and served as professor in various public colleges.
Lucinda is passionate about working with first-generation, LGBTQ+ and gender-nonconforming students of color. Her therapeutic approach focuses on healing through growth-fostering connection. She uses a relational-cultural systemic and socially-just framework that embraces equality, mutuality, individual and community transformation. During her time outside of the Center, she engages in community based participatory projects with youth educators, organizers and activists. She also enjoys writing, travelling, dancing, and listening to world music.
Boca Raton Campus
Boca Raton Campus
Boca Raton Campus
Dennis is a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student at the University of Detroit Mercy, and he is completing his Pre-Doctoral Internship at FAU CAPS. Dennis is passionate about working with college students, and he constantly finds himself impressed by their motivation, resiliency, humor, and the abundance of other great qualities each individual student brings to his office. He feels humbled and grateful when clients allow him to be a part of their journey in living a more fulfilling and enjoyable life. Specifically, Dennis is passionate about working with students who have experienced trauma (i.e., chronic or acute) or are grappling with existential issues.
When not working, Dennis enjoys being outside. Specifically, he enjoys skateboarding, surfing, and running. He also likes traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Marisol Blanco is a bilingual in English/Spanish Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She obtained her B.A. in Psychology from Florida International University and her M.A and Psy.D. from Nova Southeastern University.
Prior to joining FAU CAPS for her post-doctoral residency and later as a staff Psychologist, she completed her APA-Accredited internship at Citrus Health Network, Hialeah, FL where she worked with a diverse population in terms of age, ethnicity, gender, sexual/gender orientation, disability, education, and religion. Marisol has taught classes as an Adjunct in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences at NSU and as a Community Instructor at Miami Dade College-KIDS Program. She also has experience working with victims and aggressors of domestic violence and sex offenses, and mandated clients for substance abuse treatment.
At CAPS, Marisol enjoys providing psychotherapy to students and their families, as well as providing supervision of practicum students and interns. She works from the notion that disruptions in establishing and maintaining meaningful relationships with the self and others can reflect in a variety of mental concerns. As such, many of her sessions emphasize the development of authentic human connection through increasing willingness for vulnerability, objectivity, and self/other forgiveness. Her professional interests include grief, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, therapeutic art, and hypnosis. Outside of work, Marisol loves to be surrounded by her family, friends, and pets, and to spend time appreciating nature.
/Res. Life Coordinator
Once upon a time in a far off land, ehhh maybe I don’t have a story book beginning. However, helping students reach their respective goals is the story book ending of a dream come true. My family taught me the importance of interacting with others from an altruistic spirit. Therefore, I give credit to my family in planting the seed that led me to become the clinical psychologist I am today. It is a joy to be a part of the FAU community, work with CAPS, and collaborate with Residential Life and Housing. Off the clock, I enjoy a variety of activities from spending time with my family, creating music, traveling, and visiting open houses on the market.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Arlene obtained her Master’s degree, clinical specialty: psychiatric/ mental health from Boston University, Boston, Mass. Before coming to CAPS in 2007, she has worked in private practice, inpatient, residential and outpatient mental health programs. Currently, with her colleague psychiatrist, she provides psychiatric evaluation and medication management for clients receiving counseling in the center.
Danielle is a South Florida native who after graduating, moved to New York City to begin her career in the field of mental health. She worked in the city for years in many different settings including Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan. Then intention behind her practice stems from learning about who you are and growing from your roots being in order to achieve personal freedom. When Danielle is not working she is out doing something meaningful including being surrounded with friends and family and doing activities she loves.
Dr. Ruth Howard earned a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Miami and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also completed an APA-Accredited, doctoral internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s counseling center. Before coming to FAU, Dr. Howard worked in a variety of treatment settings that include in-patient and out-patient hospital settings, residential treatment centers, and community mental health agencies. She also worked with students as an instructor of various undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology.
Dr. Howard is thrilled to be a part of FAU CAPS given her passion for working with undergraduate and graduate university students and helping them along their journey to creating more authentic and meaningful lives. She works with her clients from a collaborative and strengths-based perspective that values the strengths student’s exhibit on a day-to-day basis. In addition, given that societal contexts can also contribute to our struggles, Dr. Howard works to support students’ marginalized identities, which may include gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, ability, and spirituality. Her areas of clinical focus include LGBTQI concerns, substance use concerns, depression, anxiety and stress management, and relationship issues.
In her free time, Dr. Howard enjoys learning new things, immersing herself into a book, feeling the wonder of being out in nature, and watching comedy shows that make her laugh. She also deeply appreciates the wide range of experiences that come along with being a part of a loving group of family and friends.
Bhritanie earned her B.S. and Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She completed her APA accredited doctoral internship at FAU’s Counseling center servicing the student body. Bhritanie also completed a post-doctoral residency receiving specialized training in the treatment of eating disorders and body image concerns. She has worked in multiple university counseling centers, a community mental health center, a non-profit organization, and two inpatient levels of mental health care.
Bhritanie is constantly striving to create and maintain an atmosphere of trust and understanding with the students she works with. Bhritanie has a passion for helping students overcome eating disorders, body image concerns, grief and loss, and relationship issues. Outside of work, Bhritanie spends time with her family and friends, travels often, and participates in community events and outreach to educate about the impact of eating disorders.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
FAU High School Coodinator
Arielle graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Family, Youth and Community Sciences and a M.Ed., Ed.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is currently a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Florida. Arielle completed her graduate internship at UF Health Medical Psychology and UF Disability Resource Center. Before FAU, she worked predominantly with children, adolescents and their families within the community and various educational settings. Currently, she serves as the FAU High School mental health counselor.
Arielle helps students with a wide-range of emotional, behavioral and developmental issues; however, she specializes in the treatment of anxiety spectrum disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder utilizing exposure response prevention. She also enjoys working with interpersonal relationships, self-esteem issues, trauma and stress management. Arielle views each student as unique, capable and holistically within the context of their social system. She is excited to continue working collaboratively with high achieving students in a competitive academic environment, while also supporting their personal goals. Outside of work, Arielle is a self-proclaimed “foodie” and enjoys traveling adventures, Pixar movies and spending quality time with her friends, family and dog.
Chad Olle is completing his Pre-Doctoral Internship at FAU CAPS by way of Boston College’s Counseling Psychology PhD program. Prior to beginning his doctoral training, he earned a M.S. in Community Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Between Milwaukee and Boston, Chad has worked in multiple university counseling settings. His approach to psychotherapy can best be described as relational-psychodynamic with an emphasis on social and cultural context. His stance is radically non-judgmental, proceeding from the basic assumption that everyone has developed ways of adapting and coping suited to their specific personal history. Moreover, he works away from credit and blame frameworks toward more multi-dimensional ways of understanding ourselves in context.
Prior to entering the field of psychology, Chad earned a BA in English Literature and enjoys (and dabbles in) film and television criticism. When he is not reading, writing, and practicing psychotherapy, he loves to play and watch basketball and explore his new surroundings in South Florida.
Dr. Justin Puder earned his B.A. in Psychology from Kent State University. He then went on to complete his M.A. from Florida Atlantic University in Experimental Psychology and his Ph.D. from Auburn University in Counseling Psychology. Justin also completed an APA-Accredited doctoral internship at the University of Miami Counseling Center in Coral Gables, Florida.
Justin is passionate about helping students overcome their fears, doubts, and struggles to live more fulfilling lives. He believes each student is unique and comes from his/her own family background, culture, and up-bringing; therefore, he prides himself on working collaboratively, assisting each client with their specific needs. Justin helps treat a wide-range of clinical issues but has particular expertise in anxiety, depression, stress management, and relationship issues. He also specializes in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Group Psychotherapy.
When Justin is not working he is out doing one of his way too many hobbies such as snorkeling, yoga, skateboarding, beach volleyball, or disc golf. His life is made meaningful by being surrounded by his unique, loud and loving friends and family.
Community Resource Specialist
Samantha is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University and her Master’s degree in Social Work at George Mason University. Prior to coming to FAU, she was employed as a residential therapist working with individuals with substance use and co-occurring disorders. She also served as an intern at George Mason University’s counseling center working with both students and the greater community as well as a resident school counselor in the public school district.
Samantha has over 10 years of experience working with youth and is committed to serving as a centralized contact for students seeking accessible services outside of the counseling center. She has a passion for assisting individuals in increasing their overall sense of wellbeing through advocacy, empowerment, and linkage to community support. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new places, cooking, going to the beach, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Dr. Rodgers is a licensed psychologist with extensive experience in collegiate mental health at several large universities. He specializes in working with collegiate men during their time of emerging adulthood, and his practice emphasizes the use of evidence based interventions for mental, emotional, behavioral, sexual and relational concerns. Dr. Rodgers earned his B.A. in psychology at New College of Florida, and an M.A and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Dr. Seiman earned her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and went on to a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University, the Brooklyn Center. Her internship was at Manhattan Psychiatric Center where she specialized in treatment of the severely mentally ill. Dr. Seiman continued on as a staff therapist after completion of the training year. Dr. Seiman completed a two year post-doctoral Fellowship at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City. Post-fellowship she continued at the Institute as a staff therapist, trainer, and workshop leader. She began to work primarily with college students when she joined the Personal Counseling Center at Brooklyn College. Dr. Seiman is currently a staff psychologist at FAU. She works from a Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy/Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy orientation and believes in the power of change. She uses positive psychology and works with a strengths based approach. Dr. Seiman enjoys helping clients with depression, anxiety, transition, relationship, and grief issues.
Dr. Seiman continues to enjoy working with college undergrad and graduate students on the diverse range of issues that students are managing while at FAU. She has dedicated much time to supervising and training the next generation of psychotherapists and delights in the ability to introduce new ideas and techniques and to continue learning from students and experts in the field. She is a qualified mental health counseling supervisor and licensed as a psychologist in both Florida and New York.
Outside of work Dr. Seiman likes to spend time with her family and friends, play with her dog, and enjoy outdoor activities such as yoga, weight training, running, walking, hiking, cooking, as well as movies.
Dr. Jon Sperry completed his Ph.D. and Ed.S. in Counseling at Florida Atlantic University. He is currently licensed in the state of Florida as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. In addition, he holds a certificate in Adlerian Psychotherapy and is also a Certified Addictions Professional. His past clinical experiences include working as a substance abuse counselor at Broward House, staff therapist at Lynn University's counseling center, and cancer support group facilitator at Gilda's Club of South Florida. He is currently a staff therapist at the Counseling and Psychological Services, and is also a Visiting Assistant Professor in the department of Counselor Education at Florida Atlantic University. In addition to providing individual and couples counseling, he facilitates therapy groups and supervises and trains practicum students.
Dr. Sperry’s areas of professional interest include: depression, anxiety, attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder, personality disorders, chronic medical conditions, substance abuse disorders, and drum therapy. He has coauthored book chapters on psychotherapy, psychological and spiritual well-being, and intimacy and infidelity. Most recently, he coauthored a book on case conceptualization: Sperry, L., & Sperry, J. (2012). Case conceptualization: Mastering this competency with ease and confidence. New York: Routledge.
Outside of work, Dr. Sperry likes to play drums, travel, and spend time with family and friends.
Gloria obtained a Master's degree in Counseling Education from Florida Atlantic University, graduating magna cum laude. Before coming to FAU, she obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Professional Studies from Lynn University, graduating summa cum laude. She began interning at FAU's Counseling and Psychological Services Department in 2007 and enjoyed it so much, she has continued as a staff psychotherapist through the present time.
Gloria enjoys working with undergraduate and graduate students on the diverse range of issues that students are managing while at FAU. She is also dedicated to helping facilitate interdepartmental relationships on campus to help make counseling services for students as accessible as possible. She also serves as the Special Events Coordinator for the Counseling and Psychological Services Department.
Outside of work, Gloria has traveled extensively throughout the world. Her other favorite activities include biking, golf, and downhill skiing. She also enjoys spending time with family, friends and furry critters.
Psychology Resident/Suicide Awareness & Education
Dr. Manny Varela graduated with a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Carlos Albizu University in Miami, Florida on 2016. As a Hispanic first-generation student, Manny enjoys working with students from diverse backgrounds in support of their academic success and personal growth. He has worked as a therapist serving children, adolescents, and adults since 2012. Manny completed his internship and post-doctoral experiences in Houston, Texas while serving students and their families at the Houston Independent School District for a period of two years as part of the district’s crisis response team. Manny has a passion for helping students identify their strengths and hidden potential. He believes that each individual has the ability to create their own experience. Manny values collaboration with students and is thrilled to walk the path leading to desired changes with them. He advocates for changes in life style, habits, and rituals as a way to create long term results. During his time off, Manny enjoys traveling, exploring and learning from diverse cultures, and walking the spiritual path in service of transcendental discovery. He finds that learning values and virtues from aboriginal cultures can enrich a world that thrives in technological advancement but suffers from human and environmental connectivity.
/Assistant Director of Training
Anissa York graduated in May 2015 with her Doctor of Psychology degree in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of La Verne in La Verne, CA. She has previously earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Psychology Research from San Diego State University. As a first-generation college student, Anissa has a passion working with university students to address the challenges of identity development, multicultural transitions to a new environment, and interpersonal relationships.
Before coming to FAU, Anissa worked at multiple university counseling centers, including University of La Verne, University of Southern California, University of Redlands, and Vanderbilt University. In her clinical work, she strives to create a safe and supportive environment that encourages collaboration, introspection, exploration of various identities (i.e., gender, familial role, ethnicity/race, country of origin, sexual orientation, ability status, etc.) on the relationship with oneself and others. She encourages awareness of the impact of stressors within one’s environment, fosters empowerment, and change. She has a deep appreciation for the struggles and resiliency in individual’s, and also has an interest in working with men, anxiety. relationship struggles, adjustment issues, grief and loss, and trauma survivors. Anissa uses an integrative approach in her work, drawing from Relational and Interpersonal techniques and using Mindfulness-based approaches.
Outside of FAU, Anissa enjoys quality time with loved ones, including her two bunnies. She also enjoys experiencing new cultures, yoga, live music, beach cruising, comedy improv, kayaking, animals, and vegan cooking.
Broward Campuses Coordinator
Dr. Gonzalez obtained a Master's and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts in Boston.
Before coming to Florida Atlantic University in 2010, she was in private practice, worked at an outpatient holistic rehabilitation center and taught as Adjunct Professor at Broward College and
Nova Southeastern University. Prior to that, she spent completed her pre-doctoral internship Broward General Medical Center and her post-doctoral residency at Florida Atlantic University.
She is currently the Assistant Director for Broward Campuses.
Dr. Gonzalez is dedicated to her work with college students, both in therapy as well as through training and supervision of future psychologists. Dr. Gonzalez operates under the principle that we are all capable of living meaningful and more fulfilling lives if there is a desire and motivation to do so.She enjoys working with a wide array of student issues including but not limited to anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, impacts of diversity and coping with medical diagnoses.
Outside of work Dr. Gonzalez enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exercising, traveling and going to the beach.
Northern Campuses Coordinator
Dr. Truong received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Florida. She then obtained her master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Truong practices psychotherapy from a culturally informed integrative approach that is primarily anchored by interpersonal and cognitive-behavioral theories. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family.