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Administrative Staff

Kathryn Kominars

Kathryn Kominars, Ph.D.

Director
Licensed Psychologist
kkominars@health.fau.edu

Blaise Amendolace

Blaise Amendolace, Psy.D.

Clinical Director
Licensed Psychologist
bamendolace
@health.fau.edu

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.”

Laura DiPasquale

Laura DiPasquale, Ph.D.

Assistant Director
/Director of Training
Eating Disorders Coordinator
Licensed Psychologist
ldipasquale@health.fau.edu

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.

Nikki Saltzburg

Nikki Saltzburg, Ph.D.

Assistant Director
/Director of Outreach
Licensed Psychologist
nsaltzburg@health.fau.edu

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.

Lucinda Bratini

Lucinda Bratini, Ph.D.

Assistant Director
/Director of Equity &
Social Justice
Licensed Psychologist
lbratini@health.fau.edu

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.

Office Staff

Christina Gabriel

Christina Gabriel

Office Manager
Boca Raton Campus
gabrielc@health.fau.edu

Jennifer Elgert

Jennifer Elgert

Program Assistant
Jupiter Campus
jelgert@health.fau.edu

Sasha Drummond

Sasha Drummond

Program Assistant
Boca Raton Campus
sdrummon@health.fau.edu

Hortencia Rivia

Hortencia Rivera

Program Assistant
Boca Raton Campus
hrivera3@health.fau.edu

Candiest Pinchem

Candiest Pinchem

Program Assistant
Davie Campus
chenry31@health.fau.edu

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Boca Clinical Staff

Michelle Chaney

Michelle Chaney, MD, MScPH

Psychiatrist
chaneym@health.fau.edu

Dr. Michelle Chaney is a board certified Psychiatrist. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Economics from Harvard College in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to starting medical school, she obtained a Master’s of Science in Public Health at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in London focusing her research on improving health economic evaluations and policy. She attended medical school and completed her psychiatry residency training at The University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida. Dr. Chaney next returned to Boston for her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Psychiatric Hospital. A few of Dr. Chaney’s clinical interests and areas of expertise include: student mental health and transitional aged youth, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Chaney has presented at national conferences, published in multiple peer reviewed journals, as well as co-authored book chapters on adolescent mental health disorders. She also enjoys teaching. Dr. Chaney provides psychiatric consultation and treatment for the center.
Leesa Contorino, M.A.

Leesa Contorino, Psy.D.

Psychology Resident
/AOD Coordinator
lcontorino@health.fau.edu

Leesa earned her B.A. in psychology from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY and her doctorate in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL. Prior to joining the FAU CAPS as a staff member, Leesa completed her APA-accredited doctoral internship at FAU CAPS. Before entering the world of college counseling, Leesa gained experience in intensive outpatient work within the LGBTQ community, treatment of substance abuse disorders in a residential setting, and working with students at The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Counseling Center.

She enjoys collaborating with students managing anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, and intersectional-identity development. She has a passion for working with individuals in the LGBTQ community, first generation college students, and individuals impacted by substance abuse. Leesa strives to maintain a non-judgmental, authentic environment to assist students in reaching their personal and academic goals. Outside of FAU, Leesa enjoys being with her dog and exploring south Florida.
Leonette Lee Copeland

Leonette Copeland, Psy.D.

Psychology Resident
/Res. Life Coordinator
lcopeland@health.fau.edu

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.

Arlene Faranda

Arlene C. Faranda MS, CS, ARNP

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
afaranda@health.fau.edu

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 Friedman

Danielle Friedman

Counselor
dfriedman@health.fau.edu

Danielle earned her B.A. in psychology and sociology from Florida State University. Afterwards she completed her M.A. in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling as well as a graduate certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of South Florida. In addition to counseling students at FAU, Danielle also works in the center for outpatient behavioral health at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, FL.

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.

Ruth Howard

Ruth Howard, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist
howardr@health.fau.edu

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.

Adriana Labarta

Adriana Labarta, LMHC

Staff Counselor
alabarta2018@health.fau.edu

Adriana graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Psychology and M.Ed., Ed.S. degrees in Counselor Education with a specialization in Mental Health Counseling. She is currently a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. Adriana completed her graduate internship at UF Health Medical Psychology and her registered mental health counseling internship at the Renfrew Center. She has experience working in a variety of treatment settings, including residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, outpatient, and university counseling centers.

Adriana’s therapeutic approach focuses on providing a safe, nonjudgmental space for students to explore their current struggles and facilitate meaningful change. She enjoys working with FAU’s diverse student population, and is particularly passionate about helping students overcome eating concerns, body image distress, anxiety, grief/loss, and relationship issues. In her free time, Adriana enjoys spending time with family and friends, running and cycling, going to the beach, and being in nature.

Jennifer Jacobson, Psy.D.

Jennifer Jacobson, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist/Assistant Outreach Coordinator
jjacob59@health.fau.edu

Dr. Jennifer Jacobson obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of North Florida, and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She completed her doctoral internship at Florida Gulf Coast University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Central Florida CAPS.

Jennifer is passionate about working with college students and being a part of the campus community. In her clinical work, she strives to create a safe, warm, and understanding environment that encourages students to address their needs. Jennifer is also a generalist who uses an integrative approach often drawing from Interpersonal, Humanistic, and Cognitive Behavioral techniques, as well as incorporating elements of Self-compassion. Her professional interests include anxiety, depression, identity growth and exploration, LGBTQ concerns, family and relational dynamics, as well as adjustment issues. Outside of FAU, Jennifer enjoys being around friends and family, going to the beach, and taking road trips.

Bhritanie Jardine

Bhritanie Jardine

Psychologist
bjardine@fau.edu

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.

Arielle Osman

Arielle Osman, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
FAU High School Coodinator
osmana@health.fau.edu

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.

Jennifer Perry, Psy.D.

Jennifer Perry, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist/Assessment Coordinator
jperry@health.fau.edu

Dr. Jennifer Perry earned her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University. She has experience in a variety of mental health settings, including residential treatment, inpatient, middle and high schools, home-based, outpatient clinics, private practice, and college counseling centers. She also has experience teaching as an adjunct faculty member and providing clinical supervision to trainees and staff.

Dr. Perry helps students with a wide range of concerns or problems, but specializes in working with clients who have experienced abuse, trauma, or grief. Other areas of interest include working with students who are first generation, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, military or first responders, and students who have been involved in the foster care system. She is passionate about helping students to overcome adversity, develop their personal values, improve relationships, identify strengths, and develop skills for managing emotions. Dr. Perry believes in the importance of mindful living and balancing acceptance with change.

Outside of work, Dr. Perry enjoys spending as much time outdoors as possible, usually camping, kayaking, reading on the beach, or listening to live music. She also loves to explore different cultures through travel and takes way too many vacation photos.

Justin Puder

Justin Puder, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist
Group Coordinator
jpuder@health.fau.edu

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.

Julio Rivas, M.A.

Julio Rivas, M.A.

Doctoral Intern

juliorivas@health.fau.edu

Bob Rodgers

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

rodgersr@health.fau.edu

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.

Rhonda Seiman

Rhonda F. Seiman, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist
rseiman@health.fau.edu

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.

Lory Reyes, Ph.D.

Lory Reyes, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist
loryreyes@health.fau.edu

Lory Reyes, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist who obtained her Doctorate and Masters in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling from The New School for Social Research in New York. Prior to joining FAU, she worked in community mental health agencies, as well as public and private hospital settings. She completed an APA accredited Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship with the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia, where she specialized and served as a consultant within the Department of Psychiatry, Consultation Liaison – Psychosomatic Medicine Service at HUP, as well as providing short-term psychotherapy for individuals diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders at the Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital.

Dr. Reyes believes that people are multi-dimensional, and ever evolving, thus her approach to therapy is culturally sensitive, flexible and integrative. Drawing from her extensive training in various modes of psychotherapy, including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based techniques, she aims to create person-centered treatment in collaboration with her clients.

Areas of professional interest include: motivational issues, anxiety, relationship issues, interpersonal effectiveness, chronic medical conditions, substance misuse, and Zen meditation. Outside of work, Lory finds personal growth and enrichment through international travel, scuba diving, and ballroom dancing.

Jon Sperry

Jon Sperry, Ph.D.

Counseling Specialist
jsperry@health.fau.edu

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 A. Stuart

Gloria A. Stuart, M.Ed., LMHC

Counseling Specialist
gstuart3@health.fau.edu

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.

Anissa Lanae York

Anissa Lanae York, Psy.D

Psychologist
/Assistant Director of Training
yorka@health.fau.edu

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.

Alyssa Zajdel

Alyssa Zajdel, MA

Doctoral Intern
azajdel@health.fau.edu

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Davie Clinical Staff

Victoria Gonzalez

Victoria Gonzalez, Psy.D.

Broward Campuses Coordinator
Licensed Psychologist
vgonzalez@health.fau.edu

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.

Marisol Blanco

Marisol Blanco, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist
mblanc20@health.fau.edu

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.

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Jupiter Clinical Staff

Thuy Truong

Thuy Truong, Psy.D.

Northern Campuses Coordinator
Licensed Psychologist
truongt@health.fau.edu

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.

Angela Cusimano

Angela Cusimano, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist
acusiman@health.fau.edu

Angela Cusimano, PhD is a licensed psychologist with a degree in Counseling Psychology and specialty training in Marriage and Family Therapy. She earned her PhD at the University of North Texas and did her internship at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. She is a Palm Beach County native and FAU alumni, who is currently in private practice in North Palm Beach and Jupiter. Angela is also an Air Force Veteran who received most of her post-doctoral training from the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. When not working, she enjoys paddle boarding, walks with her rescue pups, and spoiling her two young nieces.

Lewis Jones, Psy.D.

Lewis Jones, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist
lewisjones@health.fau.edu

Dr. Lewis Jones is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with both Masters and Doctorate degrees from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Jones has an array of experience, having worked in the country’s top healthcare companies, as well as in community mental health, inpatient psychiatric units and outpatient clinics, including a practicum placement was with FAU CAPS on the Boca Raton Campus. He has had multi-level experience as well, from frontline staff, to director roles.

Dr. Jones works primarily from a Cognitive-Behavior Therapy approach but strives to tailor his work to each individual client. He has extensive training and experience with exposure work and cognitive interventions. His primary specialties include Anxiety disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Eating Disorders. Dr. Jones has also presented both nationally and locally on these topics and is currently on the board of the South Florida iaedp chapter. In addition to his work at CAPS, he also maintains a private practice in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. When not working, Dr. Jones enjoys spending time with his family, yoga, movies and being near the water.

 

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