Meet the staff


Administrative Staff

Kirk Dougher

Kirk Dougher, Ph.D.

Assistant Vice President
Health & Wellness

Dr. Dougher obtained his B.S. in psychology from Utah State University and his Ph.D. clinical psychology from the University of Nevada.  He is employed at Florida Atlantic University, where he serves as Assistant Vice President for Health & Wellness. Kirk has taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses.  Additionally, he conducts therapy, supervises students in psychotherapy skills acquisition and engages in research.  His practice specializes in the treatment of the anxiety cluster, athletic performance enhancement, sexuality, and eastern philosophical interventions.

Kirk enjoys the beach, a wide variety of outdoor activities, and any activities he can do with his partner.

Blaise Amendolace

Blaise Amendolace, Psy.D.

Associate Director
Clinical Director
Licensed Psychologist

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 Society of Personality Assessment and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. He leads the CAPS’ Clinical Services Committee, is a member of the Training Committee, and serves as liaison with the Dean of Students office.

Dr. Amendolace’ s 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, 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.

Associate Director
Training Director
Eating Disorders Coordinator
Licensed Psychologist

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
Outreach Director
Licensed Psychologist

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.


Boca Clinical Staff

Marisol Blanco

Marisol Blanco, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Blanco obtained her terminal Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University.  She is currently our Outreach Coordinator; a role she fulfills with great pleasure by assisting the CAPS team in making our services more visible and accessible to the student body and rest of FAU's Community.

Before joining FAU CAPS, Dr. Blanco worked at Anaga Psychotherapy Center under the supervision of the Director and her mentor, Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, Josefina Perez-Castro.  At Anaga, Dr. Blanco provided individual and group therapy to a variety of clients including to those attending the Domestic Violence Program, Substance Abuse Program for Adults/Adolescents, and Sex-0ffenders Program.  She has taught classes in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Nova Southeastern University and at Miami Dade College-KIDS Program, last of which consists of teaching children appropriate coping skills to deal with their parents' divorce.  Throughout her career development, Dr. Blanco developed strengths in the areas of diversity, grief, and emotional and behavioral functioning.

At a professional level, Dr. Blanco's interests include Hypnotherapy, Borderline Personality Disorder, Outreach, Creativity, and Anxiety Management.   Outside of work, Dr. Blanco enjoys swimming, painting, writing books for children about dealing with common emotional and behavioral struggles, learning about home design/decor, and spending time with her family, friends, and dogs.

Cesar Benarroche

Dr. Cesar L. Benarroche, MD.


Lucinda Bratini

Lucinda Bratini, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist
Diversity Coordinator

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.

KC Charette, Psy.D.

KC Charette, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Dr. KC Charette earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Tulane University in New Orleans and her Master’s and Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. She completed her doctoral internship at the Gainesville VA and went on to complete a year-long, residency in trauma and anxiety disorders at the Gainesville VA. Prior to joining FAU, Dr. Charette was a Staff Psychologist in the Women’s Clinic at the West Palm Beach VA. In addition to working at FAU, Dr. Charette also works in private practice in the Delray/Boca Raton areas.

Dr. Charette’s clinical interest are in helping clients who have experienced a life change, trauma, grief and/or loss and are experiencing adjustment difficulties, anxiety, and/or depression. Outside of seeing clients, Dr. Charette has been involved in helping to train future psychologists through multiple Clinical Psychology Training Programs and she enjoys being involved in the training program at FAU.

Outside of work, she spends her time with her family, friends and rescue mutt!
Melinda Lawless-Coker

Melinda A. Lawless Coker, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist
Family Therapist

Dr. Lawless Coker obtained a Master's of Science degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from St. Thomas University in Miami and a Doctorate in Psychology from Carlos Albizu University in Miami. Before coming to FAU, she worked at the Watershed Program, a drug treatment facility in Boca Raton, as well as in Broward County’s Drug Court Treatment Program. Melinda (or M.A.) was an intern for a year at the Family & Child Development Center within the Miami-Dade County Department of Human Services. She began at the counseling center in 2005 as the Alcohol & Other Drugs Program Coordinator. As a senior member of CAPS’ staff, she’s currently our Groups and Veterans’ Coordinator.

M.A. continues to very much enjoy working with college and graduate students on the diverse range of issues that students are managing while at FAU. She is also dedicated to helping facilitate relationships with many departments on campus to help make counseling services for students at FAU as accessible as possible.

Outside of work, M.A. likes to spend time with her family and friends, and enjoys outdoor activities such as jogging and walking, as well as movies and music.

Leesa Contorino, M.A.

Leesa Contorino, M.A.

Doctoral Intern in Health Service Psychology

Leesa earned her B.A. in psychology from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY and her M.A. in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL. She is currently at FAU CAPS for her doctoral internship to complete her Psy.D. degree in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Prior to joining the FAU CAPS staff, 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 with a passion for working with individuals in the LGBTQ community and first generation college students. Leesa strives to maintain a non-judgmental, authentic environment to assist students in reaching their goals. Outside of FAU, Leesa enjoys being around animals, road trips, and exploring the beaches.

Lauren David

Lauren David, Ph.D.

Psychologist Resident
Assessment Coordinator

Dr. Lauren David earned her B.A. in Psychology from Southwestern University in Texas, then completed an M.A. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Auburn University in Alabama. Lauren also completed her APA-Accredited doctoral internship at The Ohio State University Counseling and Consultation Service in Ohio.

Lauren has worked with teens and young adults at a number of counseling centers, and has a passion for helping individuals to work through life’s challenges. She believes that the college years can be challenging but are instrumental for personal growth and development. Lauren’s approach to counseling is relational and integrative, pulling from the interpersonal process, psychodynamic, emotion-focused, and cognitive-behavioral therapies. Lauren views relationships as central to understanding mental health while valuing the impact that thoughts, emotions, and behaviors can have on a person’s day-to-day functioning. Lauren particularly enjoys working with relationship issues, anxiety, depression, the LGBTQ+ community, and eating disorders. She also specializes in psychodiagnostic assessment.

In her free time, Lauren enjoys practicing yoga, reading on the beach, traveling and learning about new cultures, and spending quality time with her cat Rufus.

Arlene Faranda

Arlene C. Faranda MS, CS, ARNP

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 Dr. Cesar Benarroche she provides psychiatric evaluation and medication management for clients receiving counseling in the center.

Whitney B. Hagen

Whitney B. Hagen, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist
LGBT Programs and Services Coordinator

Dr. Hagen earned her B.S. in Psychology and Women's Studies as well as her M.A. in Experimental Psychology from Towson University in Towson, Maryland. She obtained her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Before coming to FAU, she worked at university counseling centers, a women's resource center, and a community mental health center focusing on substance abuse assessments and groups.

Her worldview and approach to counseling is integrative with a strong emphasis on social justice, multiculturalism, feminism, and interpersonal processes. Dr. Hagen enjoys working with a variety of client issues, particularly relationship struggles, trauma, body image issues, and the ways that cultural values and messages influence clients' wellness and distress. Her dissertation explored the meaning of social justice activism for sexual minority women and transgender folks. When she is not working, Dr. Hagen enjoys traveling, spending time in nature, painting, watching movies, listening to music, and spending time with friends and loved ones (including her cat, Arlo).

Ruth Howard

Ruth Howard

Licensed Psychologist

Squire Paige

Squire Paige, M.A., LMHC

Counseling Specialist
Assistant Clinical Director

Squire received a B.A. in Sociology from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and a M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has over 13 years of counseling experience working almost exclusively with adolescents and young adults in educational settings. He is particularly interested in working with students around their identity development including race and ethnicity, sexuality, gender, ability, and spirituality. Squire also has extensive experience working with adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum and serves as a resource on campus for spectrum-related student issues. In addition to his career in college mental health, Squire has served as an adjunct instructor teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology and counseling, and currently maintains a small online psychotherapy practice.

Squire’s counseling style is highly collaborative and draws upon the wisdom of various counseling theories to help others be their own agents of change. He is passionate about facilitating the self-actualization process in students he works with, and finds that when they move closer to being their most authentic selves, they generally experience less distress and anxiety and create a more engaged and connected existence.

Justin Puder

Justin Puder, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist
Group Coordinator

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.

Bob Rodgers

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

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
Suicide Awareness and Prevention Coordinator

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 and is our Suicide Awareness and Prevention Coordinator. 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.

Jon Sperry

Jon Sperry, Ph.D.

Counseling Specialist

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

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.

Jasmine Tyson M. Ed

Jasmine Tyson

Doctoral Intern in Health Service Psychology

Jasmine received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Berry College and continued on to Auburn University to pursue her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. As a doctoral candidate at Auburn, Jasmine is completing her internship requirement at FAU CAPS to obtain her PhD in Counseling Psychology. Her clinical interests reside in multicultural development, social justice, trauma, and assessment work. Her practicum experience has included work at a counseling center, an adolescent residential facility, an adult behavioral health outpatient center, work in the school systems, and two psychiatric hospital settings. Jasmine is in the process of collecting data for her dissertation which stemmed from life experiences as she is studying African-American/Black individual’s social experiences. In her spare time, she enjoys binge watching TV, playing volleyball, and talking about all things Disney and Harry Potter.
Anissa Lanae York

Anissa Lanae York, Psy.D

Licensed Psychologist
Assistant Training Director

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.


Davie Staff

Victoria Dodman

Victoria Dodman, Psy.D.

Broward Campuses Coordinator
Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Dodman 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. Dodman is dedicated to her work with college students, both in therapy as well as through training and supervision of future psychologists. Dr. Dodman 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. Dodman enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exercising, traveling and going to the beach.

Brittany Grabois Schuman

Brittany Grabois Schuman, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Brittany Grabois Schuman earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and her Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She completed her doctoral internship at the University of Houston-Clear Lake Counseling Services Center in Houston, Texas. She then completed a post-doctoral residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. In addition to working at FAU, Dr. Grabois Schuman also works in private practice in North Miami Beach.

Dr. Grabois Schuman’s clinical interests include working with individuals who experience difficulty with life transitions, relational issues, grief and loss, anxiety, and depression. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


Jupiter Staff

Thuy Truong

Thuy Truong, Psy.D.

Northern Campuses Coordinator
Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Truong received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida. She then obtained her master’s and doctoral degree 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 her little ones.

Adam Iglesias

Adam Iglesias, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Iglesias  received his undergraduate degree from Florida Atlantic University Honors College and received his graduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children. He is bilingual (speaks English and Spanish) and in his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, playing drums, and spending time with his family.


Office Staff

Christina Gabriel

Christina Gabriel

Office Manager
Boca Raton Campus

Jennifer Elgert

Jennifer Elgert

Program Assistant
Jupiter Campus

Cristina Hinson

Cristina Hinson

Program Assistant
Boca Raton Campus

Hortencia Rivia

Hortencia Rivera

Program Assistant
Boca Raton Campus

Candiest Pinchem

Candiest Pinchem

Program Assistant
Davie Campus


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