CAPS Staff Spring 2017


Isabel Avila Saiter, Psy.D., Training and Community Engagement Coordinator/Licensed Psychologist

Isabel Avila Saiter received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California Institute of Integral studies in San Francisco, CA. Her early training was in community mental health at Berkeley Mental Health where she worked with children, adolescents, families, and young adults. She went on to provide counseling to students at Mills College and Santa Clara University, where she completed her internship. Isabel supports students by helping them gain insight about their strengths and encouraging resilience. She helps students with a variety of concerns including adjustment to college, relationship and family issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss. Her other clinical interests include women’s issues, spirituality and psychology, mindfulness, stress management and life balance.

Andrew Kerlow-Myers, Ph.D., Clinical Coordinator/Licensed Psychologist

Andy received his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York. He has previously received training at the University at Albany’s Psychological Services Center and Career Services Center, Albany Medical Center Movement Disorders Clinic, Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Services, and the College of Saint Rose Counseling Center. He completed his APA accredited internship at Arizona State University’s Counseling Center. Andy has an interest in working with students who have had traumatic experiences, and changing campus culture around sexual violence. Andy also enjoys helping students with a variety of concerns, including first-generation college student issues, adjustment, anxiety, depression, career decision making, and being a parent while in college.

Theresa Hozian, Psy.D., Victim's Advocate/Counselor

Theresa earned her Psy.D in Clinical Psychology at the American School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco Bay Area Campus. Her clinical training was completed at sites including Santa Rosa Junior College and Lomi Psychotherapy Clinic. She also oversaw an intensive six-week Cognitive Behavioral Summer Camp program in Marin County working with youth diagnosed with ADHD, ODD, Autism, Asperger's, Mood and Anxiety disorders. Theresa identifies as lesbian and is actively involved within the LGBTQQ+ community and has a special interest in working with students on issues including coming out, family dynamics, substance abuse, anxiety and depression, to assist individuals with fully accepting and embracing their identities. As the Victim's Advocate, Theresa works with survivors of sexual assault as well as those impacted by discrimination, harassment or hate crimes to provide confidential support, empowerment, and healing. She enjoys working with a wide range of individuals on other issues including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, and personality challenges. Her approach to therapy integrates mindfulness, somatic and psychodynamic psychotherapy. She values working "in the moment" with students to help facilitate safety, understanding, acceptance, and love and embodies this as the foundation of her work in promoting healing, transformation, and academic success.

Rociel Martinez, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist

Rociel received her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium, a joint program between Palo Alto University and the Psychiatry Department in the Stanford University School of Medicine, in Palo Alto, CA. She trained in a variety of settings in the Bay Area, including a community mental health clinic, an outpatient clinic at the Palo Alto VA, and an intensive outpatient program at El Camino Hospital, before finding her passion for university mental health while training at Mills College.  She completed her APA accredited pre-doctoral internship, as well as her post-doctoral fellowship, at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Rociel's clinical interests include mindfulness and compassion-based therapy; working with students who have experienced interpersonal violence, such as sexual assault, childhood abuse, or dating violence; and other complex trauma.  She is committed to supporting underserved populations and working with first-generation college concerns, family of origin conflicts, and multicultural and social justice issues.

Laura Williams, Psy.D., Director/Licensed Psychologist

Laura received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area campus. Laura completed her early training at Santa Rosa Junior College providing psychotherapy to students. She later completed her pre-doctoral and post-doctoral internship here at SSU CAPS. Laura also was trained in community mental health at the Lomi Psychotherapy Clinic where she provided longer term depth-oriented psychotherapy to adults, children, couples and families.  Laura's clinical interests include working with those affected by trauma or abuse, treatment of depression and anxiety, and supporting individuals with issues related to gender identity and sexual orientation.  Laura has completed the YWCA’s domestic violence training program and has received additional training in trauma assessment and treatment. She is committed to working collaboratively with the larger SSU community to increase safety and awareness and to promote an environment that is supportive and respectful of all individuals.

Lauri Mills, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow

Lauri received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of British Columbia. She has done the majority of her training in university counseling centers, and has a passion for helping students. She completed her APA accredited internship at Oregon State University, receiving specialized training in the areas of trauma and interpersonal violence. Lauri's clinical interests include mindfulness, anxiety, multicultural and diversity issues, and working with survivors of sexual assault.

David Gatta, Psy.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow

David received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley California. He completed his pre-doctoral internship in psychoanalytic psychology at the Access Institute in San Francisco where he treated the underserved in a community mental health setting. David has had a variety of other training experiences including practica at The Wright Institute Psychodynamic Clinic, Options Recovery Services and Mills College. David’s clinical interests include grief and loss, life transitions, trauma, relationships, non-binary gender orientation, family of origin issues, dreams and unconscious process. With advanced training in psychoanalytic theory and practice David’s approach is primarily psychodynamic. His focus is helping students cultivate a fuller understanding of their mind and sense of self.

Simone Heron-Carmignani, Ph.D., Counselor

Simone Heron-Carmignani received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University. She trained at a variety of community outpatient clinics across the Bay Area. Simone completed her pre-doctoral and post-doctoral internship at the University of California San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital's Integrated Primary Care. She also received post-doctoral training at Seesaw a community outpatient clinic focused on family wellness. Simone’s clinical interests includes the treatment anxiety, depression and chronic pain using Cognitive Behavioral, Acceptance Commitment and Mindfulness interventions. She is committed to serving multicultural and under-served populations.

Alyssa Steiger, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist