CAPS Staff Spring 2018


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

Isa received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California Institute of Integral studies in San Francisco, CA. Her training and experience includes working in community mental health and several Bay Area college counseling centers. She has a special interest in providing relational and integrative psychotherapy from a place of cultural humility. Isa supports students by helping them gain insight about their intersecting identities, highlighting strengths, and encouraging resilience. Working collaborativelyshe helps students cope with stressors, engage in recovery from trauma, and feel more empowered in themselves and their relationships. She asissts students with a variety of concerns including adjustment to college, cultural and identity concerns, relationship and family issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and loss. Her other clinical and professional interests include working with first-generation and historically marginilized students, mindfulness, spirituality and psychology, self-care, social justice, and training/mentorship.

Courtney Avvampato, Psy.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow

Courtney received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology and completed part of her early training at Santa Rosa Junior College providing psychotherapy to students. She later completed her pre-doctoral internship with ANKA BHI, at a crisis residential facility and at a homeless shelter in the East Bay. Courtney has training and experience in providing short and long term treatment for clients with a wide variety of presenting problems including, but not limited to, trauma/substance abuse/acute psychosis. Courtney's clinical interests include working with those affected by trauma or abuse, treatment of depressions and anxiety, as well as treatment of substance abuse. Courtney has a passion for incorporating mindfulness interventions into her practice as well as social justice advocacy and assisting clients in identiy formation.

Shanna Butler, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow

More info. coming soon!

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. He 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.

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.

Lauri Mills, Ph.D., Counselor

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.

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

Laura received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology. She 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 was also trained in community mental health at the Lomi Psychotherapy Clinic where she provided long term depth-oriented psychotherapy to adults, children, couples, and families. Laura's clinical interests include working with those affected by trauma or abuse, working with students from historically marginalized communities, treatment of depression and anxiety, family of origin issues, and identity development. Laura is committed to social justice advocacy as an integral part of supporting the overall mental health and well-being of the campus community. As Director, Laura welcomes feedback from all members of the campus community about how CAPS might make our services more collaborative and inclusive.

Irene Wise, Psy.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow

Irene completed her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She has practicum experiences in a variety of settings including private practice, community mental health, and college counseling. Irene completed an APA-accredited internship with the Chicago Area Christian Training Consortium where she received specialized training in faith-integration and working with adolescents and adults requireing more intensive mental health services. Irene is passionate about helping college students discover their true selves while empowering them to remove barriers in living life to the fullest. Her clinical interests include spirituality and psychology, mindfulness, vocational issues, anxiety, complex trauma, and concerns raised by first-generation, immigrant, and international students. Irene also works with clients on alleviating depression, performance and social anxiety, relational problems, grief, and stress.