Crisis Information

Emergencies: 911

CAPS (Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm):
(814) 863-0395

Penn State Crisis Line (24/7):
(877) 229-6400

Crisis Text Line (24/7):
txt "LIONS" to 741741

CAPS Locations

- Student Health Center (SHC)
- Bank of America (BoA)
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News & Events

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CAPS Staff

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Clinical Staff


Jordan Barnard, Psy.D. (2013), University of Hartford

Psychologist, Assessment Coordinator, Multicultural Student Programs and Services Co-Coordinator

Interests: Student-athletes, decreasing the stigma towards mental illness, men's issues, psychological assessment, multicultural and LGBTQIA issues, teaching and supervision in clinical psychology

Laura Briscoe, Ph.D. (2014), Oklahoma State University

Staff Psychologist, Multicultural Student Programs and Services Co-Coordinator

Interests: Multiculturalism/diversity, gender and gender role identity, women's issues, relational development, underrepresented student populations and academic /social support, ethnic identity

Sandra Brill, MSN, CRNP (2002), Drexel University

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Interests: Mood disorders, anxiety disorders

Brendan Carr, Ph.D. (2016) Counseling Psychology, University of Georgia

Staff Psychologist

Interests: Working with student athletes

Paul Carswell, M.A., Ed.S., LPC (2006) Counseling Psychology, James Madison University

Clinical Services Provider

Interests: Mood disorders, OCD, trauma, grief/loss, self-growth, crisis intervention, psychodynamic therapy, substance abuse, adjustment issues, and conflict resolution

Caitlin Chun-Kennedy, M.S. (2006), Counseling, Shippensburg University

Clinical Services Provider/BASICS Counselor

Interests: Substance abuse, trauma, eating disorders, multiculturalism, family of origin concerns, couples counseling, and student athletes 

Natalie Hernandez DePalma, Ph.D. (2010), Counseling Psychology, Penn State

Psychologist, Assistant Director, Clinical Services

Interests: Groups and systems counseling, couples and systems counseling, training and supervision

Maggie Doby, MSW, LCSW (2002) University of New Hampshire

Clinical Services Provider

Interests: Anxiety disorders, depression, adjustment issues, self growth, family of origin concerns and interpersonal communication, grief/loss, relationship concerns

Andrea Falzone, Psy.D. (2010), Clinical and School Psychology, James Madison University

Psychologist, Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Specialist

Interests: Trauma, women’s issues, interpersonal violence, resilience and post-traumatic growth, suicide prevention, attachment, multicultural counseling

Desiree Howell, Ph.D. (2014) Counseling Psychology, Ball State University


Interests: Couple/relationship counseling, family-of-origin concerns, attachment, student-parents, first-generation college students, career counseling, work-life balance, supervision and training, multiculturalism and diversity, identity development, positive psychology, and prevention/outreach.

Jill Hranicka, Psy.D. (1998), Clinical Psychology, Nova Southeastern University

Psychologist, Eating Disorder Prevention and Treatment Coordinator

Interests: Eating disorders, grief/loss, trauma, gay/lesbian/bisexual issues, self growth, athletes

Susanna Hummer, B.A. (1999), Psychology, Penn State University

Case Manager

Interests: Crisis intervention, depression, suicide prevention, case management, women's issues, chronic and severe mental illness

Joyce Illfelder-Kaye, Ph.D. (1980), Counseling Psychology, The Ohio State University

Psychologist, Senior Associate Director, Training

Interests: Psychodynamic therapy, women's issues, group psychotherapy, ethics and legal issues, professional issues, education and training in psychology

Mark Johnson, M.S.W., LCSW (1988), Social Work, University of Georgia

Drug and Alcohol Specialist

Interests: Working with alcohol and other drug issues

Mary Anne Knapp, MSW, LCSW (1975), Social Work, West Virginia University

Clinical Social Worker, Outreach and Consultation Coordinator

Interests: Depression/suicide prevention, stress management, trauma, compulsive disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse, relationship addiction, self-help resources and psycho-educational interventions, women's issues

Ben Locke, Ph.D. (2002), Counseling Psychology, Boston College

Psychologist, Director

Interests: Counseling center administration, research in college and university counseling centers, anxiety, relationships, family-of-origin concerns, interpersonal communications

Tammy MacAlarney, MSW, LSW (2001), Social Work, University of Pittsburgh

Social Worker, Case Manager

Interests: Case management, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavior therapy, chronic/severe mental illness, bipolar disorder, depression, early psychosis, schizophrenia

Brett Scofield, Ph.D. (2006) Clinical Community Psychology, Wichita State University

Associate Director, Research and Technology

Interests: Anxiety, OCD, panic attacks, mood disorders, relationship issues, research and technology

Shannan Smith-Janik, Ph.D. (2008), Clinical Psychology, University of Virginia

Psychologist, Practicum Coordinator

Interests: Anxiety and mood disorders, training and supervision, evidence based practice, cognitive behavioral therapy

Cathie St. Andrews, MSW, LCSW (2002), University of Pittsburgh

Clinical Social Worker, Triage & Crisis Coordinator

Interests: Mood disorders, problem solving, crisis intervention, self esteem, anxiety, life transitions, relationship concerns

Stephanie Stama, Psy.D. (2015), Florida Institute of Technology

Staff Psychologist, Embedded Counselor

Interests: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Couples Counseling, Psychological Assessment, Trauma, Mindfulness

Ashley Stauffer, M.S.

Project Manager, Center for Collegiate Mental Health

Victoria Stout, D.O., Board Certified (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1989), Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (1983)


Interests: Mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and attention-deficit disorder

Nadiya Tucker, MSW, LSW (2014) Social Work, University of Maryland

Case Manager for World Campus

Interests: Working with international populations, adjustment issues, anxiety, depression, self growth, case management, psycho-educational programming

Sarah Watson, M.A., CAADC (2006) Clinical Psychology, Towson University

Clinical Services Provider

Interests: Student Veterans, Trauma, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Substance Abuse, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Han Wingate, M.A. (2006) Counseling Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute

Clinical Services Provider

Interests: Relationships, identity development, anxiety, depression, crisis intervention, psychodynamic therapy

Jason Yoder, MSW, LCSW (2008) Social Work, Salisbury University

Clinical Services Provider

Interests: Adjustment, relationships, stress management, substance abuse, academic and social supports, anxiety, depression

Associate Clinical Staff

Kathy Clayton, M.Ed.

Clare Cowen, MSW, LCSW

Anthony D'Augelli, Ph.D.

Tracy Mitchell, M.Ed., LPC

Emily Spearly, M.S.

Katharine Staley, Ph.D.

Lori Strayer, M.Ed.

Natasha Volkers, M.S.

David Wimer, Ph.D.

Associate Psychiatric Staff

Ashley Bartley, CRNP


Marsha Cohen, Ph.D.

Annie Poet, Psy.D.

Doctoral Interns

Mirelle Bloch, M.A.

Abby Costello, M.A., M.S.

Sultan Magruder, M.S.

Lauren Mazur, M.S.

Practicum Therapists


Sofia Alvarez, M.A.

Julie Beeney, M.A.

Emily Jackson, M.A.

John Loughlin-Presnal, M.S.

Melissa Muelman, M.A.

Wes Scala, M.S.

Shannon Zelle, M.S.

Support Staff

Susan Butterworth, Office Manager

Lynne Gilham, Administrative Support Assistant

Sandy Minichiello, Administrative Support Assistant

Ashley Martain, Administrative Support Assistant

Whitney Ramsey, Administrative Support Assistant

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