Joseph M. Behen, PhD
Title: Executive Director, Counseling, Health, and Disability Services
Education:
BA, 1989, University of Michigan
MS, 1992
PhD, 1994 University of Florida
Internship: Northwestern University Medical School, 1993–94
Professional Interests: crisis intervention, mental health consultation, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and treatment of severe mental illness
Gabriel Stutz
Gabriel Stutz
Title: Office Coordinator

Counseling Services

The Counseling Services office is staffed by a full-time, doctoral-level staff.

Michael Pietrus Michael Pietrus, Psy.D
Title: 
Clinical Director
Education: 
BS, 2003, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MA, 2006, Psy.D, 2010, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Internship: University of Chicago, Student Counseling Service, 2009-10
Professional Interests: 
My work comes from an existential/phenomenological perspective and is informed by interpersonal, constructivist and systems theory. Professional interests include student mental health, creativity, and motivation as well as social justice and multicultural issues, and the intersection of technology and psychology. Areas of clinical focus include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, Aspergers, gifted psychology, developmental concerns, grief/loss, music/art therapy, and trauma.
Sara A. Sirota, Psy.D
Title: Training Director
Education:
B.A., 2007, Carleton College
M.A., 2012, Psy.D 2015, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Internship: Northern Illinois University, Counseling and Student Development Center, 2014–15
Professional Interests: Multiculturalism/social justice, international students, identity development, depression, LGBTQ students
April Grace A. Knighton April Grace A. Knighton, MAAT, LPC
Title: Mental Health Promotion Specialist
Education:
BA, 2005, University of Texas-Pan American
MAAT, 2012, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Professional Interests: art therapy, Mental Health First Aid, HeartMath interventions, student support and leadership training, culture and diversity studies, neuroscience and creativity
Beth Schneider, LCSW
Title: 
Care Manager
Education: 
BS, 2007, Northwestern University
MSW, 2010, Washington University in Saint Louis
Professional Interests: 
Mental health, crisis intervention, coordination of care
Tim Dean Tim Dean, Psy.D
Title: Staff Psychologist
Education:
AA, 2001, Oakton Community College
BA, 2005, Eastern Illinois University
MA, 2011; Psy.D, 2014, Roosevelt University
Internship: Purdue University, Counseling and Psychological Services, 2013–14
Professional Interests: Humanistic/Existential psychotherapy, positive psychology, social constructionism, meaning making, self-compassion, LGBTQ and all forms of diversity
Ella Yung Ella Yung, Psy.D.
Title: Post-Doctoral Fellow
Education:
B.A., 2009, Northwestern University
M.A., 2012, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Psy.D., 2017, Adler University
Internship: University of Tennessee Knoxville, Counseling and Psychological Services, 2016–2017
Professional Interests: Humanistic Psychotherapy, DBT, Narrative Therapy, Trauma (Single Event, Complex), Identity Development, Multicultural Issues, Strengths and Resilience-Based Interventions, Anxiety, Interpersonal Conflict
Stephanie Dykema Stephanie Dykema, Ph.D.
Title: Post-Doctoral Fellow
Education:
BA, 2010, Hope College
M.Ed., 2012, Teacher's College Columbia University
Ph.D., 2017 University of Akron
Internship: Texas Woman's University, Counseling and Psychological Services, 2016–2017
Professional Interests: multiculturalism, social justice, self/identity exploration, LGBTQIA concerns, gender concerns, trauma, depression, feminist and interpersonal psychotherapy, relationship issues, wellness and well-being

Disability and Learning Resource Center

Valerie St. Germain Valerie St. Germain
Title: Director, Disability and Learning Resource Center
Education:
BS, 1993, Indiana University
MS Ed, 2007, Indiana University South Bend
Professional Interests: Universal Design for Learning, ADHD, and the impact of learning and emotional disabilities on creativity and academic success.
Rebecca Berezin Rebecca Berezin, MAT
Title: Assistant Director, Disability and Learning Resource Center
Education:
BS, 1997, Guilford College
MAT Special Education, 2001, National-Louis University
Professional Interests: assistive technology and apps for reading, writing, and note-taking, time management and organization support, self-advocacy, Universal Design for Learning, mental health disorders, Asperger's Syndrome and autism spectrum disorders.
Martin Perales Martin Perales
Title: Academic Support Coordinator
Education:
BS Education, 1984, Chadron State College
Professional Interests: assistive technology in post-secondary education, student empowerment and self-advocacy, self-regulated strategy development and strategy instruction.

Health Services

Emily Lenz Emily Lenz, MSN, APN, FNP
Title: Nurse Practitioner
Education:
BSN, 2006, University of Wisconsin—Madison
MSN, 2010, University of Illinois—Chicago
Professional Interests: preventative care, women's health, sexual health, LGBTQ health
Megan Skarr Megan Skarr, MS, APN, FNP
Title: Nurse Practitioner
Education:
BA, 2003, Marquette University
MS, 2007, Post-Master's Certificate, 2013, DePaul University
Professional Interests: health education, preventative care
Elaine Ciupik Elaine Ciupik, RN, BSN
Title: Clinical Staff Nurse
Education:
RN, BSN, Elmhurst College, Deicke School of Nursing
Internship: Hinsdale Hospital, Telemetry unit
Hospital Experience: Hinsdale Hospital, Medical Surgical and Telemetry Units Edward Hines, VA, Medical Surgical/Telemetry Unit
Clinical Experience: UIC Allergy, Immunotherapy and Pulmonology (ENT), PCC Healthcare Clinic, SAIC Health Services
Professional Interests: Ambulatory Care, Clinic setting