Wellness Center: Wellness Center Staff
|Joseph M. Behen, PhD
Title: Executive Director, Counseling, Health, and Disability Services
BA, 1989, University of Michigan
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
Title: Office Coordinator
The Counseling Services office is staffed by a full-time, doctoral-level staff.
|April Grace A. Knighton, MAAT, LPC
Title: Mental Health Promotion Specialist
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
|Sara A. Sirota, Psy.D.
Title: Training Director
B.A., 2007, Carleton College
M.A., 2012, PsyD 2015, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Internship: Northern Illinois University, Counseling and Student Development Center, 2014–2015
Professional Interests: Multiculturalism/social justice, international students, identity development, depression, LGBTQ students.
|||Tim Dean, PsyD
Title: Staff Psychologist
AA, 2001, Oakton Community College
BA, 2005, Eastern Illinois University
MA, 2011; PsyD, 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.
|||Brandon Kramer, MA
Title: Post-Doctoral Fellow
BA, 2004, Touro College
MA, 2010, Roosevelt University
PsyD expected 2016, Roosevelt University
Internship: Stony Brook University, Counseling and Psychological Services, 2014–15
Professional Interests: Psychodynamic psychotherapy, multicultural counseling, LGBTQIA issues, self/identity exploration, relationship to family of origin concerns.
Disability and Learning Resource Center
|||Valerie St. Germain
Title: Director, Disability and Learning Resource Center
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, MAT
Title: Assistant Director, Disability and Learning Resource Center
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, Aspberger's Syndrome and autism spectrum disorders.
Title: Academic Support Coordinator
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.
|Emily Lenz, MSN, APN, FNP
Title: Nurse Practitioner
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, MS, APN, FNP
Title: Nurse Practitioner
BA, 2003, Marquette University
MS, 2007, Post-Master's Certificate, 2013, DePaul University
Professional Interests: health education, preventative care
|Elaine Ciupik, RN, BSN
Title: Clinical Staff Nurse
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