CAPS staff consists of licensed psychologists, doctoral and masters level mental health professionals, and advanced graduate trainees in counseling and clinical psychology.
Norma Ngo, Psy.D.Director
Dr. Ngo has nineteen years of experience in a variety of settings including university counseling centers, emergency room, forensic, inpatient psychiatric, community mental health, managed care, and private practice. Dr. Ngo's areas of interests include: Anger Management, Athletes, Crisis Intervention, Diversity and Inclusion, Forensics, Parenting issues, Police Psychology, Sexual Health and Sex Therapy, and Veterans issues. Dr. Ngo is a member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD), and the Texas University and College Counseling Directors Association (TUCCDA). She maintains engagement with the Houston community as an Advisory Board member for Asian American Family Services (AAFS), and previously as Vice President of the Board of Directors for AAFS. Dr. Ngo also serves as an oral examiner and professional reviewer of complaints for the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.
Christopher Scott, Ph.D.Associate Director
Dr. Chris Scott has fourteen years of experience in a variety of settings including university counseling centers, community mental health, career services, federal prison, and the Veterans Administration. His areas of interest include: Group Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Depression and Anxiety Disorders, Career Development Concerns, Supervision and Training, Substance Abuse, Multicultural/Diversity Issues, and International Students.
Cecilia Sun, Ph.D.Assistant Director / Training Director
Dr. Cecilia Sun has nineteen years of experience in a variety of settings including university counseling centers, community mental health, career services, academic counseling, and neonatal intensive care. Her areas of interest include supervision and training, group therapy, ethnic and LGBTIQ identity development, interpersonal psychotherapy, personality disorders, sexual trauma, and technology. She has served on the Board of Directors (2003-2005, 2010-2012) for the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA). She also serves as the e-mail List Manager for the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).
Senior Staff Clinicians
Megan Brannan, Ph.D.Psychologist I
Dr. Brannan has nine years of experience of psychotherapy and psychological assessment with adults and adolescents in university counseling centers, community mental health, and a high school. Dr. Brannan's areas of interests include eating disorders and body image issues, anxiety issues, grief and loss, group therapy, couples counseling, training and supervision, and diversity issues, Dr. Brannan is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Academy for Eating Disorders.
Kay Brumbaugh, Psy.D.Psychologist I
Dr. Brumbaugh has eleven years of experience in a variety of settings including university counseling center, community mental health, private practice, Veterans Administration Hospital, detention centers (adult/juvenile), and residential substance abuse. Her areas of interest include substance abuse and dual diagnosis, anxiety and depression disorders, stress management, life transitions, ACOA, and community outreach.
Susan Chanderbhan-Forde, Ph.D.Psychologist II
Dr. Chanderbhan-Forde has eight years of experience in schools, an outpatient mental health clinic, non-profit organizations, and an academic institution. Dr. Chanderbhan-Forde's areas of interest include: trauma work, identity development, migration and immigration, and family therapy, as well as research, program evaluation, and teaching. Dr. Chanderbhan-Forde has published book chapters and research articles and presented at professional conferences.
Mona M. Drucker, MA LPCPsychological Counselor
Mona has eighteen years of experience in a variety of settings including in-patient psychiatric treatment, community mental health, geriatric mental health and adult private practice. Her areas of interest include: mood disorders, life transitions, multicultural issues, and marital and family therapy. Mona utilizes an integrative approach, however primarily, individual psychology.
Carolina Jimenez, Ph.D.Psychologist I
Dr. Jimenez has ten years of experience in a variety of settings including university counseling centers, school districts, substance abuse clinics, neuropsychology private practice, and non-profit organizations. Her areas of interest include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Depression and Anxiety Disorders, Substance Abuse, Interpersonal Concerns, Trauma History, Adjustment Disorders, Life Transitions, Family of Origin Issues, Outreach, Training and Supervision, Multicultural/Diversity Issues and working with First Generation College Students. Dr. Jimenez provides counseling services in English and Spanish.
Joshua Knox, Ph.D.Psychologist I
Dr. Joshua Knox has eleven years of experience working with adults and adolescents in a variety of settings including a university clinic, hospital-based outpatient clinic, inpatient psychiatric hospital, Veterans Administration hospital, adolescent residential treatment center, private practice, and research. His areas of interest include: psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, personality disorders, identity development, interpersonal difficulties, training, and supervision.
Rune Mølbak, Ph.D.Psychologist II
Dr. Mølbak has nine years of experience of doing psychotherapy with adults and adolescents in community settings and counseling centers. His areas of interests include psychoanalytic, existential and humanistic approaches to treatment, depression and anxiety disorders, trauma work, supervision, teaching, and research. He has published many articles in scientific journals on topics as diverse as multicultural psychology, substance abuse, child development, and philosophical approaches to psychology.
Thomandra Sam, Ph.D.Psychologist I
Dr. Thomandra S Sam has eight years of experience of psychotherapy and psychological assessment with adults and adolescents in a variety of settings such as community mental health, inpatient psychiatric, marriage and family therapy clinic, university counseling centers, domestic violence centers and homeless shelters. She utilizes relational-cultural, solution-focused and humanistic approaches. Her areas of interest include cultural and gender issues, identity development, anxiety disorders, LGBTQIA+ issues, couples/families, clinical supervision, teaching, and research.
Jennifer Smith, Psy.D.Psychologist II
Dr. Smith has eight years of experience in a variety of settings including university counseling centers, a private practice, an emergency room, and an inpatient psychiatric hospital. Dr. Smith's areas of interest include: Relationship Issues, LGBTQIA Issues, Depression and Anxiety, Identity Development Concerns, Group Psychotherapy, Training and Supervision, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy.
Pre-Doctoral Psychology Interns 2013-2014
Aisha Armstrong, M.S.Ph.D. Candidate
Aisha Armstrong has four years of experience in a variety of settings including an inpatient/outpatient community mental health center, a crisis intervention center, a private practice, and a university counseling center. In addition to these clinical experiences, Aisha has actively participated in mental health-related outreach and volunteer experiences. Aisha's areas of interest include multicultural issues, women's issues, the academic and career development of ethnic minority college students, psychological assessment, and the interpersonal approach to psychotherapy.
Katie Croft Caderao, M.A.Ph.D. Candidate
Katie has four years of clinical experience in a number of areas including university counseling, community mental health, inpatient psychotherapy, and neuropsychological testing. Katie's clinical interests include anxiety disorders and exposure-based therapies, psychological assessment, cognitive-behavioral and relational therapies, and social justice issues.
Esther Jean, M.A.Psy.D. Candidate
Esther has four years of clinical experience in a variety of settings including university counseling centers, a community mental health center, and private practice. She has conducted psychological assessments and individual, group, and couples therapy with a diverse client population. Her clinical areas of interest include trauma, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, and relational issues. Esther's theoretical orientation is based on a psychodynamic/relational approach and allows her to tailor her therapeutic interventions to help her clients meet their goals.
Bianca Jones, M.A.Ph.D. Candidate
Bianca Jones has four years of experience in a variety of settings including university and career counseling centers, residential treatment, private practice, and a medical center. Bianca's areas of interest include multicultural/diversity issues in therapy and research, college student adjustment issues, group therapy, and health psychology.
Practicum Students 2013-2014
Sheetal S. Kini, M.A.
Doctoral Degree (In Progress)
University of Houston
Sheetal has two years of experience in a variety of settings including the PRSC (Psychological Research and Services Center,UH) psychiatric hospital settings such as HCPC (Harris County Psychiatric Center), as well as the Departments of Veteran's affairs. Sheetal's areas of clinical interests include Borderline personality disorder, as well as emotions in romantic relationships. Her research interests include Intimate Partner Violence and the impact of domestic violence on children. She has also gained experience with providing parent education training, as well as anti-theft counseling.
Angela Smith, M.A.
Doctoral Degree (In Progress)
University of Houston
Angela is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology program at the University of Houston. She has four years of individual and group counseling experience in a variety of settings including a residential treatment program for Obsessive-Compulsive and related disorders, an outpatient treatment program for chemical dependence, a specialty clinic for anxiety, and two university counseling centers. Angela's primary clinical interests are in working with clients with problematic anxiety, depression, and interpersonal difficulties.
Graduate Assistant 2013-2014
Whitney Gealy, M.S.Ed.
Doctoral Degree (In Progress)
University of Houston
Whitney received her master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Miami and completed her practicum in two community mental health clinics conducting therapy with adults, children, and families for a variety of concerns. She also served as a bereavement group facilitator and as a therapist on a violence prevention grant in a historically under served community. Whitney is interested in researching autism spectrum disorders, particularly early identification and intervention.
|Ma. Nadine Dimaliwat, B.A.||Administrative Assistant|
|Michelle Le, B.A.||Financial Coordinator II|
|Tonya Winters||Office Coordinator|
|Pamlar Clark||Office Assistant II|