Staff

CAPS staff consists of licensed psychologists, doctoral and masters level mental health professionals, and advanced graduate trainees in counseling and clinical psychology.

Leadership Staff

Norma Ngo, Psy.D.

Director

Norma Ngo

Dr. Ngo is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. She has 23 years of experience in a variety of settings, including university counseling centers, emergency room, forensic, inpatient, community mental health, and private practice. Dr. Ngo's areas of interests and expertise include: Couples Counseling and Sex Therapy, Parenting issues, Diversity and Inclusion, and Crisis Intervention. 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). Dr. Ngo is immediate Past President of TUCCDA. She also serves as an oral examiner and professional reviewer of complaints for the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. Previously, she served as Vice President of the Board of Directors for Asian American Family Services.


Christopher Scott, Ph.D.

Associate Director/Clinical Director

Dr. Chris Scott has 18 years of experience in a variety of settings including universities, community mental health, career services, federal prison, and the Veterans Administration. His areas of interest include: Group Psychotherapy, Reltaionship Counseling, Depression and Anxiety Disorders, Career Development Concerns, Substance Abuse, Academic/Work Performance, Multicultural/Diversity Issues, and working with International Students. Dr. Scott uses Gottman Method Couples Therapy in his relationship therapy work and has experience working with couples from diverse backgrounds including those from the LGBTQIA community and who identify as Gender Sexual and Romantic Minorities (GSRM).


Cecilia Sun, Ph.D.

Assistant Director / Training Director

Dr. Cecilia Sun has 23 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).


Clinical Staff

Janet Clemenson, LCSW

Psychological Counselor
Let's Talk Coordinator

Janet is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 37 years of experience working with individuals (children, adolescents and adults of all ages), couples, and families in a variety of settings including residential treatment, day treatment, outpatient community-based mental health, and, most recently, private psychotherapy practice. Her areas of interest include, but are not limited to, depression and anxiety, managing anger/intense emotions, emerging adulthood, multiculturalism, life changes and adjustment, ADHD and other learning difficulties, LGBTQ-related struggles, couples and families, and the impact of technology/social media on adolescents and young adults. Janet embraces a team approach to counseling, in which the client and therapist are equal partners in the change process.


Marianela Dornhecker, Ph.D.

Psychologist

Dr. Marianela Dornhecker has 5 years of experience working in a variety of settings including university counseling centers, community mental health clinics, correctional settings, and VA outpatient clinics. Her areas of interest include: resilience in an academic setting, adjustment, trauma-related concerns, identity development, interpersonal concerns, issues related to self-worth/self-esteem, multicultural and diversity issues, and LGBTQ-related struggles. Dr. Dornhecker works from an integrative approach that emphasizes an interpersonal and relational-cultural perspective. She aims to understand her client’s worldview and cultural context and to create an empowering space in which an individual’s values guide their change process. She focuses on building a strong therapeutic relationship to encourage authenticity and self-exploration in therapy.


Joshua Knox, Ph.D.

Psychologist

Josh Knox

Dr. Knox has 15 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, and an adolescent residential treatment center, as well as in private practice and clinical research. His areas of interest include: personality disorders and personality development, depressive disorders, identity concerns, interpersonal issues, difficulties with anger management and emotion regulation, psychodynamic therapy, Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), group psychotherapy, training, and supervision.


Morgan McCain, Ph.D.

Psychologist
Group Coordinator Morgan McCain

Dr. McCain joined the CAPS team in 2016 and has worked with college students for nearly a decade. In addition to her role of providing individual counseling, she coordinates the Groups program at CAPS and manages the department’s social media pages. Dr. McCain’s approach to therapy is collaborative and informed by an interpersonal, emotion-focused, and multicultural lens. Although she considers herself to be a generalist, she has a passion for working with individuals with marginalized identities. She also has a special interest in providing outreach services to diverse audiences.


Leah A. McCoy, MA, LPC, NCC

Psychological Counselor

Leah McCoy

Leah has 14 years of experience in a variety of settings including non-profit Christian counseling organization, crisis center, outpatient multidisciplinary Samaritan center, and a university counseling center. Her areas of interest and expertise include: individual, pre-marital, couples, sexual health and dysfunction therapy, communication and conflict resolution, spirituality issues, life transitions, relationship enrichment and public speaking. Utilizing integrative psychotherapy, focusing primarily on psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapy style, she aims to create a safe place to explore life’s challenges. Leah has co-authored a relationship workbook/DVD enrichment series and is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapist, a Prepare/Enrich Assessment Facilitator and a Level 2 PAIRS Certified Instructor. Leah serves CAPS’ clients on the UH Main and Sugar Land campuses.


Rune Mølbak, Ph.D.

Psychologist
Referral Coordinator

Rune Molbak

Dr. Mølbak has 14 years of experience providing psychotherapy for adolescents and adults in community mental health settings, university counseling centers, and private practice. He is a certified emotionally-focused couples therapist and has received training in psychodynamic and emotion-focused therapies, such as EFT and AEDP. Dr. Mølbak’s areas of interest and expertise include: couples therapy, trauma work, supervision, and teaching. Dr. Mølbak has published widely in psychological journals on topics as diverse as multicultural psychology, substance abuse, child development, and philosophical approaches to psychology.


David Ranschaert, Psy.D.

Psychologist

David Ranschaert

Dr. Ranschaert has 8 years of experience in a variety of settings including university counseling centers, VA outpatient and substance abuse centers, community mental health and an inpatient psychiatric hospital. He has experience conducting individual and group therapy and administering psychological assessments. His clinical interests include multicultural factors in therapy, adjustment to college and university, working with resident assistants, and working with marginalized groups on university campuses.


Marti Trummer, Ph.D.

Psychologist

Dr. Marti Trummer has over 5 years of experience in university counseling and career centers, community mental health and inpatient psychiatric hospitals. She has experience conducting individual and group therapy, psycho-education and assessment presentations and administering psychological evaluations. Utilizing emotion-focused and cognitive-behavioral therapy styles, Dr. Trummer creates a safe place to explore life changes and challenges. Her clinical and research interests include developmental psychology, trauma, adjustment and acculturation, multicultural factors in therapy, and program evaluation.


Kazanda Wills, LPC

Psychological Counselor

Kazanda Wills is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a passion for mental health awareness and wellness. Kazanda has over 10 years of experience in various mental health settings including residential facilities and non-profit mental health agencies. Through her years of experience, Kazanda has worked with a diverse population of clients including children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Kazanda utilizes both a systemic and person-centered therapeutic approach to counseling and respects the confidential relationship between client and counselor as it is a critical component. Her areas of interest and expertise include the following: Crisis Intervention, couples counseling, family therapy and group therapy. Kazanda is also passionate about continuing to learn through trainings and research.


Laura Zavala-Membreno, LPC

Psychological Counselor

Laura Zavala-Membreno

Laura is a Licensed Professional Counselor from Houston, Texas. She has 10 years of experience providing individual and group therapy to adults in community agencies, residential settings, and private practice. Her specialties include working with survivors of trauma, including sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, and domestic violence. Laura is a trained Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist as well as a Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) provider, two evidence-based treatments for the resolution of trauma. She takes an integrative, holistic approach to therapy, collaborating with her clients and combining techniques from various therapeutic modalities to create an individualized path towards wellness. In addition to trauma, Laura’s interests include anxiety, depression, emerging adulthood, and multicultural factors in therapy.


Doctoral Psychology Interns 2017-2018

Vanessa Battiste, M.A.

Ph.D. Candidate, Counseling Psychology – Howard University, Washington, DC

Vanessa Battiste

Vanessa has 7 years of clinical experience in university counseling, school-based counseling, behavioral rehabilitation counseling and in-patient psychiatric counseling. Her experience includes conducting individual and group therapy with adults, adolescents, children, and families. Vanessa’s clinical experience also encompasses evaluative and diagnostic training in comprehensive psychological assessments, comprising achievement, intelligence, projective, behavioral, personality, and neuropsychological evaluations. Vanessa’s therapeutic style integrates person-centered framework with psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral practices. Additionally, Vanessa has spent that last seven years conducting research on quality of life amongst Caribbean populations. Her dissertation focuses on functional health, coping, mindfulness, life satisfaction, and stress in the Virgin Islands.

Denver A. Hall, M.A.

Ph.D. Candidate in Counseling Psychology – Tennessee State University

Denver has had the pleasure of working with college students and adults for the last six years, with the majority of his training taking place within various university counseling centers. Besides providing both individual and group therapy, Denver also has significant experience conducting various psychological and diagnostic assessments. Denver approaches therapy from a primarily interpersonal orientation, with clinical interests that include training and supervision, as well as working with college students and emerging adults around issues related to anxiety and mood, interpersonal and relational concerns, ADHD, existential concerns, and individuals' overall adjustment to college.

Kimberly Hernandez, M.A.

Ph.D. Candidate, Counseling Psychology - Texas Woman's University

Kimberly has 5 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings, including a university counseling center, community mental health clinic, hospital, residential in-patient and private practice. Her experience includes conducting individual and group therapy across the lifespan with individuals, couples, and families. She has also conducted comprehensive psychological assessments, comprising cognitive, behavioral, and personality evaluations. Her clinical interests include medicalized embodiment, identity development, trauma, and relational issues. She utilizes an integrative approach, pulling from relational-cultural, emotion focused and cognitive-behavioral treatment modalities. In addition to her clinical experience, Kimberly has five years of research experience and is currently examining the effect of infertility on male self-perception and identity.

Meghan Roche, M.A.

Ph.D. Candidate in Counseling Psychology – Loyola University Chicago

Meghan Roche

Meghan has 5 years of clinical experience in settings with adults, youth, and adolescents. She has worked with clients in an in-patient child and adolescent psychiatric hospital, an out-patient pediatric behavioral clinic, and college counseling centers. Meghan approaches work with clients collaboratively and from an integrative framework, primarily drawing from cognitive behavioral, person-centered, and interpersonal perspectives. Her areas of interest include, but are not limited to: emerging adulthood, identity development, multiculturalism, issues related to self-worth and empowerment, interpersonal relationships, anxiety, and depression. She also has experience and interest in career counseling, administration of career assessments, and interpretation of career assessments. Meghan also enjoys teaching and community and campus engagement and advocacy.


Practicum Students 2017-2018

Amanda Broyles

Ph.D. Student, Counseling Psychology- University of Houston

Amanda Broyles

Amanda has counseling experience with both individuals and groups. She also has extensive experience administering psychodiagnostic tests to children and adults. Additionally, she has 4 years of psychology research experience: 2 years as full-time research coordinator for a cognitive memory lab, followed by 2 years leading a research team at UH with Dr. Jonathan Schwartz. She works with clients through a Humanistic framework, incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Her current research interests include gender role socialization, gender violence, and sexual assault prevention.

Maria Dragomir-Davis

PhD Student, Counseling Psychology - University of Houston

Maria Dragomir-Davis

Maria has experience providing individual counseling to university students and adults, as well as conducting cognitive assessments for children and adults. She gained clinical experience at a university clinic and research lab in Spain, where she administered treatment for anxiety and mood disorders using digital technology (in both Spanish and Romanian). Maria utilizes an integrative approach with an emphasis on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Her current research interests include multicultural issues and positive mental health.

Amanda M. Long

Amanda has experience providing individual and group counseling as well as administering assessments to children and adults. She has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, research centers, community counseling centers, and adult and juvenile prison facilities. Her current research interests include examining the relationship among social media and body image issues, as well as the impact of colorism on the mental health of African American women.

Lycinda Rodriguez, M.S.

Ph.D. Student, Counseling Psychology- University of Houston

Lycinda Rodriguez

Lycinda has 3 years of experience working with college students on campus primarily through student affairs. She has worked with first-year college students addressing their adjustment to college, peer pressure, and alcohol use. Additionally, she has worked with emerging adults and roommate conflicts, depression and anxiety, identity concerns, and general adjustment issues. Lycinda utilizes an integrative approach to therapy, pulling from psychodynamic, interpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral treatment approaches. In addition to her work experience, Lycinda has four years of research interest and is currently examining the effect of helicopter parenting on an emerging adult’s psychosocial adjustment.


Support Staff

Turia Abdulrahman

Administrative Assistant

Ken McBride

Office Assistant II

Ken McBride

Ken joined the CAPS department in the Summer of 2017 coming from previous companies in the private sector such as Cintas, Port of Houston Authority, and DHL with customer service and office experience. Ken, also is a native Houstonian who attended Prairie View A&M University and is currently involved with several non-profit organizations including Petals and Pearls Group Inc. as the COO which serves the Greater Houston community. In his leisure time he plays adult kickball and volunteer coaching little league. “Having an opportunity to make a great impression on the student body brings a new level of excitement knowing I’m making a better future for the University of Houston.” I’m excited to be at the PowerHouse!

Marilyn Stidham

Office Assistant II

Marilyn Stidham

Marilyn was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. She comes to CAPS with a variety of experiences; from being Academic Advisor in the UH Computer Science Department to the Dean's Assistant at Baytown Christian Academy. After getting her BA degree in Interior Design from The College of the Holy Spirit, she moved to Taipei, Taiwan where she was an English teacher for 3 years; that’s also where she met and married her husband. They have been involved in ministry together for over 25 years. In her spare time, Marilyn enjoys Cake decorating, Painting, developing new recipes and playing the piano. Marilyn has an intense interest in the emotional welfare of others, and enjoys being part of a team of caring people who impact lives every day.

Tonya Winters

Office Supervisor

Tonya Winters

Tonya provides administrative support to the UH Counseling & Psychological services team! She has 16 years of Mental Health support & customer service experience in her current role as Office Supervisor. She currently serves as a member of the UH Staff Council as Events Co-Chair, DSAES Customer Service Champion and 2015 Customer Service Award recipient. She is passionate about people, relationships, UH & staff issues and is truly committed Her passion to serve within this population stems from seeing a lack of help for those in her community and family, growing up. Personally, feeling helpless while navigating life is a feeling she has experienced & never wants anyone to experience especially those striving to discover their own passion and purpose. She is a native of Beaumont, TX and is a licensed and ordained minister who in her downtime enjoys cycling, reading and lounging with her emotional support … Zion! Favorite Quote: “Be strong and very courageous, don’t be afraid or discouraged; for the Lord is with you wherever you go.” Josh 1:9