Staff

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

Administrative Staff

Norma Ngo, Psy.D.

Director

Dr. Ngo is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. She has 22 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 President-Elect of TUCCDA. Her term as President commences April 2017. 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 seventeen 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 twenty-two 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

Janet Clemenson, LCSW

Psychological Counselor

Janet is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 36 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.


Laura Frame, Ph.D.

Psychologist I

Dr. Frame has fourteen years of experience in a variety of settings including a university clinic, an inpatient psychiatric hospital, a Veterans Affairs Medical Center, an adolescent residential treatment center, an after school program for at-risk youth, and a hospital-based marriage and relationship education program. Her areas of interest include: couple therapy and relationship education, depression and anxiety disorders, cognitive behavioral and group psychotherapies, and clinical supervision and training.


Joshua Knox, Ph.D.

Psychologist II

Dr. Knox has fourteen 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.


Elizabeth Marcum, MS, LPC

Psychological Counselor

Elizabeth is a Licensed Professional Counselor in good standing in Texas and in Oklahoma. Elizabeth has several years of clinical experience conducting individual and group therapy with adults, adolescents, couples and families. She has worked and volunteered in a variety of settings, including a university counseling center, psychiatric hospitals, community based programs and in community mental health settings. She has provided treatment, conducted assessments, intakes, and on-going service plan reviews with a diverse client population. Elizabeth worked for two years as a therapist on the PACT multidisciplinary team with clients struggling with chronic severe mental illness and co-morbid issues involving substance abuse and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), among others. Elizabeth has worked with a diverse population and assisted clients with self-esteem, anger management, eating disorders, substance abuse issues, social skills training, anxiety, depression and crisis intervention, among others. She believes in a holistic approach to therapy utilizing an eclectic counseling technique and individualizing it for each client. Her preferred approaches in counseling include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with elements of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Solution Focused and Narrative Therapy.


Leah A. McCoy, MA, LPC, NCC

Psychological Counselor

Leah has twelve years of experience in a variety of settings including non-profit Christian counseling organization, crisis center, outpatient multidisciplinary Samaritan center and now, 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.


Rune Mølbak, Ph.D.

Psychologist II
Referral Coordinator

Dr. Mølbak has twelve years of experience providing psychotherapy for adolescents and adults in community mental health settings, university counseling centers, and private practice. Dr. Mølbak’s areas of interest and expertise include: emotionally-focused couples therapy, psychodynamic, existential, and humanistic approaches to therapy, theoretical and philosophical psychology, 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 I

Dr. Ranschaert has seven 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.


Kimberly Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Psychologist I

Dr. Kimberly M. Rodriguez has five years of experience working in a variety of settings, including university counseling centers, community mental health clinics, and at high schools within a school district. Her areas of interest include: the academic persistence and resiliency of First Generation College Students, bicultural identity development, multicultural/diversity issues, interpersonal dynamics, outreach, and clinical supervision and training. Dr. Rodriguez utilizes a therapeutic approach that is primarily person-centered and integrates relational-cultural theory with emotion-focused theory. She aims to create a safe and empowering space for clients to engage in self-exploration using compassion, curiosity, and acceptance.


Hsin-Tine “Tina” Liu-Tom, Ph.D.

Psychologist I

Dr. Tina Liu-Tom has nineteen years of experience in a variety of settings, including counseling centers, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, outpatient community mental health, child and family services, the Department of Education (State of Hawaii), private practice, and teaching at the university level. Her areas of interest include, but are not limited to, racial and ethnic identity development, multicultural/diversity issues in therapy, supervision, and training, couples therapy (with specialized training in Gottman Couples Therapy, Level 1 and Cognitive Behavioral Conjoint Therapy (CBCT) for PTSD), posttraumatic growth, dream work, sandplay therapy, group therapy, and the impact of migration on students’ coping and adjustment. Dr. Liu-Tom takes an integrative approach in her therapeutic work, drawing primarily from the humanistic, psychodynamic, and cognitive-behavioral perspectives. She provides psychotherapy in English and in Mandarin Chinese. Dr. Liu-Tom also serves as a member of the Diversity Committee of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).


Doctoral Psychology Interns 2016-2017

Katarina Ament, M.S.

Psy.D. Candidate, Clinical Psychology - Loyola University Maryland

Katarina has three years of clinical experience in a variety of settings, including a university counseling center, community mental health clinic, hospital, and private practice. Her experience includes conducting individual and group therapy with adults, children, couples, and families. She has also conducted comprehensive psychological assessments, comprising cognitive, behavioral, personality, and forensic evaluations. Her clinical interests include emerging adulthood, identity concerns, trauma, and relational issues. She utilizes an integrative approach, pulling from interpersonal process, person-centered, and cognitive-behavioral treatment modalities. In addition to her clinical experience, Katarina has five years of research experience and is currently examining the effect of the parental relationship on children’s social skills.

Leah DiNardo, M.S.

Psy.D. Candidate, Clinical Psychology – Nova Southeastern University

Leah has four years of clinical experience in a variety of settings including outpatient community mental health centers, inpatient treatment centers and student college counseling centers. Her experience specifically includes providing individual, couples and group psychotherapy across the lifespan. She has experience in conducting comprehensive psychoeducational assessments as well. Lastly, she has experience in providing peer supervision and consultation. Leah utilizes an integrative approach to treatment with an emphasis on cognitive behavioral techniques, interpersonal processes, and mindfulness. Leah enjoys working with a wide array of student issues including anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, disordered eating, body image concerns, trauma, and multicultural issues.

Morgan McCain, M.A.

Ph.D. Candidate, Counseling Psychology - University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Morgan has had the pleasure of working with college students for six years with the majority of her training taking place at a university counseling center. She has experience providing individual and group counseling as well as administering psychological assessments. Morgan's approach to therapy is collaborative and informed by a person-centered, strengths-based, multicultural, and social justice lens. Although she considers herself to be a generalist, she has a passion for working with individuals with marginalized identities and first-generation college students struggling with adjusting to a college environment. Morgan also has a special interest in providing outreach programs to diverse audiences.

Andrew Webster, M.S.

Psy.D. Candidate, Clinical Psychology – Fuller Theological Seminary

Andrew has four years of clinical experience conducting individual and group therapy with adults, children, couples and families, while also conducting neuropsychological evaluations for an older adult population. Andrew has worked in a variety of settings including a university counseling center, community mental health clinic, and a private practice. His primary clinical interests include interpersonal and relationship issues, identity concerns, body image issues, eating disorders, and mood disorders. Andrew utilizes an eclectic approach to therapy, though he primarily works from an interpersonal orientation.


Practicum Students 2016-2017

Amber Denson

Master’s Student, Counseling – University of Houston

Amber holds a bachelor`s in psychology and is currently pursuing her master`s in counseling. She has gained work experience within a behavioral health and substance abuse treatment center that provides inpatient, outpatient, residential, and partial hospitalization care. She utilizes an integrative approach with an emphasis on Client-Centered Therapy. Her clinical interests include, but are not limited to, working with women, multicultural and diversity issues, life transitions and adjustment, relationship difficulties, group therapy, anxiety, and depression.

Elizabeth Gill

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

Beth has experience providing individual and group counseling. She has provided individual crisis counseling in a hospital setting. In addition, she has worked with children and their families leading problem solving interventions. Beth also has experience administering cognitive assessments with children and adults. She has worked in a variety of settings including medical schools, pediatric clinics, hospitals, and university psychology research labs. Her current research interests include gender roles and intimate partner violence prevention.

Sandra Yan

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

Sandra has experience with individual and group counseling as well as providing assessment services to children and university students. In addition, she has 6 years of experience working at the Veteran’s Affairs hospital and 2 years at the Hwemudua Addictions and Health Disparities Laboratory. She works from a Humanistic theoretical framework combined with Gestalt, Interpersonal Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques. Her current research interests include substance abuse and addictions research.


Support Staff

Ma. Nadine Dimaliwat, B.S. Administrative Assistant
Tonya Winters Office Supervisor
Alicia Grass, A.A. Office Assistant II