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 twenty 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, Anger Management, Police Psychology, 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). She maintains engagement with the Houston community in her current role 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 fifteen 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 twenty 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
Susan Chanderbhan-Forde, Ph.D.Psychologist II
Dr. Chanderbhan-Forde has nine 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.
Janet Clemenson, LCSWPsychological Counselor
Janet is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 34 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.
Mona M. Drucker, MA LPCPsychological Counselor
Mona has nineteen 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.
Laura Frame, Ph.D.Psychologist I
Dr. Frame has twelve 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.
Carolina Jimenez, Ph.D.Psychologist II
Dr. Jimenez has eleven 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. Knox has twelve 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.
Rune Mølbak, Ph.D.Psychologist II
Dr. Mølbak has ten 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 II
Dr. Thomandra S Sam has nine 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 nine 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.
Doctoral Psychology Interns 2014-2015
Sheetal Kini, M.A.Ph.D. Candidate, Clinical Psychology – University of Houston
Sheetal has four years of clinical experience in a variety of settings including a university counseling center, a community mental health center, inpatient and outpatient psychiatric facilities as well as private practice. She has conducted psychological assessments and individual, group, and couples therapy with a diverse client population. Her clinical areas of interest include Depression, Anxiety, personality disorders, emotional difficulties in romantic relationships and intimate partner violence.
David Ranschaert, M.A.Psy.D. Candidate, Clinical Psychology - Spalding University
David has four 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. David has experience conducting individual and group therapy and administering psychological assessments. His clinical interests multicultural factors in therapy, adjustment to college and university and working with marginalized groups on university campuses.
Marti Trummer, M.A.Ph.D. Candidate, Counseling Psychology - University of Missouri-Kansas City
Marti has four years of clinical experiences in a variety of settings including, adult and children's residential treatment programs, a children's hospital, a community outpatient clinic, and a University counseling center. Systems approaches, psychological assessment, social justice advocacy and severe mental illness are areas of interest for Marti. Her theoretical orientation combines cognitive and interpersonal approaches with a multicultural perspective.
Vincent G. Walford, MPHPh.D. Candidate, Counseling Psychology – Howard University
Vincent G. Walford has 5 years of experience in a variety of settings including private practice, Veterans Affairs hospital, forensic and a university counseling center. In addition to these clinical experiences, Vincent has actively participated in mental health-related outreach and volunteer experiences. He has conducted psychological assessments and individual and group therapy with a diverse client population. Vincent's areas of interest include multicultural issues, men's issues, sexual trauma, psychological assessment and the cognitive behavior approach to psychotherapy.
Practicum Students 2014-2015
Alexandra Marshall, J.D.M.Ed. student in Counseling – University of Houston
Alexandra has worked in a variety of settings, including a university career counseling center and two law firms, where she practiced law for a number of years. Alexandra's primary clinical interests are in using relational and behavioral techniques to work with clients with problematic anxiety, stress, and interpersonal difficulties.
Andrea L. Potthoff, M.A.Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology – University of Houston
Andrea has three years of experience conducting individual and group therapy with adults, children, couples and families. Andrea has worked in a variety of settings including a community mental health clinic, private practice, sleep and anxiety clinic, and couples therapy center. Her primary clinical interests are in working with clients with anxiety, adjustment issues, and interpersonal distress. Her research interests include marital distress prevention and intimate partner violence.
Graduate Assistant 2014-2015
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|