Faculty and Staff -- 2020-2021
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Julien Almonte, Ph.D.
Social Media Coordinator
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative while focusing on narrative, existential, psychodynamic, and interpersonal approaches. Work within a multicultural and feminist framework while considering the impact of systemic oppression, racism, and injustice.
Special Areas of Interest: Working with women of color, social justice and diversity issues, Latinx concerns, first-generation students, eating and body image concerns with a focus on body liberation, trauma informed care, existential concerns and grief.
Fun Fact: Julien has three cats that she adores, Ginny, Dobby, and Cedric!
Favorite Quote: "Your silence furnishes a dark house. But even at the risk of burning, the moth always seeks the light." - Elizabeth Acevedo, The Poet X
Judy Bijoux-Leist, Psy.D., LMFT
Group Coordinator & Social Justice Coordinator
Theoretical Orientation: Integration of psychodynamic, family systems, bio-social and multi-cultural approaches
Special Areas of Interest: Relationship issues: families and couples. Identity development (gender, race, religion, abilities). cultural/bi-cultural, immigrant issues*, biracial / multiracial issues*. Social justice. Retired physician with strong interest helping individuals with physical health related stressors** (sickle cell disease, cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis, cancer…) Mood Disorder, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder*, Grief and Loss, Complex traumas*
Fun Fact: Judy loves to dance!
Liz Carper, MS. Ed., LPC
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative approach with a strong focus on interpersonal, cognitive behavioral, and DBT techniques
Special Areas of Interest: Trauma, personality issues, family of origin/relationship concerns, sexual assault, grief and loss, and life transitions and adjustment
Favorite Quote: “A failure is not always a mistake; it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.” -B.F. Skinner
Caitlin Cassidy, Psy.D.
Webpage and Digital Technology Coordinator
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative with a strong focus on third-wave behavioral interventions that seek to balance the need for both acceptance and change (e.g., DBT, Mindfulness, self-compassion, and cognitive-behavioral interventions).
Special Areas of Interest: Emotion dysregulation, self-harm and suicidality, anxiety, shame and guilt, and personality disorders.
Fun Fact: Caitlin loves all things food, including trying out new recipes (especially sweet treats) and different restaurants in the area.
Favorite Quote: “Keep going. That’s all you have to do, ever. You really don’t have to be amazing, or fierce, or beautiful, or successful, or good. Just keep going, please. Slowly is fine. Crawling is fine. No feeling is final. Except hope.” –Glennon Doyle
Arthur Dalton, Psy.D
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative, drawing primarily from existential-humanistic, relational and third-wave behavioral approaches
Special Areas of Interest: Anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties, relationship issues, grief and identity exploration.
Favorite Quote: “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” – Søren Kierkegaard
Rachel Daltry, Psy.D.
ISP Coordinator & Data and Assessment Coordinator
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative, drawing primarily from ACT/third-wave behavioral approaches and interpersonal theories. Strong focus on self-compassion, mindfulness, and acceptance.
Special Areas of Interest: Anxiety; perfectionism and self-criticism; guilt and shame; interpersonal difficulties; grief and loss; identity development; sports psychology.
Fun Fact: Rachel is the proud mom to Muddy Puddles.
Favorite Quote: “Being human is not hard because you’re doing it wrong, it’s hard because you’re doing it right.” – Glennon Doyle
Bree Gould, Psy.D.
Theoretical Orientation: Relationally oriented; incorporating psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, emotion focused and interpersonal techniques in the therapy process.
Special Areas of Interest: Adjustment concerns, identity concerns and development, relationship concerns, emerging mental illness
Favorite Quote: "The only way out is through." - Robert Frost
Yuhong He, Ph.D.
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative approach grounded in psychodynamic and relational/interpersonal theories, with heavy influence from cross-cultural and multicultural psychology.
Special Areas of Interest: Cross-national/cultural adjustment, transition, identity exploration, interpersonal and family of origin issues, anxiety, international/exchange students, Asian Americans, vocational/career development, training/supervision, outreach.
Favorite Quote: "I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” —Maya Angelou
Tammy Ahn Hock, MS, LPC, CAADC
Alcohol & Other Drug Counselor
Theoretical Orientation/Special Areas of Interest I utilize cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness and motivational-based strategies to assist my clients with addressing anxiety and panic, depression, trauma, anger, substance abuse, body image and relationship issues.
Fun Fact: Tammy is an avid runner and has finished 5 marathons, including the New York City Marathon, Philadelphia Marathon and Baltimore Marathon. She also enjoys weight and strength training, hiking, cycling and yoga.
Favorite Quote: “If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you.” – Anonymous
Meg Hoffer-Collins, Psy.D.
Theoretical Orientation: Interpersonal process incorporating dialectical-behavioral, cognitive behavioral, and self-compassion techniques.
Special Areas of Interest: Clinical interests include anxiety, depression, family and relationship distress, and working with diverse student populations (including LGBTQ+ individuals, students of color, students with disabilities, and international students.) Research interests involve social support networks of LGBTQ+ college students and the co-occurrence of LGBTQ+ identity and autism.
Fun Fact: They enjoy playing board games and tabletop roleplaying games, reading, and hanging out with dogs.
Favorite Quote: “Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge. They are chaotic, sometimes painful, sometimes contradictory, but they come from deep within us. And we must key into those feelings and begin to extrapolate from them, examine them for new ways of understanding our experiences. This is how new visions begin, how we begin to posit a new future nourished by the past.” - Audre Lord, 1982 interview
Maria Marcelin, LCSW, M.Ed.
Theoretical approach: Client-centered, biopsychosocial model from which Narrative, CBT, EMDR, and Gestalt elements integrate to promote a culturally competent, collaborative, strengths-based and emotions-focused approach.
Special areas of interest: Traumas (interpersonal abuse/neglect, transgenerational, systemic/historical), the mind-body connection, issues related to identity development, adjustment, moral injury, sexuality/LGBTQ+ and gender, and fish-out-of-water experiences. Multicultural issues (immigration/Third Culture Kids, foster histories, mixed socioeconomic class experiences) and issues of emotional and systemic justice.
Fun Fact: Instead of Santa Claus, Maria gives her child a gift and greeting card from an important historical or cultural figure for the winter holidays.
Favorite Quote: “Only by learning to live in harmony with your contradictions can you keep it all afloat.” Audre Lorde
Kristin Mehr, Ph.D.
Training Coordinator & Tenure and Promotion Coordinator
Theoretical Orientation: Integration of primarily interpersonal, psychodynamic, and ACT theories with appreciation of multicultural identities and societal influences. Strong focus on self-compassion, acceptance of emotions, and mindfulness techniques.
Special Areas of Interest: Relational issues; family concerns; perfectionism and self-criticism; guilt and shame; grief and loss; sexual assault; body image and disordered eating concerns; identity exploration
Favorite Quote: "You're imperfect, and you're wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging." - Breneé Brown
Lori Mina, LPC
Theoretical Orientation: Integration of cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, DBT and mindfulness-based approaches.
Fun Fact: Lori enjoyed skydiving while enjoying the views of the Pacific Ocean!
Favorite Quote: : "Be not afraid of greatness; some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them." - William Shakespear
Kameelah Mu'Min, Psy.D.
Special Areas of Interests: Anxiety, depression, self-esteem and identity exploration
Professional Interests: Spirituality in psychotherapy, mental health stigma in faith and minority communities, first generation college students and emerging adults of color; diversity, religious identity and multicultural issues in counseling, healing justice and faith based activism, racial trauma and healing, psychological impact of anti-Muslim bigotry and anti-Blackness.
Theoretical Orientation: Psychodynamic and family systems; narrative and relational cultural theory
Favorite Quote: "There are so may silences to be broken...what are the words you do not yet have? What do you need to say? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own until you sicken and die of them, still in silence?" - Audre Lorde
Stephanie Sibley, Psy.D.
Theoretical Orientation: Interpersonal and psychodynamic approaches. Also integrates elements of cognitive-behavior therapy, mindfulness and family systems
Special Areas of Interest: Trauma, family of origin concerns, interpersonal concerns, multicultural/diversity issues, spirituality, anxiety, depression and shame/self-compassion.
Favorite Quote: “Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty.” - Brené Brown
Janelle Silbert, M.A.
Clinical Case and Referral Specialist
Areas of Interest: the therapeutic relationship; identity development, salience, and intersectionality; eating disorders and the relational self; shame and self-compassion.
Fun Facts: In Janelle’s free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her amazing catastrophically precocious daughter, and planning how she will s
Favorite Quote: Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness. ― Brené Brown
Ken Volk, Psy.D.
Theoretical Orientation: Interpersonal process therapy and time-limited dynamic psychotherapy, with influences from ACT and CBT within a multicultural framework
Special Areas of Interest: Working with clients who have experienced difficulty with or are currently navigating interpersonal trauma, family of origin concerns, self-compassion, multicultural issues, bicultural and Latinx identities, grief and loss, and OCD.
Fun Fact: Ken enjoys time with friends and family, playing or watching sports (especially soccer), board games, and cooking or trying new foods
Psychiatrists and Therapy Dog
Dr. Richard Cruz
Dr. Cruz has practiced adult & adolescent and child psychiatry in Wilmington Delaware since 1984. His training was at Jefferson University of Pennsylvania, and Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. His interests include psychoanalysis, community psychiatry, & residency training. He enjoys hiking, swimming, and kayaking.
Dr. Iradj Maany
Dr. Maany is a former professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. He is board certified in psychiatry and addiction and board eligible in pain management. He has over fifty publications in peer reviewed journals in the USA and internationally recognized journals. He has also published eight books on depression and sleep disorders and addiction in Farsi language.
Muddy “Mudd” Puddles
Embedded Therapy Dog
Special Area of Interest: Spending time with students, faculty, and staff; making people happy; belly rubs; dog treats
Fun Facts: Muddy loves to sleep, eat, and play with his doggy friends. He is dislikes baths/water and doesn't like to play fetch.
Favorite Quote: “No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.” – Christopher Marley
Front Desk Staff
Clerk Typist II
Fun Facts: Kelly loves spending time with family, cooking classes, playing card games, corn hole, the beach, Nashville, reading, and chocolate. She adores her 2 German shorthair pointers (Nylah and Murphy) and her grand fur baby Tucker. She also loves Muddy like one of her own and spoils him at work with Rachel Rays Meatballs.