TWU CAPS is staffed by professionals from diverse cultures and backgrounds. All staff members adhere to the ethical principles of the American Psychological Association and the rules and regulations of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.
Dr. Denise Lucero-Miller is the center's Director. Dr. Lucero-Miller began at the center in 1996 and has served in a variety of roles. Prior to assuming the Director role, she served as the Assistant Director and Director of Training for 11 years. Dr. Lucero-Miller received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. She completed her doctoral internship training at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio. Dr. Lucero-Miller's professional interests include women's issues, trauma recovery, multiculturalism, and supervision/training.
Dr. Carmen Cruz is Associate Director and Director of Training. Dr. Cruz has been part of the TWU CAPS team serving in different capacities since 1997. Dr. Cruz completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Criminal Justice at Florida International University in Miami, Florida and received her doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She completed her doctoral internship training with Texas Woman's University's Counseling and Psychological Services department. Dr. Cruz's professional interests include training/supervision, the psychology of gender, sexual orientation identity issues, multicultural psychology, cultural/spiritual development, existential theory and the impact of the stigma of psychotherapy.
Dr. Martha Bergen is a Licensed Psychologist and the Coordinator of Practicum Training. Dr. Bergen received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman's University. She completed her doctoral internship at Miami University's Student Counseling Service in Oxford, Ohio and she completed a post-doctoral residency at the Counseling Center at Sam Houston State University. Dr. Bergen's professional interests include gender issues, diversity and multiculturalism, outreach and advocacy, and supervision and training.
Dr. Rakhi Sen is a Licensed Psychologist at the TWU CAPS. Dr. Sen received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She completed her doctoral internship at Arizona State University's Counseling & Consultation in Tempe, Arizona. Dr. Sen has over 15 years of experience working in college counseling centers. Her professional interests include diversity issues, identity development, gender issues, trauma concerns, interpersonal psychotherapy, use of stories and metaphor in therapy, spirituality issues, role and nature of counseling in non-western cultures, supervision and training.
Dr. Cheronda Steele is a Licensed Psychologist and also serves as the Outreach Coordinator for TWU CAPS. Dr. Steele began her career with the center in June 2016. She received both her M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Steele completed her doctoral internship training at the Texas Woman's University Counseling Center. Her professional interests include grief and loss, mindfulness-based approaches to therapy, prevention and outreach, stress management, multiculturalism, and existential-integrative theory.
Dr. Enny Torres Yanez is a Licensed Psychologist and Group Therapy Coordinator. Dr. Torres Yanez received her M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University-Tampa. She completed her pre-doctoral internship training at Citrus Health Network in Miami, Florida and completed her post-doctoral hours at Denton County Friends of the Family. Dr. Torres Yanez's interests include working with trauma concerns, first generation college students, bilingual individuals, diversity/multicultural issues, interpersonal psychotherapy, and supervision.
Angela Adams, M.S. is one of the center’s three doctoral interns. Angela earned her B.S. in Psychology from Columbus State University. She completed her M.S. in Psychology at Georgia Southern University and is currently pursuing her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Georgia Southern University. Angela’s professional interests include: diversity and intersectionality of cultural identities, gender and sexual minorities, identity development, emerging adulthood, self-compassion, and mindfulness.
Alexis DaFonseca, M.A. is one of the center’s three doctoral interns. Alexis earned her B.S. in Psychology from Baldwin Wallace University. She completed a Master of Arts degree and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Akron. Alexis's professional interests include interpersonal dynamics, group, trauma and recovery, intersectionality and identity development, multicultural and women’s issues, outreach, consultation, and advocacy.
Brooke Rappaport, M.S. is one of the center's three doctoral interns. Brooke obtained her B.S. in Psychology from Tulane University. She completed her M.S. in Psychology at Tulane University. Brooke is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Georgia. Brooke's professional interests include emerging adulthood, identity development, intersectionality of cultural identities, intersectional/multicultural feminism, and ally development.
Practicum Student Therapists: Kalila Beehler, James Kuciemba, Michael Wilson, and Meghan Wood
Dr. Linda Louden is the Assistant Director for both Dallas and Houston CAPS departments, as well as a full-time Licensed Psychologist at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center campus. Dr. Louden has been with the center since 2004. After serving as the Cultural Diversity Liaison, she transitioned to the Dallas CAPS office. Dr. Louden received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas, and her doctoral internship training took place at the TWU Counseling Center. Dr. Louden's professional interests include university student development, women's issues, trauma recovery, spirituality, multiculturalism, and supervision and training of future psychologists.
Dr. Rebecca B. Lapidus is a half-time Licensed Psychologist at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center campus. Dr. Lapidus received her Ph.D. in Clinical and Community Psychology from Georgia State University. She completed her doctoral internship training at The Ohio State University Counseling and Consultation Center and her post-doctoral residency at the Georgia Institute of Technology Counseling Center. Dr. Lapidus' professional interests include emotion focused therapy for couples, resiliency, empowerment, curiosity, continuous growth mindset, finding meaning, and attachment/sense of belonging.
Dr. Julie Whitney is a full-time Licensed Psychologist at the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston campus. Dr. Whitney received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston and her doctoral internship training was completed at the University of Houston Counseling Center. Dr. Whitney's professional interests include diversity/multiculturalism, health promotion, medical psychology, life transitions, university student development, trauma recovery and women's issues across the lifespan.
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