Counseling Services Staff
- Cindy Marczynski, Ph.D.
- Patricia M. Chatham, Ph.D.
- Marcia Cooper, LCSW
- Yani L. Dickens, Ph.D., CC-AASP
- Yue Huang, Ph.D.
- Casey Kohl, LCSW
- Nadia Locey, Ph.D.
- Diane Moyle Phenix, MSW, LCSW
- Jacquelyn Johnson, Psy.D.
- Jacque Pistorello, Ph.D.
- Joseph Walloch, Psy.D.
- Shernaaz Webster, Ph.D.
- Maria Young, MSW, CSW-Intern
- Alyson Castro - Administrative Assistant II
- Carla Franich - Coordinator, Operations and Outreach
- Rose du Plessis – Administrative Assistant II
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Cindy Marczynski came to University of Nevada, Reno Counseling Services in June 2007, from Washington State University where she worked counseling students since 1990. Originally from the Midwest, Cindy has a B.S. degree from Black Hills State College in Spearfish, SD, an M.A. from the University of South Dakota, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Washington State University.
In addition to specializations in clinical training and in psychological assessment, Cindy's professional interests include working with anxiety-related disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and other concerns of university students. Her clinical approach focuses on encouraging clients to develop insight into their own motivations and behaviors, and then to help them develop confidence in their power both to make changes and to be more comfortable with how they are.
Cindy and her husband have both a son and a daughter who successfully navigated college and are now pursuing their own careers. Meanwhile Cindy is enjoying the Reno area for its variety of outdoor activities involving snow, dirt, or water. Currently, that seems to mostly be dirt, although you would be surprised at what can grow here with some proper plant motivational therapy.
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Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Coordinator of Group Therapy
Patricia Chatham, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist. In addition to working at the Counseling Services, she is an Associate Clinical Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Nevada, Reno where she lectures to psychiatric residents.
For 30 years, she was a staff psychologist and a former director of the APA internship program at the V.A. Sierra Nevada Health Care System of Clinics, Reno, Nevada.
She published a textbook, Treatment of the Borderline Personality Disorder, and recently, a chapter in an edited book. She has lectured and done many workshops on a variety of topics.
She now works with college students on various academic and interpersonal issues and the anxiety and depression that frequently accompany them. She also has seen over 3,000 couples during her career and enjoys working with couples. She teaches skill strategies around test and public speaking anxiety, social shyness, assertiveness, anger management, managing anxiety and depression, coping with difficult feelings, and many other problem areas.
In her leisure time she looks forward to nature walks, traveling, attending music and art events, basketball games, and socializing with her friends.
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Clinical Case Manager
Suicide Prevention Coordinator
Marcia was born and raised in the Reno area and received both her graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno. She currently serves as the Clinical Case Manager and Suicide Prevention Coordinator for Counseling Services. Prior to coming to the University, Marcia spent several years working for local mental health agencies in the community. She also has a significant work history in the legal/criminal justice field, having worked for both the Federal District Court in Reno and the 2nd Judicial District Court. Her clinical areas of interest include Veteran's issues, addictions, domestic violence, and suicide prevention. Marcia uses an integrative approach to therapy while focusing on personal empowerment and positive psychology to effect growth and positive change in order to help students overcome personal barriers to success.
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Licensed Clinical Psychologist
AASP - Certified Sport Psychologist
Director of Training
Dr. Yani Dickens came to the University of Nevada, Reno Counseling Services in September 2008 after completing his postdoctoral fellowship at Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services. Yani became the Director of Training at Counseling Services in 2011, coordinating pre- and post-doctoral clinical training.
Yani completed his internship at Utah State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services, an APA-accredited professional psychology internship program. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas APA-accredited doctoral program in 2007 after completing his dissertation, a sport psychology study on inner experience and golf performance. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Yani considers himself a generalist with some areas of specialty including sport psychology consulting with competitive and collegiate athletes, eating disorders prevention and treatment, and he has interests in diversity as well as applying Cognitive and Dialectical Behavior Therapies to stress, anxiety, depression, eating, and personality disorders.
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Dr. Yue Huang is a postdoctoral fellow at Counseling Services who specializes in eating disorders. She received her Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and completed her internship at Brigham Young University Counseling and Psychological Services. Yue became interested in eating disorders during medical school and received specialized training in the Eating Disorders Program at the Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has worked with eating disorder clients and their families in different roles for about ten years and completed her thesis and dissertation studies on cultural differences in eating disorders. In addition to her interest and expertise in eating disorders, Yue has three years of clinical experience in university counseling centers and really enjoys working with college students. She also has experience in behavioral medicine and provides biofeedback, individual, and group therapy to individuals with psychophysiological disorders, medical conditions, or stress-related disorders.
Yue uses an evidence-based integrative approach to her work with clients. She invites each client to be a collaborator in exploring and understanding their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, discovering and developing internal and external resources to make desirable changes, and experimenting and adopting a more flexible and efficient approach to life. Primarily trained in cognitive behavioral approaches, Yue integrates elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, rational emotive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy through collaborative empiricism to help clients meet their individual goals. She also utilizes the biopsychosocial model, motivational interviewing techniques, multicultural counseling theories, mindfulness-based strategies, and humanistic and interpersonal approaches to create a safe and supportive therapeutic environment and provide holistic, culturally competent care.
Yue was born and raised in Beijing, China, where she studied life sciences in Peking University and received medical training from Peking Union Medical College. She likes reading and learning new things in her free time. She enjoys an integrated humanistic and scientific approach to life in which she is curious about unknowns, accepting of self and others, enthusiastic to grow, willing to experiment and fail, and excited to learn from different people and cultures.
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Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Coordinator of Crisis and Wellness
Diane completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees here at University of Nevada, Reno.
Originally from the Northern California Coast and its energized and healing environment, she applies her experience of living mindfully to her professional work. She has taught or counseled for nearly fifteen years with students at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Having a wide range of clinical experience with diverse individuals and groups in the San Francisco Bay Area and Reno Area for the last twenty years, she considers herself a generalist with some areas of specialty including: multicultural issues, mental health/academic performance, holistic health, cognitive-behavioral treatment of depression and anxiety, grief and loss, coping with transitions, spirituality/mindfulness, post-trauma issues, LGBT and community resources/referral.
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Dr. Jacquelyn Johnson received her degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of La Verne in June 2013 and completed her internship at the University of Memphis Counseling Center. Her area of research interest is on the experiences of Black women in America and more specifically their experiences of altering various aspects of themselves such as speech or dress, within various contexts. For her dissertation study Jackie developed a scale to measure this phenomenon, termed shifting.
Jacquelyn is originally from Los Angeles, CA and earned her Bachelor's degree in Biology from Grambling State University in Louisiana. She went on to complete her Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, before beginning her Psy.D. program.
Jacquelyn's clinical interests include working with diverse student populations on issues most salient to healthy identity development and expression. She works from an interpersonal style of therapy in which principal importance is placed upon the relational dynamics between the client and therapist as a primary mechanism to restore emotional regulation and effect change.
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Clinical Social Worker
Casey was born and raised in the Portland Oregon. He received his undergraduate in psychology at Eastern Oregon University and completed his MSW at Walla Walla College. He has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over 10 years and is also a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
Casey has joined Counseling Services with over 15 years of professional experience providing group and individual therapy in a number of setting. Much of his experience has come from providing counseling services in rural setting providing services to address a wide variety of issues.
Casey considers himself a generalist with experience treating a wide variety of issues and conditions. His goal is to provide each person seeking treatment with a set of tools allowing them to grow towards their potential.
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Dr. Nadia Samad Locey is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Counseling Services. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Stony Brook University and completed her internship at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Prior to that, Dr. Locey graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Spanish. Most recently, she participated in a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington under the direction of Dr. Marsha Linehan.
Dr. Locey specializes in the use of Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy in the treatment of interpersonal problems, anxiety, depression, and personality disorders. She is bilingual and provides services in both English and Spanish.
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Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Jacqueline Pistorello is a licensed clinical psychologist and research faculty at Counseling Services, where she has worked with college students for almost two decades. Dr. Pistorello specializes in mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches for the prevention and treatment of mental health problems among college students. Dr. Pistorello has received grants from the National Institutes of Health to study the application of two behavioral approaches Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) towards interventions with college students in particular. More recently, Dr. Pistorello has received two federal grants to help UNR students struggling with suicidality: one to treat students seeking services and one to help students in need to access services. She has published two books: Finding Life Beyond Trauma, a self-help book for trauma survivors utilizing ACT, and more recently, an edited book on Mindfulness and Acceptance for Counseling College Students.
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Dr. Joseph Walloch came to the University of Nevada, Reno Counseling Services in 2015, and is currently serving as one of the clinic's post-doctoral fellows in health service psychology. Dr. Walloch completed his American Psychological Association (APA) accredited clinical internship/residency at the University of Washington Counseling Center, where he had the opportunity to experience a wide array of psychiatric disorders and psychological problems, with an emphasis on treating eating disorders and disordered eating behaviors. He received his Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology) in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Francisco APA-accredited clinical doctoral program. He received his Bachelor's degree from Arizona State University.
Dr. Walloch's professional and clinical interests include treating disordered eating, anxiety, unhelpful substance use, self-injurious behaviors, and other problems with regulating one's emotions using an integrative approach which draws from various cognitive and behavioral therapies. Dr. Walloch also has a strong interest in men's issues, working with Middle Eastern international students, and working with students who self-identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, or Questioning (LGBTQQ).
Dr. Walloch's research interests thus far have primarily focused on addressing body image dissatisfaction and disordered eating in gay men and the treatment of suicidal behaviors using evidence-based cognitive-behavioral approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Originally from Chicago, IL, Dr. Walloch has lived, studied, and worked both domestically and internationally. He speaks French and can converse in both colloquial Egyptian and Lebanese Arabic. In his leisure time, he enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, hiking, and working out.
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Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Coordinator of Student Motivation and Intercultural Counseling
Shernaaz has been working full time at Counseling Services since 2002. She has broad counseling interests, including working with students from diverse backgrounds.
Shernaaz grew up in a small town in India, and first came to the U.S. as a student in 1980. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in Educational Psychology, with a specialization in Personality and Stress Management. From Berkeley she moved to Cambridge, England where she taught and counseled for six years. She came to the University of Nevada, Reno in 1994 and since then has been a lecturer at the University for courses in Psychology. Shernaaz is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in both California and Nevada. She is also a Nevada Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2000. In her free time, she loves the outdoors, travel, photography, and gourmet cooking (not necessarily in that order!).
Shernaaz has experience and interests in stress management and holistic health, neuroscience of depression, relationships and family issues, positive psychology, including motivation and personal growth, as well as expertise in diversity and intercultural issues. Shernaaz uses an integrative approach that draws on eastern and western perspectives in counseling, and believes in helping and empowering students to build on their intrinsic strengths to reach their full potential both academically and personally.
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Clinical Social Worker
Maria is an MSW and Clinical Social Work Intern. Maria has experience working with at-risk teens and families within the school district for several years and in residential treatment settings, providing case management and mental health services. Hailing primarily from rural Nevada, Maria decided to stay in Reno where she completed her Bachelor's degree in Nutrition with a minor in Psychology. She went on to complete her Master's degree in Social Work. Her Master's Integrative Project focused on the lived experiences of students without documentation status in higher education and how to promote their well-being and support academic achievement.
Maria's clinical interests include depression and anxiety, stress management, self-esteem and self-compassion, grief and loss, mindfulness, utilization of yoga in therapy, and interpersonal and family relationships.
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- Georgia Dalto
- Gwen Carlson
- Julie Kahler, MA
- Julie Skutch
- Megan Greenlaw
- Sungjin Im