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Counseling Services Staff


Administrative Staff

  • Alyson Castro - Administrative Assistant II
  • Carla Franich - Coordinator, Operations and Outreach
  • Rose du Plessis – Administrative Assistant II

Cindy Marczynski


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.

Contact Dr. Cindy Marczynski


Patricia Chatham


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.

Contact Dr. Patricia Chatham


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.

Contact Marcia Cooper, LCSW

Yani Dickens


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.

Contact Dr. Yani Dickens

Diane Moyle Phenix


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.

Contact Diane Phenix, MSW, LCSW

Jackie Johnson, Psy.D.


Licensed Psychologist

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.

Contact Jaquelyn Johnson, Psy.D.

Jacque Pistorello, Ph.D.


Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Jacqueline Pistorello is a licensed clinical psychologist and research faculty at Counseling Services, where she has worked with college students for 15 years. 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 become involved in bringing to the University of Nevada, Reno, the Student Support Network (SSN), a peer mentoring training program to teach students how to reach out to other distressed students. 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.

Contact Dr. Jacqueline Pistorello

Shernaaz Webster


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.

Contact Dr. Shernaaz Webster


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