The CPS staff is comprised of licensed psychologists and counselors. CPS professionals are schooled in the fields of counseling and psychology from accredited training programs and have a special interest/expertise in college student development. CPS also hosts advanced graduate students earning their Master’s and Doctoral degrees who are practicing under the supervision of licensed staff members.

If you aren’t comfortable with your counselor for any reason, please address this directly with her/him. Sometimes it’s helpful for counselors to know if there are problems in the counseling relationship so they can try to make adjustments to help you feel more comfortable. Other times, it may not feel like a good match. Regardless, bringing it up with your counselor will assure that you get the services you need, and if a reassignment is necessary your current counselor can help facilitate this.

Our staff is listed below with a summary of their areas of interests or specialized training. All of our professionals have broad-based general therapy skills and training, so even if a certain topic or problem isn’t listed they can still work with your concern.

If you see someone you think you’d like to work with in counseling, feel free to make a request. However, please be aware that scheduling difficulties may make it difficult to honor all requests, and you may be assigned to another counselor in order to provide you with the fastest and most appropriate services possible.

Counseling and Psychological Services Staff

Betsy Asserson, Ph.D.

Director, Licensed Psychologist

Undergraduate Degree: 

BA in Psychology and Spanish, Concordia College

Advanced Degree:

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, University of Pittsburg

Licensure:

Licensed Psychologist

Special Interests:

  • College Mental Health
  • Trauma and EMDR treatment
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Training and Supervision
  • Suicide Prevention

 Betsy

Brandi Fischer, LCPC

 

Senior Staff Counselor, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

 

Undergraduate Degree: 

BA in Elementary Education, University of Wyoming

Advanced Degree:

MS in Health and Human Development, Mental Health Counseling, Montana State University

Special Interests:

  • General College Mental Health Issues
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders

 

 Brandi

Brian Kassar, Psy.D.

 

Licensed Psychologist, Suicide Prevention Coordinator

 

Undergraduate Degree:

BA in Psychology & Sociology, Northwest Missouri State University

Advanced Degree:

MA in Clinical Psychology,

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Illinois School of Professional Psychology

Licensure:

Licensed Psychologist

Special Interests:

  • College Mental Health
  • Men’s Development
  • Prevention & Education
  • Male Survivors of Sexual Trauma
  • Male Eating Disorder/Body Image
  • Identity and Developmental Issues
  • Depression & Anxiety Treatment

 

 

 

 Brian

Cheryl Blank, Ph.D.

 

Assistant Director, Training

Undergraduate Degree:

BSN in Nursing (Eastern Washington University)

Advanced Degrees:

MN in Psychosocial Nursing (University of Washington); Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Washington State University)

Licensure:

Licensed Psychologist; Licensed Addiction Counselor

Special interests:

  • General mental health including:
    • Depression & anxiety
    • Grief and loss
    • Trauma
    • Women’s development
    • Dream work
    • Training and supervision
    • Relationship concerns
    • Development of self-understanding

 

 

 Cheryl

Chip Kern, MS, LCPC

 

Senior Staff Licensed Counselor

Undergraduate Degree: 

BA in English Literature, Boston University

Advanced Degree:

Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling, Montana State University

Licensure:

Licensed Counselor

Special Interests:

  • College Mental Health
  • Trauma and Veterans treatment
  • Couples Counseling
  • Training and Supervision
  • Suicide Prevention

 Chip

Erin Cravens, M.S.W.

 

CPS Counselor, Veteran’s Counselor and Liaison in the Office of Veteran Services, LCSW-C

Undergraduate Degree: 

BS in Human Health and Development, Montana State University

Advanced Degree:

Master of Social Work, Boston University

Licensure:

Licensed Clinical Social Worker- Candidate

Special Interests:

  • Trauma Recovery
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Adjustment Difficulties
  • Relationship Distress
  • Stress Management

 

 Erin

John J. Siefke, Ph.D.

 

Assessment Coordinator, Licensed Psychologist (Pennsylvania)

Undergraduate Degree:

B.A. in Psychology, UCLA

Advanced Degrees:

M.A., Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Biola University – Rosemead School of Psychology

Special Interests:

  • Psychodynamic Theory
  • Assessment
  • Sport Psychology
  • Mindfulness
  • Philosophy of Science

 John

Katie Darnell, Psy.D.

 

Supervised Staff Psychologist

Undergraduate Degree:

BS in English and Women’s Studies, minor in Psychology—University of KY

Advanced Degrees:

PsyD in Clinical Psychology, Spalding University

Special Interests:

  • College Mental Health
  • Interpersonal issues
  • Mood and anxiety concerns
  • Eating disorder assessment and treatment
  • Group work
  • Personality assessment

 Katie

Laura Thum, Ph.D.

 

 

Outreach Coordinator, LCPC, Psychological Resident

Undergraduate Degree: 

BA in Psychology, Whitman College

Advanced Degree:

M.A. in Mental Health Counseling, Antioch University New England

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Western Michigan University

Licensure:

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Special Interests:

  • College Mental Health
  • Attachment Theory
  • Wellness and Prevention
  • Outreach
  • Addiction

 

Marise Rowell, M.S., M.A.

 

Senior Staff Counselor, LCPC

Undergraduate Degree: 

B.A in Speech Communications, Tulane University

Advanced Degree:

M.A. in Communications/Organizational Development, Auburn University

M.S. in Health & Human Development/Counseling, Montana State University

Licensure:

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Special Interests:

  • ADHD
  • Shame Resiliency
  • Grief
  • Substance Abuse

 Marise

Mariah Hill, Psy.D.

 

Diversity Coordinator

Licensed Psychologist

Undergraduate Degree: 

BA in Psychology, Rollins College

Advanced Degree:

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Pacific University

Licensure:

Licensed Psychologist

Special Interests:

  • Multicultural Issues
  • Trauma
  • LGBTQIQ Identity
  • Relationship and Attachment Issues
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss

 

 Mariah

Megan Saab, Psy.D.

Research Coordinator, Staff Psychologist

Undergraduate Degree: 

B.A. in Psychology and minor in Neuroscience, Miami University

Advanced Degree:

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

  • Special Interests:
  • College Mental Health
  • Eating Concerns
  • Relationship Issues  
  • Life Transitions            
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
  • Trauma
  • Social Justice
  • Suicide Prevention

 Megan

Meredith Hood, Ed.D, LCPC

Senior Staff Counselor

Undergraduate Degree: 

BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies, Colby College

Advanced Degree:

Masters in Mental Health Counseling, Montana State University

Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision, University of Montana

Special Interests:

  • Relationship Issues
  • Identity Development
  • Depression
  • Trauma and EMDR
  • Training and Supervision

 Meredith

Paige Vermaat, MSW

 

Care Manager

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Undergraduate Degree: 

BSW, Eastern Nazarene College

Advanced Degree:

MSW, Grand Valley State University

Licensure:

(Licensed Clinical Social Worker)*

Special Interests:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self-Compassion
  • Family of Origin issues

 

 Paige

Rick Winking, LAC, LCPC           

Head of MSU Alcohol and Drug Assistance Center and INSIGHT Program

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Licensed Addiction Counselor

Undergrad Degree

BAAS in:

  • Occupational Education
  • Psychology/Sociology
  • Texas State University

Advanced degree:

M.ED Mental Health Counseling

Licensure:

LAC, LCPC

Special Interests:

  • Zero Medication Counseling
  • Relationships
  • Non - pathologizing

 

 

 

 

Ryan Niehus, Psy.D.

 

Assistant Director, Coordinator of Clinical Services, Licensed Psychologist

Undergraduate Degree: 

BA in Psychology, University of California Riverside

Advanced Degree:

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Pacific University

Licensure:

Licensed Psychologist

Special Interests:

  • College Mental Health
  • Sport Psychology
  • Interpersonal Group Therapy
  • Trauma related concerns
  • Training and Supervision
  • College Counseling Center Research

 

 Ryan

Samantha (Sam) White, Psy.D.

 

Master’s Training Coordinator, Licensed Psychologist

Undergraduate Degree: 

BA in Psychology, Wesleyan University

Advanced Degree:

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Licensure:

Licensed Psychologist

Special Interests:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • Group Therapy
  • Mindfulness in Psychotherapy
  • Training and Supervision

 

 Sam

Sandy Newton, M.A

Psychological Resident

Undergraduate Degree: 

BA in Political Science, University of Oregon

Advanced Degree:

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, University of Minnesota (conferral 10/17)

M.A. in Counseling Psychology, University of Minnesota

Licensure:

In progress

Special Interests:

  • Trauma
  • Emotional development and resiliency
  • Identity and marginalization
  • Decolonizing/indigenizing mental health practice

 

 Sandy

Alexa Ralicki, Psy.M.

Pre-Doctoral Intern

Undergraduate Degree:

BS in Psychology, Florida State University

Advanced Degree:

Psy.M. in Clinical Psychology, Wright State University School of Professional Psychology

Special Interests:

  • Disability Affirmative Therapy
  • Women and Gender Issues
  • LGBTQIAP2S
  • Survivors of Sexual Assault
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Group Therapy
  • Identity Development
  • Trauma

 

 Alexa

Ann Douglas, M.A., M.A.

Pre-Doctoral Intern

Undergraduate Degree: 

BA in Psychology with a minor in Human and Family Development, University of Montana

Advanced Degree:

M.A. in Counselor Education, University of Montana

M.A. in Clinical Psychology, University of Montana

Special Interests:

  • College Mental Health
  • Trauma
  • Working with minorities

 Ann

David Fatemi, M.A.

Pre-Doctoral Intern

Undergraduate Degree: 

B.A. in Psychology, Sonoma State University

Advanced Degree:

M.A. in Linguistics, San Jose State University

Special Interests:

  • Substance Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Eating Disorders
  • Multiculturalism/diversity

 David

Kylie Coleman, M.A.

Pre-Doctoral Intern

Undergraduate Degree: 

BA in Psychology and English with Honors, Indiana University

Advanced Degree:

M.A. in Clinical Psychology, George Fox University

Psy.D. in progress, anticipated August 2018

Licensure:

Not licensed

Special Interests: 

  • Attachment, Relationships, and Family of Origin    Issues 
  • Psychodynamic and Emotion-Focused Therapies
  • Trauma 
  • Spirituality 

 

 Kylie

Blair Anne Hensen, B.A.

Pre-Master's Intern

Undergraduate Degree: 

BA in Global Development Studies, Seattle Pacific University 

Advanced Degree:

Currently pursuing a Master's in Counseling at Montana State University

Licensure:

N/A

Special Interests:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Family Conflict
  • Group Therapy
  • Couples 
  • Adventure Counseling 
  • Spirituality
  • Life Transitions
  • Coping Skills/Stress Management

 

 

 Blair

Jill Mord, B.S. 

Pre-Master's Intern

Undergraduate Degree: 

B.S. in Psychology, Montana State University 

Advanced Degree:

Currently pursuing a Master's in Counseling in Marriage and Family Counseling at Montana State University

Licensure:

N/A

Special Interests:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Sexual assault survivors
  • LGBTQ
  • Couples counseling

 Jill

Molly Damm, MFA

Pre-masters Intern

Undergraduate Degree: 

BA in Environmental Studies, The University of Montana

Advanced Degree:

MFA in Creative Writing, The University of Virginia


Currently pursuing a Master's in Counseling at Montana State University

Special Interests:

  • Eating disorders/issues
  • Trauma
  • Mindfulness & yoga/movement-based therapy

 Molly

Audrey Chorak, BS

Medical Records Administrator

Audrey Chorak serves as Medical Records Administrator and joined CPS in July of 2017.

 Audrey

Katy Owens, BA

Administrative Associate IV

Katy Owens serves as Administrative Associate IV and joined CPS in August of 2017.

 Katy


In addition to broad-based generalist psychotherapy skills, the staff members have training and expertise in the following areas:

 

  • Stress Management
  • Medical Psychology
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Incest/Sexual Abuse
  • Sport Psychology
  • Eating Disorders
  • Biofeedback
  • Crisis/Emergency assistance
  • Relationship Enhancement
  • Marital/Couple's therapy

  • Adult Children of Alcoholics
  • Divorce adjustment
  • Grief and Loss
  • Sexual Dysfunction therapy
  • Male Survivors of Abuse
  • Substance Use
  • Anxiety Management
  • Victims of Violence or Sexual Assault
  • Psychiatric Assessment