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: 

B.A. in Psychology and Spanish, Concordia College

Advanced Degree:

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, University of Pittsburgh

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: 

B.A. 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.

 

Suicide Prevention Coordinator Licensed Psychologist

 

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
Licensed Psychologist

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

Erin Cravens, M.S.W.

 

Senior Staff Counselor, Veteran’s Counselor and Liaison in the Office of Veteran Services
LCSW-Candidate

Undergraduate Degree: 

B.S. 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 (Montana and 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.

 

Groups Coordinator
Licensed Psychologist

Undergraduate Degree:

B.S. 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
Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Undergraduate Degree: 

B.A. 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

 Laura Thum

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

 

Senior Staff Counselor
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

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: 

B.A. 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
Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

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

Mel Frost, MS, MA

Senior Staff Counselor
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Advanced Degree:
Master of Science in Health and Human Development, Mental Health Counseling, Montana State University

M.A. in Political Science, Boston College

Undergraduate Degree: 
B.A. in Philosophy, University of Maine

Special Interests:

  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • LGBTQIQ Identity
  • Attachment
  • Relationships and Interpersonal Awareness
  • Identity Development
  • Family of Origin
  • Existential Concerns
  • Mindfulness
  • Somatic Experiencing

Mel

Meredith Hood, Ed.D

Senior Staff Counselor
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Undergraduate Degree: 

B.A. 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

Pascal Beauvais, PCLC

Senior Staff Counselor
Professional Counselor Licensure Candidate

Undergraduate Degree: 
B.A. in Human Development, Prescott College, AZ

Advanced Degree:
Master of Science in Health and Human Development, Mental Health Counseling, Montana State University

Special Interests:

  • College Mental Health
  • Trauma and Somatic Experiencing
  • Men's Issues
  • Mindfulness in Psychotherapy
  • Student Athletes
  • Counseling in French Language
 Pascal

Rick Winking, LAC, LCPC           

Director of INSIGHT, Alcohol and Drug Assistance Center
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Addiction Counselor

Undergraduate 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

 Rick Winking

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: 

B.A. 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, Ph.D.

Psychological Resident
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Undergraduate Degree: 

B.A. in Political Science, University of Oregon

Advanced Degree:

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, University of Minnesota 

M.A. in Counseling Psychology, University of Minnesota

Licensure:

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Special Interests:

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

 

 Sandy

Ann Douglas, Ph.D.

Psychological Resident

Undergraduate Degree: 

B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Human and Family Development, University of Montana

Advanced Degree:

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

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

Bradley Johnson, MA  Doctoral Intern Undergraduate Degree: 

B.A. in Psychology and Theology, Multnomah University

Advanced Degree:
MA in Clinical Psychology, George Fox University

Special Interests:

  • College mental health
  • Trauma
  • Interpersonal and attachment Issues
  • Family of Origin Concerns
  • Spiritual / Existential Questions
  • Relational Psychoanalysis
  • Poetry
 Bradley
Christopher Spromberg, MA  Doctoral Intern Undergraduate Degree: 

B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology, Portland State University

Advanced Degree:
M.A. in Clinical Psychology, George Fox University

Special Interests:

  • College Mental Health
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Relationship and Attachment Issues
  • Life transitions
  • Faith concerns
  • Family of Origin issues
  • Men’s Development
 Christopher
Danny Elenz, MA Doctoral Intern Undergraduate Degree: 

B.A. in Psychology, St. John’s University, Minnesota

Advanced Degree:
M.A. in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology, University of Minnesota

Special Interests:

  • Interpersonal Process
  • Multicultural Dynamics 
  • Identity Development
  • Men and Masculinity
  • Trauma
 Danny
Luciano Lima, BA Doctoral Intern Undergraduate Degree: 

B.A. in Politics and Philosophy at University of Pittsburgh

Advanced Degree:
M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Illinois School of Professional Psychology

Master of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh

Special Interests:

  • Client-Centered and humanistic therapies
  • Existential concerns
  • Working with young adults
  • Creative and artistic individuals
  • Trauma
 Luciano
Autumn Clowes, BS  Master's Intern Undergraduate Degree: 

B.S. in Psychology, Montana State University

Special Interests:

  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Interpersonal Issues
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma 
  • Social Justice
  • College Mental Health
 Autumn
Isabel Uhrich  Master's Intern

Undergraduate Degree: 

B.S. in Psychology, Minnesota State University, Moorehead

Special Interests:

  • Gender and Identity
  • Spiritual Identity 
  • Anxiety
  • Transitions 

 

 Isabel
Lauren Jarosz, MA  Master's Intern Undergraduate Degree: 

B.A. Environmental Studies, Montana State University

Advanced Degree:
M.A. Education, Special Education, Grand Canyon University

Special Interests:

  • College Mental Health
  • Student Athlete Mental Health
  • Interpersonal Issues
  • Existential Questions
  • Couples Counseling
  • Lifestyle and Wellness
 Lauren
Warren Vaughan  Master's Intern Undergraduate Degree: 

B.A. in Anthropology, James Madison University

Advanced Degree:

M.P. in Community and Regional Planning, University of Wyoming 

M.A. in Human and Organization Development, Fielding Graduate University

Special Interests:

  • College mental health
  • Trauma Recovery
  • Interpersonal and attachment Issues
  • Family of Origin Concerns
  • Spiritual / Existential Questions
  • Eating Disorder Treatment
 Warren

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
  • Pyschological Assessment