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Our Staff 2014-15
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
Dr. Betsy Asserson
Assistant Director of Training
Betsy is a generalist who works with a variety of concerns, including depression, relationship issues, sexual assault, trauma, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, eating disorders, crisis intervention, and EMDR. Betsy enjoys group work and leading the Coping Skills Group at CPS.
Laura Bailey, M.S.
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Areas of interest: depression, anxiety, women’s development, relationship concerns, and LGBTQ issues. Laura works with students to help identify personal strengths and utilize them to create balance, meaningful relationships, and a better understanding of themselves.
Dr. Cheryl Blank
Director of Training
Areas of interest include helping students with depression & anxiety, grief and loss, stress management & biofeedback, trauma, women’s development, and dreamwork. Cheryl helps students focus on emotions and relationships to help them gain a deeper awareness of their relationships and experience of themselves.
Dr. Pat Donahoe
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Pat is a generalist who works with a variety of issues including depression, relationship issues, grief and loss, performance anxiety and sexual trauma. His areas of special interest include eating disorders, sex therapy and sport psychology. He has consulted about crisis management, trauma debriefing and workplace dynamics as well as leading the eating disorders and sexual trauma groups.
Brandi Fischer, M.S.
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Brandi enjoys working with a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and identity struggles. She helps students focus on their emotions, beliefs, and relationship patterns in order to gain insight and awareness. Brandi enjoys outdoor activities with her husband and their rambunctious Lab/Retriever.
Dr. Mariah Hill
Mariah joined CPS in 2007. Her specific areas of interest include working with students on issues related to trauma, identity development, gender, adjustment, relationships, depression, anxiety, and culture/diversity. In addition to working with individual students, Mariah also enjoys doing couples work and co-facilitating various groups which have included Grief Group and Talk Circle for Native American students. In her spare time, Mariah enjoys hiking, biking, and skiing in the great Montana outdoors as well as traveling internationally.
Dr. Brian Kassar
Outreach Coordinator &
Men’s Services Coordinator
Areas of interest: Depression, anxiety, family issues, substance use, performance/motivation enhancement, college adjustment, academic difficulties, sexual/relationship concerns, and identity, gender, and life skills issues. Brian works collaboratively with students in setting counseling goals and increasing insight into relationships, behavior patterns and strategies for success. He facilitates the Men’s Group and specialty areas include men’s psychology, counseling male students, and presenting on Men’s Issues. He enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, movies, music, theater, and pop culture.
Chip Kern, M.S.
Senior Staff Therapist
Chip received his Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling at MSU. His main areas of clinical interest include depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, family concerns and couple's counseling. He enjoys movies and outdoor activities including skiing, fishing and sporting clays.
Dr. Ryan Niehus
Areas of interest include depression, anxiety, physical and sexual trauma, men’s psychology, and grief and loss. Ryan also enjoys working with student athletes to address a variety of factors that impact performance and overall well-being. He strives to support and empower people to explore the issues they find troubling and to make decisions and changes that are healthy for them.
Dr. Samantha White
Sam received a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She first came to MSU in 2010. Her interests include anxiety, trauma recovery, interpersonal and relationship concerns, LGBTQ issues, identity development, grief and loss, and group therapy. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her cocker spaniel.
Dr. Adam Moller
Adam is a returning counselor at CPS. He worked at the center for two years as a pre and a post-doctoral intern and is excited to be back home at MSU and Bozeman! Adam received his doctorate in Counseling Psychology at West Virginia University in 2013. He has a range of clinical interests, including depression and anxiety, multicultural issues, problems related to sport and athletic performance, interpersonal relationships, grief and loss, and trauma. Adam takes a collaborative approach in his work. This often includes an active dialogue with students about their goals and how they can best meet them with consideration of their needs, cultural backgrounds, and personal histories.
Leslie Trumble, Psy.D
Leslie Trumble received her doctorate in clinical psychology from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and is currently a postdoctoral resident at CPS in the Outreach and Prevention Track. She enjoys working with a wide range of students, and her specific areas of interest include identity development (including issues related to gender, sexuality, culture, etc.), interpersonal relationships, adjustment issues, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at CPS in 2014, and is excited to be continuing her work at MSU.
Mel is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from MSU.
Mackenzie is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from MSU.
Marise is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from MSU.
Marlena Renwyck, M.S.
Marlena has recently completed her Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from MSU.
Kathryn Darnell, M.S. M.A.
Kathryn is currently pursuing her Doctorate degree from the Spalding University -Louisville, Kentucky.
Victoria Harley, M.Psy.
Victoria is currently pursuing her Doctorate degree from the George Washington University - Washington, D.C.
Larissa Seay, M.Ed.
Larissa is currently pursuing her Doctorate degree from the University of Missouri - Kansas City.
Front Office Staff
Mercy joined the CPS staff in 2012 and serves as the Agency Manager.
Melissa serves as the Medical Records Administrator. Melissa has been at CPS since May 2010.
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
- 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