Carnegie Mellon University

About Us: Learn more about CaPS

For more than 70 years, CaPS has been addressing the mental health needs of the university community by providing treatment to students and collaborating with staff, faculty and family members. CaPS helps students improve their psychological health by facilitating insight and fostering deeper understanding of their personal struggles needed to make better choices for themselves. Services at CaPS are developmental in nature, aimed at supporting students in the moment and in their personal growth and maturation over time.

CaPS is attentive to issues of diversity and equality. We respect and value each person as a unique individual. We offer a safe and supportive space for students who identify as LGBTQ+ to navigate the challenges of exploring and integrating their gender and sexual identities.

CaPS supports students in a confidential and caring way. Confidential services for students include consultation, short-term individual psychotherapy, crisis support and psychiatric referral when appropriate. Our staff provides consultation and education for students, faculty, staff and family members to address concerns regarding the well-being of a student, and questions about our services or psychological treatment.

CaPS staff provides training and education for students and staff in support roles (e.g., advisors, RAs, OCs).


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Our Staff

At CaPS, we are dedicated to the psychological growth and emotional well-being of all Carnegie Mellon students. Our team is made up of highly qualified:

  • mental health professionals
  • advanced-level doctoral trainees
  • support staff


Claire Barbetti, M.A., Ph.D. (Chatam University)
Doctoral-Candidate Psychotherapy Trainee

Megan Barone, MA, MSW (American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University)
Doctoral-Candidate Psychology Intern

Dareen Basma, Ph.D. (University of Tennessee)
Psychotherapist | Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health Service Provider

Jeff Beyer, Ph.D. (Duquesne University)

Melissa Bilski, Psy.D. (Argosy University)
Psychotherapist | Licensed Psychologist

Chelsea Cavlovic

Mengchun Chiang, Ph.D.   (Duquesne University)
Psychotherapist, Licensed Psychologist

Viviana Ferrer-Medina, Psy.D. (Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
Psychotherapist & Outreach Coordinator

Megan Funston, Psy.D. (Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
Post-Doctoral Resident

Danielle Henderson, B.A. (Carlow University)
Triage, Consultation, and Case Management Graduate Trainee

Neil Holmes, M.A. (Carlow University)
Triage, Consultation, and Case Management Graduate Trainee

Allison Jedinak, Psy.D. (Chatham University)

Kym Jordan Simmons, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh)
Psychotherapist|Licensed Psychologist

Rebecca Kallis, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W. (University of Pittsburgh)
Triage, Consultation and Case Management Clinician | Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Michele Keffer, Ph.D. (SUNY Buffalo)
Assistant Director of Psychotherapy Services|Psychotherapist | Licensed Psychologist

Kurt Kumler, Ph.D. (Duquesne University)
Director | Licensed Psychologist

Mick Landaiche, Ph.D., L.P.C. (The Union Institute and University)
Psychotherapist | Licensed Professional Counselor

Dana Lau, Psy.D. (Loyola University Maryland)

Erik Lorass, M.D. (UPMC)
Psychiatric Resident Psychotherapy Trainee

Jessica R. Maga, M.A., L.P.C. (Towson University)
Assistant Director of TCC Service | Licensed Professional Counselor

Sharon L. Mannella, Psy.D., L.P.C. (Capella University)
Assistant Director of Training and Administration | Licensed Professional Counselor | Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Sara Mark, M.S., L.P.C. (Chatham University)
Triage, Consultation and Case Management Clinician

Diane Mazzocca
Administrative Coordinator

Bethany A. McLaughlin, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W. (University of Pittsburgh)
Triage, Consultation and Case Management Clinician | Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Celeste Pietrusza, M.A. (Duquesne University)
Doctoral-Candidate Psychology Intern

Briana L. Root, Ph.D. (Case Western Reserve University)
Psychotherapist | Licensed Psychologist

Erica Schiller Freeman, M.A. (Duquesne University)
Doctoral Candidate Psychotherapy Trainee

Morgan Sorenson, M.A. (Fuller Graduate School of Psychology)
Doctoral-Candidate Psychology Intern