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Faculty & Students

Faculty Profiles

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Elena Flores, Ph.D.

Professor, Counseling Psychology

Research interests and areas of expertise:
Latino adolescent sexuality; family functioning and adolescent health risk behaviors; racial/ethnic discrimination and minority status stress, obesity prevention and intervention among Latinos.

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Christine Yeh, Ph.D.

Professor & Program Coordinator, Counseling Psychology

Research interests and areas of expertise:
Poverty, racism, and mental health in urban schools and communities; Immigrant youth cultural adjustment and negotiations; Asian Pacific Islander cultural conceptualizations of self, collectivistic coping, and mental health; multicultural school counseling, indigenous healing methods and perspectives; obesity prevention.

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Leyla Pérez-Gualdron, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology

Research interests and areas of expertise:
Social justice orientation and academic/civic engagement in urban youth; school relational and language climate; bilingualism; racial identity.

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Steve Zlutnick, Ph.D.

Professor, Counseling Psychology

Research interests and areas of expertise:
Behavioral therapy and behavioral health/medicine; single subject experimental research; accountable mental health systems; iatrogenic issues in education, psychology and medicine.

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Esther Cohen, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Counseling Psychology

Research interests and areas of expertise:
Children's peer relations and social skills; children's social-cognitive development; family interactions; race relations in children; role of empathy in childhood disorders.

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Karolyn Palmer, M.A., MFT, PPS

Adjunct Faculty, Counseling Psychology

Research interests and areas of expertise:
Adoption/foster care; parenting education; trauma; educational issues.

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Patty Cowick, M.A., MFT

Adjunct Faculty, Counseling Psychology

Research interests and areas of expertise:
Group counseling; theory and practice; parent and child therapy; psychopathology; life transitions; cross cultural counseling.

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Jeanmarie Cahill, M.A., MFT

Adjunct Faculty, Counseling Psychology

Research interests and areas of expertise:
Issues facing teens, young adults and families; anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, general relationship issues.

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Catherine Hanrahan, M.A., PPS

Adjunct Faculty, Counseling Psychology

Research interests and areas of expertise:
Mentoring new counselors; National Counseling Standards.

 

Will Dunn, M.A., PPS

Adjunct Faculty, Counseling Psychology

Research interests and areas of expertise:
Bridging the theoretical aspects of educational psychology with the day-to-day practices and expectations in school counseling centers.

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Niki Gibbons, M.A., PPS

Adjunct Faculty, Counseling Psychology

Research interests and areas of expertise:
Organizing and working with community groups; community based organizations.

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Eric C. Calloway, M.A., PPS

Adjunct Faculty, Counseling Psychology

Research interests and areas of expertise:
Teaching, counseling, support of multicultural and underrepresented students in educational systems and society.

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Debbie Beecher, M.A., PPS

Adjunct Faculty, Counseling Psychology

Research interests and areas of expertise:
Work with English language learners.


Student Representatives 2013-2014

Each year, two outstanding students in the second year are selected to assist in Program activities and to represent the students in the School Counseling Program. This is a competitive selection process and involves a graduate merit scholarship.

Elena Carnes

Elena is a second year student in the Dual Concentration School Counseling and Professional Clinical Counseling Program. She is committed to enhancing the lives of youth through school counseling and advocacy for social justice. She received her B.A. in Psychology from San Francisco State University and has since been working for a nonprofit organization that promotes volunteerism and improving communities through effective action. Her volunteer work includes involvement in the YMCA Building Futures Mentoring Program, and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

Elena was inspired to become a school counselor by one of the students she mentored. The knowledge and abilities gained from this experience have significantly influenced Elena’s pursuit to help youth focus on academic, social, and career development so they may accomplish their goals in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives. During the 2012-2013 school year, Elena interned at James Denman Middle School where she supported low-income students and their families. She will intern at Oceana High School in Pacifica during the 2013-2014 school year.

Bai Zhen

Bai is a second year student in the School Counseling Program. He is committed to promoting social justice and the well-being of youth. Bai has served many low-income and at-risk youth as a mentor, tutor, coordinator and educational advisor. For the past four years, he served numerous low-income students from Galileo Academy of Science and Technology (San Francisco) to become the first in their families to attend college.

He received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, with a major in Economics. He was inspired to become a school counselor after working with many potential first-generation low-income students for the past decade. For the 2012-2013 school year, Bai interned at Hoover Middle School working with a group of diverse low-income students focusing on academic support, study skills, cultural issues, and social and emotional growth. Bai is currently the Senior Educational Advisor for the AACE Educational Talent Search program (JCYC) and will intern at Galileo Academy of Science and Technology for the 2013-2014 school year.

If you would like a student perspective, contact:

Elena Carnes: emcarnes@dons.usfca.edu

Clifton Szeto: bszhen@usfca.edu