Department Chair

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Professor Bussolari is an associate professor in the counseling psychology department, who teaches in a clinically focused program with students who are earning graduate degrees in marriage and family therapy and professional clinical counseling. She has published in numerous journals and edited books on the topics of grief — specifically pet loss, chronic illness, and positive coping.

A licensed practicing psychologist in California since 2006, Professor Bussolari has worked as a school...

  • University of San Francisco, Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology
  • University of Massachusetts at Boston, M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst, M.A. in Psychology
  • Bereavement
  • Trauma
  • Human Animal Bond
  • Life Transitions

Full-Time Faculty

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Belinda Hernandez Arriaga is a Faculty Coordinator for the Masters In Counseling MFT program at USF's South Bay location. Belinda has a doctorate in Education, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with eighteen years experience working in community mental health, with a specialization in child trauma and Latino Mental Health. Belinda has extensive experience in county mental health where she worked in Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall mental health and San Mateo County Pre to Three High Risk...

  • Ed. D., International and Multicultural Education, University of San Francisco
  • M.S.W., Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas
  • B.A., Saint Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas

Professor Gena Castro Rodriguez is a psychologist and licensed marriage and family therapist who holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Sacramento State University, a master’s in counseling psychology from the University of San Francisco, and a doctorate in clinical psychology from the California Institute for Integral Studies. In clinical private practice, she specializes in trauma and young women using a control mastery and relational framework.

Professor Castro Rodriguez has worked...

  • California Institute for Integral Studies, Psy.D. Clinical Psychology 2014
  • University of San Francisco, MA Counseling Psychology, 2004
  • California State University Sacramento, BA in Psychology...
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Victims of Crime
  • Trauma
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Dr. Hsiu-Lan Cheng's research examines help-seeking attitudes and mental health concerns (particularly depression, body image concerns, disordered eating) from the intersection of racial and ethnic minority psychology, objectification theory, attachment theory, and positive psychology. She is particularly interested in understanding the contextualization of mental health and psychological wellbeing within the sociocultural milieu of racism, sexism, classism, immigration, and acculturation.  Dr...

  • PhD, Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia
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Lisa De La Rue, PhD is an associate professor in the counseling psychology department. Professor De La Rue’s research adopts a social-ecological framework, which aims to delineate the gendered, cultural, and contextual associations of violence and victimization. Much of her research has focused on supporting people who have been impacted by violence and/or mass incarceration, with a focus on increasing access to trauma-responsive and culturally-responsive services. She has largely focused on the...

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, PhD in Counseling Psychology, 2015
  • California State University, Sacramento, MA in Psychology, 2010
  • California State University, Sacramento, BA in...
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Dr. Daniela Domínguez is an assistant professor in the counseling psychology department, where she coordinates the Marriage and Family Therapy program at the Santa Rosa Location. She is also the research director at the Hanna Institute in Sonoma Valley. As a licensed psychologist, Dr. Domínguez works in the area of Latino/X mental health, immigration concerns, and LGBTQIA+ matters. Previously, her program of research has focused on understanding how immigrants cope with risks, threats, demands...

  • Our Lady of the Lake University, PsyD in Counseling Psychology, 2015
  • Our Lady of the Lake University, MS in Counseling Psychology, 2010
  • St. Mary's University, BA in Psychology, 2007
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Bilingual/bicultural training
  • Immigration concerns
  • Strengths-based counseling

Dr. Leyla Pérez-Gualdrón is an associate professor of the Department of Counseling Psychology at USF. She holds a licensure in psychology from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Caracas, Venezuela. During her training in Venezuela, she provided mental health services and counseling in a variety of settings, including inner city schools K-12. She has a master's degree and a PhD in counseling psychology from Boston College. She has conducted group interventions in school settings such as a...

  • PhD, Counseling Psychology, Boston College
  • MA, Counseling Psychology, Boston College

Jason D. Reynolds (Taewon Choi), PhD is an assistant professor in the counseling psychology department. His research focuses on the areas of transracial adoption, identity development, names, mentorship, racial and ethnic socialization, qualitative research and psychobiography, social justice training, and the treatment of complex trauma. He enjoys mentoring and learning from his graduate students.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of San Francisco, Professor Reynolds worked as...

  • Fordham University, PhD in Counseling Psychology
  • Boston University, CAGS in Counseling
  • Wheelock College, MS in Child and Family Studies
  • SUNY Geneseo, BA in Psychology
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Christine Yeh is professor of counseling psychology at the USF School of Education, and recently completed a 5-year term as co-director of the USF Center for Research, Artistic, and Scholarly Excellence (CRASE). Her research and service focuses primarily on developing, implementing, and evaluating culturally responsive school and community based programs for historically targeted communities.

Professor Yeh has received numerous grants and fellowships to support her research including a 5-year...

  • Stanford University, PhD in Counseling Psychology
  • Harvard University, EdM in Human Development
  • Swarthmore College, BA in Psychology
  • Asian American and Pacific Islander youth
  • Qualitative and indigenous research methods
  • Multicultural school counseling and college access
  • Racism and stereotypes