Counseling and Psychological Services
Meet CAPS Staff
Our clinical staff is composed of ten licensed psychotherapists including seven psychologists, one social worker, and two professional counselors. We also employ three part-time psychiatric providers. In addition to permanent professional staff, CAPS has several therapists in training including psychology pre-doctoral interns, graduate psychology practicum students and psychiatry residents from the UVA residency program. Our diverse group of trainees and staff allows for a dynamic cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas. We are strongly committed to meeting the highest standards of clinical care as well as training for future independently practicing mental health providers.
Tim Davis, Ph.D., Tim Davis became the Director at the University of Virginia Counseling & Psychological Services department in August, 2013. He was previously Associate Director at the University of Michigan Counseling & Psychological Services department since 2009, and also served as the Clinical Director at UM. Prior to 2009, he was at the Indiana University Counseling & Psychological Services office and the University of Dayton Counseling Center. Tim has taught courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels on a variety of topics, including group counseling, assessment, psychopathology, sex therapy, counseling techniques, and advanced seminars on the use of dreams in therapy. He received the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award from the College of Education at Indiana University. He has authored and co-authored book chapters and articles on spirituality in counseling, dream work, group counseling, and career choice in young adulthood. Tim earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park and his master’s in Counseling from Arizona State University. Tim completed a postgraduate program in Organizational Development at the Gestalt Institute (Columbus, OH) and was on staff as an organizational consultant and business team facilitator with Business of People, an independent consulting firm. Before moving to Charlottesville, he maintained an executive leadership coaching practice in Ann Arbor. Prior to his career as a psychologist, Tim held a variety of marketing and research positions with The Procter & Gamble Company.
William H. Anderson, Jr., Ph.D.
William Anderson Jr., Ph.D., has been at the University of Virginia since 1981. He received a B.S. degree in psychology from Virginia Tech in 1970 and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from SUNY at Stony Brook in 1974. He completed post-doctoral studies in pediatric psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Anderson had been an assistant professor of psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill and subsequently became associate professor in the U.Va. Curry School programs in clinical psychology. In 1985 he became director of training in the U.Va. Counseling Center, and served in that position until 1996 when the Counseling Center was merged with Student Mental Health to form CAPS. In his current role as a licensed staff psychologist Dr. Anderson conducts individual and group therapy, supervises clinicians in training, and provides outreach to the wider University community. His theoretical orientation derives from humanistic and cognitive behavioral theory and research. Much of his clinical work and psycho-educational outreach address multicultural issues, sexuality, and spirituality concerns. Dr. Anderson is a Fellow at Hereford College. He is currently a member of the American Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, The Association of Black Psychologists, and the American Psychological Association.
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Lenny Carter, LPC
Lenny Carter, LPC, received his M.A. in clinical/community psychology from California State University, Northridge, in 1983. A member of CAPS staff since January 2001, he serves as the Crisis Management Coordinator. Areas of clinical interest include incorporation of eclectic techniques from psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral theories in working with personality disorders. He comes to CAPS with 20 years of experience in community mental health and is a member of the American Counseling Association. He also maintains a small private practice in Charlottesville.
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Katherine Gibson, Psy.D.
Katherine Gibson, Psy.D. (Kate) is a licensed clinical psychologist who received her doctorate from The George Washington University in 2007. She joined the CAPS staff in 2006 as a predoctoral intern. Her areas of clinical interest include psychodynamic theory, developmental challenges and identity formation, women’s issues, cultural and multicultural issues, graduate and professional school challenges, and mood disorders. She worked in Washington, D.C. for eight years before entering the profession of psychology.
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Michael Gerard Mason, Ph.D., LPC
Michael Gerard Mason, Ph.D., LPC received his M.Ed. in School and Community Counseling from the University of New Orleans and his doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Virginia. At CAPS, he serves as a staff psychotherapist and faculty advisor to Project R.I.S.E, an African American peer counseling organization. His research and clinical interests include qualitative explorations of the experience of minority students in higher education, culturally relevant psychotherapy, utilizing film in psychotherapy training, implementing and evaluating systemic mental health interventions in academic institutions, and understanding and treating online gaming addiction. His theoretical orientation is rooted in British Object Relations and informed by family systems theory. When away from the university, he maintains a small private practice and in his spare time he takes full advantage of a NETFLIX account.
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Lillian Mezey, M.D.
Lillian Mezey, M.D. received her B.A. from Cornell University and her M.D. from Columbia University. She completed residency training in Psychiatry at the University of Colorado in 1994. Since then, she has worked as a community psychiatrist in Colorado and Virginia. She has lived in Charlottesville since 1998, working as a psychiatrist in the local community mental health centers. She has special expertise in mood disorders and psychotic disorders as well as dual diagnoses of substance abuse disorders and mental illness.
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L. Kelley Midkiff, NP, CS
L. Kelley Midkiff, NP, CS joined CAPS in 2010. She received her degrees from University of Virginia: BA in 1990, BSN 1994, and MSN in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner certificate in 1996. Since 1997, she has provided psychiatric care at the local community mental health clinic. Ms. Midkiff teaches part-time at UVA's School of Nursing. At CAPS, she provides medication consultation and enjoys working collaboratively with students.
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Belinda Overstreet, Ph.D.
Belinda Overstreet, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and a staff psychologist at CAPS. She has worked predominately in university settings since 1993. Dr. Overstreet received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University. Consistent with her degree, she focuses on building upon the strengths of the individual, couple, or group. Her areas of clinical interest include transitional problems, family difficulties, relationship building, and mood disorders. She has experience treating a wide range of psychological problems in adolescents and adults.
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Karen Painter is a lifelong resident of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. She holds an M.A. and an Ed.S degree from James Madison University since 2001. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, former Auricular Acupuncture Specialist, and current CAPS clinical case manager providing tools, support, awareness, and advocacy so that students can receive what they need in order to feel empowered and better navigate campus and community mental health resources. Karen brings 15+ years of clinical experience, including working with dually diagnosed populations in inpatient and outpatient community mental health settings, private practice, providing clinical supervision, and creating peer recovery/alumni supports. Her passion has played out in her work with clients and families planting seeds of collaboration, hope and recovery. Her areas of clinical interest/ specialties include: self-control and emotional regulation issues, family dynamics, codependency and addiction, mood disorders, attentional problems, autism spectrum disorders, veterans, life transitions, crisis and risk assessments, trauma and abuse.
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Nicole Ruzek, Ph.D.
Nicole Ruzek, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who started with CAPS in fall 2012, and currently serves as coordinator of group therapy services. She received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in 2004 and completed her postdoctoral residency at San Jose State University. Prior to joining the U.Va. community she worked for the California State University system as a clinical psychologist for six and a half years. Nicole has extensive experience working with students from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds and enjoys helping individuals struggling with romantic relationships, spiritual concerns, and mood and anxiety disorders. She works from a developmental-integrative perspective, incorporating psychodynamic, humanistic, mindfulness, and cognitive approaches to treat the whole person.
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J. Anderson Thomson, Jr., M.D.
J. Anderson Thomson, Jr., M.D. (Andy) is a part-time staff psychiatrist. He received his B.A. from Duke University (1970), his M.D. from the University of Virginia (1974) and did his adult psychiatry training at U.Va. (1974-77). His private practice is oriented toward individual psychoanalytic psychotherapy, forensic psychiatry, and medication consultation. He was the Assistant Director of the Center for the Study of Mind and Human Interaction at U.Va., which involved interdisciplinary intervention and research in large group ethnic and political conflict. He serves on the clinical faculty at The Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy at U.VA. He has publications on narcissistic personality disorder, evolutionary theories of depression, antidepressants, criminal behavior, post traumatic stress disorder, religion, suicide terrorism, the psychology of racism, and psychobiographical essays on Robert E. Lee and Lee Harvey Oswald. In 2010 his work on an evolutionary theory of depression was featured in Scientific American Mind and in the New York Times Magazine, “Depression’s Upside.” He co-authored Facing Bipolar:The Young Adult's Guide to Dealing with Bipolar Disorder (2010) and authored Why We Believe In God(s): A Concise Introduction to the Science of Faith (2011). His current research interest is evolutionary psychology and its application to psychiatric illnesses.
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Rafael Triana, Ph.D.
Rafael Triana, Ph.D., is a Senior Staff clinician at CAPS. He is also a Psychoanalyst, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences. He received a Master’s and Ph.D. degree in Clinical Social Work from Smith College School of Social Work. Dr. Triana also holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia. His education includes a four year fellowship in the Mental Health Division at Yale University Health Services and completion of psychoanalytic training at the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis where he continues his affiliation as an instructor. Dr. Triana is the former Division Head of Mental Health Services and former Director of Counseling and Psychological Services in the Department of Student Health. In the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities he is the faculty director for Medical Spanish and Culture. He also teaches first year medical students in the Practice of Medicine course. In the Department of Psychiatry he teaches Psychodynamic theory and practice to residents. His theoretical area of interest is in the interface between contemporary psychoanalytic theory and neurobiology. Clinically he provides treatment for a broad range of psychiatric disorders. His specialty is late adolescence development and treatment and combat trauma and PTSD in veterans. As a marine sergeant long range reconnaissance patrol leader, Dr. Triana served for two tours of duty in Viet Nam and was awarded a Bronze Star for valor. He was raised in an inner city Barrio in New York and comes from a family of Cuban immigrants and refugees.
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Baozhen Xie, Ph.D.
Baozhen Xie, Ph.D. received her doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2007. Before coming to UVa, she completed her postdoctoral fellowship in psychology at Stanford University and internship at Southern Illinois University. She practices from an integration of humanistic, relational, and cognitive behavioral approaches. She enjoys working with students from diverse cultural backgrounds and providing outreach to underserved student populations. Her initial work at UVa will focus on Asian international and Asian American students. Her clinical interests include identity developmental issues, cross-cultural adjustment, anxiety, relationship issues, and eating disorders. During her spare time, she enjoys hiking, practicing meditation, travel, and watching TV.
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Matt Zimmerman, Psy.D., ABPP - Director of Training
Matt Zimmerman, Psy.D. is the Director of Training at CAPS, where he oversees doctoral interns in an American Psychological Association accredited program and doctoral level practicum students. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University 's Center for Psychological Studies, and completed his internship at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst . His areas of interest include eating issues and body image concerns, relational difficulties and clinical training. He is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology and has taught courses on the philosophical basis of psychology and treatment of eating disorders. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children, hiking, singing, reading evolutionary biology and playing basketball.
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Andrew J. Chambers, M.D., J.D.
Andrew J. Chambers, M.D., J.D., is a senior psychiatry resident in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1996. After graduating from college, he received his J.D. from William and Mary Law School in 1999 and practiced law in Richmond, Virginia for five years. He then left the active practice of law to attend medical school. He received his M.D. from Vanderbilt University Medical School in 2010 and came back to the University of Virginia for his residency training. He will complete his residency training in June 2014.
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Leigh Ann Carter, M.S.
Leigh Ann Carter, M.S. is a doctoral intern at CAPS. She is currently completing her doctorate in clinical psychology at Loyola University Maryland, where she also received her B.A. in psychology and her M.S. in clinical psychology. In addition to her previous experiences in college counseling, she has trained in community mental health and employee assistance settings. Her clinical interests include women’s issues, trauma, adjustment issues, and interpersonal difficulties. Her theoretical orientation includes the use of psychodynamic, attachment-based, and interpersonal process approaches. She also enjoys incorporating her research interest of self-care into her clinical work with college and graduate students. In her free time, Leigh Ann enjoys discovering new places to eat and visit in Charlottesville.
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Christen Pendleton, Ed.S.
Christen Pendleton, Ed.S., is a doctoral intern at CAPS. She received her B.A. in Studies in Women and Gender and her M.Ed. and Ed.S. in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Virginia. She is currently completing her doctorate in Clinical and School Psychology at James Madison University. Before pursuing doctoral studies, Christen was a Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina. She has worked in a number of settings including inpatient, outpatient, university counseling centers, in-home, in schools and has provided crisis response to crime scenes, hospitals and rape crisis hotlines. In addition to clinical work, Christen also enjoyed teaching Psychology and Global Living and Learning at JMU.
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Dan Elreda, M.A.
Dan Elreda, M.A. is a doctoral intern at CAPS. He received both his B.A. and M.A. from New York University. He is currently completing his doctorate in Counseling Psychology at the Pennsylvania State University. Dan has had previous experience in a number of different clinical settings including university counseling centers, community mental health clinics, psychiatric hospitals, county jails, and the public school system. He has a variety of clinical interests including working with clients with anxiety, depression, life-adjustment issues, relationship issues, and personality disorders. He also has a keen interest in diagnostic assessments. Dan’s theoretical approach is either psychodynamic-interpersonal or cognitive-behavioral depending on client fit. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and pets, as well as hiking, camping, trail running, and finding new places to eat.
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Practicum Studentsp>Yishan Xu, M. A.
Yishan Xu is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Clinical Psychology program at UVa. She received her M. A. in Social Psychology from San Diego State University, and her M. A. in Clinical Psychology from UVa. She is originally from China and is a member of the Asian American Issues in Behavior Therapy & Research Special Interest Group. She conducted research on cognitive function and well-being cross-culturally. Her current research interest focuses on the underlying cognitive process of therapeutic interventions (e.g., components in cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness) among individuals with anxiety or depression. She enjoys indoor activities like opera, cooking, karaoke, etc. At the same time, she realizes how important it is to balance life by having an outdoor life, so she is pushing herself out to enjoy the beauty of Charlottesville.
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