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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.

picTim 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.

picDeepti Athalye, Ph.D.
Deepti Athalye, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who joined the CAPS staff in 2014 after completing her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester Counseling Center. Prior to this, she completed her predoctoral internship at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Counseling and Psychological Services and received her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Deepti loves working with graduate and undergraduate students, and university counseling center work has been a primary focus in her doctoral and postdoctoral training. While she is a generalist in training, her areas of special interest include eating disorders and body image concerns, trauma, family of origin issues, and multicultural issues. She also has a strong interest in group therapy and has robust experience facilitating various types of groups for college students. Her therapeutic approach draws from psychodynamic, interpersonal process, and mindfulness theories. In her spare time, Deepti enjoys reading, watching movies, dancing, and exploring different cuisines.
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picLenny 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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picKatherine 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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picAndrea Iglesias, Psy.D.
Andrea Iglesias, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who joined the CAPS staff in Fall 2014 as the Assistant Director of Outreach and Liaison Programming. She previously worked as Program Manager and Outreach Director at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has also previously worked at San Diego State University and at a variety of settings such as community mental health centers, an outpatient psychiatric clinic, and a trauma counseling center. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida and earned her Master's and Doctoral Degrees in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego.
Andrea loves working with both undergraduate and graduate students on a range of issues including adjustment and transitions, leadership, relationship issues, diversity and identity, depression, anxiety, stress, emotion regulation/emotional intelligence, self-esteem and personal growth. Andrea also has a passion for multicultural counseling and working with underrepresented students through both counseling and outreach. She hopes to help create a more inclusive and healthy grounds for everyone. Andrea feels excited to be able to support students in their growth and passions as they learn to navigate life at UVa and beyond. Through her individual, group, and outreach work, Andrea focuses on strength-building, authenticity, academic and personal success, and building stronger and more meaningful relationships. In addition, she has a specialty in couples therapy and issues around romantic and general interpersonal relationships.
In her free time, Andrea enjoys exploring new restaurants, outdoor festivals, movies, and following sports – Go Hoos! (And Go Gators!)
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picMichael 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. 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. As Director of Project RISE, Dr. Mason teaches two courses that comprise the Hoos Helping Hoos Curriculum through the Counselor Education Department in the Curry School of Education. Both EDHS 3895: Peer Counseling Theory and Skills and EDHS 5294: Peer Support Program Research, Design, and Evaluation will be taught each semester. For more information, contact Dr. Mason.
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picLillian 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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picL. 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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picBelinda 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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picKaren Painter
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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picBrandon Phillips, Psy.D.
Brandon Phillips, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist working as a CAPS staff member part-time, and he has a private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia. He completed his doctoral studies at the American School of Professional Psychology in Washington DC. Dr. Phillips enjoys university counseling, and his interests are in working with anxiety, stress management, grief and loss, and relational issues. His approach is integrative, and he is active and collaborative in helping to facilitate change and understand ourselves and relationships. Personally, Dr. Phillips enjoys the central Virginia outdoors. If you have not walked the Saunders-Monticello Trail he recommends you check it out.
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picNicole Ruzek, Ph.D.
Nicole Ruzek, Ph.D. is the Assistant Director for Clinical Services at CAPS. She joined CAPS in 2012 after working at Cal Poly Pomona University as a clinical psychologist and research coordinator for six and a half years. Nicole received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in 2004 and completed a postdoctoral residency at San Jose State University. Nicole has extensive experience working with students from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds and particularly enjoys helping individuals with romantic relationships, spiritual questions, trauma, mood and anxiety concerns. She works from a developmental-integrative perspective, incorporating psychodynamic, humanistic, somatic, and cognitive approaches to treat the whole person. Nicole also coordinates the CAPS group therapy program and provides an 8-week Mindfulness Group each semester at CAPS.
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picJ. 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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picRafael 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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picBaozhen 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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picMatt 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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Psychology Interns

picAnn Jones, M.A.
Ann Jones, M.A. is a doctoral intern at CAPS. She received her B.S. in Psychology and M.A. in Biological Psychology from George Mason University, Fairfax VA campus. She is currently completing her doctorate in clinical psychology at American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Washington DC Campus. In addition to her prior experience in college counseling, Ann has experience in a number of different clinical settings including psychiatric hospitals, county jails, and the juvenile court system. Her clinical interests include complex trauma, neuro-psychological and forensic assessments, and the effect of brain impairments/deficits in psychopathology. Specifically, Ann has an interest in the role of and link between, brain development and psychopathy (i.e., conduct disorder) in juvenile offenders. Her theoretical orientation includes the use of psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and integrative approaches depending on the client’s presenting problem and response in treatment. Ann was also a teaching assistant for several semesters and enjoys teaching. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as running and traveling.
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picEarta Norwood, M.S.
Earta Norwood, M.S., is a doctoral intern at CAPS. She is currently completing her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at University of Maryland, College Park. She received her B.S. and her M.S. from Brigham Young University. Earta started her undergraduate education at the University of Warsaw, Poland. Earta has experience working in a variety of settings that include university counseling centers, community mental health clinics, inpatient drug rehabilitation centers, and military hospitals. She combines elements of psychodynamic, client centered, cognitive, and behavioral approaches. She also has extensive teaching experience, having taught many classes at the University of Maryland College Park, Middle Tennessee State University, and Brigham Young University. Earta enjoys traveling, reading, and going to the movies.
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picJackie Woods, M.S.
Jackie Woods, M.S., is a doctoral intern at CAPS. She received her B.A. in psychology and history from the College of William and Mary. Jackie is currently completing her doctorate in counseling psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she also received her M.S. in counseling psychology. She has trained in university counseling center, correctional, community mental health, and hospital primary care settings. Her theoretical orientation incorporates psychodynamic, interpersonal, and feminist theories. Jackie’s clinical interests include multicultural issues, identity exploration, trauma, and relationship issues. She also has a strong interest in group therapy. In her free time, Jackie enjoys running, cooking, and trying out new restaurants in Charlottesville.
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