All counseling staff are trained as generalists with experience specific to university mental health. Our training is extensive across areas of mental health concerns, interpersonal/family concerns, as well as issues pertaining to diverse groups and social justice. Please also read more about our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.
*Please note that we cannot accommodate individual counselor preferences for your initial intake/assessment. Your initial assessment is used as an opportunity to discuss your counseling needs and preferences.
Dianne Aguero-Trotter, Ph.D.
Education and Training: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Pre-doctoral internship with the NJ Department of Veterans' Affairs.
Interest Areas: Depression, suicide prevention, grief/loss, family of origin issues, eating disorders, first generation and acculturation issues, substance use and abuse, supervision and training. Fluent in Spanish.
Priti Shah, Ph.D.
Associate Director (she/ her/ hers)
Education and Training: Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University. Pre-doctoral Internship at University of Massachusetts Amherst, Counseling and Assessment Services. Postdoctoral Fellowship at Boston College, University Counseling Services.
Interest Areas: Trauma and loss, family/intergenerational violence, family of origin and relationship concerns, multicultural issues, microaggressions, acculturation and migration concerns, supervision and training.
Daam Tapiwa Barker, Ph.D.
EOP Staff Psychologist (he/him/his)
Education and Training: Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Fordham University. Pre-doctoral internship at VA New York Harbor Healthcare System. Post-doctoral training at Positive Developments, LLC.
Interest Areas: Social justice, systemic oppression, multiculturalism, cross-cultural counseling, intersectionality, identity development, imposter syndrome, complex anxiety, trauma, historic trauma, intergenerational trauma, resilience, and posttraumatic growth.
Caroline E. Black, LCSW, MSW, M.Ed.
Mental Health Clinician and Outreach & Prevention Coordinator, (she/her/hers)
Education and Training: Master of Social Work and Master of Education in Human Sexuality Studies from Widener University. Generalist internship at Princeton University, Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources & Education and Health Promotion and Prevention Services. Clinical internship at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program & Psychiatric Services.
Interest Areas: Anxiety, relationships, sexuality, gender identity, emotion dysregulation, substance abuse/addictive behavior, faith/religion and mental health
Chenelle T. Lauture, MSW, LCSW
Mental Health Clinician and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) Initiatives Outreach Coordinator, (she/her/hers)
Education and Training: Master of Social Work from Temple University. Internship at Access Services, Mobile Crisis Supports Services, Foster Care and Supported Living programs.
Interest Areas: Anxiety, family of origin and relationship concerns, trauma, historic trauma, intergenerational trauma, identity development and depression.
Yessine Griffin, Psy. D.
Staff Psychologist, Group Coordinator, and Liaison to Athletics & Mental Health Programming, (she/her/hers, they/them/theirs)
Education and Training: Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology, Saint Elizabeth University. Combined Pre-doctoral internship at Overlook Medical Center and Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen.
Interest Areas: Social justice, multiculturalism, grief/loss, athlete mental health concerns, maternal mental health, body image, managing severe and persistent mental health symptoms.
Jamie C. Stillwell, Psy.D.
Staff Psychologist, (she/her/hers)
Education and Training: Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from La Salle University. Pre-doctoral internship with OhioGuidestone in Cleveland, OH.
Interest Areas: Anxiety, depression, emotion dysregulation, OCD, self-esteem, identity development, microaggressions, supervision and training.
Shawna M. Hinkson, MSW, LCSW
Crisis Counselor and Case Manager, (she/her/hers)
Education and Training: Master of Social Work from Rutgers University. Generalist internship at East Orange Community Charter School. Clinical internship at Family Service Bureau of New Community Corporation. Post-graduate experience and licensing at the New Jersey Veteran’s Health Administration, Homeless Services- VA Supportive Housing Program.
Interest Areas: Anxiety, crisis intervention, suicide awareness and prevention, social justice and advocacy, military service member mental health concerns, acculturation and multicultural concerns, educational equity and first-generation concerns, personal growth and development, self-actualization, psychoeducation, access to care concerns.
Department Secretary, South Orange Campus (she/her/hers)
CAPS is also a training center and we work with advanced doctoral students training to be psychologists, who are part of our team.
Leslie Perez, M.A., Ed.S.
Doctoral Extern (she/her/hers/ella)
Education and Training: M.A. and Education Specialist in Professional Counseling, Seton Hall University. Doctorate in Psychology in progress, Saint Elizabeth University. Fluent in Spanish.
Simone Robinson, M.A.
Education and Training: M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Saint Elizabeth University. Doctorate in Counseling Psychology in progress, Seton Hall University. Pre-practicum externship at Hackensack University Medical Center, Neuropsychology Department.
Sharron O. Sparks, M.A.
Education and Training: M.A. in Counseling, Seton Hall University. Doctorate in Psychology in progress, Felician University.