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Meet the Staff

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Our clinical staff is made up of diverse individuals who are passionate about helping college students. Click on each name to get to know their credentials, professional interests, and favorite activities.

  • Director - Todd Lengnick, Psy.D.

    Education:

    Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Argosy University--Tampa

     

    Personal Interests:

    Dr. Lengnick has worked with clients with a range of mental health concerns but most enjoys helping individuals alleviate symptoms of depression, work through change of life crises, and practice acceptance and mindfulness in their everyday lives.

     

    Approach to Therapy:

    Dr. Lengnick utilizes a person-centered approach, paradoxical interventions, and other interventions primarily based in cognitive theories. He works with clients to help them perceive themselves and the world differently, explore attributions and assumptions that lead to negative or painful feelings, and find a sense of peace that comes from within and that they can carry with them at all times.

     

    Approach to Supervision:

    Dr. Lengnick enjoys helping others develop their full potential by being open to new ideas, encouraging people to makes mistakes and learn from them, and by setting an example by his work ethic, being introspective and humble, and by being a life-long learner.

     

    Other Activities:

     Dr. Lengnick has over 20 years of business experience as a Regional Sales Manager and National Operations Manager. He has also served as adjunct faculty at several South Florida universities and has taught graduate courses in psychopathology, personality disorders, and report writing. Dr. Lengnick also enjoys public speaking and has been invited to serve as a keynote speaker on a variety of topics throughout South Florida, including unconscious bias and diversity issues, stress management, and mindfulness. Outside of work, Dr. Lengnick plays guitar and piano, enjoys science trivia, teaches kickboxing, and is a student of several languages and alphabets.

  • Assistant Director - Claudine Richard, Ph.D., LCSW

    Education:

    Ph.D, Maimonides University
    MSW, Barry University
    BA, SUNY at Brockport College


    Professional Interests:
     

    Dr. Richard has extensive experience providing culturally competent mental health services to the emerging adult and adult population, particularly those from marginalized and/or underserved populations. Her areas of specialization include working with students that have complex presentations, mood disorders, relationship problems, sexuality concerns, crisis intervention, low self-esteem, and trauma.

     

    Approach to Therapy:

    Dr. Richard uses an integrative therapy approach that often incorporates a number of insight-oriented, relational, and skills based interventions to help empower students while helping them find solutions and cultivate a sense of emotional well-being.

     

    Other Activities:

    When she is not diligently working hard, you can find Dr. Richard either planning a trip or traveling the world. Traveling is her true passion!

  • Assistant Director - Alia Fons-Scheyd, Ph.D.

    Education:

    University of Houston, PhD, Counseling Psychology
    University of Texas at Austin, M.Ed., Counseling
    University of Texas at Austin, B.A., Psychology


    Professional Interests:
     

    Dr. Fons-Scheyd's professional interests include providing clinical psychological services, vocational psychology, professional training and supervision in psychology, social justice, multicultural counseling competencies, and adult attachment theory. She chairs the Quality Assurance Committee managing policies and procedures for CAPS.

     

    Approach to Therapy:

    Clinically, Dr. Fons-Scheyd is integrative and frequently draws from cognitive behavioral, interpersonal process and humanistic approaches. Her particular clinical interests include career counseling, identity development, mood and anxiety disorders, relationship concerns, and interpersonal process group therapy.

     

    Approach to Supervision:

    Dr. Fons-Scheyd practices a developmental approach to supervision and strives to provide a balance of support and challenge to supervisees. 

     

    Other Activities:

    Dr. Fons-Scheyd enjoys spending time with her family and dog, enjoying the arts, movies and TV, museums, music, festivals, traveling, eating good food, and following politics.

  • Training Director - Priya Kirpalani, Psy.D., CGP

    Education:

    Priya Kirpalani earned her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Formerly, she obtained her M.S. in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University and her B.S. in Neuroscience/Psychobiology at the University of Miami. Following her pre-doctoral internship training at Louisiana State University and the Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at FIU CAPS.

     

    Professional Interests:

    Dr. Kirpalani first joined the FIU CAPS staff in Fall 2010 as a post-doctoral fellow and then worked to spearhead both the Group Therapy and Body Acceptance Programs at CAPS. Dr. Kirpalani transitioned into her current role of Training Director in 2018 after one year as Assistant Training Director. As a University Psychologist, Dr. Kirpalani enjoys working with clients who experience eating and body image concerns, identity struggles, and relational difficulties.

     

    Approach to Therapy:

    Dr. Kirpalani's treatment philosophy is best summarized by the proverb, "A good companion shortens the longest road." She sees her role as that of a travel companion that guides her clients to psychological well-being. Using the therapeutic relationship, she ultimately help her clients in overcoming persistent roadblocks and steering change. She also integrates the use of experiential approaches, including sand tray and expressive arts.

     

    Approach to Supervision:

    Dr. Kirpalani's approach to supervision is informed by the developmental and competency-based supervision models. She also draws on use of the parallel process to foster growth and change in her supervisees.

     

    Other Activities:

    Dr. Kirpalani also works part-time in private practice and is a Certified Group Psychotherapist. Her hobbies include reading, engaging in physical activity and holistic and spiritual self-care, and spending time with friends.

  • Assistant Training Director - Carla Mayorga, Ph.D.

    Education:

    Carla Mayorga, Ph.D., earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Miami after completing her pre-doctoral internship at Boston University's Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology. Dr. Mayorga's post-doctoral training at Yale University School of Medicine's Hispanic Clinic and Emory University School of Medicine's Child and Adolescent Mood Program further fueled her commitment to providing culturally sensitive and evidence-based treatments using a social justice framework.

     

    Professional Interests:

    Dr. Mayorga has dedicated most of her professional life to treating adolescents, young adults and their families in various clinical settings. A graduate of the International OCD Foundation's Behavior Therapy and Training Institute and certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), Dr. Mayorga specializes in treating anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, and trauma- and stressor-related disorders. She conceptualizes clients using family systems and cognitive-behavioral theories within multicultural and social justice frameworks. In addition, Dr. Mayorga co-facilitates group treatments for social anxiety/panic disorder/specific phobias and OCD at FIU CAPS.

     

    Approach to Therapy:

    Being intentionally present and non-judgmental, Dr. Mayorga views each client as the expert of their experience. Openly discussing our identities in the room helps to facilitate trust via increased understanding of context. Dr. Mayorga understands therapy as an opportunity for clients to self-examine and create change. Discomfort during change/growth are part and parcel of treatment. Specifically, when using a cognitive behavioral therapy approach, clients will become well-versed in identifying their feelings and thoughts that trigger said feelings. Over time, core beliefs about self are uncovered which may have been helpful or accurate at one time but are no longer. Throughout treatment, Dr. Mayorga uses the therapeutic relationship to inform and fuel the work in which clients decide to engage.

     

    Approach to Supervision:

    As Interim Assistant Training Director, Dr. Mayorga is dedicated to both providing and training supervisees in competency-based clinical supervision practices. The therapy triad (supervisor, supervisee-therapist and client) explores their intersecting identities, both overlapping and distinct, which facilitates implementing a social justice framework. Also informed by developmental and cognitive-behavioral supervision theories, Dr. Mayorga values reciprocal transparency and accountability in the collaborative supervisory relationship.

     

    Other Activities:

    Dr. Mayorga enjoys all things comedy including improvisational theater, connecting with loved ones and exercise.

  • Melissa Argumosa, Ph.D., LMHC

    Education:

    PhD, Developmental Psychology, Florida International University

    MS, Developmental Psychology, Florida International University

    BA, Psychology, Florida International University

     

    Professional Interests:

    Dr. Argumosa is Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has experience in both clinical and administrative roles in a variety of settings, including non-profit, for-profit, and private practice. Dr. Argumosa has served as an adjunct professor for the Department of Psychology at FIU and an expert witness in court proceedings within the Miami-Dade County Dependency Court System. Her professional interests include providing clinical services for children, young adults and families specific to trauma, attachment, and relationship conflict. Her interests further include parent-child dynamics, family systems, life transitions, and mood disorders. She has training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Play Therapy, and Cognitive Processing Therapy.

     

    Approach to Therapy:

    Dr. Argumosa uses a client-centered approach, incorporating components from cognitive behavioral, attachment and systems theories. She works to provide a strength-based approached grounded in Positive Psychology in order to empower students to recognize their own strengths and shift negative self-talk towards a more productive perspective. Dr. Argumosa uses an integrative approach for trauma work drawing from Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). Dr. Argumosa emphasizes the importance of the therapeutic relationship with clients in order for trust to develop and provide a support from which self-exploration, understanding, and change can be achieved.

     

    Approach to Supervision:

    Dr. Argumosa’s approach to supervision parallel’s her strength-based approach with clients. Her belief is that individuals work best in a supportive environment with opportunity to grow and expand their knowledge. She values direct communication provided in an empathic and supportive manner. Dr. Argumosa recognizes the importance of providing assistance and guidance to supervisees in order for them learn, develop, and feel confident in their current and future roles.

     

    Other Activities:

    Dr. Argumosa works part-time in her private practice. When she is not working, Dr. Argumosa enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, taking her family to Disney World, and exploring new restaurants.

  • Natasha Hahn, Ph.D.

    Education:

    Dr. Hahn earned her undergraduate degree from The Florida State University, and her masters and doctorate degrees in counseling psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Hahn completed her doctoral internship at the University of North Carolina Charlotte’s Counseling Center. She fulfilled her postdoctoral residency in the young adult inpatient detox unit of the Watershed Addiction Treatment Agency in Boynton Beach, Florida.

     

    Professional Interests:

    Dr. Hahn provides individual, couples, and group therapy, as well as supervision for clinicians-in-training. Dr. Hahn is also the Coordinator of the FIU CAPS Group Therapy Program. She serves on the diversity and workshop committees at FIU CAPS, as well as the University’s Alcohol and Other Drug Task Force. Her clinical specializations include interpersonal and group dynamics, cultural concerns, family dynamics, substance abuse treatment, and mindfulness. However, she has considerable experience in treating depression, anxiety, trauma, suicidal ideation, identity development, self-esteem, emotional regulation, and distress tolerance presentations. Additionally, Dr. Hahn's research interests include family dynamics, parent-child interactions, factors that influence substance abuse treatment outcomes, and minority student experiences.

     

    Approach to Therapy:

    Clinically, she uses an integrated interpersonal process approach. Her belief is that each person has the internal resources to achieve personal healing with the collaboration of a non-judgmental supporter. 

     

    Approach to Supervision:

    Dr. Hahn is also on the FIU CAPS training team and incorporates an integrated interpersonal process approach in her supervision as well. This approach focuses on the relationships between the training clinician and the supervisor.

     

    Other Activities:

    Outside of work Dr. Hahn enjoys spending time with her family and friends, particularly creative outings and fun surprise dates. She also enjoys traveling, dancing, grooming activities, exploring different restaurants and cuisine, listening to music, and she is an avid listener of a variety of podcasts. Dr. Hahn is currently on the executive board of the South Florida Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists, and she has interests in a variety of social justice issues.

  • Scott Harvey, Psy.D.

    Education:

    Psy.D., Clinical Psychology - Nova Southeastern University
    M.S., Clinical Psychology - Nova Southeastern University
    B.S., Psychology and Religion - Florida State University

     

    Professional Interests:

    Dr. Harvey enjoys working with clients who have a wide range of presenting problems, including identity development, depression, and anxiety. He has a particular interest and training in working with members of the LGBTQIA community.

     

    Approach to Therapy:

    Dr. Harvey's therapeutic style can be described as one that integrates interpersonal therapy with acceptance and mindfulness. He hopes to help students explore the ways in which they can better engage in their life and overcome obstacles.

     

    Other Activities:

    Dr. Harvey believes that a work-life balance is essential to good mental health. To maintain this balance, he enjoys spending time with family & friends, being outdoors, cooking (and eating), exercising, and baking cheesecakes.

  • Oren Shibi, Psy.D.

    Education:

    Dr. Shibi is a licensed psychologist in the state of Florida. He received his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University, an American Psychological Association Accredited Program.

     

    Professional Interests:

    Dr. Shibi has extensive training and clinical work experiences in individual, group, and family therapy as well as psychological assessment. He is experienced in treating emerging adults with a wide variety of presenting issues. His areas of expertise include the treatment of anxiety, social anxiety, OCD, depression, dissociative and bipolar disorders, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder, adult survivors of childhood abuse, and interpersonal difficulties.

     

    Approach to Therapy:

    In treating his clients, Dr. Shibi takes an integrative therapeutic approach tailored to fit the individual. He uses evidence-based interventions and meaningfully synthesizes cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic theoretical orientations, as well as Interpersonal therapy, Existential-Humanistic theory, Family Systems Theory and Mindfulness-based approaches. Dr. Shibi works collaboratively with his clients on their identified goals and objectives for therapy in a safe and supportive atmosphere. Dr. Shibi guides clients on their journey for personal growth by assisting them in transforming obstacles to opportunities and replacing destructive coping mechanisms with adaptive ones.

     

    Approach to Supervision:

    Dr. Shibi practices a competency-based approach to supervision, which occurs within a respectful and collaborative supervisory relationship. Dr. Shibi focuses on the professional development of the supervisee using a developmental and strengths based approach and intentionally integrates diversity in all aspects of professional practice.

     

    Other Activities:

    Dr. Shibi holds a private practice in Plantation, FL.

  • Pilar Siman, LCSW

    Education:

    M.S.W., Clinical Social Work, Columbia University
    Postgraduate Certificate: Bowen Family Systems Theory
    B.S., Culture and Politics, Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service

     

    Professional Interests:

    As a bicultural therapist, Pilar enjoys helping college students navigate issues of identity development such as race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, spirituality and career interest. She specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, self-harm, family conflict, and trauma. In addition, Pilar provides online therapy to FIU online students.

     

    Approach to Therapy:

    Pilar utilizes various therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Therapy, Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy and Guided Meditation. Pilar is passionate about teaching students practical skills to manage difficult emotions and has spearheaded the efforts at FIU CAPS to provide clinical workshops. She currently coordinates the clinical workshop program at FIU which offers workshops on anxiety, depression, relationships and healthy coping strategies.

     

    Other Activities:

    Pilar is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, listening to podcasts and traveling.

  • Kenley Sullivan-Thomas, Psy.D.

    Education:

    PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Nova Southeastern University
    MS, Clinical Psychology, Nova Southeastern University

     

    Professional Interests:

    Her professional interests include working with students with anxiety, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, interpersonal difficulties, and relationship concerns.

     

    Approach to Therapy:

    Dr. Sullivan-Thomas approaches therapy from an integrative perspective, which varies based on client needs. She primarily utilizes a CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) approach, which focuses on how an individual’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected and how this impacts how they view themselves, others, and the world around them. Dr. Sullivan-Thomas also incorporates aspects of insight-oriented therapy, solution-focused therapy, and DBT skills.

     

    Approach to Supervision:

    Dr. Sullivan-Thomas approaches supervision utilizing the developmental model. This allows her to work collaboratively with supervisees to identify strengths and growth edges in order to provide a supportive supervisory experience. She values building a collaborative supervisory relationship in order to work towards increased autonomy. Dr. Sullivan-Thomas encourages supervisees to self-reflect and explore the therapeutic relationship.

  • Justine Wallace, Psy.D.

    Education:

    Psy.D. and M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Hartford
    B.S., Psychology, Florida State University

     

    Professional Interests:

    Dr. Wallace works with students who have a wide range of concerns with particular interest in interpersonal dynamics, family systems, mood disorders, substance use, and the mind-body connection.

     

    Approach to Therapy:

    Dr. Wallace was trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and uses this as her foundation. Throughout her experiences she has learned about and adapted skills from other orientations leading her to use an integrative approach. Dr. Wallace's main goal is helping her students reach their goals believing that each person has the internal resources to help themselves move forward.

     

    Approach to Supervision:

    Dr. Wallace approaches supervision from a developmental perspective, meeting her supervisees where they are in their training. She believes in a supportive and collaborative approach where supervisor and supervisee work together to achieve their goals and increase autonomy.

  • Matthew Woodfork, Ph.D.

    Education:

    Counseling Psychology, Ph.D.

     

    Professional Interests:

    Dr. Woodfork is interested in working with students experiencing relational difficulties, mood issues, anxiety, and concerns related to identity and culture.

     

    Approach to Therapy:

    Dr. Woodfork employs an integrative approach to therapy incorporating Interpersonal Process Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, while developing trusting and safety in the therapeutic alliance and considering multicultural factors in order to understand client's needs.

     

    Approach to Supervision:

    Dr. Woodfork draws from a developmental framework and seeks to establish a trusting, collaborative relationship in an effort to enhance supervisees' clinical competence and professional identity.

     

    Other Activities:

    Dr. Woodfork enjoys anything that involves laughter, being physically active, and food.