Meet the CSDC Professional & Support Staff

 

Michael Amrhein, Ph.D.

Position: Staff Therapist, Assistant to the Coordinator of Clinical Services

Education: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2016;
M.A. in Clinical Psychology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2013;
B.A. in Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park, 2010.

Worked at CSDC since: 2014

Professional Interests: I enjoy working with students who are hoping to grow in their relationships, self-confidence, and identity. I also enjoy working with concerns related to trauma, depression, anxiety, or difficulties with life transitions.

Rebecca "Becca" Cowan, Psy.D.

Position: Licensed Psychologist

Education: Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Argosy University, Hawaiʻi, 2011;
M.A. in Human and Animal Cognition, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2003;
B.S. in Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1995.

Worked at CSDC since: 2012

Professional Interests: Psychodynamic and humanistic approaches to therapy; individual and couple's therapy.

Kathrine Fast, Ph.D.

Position: Licensed Psychologist; Coordinator of Clinical Services; Assistant Coordinator of Intern Training

Education: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2010;
M.A. in Clinical Psychology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2003.

Worked at CSDC since: 2007

Professional Interests: Cognitive Behavior Therapy, stress management and promotion of self-care, grief and bereavement, adjustment to health related conditions, culturally sensitive counseling, women's issues, LGBTI issues, non-traditional students, and outreach.

Joel Gaffney, Ph.D.

Position: Staff Therapist; Co-Coordinator of Outreach, Assistant to the Coordinator of Clinical Services (Groups Program)

Education: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Miami University, 2017;
M.S., Western Washington University, 2007;
B.A., Whitworth University, 2004.

Worked at CSDC since: 2014

Professional Interests: Close relationships, Grief and loss, Men's issues, University Mental Health.

Nicole Gonowon, Psy.D.

Position: Staff Therapist; Coordinator of Practicum Training

Education: Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2012;
B.S. in Psychology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2004.

Worked at CSDC since: 2011

Professional Interests: Humanistic-Existential Therapy, LGBTI issues, depression, culturally sensitive counseling, women's issues, trauma and abuse work.

Michael T. Helfer, Ph.D.

Position: Licensed Psychologist; Coordinator of Training

Education: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Seattle Pacific University.

Worked at CSDC since: 2010

Professional Interests: Helping students work through anxiety, depression, relationships, and whatever difficult challenges they are faced with along their life's journey. My goal is to promote positive growth and development both inside and outside.

Hannah Im, Psy.D.

Position: Staff Therapist; Co-Coordinator of Outreach

Education: Psy.D., Wheaton College, 2016;
M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Wheaton College;
B.A. in Political Science, University of Michigan.

Worked at CSDC since: 2014

Professional Interests: I utilize a psychodynamic and humanistic approach to counseling and particularly enjoy working with students dealing with multicultural and diversity related concerns, cross-cultural transitions, meaning making during times of change and recovery from trauma. I work hard to co-create a meaningful space where positive growth and change can occur.

Patrick Jichaku, Ph.D.

Position: Licensed Psychologist

Education: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1994;
M.A. in Clinical Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, 1987;
B.A., University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 1981.

Worked at CSDC since: 2009

Professional Interests: Individual, group, and couple & family counseling and psychotherapy, crisis counseling, mindfulness meditation and its psychological applications, person-centered cultural psychology, personality assessment.

Richard Mizusawa, M.Ed.

Position: Coordinator of Communication and Program Development

Education: M.Ed. in Educational Administration, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2016;
B.A. in Communication and Communicology (formerly Speech), University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2014.

Worked at CSDC since: 2016

Professional/Research Interests: Higher Education Administration, Student Affairs Administration, Asian American College Students, Asian American College Student Mental Health, Leadership Development,Organizational Change, Interpersonal Relations, Communications, Business Management, Government and Politics.

Talaivosa "Ate" Moala, B.A.

Position: Instructional and Student Support Specialist

Education: B.A. in Biology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Worked at CSDC since: 2008

Alvin E. Murphy Jr., M.D.

Position: Psychiatrist

Education: A. B., Harvard College, Cambridge, MA, 1957;
M.D., University of Florida, Gainesville, 1963.

Psychiatry Training: Boston State Hospital, 1967-1968; Boston Veterans Administration Hospital, 1968-1970; Massachusetts General Hospital, 1969-1970 (child).

Military experience: Intern Chelsea Naval Hospital, 1963-1964; General Medical Officer Barbers Point NAS, Hawaiʻi 1964-1967.

Worked at CSDC since: June 2008

Professional Interests: Depression, psychopharmacology, computers in Psychiatry, voice recognition, Linux.

Personal Statement: "Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit."

Linda Nahulu, M.D.

Position: Psychiatrist

Education: M.D., University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, JABSOM, 1987.

Worked at CSDC since: 2009

Professional Interests: Native Hawaiian Mental Health, Suicide, Suicidal-Related Behaviors and Prevention relating to Indigenous Pacific Islander in the United States.

Trystin Nakayama, B.A.

Position: Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the Director

Education: B.A. in Psychology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2009.

Worked at CSDC since: 2013

Julie Nishihira, Psy.D.

Position: Staff Therapist

Education: Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Argosy University, 2017;
M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Argosy University, 2011;
B.A. in Psychology, University of Hawaiʻi at West Oʻahu, 2004.

Worked at CSDC since: 2016

Professional Interests: Humanistic therapy, transitional/life issues; anxiety; self-esteem; career counseling; and self-care

Erin Okumoto, Ph.D.

Position: Staff Therapist; Co-Coordinator of the Peer Fellowship Program; Assistant to the Director (Special Projects)

Education: Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Washington State University, 2016;
M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Washington State University, 2012.

Worked at CSDC since: 2015

Professional Interests: Collaborative and insight-oriented humanistic, interpersonal, and CBT approaches to counseling. Multicultural psychology with interests working with issues related to race, culture, disability, first-generation to college transitions, and sexual and gender identity. Interest in working with relationship or family of origin issues, self-esteem and identity development, anxiety, and depression.

Allyson M. Tanouye, Ph.D.

Position: Director and Chief Psychologist; Coordinator of Counselor-in-Residence Program; Coordinator of Post-Doctoral Training

Education: Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1990;
M.Ed. in Counselor Education, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa;
B.S. in Human Development, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Worked at CSDC since: 1991

Professional Interests: Training and supervision, multicultural diversity, career life development, and self-esteem in women.

Joan Ukishima, M.Ed.

Position: Coordinator of the Testing Office

Education: M.Ed. in Counselor Education, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 1988.

Worked at CSDC since: 1988

Professional Interests: Career and psychological testing, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Testing and Type Dynamics, and counseling and multicultural diversity in our local culture.

Personal Statement: "Lucky I live Hawaiʻi! I enjoy being a part of the University of Hawaiʻi's Student Services mission and team promoting the spirit of 'lokahi' (unity) and 'kokua' (help)."

Michael "Mike" Yap, Psy.D.

Position: Staff Therapist; Coordinator of Professional Development; Co-Coordinator of the Peer Fellowship Program

Education: Psy.D., Wright Institute, 2016;
M.S., Fujian College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2004;
A.B., Princeton University, 1992.

Worked at CSDC since: 2013

Professional Interests: Psychoanalysis, depth work, cross-cultural considerations, Chinese medicine and meditative arts (tai chi, qi gong), individual/couples/group psychotherapy.


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