Meet the CSDC Professional & Support Staff

 

Michael Amrhein, Ph.D.

Position: Staff Therapist, Assistant to the Clinical Coordinator

Education: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2016;
M.A. in Clinical Psychology from University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2013;
B.A. in Psychology from 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; Assistant Coordinator of Clinical Services

Education: Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from 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; Assistant Coordinator of Intern Training

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

Position: Staff Therapist; Co-Coordinator of Outreach

Education: B.A. from Whitworth University in 2004;
M.S. from Western Washington University in 2007;
Ph.D. anticipated from Miami University in 2016.

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; Assistant Coordinator of Practicum Training

Education: Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2012;
B.S. in Psychology at 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. from Wheaton College, 2016;
M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College;
B.A. in Political Science from 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 at the University of Minnesota, 1994;
M.A. in Clinical Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, 1987;
B.A. at the 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.

Alvin E. Murphy Jr., M.D.

Position: Psychiatrist

Education: A. B. from Harvard College, Cambridge, MA, 1957;
M.D. from 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. from 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

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

Worked at CSDC since: 2013

Julie Nishihira, M.A.

Position: Staff Therapist

Education: Psy.D. anticipated from Hawaiʻi School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, 2017;
M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Hawaiʻi School of Professional Psychology at 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 from Washington State University in 2016;
M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Washington State University in 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: Licensed Psychologist; Center Director; CIR Coordinator

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

Education: M.Ed. in Counselor Education from the 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, M.A., L.Ac.

Position: Staff Therapist; Coordinator of Staff Development

Education: Psy.D. anticipated from Wright Institute in 2016;
M.S. from Fujian College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2004;
A.B. from 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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