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Meet the CC Staff

Clinical Staff

Mary E. Grigar, Ph.D., Director

Dr. Grigar received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Indiana State University after completing her internship training in the Student Counseling Center at Illinois State University. She holds a Master's degree from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also completed a post-doctoral year of training at The University of Michigan's Counseling Center. Dr. Grigar is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Illinois. Her clinical experiences include primarily university counseling center work which involves a range of services including individual, group, and career therapy, as well as outreach and consultation services. She has also provided psychotherapy supervision of therapists in training. Dr. Grigar is a member the American Psychological Association (APA), as well as APA Division 17 (Counseling Psychology).

Kusha G. Murarka, Psy.D., Assistant Director/Training Coordinator

Dr. Kusha Murarka received her B.A. at Northwestern University and then her Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology) at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University Chicago. She is licensed as a clinical psychologist in Illinois and has worked at a number of counseling centers in the Midwest and on the East Coast. She completed her internship at Pace University Counseling Center and then postdoctoral work at Princeton University Counseling and Psychological Services. Dr. Murarka has significant experience working with university students and dealing with issues related to multicultural experiences, interpersonal relationships, and identity development. She is interested in a variety of mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, identity conflicts, stress management, mind/body issues, relationships, alcohol and other drug use, and suicide prevention.  Dr. Murarka is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA), and recently served as the Chair for the executive board of the Division of South Asian Americans (DoSAA) under AAPA

Taylor Esposito, Psy.D., Clinical Coordinator

Dr. Esposito received his doctorate degree in clinical psychology and master’s degree in counseling psychology from The Adler School of Professional Psychology. He completed his clinical internship at Wichita State University Counseling and Testing Center as well as his postdoctoral training in preventative health psychology at Wichita State University. He has a wide array of experience working with college students and has specific interests in anxiety, depression, interpersonal issues, substance use issues, mind/body health, preventative wellness, performance anxiety/performance enhancement, and sports psychology. Dr. Esposito is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA).  

Postdoctoral Staff

Ann Diamond, Psy.D., Post-Doc

Dr. Ann Diamond completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She received her Bachelor's degree in psychology from Northern Illinois University. The majority of her clinical experience has been in university counseling centers, in addition to working within community mental health. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Miami University in Ohio. Dr. Diamond enjoys the opportunity to collaborate and join efforts with those working within university settings to promote the mental health of students, in addition to providing supervision/training, outreach, and consultation. Some of Dr. Diamond's other interests include sexual orientation and gender identity development, women's issues, interpersonal relationships, family of origin concerns, and trauma.

Michael McPartland, Psy.D., Post-Doc  

Dr. McPartland received his Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology) from Adler University. He also has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Adler University and a Bachelor’s degree from The University of Iowa. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at Michigan State University in August of 2014. He has provided clinical services in community mental health, college counseling and inpatient psychiatric hospital settings. Dr. McPartland enjoys the range of available opportunities working within a university setting, including individual and group therapy, supervision/training, consultation and outreach. His clinical interests include interpersonal struggles, identity development, life transition and adjustment, LGBT concerns, family of origin issues, mood disorders and trauma. He has worked with children, adolescents and adults from diverse backgrounds presenting with a wide range of clinical issues. 

Psychology Externs

Hanna Chung, M.A., Pyschology Extern

Hanna Chang is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in counseling psychology at Loyola University Chicago. She received her master's degree in mental health counseling from Boston College, and her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to working at Roosevelt, Hanna provided therapy at Malcolm X College and at an inpatient/outpatient substance abuse rehabilitation program. Additionally, she has experience working as a crisis hotline volunteer and a residential counselor for adolescents and adults with cognitive disabilities. Some of Hanna's clinical interests include: mindfulness, stress and anxiety management, depression, relationships, identity development, life transitions, and substance abuse. Hanna is a student affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a member of the Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA).

Sean Serluco, M.A., Psychology Extern

Sean Serluco is currently pursuing his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Midwestern University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Pre-Medicine at Augustana College, and earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology at Midwestern University. He most recently completed his therapy externship at Psychological Consultations, a private practice setting, where he conducted clinical intakes, individual therapy, group therapy, and Neuro Emotional assessments. As a former diagnostic extern at Linden Oaks Hospital, Sean conducted psychological assessment in outpatient, partial hospitalization, and inpatient settings. Throughout his clinical experiences, Sean has had the opportunity to work with adolescents and adults who present with a wide array of diagnoses and come from a culturally diverse set of backgrounds. Some of Sean’s clinical interests include self-identity, anxiety, mindfulness-based interventions, and LGBT-related issues. In his free time, Sean enjoys exploring Chicago’s restaurants and neighborhoods.

Ella Yung, M.A., Psychology Extern

Ella Yung is currently pursuing a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Adler University.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Communications Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University and earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School Professional Psychology. Ella is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Illinois. She has experience conducting cognitive, personality and risk assessments in an inpatient psychiatric hospital. Ella has also provided individual and group therapy in community mental health centers to individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds. Ella's clinical interests include trauma, identity development, adjustment to loss, and mood disorders. In her spare time, Ella enjoys photography, travel, trying new food and being outdoors. She is looking forward to working with the Roosevelt University community and providing support where it is needed.

Office Staff

Charla Johnson, M.A., Senior Secretary

Charla Johnson joined the Counseling Center in February 2009.  Charla earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Chicago State University in Psychology and her Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling from Liberty University.  During her spare time Charla enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Margaret Lally, Senior Secretary

Margaret Lally joined the Counseling Center in December 2013.   Margaret attended the Southwest School of Business where she studied Business Administration.   She has worked as a legal secretary and administrative assistant in the Chicago area as well as in her own community.  Margaret enjoys spending her spare time with her family and friends.  She is a Chicago sports fan and loves to read. 

Peer Advocates  

Katherine Kusner, Peer Advocate

Katherine is an undergraduate majoring in Psychology with a minor in English. Her aspirations include achieving a graduate degree in Forensic Psychology, with a specialization in prison and behavioral therapy. Her journey begins at Roosevelt University out of admiration and respect for the university that housed and educated her father many years ago. A huge supporter for Chicago sports (Boo Cubbies); she is a science fiction aficionado and a pug fanatic. Katherine is also a research technician for the Sisco Research Team working to understand interpersonal dynamics and the systems that impact and influence resulting violence.



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