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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 Gujrati Murarka, Psy.D., Assistant Director of Outreach Services /Staff Psychologist

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 currently serves as the Chair for the executive board of the Division of South Asian Americans (DoSAA) under AAPA

Taylor Esposito, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist

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).  

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Kasey Schultz-Saindon, Ph.D., Post Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Kasey Schultz-Saindon completed her doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Colorado State University.  She also has a Master’s degree from Colorado State University and a Bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.  Much of her clinical experience has been in university counseling centers, and she completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Colorado State University Health Network.  Dr. Schultz-Saindon has also spent time working in a community clinic, the community college setting, and private practice.  She enjoys engaging in the wide variety of responsibilities and relationships that come with working in the university setting, including providing counseling services, supervision/training, outreach, and consultation.  In addition to enjoying working with individuals, Dr. Schultz-Saindon has a passion for both group and couples counseling.  Some of her other interests include life transition and adjustment, relational struggles, identity development, self-esteem, gender issues, autism spectrum disorders, and stress management.  Dr. Schultz-Saindon is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Psychology Externs

Kristen Adams, M.Ed., Psychology Extern

Kristen Adams is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in counseling psychology at Loyola University Chicago. She obtained her M.Ed. in psychological counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her B.A. in psychology from Syracuse University. In addition to working with college student populations, Kristen has worked in substance use treatment settings, with individuals on parole and probation, and in inner-city schools providing psychological testing and therapy to children and adolescents. Her clinical interests include identity development, interpersonal relationships, family of origin concerns, and experiences of discrimination and oppression. In her free time, Kristen enjoys traveling, exploring Chicago, and spending time with friends and family. 

Simrin Jaglan, M.A., Psychology Extern

Simrin Jaglan is currently working on her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Simrin received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 2010 and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2013.  She most recently completed her intermediate therapy practicum at the Village of Hoffman Estates Department of Health and Human Services, a social service agency in the northwest suburbs, where she provided individual, couple, and family psychotherapy from a strengths-based approach to clients who were culturally diverse. Her diagnostic practicum was completed at Riveredge Hospital where she conducted psychological assessments, clinical intakes, learned crisis management skills in an inpatient setting, and worked with interdisciplinary teams to provide optimal care to patients. In her training and volunteer work thus far, Simrin has had the opportunity to work with children, adolescents, and adults who present with a range of diagnoses and presenting concerns. Some of her clinical interests include identity development, anxiety/depression disorders, life transition, mindfulness, and relationship concerns. In addition to clinical work, Simrin also has a strong focus on prevention work. She has facilitated psychotherapy groups for adolescents and young adults with a focus on stress prevention and increasing mindfulness. She has also volunteered in Zambia, Africa to provide trauma prevention workshops to childcare workers in local schools and clinics. In her free time Simrin enjoys spending time with friends and family, snowboarding, travelling, watching fireworks at Navy Pier, and indulging in her guilty pleasure of reality television. Simrin approaches her clients with compassion and a genuine curiosity with the goal to inspire behavioral change by identifying strengths and values that the individual is motivated to live by; she is excited to work with college students at Roosevelt University for the 2014-2015 school year and looks forward to being a part of the Counseling Center staff.    

Amanda McCune, M.A., Psychology Extern

Amanda McCune is currently pursuing a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at The Adler School of Professional Psychology.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Child Development at Vanderbilt University and earned a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration at The George Washington University.  As a diagnostic extern at Adler Community Health Services Amanda previously conducted psychological assessments in school-based, primary care, forensic, and home-based settings.  Over the last year, she has provided individual, family, and group therapy in addition to community outreach to individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds at the Village of Hoffman Estates, Health and Human Services.  Amanda’s clinical interests include identity development, adjustment to loss, mood disorders, and trauma. 


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.

Sakina Noor, Peer Advocate

Sakina is a graduate student majoring in Training and Development. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from the University of Hull in the United Kingdom and brings with her several years of experience in corporate and personal development training from Tanzania, East Africa and the UK. Sakina has worked closely with vulnerable individuals from a range of cultures and age groups in enabling personal and professional growth and success. Sakina is an avid reader, a social-science and cosmology enthusiast and a lover of animals and children.


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