430 S. Michigan Avenue
Room 470 (4th floor)
Chicago, IL 60605
1400 N. Roosevelt Blvd
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Monday-Thursday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesdays By Appointment Only
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. 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. She also has extensive experience providing supervision and designing training programs for predoctoral externs and postdoctoral staff over the years. 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. She currently serves as the President Elect of the Association for Chicagoland Externship & Practicum Training (ACEPT).
Andrea Seefeldt, Psy.D, Clinical Coordinator
Dr. Andrea Seefeldt received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Adler University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Seefeldt’s clinical training and interest in working with young adults has led her to several university counseling centers where she actively engages with the campus through outreach and advocacy efforts. She completed her APA accredited internship at Indiana University Counseling and Psychological Services and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago Student Counseling Services. She enjoys reaching the student body at large through outreach programs as well as working with students individually in therapy. Dr. Seefeldt’s clinical interests include identity development, relationship issues, and eating and body image concerns. Dr. Seefeldt is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), American College Counseling Association (ACCA), Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), and is the Communications Chair for the Early Career Psychologists division of the Illinois Psychological Association (IPA).
Ann Diamond, Psy.D.,Outreach Coordinator
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 and her postdoctoral fellowship at Roosevelt University. 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.
Ashley Bradley, Psy.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow
Dr. Ashley Bradley received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Adler University after completing her internship training at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s student counseling center. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor’s degree from Howard University. Dr. Bradley has worked in a variety of clinical settings serving diverse populations, including community mental health centers, private practice, and forensic settings. She enjoys working within a university setting to promote mental health and well-being for students. Some of Dr. Bradley’s clinical interests include interpersonal relationships, body image and disordered eating concerns, racial identity development, family of origin concerns, and issues related to anxiety.
Elizabeth Aram, Psy.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow
Dr. Elizabeth Aram completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She earned her Bachelor's degree in psychology from York University in Toronto. Dr. Aram has trained in a variety of college counseling and community mental health settings, with a consistent focus on social justice and diversity. She completed her APA accredited internship at Purdue University in Indiana, where she further developed skills in individual, couples, and group therapy, as well as supervision and consultation. Dr. Aram views her outreach and advocacy work in university settings as opportunities for developing strong, collaborative relationships on campus that improve mental health awareness and access. Dr. Aram's other interests include: interpersonal issues, sexual orientation and gender identity, trauma, family of origin issues, couples therapy, mood and anxiety, eating disorders/body-image, and identity development.
Alexander Tatum, M.S.,Psychology Extern
Alexander (Alex) Tatum graduated from the University of Virginia in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science and made the jump to psychology over the next year while working full-time for an affective neuroscience lab. He completed a Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling at Georgia State University in 2014. Alex moved to Chicago after completing his masters to pursue a PhD in Counseling Psychology at Loyola University Chicago, and he is currently in his third year of the program. He completed his previous therapy practicum at Dominican University's Wellness Center and enjoys working with college students as they navigate issues such as multiple role management, relationship stressors, and sexual identity concerns. Alex is a graduate affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS
Beverly Herr, M.A., Psychology Extern
Beverly Herr is currently pursuing a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Trinity College. Beverly most recently completed her therapy externship at Malcolm X College where she provided students with individual therapy and assistance accessing resources in the community. She also worked as a diagnostic extern at Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, a community mental health center where she gained experience conducting psychological assessments for individuals of all ages. These externship positions have provided Beverly with the opportunity to work with culturally diverse individuals presenting with a range of issues such as depression, chronic stress, trauma, and relationship difficulties. Some of her clinical interests include trauma, anxiety, intimate partner violence, and using strength-based approaches. When she isn’t studying or working, Beverly enjoys running and trying new restaurants in Chicago.
Shifra Spector, M.S., Psychology Extern
Shifra Spector is currently pursuing her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Touro College, and earned a Master of Science in School Psychology at Touro College as well. Shifra was a certified School Psychologist in the state of New York. She recently completed her therapy externship at Wilbur Wright College, where she conducted clinical intakes and individual therapy, and was involved in outreach-related activities. In 2014-2015, she completed her diagnostic practicum at Jewish Child and Family Services, a community mental health agency. Shifra conducted intakes, parent and child interviews, psychological assessments, and school observations and feedback sessions. Throughout her clinical experiences, Shifra has worked across a broad age span, from children to adults, who present with a wide array of diagnoses and come from a culturally diverse set of backgrounds. Some of Shifra’s clinical interests include stigma as it relates to mental health diagnoses, interpersonal related issues, and mood disorders
Charla Johnson, M.A., Administrative 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.
Elysia Soria, B.S., Administrative Secretary
Elysia is a current graduate student in the MA Clinical Psychology program at Roosevelt University. Having graduated from Illinois State University with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Elysia went on to serve as a Registered Behavior Technician in Bloomington, IL where she provided therapy to children, adolescents, and adults with learning disabilities, primarily non-verbal individuals with Autism in both the clinic and in-home settings. Elysia's clinical interests include cultural psychology and child psychology, including neurodevelopmental disorders. Upon completion of her Master's program, Elysia intends on obtaining a doctoral degree in Clinical Child Psychology to research and serve underrepresented populations coping with intellectual and developmental disabilities while teaching at an institution of higher learning. When Elysia isn't studying, you can find her traveling, reading, running, exploring new foods, or as a St. Louis-area native, you'll find her cheering on her St. Louis Cardinals.
Amber Hegewald, Peer Advocate
Amber is an undergraduate senior, majoring in psychology, with a minor in sociology. She serves as a violence prevention intern with UCAN Chicago, a facility that serves youth in care of the state child welfare system, and youth who have been removed from their homes for reasons of abuse or neglect. Amber plans to pursue a M.A. in clinical psychology (counseling practice) to prepare her for working with at risk youth in inner cities. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and networking.
Dafne Paglia, Peer Advocate
Dafne is an undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies. Their extracurricular endeavors include serving on the University's Title IX: Sexual Respect Committee and volunteering as a medical advocate for Rape Victim Advocates (RVA), a local sexual assault crisis center. Dafne wishes to pursue a graduate degree in Psychology that will equip them to either counsel survivors of sexual violence or empirically research rape culture on the social level. Dafne is additionally an assistant to Dr. Jill Coleman, Ph.D and her research team; aiding in data collection and recording. They is an avid follower of pop culture and enjoys reading about queer theory and gender essentialism in their free time.
Larissa Valentino, Peer Advocate
Larissa is a first year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology MA program. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology at Illinois Wesleyan University, and one day plans to continue for her doctoral degree in Clinical Child Psychology. Her clinical interests include anxiety disorders and trauma. Additionally, she is an advocate for ending the stigma surrounding mental illness. In her free time, she loves to read, ride horses, and spend time outdoors.
Essyl Ghim, Peer Advocate
Essyl is an undergraduate senior and majoring in psychology. She is an advocate for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention and volunteers in Out of Darkness Walks. She also served as Vice President of Service for Phi Theta Kappa at her community college. Essyl seeks to pursue a M.A. in school counseling in order to enhance the lives of adolescents. She is passionate about implementing programs for anti-bullying, suicide prevention, and multiculturalism. She loves to bake, read, ice skate, and listen to music.