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Schaumburg Campus

430 S. Michigan Avenue
Room 470 (4th floor)
Chicago, IL 60605

Phone: 312-341-3548
FAX: 312-341-3550

1400 N. Roosevelt Blvd
Room 114
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Phone: 312-341-3548
FAX: 312-341-3550

Chicago Hours: Schaumburg Hours:

Monday-Thursday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

Wednesdays By Appointment Only

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).

Andrea Seefeldt, Psy.D, Assistant Director/Training 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., Clinical 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.

Leila Ellis-Nelson, Psy.D., Outreach Coordinator

Dr. Leila Ellis-Nelson received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Master’s in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from The University of Toledo. Her past training experiences included her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Harper College, Pre-Doctoral Internship at Bowling Green State University, and externships at Kennedy King College, Northwestern University, and Ada S. McKinley. As an outreach provider, she focuses on the concerns of those within the environment in order to better allow their specific needs to be met. She’s experienced with providing psycho-educational workshops/presentations, mindfulness workshops, anxiety reduction, career choice and professional development, interpersonal distress related to cultural-societal factors, and helping students to work actively to form bonds with other individuals in their lives. Providing effective counter-spaces for marginalized groups is of particular interest to Dr. Ellis-Nelson, and stems from her past research, and practical experiences, focused on African American, LGBTQ, and Latino communities. Most importantly, her focus on the mental and physical well-being of others allows for meaningful connections to be made throughout the campus community, both between student-student relationships and faculty|staff-student relationships.


Postdoctoral Staff

Andrew Bowman, Psy.D., Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Andrew Bowman received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology after completing his internship training at Counseling and Psychological Services of the University of Kansas. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and philosophy from Albion College. Dr. Bowman has trained in a variety of clinical settings serving diverse populations, including college counseling, community mental health, and inpatient hospital settings. Dr. Bowman’s clinical interests include grief and mourning, trauma, existential issues, interpersonal concerns, identity development and life transitions, individual, couples, and group psychotherapy.

Kiran Mirchandani, Psy.D.Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Kiran Mirchandani received her Doctorate and Master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a minor in Visual Arts, from Loyola University New Orleans. Kiran’s clinical experiences have primarily been in university counseling settings but also behavioral health hospital and private practice settings. Kiran completed her APA accredited internship at Texas Woman’s University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Throughout Kiran’s training, she has placed a great emphasis on feminist/multicultural and social justice approaches to therapy. Kiran’s other professional interests include: family of origin and relationship concerns, trauma, expressive arts therapy, coping with medical difficulties, gender-based issues, depression, grief/loss, body image concerns, identity development, and advocacy.

Psychology Externs

Shavonne Fuller, M.A., Psychology Extern

Shavonne graduated from Fisk University, a prestigious Historically Black University, in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Following graduation, she worked in various settings (i.e group home, detention center, and a domestic violence shelter). Those placements, along with her previous volunteer work experience, helped spark her interest in pursuing her graduate studies in Psychology. Shavonne entered Adler University, in 2014, to pursue her Doctorate of Psychology. Since beginning her program, she has had externship placements where she was able to serve diverse, under-served communities with clients who vary in their symptomatology. Her most recent placement, at Harold Washington College, allowed her to provide individual and group therapy, provide case management, conduct diagnostic testing, and create several outreach programs that directly served the school’s population. Shavonne strongly believes in conceptualizing her clients from a multicultural and systemic framework/context. She feels that this way of understanding her clients is essential in being able to form genuine rapport and provide the most comprehensive treatment. Shavonne has a strong interest in serving minority identified individuals, survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault, and individuals who have experienced complex trauma. In her spare time, she enjoys watching Game of Thrones, hanging out with friends, and traveling.

Kinjal Panchal, M.A., Psychology Extern

Kinjal Panchal originally from New York City, moved to Chicago to attend The School of The Art Institute of Chicago where she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Visual communications and a minor in Art therapy. After graduating she was recruited by Obama for America and worked for the Obama 08’ campaign as a senior designer before transitioning over to the field of psychology. She completed her Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 2014. After completing her Masters, she continued her education at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology to pursue a Psy.D in Clinical psychology. Kinjal is currently in her last year. Kinjal has completed previous Therapy practicums at Dominican University Wellness center and the Salvation Army. She has also worked as Diagnostic extern at Streamwood Behavioral Health Hospital where she ran group therapy three times a week. Being bilingual and of South Asian heritage, she has a interest in serving South Asian and other minority communities. She is interested in Vedic psychology, Psychodynamic Theory through a integrated lens of multicultural psychology. Kinjal aims to work with students of minority populations, sexual minorities, and those with diverse backgrounds. Additionally, working with students around self-exploration, relationships, and those struggling with trauma history and social justice. Being a student of eastern Vedic philosophy, Kinjal incorporates aspects of self-awareness gained through process oriented work, meditation and spirituality.  Additionally, the integration of art, music and existential psychology are emphasized within her approach to therapy and everyday life.

Carly Surchin, M.A., Psychology Extern

Carly Surchin is currently pursuing her PsyD in Clinical Psychology at Adler University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree, Carly worked for a year as a Clinical Research Coordinator in a pain research lab at the Toronto General Hospital. She then moved to Chicago to pursue her PsyD in Clinical Psychology. Carly has completed externships at Bridge View & Challenger Day Schools and Riveredge Hospital. She enjoys working with students of all ages and exploring identity development, chronic stress, and life transitions. Carly is especially passionate about the mind-body connection and the effect of emotions and stress on illness, and vice versa. She also has interests in mood disorders, trauma, relationship issues, and familial conflict and structure. Carly enjoys working collaboratively with clients in order to promote growth, strength, and overall health. 

Office Staff

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., Senior 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.

Peer Advocates

Amber Hegewald, B.A., Peer Advocate

Amber is a 2nd year Clinical Psychology Counseling Practice graduate student. She received her B.A. at Roosevelt University, double majoring in Psychology and Sociology.  Amber serves as a Youth Development coach with the Violence Prevention program at UCAN Chicago, a facility that serves youth in care of the state child welfare system, youth in the North Lawndale community that have endured trauma from community violence, and youth who have been removed from their homes for reasons of abuse or neglect. Amber plans to pursue a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, working with at risk youth in inner cities. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and networking.

Shastidy Ricks, B.A., Peer Advocate

Shastidy is a third Year graduate student in the Mental and Clinical Health Counseling MA program from the College of Education. She received her undergraduate degree in Arts and Science from Chicago State University majoring in history/minor in Sociology. Over the course of the next school year, She will be serving as an intern for the non for profit: Youth Guidance Chicago, as a liaison of the of the Chicago Public School system and partner of educational curriculums that serve under privileged communities all over the Chicago land area. Her future aspirations are to pursue a doctoral degree in Counseling Education and Supervision. Some of Shastidy’s clinical interests take account of challenges associated with the affects from experiences with adjustment disorders that can include depression, addiction and PTSD. In her leisure time she enjoys family gatherings, attending sporting events and Reality TV.   

Larissa Valentino, B.A., 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.