430 S. Michigan Avenue
AUD 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 (She|Her)
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).
Leila Ellis-Nelson, Psy.D., Outreach Coordinator (She|Her)
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.
Charla Johnson, M.A., Administrative Secretary (She|Her)
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 (She|Her)
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, B.A., Peer Advocate (She|Her)
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.
Reshma Rampersad, Psy.D. Postdoctoral Fellow (She|Her)
Dr. Reshma Rampersad received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Master’s in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Barry University. Reshma’s clinical experience include her APA accredited Pre-Doctoral Internship at the University of Nevada Las Vegas’ Counseling and Psychological Services, externships at Wright College, Ada S. McKinley, and Josselyn Center. She also completed a Master’s Internship at The Way Back Inn. Reshma’s professional interests include multicultural issues, substance abuse, eating disorders, crisis intervention, and outreach. She places an emphasis on mindfulness and acceptance in her therapeutic approach allowing the individual to evolve in a meaningful way.
Pre-doctoral Psychology Extern
Marquez Wilson, M.A., Pre-doctoral Psychology Extern (They|Them)
Marquez is a current, fourth year, clinical psychology doctoral student at Adler University. They earned their Master’s degree from Adler University and completed undergrad at the Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. Marquez has previously worked in northern Illinois conducting neuropsychological testing. Most recently, Marquez has trained at Howard Brown Health Center providing psychological services. Marquez’s clinical interests include LGB and TGNC issues, gender, and person’s involved in life transitions. Marquez also has a specific interest in working with people of color and those typically underrepresented in the psychological community. When Marquez isn’t studying, you can find them traveling, exploring new neighborhoods, or hunting down other Saints fans in the Windy City.
Crystal Sandoval, M.A., Pre-doctoral Psychology Extern (She|Her)
Crystal received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2010, along with her master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Valparaiso University in 2013. She is currently in her fourth year PsyD program at Adler University with an emphasis in child and adolescent psychology. Crystal had experience working in a community mental health center, providing Master’s level counseling services, individual/group therapy, family therapy, psychoeducation and services to those with cognitive, neuro or physical disabilities. She has a passion for working with people hoping to change their lives in a significant way and working collaboratively with them to help them reach their goals. She has experience administering psychological assessment, which she uses to help shape the therapeutic process. Crystal’s theoretical orientation is based on an integration of components from Cognitive-Behavioral, Family Systems, as well as aspects from other theoretical orientations, such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Acceptance Commitment Therapy. Crystal approaches each client compassionately and idiosyncratically to guide them towards a positive therapeutic experience. She is enthusiastic to apply her experience with clients to help them improve their quality of life and achieve a sense of fulfillment.
Dominique Lawson, M.A., Pre-doctoral Psychology Extern (She|Her)
Dominique is a 4th year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Midwestern University. She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati and her Master’s Degree in clinical psychology from Midwestern University. Dominique has special interest in multicultural psychology, working with underserved populations, and working with young adults with adjustment and transitional concerns. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, exercising, and spending time with family and friends.