Meet the Staff!
Dai To, Ph.D., Director
Dr. To is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and received her doctorate from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. As Director, she is available for consultation to Faculty, Staff and family members to address any concerns or questions about how to intervene and help a student. She also provides individual and group psychotherapy with an emphasis on First Generation College Students. Whether in her own clinical work or supervising the work of trainees, Dr. To is informed by her understanding of people both psychologically and socioculturally. She has a deep appreciation for the developmental challenges of college students and understands that these challenges are often complicated by familial, cultural demands and expectations as well as internal conflicts. Dr. To works with students to navigate this important time of transition and growth through providing support and insight oriented therapy that will allow students to understand the connections between their emotions, behavior and academic success.
Laura Williams, Psy.D., C.G.P., Associate Director/Director of Training
Dr. Williams received her doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. She interned at the Wright Institute of Los Angeles and Whittier College Counseling Center. She pursued a specialty in college counseling with a postdoctoral residency at the University of Rochester's Counseling and Psychological Services and has worked at various college counseling centers for the past 20 yearts. Dr. Williams is available for consultation with Faculty, Staff and parents who are concerned about a student. As a licensed Psychologist, she provides individual and group psychotherapy and is a Certified Group Psychotherapist offering groups for grief and loss, rape and sexual abuse survivors and those desiring personal growth. As Director of Training, she directs and supervises the clinical training program in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Dr. Williams' theoretical orientation is an integration of feminist, psychoanalytic and relational theories.
Cynthia Cutshall, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist/Outreach Coordinator
Dr. Cutshall received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Iowa, and she is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in the State of California. As Staff Psychologist, she provides individual, group, and couples therapy to Saint Mary’s students and consultation to Faculty, Staff, and family members. Dr. Cutshall incorporates elements of psychodynamic and relational theories into her work with students with the goal of fostering and supporting their emotional well-being, healthy relationships, and academic success. She also collaborates with the Training Director to provide clinical supervision and didactic instruction to graduate student therapists who work within CAPS. Lastly, as Outreach Coordinator she collaborates with the Director to plan, oversee, and implement a comprehensive psychoeducational program designed to meet the needs of the culturally diverse student population at Saint Mary’s College. Please feel free to contact Dr. Cutshall for any outreach needs.
Brother Thomas Jones, FSC, Ed.D., Staff Psychologist
Dr. Jones is a Christian Brother who holds California state licenses as both a Clinical Psychologist and an Educational Psychologist. He received his doctorate from the University of San Francisco. With experience in educational, correctional and medical settings, Dr. Jones brings considerable expereince in supporting the development of individuals who struggle to take care of their personal needs as they repond to institutional expectations. As a staff psychologist in CAPS, he is available to students regarding issues pertaining to the social, emotional and academic challenges of collegiate life. He is also available to faculty and staff for consultation. Drawing on a number of paradigms, Dr. Jones incorporates elements of learning, muticultural and psychodynamic theories into his practice. He has worked with a wide range of issues that impact the well-being and development of students, including addressing learning differences; facing transition; managing family and peer relationships; building self esteem; setting and attaining goals; coping with stress; and managing depression, mood swings and anxiety.
Ellis Edmunds, Psy.D., Postdoctoral Resident
Dr. Edmunds received his doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco. He completed his internship working at Making Waves Academy in Richmond, CA and has worked at various school sites around the Bay Area for the past four years. He is currently fulfilling requirements for his post-doctoral residency at CAPS under the clinical supervision of Dr. Williams, Dr. Cutshall and Dr. To. He provides individual and group psychotherapy for students at Saint Mary’s. His interests include treating anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship conflicts, and difficult family situations. Dr. Edmunds uses an integrative approach to therapy, drawing upon psychodynamic theories and incorporating acceptance and commitment therapy and mindfulness.
Heidi Tend, Administrative Assistant
Heidi brings more than 18 years of logistics and administrative experience. Prior to joining Saint Mary's, she served as Logistics Manager for EPC, where she managed such projects as courseware curriculum development, training certification and training coordination. When you come to CAPS, Heidi will be your first point of contact. She will help to navigate you through the process of filling out a questionnaire and setting up an appointment to see a therapist. In her free time, Heidi volunteers at a local animal shelter and has two therapy dogs, which make frequent visits to the SMC campus.
2012-2013 Psychology Training Program
Juliana Ybarra, M.A., Predoctoral Therapist
Juliana is a predoctoral graduate student in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Multicultural and Community Psychology at California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco, CA. She is currently fulfilling requirements for her pre-doctoral internship at CAPS under the clinical supervision of Dr. Williams and Dr. Cutshall. She also holds a masters degree in Research Psychology from California State University, Long Beach. Her interests include issues affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning community, multiculturalism, substance abuse, trauma, depression and anxiety. Juliana practices from a multicultural psychodynamic perspective and believes in collaborative psychotherapy where the client and clinician work together to create and meet goals.
Kalana Greer, M.A., Predoctoral Therapist
Kalana is a graduate student in the Doctor of Psychology program at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill. She is currently fulfilling requirements for her pre-doctoral internship at CAPS under the clinical supervision of Dr. Williams and Dr. Cutshall. She has interests in trauma, relationships, mental health in education, multi-cultural issues, social justice, and over all well-being. Advocacy for and working with students of color, particularly African American students is important to Kalana, as these populations have been historically underrepresented in the mental health and education fields. Kalana practices integrative psychotherapy, with an emphasis utilizing Control Mastery, Existential and Psychodynamic theories. Kalana has an appreciation and respect for different cultures and worldviews. She also finds collaborating with students extremely fulfilling. Her therapeutic style includes using empathy, insight, exploration and creativity to promote acceptance, transformation, and healing.
Scott Newcombe, M.A., Practicum Therapist
Scott is a 4th year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He is practicing under the clinical supervision of Dr. Williams. Some of his interests include anxiety, relationship issues, life transitions, trauma, depression, substance abuse, and helping one achieve personal growth. Scott practices integrative psychotherapy with a psychodynamic emphasis.
Jessica Gould, M.A., Practicum Therapist
Jessica is a 3rd year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. She is currently practicing under the clinical supervision of Dr. Williams and Dr. Cutshall. Her clinical interests include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, survivors of trauma, group psychotherapy, contemporary psychoanalytic theory, and individuals with biracial identities and bicultural backgrounds. She also has an interest in psychoeducation and outreach, as Jessica worked as a sexual health educator during her undergraduate years. Jessica practices integrative psychotherapy with a psychodynamic and relational emphasis.