Staff

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., 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. As a Staff Psychologist, she provides assessment, crisis intervention, case management, and short-term therapy to Saint Mary’s students and consultation to faculty, staff, and concerned others such as friends and family members. Dr. Cutshall works to support each student's mental health, relational functioning, and academic success. She strives to form strong therapeutic relationships with her clients, and she pays particular attention to their cultural identities. Dr. Cutshall is interested in researching potential obstacles to treatment seeking, and she engages in campus-wide assessment efforts to achieve an understanding of how to better meet the diverse needs of all students. Dr. Cutshall also collaborates with the Training Director to provide clinical supervision and didactic instruction to graduate student therapists who work within CAPS. Lastly, as the Outreach Coordinator, she oversees the implementation of a comprehensive psychoeducational program designed to serve the multicultural 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.

Arthur Ritmeester, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

Dr. Ritmeester received his doctorate from the University at Albany, State University of New York. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the University of California, Santa Barbara's Counseling Center, and subsequently his postdoctoral residency at Saint Mary’s College’s Counseling Center. Dr. Ritmeester is returning to Saint Mary’s this year to join us as a licensed Staff Psychologist. Dr. Ritmeester's primary orientation to therapy is psychodynamic and interpersonal. His clinical interests include identity development, forming healthy relationships, trauma, crisis intervention, and mindfulness practice. Dr. Ritmeester conducts individual and group therapy, and provides outreach services.

Roman Rodriguez, M.D., Psychiatrist

Dr. Rodriguez is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. in both General Psychiatry and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry.  He is a life-long resident of the San Francisco Bay Area.  He is a St. Mary’s College alumnus, graduating with a B.S. in Biology.  He went on to receive his M.D. at the School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.  He completed his psychiatric training at the Menninger Foundation as a general resident in Psychiatry and a Child Fellow in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry.  He has worked in a variety of clinical settings which have included providing direct outpatient patient care, Chief of Psychiatry in a hospital setting, and a psychiatric consultant to various residential settings.  His academic pursuits have included supervising mental health trainees of various disciplines, especially at UCSF where he is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry.  In addition to his work at St. Mary’s he currently is in private practice in San Francisco and provides direct patient care to SEARHC, a consortium in Southeast Alaska, providing medical services for Alaska natives. When not working, Dr. Rodriguez enjoys travelling, movies, reading about history and politics and pleasant, relaxing walks.

Tatiana Vaschetto, Psy.D., Postdoctoral Resident

Dr. Vaschetto received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA.  She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Counseling Center.  Additionally, she has worked at both UC Berkeley and Mills College Counseling Centers.  She is currently fulfilling requirements for her post-doctoral training under the supervision of Drs. To, Williams, and Cutshall.  She provides individual and group psychotherapy, crisis intervention, and outreach services to undergraduate and graduate students.  Her therapeutic orientation is primarily psychodynamic through a multicultural lens and includes mindfulness based cognitive-behavioral interventions.  She is interested in working with underrepresented student communities (students of color, undocumented, LGBTQIA, 1st generation) and supporting students on their journey of self-discovery while also providing a safe space to process and explore deeper issues (family of origin, attachment, relationship concerns, career development, multicultural identity development, discrimination, microagressions).  Lastly, she is fluent in Spanish and enjoys conducting therapy bilingually.

Andrew Webster, Psy.D., Postdoctoral Resident

Dr. Webster received his doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary's School of Psychology in Pasadena, California.  He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the University of Houston's Counseling and Psychological Services.  Dr. Webster is working with us as a post-doctoral resident completing his requirements for licensure.  He is training under the supervision of Drs To, Williams, and Cutshall.  Dr. Webster's primary orientation to therapy is interpersonal and psychodynamic.  His clinical interests included mood disorders, identity concerns (i.e., race, religion, sexual orientation, gender), multicultural issues, interpersonal concerns, and mindfulness practice.  Dr. Webster conducts individual and group therapy and provides outreach services to various departments on campus.

Heidi Tend, Administrative Assistant

Heidi brings more than 25 years of logistics, managerial 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, Oscar and Joey.  She is also responsible for coordinating the pet therapy events on the SMC campus.