CAPS Staff

Isabel Avila Saiter, Psy.D., Post-Doctoral Counselor Fellow

Isabel Avila Saiter received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California Institute of Integral studies in San Francisco, CA. Her early training was in community mental health at Berkeley Mental Health where she worked with children, adolescents, families, and young adults. She went on to provide counseling to students at Mills College and Santa Clara University, where she completed her internship. Isabel supports students by helping them gain insight about their strengths and encouraging resilience. She helps students with a variety of concerns including adjustment to college, relationship and family issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss. Her other clinical interests include women’s issues, spirituality and psychology, mindfulness, stress management and life balance.

Lindsey Brooks, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist/Training Coordinator

Lindsey Brooks received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Lehigh University and is a licensed psychologist in California. She has provided counseling to students at several universities, including UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and Santa Clara University. Lindsey helps students with difficulties such as, relationship issues, family difficulties, adjustment to college, depression, anxiety, and grief/loss. She also aims to help students connect with their inner strengths and passions. Her specialty is working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex students (LGBTQQI). She also facilitates the Bisexual Discussion Group at SSU. Lindsey particularly enjoys working with students on understanding their multicultural identities, first-generation college student issues, international student concerns, and women's issues.

Andrew Kerlow-Myers, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

Andy received his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York. He has previously received training at the University at Albany’s Psychological Services Center and Career Services Center, Albany Medical Center Movement Disorders Clinic, Neuropsychological Rehabilitation Services, and the College of Saint Rose Counseling Center. He completed his APA accredited internship at Arizona State University’s Counseling Center. Andy has an interest in working with students who have had traumatic experiences, and changing campus culture around sexual violence. Andy also enjoys helping students with a variety of concerns, including first-generation college student issues, adjustment, anxiety, depression, career decision making, and being a parent while in college.

Alissa Melendez, Psy.D., Post-Doctoral Counselor Fellow

Alissa Melendez received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology: Family Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA.  She completed her early training in community mental health centers where she worked with children, adolescents, and families with diverse backgrounds and presenting issues.  Alissa went on to provide counseling to college students at several universities, including Azusa Pacific University and the University of Redlands.  She completed her APA accredited internship at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.  Alissa enjoys helping students who are facing difficulties including adjustment issues, depression, anxiety, burnout, grief/loss, LBTQIA concerns, and relationship issues.  Others areas of interest include multicultural counseling, first-generation college student issues, trauma and resiliency, spirituality, and mental health awareness

Joe Puentes, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist/Outreach Coordinator

Joe received his Psy.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of La Verne in La Verne, CA. He completed his APA accredited internship at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN. There Joe worked in University Counseling Center and received specialized training in substance abuse treatment and sports/performance psychology. His areas of clinical interest are in the treatment of anxiety and depression, substance abuse, and sport/performance enhancement. Other areas of interest include multicultural counseling, working with Latina/o students, Mindfulness and Positive Psychology.

Laura Williams, Psy.D., Director of Clinical Services/Licensed Psychologist/Crisis Advocate

Laura received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area campus. Laura completed her early training at Santa Rosa Junior College providing psychotherapy to students. She later completed her pre-doctoral and post-doctoral internship here at SSU CAPS. Laura also was trained in community mental health at the Lomi Psychotherapy Clinic where she provided longer term depth-oriented psychotherapy to adults, children, couples and families.  Laura's clinical interests include working with those affected by trauma or abuse, treatment of depression and anxiety, and supporting individuals with issues related to gender identity and sexual orientation.  Laura has completed the YWCA’s domestic violence training program and has received additional training in trauma assessment and treatment. In Laura’s capacity as the Student Crisis Advocate, she brings a commitment to supporting and empowering individuals affected by sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, bias related incidents, abusive relationships, hate crimes, and other disruptive, traumatic and disturbing events.  She is also committed to working collaboratively with the larger SSU community to increase safety and awareness and to promote an environment that is supportive and respectful of all individuals.