Dr. Kate Kominars is a Licensed Psychologist and certified addictions professional with more than 25 years of clinical, training, and consultation experience. She has expertise in the treatment of anxiety and depression; crisis intervention; psychological first aid; sexual orientation and identity development; as well as coping with loss, grief and bereavement.
Dr. Kominars is a graduate of St. John’s College (B.A.) and Temple University (M.Ed. & Ph.D.) and she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Brief Psychotherapy at Nova Southeastern University’s Center for Psychological Studies. Dr. Kominars’ has also taught numerous classes, training sessions and conducted workshops on a wide variety of topics.
In 1996, Dr. Kominars co-authored “Accepting Ourselves and Others: A Journey into Recovery from Addictive and Compulsive Behaviors for Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals “, published by Hazelden. Her most recent publication credits are chapters in a First Year in College Textbook – “On Time” and “Stress, Stressing and Stressed Out.”
/Director of Equity &
Lucinda Bratini, Ph.D. is a Counseling Psychologist, who obtained her Doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University. She completed her Master of Education in Psychological Counseling at Teachers College and her Bachelor of Science in Human Development at Binghamton University, State University of New York. Before coming to FAU, she worked at university counseling centers, community agencies, public hospital settings, and served as professor in various public colleges.
Lucinda is passionate about working with first-generation, LGBTQ+ and gender-nonconforming students of color. Her therapeutic approach focuses on healing through growth-fostering connection. She uses a relational-cultural systemic and socially-just framework that embraces equality, mutuality, individual and community transformation. During her time outside of the Center, she engages in community based participatory projects with youth educators, organizers and activists. She also enjoys writing, travelling, dancing, and listening to world music.
/Director of Training
Eating Disorders Coordinator
Dr. Laura DiPasquale obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Canisius College and her Master's degree in Kinesiology with a specialization in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Temple University. She holds a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas, where her research focused on sport psychology and eating disorders in athletes and musicians. Before coming to FAU Laura was an intern at Appalachian State University Counseling & Psychological Services and previously worked at The Renfrew Center for Eating Disorders.
Laura enjoys helping students gain a greater understanding of themselves and find new ways to deal with life’s challenges. She is a generalist and works with a wide range of concerns; however she specializes in working with eating disorders, athletes, and trauma.
Outside of work Laura likes to spend time with her family and friends. She enjoys going to the beach and most water activities including snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming.
/Director of Outreach
Dr. Saltzburg obtained a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling as well as a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Miami. Before coming to FAU, she worked as a staff psychologist at the counseling center at California State University Northridge. Dr. Saltzburg did her internship and postdoctoral training at the counseling center at University of California Irvine.
Dr. Saltzburg continues to very much enjoy working with college and graduate students on a diverse range of issues. Her specialty areas of clinical focus include mental health in the LGBTQ community, students with disabilities, anxiety and stress management, and sexual health and wellness. She also enjoys providing outreach to the campus community, as well as contributing to the training program at CAPS.
Outside of work, Dr. Saltzburg usually can be found spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys outdoor activities like playing wheelchair tennis, swimming, and taking walks while listening to music. She is also likes to cook and watch movies.
Boca Raton Campus
Boca Raton Campus
/Res. Life Coordinator
Once upon a time in a far off land, ehhh maybe I don’t have a story book beginning. However, helping students reach their respective goals is the story book ending of a dream come true. My family taught me the importance of interacting with others from an altruistic spirit. Therefore, I give credit to my family in planting the seed that led me to become the clinical psychologist I am today. It is a joy to be a part of the FAU community, work with CAPS, and collaborate with Residential Life and Housing. Off the clock, I enjoy a variety of activities from spending time with my family, creating music, traveling, and visiting open houses on the market.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Arlene obtained her Master’s degree, clinical specialty: psychiatric/ mental health from Boston University, Boston, Mass. Before coming to CAPS in 2007, she has worked in private practice, inpatient, residential and outpatient mental health programs. Currently, with her colleague psychiatrist, she provides psychiatric evaluation and medication management for clients receiving counseling in the center.
Danielle is a South Florida native who after graduating, moved to New York City to begin her career in the field of mental health. She worked in the city for years in many different settings including Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan. Then intention behind her practice stems from learning about who you are and growing from your roots being in order to achieve personal freedom. When Danielle is not working she is out doing something meaningful including being surrounded with friends and family and doing activities she loves.
Dr. Ruth Howard earned a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Miami and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also completed an APA-Accredited, doctoral internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s counseling center. Before coming to FAU, Dr. Howard worked in a variety of treatment settings that include in-patient and out-patient hospital settings, residential treatment centers, and community mental health agencies. She also worked with students as an instructor of various undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology.
Dr. Howard is thrilled to be a part of FAU CAPS given her passion for working with undergraduate and graduate university students and helping them along their journey to creating more authentic and meaningful lives. She works with her clients from a collaborative and strengths-based perspective that values the strengths student’s exhibit on a day-to-day basis. In addition, given that societal contexts can also contribute to our struggles, Dr. Howard works to support students’ marginalized identities, which may include gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, ability, and spirituality. Her areas of clinical focus include LGBTQI concerns, substance use concerns, depression, anxiety and stress management, and relationship issues.
In her free time, Dr. Howard enjoys learning new things, immersing herself into a book, feeling the wonder of being out in nature, and watching comedy shows that make her laugh. She also deeply appreciates the wide range of experiences that come along with being a part of a loving group of family and friends.
Adriana graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Psychology and M.Ed., Ed.S. degrees in Counselor Education with a specialization in Mental Health Counseling. She is currently a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. Adriana completed her graduate internship at UF Health Medical Psychology and her registered mental health counseling internship at the Renfrew Center. She has experience working in a variety of treatment settings, including residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, outpatient, and university counseling centers.
Adriana’s therapeutic approach focuses on providing a safe, nonjudgmental space for students to explore their current struggles and facilitate meaningful change. She enjoys working with FAU’s diverse student population, and is particularly passionate about helping students overcome eating concerns, body image distress, anxiety, grief/loss, and relationship issues. In her free time, Adriana enjoys spending time with family and friends, running and cycling, going to the beach, and being in nature.
Licensed Psychologist/Assistant Outreach Coordinator
Dr. Jennifer Jacobson obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of North Florida, and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She completed her doctoral internship at Florida Gulf Coast University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Central Florida CAPS.
Jennifer is passionate about working with college students and being a part of the campus community. In her clinical work, she strives to create a safe, warm, and understanding environment that encourages students to address their needs. Jennifer is also a generalist who uses an integrative approach often drawing from Interpersonal, Humanistic, and Cognitive Behavioral techniques, as well as incorporating elements of Self-compassion. Her professional interests include anxiety, depression, identity growth and exploration, LGBTQ concerns, family and relational dynamics, as well as adjustment issues. Outside of FAU, Jennifer enjoys being around friends and family, going to the beach, and taking road trips.
Bhritanie earned her B.S. and Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She completed her APA accredited doctoral internship at FAU’s Counseling center servicing the student body. Bhritanie also completed a post-doctoral residency receiving specialized training in the treatment of eating disorders and body image concerns. She has worked in multiple university counseling centers, a community mental health center, a non-profit organization, and two inpatient levels of mental health care.
Bhritanie is constantly striving to create and maintain an atmosphere of trust and understanding with the students she works with. Bhritanie has a passion for helping students overcome eating disorders, body image concerns, grief and loss, and relationship issues. Outside of work, Bhritanie spends time with her family and friends, travels often, and participates in community events and outreach to educate about the impact of eating disorders.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
FAU High School Coodinator
Arielle graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Family, Youth and Community Sciences and a M.Ed., Ed.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is currently a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Florida. Arielle completed her graduate internship at UF Health Medical Psychology and UF Disability Resource Center. Before FAU, she worked predominantly with children, adolescents and their families within the community and various educational settings. Currently, she serves as the FAU High School mental health counselor.
Arielle helps students with a wide-range of emotional, behavioral and developmental issues; however, she specializes in the treatment of anxiety spectrum disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder utilizing exposure response prevention. She also enjoys working with interpersonal relationships, self-esteem issues, trauma and stress management. Arielle views each student as unique, capable and holistically within the context of their social system. She is excited to continue working collaboratively with high achieving students in a competitive academic environment, while also supporting their personal goals. Outside of work, Arielle is a self-proclaimed “foodie” and enjoys traveling adventures, Pixar movies and spending quality time with her friends, family and dog.
Licensed Psychologist/Assessment Coordinator
Dr. Jennifer Perry earned her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University. She has experience in a variety of mental health settings, including residential treatment, inpatient, middle and high schools, home-based, outpatient clinics, private practice, and college counseling centers. She also has experience teaching as an adjunct faculty member and providing clinical supervision to trainees and staff.
Dr. Perry helps students with a wide range of concerns or problems, but specializes in working with clients who have experienced abuse, trauma, or grief. Other areas of interest include working with students who are first generation, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, military or first responders, and students who have been involved in the foster care system. She is passionate about helping students to overcome adversity, develop their personal values, improve relationships, identify strengths, and develop skills for managing emotions. Dr. Perry believes in the importance of mindful living and balancing acceptance with change.
Outside of work, Dr. Perry enjoys spending as much time outdoors as possible, usually camping, kayaking, reading on the beach, or listening to live music. She also loves to explore different cultures through travel and takes way too many vacation photos.
Julio is a PhD student in the Counseling Psychology program at Iowa State University and he is completing his Pre-Doctoral Internship at FAU CAPS. Prior to his doctoral training, Julio earned his M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The College of New Jersey. Julio has a passion with working with college students, previously having worked in multiple college counseling centers.
Julio, particularly, enjoys integrating cultural aspects into counseling. Julio views counseling as a collaborative project to help clients accomplish their goals. His goal is to assist clients understand their core beliefs that guide how they interact with the world and themselves so clients are able to make choices that are best for them. Julio believes therapy should be empowering, supportive, non-judgement and customized to the client's strengths & viewpoints.
When not working, Julio enjoys spending time with important people in his life, going for mental health walks, watching TV and trying to find the best chicken parm sub in South Florida.
Dr. Rodgers is a licensed psychologist with extensive experience in collegiate mental health at several large universities. He specializes in working with collegiate men during their time of emerging adulthood, and his practice emphasizes the use of evidence based interventions for mental, emotional, behavioral, sexual and relational concerns. Dr. Rodgers earned his B.A. in psychology at New College of Florida, and an M.A and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Dr. Seiman earned her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and went on to a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University, the Brooklyn Center. Her internship was at Manhattan Psychiatric Center where she specialized in treatment of the severely mentally ill. Dr. Seiman continued on as a staff therapist after completion of the training year. Dr. Seiman completed a two year post-doctoral Fellowship at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City. Post-fellowship she continued at the Institute as a staff therapist, trainer, and workshop leader. She began to work primarily with college students when she joined the Personal Counseling Center at Brooklyn College. Dr. Seiman is currently a staff psychologist at FAU. She works from a Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy/Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy orientation and believes in the power of change. She uses positive psychology and works with a strengths based approach. Dr. Seiman enjoys helping clients with depression, anxiety, transition, relationship, and grief issues.
Dr. Seiman continues to enjoy working with college undergrad and graduate students on the diverse range of issues that students are managing while at FAU. She has dedicated much time to supervising and training the next generation of psychotherapists and delights in the ability to introduce new ideas and techniques and to continue learning from students and experts in the field. She is a qualified mental health counseling supervisor and licensed as a psychologist in both Florida and New York.
Outside of work Dr. Seiman likes to spend time with her family and friends, play with her dog, and enjoy outdoor activities such as yoga, weight training, running, walking, hiking, cooking, as well as movies.
Lory Reyes, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist who obtained her Doctorate and Masters in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling from The New School for Social Research in New York. Prior to joining FAU, she worked in community mental health agencies, as well as public and private hospital settings. She completed an APA accredited Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship with the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia, where she specialized and served as a consultant within the Department of Psychiatry, Consultation Liaison – Psychosomatic Medicine Service at HUP, as well as providing short-term psychotherapy for individuals diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders at the Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital.
Dr. Reyes believes that people are multi-dimensional, and ever evolving, thus her approach to therapy is culturally sensitive, flexible and integrative. Drawing from her extensive training in various modes of psychotherapy, including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based techniques, she aims to create person-centered treatment in collaboration with her clients.
Areas of professional interest include: motivational issues, anxiety, relationship issues, interpersonal effectiveness, chronic medical conditions, substance misuse, and Zen meditation. Outside of work, Lory finds personal growth and enrichment through international travel, scuba diving, and ballroom dancing.
Dr. Jon Sperry completed his Ph.D. and Ed.S. in Counseling at Florida Atlantic University. He is currently licensed in the state of Florida as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. In addition, he holds a certificate in Adlerian Psychotherapy and is also a Certified Addictions Professional. His past clinical experiences include working as a substance abuse counselor at Broward House, staff therapist at Lynn University's counseling center, and cancer support group facilitator at Gilda's Club of South Florida. He is currently a staff therapist at the Counseling and Psychological Services, and is also a Visiting Assistant Professor in the department of Counselor Education at Florida Atlantic University. In addition to providing individual and couples counseling, he facilitates therapy groups and supervises and trains practicum students.
Dr. Sperry’s areas of professional interest include: depression, anxiety, attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder, personality disorders, chronic medical conditions, substance abuse disorders, and drum therapy. He has coauthored book chapters on psychotherapy, psychological and spiritual well-being, and intimacy and infidelity. Most recently, he coauthored a book on case conceptualization: Sperry, L., & Sperry, J. (2012). Case conceptualization: Mastering this competency with ease and confidence. New York: Routledge.
Outside of work, Dr. Sperry likes to play drums, travel, and spend time with family and friends.
Gloria obtained a Master's degree in Counseling Education from Florida Atlantic University, graduating magna cum laude. Before coming to FAU, she obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Professional Studies from Lynn University, graduating summa cum laude. She began interning at FAU's Counseling and Psychological Services Department in 2007 and enjoyed it so much, she has continued as a staff psychotherapist through the present time.
Gloria enjoys working with undergraduate and graduate students on the diverse range of issues that students are managing while at FAU. She is also dedicated to helping facilitate interdepartmental relationships on campus to help make counseling services for students as accessible as possible. She also serves as the Special Events Coordinator for the Counseling and Psychological Services Department.
Outside of work, Gloria has traveled extensively throughout the world. Her other favorite activities include biking, golf, and downhill skiing. She also enjoys spending time with family, friends and furry critters.
/Assistant Director of Training
Anissa York graduated in May 2015 with her Doctor of Psychology degree in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of La Verne in La Verne, CA. She has previously earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Psychology Research from San Diego State University. As a first-generation college student, Anissa has a passion working with university students to address the challenges of identity development, multicultural transitions to a new environment, and interpersonal relationships.
Before coming to FAU, Anissa worked at multiple university counseling centers, including University of La Verne, University of Southern California, University of Redlands, and Vanderbilt University. In her clinical work, she strives to create a safe and supportive environment that encourages collaboration, introspection, exploration of various identities (i.e., gender, familial role, ethnicity/race, country of origin, sexual orientation, ability status, etc.) on the relationship with oneself and others. She encourages awareness of the impact of stressors within one’s environment, fosters empowerment, and change. She has a deep appreciation for the struggles and resiliency in individual’s, and also has an interest in working with men, anxiety. relationship struggles, adjustment issues, grief and loss, and trauma survivors. Anissa uses an integrative approach in her work, drawing from Relational and Interpersonal techniques and using Mindfulness-based approaches.
Outside of FAU, Anissa enjoys quality time with loved ones, including her two bunnies. She also enjoys experiencing new cultures, yoga, live music, beach cruising, comedy improv, kayaking, animals, and vegan cooking.
Alyssa is a Counseling Psychology PhD student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is completing her Pre-Doctoral Internship at FAU CAPS. She completed her MA in Counseling Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her BA in Psychology with a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Alyssa enjoys working with college students because of the exciting life changes college presents. She believes the therapeutic relationship is important for change and that each student’s context and identities are important to the change process. She often incorporates values, thoughts, emotions, and culture into therapy by working collaboratively with students to help them be who they want to be.
Outside of work, Alyssa enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, reading, traveling, and figure skating. Recently moving to South Florida, she likes to explore the area and spend time at the beach.
Broward Campuses Coordinator
Dr. Gonzalez obtained a Master's and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts in Boston.
Before coming to Florida Atlantic University in 2010, she was in private practice, worked at an outpatient holistic rehabilitation center and taught as Adjunct Professor at Broward College and
Nova Southeastern University. Prior to that, she spent completed her pre-doctoral internship Broward General Medical Center and her post-doctoral residency at Florida Atlantic University.
She is currently the Assistant Director for Broward Campuses.
Dr. Gonzalez is dedicated to her work with college students, both in therapy as well as through training and supervision of future psychologists. Dr. Gonzalez operates under the principle that we are all capable of living meaningful and more fulfilling lives if there is a desire and motivation to do so.She enjoys working with a wide array of student issues including but not limited to anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, impacts of diversity and coping with medical diagnoses.
Outside of work Dr. Gonzalez enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exercising, traveling and going to the beach.
Dr. Marisol Blanco is a bilingual in English/Spanish Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She obtained her B.A. in Psychology from Florida International University and her M.A and Psy.D. from Nova Southeastern University.
Prior to joining FAU CAPS for her post-doctoral residency and later as a staff Psychologist, she completed her APA-Accredited internship at Citrus Health Network, Hialeah, FL where she worked with a diverse population in terms of age, ethnicity, gender, sexual/gender orientation, disability, education, and religion. Marisol has taught classes as an Adjunct in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences at NSU and as a Community Instructor at Miami Dade College-KIDS Program. She also has experience working with victims and aggressors of domestic violence and sex offenses, and mandated clients for substance abuse treatment.
At CAPS, Marisol enjoys providing psychotherapy to students and their families, as well as providing supervision of practicum students and interns. She works from the notion that disruptions in establishing and maintaining meaningful relationships with the self and others can reflect in a variety of mental concerns. As such, many of her sessions emphasize the development of authentic human connection through increasing willingness for vulnerability, objectivity, and self/other forgiveness. Her professional interests include grief, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, therapeutic art, and hypnosis. Outside of work, Marisol loves to be surrounded by her family, friends, and pets, and to spend time appreciating nature.
Northern Campuses Coordinator
Dr. Truong received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Florida. She then obtained her master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Truong practices psychotherapy from a culturally informed integrative approach that is primarily anchored by interpersonal and cognitive-behavioral theories. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family.
Angela Cusimano, PhD is a licensed psychologist with a degree in Counseling Psychology and specialty training in Marriage and Family Therapy. She earned her PhD at the University of North Texas and did her internship at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. She is a Palm Beach County native and FAU alumni, who is currently in private practice in North Palm Beach and Jupiter. Angela is also an Air Force Veteran who received most of her post-doctoral training from the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. When not working, she enjoys paddle boarding, walks with her rescue pups, and spoiling her two young nieces.
Dr. Lewis Jones is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with both Masters and Doctorate degrees from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Jones has an array of experience, having worked in the country’s top healthcare companies, as well as in community mental health, inpatient psychiatric units and outpatient clinics, including a practicum placement was with FAU CAPS on the Boca Raton Campus. He has had multi-level experience as well, from frontline staff, to director roles.
Dr. Jones works primarily from a Cognitive-Behavior Therapy approach but strives to tailor his work to each individual client. He has extensive training and experience with exposure work and cognitive interventions. His primary specialties include Anxiety disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Eating Disorders. Dr. Jones has also presented both nationally and locally on these topics and is currently on the board of the South Florida iaedp chapter. In addition to his work at CAPS, he also maintains a private practice in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. When not working, Dr. Jones enjoys spending time with his family, yoga, movies and being near the water.