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Stacie Turks, Psy.D.

Stacie Turks, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY20572)
Director, Counseling and Psychological Services
Multicultural Coordinator

Dr. Turks received a Masters of Arts with Distinction in Counseling from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University in Schaumburg, IL. During her career at Pacific she has served as a Staff Psychologist, Associate Director of Clinical Services, and is now the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services. 

Dr. Turks provides individual & group therapy, faculty and staff consultations on both the Stockton and McGeorge School of Law campuses. In addition, she conducts outreach presentations, supervises doctoral psychology interns, and facilitates the Multicultural Seminar. Her professional interests include multicultural issues, mood disorders (depression and anxiety), and assertiveness training.

Her theoretical perspective is integrative; based on humanistic, systemic, multicultural and cognitive-behavioral approaches.

Kimberlee DeRushia, Psy.D.

Kimberlee DeRushia, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY24992)
Associate Director | Training Director
Group Therapy Coordinator

Dr. DeRushia is a first generation college student whose theoretical perspective is based on using a multicultural and developmentally appropriate focus within a humanistic framework. She received both her Master of Arts in Psychology and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pennsylvania and has been with CAPS since 2008. As Training Director and Associate Director, Dr. DeRushia is tasked with maintaining our APA accredited internship training program. Additionally she is the Group Therapy Coordinator.

Dr. DeRushia has significant experience working with first generation college students, individuals on the Autism spectrum, trans* identity exploration, LGBTPQQIA concerns, emotion regulation, development & identity issues, and trauma. She also strongly believes in the power of relationships to explore and heal attachment and trauma issues which has lead to her seeking out and receiving additional training in providing group therapy.

Outside of work, Dr. DeRushia enjoys spending time with her family exploring all that Calfornia has to offer. She particularly enjoys hiking in redwood forests and spending time at the ocean. 

Pam Wrona, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist II

Pamela S. Wrona, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY25798)
Operations Coordinator | Coordinator for Social Media

Dr. Wrona obtained her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Health Psychology from Santa Clara University.  She then obtained her Master of Arts and Doctorate of Psychology degrees in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, with a focus on multicultural competence.

In her work, Dr. Wrona draws upon many psychological theories and techniques, including:  Solution-Focused/Brief Therapy, Humanistic Therapy, Existential Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  Dr. Wrona works with individuals, couples, and groups, specializing in depression and anxiety, bereavement and grief work, stress management, coping with chronic medical illnesses, injury/pain management, identity exploration and growth, transitioning to and from college, and LGBTTQIA awareness and issues.

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Alissa Melendez, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY28454)
Staff Psychologist

Dr. Melendez is a Latina, first generation college student who received both her Master of Arts and Doctorate of Psychology degrees in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family Psychology from Azusa Pacific University.  As a staff psychologist, Dr. Melendez provides direct counseling services, outreach presentations, and consultation to the Pacific community.  Dr. Melendez views counseling from a collaborative and integrative perspective, which draws from various empirically supported treatment orientations such as humanistic, brief psychodynamic, cognitive, and mindfulness-based approaches.  With her approach, Dr. Melendez aims to provide a safe and supportive environment to diverse students who are facing emotional, interpersonal, academic, and identity development challenges.  Her clinical experiences include working with grief and loss, trauma, undocumented and first generation college students, development and identity issues, and multicultural/diversity issues.

 Dale Brody

Dale Brody, LMFT, Psy.D. 
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (MFC35725)
Staff Psychologist, Sacramento Campus  

Dr. Brody received her Masters of Arts and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from The Professional School of Psychology in Sacramento, California. She is currently licensed with the State of California's Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Marriage Family Therapist.  Dr. Brody has provided psychological counseling services to law students at McGeorge School of Law since 2000. She began working with Pacific's Counseling and Psychological Services in Stockton in 2005 and presently serves as a Staff Psychologist on the McGeorge campus. 

Dr. Brody's clinical interests include depression and anxiety disorders, PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder), trauma response, grief and interpersonal / developmental growth issues. She is a certified practitioner in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and sports psychology / performance enhancement.  Dr. Brody's theoretical perspective is integrative, based on cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic approaches incorporating a humanistic framework.

Jody Rodriguez, CAPS Office Coordinator

Jody Rodriguez
Office Coordinator

The Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Office Coordinator is the first point of contact for students calling and coming into CAPS. In addition to managing the therapist's daily schedules, Jody is also our project coordinator for projects such as APA accreditation and annual intern selection.

2016 -2017 Doctoral Psychology Interns

Doctoral Psychology Intern Katie Bloom, MA

Katie Bloom, M.A.
Doctoral Psychology Intern
California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University; San Francisco, CA

Katie received her B.S. in Child Development and Psychology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2010.  She received her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology in 2015 from California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP).  She is currently in the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program in Clinical Psychology at CSPP, and expects to graduate in the spring of 2017.  Katie has worked in a wide range of settings, including a residential treatment facility for adolescent males, an outpatient rehabilitation program, and various community mental health centers.  She is committed to tailoring therapy to best meet the specific needs of each client, and cultivating a safe, supportive relationship where students feel heard and respected.  

Katie utilizes an integrative approach to therapy, influenced by developmental, interpersonal, humanistic, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) perspectives in order to help clients reach their full potential.  Katie's professional interests include, but are not limited to, anxiety disorders, identity development, mindfulness, stress management, relationship issues, and substance use and abuse.  In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, being with friends and family, and going to concerts.    

Doctoral Psychology Intern Laura Chang, M.A.

Laura Chang, M.A.
Doctoral Psychology Intern
University of Northern Colorado; Greeley, Colorado

Laura received her B.A. in psychology from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas in 2007, and her M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts in 2010.  She is a current Doctoral Candidate in the Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado, and expects to graduate in the spring of 2017.  Laura has worked in several university counseling center settings and is invested in supporting the college student population manage stressors, navigate change, and build upon strengths.  

Laura's theoretical orientation is integrative, drawing upon the interpersonal process within a humanistic and strengths-based context.  She utilizes mindfulness-based therapies, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and other evidence-based interventions.  Laura's professional interests include adjustment issues, mental health and technology, trauma recovery, crisis intervention, substance use and abuse, family of origin issues, eating disorders, and stress management. 

Doctoral Psychology Intern Matthew Daube, MA

Matthew Daube, M.A.
Doctoral Psychology Intern
The Wright Institute; Berkeley, California

Matthew received his M.A. and is currently completing his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA.  His clinical interests include identity development, multicultural and diversity issues in therapy, and the treatment of mood and anxiety-disorders.  Before entering into psychology in order to work with students in a more individual setting and with a focus on well-being, he was an academic in the field of theatre and performance studies.  Matthew's approach to therapy is humanistic and person-centered.  He draws on psychodynamic training to help undestand clients' experiences of the world and utilizes techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness, depending upon client needs.

Page updated August 26, 2016