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Professional Staff Bios



Professional Staff


Justin Barker, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist and the center's Assessment Coordinator and liaison to the Persons with Disabilities (CPD), Disability Resource Center (DRC), the LDS Institute, and Regional Campus/Distance Education (RC/DE) as well as the College of Science. Justin completed his internship at CAPS in 2011 and re-joined CAPS in 2013 after working two years for Bear River Mental health. He earned his Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) and Masters of Science degrees in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland and his undergraduate degree from Utah State University. Justin's primary areas of clinical interest are individual and group psychotherapy, attachment and parenting styles, treatment of severe and persistent mental illness, and cognitive and personality assessment. Justin uses an integrative approach that weds psychodynamics and interpersonal process theories with cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavior interventions. His personal interests include sports (primarily basketball), listening to music, and gardening. He spends most of his free time with his family- his wife Erin and their three young children.

Eri Bentley, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and a Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) by the International Board of Certified Group Psychotherapists. She is the center's Internship Coordinator. She serves as liaison to the Veteran Resource Office, Office of International Students and Scholars, Center for Cross-Cultural Learning, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She also serves on the Student Conduct Hearing Board and a committee for provisionally admitted students. She joined the center's staff in 2008, after completing her doctoral internship at Washington State University Counseling and Testing Services. Her Ph.D. in Psychology was from Utah State University. Her undergraduate degree in psychology from Humboldt State University. Eri loves group therapy and is an active member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, for which she serves as a co-chair of College Counseling Special Interest Group. In addition, counselor training and supervision are her professional interest, so she is excited about her role as the internship coordinator and practicum instructor for Fall Semester. Being born and raised in Tokyo Japan and now having lived in the states for over 15 years, diversity and social justice issues are also a special interest of Eri. Clinically, she considers herself to be a generalist, with particular interest in trauma and eating disorders. She also volunteers for Utah Critical Stress Incident Management Team (CISM) and American Red Cross Disaster Response Team. She works with clients collaboratively from an integrative approach, specifically attending to their stages of change, type of pathologies, personality, and identity. She incorporates emotion-focused therapy, interpersonal therapy, person- centered approach, dialectic and behavioral therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. The concept of acceptance and mindfulness is a natural fit for her background with eastern philosophy. In her personal live, she loves her family of three dogs, a cat and a human partner. One of her dogs, Boris, works with her as a therapy dog at CAPS. Eri enjoys family time, yoga, fly fishing, gardening and cooking.

David Bush, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and the center's Director and Research Coordinator. He is also liaison to the Academic Resource Center (ARC), Athletics Department, Financial Aid Office, Student Involvement and Leadership, Fraternities, and the College of the Arts. Dave joined CAPS in 1989. He completed his undergraduate training in psychology at BYU, together with a Master's in Counseling. His Ph.D. in Combined Clinical/Counseling was awarded from USU in 1984. His experience includes school counseling, community mental health and private practice. His theoretical orientation comes from a Quantum model that borrows from quantum mechanics and includes a spiritual dimension as well as focus on thoughts, feelings, needs, values and actions. His research interests include group work and depression. Clinical focus has been on assessment of learning disorders and treatment of sexual addictions. He loves teaching and averages a class each year for the Psychology Department. He also loves singing with the American Festival Chorus and playing golf, tennis and racquetball. With his wife Cathey he enjoys gardening - of the vegetable and human kind as they enjoy the fruits of their labors: 8 children and 17 grandchildren.

LuAnn Helms, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and the center's Assistant Director/Training Director and the liaison to Career Services, Student Support Services, New Student Orientation(SOAR), Sororities, and the College of Engineering. She is also co-founder of Allies on Campus. She has been at USU since 2003. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M University in 2002. She completed her Master's Degree in Counseling at California State University, Sacramento with a dual major in School Counseling and in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling in 1995. Prior to graduate school, she completed her Bachelor's Degree at Missouri Valley College with a dual major in Youth and Human Service Agency Management and in Alcohol and Drug Studies. Her professional interests include: Individual, group, and couples therapy; anger, anxiety, and stress management; therapist training and supervision; program development; diversity issues; substance abuse treatment and prevention; domestic violence issues; identity and self-esteem development; and wellness. She conceptualizes clients mostly from the Multimodal Therapy perspective and her therapeutic interventions are eclectic, but predominately cognitive behavioral. LuAnn enjoys working, fishing, hiking, dancing, yoga, watching movies, playing pool, painting, and spending time with her partner, friends and dogs.

Amy Kleiner, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and the Center's Practicum Coordinator and liaison to Access and Diversity Center, SAAVI (Sexual Assault and Anti Violence Information), Psychology Community Clinic, Women & Gender Center and the College of Education and Human Services. Amy also serves on the faculty for the School Counselor Education Program and serves as a member of the Steering and Advisory Committee for that program. She joined the center staff in 2005 after completing her predoctoral internship at CAPS. She earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2005. She earned her master's degree in counseling psychology from Northeastern University in 2000. Her bachelor's in psychology is from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. Amy's primary areas of professional interest include: models and stages of therapeutic change, counselor training and supervision, White privilege, Racial Identity development, Trauma, and marriage and family therapy. She conceptualizes clients from an integrative approach, specifically focusing on phases of the therapeutic change process, common mechanisms of change, and client readiness for change. Amy lives in Logan with her husband and four daughters.

Steven Lucero, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and the center's Technology, Outreach, and REACH Peer Coordinator and liaison to Residence Life, Retention and Student Success, and the Huntsman School of Business. He also serves as the Wellness Director for the USU School of Veterinary Medicine. Steve joined CAPS in 2013 after receiving his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Bowling Green State University and completing his clinical internship at the Southern Illinois University CAPS. He completed his undergraduate training in psychology at the University of Wyoming. Steven's primary areas of clinical interest include incorporating spirituality into the coping process, working with military veterans, and using a multicultural lens to better understand clients' unique lives and diverse backgrounds. His theoretical approach primarily draws from Cognitive-Behavioral and Interpersonal therapies interwoven with Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy and Family Systems conceptualizations. Steven's personal interests include spending time with his partner, two young daughters, as well as playing and watching a variety of sports.

Mark Nafziger, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and the center's Clinical Coordinator and liaison to the Student Health and Wellness Center, University Advising, Campus Police and the College of Natural Resources. He is also a member of the University's Behavior Intervention Team (BIT). He came to CAPS in 1990 after completing his Ph.D. at Ohio State University and his pre-doctoral internship at Notre Dame University's Counseling Center and the Oaklawn Psychiatric Hospital. Mark also does volunteer work for the State of Utah's Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team and is currently on the Team's Executive Committee. His therapeutic orientation combines cognitive behavioral, existential and Buddhist mindfulness perspectives. Mark's professional interests include psychological trauma, and the interface between psychology and wellness/healthy living. He is also an avid gardener, who enjoys hiking, tennis and racquetball, music, traveling and playing with his two grandchildren.