Who We Are
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Justin Barker, Psy.D.
Assistant Director/Statewide Campus Director, Licensed Psychologist
Justin Barker, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist and the center's Assistant Director/Statewide Director and Assessment Coordinator. He also serves as the liaison to the Center for Persons with Disabilities and the Disability Resource Center.
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 Master 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 in providing individual psychotherapy and psychological assessments/testing (e.g., cognitive, academic, personality, neuropsychological). Regarding psychotherapy, Justin utilizes an integrative approach that weds psychodynamic and interpersonal process theories with CBT, DBT, and ACT interventions.
His personal interests include sports (primarily basketball), listening to music, and gardening. He spends most of his free time with his family.
Charles Bentley, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist. He is the center's graduate assistant and practicum coordinator, as well as the liaison to the Huntsman School of Business, Admissions & Registrar Offices, Housing and Residence Life, and Veterans Resource Office.
Charley earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from Utah State University, and his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado-Boulder. He completed his APA accredited internship at the Salt Lake City VA Health Care System. Prior to joining the CAPS staff, Charley worked for several years as a primary therapist and assistant director of patient services in residential treatment for eating disorders.
He is committed to a generalist approach to psychology, and is particularly interested in the interaction of personality and psychopathology and well-being and in interpersonal group therapy. Charley’s approach to therapy carefully considers individual’s ongoing readiness for change, focuses on common factors of relationships that contribute to positive outcomes, and integrates interpersonal psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral approaches including “third wave” versions such as acceptance and commitment therapy and dialectical behavior therapy.
In his free time, Charley enjoys fly fishing with his partner and three dogs, playing adult league hockey, and skiing in lovely Utah powder.
Eri Suzuki Bentley, Ph.D., CGP
Associate Director, Licensed Psychologist
Eri Suzuki Bentley, Ph.D., CGP is a licensed psychologist and a Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) by the International Board of Certified Group Psychotherapists. Her pronouns are she/her/hers. She is the center's group coordinator. She is the liaison to the Latinx Cultural Center, Office of Equity, Residence Life, Student Involvement and Leadership, and Greek Life. She also serves as the director of strategic initiatives and helps lead university-wide initiatives including Aggies Think Care Act, the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, the Mental Health and Wellness Steering Committee.
Outside of USU, Eri is actively involved with American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA). She regularly presents at AGPA meetings and serves as a co-chair of Special Interest Group Task Force and a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force for AGPA.
She joined the center's staff in 2008, after completing her doctoral internship at Washington State University Counseling and Testing Services. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from Utah State University, and her bachelor's degree in psychology from Humboldt State University.
Her areas of clinical interest are group therapy, trauma, identity development, and multicultural issues. She works with clients collaboratively with attention to their stages of change, personal goals, and identity. Her therapy approach integrates interpersonal and humanistic approach with emotion-focused work and cognitive-behavioral approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
Eri was born and raised in Tokyo Japan, and has lived in the U.S. since college. She lives in Logan with her family of two dogs, a cat, and a human partner. Her approach to wellness includes dog time, fly fishing, gardening, theatre arts, and photography.
Chris Chapman, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Clinical Director, Licensed Psychologist
Chris Chapman, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and the director of Counseling and Wellness with the USU Veterinary Medicine program. He is also co-leader of the LGBT Brown Bag Support Group and serves on the faculty for the School Counselor Education Program. Chris is the liaison for the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences and Access & Diversity Center - LGBTQA Programs & Allies.
Chris earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Brigham Young University in 2010 and earned his Bachelor’s degree from Westminster College in 2004. Chris is a member of the LGBTQ Affirmative Therapists Guild of Utah.
His professional interests include group psychotherapy, trauma work, crises of faith, the intersection of sexual, gender, and religious identities, and mindfulness-based interventions. Chris’ therapy approach integrates a heavily interpersonal/humanistic approach with influences from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
His personal interests include hiking, backpacking, sports (mostly spectating) and hanging out with his partner and their son.
Scott DeBerard, Ph.D. became the Executive Director of CAPS and Student Health and Wellness within USU's Division of Student Affairs in the Spring of 2019. His primary responsibilities are to oversee the day-to-day functioning of both CAPS and the Student Health and Wellness Center. Scott is also responsible for developing a strategic plan for optimizing mental health services for USU students and is a participating member of the Utah Board of Regents' Mental Health Advisory Committee.
Scott comes to this new administrative role after 22 years in academia and 8 years as a Psychology Training Clinic Director. Scott is a full professor within USU's Combined Psychology Ph.D. program. Scott's clinical interests are in primary care, health psychology, and behavioral medicine. He currently supervises graduate practicum students at USU's Student Health and Wellness Center and Brigham City Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
In his free time, Scott enjoys hiking and triathlons and spending time with his wife and their 3 children. He also has a certified therapy dog named Buddy. Scott and Buddy regularly participate in “Paws and Breathe” sessions for USU students.
Angela Enno, Ph.D. (she/her/hers) is a licensed psychologist and the center’s Embedded Psychologist for the College of Education and Human Services. She completed her Ph.D. (Clinical & Counseling Psychology), M.S. (Counseling Psychology), & B.S. (Psychology) here at USU and was previously a graduate assistant for the center. She also completed her A.S. in English at what is now called USU Eastern, but back then was called College of Eastern Utah. Angela was very excited to return to CAPS in 2021 after working at Northern Arizona University Counseling Services as a Multicultural Specialist, and completing her predoctoral internship at University of Oregon’s University Counseling Center. Angela also teaches for the Center for Intersectional Gender Studies & Research program.
Angela’s theoretical orientation combines intersectional feminist lens and with mostly Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and other cognitive-behavioral interventions and a great deal of interpersonal process work, Motivational Interviewing, and positive psychology interventions. She also enjoys leading Dialectical Behavior Skills Training groups. Angela enjoys working with students in general with a wide variety of concerns; and is especially passionate about working with BIPOC students, students with disabilities and chronic illness, and LGBTQ+ students. Her specialty areas include identity development, faith crises, depression, trauma, grief, sexual concerns, & coping with the impacts of oppression & marginalization.
Angela was raised in Salina, Utah. She is a first-degree descendant of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa tribe of North Dakota. In her free time, she enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, hiking, yoga, crafting, and spending time with family
Monique Frazier, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Monique Frazier, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been in private practice in Logan since 2000 and joined the CAPS team in 2018. She is the REACH Peer Coordinator and a liaison for the Athletics Department, Academic Success Center, Student Support Services, and the Interfaith Initiative. Monique completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Utah State University in 1998.
Monique was trained as a generalist and treats a wide variety of mental health issues. Her specialty areas include the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, young adult issues, women's issues, eating disorders, and borderline personality disorder. She favors an individualized approach based on unconditional positive regard/acceptance, genuine empathy, and therapist transparency and genuineness. From this foundation, Dr. Frazier uses an eclectic blend of cognitive-behavioral (CBT), dialectical behavior (DBT), interpersonal, emotionally focused (EFT), collaborative couples, (CCT) and transactional analytic therapy (TA) techniques.
Monique grew up in rural North Dakota and has lived in Logan since 1992. She balances work with spending time with her husband, two sons, and friends at home, in the outdoors, and playing sports. She enjoys volleyball, mountain biking, pickleball, cooking, gardening, volunteer coaching basketball, and relaxing with her three cats.
“I love my job and working with clients. It's deeply rewarding and meaningful to form partnerships that promote emotional, physical, and spiritual health and strength. I truly care about my clients and am committed to understanding and connecting in positive ways as well as providing high-quality, evidence-based treatment.”
Amy Kleiner, Ph.D.
Assistant Director/Training Director, Licensed Psychologist
Amy Kleiner, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and the center's Assistant Director/Training Director and liaison to the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, SAAVI (Sexual Assault & Anti-Violence Info) office, and Student Orientation & Transition Services. 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 and Trauma. 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, four daughters, two fluffy dogs and three adorable bunnies.
Zhen Li, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist. She is the outreach coordinator and the liaison to the College of Engineering, Career Services, Office of Global Engagement, and LDS institute. Zhen earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Brigham Young University and completed an APA-accredited internship at CAPS in 2017. She re-joined CAPS in 2018 after working at Purdue University Counseling Center as a psychology resident.
Zhen's primary areas of professional interest include: multicultural and diversity related concerns, mood disorders, trauma, identity development, mindfulness and spirituality, group therapy, psychological assessment, and training and supervision. She uses an integrative approach to psychotherapy, which is primarily influenced by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Skills, Mindfulness, and Interpersonal Process.
In her free time, Zhen enjoys hiking, yoga, reading, anime, traveling, cooking, and spending time with friends.
Mark Nafziger, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and the center's clinical coordinator and liaison to the Quinney College of Natural Resources, BIT Team/VP of Student Affairs Office, Center for Community Engagement, Campus Safety & Emergency Management Offices and USU Campus Police. 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.
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 four grandchildren.
Clark Ripplinger, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist working for the Statewide Campus system mainly in the Salt Lake, Tooele, and Utah county areas. He earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Brigham Young University in 2019 and a M.S. in Psychology: School Counseling from Utah State University in 2014.
His clinical background includes a post-doctoral fellowship with Psychological Assessment and Treatment Specialists in American Fork, UT, a pre-doctoral internship at Texas State University Counseling Center, an externship with the Brigham Young University Accessibility Center, and a practicum at BYU's Counseling and Psychological Services. Clark has also worked as a secondary education teacher and school counselor in Salt Lake County.
While trained in several therapies, Clark frequently uses a humanistic, client-centered approach. He believes that providing clients with empathy, genuineness, and unconditional positive regard will help clients work through their problems on their path toward self-actualization. His clinical interests include shame, trauma, relationship issues, identity development, and LGBTQIA+ issues.
In his personal life, Clark enjoys being active through playing pickleball or volleyball with his friends, cooking for his dinner group, and playing games with his family.
Tia Rowley, CSW is a clinical case manager at CAPS. She is a graduate of the Master of Social Work program at the University of Utah. Tia earned her bachelor's degree in Family Life Studies through the Utah State University in 2011. She is currently working toward becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Her job at CAPS is unique. As a case manager, she assists students with obtaining referrals in the Cache Valley community for mental health, financial, or other basic needs. She also provides therapy using a person-centered, non-judgmental approach with clients. Her clinical areas of interest include treatment of anxiety, depression and traumatic stress.
Tia has served on many small community boards and participated in outreach services, including Community Resource Council, Tooele County Children's Justice Friends Board and the American Red Cross. She is passionate about helping those in need.
In her free time, Tia enjoys cooking, watching football, traveling and researching family history. She is married, and has three children and two dogs.
Tamarah Taylor, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Tamarah Taylor, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with more than 15 years of experience. She has worked with a wide range of clientele. Taylor is assigned to the Statewide Campus system and is located at the Uintah Basin Campus.
Tammy loves to garden, ski, run marathons, and has completed a number of open-water long distance swims. Tammy loves living in Utah and spending time with her husband and children outdoors.
Jan Thorton, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and the coordinator for services at USU Eastern. She has a diverse clinical background working with children, adolescents, and adults in both voluntary and involuntary settings. She has worked as a mental health counselor on campus for over ten years.
Jan earned her Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Utah and her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Utah State University. Her primary areas of clinical interest are treatment of anxiety, depression, and traumatic stress. She uses a generalist approach in her treatment.
Her personal interests include reading, riding motorcycles with her husband, and art. She spends her free time with her family and particularly enjoys her three grandchildren.
2021 Doctoral Interns
Bri Freeman, M.S. is a pre-doctoral intern at CAPS, earning her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Her directed study examined the impact of military lifestyle factors (i.e., frequent relocation and parental deployment) on relationship functioning (i.e., attachment style, relationship satisfaction, commitment levels, emotional expression, and intimacy) in adult military children. Bri holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University, as well as an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Arizona State University. Her clinical interests include prolonged childhood abuse, trauma, eating disorders, military culture, influence of familial upbringing on functioning in adulthood, couples’ therapy, and postpartum mental health. She enjoys hiking, traveling, crafting, language learning, and spending time with her two dogs.
Elizabeth Schipman, M.A. is a pre-doctoral intern at CAPS, earning her doctorate in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Her dissertation research examines how the mental health profession was impacted by the abrupt transition to telepsychology that occurred in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Elizabeth holds a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and an undergraduate degree in psychology from Illinois State University. Her clinical interests include: psychological assessment, identity development, interpersonal relationships, ADHD, substance use, early childhood experiences, self-compassion, grit and resiliency, and group therapy. Elizabeth has many years of experience working with individuals in substance abuse treatment. She is a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor, as recognized by the Illinois Board of Certification.
Marguerite Yoder, M.A. (she/her/hers) is a pre-doctoral intern at CAPS, earning her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Indianapolis. Her dissertation research examines the impact of individual differences in empathy and rape myth acceptance on the credibility of rape disclosures. Marguerite holds a Master’s degree from the University of Indianapolis as well as an undergraduate degree from Purdue University. Her clinical interests include trauma and sexual assault, family of origin concerns, gender and sexuality, and relationship issues. In her free time, Marguerite enjoys reading, spending time with her partner and her 4-year-old Australian Shepherd, Penny. Additionally she enjoys exploring all the outdoor activities Logan has to offer and experiencing new cultures and places through travel.
Carly Payne (she/her/hers) is the Office Manager in the CAPS Logan office. She graduated from Utah State University with her Bachelor of Science. Outside of her time in CAPS, Carly enjoys camping, hiking, crafting, spending time with her partner, and petting dogs.