CAPS Staff


Isabel Avila Saiter, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist

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.

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.

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, alcohol and drug use concerns, and sport/performance psychology. Other areas of interest include men’s issues, working with Latina/o students, Mindfulness and Positive Psychology.

Laura Williams, Psy.D., Director/Licensed Psychologist

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. She is 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.

Rociel Martinez, Psy.D., Psychologist

Rociel received her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium, a joint program between Palo Alto University and the Psychiatry Department in the Stanford University School of Medicine, in Palo Alto, CA.  She trained in a variety of settings in the Bay Area, including a community mental health clinic, an outpatient clinic at the Palo Alto VA, and an intensive outpatient program at El Camino Hospital, before finding her passion for university mental health while training at Mills College.  She completed her APA accredited pre-doctoral internship, as well as her post-doctoral fellowship, at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Rociel’s clinical interests include mindfulness and compassion-based therapy; working with students who have experienced interpersonal violence, such as sexual assault, childhood abuse, or dating violence; and other complex trauma.  She is committed to supporting underserved populations and working with first-generation college concerns, family of origin conflicts, and multicultural and social justice issues.

Lauri Mills, Ph.D. Post-Doctoral Fellow

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Theresa Hozian, Psy.D. Victim's Advocate/Counselor

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