CAPS Staff


Lindsey Brooks, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist/Training Coordinator

Lindsey Brooks received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Lehigh University and is a licensed psychologist in California. She has provided counseling to students at several universities, including UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and Santa Clara University. Lindsey helps students with difficulties such as, relationship issues, family difficulties, adjustment to college, depression, anxiety, and grief/loss. She also aims to help students connect with their inner strengths and passions. Lindsey particularly enjoys working with students on understanding their multicultural identities, first-generation college student issues, and women's issues. Her specialty area is working with LGBTQ students.

Andy Kerlow-Myers, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Counselor Fellow

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 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

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, substance abuse, and sport/performance enhancement. Other areas of interest include multicultural counseling, working with Latina/o students, Mindfulness and Positive Psychology.

Laura Williams, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist/Crisis Advocate

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. In Laura’s capacity as the Student Crisis Advocate, she brings a commitment to supporting and empowering individuals affected by sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, bias related incidents, abusive relationships, hate crimes, and other disruptive, traumatic and disturbing events.  She is also 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.