Professional Staff
René Monteagudo, Ph.D., DirectorRené Monteagudo, Ph.D., Director
Licensed Psychologist
Indiana University

Prior to joining the University of Miami Counseling Center, Dr. Monteagudo served as the Senior Associate Director - Director of Clinical Services at Florida Atlantic University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Originally from Miami, René received his Bachelor, Master and Specialist degrees from the University of Florida and his Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University. He completed his doctoral internship at the Penn State Counseling Center. René has over 15 years of university counseling center experiences and a wealth of health administration experience. He specializes in student development, crisis intervention, training, supervision, group therapy, LGBT and Latino/a populations. He works from an integrative model that incorporates a diversity sensitive approach. When not at the Counseling Center, you can find René enjoying time with his family and friends.

Kirt McClellan, M.S.W., LCSW, Associate DirectorKirt McClellan, M.S.W., LCSW, Associate Director
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
New York University

Since obtaining his professional license in 1998 Mr. McClellan has worked in a variety of clinical settings including an acute care psychiatric hospital, an adolescent residential treatment center, a substance abuse treatment center and private practice. Mr. McClellan oversees various clinical operations of the Counseling Center. His clinical interests include individual and group therapy, with extensive experience working with trauma, sexual abuse, sexual orientation and substance abuse. He is passionate about assisting students to achieve their full potential by helping them develop greater self-awareness.

Patricia Arena, Ph.D.Patricia Arena, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
University of Miami

Dr. Arena joined the Counseling Center in 2014. She completed her undergraduate and graduate training at the University of Miami with a focus on Adult Clinical and Health Psychology and Neuropsychology. Prior to returning to UM, Dr. Arena worked for Cherokee Health Systems, a community health center in Tennessee providing integrated care for the underserved. Her areas of clinical interest include mood disorders, substance abuse, severe psychopathology, and psychological assessment. Dr. Arena is also fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and greatly enjoys working with culturally diverse students and with the process of adjustment and acculturation.

Kisha Bazelais, Ph.D.Kisha Bazelais, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Boston College

Dr. Bazelais earned her Ph.D in Counseling Psychology at Boston College in 2011. After completing her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Miami Counseling Center, Dr. Bazelais went on to complete a two-year research postdoctoral fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical College. Prior to returning to UM, Dr. Bazelais worked in the outpatient department of a community psychiatric hospital in New York. She has a range of experience in delivering community-based psychosocial interventions, and the implementation of evidence-based interventions with non-traditional populations. Her clinical interests include racial/ethnic identity development, examining risk and resilience factors, trauma, bereavement issues, psychological assessment, and working with individuals from culturally diverse backgrounds. Dr. Bazelais is also fluent in French Creole.

Audrey Cleary, Ph.D.Audrey Cleary, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
University of Arizona

Dr. Cleary earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arizona, and completed both her pre-doctoral clinical internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Miami Counseling Center. Prior to joining the UM Counseling Center, she worked with undergraduate and graduate students at Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Arizona. Dr. Cleary's clinical interests include interpersonal and romantic relationship issues, mood management, family of origin concerns, identity development, and the use of clinical hypnosis. She has served as a staff coordinator for Lifeguards, the Counseling Center's suicide prevention outreach program, and advises the Counseling Center's Sexual Assault Resource Team.

Amy Crandall, Ph.D.Amy Crandall, Ph.D.
Psychology Resident
New Mexico State University

Dr. Crandall earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from New Mexico State University. Dr. Crandall earned her Ed.S. in School Psychology at Indiana State University and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Lethbridge. As a therapist, Dr. Crandall works with clients by integrating relational cultural therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy to explore significant interpersonal connections. Her areas of clinical interest include romantic and interpersonal relationship issues, family-of-origin concerns, career counseling, and working with individuals from culturally diverse backgrounds. Dr. Crandall is also fluent in Portuguese.

Gina Garrett, M.S.W.Gina Garrett, M.S.W., LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

Prior to joining the University of Miami Counseling Center, Ms. Garrett worked as a therapist for 8 years in community mental health clinic settings and school based mental health services in public high schools. Her areas of professional interest include working with mood and anxiety disorders, trauma history, emancipation/ young adult identity development, integrative wellness, and issues concerning minority populations. Ms. Garrett’s theoretical orientation is collaborative and goal directed, integrating Mindfulness exercises, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy techniques. She earned her Masters in Clinical Social Work Degree from the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota. In addition, she completed two years of Post Masters clinical training in individual and group psychotherapy prior to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Aliya Ismail, M.Ed., LMHCAliya Ismail, M.Ed., LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
University of Toronto

From Toronto to Miami to Lima, Peru, Ms. Ismail has been working with youth and young adults in underserved communities for over a decade. Oriented by a relational framework, Ms. Ismail integrates a strength-based, anti-oppressive approach to her therapeutic practice. Ms. Ismail earned her B.A. in International Development Studies from McGill University and her M.Ed in Counseling Psychology from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Clinical interests include critical multicultural counseling, treating trauma, family relationships, spiritual development as well as grief and loss. Ms. Ismail is fluent in Spanish and French and has elemental knowledge of Gujarati and Farsi. As a passionate professional she is dedicated to supporting students increase their overall wellness in a collaborative and creative manner.

Emily Kerzin, Ph.D.Emily Kerzin, Ph.D.
Psychology Resident
Auburn University

Dr. Kerzin has worked at three university counseling centers including centers at Auburn University, Columbus State University, and the University of Utah prior to joining the University of Miami Counseling Center in the Fall of 2016. Dr. Kerzin earned her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Auburn University and her undergraduate degree in Social and Cultural Analysis from New York University. As a therapist, Dr. Kerzin works with clients to explore how connections with family, friends, partners, and larger societal structures shape who they are and how they relate to others. Dr. Kerzin also works with clients to deepen their experience and understanding of their rich emotional life. Her therapeutic approach includes an integration of relational cultural therapy, interpersonal, emotion focused, and mindfulness-based techniques. Feminist and social justice oriented perspectives are also integral to Dr. Kerzin’s approach. Dr. Kerzin’s clinical interests include concerns related to sexuality, gender identity, racial identity, relationship issues, sexual assault, body image and size.

Natalie Kretsch, Ph.D.Natalie Kretsch, Ph.D.
Psychology Resident
University of Texas at Austin

Natalie Kretsch earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Texas A&M University Student Counseling Service. Originally from the Boston area, she received her Bachelor’s degree in English from Brown University and Master’s degree in Psychology from UT Austin. In addition to her experience at university counseling centers, she has conducted treatment, assessment, and research in medical, forensic, residential, and community mental health settings. She has also provided clinical supervision to practicum students at UT Austin and at Texas A&M. Dr. Kretsch's areas of interest and expertise include suicide prevention, mood and anxiety disorders, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, and substance use concerns. She uses a holistic, person-centered, integrative approach in helping students face challenges and meet goals.

Kimberly Martin, M.S.W., LCSWKimberly Martin, M.S.W., LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Indiana University

Ms. Martin joined the counseling center in 2010. Her clinical experience has been with various foster care and family service agencies in Indiana and South Florida. She has provided individual, group and family therapeutic services to children and adolescents in the dependency system. Ms. Martin also has extensive experience treating children and adolescents who have been both victims and perpetrators of sexual trauma. Her clinical interests include helping individuals cope with trauma experienced through physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. Additional areas of clinical interest include coping with grief and loss, healthy relationship development, and transitional life issues. Ms. Martin's goal with counseling University of Miami students is to assist them in realizing their full potential within each realm of their lives. She provides a supportive environment for students to self assess feelings, process thoughts, and create individualized and attainable life plans. Ms. Martin is also the coordinator for COPE, UM's counseling outreach peer education program.

Edward Rappaport, Ph.D., ABPPEdward Rappaport, Ph.D., ABPP
Training Director and Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Florida State University

Dr. Rappaport is the founding Training Director for our Predoctoral Internship Program in Professional Psychology. He is an Associate Professor and a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Psychology who has served as President of the Dade County Psychological Association. His professional interests include individual psychotherapy, treatment of anxiety and depression, anger management, relationship issues and sociocultural influences on mental health.

Benjamin Stocking, Ph.D.Benjamin Stocking, Ph.D.
Psychology Resident
University of Tennessee

Dr. Stocking earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Tennessee and completed his pre-doctoral internship at the University of Miami Counseling Center. Prior to joining the University of Miami Counseling Center, he worked for two years in an intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment center in Eastern Tennessee. He also has a background working with individuals struggling with eating disorders and body image concerns. He views therapy as a collaborative relationship in which he empowers his clients to live more authentic, mindful, spontaneous, and value-driven lives. In addition to his therapy work, Dr. Stocking has extensive university/college teaching experience and loves interacting and engaging with the campus community. Dr. Stocking’s areas of clinical interest include couples counseling, eating issues, questioning or transitioning away from religion, substance-related issues, stress-reduction, family of origin issues, group therapy, campus outreach, men’s issues, and working with struggling athletes and musicians. Dr. Stocking is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and welcomes the expression and celebration of diversity and culture in therapy.

 
Psychiatrists
Carolyn Drazinic, M.D., Ph.D.Carolyn Drazinic, M.D., Ph.D.
Consulting Psychiatrist
University of Florida

Dr. Drazinic is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the Leonard Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami. She earned her undergraduate degree, medical degree, and her Ph.D. in molecular genetics and microbiology from the University of Florida. Dr. Drazinic completed her adult psychiatry residency training, forensic psychiatry fellowship, and postdoctoral research fellowship at Yale University and the Yale Child Study Center. She joined the faculty at the University of Connecticut and while there became Director of the Huntington’s Disease Program and the Medical Director of the Partial Hospital Program and Intensive Outpatient Program. She served as President of the Connecticut Psychiatric Society. Dr. Drazinic is triple boarded in adult psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, and addiction medicine. She has extensive experience treating patients with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, OCD, schizophrenia, and all types of addictions.
 
Rachel Neuhut, M.D.Rachel Neuhut, M.D.
Consulting Psychiatrist
Columbia University

Dr. Neuhut is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and attended medical school at Columbia University. She completed her adult psychiatry training at New York University and went on to complete a child and adolescent fellowship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital where she served as chief resident. Dr. Neuhut is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Neuhut is actively involved in the education of trainees. She has a special interest in college mental health, eating disorders and anxiety disorders.
 
Anthony Roberson, Ph.D.,PMHNP-BC, RNAnthony Roberson, Ph.D.,PMHNP-BC, RN
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Consultant
University of North Carolina

Dr. Roberson is an American Nurses Credentialing Center board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years in practice. He has completed five higher education degrees including a MSN at the University of South Florida and a Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Roberson is also a full-time faculty member at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies where he developed the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certification program of which he is Director. He has several active research projects in collaboration with the Miami-Dade Juvenile Court System. His primary teaching responsibilities at the school are in the area of psychiatric mental health, serving as an educator in the undergraduate and graduate (MSN, DNP, and PhD) programs.
 
Interns
Onyinyechi Anukem, M.S.Onyinyechi Anukem, M.S.

Onyinyechi Anukem is completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO. She received a B.S. in Psychology and Theatre Arts from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.S. in Psychology from Saint Louis University. Originally born in Nigeria, Onyinyechi has an interest in acculturation and adjustment, discrimination and mental health outcome, chronic pain management, and holistic approaches that facilitate healing following experience(s) of trauma across the lifespan. Her therapeutic approach integrates psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral techniques within a larger multicultural and person centered framework.
 
Kelsey Ball, M.S.Kelsey Ball, M.S.

Kelsey is completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Howard University in Washington, DC. She completed a double major in Psychology and Music at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. Having grown up in Bermuda, she has a particular interest in minority mental health and consistently advocates for holistic approaches to health and wellness with at-risk populations. Her clinical interests include relationship concerns, mindfulness-based stress reduction, spiritual identity development, and personality assessment. Her therapeutic approach integrates acceptance-based cognitive behavioral techniques within a humanistic framework. Kelsey’s desire is to empower clients to embrace challenges, live mindfully and lead authentic and fulfilling lives.
 
Carolyn Rubenstein, M.A.Carolyn Rubenstein, M.A.

Carolyn Rubenstein is completing her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Miami. She received a B.A. in Psychology from Duke University and a M.A. in Psychology from Harvard University. Carolyn utilizes an active collaborative approach with a focus on harnessing each individual’s unique strengths. She enjoys integrating acceptance-based cognitive behavioral tools as well as self-compassion into her therapeutic work. Her clinical interests include mood management, identity development, relationship issues, academic struggles, and perfectionism.
 
Practicum Students
Dorothy Addae Dorothy Addae, Practicum Student
 
Zamira Castro Zamira Castro, Practicum Student
 
Samantha Lang Samantha Lang, Practicum Student
 
 
Denise Marques Denise Marques, Practicum Student
 
 
Amina Simmons Amina Simmons, Practicum Student
 
 
Contract Staff
Francis J. Flynn, Psy.D.,CAPFrancis J. Flynn, Psy.D.,CAP

Francis J. Flynn, Psy.D., CAP graduated from the University of Miami in 1967; a decade later, after completing a Master of Divinity degree in Systematic Theology, he returned to the University of Miami to begin graduate studies in Psychology, He completed his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University and is a Certified Addictions Professional. Dr. Flynn served for eleven years as a supervising chaplain in the Florida prison system and has served as an adjunct professor in the UM Department of Religious Studies.
 
Support Staff
Alice Bailey, Office Assistant Alice Bailey, Office Assistant
 
Edricka Grant, Secretary