Chicago 430 S. Michigan Ave.Chicago, IL 60605(312) 341-3500
Schaumburg 1400 N. Roosevelt Blvd.Schaumburg, IL 60173(847) 619-7300
Susan R. Stock, Ph.D., Director
Dr. Stock is a licensed clinical psychologist in Illinois, and while most of her clinical experiences have been in university counseling centers, she has also worked in other inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Stock enjoys providing a broad range of professional services, such as psychotherapy, consultation, supervision and training, and outreach. She is the co-author of a book on facilitating experiential learning and regularly provides professional presentations at national and regional conferences. Dr. Stock is active in the American College Personnel Association, in the Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services; the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors; and the American Psychological Association. Dr. Stock earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Iowa State University, and completed her pre-doctoral internship training at the Counseling Center at Southern Illinois University. She previously held staff psychologist positions at the counseling centers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Akron, and Marquette University.
Mary E. Grigar, Ph.D., Assistant Director/Training Coordinator
Dr. Grigar received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Indiana State University after completing her internship training in the Student Counseling Center at Illinois State University. She holds a Master's degree from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also completed a post-doctoral year of training at The University of Michigan's Counseling Center. Dr. Grigar is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Illinois. Her clinical experiences include primarily university counseling center work which involves a range of services including individual, group, and career therapy, as well as outreach and consultation services. She has also provided psychotherapy supervision of therapists in training. Dr. Grigar is a member the American Psychological Association (APA), as well as APA Division 17 (Counseling Psychology).
Kusha Gujrati Murarka, Psy.D., Assistant Director of Outreach Services /Staff Psychologist
Dr. Kusha Murarka received her B.A. at Northwestern University and then her Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology) at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University Chicago. She is licensed as a clinical psychologist in Illinois and has worked at a number of counseling centers in the Midwest and on the East Coast. She completed her internship at Pace University Counseling Center and then postdoctoral work at Princeton University Counseling and Psychological Services. Dr. Murarka has significant experience working with university students and dealing with issues related to multicultural experiences, interpersonal relationships, and identity development. She is interested in a variety of mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, identity conflicts, stress management, mind/body issues, relationships, alcohol and other drug use, and suicide prevention. Dr. Murarka is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA), and currently serves as the Chair for the executive board of the Division of South Asian Americans (DoSAA) under AAPA.
Scott Kaplan, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist
Dr. Scott Kaplan earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Iowa State University. After completing his internship and post-doctoral training at the Southern Illinois University Counseling Center, he is now working as a full-time staff counselor at Roosevelt University. In addition, he sees clients in private practice where he conducts group and individual counseling. Dr. Kaplan has a special passion for group counseling and enjoys working with clients from diverse backgrounds including differences of culture, race, gender, socioeconomic status, and sexual orientation. He also has experience working with students dealing with mental and physical disabilities, identity development issues, lifestyle changes, anxiety and depression, relationship dynamics, and men’s issues. Additionally, he has extensive training in violence prevention and campus safety. Outside of his clinical work, Dr. Kaplan is an active advocate in fighting against the stigma attached to mental illness as well as advocating for policies that improve the access and quality of mental health services, locally and nationally. Dr. Kaplan belongs to the American Group Psychotherapy Association, the Illinois Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Association Division 46, where his research examines how media impacts public perception and psychology.
Diane Herbstman Welbel, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist
Dr. Diane Herbstman Welbel received her Bachelors of Science in Biopsychology and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Michigan and her Doctorate in Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Prior to joining Roosevelt University’s Counseling Center, Dr. Herbstman Welbel was working as a staff clinician at American University in Washington DC, where she also completed her doctoral internship. Dr. Herbstman Welbel has a great deal of experience working with university students from diverse backgrounds. In addition to working at a number of counseling centers, she has also provided individual, group, couples and family psychotherapy services at social service agencies and community mental health centers. Her clinical interests include trauma care and recovery, mood and anxiety disorders, loss and bereavement, identity development, multicultural issues and multiple identity conflicts, interpersonal relationship issues, stress management, creative arts therapy and mindfulness. She greatly enjoys providing group counseling and consultation and outreach services in order to raise awareness of mental health issues in the campus community. She uses an integrative theoretical approach that incorporates psychodynamic, developmental, relational and multicultural perspectives. Dr. Herbstman Welbel is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA).
Rebeccah Schweers, Ph.D, Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Rebeccah Schweers received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. She also received her M.A. in Community Counseling from Marquette University, and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Schweers completed her predoctoral internship at Iowa State University's Student Counseling Services. She has conducted clinical work in university counseling centers and non-profit community mental health centers in both rural and urban settings. She enjoys working with clients across a wide range of cultural backgrounds. Dr. Schweers has significant experience providing individual, couples, and group therapy for many presenting concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, substance abuse, and identity development issues. She is particularly interested in interpersonal relationships, and has conducted research on cognitive factors that influence forgiveness in couples’ relationships. In addition to providing therapy, Dr. Schweers enjoys providing supervision and outreach services in a university setting. She is a member of the American Psychological Association.
Michael McPartland, B.A., Psychology Extern
Michael McPartland is currently pursuing his Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology) at the Adler School of Professional Psychology. He graduated with honors from the University of Iowa in 2009, earning a B.A. in Psychology. His clinical experiences include community mental health outpatient work and acute inpatient work. Michael also worked as a research assistant analyzing data on social development and moral cognition. In addition, he has volunteer experience at the Johnson County Crisis Center and provided outreach and educational services to members of the LGBT community via Howard Brown Health Center. Some of his clinical interests include anxiety and mood disorders, trauma, and the impact of public policy on mental health. In his free time, Michael enjoys running, going to concerts, and trying new restaurants.
Neel Mehta M.A., Psychology Extern
Neel Mehta will be an extern at the Roosevelt University Counseling Center for the 2012-2013 academic year. He is currently embarking on his fourth year of doctoral training at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is pursing a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. Born in Chicago and raised in the western suburbs, Neel received his Bachelor of the Arts in Psychology at Benedictine University in 2005. He received his Master of the Arts in Counseling Psychology at Adler School of Professional Psychology in 2008. He also received a Masters of the Arts in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2011. He has accumulated clinical experience at Genesis Therapy Center, while providing individual, couple, and family psychotherapy at various locations throughout the Chicagoland area, and also in providing outreach and psychoeducation to schools in impoverished neighborhoods. Neel completed his diagnostic practicum at Hartgrove Psychiatric Hospital for children, while administering and interpreting testing, co-facilitating process-oriented group psychotherapy, and assisting in emergency intakes. Neel most recently completed his intermediate practicum at Behavioral Healthcare Associates in Schaumburg, while providing integrated testing and psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families, of diverse ages and backgrounds. His current research interest and dissertation topic concerns gatekeeping practices in doctoral psychology programs. In his spare time, Neel enjoys playing the electric guitar in his band, cooking and eating, exercising, relaxing with his friends and family, and spending much time with his English Bulldog Jerry.
Aimee Rodolff, M.A., L.P.C., Psychology Extern
Aimee Rodolff is currently pursuing her doctorate in clinical psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Schaumburg. She received her master’s degree in clinical psychology in June of 2010 and is a licensed professional counselor. She has completed externships at the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center (a non-profit organization that provides therapy and advocacy services to survivors of sexual abuse and assault), Clinical Care Consultants (a health psychology private practice that focused on providing diagnostic and therapy services for chronic pain populations), and Alexian Brothers Center for Mental Health (a multidisciplinary community mental health center). Some of her clinical interests include trauma, relationship concerns, identity development, and women’s issues. She holds memberships in the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students, the Illinois Psychological Association, and the Psi Chi International Honor Society. She is excited to have the opportunity to train at Roosevelt University Counseling Center during the 2012-2013 academic year.
Charla Johnson, B.A., Senior Secretary
Charla Johnson joined the Counseling Center in February 2009. Charla earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Chicago State University in Psychology and is currently working toward her MA in Human Services and Marriage and Family. During her spare time Charla enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Samantha Benduha, Peer Advocate
Samantha is an undergraduate psychology major with a minor in sociology and women gender studies. She would like to attend graduate school for psychology. She loves getting involved with campus events and organizations, meeting new people, and is very excited to be a Peer Advocate! She also works at Roosevelt as a Peer Instructor, is a member of the Honors Program, works for campus life with the Student Government Association, is a Historian of Alpha Phi Omega’s Co-Ed Service Fraternity, and is a member of the Eleanor Roosevelt Society (2010-2011 class). She very much enjoys being with friends, watching FRIENDS, skiing, eating apple strudel, and getting pedicures.
Tayler Jefferson, Peer Advocate
Tayler is a graduate student currently working towards her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She graduated spring 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Born and raised in Chicago, Tayler is excited to be back in the city and is looking forward to being a peer advocate. During her spare time she enjoys listening to music, spending time with her pet Shih Tzu Rocko, spending time with family, traveling and meeting new people.
Ryan Coventry, Peer Advocate
Ryan is currently pursuing a Masters in Clinical Professional Psychology (Counseling Practice) at Roosevelt University. He received his bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, graduating with distinction. Ryan's clinical interests include interpersonal relationships, diversity, depression, dating violence and sexual assault, In his spare time, Ryan enjoys listening to a variety of music genres and reading a good book. He is very excited to start his Roosevelt career as a Peer Advocate.