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Justin Barker

Justin Barker, Psy.D.

Justin Barker, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist and the center's assessment coordinator and liaison to the College of Science, Center for Persons with Disabilities, Disability Resource Center, Regional Campuses and Distance Education.

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 Masters 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 individual and group psychotherapy, attachment and parenting styles, treatment of severe and persistent mental illness, and cognitive and personality assessment. Justin uses an integrative approach that weds psychodynamics and interpersonal process theories with cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavior interventions.

His personal interests include sports (primarily basketball), listening to music, and gardening. He spends most of his free time with his family- his wife Erin and their three young children.


Charles Bentley

Charles Bentley, Ph.D.

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 Bentley

Eri Suzuki Bentley, Ph.D., CGP

Eri Suzuki Bentley, Ph.D., CGP is a licensed psychologist and a Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) by the International Board of Certified Group Psychotherapists. She is the center's group coordinator. She is a liaison to the Access and Diversity Center - Multicultural Programs & Latinx Cultural Center, Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Aggies Think Care Act, Caine College of the Arts, Student Involvement and Leadership, and Greek Life.

Outside of USU, she is actively involved with American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA). She regularly presents at the AGPA meetings and serves as a co-chair of Special Interest Group Task Force for American Psychological Association (AGPA) 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, eating disorders, identity development, and multicultural issues. She works with clients collaboratively from an integrative approach, specifically attending to their stages of change, role of emotions, type of pathologies, personality, and identity. The concept of acceptance and mindfulness is a natural fit with her clinical style given her cultural background with eastern philosophy.

She was born and raised in Tokyo Japan, and has lived in the U.S. for over 20 years. She lives in Logan with her family of two dogs, a cat, and a human partner. She enjoys dog time, yoga, fly fishing, gardening, cooking and doing nothing.


Chris Chapman

Chris Chapman, Ph.D.

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.


M. Scott DeBerard

M. Scott DeBerard, Ph.D.

M. Scott DeBerard, Ph.D. is the new Executive Director of CAPS and Student Health and Wellness in the Divison of Student Affairs. He is currently an associate professor with primary affiliation with the Combined Psychology Ph.D. program. He also supervises students in the adult-health psychology training emphasis within the Combined Ph.D. program.

Scott's main research interests involve chronic low back pain, outcomes following surgical interventions for low back pain (e.g., lumbar fusion, discectomy, spinal column stimulation, rhizotomy), carpal tunnel syndrome, and college student stress. Scott is particularly interested in the utility of using pre-surgical psychosocial variables to predict clinical outcomes and medical costs following surgical interventions. He has developed statistical models demonstrating that pre-surgical psychosocial variables are more predictive of long-term patient outcomes and medical costs following surgery than pre-surgical pathophysiology. He currently has ongoing studies involving Utah Workers' Compensation patients who are receiving surgery for low back pain. Scott, and his students are routine presenters at the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) annual research conferences. He is also a manuscript reviewer for Spine, the leading subspecialty journal for the treatment of spinal disorders. Scott's clinical interests are in primary care, health psychology, and behavioral medicine. He currently supervises a number of graduate student health psychology practica including: USU Student Health and Wellness Center, Brigham City Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, and the Cache Valley Cancer Treatment and Research Clinic. He currently teaches graduate courses in Health Psychology, Introduction to Psychotherapy, Empirically Supported Treatments (adult), and Research Design and Analysis.


Monique Frazier

Monique Frazier, Ph.D.

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.”


LuAnn Helms

LuAnn Helms, Ph.D.

LuAnn Helms, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and the center's assistant director/training director and the liaison to Campus Recreation, Student Health Services, Financial Aid and Scholarships. She is also co-founder of Allies on Campus. She has been at USU since 2003.

She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M University in 2002. She completed her Master's Degree in Counseling at California State University, Sacramento with a dual major in School Counseling and in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling in 1995. Prior to graduate school, she completed her Bachelor's Degree at Missouri Valley College with a dual major in Youth and Human Service Agency Management and in Alcohol and Drug Studies.

Her professional interests include: Individual, group, and couples' therapy; anger, anxiety, and stress management; therapist training and supervision; program development; diversity issues; substance abuse treatment and prevention; identity and self-esteem development; and wellness. She conceptualizes clients mostly from the Multimodal Therapy perspective and her therapeutic interventions are eclectic, but predominately cognitive behavioral.

LuAnn enjoys working, fishing, hiking, dancing, yoga, watching movies, playing pool, painting, and spending time with her partner, friends and dogs.


Amy Kleiner

Amy Kleiner, Ph.D.

Amy Kleiner, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and the center's Internship Training Director and liaison to the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, SAAVI (Sexual Assault & Anti-Violence Info) office, Student Orientation & Transition Services, and Women & Gender Center. 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 and dog Rosie.


Zhen Li

Zhen Li, Ph.D.

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.


Kim Meyers

Kim Meyers, Ph.D.

Kim Meyers, Ph.D. is currently working toward licensure as a psychologist and is at our Regional Campus offices in Salt Lake, Tooele, Orem and Uintah Basin.

Kim earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Utah and completed an APA-accredited internship at the University Counseling Center at the University of Utah.

Kim's clinical interests include substance use, couple's therapy, multicultural issues, and positive psychology. Kim is a strong advocate for her clients to ensure they receive the support and services they need. She draws from humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, and interpersonal theories to find the techniques to help her clients achieve their goals.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling, gardening, cooking, reading, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. Kim finds it very important to have a good work-life balance.


Mark Nafziger

Mark Nafziger, Ph.D.

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.


Denise Pearson

Denise Pearson

Denise Pearson is currently in the Master of Social Work program at the USU Eastern. She graduated from Carbon High School and completed her cosmetology license at Bon Losse in 2006. She earned her bachelor's degree at Utah State University in 2010. Denise is currently working toward becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been in the social work field for over 12 years. Denise has lived in Carbon and Emery Counties for about 26 years. She is married with two children and enjoys traveling, playing softball, and loves to be spontaneous in food choices.


Tammy Taylor

Tamarah Taylor, LCSW

Tamarah Taylor (Tammy), LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with more than 15 years of experience. She has worked with a wide range of clientele and is assigned to our regional campus system and is located at the Uintah Basin Campus.

Tammy began her professional career working with victims of domestic violence and substance abuse. Recently, she has been providing grief counseling associated with hospice care. Tammy has worked for state agencies, non-profit, and school-based counseling services. In addition to her current focus, Tammy has worked with children and has additional training as a play therapist.

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

Jan Thorton, LCSW

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.


Wayne Tucker

Wayne Tucker

Wayne Tucker is a lifelong resident of Carbon and Emery Counties and is working toward becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Wayne has over 20 years of experience working with adolescents and their families. Wayne earned a Bachelor in Elementary Education and is currently in a Master of Social Work degree. Wayne started his bachelor's degree at age 28. He is married to his high school sweetheart and has four adult children. Wayne likes to read biographies and autobiographies, spending time with his granddaughter at the park, having picnics, and getting snacks at the store.


Support Staff

Kailee Benson

Kailee Benson

Kailee Benson is a staff assistant in the CAPS Logan Office. Kailee received a Bachelor's degree from USU in Anthropology with minors in Business and Sociology.

She enjoys learning about different cultures and people and all the components which make us who we are as individuals and groups. She has been at USU since 2014.


Karen Caronna

Karen Caronna

Karen Caronna is the Office Administrative Assistant in the CAPS Logan Office.

Karen earned her Bachelor's degree in General Studies from Southeastern Louisiana University. Her previous work experience includes positions as a Legislative Assistant, Office Manager and Church Secretary.

Karen joined the Division of Student Affairs in August of 2013, after moving to Logan from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As the office administrative assistant at CAPS, she welcomes the students who come in, schedules appointments and performs various other office duties.

Her personal interests include music, getting out into the mountains to explore and spending time with her family.