Professional and Administrative Staff
Eve Adams, Ph.D., Adjunct, CEP Training Director
Licensed Psychologist #0836 (Regular, exp 07/01/2016)
Eve received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the Ohio State University and completed her internship there also. She worked for 6 years at the University of Akron’s Counseling Center and served as the Training Director of the doctoral internship program there. She is currently is a Professor and the Training Director of the APA-accredited Doctoral Program in Counseling Psychology at New Mexico State University. Eve’s professional interests include supervision, multicultural identity development, gender role beliefs, LGBT psychology, culturally-competent counseling competencies, and mindfulness-based interventions.
María P. Arizaga, Ph.D., Associate Training Director
Licensed Psychologist #0853 (Regular, exp 07/01/2017)
María received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from New Mexico State University. Her major interests are in counselor training and supervision; working with clients with issues related to domestic violence, sexual abuse and other forms of trauma, acculturation, and grief and loss. Working with LGBTQ clients is another area of strong interest.
Justin Boland, Ph.D., Behavioral Health & Wellness Coordinator
Justin is a psychology resident who holds a Ph.D. in Counseling And Educational Psychology from New Mexico St. University. Justin completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Phoenix VA Hospital, specializing in Primary Care Mental Health Integration and Health Psychology. His training in the primary care environment has given him skills to help students improve sleep, cope with chronic pain, respond to anger appropriately, and quite tobacco. Justin’s counseling approach is influenced by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. His additional clinical interests include anxiety reduction, behavioral activation, biofeedback, and providing psychoeducation for a variety of behavioral health topics.
Debra Darmata, M.S., WAVE Program Coordinator
Debra is originally from Chicago and has a Master’s Degree in Psychology. Her life work and passion has been in the field of Psychology with extensive experience working with women who suffer from eating disorders, substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Theresa Demock, Administrative Assistant, Associate
Theresa has worked in the Counseling Center since 1999. She was the Records Tech I until May 2007, and then she was promoted to the Administrative Assistant, Associate.
Adam Dziedzic, Ph.D., Group Coordinator
Adam is a psychology resident who holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Oklahoma St. University. He completed his doctoral internship at the Florida St. University Counseling Center with an emphasis on group counseling and body image/eating disorder concerns. Adam has experience working with students and families in an outpatient eating disorders facility and four college counseling centers; he greatly enjoys the opportunities for personal and professional growth that working with students allows. He has a strong interest in supervision of trainees in psychology and utilizes narrative, attachment, DBT, and systems theories in work with clients. Adam’s clinical interests include eating disorder/body image concerns, group counseling, self-injury, relationship concerns, multicultural concerns/issues, and spirituality.
Carol Fonseca, Ph.D., Outreach & Diversity Coordinator
Licensed Psychologist #1374 (Regular, exp 07/01/2017)
Carol is originally from El Paso, TX and received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Counseling Psychology. She also completed her doctoral internship at the College of William & Mary Counseling Center in Williamsburg, VA. Carol utilizes a Multicultural/Feminist approach in her work with clients to build a safe and collaborative therapeutic relationship, and to nurture strengths/resiliency. Carol’s interests include sexuality and gender diversity issues, cultural identity exploration/negotiation, trauma and intimate partner violence, relationship issues, and adjustment to college concerns- in particular involving first generation college students.
Angelina Frias, Administrative Assistant
Angelina has been working at NMSU for 10 years and has been at the Counseling Center for 2 years. She received her Bachelor’s degree from NMSU and is now in the process of earning her Master’s degree also from NMSU.
Lori Martinez, M.S.W., NMSU Social Work Services
Lori is a Social Worker for the Student Health Center and the Counseling Center. She has a master’s degree in Social Work from New Mexico State University. Before coming to NMSU, she worked with children ages birth-3 and individuals with disabilities. Her professional interests include parent-child attachment patterns, social justice, community development, suicide prevention, and working with individuals and families in poverty.
Karen Schaefer, Ph.D., Director
Licensed Psychologist #0543 (Regular, exp 07/01/2016)
Karen received her Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Karen completed her doctoral internship at Southern Illinois University Counseling Center and specialized in working with child sexual abuse victims, offenders and non-offending spouses/partners. It was during this time that she gained a great deal of experience in working in the field of trauma including providing therapy for adult survivors of various forms of trauma. She came to New Mexico State University Counseling Center in 1990 and served as the Training Director for 17 years prior to becoming the Director of NMSU Counseling & Student Development. She has a strong interest in the training and supervision of trainees in counseling psychology and has clinical interests in providing therapy with individuals who have childhood histories of abuse (physical, emotional, sexual, neglect); experienced other forms of trauma including working with rape survivors, domestic violence survivors, individuals impacted by community violence/war and combat veterans; grief and loss issues; offenders of abuse; animal abuse (offenders and victims who witnessed such abuse); and the provision of animal-assisted therapy.
Corey Vas, Ph.D., Associate Director, Clinical Services
Licensed Psychologist #0844 (Regular, exp 07/01/2016)
Corey’s primary professional interests include biofeedback, hypnosis, LGBT issues, anxiety disorders and early childhood intervention. Much of his practice includes career planning, counselor training and supervision, and group therapy for men and for LGBT individuals.
Blake Riddell, M.S.
Blake is a psychology intern from Pacific University in Portland, OR where he is completing his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. When working with clients, he takes a strength-based, holistic approach. Blake collaboratively explores how clients are functioning cognitively, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. His counseling primarily incorporates aspects of DBT, interpersonal, integral, and mindfulness-based approaches. His clinical areas of interest include substance abuse, group therapy, stress and anger management, body image concerns, trauma, and working with athletes.
Gabriel Pagán-Llorens, M.S.
Gabriel is a PsyD candidate in clinical psychology from Ponce Health Sciences University (Puerto Rico) and holds a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Carlos Albizu University. He is a licensed psychologist in Puerto Rico. Gabriel’s clinical interests include working with students who are experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, athletic performance concerns, and interpersonal and relationship conflicts. He incorporates mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions with interpersonal and culturally sensitive approaches. Gabriel is fluent in Spanish.
Kristen Nick, M.S.
Kristen is a psychology intern from Pacific University in Portland, OR where she is completing her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. Her clinical interests include working with individuals who have experienced traumatic events, grief/loss, or those struggling with strong emotional experiences relating to anxiety and depression. Kristen works with individual or couples to help build strengths, learn new ways of coping and more effective means of communicating, and empowers students to recognize how social expectations influence our lives.