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Meet Us

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.

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

Psychology Resident

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.

Kristal Kinzer, M.A., Career Exploration Center Coordinator

Clinical Mental Health Counselor LPCC #0150391 (Regular, exp 09/30/2016)

Kristal was born and raised in New Mexico and is NMSU alumni.  Kristal is the coordinator of the NMSU Career Exploration Center and has a strong interest in working with people who are going through challenging life transitions and adjusting to college life. Kristal views therapy as a collaborative process to address the unique needs of students and is passionate about helping individuals develop their career goals and direction for their future. She also enjoys working with individuals on many different topics such as anxiety, depression and relationship conflicts. She primarily incorporates relational, family systems, and culturally sensitive psychotherapeutic approaches to counseling.

Lori Martinez-Haussamen, 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.

Psychology Interns

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.

Cheryl Taliaferro, M.S.

Cheryl is a psychology intern from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois where she is completing her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology . Cheryl has worked with university college students in Illinois and is interested in working with individuals who have experienced mood disorder (e.g., depression), challenges with adjustment to college life, trauma (e.g., domestic violence), and interrelationship problems. She has experiences working with diverse student populations with low socioeconomic status. Through these experience, Cheryl embraced the significance of outreach services, where individuals were able to gain valuable information that helped them to reflect on the importance of balancing different components of life and self-care. As part of her self-care, Cheryl enjoys going to the movies, listening to music, working on 1000 piece puzzles, and spending time with her family. Cheryl uses the motto “Live, Laugh, Love” as a reminder to take life day by day.

Gabriel Pagán-Llorens, M.S.

Gabriel is a PhD 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 board-certified 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.

Doctoral Practicum Trainees

Chelsea Twiss, M.S., Clinical Psychology, Eastern Washington University

Jessica Rodriguez-Herrera, MPH, NMSU; M.S., Spanish, University of New Mexico

Sibella Salazar, M.A., Psychology, Cal State- Los Angeles

Joshua Turner, M.S., Clinical Psychology, Eastern Kentucky University

Helen Kim, M.A., Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine University