Professional and Administrative Staff
Eve Adams, Ph.D., Adjunct, CEP Training Director
Licensed Psychologist #0836 (Regular, exp 07/01/2018)
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. She is currently 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.
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 Clinical 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 teaching & 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. In his free time he enjoys hiking, reading, cooking, and cheering for Houston and Texas A&M sports.
Carol Fonseca, Ph.D., Interim Training Director
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.
Lori Martinez, MSW, 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 07/01/2017)
Karen received her Ph.D. 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 07/01/2018)
Corey received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Iowa State University. He completed his internship at the Tucson VA Medical Center and continues to work with Veterans returning to college following their military service. 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.
Chantelle Yazzie, MSW, Counselor
Master Social Worker #X-09626 (Provisional, exp 06/01/2017)
Chantelle is originally from Smith Lake, NM and identifies as a member of the Navajo tribe. She received a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI and then completed her master’s degree in Social Work from NMSU in 2016. Prior to coming to NMSU, she worked with congregations and families to help locate financial resources and basic needs in an urban setting. She has also worked with elementary-aged children diagnosed with autism and other emotional disorders using play and art therapies in the Las Cruces community. Chantelle’s interests include sexuality and gender issues, cultural identity/negotiation and exploration, students with autism-spectrum disorders, relationship concerns, transition to college, and the social/political dynamics of blood quantum percentages among Indigenous populations. She draws from strength-based and systemic therapies to empower clients and nurture resiliency; she also incorporates CBT, art, solution-focused and narrative therapies as well.
Cynthia Beevers, M.A.
Cynthia is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Western Michigan University. Her professional interests include suicide prevention, positive psychology, identity development, mindfulness, college student development, teaching, and counselor training & development. As a counselor, Cynthia’s approach is strength-based and emphasizes compassion, acceptance, and understanding. Some of her personal interests include: watching baby animals on YouTube, sleeping, coloring, music, kayaking, camping, movies/TV, and traveling.
Amanda Kruger, M.A.
Amanda is originally from Austin, TX. She earned her master’s degree from Texas State University- San Marcos in clinical health psychology and is currently pursuing her Psy.D. in counseling psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX. Amanda appreciates engaging with a wide range of clients and strives to make every individual feel comfortable in accessing counseling. She works from strengths-based perspectives that aim to empower clients to help them overcome obstacles and develop healthier, more fulfilling relationships in their lives. Amanda has professional interests in human-animal interaction, animal-assisted therapies, trauma-informed care, multicultural and diversity issues, and social justice. IN her free time she likes to listen to music, try new recipes, laugh, catch up on Netflix, and spend time with friends and family.
Erik Mann, M.A.
Erik comes to sunny Las Cruces from freezing cold Chicago. He has a master’s degree in clinical psychology from The Illinois School of Professional Psychology (ISPP) at Argosy Chicago. Currently, he is in the process of finishing his Psy.D. at ISPP as well. Erik primarily practices from a relational/person-centered perspective and is he very interested in understanding power dynamics and the effect these forces have within different social systems. In his personal time, he enjoys biking and hiking and is excited to experience these favorite hobbies in this new desert climate.
Olivia Marks, M.A.
Olivia is originally from Westminster, MD and received her B.S. in psychology from Ohio Valley University. She is currently completing her doctorate in clinical psychology from Regent University, where she also received her M.A. in clinical psychology. Her clinical interests include mindfulness, self-compassion, emotion regulation, anxiety, stress reduction, identity formation, and spirituality. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, visiting coffee shops, reading, and cheering on the Baltimore Ravens.