SOME OF OUR CURRENT CMHS & PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING STUDENTS

Name: Stephanie Ko
Hometown: San Marino, California
Previous Education: B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior, UC Irvine (2015)
Academic/Professional Interest: I am currently pursuing my M.S.Ed. in Counseling and Mental Health Services at Penn GSE.
Long Term Goals: I plan on completing my M.S.Ed. in Counseling and Mental Health Services and M.Phil.Ed. in Professional Counseling at the University of Pennsylvania. I aspire to help destigmatize the way mental health is perceived and become a bilingual practitioner to address and explore culture’s nuanced role in psychology. 

Name: Luke Romano
Hometown: Westmont, New Jersey
Previous Education: B.A. in Psychology, Temple University, 2018
Academic/Professional Interest: Client-centered mental health counseling, psychodynamic theory, existentialism, social psychology, and critical psychology.
Long Term Goals: Becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania, working in mental health agencies, and running my own private practice. I would like to specialize in working with LGBTQIA+ populations.

Name: Danielle Tongzhou Li
Hometown: Shenyang, China
Previous Education: B.S. in International Business, Pepperdine University, 2017
Academic/Professional Interest: Education and career development and counseling with adolescents, young adults, and adults.
Long Term Goals: To become a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of California. I’m hoping to combine and utilize my business background while helping clients in higher education or professional business industry setting.

Name: Zhaoxi (Loki) Zeng
Hometown: Shanghai, China
Previous Education: B.S. in Psychology, Baylor University, 2017
Academic/Professional Interest: Child development, anxiety-related problems, MBCT, bilingual counseling
Long Term Goals: I would like to pursue a Ph.D. or Psy.D. degree in clinical psychology to work with children and adolescents and to develop or revise treatment.


Name: Yueqing Jiang
Hometown: Wuxi, Jiangsu, China
Previous Education: B.S. in Applied Psychology, Soochow University (2018)
Academic/Professional Interest: Mental health counseling for adolescents and adults, especially interested in trauma, mood disorders, and art therapy.
Long Term Goals: My career goal is to pursue LPC/LMHC in the States or get licensure in China. As a mental health practitioner, I will devote myself to promoting the counseling services in communities and reducing the stigma towards mental issues among the public. 

Name: Patricia Pitcairn
Hometown: New York, NY
Previous Education: M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Education, Bank Street College of Education (2015); B.A. in Communication Studies, Northwestern University (2012)
Academic/Professional Interest: I am especially interested in working with female adolescents and adult women struggling with body image issues and eating disorders.
Long Term Goals: To pursue a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology


Name: Erika Edith Clark
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Previous Educationn: B.A in Spanish and Psychology, McDaniel College, 2010; M.A in TESOL, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2013
Academic/Professional Interest: I am interested in earning dual licensure in school counseling and mental health. I plan to work as a high school counselor with immigrants and refugees who have experienced trauma in their home countries, along their journey to the United States and when they have arrived to a new culture and school system. My academic interests are exploring alternative forms of psychotherapy, such as art therapy and the implementation of therapy animals, to support immigrant students as they process and cope with the traumatic experiences that are salient to refugee teens.
Long Term Goals: My long-term goal is to transform my academic interests into practice by bringing art therapy and therapy animals into underserved and underfunded schools and marginalized groups of people. I plan to earn a doctoral degree in either Psychology or Rehabilitation Sciences to conduct appropriate research that explores the outcomes of alternative methods of psychotherapy with culturally diverse populations.

Name: Cori M. Grobes
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Previous Educationn: B.A in Counseling Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice, Delaware Valley University (2018)
Academic/Professional Interest: My interest includes obtaining an M.S.Ed. in Counseling and Mental Health Services to work with the population of trauma; with a specialization in working with military veterans along my journey. I have a particular interest in research regarding post-deployment care for returning military personnel and veterans.
Long Term Goals: Currently, my long-term goal is to pursue a Psy.D in Clinical Psychology with hopes of serving in the United States Airforce. I intend to work with military personnel to get a closer look at the effects of post-deployment of military soldiers and the neuroscience behind the trauma they face when returning home. My intentions after my service to the military will continue in terms of finding a career in the Veteran Affairs office (VA) and opening my own practice for trauma and military veterans during my journey. 

Name: Morgan Reid
Hometown: Blackwood, NJ
Previous Educationn: B.S. Psychology (Business Minor), Villanova University, 2018
Academic/Professional Interest: The impact of trauma on marginalized children and adolescents
Long Term Goals: After I graduate, I plan on applying to Ph.D. programs in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in children. My overall goal is to build programs that deepen the impact of protective factors and promote resiliency within marginalized populations.

Name: Aisha Bisola Popoola
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
Previous Education: BSc. in Psychology, University of Essex, 2016
Academic/Professional Interest: Mental health counseling for adults & counseling for couples and families
Long Term Goals: To become a licensed counselor, end the stigma associated with mental health in Nigeria, and to establish a wellness company that focuses on providing counseling and mental health services to individuals, adolescents, families, couples, and companies. 

Name: Emery Q. Brautigan
Hometown: Shanghai, China and Dallas Texas
Previous Education: B.A. in Psychology, Kenyon College (2013)
Academic/Professional Interest: Cross-cultural psychology, ethnic identity formation, acculturation, and how these factors influence mental health and treatment outcomes for ethnic minorities in the United States.
Long Term Goals: Pursue a Ph.D. and become a licensed professional counselor who provides and promotes mental health awareness, wellness, and therapy.

Name: Wei Shi
Hometown: Beijing/China
Previous Education: B.E. in Education, Beijing Normal University, 2018
Academic/Professional Interest: Children with trauma experience or PTSD; adults with depression or schizophrenia
Long Term Goals: I want to get my counseling licensure first, and then I’d like to be a professional counselor back in China in agencies, and help people pursue their goals in the helping session. 

Name: Chuxue Zhang (Victoria)
Hometown: ChongQing, China
Previous Education: B.A. in English Translation, Beihang University (2017)
Academic/Professional Interest: Children and adolescent mental health counseling, group counseling, career counseling
Long Term Goals: Serve as a counselor both in America and China, and move into private practice in China by applying advanced counseling skills to the Chinese environment. Through publishing my own books about mental health counseling and giving speeches in companies and schools, I hope to improve Chinese people's awareness towards mental health and help more people to lead a fulfilling life.

Name: Jenny Moon Choi
Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Previous Education: B.A. in Psychology, University of Rochester (2015)
Academic/Professional Interest: Adolescent/young adult mental health, bilingual counseling, Christian counseling, depression counseling, youth mentoring, under-served/marginalized populations, connection between health and mental health
Long Term Goals: I plan to pursue licensure to become a professional counselor. My goal is to be able to provide counseling to the lower socioeconomic population and to find ways to make counseling more approachable and affordable to the underserved communities. I also have great interest in working with people who are suffering from chronic physical illness in dealing with their depression as I believe physical health is strongly connected to mental health. I also want to work with high school/college students who are suffering from anxiety and depression and work towards breaking the stigma of mental illness by spreading more awareness in schools especially to the Asian population.

Name: Xinyuan Deng
Hometown: Nanchang, China
Previous Education: B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior, UC Irvine (2018)
Academic/Professional Interest: Mental health of children and international students; bilingual counseling
Long Term Goals: I am planning to finish two years’ study here at Penn GSE and go to California to get a license as an LPCC. I might eventually move back to China and open a private practice.

Name: Chelsea Gibson
Hometown: Bellevue, WA
Previous Education: B.A. in Psychology, Gonzaga University (2017)
Academic/Professional Interest: I am interested in socioemotional development through the lifespan and treatment of emotion dysregulation across ages, cultures, and disorders.
Long Term Goals: I plan on completing my M.S.Ed. and M.Phil.Ed. at Penn GSE and then pursuing licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington. I plan on working in agencies for the beginning of my career, but I would like to eventually move into a private practice.

Name: Miranda Wang
Hometown: Shanghai, China
Previous Education: B.S. in Child Development, Vanderbilt University (2012) and M.A. in Bilingual/Bicultural Education, Columbia University (2014)
Academic/Professional Interest: Children and adolescent mental health, bilingual counseling, cultural and identity crisis.
Long Term Goals: Serve as a school counselor to promote mental well-being especially for bilingual immigrant populations.

Name: Ran (Renee) Bi
Hometown: Beijing, China
Previous Education: B.A. in Psychology, DePauw University (2017)
Academic/Professional Interest: College students (especially international students) counseling; family therapy
Long Term Goals: Becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor at least in the state of Pennsylvania and working in a college counseling center or a low socio-economic status community for several years; may go back to China to be a practitioner afterwards.

Name: Mandy Lin
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Previous Education: B.A. in Psychology, CUNY Hunter College (2016)
Academic/Professional Interest: Eating disorders, body image, mood disorders, substance use, and addictions with adolescents, young adults, and adults.
Long Term Goals: To become a Licensed Professional Counselor and reduce stigma towards mental illness by spreading awareness and providing education to communities. I want to be able to use a diverse and holistic set of approaches to help each and every client reach their potential and lead the fulfilling lives they deserve. I would also like to explore innovative treatment options in relation to eating disorders, mood disorders, substance use, and addictions.

Name: Wen-Jui Hsu
Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan
Previous Education: B.A. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience, University of Michigan (2017)
Academic/Professional Interest: Mental health counseling for adolescents and adults who are emotionally-sensitive, post-trauma, or clinically depressed.
Long Term Goals: Pursue counseling licensure, work in multicultural environments, or have a private practice that specializes in mental health counseling for adults.

Name: Shamm Petros
Hometown: NJ & NY by way of Asmara, Eritrea
Previous Education: B.A. in Sustainable Development, Columbia University (2014)
Academic/Professional Interest: Impact of trauma, torture, and forced displacement on children and their ability to remain resilient and make meaning of their narrative.
Long Term Goals: Pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and lead research on the effects of war and trauma on children and families who identify as refugees. Design trauma-informed, culturally-clinical integrated tools, counseling strategies, and learning spaces that can be implemented in different institutes (hospitals, refugee organizations, refugee camps, schools) that serve refugees and migrants.

Name: Zachary Webster
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Previous Education: Bachelor’s in Human Services with minor in Criminal Justice, Chestnut Hill College (2017)
Academic/Professional Interest: I am currently working towards an M.S.Ed. in Counseling and Mental Health Services.
Long Term Goals: Working with at-risk youth in a correctional facility.