About Us

CAPS staff group photo

Denton Campus

Dr. Denise Lucero-Miller is the center's Director.  Dr. Lucero-Miller began at the center in 1996 and has served in a variety of roles.  Prior to assuming the Director role, she served as the Assistant Director and Director of Training for 11 years. Dr. Lucero-Miller received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oklahoma.  She completed her doctoral internship training at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio.  Dr. Lucero-Miller's professional interests include women's issues, trauma recovery, multiculturalism, and supervision/training.

Dr. Carmen Cruz is Associate Director and Director of Training.  Dr. Cruz has been part of the TWU CAPS team serving in different capacities since 1997.  Dr. Cruz completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Criminal Justice at Florida International University in Miami, Florida and received her doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  She completed her doctoral internship training with Texas Woman's University's Counseling and Psychological Services department.  Dr. Cruz's professional interests include training/supervision, the psychology of gender, sexual orientation identity issues, multicultural psychology, cultural/spiritual development, existential theory and the impact of the stigma of psychotherapy.

Dr. Marshall Bewley is a Licensed Psychologist and the Assistant Director of Clinical Services. Dr. Bewley began his career with CAPS in August 2012. Dr. Bewley received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Tech University. He completed his doctoral internship training at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Counseling Services. Dr. Bewley's professional interests include working with LGBTQIA individuals in the development of their sexual/affectual orientation and/or gender identity/expression; relationship concerns; couple’s & group therapy; and mood management. Other professional interests include training & supervision; and multicultural awareness related to intersectionality within cultural identities.

Dr. Martha Bergen is a Licensed Psychologist and the Coordinator of Practicum Training.  Dr. Bergen received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman's University.  She completed her doctoral internship at Miami University's Student Counseling Service in Oxford, Ohio and she completed a post-doctoral residency at the Counseling Center at Sam Houston State University.  Dr. Bergen's professional interests include gender issues, diversity and multiculturalism, outreach and advocacy, and supervision and training.

Dr. Sonia Carrizales is a Staff Psychologist at the TWU Counseling and Psychological Services. She earned both her M.A. and Ph.D. from the Counseling Psychology program at Texas Woman’s University. After completing her doctoral internship at Colorado State University, Dr. Carrizales stayed at the same site to complete her post-doctoral fellowship before returning to Texas. Dr. Carrizales’s professional interests include multicultural psychology, substance use/abuse and addiction, first generation college students, body size/image issues, and gender issues.

Dr. Larry Carter II is a Licensed Psychologist [CA: PSY25625; TX: Licensure in Progress] and the Coordinator of the CAPS Group Therapy Program.  Dr. Carter received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University in 2011.  He completed his pre-doctoral internship training at the Student Counseling Center at Texas Tech University, and completed his post-doctoral residency at Family HealthCare Network, an integrated behavioral health setting.  Dr. Carter joined the CAPS team in fall 2017, after working at counseling centers at the University of California, Riverside and California State University, San Marcos.  Dr. Carter’s clinical interests include: Working with issues relevant to LGBTQIA populations and first-generation college students, Eating Disorders/Body Image Disturbances, Feminist/Multicultural Concerns, and Clinical Supervision and Training.

Dr. Kimberly M. Rodriguez is a Staff Psychologist and the Cultural Diversity Liaison. Dr. Rodriguez received her M.S. in Educational Psychology and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship training at Texas Woman’s University's Counseling Center and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of New Hampshire Counseling Center. Dr. Rodriguez’s professional interests include the academic persistence and resiliency of First Generation College Students, diversity/multiculturalism issues, interpersonal dynamics, self-compassion, training and supervision, and outreach.

Dr. Rakhi Sen is a Licensed Psychologist at the TWU Counseling Center. Dr. Sen received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She completed her doctoral internship at Arizona State University's Counseling & Consultation in Tempe, Arizona. Dr. Sen has over 15 years of experience working in college counseling centers. Her professional interests include diversity issues, identity development, gender issues, trauma concerns, interpersonal psychotherapy, use of stories and metaphor in therapy, spirituality issues, role and nature of counseling in non-western cultures, supervision and training.

Dr. Cheronda Steele is a Licensed Psychologist and also serves as the Outreach Coordinator for TWU CAPS. Dr. Steele began her career with the center in June 2016. She received both her M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Steele completed her doctoral internship training at the Texas Woman's University Counseling Center. Her professional interests include grief and loss, mindfulness-based approaches to therapy, prevention and outreach, stress management, multiculturalism, and existential-integrative theory.

Kristin Kazyaka, M.A. is one of the center’s three doctoral interns. Kristin earned her B.A. in Psychology and Women and Gender Studies from Texas A&M University. She completed her M.A in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman's University. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman's University. Kristin's professional interests include: trauma and recovery (intimate partner violence/relational violence, sexual violence/sexual assault), identity development, relationship dynamics, multicultural and women’s issues. 

Elizabeth Kingfield, M.A. is one of the center's three doctoral interns. Elizabeth obtained her B.A. in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University. She completed her M.A. in Professional Psychology at William James College and is currently pursuing her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from William James College. Elizabeth's professional interests include emerging adulthood, identity development, cultural responsiveness, intersectionality, sexual and gender diversity, military and veteran populations, spirituality and wellness, sexual and relationship health, substance use, sleep disorders, and homelessness and transitional housing.

Kristina Rodriguez, M.S. is one of the center’s three doctoral interns. Kristina obtained her B.A in Psychology from St. Edward’s University. She completed her M.S. in Psychology at the University of North Texas and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on couple and family psychology at the same university (UNT). Kristina’s clinical and professional interests include first-generation college students, diversity and intersectionality of cultural identities, relationship dynamics and issues, couples therapy, grief and loss, and prevention and outreach. 

Practicum Student Therapists: Christian Meek, William Nation, Amber Rook-Phenis, and Bethany Rothamel

Dallas Campus

Dr. Linda Louden is the Assistant Director for both Dallas and Houston CAPS departments, as well as a full-time Licensed Psychologist at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center campus.  Dr. Louden has been with the center since 2004.  After serving as the Cultural Diversity Liaison, she transitioned to the Dallas CAPS office.  Dr. Louden received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas, and her doctoral internship training took place at the TWU Counseling Center.  Dr. Louden's professional interests include university student development, women's issues, trauma recovery, spirituality, multiculturalism, and supervision and training of future psychologists.

Dr. Rebecca B. Lapidus is a half-time Licensed Psychologist at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center campus. Dr. Lapidus received her Ph.D. in Clinical and Community Psychology from Georgia State University. She completed her doctoral internship training at The Ohio State University Counseling and Consultation Center and her post-doctoral residency at the Georgia Institute of Technology Counseling Center. Dr. Lapidus' professional interests include emotion focused therapy for couples, resiliency, empowerment, curiosity, continuous growth mindset, finding meaning, and attachment/sense of belonging.

Houston Campus

Dr. Julie Whitney is a full-time Licensed Psychologist at the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston campus. Dr. Whitney received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston and her doctoral internship training was completed at the University of Houston Counseling Center. Dr. Whitney's professional interests include diversity/multiculturalism, health promotion, medical psychology, life transitions, university student development, trauma recovery and women's issues across the lifespan.

Dr. Kimberly Demby is a Licensed Psychologist at the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston campus.  Dr. Demby received her M.A. degree in Clinical/Counseling Psychology from Southern Methodist University, and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from University of North Texas. She completed her doctoral internship training at Texas Woman’s University Counseling Center in Denton. Dr. Demby’s professional interests include high-functioning anxiety and depression, relationship concerns, women’s issues, cultural diversity, outreach and awareness, interpersonal and psychodynamic therapies.