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Professional Staff Bios 

 
2017 Staff
 

Justin Barker, Psy.D.

Justin Barker, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist and the center's Assessment Coordinator and liaison to the Center for Persons with Disabilities, Disability Resource Center, Regional Campuses & Distance Education and Social Work Department.

Justin completed his internship at CAPS in 2011 and re-joined CAPS in 2013 after working two years for Bear River Mental health. He earned his Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) and Masters of Science degrees in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland and his undergraduate degree from Utah State University.

Justin's primary areas of clinical interest are individual and group psychotherapy, attachment and parenting styles, treatment of severe and persistent mental illness, and cognitive and personality assessment. Justin uses an integrative approach that weds psychodynamics and interpersonal process theories with cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavior interventions.

His personal interests include sports (primarily basketball), listening to music, and gardening. He spends most of his free time with his family- his wife Erin and their three young children.

Charles Bentley, Ph.D.

Charles Bentley, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist. He is the center’s Graduate Assistant and Practicum Coordinator as well as the liaison to the College of Science, Admissions & Registrar Offices, Housing and Residence Life and Veterans Resource Office.

Charley earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from Utah State University, and his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado-Boulder. He completed his APA accredited internship at the Salt Lake City VA Health Care System. Prior to joining the CAPS staff, Charley worked for several years as a primary therapist and assistant director of patient services in residential treatment for eating disorders.

He is committed to a generalist approach to psychology, and is particularly interested in the interaction of personality and psychopathology and well-being and in interpersonal group therapy. Charley’s approach to therapy carefully considers individual’s ongoing readiness for change, focuses on common factors of relationships that contribute to positive outcomes, and integrates interpersonal psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral approaches including “third wave” versions such as acceptance and commitment therapy and dialectical behavior therapy.

In his free time, Charley enjoys fly fishing with his partner and three dogs, playing adult league hockey, and skiing in lovely Utah powder.

Eri Suzuki Bentley, Ph.D.

Eri Suzuki Bentley, Ph.D.. is a licensed psychologist and a Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) by the International Board of Certified Group Psychotherapists. She is the center's Internship and Group Coordinator. She is a liaison to the Access and Diversity Center, the Center for Civic Engagement & Service Learning, and Student Involvement. She also serves on multiple campus-wide committees, including being a chair of Aggies Think, Care, Act and being a member of the Sexual Violence Task Force and the Mental Health Working Group.

Outside of USU, she is actively involved with American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA). She regularly presents at the AGPA meetings and serves as a co-chair of Special Interest Group Task Force for American Psychological Association (AGPA) and a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force for AGPA.

She joined the center's staff in 2008, after completing her doctoral internship at Washington State University Counseling and Testing Services. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from Utah State University, and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Humboldt State University.

Her areas of clinical interest are group therapy, trauma, eating disorders, identity development, and multicultural issues. She works with clients collaboratively from an integrative approach, specifically attending to their stages of change, role of emotions, type of pathologies, personality, and identity. The concept of acceptance and mindfulness is a natural fit with her clinical style given her cultural background with eastern philosophy.

She was born and raised in Tokyo Japan, and has lived in the U.S. for over 20 years. She lives in Logan with her family of two dogs, a cat, and a human partner. She enjoys dog time, yoga, fly fishing, gardening, cooking and doing nothing.

Chris Chapman, Ph.D.

Chris Chapman, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and the Director of Counseling and Wellness with the USU Veterinary Medicine program. He is also co-leader of the LGBT Brown Bag Support Group and serves on the faculty for the School Counselor Education Program. Chris is the liason for the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences and Access & Diversity Center - GLBTQA Programs & Allies

Chris earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Brigham Young University in 2010 and earned his Bachelor’s degree from Westminster College in 2004. Chris is a member of the LGBTQ Affirmative Therapists Guild of Utah.

His professional interests include group psychotherapy, trauma work, crises of faith, the intersection of sexual, gender, and religious identities, and mindfulness-based interventions. Chris’ therapy approach integrates a heavily interpersonal/humanistic approach with influences from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

His personal interests include hiking, backpacking, sports (mostly spectating) and hanging out with his partner and their son.

LuAnn Helms, Ph.D.

LuAnn Helms, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and the center's Assistant Director/Training Director and the liaison to the College of Engineering, Campus Recreation, Career Services and Sororities. She is also co-founder of Allies on Campus. She has been at USU since 2003.

She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M University in 2002. She completed her Master's Degree in Counseling at California State University, Sacramento with a dual major in School Counseling and in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling in 1995. Prior to graduate school, she completed her Bachelor's Degree at Missouri Valley College with a dual major in Youth and Human Service Agency Management and in Alcohol and Drug Studies.

Her professional interests include: Individual, group, and couples' therapy; anger, anxiety, and stress management; therapist training and supervision; program development; diversity issues; substance abuse treatment and prevention; identity and self-esteem development; and wellness. She conceptualizes clients mostly from the Multimodal Therapy perspective and her therapeutic interventions are eclectic, but predominately cognitive behavioral.

LuAnn enjoys working, fishing, hiking, dancing, yoga, watching movies, playing pool, painting, and spending time with her partner, friends and dogs.

Amy Kleiner, Ph.D.

Amy Kleiner, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and the center's Practicum Coordinator and liaison to the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Department of Psychology & Community Clinic, Exploratory Advising, SAAVI (Sexual Assault & Anti-Violence Info) office, Student Orientation & Transition Services and Women & Gender Center. Amy also serves on the faculty for the School Counselor Education Program and serves as a member of the Steering and Advisory Committee for that program. She joined the center staff in 2005 after completing her predoctoral internship at CAPS.

She earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2005. She earned her master's degree in counseling psychology from Northeastern University in 2000. Her bachelor's in psychology is from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa.

Amy's primary areas of professional interest include: models and stages of therapeutic change, counselor training and supervision, White privilege, Racial Identity development and Trauma. She conceptualizes clients from an integrative approach, specifically focusing on phases of the therapeutic change process, common mechanisms of change, and client readiness for change.

Amy lives in Logan with her husband, four daughters and dog Rosie.

Kim Meyers, Ph.D.

Kim Meyers, Ph.D. is currently working toward licensure as a psychologist and is at our Regional Campus offices in Salt Lake, Tooele, Orem and Uintah Basin.

Kim earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Utah and completed an APA-accredited internship at the University Counseling Center at the University of Utah.

Kim’s clinical interests include substance use, couple’s therapy, multicultural issues, and positive psychology. Kim is a strong advocate for her clients to ensure they receive the support and services they need. She draws from humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, and interpersonal theories to find the techniques to help her clients achieve their goals. 

In her free time, she enjoys traveling, gardening, cooking, reading, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. Kim finds it very important to have a good work-life balance.

Mark Nafziger, Ph.D.

Mark Nafziger, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and the center's Clinical Coordinator and liaison to the Quinney College of Natural Resources, BIT Team/VP of Student Affairs Office, Campus Safety & Emergency Management Offices, Office of Global Engagement, Student Health Services and USU Campus Police. He is also a member of the University's Behavior Intervention Team (BIT).

He came to CAPS in 1990 after completing his Ph.D. at Ohio State University and his pre-doctoral internship at Notre Dame University's Counseling Center and the Oaklawn Psychiatric Hospital. Mark also does volunteer work for the State of Utah's Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team.

His therapeutic orientation combines cognitive behavioral, existential and Buddhist mindfulness perspectives. Mark's professional interests include psychological trauma, and the interface between psychology and wellness/healthy living.

He is also an avid gardener, who enjoys hiking, tennis and racquetball, music, traveling and playing with his four grandchildren.

Ashley Yaugher, Ph.D.

Ashley Yaugher, Ph.D., is currently a Certified Psychology Resident working toward licensure as a psychologist. Ashley is the Director of Counseling for USU Eastern and she is also part of Regional Campus CAPS.

Ashley earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Texas A&M University and completed her APA-accredited internship at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI) in 2017. She earned her Masters of Science degree in Clinical Psychology in 2013 from Texas A&M University and her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Criminology from California State University, Fresno in 2011.

Ashley is committed to a generalist approach to psychology. She engages in a collaborative client-centered approach to counseling. Her therapeutic interventions are eclectic, integrating interpersonal psychotherapy with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Her primary areas of clinical interest are individual and group psychotherapy; anger, anxiety, and stress management; cognitive and personality assessment; campus outreach; therapist training and supervision; program development; and diversity issues.

Ashley enjoys being outdoors (hiking, snowboarding, camping), watching movies, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends. Ashley lives in Price with her husband and dog.