Community-Centered Services: Embedded Counselors and Liaisons

As part of an effort to increase partnership with cultural and academic-based communities of students at USC, Counseling and Mental Health Services in USC Student Health have designated the following embedded counselors and liaisons for mental health outreach and development of relationships with members of the community. Embedded counselors provide therapy services during their weekly schedules for their populations; liaisons work with program leads to develop programs that are responsive to the community’s needs. Both roles focus on community engagement, outreach, and prevention needs. Social justice, mental health, wellbeing, connectedness, and resiliency are typically the focus while increasing help seeking behaviors, decreasing stigma, and increase accessibility.

Kelly Greco, Psy.D., assistant director for outreach; Summer Zapata, Psy.D., assistant director for graduate student counseling; and Edden Agonafer, Psy.D. multicultural coordinator at Counseling and Mental Health Services in USC Student Health all provide guidance on the programs listed below.

All clinicians are licensed mental health professionals who are clinical faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Keck School of Medicine of USC. All programs and client services of Counseling and Mental Health Services is made possible by the USC Student Health Fee.

 

Hua Wen, LMFT, Embedded Counselor, APASS

Elizabeth Reyes, Ph.D., Embedded Counselor, La CASA

Kendra Archer, LCSW, Embedded Counselor, CBCSA

Dakari Quimby, Ph.D. (starting 10/1/20), Embedded Counselor, CBCSA

Mary Weber, LMFT, Embedded Counselor, LGBT Resource Center

Matthew Brinkley, Psy.D., Embedded Counselor LGBT Resource Center

Ayoung (Alice) Phang, Ph.D., Embedded Counselor, Office of International Services

Paul Zawacki, LCSW, Embedded Counselor, USC School of Cinematic Arts

Charlie Padow, LCSW, Embedded Counselor, USC Gould School of Law

Erika Nanes, LMFT, Embedded Counselor, USC Gould School of Law

Sarah Schreiber, LCSW, Community Mental Health Liaison for the USC Office of Religious Life

Kathy Rojas, LCSW, Community Mental Health Liaison for the USC Veterans Resource Center

Melissa Pottash, LCSW, Community Mental Health Liaison for USC First Gen Student Programs