Nancy Easton, Psy.D., Director

Dr. Easton received her doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and has more than 19 years of experience in college student mental health, having previously worked at Northwestern University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has also worked in hospitals, community mental health centers, and Veterans Affairs settings. She has extensive experience with individual counseling, especially with fine and performing artists, and leads workshops on public speaking anxiety, test anxiety, and coping with stress. Her areas of interest include multicultural perspectives and LGBTQA issues, trauma, application of mindfulness meditation skills to psychotherapy, and Mental Health First Aid.

Miki Koyama, Ph.D., Assistant Director for Training

Dr. Koyama received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. Before joining Student Counseling Services at Northeastern Illinois University, she worked at multiple university counseling centers including Butler University, Western Michigan University, and University of Illinois at Chicago. She also volunteered at the Marjorie Kovler Center as a clinician and worked with survivors of torture. Dr. Koyama enjoys working with university students from diverse backgrounds, who present with various clinical concerns. Her areas of interests include multicultural issues, international, immigrant, and undocumented student concerns, acculturation and adjustment, intersectional identities, relational and interpersonal dynamics, LGBTQ concerns, mindfulness, spirituality, and group therapy. Dr. Koyama’s therapeutic approach is gentle yet direct and active. She strives to be authentic and genuine in therapeutic relationships. She incorporates non-Western, alternative perspectives whenever appropriate.

Jennifer Knuepfer, Psy.D., Group Coordinator and Staff Psychologist

Dr. Knuepfer received her master's degree (M.A.) and doctorate (Psy.D.) in clinical psychology from Roosevelt University, Chicago. Before joining the counseling staff at Northeastern Illinois University she worked in a number of university counseling centers, including Elmhurst College, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Indiana University-Bloomington. She has also provided clinical services in hospital and community mental health center settings, and she has experience working with clients with co-occurring mental health and substance use issues. She uses an integrative approach within a multicultural and feminist framework, incorporating elements from psychodynamic, interpersonal, and cognitive theories. Her areas of interest include multiple identity development, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, childhood and recent sexual assault, adult children of alcoholics, substance use, eating concerns, relationship issues, and couples therapy. She enjoys working with students from diverse backgrounds and members of the LGBTQA community.

Michael McPartland, Psy.D., Outreach Coordinator and Staff Psychologist

Dr. McPartland received his master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Adler University. He has worked in university counseling centers throughout Chicago and the Midwest including Michigan State University and Roosevelt University. Additionally, he has provided clinical services in community mental health, primary care, and inpatient psychiatric hospital settings. Dr. McPartland enjoys the range of opportunities working within a university setting, including individual and group therapy, supervision/training, consultation, and outreach. His clinical interests include identity development, life transition and adjustment, LGBTQA concerns, family of origin issues, mood disorders, and trauma. He has worked with children, adolescents, and adults from diverse backgrounds presenting with a wide range of clinical issues. Dr. McPartland has enjoyed over four years at NEIU as a staff psychologist and outreach coordinator. 

Lauren Falzone, Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Falzone is a Chicago-area native who received her master's and doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis in traumatic stress from Adler University. She has worked with both traditional and nontraditional students in university mental health settings over the course of the last four years. She has provided services such as individual therapy, group therapy, psychological assessment, workshops, crisis intervention, and outreach. She has worked with clients ranging in areas of concern such as anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, bipolar disorder, autism spectrum disorder, eating disorders, and adjustment. 

In therapy, Dr. Falzone believes it is important to cultivate a warm, collaborative, and accepting therapeutic relationship to encourage progress for her clients. She approaches her work from a humanistic perspective; meaning she believes that therapy should be used as a tool to help you live a fulfilling life as your truest self. Our past experiences and relationships have led to our understanding of ourselves and our outlook on the world, which can sometimes lead us to feeling hopeless or scared. However, Dr. Falzone believes that in working together you can find healing and meaning from those experiences in the present moment. She is incredibly passionate about working with women identified survivors of sexual trauma and is a major area of her clinical interest. Dr. Falzone also works from a social justice and cultural humility framework, and strongly believes in acknowledging the world we live in as marginalizing and oppressive for many. Therefore, finding a sense of empowerment within the therapeutic space is a strong area of focus in her clinical work.

Hayley Yi, Extern

Ms. Yi is a Psychology Extern from Roosevelt University, where she is working towards a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. She has previously worked with a diverse population of clients presenting with a variety of concerns, with a particular focus on life transitions and identity development. Her areas of interest include working with diverse individuals who experience anxiety, depression, intergenerational trauma, acculturative conflict, LGBTQ+ identity development and interpersonal relationship issues.

Linah Mobeireek, M.A., extern

Ms. Mobeireek is a Psychology Extern from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she is working towards her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. She worked at an inpatient psychiatric hospital, where she provided psychological assessments to children, adolescents, and adults. She also worked at a private practice in downtown Chicago, where she provided services to young adults. At these sites, she worked with clients to affirm their identities from culturally-sensitive and trauma-informed lenses. Her areas of interest include identity development, anxiety, depression, trauma, multiculturalism, immigration, the mind-body connection, religion and spirituality.

Aislinn Skiles, M.A., Extern 

Ms. Skiles is an advanced Pre-Doctoral Extern from Adler University where she is completing requirements towards a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. She has previously worked in a variety of settings providing psychological assessments for children, adolescents, and adults, as well as providing individual and couple's therapy to individuals across the lifespan from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds. Ms. Skiles has provided support to individuals experiencing an array of concerns, including mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, academic challenges, relationship issues, acute and complex trauma, and identity development, to name a few. Ms. Skiles aims to provide a warm and supportive environment in which students will feel comfortable exploring their experiences with the stressors or problems that they are currently encountering or have encountered in the past. In addition, Ms. Skiles hopes to provide consistent encouragement for students to embrace their authentic selves

Sarah Gilberg, M.A., Extern

Sarah is a Psychology Extern from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she is working towards a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. She previously worked in a therapeutic day school providing psychological assessments to children and adolescents challenged by trauma, familial distress, anxiety, depression, anger, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Additionally, Sarah has worked in the diversity, equity, and inclusion space for over five years as a consultant and currently facilitates sessions on unconscious bias. Her areas of clinical interest include multicultural identity development and exploration, intersectionality, social justice and anti-racism, trauma, life transition and adjustment, mood disorders, family, friend, and romantic partner relationships, and mind-body connection (via yoga, meditation, and spirituality).