Nancy Easton, Psy.D., Interim Director, Associate Director for Clinical Services

Dr. Easton has worked in several different college counseling centers in Chicago over the past 15 years. She received her doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and has also worked in hospitals, community mental health centers, and Veterans Affairs settings. She has also worked extensively with fine and performing artists and has experience helping students channel their creativity into change. 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. She has enjoyed working with college students from diverse backgrounds (e.g., gender, age, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation) at multiple university counseling centers. Her areas of interests include cross-cultural issues, experiences of international and immigrant students, trauma, relational issues, sexual orientation, and spirituality. She is also interested in Eastern approaches to healing including yoga, ayurveda and meditation.

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

Dr. Knuepfer received her doctorate from Roosevelt University. 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.

Alexandria Cara, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Cara earned her doctorate from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Prior to graduate school, she served in the mental health field for several years. Her roles included a direct care provider at a residential facility, program supervisor at a community-based recreational facility, and as a social service director at a state psychiatric facility. Throughout her clinical training, Dr. Cara developed a passion for working within a university setting. Prior to NEIU, she worked at Kennedy King College, John Marshall Law School, DePaul University and Pace University in New York City. Dr. Cara has had the privilege of working with adult students from diverse backgrounds presenting with a wide range of clinical issues. Some particular areas of focus include LGBTQA+ concerns, chronic trauma, family of origin concerns, multicultural issues, intersectional identity development and body image concerns.

Kelsey Gilleon, B.A., Extern

Ms. Gilleon is a Psychology Extern from Adler University, where she is working towards a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. She has previous experience working in a hospital setting providing psychological assessments to children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of mental health concerns, including history of trauma, psychosis, mood disorders, and substance use. Prior to her clinical training, she worked as a treatment service provider in intensive therapeutic group homes for children and adolescents. Ms. Gilleon's areas of clinical interest include intersectional identity development, individual and historical trauma, and conceptualizing mental health from a community-based and systemic perspective.

Logan Hartnell, M.A., Extern

Mr. Hartnell is a Psychology Extern from Adler University, where he is working toward his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology.  Previously, Mr. Hartnell worked in a hospital setting providing psychological assessments for children, adolescents, and some adults experiencing symptoms that align with mood disorders, trauma, psychosis, and/or substance use. Prior to his clinical training, Mr. Harnell worked as an aide at a special needs school and as a line therapist for adolescents experiencing distress in social situations. His areas of clinical interest include life transitions, motivation struggles, identity development, adjustment issues, and relational concerns.

Kanchan (Ruby) Parkash, M.A., Extern

Ms. Parkash is a Psychology Extern from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she is currently working toward a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. She has previously worked in a private practice setting providing psychological assessments to children, adolescents, and adults with varying mental health concerns, including extensive trauma histories and mood and learning disorders. Additionally, she has also worked with clients suffering from chronic pain and health-related concerns. Her areas of clinical interest inclue trauma, family and significant relationship dynamics, mood disorders, the impact of culture on one's identity,and the connection between the mind and body. Ms. Parkash is also fluent in Punjabi and Hindi.

Diane Rumsfield, Office Support Associate

Diane received a B.A. in Communication Arts from Loyola University, an M.A. in English Literature from UIC, and a paralegal certificate from Roosevelt University. She has been employed at Northeastern since 2007, and has worked previously in the following departments: Teacher Education; Literacy, Leadership and Development; Justice Studies; and Student Union, Event and Conference Services.