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.

Stefani Pila, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Pila received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Lehigh University.  In her clinical training, Stefani found a strong passion for working in college counseling centers and has enjoyed working with a number of students from diverse backgrounds presenting with a range of concerns.  Prior to NEIU, Stefani worked at Kutztown University, Moravian College, Temple University, and University of Illinois at Chicago. Her areas of interest include relationship concerns, family of origin issues, gender and sexuality exploration, intersecting identity development, life transitions, existential concerns, outreach, and couples therapy.

Jasmine Alkhatib-Marquez, M.A., Extern

Ms. Alkhatib-Marquez is a Psychology Extern from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP), where she is working toward a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. Prior to joining NEIU, she provided psychological assessments, bilingual (English-Spanish) individual therapy, and outreach services in a college setting. Ms. Alkhatib-Marquez currently works part-time as a psychometrist at an outpatient group mental health practice, where she administers psychological testing to adolescents and adults. Her areas of clinical interest include ADHD, addictions, anxiety, autism, complex trauma, depression, grief, intersectional identity development (race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, sexual orientation), relationships, and traumatic brain injury.

Rooha Rowhani, M.A., Extern

Ms. Rowhani is a Psychology Extern from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she is working towards a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. She has previously worked in an inpatient hospital with children, adolescents, and adults presenting with a variety of concerns. She has also worked as a counselor on a suicide helpline in South Africa. Particular areas of clinical interest include working with underserved communities, refugee mental health, trauma, mood disorders, adjustment difficulties, and anxiety. 

Ruby Aranki, M.A., Extern

Ms. Aranki is a Psychology Extern from Adler University, where she is working towards her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. She has previous experience working in a mental health inpatient hospital setting providing psychological assessments to children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of mental health concerns, including a history of significant trauma, mood disorders, psychosis and substance use. Prior to her clinical training, Ms. Aranki was an Administrative Manager at a mental health counseling center in California that primarily provided services for college students. Her areas of interest include individual and intergenerational trauma, grief and loss, multi-cultural issues, life transitions, adjustment difficulties, identity development, and relational concerns.