Nancy Easton, Psy.D., Director
Dr. Easton received her doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and has over 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 (NEIU), she worked in a number of university counseling centers, including Elmhurst College, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), 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.
John (Jack) Junker, M.A., ENS, Extern
Mr. John (Jack) Junker is a Psychology Extern from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP), where he is working towards a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology. Before pursuing his Psy.D., Mr. Junker earned his M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Cardinal Stritch University and has provided clinical services in community mental health, primary care, school counseling, and psychiatric hospital settings. Before joining NEIU, he provided forensic psychological assessments and worked with individuals who needed to be evaluated for 'fitness to stand trial.' Joining the Navy in 2019, Mr. Junker has aspirations to help provide mental healthcare to those involved with the armed forces and their families. His areas of clinical interests include military psychology, trauma, identity development, multi-cultural issues, relationship and couples, trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and adjustment and transition difficulties.
Marya Jan, M.A., Extern
Ms. Jan is a Psychotherapy Extern from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where she is working towards her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. She has worked in a multitude of settings including hospitals, private wellness, assisted living, and outreach organizations. The varying environments have given her an all-rounded clinical experience. In addition, Ms. Jan believes that her own life experiences have greatly contributed to her understanding of diversity and its many forms. With an accepting and open worldview, she strives to lay the foundations of a safe, empowering space where clients may explore and affirm facets of their identity, ultimately working to link values, emotions, and behaviors to patterns in relationships, decision making, and this thing we call life.
Amanda Otero, M.A., Extern
Ms. Otero is a Psychology Extern from Adler University where she is working towards a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology. Before pursuing her Psy.D., Ms. Otero earned her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has provided services to diverse populations in a variety of settings including college counseling, research centers, private practice, primary care, and psychiatric hospital settings. Ms. Otero has a wide range of clinical interests including anxiety, depression, multiculturalism, acculturation, couples and family relationships, and identity development. She enjoys working with individuals of all ages with diverse backgrounds, and strives to be multiculturally mindful of an individual’s overall wellness through life transitions.