CAPS Professional Staff

Tricia Besett-Alesch

Tricia Besett-Alesch, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist / Clinical Psychologist Lead
Training Director / Associate Director

M.A., University of Northern Iowa
Ph.D., University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Specializes in:  Women's Issues •  Eating Disorders/ Body Image Assessment •  ADD Assessment •  Depression •  Projective Assessment •  Grief •  Relationship Issues

Dr. Besett-Alesch joined Counseling and Psychological Services in 2000. In her spare time, she enjoys her time with her family, playing the piano, singing, vacationing (especially Estes, CO) and reading.

Patricia Cerda-Lizarraga

Patricia Cerda-Lizarraga, Ph.D.

Provisionally Licensed Psychologist

M.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Ph.D., University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Specializes in: Multicultural and Diversity Issues • First-Generation College Students • College Adjustment • Academic Concerns • Eating and Body Image • Anxiety and Depression

Dr. Cerda-Lizarraga joined CAPS September 2016 as a general staff psychologist. Her research interests are in college mental health and Latina/o mental health. She enjoys working with issues of diversity and multicultural competency. In her spare time, she enjoys time with family and friends, going out and exploring new areas to relax and have fun as well as dining out. When the weather gets too cold, she plans to spend more time indoors baking, cooking and watching movies with her son and husband.

Duke Engel

Duke Engel, LMHP, LADC

Licensed Mental Health Professional
Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

M.A., University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Specializes in:  Alcohol/Drug Abuse •  Adult Children of Alcoholics/Addicts •  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) •  Trauma/PTSD •  Crisis Intervention

Duke joined CAPS in October 2013 to help promote alcohol/drug services on campus. He works an eight month schedule that makes him available when the majority of students are on campus. Duke spends time with family and friends and enjoys travel, biking, paddling and hiking.

John Goldrich

John Goldrich, M.S.W.

Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP)

B.G.A., University of Kansas
M.S.W., University of Kansas

Specializes in:  Depression •  Relationship Issues •  Couples Therapy •  Trauma •  Anger Management •  Intercollegiate Athletics

John joined CAPS in 1994. John has a dual appointment, working half-time providing counseling services to students at the UNL Athletic Department and half-time providing counseling services to the general student population. Additionally, John works as the Clinical Director for the Cedars organization in Lincoln. He is also a consultant with the NFL for mental health concerns.

Ashley Grundmayer

Ashley Grundmayer, M.A.

Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner
Provisionally Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

M.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Specializes in: Interpersonal Issues • Stress Management • Depression • Anxiety • Trauma • Intimate Partner Violence • Crisis Intervention • Mindfulness • DBT • Coping Skills • Substance Use Issues

Ashley joined CAPS in October 2016 and is a lifelong Husker and passionate about the UNL campus and community. She enjoys reading, crocheting, all arts and crafts and investing in the lives of her family and close knit group of friends.

Belinda Hinojos

Belinda Hinojos, Ph.D.

Provisionally Licensed Psychologist
Latina/o Outreach Specialist

M.S., University of Kansas
Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Specializes in: Latino Mental Health • Multicultural and Diversity • Gender Issues • Family of Origin Issues • Relationship Concerns • Trauma

Belinda joined CAPS in August 2013. Her research and clinical interests include areas of multiculturalism and diversity, especially around Latino mental health. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, dancing and cooking.

Tina Hoffman

Tina Hoffman, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist
Assessment Coordinator

M.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Ph.D., University of Iowa

Specializes in: LD/ADHD Assessment • Projective Assessment • Anxiety • Depression • Self-Esteem • Family of Origin Issues • Relationship Concerns • Trauma Recovery • Meditation and Mindfulness • Chronic Pain • Supervision

Tina joined CAPS in August 2014 and focuses primary on psychological evaluations for college students. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, friends and animals; cooking and baking; and watching movies.

Danielle Parrish

Danielle Parrish, MS

Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner
Marriage & Family Therapist

M.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Specializes in: Relationship issues • Couples Therapy • Life Transitions • Identify Development • Family of Origin Issues • Spirituality • Anxiety • Depression

Danielle joined CAPS in 2016. She enjoys baking, reading, listening to podcasts/NPR, playing sports and spending time with her family and her dog in her free time.

Heather Patterson Meyer

Heather Patterson Meyer, Psy.D., MAT

Licensed Psychologist
Eating Disorders Treatment Team Coordinator

Psy.D., Fuller Theological Seminary Graduate School of Psychology

Specializes in:  Eating disorders and body image • Relational Struggles • Self-Compassion & Mindfulness • Depression • Anxiety • Spiritual & Existential Issues • Identity Concerns (i.e.: Sexual/Gender Identity and Religious/Spiritual Identity) • Risk Assessment • Values Clarification • Personal Growth

Dr. Meyer joined CAPS in 2016 and co-advises the HOPE student organization. Heather loves the outdoors and spends her time away from work taking her adorable Miniature Pinscher for walks, playing tennis with her partner and enjoying conversation with friends. When she is forced to be inside during cold winter months, she enjoys baking and watching indie films.

 Robert Portnoy

Robert N. Portnoy, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist
Associate Psychology Manager

M.S., New Mexico Highlands University (Psychology)
Ph.D., University of Nebraska–Lincoln (Clinical Psychology)

Specializes in:  Psychodynamic Therapy •  Hypnosis •  Dreams •  Trauma/ Abuse •  Crisis Intervention •  Characterological Disorders •  Depression •  On-line Screenings for Mental Health •  Projective Assessment •  Psychotherapy Outcome

Dr. Portnoy joined CAPS in 1991.


Xiping (Kylie) Qiu, M.S.

Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practitioner

M.S., Nanjing Normal University (People’s Republic of China)

Specializes in:  Chinese Cultural Issues • Intimate Relationships • Depression • Anxiety • Trauma • Personality Issues • Attachment

Kylie joined CAPS in August, 2014 and focuses primarily on working with Chinese and other international college students. In her spare time, she enjoys running, Chinese traditional tea ceremonies, deepening her understanding of and practicing traditional Chinese medicine and learning about new cultures.

Brigham Scott

Brigham Scott

Provisionally Licensed Psychologist
Alcohol and Other Drug Services Coordinator

M.A., American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Orange County
Psy.D., American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Orange County

Specializes in: Alcohol & Drug Counseling

Brigham joined CAPS in August 2014 as a psychology intern. In his free time, Brigham enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, cooking and attending various sporting events.

Krystyn Schmidt

Krystyn Schmidt, MA

Case Manager
Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner
Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

M.A., Doane College

Specializes in:  Anxiety •  Depression  •  Self-Esteem  •  Crisis Intervention  •  Stress Management  •  Substance Abuse  •  Military & Veteran Issues  •  Community Resources/Referrals

Krystyn joined CAPS in December 2015. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, being in nature, watching animals and listening to music.

Cindy Von Seggern

Cynthia Von Seggern, Ph.D.

Provisionally Licensed Psychologist
Group and Outreach Coordinator

M.A., Boston College
Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Specializes in:  Eating Disorders & Body Image •  Alcohol & Other Drugs •  Relationship Issues/Concerns •  Trauma/Abuse •  Sexual & Intimate Partner Violence •  Crisis Intervention/Risk Management •  Diversity •  Depression •  Anxiety

Dr. Von Seggern joined CAPS in August of 2015 as a general staff psychologist; she additionally is the advisor for the Active Minds student organization. In her spare time, Cindy enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends; traveling and being outdoors; watching cult classic movies; and listening to 90s music.

Scott Winrow

Scott Winrow, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

M.S., Northwest Missouri State University
Ph.D., University of North Dakota

Specializes in:  Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues •  Coming Out Issues •  Native American Issues •  Diversity Issues •  Self-Esteem •  Test Anxiety

Scott joined CAPS in 2002. In his spare time, Scott enjoys reading, watching movies and biking.

Kelsey Moran

Kelsey Moran, M.S.

Psychology Intern

William Wysocki

William Wysocki, M.A.

Psychology Intern
Nancy Hanshaw

Nancy Hanshaw

Office Supervisor

Ashley Dunkin

Ashley Dunkin

Office Associate

Francesca VanDeWalker

Francesca VanDeWalker

Office Associate