CAPS Professional Staff

Summer Allen-Portsche

Summer Allen-Portsche, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

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

Specializes in:  College Health and Well-Being •  Multiculturalism and Diversity Issues •  International Students •  Eating Disorders and Body Image •  Anxiety •  Depression •  Assessment and Feedback (Personality and LD/ADD) •  Women's Issues •  Process Variables in Therapy

Dr. Allen-Portsche joined CAPS in August of 2008, and she coordinates services for international students. In her spare time, Summer enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors, athletics, reading, and watching movies.

Tricia Besett-Alesch

Tricia Besett-Alesch, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist
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.

Charlie Foster

Charlesette “Charlie” Foster, M.A.

Licensed Mental Health Practitioner, Counselor, Coordinator of Outreach and Innovative Services

M.A., University of Alabama

Specializes in: Eating Disorders • Multi-Cultural Diversity • Affective Disorders • Relationship Issues • Stress Management • Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues • Spirituality

Charlie joined CAPS in 2001 after working at Brewer-Porch Children’s Center for eight years. Charlie serves as advisor for the Afrikan People’s Union (the Black Student Government at UNL) and Active Minds group. In her spare time, Charlie enjoys baking, singing, and watching her sons participate in sports. As a transplanted southerner, she can oft times be heard saying “Roll Tide” as well.


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 of 2013 to help promote alcohol/drug services on campus. He works an 8 month schedule that makes him available when the majority of students are on campus. Duke spends time with family & 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.

Sonya Gray-Belcher

Sonya Gray-Belcher, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Ph.D., Andrews University

Specializes in:  Depression •  Anxiety •  Relationship Issues •  Multi-Cultural Diversity Issues •  Crisis Intervention •  Spirituality •  Eating Disorders •  Self-esteem

Sonya joined CAPS in September 2011. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, watching movies, and exercising.


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 of 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, 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.

 Robert N. Portnoy

Robert N. Portnoy, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist
Department Head

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 of 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 Mental Health Practitioner
Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor

Specializes in:  Anxiety •  Depression  •  Crisis Intervention/Stress Management  •  Substance Abuse  •  Military & Veteran Concerns

Cindy Baker

Cynthia Von Seggern, Ph.D.

Provisionally Licensed Psychologist
Eating Disorders Coordinator

M.A., Boston College
Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Residency/Internship – University of Texas at Austin

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 coordinator of eating disorder services and co-advisor for the HOPE 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 90’s 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.

Nancy Gerrard

Nancy Gerrard

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

M.S.N., University of Nebraska Medical Center
M.S., Wayne State College
B.S.N., Clarkson College

Specializes in: Medication Management and Diagnosis

Nancy has been with the CAPS unit since 2007. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running, cooking, and reading.

Cory Rabe

Cory Rabe, APRN

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

M.S.N., Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center
B.A., Nursing, BryanLGH College of Health and Sciences
B.A., Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Specializes in: Medication Management and Diagnosis

Cory was born and raised in Lincoln. While attending school to become a nurse practitioner he did a clinical rotation at CAPS and he particularly enjoyed working with students. Cory enjoys traveling, reading, and being outdoors. He has a passion for sports, especially the Huskers!

Ashely Bradley

Ashley Bradley, M.A.

Psychology Intern

Zeeshan Rajani

Zeeshan Rajani, M.A.

Psychology Intern
Michael Butchko

Michael Butchko, M.A.

Advanced Psychology Trainee
Nancy Hanshaw

Nancy Hanshaw

Office Supervisor

Annette Conteras

Annette Contreras

Office Associate

Ashley Dunkin

Ashley Dunkin

Office Associate

Francesca VanDeWalker

Francesca VanDeWalker

Office Associate

Cathy Jewell

Cathy Jewell

Movement Specialist

M.HEd, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Health Education
200 RYT, Registered Yoga Teacher

Specializes in: Mindfulness • Functional Movement • Mind & Body: Yoga and Pilates

Cathy has been a member of the Eating Disorder Treatment Team for over 8 years and joined CAPS in November 2014. She specializes in connecting movement with mindfulness. Her hobbies include spending time with her family and pets, being active, travelling and reading.