CAPS Professional Staff

The diverse staff at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) consists of psychologists, social workers, counselors and psychiatrists who are available to respond to a broad spectrum of concerns and issues.


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.

Amy Chatelain

Amy Chatelain, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist
Clinical Coordinator

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

Specializes in:  Anxiety • Family of Origin Issues • Relationship Concerns and Couples Counseling • Depression • Eating Disorders • Group Therapy • Rural Mental Health

Amy graduated in August 2010 with her Ph.D. Amy’s research interest is rural women and she is particularly interested in rural mental health. She enjoys laughing, spending time with her family and friends, being active, and cooking.

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.

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.

Provisionally 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.

 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.

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.

Psychiatric Providers

Kelli Bremer

Kelli Bremer, M.D.


B.S., Nebraska Wesleyan
M.D., University of Nebraska Medical Center
Internship/Residency Medical University of South Carolina
Psychiatric Residency University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Dr. Bremer provides supervision and consultation for CAPS psychiatry staff. She is also a devoted mom and Huskers fan.

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.

Susan Muhlbauer

Susan Muhlbauer, APRN

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

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!

Psychology Interns

Kristy Little

Kristy Little, M.A.

Psychology Intern

M.A., Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University

Specializes in: Third Culture Kids • Families in Global Transition • Relationship Issues • Trauma • Anxiety • Spirituality

Kristy joined CAPS in August 2014. As an intern, she is working on completing her doctorate in clinical psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University in Southern California. Kristy is often unsure of how to answer the question, “Where are you from?” having grown up in Japan, Canada, and the U.S. Kristy is a self-proclaimed “tea snob” and thoroughly enjoys relaxing with a freshly brewed cup of tea.

Bringham Scott

Bringham Scott

Psychology Trainees

Morgan Conley

Morgan Conley

Nichole Shada

Nichole Shada

Nancy Hanshaw

Nancy Hanshaw

Office Supervisor

Annette Conteras

Annette Contreras

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.