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:  Family of Origin Issues •  Relationship Concerns and Couples Counseling •  Depression •  Anxiety •  Eating Disorders •  Gender/ Sexual Identity

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. In her spare time, Amy enjoys being with her family, watching movies and cooking.


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.

Charlie Foster

Charlesette “Charlie” Foster, M.A.

Licensed Mental Health Practitioner, Counselor
Eating Disorder Coordinator

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.  Currently she is the Coordinator of the CAPS Eating Disorder Treatment Team.  Charlie serves as advisor for the Afrikan People’s Union (the Black Student Government at UNL) and sits on the Governor’s Commission for the Protection of Children.  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.

Gail Lockard

Gail Lockard, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist
Assessment Coordinator

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

Specializes in:  Couples Therapy •  Depression •  Anxiety •  Attention Deficit Disorder •  Women's Issues •  Myers-Briggs Type Indicator •  Trauma •  Dreams •  Spiritual Issues •  Rural Issues

Gail joined CAPS in 1993.  Gail enjoys reading, playing the piano, gardening, and is a partner in an organic farming operation.

 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.

Mary Swoboda

Mary Swoboda

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

M.S.W., University of Nebraska–Omaha

Specializes in:  Assertiveness Training •  Stress Management/ Biofeedback •  Relationship Issues •  Affective Disorders •  Mindfulness Skills •  Diversity Issues

In her spare time, Mary enjoys a variety of activities including: Yoga, hiking, other outdoor activities, knitting, and sewing. A couple of fun outliers include Scottish dancing and apiculture (beekeeping).

Casey Tallent

Casey Tallent, Ph.D.

Provisionally Licensed Psychologist
Eating Disorder Treatment Team Coordinator

M.A., University of Missouri–Kansas City
Ph.D., University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Specializes in:  Eating Disorders/Body Image Concerns • Multicultural Diversity • LGBTQ Issues • Relationship Concerns • Interpersonal Violence • Grief • Depression • Anxiety • Adjustment Issues

Casey joined CAPS in 2012. Casey’s primary research interest is in collaborative mental health care. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, athletics, baking, and watching movies.

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 •  ADD/LD Assessment

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

Psychiatric Providers

Board Certified Psychiatrist

M.D., University of Nebraska-Medical Center
Internship and R-2 Year: Medical University of South Carolina - Residency: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Specializes in: Medical Management and Diagnosis

Dr. Bremer spends part of her time working in CAPS and also has a private practice in the community. She attended undergraduate school at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Dr. Bremer enjoys spending time with her three children, golfing, reading and watching movies.



Cynthia Baker, M.A.

Psychology Trainee

M.A., Boston College

Specializes in:  Trauma/Abuse •  Sexual Violence •  Substance Abuse •  Women's Issues •  Relationship Issues •  Depression •  Anxiety •  Academic/Intellectual Assessment

Cynthia Baker has volunteered as an Advanced Field Placement Clinician with CAPS since the spring 2012 semester. She provides individual and couples counseling; administers and interprets academic and intellectual assessments; offers crisis sessions; and facilitates a drug and alcohol use harm reduction group. In her spare time, Cindy enjoys spending time with her family and friends, attending sporting events, being outdoors, traveling and eating anything with meat and potatoes.


Vanessa Bayer, M.A.

Psychology Intern

M.A., Texas Tech University

Specializes in:  Anxiety •  Eating Disorders •  ADHD •  Relationship Issues •  LGBTQ Issues

Vanessa is an intern at Caps this year and is finishing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Texas Tech University. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, bike riding, cooking, and spending quality time with friends and family.


Michael S. Butchko, M.A.

Psychology Trainee

M.A., Ball State University

Specializes in:  Prevention of men's violence against women • Eating Disorders • Body Image • Identity Development • Grief • LGBTQ Issues • Men's Health • Positive Psychology

Michael is a student in the Counseling Psychology PhD program, seeing clients at CAPS for his field placement. In addition to being at CAPS, Michael teaches online introductory to psychology and is an active member of Men @ Nebraska. In his spare time, Michael enjoys playing golf and hockey as well as watching movies. Also, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his partner.


Morgan Conley, M.A.

Psychology Trainee

M.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Specializes in:  College Health and Well-Being • Multiculturalism and Diversity Issues • First Generation Students • Eating Disorders and Body Image • Anxiety • Depression • Gender Issues

Morgan Conley joined CAPS as a field placement student in August of 2013. In her spare time, Morgan enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching movies, reading, and taking naps.


Jaclyn Davis, M.A.

Psychology Intern

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

Specializes in:  Relationship Concerns and Couples Therapy • Family of Origin Issues • Identity Concerns • Spirituality • ADHD/LD Assessment • Eating Disorders/Body Image Concerns

Jaclyn is an intern at CAPS this year and is finishing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and watching television shows.