CAPS Professional Staff

Tricia Besett-AleschLGBTQA+ Ally Card

Tricia Besett-Alesch, PhD

Licensed Psychologist / Psychology Services Manager / Training Director

MA, University of Northern Iowa
PhD, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

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

Tricia 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-LizarragaLGBTQA+ Ally Card

Patricia Cerda-Lizarraga, PhD

Provisionally Licensed Psychologist

MA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
PhD, 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

Patricia joined Counseling and Psychological Services 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.


Belinda HinojosLGBTQA+ Ally Card

Belinda Hinojos, PhD

Licensed Psychologist
Latina/o Outreach Specialist

MS, University of Kansas
PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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

Belinda joined Counseling and Psychological Services 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.


Brigham ScottLGBTQA+ Ally Card

Brigham Scott, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist
Alcohol and Other Drug Services Coordinator

MA, American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Orange County
PsyD, American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Orange County

Specializes in: Alcohol & Drug Counseling

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


Cynthia Von SeggernLGBTQA+ Ally Card

Cynthia Von Seggern, PhD

Licensed Psychologist
Outreach and Doctoral Training Coordinator

MA, Boston College
PhD, 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

Cindy joined Counseling and Psychological Services 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 WinrowLGBTQA+ Ally Card

Scott Winrow, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

MS, Northwest Missouri State University
PhD, 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 Counseling and Psychological Services in 2002. In his spare time, Scott enjoys reading, watching movies and biking.


William WysockiLGBTQA+ Ally Card

William Wysocki, PsyD

Provisionally Licensed Psychologist

MA, Sonoma State University
PsyD, Carlow University

Specializes in: Childhood Emotional Neglect and Developmental Trauma • Anxiety and Depression • Self-Esteem • Family of Origin Issues • Relationship Issues • LGBTQA+ Issues • Assessment • Vocational Psychology

Originally from California, Will joined Counseling and Psychological Services in August 2016 as a psychology intern and on-boarded as a staff member in August 2017. In his spare time, Will enjoys amateur astronomy, reading science fiction, listening to music and going to shows, watching cult cinema, drawing and painting, cycling, cooking and the art of straight razor shaving.


Duke Engel

Duke Engel, MA, LADC

Licensed Mental Health Practitioner
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 Counseling and Psychological Services 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, MSW

Licensed Mental Health Practitioner

BGA, University of Kansas
MSW, University of Kansas

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

John joined Counseling and Psychological Services in 1994. John is also the clinical director for the Cedars organization in Lincoln, a minister at Newman United Methodist Church and a consultant with the NFL for mental health concerns. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to jazz music.


Ashley GrundmayerLGBTQA+ Ally Card

Ashley Grundmayer, MA

Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner
Provisionally Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

MA, 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 Counseling and Psychological Services 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.


Danielle Parrish

Danielle Parrish, MS

Licensed Mental Health Practitioner
Marriage & Family Therapist

MS, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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

Danielle joined Counseling and Psychological Services 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.


KylieLGBTQA+ Ally Card

Xiping (Kylie) Qiu, MS

Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practitioner

MS, Nanjing Normal University (People’s Republic of China)

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

Kylie joined Counseling and Psychological Services 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.


Krystyn SchmidtLGBTQA+ Ally Card

Krystyn Schmidt, MA

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

MA, Doane College

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

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

Abeygael Wachira

Abeygael Wachira

Field Placement Student
Provisional Mental Health Practitioner

Alyssa Bischmann

Alyssa Bischmann

Field Placement Student
Provisional Mental Health Practitioner

Ashli Sharpton

Ashli Sharpton

Psychology Intern
Provisional Mental Health Practitioner

Justine Diener O'Leary

Justine Diener O'Leary

Field Placement Student
Provisional Mental Health Practitioner

Nichole ShadaLGBTQA+ Ally Card

Nichole Shada

Psychology Intern
Provisional Mental Health Practitioner

M.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Specializes in:  Diversity and Multicultural Concerns • Gender Concerns • LGBTQA+ Concerns • Identity Concerns • College and Life Transition • Family of Origin Concerns • Relationship Concerns • Vocational/Career Counseling

Nichole has been a psychology trainee at Counseling and Psychological Services since 2014. In her free time, Nichole enjoys spending time with her family and enjoying Lincoln’s parks and trails.


Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith

Psychology Intern
Provisional Mental Health Practitioner

Tyler Pitez

Tyler Pitez

Psychology Intern
Provisional Mental Health Practitioner
Jennifer Wendt

Jennifer Wendt

Administrative Assistant