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Clinical Psychology Practicum Counselors, 2017-2018

Clinical Psychology Practicum Counselors 2016-2017

  • UCC Responsibilities: Practicum Counselor
  • Clinical Approach & InterestsMy primary clinical interest is the advancement of evidence based interventions to treat couples distress. To that end I study romantic partnerships and how they shape our daily lives. 

  • Professional Interests: Overall, I am committed to ensuring all people have the access to the services they need to lead healthy lives, and that the resources they receive to do so are based in sound scientific research.
  • UCC Responsibilities: Practicum Counselor
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: My clinical approach attempts to consider how an individual’s feelings, behaviors, and thoughts interact to produce positive or negative outcomes. I welcome the opportunity to work with clients from diverse backgrounds, including individuals of all races, gender identities, religions, and sexual orientations. 
  • Professional Interests: As a doctoral student in the University of Utah’s Clinical Psychology program, my research interests surround the emotional, cognitive, and psychophysiological mechanisms that lead to risky or resilient behavior in the aftermath of traumatic experiences.
  • UCC Responsibilities: Practicum Counselor
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: I am a 2nd-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. I serve as a Practicum Counselor at the University Counseling Center. My clinical approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. My clinical interests pertain to neurological conditions (e.g., traumatic brain injury, neurodegenerative/neurodevelopmental disorders, etc.)
  • Professional Interests: My research interests pertain to how neural networks subserving cognitive control (e.g., fronto-parietal network) could be measured using EEG to infer and quantify mental effort exertion during cognitive tasks.
  • UCC Responsibilities: Practicum Counselor
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: I approach treatment from a cognitive-behavioral perspective. Clinical interests include anxiety, depression, interpersonal functioning, and trauma. 
  • Professional Interests: My research is focused on examining the impact of social functioning and relationship quality on physical and mental health, with a particular focus on cardiovascular health.
  • UCC Responsibilities: Practicum Counselor
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: I am a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program here at the University of Utah. The primary clinical approach I use is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which seeks to help clients identify and change thoughts and actions that are interfering with their daily lives.
  • Professional Interests: My research interests focus on understanding why and how CBT works and seeks to investigate how to make it more effective and accessible for those who are seeking this treatment. 
  • UCC Responsibilities: Practicum Counselor 
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: My approach to treatment is the Cognitive-Behavioral perspective. My clinical interests include depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder and related symptoms. My interests also include working with individuals from ethnic and racial minorities. 
  • Professional Interests: My research focuses on understanding the effect of traumatic experiences on externalizing problems such as juvenile delinquency. 
  • UCC Responsibilities: Practicum Counselor (Assessment)
  • Clinical Approach & Interests: Kelsi Rugo, MA, NCC, is a Clinical Science PhD student at The University of Utah and works in the National Center for Veterans Studies under the mentorship of Dr. Craig Bryan. Kelsi has specialized interests in military trauma, suicide, and LGBTQ+ psychological health care. 
  • Professional Interests: Outside of the therapy office, Kelsi’s research interests include (1) the role of impulsivity-related variables in the thought-to-action sequence of suicide, (2) evidence-based practice for suicide prevention and trauma treatment, and (3) transgender veteran psychological health. Kelsi plans to serve as an active duty Navy psychologist upon graduation, and eventually, as a NASA psychologist researching suicide and other behavioral emergencies in space.
Last Updated: 8/28/17