Counseling & Psychological Services' Faculty and Staff

Illustration of a phone  All staff and faculty can be reached at 415-338-2208



Portrait of Yolanda Gamboa

Yolanda Gamboa*, PhD., Assistant Director of Clinical Services, Interim (MPP)

Professional Areas of Interest: Multicultural issues, first generation college students, AB 540 undocumented students, women of color, Chicano/a and Latino/a population, LGBTQ, and underserved and underrepresented students. Training and supervision of graduate and post graduates.

Personal Interests: Spending time with family, walking my dog, cooking/baking, hiking, and meditation.

Motto: "Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow'." ~ Mary Ann Radmacher


Portrait of Stacy Peterson

Stacy Peterson, LCSW, The SAFE Place - Manager (MPP)

Professional Areas of Interest: Trauma due to sexual violence, social justice, transformative justice, harm reduction, and solution focused interventions.

Personal Interests: Reading, spending time with loved ones, being creative, and enjoying the outdoors.

Motto: “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” ~ James Baldwin

Clinical Counselor Faculty


Portrait of Taghi Amjadi

Taghi Amjadi, PhD., LMFT*, Clinical Counselor

Professional Areas of Interest: East-West psychology, mindfulness-based anxiety management, relationships, trauma work with refugees and immigrants (PTSD), impact of social justice on mental health, and transpersonal psychology.

Personal Interests: Music, nature, and movies.

Motto: "And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." ~ Nelson Mandela


Portrait of Karla Castillo

Karla Castillo, LMFT*, LPCC,  Clinical Counselor &  Alcohol and Other Drugs Counselor

Professional Areas of Interest: Substance use disorders, EMDR, trauma, mindfulness, multicultural issues, issues affecting undocumented students, harm reduction, and crisis counseling.

Personal Interests: Swimming, biking, jogging, dancing, music, and travel.

Motto: "I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival." ~ Audre Lourde


Portrait of Susan Chen

Susan Chen, LMFT*, Clinical Counselor & Liaison to International Programs

Professional Areas of Interest: Social anxiety, excessive internet and social media use, harm reduction, LGBTQ issues, anti-racism, and meditation.

Motto: "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." ~ Various

"It is a joy to be hidden and a disaster not to be found." ~ DW Winnicott


Portrait of Laurene Dominguez

Laurene Domínguez, LCSW, Clinical Counselor

Professional Areas of Interest :  cultural identity/multicultural issues, Chicanx/Latinx supportfirst generation students, crisis/trauma especially sexual violence support, EMDR, somatic healing methods, anxiety, healthy relationships, and social justice issues and the integration of western and indigenous ways of healing.

Personal Interests: music, dancing, travel, watching b films on Netflix, and my puppy Maya.

Motto:  "Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare." - Audre Lorde


Portrait of Leslie Jaeyoun Shin

Leslie Jaeyoun Shin, LMFT & LPCC*, Coordinator of Peggy H. Smith Counseling Clinic, Interim and Half-time Clinical Counselor

Professional Areas of Interest: Relationship issues, trauma work, racial discrimination and microaggressions, social justice related issues, multicultural counseling, self-esteem and personal growth, depression, anxiety, and adjustment challenges.

Motto: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." ~Martin Luther King, Jr.   

"Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced." ~ Soren Kierkegaard


Portrait of Catherine Jolly

Catherine Jolly, LMFT & FAMI, Clinical Counselor

Professional Areas of Interest: Expression arts therapy, LGBTQI issues, social justice and advocacy, and FAMI (Fellow of the Association of Music and Imagery).

Personal Interests: Spending time in nature, playing and writing music, and connecting with people of all ages.

Motto: Compassion is never wasted.


Portrait of Rick Nizzardini

Rick Nizzardini, LCSW, Residential Life Clinical Counselor

Professional Areas of Interest: Interpersonal processes, trauma, relationships, LGBTQIIA+ issues, and University Residential Life.

Motto: “I am not what happened to me; I am what I choose to become.” ~ Carl Jung


Portrait of David Vengel

David Vengel, Psy.D., Clinical Counselor

Professional Areas of Interest: Holistic health, multiculturalism, cross cultural psychotherapy, mindfulness, interpersonal process, navigating relationships, self-compassion, and self-care.

Personal Interests: Yoga, podcasts, and cooking.

Motto: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."  ~ Maya Angelou


Portrait of Lightfoot Whilhite

Lightfoot Wilhite, LCSW, Clinical Counselor

Professional Areas of Interest: Thought as creation myth, deconstruction of stressful beliefs via internal awareness.

Personal Interests: Reading, music, basketball, cooking, anime, British crime/drama, and doing yoga when nobody's looking.

Motto: The Truth is also seeking the Seeker.




Educational Psychologist


Portrait of Gwen Agustin

Gwen A. Agustin-Nodora, Ed.D., Educational Psychologist, ASPIRE (provides psychological testing only)

Professional Areas of Interest: Educational Interests: Learning Disabilities, Psycho-Educational Assessments, Social Justice, Equity, Transformative Education, Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities, and First Generation Immigrant Youth.

Personal Interests: Travel, hip-hop, art, and music. 

Motto: "Education is Freedom." ~ Paulo Freire​

Asian American and Pacific Islander Retention and Education (ASPIRE) is a collaboration with the Asian American Studies (AAS) Department and Student Affairs and Enrollment Management (SAEM). The goal of ASPIRE is to improve and expand SF State’s capacity to serve high-need Asian American and Native American Pacific Islanders (AANAPI) and low-income degree-seeking undergraduate students, improve the learning environment, and strengthen academic outcomes. To learn more about ASPIRE and their mission and services, please visit their website at

Mental Health Case Manager


Portrait of Leandra Peloquin

Leandra Peloquin, LCSW, Mental Health Case Manager

Professional Areas of Interest: Working with survivors of sexual trauma, trauma, and interpersonal violence; crisis counseling and social justice advocacy.

Motto: "Stand for what's right, even if it means you are standing alone." ~ Unknown

Administrative Staff


Portrait of Katharine Tsang

Katharine Tsang**, Administrative Analyst Specialist

Personal Interests: Traveling, listening to music, and reading.

Motto: "Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared." ~ Buddha


Portrait of Ricky Lui

Ricky Lui, Administrative Support Coordinator

Personal Interests:  Spending time with the people I love and making memories that will last more than my lifetime.

Motto: "Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear."


*Counseling available in the following languages: Farsi, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish

**(Bilingual in Mandarin and Cantonese)