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Our Staff


Stacie Turks, Psy.D.

Stacie Turks, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY20572)
Director, Counseling and Psychological Services

Dr. Turks received a Masters of Arts with Distinction in Counseling from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University in Schaumburg, IL. During her career at Pacific she has served as a Staff Psychologist, Associate Director of Clinical Services, and is now the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services. In addition, Dr. Turks is an Assistant Professor in the Benerd School of Education, teaching Counseling Theories.

Dr. Turks provides individual & group therapy, faculty and staff consultations on both the Stockton and McGeorge School of Law campuses. In addition, she conducts outreach presentations, supervises doctoral psychology interns, and facilitates the Multicultural Seminar. Her professional interests include multicultural issues, mood disorders (depression and anxiety), and assertiveness training.

Her theoretical perspective is integrative; based on humanistic, systemic, multicultural and cognitive-behavioral approaches.


Charlene Patterson, Ph.D.

Charlene D. Patterson, Ph.D.
Licensed Counseling Psychologist (PSY21301)
Associate Director / Training Director

Dr. Patterson received her Masters in Social Work and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. Presently, she serves as Associate and Training Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Pacific. Dr. Patterson’s professional interests include training and professional development, college student development, multicultural competency development, addressing diversity education and inclusion. Clinical interests include depression and anxiety disorders, interpersonal relationships, grief and developmental issues. Dr. Patterson provides primary supervision for doctoral psychology interns and facilitates the Professional Issues Seminar.

Dr. Patterson's theoretical perspective is integrative and includes psychodynamic, family systems, interpersonal process, and cognitive-behavioral approaches within a humanistic framework. She enjoys working with individuals, couples and groups.


Liz Thompson, LMFT

Liz Thompson, LMFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (MFC40957)
Programming & Consultation Services Coordinator

Liz Thompson is an alumna of the University of the Pacific, received her BA in English and Theatre Arts, and her teaching credential from the Benard School of Education. She then received her Masters in Marriage Family Therapy from Western Seminary in Los Gatos, CA, and is a licensed MFT.

Liz has been a Staff Therapist at Pacific since 1996, she provides individual, couples and group therapy. Liz also teaches the Pacific Seminar I Course at Pacific, she delivers workshops and presentations to staff, faculty and students on the campus at large; she consults with faculty & staff and is the Programming and Consultation Services Coordinator. Liz has clinically supervised both doctoral and MFT interns; she also supervises, mentors and trains interns in  the Programming and Consultation Seminar.

Liz's areas of special interest or training include eating disorders and difficulties with body image, regulating and managing emotions and mood, family and relationship difficulties, as well as young adults coming from alcoholic and/or chaotic homes, adjustment concerns, identity development, grief/loss, and integration of spiritual/faith background.

Liz is also certified in the administration and interpretation of the Meyers Briggs Temperament Indicator and has a love for young adult personality development.



Kristina Dulcey-Wang, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY23297)
Operations Coordinator

Dr. Dulcey-Wang received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University in San Diego, California. Prior to joining Counseling and Psychological Services in 2007 Dr. Dulcey-Wang provided services in crisis call centers, group homes for foster-youth, inpatient psychiatric hospitals and both the public and private school sectors providing psychoeducational assessment and intervention.

As a Staff Psychologist at Pacific Dr. Dulcey-Wang provides individual, group, couples counseling and educational presentations to the Pacific community. Dr. Dulcey-Wang serves as a primary supervisor for the doctoral psychology interns and facilitates the Therapy Modalities & Assessment Seminar. Her professional interests include multiculturally sensitive service delivery, developmental issues of young adults, attachment formation, psychological assessment and the promotion of social justice. Her theoretical perspective is integrative, drawing from cognitive behavioral, attachment, and systemic frameworks.


Kimberlee DeRushia, Psy.D.

Kimberlee DeRushia, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY24992)
Group Therapy Coordinator and Coordinator for Social Media

Dr. DeRushia joined the Counseling and Psychological Services staff in 2008. She received both her Master of Arts in Psychology and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pennsylvania. Dr. DeRushia's theoretical perspective uses a multicultural and developmentally appropriate focus within a humanistic approach. As a staff psychologist, Dr. DeRushia provides individual, group, and couples counseling on the Stockton campus. Dr. DeRushia is also the Counseling and Psychological Services coordinator for both group therapy and for social media. In addition to her coordinator roles, Dr. DeRushia facilitates the Group Therapy Seminar  and serves as a primary supervisor for doctoral psychology interns.

Dr. DeRushia's clinical interests include group therapy, emotion regulation, development & identity issues within a multicultural framework, LGBTQQIA concerns, interpersonal growth, mentoring & training of new professionals, and the interaction of social networking on mental wellness.


Dale Brody

Dale Brody, LMFT, Psy.D. 
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (MFC35725)
Staff Psychologist, McGeorge School of Law Campus  

Dr. Brody received her Masters of Arts and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from The Professional School of Psychology in Sacramento, California. She is currently licensed with the State of California's Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Marriage Family Therapist.

Dr. Brody has provided psychological counseling services to law students at McGeorge School of Law since 2000. She began working with Pacific Counseling and Psychological Services in Stockton in 2005 and presently serves as a Staff Psychologist on the McGeorge campus. 

Dr. Brody's clinical interests include depression and anxiety disorders, PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder), trauma response, grief and interpersonal /developmental growth issues. She is a certified practitioner in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and sports psychology / performance enhancement.

Dr. Brody's theoretical perspective is integrative; based on cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic approaches incorporating a humanistic framework.


Staff Psychiatrist, Corey Brink M.D.

Corey Brink, M.D.
Consulting Psychiatrist (G079-196)

Dr. Brink is on the Pacific (Stockton) campus on Tuesday mornings.  He provides psychiatric evaluation and medication management for students and professional consultation to staff.


John Yarbrough, M.D.

John Yarbrough, M.D. 
Consulting Psychiatrist

Dr. Yarbrough is on the Pacific (Stockton) campus on Wednesday afternoons.  He provides psychiatric evaluation and medication management for students and professional consultation to staff.

Jody Renner, CAPS Office Coordinator

Jody Renner
Office Coordinator

The Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Office Coordinator is the first point of contact for students calling and coming into CAPS. In addition to managing the therapist's daily schedules, she is also our project coordinator for projects such as APA accreditation, annual intern selection.

2013-2014 Doctoral Psychology Interns

2013-2014 Interns (Magali Laitem, Win Ark, Alissa Melendez)
Left to right: Magali Laitem, Winfred Ark, Alissa Melendez

Winfred Ark, M.A.
Doctoral Psychology Intern
Wright Institute; Berkeley, California

Winfred Ark received his MA and is currently completing his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA.  His clinical interests include the treatment of anxiety disorders and depression, suicide prevention, substance use and addictions, multicultural and diversity issues in therapy including those related to the Asian-American experience, and LGBTQ identity development.

Winfred's theoretical perspective has been largely influenced by cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based approaches to treatment but also integrates elements of existential, humanistic, multicultural, relational, and psychodynamic ways of understanding the human experience.

Magali Laitem, M.S., M.A.
Doctoral Psychology Intern
Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology, University of Hartford; West Hartford, Connecticut

Magali received her Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from North Dakota State University in 2008. She later received her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with a focus on children and adolescents from the Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology (GIPP) in 2010. She is currently in the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D) program in Clinical Psychology at GIPP. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and groups across a range of clinical settings and focusing on a variety of clinical concerns.

Magali's professional interests include but are not limited to mood and anxiety disorders, grief work, multicultural perspectives, suicide prevention and survivors of suicide loss, and gaining a more integrative theoretical orientation to build upon her CBT training. 

Alissa Melendez, M.A.
Doctoral Psychology Intern
Azusa Pacific University; Azusa, California

Alissa Melendez received her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology in 2010 from Azusa Pacific University (APU). She is currently in the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family Psychology at APU. Alissa has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families across a variety of settings. Her clinical interests include identity development, moral psychology, psychodynamic theory and treatment approaches, neuropsychological assessment, trauma, grief, and multicultural as well as diversity issues in therapy.

Alissa utilizes a client-centered, integrated approach to treatment, which has been influenced by systemic, relational, and evidence-based approaches to therapy. Alissa aims to provide a safe, supportive environment to students who are facing emotional, interpersonal, academic, and identity development challenges. 

Page updated October 21, 2013