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Whittier College Student Counseling Center

Haverhill A (next to Campus Safety)
562.907.4218 (fax)

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed daily from noon – 1 p.m.
Professional counseling staff is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For after hour advice, call the After-Hour RN Telephone Advice Line at 562.464.4548.  This service is NOT for life-threatening Emergencies.  
For emergencies, call Campus Safety at 562.907.4211 and ask to be connected to an on-call therapist.


Rebecca Eberle-RombergerRebecca Eberle-Romberger, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Student Counseling Center

Dr. Rebecca Romberger has been a licensed psychologist in the state of California for more than two decades. Born and raised in central Pennsylvania, she received her doctoral degree in psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She relocated to California to complete an APA accredited internship with Kaiser Permanente in Health Psychology, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), where she worked with children suffering with cancer and blood disorders, specializing in the psychological aspects of oncology. After several years in private practice, Dr. Romberger was appointed executive director of a local non-profit mental health clinic, while also serving as a clinical supervisor to Whittier College Counseling Center staff. She became director of the Counseling Center in 2009.

As the mother of a recent graduate and one active college student, Dr. Romberger understands the challenges students and families face while transitioning to college life. She and her staff provide services that support students in coping with everyday hassles as well as more significant life events. She believes it is an honor to accompany students on the journey of transformation, developing skills and acquiring knowledge as they move toward graduation, career, and a fulfilling life beyond Whittier.

Dr. Romberger holds memberships in the American Psychological Association, the California Psychological Association and the Organization of Counseling Center Directors in Higher Education. She was recently elected to the Board of CAPIC (California Psychology Internship Council), representing internship sites in Southern California. She has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Southern California (Rossier School of Education), the University of La Verne and the Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Psychology. She enjoys supervising graduate psychology students to develop the therapists of tomorrow, while supporting the growth and development of Whittier College students.

David LightDavid B. Light
Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

As an advanced practice registered nurse trained to provide a wide range of mental health services, Mr. Light assesses and treats adult patients who have a diverse range of psychiatric issues.

Mr. Light is a graduate of California State University, Los Angeles and has practiced in a variety of clinical settings including county clinics, skilled nursing/ assisted living facilities, and outpatient settings such as Whittier College’s Student Counseling Center. Mr. Light’s practice is focused upon psychiatric medication management. Specialties include mood, anxiety, and psychotic disorders, as well as ADD/ADHD. Mr. Light believes in fostering a collaborative partnership with clients, focused on their care and treatment. Originally from Virginia, Mr. Light relocated to California in 2007. In his free time, Mr. Light enjoys reading and traveling, as well as following the ups-and-downs of his favorite baseball team, the Atlanta Braves. 

Jason von StietzJason von Stietz, M.A.
Doctoral Candidate
Student Counseling Center

Jason von Stietz earned a B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior from UC Irvine. He earned an M.A. in Clinical Psychology at California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University, Los Angeles and is currently a doctoral candidate (Ph.D.) at CSPP with an emphasis in clinical health psychology. His dissertation research will focus on mental toughness among strength-athletes such as weightlifters and powerlifters. Before beginning graduate school, Jason worked as a neurofeedback technician at the ADD Treatment Center, where he conducted brain imaging, facilitated neurofeedback treatment, and co-authored a case study published in the Journal of Neurotherapy. During graduate school, he has been a Teaching Assistant in psycho-diagnostic assessment and completed clinical training at the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy, Santa Anita Family Service, and Los Angeles Valley College. With an interest in sport psychology, he has gained experience working with student-athletes on issues such as performance enhancement and stress management. He is also the co-founder of a local sport psychology consulting group as well as a former community college track and field athlete and a former California State Games weightlifting champion. He is fortunate to have been trained and mentored by outstanding coaches who have taught him the importance of work ethic and character in every aspect of life. Outside of athletics, he is experienced in supporting students coping with depression, anxiety, and other challenges to mental and physical wellness, using mindfulness and strength-based methods. He has sought to work with students from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds and is eager to serve the students of Whittier College.  

Mariam MacLeodMariam MacLeod, Psy.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Student Counseling Center

Dr. Mariam MacLeod earned Masters’ degrees in Clinical Psychology and Christian Leadership as well as her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Psychology, which has equipped her to integrate faith and psychology in her clinical practice. Her research interests include HIV/AIDs, bicultural identities, trauma, social justice and gender equity. Dr. MacLeod’s doctoral dissertation, entitled “Developing a Resource Curriculum for the Ikhaya Lempilo HIV Support Group in South Africa” allowed her to research and integrate topics of interest. Prior to joining the Whittier College team, Dr. MacLeod served as a teacher’s assistant, behavior therapist, and child care counselor. Her clinical graduate training included work at a children’s center, community mental health sites, and several college counseling centers, including a pre-doctoral internship at Central Washington University. Dr. MacLeod seeks to provide culturally informed therapy, with the goal of partnering with clients to explore and identify what may be prohibiting them from thriving. She is excited to return to the Counseling Center team for a second year, during which she will also provide counseling and consultation at the Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa.

David MitchellDavid Mitchell, Psy.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Student Counseling Center

Dr. David Mitchell earned his doctorate (Psy.D.) in clinical psychology from Loma Linda University, an APA accredited program. He is returning for his second year as a post-doctoral fellow at Whittier College. Dr. Mitchell has experience working with college students at various schools and supports students in dealing with a variety of presenting concerns including: adjustment/homesickness, anxiety, phobias, depression, histories of trauma and/or abuse, non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), gender identity and learning challenges including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). He also has experience providing individual and group therapy, student outreach, and crisis intervention services. While on internship in the central valley, he co-facilitated a course designed to help incoming students be successful and acclimate to the college environment. This year he looks forward to working with students, staff, and faculty to insure that each student has a successful year. He aspires to help the entire Whittier College community by emphasizing the need for early intervention and healthy coping to enhance mental wellness. 

Natalia NewcombNatalya Newcomb, M.A.
Doctoral Student
Student Counseling Center

Natalya Newcomb is a doctoral student in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) at Azusa Pacific University, where she also received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology and B.A. in Psychology. Between degrees, she worked for LCC International University in Lithuania with ethnically diverse students and their families. Her clinical rotations have included the APU Community Counseling Center, providing psychotherapy to young adults and school-based mental health services with children and adolescents. Natalya’s doctoral research is focused on developing a model for pscyho-education on culture and empathy to intercultural couples. As a research assistant, she has worked with diverse couples, conducting interviews to learn about empathy and affect in their relationships.

​Natalya has worked with local undergraduate students through the Heart to Heart Mentoring program to provide support for young adults as they receive their college degrees. Her Russian heritage and bilingual ability help her relate with those coming from collectivistic cultures. In her free time, Natalya enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with family and friends. She is excited about the opportunity to serve students at Whittier College Counseling Center this year.

Ryan HernandezRyan Hernandez, M.A.
Assessment Trainee
Student Counseling Center

Ryan Hernandez is a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program (Psy.D.) at Rosemead School of Psychology (Biola University), where he previously earned an M.A. in Clinical Psychology and is the current campus representative for APA's Division 45: Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race. He received his B.A in Criminology, Law, and Society from UC Irvine. He has worked previously with college students and young adults at the Biola Counseling Center in La Mirada, CA, and with individuals, couples, and families at Champion Counseling Center in Inglewood, CA. Ryan's doctoral research is focused on racial identity development, specifically on black identity development and its impact on therapy. In his spare time, Ryan loves reading, watching movies, and hiking with his wife and son. Ryan is excited to take on the position of Assessment Trainee at the Whittier College Student Counseling Center, where he will be providing assessments for learning disabilities and accommodations, diagnostic and psychological assessments and drug and alcohol evaluations. Ryan will also be leading the Decision-making Seminars on campus this year. 

Kendall RobinsKendall Robins, M.A.
Doctoral Student
Student Counseling Center

Kendall Robins is a doctoral student in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) at Rosemead School of Psychology. Prior to entering Rosemead, Kendall received a B.A. in Psychology at Biola University in La Mirada. While completing her Master’s degree in clinical psychology, she trained at the Biola Counseling Center in a university-based setting, while also completing psychological assessments at a local Whittier high school. In addition, she has completed clinical training in Equine therapy and at the Dream Center Counseling Center in West Hollywood, supporting individuals who have experienced homelessness and addiction. Kendall’s research interests include multidisciplinary and experiential therapies, group therapy, and the use of psychodrama therapy with female survivors of sexual trauma—the topic of her dissertation. With an interest in diversity, she has served as a teaching assistant for coursework in Cross-cultural and Ethnic Issues in Psychology. She has also volunteered at re-entry camps for “third culture” adolescents and adults to develop an expertise in adjustment issues. After hours, she enjoys unwinding at Disneyland and exercising her creative side—by means of crocheting, playing ukulele, and engaging in outdoor activities and exercise.

Daniel RuizDaniel Ruiz, B.A.
Program Assistant
Student Counseling Center

Daniel Ruiz earned a B.A. in Psychology and minor in Business Administration from East Carolina University. He has several years of experience in the higher education field across a diverse array of offices. He served as a resident advisor his freshman and sophomore year, which gave him invaluable experience in working with students face to face, with an emphasis on conflict resolution and event programming. He also spent a year working for the ECU Judicial Affairs office where he dealt administratively with students in the disciplinary system at ECU. He then had a year of time spent working directly under the director of campus living, where he was involved with both small- and larger-scale events across campus and worked alongside members in offices both on campus and in the surrounding community. He hopes to gain his Masters in Higher Education, with an emphasis on student affairs, and knows his diverse experience working in higher education has prepared him to serve the students and staff at Whittier College both efficiently and effectively.