Whittier College Announces Fall 2021 Plans
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Student Counseling Center
Dr. Rebecca Romberger has been a California Licensed Psychologist 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 an adjunct clinical supervisor to Whittier College Counseling Center staff. She was selected as the Counseling Center Director/Clinical Training Director in 2009.
As the mother of two Whittier College graduates, 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 serves on the Board of CAPIC (California Psychology Internship Council), representing internship sites across 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 competent, confident, and professional therapists of tomorrow while supporting the growth and development of Whittier College undergraduate students.
Dr. Stephanie Smolinski is a licensed clinical psychologist who received her doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of Psychology and her master’s from Pepperdine University. Stephanie returned to the Whittier Student Counseling Center as the Assistant Director after completing four years of training at the College. She is passionate about helping college-aged students increase their overall well-being and has enjoyed working with students from both Whittier College and Otis College of Art & Design who are dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression, adjustment, identity development, substance abuse, and self-harm. Prior to coming to Whittier, Stephanie had a wide range of clinical experiences with clients of all ages and cultural backgrounds in settings such as an elementary school and a community mental health clinic. In addition, she has conducted research on a variety of topics including the utility of computer-based interventions for attention and concentration issues, gender differences in visuospatial skills, and the use of virtual humans in assessing trauma in military veterans. Dr. Smolinski’s doctoral dissertation, “Nonsuicidal Self-Injury and Motivational Interviewing in a College Counseling Center,” allowed her to combine her interest in college mental health with her desire to increase treatment efficacy.
Dr. Doribeth Tardillo is excited to serve the community of students at Whittier College during the 2020-21 school year in the role of post-doctoral counselor. She is interested in supporting students holistically in the pursuit of their academic, personal, and social goals. Moreover, she believes in the importance of navigating the intersectionality of academics and the students’ diversity.
Dr. Tardillo received her doctorate from the School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. Her clinical practice is individualized, strength-based, and based on evidence-based practices. She values multicultural and multilingual features of identity and community. As such, she has developed a sensitive and comprehensive approach towards issues related to diversity, attachment, development and trauma-informed care in her clinical work and research.
Dr. Tardillo aims to be available for students, joining them in exploring their experiences, and collaborating with them in finding strategies to cope and thrive in their academic and personal journeys.
Luke Hart is excited to offer psychological assessment services to the Whittier College community during the 2020-2021 academic year. He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Rosemead School of Psychology. As an undergraduate student at Biola University, Luke worked as a wilderness therapy guide for adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the desert of Utah before deciding to further cultivate his interest in psychology through graduate studies. As a clinician, Luke previously worked with college students at the Biola Counseling Center who displayed a wide range of clinical issues including adjustment difficulties, depression, and anxiety. Just prior to starting at Whittier, Luke worked as a therapist in a correctional setting providing services for incarcerated inmates. He has conducted research regarding the impact of religious and spiritual belief systems and how they relate to markers of emotional and existential well-being.
Luke believes in the power of relationships combined with practical tools to promote change. He also believes that quality mental health practice should always be collaborative and safe between clients and providers. In providing assessment services such as cognitive or neuropsychological testing, Luke’s desire is to provide students with the space and resources to better understand themselves and find the most beneficial next steps in their unique journeys.
Angela Quinn is currently a third-year doctoral student with a master’s degree in clinical psychology, as well as a master’s degree in forensic psychology. Born and raised in Southern California, she has always had a passion for psychology. Ms. Quinn has two years of clinical experience working with psychiatric patients at Metropolitan State Hospital and one year of experience working with patients at Las Encinas Hospital. In addition to her clinical experience at psychiatric hospitals, she was also a support group facilitator with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) for 2 years, working closely with families who had a loved one with a mental illness.
Ms. Quinn has a special interest in working with students, children, and geriatric patients. She enjoys helping people throughout their difficult life transitions. Outside of psychology, she is experienced in mindfulness, with a special interest in meditation and mindfulness yoga. She loves hiking, writing, and traveling. She has traveled to over 30 states and 14 countries, working as a student therapist at a primary school in Nairobi, Kenya on one of her travels. Ms. Quinn is dedicated to her profession and she is thankful for all the training and mentoring she has received along the way.
Andre Wielemaker is currently working on his Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology at Biola University. Andre earned his master’s degree at Biola and completed his undergraduate studies at TWU in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. Through his work at the Whittier College Counseling Center, Andre hopes to further his training and development as a therapist and to gain greater experience with a diversity of college students. Andre is keen to work with and help individuals overcome struggles pertaining to stress, anxiety, depression, as well as physical, relational, and emotional concerns in order to improve their quality of life.
Andre was born in New Zealand and immigrated to Canada with his family in 2004 before coming to California in 2017. In his free time, Andre likes to spend time skateboarding, surfing, and staying active.
Ferzin R. Irani is a second-year PsyD student at California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University in Los Angeles. She came to the program having worked for seven years as a licensed marriage and family therapist with adults. Her Master of Arts degree is in transpersonal psychology from John F. Kennedy University. She has worked in a variety of mental health agencies, including those that serve individuals with substance use, trauma and mental health crises. She ran a part-time private practice for several years before moving back to the area from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Ferzin is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, so she brings skill in connecting clients with their bodies as a way of cultivating greater agency over their lives. She is also ordained in a universalist Sufi tradition and successfully provided a safe space of respect and curiosity for clients to explore the intersection of faith with mental health.