Haverhill A (next to Campus Safety)
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-Romberger, Psy.D.
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.
Stephanie Smolinski, Psy.D.
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.
Daniel Ruiz, B.A.
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.
David 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.
Kiana Behnood, Psy.D.
Kiana Behnood earned her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University, San Diego. Her dissertation research focused on the experience of marginalized students with special needs. Prior to coming to the Whittier College Student Counseling Center, Dr. Behnood worked in a diverse range of settings including a community mental health agency in Los Angeles working with clients of all ages, a psychiatric hospital in San Diego with inpatient and outpatient populations, and a high school counseling center working primarily with students with special needs. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Behnood is a certified TEFL teacher and went abroad a semester to teach English in Istanbul, Turkey. As a student, she also studied abroad in Sydney, Australia. She is additionally trained in trauma-focused treatment and is a certified rehabilitation specialist excited to use her experience to work with the students at Whittier College. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Dr. Behnood loves basketball, puppies, donuts, and spending time with friends and loved ones.
Geena Guerrido, Ph.D.
Geena Guerrido earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University, where she also received her Master’s degree. Her dissertation research focused on exploring the differences in conflict related beliefs and behaviors within romantic relationships amongst different ethnic groups. Prior to coming to the Whittier College Counseling Center, Geena completed her pre-doctoral internship at CSU Fullerton Counseling and Psychological Services and has four years of experience in university counseling center. She has training and experience conducting neuropsychological assessment at Harbor-UCLA Medical center. Geena’s professional interests include conducting cognitive and personality assessments, working with Latinx and first generation students, multiculturalism, and exploring family/relationship issues.
Born and raised in southern California, Geena enjoys singing, dancing, watching her favorite TV shows, and spending time with her family. She appreciates the diversity of the individuals, cuisine, and experience this area provides. Geena is excited to continue working with the college population this year.
Jason von Stietz, M.A.
Jason von Stietz is currently a doctoral candidate (Ph.D.) at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University, Los Angeles with an emphasis in clinical health psychology. His dissertation research will focus on mental toughness among strength-athletes such as weightlifters and powerlifters. Jason has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Behavior from UC Irvine and a Master’s degree also from CSPP-Alliant LA. Before returning to graduate school, Jason worked as a neuro-feedback technician, conducting brain imaging and facilitating neuro-feedback treatment. His work resulted in a case study publication in the Journal of Neuro-therapy. While in graduate school, he has been a Teaching Assistant in psycho-diagnostic assessment and has completed clinical training with athletes at the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy and Los Angeles Valley College. He also worked in a community based mental health clinic with adolescents, adults, couples and families.
Jason is entering his 2nd year as a Pre-doctoral Intern at the Whittier College Student Counseling Center. With an interest in sport psychology, he has gained experience working with student-athletes at Whittier College by providing mental health screenings and consulting student-athletes on issues such as performance enhancement, stress management, and return to play following a concussion. He is also the co-founder of a local sport psychology consulting group and recently published an article in the California Psychological Association Division I newsletter, entitled Addressing Trauma among Female Athletes: Mindfulness Acceptance Commitment Approach. He is 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.
Kallie Kobold, M.A.
Kallie Kobold is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D) at Fuller Theological Seminary where she also received her Master’s degree. Her clinical rotations have included Vanguard University Counseling Center and the University of Southern California (USC) Counseling Center where she provided psychotherapy to college students both individually and through groups. She also served as a local consultant administering psycho-educational assessments to children, adolescents, and adults diagnosed with learning disabilities. Her doctoral research focuses on the impact of identity and spirituality on the treatment of those suffering from eating disorders.
Kallie is experienced and passionate about supporting students coping with eating disturbances, grief and loss, religious/spiritual concerns and anxiety. She works primarily from a cognitive-behavioral approach while also incorporating mindfulness techniques. In her free time, she enjoys going to the dog park with her miniature poodle Winston, taking tap and ballet classes, and traveling. Kallie is excited to be serving the students at Whittier College this year in the Student Counseling Center as well as conducting outreach services in collaboration with departments across campus.
Ali Madrid, M.A.
Ali Madrid is a doctoral student (Psy. D) at Antioch University where she also received a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Previously, she attended California Baptist University and attained a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology. Ali’s research interests include childhood safety as it relates to sexual assault. Her dissertation is focused on creating a preventative program aimed at the safety of children. Ali is also certified in Prepare-Enrich, a counseling tool designed to prepare singles for marriage and enrich the relationship of married couples. Ali has worked in a variety of clinical settings during her training, including an emergency shelter for youth in crisis, with a focus on drug rehabilitation and reintegrating human trafficking survivors into society and as a Life Coach for adults with development disabilities. Ali has independently mentored several youth through Big Brother's, Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles, has been a co-ed Sunday School Teacher and is a Christian Life Coach for adult women and couples at her church. Ali is thrilled to be a part of the Whittier College community and excited to serve students in need.
Michelle Morlock, M.A.
Michelle Morlock is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) at Fuller’s Graduate School of Psychology, where she also received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Prior to moving to Southern California, Michelle received a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Wheaton College in the Chicago, IL area. Between her undergraduate and graduate programs, Michelle spent seven years in operational management and training development in the corporate business sector, where she enjoyed building teams and mentoring staff to meet their professional goals.
During her MFT program, Michelle completed clinical training in a community setting where she provided psychotherapy to families, couples, children, adolescents and adults from diverse backgrounds, many of whom sought support for anxiety, depression, sexual identity, PTSD, trauma and/or addiction. During her clinical training at Fuller Psychological Family Services in Pasadena, she provided psychotherapy for couples and individuals, including graduate and undergraduate students working on life transitions, anxiety, grief/loss, career direction, trauma, struggles with their faith/spirituality and romantic partner or family conflict.
Michelle’s research interests include attachment, trauma, and religious coping; her doctoral dissertation explores the effects of attachment and religious coping tendencies on graduate student adjustment. When not working, Michelle enjoys trips to the beach, Disneyland, Universal Studios, hiking and cooking with family and friends. She is excited about the opportunity to serve students at Whittier College Counseling Center this year.
Rachel Wu, M.A.
Rachel Wu is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) at Azusa Pacific University (APU), where she also received her Master’s degree. During her graduate training, Rachel has completed clinical rotations in the APU Community Counseling Center and the Azusa Unified School District, providing psychotherapy to young adults and school-based mental health services with children and adolescents.
Prior to pursuing graduate work, Rachel taught in the military science department at California Polytechnic Pomona University. She has served in the U.S. Army reserves for the past eight years as a combat medic, physical therapy assistant, adjutant general officer. She currently serves as a civil affairs officer.
Rachel’s doctoral research focuses on developing a mental aid to decrease stress and fear responses in soldiers during combat deployments. In her free time, Rachel enjoys working out at the gym and riding her motorcycle through the Azusa canyons. She is excited about the opportunity to serve students at the Whittier College Student Counseling Center this year and is interested in supporting Veterans while they pursue their education.