Meet the Staff
- Bill Fiala, Ph.D., ABPPDirector
Bill is a licensed psychologist (PSY 17213) and has been director of the UCC since 2000. He also serves as the associate dean of students and oversees wellness services as a member of the Student Life administrative team. Bill received his doctorate in clinical psychology and master’s degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. His areas of interest include faith and spiritual development, life transitions, leadership and management, power and privilege, stress and coping, and gender and identity issues.
- Grace Kim, Ph.D.Assistant Director, Training Director
Grace is a licensed psychologist (PSY 18558) and has been on staff since 2001. Her primary role is to serve as training director for the advanced practicum training program. Grace received her doctorate in clinical psychology and master’s degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Her main areas of interest include supervision and training, multicultural counseling, Asian American mental health, faith/spirituality, mindfulness, and women’s issues.
- Doug Yost, M.A., LMFTAssociate Director of Clinical Services
Doug is a licensed marriage and family therapist (MFC 49099), receiving his master’s degree from Hope International University. His background is in working with high risk youth and teens, couples counseling, and providing clinical supervision. In addition to his clinical duties at the UCC, Doug is an adjunct professor in both the undergraduate and graduate psychology programs at APU. His areas of interest include men’s issues, life transitions, faith and spiritual development, and couples counseling.
- Kim CrossAdministrative Assistant
Kim has worked at APU since 1998. She came to the University Counseling Center with experience working in areas such as the Office of the President, Residence Life, and the Office of the Campus Pastors. She loves working in the college setting and serving people. She has a great connection with students and parents as one of her daughters received her bachelor’s degree from APU in 2003.
- Linda Abdelsayed, Psy.D.Psychologist
Linda is a licensed psychologist (PSY 25557). She has been part of the UCC team since 2012. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis in family psychology from APU. Linda approaches her clinical work with empathy, genuineness, and hope. She takes a multi-systems approach in her work, to encourage holistic healing and growth. Her areas of interest include faith integration, identity formation, diversity/cultural issues, grief and loss, and symptom reduction through mindfulness and coping.
- Mara Clark, M.S., LMFTMarriage and Family Therapist
Mara Clark is a licensed marriage and family therapist (MFC 33670) and has been on staff at the UCC for more than 20 years. She received a masters in sports psychology from Cal Poly Pomona and an MFT from APU. Her areas of interest include working with athletes, relationship issues, family of origin issues, personal growth, and trauma. She is also a trained and certified EMDR therapist.
- Angel Duncan, Psy.D.Psychologist
Angel is a licensed psychologist (PSY 28174) trained in the depth psychology tradition. She received her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University and her doctorate in clinical psychology from APU. Angel approaches her clinical work with authenticity, empathy, and hopefulness, and she has a passion for integrating cultural factors in therapy. Her areas of interest include supervision and training, mindfulness, anxiety, depression, identity development, gender and identity concerns, life transitions, and women’s health.
- Suzannia Holden, Psy.D.Psychologist
Suzannia is a licensed psychologist (PSY 28999) and has been at APU since 2014. She received her doctorate in clinical-community psychology in 2013 from the University of La Verne. She has a passion for helping students recognize their capabilities and collaboratively creating changes in their lives. Her diverse areas of interest include resilience factors, trauma, racial/ethnic identity development, relational patterns/interpersonal relatedness, disability related issues, and providing support for students with adjustment concerns, anxiety, and depression.
- Lori Lacy, Psy.D.Psychologist
Lori is a licensed psychologist (PSY 26032) and has been on staff since 2011. She received her masters and doctorate in clinical psychology from Azusa Pacific University. In addition to overseeing the UCC group and workshop program, Lori also teaches adjunct in the Undergraduate Psychology Department at Azusa Pacific University. Her main areas of interest include spiritual integration, ’s issues, food and body image concerns, and identity development.
- Leah Fortson, Ph.D.Postdoctoral Fellow
Leah received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Leah’s work emphasizes cultural community approaches and spiritually integrative models of psychotherapy to address human suffering from holistic perspectives. Her areas of interest include multicultural issues, identity formation, relationship issues, self-esteem, God concepts and images, spiritual struggle, and trauma.
- Eric Weaver, M.S., LMFTClinical Care/Crisis Manager
Eric is a licensed marriage and family therapist (MFC 46968) and certified EMDR therapist. Eric received his master’s degree in marital and family therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary and has a background in working with high risk youth and teens. His areas of interest include family of origin, identity information, trauma, abuse recovery, life transitions, conflict resolution, and couples counseling.