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Our Staff

  • Hue-Sun Ahn, Ph.D. – Licensed Psychologist, Assistant Director
  • Mark J. Forest, Ph.D.  Licensed Psychologist, Director of CAPS and AVP for Student Affairs – Health & Wellness
  • Mike Gross, Psy.D., CC-AASP – Licensed Psychologist, Coordinator of Sport Psychology Services
  • Margarita L. Leahy, MA, Ed.S., NCC, LPC, LCADC – Licensed Professional Counselor, Assistant Director
  • Robbin Loonan, MA, DVS, LPC  – Licensed Professional Counselor, Coordinator of Outreach, Coordinator of Peer Education
  • Rebecca L. Meinke, MD – Consulting Psychiatrist
  • Jonathan A. Murakami, Psy.D. – Licensed Psychologist, Coordinator of Clinical Training
  • Alex Turpin, LCSW, M.Div. – Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Case Manager and Referral Specialist
  • Melody Willoughby, Ph.D. – Staff Psychologist, Group Coordinator

Fall 2018 Training Class

  • Joana Couto, Intern Graduate Student
    The College of New Jersey
    Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program
  • Emily Greenberg, Intern Graduate Student

    Rowan University
    Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

Office Support Staff for the offices of Student Health Services and Counseling and Psychological Services

  • Ms. Grace Flagler, Program Assistant
  • Ms. Pat Hamill, Program Assistant
  • Ms. Chelsea Watson, Professional Services Specialist

Meet Our Counseling Staff

HueSunBHue-Sun Ahn is a counseling psychologist who joined the staff in August 2004. Before coming to The College of New Jersey, she was on staff at several university counseling centers in the region. Hue-Sun is a 1.5 generation Korean American and is bilingual in Korean. She received her undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and her masters and doctoral degrees in counseling psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is licensed as a psychologist in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Her professional areas of interest include issues of body image and eating disorders, acculturation and racial/ethnic identity development, and outreach to the campus community regarding psychosocial and wellness issues. Hue-Sun approaches psychological issues from the perspective that one’s psychological development is affected by one’s personal history and by the current environment.   She enjoys helping individuals and communities identify strengths and resources that promote healthy development.

Mark J. Forest joined the staff as Director of Counseling and Psychological Services in September of 2014.  In 2017 Dr. Forest became Interim Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs – Health and Wellness, which was made permanent in 2018. Dr. Forest is a NJ and PA Licensed Psychologist with over 28 years experience in university/college mental health services.  Dr. Forest came to TCNJ from Rutgers University, where he worked as the Associate Director for Clinical Training for many years.

Dr. Forest has a strong interest in young adult development, mental health administration, and professional training and supervision in college mental health.  His clinical interests are varied and include affective disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, abuse, serious mental health concerns, relationship issues, LGBTQ concerns and issues of diversity and social justice.

Dr. Forest is a member of the The American Psychological Association (APA), The New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA), The Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA), The New Jersey College Counseling Association (NJCCA), and The Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD).

Dr. Forest enjoys many outdoor activities including tennis, hiking, camping, kayaking, skiing, and boating.  He also is an avid photographer in his free time.

Mike Gross is a Licensed Psychologist who began his position at CAPS in August 2015. Dr. Gross currently serves as the Coordinator of Sport Psychology Services for CAPS and is a Certified Consultant, Association for Applied Sport Psychology (CC-AASP). He received his doctorate degree (Psy.D.) in combined Clinical and School Psychology from Kean University. Prior to attending Kean, Dr. Gross received his Master’s Degree and Sport Psychology Certificate from Seton Hall University. He is also the Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology.

Dr. Gross approaches his clinical work from an evidence-based perspective and his interests include clinical sport psychology, performance enhancement, eating and weight disorders, and stress management. He is also interested in the development, investigation, and dissemination of mindfulness- and acceptance-based interventions to various populations, such as college students and student-athletes.

He is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), American Psychological Association (APA), and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).

In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, spending time with family and friends, engaging in daily meditation, and playing guitar.

Leahy, MargaritaMargarita Leahy is a bilingual/bicultural Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), New Jersey Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC)who joined CAPS in 2014 and is now the Assistant Director.

Margarita has graduate and post graduate degrees in counseling from Rider University and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional with basic training in EMDR.  Prior to working at CAPS, Ms. Leahy worked at both a psychiatric facility for inpatient detox, intensive outpatient program (IOP) and an outpatient community clinic.  She has prior experience working for almost a decade in higher education.  Her areas of clinical interest are varied and include Anxiety (OCD, PTSD, Social, Generalized), AD/HD, Substance Use Disorders, Process/Behavioral Addictions, Impulse Control Issues, and Affective Disorders.

Ms. Leahy is a member of The American Counseling Association, National Board for Certified Counselors, New Jersey Association of College Counseling, New Jersey Counselor Association and The Higher Education Case Managers Association.

Outside of her CAPS role, Ms. Leahy enjoys her own practice/self care of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness.

LoonanRobbin Loonan is a Licensed Professional Counselor who joined the staff in 2014. Prior to joining the CAPS staff, Robbin was the Coordinator of Anti-Violence Initiatives (AVI) here at TCNJ where she led the campus’ efforts to prevent power- based personal violence and provided counseling for victims and survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking. Robbin is a Certified Domestic Violence Specialist who also holds a Certification in Child Maltreatment with a specialty in child sexual abuse.

Before coming to the College, Robbin worked at several NJ domestic violence agencies, the Morris County Child Advocacy Center, Princeton House, and in private practice. Her professional areas of interest include utilizing art and other creative techniques to heal from trauma and loss, family issues, interpersonal relationships, LGBTQ concerns, and issues of diversity/ multicultural sensitivity.

In addition to providing counseling, Robbin is also the Prevention Coordinator for our center. She is passionate about working with various student and professional groups on campus to enhance emotional well- being, increase resiliency and coping, and decrease barriers to assistance.

In her free time, Robbin enjoys spending time at the beach and spending time with family and friends.

Rebecca Meinke is a board certified adult, adolescent and child psychiatrist.  Dr. Meinke joined the CAPS staff in 2015 as a Consulting Psychiatrist. Prior to joining the CAPS team, Dr. Meinke was a staff psychiatrist at the Center for Eating Disorder Care at the University Medical Center of Princeton.  Prior to this, she served as a Staff Psychiatrist for Princeton House Behavioral Health at Moorestown, where she provided assessment and management of youth ages 5 to 18 in psychiatric, dual diagnosis and addiction programs. Previously, she was Medical Director of VisionQuest Pathfinders Residential Facility, focusing on psychiatric services for youth ages 12 to 18.

Dr. Meinke has previous experience with college mental health working for Gallaudet University in Washington, DC during her residency.  Dr. Meinke received her medical degree from Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School (formerly UMDNJ).

Jonathan Murakami is a NJ licensed psychologist who obtained his Psy.D. from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University.  Jonathan joined the staff at TCNJ in 2017 as an interim staff psychologist.  He has worked in higher education providing mental health services to college students for the past several years, most recently at Drew University.  Jonathan brings to the center expertise in working with a variety of mental health concerns common to young adults including adjustment and transitional issues, depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, family struggles, LGBTQ concerns and other social justice issues.
Dr. Murakami currently serves as the Vice President of the New Jersey College Counseling Association.

Dr. Murakami enjoys board games, swimming, reading, and trying his best to cook something edible in the kitchen.

Alex Turpin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined the CAPS staff in 2018 as the Staff Therapist/Clinical Case Manager and Referral Specialist. Alex holds a Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University and a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. Prior to working at CAPS, Alex worked as a therapist in the Young Adult program at Princeton House and has both clinical and non-clinical experience working in higher education. He operates from multimodal and multicultural perspectives, emphasizing the importance of an individuals health within the broader social environment. Alex’s clinical interests include affective disorders, first-episode psychosis, LGBTQ concerns, anxiety disorders, and religion and spirituality.

Alex is a member of The Higher Education Case Managers Association and the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work.

Outside of CAPS, Alex enjoys live music, reading comic books, and hiking.

Melody Willoughby is a staff psychologist who joined TCNJ in September 2018. Dr. Willoughby currently serves as the group coordinator at CAPS. She completed her undergraduate study at Rutger’s University and both her Master’s and Ph.D in Clinical Psychology (Health Emphasis) from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University.

Dr. Willoughby has several years of experience in college mental health; her areas of clinical interest include issues related to interpersonal relationships, family struggles, and working with students from marginalized groups, such as LGBTQ+ populations with an emphasis on transgender concerns.

When not at work, Dr. Willoughby can be found at the gym, out for a run, or on the beach. Additional hobbies include eating pizza and ice cream.

 

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