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Program Administrators

Brennan  Peterson, Ph.D., LMFT
Brennan Peterson, Ph.D., LMFT
Program Director
Brennan Peterson(B.S., Brigham Young University; M.S., Ph.D., Virginia Tech) is an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Crean School of Health & Life Sciences at Chapman University. Dr. Peterson began teaching at Chapman in 2003 and teaches courses in family therapy, couple therapy and domestic violence, life-span development, family diversity, and clinical supervision. He also serves as the Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program. Dr. Peterson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in California and Utah, is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Dr. Peterson researches the mental health implications of infertility and is a member of several interdisciplinary and international research teams. He has collaborated with researchers at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, Uppsala University in Sweden, and with the Special Interest Group in Psychology and Counseling of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE). He has delivered numerous national and international presentations on his infertility research and has published articles in Human Reproduction, Fertility & Sterility, Family Relations, Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, Family Process, the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Contemporary Family Therapy, The Family Journal, The American Journal of Psychiatry, and Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.
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Naveen Jonathan, Ph.D., LMFT
Clinic Director, Frances Smith Center for Individual & Family Therapy
Naveen Jonathan (M.S., Ph.D., Loma Linda University) is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Crean School of Health & Life Sciences at Chapman University. He began teaching as an adjunct instructor at Chapman in 2009 while completing his dissertation. Dr. Jonathan is also a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the State of California. He has worked in therapy with families, couples, children, individuals and groups in both agency and school-based settings. He has worked extensively with issues pertaining to court mandated clients, divorce/co-parenting, parenting, children & adolescents, culture, gender and diversity. Dr. Jonathan is the current Treasurer for the American Association for Marital & Family Therapy, California Division (AAMFT-CA). He also leads the Fundraising Committee and is an active leader in the Student Leadership Taskforce for AAMFT-CA. Dr. Jonathan was also recently elected to the Elections Council on the national level for the American Association for Marital & Family Therapy (AAMFT).
Susan Jester, M.A., LMFT
Susan Jester, M.A., LMFT
Associate Director, Frances Smith Center for Individual & Family Therapy
Susan Jester (M.A., Chapman University) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Associate Clinic Director for the Frances Smith Center for Individual and Family Therapy. Her clinical interests are psychodynamic therapy, attachment theory, and the treatment of trauma. In addition to overseeing the daily operations of the clinic, she is one of the the department's clinical supervisors and an AAMFT approved supervisor.
Sheryl Ralph, M.A., LMFT
Sheryl Ralph, M.A., LMFT
Graduate Program Manager
Sheryl Ralph (M.A., Chapman University) is a licensed marriage and family therapist and manager of the Marriage and Family Therapy program where she oversees student recruitment and graduate admissions within the Schmid College of Science and Technology. Ms. Ralph manages the day-to-day operations of the MFT program, including program development, academic advising, public relations, and alumni outreach. In addition to her role as program manager, she also has a private practice and her clinical specialties involve issues pertaining to women's health, recovering from grief and loss, and working with depression and anxiety diagnoses. Sheryl is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) and a clinical member of The California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).

Core Faculty

Carolyn  Brodbeck, Ph.D.
Carolyn Brodbeck, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Carolyn Brodbeck (M.S., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh) is an Associate Professor of Psychology and has been on the faculty at Chapman University since 1994. From 1991-1994, Dr. Brodbeck taught clinical psychology at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. She has worked with a wide range of clinical populations and has extensive experience in cognitive-behavioral assessment and treatment of adult anxiety disorders. Dr. Brodbeck teaches advanced psychopathology, critical thinking, cross-cultural psychology, professional ethics and legal issues, and applied research/bibliographic methods on a regular basis. Her research interests include coping processes and resiliency in trauma, strategies for enhancing interpersonal problem-solving and effective decision-making, and treatment outcome evaluation of cognitive-behavioral interventions integrated with meditation/contemplative approaches in refractory anxiety disorders. Dr. Brodbeck has published in various journals, including Cognitive Therapy and Research, Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, and International Journal of Rehabilitation and Health.

Adjunct Faculty

Suzanne Benko, M.S., LMFT
Suzanne Benko, M.S., LMFT
Suzanne Benko is an adjunct faculty member for the Crean School of Health & Life Sciences at Chapman University and serves as Clinical Supervisor in the Frances Smith Center for Individual & Family Therapy. Ms. Benko received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Irvine and her Master of Science from California State University, Fullerton. In addition to being a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, she is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (AAMFT) and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She is also a member of California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT) and a CAMFT Certified Supervisor. In addition to training and supervising MFT trainees and interns, Ms. Benko has a full-time private practice in Laguna Hills specializing in working with adolescents.
Lori Breeden-Gomez, M.S., LMFT
Lori Breeden-Gomez, M.S., LMFT
Lori L. Breeden-Gomez obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from California State University San Bernardino in 1997 and her Master of Science Degree in Marital and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University in 1999. Lori is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, working in the field since 1998. Lori has held various positions in the mental health field, ranging from residential treatment facilities for children to outpatient mental health settings. Lori worked in outpatient settings that afforded her the opportunity to see adults, couples, families, and children. Lori has vast experience working with other professionals such as psychiatrists, county social workers, public health nurses, and teachers. For the last ten years, Lori has held supervisory positions at an outpatient non-profit clinic that is contracted through Los Angeles County Department of Mental health. Currently, Lori provides clinical supervision to masters level therapists who are gaining hours towards their state licensure. Lori has also completed training in an evidenced based practice called Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Lori is also an adjunct faculty member at Loma Linda University in their Counseling and Family Sciences Department. Lori has taught their practicum classes and assisted with their group process class. Lori was a clinical supervisor at Loma Linda University Behavioral Health Institute in which she facilitated individual and group supervision for graduate and doctorate level students. Most recently, Lori is an Adjunct Faculty and clinical supervisor at Chapman University teaching in the MFT graduate program. Lori is also pursuing her AAMFT Approved Supervisor status as she is under supervision of an AAMFT Approved Supervisor in which she is learning more skills to utilize with her supervisees. Lori has been featured in Parenting, OC Magazine and OC Family Magazine writing about parenting and family issues since 2008. Lori is a Clinical Member of The California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT). Lori is an active member of the Orange County Networking District of AAMFT CA.
Heather Hargis, M.S., LMFT
Heather Hargis, M.S., LMFT
Heather Hargis is an adjunct faculty member of the Crean School of Health & Life Sciences at Chapman University and serves as a Clinical Supervisor in the Francis Smith Center for Individual & Family Therapy. Heather received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services with a minor in Psychology and Master of Science Degree in Counseling from California State University, Fullerton. In addition to being a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, she is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (AAMFT) and the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT). Heather is currently in the process of completing her two year process to become an AAMFT and CAMFT Certified Supervisor. In addition, she is a past board member for the Orange County Chapter of CAMFT. Heather has over 12 years working in Non-Profit, Outpatient Community Mental Health clinics working with individuals, couples, families, substance abuse, trauma, prevention and within school systems. She has over 8 years of experience working in county mental health. Heather is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and has certifications in Domestic Violence and Bereavement. For the past few years, Heather has been in non-profit management and is currently the Clinical Director of College Community Services- CalWORKs, a division of Providence Service Corporation. She oversees three clinics and provides clinical supervision to post-graduate Interns working toward state licensure.
Annette  Iversen, Ph.D.
Annette Iversen, Ph.D.
Annette Iversen (B.A., University of Arizona; M.A., Chapman University; Ph.D., California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego) is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology in the Crean School of Health & Life Sciences at Chapman University. Dr. Iversen began teaching at Chapman in 2000 and teaches general psychology courses and specialized courses such as Children and Trauma, and Diagnosis and Treatment of Children and Adolescents in both the graduate and undergraduate departments. Dr. Iversen is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and practices in Orange and Los Angeles counties. She specializes in children and trauma, grief and loss, pain management and anxiety disorders. She consults with hospitals and non-profit organizations. She has created and facilitated bereavement programs and groups. Dr. Iversen has delivered numerous national presentations and has published articles in professional and academic journals.
Linda Karmelich, M.A., LMFT
Linda Karmelich, M.A., LMFT
Linda Karmelich (M.A. Chapman University; B.A. California State University Fullerton) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California, is a clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist’s (CAMFT), American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Linda is also a member of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IADEP). Linda works full time as a therapist in the Student Psychological Counseling Services at Chapman University as well as having a part-time private practice. Linda has been a part time adjunct faculty member supervising graduate students in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Chapman University since 2008. Linda is active in the Chapman University community providing workshops and presentations in stress management, body image and eating disorder issues.
Jeanne Walker, Ph.D.
Jeanne Walker, Ph.D.
Jeanne Walker graduated with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern California and has been employed at Chapman University since 1979. She has held the positions of Psychology Graduate Program Coordinator, Director of Assessment and Counseling, Director of the Chapman University Community Clinic, and since 1983, Director of Student Psychological Counseling Services. She has been attending OCCDHE since 1980 and has served as co-chair and on several conference committees. Jeanne is a licensed psychologist and a certified CAMFT supervisor. She has taught numerous classes, including Psychology of Adjustment, Introduction to Counseling, Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Critical Thinking, Cross-Cultural Psychology, Freshman Seminar and her favorite, a graduate class in Counseling Process. An active member of the Student Affairs Division, she has been awarded the university’s President’s Award, the “Ma” Chapman award, chaperoned the most recent Alternative Spring Break trip to the Grand Canyon, and was awarded the Chancellor’s Staff and Community Enhancement Grant for 2011. Most recently, she was named one of the “150 Faces” of Chapman University, celebrating her contributions to the history of the institution.
Katheryn Whittaker, M.S., LMFT, LPCC
Katheryn Whittaker, M.S., LMFT, LPCC
Katheryn Whittaker is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), and licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC). Ms. Whittaker is the Director of Clinical Services for Matrix Institute on Addictions. She is currently an Approved Supervisor for the American Association for Marital & Family Therapy (AAMFT), and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT). She has presented domestically and internationally in Washington DC, Iceland, Colombia and Turkey. Courses and trainings include: Motivational Interviewing, Chemical Dependency, Group Process, Couple and Family Theories, Human Sexuality, Psychopathology, and Community Mental Health and Recovery. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Vanguard University and her Master of Science from Loma Linda University and is currently completing her Doctorate in Psychology at California Southern University in Irvine, California.
Ann Worley, M.A., LMFT
Ann Worley, M.A., LMFT
Ann Worley has been a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#MFC 39095) since 2002. She received her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Oklahoma State University and her Master’s degree in marital and family therapy from Phillips Graduate Institute in Los Angeles. A member of AAMFT and CAMFT, Ann is a past-president, and currently president-elect, of the Orange County Chapter of CAMFT. She has private practice offices in Costa Mesa and Laguna Hills, CA. She is an Adjunct Professor and Clinical Supervisor at Chapman University, and a Clinical Supervisor for Outreach Concern. She is currently a candidate for AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Ann has also been Executive Director of California Dollars for Scholars, a regional office of the national Scholarship America organization, and has held executive positions for nonprofit organizations assisting the homeless and in the medical arenas. She has owned marketing communications and advertising firms in the food and commercial real estate industries, and began her career as a reporter and editor for The Dallas Times Herald.
Mark Zetin, MD
Mark Zetin, MD
Mark Zetin, MD, is in the private practice of psychiatry in Garden Grove, California. His subspecialty interests include adult psychopharmacology of mood and anxiety disorders and the forensic issues of standard care in adult psychiatry, psychopharmacology, suicide, and testamentary capacity. He lectures on mood and anxiety disorders and psychiatric diagnosis at numerous hospitals and professional organizations in Southern California. Dr. Zetin received his MD from the University of California, Irvine College of Medicine. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine and Emergency Room Medicine at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver, where he also completed one year of residency in Psychiatry. He completed his residency in Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, where he was selected as a research resident on a National Institute of Mental Health-sponsored clinical research center ward. He is a Diplomate in Psychiatry of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Examiners. In January 2003, he was named Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Zetin has published numerous refereed journal articles. He has coauthored two books, The Psychopharmacology Sourcebook and his new book, Challenging Depression, was published in November, 2010. Dr. Zetin was a member of the full-time faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine, from 1979-1994, and a member of the volunteer faculty from 1994-2008. He has taught psychopharmacology for psychology graduate students at Alliant International University and is currently teaching at Chapman University.