Meet the Staff

Director

Sara Byczek
Dr. Sara Byczek

Dr. Sara Byczek

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Education: Indiana State University PhD in Counseling Psychology

                   Illinois State University MS in Clinical Counseling Psychology 

                   University of Michigan-Dearborn BA in Psychology

Clinical Interests: Trauma, LGBTQ+ issues, Gender related concerns, Anti-racism work and advocacy 

Theoretical Orientation: Interpersonal Process Theory/Feminist Theory  

 Pronouns: she/her/hers

Assistant Director

Charles Starkman
Dr. Charles Starkman

Dr. Charles Starkman

Licensed Clinical Psychologist 

Education: Adler University, Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology 

University of Michigan BA in Psychology and Art History

Clinical Interests:  Eating disorders and body image concerns, PTSD/Trauma, LGBTQ+ issues, Relational concerns, Anxiety disorders, Self-injury, Clinical supervision and training

Theoretical Orientation: Integrative, Cognitive-Behavioral, Third-Wave Behavioral, Interpersonal Process

Pronouns: he/his/him

Clinical Staff

Lusine Hambardzumyan
Lusine Hambardzumyan, LLP

Lusine Hambardzumyan

Limited Licensed Psychologist 

Education: University of Detroit Mercy, MA in Clinical Psychology  

Yerevan State University, MS in Psychology with Specialization in Medical Psychology              

Clinical Interests:  Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Developmental issues, Adjustment/Life transitions, Multicultural/Diversity issues, Mind/Body connection, Psychosomatic conditions, Mindfulness, Relational concerns  

Theoretical Orientation: Integrative, Culturally Sensitive, Psychodynamic, Interpersonal, Cognitive Behavioral

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Carmen Bell
Dr. Carmen Bell

Dr. Carmen Bell

Licensed Professional Counselor 

Education: Michigan School of Psychology PsyD in Clinical Psychology 

Spring Arbor University MA in Counseling

University of Michigan - Flint BA in Psychology

Clinical Interests: Multicultural & Diversity Issues, Social Justice, Depression, Anxiety, Interpersonal Relationships, Sexual Health & Trauma

Theoretical Orientation: Integrative, Interpersonal, Cognitive Behavioral, 

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Alexa Resetar
Alexa Resetar

Alexa Resetar

Doctoral Clinical Psychology Trainee

Name and degree/license: Alexa Resetar, MA, TLLP
Education: Master of Arts (Michigan School of Psychology); Doctoral student (Michigan
School of Psychology)
Clinical Interests: Anxiety, depression, self-esteem and self-concept, eating disorders, and
sports psychology
Theoretical Orientation: Relational-Cultural
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Tara Pope
Tara Pope

Tara Pope

Doctoral Clinical Psychology Trainee

Name and degree/license: Tara M. Pope, MA, DTLLP
Education: I received my Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology w/ ABA concentration in 2021
from the Michigan School of Psychology (MSP). I am currently enrolled in my third year of the PsyD Clinical Psychology at Michigan School of Psychology.
Clinical Interests: My clinical interests are working with marginalized/minority populations, emerging adulthood challenges, and trauma
Theoretical Orientation: My theoretical orientation is foundationally CBT with some psychodynamic aspects
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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Christopher Bernardo

Christopher Bernardo

Doctoral Clinical Psychology Trainee

Name and degree/license: Christopher Bernardo
Education:  City College of New York, B.A. in Psychology, Michigan School of Psychology, M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Michigan School of Psychology, Doctoral Student-Clinical Psychology
Clinical Interests: Depression, anxiety, trauma, relational functioning, men’s issues, multicultural/diversity issues,
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative, interpersonal/relational, positive psychology,
Pronouns: He/him

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Natalya Zerka

Natalya Zerka

Doctoral Clinical Psychology Trainee

Name and degree/license: Natalya Zerka, MA, TLLP
Education: Current- Michigan School of Psychology- PsyD in Clinical Psychology, Michigan School of Psychology- MA in Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan-Flint- BS in Applied Psychology
Clinical Interests: Anxiety, Adjustment/Life Transitions, Depression, Self-Esteem, Body Image, Multicultural/Diversity Issues
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative, Cognitive Behavioral, Humanistic, Interpersonal
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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Ashwak Alshami

Ashwak Alshami

Masters Clinical Psychology Trainee

Name: Ashwak Alshami 
Degree/Education: Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology - University of Detroit
Mercy; BS in Psychology- Wayne State University 
Clinical Interests: Anxiety, Trauma, and Depression specifically through a multicultural
lens. Community outreach and psychoeducation 
Theoretical orientation: CBT, Psychodynamic, Interpersonal

Office Staff

Janet Vasquez
Janet Vasquez

Janet Vasquez

Administrative Assistant

Education:  BA in Psychology from University of Michigan Dearborn

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Moses

Moses
Moses

Moses

CAPS Therapy Dog

Moses is a Miniature Golden Doodle who will be assisting CAPS clinicians in therapy sessions with students. As a freshly graduated therapy puppy, he will be working on getting familiar with all the sights and sounds of the Renick University Center so if you see him out and about feel free to say hello! If you are interested in having him at any University event, please email us so we can discuss options. Moses is currently at CAPS Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, unless him and his mom Dr. Carmen Bell are enjoying vacationing together. Please follow his journey on his personal Instagram. 

Counseling and Psychological Services

2157 - James C. Renick University Center
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
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Phone: 313-593-5430
Fax: 313-593-3263