Clinical Psychology Staff

Toni Cafaro, PhD Dr. Toni Ann Cafaro is a clinical psychologist who graduated from the California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego (Ph.D.).  Her undergraduate degrees include a BA in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton and a BS in Computer Science from American Technological University.  Dr. Cafaro is an active member of the San Diego Psychological Association, is a Past Chair of SDPA’s Arts Committee, and a member of various committees within SDPA.  She is also a member of the American Psychological Association and the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.  Before pursuing her interests in psychology, Dr. Cafaro worked as an aerospace programmer.  Along with her work at CSUSM, Dr. Cafaro has also worked in the San Diego area in private practice.  Her areas of interest include mood disorders, gender issues, grief and loss, life transitions, artistic performance and creativity.  Dr. Cafaro utilizes cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic perspectives.  She also provides HeartMath biofeedback for stress reduction and increased focus. 
 Fritz Kreisler, PhD, Psychologist

Dr. Fritz Kreisler received his B.S. and Ph.D. in Psychology from UC Davis after transferring from Napa Community College as a re-entry student. He has been working at Cal State San Marcos since 1992. Professional interests include anxiety and stress management, and recovery from trauma.

John Robertson-Howell

Dr. John “Jay” Robertson-Howell received his Psy.D. and M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University – Seattle and his M.S. in Social Work from University of Texas – Austin.  He completed his pre doctoral internship at the University of Washington Counseling Center and has received formalized training in two community mental health clinics, a male adolescent inpatient facility and an alternative high school.  Before joining Cal State San Marcos Student Health and Counseling Services, Dr. Robertson-Howell worked at Seattle University’s Counseling and Psychological Services (2005-2012). During his time at Seattle University, he was the Outreach Coordinator (2007-2009), the Training Coordinator (2009-2012) and the Assistant Director (2011-2012). He is a generalist clinically and has expertise, training and experience in college developmental and mental health concerns.  He utilizes an integrative approach for psychotherapy drawing upon psychodynamic, interpersonal, developmental and different cognitive-behavioral therapies.  Areas of special interest include anxiety and depression, mindfulness, men and masculinity, gender and sexual identity, alcohol and substance abuse, couples counseling, multicultural issues, and grief and loss.

Dr. Tamara Savage


Dr. Tamara Savage graduated with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1993. She worked primarily in the Washington State area before moving to San Diego.  Dr. Savages' s varied experience includes working at the University of Tennessee's Student Counseling Center, Jewish Family Services, and Western State Hospital. Her interests include young adult populations, women’s issues, sports psychology, domestic violence, rape/sexual assault, relationship issues and the supervision and training of graduate level psychology students.  Presently, Dr. Savage is the coordinator of the Clinical Training Program at the CSUSM Counseling Center.

Carlene Smith, PhD Psychologist

Dr. Carlene Smith is a clinical psychologist who graduated from Cornell University (B.A.), Roosevelt University (M.A.) and City University of New York (Ph.D.).  Dr. Smith interned at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York.  She started her professional career in a hospital-based mental health center specializing in learning disabilities, child and adult psychiatry.  Dr. Smith worked in the San Diego area for many years in private practice before working at CSUSM.  Her professional interests include depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD, learning styles, cross-cultural considerations in psychotherapy, gender issues, and process organizational consultation.  Dr. Smith has taught undergraduate and graduate level psychology courses at a number of institutions including City University of New York, CSUSM, National University, San Diego State University and Livingstone College.

Camilla Williams, PhD

Dr. Camilla Williams, received her undergraduate degrees (B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in French) from Kansas State University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology at Michigan State University.  She has worked in college and university counseling centers in Michigan, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Mississippi before joining the CSUSM community. Her interests include working with first generation college students, identity exploration and development (including sexual/gender, spiritual, career, and relationships), grief and loss, women’s issues, diversity and empowerment, and training/supervision.

Dr. Kara Kornher


Dr. Kara Kornher, Psychologist and Learning Disabilities (LD) Specialist with Disabled Student Services, serves as CAPS' primary testing supervisor in addition to providing clinical supervision for interns. Dr. Kornher received her B.A. in Psychology from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, and her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University in Ohio. She moved to California to complete a pre-doctoral internship at UCSD's Psychological & Counseling Services. Her diverse professional experience prior to coming to Cal State San Marcos in 1996 includes working in a correctional facility, university counseling center, community mental health clinic, crisis center, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, and Scripps Hospital. Areas of professional interest in addition to psychological assessment include women's issues and humanistic psychology.

 Post-Doctoral

Dr. Klio Trachanatzi
Dr. Klio Trachanatzi is a Post-Doctoral Counselor in the Student Health & Counseling Center at CSUSM. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego. Dr. Trachanatzi earned her first Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and her second Master’s in Clinical Psychology from CSPP Alliant International University. She sees clients with a variety of concerns including cultural conflicts, communication difficulties, depression, anxiety, family violence, and PTSD among other things. Dr. Trachanatzi’s professional experiences include forensic and psychiatric hospitals, a crisis center, and an outpatient clinic. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults and couples. Dr. Trachanatzi’s most recent research project was on assessment of stigma in therapy. She has been teaching undergraduate psychology and forensic courses at Alliant. Dr. Trachanatzi is fluent in Greek.

Mental Health Educator

Cheryl Berry Cheryl Berry, M.A. 

 Pre-Doctoral Psychology Interns

Jordan Blankenship

Jordan Blankenship, M.A. is a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, CA.  She is a Pre-Doctoral Intern in the Counseling Center at CSUSM where she provides individual therapy, couples therapy and psychological testing to undergraduate and graduate students. She has experience working with a range of concerns including stress management, anxiety, depression, relationship conflicts, parenting issues, adjustment difficulties, personal growth and crisis management.  Jordan is also a part of the team at Disabled Student Services where she provides academic coaching and psycho-educational testing to students with a wide range of disabilities.  Areas of professional interest include autism spectrum disorders, family and parenting issues and psychological assessment.
Kate Klingenberg
Kate Klingenberg M.A.  is a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, CA. She is a Pre-Doctoral Intern in the Counseling Center at CSUSM. Kate provides individual, couples, and group therapy and outreach to undergraduate and graduate students. She has experience working with a range of concerns including anxiety, depression, relationship conflicts, adjustment difficulties, body image concerns, substance abuse, personal growth, and crisis management. Kate also offers sports psychology consultation and performance enhancement services to student athletes and teams at CSUSM. She received her clinical fieldwork training at McAlister Institute for substance abuse treatment, Vista Balboa Crisis house, and San Diego Center for Children. Kate utilizes a contemporary interpersonal approach to therapy integrated with cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness based techniques.
Alix Landon

Alix Landon, M.A.  is a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, CA. She is a Pre-Doctoral Intern in the Counseling Center at CSUSM. Alix provides individual, couples, and group therapy and outreach to undergraduate and graduate students. She has experience working with a range of concerns including anxiety, depression, relationship conflicts, adjustment difficulties, body image concerns, substance abuse, personal growth, and crisis management. Alix also offers sports psychology consultation and performance enhancement services to student athletes and teams at CSUSM. She received her clinical fieldwork training at San Diego Youth Services, The Winston School, and Alvarado Parkway Institute. Alix utilizes a contemporary psychodynamic/interpersonal approach to therapy integrated with cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based techniques