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Student Psychological Counseling Services

» What is SPCS?

What is SPCS?

The mission of Student Psychological Counseling Services (SPCS) is to assist students in functioning effectively in the university environment by assessing and supporting their psychological well-being as they pursue personal and academic goals.

SPCS is a department within the division of Student Affairs providing brief counseling and psychotherapy to students at Chapman University. SPCS is staffed with licensed mental health professionals, a registered intern, and a part time board-certified psychiatrist. Our services provide expertise, acceptance, and objective guidance in dealing with personal problems.  Counseling at SPCS offers students the opportunity to look at themselves, their environment, and their relationships and facilitate positive change to enhance their emotional, relational and psychological well-being. Services are designed to assist students with a number of concerns and to enhance their ability to be more effective and successful in their academic and personal lives. While we work with students who may be experiencing a crisis, our goal is to help students manage their concerns before they develop into more serious issues.

+ - Meet the SPCS Staff

Jeanne M. Walker, Ph. D.

Director, Psychological Counseling Services
Dr. Walker received her master’s degree at Chapman and her doctorate at the University of Southern California and has been at Chapman since 1979. She has taught courses including Introduction to Counseling, Abnormal Psychology, Critical Thinking, Cross-Cultural Psychology, and currently teaches Crisis Management and Clinical Process in the Marriage and Family Therapy program in the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. She is an active member of the Organization of Counseling Center Directors in Higher Education (OCCDHE) and the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD). She is also affiliated with the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as a CAMFT certified supervisor. Her interests have always been the well-being and developmental growth of college students.

Ed Fox, M.A., L.M.F.T.

Ed Fox has been at Chapman since 1986. He served as Associate Director of Student Counseling Services for over 20 years. Ed has also taught Community Mental Health, The Counseling Process, Introduction to Counseling, and Family Dynamics & Crisis Counseling at Chapman University.

Linda Karmelich, M.A., L.M.F.T.

Linda is a graduate of Chapman's Marriage and Family Therapy program, and has been associated with SPCS since 1999.  She is also a part time supervisor at the training clinic for the Psychology Master's Program in Marriage and Family Therapy. Linda has specialized training and experience working with Eating Disorders and associated issues. 

Ashley Ball, M.A., L.M.F.T.

Ashley is a graduate of Chapman’s Marriage and Family Therapy program. She became a part of Student Psychological Counseling Services in 2009. She has experience working with various populations, ages and backgrounds. Ashley especially enjoys working with the young adult population at Chapman University.

Elizabeth Wilson, M.A., L.M.F.T.

Elizabeth is a graduate of the Chapman University Marriage and Family Therapy program. She has been working at Student Psychological Counseling Services since 2008 and is an advisor for the student organization Active Minds. She has specialized training in working with trauma as a certified EMDR therapist.

Corene Tague, M.A., L.M.F.T.

Corene is a graduate of Pepperdine University's Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy program. She joined Student Psychological Counseling Services in 2014 and has specialized training and experience in working with phase of life transition individuals.

Xiomara Romero, M.S., L.M.F.T.

Xiomara Romero holds a Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from San Diego State University’s COAMFTE accredited program. She is a bilingual, bicultural therapist trained in Multicultural Counseling and specializes in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a trauma treatment. Xiomara is passionate to work with underserved communities and has experience in both the private and public sector. She has a well-rounded knowledge across several different areas including grief and loss, trauma, and integrative mind and body approaches.

Jamila Zuwayed, L.M.F.T., LAADC

Jamila received her master’s degree at California Baptist University in Counseling Psychology. She is a bilingual, multicultural licensed Marriage and Family Therapist trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance Commitment Therapy.  Jamila is also a licensed Advanced Drug and Alcohol Counselor and has a specialty in substance use and co-occurring disorders.

Andrea Killian, M.A.

Counseling Coordinator
Andrea is a graduate of Chapman University’s Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program, and has worked for Chapman since 2002 and with Student Psychological Counseling Services since 2011. Andrea assists students, families and campus community with information on our services, coordinates the scheduling of initial appointments, and oversees the daily operations of SPCS. She is also an advisor for the student organization Active Minds.

Contact email:

+ - Location and Hours

410 N. Glassell St.
(House between Public Safety & Student Health)

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

(CLOSED 12:00 p.m.-1p.m.)

University 2018 Holiday Closures:

January 15 - MLK
May 28 - Memorial Day       
July 4-6 - Independence Day (extended)
Sept 3 - Labor Day
Nov. 22-23 - Thanksgiving (extended)
Dec. 24-Jan 1, 2019 - Christmas Eve/Holiday Break/New Years

+ - After Hours Emergencies

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency after normal business hours, weekends or holidays, please seek assistance by doing one of the following:

  • Call 911 or Public Safety on campus at (714) 997-6763
  • Go to the ER at St. Joseph’s Hospital at 1100 W. Stewart Drive, Orange (off of La Veta)
  • Go to the ER at UCI Medical Center at 101 The City Drive, Orange (off of Chapman)
  • Call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK)

+ - Other Resources

Disability Services                                                                    
Jason McAlexander, M.S., M.A.
(714) 744-7971 
(714) 744-7940 fax                                                                          

PEER and Health Education                                                   
Dani Smith
Director & Sexual Assault Advocate
(714) 744-7080

Health Services                                                                        
Jacqueline Deats
(714) 997-6851

Public Safety
(714) 997-6763

Dean of Students
(714) 997-6721

Residence Life and First Year Experience
(714) 997-6603

Frances Smith Center for Individual and Family Therapy
(714) 997-6746

Contact Us

Phone: (714) 997-6778
Fax: (714) 744-7940

410 N. Glassell St.
(House between Public Safety & Student Health)

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.                      

(CLOSED 12:00p.m.-1:00p.m.)

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