Health and Counseling Services

Division of Student Services

Our Staff: Counseling

Kate Smith, PhD, LPC, PMHNP


Kate Smith

Kate is the Director of the Health and Counseling Center.

She received her BS in Psychology from Trenton State College, MS in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon, MS in Nursing from Oregon Health & Science University, and is currently engaged in doctoral education at OHSU. She is licensed as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and as a professional counselor in Oregon. Kate has worked at the HCC since 2005 and became the Director in 2009.

Aaron Krenkel, MD

Staff Psychiatrist

Aaron Krenkel

Hi. I've been working as a psychiatrist at Reed's Health and Counseling Center since 2010. I received my BA from Williams College, studying the "History of Ideas," and then completed medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin. After moving to Oregon in 2005, I completed a psychiatry residency at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). I've been on faculty at OHSU, in different capacities, since 2009. My clinical approach emphasizes the healing power of relationships (in therapy and otherwise), integrated with the careful use of medications for targeted relief of certain forms of suffering. Areas of particular clinical interest for me currently include attachment theory, the history of psychopharmacology and medical-model diagnosis in psychiatry, and the nexus of the psychiatric and liberal-arts-education paradigms. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, gardening, music, and exploring Portland and surrounding areas.

Sheryl Moren, PMHNP-BC

Staff Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Sheryl Moren

I have been a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at the Health and Counseling Center since 2004. I received a BS in Psychology from Pacific University and my BSN and MSN from Oregon Health & Science University. I am board certified as a family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

I have worked with underserved populations at county mental health agencies and with children and adolescents within community mental health nonprofit agencies, juvenile detention, residential care, day treatment programs, telepsychiatry and inpatient psychiatric hospitals.

My professional interests include psychiatric evaluations, psychotropic medication management, cultural and spiritual issues, solution focused brief therapy, crisis intervention, adjustment, self-care, organization and prioritization, interpersonal relationships, and identity development. My personal interests include home improvement projects, gardening, dancing, sewing, snowboarding, billiards and spending time with family.

Pepita “Pip” Payne, Psy.D.

Interim Clinical Coordinator/Training Director, Staff Psychologist

Pepita Payne

Hi, I am a licensed clinical psychologist, and I’ve been working at the Reed HCC since 2007. I have a doctorate in clinical psychology from the George Washington University in Washington D.C. My theoretical orientation is psychodynamic, and within that framework I draw from a wide range of approaches. As a therapist, my main focus is to meet people where they are, and to help them collaboratively focus on what they are struggling with in a safe, warm environment. I encourage students to use their minds to explore their feelings and to understand how past experiences, relationships, thoughts and behaviors are impacting their lives at this point in time. I have experience working with people with a wide variety of issues, including relationship troubles, homesickness, depression, anxiety and academic struggles. Also about me: I come from Australia and am really enjoying living in Portland!

Marina Valdez, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist

Marina Valdez

Originally from Texas, I made my way to Oregon in 2000 to pursue my graduate studies. I received my M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon Counseling Psychology program, completed my pre-doctoral internship at Suffolk University’s Counseling Center in Boston, and am now excited to work with Reed students as a licensed psychologist. Over the course of my doctoral studies, I worked with older adults, children, and families. I also worked at an urban arts college in Chicago and then later as an elementary/middle school teaching assistant in Japan. These experiences broadened my personal and professional interests in multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice, especially in educational settings. Thus, my focus has been on work with adolescents and college students. I am passionate about women's issues, specifically concerns related to women of color. I have taught undergraduate courses on life skills, stress management, as well as an introduction to psychology of women. I appreciate clinical and educational work that is empowerment-focused and strength-based. I believe it is important to understand contextual factors that contribute to our strengths, our challenges, and our growth. I also emphasize the importance of self-care and self-awareness as key contributions to our development. Therefore, I strive to practice my own self-care and awareness. I enjoy yoga, reading, live music, and watching TV and movies. When I have more time, I enjoy exploring Portland area restaurants, taking day trips, and traveling.

Tim Beecher, PhD

Hello, I am a licensed psychologist, and I am passionate about providing high quality counseling services to Reed students. I have worked at several college counseling centers (6 in all!) and I am very happy to be at Reed. I continue to hone my craft as a therapist and aspire to create a new type of therapy for each client. I incorporate a variety of therapeutic approaches in my work, including interpersonal process therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, feminist therapy and cognitive therapy. My therapy style is empathic, challenging and friendly. I am committed to providing culturally competent services and I take being a LGBTIQ ally seriously. I am comfortable working with students struggling with various kinds of issues and specialize in interpersonal issues, problems related to alcohol and other drugs and issues related to one’s inner critic. Outside of work, I enjoy bike camping, gardening and vipassana meditation.

Connie Nelson

Health Services Assistant - Counseling

Connie has been a part of the Health and Counseling Center since 1982. She worked at San Jose State University Health Services prior to Reed. She attended San Jose City College and Trinity Western College in Canada.

2014-2015 Trainees

Ross Bartlett

Jessica Wilson

Ashleigh Young

Farah Raqib, MD

Farah Raqib

I'm a fourth-year psychiatry resident from OHSU and am doing an elective rotation at Reed's Health and Counseling Center. I've always had an interest in working with young adults and am excited about working here. Before moving to Portland, I completed my bachelor of science at the University of Texas in Austin in genetics and art history. I attended medical school at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. I completed 3 years of psychiatry residency at University of Texas Southwestern in Austin and had the opportunity to work in acute care settings as well a wide range of clinical settings. My approach is focused on integrating psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. I'm most interested in cognitive behavioral therapy and am learning more about psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, traveling, baking, working with animals and spending time with loved ones.

Odessia Knowles

Blake Riddell

Jess Farrar

Chelsey Ritner

Cait Campbell, MA

Cait Campbell

Hello there! I am a clinical fieldwork student in Clinical Psychology currently in my fourth year of training at Pacific University. I completed my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Rollins in Winter Park, FL, in 2011 and am expecting to graduate with my PsyD in Clinical Psychology in 2016. I am training to be a health psychologist, and hope to have my practice in a medical setting, working with patients with physical disabilities to adjust to new limitations and a new way of living life. As a therapist, I work from an integrative perspective; I do not believe one approach fits every person’s needs, so flexibility in how I work with clients is paramount. I blend Cognitive-Behavioral, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Systems and Attachment theories, and Humanistic approaches when working with clients. I have worked in community mental health and medical settings, as well. At my last placement, I learned biofeedback for pain management, and my goal at Reed is to apply that knowledge to help students better learn how to manage stress and anxiety. My research interests include identity development, practitioners’ attitudes of individuals with disabilities, and impact of media consumption on the self-concept of individuals with physical disabilities (can you guess which one is my dissertation topic?). When I can find a spare moment, I enjoy playing with my two Pembroke Welsh Corgis, exploring Oregon (I’ve done 5 of the 7 wonders of Oregon), photography, dance, listening to music, knitting, and catching up on my shows.

Mary Beth Turner, MD

Psychiatry Resident