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Academic and Staff Assistance Program - Biographies

Carol Kirshnit, Ph.D.

Carol Kirshnit, Ph.D. Carol Kirshnit is a licensed clinical psychologist and the coordinator of the Academic and Staff Assistance Program at UC Davis Health System. Her more than 20 years of clinical experience include working in university counseling centers, hospital settings, employee assistance, and private practice. She earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and social relations from Harvard University, and masters and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Loyola University of Chicago. Her areas of special interest include stress management, dealing with depression, relationship issues, parenting, sports psychology, work-life balance, health/wellness, and coping with grief/loss. Carol says she feels honored to be in the position of providing support and assistance to members of the health system employee community and their family members on both work-related and personal concerns. E-mail:

Marjorie Trogdon Shock, L.C.S.W.

Marjorie TrogdonMarjorie Trogdon Shock is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of clinical experience. She earned her undergraduate degree in Spanish and Sociology at Virginia Tech and her Masters in Social Work at California State University, Sacramento. Areas of Marjorie's special interest include: wellness, balancing work and life, eldercare, marital/partner relationships, and job stress. E-mail:

Jessica Haskins, Psy.D.

Jessica Haskins, Psy.D. Jessica Haskins is a licensed clinical psychologist who obtained her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Argosy University, San Francisco/Bay Area. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the UC Davis. Jessica has experience working with adults, adolescents, and children. She has previous clinical training in community mental health. Her special interests include: anxiety, depression, stress management, values clarification, and mindfulness. E-mail:

Marina A. Podoreanu, MSW

Marina ArgyropoulosMarina A. Podoreanu obtained her Masters degree in Social Work from Sacramento State University. She is the Employee Wellness Coordinator for UC Davis Health System. Marina coordinates and implements a variety of employee wellness activities, workshops, programs, and resources in order to promote a healthy lifestyle. If you would like to learn more about wellness, you can contact Marina at 916-734-2727, or send an e-mail to:


Elle Ross, M.A.

RossEllen Ross is a psychology intern completing her pre-doctoral hours with ASAP. She is finishing her doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a specialization in health psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology—Los Angeles. Prior to graduate school, Ellen attended the University of Portland where she earned her B.A. in psychology and social justice. She has gained clinical experience in numerous areas including; community mental health, neuropsychological assessment, trauma, and treating problematic substance use. Ellen enjoys working with people who want to find more fulfillments in life – this often includes people struggling with difficult feelings, such as sadness, anxiety, and stress, and people managing challenging dynamics in life such as coping with illnesses, family situations, and relationship or intimacy difficulties. Her approach to working with clients can be described as collaborative and solution-focused. Email:

Emma Alexander, M.A.

AlexanderEmma Alexander is a pre-doctorate psychology intern who is completing her doctoral degree work in clinical psychology with the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University San Francisco Bay Area.  She earned her undergraduate and master’s degree with ASPP-Argosy University San Francisco Bay Area as well.  Emma gained more than sixty years of combined experience in working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, and the elderly in various hospital and community health care and death care settings.  She has worked in those settings where individuals were facing and attempting to cope with a variety of life’s challenges from attachment and bonding to end of life and memorializing.  Her areas of interest are anxiety, stress management, self-esteem, depression, grief and loss, and elder care. Email: