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M.D. Program

M.D. Program

Counseling and Psychological Services (C.A.P.S.)

Who we are

CAPS offers a variety of counseling services to help you realize your academic and personal goals.

Professional Staff: CAPS is a multi-cultural and educationally diverse group of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, pre- and post-doctoral interns and peer counselors.  We are an experienced staff dedicated to assisting students, and enriching the university community by providing educational programs, psychological consultation, and other types of outreach activities. In addition to the services on the main campus, there is a CAPS office staffed by three psychologists on the Sacramento medical campus, located in the Facilities Support Services Building (FSSB).

What we provide...

School of Medicine Counseling Services:  At the medical campus office, CAPS provides free, confidential therapy to School of Medicine students.  The initial appointment will help clarify your needs and determine appropriate services.  Topics that can be addressed include: stress management, personal development, performance anxiety, depression, work/life balance, academic problems, career planning, professional identity, interpersonal relationships and communication skills, sexual identity concerns, eating disorders, and difficulties with substance use.

Urgent Care and Crisis Response: CAPS urgent care service is available daily for urgent matters 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the main Davis campus.  A call to CAPS prior to arrival will help us prepare to assist you (530-752-0871). Same day appointments are sometimes available on the medical campus (see Medical Campus Contact Information below).

24-Hr:  If you have an emergency after hours (4:30 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.; or on the weekends or holidays) you can call the CAPS main number (530-752-0871) and follow the prompts to connect you to a mental health professional.  You can call anonymously or leave your name.  If you leave your name, Dr. Nilsson or Dr. Roe will contact you during the next business day.

Biofeedback:  CAPS also offers private biofeedback training on the medical campus.  Biofeedback is a method of increasing physical and psychological awareness through real-time tracking of physiological functioning.  It can be used to manage how one’s body reacts to stress, improve performance, and enhance relaxation.  Students interested in learning this technique can contact Dr. Thomas Roe at

Eligibility: Counseling services are offered at no cost to registered students.  Partners of students are also seen for free when participating in couples therapy with a registered student. 

Medical Campus Contact Information: To make an appointment, please email If you need immediate assistance, please call 530-752-0871.  Same-day appointments are sometimes available, but walk-in services are not currently available at the FSSB office.