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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:


Stephen Simonson, Psy.D.

simonsonStephen obtained his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology.  He has previously worked within UC Davis Health System during his pre-doctoral internship where he provided psychotherapy to employees and their families along with facilitating organizational and departmental interventions.  Stephen has gained valuable experience providing psychological services to adults, children and families in community mental health clinics as well as academic/professional settings.  In addition, he has been facilitating community workshops for the past 13 years focused on improving effective communication skills.  His areas of special interest include: psychodynamic psychotherapy, student wellness, relational conflict, depression and anxiety, trauma, identity and sexuality, and trans-cultural psychology. Email:

Margaret Rea, Ph.D.

Margaret Reais a licensed clinical psychologist. For over 25 years, she has worked in various hospital and academic settings providing clinical services and conducting research on mental health treatment.  After earning her doctorate at Yeshiva University in New York, she worked at the University of California, Los Angeles for 14 years directing treatment programs for bipolar disorder and depression. Since joining UC Davis, she has been responsible for providing the wellness services for the UC Davis Medical Center residents and fellows which includes counseling, group facilitation and educational programming about physician well-being. Dr. Rea is also a member of the UC Davis Medical Staff Well-Being Committee which provides support and monitoring of medical staff who are impaired as well as provides education and resources around physician health and impairment. Her areas of special interest include stress management technique such as mindfulness as well as cognitive behavioral therapy treatment for depression. UC Davis Medical Center residents, fellows, and their families are encouraged to contact Dr. Rea directly for services and resources.  Email:

Marina A. Podoreanu, MSW

Marina P. is an Associate Clinical Social Worker who obtained her Masters in Social Work from Sacramento State University, California. Marina has experience working with adults and her special interests include wellness and well-being, anxiety, stress management, balancing work and life, and couples counseling. Marina is also the WorkLife and Wellness Coordinator for UC Davis Health System.  Email: