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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, M.A.

simonsonStephen Simonson is a pre-doctoral clinical psychology intern with the Academic and Staff Assistance Program.  He is completing his doctorate in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University and obtained his master’s degree in clinical psychology from CSPP as well.  Stephen has experience conducting psychotherapy with adults, couples, families, children, and adolescents.  He has also been facilitating workshops for the past 13 years focused on improving communication skills between parents and their children.  His areas of special interest include: relational conflict, depression and anxiety, trauma/abuse, issues pertaining to sex and sexuality, and trans-cultural psychology. Email:

L. Elizabeth Shaw, M.A.

L Shaw Elizabeth Shaw is a pre-doctorate psychology intern who is completing her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles.  She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology at UC Davis and her master’s in mental health counseling from the City College of New York.  Elizabeth has gained valuable experience helping adults, children and families in community mental health clinics, state agencies and private practice.  Her areas of special interest include neuropsychological assessment, trauma, addiction and marital/partner relationships.  Elizabeth utilizes clinical techniques from psychodynamic and family systems theories.   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 Medcial 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: