Meet the FSAP Team

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Andrew Parker, Ph.D.Andrew Parker, Ph.D., FSAP Manager

Andrew L. Parker, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist with the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program at UC and in private practice in San Francisco and Mill Valley. Prior to Dr. Parker’s career as a psychologist, he was a professional mediator in the field of catastrophic injury litigation. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder and interned at the San Francisco VA Hospital.

In addition to his private practice, he has worked as a therapist for the San Francisco Vet Center treating Vietnam combat veterans, and as Clinical Director for the Swords to Plowshares residential treatment program for homeless veterans coping with long-term addiction. Before coming to UC, he was Program Director for the Ohlhoff Outpatient Program in Marin County, which provides treatment for individuals and families dealing with chemical dependency and eating disorders. At UC, he also serves on the Physician’s Well-Being Committee, the Domestic Violence Response Team, and on the Threat Management Team.


John Brown, Psy.D.John Brown, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist

John Brown, Psy.D., is a Clinical Psychologist with the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program at UCSF. He previously worked as a Clinical Psychologist with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in a specialized crisis facility for patient’s facing acute psychological distress or severe decompensation of daily functioning. His pre-doctoral training took place at the Community Institute for Psychotherapy in San Rafael, where he worked primarily with individual adult patients and conducted therapy groups. He received his doctoral degree from the Wright Institute in Berkeley. Dr. Brown has extensive experience working with patients that are seeking to make a change, learn more about themselves, or recover from a traumatic event. Dr. Brown tailors the modality of treatment to the patient’s needs, often incorporating psychoanalytic, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness and solution focused approaches in his work. He sees psychotherapy as an opportunity to identify and correct ineffective patterns of thinking and behavior in order to work towards gaining a deeper sense of personal identity and knowingness.


Paula Trejo-Phillips, Psy.D.Paula Trejo-Phillips, Psy.D., Staff Counselor

Paula Trejo-Phillips, Psy.D. is a Staff Counselor with the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP). Before embarking on her career as a psychologist, she worked at UC and in the biotech and medical device fields in the areas of benefits and human resources. Dr. Trejo-Phillips earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at The Wright Institute, in Berkeley, California and completed her postdoctoral fellowship here at UCSF-FSAP where she counseled both faculty and staff in addition to providing organizational consultations to various Campus and Medical Center departments. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the UCSF Department of Psychiatry at San Francisco General Hospital and later worked at the UCSF Trauma Recovery Center. In both settings, she provided bilingual (Spanish) outpatient psychotherapy with a specialization in trauma, community and domestic violence and abuse. Her clinical experience includes working with adolescents, college students, working adults, torture survivors, asylum seekers, and the homeless in school based and clinic/agency settings. Her areas of specialty include the psychological sequelae of trauma and torture, PTSD, anxiety, depression, multiculturalism, coping with chronic medical illness, and end of life issues. In addition, she is interested in the intersections of work and life and managing the psychosocial stressors inherent in each. Dr. Trejo-Phillips’ therapeutic approach is psychodynamic, drawing also from the theories of traumatology and cognitive-behavioral therapy.


Melanie Chinchilla, Ph.D.Melanie Chinchilla, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow

Melanie Chinchilla, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow with the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program. She earned her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and Masters of Science degrees in Clinical Psychology and Health Administration at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, Illinois. She has provided psychological services to culturally diverse men, women, and children in a variety of settings including federal health centers, universities, detention centers, community health clinics, and private practices. Her clinical experiences include individual and group therapy, psychodiagnostic assessment, crisis intervention, risk assessment, substance abuse, management of severe mental illness, and consultation with multidisciplinary staff. Dr. Chinchilla’s clinical interests and specialties include addiction, interpersonal conflict, stress, crisis situations, trauma, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, and work-life balance. Her therapeutic approach is flexible and integrative; aimed to meet clients’ needs, help clients take an active role in interventions, and optimize treatment outcomes.


Edward Pacheco III, Psy.D.Edward Pacheco III, Psy.D., Postdoctoral Fellow

Edward Pacheco III, Psy.D., is a postdoctoral fellow with the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program. He earned his Master’s and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Hawaii School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University, in Honolulu, Hawaii. He earned the first of his bachelor’s degrees from Howard University, and the second, from the University of Massachusetts in Boston, MA. Edward comes with experience providing short-term therapy and psychodiagnostic assessment in a variety of settings to include inpatient hospital, Naval Mental Health Center and university counseling centers. His clinical influences are heavily steeped in considerations of multiculturalism and diversity. Dr. Pacheco’s clinical interests and specialties include existential issues, depression and anxiety, meditation and mindfulness, self-actualization, spirituality, relationship issues, work-life balance and self-analysis. He works from a highly dynamic frame that adapts to the client’s needs, strengths and interests.


Sharone Weltfreid, Ph.D.Sharone Weltfreid, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow

Sharone Weltfreid, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow with the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) at UCSF. She earned her Doctorate in clinical psychology from American University in Washington, D.C., and her Bachelors in psychology from UCLA. Prior to her position at FSAP, Dr. Weltfreid provided psychological treatment to veterans, couples, families, university students, and adult professionals in D.C. and Maryland. She is trained in psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness-based techniques, acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, positive psychology, and humanistic therapy. Dr. Weltfreid’s diverse training enables her to tailor therapy according to each client’s unique needs. She is skilled in working with clients who are experiencing a wide range of presenting concerns, including relationship difficulties, stress, self-esteem issues, identity development, anxiety, substance abuse, depression, burnout, trauma, anger management, coping with chronic illness, lack of meaning or purpose in life, family of origin issues, and managing life transitions.


Tiffany Carrara, Program Assistant

Tiffany Carrara is the Program Assistant for the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program. She earned her BA degree in Political Science from San Diego State University. She has over 10 years of experience in office management & administration and has provided program support in the university sector. She enjoys interacting with a diverse group of faculty, staff & students within a higher educational setting.