Meet the Staff
Aesha L. Tyler, Psy.D.
Dr. Aesha L. Tyler completed her undergraduate education at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and received a Master’s Degree in Clinical and Community Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She obtained a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2009 from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and her clinical interests in include multicultural/diversity issues, LGBTQ concerns, anxiety & depression, health psychology, and stress management. Dr. Tyler uses Cognitive Behavioral, Interpersonal, and Multicultural theories and interventions in her clinical work. She is a native Chicagoan and comes to the University of Louisville from the University of Kentucky, where she was a Senior Staff Psychologist and Outreach Coordinator. Dr. Tyler is excited about advocating for the Center and forming relationships throughout campus to help U of L continue to provide the very best services and care to all students.
Juan Pablo Kalawski, Ph.D.
I began my psychology studies in Chile, my native country. I later obtained my doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of North Texas. My approach to therapy emphasizes taking the time to listen to you and working together to understand your problems. I try to offer comfort when needed and encourage my clients to open up to new experiences. I have a special interest in emotions. In particular, I am trained in Alba Emoting™, a psychophysiological method to help recognize and modulate one’s own emotions. Alba Emoting is based on specific breathing, postural, and facial patterns. I am fluent in Spanish and English.
Michelle A. Pinckney, LPCC, LMFT
Michelle earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Kentucky. She holds a B.A. in Psychology (1998), a M.S. in Counseling Psychology (2002) and a M.S. in Family Studies with emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy (2007). Her experience in the mental health field began at Eastern State Hospital in Lexington as a Mental Health Associate working with the acute psychiatric population. Her interest and experience include issues around substance abuse, domestic violence, incarceration and parole and other mental health issues that impede normal functioning. She also has experience providing counseling to children, adolescents, families and couples. She very much enjoys working with college students as they continue to develop and transition into a different phase of life and attempt to achieve a healthy life balance.
Gabrielle Billings, LCSW
In addition to her work at U of L, Gabrielle has worked as a therapist at both LifeSpring in Indiana and Seven Counties Services in Louisville. Throughout her career, she has helped guide people of all ages and backgrounds through the process of dealing with depression, anxiety, stress, substance abuse and issues surrounding grief and trauma. Gabrielle has worked with individuals, families and couples. Prior to becoming a therapist, Gabrielle worked in a variety of fields, including an internet start-up in Lexington, Kentucky, and as an English teacher with the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program in Fukushima, Japan. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. Gabrielle's goal is to help every student who walks through her door feel safe and secure discussing and working to resolve whatever issues have brought them to counseling.
Geetanjali Gulati, Psy.D.
Geeta received a master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi, while living in her native country of India. Geeta then came to the United States to complete her doctoral work in Clinical Psychology. She received her doctoral degree from Spalding University in 2000 and has since been working at Seven Counties Services in various capacities including crisis intervention counselor, therapist and supervisor for doctoral psychology students. Geeta specializes in working with substance abuse, brain injury, personality disorders and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She uses a combination of Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in her work. She speaks Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu in addition to English.
Kimberly Cherry, LMFT
Kimberly is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Abilene Christian University. Before joining the staff at the University of Louisville, Kimberly worked in community mental health at Seven Counties Services for six years, where she gained extensive training and experience working with diverse populations. She is committed to supporting individuals with an array of emotional difficulties. Her clinical interests are in the areas of trauma, gender and sexuality, relationships, mood, and anxiety. Her approach is collaborative, and her goal is to provide a safe space for self-exploration, awareness, acceptance, and healing.
Ruby Casiano, Ph.D.
Ruby comes to the University of Louisville from the University of Northern Iowa where she worked as a staff psychologist for four years. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Oklahoma. She has two BAs –in English Literature and Psychology, a M.Ed. in Community Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. While finishing her doctoral training, Ruby completed a pre-doctoral internship at Texas Woman’s University’s Counseling Center in Denton TX where she specialized in the areas of university mental health, trauma, women’s issues, diversity/multi-cultural training, and therapist training and supervision. Ruby’s work is influenced by how the important relationships in an individual’s life impact how they navigate their world and she uses the therapeutic relationship as the foundation for her work with students.