Academic & Staff Assistance Program

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ASAP Staff



Kirsten Olson, Ph.D.

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Dr. Kirsten Olson is a clinical psychologist licensed in California and Nevada. She is originally from Baltimore where she obtained her Masters of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland, and worked in the Trauma Recovery Programs at the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center for five years. She later earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia, and has been working higher education since 2002. She completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Kirsten was on staff in Counseling and Psychological Services at UCSB from 2009-2014, with her last two years as Assistant Clinical Director. She then served as Director of Counseling & Disability Services at CSU Channel Islands for two years and subsequently returned to UCSB in her current position in Human Resources in 2017.

Kirsten practices a solution-focused approach to concerns expressed by individuals and departments, with an emphasis in mindfulness-based interventions and integrated wellness to help others thrive personally and professionally. She has training and experience in organizational management and development, and welcomes the opportunity to consult with faculty and staff on a wide-range of topics.


Beth Cohen, Ph.D.

Picture of Beth CohenBeth is a clinical and organizational psychologist with 28 years of experience in organizational and individual health and well-being. She was the director of the UC Davis ASAP for nine years.

After the Isla Vista tragedy, she assisted UC Santa Barbara leadership in the campus trauma recovery.  Before returning to UCSB, Beth designed and operationalized the new UC Davis Faculty and Staff Health and Well-being Program.  Beth is also a senior consultant/educator for the UC Davis Center for Human Services.

She is a national speaker, professional threat assessor, trauma and violence prevention expert, and certified meditation instructor with post-graduate education in workplace neuroscience.

Brian Beasley, ASAP practicum trainee

Picture of Brian BeasleyBrian is currently a student in the Doctoral Program of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University Santa Barbara. He previously graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2012, and was admitted to the California Bar Association thereafter.

Brian worked within a San Francisco based class-action law firm, as well as several Bay Area startup companies. Since 2014, he has been Director of Corporate Development for TherOzone USA, Inc., a medical device company focused on effective and environmentally friendly medical disinfection, through the use of aqueous ozone. Brian's primary interest, however, is in psychology, and he looks forward to assisting the UCSB staff through the ASAP program.

Kevin Wilson-Smith

Picture of Kevin Wilson-SmithKevin moved to Santa Barbara in May 2014 from Houston and began working at UC Santa Barbara in September 2014.  He can assist in a variety of ways including providing general information about ASAP services, scheduling initial and/or follow up appointments, and greeting people seeking ASAP services upon arrival and escorting them to a private waiting area.