Academic & Staff Assistance Program (ASAP)

ASAP Staff

Kirsten Olson, Ph.D.

Dr. Kirsten Olson is a clinical psychologist licensed in California. 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. She also holds a Certificate in Threat Management.

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.

Pati C. Montojo, Ph.D


Dr. Pati Cabrera Montojo is a licensed psychologist in California.  As a bicultural and bilingual Spanish-speaking Latina, she is committed to providing culturally sensitive clinical and consultation services and interventions.  Pati’s interests are driven by her personal experiences and professional training in her doctoral studies at UCSB.

Pati is originally from the Bay Area where she obtained her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. She subsequently earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology (CCSP) at UCSB.  She completed her pre-doctoral fellowship at the APA accredited Albany Psychology Internship Consortium consisting of the Albany Medical College/Albany Medical Center, the Capital District Psychiatric Center, and the Samuel S. Stratton VA Medical Center in New York. Pati completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Child Trauma Research Program at the University of California, San Francisco and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.  Pati was an adjunct faculty member and clinical supervisor at Palo Alto University from 2015-2017.  She returned to the UCSB campus community in her current position in Human Resources in 2018.

Veronica Franco, M.S.

Veronica Franco

Veronica Franco is a second-year doctoral student at UCSB in the department of Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychology (CCSP) with a Counseling Psychology emphasis. She is originally from the Los Angeles area and received her B.A. in sociology and education from UC Irvine. After obtaining her B.A., she received her Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018 and has received training working at a community clinic and college counseling center. As a Mexican-American bilingual Latina, Veronica’s work is guided through a multicultural and interpersonal lens that seeks to honor, understand, and validate individual’s intersectional identities and unique life stories. As a psychologist in training, cultural humility holds a salient role in her approach as a provider. She seeks to facilitate opportunities for individuals to openly express themselves and incorporate wellness in their personal, professional, and social life.

Judy Flanagan, M.A.

Judy is an Administrative Assistant for the Academic and Staff Assistant Program and Human Resources. She received a Master’s degree in French from Middlebury College and taught beginning French at UCSB and City College of San Francisco.

After pursuing a career in banking and raising her family, Judy returned to UCSB in 2013 as an Administrative Assistant in Counseling and Psychological Services. She now looks forward to helping faculty and staff through her work at ASAP and Human Resources.