Academic & Staff Assistance Program (ASAP)

ASAP Staff

Pati C. Montojo, Ph.D.


Dr. Pati 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. 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 UCSB as a Licensed Psychologist in Human Resources in 2018, where she received training and experience in organizational management and development. She obtained her current role in December 2019. Pati looks forward to collaborating with individuals and departments on campus.

Melissa Cordero, Psy.D.


Dr. Melissa Cordero is a bilingual, Spanish-speaking psychologist and certified yoga teacher. As a bicultural Latina therapist, she is committed to providing culturally sensitive consultation, treatment, and workshops for faculty and staff.

Dr. Cordero is originally from Los Angeles and received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Harbor UCLA, specializing in trauma and working with underserved populations. She was initially hired under the Department of Education grant to restore the campus climate after the Isla Vista tragedy. She initiated programs at UCSB CAPS focused on healing the body through non-verbal trauma therapies, such as Yoga as HealingHealing with the Beat of a Different Drum, and Healing with Yoga and Sound.

Dr. Cordero specializes in working with underrepresented individuals impacted by racism, discrimination, interpersonal, complex, and collective trauma, as well as multicultural, spirituality, LBTQ+, and other diversity issues that may present themselves in the workplace. Her current work focuses on applying alternative treatment approaches to various challenges that can impact staff and faculty. She looks forward to serving our campus community.

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.