Mental Health Providers

Alexandra Thurston, PsyD

UC Berkeley, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psychology
California State University, Long Beach, Pre-doctoral Internship in Psychology

PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium, Clinical Psychology, Psy.D.
Scripps College, Psychology, B.A.

Professional Experience
Dr. Thurston has trained in a variety of settings, including community mental health centers, outpatient psychiatry clinics, and various university counseling centers. She approaches counseling from a relational perspective, and integrates principles of cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and mindfulness and self-compassion depending on each client’s needs. Dr. Thurston works collaboratively with students to address personal and professional goals, find deeper connection and fulfilment, and enhance well-being.

Special Area of Focus
Multiculturally sensitive therapy, mindfulness, anxiety and stress management, identity development, adjustment, family of origin issues, working with biracial/multiracial students, Asian American mental health, relationships, women’s issues, and group therapy.

Jeanne Stanford, PhD

Director, Mental Health Services and Psychologist
California School of Professional Psychology LA, PhD
Bard College, BA, Psychology

Professional Experience
Dr. Stanford brings a wealth of experience to UCSF, after serving the campus communities at UCLA and UCSB, including 12 years as Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at UCSB. Her work includes participation in initiatives across the UC system to understand the mental health needs of campus learners, promoting progressive and responsive services at our campus counseling centers with the goal of making our counseling centers a source of health and academic support where all, not only are welcome, but feel welcome. Her work includes initiatives to identify and eliminate barriers which inhibit help-seeking behavior of underrepresented groups from utilizing counseling services. She is an advocate for cultural competency, inclusion and social justice in academia as well as in mental health and wellbeing.

Special Areas of Focus
Dr. Stanford has special expertise working with students of color, first generation students, LGBTI students and students who have experienced trauma and interpersonal violence in its many forms. Dr. Stanford strives to provide emotional support as well as psychological growth for her clients. She has a personal and direct approach and works from a strength based perspective.

Justin T. Gibson, PhD

UC Berkeley, Pre-doctoral Internship and Post-doctoral Fellowship in Psychology
University at Albany, NY, Counseling Psychology, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Social & Behavioral Sciences, BS

Professional Experience
Dr. Gibson joined UCSF Student Health and Counseling Services in 2017 after working for more than 12 years in student counseling, community mental health, behavioral health and neuropsychological rehabilitation settings.

Dr. Gibson engages in an integrative counseling approach tailoring his style to the unique and specific needs of the individual, commonly incorporating humanistic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal neurobiology and multicultural perspectives. He is particularly interested in minority mental health emphasizing the​ reduction of stigma and barriers to help-seeking.

Dr. Gibson has also run a number of skills and therapy groups including Healthy Relationships, Stress Management, Health & Wellness, Life Skills, Interpersonal Process, LGBTQ support groups, Gay Men of Color Groups, and various other Men's Groups throughout his career.

John Tighe, LCSW

Psychotherapist and Outreach Manager
San Francisco State University, MSW
Indiana University, BA

Professional Experience
Mr. Tighe began working at Student Health & Counseling Services in 2014. Previously, he worked for 14 years as a psychotherapist and coordinator of groups and workshops programs at the UCSF Alliance Health Project. He has worked as an inpatient psychiatric social worker at San Francisco General Hospital. And, he is an instructor in the Health Education Department at City College of San Francisco.

Special Area of Focus
Relationships, stress management, depression and anxiety, sex and sexual identity, LGBTQ issues, couples therapy, alcohol and drug use and abuse, and compulsive gambling.


Julio N. Ozores, MD

UCSF Hospitals - Residency in Psychiatry
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine - MD

Professional Experience
Dr. Ozores began working at Student Health & Counseling Services in September 2014, returning to UCSF, where he did his psychiatry residency, after working at Counseling and Psychological Services, UC Berkeley for 25 years. He specializes in the evaluation, psychotherapy and psychopharmacological treatment of young adults and college students. Another clinical interest has been working with Latino and other underrepresented populations.

Research, Teaching, and Other Professional ActivitIes
Teaching biology and cognitive science in the service of professional development, helping mental health clinicians articulate their clinical work with a biological, evolutionary and ecological account of human nature.