Meet the Staff

Clinical Supervisors

Dr. Samuel Montano (training director and clinical supervisor) is a licensed psychologist in California and graduated with a PhD from the California School of Professional Psychology. He brings with him over 10 years of clinical experience, most of which has been focused on university /college populations. Dr. Montano has a deep connection with State Center Community College (SCCCD), completing his internship at Fresno City College and his postdoctoral fellowship at Reedley College, and is now the district-wide Coordinator of Psychological Services at SCCCD. Dr. Montano is dedicated to fighting stigma related to mental health seeking and treatment as well as creating a clinic and campus culture that strives to serve all students regardless of background. Dr. Montano is passionate about student mental health and providing the highest level of training to his supervisees.

Dr. Jennifer Zizzo (clinical supervisor) is a licensed psychologist in Fresno, California. Dr. Zizzo received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Fresno; and master’s and doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology (Health Psychology emphasis) from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. Dr. Zizzo’s clinical orientation includes an integration of mindfulness based cognitive behavioral therapy, client centered therapy, and attachment theory all within a multicultural lens. She uses a biopsychosocial model to understand how interactions between one’s biological, psychological, and social factors uniquely contribute to each individuals presenting concerns. Dr. Zizzo is fluent in Spanish. She supervises practicum, interns, and post-doc trainees for the FCC, Reedley, Clovis, and Madera campuses. 

2022-2023 Staff

Dr. Michael Reda (Post-Doctoral Fellow at Fresno City College) has worked in several different clinical settings in the past, providing individual, couples, and group psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults as well as providing psychological assessment and testing to older adults for various neurological disorders. Prior to completing his clinical internship at FCC during the 2021-2022 academic year, he has years of experience working throughout the greater Los Angeles area in settings that include community mental health clinics, university counseling centers, and Veteran’s hospitals. He completed his PsyD at Fuller Theological Seminary and, in addition to his psychological degree, has obtained his Master's degree in Theology. He has particular clinical interest in working with those whose spiritual/religious faith intersects with their mental and emotional well-being. He is excited for the opportunity to work in the Central Valley and to support Fresno City College students as they endeavor to maintain their mental, emotional and spiritual health while pursuing their education.

 

Natalie Nassiri (Padilla), MA (Fresno City College Psychological Intern) is a Latinx psychological intern at Fresno City College Psychological Services Center. Natalie has trained in a wide variety of clinical settings ranging from community mental health clinics, to schools, to college campuses. Her approach to treatment is integrative, rooted in attachment theory, cognitive behavioral therapy, and a multicultural lens. What this means for clients is that she attends to the way relationships shape and affect an individual, attends to developing deeper insight into thinking and behavioral patterns, and explores how social, educational, and cultural factors impact an individual’s lived experience. She aims to empower clients to make positive changes and live authentically within their sociocultural context. Natalie’s approach is centered on authentic connection and providing a safe, supportive therapeutic environment. Her areas of special interest are working with first generation college students, Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), trauma, and women’s issues.

Alanna Newton, MA (Fresno City College Psychological Intern) is passionate about clinical assessments and has experience providing assessments for neuropsychological and developmental disorders, learning disabilities, personality, achievement, intelligence, and projective measures. She enjoys working with all clients and welcomes diverse backgrounds, ages, religions, and sexual orientations. Alanna works through a cognitive-behavioral-focused, client-centered approach and believes therapy is the client’s space to work toward achieving their personal treatment goals. She believes the client should feel free of judgment in therapy and work together towards achieving their goals in a collaborative process. In doing so, she hopes her clients can increase their self-awareness, develop insight, and decrease aversive behaviors to improve their quality of life.

Matt St. Martin (Fresno City College Psychological Intern)

 

Joseph Eagle (Fresno City College Practicum Student) is an alumnus of Reedley Community College and has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Social Behavior from University of California - Irvine. He is a lifelong resident of the Central Valley and is familiar with many of the concerns and experiences of its residents. He believes everyone can benefit from therapy, not just those who have suffered trauma, but also those who struggle with anxiety and depression. His current interests are in mitigating the detrimental effects of childhood abuse as well as providing a welcoming and safe environment for all cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

Shianne Gregg (Fresno City College Practicum Student)