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Program Supervisory Team

Nira Singh, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist, Director of Behavioral Health, and APA Internship Program

Dr. Singh has been the Director of Behavioral Health at AACI since November 2016.  She is a licensed clinical psychologist who has served for over 25 years in community based, non-profit settings, working with and advocating for underserved and marginalized populations, with a strong focus on programs for immigrant and refugee populations. She began her career in the field of domestic violence in a shelter began by Dr. Lenore Walker, and then as the first staff working with Narika, a domestic violence program serving South Asian women and children.  Dr. Singh has worked within agencies and on several coalitions to address cultural competency and cultural humility in the training of service providers and models of service delivery, and has been involved in developing and implementing trauma informed and strength based services at various agencies in the Bay Area.  She has served as the Director of Children Youth and Family Services at Richmond Area Multi-Services (RAMS) and as the Director of Refugee Foster Care Services at Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County (CCSCC), where invested in client centered care, also helped to develop and meet with client councils to inform services and empower consumers. She has served as Adjunct Faculty at CSPP-Alameda, on several dissertation committees and has enjoyed teaching, supervising and mentoring clinicians and supervisors for the last 15 years.   Dr. Singh oversees the Family and Child, Adult/Older Adult, Calworks, and Intern and Training programs and serves as a clinical supervisor for various staff, doctoral interns and trainees. Dr. Singh is a graduate of CSPP Alameda, and completed an APA accredited internship and post-doctoral hours at RAMS.

Duy Pham, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Associate Director of Behavioral Health

Duy Pham is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He graduated from the University of Missouri—Kansas City with a Master’s degree in Social Work. He has worked with diverse clients including children, young and older adults, individuals and families in a variety of settings as a therapist. He is currently the Associate Director of Behavioral Health, where he oversees Adults and Alder Adults programs and Quality Assurance of Behavioral Health Department at Asian Americans for Community Involvement. He has volunteered and served as a board member for Ai Tam Educational Foundation, where he provides strategic consultations to its clients to promote community development in the remote areas in Vietnam. Furthermore, he has conducted workshops to facilitate psychoeducational classes to Vietnamese parents and high school students on various mental health topics.

Katie Nice, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Associate Director of Family and Children’s Services 

Katie received her bachelor’s degree from UC Davis in 2007 and her master’s from JFK University in 2012. She has spent her career working in community based mental health with youth and families, as a counselor, program lead, program manager and QI manager. She is a Santa Clara County approved Transformational Care Planning trainer and CANS trainer and is well versed in Medi-Cal documentation. Katie is dedicated to providing quality supervision to ensure providers are well rounded and grow personally and professionally, and truly loves being a manager, serving her staff so that they can focus their time and energy on their clients. Katie is especially passionate about working with parents to help them better understand and enjoy their children, as well as with body image, disordered eating and eating disorder issues.

Armina Husic

Associate Director of Center for Survivors of Torture (CST) Program

Thu “Annie” Nguyen, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, CalWORKs Senior Program Manager

Annie received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work at Mission College in 1997 and continued on toward her Master’s Degree in Social Work at San Jose State University and graduated in 1999. She has worked at Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) ever since. She received her License in Clinical Social Work (LCSW) in 2005 and became the Clinical Supervisor in the Alcohol and Other Drugs Department in 2007. Currently, she is Program Manager and Clinical Supervisor for the CalWORKs program at AACI. Beside her full-time job at AACI, she volunteers to teach Bible study and Vietnamese language to youths at St. Patrick Church every Saturday.  She also volunteers with several Vietnamese professional groups to provide assistance to Vietnamese families in need through counseling support services, parent education, substance abuse related issues, parenting challenges and acculturation matters.

Stacie Papineau, Ph.D., LPCC

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Senior Manager, Behavioral Health Internship and Training

Dr. Papineau is AACI’s Senior Program Manager overseeing the Behavioral Health Internship and Training with a focus on masters level interns, didactics, department wide trainings and providing clinical supervision. She received her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Neuropsychology and Forensics from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara California. She has close to 20 years in providing mental health services to underserved populations and veterans, specifically focusing on interpersonal violence and trauma. As a veteran herself, Dr. Papineau has many years of experience working with veterans and their family members both inpatient and in outpatient settings. Dr. Papineau has a background in treating children, adolescents, families and adults, with strength-based trauma informed care. She has worked in a variety of diverse settings since beginning her career and has completed training and certifications specifically in Infant Mental Health, EMDR, SandPlay, Sex Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Chemical Dependency, and Neuropsychology. Dr. Papineau is a graduate of AACI’s APA accredited internship program.

Phoebe Tieu, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist, Adult/Older Adult Program Manager

Dr. Tieu is a Behavioral Health Manager at AACI.  She manages Integrated Behavioral Health at AACI’s Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, Problem Gambling, and Assessment.  She received her doctorate degree from Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area.  Dr. Tieu completed her internship at San Mateo Medical Center with an emphasis in neuropsychology.  She completed a 2-year neuropsychological post-doctoral fellowship at UC Davis Medical Center in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, conducting evaluations for both adults and children.  Dr. Tieu is a bilingual therapist, providing both therapy and neuropsychological testing in Vietnamese and English.

Vanndy Loth, DNP, MPH, PMHNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner, Integrated Behavioral Health Program Manager

Dr. Loth is a National Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of California, San Francisco. She completed her Master of Public Health and Doctor of Nursing Practice from San Jose State University. She is a program manager for the Integrated Behavioral Health Program at AACI, where she provides administrative support and direct services for medication management. She provides clinical supervision to nurse practitioner interns and public health interns. She aims to promote a whole health approach through collaborative care within interdisciplinary teams, focusing primarily on prevention and early interventions.

Nancy Pham, RN

Behavioral Health Nurse Manager

Ruth Steinhardt, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist, Psychological Assessment Clinical Supervisor

Dr. Steinhardt is AACI’s Psychological Assessment Clinical Supervisor and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist for the Center for Survivors of Torture (CST). She has received a dual Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Gender and Women’s Studies from The University of California, Berkeley. She then worked in a nonprofit setting assisting elders and those with disabilities before deciding to pursue an advanced degree. She obtained her Master’s and Doctoral degree from The California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. She has worked in a wide range of diverse settings since beginning her career and has completed training in Expressive Arts Therapy, Chemical Dependency and Neuropsychology.

Amana Ayoub, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Supervisor

Dr. Ayoub has been working with survivors of torture and genocide for over twenty-five years, having been mentored at the Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors of Torture in Chicago, Illinois. She received her Doctorate in Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and has interned with various professional organizations focusing on the mental health needs of refugees, as well as treating other survivors of severe trauma (i.e., domestic violence/IPV, sexual trafficking of women and children, FGM, and hate crimes against immigrant and LGBTQ+ communities). Having both maternal and paternal grandparents who were refugees/war survivors, she is passionate about human rights. Dr. Ayoub has worked with clients from over 65 countries around the world, with particular focus on Asian issues, survivors of the Bosnian genocide, unaccompanied minors, and the elderly. She is also an expert in child survivors of violence. Dr. Ayoub has worked as Senior Staff Clinician at Center for Survivors of Torture (CST) for over twenty years and regularly testifies as an expert witness on behalf of refugees seeking asylum and hardship.

Paul Yoe Moon, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Supervisor

Dr. Moon joined the AACI team as a Clinical Supervisor in December 2021. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of California, Davis, his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University, and his Doctorate in Clinical Forensic Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Victimology from Alliant International University, Sacramento. Prior to his appointment with AACI, Dr. Moon was employed with the CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) for 7 years, participating in the assessment and treatment of the criminal justice population, and earning training and specialization in crisis intervention, suicide prevention, proper use-of-force by peace officers, and management of serious mental illnesses. Notable roles include activating the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) and providing care for the medical inpatient/ dementia/ ambulatory care units at the California Healthcare Facility (CHCF), and oversight of outpatient patient care for the Condemned at California State Prison – San Quentin (CSP-SQ). Dr. Moon currently oversees interns/ trainees/ associate clinicians and assisting with the KACF project at AACI, as well as continuing his passion for crisis intervention in the On-call Emergency Department for Kaiser Oakland/ Richmond. Being a bilingual therapist, Dr. Moon provides mental health services in Korean and English, and remains fervent in mental health outreach, training, and advocacy for the underrepresented population.

Doribeth Tardillo, Psy.D., LMFT

Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Supervisor

Dr. Tardillo is a clinical supervisor at AACI’s Internship and Training Program. She is a bilingual licensed clinical psychologist with dual license in marriage and family therapy.

Dr. Tardillo received her doctorate and master’s degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena. She has volunteered and worked among diverse communities and settings, including the Los Angeles and Santa Clara Counties. She has a range of experience serving children, youth, adults, and families through compassionate and competent care.