Meet our Staff


Administrative Staff

Josh Gunn headshotJosh Gunn, PhD

Assistant Dean, Student Affairs
Executive Director, Counseling and Psychological Services
Licensed Psychologist

Joined CPS: 2008

Professional Interests: College mental health, suicide prevention and treatment, group therapy, and identity development.

Education: Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Purdue University; M.A. Clinical Psychology, Western Kentucky University; B.A. Psychology, Asbury University

Therapeutic Style: Interpersonal psychotherapist that is heavily informed by attachment and existential Theories. Therapeutic techniques are drawn from a gamut of approaches, but especially cognitive behavioral and acceptance and commitment theories.

Supervision Style: Developmentally tailored and focused on 1) increased awareness of the therapist’s self and its impact on the therapeutic relationship, 2) development of an evidence-based, personalized approach to psychotherapy, and 3) multicultural and technical competence.

Professional Accomplishments: Past President, American College Counseling Association

Personal Interests: Tennis, travel, and being outside and around family and friends.

Jay Ingram photoJ. "Jay" LaVelle Ingram, PhD

Associate Director of Training
Licensed Psychologist

Joined CPS: 2014

Professional Interests: Multicultural issues, LGBTIQ concerns, grief and depression, and supervision and training.

Education: Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, University of Tennessee; A.B. Psychology, English, Smith College

Therapeutic Style: A psychodynamic/interpersonal approach that focuses on understanding personality functioning, specific challenges, and optimal strategies for symptom relief and personal growth.

Supervision Style: A developmental model that proceeds from the trainee’s level of understanding and need. Works to integrate classroom learning with experiential moments toward enhancing trainees’ ability to be present, utilize strategies, and communicate empathy effectively.

Professional Accomplishments: Former Chief Psychologist, City of Atlanta; Past Director, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Counseling and Psychological Services; Past President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Black Faculty and Staff Association; Owner and Presenter, Diversity Dynamics, Inc.

Personal Interests: Jewelry design and writing songs, novels, and screenplays, having published short stories, poetry, and a detective novel.

Greg headshotGreg Stevens, PhD

Associate Director of Clinical Services
Licensed Psychologist
 
Joined CPS: 2015

Professional Interests: Trauma, sexual and gender identity concerns, and men's issues.

Education: Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Auburn University; M.S. Mental Health Counseling, Lee University; B.A. Psychology, Human Development and Family Studies, Lee University

Therapeutic Style: A contemporary psychoanalytic approach that focuses on how people respond to their emotions, how this influences their relationships, and how these patterns might be reenacted in therapy.

Supervision Style: A participant-observer who influences and is influenced by the matrix of supervisory relationships and balances support with challenge for professional and personal growth.

Professional Accomplishments: Member and Past Co-chair, American Psychological Association Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology Early Career Committee; Presents and publishes professionally at the intersection of contemporary psychoanalytic theory and culture

Personal Interests: Adventure-eating, creative writing, and modifying Jeeps for off-roading.

Wayne Strother headshotWayne Strother, LPC, DPA

Associate Director
Licensed Professional Counselor
Doctor of Public Administration

Joined CPS: 2017

Professional Interests: Depression, anxiety, mental health issues of college students, and developmental psychology.

Education: Doctor of Public Administration, Valdosta State University; M.A. Marriage and Family Counseling, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Master of Business Administration, University of Alabama at Birmingham; B.S. Industrial Management, Auburn University

Therapeutic Style: Cognitive behavioral therapy that focuses on modifying thoughts that are overwhelming and challenging unhelpful cognitive distortions. Existential therapy that focuses on human existence including freedom, responsibility, and the meaning of one’s life.

Supervision Style: A developmental model that views the supervisory relationship as educational and balances support with challenge for professional and personal growth.

Personal Interests: Live music, running, reading, hiking, and traveling.

NishaChande headshotNisha Chande, MD

Board Certified Psychiatrist

Joined CPS: 2015

Professional Interests: Anxiety, mood disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma, eating disorders, substance use disorders, psychosis, autism spectrum disorder, and gender identity concerns.

Education: Psychiatry Residency, Emory University; M.D. Mercer University; B.A. Biology with Neuroscience minor, Wesleyan College

Therapeutic Style: Works closely with CPS counseling staff and case managers, as well as with Student Disability Services, Student Health Services, and the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery to provide wrap around care for students. Recognizes that biological, psychological, and social influences interact and impact a person’s mental health.

Personal Interests: Cycling, playing cello, and reading fiction.

Clinical Staff

Laura Baldwin headshotLaura Baldwin, LCSW

Clinical Case Manager
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Joined CPS: 2018

Professional Interests: Trauma, depression, anxiety, crisis intervention and prevention, and autism spectrum disorder.

Education: Master of Science in Social Work, University of Texas; B.S. Psychology, Oglethorpe University

Therapeutic Style: Approaches clients using a multicultural and holistic lens through relations theory, systems theory, and strength-based methods.

Supervision Style: A strength-based and multicultural approach incorporating Dr. Brené Brown’s Daring Leadership style.

Personal Interests: Spending time with family, creativity, nutrition, cooking, and general wellness.

Shelli Cossel headshotShelli Cossel, MA, LPC, CPCS

Licensed Professional Counselor
Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor

Joined CPS: 2013

Professional Interests: Health and wellness, anxiety and stress reduction, grief and loss, and faith and spirituality.

Education: M.A. Counseling Psychology, Argosy University; B.S. Exercise Science, Seattle Pacific University

Therapeutic Style: Integrative in theory, eclectic in approach, using dialectical behavior therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy with a focus on cognitive behavioral therapy to foster change toward personal growth and development.

Supervision Style: A developmental model and integrative style including leadership, mentorship, and directional support aimed at personal and professional growth.

Personal Interests: Pursuing health and fitness, enjoying the arts, reading, and thrift shopping.

Amy Dickinson headshotAmy Dickinson, MS, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Joined CPS: 2018

Professional Interests: Trauma, eating and body image concerns, identity concerns, spirituality, and relationship issues.

Education: M.S. Clinical and Counseling Psychology, Valdosta State University; B.A. Psychology, Valdosta State University

Therapeutic Style: A holistic approach with a focus on interpersonal relationships, mind-body connection, and how past experiences can influence our current thought processes, emotions, and behaviors.

Personal Interests: Yoga, singing and listening to music, spending time with family and friends, watching movies, and cosplay at Dragon Con.

Jane Frederick headshotJane Frederick, PMH-CNS, APRN

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Joined CPS: 2015

Professional Interests: Medication and coping strategies for anxiety and depression.

Education: Ph.D. Nursing, Augusta University; M.S. Psychiatric Nursing, Georgia State University; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Mankato State University

Personal Interests: Reading, swimming, community chorus, my cats and dog, and the beach.

Elisheva FunkElisheva Funk, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Joined CPS: 2018

Professional Interests: Depression, suicide prevention, generalized and social anxiety, family issues, and children of divorce.

Education: Master of Social Work with Family Therapy certificate, Boston University; B.A. Psychology, University of North Carolina

Therapeutic Style: Person-centered therapy guides sessions while educating the client about their choices for treatment and encouraging self-reflection.  Tenets of dialectical behavior therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy are useful to help clients achieve their goals.

Supervision Style: Finding a balance in teaching the fundamentals and nuances of our field while encouraging use of self to help others.

Personal Interests: Cooking, hiking, reading, and music.

 Anthony Hansen headshotAnthony Hansen, PhD

Staff Counselor

Joined CPS: 2018

Professional Interests: Relationships and relational problems, self-esteem and self-hate, trauma and recovery, identity concerns (including but not limited to sexuality, diversity in gender, atheists and other types of secular individuals), and veterans and other non-traditional students.

Education: Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, University of Georgia; M.Ed. Professional Counseling, University of Georgia; B.S. Psychology, University of Georgia

Therapeutic Style: A collaborative approach grounded in interpersonal processes combined with elements of feminist and relational theories. Theory of practice is guided by tenets of cognitive theory and acceptance and commitment therapy. Extensive clinical training working with collegiate mental health alongside clinical experiences with veterans in a VA system and on collaborative interdisciplinary treatment teams.

Supervision Style: Primarily pulling from Bernard's discrimination model, emphasizing a balance of teaching, counseling, and consulting with supervisees. The aim of supervision is to meet the most salient needs of the supervisee in each moment, while providing support and appropriate challenges.

Personal Interests: Being a father, partner, and family man. Hyper fan of the Georgia Bulldogs, USA Soccer, and shareholder/owner of the Green Bay Packers. Enjoys team sports, exercise, lifting weights, playing video games, and enjoying and discussing cinema and literature.

Alesha Harris headshotAlesha Harris, PhD

Staff Counselor

Joined CPS: Fall 2018

Professional Interests: Grief, racial identity development, trauma, depression, anxiety, and interpersonal issues.

Education: Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Boston College; M.A. Mental Health Counseling, Boston College; B.A. Psychology, Temple University

Therapeutic Style: Guided by a multicultural framework that focuses on the intersection of contextual factors and mental health.

Supervision Style: A collaborative approach that is culturally responsive to explore personal experiences, assumptions, and beliefs that foster positive professional and personal identity development.

Personal Interests: Pop culture connoisseur, listening to podcasts, spending time with family, reading, and discovering new foods.

MK Martin headshotMK Martin, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
 
Joined CPS: 2017
 
Professional Interests: Eating concerns, anxiety concerns including PTSD, and substance use and recovery.
 
Education: Master of Social Work, University of Georgia; Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with Social Sciences concentration, Auburn University
 
Therapeutic Style: Focuses on the therapeutic relationship to assist with facilitating transformation and emotional growth. Incorporates humor, patience, and an emphasis on connection within the therapeutic relationship to empower the client to find their own strength, voice, and resilience. Uses modalities such as dialectical behavior therapy, creative expression, mindfulness, and trauma sensitive yoga to assist within this collaboration.
 
Personal Interests: Tamales, reading, yoga, flowers, my cat, thrift shopping, musical and cinematic adventures, traveling, and spending time with loved ones.

Maureen ODonnell headshotMaureen O'Donnell, MS, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Joined CPS: 2017

Professional Interests: Anxiety, trauma, family and relational issues, identity development, and eating disorders.

Education: M.S. Professional Counseling, Georgia State University; B.M. Music Therapy, Florida State University

Therapeutic Style: An integrative approach based on cognitive behavioral therapy, incorporating brief solution-focused therapy and mindfulness.

Supervision Style: A developmental approach focused on self-awareness, motivation, and autonomy, monitoring dynamic changes within the supervisory relationship.

Personal Interests: Playing music, hiking, going to concerts, traveling, and watching Florida State football.

Shelon Rifkin headshotSheldon Rifkin, PhD

Licensed Psychologist
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Joined CPS: July, 2010

Education: Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, University of Tennessee; M.S. Psychology, Temple University; B.S. Psychology, Brooklyn College

Professional Interests: Mental health issues on college campuses, anxiety, depression, stress, interpersonal conflicts, motivation, study skills, time management, teaching, and clinical and forensic psychology.

Therapeutic Style: A generalist with a multicultural focus emphasizing an interpersonal supportive approach that encourages personal growth, personal responsibility, and cognitive and emotional self-awareness, and will enable individuals to feel competent and self-directive in their approach to life issues.

Supervision Style: An interactive observer and participant who is focused on challenging and enabling supervisees to learn and understand the value, limits, and significance of their professional role and skills, to develop and have confidence in their unique therapeutic style, to become aware of the impact of their feelings and perceptions, and to enhance their diversity of professional and personal skills.

Personal Interests: Family, travel, and photography.

Marcuetta Sims headshotMarcuetta Sims, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Joined CPS: 2017

Professional Interests: Providing counseling from a multicultural lens to survivors of trauma, late adolescents, early adults, and individuals seeking to develop their resiliency and live a more fulfilled life, and diversity, advocacy, and social justice.

Education: Ph.D., M.A. Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology, University of Minnesota; B.A. Psychology, Theater with a Dance concentration, Spelman College.

Therapeutic Style: Foundationally from a humanistic approach that is grounded in the belief that people are generally good and have the ability to strive towards self-actualization through increased insight and acceptance of themselves as whole people. Additionally incorporating skills and techniques from cognitive behavioral approaches as needed.

Supervision Style: Developmentally focused with careful consideration to where the supervisee is in a range of developmental stages, responding accordingly to the needs of that supervisee at that given time both personally and professionally.

Personal Interests: Yoga, dancing, knitting, crocheting, leisure reading, volunteering in the community, and spending time with loved ones.

Afton Storno headshotAfton Storno, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Joined CPS: 2018

Professional Interests: Women’s issues, couples and relationship concerns, and difficulties obtaining self-acceptance.

Education: M.A. Clinical Psychology with a Marriage and Family Therapy emphasis, Pepperdine University; B.A. Clinical Psychology, Clark Atlanta University

Therapeutic Style: A client-centered approach to promote confidence in healthy decision making to ultimately obtain self-acceptance. The goal is to facilitate a non-judgmental atmosphere to fully understand and advocate your wants and needs.

Personal Interests: Spending time with friends and family, visiting local restaurants and trying new food, shopping, exercising, traveling to amazing museums, and listening to music.

Alissa Tertichny headshotAlissa Tertichny, LCSW

Clinical Case Manager
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Joined CPS: 2017

Professional Interests: Interpersonal trauma, eating and body image concerns, and autism spectrum disorder.

Education: Master of Social Work - Clinical, Kennesaw State University; B.S. Spanish and International Health, Clemson University

Therapeutic Style: An integrative, holistic, strengths-based, and multicultural approach, incorporating shame-resilience, dialectical behavior therapy skills, cognitive behavioral therapy, mind-body interventions, and creative expressions.

Supervision Style: Supportive, reflective, and strengths-based approach, built on a multicultural framework and Dr. Brené Brown's Daring Leadership™.

Professional Accomplishments: Registered Yoga Teacher, Certified Art4Healing® Facilitator, Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator-Candidate

Personal Interests: Traveling, dogs, reading, cooking, art, and being outdoors.

 

Counseling and Psychological Services is a function of the Division of Student Affairs.

 

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