Meet our Staff

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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.

Email Contact: jgunn6@kennesaw.edu

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.

Email Contact: jingra35@kennesaw.edu

Headshot for Dr. Greg StevensGreg Stevens, PhD

Associate Director of Clinical Services
Licensed Psychologist
 
Joined CPS: 2015

Professional Interests: Trauma, diversity 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.

Email Contact: gsteve17@kennesaw.edu

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.

Email Contact: wstrothe@kennesaw.edu

Alissa Tertichny headshot photoAlissa Tertichny, LCSW, ACS

Lead 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 The Daring Way™, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), mind-body interventions, creative expressions, dialectical behavior therapy skills, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Supervision Style: An integrative approach. The Lifespan Model (Ronnestad & Skovholt) involves offering developmentally appropriate interventions, such as teaching skills, encouraging reflection, providing feedback, and offering support. The Discrimination Model (Bernard & Goodyear, 1992) balances the roles of teacher, counselor, and consultant in supervision. Supervisory roles and interventions are tailored to meet the Supervisee’s professional stage and are responsive to the Supervisee’s personal and professional needs at the time. 

Professional Accomplishments: Approved Clinical Supervisor, Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200), Certified Art4Healing® Facilitator, Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, EMDR Basic Training

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

Email Contact: afortune@kennesaw.edu

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.

Email Contact: nchande@kennesaw.edu

Clinical Staff

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Jenny Chang, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Joined CPS: 2020

Professional Interests: depression, anxiety, trauma, interpersonal issues, identity issues, existential concerns

Education: Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University; M.S. Rehabilitation Counseling, University at Albany/SUNY; B.A. Psychology, Cornell University

Therapeutic Style: An integrative approach utilizing psychodynamic, interpersonal, existential, and cognitive behavioral theories informed by social justice perspectives tailored to the individual. Techniques are drawn from cognitive-behavioral and acceptance and commitment theories.

Supervision Style: A developmental model that works to increase self-awareness as well as skill-building, tailored to the individual.

Personal Interests: hiking, reading, music, exercise, pets.

Email Contact: jchang18@kennesaw.edu

Office Location:  Kennesaw Campus

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Amy 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.

Email Contact: adickin9@kennesaw.edu

Office Location:  Kennesaw Campus

Headshot image of Kate DorroughKate Dorrough, LAPC, CRC, NCC 

Licensed Associate Professional Counselor 

Joined CPS: 2021

Professional Interests: Eating disorders, disordered eating, and body image concerns; grief; interpersonal trauma; creative therapeutic expressions; identity development

Education: BA Theatre Arts from University of Minnesota, MS Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling from Mercer University

Therapeutic Style:  An integrative approach using narrative therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to assist students in reauthoring their stories and living their values. 

Professional Accomplishments: Certified Art4Healing® Facilitator, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor

Personal Interests: Hiking, gardening, painting, playing cards, travelling to new and familiar places

Email Contact: kdorrou3@kennesaw.edu

Office Location:  Kennesaw Campus

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.

Email Contact: jfreder8@kennesaw.edu 

Office Location:  Marietta Campus

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.

Email Contact: efunk4@kennesaw.edu

Office Location:  Marietta Campus

 Anthony Hansen headshotAnthony Hansen, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

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.

Email Contact: ahanse19@kennesaw.edu

Office Location:  Kennesaw Campus

Alesha Harris headshotAlesha Harris, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

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.

Email Contact: aharr393@kennesaw.edu

Office Location:  Kennesaw Campus

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.

Email Contact: modonn10@kennesaw.edu

Office Location:  Kennesaw Campus

Opal Ojeda headshotOpal Ojeda, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Joined CPS: 2019

Professional Interests: Anxiety and stress management, family issues, identity development, trauma, first-generation college students, supervision and training.

Education: Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, University of Minnesota; M.A. Community Counseling, Gonzaga University; B.A. Psychology, Brigham Young University-Idaho

Therapeutic Style: Psychodynamic approach that looks at how early experiences form a person’s worldview and current patterns as well as influences from Person Centered and Cognitive Behavioral therapies. This manifests in the importance of the therapeutic relationship and concrete skills to help facilitate change.

Supervision Style: A psychodynamic approach to supervision where it is important to focus on the relationship between the supervisor and supervisee as the basis for the work. While also taking a developmental approach that meets supervisees where they are and balances support with challenge to encourage personal and professional development.

Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends, reading, crafts, and listening to podcasts.

Email Contact: oojeda@kennesaw.edu

Office Location:  Marietta Campus

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.

Email Contact: srifkin@kennesaw.edu

Office Location:  Kennesaw Campus

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.

Email Contact: astorno@kennesaw.edu

Office Location:  Kennesaw Campus

Ariyanna White, LMSW  

Clinical Case Manager
Licensed Master Social Worker

Joined CPS: 2021

Professional Interests: Sex Therapy (relationship concerns, kink, sexuality, gender identity, non-traditional relationship structures), anxiety,  social anxiety, LGBTQIA+, identity development, body image, and autism spectrum disorders 

Education: Master of Social Work, Kennesaw State University; B.S. Psychology, Southern Polytechnic State University

Therapeutic Style:  An integrative approach that is based in cognitive behavioral therapy and self compassion as well as an individuals lived experience to encourage and support a client in reaching their goals.

Professional Accomplishments: Mental Health First Aid Facilitator, Be Body Positive Facilitator, Gottman Training Level 1, GSCSW Board Member and Anti-Diversity and Racism Committee Co-Chair

Personal Interests: All things games ( Tabletop, Video Games, Board Games), cats, movies & podcast 

Email Contact: awhit183@kennesaw.edu

Office Location:  Marietta Campus

Doctoral Internship Staff

Kennesaw State University's Counseling & Psychological Services (CPS) Doctoral Internship in Health Services Psychology.

Clinical Trainees

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The Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) office of Kennesaw State University (KSU) offers training experiences for masters and doctoral students in counseling, social work and psychology.

Our trainees for the 2021-2022 year (pictured left to right):

Alyssa Barnes, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Masters Student, Georgia State University

Lydia Evans, Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Educational Specialist in Counselor Education Student, Clemson University

M. Madalyn Cauble, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student, Georgia State University

Olympia Papageorgiou, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student, Mercer University

Emma Hickey, Master of Social Work Student, Kennesaw State University

Jessie Jensen, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Masters Student, Georgia State University

Kelsey Friedrich, Master of Social Work Student, Kennesaw State University

 

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

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