Doctoral Interns

The GSU Counseling Center internship program focuses on application of clinical theory and research and requires interns to learn to and abide by ethical, legal, and professional standards of the field.  Our training program utilizes a practitioner-apprenticeship model to accomplish this.  As competence and confidence increase over the training year, interns learn by becoming more independent, but supervision continues as does access to consultation, training, and support from all senior staff.  By the completion of the internship year, interns are expected to be ready to function as autonomous, entry-level practitioners exhibiting skills appropriate for early career psychologists.  More specifically, interns are prepared for generalist entry-level professional practice in college/university counseling centers or similar settings that require skills in individual and group psychotherapy, crisis assessment and intervention, psychoeducational outreach programming, consultation, provision of clinical supervision, and administrative functions.  In addition, woven into the program is the belief that practice should be informed by empirical research.  For more information about our internship program, please click here.

2017-2018 Doctoral Interns

Mae Adams Shirley, M.S., M.A.

Ms. Adams Shirley is completing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Health Psychology from George Fox University. Her previous education includes a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling (2012) and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (2015). She has completed three clinical rotations in university counseling centers prior to her current position at Georgia Southern University’s Counseling Center. Additionally, she has completed rotations in an outpatient ADHD assessment clinic and two emergency departments as part of a multidisciplinary treatment team. Ms. Adams Shirley’s dissertation explored her intersecting interests: college student fitness behaviors, attachment theory and peer influence. She predominately utilizes contemporary relational psychoanalytic theory in her practice with college students, and has interests in family of origin issues, identity development and relationship concerns.

What is your favorite quote

“The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.” -Ranier Maria Rilke

What is your favorite food?

I could eat tortilla chips and guacamole for the rest of my life.

What is the best television comedy of all time?

The Office, obviously.


Rachael Rogers , M.S.

Rachael Rogers earned her Master of Science Degree in Clinical Medical Psychology from Mercer University School of Medicine, and her Bachelor of Science from Georgia College & State University. She is currently completing her doctorate in Clinical Medical Psychology from Mercer University. Rachael completed two years of practicum experience at university counseling centers, and one year at a private practice working with young adults. Her clinical interests include depression, anxiety, health concerns, relational issues, and coping skills. Rachael’s therapeutic style is integrative of Person-Centered, Interpersonal, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

What is your favorite quote

“It’s not what the world holds for you, it’s what you bring to it.” – L.M. Montgomery

What is the best television comedy of all time?

For me, it’s a tie between Seinfeld and The Office

What is your favorite dessert?

Homemade chocolate chip cookies

Last updated: 8/10/2017

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