Jodi K. Caldwell, Ph.D.
Chair, Sexual Assault Response Team
Regent’s Advisor Council: Crisis Network Coordinator
Dr. Caldwell received her doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology in 2000 from Texas Tech University, in Lubbock, TX, where she also completed her pre-doctoral internship. She joined the GSU Counseling Center staff in August of 2000 as a staff psychologist. She has since served as the Assistant Director for Training, and the Interim Clinical Services Director. Dr. Caldwell has been the Director of the Center since January of 2012*. Dr. Caldwell is the Chair of the university’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Statesboro Regional Sexual Assault Center (SRSAC) and represents Georgia Southern to the Ogeechee Judicial Sexual Assault Response Team. On a national level, Dr. Caldwell is currently serving her second elected term to the Directorate Board of the Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services of the American College Personnel Association and is a certified Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Responder. Dr. Caldwell’s clinical interests are varied and include women’s issues, multiculturalism, and professional development concerns. Dr. Caldwell was the recipient of a 2005 Award of Merit for “Excellence in Service to the Georgia Southern University Community”, the 2006 “Commitment to Advocacy Award” for dedication to the issue of Sexual Assault Education, the 2010 “40 Under 40” award from the Statesboro Herald for professional achievement, and most recently, the 2014 “Outstanding Contributions to Counseling Center Work” award from Division 17 of the American Psychological Association.
What is your favorite quote? I have too many to pick just one, but my favorite poem is The Road Less Traveled, by Robert Frost.
What is your favorite dessert? Cannoli
*In January of 2018, she became the Executive Director of the Counseling Center for all Georgia Southern campuses.
Katie Bigalke, Ph.D.
Assistant Director/Training Director
Safe Space Coordinator
Greek Life Liaison
Dr. Bigalke received her doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Southern Louisiana Internship Consortium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has worked in a wide variety of clinical settings including university counseling centers, an employee assistance program through a large hospital system, adult inpatient assessment, pain management in private practice, and a forensic setting (assessment and treatment in a state hospital for pre-trial, civilly committed, and NGBRI populations). She joined the GSU Counseling Center staff in September 2015. Her clinical interests include depression, anxiety, gender and sexual minority concerns, emotion dysregulation, interpersonal skill building, and the development of life-long adaptive coping skills. Her therapeutic style is influenced by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, existential issues, and interpersonal processing.
If you could afford a one week all expenses paid trip anywhere in the world, where would it be? I love to travel! I have spent time in Central and South America, Europe, and Africa. My favorites have been Egypt and Greece! I think the next place on my bucket list is either a safari in Africa or a trip to Vietnam/Thailand! I am a beautiful view seeker.
What song do you sing at the top of your lungs while driving alone in your car? Dreams by Fleetwood Mac & Something to Talk About by Bonnie Raitt… get me every time.
Terri Duck, Ph.D.
Intern Clinical Services Director
Safe Space Coordinator
Dr. Duck received her doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Louisiana Tech University and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Notre Dame’s Counseling Center in South Bend, IN. She has worked in many clinical settings including university counseling centers, an addiction recovery center, child and adult outpatient settings, and an adolescent group home. She joined Georgia Southern University’s Counseling Center staff in August of 2016. Her clinical interests include anxiety, gender and sexual minority concerns, perfectionism, and interpersonal concerns. Dr. Duck’s therapeutic style is based in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and other acceptance- and mindfulness-based strategies with an emphasis on multiculturalism and self-compassion.
What song do you sing at the top of your lungs when alone in your car? Pretty much anything (whether I’m alone or not), but especially Motown, anything from the 80s, or Sam Smith
What is your favorite quote?
“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
Daisja Dukes, M.Ed., LAPC
Licensed Associate Professional Counselor
Field Experience Coordinator
Ms. Dukes’ clinical interests include Multiculturalism, Women’s Issues, Group Therapy, Gender and Sexual minority concerns, identity development, relational issues and spirituality.
What song do you sing at the top of your lungs in the car? “When I see you” by Fantasia
Whats your favorite quote? I love words so I have many! However, I’ll go with “I am human and therefore nothing human can be alien to me”
What do you think is the best television comedy of all time? I would have to say “Martin.” I’ve seen the reruns 1,000 times and I still crack up like it’s the first time.
Angela Landers, M.S., LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Ms. Landers received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Psychology at Georgia Southern University. In addition to providing individual and couples counseling, Ms. Landers enjoys offering workshops that focus on wellness such as Mindful Yoga, a yoga class infused with meditation practice. Ms. Landers’ clinical interests include relational issues, anxiety, coping skills, women’s issues, multiculturalism, and identity formation. Her counseling orientation is integrative with an emphasis on interpersonal-process, humanistic, and cognitive perspectives.
What is the best television comedy of all times? No doubt about it – The Office. I rarely go more than a few days without quoting something from that show!
What song do you sing at the top of your lungs when alone in your car? Any of my favorite “80s Ladies” – Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, and Pat Benatar.
Lauren O. Patterson, Psy.D.
Website & Social Media Coordinator
Dr. Patterson received her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees from Georgia Southern University, making her a proud “Triple Eagle.” She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Purdue University Counseling and Psychological Services in West Lafayette, Indiana. Following internship, Dr. Patterson quickly returned to Statesboro to continue serving the Georgia Southern student body. She has been working with college students in various capacities since 2012, including counseling, academic advising, and teaching. She is a member of the Statesboro Regional Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and advisor to the Sexual Assault Student Educators (SASE). Dr. Patterson’s clinical interests include depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship concerns, multiculturalism, women’s issues, and gender and sexual minority concerns. Her therapeutic style is integrative of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Feminist Therapy, and trauma-informed approaches.
What is your favorite quote? “It is the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” Paulo Coelho. And basically everything Kurt Vonnegut ever wrote and/or said. Hi ho.
What is your favorite dessert? Cake, cookies, candy, pie. All Desserts are my favorite desserts. I could never choose just one!
Andie Pusser, M.S.
Suicide Prevention Coordinator
Ms. Pusser is currently completing her dissertation to finish her doctoral degree from Mercer University’s Clinical Medical Psychology program. Her counseling experience has primarily been with college students across the state of Georgia, but she has also worked with younger adolescents in a school setting. Her clinical interests include anxiety, addictive behaviors, and co-occurring mental health and medical conditions. Her theoretical style is informed by person centered and interpersonal therapy.
What is the best television comedy of all time? There are so many great comedies on TV; I would say it’s a tie between How I Met Your Mother and Scrubs. I could watch either one of those every day of the week.
What is your favorite food? Vegetarian pad Thai.
Nikita Robinson, M.Ed., LAPC
Licensed Associate Professional Counselor
International Student Liaison
Ms. Robinson received both her B.S in Psychology and M.Ed in Community Counseling from Georgia Southern University. She has experience working with several different populations to include substance dependent, adolescents, and adult males. Ms. Robinson has worked in a variety of settings including community mental health, prison/risk reduction, and crisis management. Her clinical interests include: educating sex offenders, life and coping skills, and behavioral intervention. Her therapeutic background is influenced by humanistic therapies and CBT.
What is the best television comedy of all times? I have a lot of favorite shows, most of them older but The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Martin take the cake! I can and do watch the episodes over and over again, with the same novelty of years ago.
What song do you sing at the top of your lungs when alone in your car? Lay Me Down by Sam Smith. Or anything Sam Smith! I’m in love with his voice.
What is your favorite quote? “To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.” ~Unknown
Doctoral Interns 2017-2018
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
Practicum Students 2017-2018
Kate McCreight, M. A.
Ms. McCreight received her master’s degree in clinical psychology at Western Carolina University in 2015. She is currently in her second year at Georgia Southern University completing a doctorate of psychology degree in clinical psychology. Ms. McCreight’s professional interests include depression, anxiety, gender/sexual minority community, stress and coping.
Jasmine Peters, B.A.
Ms. Peters received her bachelors in psychology from Georgia Southern University in 2016. She is currently completing her second year in Georgia Southern’s M.Ed. Clinical Mental Health program. Ms. Peters interests include multiculturalism, depression, anxiety, healthy coping strategies, and identity development in young adulthood.
Nikki Tobeck, B.S.
Hi I’m Nikki! I am originally from Illinois and I graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2015 with a B.S in Psychology. After graduation, I moved to Savannah, GA to escape the snowy winters. While living in Savannah and exploring graduate programs, I discovered Georgia Southern’s Counselor Education program. I have always been passionate about helping people obtain their overall wellness and eliminating the stigma surrounding mental health. I am currently a second year M.Ed Counselor Education student with a concentration in clinical mental health counseling. My professional interests include mood and adjustment disorders, identity formation, multiculturalism, and career counseling. I incorporate Cognitive-Behavioral therapeutic approaches as well as aspects of Existential and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. I hope to find a future career working with young adults and I am very excited to work with college students at Georgia Southern’s Counseling Center!
Coordinator of Office Services
Mrs. Donaldson is a Coordinator of Office Services for the GSU Counseling Center, and she joined the staff in February of 1990. She greets students when they come to the Center, makes sure they fill out the proper paperwork, and assists them in gaining access to the help they need. Mrs. Donaldson also schedules appointments for the entire staff, including practicum students and interns. Additionally, she is responsible for the client database, processing medical withdrawals, helping students with testing, and assisting with other administrative duties when necessary.
What is your favorite quote?
If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.
If I can ease one life the aching, or cool one pain.
Or help one fainting robin unto his nest again. I shall not live in vain.
What song do you sing along with the radio at the top of your lungs while driving alone in your car? “She Drives Me Crazy”
If you could be a super hero, what would your name and special power be? Touched By An Angel- Angel
What was your most embarrassing moment? Getting caught in my pajamas and no way to get back into the house.
Mrs. Johnson is the GSU Counseling Center Budget Analyst, and she joined our staff in December of 2000.
What is one interesting fact about you? I used to be very shy.
If you could take a one-week, all expense paid trip anywhere in the world, where would it be? Ireland
What do you think is the best television comedy show of all time? The Andy Griffith Show
What was your most embarrassing moment? There are too many to pick from!!