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Jodi K. Caldwell, PhD
(she/her/hers)

Executive Director
Licensed Psychologist
Past Chair, Sexual Assault Response Team
Chair-Elect, Regents Advisory Council – Counseling Director’s Association


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Dr. Caldwell (she/her/hers) 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 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; in January 2018, she became the Executive Director of the Counseling Center for all Georgia Southern campuses. Dr. Caldwell is the Past Chair of the university’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Teal House: Statesboro Regional Sexual Assault Center (SRSAC). On the state level, Dr. Caldwell is the Regents Advisory Council as the Chair-Elect of the Counseling Directors Association, and the Past Chair of the Crisis Response Network. 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 was certified as a 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 the 2014 “Outstanding Contributions to Counseling Center Work” award from Division 17 of the American Psychological Association. In 2019, she was awarded both the “College Counseling Advocacy Award” from the American College Counseling Association and the “College Counseling Director of the Year Award” from the Georgia College Counseling Association.

Education
PhD, Counseling Psychology, Texas Tech University
APA-Accredited Internship, Texas Tech University Counseling Center
MA, Counseling Psychology, Texas Tech University
BA, Psychology, Florida Atlantic University

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


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Katie Jones, PhD, CCTP, CTMH
(she/her/hers)

Associate Director for Armstrong Campus
Armstrong Campus
Licensed Psychologist
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
Certified Clinical Telemental Health Provider


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Dr. Jones (she/her/hers) 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 joined the Georgia Southern Counseling Center staff in September 2015 and served as the Assistant Director/Training Director from 2016 to 2021. Her clinical interests include supervision, training, depression, anxiety, trauma, emotion dysregulation, interpersonal skill-building, and the development of life-long adaptive coping skills. She has advanced training in trauma, telemental health, DBT, and has over 50 hours of training to provide EMDR. Dr. Jones enjoys running many of our skills-based groups and our open seminar series entitled “Emotional Wisdom.” Her therapeutic style is influenced by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Animal-Assisted Therapy, existential issues, feminism, and interpersonal processing all through the lens of Social Justice and Inclusion.

Education
PhD, Counseling Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi
APA-Accredited Internship, Southern Louisiana Internship Consortium
BA, Psychology, Clemson University

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.


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Lauren O. Patterson, PsyD, CCTP
(she/her/hers)

Associate Director/Clinical Services Director
Statesboro Campus
Licensed Psychologist
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
Chair, Sexual Assault Response Team


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Dr. Patterson (she/her/hers) received her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees from Georgia Southern, 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 is Chair of the Georgia Southern Sexual Assault Response Team and heads the planning and implementation of many programming initiatives, including Sexual Assault Awareness Week and Walk A Mile in Her Shoes. She is a certified R.A.D. Systems Basic Physical Defense instructor. Dr. Patterson also serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Teal House: Statesboro Regional Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center. Dr. Patterson’s clinical interests include depression, anxiety, sexual violence and trauma, relationship concerns, multiculturalism, rural mental health, women and gender issues, and gender and sexual minority concerns. Her therapeutic style is integrative of Feminist Therapy and trauma-informed approaches, as well as Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy. In 2020, Dr. Patterson was recipient of the Kathryn Grube Unsung Hero Award at the Georgia Southern Eagle Excellence Awards ceremony and was named to the Statesboro Herald’s 20 Under 40. She was also named to the Georgia Southern University 40 Under 40 alumni class of 2021.

Education
PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Georgia Southern University
APA-Accredited Internship, Purdue University Counseling and Psychological Services
MS, Clinical Psychology, Georgia Southern University
BS, Psychology, Georgia Southern University

What is your favorite dessert? Cake, cookies, candy, pie. All desserts are my favorite desserts. I could never choose just one!

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.


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Taylor Hopkins, MSW, LCSW
(she/her/hers)

Interim Assistant Director for Armstrong Campus
Armstrong Campus
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Outreach Coordinator – Armstrong
Housing Liaison – Armstrong



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Taylor (she/her/hers) is a Baltimore native, and received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work from Salisbury University and the University of Maryland, School of Social Work (Baltimore, MD). Following her program completion, Taylor has worked in various clinical settings including outpatient mental health servicing children, adolescents, and adults, and residential treatment in collaboration with the juvenile justice department. Taylor’s counseling style is influenced mostly by her experience using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) by incorporating mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, dialectics, and interpersonal effectiveness. Her clinical interests include: depression, anxiety, emotional dysregulation, adjustment and transitional concerns, coping skills, and self-regulation techniques.

Education
MSW, Social Work, University of Maryland
BSW, Social Work, Salisbury University

What is your favorite quote? “When they go low, we go high.” – Michelle Obama

Favorite dessert: Talenti’s Caramel Cookie Crunch gelato with a warm chocolate chip cookie.


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Angela Landers, MS, LPC, CPCS, RYT-2000
(she/her/hers)

Assistant Director for Outreach & Community Engagement
Statesboro Campus
Licensed Professional Counselor
Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor
Registered Yoga Teacher (200hr)
Practicum Coordinator

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Ms. Landers (she/her/hers) received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Psychology at Georgia Southern University. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher certification at Savannah Yoga Center. In addition to providing individual and couples counseling, Ms. Landers enjoys offering programs that focus on wellness such as Mindful Yoga, a yoga class infused with meditation practice, and Restorative Retreats. 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.

Education
MS, Psychology, Georgia Southern University
BS, Psychology, Georgia Southern University

What is the best television comedy of all time? 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.


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Mark D. Taracuk, PhD, NCC, CCTP
(he/him/his)

Training Director & Interim Assistant Director
Statesboro Campus
Licensed Psychologist
National Certified Counselor
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
Certified QPR Instructor
Member, Sexual Assault Response Team
Fraternity-Sorority Life Liaison
Research Coordinator
Website Coordinator
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Dr. Mark Taracuk (he/him/his) is a licensed psychologist at the Georgia Southern University Counseling Center. He is currently the training director the APA-Accredited Doctoral Internship in Psychology. He also serves in a variety of roles in the Center including as Fraternity-Sorority Life Liaison, Research Coordinator, and Website Coordinator. Dr. Taracuk also serves as a member of the Georgia Southern University Sexual Assault Response Team and on the Prevention of Men’s Violence against Women Champions Committee.

He completed his doctoral degree in counseling psychology at Oklahoma State University and his doctoral internship at the Georgia Southern University Counseling Center. He received his master’s degree in counseling from Indiana University, his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ohio State, and is a National Certified Counselor. His clinical focus includes college student development, existential concerns, autism spectrum disorders, sexual health and well-being, intimate partner violence, relational concerns, social justice-related issues, and gender and sexual diversity. His therapeutic orientation is an integrative approach utilizing Rogerian, feminist, and solution-focused with a dash of psychodynamic.

Dr. Taracuk serves on the Communication and Technology Board for the Society of Counseling Psychology, Division 17 of the American Psychological Association. He also serves as membership chair for Division 17’s Section on College and University Counseling Centers, as treasurer for Division 17’s Section on Advocacy for Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, and as Continuing Education Chair for the Georgia College Counseling Association.

Dr. Taracuk is an avid Indiana Hoosiers basketball fan, enjoys reading books in the hammock, and loves Labrador Retrievers.

Education
PhD, Counseling Psychology, Oklahoma State University
APA-Accredited Internship, Georgia Southern University Counseling Center
MSEd, Counseling and Counselor Education, Indiana University
BA, Psychology, Ohio State University

Favorite food: mint chocolate chip ice cream

Favorite quotes: “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway


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Artemis Ray Allen, MS, LAPC, NCC
(he/him/his)

Mental Health Counselor
Armstrong Campus
Licensed Associate Professional Counselor
National Certified Counselor
Certified QPR Instructor



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Artemis Ray “Arty” Allen (he/him/his) earned his master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Columbus State University (Columbus, GA) in December 2018. He received his Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies with concentrations in Preaching and Counseling from Point University (West Point, GA) in 2014. Arty has worked in Residence Life at both Point University and Columbus State prior to shifting to clinical work at the University of West Georgia Counseling Center as an intern and then as a staff counselor. Arty’s counseling style is influenced by humanistic models as well as Gestalt therapy and creative expressive therapy. His clinical interests include LGBTQIA+ population concerns, Transgender and Non-binary gender development and concerns, anxiety, depression, grief, and Autism Spectrum Disorder/Asperger’s. Arty approaches therapy as a collaboration and works from a strengths-based multiculturally informed framework.

Education
MS, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Columbus State University
BA, Biblical Studies with concentrations in Preaching and Counseling, Point University

What do you do in your spare time? I love tabletop board games and card games and I am a massive nerd. I also really enjoy cooking/baking, creative writing, and play a few different musical instruments.

Favorite quote: “You are not weak just because your heart feels so heavy. I have never met a heavy heart that wasn’t a phone booth with a red cape inside.” – Andrea Gibson


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Zaigham Bokhari, PhD, LPC
(he/him/his)

Mental Health Counselor
Statesboro Campus
Licensed Professional Counselor




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Dr. Bokhari (he/him/his) received his doctorate in Educational Psychology from Walden University, Minnesota (2017) and a master’s in Counseling from the University of Detroit Mercy, Michigan (2006). Dr. Bokhari views therapy as a collaborative process. He incorporates cognitive-behavioral theory, dialectical behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, interpersonal theory, and mindfulness into his work with students. He also maintains a heavy emphasis on multiculturalism and works to understand how issues of social inequality impact students’ distress. He is also a huge advocate for group therapy and views that treatment option as a truly unique experience that can help foster a lot of personal growth for the group members. Since 2006 he has worked in university counseling centers and private practices. Dr. Bokhari clinical interests are mindfulness, depression, and treatment of anxiety-based disorders, including eating disorders and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders. Other areas of interest include positive psychology, biological markers of behavior and implicit prejudice, and social value orientation. Outside of work, Dr. Bokhari enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, traveling, outdoors, and watching movies.

Dr. Bokhari speaks Urdu, Punjabi, and Hindi

Education
PhD, Educational Psychology, Walden University
MA, University of Detroit-Mercy

Favorite dessert: Crème Brule

Favorite quote: “The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.” -Thomas Paine


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Keith C. Gunnerson, PhD
(he/him/his)

Mental Health Counselor
Statesboro Campus





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Dr. Gunnerson received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology through the University of Utah. He has worked in a variety of counseling environments including university departments, counseling centers, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and private practice. His main research interest includes the impact of religion on client’s experience of counseling. He has also investigated college success and retention in first generation college students. His clinical interests include issues related to religion, grief work, and working through trauma. His approach to therapy is largely client-centered wherein he strives to make each client feel comfortable and safe, while simultaneously adding cognitive-behavioral, acceptance and commitment therapy, and interpersonal interventions.

Education
PhD, Counseling Psychology, University of Utah
APA-Accredited Internship, Georgia Southern University Counseling Center
MEd, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Utah
BA, University of Utah

Favorite quote: “He who can’t laugh at himself leaves the job to someone else” – Unknown

If you could afford a one-week, all expenses paid trip anywhere in the world, where would it be? I would love to go to New Zealand and tour the sets of Lord of the Rings or hope to find the cast from Flight of the Conchords!


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C. Adam Hogue, MEd, LPC, CPCS, NCC
(he/him/his)

Mental Health Counselor
Statesboro Campus
Licensed Professional Counselor
Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor
National Certified Counselor
Safe Space Coordinator

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Mr. Hogue (he/him/his) is a two-time graduate of Georgia Southern University and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy through ULM. He joined the staff at the Counseling Center on the Armstrong campus in October of 2016. Mr. Hogue has experience providing services in a variety of clinical settings including inpatient, outpatient, public service, and private practice settings. His clinical interests include relational issues, identity development, sexual minority concerns, and systemic issues.

Education
MEd, Counselor Education, Georgia Southern University
BS, Georgia Southern University

What is your favorite quote? “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain.

What song do you sing at the top of your lungs while driving alone in your car? There are songs by Queen that it is just impossible not to sing along to but I feel that way about a lot more music than I can list.


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Jadeshala Humphries, MEd, LAPC, NCC, CCTP
(she/her/hers)

Mental Health Counselor
Statesboro Campus
Licensed Associate Professional Counselor
National Certified Counselor
Certified QPR Instructor
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
Suicide Prevention Coordinator – Statesboro
Wellness Coordinator
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Jadeshala ‘Jade’ Humphries (she/her/hers) is a Double Eagle and received both her B.S in Psychology and M.Ed in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Georgia Southern University. Upon program completion, Jade has served in university advocacy roles and in an off campus private practice setting. She has experience working with several different populations from adults, college students, to young teenagers. Her clinical interests include: depression, anxiety, developing healthy coping skills, and suicide prevention. Her therapeutic style is influenced by motivational interviewing, cognitive – behavioral therapy, and humanistic therapies with a solution – focused approach.

Education
MEd, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Georgia Southern University
BS, Psychology, Georgia Southern University

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? I enjoy spending time with my family, moving through dance or exercise, and listening to podcasts.

Favorite dessert: Strawberry and Cookies and Cream. .. CHEESECAKE!


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Brandi McGee, MS
(she/her/hers)

Mental Health Counselor
Statesboro Campus




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Brandi (she/her/hers) received her Master’s degree in Clinical/Counseling Psychology from Francis Marion University and her Bachelor’s degree from Coker College where she double majored in Psychology and Business Administration. She is currently licensed as a professional counselor in South Carolina and in the process of obtaining licensure in Georgia. Brandi has years of experience providing services in a variety of settings which include private practice, schools, group homes, and a Children’s Advocacy Center. She recently joined the Georgia Southern Counseling Center staff in August 2021. Brandi’s clinical interests include anxiety, ADHD, trauma, women’s issues, identity development, LGBTQIA+ population concerns, family of origin, and multiculturalism/diversity. She has completed advanced training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapy, AF-CBT, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and ChildFirst forensic interviewing protocol. Brandi’s style of counseling is influenced by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, positive psychology, and Solution Focused Therapy.

Education
MS, Clinical/Counseling Psychology, Francis Marion University
BS, Psychology & Business Administration, Coker College

Favorite quote: “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” John A. Shedd

Favorite dessert I can’t limit it to just one….it would have to be peach cobbler or banana pudding (if it’s made the right way!)


Melinda Rule, MS

Mental Health Counselor
Statesboro Campus
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Melinda Rule (she/her/hers) received her M.S in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through the University of North Florida. She has prior clinical experience working in youth residential centers and university counseling centers. Her main research areas involve advocacy for weight-inclusivity and size diversity in counselor education and athletic identity loss.

She enjoys working with students on a variety of concerns including but not limiting identity development and exploration, anxiety, relationship concerns, body image, body liberation, and athletic/high-performers concerns. Her clinical approach to therapy is client-centered with an emotion focused lens, while using interventions and best practices founded in interpersonal psychotherapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and dialectical and behavior therapy.

Education
MS, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of North Florida
BA, Forensic Psychology, University of North Florida

Favorite Quote: “The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of because words diminish your feelings – words shrink things that seem timeless when they are in your head to no more than living size when they are brought out.” – Stephen King

Favorite Food: I’ve got a huge sweet tooth but my favorites are cheesecake and cookie dough ice cream!


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Tatiana Smith, MA, LAPC
(she/her/hers)

Case Manager/Mental Health Counselor
Armstrong Campus
Licensed Associate Professional Counselor
Certified QPR Instructor
Office Of Multicultural Affairs Liaison – Armstrong
SOAR Liaison – Armstrong
Social Media Coordinator
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Tatiana Smith (she/her/hers) is a bilingual (English/Spanish), license eligible counselor with an MA in Counseling from Webster University. Tatiana has years of experience providing services with community based organizations as well as in a college setting. She enjoys working with Individuals and Couples using techniques in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, with a solution-focused approach. Tatiana’s clinical interests include anxiety, developing healthy coping skills, interpersonal skills, and avoidance issues.
Tatiana speaks English and Spanish

Education
MA, Counseling, Webster University

Favorite dessert: I am a true sugar lover, so anything sweet! I enjoy the coconut cake from Sandfly Barbeque.

What do you do in your spare time? I enjoy making jewelry. It has become my coping mechanism for anxiety. I love seeing live music and volunteering with organizations working toward social justice. I also enjoy going to the movies.


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Jenna Tomalski, PhD, CMPC
(she/her/hers)

Psychologist Embedded in Athletics
Statesboro Campus
Licensed Psychologist
Certified Mental Performance Consultant
Certified QPR Instructor
Member, Sexual Assault Response Team


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Dr. Tomalski (she/her/hers) is a licensed psychologist at the Georgia Southern University Counseling Center. In her role, she is an embedded psychologist within Athletics providing comprehensive mental health services to student-athletes. She received her doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of North Texas, with a focus in sport psychology, and her masters degree in Kinesiology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a concentration in sport and exercise psychology. Dr. Tomalski enjoys working with students presenting with a variety of concerns, such as anxiety, trauma, identity development/exploration, relationship concerns, sport injury rehabilitation, and body image issues. Her approach to counseling is collaborative in nature, and she strives to empower students to take an active role in the counseling process. Primarily, Dr. Tomalski’s work is informed from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy lens; however, she thoughtfully integrates perspectives and techniques from other theoretical frameworks to best fit students’ needs based on their unique identities and experiences. Her favorite pastimes include finding scenic running routes, exploring beautiful hiking trails, true crime podcasts, and spending quality time with friends and family.

Education
PhD, Counseling Psychology, University of North Texas
APA-Accredited Internship, Appalachian State University Counseling and Psychological Services
MS, Kinesiology, University of North Carolina – Greensboro
BA, Psychology and Exercise & Sport Science, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

What is the best television comedy of all time? It’s a tough choice between Schitt’s Creek and Brooklyn Nine-Nine! They’re both so incredibly well-written and never fail to make me laugh!

What is your favorite movie? Hands down “The Princess Bride.” I could watch it on repeat and never get bored!


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Paige Ziegler, PsyD
(she/her/hers)

Mental Health Counselor
Statesboro Campus
Group Therapy Coordinator





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Dr. Ziegler is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology. She has had training in a variety of clinical settings including college counseling, community mental health, and private practice. Her main clinical interests include social justice and systemic issues, body image, body liberation, identity development, adjustment and transitional concerns, and women’s issues. Dr. Ziegler’s approach to therapy utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Feminist Therapy, Positive Psychology, and Cultural Humility. Dr. Ziegler believes in daily gratitude practice, identifying and pursuing one’s true values, and that everyone can benefit from therapy.

Education
PsyD, Wright State University School of Professional Psychology
APA-Accredited Internship, Georgia Southern University Counseling Center
PsyM, Wright State University School of Professional Psychology
BA, Miami University

Favorite quote: “I am a human being; nothing human can be alien to me.” – Terence

Favorite movie: Forrest Gump


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Linus the Therapy Dog
(he/him/his)

Armstrong Campus
Assistant (to the) Associate Director
Certified Therapy Dog




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Linus was rescued from the Southern Pines Animal Shelter in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 2011. He has lived in Mississippi, Louisiana, and now resides in Georgia. He became a certified Therapy Dog from Therapy Dog International in 2016, as well as a Canine Good Citizen. Linus was the 2017 winner of “Best Behaved” at Downtown Statesboro Development Authority’s Paw-Walk. His clinical interests include attentive listening and the use of silence. His theoretical orientation is rooted in behavioral therapy as he believes heavily in the use of positive reinforcement such as snacks, treats, and food. Linus enjoys kayaking, most outdoor adventures, bone stealing, and is a beach enthusiast. He most recently served as a member of the Avengers and also may have a French accent.

Education
Certified Therapy Dog, Therapy Dog International
Canine Good Citizen, American Kennel Club

Favorite food: Filet Mignon


Clinical Trainees

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Lizz Fynn, MA, MLAS
(she/her/hers)

Doctoral Intern
Statesboro Campus



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Elizabeth ‘Lizz’ Fynn (she/her/hers) is a pre-doctoral intern currently pursuing her PsyD from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Lizz has worked and trained in a variety of clinical settings including residential treatment, a psychiatric hospital, and community mental health centers. Her clinical interests include marginalized populations, LGBTQ+ issues and identity development/exploration, reaching BIPOC clients, multiculturalism, and trauma. Her approach to therapy utilizes a psychodynamic conceptual lens through relational interventions. She likes to work collaboratively with clients in order to help them reach their goals by exploring important themes and building a strong therapeutic alliance with the client.

In her spare time, Lizz loves being creative in the kitchen, baking sweets, and experimenting with different makeup looks.

Education
MA, Clinical Psychology, Chicago School of Professional Psychology
MLAS, Western Illinois University
BS, Psychology, Western Illinois University

Favorite dessert: Peanut butter chocolate cheesecake

Ideal vacation activity: Soaking in the sun and enjoying beautiful, warm weather



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Whitney Marks, MA, NCC
(she/her/hers)

Doctoral Intern
Statesboro Campus



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Whitney (she/her/hers) is a two-time graduate of University of North Georgia and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology through University of Georgia. She has worked in a variety of counseling environments including university department clinics, community mental health, university counseling centers, and private practice. Whitney’s clinical interests include depression, anxiety, trauma, interpersonal relational concerns, multiculturalism, women and gender issues, and life transition concerns. She has explored many modalities of therapeutic work including art therapy, play therapy, and mindfulness training into her work with clients. Whitney also enjoyed teaching Introduction to Counseling and Human Growth and Development at University of Georgia and loves helping students grow a vision for the next phase of their lives. Her therapeutic style is integrative of Interpersonal Psychotherapy, CBT/DBT skills, and trauma-informed approaches.

Whitney loves the outdoors, hiking, and watching wildlife. In her spare time, she loves to write, cook, paint, and work on new yoga sequences.

Education
MA, University of North Georgia
BA, University of North Georgia

Favorite dessert: Tiramisu

Favorite quote: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson



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Andres Medina, MA
(he/him/his)

Doctoral Intern
Statesboro Campus




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Andres Medina (he/him/ his) is a pre-doctoral intern pursuing his Psy.D. in clinical psychology from the Florida School of Professional Psychology at National Louis University. Andres has worked in various clinical settings in community mental health, hospitals, private practice, and college counseling centers. Currently, his research interests are microaggressions experienced by sexual minorities in employment settings. His clinical interests include but are not limited to working with difficulties adjusting to college, anxiety, depression, ethnic and cultural diversity, affirming sexual orientation and gender identity, academic stress, and interpersonal challenges. His main approaches to therapy include Person-Centered, Time-Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. He uses these approaches to help clients understand undesired patterns happening in their life while also working together to implement change through developing new skills to use in and out of sessions. Andres believes change is a lifelong process, and empowerment is a hallmark of that success.

Education
MA, Clinical Psychology, Florida School of Professional Psychology at National Louis University
MA, Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, University of South Florida
BA, Psychology, University of South Florida

Favorite quote: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” -Maya Angelou



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Andrew Moe, MPS
(he/him/his)

Doctoral Intern
Statesboro Campus



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Andrew (he, him, his) holds a master’s degree in Integrated Behavioral Health from the University of Minnesota and is currently a doctoral student at the University of St. Thomas. Andrew has professional counseling experience in a variety of settings including substance use treatment programs, community mental health, hospital settings, and college counseling centers. Andrew’s clinical interests include depression, anxiety, trauma, interpersonal and family related problems, identity formation, and existential concerns such as finding meaning in life. Andrew’s counseling style is collaborative whereby together we focus on building, sustaining, and enhancing motivation for change. Andrew uses an Existential-Humanistic framework in his counseling, identifying that distress is often an indication that something is awry with the way one is living while also asserting that people have an innate desire to improve and are fundamentally good. In addition to identifying areas for growth and enhancing motivation for change, in session we may also explore how interpersonal relationships, family dynamics, one’s intersectional identities, and local and global systems contribute to distress. We cannot change what has already happened to us, nor can we predict the future. All we can do is strive toward improvement and make better choices each day.

Education
MPS, University of Minnesota
BA, University of Minnesota

Favorite quotes: “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Viktor E. Frankl, Psychologist.

“I believe that each person is more than the worst thing they’ve ever done.” Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative.



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Alexandria Dobson
(she/her/hers)

Practicum Counselor
Statesboro Campus




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Alex received her bachelor of science degree from Minnesota State University-Mankato where she double majored in Psychology and Gender & Women’s Studies, and minored in Child Development. She is currently in her second year of the MEd in Counselor Education Program, and is on the Clinical Mental Health Counseling track. Some of Alex’s clinical interests include: working with survivors of sexual and/or relationship violence, LGBTQ+ concerns, gender, and trauma.



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Jade Johansen
(she/her/hers)

Practicum Counselor
Armstrong Campus




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Jade Johansen received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Georgia Southern University in 2019. She is excited to start the second year of her Master’s of Education degree at Georgia Southern focusing on clinical mental health counseling. Jade’s professional interests include working with adolescents and emerging adults experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity, advocacy, and group counseling.



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Scott Malcolm, MS
(he/him/his)

Practicum Counselor
Statesboro Campus




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Scott (he/him/his), a native from Glasgow, Scotland, received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Belhaven University, Jackson, Mississippi in 2017. Between 2017-2019, Scott earned his Master’s in Kinesiology in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Georgia Southern University and is now currently in his second year of his Masters of Education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling also here at Georgia Southern. Scott has had past experiencing working in both sporting and addiction environments, however, his professional interests of identity, anxiety, depression, and trauma carry over, and has a passion for helping other populations such as students.

Scott looks to meet clients’ needs through a Humanistic and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) Lens. Through the application of these approaches, the aim is to help clients become psychologically flexible which will allow them to identify and move towards a life full of meaning that aligns with their values whilst also maximizing their potential as human beings.



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Coriona Matthews
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Practicum Counselor
Statesboro Campus





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Coriona Matthews (She/Her/They/Them) received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Georgia Southern University in 2019 while minoring in Child & Family Development and Gerontology. She is currently in her second year pursuing a Master’s of Education degree in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling track. Coriona’s professional interests include working with impoverished individuals, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and clients struggling with depression, anxiety, distress tolerance, low self-esteem, interpersonal relationship, and systemic issues. Coriona utilizes a client-centered approach and humanistic lens that is integrated with acceptance and commitment therapy, and Adlerian Psychology. She believes that everyone has the ability to change and grow and as such her approach to therapy is a collaborative journey that aims to promote empowerment and growth for the client.



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Jennifer McGinness
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Practicum Counselor
Statesboro Campus





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Jennifer received her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida in 2018 and received her Master’s of Science in Psychology from Georgia Southern University in 2020. She is currently in her fourth year of the Psychology Doctoral (Psy.D.) program at Georgia Southern. Jennifer’s professional interests include depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. She takes an integrative multicultural and strength-based approach to cognitive behavioral therapy.



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Maris Williams
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Practicum Counselor
Statesboro Campus





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Ms. Williams is a 1997 honor graduate of Wesleyan College. She is currently in her second year at GSU completing a Master’s of Education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Ms. Williams approaches counseling from a person-centered lens and her focus areas include anxiety, depression, trauma, LGBTQIA+, identity development, self-esteem, and relationship/sexual health.


Support Staff

Sarah Filas
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Coordinator of Office Services
Statesboro Campus





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Sarah Filas (she/her/hers) is the Coordinator of Office Services at the Statesboro office. She joined our staff in early 2020.


Sara Friedel
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Budget Analyst
Statesboro Campus





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R. Wes Konkle
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Coordinator of Office Services
Armstrong Campus





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Wes Konkle (he/him/his) is the Coordinator of Office Services at the Georgia Southern-Armstrong Counseling Center, having joined the staff in August 2016. He facilitates all office functions in the Armstrong office including scheduling appointments and data analysis.

Favorite quote: “I do things like get in a taxi and say, “The library, and step on it.” ― David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

Favorite dessert: Chocolate chip cookies, right from the oven

Honorary Staff

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Starship Robot

Statesboro Campus







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The Starship Robot travels around campus and delivers delicious baked goods and caffeinated beverages to the university community. Particularly during afternoons of caffeine depletion, the robot will visit the Counseling Center staff. The Starship Robot is an important liaison on campus and we appreciate this amazing collaboration that seeks to provide nutritious sustenance to so many people. The Counseling Center staff is so thankful for the many contributions that we have made it an honorary staff member.

Favorite quote: “Beep boop beep boop.”

Personal role model: R2-D2

Favorite band: Jefferson Starship

Favorite song: Probably “Starships” by Nicki Minaj

Last updated: 10/1/2021