Statesboro Staff

Clinical Staff

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Jodi K. Caldwell, Ph.D.

Executive Director
Licensed Psychologist
Sexual Assault Response Team Past Chair
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 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 a Past Chair of the university’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Teal House: 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.


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Johanna Workman, Psy.D.

Associate Director/Clinical Services Director
Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Workman earned her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University – San Diego, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California San Francisco Faculty & Staff Assistance program. She was born in Gloucestershire, England to a Caribbean mother and a British father, and immigrated to the United States with her parents as a child, first settling in Brooklyn, NY. A traveler, Dr. Workman has also lived in Richmond, VA; Charlottesville, VA; Waterville, ME, San Diego, CA; Portland, OR; San Francisco, CA; and Atlanta, GA. Dr. Workman has worked in a wide range of settings in both leadership and clinical capacities. She has served as the director of a drug & alcohol treatment program. She has been a supervisor at a behavioral health managed care company. She has also conducted court-ordered dispositional psychological evaluations for juvenile delinquency cases. Dr. Workman’s clinical interests and specialties include: forensic psychology; racial & multiracial identity development; diversity training; organizational consultation; workplace issues; disability evaluations; psychological testing & assessment; eating disorders; Dialectical Behavior Therapy; body image; depression; trauma; domestic violence; psychotic disorders; and substance abuse. Dr. Workman’s theoretical orientation is integrative and incorporates psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive behavioral, and multicultural approaches to therapy.

What is your favorite quote? “All that you touch, you change. All that you change, changes you.” – Octavia E. Butler
What song do you sing at the top of your lungs when alone in your car? “Water No Get Enemy” by Fela Kuti


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Katie Jones, Ph.D.

Assistant Director/Training Director
Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Jones 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. She joined the Georgia Southern Counseling Center staff in September 2015 and has been the Assistant Director/Training Director since October 2017. Her clinical interests include supervision, training, depression, anxiety, emotion dysregulation, interpersonal skill building, and the development of life-long adaptive coping skills. 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, 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.


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Lauren O. Patterson, Psy.D., CCTP

Assistant Director of Outreach & Community Engagement
Licensed Psychologist
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
Sexual Assault Response Team Chair
Sexual Assault Student Educators Advisor
Fraternity & Sorority Life Liaison

Dr. Patterson 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 planning and implementation of many programming initiatives, including Sexual Assault Awareness Week. She serves as Co-Director of the planning committee for the Georgia Southern Walk A Mile in Her Shoes©. She is a certified R.A.D. Systems Basic Physical Defense instructor. Dr. Patterson also serves on 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 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!


Artemis Ray Allen, M.S., LAPC, NCC

Licensed Associate Professional Counselor
National Certified Counselor

Artemis Ray “Arty” Allen earned his master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Columbus State University (Columbus, GA) in December 2018. He received his Bachelors 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.

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.

What is your 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


Zaigham Bokhari, Ph.D., LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor
International Student Liaison

Dr. Bokhari received his doctorate in Educational Psychology from Walden University, Minnesota (2017) and master’s in Counseling from 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. Bohkari speaks Urdu, Punjabi, and Hindi.

What is your favorite quote? The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion. Thomas Paine

What is your favorite dessert? Crème Brule


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Adam Gregory, M.S. Ed., M.A., LAPC, NCC

Licensed Associate Professional Counselor
National Certified Counselor
Research Coordinator
Social Media Coordinator

Adam is a doctoral candidate in Counselor Education and Supervision PhD program at Northern Illinois University. He earned his BA in Communication Studies with a minor in Professional Writing and editing from Youngstown State University in Ohio. He then attended Kent State University and earned an M.A. in Communication Studies with a focus on political communication and public campaigns. With his first master’s degree, Adam worked in higher education as an adjunct instructor at two universities and also worked several rounds of political campaigns before deciding to return to academia full time. Adam then earned an M.S. Ed. in College Counseling and Student Affairs from Youngstown State University, is currently licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Ohio, and is in the progress of obtaining his Associate Professional Counselor License in Georgia. Adam is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board of Certified Counselors. His current research and clinical interests include social justice, multiculturalism, college student development, and human sexuality issues. Adam identifies Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as his theoretical orientations.

What do you do in your spare time? I am a huge movie buff! I was a member of the Cleveland International Film festival for about 10 years and plan to join a local film festival soon. Whenever I am not working, writing my dissertation, or sleeping, I am probably watching a movie or binge watching one of my favorite TV shows.

What is your favorite quote? “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” –Dalai Lama.


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C. Adam Hogue, M.Ed., LPC, CPCS, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor
Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor
National Certified Counselor
Safe Space Co-Coordinator
Military Liaison

Mr. Hogue is a two time graduate of Georgia Southern University and is currently pursuing his PhD 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.

What is your favorite quote?  I have too many to list but Mark Twain is always a good choice. “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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 Angela Landers, M.S., LPC, CPCS, RYT-200

Licensed Professional Counselor
Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor
Registered Yoga Teacher (200hr)
Practicum Coordinator
Wellness Coordinator

Ms. Landers 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.

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.


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Katrina Luke, Ed.D., LPC, CPCS, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor
Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor
National Certified Counselor
Group Counseling Coordinator

Dr. Luke earned her doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University and is a two time graduate of Georgia Southern University receiving a bachelor’s in Psychology and a masters’ in Counselor Education. Dr. Luke has experience working with a variety of populations including child/adolescents, adults, the geriatric population, and military service members. Throughout her experience Dr. Luke has provided her services in community mental health facilities, inter-agencies, group homes, the public educational system, and military duty stations. Her clinical interests include anxiety, depression, interpersonal relationships, multiculturalism, effective communication, self-regulation techniques, identity development, and women’s issues. Her therapeutic style is influenced by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing.

What is your favorite quote? I actually have two:
1. Maya Angelou: “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.”
One of my favorite professors stated this quote to the entire class during undergrad and it has stuck with me for years:
2. Albert Einstein: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? I enjoy spending time with my family! When we all get together there is plenty of laughter, jokes, joy, and love!!


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Nikita D. Robinson, M.Ed., LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor
Case Manager
Suicide Prevention Coordinator
Field Experience Coordinator
SOAR 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.


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Erika Sledge, M.A., LPC, NCC, BC-TMH

Licensed Professional Counselor
National Certified Counselor
Board Certified Telemental Health

Ms. Sledge earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Georgia Southern University and her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. Ms. Sledge has experience working with a diverse population, ranging from children, adolescents, adults, and offenders. Throughout her career, Ms. Sledge has provided services for individuals in outpatient/inpatient settings, in-home, crisis intervention services, and correctional facilities. Ms. Sledge is an active member in the United States Army Reserves. Ms. Sledges’ clinical interests include depression, anxiety, relationships, coping skills, anger management, and women’s issues. Her counseling orientation is Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution-Focused, and Motivational Interviewing.

What is your favorite quote? Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” -Vivian Greene

What song do you sing at the top of your lungs when alone in your car? “Chandelier” by Sia


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Linus the Therapy Dog

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 use of silence. Linus enjoys kayaking, most outdoor adventures, bone stealing, and is a beach enthusiast. He also may have a French accent.

Favorite food: Filet Mignon


Pre-Doctoral Interns

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Alyssa Alonso, M.Psy.

Pre-Doctoral Intern
Outreach Rotation

Ms. Alonso received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Dallas and her master’s degree from the University of Dallas. Currently, she is working on her doctorate degree in counseling psychology from Texas Woman’s University and is completing her training at Georgia Southern University. Her interests include working with survivors of sexual assault and raising awareness about the prevelance of sexual assaults on universities campus. She is passionate about destigmatizing the seeking of mental health care, especially for racial and ethnic minorities. Additionally, Ms. Alonso is interested in how exposure to the natural world can impact mental health. In therapy, she integrates the use of cognitive behavioral therapy and multicultural therapy with an emphasis on a feminist perspective.

What is your favorite quote?
“Perfect and bulletproof are seductive, but they do not exist in human experience.” – Brené Brown
What is your favorite food?
I just tried shrimp and grits for the first time after moving to Georgia. I don’t know if it’s my favorite food, but it was definitely a life-altering experience.


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Dustin Risser, M.A.

Pre-Doctoral Intern
Group Therapy Rotation

Mr. Risser received his Bachelor’s from Eastern University in St.David’s, PA, and Masters degrees in both Psychology and Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. He worked for three years in University Counseling Centers on the west coast, and has served as an assessment clerk in private practice. His clinical interests include creativity, trauma, spirituality, attachment and culture. His therapeutic background includes psychodynamic, family systems, and existential therapies.

What do you do in your spare time?
Surfing and spending time close to the ocean, basketball, blues/jazz/rock, and hanging with my Boston Terrier.
What tv shows occupy your recently watched list?
Comedians in Cars getting Coffee and NBA TV


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Mark Taracuk, M.S.Ed., NCC

Pre-Doctoral Intern
Assessment Rotation

Mark Taracuk, MSEd, NCC is a pre-doctoral intern in health service psychology at the Georgia Southern University Counseling Center. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Oklahoma State University finishing his PhD in counseling psychology. 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 previous clinical experiences include a pediatric hospital, a community mental health center, a psychiatric inpatient hospital, and college counseling centers. His clinical interests include assessment, college students, members of the LGBTQ+ community, intimate partner violence, and autism spectrum disorders. His therapeutic orientation is an integrative approach utilizing humanistic, narrative, and interpersonal-process theories.

What is your favorite quote? “Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best” – Henry Van Dyke
What is your favorite dessert? Probably a tie between banana cream pie and chocolate chip ice cream.


Practicum Therapists

2019-2020 Practicum Therapists

Haleigh Baker, B.S.

Ms. Baker received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Georgia Southern University in 2018. She is currently completing her second year in Georgia Southern’s Master’s of Education Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Ms. Baker’s professional interests include anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and multiculturalism.


Carolyn Miller, B.S.

Ms. Miller received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Child and Family Development at Georgia Southern University in 2018. She is currently in her second year at Georgia Southern completing a Master’s of Education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has worked in several counseling settings including drug and alcohol recovery centers and sexual assault advocacy efforts. Ms. Miller’s professional interests include anxiety, self-esteem, addiction, and sexual violence. Her personal interests include spending time with her cat and friends, crafts, and listening to all types of music.


Meredith Post, B.S.

Ms. Post received her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice & Criminology from Georgia Southern in 2018, with a minor in psychology. She is currently in her second year at Georgia Southern completing a Master’s of Education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Her professional interests include anxiety, depression, coping skills, women’s issues, and multiculturalism. In her spare time, she appreciates being outdoors and hanging out with friends and family.


Jessica Schindler, M.S.

Mrs. Schindler is a fourth year doctoral student in the Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD) program at Georgia Southern. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Health Sciences from Drake University in Des Moines, IA in 2016 and her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Georgia Southern in 2019. She has experience working in both community mental health and state hospital settings as a student therapist. Her clinical interest include trauma-related disorders (specifically related to sexual assault), anxiety disorders, perfectionism, depression, and health psychology. Outside of work, she is a devoted dog mother and enjoys staying active, reading, and doing puzzles.


Administrative Staff

Cheryl Donaldson
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Cheryl Donaldson

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.
–Emily Dickinson
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.


Deborah Johnson
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Deborah Johnson

Budget Analyst

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!!

Last updated: 11/14/2019