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Wanda Collins, Ph.D.  (Virginia Commonwealth University, 1998)
Joined Emory: 2015
Assistant Vice President, Campus Life
Director, Counseling and Psychological Services
Licensed Psychologist 

In addition to directing CAPS, I serve as part of the Executive Leadership Team for Emory Campus Life.  I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of four university counseling centers and have a passion for working in higher education, student affairs, and with a young adult population.  In addition to counseling center work, I have been active in the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) as a current member of the Board and a former member of the Elements of Excellence Committee.  I previously held positions with the International Association of Counseling Services as Vice President of the Board and Chair of the IACS Board of Accreditation. I was also part of the supervision training program faculty at the Washington School of Psychiatry in Washington DC.

I feel honored to work with clients in individual therapy and also enjoy the richness of group therapy as a tool for understanding oneself, relationships, and others more clearly.  I enjoy working with students on a range of issues including:  development and adjustment concerns; mood disorders; grief and loss; trauma; loneliness and relationship concerns; love and forgiveness; and multicultural diversity in its many forms.  I have a fondness for working with students from marginalized and underserved populations around issues of identity and social justice.  My theoretical approach incorporates psychodynamic, existential, and multicultural perspectives.  

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D. Thandi Chase, L.C.S.W.  (Howard University, 1998; Post-MSW Fellowship, Yale School of Medicine, 2000)
Joined Emory: 2003
Licensed Clinical Social Worker 

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communications from Rutgers University in New Jersey and a Master’s of Social Work (M.S.W.) from Howard University in Washington, DC.  I completed a two-year post-graduate social work fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center in New Haven, CT. 

I am a first generation, South African-American.  My personal and professional narratives are informed by the intersections of my race, ethnicity, gender, culture and standpoint.  My professional interests include: working with students struggling with identity issues; multicultural, and/or multiracial identity, sexual identity, developmental concerns, family of origin issues, trauma, and issues of attachment.  I utilize an integrative approach when working with college students that is influenced by psychodynamic, interpersonal, multicultural, mindfulness, and DBT. 

Outside of CAPS, I enjoy spending time outdoors running, bicycling, writing, cooking, reading, and traveling. I ran the New York City Marathon in 2014.  

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Colleen Duffy, Ph.D.  (University of North Texas, 2000)
Joined Emory: 2009
Licensed Psychologist  

Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, I am the daughter of immigrant working class parents and was also the first in my family to attend college.  I completed my masters and doctoral degrees in Counseling Psychology at the University of North Texas.  I completed my pre-doctoral internship at Duke University’s CAPS and I worked at UNC-Chapel Hill’s CAPS for a number of years before starting a private practice.  Finding that I missed the vibrant, collaborative environment of a university counseling center, I joined the Emory University CAPS staff in 2009.  

Conceptually, I am most drawn to dynamic and contemporary relational psychotherapy that is grounded in systems, constructivist, feminist, and multicultural theory.  My clinical interests include immigrant and international student issues, spiritual issues, trauma-treatment, and clinical supervision.  I identify as integrative and strive to tailor my approach to support the ongoing needs of my client.  As a generalist I value multi-modal treatment interventions and I strive to understand the intimate connection between culture and identity.  Faced with the nuanced intersections of a client’s visible and invisible identities and my own intersecting identities, I attempt to provide a holding environment for clients to tell their stories in their own voices.  With the addition of Beowulf, CAPS’ Therapy Dog, in September 2015, I utilize Animal Assisted Therapy when appropriate with some students.  Beowulf is in my office with me on Monday through Thursdays and rests in place until she is requested.   Beowulf is an amazing partner and I’ve enjoyed learning with her.    

In my free time I enjoy being anywhere in the outdoors but especially the mountains and the beach.  I am also an avid rugby fan, reader of mystery novels, and writer of poetry. 

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Barbara Emmanuel, L.C.S.W.  (University of Georgia, 2000)
Joined Emory: 2012
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

As a clinical social worker it is important to me to stay rooted in social work’s longstanding emphasis on social justice and a strengths-based perspective.  I am the Group Coordinator at CAPS and have served as the CAPS liaison to the Office of LGBT Life.  Some of my clinical interests include the magic of connection that can happen in group therapy, and helping couples rebuild or solidify their connection and communication through couples’ work.  I work from an interpersonal perspective, weaving in mindfulness and attachment theory. 

I enjoy working with clients on family of origin and relationship issues in individual, couples, and group psychotherapy.  I understand that spirituality can be important to discuss in the therapeutic relationship, and I value and honor working with clients regarding grief and loss.  I strive to work consistently on my cultural humility. My supervision style is collaborative and I work to see, name, and mitigate power differentials when possible. I am the current advisor to Active Minds. 

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Courtney Glenn, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.  (University of Georgia, 2004)
Joined Emory: 2016
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Assistant Director for Clinical Case Management 

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (1997) and a Masters in Social Work from The University of Georgia (2004). Prior to joining CAPS, I worked in a specialized program within the public school system for students with severe emotional and behavioral issues.  I enjoy working with students in an educational setting and I believe that mental health is just as important as physical health in creating success.

My professional interests include: students living with disabilities, depression and anxiety, identity exploration, chronic mental illness, and crisis intervention.  I use an integrative approach drawing from psychodynamic, interpersonal, developmental, cognitive behavioral and attachment theories. I believe in creating a positive, collaborative therapeutic relationship with each student.

Outside of CAPS, I enjoy spending time with friends and family and being the mother of two rambunctiously fun boys.

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Tharyn Giovanni Grant, L.C.S.W. (Smith College, 2011)
Joined Emory: 2018
Licensed Clinical Social Worker 

I entered the social work field because of the core values and ethics regarding social justice, integrity, service, and dignity. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, it is important to me that my work is deeply rooted in advocacy, compassion, support, connection, and self-determination, so I can help others live authentic lives. I earned my masters in social work (MSW) from the Smith College School for Social Work and obtained my bachelor of arts (BA) in psychology from the Claremont Colleges. I have previously worked with youth and young adults in various roles and capacities with programs focused on homelessness, LGBTQ issues, HIV/AIDS, substance use, and trauma.

I am trained in psychodynamic theory and my practice is heavily influenced by relational cultural theory (RCT), feminist therapy and social justice frameworks, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing (MI). I also weave in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) skills and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) where appropriate in treatment. Cultivating a collaborative space where clients are intrinsically driven and empowered to address change and adjust to transitions in life is a central focus of treatment I strive to provide. My clinical interests include trauma, gender identity and sexuality development, attachment issues, and anxiety.

Outside of CAPS, I love reading both fiction (sci-fi, fantasy, classics, and thrillers) and nonfiction (history and autobiographies). I also enjoy sports, spending time with family, and attempting to train my dogs. I am originally from Florida, but have lived in Illinois, California, Oregon, Massachusetts, and Georgia.

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Romero Huffstead, Ph.D.  (Auburn University, 2016)
Joined Emory: 2017
Suicide Prevention Coordinator 

I am originally from Chicago, IL. I completed my doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology at Auburn University, my master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Indiana State University, and my bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Denison University.  I completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Northwestern University.

I am extremely excited about being a part of the Emory University community and being able to provide support to students on campus while also being able to collaborate with faculty and staff. I am also excited about my role as co-advisor of the long established Emory University Helpline! I have always been passionate about college counseling and working to help students to achieve their goals academically while also helping to promote mental and physical health. I have done this work for almost a decade as a mental health clinician and in other roles such as working as a Hall Director at Auburn University or serving on the Denison University Board of Trustees. I greatly enjoy being an advocate and support system to ensure that all students have an enjoyable and healthy college experience.

Clinically, I approach therapy from a collaborative and integrative perspective that is grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I value the relationship with my clients and have a strong appreciation for diversity and multiculturalism which is also reflected in my work to allow students from all backgrounds to feel comfortable and supported. Social justice and being an advocate for my clients is extremely important to me. My clinical and research interests include: anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties, family difficulties, relationship difficulties, socio-economic status difficulties, stereotype threat, and mental health stigma. On a personal note, I have been married to my beautiful wife/best friend since June 2014, I am a huge Chicago sports fan (Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, Cubs), and I enjoy playing basketball, spending time with family, watching movies, listening to music and trying new foods!

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Reisha Moxley, Ph.D., (University of Georgia, 2015)
Joined Emory: 2017 
Licensed Psychologist
Group Coordinator 

I started graduate training in the mental health field in my hometown, Nashville, TN over a decade ago. I earned my master’s degree in counseling at Vanderbilt University and worked as a therapist there for several years before beginning training as a counseling psychologist at the University of Georgia. I completed this program in 2015, which included a pre-doctoral internship at the Johns Hopkins University Counseling Center in Baltimore, Maryland. I then worked as a Staff Psychologist and the Groups Coordinator at Johns Hopkins University before beginning work at CAPS.

Most presently, my research and clinical interests have converged around cultural identity, awareness and responsiveness as well as social justice matters. I am passionate about exploring these topics while aiming to challenge and dismantle systems of oppression. I tend to conceptualize many of my clients’ concerns with this in mind and am informed, primarily, by Relational Cultural Theory (RCT). I strive to facilitate a genuine connection with my clients and have found it to be an essential tool in my work. It is the attention to and quality of my working relationships that has consistently been identified as a catalyst for positive change and goal attainment for my clients. My approach to therapy works well for those who desire more interpersonal effectiveness and satisfaction.

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Elizabeth Neri, LCSW (University of Georgia, 2014)
Joined Emory: 2018 
Licensed Clinical Social Worker 

I have a Master of Social Work from University of Georgia, a Master of Public Health from Emory University, and a B.A. in anthropology from Drew University. Before joining CAPS, I worked at Metropolitan Counseling Services, a nonprofit that provides affordable and long-term psychotherapy to adults in metro-Atlanta. I also worked at Kennesaw State University's (KSU) counseling center providing therapy and case management with students. I am an advocate for social justice and was given the opportunity at KSU to work with students who were homeless or in foster care to overcome barriers to college completion. I am passionate about evaluating best practices in the prevention and treatment of mental illness. Prior to receiving my degree in social work, I worked for five years as a researcher and evaluator of prevention programs addressing chronic disease and health disparities. My experiences in public health and social work inspire me to approach counseling holistically and recognize the intrinsic connection between the mind and body.

I believe that people are wired for connection. I recognize that each person’s biology and personality interact with society and culture to uniquely shape how they form connections. Through my clinical practice, I aim to strengthen clients’ connections to themselves, others, and the world. By walking with each client on their own unique journey, I hope to help clients create purposeful and meaningful lives. I draw from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, trauma-informed approaches, social justice frameworks, systems theory, and attachment-based approaches. I enjoy teaching mindfulness and using creative and experiential techniques during therapy. My clinical interests include working with people who have experienced trauma, chronic disease, anxiety, mood disorders, eating disorders, and life transitions.

In my free time, I enjoy painting, pottery making, musical theater, hiking, gardening, and pretending with my kids.

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Meenakshi Palaniappan, Ph.D. (University of Florida, 2017)
Joined Emory: 2018 
Stress Clinic Coordinator 

I received my Ph.D. and M.S. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Florida, and my B.A. in Psychology from the University of San Francisco. I completed my doctoral internship at the University of Connecticut’s Counseling and Mental Health Services. Prior to joining Emory, I worked as a staff counselor and co-coordinator of the eating disorder treatment team at Dartmouth College’s Counseling Center.

As a therapist, I work collaboratively to create a genuine connection with my clients and to hold space for them. I truly believe in the power of relationships, and my approach to therapy is grounded in relational-cultural, feminist and multicultural frameworks. To honor the diversity in my clients’ therapeutic needs, the interventions I utilize follow an integrative approach, including interpersonal process, mindfulness-based, attachment-focused, and cognitive behavioral methods. Most importantly, I strive to be authentic and transparent in my relationships with my clients.

As a young, immigrant, woman of color, my intersecting identities have shaped my professional interests, which include identity development, relationship and sexual concerns, anxiety, OCD, international student adjustment, trauma, family of origin concerns, social justice work, training, and outreach. Outside of work, I enjoy spending quality time with my partner and our dog, staying connected to my friends and family, looking for treasures in thrift stores, travelling, and watching thought-provoking (and sometimes binge-worthy) TV.

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Mahkada Taylor, Ph.D.  (Howard University, 2013)
Joined Emory: 2017
Licensed Psychologist 

Working with students in a university counseling center is a passion that dates back to my training at Howard University where I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Since that time, I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the University of Virginia Counseling and Psychological Services, and served as a staff psychologist and Research Coordinator at Florida Atlantic University Counseling and Psychological Services. 

My clinical work in grounded in an emphasis on building a trusting, supportive space in which clients feel safe to explore the underlying causes of their difficulties and are empowered to change behaviors and patterns that they find less helpful. I conduct both individual and group psychotherapy from a relational and systems approach, paying close attention to clients' varying identities, intersection of these identities, and understanding their experience from a socio-cultural perspective. I enjoy working with a variety of presenting concerns including relationship issues, acculturation difficulties, identity development and many more. I feel privileged to help students to lead more meaningful, enriching lives.

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Katherine Werner, Psy.D.  (Georgia School of Professional Psychology, 2014)
Joined Emory: 2016

Associate Director of Training
Licensed Psychologist 

I am so happy to be back in my hometown of Atlanta. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN; master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology at the Georgia School of Professional Psychology; and completed my pre-doctoral internship at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX. Following my internship, I worked as a staff psychologist at Auburn University, and I now serve as the coordinator for Emory’s Stress Clinic. My approach to counseling is collaborative and affirming. I primarily work from interpersonal, psychodynamic, and relational models of therapy. Social justice and multiculturalism are central to my approach to clinical work.

My clinical interests include sexuality and gender, women’s issues, identity, life transitions, relationships, depression, anxiety, and trauma. I am also passionate about group and couples therapy. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, pets, and friends, trying new food, and traveling.

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Cynthia Whitehead-LaBoo, Ph.D.  (Ohio State University, 1991)
Joined Emory: 1993
Associate Director of Clinical Services
Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology
Licensed Psychologist 

I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Spelman College, and both my masters and doctorate degrees in psychology from The Ohio State University.    I began my career at Emory as the Director of the Emory Student Helpline.  I also developed and coordinated the CAPS Eating Disorders Program which involved coordinating Body Acceptance Week for 12 years.  I assumed the role of Associate Director of Clinical Services in 2007. 

My clinical interests include: identity development, self-esteem and self-image; eating disorders, cultural diversity, women’s issues, and grief and loss.  I work from an interpersonal theoretical frame and believe in “showing up” as an authentic person when providing psychotherapy. 

On a personal note, while I grew up in Fresno, California, I have southern roots and greatly value being a southerner living in metro Atlanta.  I enjoy listening to books on tape and spending time with my partner/spouse doing new and interesting things as empty nesters.  We have two wonderful sons who are both attending college on full academic scholarships.

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Jane Yang, Ph.D. (University of Southern California, 2006)
Joined Emory: 2007
Associate Director of Outreach
Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology
Licensed Psychologist 

I am a Counseling Psychologist by training and earned my Ph.D. at the University of Southern California.  Prior to USC, I earned my undergraduate degree (BA in Psychology, with a Minor in Classical Civilizations) at Emory University. 

I am currently the Associate Director of Outreach and Consultation Services at CAPS.  A central part of my work is bringing care and expertise about mental health out into the campus community.  While many students know about CAPS and use our therapy services, many students are more comfortable receiving forms of mental health support outside of the center.  In my role, I work with students, faculty, and staff to increase CAPS’ connection to the larger Emory community, with the vision of better supporting students.  I am especially passionate about supporting students who hold identities and backgrounds that have been historically marginalized. 

My therapeutic style is collaborative and focused on empowerment.  When considering the challenges that bring people to therapy, I conceptualize from psychodynamic, interpersonal, multicultural, and cognitive-behavioral perspectives.  When working with students in therapy, I draw from these perspectives to inform our work. 

I was originally drawn to become a psychologist because of my own experiences as a Korean-American, cisgender woman.  Both my research and therapeutic work have focused on the identity development of Asian-descended individuals, the impact of immigration on family systems, and trauma.  While I have expertise in working with students of Asian descent, I also appreciate working with students who hold other racial/ethnic identities and who are exploring the impact of larger systems on their experiences at college.  This includes experiences of bias (microaggressions) and institutional oppression.  Additional areas in which I hold experience are spiritual identity development and athletic identity development.      

Administrative Support Staff 

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Karen photo Karen Griffith, Office Manager 
Derek Moore

Derek Moore, Administrative Assistant  

2018-2019 Professional Clinical Training Cohort 


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Ellis Bernstein, M.A.  (Auburn University)
Doctoral Intern

Clinical Interests:  I enjoy working with individuals, groups, families, and couples. I am interested in a wide range of clinical presentations, including identity development, self-esteem, self-image, relational issues, adjustment, trauma, depression, and anxiety.  My theoretical orientation is integrative, with primary roots in Person-Centered and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) modalities. I also regularly utilize Cognitive-Behavioral, Interpersonal, and Emotion-Focused interventions in my work.

Jason Edwards, M.A. (University of Missouri)
Doctoral Intern

Clinical Interests: I enjoy working with college students in both individual and group therapy. My clinical interests include anxiety, depression, identity development, and multicultural issues. I generally work from a cognitive behavioral perspective and draw on emotion focused and mindfulness techniques as needed.

Rachael Goins, MSW (The University of Chicago)
Post-MSW Fellow

Clinical Interests: identity formation, mixed/multicultural identities, LGBTQ+ communities, relationship issues, trauma and survivorship, loneliness/grief and family of origin difficulties. I draw on relational, psychodynamic, 3rd wave behaviorism, attachment, and bio-psycho-social theories in my approach. 

Amelia Hoyle, M.Ed. (University of Georgia)
Doctoral Intern

Clinical Interests: My clinical interests include relationship concerns, generalized anxiety, depression, disordered eating, substance use concerns, trauma and recovery, as well as identity development.  In my work with clients, I find the therapeutic relationship to be the most important tool for change and work to build a safe and collaborative environment. I believe that my clients are the experts of their own experiences and hope to empower them to capitalize on their own strengths through a multicultural feminist approach.

Canine Support Staff

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Beowulf (pronounced “Bay-Wolf”) is CAPS' certified therapy dog. She is a loveable, Native American Indian Dog with a little Golden Retriever mixed in. Beowulf is in the office weekdays (except Fridays) with her handler, Dr. Colleen Duffy, and will often be on campus too. She loves to say hello and it's OK to pet her. She loves meeting and working with Emory students! Additional Q/A about Beowulf can be found below.

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Phineas (AKA “Finn”) is Beowulf’s little brother.  Finn and Beowulf are from different litters and he is two years younger.  He is in training to be a certified therapy dog like his big sister.  Finn is CAPS' “canine outreach specialist” and will attend special events on campus from time to time.  He has congenital cataracts and may be eligible for surgery when he gets a little older to assist his vision.  He loves to greet students and is incredibly social!       

Requests to have Beowulf or Finn attend an event


November 15, 2018


Due high demand, Beowulf and Finn are unable to accommodate any additional requests for their presence at events this semester.  If you’d like to see Finn, please feel free to meet him at either of the following events:


Fun Finn Friday at Cox Computing Center on Friday, December 7, from 1:30-2:30 PM.


Woodruff Library Puppy Study Break on Thursday, December 13, from 11:30 AM-5 PM.  * Finn will be present from 12-1 PM. *



If you would like to invite Beowulf or Finn to attend an event, please complete an Outreach Request Form.  All requests should be made 2-3 weeks prior to the event.  Please keep in mind that during peak times of the semester, Beowulf and Finn may not be available to attend your event; however, we will post other events where you can meet them!



Contract Therapists

Angela Bethea Walsh, Ph.D.

Debra Dantzler, LPC, Ph.D.

Lauren Alloy, LCSW

Lianne Stevenson, LCSW

Megan Tarshis, LCSW

Michael Rothman, Ph.D.

Samera Sheikh, M.A., LPC


Beowulf & Finn:  Commonly Asked Questions
(Dr. Colleen Duffy, Licensed Psychologist, Beowulf & Finn’s Handler and Mom!)

What kind of dogs are they?

Beowulf & Finn are Native American Indian Dogs and have the same parents.  This is a rare breed totaling about 1,000 dogs.  Beowulf was born on January 21, 2015, and Finn was born on February 12, 2017.  They have hair (rather than fur) and shed about once a year so, as a result, they have less dander than many other breeds (* see footnote).     

How much do they weigh?

Beowulf weighs about 72 pounds and Finn is already 80 pounds.  Finn may get a little bigger as he doesn’t reach his full adult height and weight until he is about three years old. 

It is okay to come up and say ‘Hi” to Beowulf and Finn?

Please ask the handler, Dr. Colleen Duffy, first.  But as a general plan – yes, absolutely!  They have been trained to listen to their handler for instructions when greeting new people.  Finn is more outgoing and really enjoys meeting new people.  Beowulf likes a little more time to get to know you and she will be asked by her handler to move towards you to say hello.

What’s the difference between a Service Dog and a Therapy Dog?
Service dogs are utilized by one person to assist with a specific disability.  By contrast, therapy dogs are trained for multiple settings.  

How did you decide to get two Therapy Dogs for CAPS?

Dr. Duffy introduced the idea of a therapy dog for CAPS after witnessing how beneficial service dogs can be in providing greater autonomy and freedom for persons with various disabilities.  She became interested in the idea of how one dog could benefit multiple people.  Finn became CAPS second therapy dog when his medical conditions including congenital cataracts prohibited him from becoming a service dog.       

What does a Therapy Dog do?

Beowulf works with Dr. Duffy as an Animal Assisted Therapy Dog.  Many students find Beowulf to be a comforting and soothing presence.  Petting Beowulf during session can help reduce stress and anxiety, soothe feelings of loss or sadness, or help when discussing something painful and upsetting.  Finn serves as a great ambassador for CAPS outside of the office as part of CAPS’ outreach initiatives for the larger campus community.    

What kind of training is needed?

The Therapy Dog Certification process is quite rigorous and requires at least 150 hours of training for the dog and handler.  Beowulf and Dr. Duffy received their Therapy Dog Certification during the summer of 2016.  Finn will complete his Therapy Dog Certification during the summer.   

Please follow Beowulf and Finn on Beowulf’s Instagram & FaceBook accounts:

Beowulf’s Instagram Account:  @BEOWULF_EMORY_CAPS

Beowulf’s FaceBook Account:

*The American Kennel Club’s website: “According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, as much as 10% of the U.S. population is allergic to dogs. While no dog is 100% hypoallergenic, there are many breeds that do well with allergy sufferers. Dander, which is attached to pet hair, is what causes most pet allergies in humans and these dogs have a non-shedding coat that produces less dander.”