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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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Luis R. Alvarez, L.C.S.W., CAMS-II  (University of Georgia, 2014)
Joined Emory: 2017
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Certified Anger Management Specialist
Active Minds Advisor 

I was born and raised in Puerto Rico where I started my studies in social work. I was also fortunate to have academic experiences in Spain and Mexico. I completed my bachelor’s degree in social work at Dalton State College and my master’s degree in social work with a clinical concentration at the University of Georgia. I am also a Certified Anger Management Specialist.

Prior to working at CAPS, I have had the opportunities to work with children, youth and families, immigrants, LGBTQ* individuals, people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic conditions, adults experiencing mental health and substance use difficulties, and community groups.

I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families. I also have a passion for working with communities in the areas of training, education, and empowerment. My work is framed by person-in-environment, multicultural, Queer Theory, and System’s Theory perspectives. I also believe that it is important to consider a person’s intersectionality of identities and unique worldviews. Being bilingual in English/Spanish, I find the role of language in the therapeutic process and identity development fascinating. I draw from different theoretical frameworks and treatment modalities including Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Outside of CAPS, I enjoy spending time watching the latest movies and reading interesting research articles.

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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
Interim Training Director  

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
Group Coordinator


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

I am originally from Chicago, IL and joined the CAPS team in September 2017 becoming one of the newest members of the senior staff. 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 have also 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 Professional Counselor 

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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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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Derek Moore

Derek Moore, Administrative Assistant  

2017-18 Professional Clinical Training Cohort (404-727-7450)

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Rhonda Donoho, M.A.  (New York University)
Doctoral Intern 

Clinical Interests: identity, self-esteem, self-image, relational issues, adjustment, depression, and anxiety. I also enjoy group, couples and family therapy. My theoretical orientation is integrative, as my goal is to work collaboratively to determine your needs. I draw from frameworks including psychodynamic, relational, cognitive-behavior therapy, mindfulness and multicultural perspectives.

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Rebekah Gueco, M.A.  (California School of Professional Psychology)
Doctoral Intern 

Clinical Interests:  I enjoy working with individuals, families, and especially couples. My interests are in multiculturalism, including working with racial/ethnic minorities, underserved populations, and the American Indian/Alaska Native population; prevention of substance use disorders and related issues; identity exploration; relational issues; suicidality; consultation; and Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). My theoretical orientation is integrative and collaborative, and involves cognitive behavioral, systemic, interpersonal, developmental, and strengths-based approaches.

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Anthony Hansen, Ph.D.  (University of Georgia, 2017)
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Clinical Interests: Relationships/relational problems, trauma and recovery, identity concerns (including but not limited to sexuality, diversity in gender, atheists and other types of secular individuals), veterans and other non-traditional students, social justice/intersectionality.  I work primarily from an interpersonal process approach, but also incorporate elements of cognitive therapy, relational, ACT, feminist, and dynamic models in therapy.

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Alexis Lopez, M.A.  (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
Doctoral Intern 

Clinical Interests: My clinical interests include acculturation difficulties, depression, generalized and social anxiety, identity development, self-injurious behavior, and trauma. Whether providing individual, family, or group therapy, my theoretical approach integrates relational cognitive-behavioral theory and a multicultural, systems-informed framework. I also incorporate elements of attachment theory and strength-based approaches.

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Elizabeth Mass, LMSW  (The Catholic University of America, 2016)
Post-MSW Fellow 

Clinical Interests: Strengths-based practice, Psychodynamic therapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy, Solution-focused therapy, Adjustment issues, Anxiety disorders, Identity development, Self-injurious behavior, Trauma, and Social Justice

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Laura Morrison, MSW  (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016)
Post-MSW Fellow 

Clinical Interests:  Trauma and recovery; couples therapy and relationship issues, including intimate partner violence; sexuality and gender; attachment theory; interpersonal therapy; and group therapy

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Julia Rizzo, Psy.D.  (Springfield College, 2017)
Post-Doctoral Fellow 

Clinical Interests: Identity development, interpersonal functioning and relational concerns, social justice, oppression, empowerment, trauma and recovery, grief & loss, depression, working with student-athletes. I primarily work from person centered and interpersonal process approaches, taking social and historical contexts into consideration.

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

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!


Notice: April 11, 2018

Due to the time of the semester, Beowulf and Finn’s social calendars are full!  Thus, they are currently unavailable to participate in additional events.  If you would like to meet Finn, please visit him during Fun Finn Fridays on April 20, 27, or May 4, from 11 AM-Noon in Cox Hall Computing Center, Classroom B. See the flyer.


Contract Therapists

Angela Bethea Walsh, Ph.D.

Debra Dantzler, LPC, Ph.D.

Jamie Steele, LMFT

Lauren Alloy, LCSW

Lianne Stevenson, LCSW

Mahlet Endale, Ph.D.

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.”