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This is a picture of Wanda CollinsWanda Collins, Ph.D.
 (Virginia Commonwealth University, 1998)
Assistant Vice President and Director of CAPS, Licensed Psychologist
wanda.collins@emory.edu 

I joined Emory in 2015 as the Assistant Vice President and Director of Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS).  In addition to directing CAPS, I serve as part of the Executive Leadership Team for Emory’s Division of Campus Life.  I’m a counseling psychologist and earned my Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.  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. I enjoy the diversity of activities involved in counseling center work such as providing clinical services, engaging in outreach and consultation, conducting supervision and training, fostering team building, improving systems and services, and working with colleagues across the university. 

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.

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.


This is a picture of Cynthia Whitehead-LaBooCynthia Whitehead-LaBoo, Ph.D.
 (Ohio State University, 1991)
Associate Director of Clinical Services, Licensed Psychologist,
Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology


I am a licensed clinical psychologist and joined the CAPS staff in 1993.  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.

This is a picture of Jane YangJane Yang, Ph.D. (University of Southern California, 2006)

Associate Director of Outreach, Licensed Psychologist,
Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology


In 2007, I joined the CAPS staff as a full-time staff member, both seeing students for therapy and coordinating the center’s outreach services.  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.      

Luis Alvarez PhotoLuis R. Alvarez, LMSW, CAMS-II (University of Georgia, 2014)

Licensed Master Social Worker & Certified Anger Management Specialist, Active Minds Advisor

I joined Emory University‘s Counseling and Psychological Services in the summer of 2017 as Staff Clinician. I am also the current advisor to Active Minds. 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.


This is a picture of D. Thandi ChaseD. Thandi Chase, L.C.S.W.
 (Howard University, 1998; Post-MSW Fellowship, Yale School of Medicine, Child Study Center, 1998-2000)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  I joined Emory’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) in 2003. 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.  


This is a picture of Colleen Duffy.Colleen Duffy, Ph.D
 (University of North Texas, 2000)
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.  


This is a picture of Barbara EmmanuelBarbara Emmanuel, L.C.S.W.
 (University of Georgia, 2000)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Group Coordinator

She/her/hers.  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 for four years.  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. 


This is a picture of Mahlet Endale.Mahlet Endale, Ph.D.
 (University of Georgia, 2007)
Licensed Psychologist, Suicide Prevention Coordinator

I joined Emory Counseling and Psychological Services in August of 2012.  I did most of my training at the University of Georgia including a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a masters in community counseling, and a doctoral degree in counseling psychology.  I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the Johns Hopkins counseling center and served as a postdoctoral fellow at Georgia State’s counseling center.  I worked at the Georgia Tech counseling center for 4 years as a staff psychologist (and outreach coordinator for 2 years) before coming to Emory.

At Emory I serve as the Suicide Prevention Coordinator.  This means that in addition to seeing clients, I respond to students through the online anonymous stress and depression screening via the Emory Cares 4 U website (http://www.emorycaresforyou.emory.edu/), coordinating and providing Question Persuade Refer (QPR) suicide prevention gatekeeper training for the campus, as well as training and advising Emory’s Helpline.

In my counseling work I start with a foundation approach of cognitive behavioral and multicultural framework.  I especially appreciate working with individuals facing stress associated with anxiety, trauma, acculturation, identity development, minority status, and interpersonal concerns. 

I am originally from Ethiopia and arrived in the U.S. after a 5-year stint in the Netherlands.  Traveling has stayed in my blood leading me to visit 5 of 7 continents.  It is a hope to one day set foot on all 7 in my lifetime.  Currently I have South America and Antarctica left.  This will need to wait for a bit, though, as I am a new mom to a baby boy.  Maybe someday he will trek through Antarctica with me! 


This is a picture of Courtney GlennCourtney Glenn, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
 (University of Georgia, 2004)
Clinical Case Manager

I joined Emory‘s Counseling and Psychological Services in 2016 in the new position of Clinical Case Manager. 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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Mahkada Taylor, Ph.D. (Howard University, 2013)

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. I joined the Emory CAPS team in May 2017.

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.


This is a picture of Katherine Werner.Katherine Werner, Psy.D.
 (Georgia School of Professional Psychology, 2014)
Licensed Psychologist 

I joined Emory Counseling and Psychological Services in September of 2016. I am so happy to join Emory’s community and to be back in my hometown of Atlanta. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. I completed my master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology at the Georgia School of Professional Psychology here in Atlanta. I 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.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

This is a picture of Karen Griffith.KAREN GRIFFITH, Office Manager











This is a picture of Barbara Johnson.BARBARA JOHNSON, Administrative Assistant
I Joined the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) department in 1999.  I am the Program Administrative Assistant to the Associate Director for Training.  Prior to joining CAPS, I worked in the Campus Planning Project Management and Construction office.  I have been employed by Emory University for 19 years.





GEORGIANA ALEXIS, Secretary



PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL TRAINING COHORT
(2016-17)

This is a picture of Alana Carrasco.Alanna Carrasco, Psy.D. (Our Lady of the Lake University)
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Clinical Interests: I am passionate about working with clients dealing with concerns around bi-ethnic/multi-ethnic identity development, depression and anxiety, relational issues, issues of spirituality, interpersonal group therapy, and mental health pertaining to Greek Life members, student athletes, and international students. My theoretical lens/therapeutic approach come from a combination of strengths-based counseling, interpersonal development, and attachment theory.



This is a picture of Nicole Chery.Nicole Chery, M.Ed., NCC (University of Tennessee)
Advanced Graduate Clinician, Doctoral Intern
Clinical Interests: Trauma and Recovery, Multicultural Identity and Intersectionality (including but not limited to working with LGBTQ+ students, immigrant and international students, racial and ethnic minority students, veteran students, students with disabilities and first-generation college students), Adjustment and Development, Mood Disorders. Theoretical approach involves Client–centered, interpersonal process and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with a feminist-multicultural lens. 



This is a picture of Tyler FinkleaTyler Finklea, Ph.D. (Florida State University, 2016)
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Clinical Interests:  Identity concerns, Intersecting identities, Symptoms and disorders of anxiety, Symptoms and disorders of depression, Adjustment concerns, International students, Trauma and recovery, Psychodynamic theory, Attachment theory, Emotion focused therapy, Interpersonal perspectives, and Multicultural perspectives.




This is a picture of Terrence HarperTerrence Harper, M.S. (Eastern Michigan University)
Advanced Graduate Clinician, Doctoral Intern
Clinical Interests: Identity Concerns (especially racial and ethnic identity development); Multicultural Issues in therapy; Adjustment Concerns; Relational Issues; Spirituality; Phase of Life problems. Theoretical approach incorporates social justice counseling, acceptance and commitment therapeutic techniques, as well as interpersonal and multicultural/feminist perspectives.



This is a picture of Elizabeth Mass.Elizabeth Mass, L.M.S.W. (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. 








This is a picture of Laura Morrison.Laura Morrison, MSW (University of North Carolina – 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




Jasmine Winbush (Roosevelt University)
Advanced Graduate Clinician, Doctoral Intern
Clinical Interests: Multicultural psychology (emphasis on working with racial/ethnic minorities and LGBTQ-identified individuals); Trauma and recovery; Identity development; Relational issues; Spirituality; Sexual concerns; Social justice. Theoretical approach involves relational psychotherapy with an incorporation of multicultural/feminist/systems perspectives.




This is a picture of Beowulf.Beowulf 
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. 




CONTRACT THERAPISTS (2016-17)

Andreka Peat, Psy.D., MPH

Betsy Frasier, LCSW

Chantea Williams, Ph.D.

Debra Dantzler, LPC, Ph.D.

Jena Parham, LCSW

Lauren Alloy, LCSW

Maria Walker, LCSW

Megan Tarshis, LCSW

Michael Rothman, Ph.D.

Samera Sheikh, M.A., LPC

 

BEOWULF QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:

What kind of dog is she?  Beowulf is a Native American Indian Dog – and yes, she looks like a long-haired German Shephard.  This breed is highly intelligent and very social but also a little shy.  She has hair (rather than fur) and sheds about once a year so, as a result, has less dander than many other breeds.   

How old is she?  Beowulf was born on January 21, 2015.  

How much does she weigh - will she get much bigger?  Beowulf weighs about 65 pounds and we anticipate that she could grow to be between 80-90 pounds.  Her mother was 65 pounds and her father was 80 pounds.  

It is okay to come up and say ‘Hi” to Beowulf?  Please ask the handler, Dr. Colleen Duffy, first.  But as a general plan – yes, absolutely!  Beowulf has been trained to listen to her handler for instructions when greeting new people so, as with any dog, please ask the handler first if it’s OK to pet her.  Beowulf will be asked by her trainer to sit and then she will move towards you to say hello.  If you want to pet her, please extend your hand and she’ll come to you – pet her first underneath her chin, and then it’s OK to pet her head. 

How did you pick Beowulf’s name?  Beowulf was known as puppy “B” for the first four months of her life as she was born second in a litter of seven puppies.  Her trainer named her Beowulf using “B.”  Beowulf’s name reflects the nature of her historical namesake “Hero of All Heroes” and “Slayer of Demons” – a great name for a therapy dog. 

How did you decide to get a Therapy Dog 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.  Dr. Duffy had been looking for a therapy dog for some time when she saw Beowulf on the Paws for Life website and immediately contacted the trainer.  Dr. Duffy had never heard of the Native American Indian Dog breed before but, upon meeting her, recognized that Beowulf would be great for Emory.  

What does a Therapy Dog do?  A therapy dog assists people in many ways.  Petting a therapy dog during session can help reduce stress and anxiety, soothe feelings of loss or sadness, or induce a greater sense of calm when discussing something painful and upsetting.  Ironically, therapy dogs can help build trust with another human (the therapist) if they have been harmed by other relationships.  In fact, many students ask if they can meet with Beowulf when they come to CAPS as they find her a comforting and soothing presence.  Beowulf also serves as a great ambassador for CAPS outside of the office as part of CAPS’ outreach initiatives (i.e., de-stressing during final exams) for the larger campus community.  Beowulf’s temperament is a great match for both therapy clients at CAPS and students on campus as she is highly adaptable and good in crowds.  

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 (i.e., PTSD, other psychiatric diagnoses, diabetes, seizures, mobility issues, visual impairment, hearing difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorders).  Service dogs must serve at least one purpose or function, such as forewarning of a seizure or alerting that the phone is ringing.  By contrast, therapy dogs are trained for multiple settings (i.e., hospital, school, counseling centers, courtrooms) and so must be good around many people.  

The waitlist for Service Dogs (and therapy dogs) can be quite lengthy depending on the model that is utilized by the training organization.  Typically, service dogs are trained for about a year and then paired with a person.  An alternative model is to pair a puppy with a person/handler for bonding and then the handler undergoes most of the training with their dog.   Dr. Duffy was paired with Beowulf when Beowulf was seven-months-old so they are learning together! 

What kind of training does she need?  The Therapy Dog Certification process is quite rigorous and requires at least 150 hours of training for the dog and handler.  Beowulf received her American Kennel Club S.T.A.R. Puppy requirement on October 24, 2015, and completed her Canine Good Citizen Test on January 2, 2016.  The Therapy Dog Certification was completed in July, 2016.     


Beowulf’s Instagram Account:  @BEOWULF_EMORY_CAPS

Beowulf’s FaceBook Account:  https://www.facebook.com/Beowulfemory/

 

PLEASE NOTE:  If for any reason you have concerns about being at CAPS when Beowulf is present, please let us know when you call for your appointment.  We would be happy to talk with you about how best to accommodate your needs.  American Indian Dogs are one of the breeds that shed less because they have hair rather than fur so they shed their undercoat once a year.  For more information about this breed: http://www.petguide.com/breeds/dog/native-american-indian-dog/

*AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB:  “So, you want a dog but have always had an allergy attack whenever you've been around one -- you're not alone! According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, as much as 10% of the population in the U.S. is allergic to dogs. While no dog is 100% hypoallergenic, there are a variety of breeds that do well with allergy sufferers. These dogs have a predictable, non-shedding coat which produces less dander. Dander, which is attached to pet hair, is what causes most pet allergies in humans.”  (source:  http://www.akc.org/about/faq-allergies/)