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The Counseling Center staff includes psychologists, social workers, a psychiatrist and psychology and social work graduate students. While some of our staff have particular areas of expertise, each staff member is trained to assess and treat a wide variety of concerns. Staff at the Counseling Center are also available to consult on a variety of issues affecting student growth and development. This consultation may include providing information and handouts on a chosen topic, assisting with workshop design, or facilitating a desired program. If you would like to consult with a staff member, please contact the Counseling Center at 202-319-5765.

Senior Staff

Kathryn Campana-Scherer, Ph.D. Staff Psychologist (Virginia Commonwealth University).  Psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapies; short and long-term individual, couples, and group therapy; women’s issues; LGBT issues; relationship issues; forgiveness of self and others in relationships; substance misuse and abuse; use of creative methods (specifically san tray and art) in psychotherapy. 

Sarah Godoy Predoctoral Psychology Intern (American University). Integrative, humanistic, and psychodynamic/relational therapies; Eating disorders and body image concerns; Racial and ethnic identity; Existential questions; Life transitions and adjustment issues; Mindfulness techniques.

Mark LaSota, Ph.D. Staff Psychologist and Director of Outreach (University of Nevada, Las Vegas). Cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal therapies, anxiety conditions (with an emphasis on perfectionism and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders), masculinity, and themes associated with privilege.

Afiya Mangum, Ph.D. Staff Psychologist (Howard University). Narrative therapy, group therapy, relationship concerns, identity development and dilemmas, student of color concerns and race-related stress, women and young adult concerns, wholistic health and wellness, social justice.

Helena (Mimi) Martin, Ph.D. Staff Psychologist (University of Maryland) Integrative therapy with a psychodynamic focus, identity issues, interpersonal difficulties, emotion-regulation challenges, existential concerns, the promotion of personal growth and development, positive psychology, and research regarding psychotherapeutic interventions.

Angiolina Melchiorre, M.D. Staff Psychiatrist (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy, Gemelli Polyclinic). General Adult Psychiatry.

Karen Miller, L.I.C.S.W. Staff Social Worker (Washington University). Individual and group therapy, cognitive-behavioral, trauma focused, and adjustment and transition issues.

Monroe Rayburn, Ph.D. Director, Counseling Center (University of South Carolina). Cognitive-behavioral and humanistic psychotherapies, depression, self-esteem, obsessive-compulsive and related anxiety disorders.

Laila Salem Predoctoral Psychology Intern (American School of Professional Psychology,Washington DC at Argosy).  Integrative approaches to psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness-based techniques, emotion regulation issues, depression,  anxiety, relationship issues, adjustment issues.

Amanda Schwait Predoctoral Psychology Intern (University of Florida). Eclectic therapy with a cognitive-behavioral focus; eating disorders and body image; mindfulness;  anxiety and stress management; personal growth and holistic wellness.

Dorothy Van Dam, Ph.D., L.I.C.S.W. Staff Social Worker and Director of Externship Training (Columbia University). Individual, couple, family and group psychotherapy.

Jeffrey R Volkmann, Ph.D. Staff Psychologist, and Director of Internship Training (George Mason University). Humanism, Positive Psychology (e.g. Forgiveness, Humor), The Integration of Therapeutic Modalities, Cross-Cultural and International Psychology, and Group Therapy.