The Counseling Center clinical staff includes psychologists, social workers, a psychiatrist, and psychology and social work graduate student counselors. While some of our staff have particular areas of expertise, each staff member is trained to assess and treat a wide variety of concerns.
Kathryn Campana-Scherer, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist and Coordinator of Group Therapy (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Dr. Kathryn Campana-Scherer has been at the Counseling Center at Catholic University of America since 2011. She obtained her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010, studying forgiveness, attachment and relationship break-ups. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, and her post-doctoral fellowship at University of South Carolina. Katie works with clients using an interpersonal/relational perspective; she knows relationships are vital for mental health, which is why she also enjoys group therapy. She frequently integrates cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness techniques into her work, especially when working with anxiety and substance misuse. She enjoys exploring sexuality and gender in clinical work, frequently working with the LGBT community. She uses creative methods in therapy, and often invites clients to use imagery in art or her sandtray to express themselves. She has lived in Europe and all over the US, and loves to travel and experience different cultures. She enjoys yoga, trivia, cooking, museums, video games, and spending time with her friends, family, and dog (Bowser).
Sarah Godoy, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist and Coordinator of Social Media (American University)
Dr. Sarah Godoy received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from American University in 2014. She completed her doctoral internship at the Catholic University of America and her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan. In therapy, Dr. Godoy uses an integrative approach with a humanistic, multicultural foundation and incorporates elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) through the International Association of Trauma Professionals and has particular clinical interests working with trauma survivors, students who identify as being members of historically oppressed/marginalized groups, and students who have eating/body image concerns. Outside of work, Dr. Godoy enjoys running, yoga, reading, and brunching.
Mark LaSota, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist and Director of Outreach (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)
Dr. Mark LaSota received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2008. He has been a staff psychologist and Director of Outreach at the CUA Counseling Center since 2010. His theoretical orientation most closely resembles an integration of cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal therapies, while incorporating aspects of mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dr. LaSota’s clinical interests reside in understanding and treating anxiety, with a specific emphasis on perfectionism, in addition to considering masculinity and aspects of privilege. Outside of work, in addition to spending time with his family and enjoying recreational offerings of the DC-Baltimore area, Dr. LaSota follows Chicago sports teams, especially the underachieving Cubs.
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).
Karen Miller, LICSW received her Masters of Social Work from The George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis in 1999. She has been a staff member of the Counseling Center at Catholic University since January of 2008. Prior to her work at CUA, she specialized in working with at-risk children, youth, and families. Karen works with clients from a Cognitive-Behavioral perspective, though she integrates aspects of relational and humanistic theories as well. Her style is straight-forward and direct and she is strong believer of utilizing humor in therapy. Karen also supervises advanced graduate students in social work and psychology. Her particular areas of clinical interest are trauma, issues related to family of origin, individuation, relationships, and building strengths and self-awareness.
Monroe Rayburn, Ph.D.
Director, Counseling Center (University of South Carolina)
Dr. Monroe Rayburn received his Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology in 1998 from the University of South Carolina. He has been on the CUA Counseling Center staff since 1998, having served as the Director since 2003. He utilizes an integrative style in his clinical practice. He incorporates humanistic/existential elements as well as cognitive-behavioral approaches in his work as a therapist for CUA student clients as well as a supervisor for advanced graduate students in psychology and social work. His clinical interests include depression, anxiety (including OCD, panic, and phobias), trauma, and family of origin issues. He has been affiliated with the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington since 2001, has served as the unofficial coordinator of the Washington Metro Area Counseling Center Directors (WMACCD) since 2005, and has served on the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS) Board of Accreditation since 2012 and Board of Directors since 2015.
Dorothy Van Dam, Ph.D., L.I.C.S.W.
Staff Social Worker and Director of Externship Training (Columbia University)
Dorothy Van Dam, Ph.D., LICSW has been working at the CUA Counseling Center for over 20 years. She is Board Certified in Clinical Social Work and is the Director of Externship Training. She also is on the faculty of NCSSS and teaches Human Sexuality. Dr. Van Dam earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Social Work from The Catholic University of America and a Master’s Degree from Columbia University School of Social Work. Her research interest is clinical supervision and client goal attainment. Dr. Van Dam is an AASECT certified sex therapist and maintains a private practice in individual, couple and family therapy.
Jeffrey R Volkmann, Ph.D., ABPP
Staff Psychologist and Director of Internship Training (George Mason University)
Dr. Jeffrey Volkmann, PhD is a Board Certified Licensed Clinical Psychologist. He completed his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at George Mason University in 2009. Dr. Volkmann is currently the Internship Training Director and a Staff Psychologist at the Counseling Center. As the Training Director, Dr. Volkmann is responsible for the development and implementation of a training program that meets the expectations established by the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Accreditation. As a clinician, Dr. Volkmann uses integrative techniques, drawing primarily from the Humanistic, Positive Psychology and Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) orientations, in order to effectively meet the needs of individuals he works with. He believes that the client-therapist relationship is an essential aspect of therapeutic change. Outside of work Dr. Volkmann enjoys cooking (to de-stress), reading (for pleasure) and most sports...soccer is probably his favorite to watch and play. He recently attended the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Kristin Zauel, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Dr. Kristin Zauel received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2000. She completed her doctoral internship at the Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado, and her post-doctoral fellowship at the Warm Springs Counseling Center and Training Institute in Boise, Idaho. After 10 years in private practice in Boise, Dr. Zauel was thrilled to return to the D.C. area and join the staff of the CUA Counseling Center. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and has a particular interest in working with students with eating/body image concerns, anxiety disorders, and self-esteem issues. Dr. Zauel uses a relational approach with clients, while also incorporating elements of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and self-compassion. In her free time, Dr. Zauel enjoys traveling, horseback riding, reading, and volunteering at her children’s school.
Erin Gelzer, M.Psy.
Doctoral Intern (George Washington University)
Erin Gelzer is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at George Washington University. Erin greatly enjoys working with a variety of clients and uses an integrative approach, based primarily on psychodynamic, relational, and mindfulness interventions. Prior to graduate school, she worked in business for a decade, focusing on leadership roles within finance, investment management, marketing and real estate development. She graduated with honors from Princeton University and received her MBA from Wharton.
Frances Rekrut, M.A.
Doctoral Intern (American University)
Frances Rekrut is a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at American University. She graduated from Skidmore College in 2006 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in American Studies. Frances enjoys working with clients from diverse backgrounds using an integrative approach that incorporates psychodynamic as well as cognitive-behavioral (CBT) orientations. Her clinical interests include anxiety, identity development, visible and invisible disability, and working with the LGBT community. In her free time, Frances enjoys reading, traveling, and listening to podcasts.
Katherine Ross, M.A., M.S.Ed.
Doctoral Intern (University of Maryland-College Park)
Katherine Ross is a doctoral candidate in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program at University of Maryland – College Park. Prior to her doctoral program, Katherine earned a master’s degree in Counseling and Psychological Services from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Psychology from Georgetown University. Katherine enjoys working with clients from a diverse range of backgrounds and identities. Her approach to therapy is integrative, drawing largely on interpersonal techniques and multicultural awareness. Katherine also has professional experience working in career development and disability support. Her doctoral research has focused on the intersection between physical and mental health and how people communicate and seek support around difficult topics.
Counseling Center Administrative Staff
The Counseling Center’s administrative staff are the people who visitors to the Counseling Center are most likely to first meet. They are responsible for coordinating schedules, appointments, and testing accommodations and can answer your questions about procedures and policies.
Morgan McDonald, M.A.
Psychometrist (Catholic University of America)
Administrative Assistant (Catholic University of America)
Maggie started working at the Counseling Center shortly after graduating from CUA with a BA in Secondary English Education and a minor in Theology and Religious Studies. Among other tasks, Maggie builds the master schedule for the Counseling Center. Maggie is currently pursuing a MA in Moral Theology and Ethics, and her long-term goal is to work on holistic curriculum development and teach theology in a Catholic high school. Maggie is actively involved in pro-life and young adult ministry, and in her free time she enjoys reading, writing, singing, tutoring, cooking, and exploring DC by bike.