The Catholic University of America

Counseling Center Staff

 

The Counseling Center 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.DStaff Psychologist (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).

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.

Helena (Mimi) Martin, Ph.D. Staff Psychologist (University of Maryland) 

Dr. Helena (Mimi) Martin received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 2012 from the University of Maryland.   She has been a staff member at the CUA Counseling Center since 2013 and is a former graduate student trainee.  Her theoretical orientation is integrative, incorporating psychodynamic, relational, humanistic, existential, and cognitive-behavioral therapies.   She has a collaborative style and adjusts her approach to best address the concerns, comfort level, and personality of her clients.  Her clinical interests include relationship issues, emotion regulation issues, self-esteem issues, family of origin issues, and helping those who struggle to maintain a sense of meaning and equanimity in their life.  In her free time, she enjoys getting together with friends and family, listening to music, reading, and getting out and about. 

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 been on the Board of Accreditation of the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS) since 2012.

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 the Director of Externship Training and staff social worker.  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. Staff Psychologist and Director of Internship Training (George Mason University)

Dr. Jeffrey Volkmann, PhD is a 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 CenterAs 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 distress), reading (for pleasure) and most sports...soccer is probably his favorite to watch and play. He recently attended the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Andrea Liner, M.Psy. Doctoral Intern (George Washington University)

Andrea Liner is a doctoral candidate at George Washington University in clinical psychology. Andrea graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2011 with a B.S. in psychology and a B.A. in French. Andrea has focused her clinical training on individual and group psychotherapy and is completing her doctoral psychology internship at the CUA Counseling Center. Andrea enjoys working with a wide variety of clients and uses an integrative theoretical perspective primarily drawing on psychodynamic and interpersonal techniques. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys traveling, seeing movies, and exploring the culinary options in Washington, DC.

Emile T. Berk, M.S. Doctoral Intern (Seton Hall University)

As a fifth-year counseling psychology doctoral student at Seton Hall University, Emile is currently completing his doctoral internship at the CUA Counseling Center. He completed his master’s degree in clinical psychology at Loyola University Maryland in 2009. Emile utilizes an integrative approach to psychotherapy, drawing heavily on interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and existential theories. In addition, he strongly values the role that multicultural, developmental, and strengths-based frameworks offer. Emile views the therapeutic relationship as a fundamental element of therapy and aims to provide and safe and authentic relationship through which clients can explore their struggles and recognize their growth.

Rebecca Smith M.A. Doctoral Intern (Gallaudet University)

Rebecca Smith is a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student at Gallaudet University.  She graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in Psychology and completed her M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Gallaudet.  She has had training experiences with children and adults in inpatient and outpatient settings and is completing her doctoral psychology internship at the CUA Counseling Center.  Her doctoral research has focused on sexual assault experienced by Deaf women, and in particular, whether disclosing their assault experiences has been helpful.  Rebecca’s clinical interests include Deafness and disability, healthy relationships, mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and positive psychology.  Rebecca takes an integrative approach to therapy and typically draws from humanistic and interpersonal approaches in her work.  Outside of her work at the Counseling Center, Becky enjoys spending time with her family and pets (cat Kerry and retired racing greyhound Lola), reading for fun, watching nerdy TV, and cheering for the New Orleans Saints.