The Catholic University of America

 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. 


Staff Clinicians


Sarah Godoy, Ph.D. 

Staff Psychologist and Director of Outreach (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 feminist, 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 self-identify as 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 Internship Training (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 at the CUA Counseling Center since 2010, serving as the Director of Outreach until the fall of 2017 when he took on the role of Director of Internship Training. 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 historically underachieving and 2016 World Series Champion Cubs.




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


and self-awareness.   




Ali Phillips, PMH-NP 

Staff Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (Vanderbilt University)















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 therapist and maintains a private practice in individual, couple and family therapy.






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 Catholic University 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. 



Amy Fuhrmann, M.S., M.A.

Doctoral Intern (University of Maryland-College Park)


Amy Fuhrmann is a doctoral candidate in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Maryland – College Park. Prior to her doctoral study, Amy graduated from Ithaca College with a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in Psychology in 2007 and then a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Villanova University in 2012. Amy enjoys working with individuals with a diverse range of backgrounds and identities. While she tailors treatment to fit the needs of each individual, her approach largely integrates interpersonal, psychodynamic, and cognitive behavioral therapies. Amy’s clinical interests include the connection between mental and physical health, therapy process and outcome, visible and invisible identities, meaning-making, self-compassion, and supervision and training.  


Laura Herron, M.A.

Doctoral Intern (American University)


Laura Herron is a doctoral candidate in American University’s Clinical Psychology program.  Her previous clinical training includes the Washington DC VA Medical Center, the American University Counseling Center and the Capital Institute for Cognitive Therapy. She is a member of AU’s Emotions and Positive Psychology Lab, and her doctoral research focuses on mindfulness, self-compassion and emotion regulation.  Clinically, Laura takes an integrative approach, incorporating aspects of humanism, relational approaches, and mindfulness into cognitive-behavioral therapy.  Outside of work, she enjoys yoga, time with friends, and being outdoors.


Jess MacIntyre, M.S.

Doctoral Intern (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)


Jess MacIntyre is a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences where she is completing her dissertation examining real-time affect and emotion regulation. She graduated with honors from Cornell University in 2009 with a B.S. in Human Development. Jess takes an integrative approach to therapy, employing techniques from interpersonal and cognitive-behavioral orientations while also drawing heavily from her training in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Her particular clinical interests include identity development, life transitions, trauma, and work with active-duty and veteran communities. In her free time, Jess loves traveling, perusing home design websites, watching international TV and movies, and continuing to explore her hometown of D.C.




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.


Tyler Johnson

Administrative Assistant (Towson University)
















Morgan McDonald, M.A.

Psychometrist (Catholic University of America)
















Maggie Smith, M.A.

Administrative Assistant (Catholic University of America)


Maggie started working at the Counseling Center shortly after graduating from Catholic 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 recently completed an 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.