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.

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).