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.D. Staff 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.
Afiya Mangum Mbilishaka, Ph.D. Staff Psychologist (Howard University)
Dr. Afiya Mangum Mbilishaka received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2010 from Howard University. She has been on the CUA Counseling Center staff since 2012 and is a former graduate student trainee from the 2007-2008 academic year. She incorporates narrative therapy elements as well as multicultural approaches in her work as a therapist for CUA student clients as well as a supervisor for advanced graduate students in psychology. Her clinical interests include relationship concerns, group therapy, identity development and dilemmas, student of color concerns and race-related stress, women and young adult concerns, holistic health and wellness, and social justice.
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). Individual, couple, family and group psychotherapy.
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 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 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.