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Interns, CRs, BASICS, and Trainees

CPS is also staffed by psychology interns, who are completing doctoral degrees from universities around the country, and trainees from the Clinical Psychology, Counselor Education, and Social Work departments on the OU Athens campus. CPS also has BASICS counselors, who are graduate students trained in alcohol and drug screening and intervention, as well as Counselors-in-Residence who include doctoral graduate students who live in the residence halls and provide outreach and crisis intervention to students on campus.

2018-2019 Predoctoral Psychology Interns

Shamima Akhter, M.A.

Shamima Akhter completed her doctorate course work at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. She is currently embarking on her journey through a psychology internship at Ohio University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Shamima has training in a wide variety of settings from university counseling, school, to community mental health. Her passion lies in working with international students, multicultural groups, and couples. Shamima envisions therapy as a safe space for individuals experiencing stressful events. She endeavors to form a companionship with clients and help them find paths that are right for them.  During her free time Shamima enjoys reading about shapeshifters, hiking, and spending time with her family.

Marque Griggs, M.S.

Marque completed his Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling at Fort Valley State University in 2012 and worked in the mental health field as a counselor for two and a half years before beginning his doctorate program in Counseling Psychology at Tennessee State University. He is a pre-doctoral intern at Ohio University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Areas of clinical interest include short-term/brief integrative treatment models, group, and experiential models. He also maintains a heavy emphasis on multiculturalism and social justice. Outside of work, Marque loves dancing, watching movies, spending time outdoors, and making others laugh.

Briana Weisner, M.S.

Briana is currently completing her year-long internship at Ohio University. This is her last step before earning her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Before coming to OU, Briana gained a breadth of experiencing working with young adults and adults in community mental health and residential settings. Briana’s approach to therapy is often from a cognitive-behavioral lens, while also regularly incorporating mindfulness, acceptance and commitment, and dialectical behavior techniques. Although these are the primary treatment models that guide her treatment, Briana views the therapy process as collaborative and individualized, and she strives to tailor treatment to best suit her clients’ needs and goals. Briana has a number of clinical interests including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, multicultural issues, relational issues, and identity development. Additionally, she has a passion for working with the eating disorder population and promoting healthy and positive body image and acceptance. In her free time, Briana enjoys engaging in athletic activities, watching Netflix, and spending time with her family and friends.

Clinical Counselor Graduate Assistants

  • Nestor Avila
  • Madeline Stevens


  • Nestor Avila
  • Jon Monopoli
  • Joel Wyatt

Clinical Psychology/Counselor Education/Social Work Trainees

  • Daniel Amparbeng
  • Kevin David
  • Shelby Martin
  • Sean Stumbo

Past Fellows

2017-2018 Fellows

  • Nathan Sainsbury, Psy.D.

  • Brock Schludecker, Psy.D.

2016-2017 Fellow

  • Lauren Ranney, Psy.D.

Past Predoctoral Psychology Interns

2017-2018 Predoctoral Psychology Intern

  • Sierra Garthwaite, M.A.

2016-2017 Predoctoral Psychology Interns

  • Michelle Barron-Wearsch, M.Ed.
  • Lindsay Donofrio, M.A.

2015-2016 Predoctoral Psychology Interns

  • Brad Myers, M.A.
  • Lauren Ranny, M.S.
  • Alex Rowell, M.A.

2014-2015 Predoctoral Psychology Interns

  • Paul Carbajal, M.A.
  • Elisabeth Knauer-Turner, M.S.
  • Mitch Powers, M.A.

2013-2014 Predoctoral Psychology Interns

  • Joe Bennett, M.A.
  • Bryan Conrad, M.S.
  • Kendra Mathys, M.A.

2012-2013 Predoctoral Psychology Interns

  • Melinda Honeycutt, M.A.
  • Johanna Malaret, M.A.
  • Amber Silverman, M.A.

2011-2012 Predoctoral Psychology Interns

  • Meghan Kean, M.A.
  • Matthew Kellar, M.A.
  • Anna Stark, M.S.

2010-2011 Predoctoral Psychology Interns

  • Kristi Peterson
  • Brandi Pritchett
  • Sofie Shouse