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Emily Brunton
Health Services Associate

Emily is a full-time Health Services Associate for CPS. In the years prior to joining Ohio University, she worked in the optical field as a Licensed Optician. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Social Work here at O.U. When away from CPS, she enjoys exploring the outdoors and spending time with her family at Burr Oak Lake.

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Paul Castelino, Ph.D.

Dr. Castelino is a licensed psychologist and a licensed professional clinical counselor.  He received his doctoral degree in counseling psychology at Loyola University Chicago.  He came to Ohio University in 2005 as a staff psychologist and in 2009 he went to West Virginia University to serve as the Training Director at their counseling center. He returned to Ohio University fall of 2012 as an Associate/Clinic Director. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Diversity Leadership Mentoring Award presented by the Association for University and College Counseling Centers Directors (AUCCCD) and in 2009, he received the Diversity Scholar Award presented by the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA). His initial clinical work and training included working in Chicago area hospitals (Cook County Hospital, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Veterans Affairs - Hines, IL). Since 2003, he has worked in university counseling centers. His clinical orientation and emphasis is on developmental and multicultural/empowerment models. His clinical interests include working with college students who present with depression, anxiety, interpersonal, emotional, and spiritual concerns. He is an active member of American Psychological Association.

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Samantha Christopher, Ph.D.

Sam received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Texas Tech University after completing her internship at The Ohio State University’s Counseling and Consultation Service. After finishing her degree, she stayed at Ohio State’s counseling center and completed her Post-Doctoral Clinical Fellowship before moving back to Athens (Sam finished her undergraduate degree at OU). Sam caters the therapy experience to meet students’ specific needs and goals, and focus on variables that make each person unique – including intersecting identities, culture, and personal strengths. She approaches therapy from an integrative perspective, bringing together feminist, multicultural, and existential approaches with other therapeutic tools like narrative, solution-focused, and interpersonal process interventions. She believes a secure therapy relationship gives room for growth, self-exploration, and change – and because of this she places a great deal of importance on her relationship with students and values transparency, authenticity, and honesty in the therapy relationship. She welcomes and enjoys working with people who come to therapy with a variety of presenting concerns. These include (but are not at all limited to): grief and loss, anxiety and panic, depression, trauma, graduate student concerns, vocational/career development, adjusting and/or transitioning to new phases in life, relationship/family concerns, and identity exploration.
In her personal life she practices yoga and meditation to maintain a sense of balance and uses those tools to help her continue learning about herself as a human being. She also enjoys reading, nature, running, music, eating, writing, standup comedy, Netflix-ing, spending time with friends and family, walking, and cuddling with her dogs.

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Rebecca Conrad Davenport, Ph.D.
Associate Director/Clinical Director

Dr. Conrad Davenport received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000 after completing her internship at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Becky is a licensed psychologist in the State of Ohio and has provided counseling services to students at five different university settings over the last fifteen years. Some areas of particular interest for Becky include grief and loss, multicultural counseling, the impact of oppression on well-being, identity issues including LGBT identities, relationships with self and others, sexual assault, peer abuse and other child abuse traumas, and spirituality. She also enjoys providing group therapy, training, and multicultural supervision. Becky has been part of the National Coalition Building Institute and is a certified SIDE (Summer Institute for Diversity Education) trainer.

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Suzanne Ferraro
Health Services Associate

Suzanne Clare Ferraro holds an A.S. in Natural History and an A.A. in Liberal Arts from American River College. Before joining Ohio University’s Counseling and Psychiatric Services as a Health Service Associate, she worked as a teaching assistant in special needs education and as a customer service representative for MediCare. Outside of work, she enjoys Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and spending time with her family.

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Lori Fick
Health Services Associate

Lori is a full-time Health Services Associate for Counseling and Psychological Services.  As an Ohio University alumni with a Bachelor of Science in Human and Consumer Sciences she is looking forward to being back at the university and the opportunities that are available.  Prior to joining CPS she worked for 14 years for a local optometrist in Nelsonville and Athens.  When not working she enjoys spending time with her family and taking long walks with her dog on the bike path.

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Susan Folger, Ph.D.
Psychologist/Group Coordinator/Eating Disorder Support Team Coordinator

Susan received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Miami University after completing her internship at the Pennsylvania State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Before coming to work at Ohio University, Susan completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Delaware’s Center for Counseling and Student Development. She is passionate about working with college students to help promote their growth and well-being. Susan’s approach to her work is relationally-based and from a feminist perspective, and she incorporates interpersonal process and dialectical and cognitive behavioral techniques in therapy. Primary areas of interest include women’s issues, interpersonal violence, identity development, grief and loss, social justice, and group counseling.

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Staci L. Gambill, CMA, AAMA, AAS
Certified Medical Assistant

Staci graduated with an Associate Degree in Applied Science with her major being Medical Assisting, from Hocking College, Nelsonville, Ohio.   Staci received her certification from the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) June 2008.  Staci joined the staff at CPS June 2013 after being employed for a Internal Medicine Doctor in Private Practice for 4 years and raising 3 wonderful children.  Staci is a Certified Medical Assistant and assists the Psychiatrists at CPS.  

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Chris Henry, LSW
Clinical Care Manager

Chris received undergraduate degrees from Ohio University in English and Social Work in 1990 and ’95 respectively. He has been a practicing Licensed Social Worker in Southeast Ohio since receiving his license in 1995. He has primarily provided Crisis Intervention and psychiatric hospital pre-screening for Tri-County Mental Health and Hopewell Health Centers within the community since that time. He became Director of Crisis Services at Hopewell Health Centers in Athens in 2008 and left that position to join CPS in January 2019. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago and Cleveland, Chris has resided in Athens since 1985 and has extensive knowledge of the local community, the struggles that lie therein, and the resources available to assist with overcoming those struggles. His focus lies in brief solution-oriented interventions along with traditional case management services such as coordination, linkage, referrals, and support. Chris loves to explore the communities and natural environments that surround Athens and enjoys hiking, biking, local history, music, and spending time with his family.

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Kate Hibbard-Gibbons, Ph.D.
Psychology Resident

Kate Hibbard-Gibbons received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University after completing her internship at North Carolina State University’s Counseling Center.  Kate works collaboratively with students to help them move toward healing and personal growth. She approaches therapy through a cultural humility and trauma-informed lens that integrates acceptance and commitment, interpersonal process, and narrative therapy.  She believes that cultural context (e.g., race, gender, and sexual orientation) is a significant part of who a person is and how the person interacts with others. Additionally, she believes that one’s internal narrative (the story in our head) has significant influence on how one sees the self and the world around them. Through therapy, the student can become empowered by their narrative and can shape the narrative to match their authentic self. As such, therapy can be a safe place to make connections between thoughts, feelings, and physical reactions that have been feared and avoided. Some areas and populations of particular interest to Kate include disordered eating and body image concerns, perfectionism, trauma, relationship/family concerns, identity development, graduate students, and student-athletes. When not at work, Kate enjoys running in local races, cycling, cooking, reading, and Hulu (eagerly waiting for the next episode of her favorite show to be released). 

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Heidi Jache, MD

Dr. Jache is a board certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. She graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin. She completed her psychiatry residency followed by her child psychiatry fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals.She has worked in private practice and community mental health centers in WV and Ohio prior to coming to Ohio University. She has special interests including Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders, Depression, Bipolar disorder, Anxiety disorders, Psychosis, and teens transitioning into young adults.She evaluates students at CPS to clarify diagnosis and to assess need for medication. She recommends that many students be connected to another provider in addition to Dr. Jache to maintain continuity in summers and when the student graduates.

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David Lairmore, Psy.D.
Psychology Resident

Dr. David Lairmore received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky.  He completed his internship at the Grand Valley State University Counseling Center in Allendale, Michigan and post-doctoral training at the Marquette University Counseling Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  David is originally from the Dayton/Cincinnati area and is excited to return to his home state!  While David has worked with a variety of individuals across settings, a significant portion of his work has been with the college student population.  Within the microcosm of a university, he finds the most rewarding work is being able to join with the client as they explore their identity and development.  Grounded in an integrative approach and multicultural framework, David approaches therapy by establishing a strong clinical relationship, built on empathy and rapport.  Subsequently, assessing the client’s strengths through motivational interviewing; then conceptualizing through an attachment/interpersonal lens.  He incorporates treatment using an integrative toolkit, relying on cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal techniques.  David enters into a partnership with each client, with the partnership being intrinsically reciprocal.  The client is at the center of his work, helping to navigate and clarify their best route towards personal and professional fulfillment.

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Stephanie Maccombs, M.Ed.

Stephanie received a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health and Rehabilitation Counseling from Ohio University in 2017 and is currently a doctoral candidate in Ohio University’s Counselor Education and Supervision program. Stephanie is licensed in the state of Ohio as a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor. She is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, and an active member of the American Counseling Association. Stephanie has experience working with mandated and voluntary adult clients with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Most recently, she worked as a medication-assisted treatment counselor and served as a member of a drug court treatment team. Additionally, Stephanie was born and raised in Athens County and has extensive knowledge about the local community. Her areas of interest include substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, rural and Appalachian culture, trauma, depression, anxiety, and integrated care. Her therapeutic style is integrative, incorporating aspects of cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and reality therapy, while emphasizing personal strengths. In her personal life, Stephanie enjoys music, visiting festivals and concerts, kayaking, and spending time with her friends, family, and pets.

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Patricia Mickunas, MD

Dr. Mickunas is licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio, specializing in general adult psychiatry. She earned her M.D. at Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She then completed her psychiatric residency at Wright State Department of Psychiatry which encompassed both civilian and military experiences. Prior to working at Ohio University, she worked at Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare as an inpatient psychiatrist, at several community mental health centers and as a contractor with Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. Her areas of interests include Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders, Depression, Anxiety disorders, Bipolar Affective Disorder and Thought Disorders. Per department policy, Dr. Mickunas recommends that her patients be connected to another provider to maintain continuity of care when on academic break and upon graduation.

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Kristyn Neckles, Psy.D.
Psychologist/D&I Embedded Clinician

Kristyn is a native of Grenada in the Caribbean and has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from an APA accredited program in Miami, Florida; Carlos Albizu University.  She also holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Management and Leadership from Springfield College in Boston, Massachusetts.  She is particularly interested in understanding the role of culture and issues of privilege and power in the context of mental well-being. She also strives to understand these factors in ways that help to facilitate the provision of effective counseling and psychotherapy. Particularly, she considers the interconnectedness of ourselves to each other and our environment and the importance of values and balance in living a healthy life.

Kristyn's approach to therapy is integrative, drawing from Cognitive-Behavioral therapies and Acceptance and Commitment therapy together with elements of Dialectical Behavioral Techniques. Her clinical interests, in no particular order, include: diversity/multicultural issues, trauma, identity and woman issues, as well as, learning disorders, and ADHD. As a member of the CPS team, Kristyn is committed to providing the necessary support to clients so that they experience effective change in their lives.

Outside of work Kristyn enjoys spending time with her family and friends, learning about different cultures, traveling, outdoor activities such as hiking, gardening and stained glass art.

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Katie O'Rourke, CMA
Certified Medical Assistant

Katie graduated in 2007 from Hocking College with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science. She joined CPS in September 2017 as a Certified Medical Assistant for the Psychiatrists.  Prior to joining CPS, Katie worked for University Medical Associates in the Geriatric department for 7 years. In her spare time, she enjoys camping and spending time with her husband, son and dogs. 

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Michelle Pride, Ph.D.
Psychologist/Athletics Embedded Clinician

Michelle completed her counseling psychology doctoral program at Michigan State University and a psychology internship at Colorado State University counseling center. Before coming to Ohio University she worked at the Louisiana Tech University counseling center. She is a multicultural, feminist therapist who has specialized in working in a university setting. Her interests and expertise include women's issues, LGBTIQA+ issues, trans affirmative therapy, group therapy, trauma work, working with student athletes and students with identified learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD, peer mentoring, and clinical training and supervision. She co-led the sexual assault survivor's group for 10 years and has co-led Spectrum since 2016. She worked as the group therapy coordinator for 4 years at CPS before becoming the training director. Michelle was the training director for 8 years.  Currently, Michelle is a staff member working on balancing her passions for clinical work, supervision, advocacy and social justice, and self-care.  When she’s not at work, you can find Michelle hiking, kayaking, doing yoga, knitting, gardening, crafting, or listening to esoteric podcasts.   

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Alex Reed, M.Ed., LPCC-S
Counselor/BASICS Coordinator

Alex earned a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling and rehabilitation counseling from Ohio University and is currently finishing his PhD in counselor education from Ohio University. Alex is licensed in Ohio as a Professional Clinical Counselor with training supervision designation and as an Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor. Alex is also a certified rehabilitation counselor and a national certified counselor. Alex completed an internship at CPS prior to receiving his master’s degree and completed his doctoral internship at Denison University’s Health and Counseling Center. Alex also has 2 years of experience working as an integrated care and substance abuse counselor at Health Recovery Services in Athens OH. Alex is excited to return to CPS and work with Ohio University students again. Alex’s clinical practice orientations include person centered counseling, emotion focused therapy, cognitive therapy and motivational interviewing. Alex’s clinical interests include anxiety management, sexual and gender identity development and adjustment issues.

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Rinda Scoggan, M.Ed., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS
Counselor/Assistant Training Director

Rinda received a Master's Degree in Counselor Education, with a focus on community mental health, from Ohio University's Counselor Education Program in 2010. She is licensed with the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board as a Professional Clinical Counselor with a supervising credential. She has also been licensed with the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board as a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor with a supervising credential. She is excited about the opportunity to return to the Ohio University campus to serve its students. Most recently, she served as the Substance Abuse Coordinator and Counselor at Marietta College. While at Marietta College she was accompanied by her certified therapy dog, Buddy.  Her areas of interest include substance abuse, major life changes, student athletes, dual diagnosis, trauma, and mood and anxiety disorders. Her therapeutic style includes aspects of cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, motivational interviewing, and emotional support pet therapy.

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Rebecca Smith, Ph.D., LPCC, NCC
Counselor/HCOM Embedded Clinician

Dr. Smith received her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Ohio University in 2018. She also holds a Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Auburn University. Becky is licensed with the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and is also a National Certified Counselor. Her clinical experience includes working with incarcerated adults, at-risk adolescents, children and families, and college students. Her therapeutic style is integrative utilizing aspects of cognitive theories, Motivational Interviewing, and Gestalt. Some clinical areas of interest for Becky include substance abuse, social media and wellbeing, grief and loss, anxiety, and depression.

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Mitzi Trentacoste, M.A.
Business and Technology Manager

Mitzi graduated with her MA in Organizational Communication through Ohio University's Scripps College of Communication. In addition, Mitzi holds a BS degree in English Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. After several years of teaching, Mitzi joined the CPS staff in the fall of 2012.  Mitzi is a fourth year mentor for Ohio University’s First Scholars’ Program for first generation college students. When she finds time, Mitzi loves to get on her running shoes and train for races as well as spend time with her husband and three children.

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Amanda Uribe
Health Services Specialist

As an administrative associate at Counseling and Psychological Services for the last 3 years, Amanda has become more passionate about working in the wellness community. She has had experience working in the mental health and addiction field for 12 years and finds that she is interested in pursuing further education in this area of work. In her time away from CPS, Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, assisting her her son's extracurricular activities, and relaxing at her family campsite.

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L. Justin Wheeler, LISW-S
Social Worker

Justin obtained a Master of Social Work degree with a focus in clinical practice from Ohio University in 2009 after an internship in the Psychology and Social Work Clinic. Prior to this he was enrolled in a graduate theology program. Following graduation, Justin worked primarily with adolescents and adults in community-based, crisis, and private practice settings in Maryland and Ohio. Areas of clinical interest and experience include short-term/brief integrative treatment models, gender and sexuality, military families, managing chronic conditions, group work, Appalachian and rural culture, couples counseling, and compassion- and acceptance-focused behavioral therapies, especially dialectical behavior therapy. Justin is also an adjunct instructor in the social work program at Ohio University and is excited to work with students in a variety of capacities to help promote their growth and development. 

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Chad Wilt, M.A., LPCC

Chad received his undergraduate degree in Music Education from Ohio University in 1994.  He later went on to receive his Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary.  Chad is licensed with the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and is excited to return to OU as a counselor at CPS. Prior to coming to CPS, Chad worked as a clinical therapist in private practice in Westerville, Ohio and also as a marriage coach, working with couples in 2 and 3 day marriage intensives. Chad’s approach to counseling utilizes a combination of therapies including, person centered, cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance commitment therapy,  along with elements of imago therapy.  Chad’s clinical interests include stress management, anxiety, depression, grief, couples counseling, ADD/ADHD. Chad’s interests outside of counseling include,  hiking, backpacking, hammock camping, music and spending time with his wife and three kids.

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Megan Yetzer, Ph.D.

Dr. Yetzer received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron after completing her internship at Southern Illinois University. Megan then spent a year receiving postdoctoral training at the University of Pittsburgh. Before coming to work at Ohio University, she spent a year in Missouri providing psychotherapy to the students of William Woods University. Megan’s approach to working with students is client-centered and feminist, in that she works to create a safe space for all individuals with a focus on empowering students to make choices that align with the goals they have set for themselves. Additionally, Megan integrates mindfulness, cognitive behavioral techniques, and dialectical behavior techniques into her work. Primary areas of interest are women’s issues, trauma, gender and sexual minority concerns, relational concerns, and identity exploration. When Megan is not at work she enjoys reading, listening to true crime podcasts, exploring new restaurants, and hiking.