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Student Counseling Center Staff

The Student Counseling Center’s permanent staff consists of a Director, an Associate Director, an Assistant Director, staff psychologists, licensed social workers and counselors, an LMFT, a psychiatrist and psychiatric nurse practitioners. In addition to permanent staff, we have trainees including doctoral interns in our APA-approved internship program, graduate assistants, and doctoral practicum students. Our administrative professional staff provides support for administrative operations of the center. View our organizational chart.


E. Nicole Saylor, Psy.D. — Director
  • Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
  • Licensed Psychologist and Health Services Provider

Center activities:  Currently I am enjoying learning all the complexities of clinical services, outreach, groups, clinical training and campus service that the staff at the student counseling center engages in. I am exploring and observing all the various roles of the staff while continuing to direct and build the vision and mission of the great work that has been started here.

Theoretical Style: I approach therapy and leadership similarly, from a relational perspective. I practice from a relational psychotherapy framework that includes several therapeutic theories and practices, including, self-psychology, relational psychoanalysis, and feminist theories of psychotherapy. The largest factor in change is the relational connection between therapist and client. Therapy can help us to better understand how we operate in relation to others and how our relating patters can have an impact on mental and emotional well-being

Professional Interests:  Like all the therapists at the SCC, I am a generalist and work with a wide range of presenting problems. However, I have specific expertise in areas related to relationship problems, religious trauma, family-of-origin patterns, grief, racial identity development, adoption and adhd (particularly in women).

Supervision Model:  Supervision is much like therapy but through a third person.  By creating a relational space where supervisees can be emotionally safe and professionally supported, a therapist in training is able to share their successes and their areas for growth.  Effective supervision balances both the development of self-awareness for the trainee and meeting professional competency needs for the client.

Personal interests:  In my time away from the center, I absolutely love all forms of travel, particularly with my partner and our children. I am always planning our next big adventure.  I also love a good night out exploring Knoxville, this scruffy little city has so much to offer in arts, culture, and the unexpected. Watercolor painting and exploring our local waterways also are passions of mine.

 


Judi Gibbons, Ph.D. – Director of Clinical Services/Associate Director
  • Ph.D., Arizona State University
  • MSW, Tulane University
  • Licensed Counseling Psychologist and Health Services Provider

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Center Activities: As Clinical Services Director, one of my main jobs is to help students have a good experience at our center.  This includes creating and supporting systems that help you get seen and connected with the most appropriate service as quickly as possible. I also provide psychotherapy, supervision, and serve on university committees.

Theoretical Style:  The theoretical underpinning to the work I do is based in humanistic psychology, which values the inherent worth of each individual and sees them as capable of making changes that move them toward greater fulfillment in life (among many other things).  With that foundation, I use techniques from cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy, and other theories that help clients move forward with their goals.

Personal Interests: I enjoy the beautiful scenery of East Tennessee, especially hiking and waterfalls.  I moved here from Florida, so I have enjoyed having a change of seasons here in TN.  You can find me cheering on Red Sox baseball, Saints football, and the VOLS!

 


James Arnett III, PhD

  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Licensed Psychologist and Health Services Provider 

Theoretical Orientation: My approach to therapy relies on client-centered approaches, with an emphasis on building a trusting relationship between myself and the client. Every client brings a unique take on their problem, along with their backgrounds, upbringings, and important parts of their identity. I endeavor to understand my clients along these personal lines and help create solutions and insights into the issue that brought them to desire therapy. Regarding therapy traditions, I am inspired by humanistic, interpersonal, and feminist/multicultural approaches to providing therapy. 

Supervision Model: I supervise based on a developmental approach, helping novice therapists gain their footing in the therapy room, and more advanced trainees find their own voice and therapy style. Trust is a key component, which I strive to foster with all trainees. 

Professional Interests: I enjoy working with students on a variety of concerns, taking a generalist approach to providing therapy. I particularly enjoy working with students navigate family or career issues, first gen college students (as one myself), and LGBTQ+ students. I also have a background working abroad, and have some understanding of the issues that come with international moves and adjustments. 

Personal Interests: I indulge in my alone time by playing board or video games, eating a good meal with my family, or planning my next trip abroad. 

 


Regina (Gina) Austin, Ph.D. —  Staff Psychologist / Couples Therapy Coordinator

  • University of Tennessee
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Health Services Provider

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Center Activities: I provide psychotherapy (Individual, Couples, Groups), clinical training and supervision, and outreach to various UT communities. I specialize in evidence-based therapies (EBTs) for treating trauma and distressed relationships. I am honored to serve on the Veterans Resource Council team in support of UTK student veterans. I am also the center’s Couples Coordinator; helping others have healthier and more satisfying relationships is a passion of mine.

Theoretical Style: My training includes relational psychoanalysis, cognitive-behavioral, and humanistic/existential treatment models. I incorporate mindfulness, neuroscience, and attachment theory research and models into my psychotherapy, training, and community interventions. My theoretical orientation is integrative and each client’s specific needs are important to me.

Professional Interests: My focus includes EBTs for which I have earned certification: Prolonged Exposure Therapy (for treatment of PTSD), Cognitive Processing Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Gottman Method for Couples, and Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples. A Buddhist approach to Psychology is an avid professional interest, with compassion, wisdom, and generosity as guiding principles for alleviating suffering.

Supervision Model: I approach clinical supervision from a developmental, relational, and multi-culturally aware perspective, which is structured and directive but also collaborative; attachment theory is useful for understanding psychotherapy processes not only with client and therapist but also supervisor and trainee for a working relationship that cultivates lasting change. I encourage trainees to adopt approaches to their own styles and strengths and then foster the development of their best use of EBTs towards clients’ needs.

Personal Interests: As a Knoxville native, I bleed bright orange! I also enjoy scouting around the area for new activities; going to concerts is great fun with my husband. A lot of my time is spent with family and our Australian Shepherds and our one-eared cat.

 


Elizabeth Baker, Psy.D. — Staff Psychologist/Practicum Coordinator/ 

                                             Interim Training Director

  • Adler UniversityBaker
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Health Service Provider

Center Activities: I provide individual and group psychotherapy to undergraduate and graduate students; outreach programming to various campus organizations and communities; and secondary supervision to psychology trainees.  I am also the Practicum Coordinator at UTK SCC.

Theoretical Style: I take an integrative approach to therapy, utilizing object relations and interpersonal theories to conceptualize clients and understand how each individual has developed within the context of their relationships and cultural context. I utilize strengths-based, collaborative interventions in my work from cognitive-behavior, humanistic, family systems, and interpersonal theories. Overall, I seek to co-create a space where clients feel safe, heard, and fully accepted by being genuine and authentic.

Professional Interests: Family of origin concerns, identity development, survivors of trauma, spirituality, group therapy

Supervision Model: In general, I seek to develop a strong supervisory alliance that challenges trainees, while offering warmth and support. I take a developmental approach with an emphasis on trainees’ strengths and finding their own unique clinical voice. Supervision is at its’ best when the trainee feels safe to explore their growth edges, as well as instills confidence in their strengths. To that end, I work collaboratively with trainees to identify goals and hone their own therapeutic style.

Personal Interests: I enjoy everything from watching my favorite show on Netflix to traveling (I’ve been to 46 of the United States and most of Central America so far!). Since moving to Knoxville, I have enjoyed spending time in the Smokies and admiring the beautiful landscape of East Tennessee. I am also an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and have yet to find a sport I don’t enjoy either playing or watching.

 


Macy Copple, PsyD – Staff Psychologist

  • University of Indianapolis
  • Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Center Activities: Individual and Group Therapy, Supervision and Training, Community Intervention, Social Media Coordination, Active Minds Advising

Theoretical Style: I primarily identify with client-centered therapy, secondarily incorporating concepts and interventions from interpersonal theories and third wave cognitive behavioral theories as appropriate. I am also particularly interested in using expressive arts as a path for exploring, understanding, and expressing yourself, your emotions, and your story.

Professional Interests: Working with college students is a passion of mine. I love supporting students as they explore their emerging identities, learn about their families of origin, understand their cultural influences, and grow into themselves. More specifically, I have always been drawn toward topics that disproportionately impact women, such as body image, patterns of disordered eating, and sexual trauma. The LGBTQ+ community also has a particular place in my heart. Finally, clinical training not only fuels my passion for mentoring others’ learning and growing, but also facilitates my own continuing education and growth.

Personal Interests: Despite being a pretty quiet person, I love performing—singing, playing bass, acting, etc. I don’t claim to be the best at any of those things, but I feel most alive when I’m performing. I feel most at peace when I’m with my loved ones and when I am in nature. Also, I have been a middle-aged woman since I was born, so I am really into Boomer music, vintage shopping, knitting, and baking.

 


Matthew Crescenzi, LCSW – Staff Clinician

Matthew is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 6 years of experience. His behavioral health and medical experience includes providing group and individual psychotherapy to clients suffering from addiction and behavioral issues; assisting clients with the ability to cope with anxiety and/or stress related to chronic illnesses; and addressing impactful life events in a safe manner, at your pace, to heal and resolve past trauma.  His expertise includes cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), CBT interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. He has knowledge of practice with families across culture, race, and ethnicity, as well as the impact of domestic violence, child abuse, and chronic illness within those groups.

 


William K. Hahn, Ph.D. — Staff Psychologist

  • Purdue University
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Public Health
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Health Service Provider
  • APA Internship: Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

Center Activities: I provide psychological services to graduate and undergraduate students, work closely with Student Health Center medical staff, and supervise trainees.

Theoretical Style: I believe the various theoretical orientations in psychology attempt to understand human nature and illuminate a pathway to relieve suffering. Consequently, I try to use an approach that most closely matches the clients’ subjective distress and belief system.

Professional Interests: I am most interested in individual psychotherapy. I have published several articles about individual and group psychotherapy, as well as brain development in infants and children, intern evaluation, and psychological and physiological risk factors for future hypertension among teenagers and young adults. I also enjoy teaching First-Year Studies and Public Health 430.

Supervision Model: I believe the quality of the therapeutic relationship is the most important variable for successful outcomes. As such, I help trainees be present and make an authentic connection with their clients.

Personal Interests: I enjoy training and walking my Border Collies. I enjoy traveling and have been to Alaska, Canada, the Panama Canal, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, England, Scotland, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Vatican City, Switzerland, Monaco, China, India, Iceland, and The Netherlands.

 


 

Alyssa Hedrick, LCSW — Brief Intervention Specialist

  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Center Activities: Individual therapy; crisis and brief intervention; outreach and consultation to community and campus partners.

Theoretical Style: As a therapist I always come from a client-centered and strength-based perspective. My goal is to help my clients tap into and build on their own individual strengths, and work with my clients to find a solution and will work for them using a collaborative approach. I draw from aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Feminist Theory to inform my work with clients.

Professional Interests: Trauma, suicidality and self-harm, anxiety and panic, and women’s issues.

Personal Interest: Like any good introvert, when I’m not at work I can be found at home recharging. I love cooking and experimenting with new recipes, spend time with my dog, crocheting and dabbling in needlepoint, and playing cozy video games like Stardew Valley or Animal Crossing.

 


Kara Moore, LCSW – Staff Clinician

Bio Coming Soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bhoomika Nikam, MS — Staff Clinician

  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling (pre-licensed)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Center Activities: Individual therapy

Theoretical Style: My therapeutic approach is based in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), but I work to change my approach with the needs of each individual person. I am passionate about helping my students achieve their goals while supporting, validating, and challenging them in a compassionate and collaborative manner.

Professional Interests: Identity development, anxiety, depression, life transitions, women’s issues, racial identity

Personal Interest: When I’m not at work, you can find me binging tv shows with my two cats, cooking, baking, or doing some sort of craft! If I’m not in the kitchen trying a new recipe, I am exploring the Knoxville culinary scene with my partner (feel free to ask me about my favorites!).

 


Jacob Parsons-Wells, LMFT —  Clinical Case Coordinator

  • MA, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary 
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Pronouns: He/his

Center Activities: Case management, off campus referral assistance, group counseling and brief individual counseling.

 Theoretical Style: I come from a strengths-based approach which means I believe that we all have unique resources and abilities to solve our life’s problems. I also utilize information and interventions from EMDR (which is short for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing to inform my work.

 Professional Interests: I love learning and sharing all that I can about how our brains work. Sometimes our brains get stuck in old or unhelpful patterns, but the good news is that we can re-wire them. I’ve found that I often work best with people who have experienced trauma, have concerns with anxiety, identify as part of the LBGTQ+ community, and/or are exploring their religious and spiritual identity. Of course, I enjoy working with many other types of concerns and people too, and I’m grateful I get to spend my days doing this type of work.

Personal Interests: Most weekends I can be found spending time in my kitchen, either trying a new recipe or enjoying the predictability of an old favorite. I especially enjoy making bread and desserts. I can be easily convinced by my family to play a video game, take a hike or walk, build a LEGO masterpiece, and/or make a snuggle pile with our family pets.

 


Michelle Proctor, LPC-MHSP –  Staff Therapist

  • University of Tennessee
  • Licensed Professional Counselor and Mental Health Service Provider

Center activities: Individual and couples therapy.

Theoretical Style: My theoretical style is an integration of cognitive-behavioral and person-centered therapies within a feminist perspective.

Professional interests: LGBTQIA issues, especially transgender-related issues, as well as trauma survivors, adverse childhood experiences, ongoing family issues, and religious transition/trauma.

Personal Interests: I love all things nature. When I’m not hiking, doing yard work, or climbing trees I can be found in a cuddle puddle with my animals. I like tent camping with my family in the Smokies and sometimes they like it, too. I enjoy photography, crafts, and frequent changes of hair color.

 


Phil Randall, PhD – Staff Psychologist

  • East Tennessee State University
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Health Services Provider
  • Certified Group Psychotherapist

Center Activities: I provide individual, couples, and group therapy to students; supervision for our Center’s wonderful trainees; and consultation with campus partners.

Theoretical Style: I utilize an integrative approach in therapy. My core framework is cognitive behavior therapy through a client-centered lens, however, I also utilize interpersonal, psychodynamic, solution-focused, or acceptance and commitment interventions as appropriate.

Professional Interests: Group therapy is my passion. I also enjoy working with family concerns, interpersonal relationships, and men’s issues.

Supervision Model: I take a developmental approach to supervision, meaning I try to work with trainees where they are in their development.

Personal Interests: I cherish spending my free time with family, friends, and pets. When I have time for hobbies I’m typically snapping pictures, cooking, enjoying a leisurely hike, knee-deep in a home or car project, and delving into the occasional video game.

 


Ashley Ross, Ph.D. — Staff Psychologist

  • Tennessee State University
  • Licensed Counseling Psychologist and Health Services Provider

Center activities: Supervision and training; individual and couples psychotherapy; group therapy; consultation/liaison.

Theoretical Style
: I conceptualize my clients from a broad dynamic approach, which includes object relation, interpersonal, and family system. In sessions, I use the interpersonal process to deepen the experience of therapy and promote change. I frequently engage in emotionally focused, here-and-now interactions. In addition, I am mindful of transference/countertransference issues and employ a use-of-self approach.

Professional interests: Trauma survivors, family-of-origin issues, supervision, intimate partner violence, spirituality.

Supervision model: Supervision is the foundation of becoming a confident, competent clinician. I believe supervision is a playful, creative process and I enjoy it as much as I enjoy providing therapy.  In many ways, my supervision style mirrors my approach to therapy. I generally take a psychodynamic/ interpersonal stance and work on creating a trusting environment. I believe that supervision is a reciprocal interaction, both exciting and informative. While taking into consideration the supervisee’s developmental level, I try to deepen his/her ability to conceptualize clients so that interventions are timely, focused, and more effective. This involves discussing several aspects of the therapeutic relationship, such as, emotional reactions regarding the client or parallel processes that may be occurring. During supervision, I may share my own professional experiences as a clinician-both my successes and blunders­- in an attempt to normalize the supervisee’s experiences and possible fears at this developmental crossroad.

Personal Interests: I love anything that involves my family- this can be taking a trip to the mountains, looking for geocaches (they’re everywhere!), dancing in the living room to 80’s music, or singing songs in the car. I’m also passionate about hunting and typically plan my year around whatever is in season. I enjoy having a vegetable garden, but unfortunately, have never developed a taste for things that are green!

 

 

Mental Health Clinic Staff


Donna Voica, DNP, APRN – Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

  • Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
  • University of Missouri, DNP
  • University of Tennessee, MSN, and PMC
  • Purdue University, BSN and AASN

Center Activities: My primary focus is on psychiatric medication management to help improve and/or resolve symptoms. Additionally, I serve as a liaison between you and other potential resources needed to facilitate optimum care and health outcomes.

Theoretical Style: The foundation of client-centered care is patient-provider communication. I find the use of reflective listening with an emphasis on the principles of caring and holism beneficial to understanding problems and achieving common goals.

Professional InterestsMy educational training and practices have also included primary care. This allows for a greater opportunity to work with you on health education and promotion, and disease prevention given the interconnectedness of mental illness, substance abuse, and general medical conditions.

 


 

Regan Christenson, MSN, APRN – Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

  • Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • University of Tennessee, MSN
  • East Tennessee State University, BSN

 

Center Activities: I provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management services.

Theoretical Style: I work with students to set personalized treatment goals that will optimize health and general well-being. Medication is often used to help improve symptoms but we may also discuss non-pharmaceutical treatments such as psychotherapy, healthy sleep habits, and academic supports.

Professional Interests: Prior to joining the Student Counseling Center team, I worked in several different treatment settings including crisis services, community mental health clinics, and in-patient treatment facilities. I have worked with a diverse patient population and my clinical experience includes helping those with depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, psychotic disorders, and personality disorders.

Personal Interests: I enjoy reading (Stephen King is my favorite author – I have read all of his books!), live music, board games/video games, traveling, and spending time with my family.


Doctoral Intern Clinicians

  • Nathan Barker
  • Joshua Deitte
  • Jeffrey Dunkerley
  • Chelsey Gates
  • Ethan Paschall

 

 

 

 

 

 


Graduate Assistants/Advanced Practicum

Saumya Arora, MA

  • UT Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program

Pronouns: She/They

Center Activities:  Individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, and outreach.

Theoretical Style: When working with clients, I utilize an integrative approach that draws primarily from feminist, multicultural, and emotion-focused (EFT) perspectives, meaning that my work is grounded in the view that our identities and the systems of oppression we interact with shape our life experiences, beliefs, and emotions. I also draw from psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral perspectives to understand my client’s background and appropriately challenge them when needed. In addition, I incorporate liberation-based healing practices. My personal style is warm and friendly, and my goal is to provide a safe therapy space where my clients can authentically be themselves, feel empowered as an individual, and work through any concern on their path to healing.

Professional Interests: I have a particular interest in supporting individuals holding marginalized identities, especially BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ individuals. Furthermore, I have an interest in helping clients work through identity-related trauma. My current research is focused broadly on three concerns: 1) the mental health and well-being of QTBIPOC individuals, 2) South Asian mental health, and 3) advocacy through research. I also have a passion for designing workshops and trainings that assist mental health practitioners in working with marginalized populations.

Personal Interests: In my spare time, I’m usually playing my Nintendo Switch, putting on bright eyeshadow, binge-watching some terrible reality TV show, doing tarot readings, or spending time with my loved ones. I also love getting the opportunity to experience life in different states; I grew up in sunny California and went to college in snowy Minnesota. Hopefully, there’s a lot more travel in my future!

 

Adam Maughan, MA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracy Viator, MMus

 

Pronouns: she/her

Center activities: individual therapy, group therapy, and outreach

Theoretical style: Drawing from interpersonal and psychodynamic perspectives, I value the therapeutic relationship as the most critical factor for healing and change. With every client, my primary aim is to create an environment in which they feel seen and accepted. Upon a foundation of safety and trust, clients may then feel empowered to explore vulnerable issues and establish new patterns relating, both to themselves and to others. Across most presenting issues, I work with clients to enhance awareness and acceptance of emotions, which I view as particularly meaningful sources of information that help us to gain insight, identify our needs, and take action. Finally, I regard therapy as a collaborative process and work with clients to identify personal values that may inform the course of treatment.

Professional interests: In my clinical work, I am most interested in relational concerns, identity development, grief, and trauma recovery. Additionally, I earned my B.M. and M.M. in violin performance prior to becoming a psychology graduate student and, thus, I have a niche area of expertise in the health and wellness issues of performing artists. Currently, my research explores psychological flexibility and the use of ACT-based interventions for music performance anxiety. During my time at UT, I hope to use findings from this research to create psychological resources for university music students and provide outreach services to local performing arts communities.

Personal interests: In my spare time, I find joy hiking in the mountains, cooking vegetarian cuisine, and maintaining my ever-growing collection of houseplants. I aspire to one day live in the Pacific Northwest so that I may be surrounded by evergreen trees, rainy weather, and great coffee.

 

 


Practicum Trainees

  • Vardaan Dua
  • Deja Fitzgerald
  • Caterina Obenauf
  • Hannah Shinew
  • Cherish Thomas

 

 

 

 

 

Social Work Interns

  • Claudia Eastland
  • Andrew Patterson

 

 

 

 

 


Administrative Support Staff

  • Cristen Williams – Office Manager
  • Abigail Bentley – Administrative Assistant; Reception
  • Carly Craddock – Administrative Assistant; Reception