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Meet Our Staff

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.

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Judi Gibbons, Ph.D. – Director of Clinical Services/Associate Director

Interim Director of the Student Counseling Center                 

  • 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!

Maggie Klotz, Ph.D. — Training Director/Assistant Director

  • Southern Illinois University
  • Licensed Psychologist and Health Services Provider

Center activities: One of the things I love about working at college counseling centers is the variety of activities in which I am able to engage. I provide individual, group, and couples counseling, provide training and supervision to clinicians in training and provide outreach to the UT community.

Theoretical Style: I believe one of the most important aspects of therapy is the relationship that is built between a therapist and client. Thus, my first goal is always to help my clients feel safe in my office while discussing any difficulties they may be experiencing. Overall, I have an integrative approach to therapy, conceptualizing problem development from psychodynamic and interpersonal theories while utilizing interventions from emotion-focused, dialectical behavioral, interpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral theories. Moreover, all of my work is grounded in strength-based and multicultural perspectives.

Professional Interests:  While I enjoy working with a wide range of presenting concerns, I have expertise in areas related to complex trauma, relationship difficulties, family-of-origin issues, impulse-control, suicidality, self-injurious behavior, and group therapy.  I am also passionate about providing supervision to clinicians in training.

Supervision Model:  I believe trainees are able to grow the most when they can be open and honest in supervision and feel safe sharing both strengths as well as growth edges. I approach supervision from a developmental perspective and work collaboratively with supervisees to meet their goals. I also utilize a strengths-based approach and work to instill confidence in trainees as they grow both personally and professionally during their graduate training.

Personal interests:  Outside of the office I enjoy being outdoors with my camera and love both landscape and journalistic photography. I am also a huge sports fan and enjoy playing or watching almost any sport. When I don’t feel like being active, I can be found curled up on my couch with my “dorkie” (half dachshund/half Yorkie).



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

  • Adler University
  • 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.

Nicholaus (Nick) Barajas, LPC-MHSP – Staff Therapist

Nick Barajas

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

Center Activities: As a staff therapist at the counseling center, my time and attention are both focused on direct client care. Most of my time is spent providing one-on-one counseling to clients. The rest of my time is divided between a few campus duties. I facilitate a students of color support group in cooperation with the Office for Multicultural Student Life, and I am also the sponsor/advisor of the student-led mental health advocacy group ‘Healthy Minds.’

Professional Interests: Before coming to UT’s counseling center, I worked in just about every setting possible for mental health professionals. I worked in foster care, case management, juvenile justice, residential, and private practice.  The common thread through most of that was a focus on trauma. My work is, first and foremost, trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive. I believe that everything we do, think, and feel had to be learned somewhere. This means we can unlearn much of it. So in addition to trauma I focus a lot on family, early childhood experiences, and also the social and cultural forces that shape the way we think and feel.

Theoretical Style: Theoretically, much of my work comes from a feminist perspective. I have learned a great deal from the work of Alfred Adler, and in practice, I tend to rely heavily on interventions from CBT.

Personal Interests:  Historically my interests were music, travel, and food. I have recently become a father, so live music and world travel takes a backseat to the thrill of watching a baby develop into a toddler. I am very proud to say that so far my son (16 months old as I write this) has a very adventurous palate, so I still get to have fun in the kitchen. Since quarantine started, I have discovered a love for carpentry and building things around the house. Around my office, you will see references to my various fandoms.

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.

Arthur Hatton, PsyD – Staff Psychologist

  • Georgia Southern University
  • Licensed Counseling Psychologist and Health Services Provider

Center activities: Individual and group therapy, supervision of counseling students, outreach and consultation with campus partners

Theoretical Style: I am a values-centered therapist, drawing from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and Interpersonal techniques to help clients become more aware of their values and live them more fully. My theoretical orientation is grounded in the ACT principle that people suffer when they turn away from their values (I define values as the over-arching principles that clients use to gain meaning and purpose in the world). I want to know what clients care about and what they want their ideal life to be. I am also interested in mindfulness for a variety of client concerns.

Professional Interests: As a generalist practitioner, I am trained to work with students with diverse concerns. I also specialize in men’s issues, music performance anxiety, religion/spirituality (losing or gaining a religion, family conflict with religion, LGBT issues, and religion), and existential issues. As a former art school counselor, I have experience with and enjoy working with students who have artistic, musical, or theatrical backgrounds. In addition to my clinical interests, I maintain a current ongoing research agenda focused on the psychology of politics, religion, the media, and current events, particularly as these factors impact minority groups.

Supervision Style: I use an ACT-based framework called S.H.A.P.E. to help students experientially grow in supervision. I work to be flexible and adaptive to meet the needs of the students I work with.

Personal Interests: I am a songwriter, performer, and amateur visual artist. I enjoy hiking and spending time in nature. I especially love spending time with my family. I love learning new things from smart people.


Alyssa Hedrick, LCSW — Brief Intervention Specialist

  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Licensed Master of Social Work

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.


Ashley J Martinez, Ph.D. — Staff Psychologist

  • Texas Tech University
  • Licensed Counseling Psychologist and Health Service Provider

Center Activities: Individual therapy, group therapy, supervision & training, and outreach. I am the DBT program coordinator and the staff advisor for student-led mental health advocacy group at UT, Active Minds. I am also the self-designated celebrator on staff!

Theoretical Style: I provide therapy using an integrative approach that has a foundation in person-centered (PCT) and emotion-focused (EFT) perspectives, which emphasize the importance of a strong therapeutic relationship, authenticity, empathy, nonjudgmental acceptance, and emotional expression. I believe that all people are innately drawn toward personal growth but can become stunted when invalidated, unsupported, and unaccepted. Because of this, I express myself authentically and provide a safe therapy space where all people feel welcome to be themselves, share their concerns, and work toward change. I also draw from relational-cultural, cognitive, and dialectical behavior (DBT) perspectives, which seek to understand who you are and what your experiences have been in order to gain insight into what changes you want to make. While doing this, I highlight protective factors and personal strengths in order to foster greater insight, self-compassion, empowerment, and action.

Supervision Model: My supervision styles uses influences from person-centered, developmental, and multicultural models. Each perspective emphasizes collaboration, the supervisory relationship, and meeting a trainee “where they are at.” Using these approaches together, my work tends to focus on creating a strong mutual trust and encouraging self-exploration by modeling use-of-self, normalizing, and validating. These perspectives also allow flexibility within the structure and content of supervision, as the focus is dependent upon the trainee’s unique needs.

Professional Interests: I am trained as a generalist; however, I am most interested in working with personality disorders, trauma, suicide & self-harm, and cultural concerns (e.g., microaggressions, bicultural stress, gender role values & expectations). I also strive to provide an inclusive and affirming space for folks who hold marginalized identities, especially BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ individuals. I have specialized training in DBT programming, personality disorders, sexual assault prevention, and suicide prevention. My previous research has focused on mental health & resiliency for Latinx adolescents and emerging adults (i.e., 10-25 years old), with emphasis on suicidality, help-seeking, & microaggressions.

Personal Interests: In my free time, you can catch me watching documentaries, playing Animal Crossing or Overcooked, hanging out with my perfect cat Winnie, listening to music loudly & singing along badly, doing tarot readings, and/or going out to dinner. Great relationships, good food, live music, and the mountains make me feel most alive!



Jacob Parsons-Wells, LMFT, Clinical Case Coordinator

  • MA, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary 
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (South Carolina)

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. I also love driving my Honda Super Cub which you might spot on campus when the weather is clear and warm.


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
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • 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

  • Sydney Appelbaum
  • Macy Copple
  • Christine Dyas
  • Kelsey Schroeder
  • Beth Shoaff







Graduate Assistant

Saumya Arora, MA

  • UT Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program

Pronouns: She/Her

Center Activities:  Individual therapy, group 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 family systems and cognitive-behavioral (CBT) perspectives to understand my client’s background and appropriately challenge them when needed. 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, 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, 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!

Advanced Practicum Trainees

  • Katie Cook
  • Sean Murphy
  • Lex Pulice-Farrow

Practicum Trainees

  • Cemal Arda Aksoy
  • JD Goates
  • Lynsey Hinnenkamp
  • Erin McConocha
  • Tracy Viator


Administrative Support Staff

  • Vacant – Office Manager
  • Amanda Blair – Administrative Assistant; Reception
  • Vacant – Administrative Assistant; Reception
  • Sabrina DeMoor – Administrative Assistant; Reception
  • Cristen Williams – Administrative Assistant; Reception