Staff Bios

Jill Lee-Barber, Ph.D.
Director of Psychological and Health Services
Dr. Jill Lee-Barber is a licensed psychologist in Georgia who is a graduate of Georgia State University with a B.A. in English and an M.S. in Counseling. She received a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston. Dr. Lee-Barber  has previously served as Associate Director at Georgia Tech and Assistant Director at University of Georgia.

Dr. Lee-Barber is active in The American Psychological Association, Division 17, Society of Counseling Psychology. She has held several leadership roles including: Vice-President of Professional Practice for the Society of Counseling Psychology in the American Psychological Association, Chair of the Section for College and University Counseling Centers and Chair of the Section for LGBT Issues within the Society of Counseling Psychology. Currently, she serves as co-chair of the Taking Action Against Racism in Media initiative of the Society of Counseling Psychology.

Dr. Lee-Barber’s clinical interests include multicultural-feminist therapy, working with clients from collective cultures, LGBT issues, conceptualizing intervention both individually and systemically, as well as working with a broad range of the presenting concerns of university students. Dr. Lee-Barber does not have a specific clinical issue that she particularly enjoys treating; she enjoys working with people and borrows a line from Walt Whitman: “Nothing human is alien to me.”

Elham Bagheri, Ph.D.
Elham Bagheri has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa. She completed an APA accredited internship at the University of Texas-Austin Counseling and Mental Health Center and a post-doctoral fellowship at Georgia State University’s Counseling and Testing Center. Her clinical specialties and interests are trauma and PTSD, sexual assault, domestic violence, abuse, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, multicultural issues, and mind/body/spiritual health. Dr. Bagheri believes all humans are wired to heal. She uses a variety of methods aimed at harmonizing the connection between mind, body, and emotions. Dr. Bagheri also has experience as an educator and has taught courses in psychology, assessment, and multicultural issues as well as continuing education programming for clinicians. She is currently a part-time psychologist at Georgia State University’s Counseling and Testing Center and has a private practice in Atlanta, Georgia.

Angela R. Bethea, Ph.D.
Angela R. Bethea received a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Lehigh University in 2006. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship in 2008 at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, specializing in Clinical Health and Addictions Psychology. Dr. Bethea enjoys helping students who are dealing with problematic substance use, depression, anxiety, concerns about athletic performance, cultural stress, concerns with racial and sexual identity development, chronic pain, and illness management. In her spare time, Dr. Bethea enjoys watching professional sports (especially football, basketball, and tennis), watching movies, reading book, playing with her cat Mila, dining out, and traveling.

Shirley Chancey, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist Dr. Shirley Chancey received a B.A. in Psychology from Georgia College and State University before attending Georgia State University, where she earned a M.S. & Ed.S in Counseling and The Fielding Graduate Institute, where she received a M.A. & Ph.D. in Psychology. Dr. Chancey’s early training was in behavioral and cognitive therapy. Later, she was drawn to humanistic therapies. Dr. Chancey trained extensively in experiential, existential, and gestalt based therapies. After practicing while completing her Ph.D., she became interested in psychopharmacology, resulting in 4 years of training & passing the National Exam for Psychopharmacology. Dr. Chancey is a process-oriented therapist who values the use of self as part of the therapy experience. She believes the therapy relationship is the foundation of trust, intimacy and boundaries that is crucial in the healing process.

Some of Dr. Chauncey’s professional interests include: trauma, PTSD, violence, abuse (7 yrs. specialized training); EMDR; women’s issues; executive stress management, LGBT issues; severe mental illness ( bipolar, schizophrenia, dissociation); personality disorders; anxiety; depression; group dynamics; couples work; crisis intervention; guided imagery; psychomotor; civil and domestic mediation.

Mara Collins, LPC.
Mara Collins is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at Georgia State University’s Counseling & Testing Center. Collins received her undergraduate degree from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington before earning her graduate degree from Antioch University in Seattle. Collins received specialized training in Motivational Interviewing by Dr. Angela Bethea. Some areas of Collins’ professional interest include: Family therapy, Existentialism, Harm Reduction, and the LGBTQIA community. In her free time, Collins enjoys woodworking, bike riding, and drumming. She believes in Virginia Satir’s quote that reads, “We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.” Collins encourages LGBTQIA students to get support and celebrate their identity on Thursdays from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. at the group meetings!

Mikyta Daugherty, Ph.D.
Dr. Mikyta Daugherty is a licensed clinical psychologist who currently serves as Associate Director of Clinical Services at the Georgia State University Counseling & Testing Center. She graduated with her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico (UNM) and completed her clinical internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the Atlanta Veterans Medical Center. While at UNM, she was awarded training fellowships from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to develop expertise in program development, management and outcomes research, focusing on the dissemination of evidenced based interventions within university, hospital, and community health settings.

Dr. Daugherty has since become an accomplished researcher and has cultivated an expertise in clinical program design and implementation. She has served as the Southwest Regional Protocol Coordinator on three nation-wide clinical trials funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA CTN) and as a Health Science Specialist coordinating PTSD related treatment trials conducted by the Cooperative Studies Research Program of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and the Atlanta VA Hospital. More recently, she was Project Manager and Clinical Team Leader for a federally funded health prevention initiative designed to integrate substance use prevention methods into regular medical practice within the Grady Health System and other community health settings throughout Georgia.

Dr. Daugherty is committed to utilizing her training in evidence-based practice and program development to promote strong foundations in young adults. Dr. Daugherty has provided numerous professional trainings and consultation in overall program design and quality assurance methods within several university settings including UNM, the Morehouse School of Medicine and Emory University. She has provided direct clinical supervision and didactic seminars for behavioral health graduate students and professionals, in addition to medical residents. Dr. Daugherty has also taught undergraduate and graduate courses at UNM, Clayton State, Emory and Georgia State University.

Clinically, Dr. Daugherty most enjoys working with young adults and would describe her therapy style as rooted in third wave behaviorism or applied clinical behavioral analysis. She has substantial advanced training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness based interventions for substance abuse, trauma and mood disorders. She is also an experienced MINT trainer of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and has developed original intervention guidelines for the use of MI to promote academic success in minority college students. Dr. Daugherty’s work utilizing MI with substance using college students and Greek organizations has also resulted in publication.

Patti Garrett, M.S., RDN, LD
Patti Garrett is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist at the Counseling & Testing Center at Georgia State University. She currently serves as a Preceptor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Program at Georgia State University. She has also recently worked as a Clinical Dietitian as part of the Emory Student Health Services Nutrition Department. Garrett received her undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University and a Master’s Degree in Nutrition from the University of Tennessee (Knoxville).  Garrett’s special interests areas include environmental nutrition concerns/sustainable food systems, disordered eating, weight management and assisting individuals in reaching personal nutrition goals. She is interested in health policy, (particularly as it relates to access to healthy food), environmental policies, active lifestyles, and the role of local governments in fostering healthy communities.

Jeana R. Griffith, Ph.D.
Dr. Griffith, is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Georgia. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati and her Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She completed her internship and Post- Doctoral Studies at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Griffith is a former Assistant Professor at Emory University School of Medicine. She is currently a psychotherapist at Georgia State University Counseling & Testing Center. She also serves as an Adjunct professor for Emory University School of Medicine, is the Coordinator for the Rainbows Program (a support group for children who have experienced a loss), and teaches Religious Education Classes at her church.

Dr. Griffith is committed to helping under-served populations and those with chronic illness. She has conducted research and has publications in the areas of sickle cell disease, depression, and weight, shape, and eating in African Americans. She has written a treatment manual for coping with chronic health conditions and has led groups based on this approach. She enjoys community outreach and has given presentations on various topics including: anxiety & stress management, depression, childhood obesity, bullying, coping with loss, and overcoming joy blockers.

Over the past several years, Dr. Griffith has joined with her husband M. Christopher Griffith, M.D. in the fight against childhood obesity. In addition, to co-authoring the book The Tale of Two Athletes: The Story of Jumper and The Thumper, she wrote a companion workbook that helps children and their family achieve their goals of living healthier. Dr. Griffith and her husband travel throughout the United States educating under-served communities about childhood obesity.Dr. Griffith’s clinical interests include: coping with chronic health conditions, anxiety, depression, minority mental health, and sports psychology.

Angela B. Hammond, LPC.
Angela B. Hammond is a Licensed Professional Counselor at Georgia State University’s Counseling & Testing Center. Angela graduated from Purdue University where she received a B.A. in Elementary/ Special Education. She earned an M.S. in Community Counseling from Chicago State University before coming to Georgia State University. Some of Angela’s professional interests include depression, co-dependency, self-esteem issues, adolescents, and Human Trafficking. She also believes that “You have to know where you’ve been in order to know where you’re going”.

Myles Hassler, MS, NCC, MAC, LPC
Myles  Hassler is a Licensed Professional Counselor at the Georgia State University Counseling & Testing Center. Licensed since 1991, he works with individuals and couples providing general counseling services and substance abuse assessments. Myles received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Illinois and his Master of Science degree in counseling from Georgia State University in 1987.

Myles’ interest in workplace dynamics and substance abuse led to training and eventual work in the EAP profession (employee assistance professional) where he was active in counseling, program development and leadership roles within the EAP field. He also maintained a private practice pursuing his clinical interests in general psychotherapy, substance abuse assessment and treatment and couples’ work. Clinically, Myles’ interests include working with individuals and couples to improve their functioning, sense of well-being, relationship satisfaction and success in their personal, vocational and academic lives. He has specialized skills in substance abuse, sexual functioning, workplace dynamics and couples issues including open-relationship dynamics and GLBT issues.

He enjoys working with cross-cultural populations and students. His approach to working with clients respects who and where they are at the present without compartmentalizing into a particular theoretical approach emphasizing the therapeutic relationship as a cornerstone for change.

Diane Hughes, Ph.D., LCSW
Dr. Diane Hughes is a licensed clinical social worker in Georgia with a B.S. and a Ph.D in cognitive psychology from Georgia State University and a MSW from University of Georgia. Dr. Hughes has previously taught in the Psychology Department at Georgia State University and has served as a social worker for Families First and with the United States Public Health Service. Dr. Hughes has also provided professional training for many organizations, including the Georgia Department of Corrections, the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work, and Catholic Social Services.

Dr. Hughes is actively involved with the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work and the Georgia Psychological Association. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Psychological Association and has been the chair of the Council on Gender and Sexual Diversity. Dr. Hughes has been in private practice for over 30 years and has worked with individuals, couples, and families who have presented with a variety of issues including self-esteem problems, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, communication issues, trauma, physical and sexual abuse, women’s issues, LGBTQI issues, and alternative lifestyles.Dr. Hughes’ approach to psychotherapy is interpersonal, grounded in family systems theory, object relations, attachment theory, and the relational school. She uses cognitive behavioral interventions when appropriate, but she also helps clients explore the deeper meanings of their behaviors and relationship styles and the often unconscious beliefs upon which dysfunctional behavior may be based.  She also has extensive experience in working with sexual and gender diversity.

Dr. Kofi A. Kondwani, Ph.D.
Dr. Kondwani received his Ph.D. from Maharishi International University in Fairfield, Iowa and currently serves as an Assistant Professor at the Morehouse University School of Medicine in addition to his role at Georgia State University. Dr. Kondwani majored in Mind-Body Medicine or Psycho-Physiology. His interest is helping individuals directly address and improve the connection between their mind and their body. Many diseases are psychosomatic in nature. They start in the mind as stress and eventuate into a psychological, physiological or behavioral problem. These problems include: anxiety or depression, high blood pressure, headaches, or ulcers, as well as negative changes in behaviors such as excessive alcohol, tobacco or marijuana use, drug abuse, or lack of behavioral control. In the academic setting, excessive stress can lead to missing classes, an inability to concentrate, poor memory and failing grades. To prevent or reduce these life challenges and based on his more than 30 years of study in this area, he has developed a technique called Consciously Resting Meditation (CRM). CRM is a simple mental technique learned in two one-hour individual or group sessions. CRM has been found in randomized controlled trials to reduce blood pressure, stress and sleep dysfunction while calming the mind and relaxing the body. Dr. Kondwani has conducted research with NIH and CDC, as well as internationally to examine the health outcomes for those who practice meditation. His advice to students is the following: “Don’t wait for the problems to arise and get worse. Take the steps to prevent stress by learning to consciously rest. A calm mind learns better.”

Laura Louis, Ph.D.
Dr. Laura Louis is one of the psychologists at Georgia State University’s Counseling & Testing Center. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Florida State University before earning her M.S. in Counseling from Fordham University in New York, NY. Louis went on to earn her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Louis has specialized training in the areas of couples counseling, interpersonal communication, and healing after infidelity. Some areas of professional interest include: relationship enhancement, international students, and holistic health. In her free time, Louis enjoys travelling to new places. One quote that Louis reflects on is, “So a man thinks so is he.” She believes that we are all the masters of our own destiny. Everything starts with a thought.

James Milner II, LCSW
James Milner is one of the counselors at Georgia State University’s Counseling & Testing Center. Milner received his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Savannah State University before earning his Master’s Degree of Social Work from the University of Georgia. Milner has specialized training in Anger Management, Dual Diagnosis, and Consciously Resting Meditation. His areas of professional interest include addiction, adult mental health, men’s issues, couples, and trauma. In his free time, Milner enjoys practicing yoga and spiritual exploration. One of Milner’s favorite quotes that he reflects on is, “Life is the unfolding of your inherent greatness.”

Dana Reid, D.O.
Dana Reid is a Staff Psychiatrist at Georgia State University’s Counseling & Testing Center. Reid graduated with honors with a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Georgia. She continued her education at Virginia College where she obtained her medical degree in Osteopathic Medicine. Reid completed her residency in Adult Psychology at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Reid later completed her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Emory University.

Reid’s clinical interests include cultural and identity issues, transition and adjustment to college, depression, and anxiety. In her free time Reid enjoys working out, spending time with friends and family, traveling, and trying new restaurants. Reid understands that each individual has unique biological, psychological, social and cultural factors that shape his or her life experiences and relationships. She enjoys working with individuals to see how different factors shape lives and how we can work together to improve quality of life and facilitate healing.

Millicent Roche, LCSW
Millicent Roche holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Kentucky. She previously worked in psychiatric hospitals and community mental health, followed by years of forensic social work where she assessed the mental health of criminal defendants. Since earning her MSW, Millicent has received training in a variety of therapy models which she integrates into her work.   She enjoys helping students deal with a broad range of issues, including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, interpersonal relationship problems, and stress management. Her particular interest is working with individuals who have a history of trauma in childhood.

Brian Schief, MD
Dr. Schief joined the Georgia State University Counseling & Testing Center in August 2007. He is Board Certified in both general and forensic psychiatry. In addition to his work at the Counseling & Testing Center, he is employed at Georgia Regional Hospital where he is the Associate Clinical Director and the lead physician on one of the forensic psychiatry units. On this unit, he evaluates and treats patients that have been charged with a crime and have been ordered to go to the hospital by the court. At times he is called to testify as an expert witness in State and Superior Courts in metro Atlanta. Dr. Schief is also on the clinical faculty at both Morehouse and Emory University Schools of Medicine.

Faith M. Simpson, LPC
Faith M. Simpson is a Licensed Professional Counselor at Georgia State University’s Counseling & Testing Center. She received her undergraduate degree from Francis Marion University and her graduate degree from Argosy University. Simpson received specialized training in the areas of motivational interviewing, as well as drug and alcohol counseling. In her free time, she enjoys reading, photography, and arts and crafts. One of her favorite quotes is, “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”  – President Barack Obama

Catharine Wirth, LCSW, MA
Catharine Wirth, LCSW, MA is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. After completing a double major in Psychology and Journalism at The University of Georgia, she moved to New York City and began working on psychiatric research focused on the genetic components of addiction. She returned to graduate school and earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work (CUNY) as well as a Master’s in Psychology at Columbia University in New York City. Upon returning to Atlanta, she completed a post graduate residency program focusing on the treatment of trauma at Metropolitan Counseling Services. Catharine’s areas of professional interest include: Adolescent Development, Anxiety and Depression, Grief and Acceptance, Spirituality, Mindfulness, Women’s Issues, Living with a Disability (personally or within the family). She has a part-time private practice in Midtown Atlanta. In her free time she enjoys yoga, jogging, reading, spending time with family and friends, and all sorts of outdoor activities.

Jennifer Wootten, M.D.
Dr. Wootten is a Board Certified Psychiatrist at Georgia State University’s Counseling & Testing Center. She graduated from Spring Hill College with a B.S. in Biology. She earned her graduate degree from the Mercer University School of Medicine where she specialized in Psychiatry. She completed her Psychiatric Residency at Emory University in Atlanta. Dr. Wootten’s professional interests include: Chronic Mental Illness and Trauma. In her spare time, Dr. Wootten enjoys reading, paddle boarding and travelling. She likes to reflect on one of Maya Angelou’s quotes which reads, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”