Staff Bios

Jill Lee-Barber, Ph.D.
Director of Counseling and Testing Center
Dr. Jill Lee-Barber is a licensed psychologist in Georgia who graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in English and an M.S. in Counseling and from the University of Houston with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Lee-Barber previously served as Associate Director for Clinical Services at the Georgia Institute of Technology Counseling Center and as the Assistant Director for Training and Outreach at the University of Georgia Counseling and Psychological Services Center.

Dr. Lee-Barber is active in professional organizations including The American Psychological Association, Division 17, Society of Counseling Psychology, and The American College Personnel Association. She has held 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 has twice served on the Directorate of the American College Personnel Association Commission on Counseling and Psychological Services. She is a former chair of the Georgia Psychological Association Division of Women Psychologists. Dr. Lee-Barber was chosen the 2009 Woman of the Year by the Section for Advancement of Women 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 is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Georgia State University’s Counseling at Testing Center. She studied counseling psychology at the University of Iowa and had the opportunity to gain clinical experiences in a variety of settings including a university counseling center, women’s center, rape crisis center, and a university hospital. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Texas-Austin Counseling and Mental Health Center.

Elham’s areas of specialty include trauma and multicultural counseling. Elham works from an understanding that individual, cultural, and societal factors influence mental health and the healing process. Elham’s therapeutic approach aims to use the client-counselor relationship to create a safe, empathetic, and empowering space for the client to gain insight into the present day impact of past experiences, become aware of, express, and manage emotions, and to move towards creating positive changes.

Angela R. Bethea, Ph.D.
Ph.D. (2006), Counseling Psychology, Lehigh University
Pre-doctoral Internship (2004-2005), Clinical Psychology, Veterans Affairs New Jersey Healthcare System
Post-doctoral Fellowship (2005-2008), Clinical Health and Addictions Psychology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Dr. Bethea really enjoys working with the college student population, especially as this is a critical time for self-discovery and personal growth. Her therapeutic approach is tailored to meet each student’s treatment needs. Dr. Bethea’s theoretical orientation has influences from psychodynamic, Motivational Interviewing, existential and cognitive-behavioral theories.

Dr. Bethea takes a team approach to working with students to explore their personal goals and to identify challenges that have hindered change or sticking to a change plan. She especially enjoys working with students who present with problematic substance use, depression, anxiety, concerns about athletic performance, cultural stress, concerns with racial and sexual identity development, chronic pain and illness management. Dr. Bethea strongly believes that anyone who attends therapy has difficulty with relationships somewhere in their lives; therefore she encourages students’ self-care in relationships.

Dr. Bethea has a private practice in Atlanta, GA. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. Dr. Bethea enjoys watching professional sports (especially football, basketball, and tennis!), watching movies, reading book series, playing with her cat Mila, dining out, and traveling.

Bill Eli Budd, Ph.D.
Earned his doctorate in clinical psychology at Georgia State University in 1981. He interned at Grady Memorial Hospital where he specialized in adult psychotherapy with a subspecialty in behavioral medicine. Upon completion of training, Dr. Budd spent the next two years as a part time consulting psychologist at Emory University Pain Control Center, instructor at the Emory Physician’s Assistant Program, and providing psychological testing for research projects at Emory’s Egleston Children’s Hospital. Also, upon becoming licensed, Dr. Budd opened his part time private practice which subsequently became his full-time focus. For over 30 years, Dr. Budd has seen individuals as well as couples in his private practice with issues that have ranged from anxiety and depression to psychosomatic, chronic and terminal illnesses. He has had extensive experience with couples therapy and histories of trauma. Dr. Budd also developed a specialty in gender identity disorders while serving the larger LGBT community. Therefore, he maintains memberships in both the American Psychological Association and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health.

Shirley Chancey, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
B.A. Psychology – Georgia College and State University
M.S. & Ed.S. Counseling – Georgia State University
M.A. & Ph.D. Psychology – The Fielding Graduate Institute

As an undergraduate, Dr. Chancey spent 2 years at Milledgeville State Hospital working on the children’s unit doing behavior modification and on the adult unit working with people diagnosed with schizophrenia. In counseling, her graduate practicum was at Ft. McPherson working with military personnel, and her internship was at Georgia Mental Health Institute on the children’s unit. Dr. Chancey’s psychology internship was at Georgia Regional Hospital-Atlanta rotating between the adolescent and forensic units, and her Ph.D. postdoctoral studies were with Dr. Gus Kaufman who specializes in psychomotor work.

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 PhD, 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. Dr. Chancey uses an integrated approach. She values the subjective experience, the use of personal choice, the power of the present, the fluidity of the process, the need for awareness of dynamics and when and how to utilize the past to aid in the healing process. In supervision, Dr. Chancey encourages supervisees to become curious about their impact on the therapy process and support growth in that awareness. We will explore how to hold space for emotion in the therapy setting. We will unveil the wisdom of silence and the patience of process. We will discover the value in not sharing our wisdom. We will work to refine theoretical orientation and come to understand decision making, therapy events and clinical interpretations in relation to that orientation. Dr. Chancey sees this as an opportunity for therapist-in-training to use the wealth of education/training they have received to explore in themselves the ART of being a therapist.Interests: 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.

Justin Donaldson, Ph.D.
Dr. Donaldson is a licensed psychologist in Georgia and currently serves as coordinator of risk screening at GSU. Dr. Donaldson earned his B.A. in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He earned his master’s degree in Community Counseling and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Georgia. He completed his predoctoral internship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s university counseling center, and postdoctoral fellowship in independent practice here in Atlanta. Dr. Donaldson’s academic interests include psychotherapy process and outcomes research, positive psychology, psychocardiology, and multicultural considerations of personality assessment.

Dr. Donaldson views therapy as a powerful and collaborative path to healing and change, and believes it to be a very effective way to find meaning and live our lives intentionally. Areas and groups of particular interest include young adults, anxiety concerns, grief and existential issues, gender and masculinity, and risk assessment. Dr. Donaldson also maintains a small local private practice, where he enjoys working with adults and couples. He is an adjunct faculty member at Kennesaw State University where he has taught undergraduate psychology courses since 2009. Dr. Donaldson is a member of the American Psychological Association and APA’s Division 42. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with family, painting, reef-keeping, and woodworking.

Mikyta Daugherty, Ph.D.
Dr. Mikyta Daugherty is a licensed clinical psychologist who currently serves as coordinator of clinical services at the GSU Counseling and 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 Institute 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.

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 and 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 underserved 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 underserved communities about childhood obesity.

Dr. Griffith’s clinical interests include: coping with chronic health conditions, anxiety, depression, minority mental health, and sports psychology.

Myles Hassler, MS, NCC, MAC, LPC
Myles is a Licensed Professional Counselor. 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.

Maria Gonzalez-Iglesias, Ph.D., LCSW
Dr. Iglesias is a licensed clinical social worker in Georgia. She received her B.A. in International Relations and Spanish from Agnes Scott College, and her MSW and Ph.D. in Social Work from the Catholic University of America, located in Washington, DC. Dr. Iglesias is a former Assistant Professor of Social Work at Kennesaw State University. She is currently a therapist at Georgia State University Counseling & Testing Center.

Dr. Iglesias has over 10 years of experience providing therapeutic services to children, adolescents and their families, and adults. She is bilingual (English and Spanish) and bicultural and has worked extensively with multicultural populations in Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Iglesias received training in Family Systems Theory at the Child Guidance Center of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In regards to multicultural children, she has researched and written extensively on how having a positive view of one’s ethnic identity is related to the development of a positive self-concept. She has worked within school, agency, outpatient, and private practice settings with clients dealing with a variety of emotional, behavioral and relationship issues including anxiety, depression, stress management and parenting issues. Dr. Iglesias often supports clients as they as they adjust through life transitions, such as being newly arrived to the United States, adjusting to life as a college student, entering the work-force, child-rearing, marriage or divorce.

Dr. Iglesias believes that all of us have our own unique abilities to face life’s obstacles. The cornerstone of her therapeutic work is to help build on these innate strengths within a caring, non-judgmental, and empowering therapeutic relationship. Her therapeutic approach is grounded in psychodynamic, family systems, motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral theories. In using a holistic approach to therapy, she is mindful of the fact that as we change throughout our lives, so do our needs in therapy.

Dr. Kofi A. Kondwani, Ph.D.
Mind-Body Medicine Clinic, Stress Management Consultant, Georgia State University, Counseling and Testing Center

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. 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.”

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 Counseling Center in August 2007. He is Board Certified in both general and forensic psychiatry. In addition to his work at the Counseling 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.