Staff Bios


Administrative Team


Jill Lee-Barber, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President for Student Health and Wellness

Clinical Supervisor

Education:

Ph.D. – University of Houston, Counseling Psychology

M.S. – Georgia State University, Community Counseling

B.A. – Georgia State University, English

Post-doctoral Fellowship in Psychology – Georgia Institute of Technology

Doctoral internship in Psychology – University of Georgia

Theoretical Orientation: Relational Cultural

Clinical and research interests: Cross cultural counseling, trauma, university mental health

Jill Lee-Barber is the Associate Vice President for Student Health and Wellness providing leadership for integrated health services which includes the Counseling Center, Access & Accommodations Center, the Student Health Clinics, Student Health Promotion, Student Nutrition, Student Victim Assistance and Recreational services. Jill is passionate about health equity and making high quality services accessible and relevant to a diverse population of university students. During her tenure, Dr. Barber has increased the availability of health and counseling services by innovating data driven service delivery models. Dr. Barber has held a number of leadership roles nationally including American Psychological Association Division 17 Vice-President for Professional Practice, Chair for the Section for University Counseling Centers, Chair for the Section for LGBTI, as well as co-chair for the 2019 National Multicultural Summit. Dr. Barber’s professional roles have included: Associate Director at Georgia Tech Counseling Center, Assistant Director at University of Georgia CAPS and Senior Director of Psychological and Health Services at Georgia State University.


Mikyta Daugherty, Ph.D.

Director, Counseling Services

Clinical Supervisor

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Education:

Ph.D. – University of New Mexico

Post-doctoral Fellowship in Psychology – Atlanta Veterans Administration Medical Center

Doctoral internship in Psychology – Atlanta Veterans Administration Medical Center

Theoretical Orientation: Dr. Daugherty describes her therapy style as rooted in third wave behaviorism or applied clinical behavioral analysis.

Clinical and research interests: Dr. Daugherty is committed to utilizing her training in evidence-based practice and program development to promote strong foundations in young adults. She has substantial advanced training in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) 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.

Dr. Daugherty is 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 post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment trials conducted by the Cooperative Studies Research Program of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and the Atlanta Veterans Administration Medical Center. More recently,


Jeana Griffith, Ph.D.

Director, Integrated Health Services

Clinical Supervisor

Education:

Ph.D.- Miami University, Clinical Psychology

M.A.-Miami University, Clinical Psychology

B.A.- University of Cincinnati, Psychology

Pre-doctoral internship: Emory University School of Medicine

Post-doctoral fellowship: Emory University School of Medicine

Theoretical Orientation: Dr. Griffith works from a cognitive behavioral orientation with an integration of interpersonal and positive psychology within a multicultural counseling lens.

Areas of Clinical Interest:Mindfulness and meditation, coping with chronic health conditions, African American Women’s issues, sport and performance psychology, life transitions, stress management, resilience, anxiety, and depression.

Favorite Quote: Dr. Griffith’s favorite quote is by Maya Angelou: 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.”

Dr. Jeana Griffith is a licensed psychologist in Georgia. Dr. Griffith enjoys photography, exploring new nature trails, stain glass projects, and baking. She is also the mother of two Rottweilers and a cat. Dr. Griffith 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.


Sarah E. Meng, LPC Associate Director, Clinical Services

Education:

M.S.- Georgia State University, Mental Health Counseling

B.A.- Agnes Scott College, Psychology and Women’s Studies

Sarah E. Meng is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia, who has worked in hospitals, private practices and university settings. Sarah’s publications and research interests include topics such as resilience in people who are transgender, LGBTQ identities the southeast and body liberation. At Georgia State University, Sarah works across campuses to provide high quality services to students. Sarah is an aunt to many, a gardener and a believer in the power of love and guts to transform both individuals and communities.


 

Taylor Ford, MSW, LCSW Assistant Director, Counseling Services

Education:

M.S.- Master of Social Work with a concentration in mental health from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis

B.A.- Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of Iowa

Areas of Clinical Interest: Taylor has previous experience providing clinical social work services in several settings. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in residential eating disorder and substance use facilities, as well as in various capacities in hospital settings. Taylor provided clinical leadership and assisted the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in opening their Crisis Stabilization Unit in October 2018.

Taylor Ford is the Assistant Director, Counseling Services  and is a Diplomate and Certified Cognitive Behavioral therapist through the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies. Taylor has worked as an Adjunct Instructor at The University of Iowa, teaching Motivational Interviewing/Interpersonal Skills Lab and Advanced Practicum Seminar in-person and online through distance education.  In her free time, Taylor enjoys traveling and spending time with family, friends, and her dog, Piper.


Counseling Services, Senior Staff


 

Chrisanne Mayer, Psy.D.

Coordinator of Urgent Care and Suicide Prevention

Clinical Supevisor

Education:B.A.- Georgia State University, Psychology

Pre-doctoral internship: The Behavioral Medicine Program, Cambridge Hospital

Post-doctoral fellowship: Anchor Hospital

Theoretical Orientation: Dr. Mayer uses cognitive behavioral therapy informed by feminist theory and developmental theory within a multicultural counseling lens.

Areas of Clinical Interest: Anxiety disorders, emerging adult populations, crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and women’s issues

Favorite Quote: Fear less, hope more, whine less, breathe more, talk less, say more, hate less, love more, and good things will be yours.

Dr. Chrisanne Mayer is a licensed psychologist in Georgia and is a two-time graduate of Georgia State University. Dr. Mayer has experience working in multiple areas of clinical psychology including private practice, community mental health, K-12 schools and the inpatient hospital environment. In her free time, Dr. Mayer enjoys taking long walks with friends, hiking, and picnicking on the beach.


 

Jenny Qin, Psy.D.

Coordinator of Training

Clinical Supervisor

Education:
Psy.D. – Xavier University, Clinical Psychology

M.A. – Xavier University, Psychology

B.A. – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Psychology

Pre-doctoral internship: Georgia State University Counseling Center

Post-doctoral fellowship: Georgia State University Counseling Center
Theoretical Orientation: Dr. Qin works from a third-wave behavioral theoretical orientation with integration of feminist and multicultural counseling perspectives.
Areas of Clinical Interest: emotional resiliency and dysregulation, DBT skills training, mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions, Asian American (AAPI/APIDA) and diasporic issues, intersectionality of women of color, international students, college students/emerging adult populations, trauma.
Favorite Quote: “We’re all capable of the most incredible change. We can evolve while still staying true to who we are. We can honor who we’ve been and choose who we want to be next.” – The 13th Doctor
Dr. Qin is the Coordinator of Training and oversees the training program. She enjoys power watching Great British Bake Off (and spinoffs) with her husband and gardening with questionable success. Former cat foster mom, current allergy sufferer. Future aspirations include: being a non-traumatic Asian Auntie…”I serve sliced fruit and not judgment.”

 

Shnequia Webb, DSW, LCSW

Client Advocate

 

Education:

D.S.W- Acapella University Doctor of Social Work

M.S. – Social Work, Valdosta State University

B.A. – Psychology and minor in Journalism

Favorite Quote: “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”- Jack Canfield

Dr. Shnequia Webb is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Georgia and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Georgia Chapter and has social work experience primarily in mental health and school settings. She has worked with clients addressing topics including depression, anxiety, stress and communication issues. In her free time, Dr. Webb enjoys reading, traveling, attending church and meeting new people.


Perimeter Campus Counselors


Louise M. Turner,  LPC Licensed Professional Counselor

Education:

M.A.- Professional and School Counseling, Lindenwood University

B.S.- Psychology, Lincoln University

Theoretical Orientation: As a counselor she believes it is her goal to be supportive in the journey toward change with compassion and understanding, while being direct, professional, realistic and authentic.

Areas of Clinical Interest: Some of Louise’s professional interests include depression, self-esteem, trauma, stress management, couples & relationships and parent-child communication.

Louise M. Turner is a Licensed Professional Counselor at Georgia State University’s Dunwoody and Clarkston campuses. In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors with family and friends, listening to music and traveling.


Laura Tuttle-Le, LCSW Licensed Professional Counselor

Education:

M.S.- Social WorkW, Clinical, Concentration in Children, Youth, and Families

B.A.- Psychology, Agnes Scott College


Doctoral Interns and Doctoral Fellows


Heather Cygan, M.S. Doctoral Intern

Education:

Psy.D.-Mercer University, Atlanta

M.S. – Mercer University, Atlanta

B.S.-Kennesaw State University

Doctoral internship: Georgia State University Counseling Center

Doctoral fellowship: Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness (private practice in Atlanta)

Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with integration of Motivational Interviewing and multicultural perspectives

Areas of Clinical Interest: Mindfulness, anxiety and panic disorders, depression, adjustment disorders, family issues, self-esteem/self-worth, trauma (CPT).

Favorite Quote: “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.” -Maya Angelou

Heather enjoys watching true crime and The Great British Bake Off, YouTube videos by Bailey Sarian and Daz Black, and Forged in Fire. She aspires to one day take up blacksmithing as a hobby. As an avid reader she has found great comfort in audiobooks during grad school because they can be listened to anywhere and it has allowed her to continue devouring the written word. She is the mom of 2 humans (14 and 10) and 2 fur babies (Ranger [dog] and Katniss [cat]).


Samreek Khondker, M.Sc. Doctoral Intern

Education:

MSc. – Middlesex University London, Applied Psychology

B.A. – Ryerson University, Psychology

Pre-doctoral Internship – Georgia State University Counseling Center

Theoretical Orientation: Samreen utilizes interpersonal process, cognitive and motivational interviewing approaches while considering diversity factors of clients in therapy.

Areas of Clinical Interest: Her clinical interests include counseling emerging adults to older adults, working with minority and marginalized populations, DBT and emotional resiliency work, mindfulness and MI interventions, intersectionality with identity work and working with clients from South-Asian and Muslim backgrounds.

Favorite Quote: “Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” – Rumi (yep, a Rumi enthusiast).

Samreen is originally from Canada, and grew up in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She enjoys creative arts, playing the guitar, dancing and going for walks. She is currently enjoying her time being a new aunt and newly married as well. She is looking forward to be perceived as the anti-villain (therapist) in her South-Asian and Muslim clients’ households.


 

Zach Taber, M.A. Doctoral Intern

Education

M.A. – University of Denver, Sport and Performance Psychology

B.A. – University of Maryland, College Park, Government and Politics and History

Doctoral internship – Georgia State University Counseling Center

Theoretical Orientation: Zach integrates interpersonal and brief psychodynamic approaches with cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based therapies.

Areas of Clinical Interest: Perfectionism, performance psychology, self-compassion, identity exploration/development, relationship issues, and college students/emerging adult populations

In his free time, Zach enjoys playing basketball and ultimate frisbee, working on his New York style pizza recipe, and hiking and paddle-boarding with his partner.

Taylor McCavanagh, Psy. D. Doctoral Fellow

Education:

Psy.D.- Springfield College (MA), Counseling Psychology

M.S.- Barry University (FL), Sport/Exercise/Performance Psychology

B.S.- Binghamton University (NY), Human Development

Pre-doctoral internship: Georgia State University Counseling Center

Post-doctoral fellowship: Georgia State University Counseling Center

Theoretical Orientation: Dr. McCavanagh works within a multicultural counseling framework by utilizing the time-limited dynamic psychotherapy approach with an integration of narrative therapy, family systems therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Areas of Clinical Interest:queer and trans issues, identity development, sexual trauma, depression, interpersonal issues, self-awareness, and self-compassion.

Favorite Quote: “Save some love for yourself.”

In their free time, Dr. McCavanagh enjoys being outdoors and active. If there is sun and water, they will be there.


Kayla Phillips, Ph.D. Doctoral Fellow

Education:

Ph.D. – Auburn University, Counseling Psychology

M.A. – Auburn University, Counseling Psychology

B.A. – Georgia State University, Psychology

Pre-doctoral internship: American University Counseling Center

Post-doctoral fellowship: Georgia State University Counseling Center

Theoretical Orientation: Dr. Phillips approaches clinical practice through a multicultural and social justice lens. Her therapeutic style is integrative and primarily grounded in feminist theory.

Areas of Clinical Interest: Dr. Phillips areas of clinical interest include racial trauma, women’s issues, identity development, depression, anxiety, family/relationship issues, and the unique experiences/concerns of clients from the African Diaspora.

Favorite Quote: ”I am because you are” – Ubuntu, a concept valued in African culture emphasizing compassion, community, and unity. Simply put, we cannot exist without each other.

Dr. Phillips enjoys gardening, spending time with family and friends, going on walks with her two puppies, and trying different desserts.


Clinical Supervisors


Angela Bethea Walsh, Ph.D. Clinical Supervisor
Angela R. Bethea-Walsh, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in Georgia. She has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Lehigh University. She completed a 3-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Health and Addictions Psychology at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, with funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Dr. Bethea-Walsh believes that people have an inherent ability to change and that motivation to change can be influenced within an atmosphere of trust, acceptance and compassion. Her early training was in person-centered therapy, psychodynamic and interpersonal therapy. Later, she was exposed to cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness techniques. As a Postdoctoral Fellow, she trained extensively in motivational interviewing.She practices evidence-based, culturally-sensitive interventions to treat substance use disorders, stress related to racial and sexual identity development, depression, anxiety, insomnia, weight loss, chronic pain management, pre-/post-natal mental health and fertility concerns. Other professional interests include: psychological evaluations with elite athletes; psychological consultation/assessments for individuals involved in medically-assisted reproduction.Dr. Bethea-Walsh has published in the areas of racial identity development, culturally competent qualitative research, substance abuse training in doctoral psychology programs, working alliance and prescription opioid abuse, universal substance use screening and the science of motivational interviewing.

Shirley Chancey, Ph.D. Clinical Supervisor

Dr. Shirley Chancey is a licensed psychologist in Georgia. She received a B.A. in psychology from Georgia College and State University before attending Georgia State University, where she earned a M.S. and Ed.S in counseling and The Fielding Graduate Institute, where she earned a M.A. and 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 four years of training and 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, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), violence, abuse (seven years specialized training in eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing or 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 therapy and civil and domestic mediation.