Staff Bios

Counseling Staff

Jill Lee-Barber, Ph.D. Senior Director, Psychological and Health Services

JleebarberDr. 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 (A.P.A.), Division 17, Society of Counseling Psychology. She has held several leadership roles including vice-president of professional practice for Division 17 in A.P.A., chair of the Section for College and University Counseling Centers and chair of the Section for LGBT Issues within Division 17. Currently, she serves as co-chair of the Taking Action Against Racism in Media initiative of Division 17.

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.

~ Walt Whitman

Mikyta Daugherty, Ph.D. Associate Director of Clinical Services

CTC-MikytaDaughertyDr. Mikyta Daugherty is a licensed psychologist in Georgia. 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 Administration 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 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, 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 University, Emory University 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 (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.

Jeana Griffith, Ph.D. Associate Director of Psychological and Health Services

jgriffinDr. Jeana Griffith is a licensed 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 postdoctoral studies at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.

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. Some of her professional interests include anxiety, depression, diversity, coping with chronic health concerns, sports psychology and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Dr. Griffith’s favorite quote is:

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

Angela R. Bethea-Walsh, Ph.D. Psychologist
Dr. Angela R. Bethea-Walsh 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-Walsh 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 books, playing with her cat, Mila, dining out and traveling.

Kevin Buckins, L.P.C. Licensed Professional Counselor

Kevin Buckins is a contract clinician. He holds a masters of science in community counseling from Georgia State University, which he received in May 2000. Since then, he has worked with students at several local universities, the Eating Disorders Center of California in Brentwood, California, Foundations Atlanta Midtown (outpatient substance abuse treatment) and the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) at Emory University. Kevin has taught counselors in training at Argosy University, served as director of counseling at Savannah College of Art and Design, served as intern coordinator and counselor in residence at Kennesaw State University Counseling, Advising and Program Services Center and now has his own private practice.

As a therapist, Kevin is interpersonally oriented (sees himself as a co-journeyer with his clients), existentially focused (views the human quest for meaning as a path toward greater purpose and wholeness) and mindfulness based (employs the here and now as a means of enduring distress, enhancing meaning and achieving fulfillment). He thinks conceptually and imaginatively and is creative in his approach to problem-solving with clients. Kevin’s professional interests include LGBT issues, 12 step work, personal motivation, healing from trauma, managing relationship issues, exploring identity, making decisions and helping those with addiction in both pre-treatment and post-recovery stages of care.

Personally, Kevin enjoys music of all kinds, working out, spirituality and writing. Kevin also holds a bachelor of arts in theology from Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky and believes his own personal journey as a gay man from dogmatic religious belief into liberal spiritual practice has uniquely equipped him to assist others who are struggling to come to terms with religious abuse and the quest toward a broader, more open, more functional faith or spirituality.

Jaketra Bryant, L.P.C. Licensed Professional Counselor

Jaketra Bryant is a graduate of the University of Alabama and Argosy University. She is a relationship expert who specializes in re-establishing and maintaining healthy relationships. She has worked with various populations providing individual, group and family counseling. Jaketra currently contracts with collegiate and professional athletic teams to build stronger relationships to improve team performance and build all around healthy relationships with others. She works from a family systems and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) approach to provide psycho-education on the correlation of family, environment and relationships. Jaketra teaches from a holistic approach to her athletic teams, showing the importance of mind and body when it comes to reaching peak performance. Jaketra Bryant has done extensive research on trans-generational trauma and relationships and speaks from state to state sharing this message.

As a therapist, Jaketra Bryant strives to educate, empower and encourage other professionals through her speaking at various events and workshops. Jaketra excels in research and program development. She has worked with a variety of populations through her career in settings, such as partial hospitalizations, residential treatment centers, state prisons, jails, colleges and private practice.

Shirley Chancey, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist

ShirleyChancey 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.

Angela B. Hammond, L.P.C. Licensed Professional Counselor
AngelaHammondAngela B. Hammond is a licensed professional counselor. She graduated from Purdue University where she received a B.A. in elementary and 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.

Shnequia Webb, D.S.W., L.C.S.W. Client Advocate

Dr. Shnequia Webb is a licensed clinical social worker in Georgia with a B.A. in psychology and minor in journalism. Dr. Webb also received a M.S.W. degree from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia before earning a doctor of social work (D.S.W.) degree from Capella University. She also has certification in school social work in Georgia and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Georgia Chapter. Dr. Webb’s experience in social work primarily involves mental health and school settings. She has experience in addressing many topics with clients including depression, anxiety, stress and communication issues.

Dr. Webb enjoys reading, traveling, attending church and meeting new people. She has two favorite inspirational quotes in which she strongly believes which are:

Everything you want is on the other side of fear.

~ Jack Canfield

Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the sooner we will be able to treat life as art.

~ Maya Angelou

Lineliz Vassallo Mind-Body Coordinator
Lineliz Vassallo is a mindfulness educator, MBSR-qualified instructor and registered yoga teacher. Lineliz (Linnie) received her MBSR teacher training through the University of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness and is completing an advanced training in mindfulness, emotional intelligence and compassionate leadership through Google’s Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. A graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania and a certified professional educator, Linnie has spent the past five years fiercely committed to bringing mindfulness practices into the world of education. Linnie is thrilled to be a part of student wellness, success, resilience and happiness at Georgia State University’s Mind-Body Clinic.

Jennifer Bodnar, M.S. Senior Coordinator for Student Victim Assistance
Jennifer Bodnar serves as the Senior Coordinator for Student Victim Assistance and provides crisis intervention for students who have been victims of crime. Ms. Bodnar also guest facilitates discussions on healthy relationships and sexuality, crime prevention, bystander intervention, sexual assault, intimate partner violence and related topics. Ms. Bodnar received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from The University of Tennessee, where she graduated valedictorian. She has extensive experience in the field of victim services, having worked in the court system, non-profit sector and domestic violence shelters. Ms. Bodnar also helped create and direct victim services programs at two other universities. In addition to her work with victims of crime, Ms. Bodnar has numerous years of experience in program planning and community outreach. When she’s not on campus, you’ll find her traveling the world, having been to 44 states and 18 countries so far. She hopes to help others find the courage to live life to the fullest.


Brian Schief, M.D Psychiatrist
bschiefDr. Schief joined the Georgia State University Counseling and Testing Center in August 2007. He is board certified in both general and forensic psychiatry. He also works 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 who 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.

Perimeter College

Dr. Rufus Larkin, Ph.D. Associate Director of Counseling Services

Dr. Rufus Larkin is the Associate Director of Counseling Services at Perimeter College at Georgia State University. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Fort Valley State University and his master’s and doctorate degree from the University of Georgia.

He brings a broad range of experience as a clinician and supervisor in providing assessments, treatment plans, and intervention services in working effectively with students, adolescents and nontraditional adult populations across multiple campuses. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and holds certification as an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS).

Over the years, Dr. Larkin has enjoyed the professional training and oversight of graduate interns as they train and develop to become solid clinical counseling practitioners. Dr. Larkin has made presentations at numerous conferences, and he has published in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, disruptive behaviors in academia, self-esteem and issues confronting African American males in mainstream education. He subscribes to theoretical frameworks that lend themselves readily to empowerment, determining a sense of client mastery and therapist effectiveness. Thus, his counseling approach is informed and guided by cognitive-behavioral therapy, narrative therapy and solution-focused therapy. One of his favorite hobbies includes reading and writing poetry.

Voices echo in our minds.
Cloaked in celestial times.
From ancestors across the aisle.
In gentle whispers we often find,
everything is crowned in need.
Strength, wisdom, hope, and dreams;
In words set aside for us to believe.

~ Rufus Larkin, Ph.D.

Ann Howard, M.S., L.P.C., N.C.C. Licensed Professional Counselor
Ann Howard is a Licensed Professional Counselor at Georgia State University’s Newton campus. Ann received her M.S. in community counseling from Columbus State University. Her clinical interests are anxiety, mindfulness, trauma and veteran’s issues. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, running and spending time with family and friends.

It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.

~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

Jennifer Smith, L.P.C. Licensed Professional Counselor
Jennifer Smith is a Licensed Professional Counselor at Georgia State University’s Clarkston campus. Jennifer received her M.S. in professional counseling from Georgia State University. Her clinical interests are stress management, anxiety, parenting, substance use, communication and self-esteem issues. Some of her hobbies include reading books, spending time with family and friends and traveling.

Marquita Johnson, L.P.C., N.C.C., D.C.C. Licensed Professional Counselor
Marquita graduated with a M.S. in community counseling and MDiv (masters of divinity) with a concentration in pastoral counseling. Marquita believes in counseling the whole person and focuses on creating a space for her clients to implement positive changes within their lives. Some specialties include career counseling, holistic health, women’s issues, stepfamilies, spirituality, trauma, PTSD and grief. Marquita enjoys working within the community to increase awareness around the importance of caring for one’s mental health. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, volunteering, trying new restaurants and spending time with her family and friends.

When “I” is replaced with “we” even illness becomes wellness.

~ Malcolm X