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Leadership

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Jihad Aziz, Ph.D.

DIRECTOR, LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST

Jihad's clinical interests include training and supervision, conflict mediation, community violence, multiculturalism, African-American men's issues, and leadership development.

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Megan Guinn, Ph.D.

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR TRAINING, LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST

Megan's clinical interests include attachment and relationship concerns, identity development, multicultural and LGBTQIA+ issues, trauma, group therapy, and supervision/training.

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Miki Skinner, Ph.D.

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - MCV CAMPUS, LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST

Miki's clinical interests include wellness of students in the health professions, anxiety, grief and loss, depression, LGBTQ concerns, and incorporating mindfulness into therapy.

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Counselors

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Katherine Bekkeli, Psy.D., ABPP

STAFF PSYCHOLOGIST, LIAISON TO VCU SCHOOL OF THE ARTS, LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST

Katie's clinical interests include identity development, multicultural issues, LGBTQIA+ issues, existential concerns, and training and supervision.

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Dana Blackmer, Ph.D.

STAFF PSYCHOLOGIST, DIRECTOR OF SPORT PSYCHOLOGY, LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST

Dana's clinical interests include athletics, relationship issues, anxiety, and depression.

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Caroline Coffill, MSW

STAFF CLINICIAN, CASE MANAGER, OUTREACH COORDINATOR, LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER

Caroline’s clinical interests include relationship concerns, family of origin issues, trauma, multicultural issues, and perinatal depression.

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Anne Herrera, Psy.D.

CONTRACT CLINICIAN, LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST

Anne's clinical interests include domestic violence, adult children of alcoholics, substance abuse, family of origin issues, LGBTQIA+, and postpartum.

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Mijin Kim, Ph.D.

STAFF PSYCHOLOGIST, LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST

Mijin's clinical interests include international students’ cross-cultural adjustment, clinical issues among immigrant/person of color population, interpersonal violence, trauma, attachment, training and supervision.

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Christina McFarland, Psy.D.

STAFF PSYCHOLOGIST, LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST

Christina’s clinical interests include interpersonal trauma, disordered eating, borderline personality features, and anxiety.

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Laura McKenzie, Psy.D.

STAFF PSYCHOLOGIST AND CLINICAL COORDINATOR, LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST

Laura’s clinical interests include working with pre-professional and graduate students, adjustment to physical health problems, perfectionism, depression, anxiety, LGBTQIA+ issues, and relationship concerns.

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Chad Sims, Ph.D.

STAFF PSYCHOLOGIST

Chad’s clinical interests include multiculturalism, racial identity development, clinical issues among African American/Black Diaspora/& Persons of color, first-gen students, International students, family of origin issues, and social justice.

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Christine Strasser, Psy.D.

STAFF PSYCHOLOGIST, SEXUAL ASSAULT SPECIALIST, PRACTICUM COORDINATOR, LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST

Christine's interests include sexual assault and intimate partner violence, grief and loss, existential concerns, women’s issues, mindfulness-based treatment, and group psychotherapy.

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Lauren Tucker, M.Ed., MSW, LCSW

STAFF CLINICIAN

Lauren's clinical interests include neurodiversity, crisis intervention, conflict/relationship difficulties among partners, friends, and family, trauma, gender, sexuality, and the impact of systems of privilege and oppression on mental health.

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Kristi M. Vera, MSW

STAFF CLINICIAN, COORDINATOR FOR GROUPS, LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER

Kristi's clinical interests include trauma, working with Axis II disorders, group therapy, grief, and multicultural issues.

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Abey Muthoni Wachira, Ph.D.

STAFF PSYCHOLOGIST

Abey’s clinical interests include Black diaspora issues, immigrant and international student issues, ethnic minority issues, life transition and adjustment concerns, identity exploration, relationship concerns, family of origin concerns, academic and career concerns, and grief and loss. Abey is also passionate about cultural diversity issues and strives to learn and put into practice culturally-responsive ways that she can best support students as they explore their intersecting cultural identities and related systems of power and oppression.

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