The Counseling Center staff consists of mental health professionals, including psychologists, counselors, and social workers. All are trained and experienced in working with issues facing university students. Doctoral trainees or candidates in clinical and counseling psychology, under close supervision, also provide counseling services. A sports psychology consultant is available for students interested in learning cognitive strategies to enhance their athletic or academic performance. These appointments are made by a referral from the staff.
Carina Sudarsky-Gleiser, Ph.D., Director
Education: 1995 - The Ohio State University, Counseling Psychology; Commonwealth of Virginia, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Interests: Individual and group therapy, social justice/multicultural counseling, LGBTQ+ related concerns, family of origin issues, international student experience, women's issues, body image & eating disorders, trauma work, and training and supervision. Fluent in Spanish.
Joy Badalis, MS - Staff Clinician
Education: 2016 - Radford University, Counselor Education - Clinical Mental Health Counseling; 2021 - Commonwealth of Virginia, Licensed Professional Counselor.
Interests: Eating Disorders & Body Image, Trauma & Recovery, Military Concerns & Civilian Adjustment, Identity Development, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Relationship Concerns, Substance Use Disorders.
Felicia Brown-Anderson, Psy.D. – Assistant Director for Research, Evaluation, & Outreach
Education: 2003 – James Madison University, Clinical Psychology
Interests: diversity issues, Multiracial identity development, relaxation techniques for stress management, adjustment to college, group therapy, outreach, college mental health research, and training and supervision.
Kevin Clancey, Psy.D. – Assistant Director for Clinical Services
Education: 2014 - The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Clinical Psychology; Commonwealth of Virginia, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Interests: Individual and group psychotherapy, the impostor syndrome, existential concerns, grief/loss, active mindfulness, transpersonal psychology, LGBTQ issues, the use of language and metaphors, and training and supervision.
Deidre Connelly Ph.D. CMPC - Director of Performance Psychology
Education: M.Ed., Ph.D. University of Virginia
Interests: sport psychology, performance enhancement, resilience skills & stress management, personal success skills, management of test anxiety, mindfulness training, optimizing mindset
Miles Davison, LCSW – Staff Clinician
Education: 2013 - University of Pennsylvania, Master of Social Work
Interests: individual and group psychotherapy, multicultural issues, men's issues, identity development, anxiety and depression, mindfulness-based interventions, family of origin issues, existential concerns, and trauma work.
Christine Ferguson, M.Ed. - Mental Health Services Coordinator
Education: 2006 - Springfield College, Marriage & Family Therapy; Commonwealth of Virginia, Licensed Professional Counselor; 2010 - Columbia College Chicago, Dance Movement Therapy; 2016- Duke Integrative Medicine, Integrative Health Coach
Interests: Body/mind connection, crisis intervention, emotional health awareness/health coaching, and alternative therapies in the treatment of emotional and physical wellness.
Melissa Noble, Ph.D. – Staff Psychologist
Education: West Virginia University, Counseling Psychology; Clemson University, Counselor Education
Interests: Individual therapy, identity development, relationships, intersectionality of identity variables including religious beliefs and LGBTQ identity, military psychology, first-generation status, and low-income students
Stacie Otey-Scott, Psy.D. - Staff Psychologist
Education: M.A., Psy.D. - Regent University
Interests: interpersonal relationships, women's health, neurodiversity, resilience skills & emotional wellness, health psychology, spirituality
Alexandra Pappas-Bourdage, Ph.D. - Director of Training
Education: 2016- University of Utah, Counseling Psychology, Commonwealth of Virginia, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Interests: Individual and group psychotherapy, sexual assault response, relationship issues, family of origin issues, multicultural issues, outreach programming, training and supervision.
Patricia S. Roy, M.D. – Psychiatrist
Education: 2008-John Hopkins School of Medicine, Residency; Commonwealth of Virginia Board Certified
Interests: college mental health, mood disorders, substance abuse disorders, chronic pain
2022 - 2023 Psychology Pre-Doctoral Interns
Elaine Dearing, M.S., MSOD
Education: 2019 - M.S. in Clinical Psychology, Loyola University Maryland; Anticipated 2023 Loyola University Maryland Clinical Psychology Doctorate (Psy.D.)
Interests: Individual, couples, and group psychotherapy, LGBTQ+ population concerns, attachment and relationship dynamics, family of origin concerns, and multicultural issues.
Anthony Koch, M.A.
Education: Carlow University, Counseling Psychology (Psy.D. Candidate), Pittsburgh, PA
Interests: Individual psychotherapy, couples therapy, family of origin concerns, relationship issues, LGBTQ+ related concerns, personal growth and identity development
Whitney Mascaro, M.Ed., NCC
Education: 2018 - University of Virginia, M.Ed. in Counselor Education; Anticipated 2023 - West Virginia University, Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology
Interests: Individual and group psychotherapy, crisis work, relationship concerns, family dynamics, perfectionism, anxiety, depression, and multicultural considerations.
2022 - 2023 Psychology Post-Doctoral Resident
Noelle Ostroff, Psy.D.
Education: 2022-Chatham University, Counseling Psychology, 2016 Chatham University MA in Counseling Psychology, University of Colorado BA in Psychology.
Interests: Individual and group therapy, family of origin issues, self-compassion development, mindfulness approaches, LGBTQIA+ related concerns, identity/values work, and trauma recovery.
2021 - 2022 Advanced Practicum Trainees
Interests: Individual and group psychotherapy, outreach programming, student athlete issues, relationship issues, family of origin issues, social anxiety, academic stress, general anxiety, depression.
Education: Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology (Ph.D., in progress), Old Dominion University (M.S. in progress), Auburn University (B.A., Psychology)
Interests: Individual and group psychotherapy, interpersonal concerns, anxiety disorders, stress management, family of origin concerns, substance use, multicultural approaches, identity development, college mental health.
Raksha Kandlur, M.A.
Education: Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology (Ph.D., in progress), Teachers College, Columbia University (M.A. Clinical Psychology), East Carolina University (B.A. Psychology)
Interests: Individual and group psychotherapy, multicultural approaches, identity development, anxiety, depression, self-injury.