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 counseling, training and supervision, including marginalized identities, multicultural counseling, women's issues, eating disorders. Fluent in Spanish.
Annalucia Bays, Ph.D., CGP - Staff Psychologist, Group Therapy Coordinator
Education: 2018 - Virginia Commonwealth University, Counseling Psychology
Interests: group and individual psychotherapy; marginalized/underrepresented social groups; sexuality, race and ethnicity, anxiety, gender identity, relationship difficulties, sexual assault/trauma, family-of-origin, women’s issues, and other cultural factors; clinical leadership, supervision, teaching/training, and program development.
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. - Certified Consultant, Association for Applied Sport Psychology
Education: 1986 - University of Virginia, Sport Psychology
Interests: Sport Psychology, performance enhancement, stress management, personal success skills, management of test anxiety, mindfulness training, optimizing mindset
Joshua DeSilva, Psy.D., CGP - Staff Psychologist; Coordinator of Multicultural Initiatives
Education: 2016 - George Washington University, Clinical Psychology
Commonwealth of Virginia, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Interests: Group and individual psychotherapy, psychology of identity (e.g., race, gender, class, sexuality, intersectionality), mood disorders, severe mental illness, LGBTQ+ mental health, psychological assessment, training and supervision
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.
Jennifer Floor, Psy.D - Staff Psychologist
Education: 2010 - The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Commonwealth of Virginia, Licensed Clinical Psychologist.
Interests: Individual psychotherapy, trauma and recovery, grief and loss, women's issues, family of origin concerns, relationship issues and training and supervision.
Patrick S. Hudgins, Psy.D. – Staff Therapist
Education: 2005 - The Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology, Clinical Psychology.
Interests: individual psychotherapy, personal growth and identity development (race, gender, class, sexuality), family of origin concerns, multicultural concerns (social justice, marginalization, oppression), and the adverse impact of systems on individual and group mental health.
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
Alexandra Pappas, 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
2019-2020 Psychology Post-Doc
Heike Mitchell, Ed.M.
Education: Counseling Psychology at the University of Akron (OH). Master in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Kent State University (OH).
Interests: identity and career development, marginalized students particularly LGBTQ+ and international, trauma/sexual violence, restorative practices, value-based interventions, campus-wide consultation/collaboration.
2019 - 2020 Psychology Pre-Doctoral Interns
Emily Estrada, M.A.
Education: Doctoral Candidate in Counseling Psychology at Texas Tech University
Interests: Individual, couples, and group counseling, relationship issues, sexuality and gender identity development, multicultural counseling, identity issues and development, eating disorders, interpersonal concerns.
Charles Freligh, M.A.
Education: Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology at The Virginia Consortium; Masters in Psychology from New York University, 2013
Interests: Individual and group therapy, existential concerns, common sense “mindfulness” and “meditation,” changing one’s relationship with anxiety, and interpersonal dynamics.
Education: Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology; Wheaton College (IL) Graduate School
Illinois Licensed Professional Counselor
Interests: Individual and group psychotherapy, complex and acute trauma, historical trauma, women’s issues, depression, spirituality, racial identity issues. .
2019 - 2020 Advanced Practicum Trainees
Education: Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology
Interests: Individual and group therapy, mood disorders, trauma and recovery, multicultural issues, interpersonal concerns
Emily Putnam, B.S.
Education: Current- Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology; 2016: Appalachian State University, Psychology
Interests: Individual and group psychotherapy, neurodevelopmental disabilities, neurodiversity, learning concerns, relationship concerns.
John Schwartz, M.S.
Education: Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology at The Virginia Consortium; Masters in Clinical/ Counseling Psychology from Francis Marion University, 2015
Interests: Individual and group psychotherapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (for anxiety & depression), sleep disorders, health psychology, military populations, and interpersonal concerns.