Meet the Staff

 2020-2021 SCS Staff

John WardJohn Ward **

John is a licensed clinical psychologist and serves as the Director of the Student Counseling Service. He approaches therapy from multicultural, interpersonal process, and cognitive-behavioral perspectives. John’s clinical and professional expertise are in diversity and inclusion, psychological supervision and training, gatekeeper training, as well as establishing campus and community mental health partnerships.

Email: wardja2@miamioh.edu


Joshua AbrahamJoshua Abraham

Joshua Abraham is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the Coordinator of Multicultural Services. He received his BA in Psychology from Temple University, his Masters in Clinical Mental Health from West Chester University, and his doctorate in Counselor Education from Old Dominion University. Josh approaches therapy from an integrative perspective combining elements from humanistic-existential therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and relational-cultural therapy. His areas of interest include multicultural and diversity issues, mood disorders, relationship issues, and adjustment. In his free time, Josh enjoys music, tv, reading, eating, and podcasts.  

Email: abrahaj7@miamioh.edu


Matt BenicMatthew Benic

Matt is a licensed professional clinical counselor and coordinates social media at SCS. He approaches therapy from a cognitive-behavioral perspective with some solution-focused therapy, mindfulness, and reality therapy perspectives. Matt’s clinical and professional interests include anxiety disorders, depression/mood disorders, relationships, sleep problems, men's issues, LGBTQI+, international students, Greek life, stress management, outreach/programming, and workshops/group counseling.

Email: benicmr@miamioh.edu


Nichole CarrNichole Carr

Nichole is a licensed clinical social worker and coordinates eating disorder services at SCS. Nichole approaches therapy from a multidisciplinary perspective. Her primary clinical interests include eating disorders, trauma, and crisis work.

Email: carrnj2@miamioh.edu


Maria Carrubba-WhetstineMaria Carrubba-Whetstine

Maria is a licensed psychologist and the Assistant Director for Training and the Coordinator of LGBTQ Services. Maria approaches therapy from a multicultural, relational, and psychodynamic perspective. Her clinical interests include issues of marginalization (especially related to sexual orientation and gender identity), relationship concerns, depression, and self-injury.

Email: carrubmd@miamioh.edu 


Ritch HallRitch Hall II

Ritch Hall is a licensed psychologist and the Coordinator of Substance Abuse Services. He approaches therapy from a systems, dialectical behavioral, and motivational interviewing perspective. His clinical interests include substance use concerns, marginalization (related to culture, class, and ethnicity), interpersonal issues, depression, social skills, and intercultural concerns.

Email: hallr2@miamioh.edu


Brandon MillspaughBrandon Millspaugh

Brandon is a clinician who approaches therapy from a multicultural, interpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral perspective. His clinical interests include non-traditional students, older students/adult learners, and graduate students.

Email: millspbs@miamioh.edu


Kristen ReserKristen Reser

Kristen is a clinician who approaches therapy from a feminist, person-centered perspective, integrated with cognitive-behavioral techniques. Her clinical interests include anxiety, depression, identity development, and trauma.

Email: reserkm@miamioh.edu


Saúl RiveraSaúl Rivera

Saúl is a licensed psychologist and the Assistant Director for Clinical Services and Technology. Saúl approaches therapy from an integrative perspective combining cognitive-behavioral, acceptance & commitment therapy, and multicultural therapy approaches. His areas of interest include multicultural and diversity issues, social justice issues, suicide prevention, men's issues, and the integration of spirituality and religious issues in psychotherapy. Saúl also provides therapy in Spanish.

Email: riveras@miamioh.edu



Katherine TylinskiKatherine Tylinski

Katherine is a clinician and the Coordinator of Clinical Services to Student-Athletes. Katherine approaches therapy from a cognitive-behavioral and feminist perspective. Her clinical interests include working with student-athletes, identity development, and mood and anxiety disorders.

Email: tylinsk@miamioh.edu


Melanie UyMelanie Rose Y. Uy

Melanie is a licensed psychologist and coordinates group and workshop services at SCS. Melanie approaches therapy from a cognitive-behavioral, Dialectical Behavior, interpersonal, and solution-focused perspective. Her clinical interests include anxiety, adjustment, interpersonal concerns, identity issues or exploration, skill-building, group therapy, and outreach/consultation.

Email: uymr@miamioh.edu


Bethany ValwntyBethany Valenti

Bethany is a licensed psychologist who approaches therapy from an integrative perspective, largely based in client-centered, feminist, and third-wave cognitive-behavioral perspectives. Her clinical interests include issues of identity development, trauma, anxiety, and grief.

Email: hufferb@miamioh.edu


Laura WonsikLaura Wonsik

Laura is a licensed professional clinical counselor and the Coordinator of Referral Services. Laura utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy as well as acceptance and commitment therapy approaches while always considering the role of culture in the formation of identity and values. She is particularly interested in working with anxiety, panic attacks, and relationship issues.

Email: wonsiklc@miamioh.edu


Jennifer YoungJennifer Young **

Jennifer is a licensed psychologist and the Assistant Director for Outreach and Programming. Jennifer approaches therapy from a feminist, multicultural, relational, and cognitive-behavioral perspective. Her clinical interests include issues of trauma, interpersonal violence, identity concerns (i.e., ethnic, gender, LGBTQ), relationship concerns, and anxiety.

Email: youngj3@miamioh.edu


Jake BassJake Bass

Jake is a pre-doctoral psychology intern who approaches therapy from a cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and interpersonal perspective. His clinical interests include anxiety, depression, adjustment, identity issues, and skills-building.

Email: bassrj@miamioh.edu


Kea BrowmKea Brown

Kea is a psychology intern who approaches therapy from a humanistic and systems perspective. Her clinical interests include adjustment concerns, relationship concerns, and trauma processing.

Email: brownkk5@miamioh.edu


Joshua DemakovskyJoshua Demakovsky

Josh is a psychology intern in his doctorate program at Marshall University, and he received a BA in Psychology and Philosophy from Northern Arizona University. He approaches therapy from a Cognitive-Behavioral orientation. Josh's clinical interests include depression, anxiety, and identity development. 

Email: demakojl@miamioh.edu


David OblingerDavid Oblinger II

David is a pre-doctoral psychology intern who approaches therapy from an integrative perspective, emphasizing humanistic, interpersonal, and feminist lenses. His clinical interests include adjustment concerns, relationship issues, empowerment, identity issues, and trauma processing.

Email: oblingd@miamioh.edu


Rebecca StoneRebecca Stone

Rebecca is a postdoctoral fellow who approaches therapy from an interpersonal, multicultural, and systems perspective. Her clinical interests include issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity, concerns related to trauma, and general identity concerns.

Email: hughesr8@miamioh.edu


Soujanya ChetluruSoujanya Chetluru

Soujanya is a clinical placement student who approaches therapy from a multidisciplinary, cognitive-behavioral, acceptance, and mindfulness-based perspective. Her clinical interests include depression, anxiety, adjustment, skills building, and body image.

Email: chetluss@miamioh.edu


Madeline JuergensMadeline Juergens

Madeline is a clinical placement student who approaches therapy from an integrative perspective, using elements of interpersonal-psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, existential, and acceptance/commitment therapies. Her clinical interests include anxiety disorders, depression/mood disorders, adjustment concerns, relationship concerns, and self-identity empowerment. 

Email: juergemm@miamioh.edu


Shruti Kinkel-RamShruti Kinkel-Ram

Shruti is a clinical placement student who approaches therapy from a multidisciplinary, cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal process perspective. Her clinical interests include working with eating and body image concerns, anxiety, and anxiety-related concerns such as OCD.

Email: shankas@miamioh.edu


 

Chelsey WinnerChelsea Winner-Suter

Chelsea is a clinical placement student who approaches therapy from an integrative perspective combining elements of emotion-focused, interpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral therapies. Her clinical interests include working with student-athletes, anxiety, depression, body image, adjustment, and relationship concerns.

Email: winnerc@miamioh.edu


Tonia FarthingTonia Farthing

Tonia is the SCS Administrative Assistant providing administrative and clerical support to the student counseling staff.  She has been with Miami since 2007.

Email: farthitl@miamioh.edu


Kellee AveryKellee Avery

Kellee is an SCS Program Associate providing administrative and clerical support to the student counseling staff. She has been with Miami since December of 2014.

Email: averykn@miamioh.edu


Andrea BatdorfAndrea Batdorf

Andrea is an SCS Program Associate providing administrative and clerical support to the student counseling staff. She has been with Miami since 2000.

Email: batdoral@miamioh.edu



** The following individuals have been designated as specific counselors within Student Counseling Services for sexual and interpersonal violence:

  • Jennifer Young, PhD, Assistant Director for Outreach & Programming
  • John Ward, PhD, Director of Student Counseling Services