About

Our Staff

Jihad Aziz
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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Sydney Brodeur McDonald, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Training, Licensed Psychologist

Sydney's clinical interests include eating disorders, couples therapy, grief, truama, sexual identity, parenting, and dialectical behavior therapy.

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Kelly Reiner, Psy.D.

Associate Director for Clinical Services, Licensed Psychologist

Kelly's clincial interests include dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), depression, anxiety, couples/family issues, groups, and training and supervision.

 

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Lisa Beck, Ph.D.

Liaison to VCU School of the Arts, Licensed Psychologist

Lisa's clincial interests include issues related to sexuality & gender identity (LGBTQIA+), first generation students, identity development, multicultural & social justice issues, sex positivism, positive psychology, self-compassion, supervision & training.

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Dana Blackmer, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist; Director of Sport Psychology

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

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Dan Elreda, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist, Licensed Psychologist

Dan's clinical interests include grief, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety, couples therapy, group therapy, and trauma.

 

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Megan D. Guinn, Ph.D.

Staff Clinician, LGBTQIA+ Emphasis; Coordinator of Psychology Practicum

Licensure: Clinical Psychologist – In Process

Education: University of North Texas, 2015, Counseling Psychology

Internship: Virginia Commonwealth University Counseling Services

Theoretical Orientation: My approach to therapy is integrative and informed by relational and interpersonal process theories with a multicultural lens. I value collaboration and fostering safety with clients so that they are able to be themselves, honestly face their emotional experiences, and examine their relationships in the pursuit of increasing self-understanding, connection, authenticity, and self-compassion. I deeply value and strive to maintain an ongoing commitment to sensitivity to diversity and contextual factors, and acknowledgement of the interactive influence they have on our relationships and well-being.

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Myriam T. Kadeba, M.A.

Staff Clinician

Licensure: In Process

Education:  The University of Akron, 2011, Counseling Psychology

Internship: The Ohio State University, Counseling and Consultation Service

Theoretical Orientation:  I conceptualize my work from feminist, constructionist, and Afrocentric approaches. I believe that we create meaning out of our environment and lived experiences, as well as strive for balance in our lives. Within the therapeutic alliance, clients are encouraged to recognize how societal forces, including systems of oppression, may affect one’s self-understanding, daily functioning, and create psychological distress. Clients’ contextual factors are incorporated throughout treatment in order to holistically understand their presenting concerns and inform treatment planning. I view my role as fostering clients’ inner strength in managing surmounting barriers, and empowering them to live a self-defined and value-driven life.

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Tori Keel, LCSW

Clinical Case Manager

Licensure: Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Education: University of South Carolina, 2007, Social Work

Theoretical Orientation: My theoretical orientation is integrative, drawing primarily from cognitive behavioral, interpersonal and strength's based/solution-focused perspectives. I believe that all individuals possess innate strengths and a desire to survive and excel which drives them to do the best that they can with what they have at any given time. Emotional distress and daily stressors often cloud one’s ability to identify and build on strengths and utilize positive coping skills. I believe that a positive therapeutic relationship is crucial and thus strive to create a space where students feel safe and supported exploring any identified obstacles.

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Katie Linder, Psy.D.

Staff Psychologist, Licensed Psychologist

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

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Beth Parsons, Ph.D.

Coordinator, Supervision of Supervision

Licensure: Clinical Psychologist

Education: The Ohio State University, 2000, Counseling Psychology

Theoretical Orientation: My theoretical orientation is integrative, influenced by feminist, relational, narrative, and social constructionist ideas. I view therapy as a collaborative process that can assist in clarifying and working through difficulties so that life can be lived in more congruent and satisfying ways. 

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Christen Pendleton, Psy.D.

Staff Psychologist, Licensed Psychologist

Christen's clinical interests include interpersonal/relational problems, transition/adjustment difficulties, emotional avoidance, mindfulness, parenting, and identity development.

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Camille Rudney, LCSW

Staff Clinician

Licensure: Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Education: Virginia Commonwealth University, 2013, Social Work

Theoretical Orientation: In therapy I work with Internal Family Systems theory as a non-pathologizing approach to helping clients understand the ways in which internal conflicts can drive self-destructive coping and to discover their innate capacity to heal. I incorporate Mindful Self-Compassion strategies to provide clients with a model for how to cope with distressing thoughts, feelings and sensations without shifting into self-attack or avoidance. I also have a specialization in trauma treatment and strive to incorporate sensorimotor awareness and intervention into my work.I believe that a therapist should also be an advocate and bring an awareness of how systems of oppression such as racism and income inequality impact the client, the therapist, and the therapeutic environment. As such I try to strike a balance between challenging the null environment while also creating a safe space for clients to express themselves freely and explore. 

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Miki Skinner, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist-Medical Campus

Licensure: Clinical Psychologist

Education: University of Utah, 2013, Counseling Psychology

Internship: Virginia Commonwealth University Counseling Services

Theoretical Orientation: I work from a theoretical orientation grounded in existential psychotherapy integrated with interpersonal theory.

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Christine Strasser, Psy.D.

Staff Psychologist/ Sexual Assault Specialist and Outreach Coordinator

Licensure: Clinical Psychologist

Education: The Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago, 2013

Internship: Purdue University, Counseling & Psychological Services

Theoretical Orientation: I utilize an integrative approach to individual therapy, specifically drawing from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), existential psychotherapy, interpersonal process therapy, and feminist therapy. I work with students to help them identify their values and to begin to take steps to living a more meaningful, values driven life.

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Kristi M. Vera, LCSW

Coordinator for Groups

Licensure: Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Education: Virginia Commonwealth University, 1997, Social Work

Internship: Virginia Commonwealth University

Theoretical Orientation: Object relations and Attachment Theory

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Jo Ellyn Walker, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist

Licensure: In Process 

Education: Texas A&M University, Counseling Psychology, 2016 

Theoretical Orientation: My theoretical orientation is grounded in multicultural, existential, and psychodynamic theories. My clinical approach is integrative and interpersonal. I strive to create a safe space for clients to freely express their authentic selves and work collaboratively to set, and progress toward therapeutic goals. I pay particular attention to the roles of context, and one's intersection of identities; often utilizing ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) techniques.