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Directors

Jim Cannici, Ph.D. - Director and Psychologist

Education: Ph.D. Counseling and Clinical Psychology, University of North Texas | M.A. Psychology, State University of West Georgia | B.A. Psychology, University of Michigan

Experience: Counseling Center Director, Texas Wesleyan University | Staff psychologist, Federal Correctional Institute, Fort Worth, TX | Psychology intern, Medical University of South Carolina/VA, Charleston | Private practice in psychology

Interests: Functional analytic psychotherapy | Marriage and relationship counseling | Psychological and neuropsychological testing | Acceptance and commitment therapy

Ellie Hakim, Ph.D. - Associate Director, Training Director and Psychologist

Education: Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, University of Kansas | M.S. Counseling Psychology, University of Kansas | B.A. Psychology, DePauw University

Experience: Assistant training director, UT Dallas Student Counseling Center | Clinical counselor and coordinator for peer education and wellness, DePauw University | Psychology intern, Southwest Texas State University Counseling Center

Interests: Supervision and training | Ethics/legal/professional issues | Women's issues | Trauma recovery | Positive psychology | Family of origin relationships | Integrated interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral and process-oriented therapies

Ellen Greenwald, Ph.D. - Assistant Director of Community Engagement, Practicum Program Director and Psychologist

Education: Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Texas Woman's University | M.A. Counseling Psychology, Texas Woman's University | B.F.A. Film, Radio, and Television, New York University

Experience: LEEP Initiative, Chair of Education (SafeZone) sub-committee | Private practice, Counseling Center of Denton | Pre-doctoral psychology intern, Dallas Metropolitan Consortium in Psychology

Interests: Multiculturalism and diversity | Supervision and training | Sexuality and sexual orientation | Gender identity and gender roles | Relationship/couple's work | Trauma recovery | Relational cultural therapy and process oriented therapy approaches

Staff

Stacey Appiah-Opoku, M.A., LPC - Mental Health Professional

Education: M.A., Counseling, Wake Forest University | B.S. Elementary Education and Psychology, Vanderbilt University

Experience: Diagnostic Assessment Services, Dallas Texas | University Behavioral Health, Denton Texas

Interests: Suicide Intervention and Prevention | Family Counseling | Cognitive Behavioral Therapy | Anxiety & Depression | Diversity and Multiculturalism | First Year College Students

Alanna Carrasco, Psy.D. - Staff Psychologist

Education: Psy.D. Counseling Psychology, Our Lady of the Lake University | M.S. Counseling Psychology, Our Lady of the Lake University | B.A. Psychology, Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi

Experience: Staff Psychologist/Outreach Coordinator, UT Dallas Student Counseling Center | Postdoctoral Fellow, Emory University Counseling and Psychological Services | Doctoral Psychology Intern, Emory University Counseling and Psychological Services

Interests: Outreach & Consultation | Group Therapy | Bi-ethnic/Multi-ethnic identity development | Multi-cultural Issues & Social Justice | Anxiety & Depression | Issues of spirituality | Mind-Body Health & Wellness | Integrated interpersonal, strengths-based and cognitive behavioral therapies

Brittany Escuriex, Ph.D. - Staff Psychologist

Education: Ph.D. Clinical/Counseling Psychology, University of South Alabama | M.S. Applied Psychology, University of South Alabama | B.S. Psychology, University of Florida

Experience: Doctoral internship, Kansas State University Counseling Services

Interests: Social justice advocacy / LGBT+ wellness / Training and Supervision / Mind-body interventions, including mindfulness and biofeedback / Interpersonal functioning / Adjustment concerns / Group and couple counseling

Danica Harris , Ph.D. - Staff Psychologist

Education: Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Texas Woman's University| M.A. Counseling Psychology & Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies, Texas Woman's University| B.S. Psychology, Texas Woman's University

Experience: Psychology intern, University of Texas at Dallas|Graduate Teaching Assistant, Texas Woman's University| Staff Counselor, Denton County Friends of the Family| Doctoral Practicum Student, Veteran's Affairs of North Texas| Master's Practicum Student, Brookhaven Community College

Interests: Supervision and Training | Diversity and Multiculturalism| Intimate Partner Violence | Healing from Sexual Trauma| First Generation College Students| Mentorship | Interpersonal Process| Issues related to Socio-econmic Status| Advocacy| LGBTQ+ Ally

Archandria Owens, Ph.D. - Staff Psychologist

Education: Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, University of Memphis | M.A. Clinical Psychology, University of Detroit Mercy | B.A. Psychology, Texas Tech University

Experience: Pre-doctoral psychology intern, Texas Woman's University

Interests: Diversity and multiculturalism issues | Interpersonal relationships | Identity development | Trauma recovery | First-generation college experience | Spirituality and psychotherapy

Erin Schrader, Ph.D. - Staff Psychologist

Education: Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Texas Woman's University | M.A. Counseling Psychology, Texas Woman's University | B.A. Psychology, Baylor University

Experience: Pre-doctoral psychology intern, UT Dallas

Interests: Social justice and advocacy| Supervision and training | Sexual, romantic, and gender identity and expression | Ability status and disability issues | ADHD | Interdisciplinary consultation

Jenna Temkin, Psy.D. - Staff Psychologist

Education: Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago | M.A. Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago | B.A. Psychology, University of Kansas

Experience: Doctoral psychology intern, UT Dallas

Interests: Eating disorders and body image issues | Women's issues | Trauma recovery | Relationship/couples counseling | Identity development | Training and supervision | Integrated use of interpersonal, psychodynamic and dialectical-behavioral therapies

Shelly Turner, M.Ed., LPCS - Counseling Referral Coordinator

Education: M.Ed. Counseling, University of North Texas | B.S. Psychology, Colorado State University

Experience: Private practice, Lewisville Texas | Intake coordinator/crisis response, Mental Health Co-op, Nashville, TN | Counselor for foster children, Mentor Inc, San Antonio, TX | Counselor for adolescent children in residential treatment, Cumberland Hall, Nashville, TN

Interests: Pre/ post adoption issues | Parenting | Neuropsychology and development | Life stage transitions | Anxiety and depression | Grief and loss

Gabe Yeamans, M.D. - Psychiatrist

Education: M.S. Cell and Molecular Biology University of Texas at Dallas | UT Southwestern Medical School | Research, UT Southwestern, Kyba Lab | Postgraduate training: psychiatry residency UT Southwestern

Experience: Microbiology lab assistant, UT Dallas | Staff psychiatrist, UT Dallas | Private practice outpatient psychiatry

Interests: Mood disorders | Anxiety | ADHD | Psychosis | Sleep | Mindfulness

Interns

Shelee-Ann Flemmings, M.A. - Doctoral Psychology Intern

Education: M.A. Counseling Psychology, Western Michigan University | B.A. Psychology, Michigan State University

Experience: Pre-doctoral intern, UT Dallas Counseling Center | Psychology intern, Kalamazoo College Counseling Center | Intake counselor, Western Michigan University Center for Counseling and Psychological Services | Counseling intern, Borgess Hospital-Adult Inpatient Unit

Interests: Diversity and multicultural issues | Social justice and advocacy | Identity development | Interpersonal relationships | Grief and loss

Alyna Huennekens, M.A. - Doctoral Psychology Intern

Education: Doctoral Candidate in Combined Clinical/Counseling Psychology, University of South Alabama | M.A. Clinical Psychology, Western Carolina University | B.S. Psychology, Florida State University

Experience: Doctoral internship, University of Texas at Dallas | Assistant Clinic Coordinator, University of South Alabama Psychological Clinic | Doctoral Practicum Student Clinician, Mitchell Cancer Institute | Doctoral Practicum Student, Western Carolina University Student Counseling Center

Interests: Mind-body-spirit interventions such as mindfulness, visualization, and biofeedback | Training and supervision | Ability status and disability issues | Diversity and Multiculturalism | Outreach | Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Jantel Jordan, M.A. - Doctoral Psychology Intern

Education: Psy.D. Doctoral Candidate Clinical Psychology, Florida School of Professional Psychology | Certificate Marriage and Family Therapy, Argosy University-Atlanta | M.A. Clinical Psychology, Georgia School of Professional Psychology | B.A. Psychology and Spanish, Johns Hopkins University

Experience: I have over ten years of experience working in the mental health field. I have worked in a variety of settings ranging from community mental health, juvenile drug court, private practice, child abuse centers, public and private schools, and college counseling. In these settings I provided individual, family, and group therapy, crisis intervention, online counseling, consultations, outreach programming, and testing services for disability, forensic, neuropsychological, and parenting evaluations.

Interests: Kink / Polyamory / Issues of Diversity / Trauma / Family Therapy / Couples Therapy / Substance Use / Health and Wellness Education / Social Justice / LGBT+ / Group Therapy / Play Therapy

Practicum Students

Erin Albert, M.S.

Practicum Counselor

Andrew Pereira, M.S.

Practicum Counselor

Courtney Porter, M.A.

Practicum Counselor

 

Support Staff

Lilia Hairston, M.A.

Administrative Assistant II

Genelly Ramos, B.S.

Administrative Assistant I