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Directors

Kimberly Burdine, Ph.D. - Assistant Director, Training Director, Interim Director of Community Engagement and Psychologist (She/her/hers)

Education: Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Oklahoma State University | M.S. Counseling (School Counseling), Oklahoma State University | B.S. Mathematics Education, Langston University

Experience: Diversity Coordinator & Psychologist, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX | Staff Psychologist, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX | Doctoral Psychology Intern, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA | Practicum Counselor & Graduate Assistant, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK | Practicum Counselor, Wings of Hope (formerly Stillwater Domestic Violence Services), Stillwater, OK | School Counselor, Putnam City Public Schools, Oklahoma City, OK | Counseling Intern, Payne County Youth Services, Stillwater, OK

Interests: Mental Health Promotion, Awareness & Stigma Reduction | Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Mental Health | Interpersonal Violence Awareness & Harm Reduction | Family of Origin, Young Adult Development & Identity Concerns | First Generation College Student Experience | Relationship Concerns | Spirituality, Spiritual Identity Concerns & Religious Trauma Recovery | Cultural Identity Development (i.e. Race, Ethnicity, Age, Ability, Gender Identity, Size, Religion, Sexual Orientation, Nationality, Gender Expression, Spirituality, Socioeconomic Status), Cultural Identity Based Stress and Trauma | Group Counseling Services | Mentoring & Training Future & Early Career Mental Health Professionals

Laura Smith - Interim Director

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Jenna Temkin, Psy.D. - Assistant Director, Director of Clinical Services and Psychologist (She/her/hers)

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

Staff

Stacey Appiah-Opoku, M.A., LPC - Mental Health Professional (She/her/hers)

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 (She/her/hers)

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

Melanie Chung-Sherman, LCSW-S, LCPAA, PLLC - Mental Health Professional (She/her/hers)

Education: MSSW, Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington | BFA in Theatre Arts, Texas Wesleyan University

Experience: Private Practice/Psychotherapist, North Dallas | Clinical Director for Post Adoption Services, Dallas, TX | Program and Clinical Director for Foster Care Services, Arlington, TX | Adjunct Professor of Social Work, Collin College | DFPS Investigator, Dallas, TX | Medical Social Work, Texas Health Resources

Interests: Intersectional Diversity & Inclusion within Mental Health Provision | Mental Health Stigma Reduction | Attachment through the Lifespan | Complex Neurodevelopmental Trauma | Sexual Assault Prevention and Education | Adoption and Foster Care | Autism Spectrum Dynamics | Suicidality and Prevention with Marginalized Communities | Anxiety & Depression | Group Therapy | Community Outreach

Aisha Evans, Psy.D. - Staff Psychologist

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

Experience: Psychology Resident, Florida State University | Psychology Intern, Bowling Green State University | Psychology Assistant, Private Practice in Psychology

Interests: Diversity and multicultural issues | Relationship and interpersonal concerns | Intimate Partner Violence | Grief

Garyn Gulbranson, Psy.D. - Staff Psychologist

Education: Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, Pacific University | M.A. Clinical Psychology, Pacific University | B.S. Behavioral Science and Psychology, Utah Valley University

Experience: Staff Psychologist, UT Dallas Student Counseling Center | Postdoctoral Fellow, Colorado State University Counseling Services University | Psychology Intern, University of Kansas Counseling and Psychological Services

Interests: Suicide Intervention and Prevention | Psychodynamic Therapy | Dialectical Behavioral Therapy | Group Therapy | Training and Supervision | Anxiety & Mood Disorders | Personality Disorders | Family of Origin Issues | Men’s Issues | Religion/Spirituality

Alexavery Hawkins, Ph.D. - Staff Psychologist (They/them/theirs)

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

Experience: Doctoral Intern, Iowa State University Student Counseling Services | Sports Psychology Counselor, Texas Tech University Athletics Counseling Services | Student Intern & LGBTQIA+ Liaison, Texas Tech University Career Center | Behavioral Health Counselor, University Medical Center Southwest Cancer Center

Interests: Gender Identity & Expression| LGBTQIA+ Identity Development | Feminist & Multicultural Therapy | Body Image & Eating Disorders | Social Justice Advocacy | Couples & Relationship Counseling | Outreach | Supervision & Training

Markelse Jordan, M.S., LPC - Mental Health Professional

Education: M.S., Mental Health Counseling, Capella University | B.S., History and Sociology, The University of Central Arkansas

Experience: Lead Behavioral Health Counselor, Prism Health North Texas | Crisis Counselor, Behavioral Health Connections| Group Therapist, The Heart Program

Interests: Mental Health Wellness | Coping-skills and psychoeducation | HIV/STI Prevention and education | Addressing barriers to HIV care for those people living with HIV/AIDS | LGBTQ wellness | Sexual health | Crisis intervention | Drug Addiction | Sex Addiction

Bilha Mureithi, PMHNP-BC - Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Education: Master’s in Nursing with specialization in Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at University of Texas in Arlington | Bachelors in Nursing at University of Texas in Arlington | Associate Degree in Nursing at El Centro Community College- Dallas, Texas

Experience: Texas Health Physicians Group in Dallas, TX, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

Interests: Mood Disorders | Anxiety Disorders | ADHD | Psychosis | Addiction l Suicide Prevention | Patient Advocacy

Erin Schrader, Ph.D. - Staff Psychologist (She/her/hers)

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 | Disability Identity | Sexual, romantic, and gender identity and expression | ADHD | Autism and Neurodiversity | Self-compassion

Shelly Turner, M.Ed., LPC-S - 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

Clare Jinzhao Zhao, Ph.D. - Staff Psychologist (She/her/hers)

Education: Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, University of Denver | M.Ed. Counseling Psychology, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey | B.S. Clinical Medicine, Soochow University

Experience: Staff Psychologist, UT Dallas Student Counseling Center | Psychology Intern, UT Austin Counseling and Mental Health Center | Adjunct Professor, University of Denver | Clinical Assistant, Metro State University of Denver | Psychology Extern, Colorado State Employee Assistance Program | Psychology Extern, Asian Pacific Development Center | Psychology Extern, University of Denver Health and Counseling Center

Interests: Cross-cultural Issues for International Students, Immigrants, and Refugees | Racial and Ethnic Identities | Anxiety and Depression| Family of Origin Trauma and Sexual Trauma | Disordered Eating and Body Image Concerns | Career Development | Psychodynamic Therapy | Dialectical Behavioral Therapy | Group Therapy | Training and Supervision | Prevention and Outreach

Practicum Students

Tess Palmateer, M.Sc.

Practicum Counselor

Kendall Smith, B.S.(She/her/hers/they/them/theirs)

Practicum Counselor

Jacqueline Trinh, B.S.

Practicum Counselor

Marijo Villano, B.S. (She/her/hers)

Practicum Counselor

Support Staff

Lilia Hairston, M.A.

Administrative Assistant II

Tessa McGlynn, B.A.

Administrative Assistant I