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Directors

Kimberly Burdine, Ph.D. - Assistant Director, Director of Community Engagement and Psychologist, Interim Training Director

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

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

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

Melanie Chung-Sherman, LCSW-S, LCPAA, PLLC - Mental Health Professional

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Practicum Counselor

Jacqueline Trinh, B.S.

Practicum Counselor

Marijo Villano, B.S.

Practicum Counselor

Support Staff

Lilia Hairston, M.A.

Administrative Assistant II