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Please note that the Counseling Center discourages the use of email communication between counselors and clients. Email is not a confidential form of communication, nor is it an appropriate medium for urgent or emergency messages.


The Counseling Centers does not provide counseling through email. In case of emergency, call the Counseling Center at x3500 (business hours only), AU Public Safety at x3636, or your local emergency response services.


Counseling Center
Fax: 202-885-1397
Mary Graydon, Room 214

Mon and Thurs: 9am-6pm
Tues, Wed, and Fri: 9am-5pm

Summer hours: M-F 9am-5pm

Closed Saturday and Sunday

Callandrillo, Traci Edwardson
Director of Counseling Center

Counseling Center
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8150

Clinical Staff

  1. Traci Callandrillo, Director of Counseling Center

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    Dr. Traci Callandrillo is a licensed psychologist in the District of Columbia. Before coming to AU, Dr. Callandrillo was the Assistant Director for Clinical Services at the University of Texas at Austin. She has maintained her professional involvemen… More

    Send email to Traci Callandrillo

    (202) 885-3500

  2. Rachel Wernicke, Associate Director of Clinical Services

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    Dr. Rachel Wernicke is a licensed psychologist in the District of Columbia and Virginia. She serves as the Associate Director for Clinical Services at the Counseling Center at American University. Before coming to AU, Dr. Wernicke completed her APA-a… More

    Send email to Rachel Wernicke

    (202) 885-3500

  3. David Goode-Cross, Assistant Director for Training

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    David Goode-Cross is the Assistant Director for Training in the Counseling Center. Prior to joining AU in July 2016, Dr. Goode-Cross worked in a number of training-related appointments, including serving as the training director for a community healt… More

    Send email to David Goode-Cross

  4. Natalie Rusch, Assistant Director for Outreach/Consultation

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    Dr. Natalie Rusch serves as the Assistant Director for Outreach and Consultation at the American University Counseling Center where she provides individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, and outreach/consultation services to the AU community… More

    Send email to Natalie Rusch

  5. Keum-Hyeong Choi, Staff Clinician

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    Dr. Keum-Hyeong Choi is a licensed clinical psychologist in District of Columbia and Maryland. She practices her clinical work primarily within the developmental perspectives and integrative therapeutic approaches. Her special interests include attac… More

    Send email to Keum-Hyeong Choi

    (202) 885-3500

  6. Michael O'Heron, Staff Clinician

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    Dr. O’Heron is a licensed psychologist in the District of Columbia. He currently works at the AU Counseling Center where he provides individual and group counseling services, crisis intervention services, and outreach/consultation services. Prior to … More

    Send email to Michael O'Heron

    (202) 885-3500

  7. Shatina Williams, Staff Clinician

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    Dr. Shatina Williams is a staff clinician here at AU! Before her position as a Staff Clinician, Dr. Williams completed her APA-accredited internship at our very own American University and served as a postdoctoral fellow at an integrated health care … More

    Send email to Shatina Williams


Each academic year our staff is also joined by clinical externs who are advanced graduate students in clinical psychology or clinical social work from graduate programs in the DC area and Mid-Atlantic region.

2016-17 Advanced Clinical Externs:

Judie Lomax
Loyola University of Maryland

Jessica MacIntyre
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

2016-17 Clinical Externs:

Sonja Johansson
George Washington University

Abby LePage
George Washington University

Xu Li
University of Maryland

Leslie Rubin
American University

Elissa Sarno
University of Maryland

Angela Termini
George Washington University

Our staff is also comprised of Practicum trainees who are first-year and advanced graduate students in the clinical psychology program at American University.  All of our staff trainees participate in coursework, individual and group supervision, outreach and consultation activities, and the delivery of psychological services to American University students.



Administrative Staff

  1. Marsha Shaw, Operations Administrator

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    Marsha, a native Washingtonian, began working in the former “Center for Psychological and Learning Services” here 1996 after managing a private mental health partnership in downtown Washington for 17 years.

    Send email to Marsha Shaw

    (202) 885-3561

  2. Tavia Harper, Senior Administrative Assistant

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    Tavia, a native Washingtonian, came to AU via Select Staffing Temporary Agency in early 2000. Tavia started as an Administrative Assistant in the former “Center for Psychological and Learning Services” and is currently the Sr. Administrative Assistan… More

    Send email to Tavia Harper

    (202) 885-3500

2015-2016 Post Doctoral Fellow

2016 - 2017 Clinical Interns

  1. Jennifer Bakalar, Intern Clinician

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    Jen is a pre-doctoral clinical intern at the Counseling Center. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Medical & Clinical Psychology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, MD. Her previous clinical experience … More

    Send email to Jennifer Bakalar

  2. Christopher Corona, Intern Clinician

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    Chris is a pre-doctoral clinical intern at the American University Counseling Center. He is also a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology at the Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, DC. His previous clinical experience includes psychot… More

    Send email to Christopher Corona

  3. Janine O'Brien, Intern Clinician

  4. Sara Tafeen, Intern Clinician