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Our caring, experienced team is here to help you. We prioritize finding highly qualified staff that represent the wide diversity of our student body, and work with all our students to find counselors with whom they can be comfortable.

Our mental health professionals include seven psychologists with a broad range of specialties. We also have over a dozen experienced and skilled clinical trainees, including Post-Doctoral Fellows, Doctoral Interns, and Clinical Externs. All have either received or will soon receive their doctorates, and are close equivalents, in the field of psychology, to Medical Residents or Interns.

Referrals can also be made off-campus. To help students who seek off-campus services find a suitable therapist and navigate initial appointments, our staff includes a full-time clinical case manager who will facilitate this ongoing care and support. For prescriptions and other psychiatric services and medical management, students may be seen at the Student Health Center.

Clinical Staff

Jeffrey Volkmann Executive Director, Counseling Center Counseling Center

Dr. Jeffrey Volkmann, PhD is a Board Certified, Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Volkmann is currently the Executive Director at the Counseling Center. He completed his doctorate in Clinical Psycho

  (202) 885-3500

Shatina Williams Director of Clinical Services Counseling Center

Dr. Shatina Williams is a licensed psychologist in the District of Colombia. Before her joining the AU Counseling Center team, Dr. Williams completed her APA-accredited internship at our very own Amer

  shatinaw@american.edu

  (202) 885-3500

Jacquelin Darby Assistant Director for Outreach/Consultation Counseling Center

Dr. Jacquelin Darby provides individual and group counseling services, crisis intervention services, and outreach services. Dr. Darby completed her post-doctorate fellowship at the American University

  jdarby@american.edu

  (202) 885-3500

Dave Jean Staff Psychologist Counseling Center

Dr. Dave K Jean is a staff clinician at the AU Counseling Center where provides individual & group counseling, crisis interventions, outreach, and supervision. Dr. Jean has worked in a number of d

  dkjean@american.edu

Melissa Meulman Staff Psychologist Counseling Center

Dr. Melissa Meulman, Psy.D. is a staff clinician at the AU Counseling Center where she provides individual and group therapy, crisis intervention and outreach/consultation services to the AU community

  mmeulman@american.edu

Ka Yan Danise Mok Staff Psychologist Counseling Center

Dr. Ka Yan Danise Mok is a licensed psychologist at the AU Counseling Center where she provides a variety of services including individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, and outreach services

  mokky@american.edu

Jacquelyn Nuber Staff Psychologist Counseling Center

Dr. Jacquelyn Nuber is a staff clinician at the American University Counseling Center. Prior to joining the counseling staff at AU, Dr. Nuber has had experience working in university counseling, commu

  jnuber@american.edu

Administrative Staff

Tavia Harper Senior Administrative Assistant Counseling Center

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

  tharper@american.edu

  (202) 885-3500

2020 - 2021 Fellows

Malini Basdeo Post-Doctoral Fellow Counseling Center

Malini is a post-doctoral fellow at the American University Counseling Center, where she provides individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, and outreach services. Her approach to therapy is i

  basdeo@american.edu

Vaughn Miller Post-Doc Fellow Counseling Center

Vaughn Miller, Psy.D. is a Psychology Associate in the District of Colombia. He earned his doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Regent University. Prior to joining the AU Counseling Center, Dr. M

  vmiller@american.edu

2021-2022 Doctoral Interns

Sara Heshmati Intern Clinician a Counseling Center

Sara Heshmati is a doctoral intern at the American University Counseling Center completing her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Iowa. Sara primarily utilizes a psychodynamic framewo

  heshmati@american.edu

Sanjana Kumar Intern Clinician B Counseling Center

Sanjana Kumar is a Doctoral Intern at the American University Counseling Center where she provides individual and group therapy, and outreach/ consultation services. She is completing her doctorate de

  skumar@american.edu

Laurel Wade Intern Clinician C Counseling Center

Laurel Wade is a doctoral intern completing her Ph.D from Texas A&M University’s Counseling Psychology program. She provides individual and group counseling, outreach, and consultation services. B

  lwade@american.edu

Aliza Goldberg Intern Clinician D Counseling Center

Aliza Goldberg, MS, is a doctoral intern at the American University Counseling Center, where she provides individual and group psychotherapy as well as outreach services. She is completing her doctora

  alizag@american.edu

Part-Time Clinicians

Lauren Finney

Lauren is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Washington, D.C. and Virginia.  As a part-time AUCC counselor, Lauren often works specifically with Washington College of Law students to support them and explore a wide range of issues, questions, and challenges.  Lauren has a private practice in Tenleytown working with adolescents, adults, and couples.  She approaches therapy from an integrative and relational perspective, and her special interests include questions of how to find balance in life, how to increase and improve a tolerance for anxiety, healthy relationships and communication, adjustment, and processing trauma and loss.  Her prior experience has included working with parents in marginalized and underserved D.C. communities who are struggling with challenges of mental health and addiction.  She has also worked as a therapist at an outpatient partial hospitalization program.  Lauren recently completed the Washington School of Psychiatry's intensive Clinical Program on Psychotherapy Practice.  

Email: lfinney@american.edu

Mick Neustadt

Mick Neustadt is a licensed clinical social worker in the District of Columbia and Maryland. He has worked in a variety of clinical settings including alternative schools and community mental health centers. He practices his clinical work from an integrative framework. His practices and interests include psychodynamic therapy, grief and loss, anxiety and depression, mindfulness and identity development around race, gender and sexuality.
Mr. Neustadt completed his masters in social work from the Catholic University of America.
Email: mickn@american.edu

Clinical Trainees:

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

2021-2022 Clinical Externs: