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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

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Natalie Rusch Director of Clinical Services Counseling Center

Dr. Natalie Rusch is a licensed psychologist in the District of Columbia. She serves as the Director of Clinical Services at the American University Counseling Center where she provides individual and

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Shatina Williams Associate Director for Training 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

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Daniel Birichi Staff Clinician Counseling Center

Dr. Daniel Birichi is a licensed psychologist in the District of Columbia. Prior to this position, Dr. Birichi completed both his postdoctoral fellowship and APA-accredited internship at the AU counse

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Jacquelin Darby Staff Clinician Counseling Center

Dr. Jacquelin Darby is a staff clinician at the AU Counseling Center where she provides individual and group counseling services, crisis intervention services, and outreach services. Dr. Darby complet

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Administrative Staff

Marsha Shaw Operations Administrator Counseling Center

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

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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

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2019 - 2020 Fellows

Arubah Khan Post-Doc Fellow Counseling Center

Arubah Khan is a post-doctoral fellow at the American University Counseling Center, and received her Ph.D. from the University of North Texas’s APA-accredited counseling psychology Ph.D. program. She

Shari Matray Post-Doc Fellow Counseling Center

Shari Matray is a Clinical Fellow at the American University Counseling Center (AUCC) and a PhD candidate in counseling at The George Washington University. She is also a Licensed Graduate Professiona

Jacquelyn Nuber Post-Doctoral Fellow Counseling Center

Jacquelyn is a post-doctoral fellow at the American University Counseling Center. Prior to joining the counseling staff at AU, Jacquelyn has had experience working in university counseling, community

2019-2020 Doctoral Interns

Part-time Clinicians:

Lauren Finney

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.

2019-2020 Clinical Externs:

Baylee Crone

Jesse Greenblatt

Corinne Kacmarek

Ann Krajewski

Amrisha Prakash

Nick Talisman

Jordan Watson

2019-2020 Practicum Clinicians:

Allison Coyne

Darian Weaver

Joyce Wong

Ryan Smout

Salman Al-Khalifa