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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 Maryland and the District of Colombia, and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Before her position as a Staff Clinician, Dr. Williams comple

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Nicholas Donahue Clinical Case Manager

Nicholas Donahue is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker in the District of Columbia. He currently serves as clinical case manager at the American University Counseling Center, where he provides case man

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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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Frances Rekrut Staff Clinician Counseling Center

Dr. Frances Rekrut is a licensed psychologist in the District of Columbia and a staff clinician at the American University Counseling Center where she provides individual and group therapy as well as

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Jennifer Bakalar Staff Clinician Counseling Center

Dr. Jennifer Bakalar (Pronouns: she/her/hers) is a licensed psychologist in the District of Columbia and a staff clinician at the AU Counseling Center. She provides individual and group psychotherapy,

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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

Arubah Khan is a doctoral intern clinician at the American University (AU) Counseling Center, and a Ph.D. candidate in her final year of University of North Texas’s APA-accredited counseling psycholog

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Shari Matray Post-Doc Fellow

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

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Jacquelyn Nuber Post-Doctoral Fellow

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

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2019-2020 Doctoral Interns

Catherine Coogan Intern Clinician Counseling Center

Catherine Coogan is a Doctoral Intern at the American University Counseling Center (AUCC). She is a graduate student in her final year at George Washington University's Clinical Psychology PhD program

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Lina Liw Intern Clinician Counseling Center

Lina Liw is a doctoral intern clinician at the American University Counseling Center (AUCC), and a Ph.D. candidate at Purdue University’s APA-accredited Counseling Psychology doctoral program. Prior t

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Emma Nowicki Intern Clinician Counseling Center

Emma Nowicki is a Doctoral Intern Clinician at the American University Counseling Center (AUCC) and a Doctoral Candidate at the George Washington University Professional Psychology Psy.D. program. Emm

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Kayla Phillips Intern Clinician Counseling Center

Kayla Phillips is a doctoral intern at American University’s Counseling Center (AUCC) and a doctoral candidate at Auburn University's Counseling Psychology PhD program. She has provided individual and

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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:

Corinne Kacmarek

Nick Talisman

Amrisha Prakash

Practicum Clinicians:

Our staff is comprised of practicum trainees who are first-year and advanced graduate students in the Clinical Psychology PhD 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.