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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

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

  rusch@american.edu

  (202) 885-3500

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

  shatinaw@american.edu

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Daniel Birichi Assistant Director for Outreach/Consultation 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

  dbirichi@american.edu

  (202) 885-3500

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

  jdarby@american.edu

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Dave Jean Staff Clinician 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 diff

  dkjean@american.edu

Melissa Meulman Staff Clinician 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 Clinician Counseling Center

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

  mokky@american.edu

Jacquelyn Nuber Staff Clinician 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

  jnuber@american.edu

Administrative Staff

Marsha Shaw Part Time Staff 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.

  mcshaw@american.edu

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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

  tharper@american.edu

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2020 - 2021 Fellows

Malini Basdeo Post-Doctoral Fellow

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

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

2020-2021 Doctoral Interns

Mariam Gregorian Intern Clinician a Counseling Center

Mariam Gregorian is a doctoral intern at the American University Counseling Center (AUCC) and a PhD candidate in clinical psychology at the Catholic University of America. Prior to joining AUCC, she g

  mariamg@american.edu

Joy Hunter Intern Clinician B Counseling Center

Joy Hunter is a doctoral intern at the American University Counseling Center (AUCC) and a Psy.D. candidate in clinical psychology at Regent University. She is also a Certified Substance Abuse Counselo

  jhunter@american.edu

Robert Ortega Intern Clinician C Counseling Center

Robert Ortega is a doctoral intern at the American University Counseling Center (AUCC) and a PhD candidate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Oregon. Before joining the AUCC, he worked at a

  rortega@american.edu

Nicholas Talisman Intern Clinician D Counseling Center

Nick Talisman is a Clinical Intern at American University's Counseling Center and a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at the George Washington University. Having spent the prev

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Part-Time Clinicians

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

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.

2020-2021 Clinical Externs:

Baylee Crone 

Feven Fisseha 

Joseph Kosowsky         

Sanjana Kumar 

Amanda Lane 

Sarah Russell 

NaYeon Yang