SCS staff clinicians are qualified, experienced, and skilled professionals who are specialists in their respective fields. Please contact SCS to make an appointment for a meeting with one of our staff.
Doug Hankes, Ph.D., Director, Licensed Psychologist
Doug completed his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas in 1996. He is a licensed psychologist in Alabama and Tennessee. Doug returned to his alma mater in 1998 after working at the University of Tennessee. He holds graduate faculty status in the Department of Psychology, the Department of Kinesiology, and the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling. Doug describes his therapy approach as mindfully eclectic and fosters a collaborative relationship with clients to promote change. He has been actively involved at the national level in sport and exercise psychology and has served on the Executive Boards of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology) and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Doug is listed on the 2013-2016 United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry.
Eric Bloch, Psy.D., Senior Staff Clinician
Eric completed his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis office of counseling and psychological services and also gained experience working with college students at North Central College, The College of DuPage, and Illinois State University. Eric received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Auburn University in December of 2006 and is thrilled to have returned to his alma mater. Eric’s clinical interests include alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues, mood and anxiety disorders, adjustment, and the integration of mindfulness. His approach to clinical work is integrative in nature, incorporates cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and client-centered techniques. Eric is committed to a promoting a holistic approach to student wellness.
Joeleen Cooper-Bhatia, Ph.D., Licensed Staff Psychologist
Joeleen completed her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology at the University at Albany, SUNY in Albany, NY. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Virginia Tech's Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center and also has experience working with college students at the University at Albany and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Joeleen's professional interests include intervention and outreach to diverse populations, training/supervision, psychological assessment, group therapy, and relationship issues. Her approach to treatment is integrative, incorporating interpersonal and cognitive-behavioral techniques.
Ann Marie DelSignore, B.S., Senior Staff Clinician
Ann Marie is currently completing a doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Auburn University. Her clinical interests include trauma, self-injury, interpersonal neurobiology, LGBTQ issues, and the training/supervision of psychologists. She uses an integrative clinical approach that primarily draws from humanistic/existential and multicultural perspectives.
Dustin Johnson, Ph.D., Licensed Staff Psychologist
Dustin completed his doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas (UNT) in 2011. He has experience working with college students at the University of Southern Mississippi, UNT, and West Virginia University. His clinical interests include Men's issues, alcohol and other drugs (AOD) issues, sports and academic performance enhancement, and assessment and management of learning differences (including ADHD). He is an active member of both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). Dustin describes his work with clients as integrative, with particular focus on creating a strong, genuine, and open working relationship through the use of humanistic, emotion-focused, interpersonal, and psychodynamic techniques. He has conducted and participated in youth sport research, focusing on the impact of coaches. In his free time, Dustin enjoys rooting for the New Orleans Saints and is an avid fan of the outdoors, particularly hiking.
Priscilla Little, Administrative Associate
Priscilla is the Administrative Associate for the counseling center and is usually the first point of contact. She assists clients, parents, staff and community members by answering questions regarding services provided at the center. Priscilla strives to provide a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere within the waiting area and assists the staff with most clerical needs. Previously she has worked as a paralegal, which provided her with training and knowledge in the area of HIPPA and patient privacy. Originally from Brandon, MS, Priscilla has lived in Birmingham, Memphis, Austin and Louisville before moving to Auburn in 2007. Outside of work, she enjoys biking country roads, outdoor concerts, and tailgating.
Jan Miller, Ph.D., Senior Staff Clinician
Jan earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from West Virginia University in 2013. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Kansas State University’s Student Counseling Services and, prior to that experience, spent two years working at West Virginia University’s Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services. Her clinical and professional interests include anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, women’s issues, biofeedback, vocational issues, college student retention, and training/supervision of psychologists. Jan uses an integrated clinical approach, specifically drawing from cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, interpersonal, and feminist perspectives.
Brandy Smith, Ph.D., Licensed Staff Psychologist
Brandy (originally from Olive Branch, MS) completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from University of Memphis in 2008. Most recently, she worked with university students at University of Oregon (during her pre-doctoral internship) and then as a permanent staff member at New Mexico State University for almost 3 years. At NMSU Brandy also served as the Diversity Coordinator. Brandy joined SCS in August 2011. Her clinical interests include developmental and relationship issues; grief and loss; supervision; multiculturalism (including race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, body size, religion, spirituality, age, gender, ability level, socioeconomic status); and social justice and advocacy. She has a strengths-focused approach to counseling that stems from a humanistic/existential perspective with feminist and multicultural components included.
Kristee Treadwell, Ph.D., Assistant Director for Clinical Services, Licensed Psychologist
Kristee completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from West Virginia University in 2006. After completing her degree, Kristee worked as an inpatient psychologist at a community mental health center in Tallahassee, Florida for four years. Kristee joined SCS in December 2010 and was excited to return to her alma mater since she received her bachelor’s degree from Auburn University. Her clinical interests include working with survivors of trauma, anger management and other presenting concerns relative to the college student population, crisis intervention, group counseling, graduate student training and outreach and instruction within the university and larger community. Kristee approaches her clinical work from an integrative perspective as informed by cognitive- behavioral theory and techniques, interpersonal and other psychodynamic perspectives (e.g., object relations).
Thuong Truong, Psy.D., Senior Staff Clinician
Thuy obtained her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She has experience working with college students at the University of South Carolina and Florida Atlantic University. Thuy’s research and clinical interests include the facilitation of self-growth, intercultural communication, social justice, and multicultural competence. Her conceptualization and intervention are culturally informed and are holistically interwoven with cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal process, emotion-focused, and humanistic/ existential treatment modalities. She enjoys working with students who are diverse in background and in clinical presentation, ranging from developmental adjustment to chronic psychopathology. Her personal interests include reading, gardening, community involvement, and learning.
Vern Russell, Ph.D., Counselor Emeritus, LPC, NCC
Vern earned his doctorate in Counselor Education from the University of Georgia in 1981 and has been a licensed counselor in Alabama since 1983. A past Director and former staff member, he was with the Counseling Center for 25 years. He has a special interest in outreach/prevention, the developmental concerns of the college student and creating a context for growth. He enjoys the outdoors, jogging and mindful living on his family farm in Georgia.
Katherine Reggie Werner, Psy.D., Senior Staff Clinician
Katie completed her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology in Atlanta, Georgia. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Texas Woman’s University Counseling Center and also gained experience working with college students at Agnes Scott College Counseling and Psychological Services. Katie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rhodes College. Her clinical interests include relationship issues, women's issues, multiculturalism, LGBTQ issues, anxiety, depression, and social justice advocacy. Katie’s approach to treatment is integrative, primarily incorporating relational, interpersonal, and multicultural perspectives.
Practicum Students 2014-15
Ana Ciakara, M.Ed.
Ian Cero, M.A.
Katherine Cler, M.S.
Anne Conroy, M.Ed.
Kelly Hughes, M.A.
Melani Landerfelt, M.A.
Molly Moore, M.Ed.
Daniel Stabin, M.A.
Jasmine Tyson, M.Ed.