About Student Counseling & Psychological Services Staff

SCPS staff clinicians are qualified, experienced, and skilled professionals who are specialists in their respective fields. Please contact SCPS to make an appointment for a meeting with one of our staff.
Dr. Doug Hankes Director of Auburn Student Counseling Services

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 Society for Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). Doug is currently the President of Division 47. He is an AASP Fellow and CMPC and is listed on the 2016-2020 United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry. When he’s not at work, you can find him hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Kwoneathia Boswell

Kwoneathia Boswell

Ph.D., Senior Staff Clinician

Kwoneathia completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Mississippi. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Western Kentucky University’s Counseling and Testing Center and also has experience working with college students at the University of Mississippi. Kwoneathia’s professional and clinical interests include academic issues, developmental concerns, relationship issues, depression, and anxiety. Her approach to counseling focuses on creating a safe, supportive, and collaborative environment, incorporating cognitive-behavioral, humanistic/existential, and person-centered techniques.

Dr. Joleen Cooper-Bhatia

Joeleen Cooper-Bhatia

Ph.D., Group and Practicum Coordinator, Licensed 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.

Kellie Jenkins Administrative Assistant

Emily Hancock

Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist

Emily completed her Psy.D. in Clinical Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has previously provided counseling in a hospital setting and community mental health center before joining SCPS. Her areas of professional interest include working with survivors of trauma, relationship issues, substance abuse, crisis intervention, psychological assessment, group counseling, social justice and advocacy, and graduate student training. Emily uses an integrative approach utilizing psychodynamic, interpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral treatment modalities to meet the unique needs of each student. Outside of work, Emily enjoys college football season, attempting new recipes, and traveling.

Kellie Jenkins Administrative Assistant

Alisia Hansell

LMSW, Senior Staff Clinician

Alisia is a native of Auburn, Alabama. She earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. Alisia has more than 10 years of experience in mental health, working in community and inpatient settings. She is a licensed as a social worker in Mississippi and Alabama. She has a passion for promoting mental health and wellness and takes a holistic approach in treatment. She likes to ‘think outside of the box” while collaborating with clients to identify solutions that best meet their needs. Her clinical and professional interests include trauma, relationship issues, crisis intervention, and support for young adults and families experiencing mental health issues for the first time. In her free time, Alisia enjoys traveling, DIY projects, and spending time with family and friends. Alisia is excited to return back home and be a part of the Auburn family.

Kellie Jenkins

Administrative Assistant

Kellie is an Opelika, Alabama native and the administrative assistant for the counseling center. She has extensive knowledge and experience in customer service and administration. Her enthusiasm, commitment, and positivity help create a comfortable environment for those who visit the center as well as for those who call. She also assists the SCPS clinicians with managerial tasks to provide the best quality service to clients. Prior to working at the SCPS, Kellie worked in the healthcare field for 22 years, specializing in geriatrics and mental health. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with her family and pets.

Dr. Joleen Cooper-Bhatia

Dustin Johnson

Ph.D., Assistant Director for Outreach and Mental Health Initiatives, Licensed Psychologist

Dustin completed his doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas and arrived at SCPS in 2011. He emphasizes creating strong, genuine, collaborative, and open working relationships with his clients, helping them to develop, address, and maintain progress toward their personal goals. With a performance psychology background, Dustin enjoys helping clients develop practical strategies to meet life challenges and perform at their very best. As the Assistant Director for Outreach, Dustin helps to lead the A Sound Mind initiative, Auburn’s collaborative, campus-wide mental health awareness and prevention strategy. He is also a proud co-advisor to Active Minds, Auburn’s student organization for mental health.  A native New Orleanian, Dustin enjoys his fair share of gumbos, king cakes, jazz music, and especially, his beloved New Orleans Saints.

Priscilla Little

Office Manager

Priscilla is the Office Manager for the counseling center. She is responsible for the day-to-day operation and management of non-clinical personnel. She oversees the business, financial, and human resource aspects of the office. 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, AL, Memphis, TN, Austin, TX and Louisville, KY before moving to Auburn in 2007. Outside of work, she enjoys outdoor activities such as cycling, kayaking, concerts, and tailgating.

Priscilla Little

Jordan Burko Macatee

Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

Jordan earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Florida State University.  She is passionate about working with college students and has enjoyed working with students at Florida State University, Northern Illinois University, and is excited to be serving the great students of Auburn University.  Jordan’s clinical and professional interests include eating and body image concerns, anxiety, alcohol and other drug use, group therapy, assessment, and outreach.  Jordan works from a strengths-based perspective and believes in working collaboratively with students to help them move towards their goals in therapy.  She draws from cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, and interpersonal treatment modalities.  Outside of work, Jordan enjoys football season, a good DIY project, and spending time with her husband and dog.

Priscilla Little

Nathan Maddox

LMSW, Senior Staff Clinician

Nathan earned his Master of Social Work degree from Savanah State University and is a Licensed Social Worker. He gained experience working with college students through his master’s internship at Savannah College of Art and Design, and he has professional experience providing clinical services to adolescents and young adults in hospital and community-based settings. His clinical and professional interests include trauma recovery, developmental issues, identity formation, emotional disturbance, anxiety, and the relationship between creativity and psychological well-being. Nathan’s clinical approach is eclectic and informed by psychodynamic, existential, and attachment-oriented theoretical traditions. Nathan thinks of counseling as a co-creative process of working through life challenges, and he sees his role as assisting students with developing self-awareness, achieving their goals, and forming more authentic and creative ways of living. In his free time, he enjoys reading, writing, exercising, and all things Americana music.

Robin Marshall LPN

Josh McLaughlin

M.Div., Doctoral Psychology Intern

Josh is a doctoral psychology intern from the University of Denver, where he is earning his Psy.D. in clinical psychology. His training history includes working with college-aged persons with disabilities (e.g., Autism, ADHD, mood, physical, etc.), survivors of sexual trauma, and persons with chronic mental health concerns. Before pursuing a career in psychology, Josh received a Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and worked as a hospital chaplain. His professional interests include depression, anxiety, trauma, and spirituality. Clinically, Josh uses a relational approach that aims to empower the client to courageously choose a more rich and meaningful life. Specifically, he draws from a combination of contextual behaviorism and relational psychoanalysis.

Robin Marshall LPN

Carolyn Miller

LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Carolyn completed her Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University in New York City. She gained experience working with students in a college counseling center through her master’s internship at Hunter College. Carolyn is now licensed in the state of Alabama, where she has conducted therapy in community mental health and hospital settings. Her clinical interests include anxiety, grief and loss, relationship issues, developmental concerns, trauma, and social justice. Her approach to counseling centers on an empathetic working relationship and draws from systemic, psychodynamic, interpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral modalities. Outside of work, Carolyn enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dog in the great outdoors.

Robin Marshall LPN

Jan Miller

Ph.D., Eating Concerns Treatment Team Coordinator, Licensed Psychologist

Jan earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from West Virginia University in 2013. She has worked in college counseling centers, provided in-home intensive therapy to children in foster care, and in a private practice setting. Her clinical and professional interests include anxiety, depression, trauma, shame, LGBTQ+ issues, eating and body image concerns, vocational issues, substance abuse, and training/supervision of psychologists; however, she is trained as a generalist and has experience with a wide variety of presenting issues. Jan uses an integrated clinical approach, specifically drawing from cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, mindfulness, and feminist perspectives. Students can expect a collaborative, safe space for all who enter her plant filled office as she works with them to make changes based on their own strengths and agency. Jan is also the coordinator of AU’s multidisciplinary Eating Concerns Treatment Team (ECTT).

Dr. Jan Miller

Dr. Moose

TDI Certified & CGC (AKC Canine Good Citizen)

Moose is an 11-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever. He was trained by Auburn University Canine Performance Sciences as an explosive detection dog. During his time at Canine Performance Sciences, Moose worked on a Department of Justice research project studying the effects of nutrition on olfaction detection, and on a Department of Defense project. Moose is one of the only two dogs in the world who has been shown to be able to detect a live virus. In collaboration with Student Counseling & Psychological Services, Canine Performance Sciences trained him to be a therapy dog and donated him to SCPS so that he can work with Auburn students. Moose has passed his AKC Canine Good Citizen test and his Therapy Dogs International evaluation and is now a registered therapy dog. At SCPS, Moose works with students in individual and group counseling sessions. Additionally, Moose is involved in outreach events on campus. Moose’s therapeutic approach includes mindfulness, warmth, and acceptance without judgment.

Dr. Sarah Halawani Montes

Dr. Nessie

Trained to TDI Certification and AKC Canine Good Citizen Standards

Nessie is a 5-year-old black Labrador Retriever and German Wirehaired Pointer mix. She was trained by Auburn University Canine Performance Sciences as a detection dog. During her time at Canine Performance Sciences, Nessie worked on multiple top secret research projects and was recruited to continue her work at several government agencies. Ultimately, she retired from her detection duties and started her second career as a therapy dog at Student Counseling & Psychological Services. She was trained in collaboration with Canine Performance Services to share her therapy skills with Auburn students. At SCPS, Nessie works alongside her brother from another mother, Moose, with students in individual and group counseling sessions. In addition, Nessie is particularly skilled at outreach events on campus as she has never met a person she doesn’t love. She is truly a mental health ambassador. Nessie’s therapeutic approach includes clinical curiosity, supportive directness, and empathic tail-wagging.

Dr. Sarah Halawani Montes

Christina Newberry

Psy.D., Senior Staff Clinician

Christy earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago. She has experience working with students at university counseling centers including Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she also received a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Christy uses a strengths-based and collaborative approach to meet the unique needs of each student. Consistent with a brief therapy model, she seeks to decrease distress, increase coping strategies, and build on the student’s strengths.

Dr. Sarah Halawani Montes

Sarah Schwartz

M.A., Doctoral Psychology Intern

Sarah is a doctoral psychology intern from Marywood University where she is earning her Psy.D. in clinical psychology. She is enthusiastic about working with college students and has enjoyed working with students at Marywood University. She has also worked in private practice with clients of diverse backgrounds and ages. Sarah has found that she is passionate about the college population and the unique experiences students will face. Her clinical and professional interests include body image concerns, anxiety, depression, relationship issues and emotional regulation. Sarah works from an integrative approach, utilizing interpersonal, psychodynamic, emotion-focused and cognitive-behavioral techniques. In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with family and friends, DIY projects, watching movies, and swimming.

Jennifer Slay

LCSW, Counselor and Support Services Coordinator, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Jennifer completed her undergraduate degree from Auburn University and her Master of Social Work degree at The University of Alabama. She gained experience during her Master’s internship working with transition-age youth at a Community Mental Health Center providing individual and group substance abuse counseling. Since graduation, Jennifer has gained professional experience working for a community based organization by providing services to individuals living with HIV. Areas of professional interest include working with survivors of trauma, advocacy and outreach from a multicultural perspective, emotion regulation, and social justice. Jennifer likes to think holistically and draws on strengths based, person-centered, and mindfulness techniques. She aims to empower individuals by promoting mental health and wellbeing and working with the individual to best meet their needs and goals. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys hiking and traveling, yoga, and listening to and attending Fleetwood Mac shows.

Jared Smendik

M.A., Doctoral Psychology Intern

Jared is a doctoral psychology intern from the Michigan School of Psychology where he is earning a Psy.D. in clinical psychology. Jared has previously enjoyed working in a college setting with students at the Albion College Counseling Center in Michigan. His clinical focus is helping students work through and cope with their depression and anxiety. His additional interests include LGBTQ+ advocacy and the impact of diet and health on mental wellness. Jared finds that mindfulness techniques and having a safe space to understand our personal story are important elements of the therapeutic process. Jared’s clinical work is informed by humanistic and psychodynamic theories, in addition to including CBT coping skills to facilitate change in students’ lives. Outside of the office Jared enjoys biking, cooking, playing board games, and connecting with friends and family!


Brandy Smith

Ph.D., Assistant Director for Training, Licensed 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 SCPS 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.

Jennifer Smith

M.D., Psychiatrist

Jen Smith is an Auburn University affiliate at the Student Counseling & Psychological Services office. She joins the East Alabama Psychiatric Service team to provide psychiatric services for the Auburn University students on campus. She graduated from University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, AL in 2011 and completed psychiatry residency training at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in Richmond, VA in 2015. She worked at a community mental health center before joining East Alabama Psychiatric Services. She was born and raised in the Auburn/Opelika area, is an Auburn football fan, and received her undergraduate degree from Auburn University in 2006. She is excited to be back at Auburn. She hopes to help students get the most out of their time at Auburn and achieve their educational goals by addressing their mental health needs.

Erica Sotilleo

M.S., Psychology Doctoral Intern

Erica is a doctoral psychology intern from Fielding Graduate University. Erica enjoys partnering with clients who are experiencing depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, substance use/abuse, veterans affairs, developmental-related symptoms, spiritual concerns and legal issues, clients who identify as LGBTQIA, and issues related to intersectionality regarding their minority status. While Erica’s theoretical approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), she also incorporates humanistic, interpersonal, and feminist theories. Multicultural theory is optimal in her work with all students, and Erica welcomes working with students from all walks of life. Erica has conducted research in domestic violence, co-authored two published papers about transphobia, and authored a book on social skills interventions for children diagnosed with neurodevelopmental disorders. Erica’s favorite motto is “Know thyself.”

Dr. Sarah Halawani Montes

Tracy Thomas

Administrative Assistant

Tracy is an essential part of the Administrative Support team at SCPS. Born and raised in Detroit, MI, she has been a part of the Auburn community for over 20 years. With comprehensive leadership and customer relations skills, she is a valuable asset to the counseling center. Tracy has served the local community both professionally and personally in our local public schools as a parent. Her ability to be a positive role model attracts young people naturally to her for engagement and direction. Outside of work, she appreciates family outings and good eating, while taking joy in being a devoted mother and grandmother.

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 SCPS 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).

Jennifer Smith M.D., Psychiatrist

Mary Catherine Turner

ME.d., College of Veterinary Medicine Embedded Clinician, Licensed Professional Counselor

Mary Catherine graduated from Auburn University in 2014 with a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health counseling. After graduation, she gained experience with individuals of all ages while working in community mental health for over 3 years. Mary Catherine predominantly worked in a public school setting with school-aged clients and became interested in individuals in the age of transition from high school to college. Areas of professional interest include transition and adjustment, relationship issues, and family/peer conflict.  She is also very interested in outreach and advocacy. Outside of work she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and relaxing at Lake Martin. Mary Catherine is excited to be back in Auburn and looking forward to working with students as the Case Manager.

Charlotte Windom

M.S., Counselor and Support Services Coordinator, Licensed Professional Counselor

Charlotte graduated from Troy University (Troy) in 2007 with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. In 2016, she became a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has 11 years of counseling experience working in Community Mental Health and in Private Practice. She has provided Individual, Family, Couples, Group and Crisis Counseling services to children, adolescents and adults. While working in Community Mental Health, as the Program Coordinator, she created and implemented the Jackson County location’s first Child/Adolescent Day Treatment Program. In 2019, the Program will celebrate 10 years of service to children with Mental Health concerns. Charlotte feels honored to be a part of the SCPS family and is looking forward to working with college students. Outside of work, she enjoys creating pottery, listening to music, and time with family and friends.

Doctoral Practicum Clinicians


Elizabeth Casey, B.S.

LaJae Coleman, B.S.

Jade Dario, B.S.

Jessica Goergen, B.S.

Aleah Horton, M.Ed.

Bridget Nelson, M.A.

Doctoral Practicum Clinicians 2017-2018

The Center

Student Counseling & Psychological Services (SCPS) is the primary counseling center for the Auburn University student community to talk through their personal problems and concerns. Your college years are a time of tremendous excitement and potential, but they can also be demanding and stressful. There are academic responsibilities, as well as the tasks of establishing a greater sense of identity, moving toward increased independence, and developing meaningful relationships. SCPS can help you deal with these issues when they become overwhelming.

The Zen Den

The Zen Den offers a variety of stress management resources including biofeedback, a robotic massage chair, light therapy (for Seasonal Affective Disorder), and more. The Zen Den is available to all enrolled Auburn University students. You do not have to be a client at SCPS to utilize the Zen Den. To schedule an orientation session and begin managing your stress in a unique, proactive manner, call Student Counseling and Psychological Services at 334.844.5123.

Group Counseling

Group counseling is one of many forms of treatment offered byStudent Counseling & Psychological Services. Some groups are focused on special themes like stress management, eating concerns, or anger management, while some other are more general and focus on resolving a range of issues, such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem problems, and relationship problems. For many types of problems, group counseling is the treatment of choice. Groups provide the opportunity to observe others solving their problems. Groups provide the advantage of a network of support. Groups are especially helpful in learning to build trust, self-acceptance, intimacy, communication skills, and empathy.

Individual Counseling

Student Counseling & Psychological Services (SCPS) provides short-term individual counseling to currently enrolled Auburn University undergraduate and graduate students. AU students who are academically suspended may be able to access services as part of their comprehensive plan to return to the university. Individual counseling provides an opportunity to explore your concerns on a one-to-one basis within the context of a confidential relationship. Our counseling model attempts to empower you with the resources needed to make positive changes in your life.