About SCS Staff

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.

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 (Exercise and Sport Psychology) and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). He is an AASP Fellow. Doug is listed on the 2013-2016 United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry.

Eric Bloch

Eric Bloch

Psy.D., Outreach Coordinator, Licensed Psychologist

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.

Dr. Joleen Cooper-Bhatia

Joeleen Cooper-Bhatia

Ph.D., Group 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.

Anne Marie DelSignore

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., Assessment Coordinator, Licensed 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

Priscilla Little

Office Manager

Priscilla is the Office Manager 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.

Dr. Jan Miller

Jan Miller

Ph.D., Zen Den Coordinator, Licensed Psychologist

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.

Dr. Moose

Dr. Moose

TDI Certified & CGC (AKC Canine Good Citizen)

Moose is an 8-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. Recently, Canine Performance Sciences trained him to be a therapy dog and donated him to Student Counseling Services 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 Student Counseling Services, 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.

Brandy Smith

Ph.D., Training Coordinator, 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 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).

Thuy Truong

Psy.D., Diversity Coordinator, Licensed Psychologist

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.

Practicum Students

Ellis Bernstein, B.A.
Debbie Campbell,  M.S.
Theresa K. Chan, M.A.
Raina Hafftka,  B.A.
Dean Hayes, M.A.
Brooke Nowak, B.S.
Graham Morris, B.S.
Yuxin Sun, M.A.
Caitlin Williams, M.S.

2015 Practicum students

The Center

Student Counseling Services (SCS) 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. SCS 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 SCS to utilize the Zen Den. To schedule an orientation session and begin managing your stress in a unique, proactive manner, call SCS at 334.844.5123.

Group Counseling

Group counseling is one of many forms of treatment offered by Student Counseling 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 Services (SCS) 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.