Recent Staff Accomplishments
Staff from Student Counseling and Psychological Services receive the 2021 Spirit of Sustainability Award
It is well known that college students suffer a significant amount of anxiety and stress. Since March of 2020, COVID-19 has made things substantially worse. For years, Student Counseling & Psychological Services (SCPS) has offered accessible and comprehensive mental health services to Auburn University students at no cost to them. Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the wellbeing of all of us, delivering mental health services to Auburn students became more important than ever.
When the COVID crisis exploded in March 2020, SCPS had to rethink how its staff would offer and deliver services to Auburn students. Despite changing conditions and the need to deliver services virtually, SCPS has, from the onset, consistently and creatively provided mental, emotional, and social support without interruption.
SCPS staff had a steep learning curve to be able to offer high-quality services through a virtual medium.
Adapting required a complete overhaul of the intake process, on-call clinician access, scheduling, and so on. In the midst of new learning and operational processes, SCPS was able to keep up with demand and avoided almost all waitlists. SCPS increased outreach efforts by 45%, bringing services proactively to students and student groups.
SCPS created virtual help rooms that students could access three times a day on the internet, including a space to engage in fun fellowship activities (e.g., dance parties, cooking recipes). Students in quarantine could call and speak to a counselor immediately, twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week.
Virtual meeting places were created where students could vent their frustrations associated with online learning, as well as spaces for students who were grieving because they had lost a loved one to COVID-19. Other virtual help rooms were designed to help students to improve motivation, focus, organization, and activity in a virtual environment.
SCPS also hosted “brave spaces” for those in particular need, like Black students dealing with racial injustice and for Resident Assistants who struggled with the unique stresses of enforcing physical distancing and mask-wearing in the residence halls.
Student Counseling and Psychological Services will continue to use virtual counseling and outreach, as the reach to serve students has actually expanded through the use of virtual forms for delivering care. In sum, SCPS worked to discern students’ needs and respond with professional care and will continue to do so long after the pandemic ends.
Dr. Dustin Johnson and colleague, Ms. Markie Pasternak, presented at the 2020 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators—Alabama (NASPA-AL) conference in Birmingham, AL. Their presentation was titled, “Creating Innovative Mental Health Initiatives Using Campus Traditions and Culture.”
Dr. Dustin Johnson presented at the 2020 National Active Minds conference in Washington, DC. The presentation was titled, “The Not-So-Secret Ingredient: Utilizing the Active Minds Chapter for University and College Counseling Center Outreach.”
Dr. Brandy Smith authored “Outreach ally training activities” in Whitman, J.S. & Boyd, C.J. (Eds.) (2020) Homework Assignments and Handouts for LGBTQ+ Clients: A Mental Health and Counseling Handbook, (First Edition).
Dr. Emily Hancock and colleagues (K.D. Williams, N. Wozniak, S. Oehler, and R. Manguso) (2020) co-authored, “Psychometric Limitations of the RBANS Effort Index in Forensic Inpatient Populations.” The article was published in the journal, Applied Neuropsychology. Adult, 27(2), 181–187.
Dr. Doug Hankes had a chapter published in Mary Jo Loughran’s (Ed.) (2019) Counseling and Psychological Services for College Student-Athletes (Second Edition) titled: “Consultation in Collegiate Athletics: Best Practices.”
Dr. Dustin Johnson and colleague, Ms. Markie Pasternak, presented at the 2019 Association for University and College Counseling Center Outreach conference in New Orleans, LA. Their presentation was titled, “A Little Lagniappe Leading to a Big Idea: Collaboration Between the Counseling Center and Health Promotion Office.”
Dr. Kristee Treadwell and colleagues, Dr. Elana Petrova (Augusta University), Dr. Maryjan Murphy (University of California, Santa Cruz), Dr. Kyle Kittleson (Purdue University), Dr. Lisa Ferdinand (University of South Florida), Dr. Odessa Despot (Rochester Institute of Technology), and Dr. Deborah Baker (University of North Florida) presented at the 2019 Association for the Coordination of Counseling Center Clinical Services in Denver, Colorado. Their presentation was titled, “Building Sustainable Work Cultures: Barriers and Benefits to Embedded/Satellite Office Service Delivery Models.”
Dr. Joeleen Cooper-Bhatia (Chair) and colleagues, Dr. Vinny Dehili (University of South Florida), Dr. Shenette Scille (Vassar College), Dr. Marcée Turner (Florida State University), and Dr. Kseniya Zhuzha (University of Nevada – Reno) presented at the 2019 American Group Psychotherapy Association in Los Angeles, CA. Their presentation was titled, “Group Training and Supervision in University Counseling Centers: Attending to Multiple Aspects of Supervisor and Supervisee Experiences.”
Dr. Brandy Smith presented a CE session at the 2019 ACCTA in Alexandria, VA entitled Surviving (and maybe thriving from) Difficult Feedback Experiences.
Dr. Jordan Burko Macatee and colleagues presented at the 2018 Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies conference in Washington, D.C. The title of the presentation was “Emotional Intelligence as a Predictor of High Risk Drinking in College Students”
Dr. Joeleen Cooper-Bhatia has been named Chair for the College Counseling and Other Educational Settings Special Interest Group of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.
Dr. Doug Hankes has been elected President-Elect of the American Psychological Association’s Society for Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology (Division 47). He will serve a 3-year term. Division 47 is a professional organization whose members are engaged in the science and practice of psychology within sport, exercise, and human performance. The division develops, promotes, and disseminates information to professionals and the public related to standards for competent and ethical practice, models of graduate and postdoctoral training, and scientific knowledge that informs and guides practice.
Dr. Joeleen Cooper-Bhatia and colleagues gave a presentation and facilitated a workshop at the 2018 American Group Psychotherapy Association’s Annual 2018 Meeting in Houston, TX. The presentation was titled, “Navigating the Risky Business of Assessing Suicide in Therapy Groups,” (presentation) and “How the Group Coordinator Can Foster Group Culture and Innovation in College Counseling Centers and Other Staff Model Clinic Settings” (workshop).
Dr. Brandy Smith and Dr. Katie Werner (Emory University) co-presented at the 2018 ACCTA (Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies) conference in Minneapolis, MN. Their presentation was titled, “Empowering Trainees: Developing Their Skill Set for Delivering Constructive/Difficult Feedback.”
Dr. Doug Hankes (Chair) and colleagues Dr. Trevor Richardson (Oklahoma State University), Dr. Jessica Mohler (U.S. Naval Academy), and Dr. Amy Stapleton (University of Arizona) presented a 4-hour Ethics Seminar at the 14th Annual Big Sky Sport Psychology Conference. Dr. Hankes’s presentation was titled, “An Evening of Ethics Warm-up: Moments of Hen, Zen, and Other Ethical Things That Amuse Me.”
Dr. Doug Hankes has been promoted by the Board of Accreditation of the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS) to be a Senior Visitor for the Association. As a Senior Visitor, Dr. Hankes will Chair Field Visits and act as a Mentor for the Junior Visitors who will accompany Dr. Hankes on future visits to evaluate centers applying for Accreditation, or those that are being re-evaluated for continued accreditation.
Dr. Doug Hankes and colleagues, Dr. Ian Birky (Lehigh University) and Dr. Ken Chew, (Indiana State University), presented at the 67th Annual 2016 Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) conference in Tampa, FL. Their presentation was titled, “Playing the Game to Win: Sport Psychology as Counseling Center Outreach.”
Dr. Doug Hankes was named a Fellow of the Collegiate Clinical/Counseling Sport Psychology Association (CCSPA). CCSPA has a three-fold mission of advocacy, education, and collaboration. CCSPA is a professional organization that advocates for licensed mental health clinicians providing services to collegiate student-athletes by keeping interested agencies and administrators informed regarding best practices and standards of care. He was inducted at the 12th Annual 2016 Big Sky Sport Psychology Retreat in Big Sky, MT.
Dr. Doug Hankes and colleagues, Dr. Patrick Baillie, JD, (Calgary, Canada) and Dr. Amy Athey (University of Arizona) presented at the 12th Annual 2016 Big Sky Sport Psychology Retreat: Student-Athlete Psychological Issues. Their 4-hour seminar was titled, “An Evening of Ethics Seminar: Overview, Cases, and Discussion.” Dr. Hankes’s presentation was titled, “The Way of the Hen: Staying Ethical When the Coop is Shitty.”
Dr. Joeleen Cooper-Bhatia and former SCS practicum students Erin Crozier, Lauren David, and Maggie Davis co-presented at the 2016 American Group Psychotherapy Association’s Annual Meeting in New York City. Their presentation was entitled “Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Strategies and Resources for Suicide Assessment in Group Therapy.”
Dr. Brandy Smith and colleague Dr. Katie Werner co-presented at the 2016 Auburn University Diversity and Inclusion Best Practices Conference. Their presentation was entitled “Safe Zones, Safe Spaces: Understanding the Tapestry of Gender Identity and Inclusiveness.”
Dr. Doug Hankes was named a Fellow of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, or AASP, an international professional organization that promotes the field of sport and exercise psychology. The Fellow honor is given to AASP members who have made significant contributions to academic and professional practice knowledge in the fields of sport and exercise psychology. He was inducted at the 2015 AASP Conference in Indianapolis, IN.
Dr. Brandy Smith authored a blog for the American Psychological Association’s Public Interest Directorate (May, 2015) entitled “Challenging Sizism: Health and Weight Don’t Always Equate.
Dr. Brandy Smith and former SCS practicum student Emily Kerzin co-presented at the 2015 National Multicultural Conference and Summit in Atlanta, GA. Their poster was entitled “Let’s Finally Talk About It: Size Discrimination and Related Assumptions, Biases, Misinformation, and Stereotypes.”
Dr. Doug Hankes and colleagues, Dr. Patrick Baille, JD (Calgary, Canada), Dr. Nicki Moore (University of Oklahoma), and Mary Wilfert (NCAA) presented at the 2015 SXSW Interactive Conference in Austin, TX. Their presentation was titled “Competitive Advantage: Mental Health in Athletics.”
Staff Psychologist Dr. Dustin Johnson and colleagues (Matthew Atkins, Erica Force and Trent Petrie) co-authored, “Peers, Parents, and Coaches, Oh My! The Relation of the Motivational Climate to Boys’ Intention to Continue in Sport.” It was published in the journal, Psychology of Sport and Psychology, Vol 16(3), March, 2015, pp.170-180.
Dr. Doug Hankes was part of an Invited Panel at the 2014 Association for Applied Sport Psychology conference in Las Vegas, NV. Dr. Hankes and his colleagues Chris Carr, Ph.D., HSPP, Sport & Performance Psychologist- St. Vincent Sports Performance; Ian Connole, Ph.D., CC-AASP, Director of Sport Psychology – Kansas State University Athletics; Angela M. Fifer, Ph.D., CC-AASP, Performance Enhancement Instructor – United States Military Academy; Carmen Tebbe Priebe, Ph.D., Associate Director of Student Life/Director of Psychological Resources for Oklahoma University Student-Athletes; and Brent Walker, Ph.D., Associate Athletics Director for Championship Performance-Columbia University panel presentation was titled, “Toward a Comprehensive Sport Psychology Service Delivery in NCAA Athletic Departments: A Moderated Panel Discussion.”
At the March 2014 Atlanta Counseling Psychology Conference, Dr. Brandy Smith and graduate student Emily Kerzin co-presented a workshop for continuing education credit entitled “Multicultural Supervision: What Is It and How Do You Do It?” Dr. Smith also facilitated a roundtable discussion topic of LGBT People and Identity Concerns entitled “Diverse Discussions: Hosted Multicultural Roundtable Topics in Counseling Psychology.” The roundtable discussion was organized with former Auburn University student Dr. Thomandra Sam and current AU graduate student Sadi Fox.
Dr. Doug Hankes was the invited guest lecturer at the University of West Alabama for the university’s Student-Athlete Mental Health Awareness Symposium. His presentations were titled, “Collegiate Student-Athlete Mental Health: Current Trends” and “Life Ain’t a Race: A Case Presentation of Conflicting Interests.”
Dr. Joeleen Cooper, Chair, and colleagues, Eri Bentley (Utah State University) and Leann Terry Diederich (Penn State University), presented at the 2014 American Group Psychotherapy Association. Their presentation was titled, “Trainee Development through Co-Leadership” and built on a presentation by the same name at the 2013 American Group Psychotherapy Association conference.
Dr. Brandy Smith presented at the 2013 Alabama State NIRSA (National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association) Conference, December 2013. Dr. Smith’s presentation was entitled “Creating an Appropriately Safe Space for GLBTQQ Patrons.”
Dr. Doug Hankes, Director of Student Counseling & Psychological Services, and colleagues Mary Jo Loughran and Ed Etzel had a chapter published in Ed Etzel and Jack Watson’s (Eds.) (2014). Ethical Issues in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology titled “Ethical Issues in Work With Collegiate Student-Athletes.”
Staff Psychologist Dr. Dustin Johnson and colleagues co-authored “’Do I Still Want to Play?’ Parents and Peers Influence on Girls’ Continuation in Sport.” The article was published in the Journal of Sport Behavior, Vol 36(4), Dec, 2013, pp. 329-345.
Dr. Doug Hankes has been selected for membership in the U.S. Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry for the 2013-2016 quadrennium. The USOC Sport Psychology Registry is a roster of sport psychology and mental training specialists who serve as resources for the National Governing Bodies of Olympic, Paralympic and Pan American Sports.
Dr. Doug Hankes has been appointed to the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Certification Review Committee. The AASP consultant certification (CC-AASP) process signifies the highest standard of education and training in the psychological aspects of sport science.
Dr. Doug Hankes and colleagues, Dr. Bradley Hack (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill) and Dr. Patrick Baillie, JD, (Calgary, Canada), presented at the 2013 Big Sky Sport Psychology Retreat: Student Athlete Psychological Issues. Their 4-hour workshop was titled, “The Ethical Issues Involved with the Care of the Collegiate and Elite Athletes.”
Dr. Kristee Treadwell will serve as liaison for the Association for the Coordination of Counseling Center Clinical Services (ACCCCS) at the 2013 American College Personnel Association (ACPA). Dr. Treadwell will present an Annual Report on behalf of ACCCCS.
Dr. Joeleen Cooper and colleagues, Eri Bentley (Utah State University) and Leann Terry Diederich (Penn State University), presented at the 2013 American Group Psychotherapy Association. Their presentation was titled, “Trainee Development through Co-Leadership.
Dr. Doug Hankes was an invitee to the 2013 NCAA Life Skills and Sport Psychology meeting in Charlotte, NC. The meeting allowed licensed psychologists that work primarily with student-athletes as clients to interact with NCAA staff, NCAA Life Skills staff members, and NFL Directors of Player Engagement to address mental health/psychological health issues.
Dr. Brandy Smith co-presented with Dr. Shakeer Abdullah (Director of the Auburn University Multicultural Center) at the 2012 ALAHEDO (Alabama Association of Higher Education Diversity Officers) Conference in November. Their presentation and round table discussion was entitled “Experiences and Directions from Co-Facilitating Safe Zone Training on Working with LBGTQ students.”
At the 2012 American Psychological Convention in Orlando, FL, Dr. Doug Hankes joined colleagues Mark Aoyagi, Ph.D., University of Denver, Jennifer Carter, Ph.D., Center for Balanced Living, Columbus, OH, and Rick McGuire, Ph.D., University of Missouri to provide a Student Speed Mentoring Session. The session was promoted as an opportunity to “Meet with four distinguished professionals in a personal setting to discuss sport and exercise psychology and ask questions about education, professional development, and more.”
Dr. Doug Hankes, Director of Student Counseling & Psychological Services recently had a chapter published in Shane Murphy’s (Ed.) (2012) The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Performance Psychology titled: “Sport and Performance Psychology: Ethical Issues.” The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Performance Psychology includes the latest research and applied perspectives from leaders in the field of sport and performance psychology. Current and comprehensive, this foundational volume presents sport and performance psychology from myriad perspectives.
Dr. Doug Hankes was recently interviewed for an article in the Mind+Body section of Runner’s World. The article, “No Doubts,” focused on how runners can overcome intimidation caused by first races, hard courses, fast runners, and other fears.
Dr. Doug Hankes, Director of Student Counseling & Psychological Services, has been elected to the Executive Committee of APA’s (American Psychological Association) Division 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology). Division 47 seeks to further the clinical, educational, and scientific foundations of exercise and sport psychology. He will serve a 3-year term as Secretary-Treasurer.
Dr. Doug Hankes coauthored with Dr. Trent Petrie the 3rd Edition of “A Student-Athlete’s Guide to College Success: Peak Performance in Class and Life.” Published by Wadsworth, the 2010 release focuses on the unique challenges that student-athletes face in college and assists them in achieving success in the classroom, field, and life.
Dr. Doug Hankes had chapters in two books published: “Adolescent Performers and the Family System” in Kate Hay’s (Ed.) (2009) Performance Psychology in Action: A Casebook for Working With Athletes and Performing Artists, Business Leaders, and Professionals in High-Risk Occupations and “Consultation in Intercollegiate Athletics” in Ed Etzel’s (Ed.) (2009) Counseling and Psychological Services for College Student-Athletes
Dr. Doug Hankes presented at the 117th Annual 2009 Convention of the American Psychological Association in Toronto, Ontario. Dr. Hankes’ presentation titled “Consultant and System: A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery…..” was part of a workshop chaired by Kate Hays, “Performance Psychology in Action: Working with Athletes, Performing Artists, and Business Leaders.”