Meet the Staff

The UCC is staffed by licensed psychologists, counselors, social workers, and a consulting psychiatrist. We are professionally trained in a number of areas of expertise to help students through personal transitions and adjustments associated with college life. We are dedicated to helping students with any problem or concern that may require professional psychological assistance.

Senior Counseling Staff
Psychiatrist
Consulting Staff
Staff Counselors
Psychology Interns
Practicum Counselors
Administrative Staff

Senior Counseling Staff

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Karen Baer-Barkley, Ph.D., HSPP
Staff Psychologist

  • Degree: Andrews University, 1998, Counseling Psychology
  • Additional Responsibilities/Designations: Concurrent Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Notre Dame
  • License/Certifications: Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider in Psychology (HSPP)
  • Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association
  • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: eating disorders; substance abuse; ADHD; supervision and training
  • Theoretical Orientation: cognitive-behavioral/humanistic
  • Personal Interests: reading, collecting beach glass, spending time with family, animals, and good friends

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Peter W. Barnes, Ph.D., HSPP
Staff Psychologist

  • Degree: University of Memphis, 2003, Counseling Psychology
  • Additional Responsibilities/Designations: UCC Webmaster, Concurrent Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Notre Dame
  • License/Certifications: Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider in Psychology (HSPP)
  • Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association (Division 51, Men & Masculinity); Association for Contextual Behavioral Science
  • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based therapies; depression; anxiety; stress management; men’s issues; multicultural issues; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues
  • Theoretical Orientation: primarily cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and mindfulness-based approaches, especially Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and integrating a variety of other theoretical elements as appropriate
  • Personal Interests: spending time with my wife, son, and daughter, bass guitarist for the Phineas Gage, LSU and New Orleans Saints football, traveling, movies, cooking (especially New Orleans cuisine), and reading

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Megan Brown, Ph.D., HSPP
Staff Psychologist

  • Degree: Andrews University, 2002, Counseling Psychology
  • Additional Responsibilities/Designations: Coordinator of Outreach and Consultation, Concurrent Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Notre Dame
  • License/Certifications: Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider in Psychology (HSPP)
  • Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association
  • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: applied positive psychology; outreach; group therapy; multicultural issues; career development; premarital and couples counseling
  • Theoretical Orientation: integrative approach, conceptualizing from a cognitive behavioral perspective in an interpersonal and strengths based context and applying evidence-based techniques
  • Personal Interests: traveling, reading, health and wellness, rubber stamping, being outdoors, spending time with family

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Josephine Dickinson, Ph.D., HSPP
Staff Psychologist

  • Degree: The University of Akron, 2007, Counseling Psychology
  • Additional Responsibilities/Designations: Concurrent Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Notre Dame
  • License/Certifications: Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider in Psychology (HSPP)
  • Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association (Divisions 17 and 35)
  • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: women’s issues; gender and sexual identity issues; multicultural counseling; trauma recovery; substance abuse treatment; family of origin; psychological assessment; outreach and consultation; supervision and training
  • Theoretical Orientation: integrative approach incorporating psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, feminist, and multicultural perspectives
  • Personal Interests: reading and writing poetry, spending time with my sister, volunteering in the community

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Rita J. Donley, Ph.D., HSPP
Associate Director, Coordinator of Clinical Services, & Staff Psychologist

  • Degree: The Pennsylvania State University, 1986, Counseling Psychology
  • Additional Responsibilities/Designations: Concurrent Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Notre Dame
  • License/Certifications: Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider in Psychology (HSPP)
  • Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association (Divisions 17, 35, 49); ACCCCS (Association for the Coordination of Counseling Center Clinical Services)
  • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: family of origin; group therapy; women’s issues; eating disorders; trauma and abuse recovery; supervision and consultation
  • Theoretical Orientation: integrative approach incorporating relational theories, feminist therapy, humanistic and cognitive-behavioral perspectives.
  • Personal Interests: being a great sports fan (especially college football and college men’s and women’s basketball); reading and movies

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Arlen W. Epp, MDiv, MSW, LCSW, LMFT
Staff Clinician & Substance Abuse Specialist

  • Degree: Indiana University, 1994, Master’s in Clinical Social Work; Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries, 1987, Master of Divinity, Pastoral Counseling Specialization
  • Additional Responsibilities/Designations: Substance Abuse Specialist; Concurrent Assistant Professional Specialist, Department of Psychology, University of Notre Dame
  • License/Certifications: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Indiana; Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Indiana; National Certified Addiction Counselor; NAADAC
  • Professional Memberships: National Association of Social Workers, National Association of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselors
  • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: alcohol and drug abuse treatment and recovery; treatment of anxiety, depression, and impulse control disorders; dually diagnosed disorders; couples treatment; wellness and spirituality for living
  • Theoretical Orientation: integrative approach incorporating cognitive, behavioral, motivational interviewing, systems, and psychodynamic perspectives
  • Personal Interests: music; wilderness camping and hiking; canoeing; mountaineering; wood working; reading

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Miguel A. Franco, Ph.D., HSPP, CC-AASP
Staff Psychologist

  • Degree: University of Florida, 1991, Counseling Psychology
  • Additional Responsibilities/Designations: Concurrent Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Notre Dame
  • License/Certifications: Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider in Psychology (HSPP, Certified Consultant-Association for Applied Sport Psychology
  • Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association (Divisions 17, 47)
  • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: recovery from trauma; cultural diversity/prejudice reduction; athletic performance enhancement training; psychological recovery from sports injury; sexual assault prevention training for male student-athletes; supervision; outreach and consultation.
  • Theoretical Orientation: integrative approach, conceptualizing from psychodynamic theory, cognitive behavioral theory, and systems theory.
  • Personal Interests: sports; athletic training; music; movies

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Leonard Hickman, Ph.D., HSPP
Staff Psychologist

  • Degree: University of Maryland, 1990, Counseling Psychology
  • Additional Responsibilities/Designations: Coordinator of Professional Development, Concurrent Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Notre Dame
  • License/Certifications: Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider in Psychology (HSPP)
  • Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association (Division 17)
  • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: anxiety; depression; graduate student adjustment issues; grief and loss; men’s issues
  • Theoretical Orientation: integrative approach incorporating self-psychology, interpersonal therapy, humanistic and cognitive behavioral perspectives
  • Personal Interests: hiking with my dog; canoeing; sailing; music; reading; movies

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Maureen A. Lafferty, Ed.D., HSPP
Assistant Director for Training & Staff Psychologist

  • Degree: West Virginia University, 1991, Counseling Psychology
  • Additional Responsibilities/Designations: Concurrent Assistant
    Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Notre Dame
  • License/Certifications: Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider in Psychology (HSPP)
  • Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association (Divisions 17, 35, 44), Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies
  • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: trauma and abuse recovery; gender and sexual identity issues; supervision and training
  • Theoretical Orientation: integrative approach incorporating self psychology, feminist therapy, humanistic and cognitive-behavioral perspectives.
  • Personal Interests: singing and listening to music; reading; movies; gardening; spending time near water and/or at home with my partner and our furry family

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Wendy Settle, Ph.D., HSPP
Staff Psychologist

  • Degree: University of Maryland, 1990, Counseling Psychology
  • Additional Responsibilities/Designations: Coordinator of the Inner Resources Room; Concurrent Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Notre Dame
  • License/Certifications: Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider in Psychology (HSPP)
  • Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association (Division 17), ACPA (Counseling and Psychological Services), ACBS (Association for Contextual and Behavioral Science)
  • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders; stress management; biofeedback; light therapy; trauma; gender issues, sexual orientation; outreach programs; study abroad; supervision and training
  • Theoretical Orientation: integrated approach drawing upon aspects of biopsychosocial, developmental, cognitive-behavioral, acceptance and commitment, and other mindfulness-based perspectives
  • Personal Interests: music; yoga; meditation; creating with art and technology; reading; camping; sailing; trips to spend time with and visit family; volunteering for the local school district

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Valerie Staples, MSW, LCSW
Staff Clinician & Coordinator of Eating Disorder Services

  • Degree: Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville, 1981
  • Additional Responsibilities/Designations: Coordinator of Eating Disorder Services, Concurrent Assistant Professional Specialist, Department of Psychology, University of Notre Dame
  • License/Certifications: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Professional Memberships: NASW, Academy for Eating Disorder Professionals, Eating Disorders Task Force of Indiana
  • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: eating disorders; body image; group therapy
  • Theoretical Orientation: integration of humanistic, interpersonal, and cognitive behavioral perspectives
  • Personal Interests: spending time at the beach or pool; reading; time with family and friends; travel

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Susan Steibe-Pasalich, Ph.D., HSPP
Director of UCC & Staff Psychologist

  • Degree: University of Ottawa, Canada, 1980, Clinical Psychology
  • Additional Responsibilities/Designations: Concurrent Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Notre Dame
  • License/Certifications: Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider in Psychology (HSPP)
  • Professional Memberships: APA (Divisions 17, 29); Indiana Psychological Association; National Register; Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors
  • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: college student development; psychological assessment and evaluation
  • Theoretical Orientation: psychodynamic/humanistic-existential/cognitive-behavioral
  • Personal Interests: co-parenting; traveling to places I’ve never been; reading fiction; spending time with friends

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Weiyang Xie, Ph.D.
Staff Clinician

  • Degree: University of Minnesota, 2015, Counseling Psychology
  • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: multicultural counseling; bilingual therapy (English-Mandarin); counseling with immigrants and international students; applied positive psychology (e.g., resilience, well-being, strengths); mind-body connection; biofeedback therapy for anxiety and medical issues; depression; stress management; adjustment issues.
  • Theoretical Orientation: humanistic, strengths-based approach; mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy with an integration of other theoretical orientations
  • Personal Interests: Outdoor activities, e.g., skiing, playing tennis, and jogging around lake; playing ukulele; spending time with family and friends; traveling

Psychiatrist

Suhayl Nasr, MD
Psychiatrist

  • Degree/Training: American University of Beirut, Lebanon 1974; Psychiatry Residency Training: University of Rochester 1974-1977; Psychopharmacology Fellowship, University of Chicago 1977-1979
  • License/Certifications/Additional Titles: Licensed in Indiana and Illinois; Diplomate in General and Geriatric Psychiatry; American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; Volunteer Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at Notre Dame; Medical Director of Beacon Medical Group Behavioral Health, South Bend, IN
  • Professional Memberships: American Psychiatric Association, Society of Biological Psychiatry, American Medical Association
  • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: mood disorders; anxiety disorders; college mental health; psychopharmacology and nosology
  • Theoretical Orientation: BioPsychoSocial/Eclectic
  • Personal Interests: reading; travel; movies; music

Consulting Staff

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Anna Uhran Wasierski, RD,CD
Consulting Nutritionist

  • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, 1993, Purdue University
  • License/Certifications/Additional Titles: Registered and Certified Dietitian
  • Professional Memberships: American Dietetics Association, Nutrition Entrepreneurs Practice Group, Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition Group, Northern Indiana Dietetics Association
  • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: disordered eating; weight management; sports nutrition; general wellness
  • Personal Interests: scrapbooking; cooking; spending time with my husband and children

Staff Counselors

Megan Harrity, Ph.D., HSPP
Psychologist

  • Degree: The Ohio State University, 2004, Counseling Psychology
  • License/Certifications: Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider in Psychology (HSPP)
  • Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association (Division 17 Society of Counseling Psychology, Division 47 Sport and Exercise Psychology)
  • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: adjustment issues; relationships; self-worth; grief/loss; depression and anxiety; body image concerns; disordered eating; sport and performance psychology
  • Theoretical Orientation: integrative approach incorporating interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and strengths-based perspectives
  • Personal Interests: spending time with family and friends; athletic events; HGTV; movies; music; reading

Alexandra Corning, Ph.D., HSPP
Psychologist

  • Degree: The Ohio State University, 1994, Counseling Psychology
  • Additional Responsibilities/Designations: Research Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Notre Dame
  • License/Certifications: Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider in Psychology (HSPP)
  • Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association; Association for Psychological Science; Academy for Eating Disorders
  • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: body image and eating disorder issues; family issues; women’s issues; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues
  • Theoretical Orientation: cognitive-behavioral and humanistic
  • Personal Interests: time with family; cooking; reading

Psychology Interns

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Calisha Brooks, M.S.
Psychology Intern

  • Degree Program: Counseling Psychology, Tennessee State University; Ph.D.,
  • Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association, Student Affiliate (Division 17); Society for the Psychology of Women (Division 35); Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race (Division 45); Association of Black Psychologists (ABPSI), Student Affiliate; American Counseling Association, Student Affiliate
  • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Multiculturalism; first generation college students; body image in minority women; women’s issues; substance use; career development in minorities; outreach.
  • Theoretical Orientation: Integrative approach incorporating cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and multicultural perspectives
  • Personal Interests: Faith; spending time with family and friends; shoe shopping; traveling; comedic movies.

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Terri Duck, M.S.
Psychology Intern

  • Degree Program: Counseling Psychology Doctorate, Louisiana Tech University, M.S. in Community Counseling, University of South Alabama
  • Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association, Student Affiliate (Division 17); Society for the Psychology of Women (Division 35); Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (Division 36);
    Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, Member
  • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and other mindfulness-
    and acceptance-based therapies; religion and spirituality; anxiety
  • Theoretical Orientation: Integrative approach with an emphasis on third-wave cognitive-behavioral therapies,
    specifically mindfulness-based therapies (ACT), and interpersonal process
  • Personal interests: activities that challenge me creatively, including baking/cooking; enjoying art in its many
    forms (music, movies, dance, etc.); faith and spirituality; spending time with family and friends

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Paul Knackstedt, M.A., M.S.
Psychology Intern

  • Degree Program: Clinical Psychology, Pacific University; Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Pacific University; M.A., Kinesiology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; M.S.
  • Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association, Exercise and Sport Psychology (Division 47); Association for Applied Sport Psychology
  • Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Grief and loss; self-identity; perfectionism; first generation college students; sport, performance, and exercise psychology; student-athlete retirement from sport; group therapy; diversity issues
  • Theoretical Orientation: Integrative approach incorporating humanistic, gestalt therapy, mindfulness, interpersonal process, and multicultural perspectives
  • Personal Interests: cooking; playing golf; hiking and camping; visiting national parks; spending time with family; Philadelphia Eagles football

Practicum Counselors

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Holly Levin-Aspenson, M.A.
Practicum Counselor

  • Degree Program: Clinical Psychology, University of Notre Dame; M.A., Experimental Psychology, University of North Carolina — Greensboro, 2014, B.A., Psychology & English, Guilford College, 2009
  • Professional Memberships: American Psychological Association (student affiliate), Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (student affiliate)
  • Clinical Interests: anxiety; depression; behavioral health.
  • Theoretical Orientation: cognitive-behavioral, acceptance/mindfulness, eclectic.
  • Personal Interests: cooking; yoga; reading; exploring South Bend/Michiana

Administrative Staff

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Margaret Strasser
Office Services Coordinator

Margaret has worked for Notre Dame for 13 years. Her personal interests include gardening, cross-stitch, scrapbooking, and football.


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June Harr
Senior Staff Assistant

June has been employed at the UCC since January 2008. She loves sports and enjoys attending college football, basketball, and pro sporting events. Spending quality time with her family and having fun are her most favorite things to do, but she also enjoys fitness and making jewelry.


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Rebecca Hessen Gillespie
Office Services Coordinator

Rebecca started work at the UCC in the Spring of 2012. Some of her personal interests include photography, yoga, spending time with family/friends, travel, music, and reading.


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Kaylee Wolf
Office Services Coordinator

Kaylee started work at the UCC in the Spring of 2014. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and Notre Dame football, especially Coach Lou.