Clinical Staff

Melissa Babb, Interpersonal Violence Coordinator and Psychologist

Psy.D.(2012) Clinical Psychology, Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy UniveristyI have a collaborate approach to therapy and work from an integrative framework. I frequently use humanistic, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic theories in my work. My interests include working with the college population and helping struggling students achieve their goals for success. I have a passion for working with interpersonal violence survivors, survivors of other forms of trauma, family of origin issues, and the LGBT+ community.

Mary Baker, Clinical Social Worker

MSW (2012) Social Work, North Carolina State University

Mary received her MSW from NC State and her undergraduate degree from UCLA.  Mary is a Clinical Social Worker with experience in individual, couples and group therapy. Mary’s expertise includes domestic violence, relationships, bipolar diagnosis, anxiety, depression, grief counseling, self-injury behaviors, and the LGBTQ community. Specialized training in DBT and CBT.

Jennifer Begun, Behavioral Health Consultant

MSW (2011), Social Work, Smith College

Interests include: Behavioral health, depression, anxiety, substance abuse and identity issues. I work in congruence with Student Health Services to create a space for students to discuss how their behaviors affect their emotional, spiritual, and physical health. I believe that in working together change can be created to improve overall well-being.

Chris Carden, Training Coordinator

Ph.D. (2009) Counseling Psychology, Auburn University

I am the Training Coordinator for the Predoctoral Internship here at NC State, and I also serve as a staff psychologist here at the Counseling Center. I have special interests in supervision and training, multicultural identity development, couples therapy, positive interpersonal relationships, trauma and group therapy.  My theoretical orientation is Time Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy (TLDP), which seeks to assist with gaining insight into problematic patterns, then seeks to interrupt these patterns through cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal and psychodynamic interventions. With these interventions, I seek to assist clients with an increased understanding of thoughts and beliefs regarding self and others, to assist with learning more about how past experiences have impacted interactions with self and others and then to assist clients with learning about how to interrupt problematic cognitive and relational patterns. The interruption of patterns is achieved through learning specific skills around negative thought reduction, and skills regarding how to better navigate interpersonal relationships. My hope is that clients can have a different experience of themselves as they relate to others and/or the academic environment here at NC State. I earned my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Auburn University and completed my pre-doctoral psychological internship at Appalachian State University.

Marina Cline, Licensed Professional Counselor and Case Manager

M.A. (2012) Mental Health Counseling, Brooklyn College, CUNY

Most of my clinical experience has been in crisis management, acute care, ASD/learning disabilities, depression, and anxiety. My professional interests are in resiliency, multiculturalism, trauma, and crisis management which includes working with complex traumas especially veterans, survivors of civil wars, and natural disasters.

Alli DeFinis, Clinical Coordinator and Licensed Psychologist

Ph.D. (2010), Counseling Psychology, Texas Tech University

Interests include: couples and group therapy, women’s issues, working with students who have experienced sexual assault, multiculturalism/diversity, working with gender and sexual minority clients, anxiety, depression, physical health concerns (particularly cancer), and vocational counseling.

Grace Finkle, Clinical Psychologist

Ph.D. (1986), Clinical Psychology, University of Cincinnati

Interests Include: Counseling on issues of family stress, relationship concerns, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and women’s issues.

Jenny Glassmire-Policari, Licensed Psychologist

Psy.D. (2010) Clinical Psychology, American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Washington DC

Interests Include: Working with students on issues related to relationships, grief and loss, family of origin, and mood.  I have a specific interest in working with trans* students and all in the gender-queer community on issues related to identity.My approach in therapy is based on humanistic principles and through the lens of multiple identities.  I strive to create a safe space for students to explore themselves more fully and move toward congruence and authenticity.

Beth Glueck, Licensed Professional Counselor and Triage Counselor

Ph.D. (2013), Counselor Education, North Carolina State University
M.A.  (1999), Community Counseling, Appalachian State University

Triage Counselor:  Provides same day brief screening, crisis assessment, and referral to treatment.

Daniel Goldstein, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

MSW (2008) Social Work, University of Kansas

Interests Include: Men’s issues, identity development, multicultural issues, shame, family-of-origin issues, relationship difficulties, and group therapy.

My foundational assumption is that human beings have a natural tendency toward growth and healing and that dis-ease often occurs when this natural process gets stuck or blocked. Therefore, my goal as your counselor is not to change who you are or what you do. Instead, my aim is to collaboratively and respectfully help you develop an embodied awareness of how you interrupt your natural process of growth and development. In turn, I believe this awareness, along with a strong sense of safety and support, can then free you up to explore and experiment with new, more satisfying ways of being, first in the therapeutic relationship and then in your everyday life.

Kelly Gould, Licensed Professional Counselor

M.A. (1998) Expressive Art Therapy, Lesley University

Interests include:  Anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, interpersonal/relationship issues, life changes/adjustment issues, and crisis intervention. Provides brief assessments through triage and access to services.


Eileen Haase, Licensed Professional Counselor

Ph.D. (2014) Counselor Education, The George Washington University

Interests Include: My interests include working with survivors of complex trauma such as from physical or sexual assault, physical/emotional/sexual abuse, domestic violence, bullying, self-harm, and veterans experiencing difficulties adjusting back to civilian life. Additional areas of interest include working with individuals and group counseling for those with identified disabilities; and those who have sustained a concussion or mild-traumatic brain injury that is impacting their current academic performance, sleep dysregulation, and social/emotional problems, such as with student athletes and their families. I value and appreciate each individual and their unique inherent strengths within their own context when approaching counseling as a collaborative process between counselor and client. My theoretical approach is integrative, strength-based, and solution-focused by nature that considers the many systems an individual identifies with as I believe no one approach fits for all. I also practice from a social justice framework that promotes multicultural sensitivity by appreciating and respecting differences within the counseling relationship. I hope to create a safe supportive space where students feel they can be open and feel heard without fearing to be judged while reaching their goals.

Michelle Joshua, Licensed Psychologist

Ph.D. (2002) Counseling Psychology, University of North Texas

Interests Include: Behavioral Health and Sport Psychology

Yuka Kato, Counselor

Ph.D. (2015) Counseling Psychology, Southern Illinois University- Carbondale

Interests Include: Working with students on issues related to depression, anxiety, trauma, multicultural and diversity, vocational, and international students. I strive to create a safe space for students to understand themselves and utilize own resources and strengths to improve overall well-being in mind and body. My approach to therapy is collaborative and integrative, including strengths-based, interpersonal, multicultural, and other strategies. I am a speaker of Japanese.

Tywan Lindsey, Case Manager and Licensed Clinical Social Worker

MSW (2003), Social Work, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Interests include: In my role as Clinical Case Manager I approach much of the work from a systems perspective. This comes with the understanding that external circumstances have a vital impact on our internal processes. I am particularly interested in how dynamics of race, ethnicity and spirituality have an impact of the intersection of micro, mezzo and macro practice.

Ronni Margolin, Clinical Psychologist

Ph.D. (1991) Clinical Psychology, Georgia State University / RYT

Interests Include: I enjoy helping people with relationship concerns, dealing with strong emotions, eating and body image issues, substance abuse, trauma, and, most of all, becoming aligned with their own potential.  I take an integrative approach, having studied and practiced humanistic, psychodynamic, analytic, and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy as well as meditation and yoga. I am fortunate to work with clients and colleagues I respect and with whom I am always learning. I also enjoy offering outreach and supervision, and I work with the University threat-assessment team and other committees on campus.

Noah Martinson, Assessment Coordinator and Licensed Clinical Social Worker

MSW (2010), Social Work, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Interests include: Men’s issues and masculinity, anxiety, meditation, identity development, working with athletes and veterans, promoting emotional growth.

Kelly McConkey, Licensed Professional Counselor

M.A. (2011) Clinical Mental Health Counseling with Post-Masters Certification in Expressive Arts Therapy, Appalachian State University

Kelly is a licensed professional counselor with an integrative theoretical orientation. Her approach to counseling includes humanistic perspective, cognitive behavioral techniques, expressive arts therapy and mindfulness-based practices. She offers counseling for such issues as: general stress, academic/time management, anxiety, depression, sexual assault, grief and loss, relationship/interpersonal concerns, sexual identity exploration, life changes/adjustment, and psychosis.

Kim Nguyen-Dinh, Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist

M.S.(2011) Counseling, East Carolina University

Interests include: Substance use disorders, depression, biofeedback, co-occurring disorders, dreams and cognitive behavioral therapy

George C. Nichols, Licensed Psychologist and Group Coordinator

Ph.D. (2009) Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.A. (2001) Counseling Psychology, Boston College

Theoretical Orientation: Integrative (Gestalt, Motivational Interviewing, Multicultural)

Mary Njaramba, Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist

Macdara O’Sullivan, Substance Abuse Coordinator and Clinical Social Worker

MSW (2006) Social Work, New York University

My work is based on principles of compassion, curiosity, collaboration, harm-reduction and empowerment to promote healing and positive change.   I regard symptoms, whether related to anxiety, depression, substance use, compulsive behaviors, low self-esteem, or unsatisfying patterns in relationships as opportunities for growth.  My specialty area is in substance abuse and other risky and addictive behaviors.  My approach accepts people wherever they are ready to begin the process of healing, growth and positive change around their own goals including reduced risk moderation or stopping.

Stephanie Rubain, Licensed Professional Counselor

Psy.D. (2007) Clinical Psychology, Rutgers- The State University of New Jersey

Interests Include: Resilience and positive psychology, crisis intervention, trauma recovery, and multicultural counseling.

My approach to therapy is integrative, strengths-based, and combines principles and strategies of cognitive-behavioral, dialectical behavioral, solution focused, and multicultural therapies. I enjoy working collaboratively with students to find solutions that work for them based on their personal history and multiple identities.

Liza Sagor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

MSW (2009), Social Work, University of Michigan

Interests Include: working with survivors of trauma, multicultural issues, body image concerns, identity development, relationship difficulties, family-of-origin issues, sexual orientation and gender identity concerns, and group therapy. Theoretically, I work from an integrative approach incorporating interpersonal, humanistic, and dialectical behavioral perspectives. I strive to build collaborative and authentic relationships with students and to create a safe and supportive space where students can gain insight, take risks, and make the changes they desire.

Beverly Savinsky, Licensed Psychologist

Ph.D. (2006), Counseling Psychology, University of Tennesse-Knoxville

Interests Include: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Assessment, Anxiety, Holistic Wellness, and Trauma.  I use an integrated and individualized approach that often includes cognitive-behavioral therapy and a family systems approach.

Rebecca Schwartz, Licensed Psychologist

Psy.D. (2014), Clinical Psychology, University of Denver

Rebecca Schwartz received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver. She completed her Pre-Doctoral internship at Johns Hopkins University Counseling Center and her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the New College of Florida’s Counseling and Wellness Center.
Rebecca integrates several orientations in her work, including psychodynamic theory, cognitive behavioral techniques, and mindfulness practices—depending on the students’ needs. Rebecca aims to meet each student on their own terms. Her professional interests include eating disorders, identity development, gender and sexuality issues, relationship concerns, mood disorders, and health psychology

Clark Slagle, Licensed Psychologist

Ph.D. (2011), Counseling Psychology, University of Utah

I enjoy working with people collaboratively to help them process, understand and change their intra- and interpersonal experiences so they can live their lives more the way they desire. I strive to build connection and trust to help people learn to reduce feelings of distress, shame and perfectionism. I value social justice and like to help people navigate systemic problems and pain related to various racist, sexist, heterosexist (and other ists) institutions in which they exist.

Megan Hyland Tajlili, Licensed Professional Counselor

M.Ed. (2010) Counselor Education, Virginia Commonwealth University

Interests Include: Career and Major concerns, Relationships, Women’s issues, Anxiety, Depression, Adjustment issues, Sexual Violence Survivors, and Students Hoping to find Purpose and Meaning in their lives.

Elizabeth Wade, Licensed Professional Counselor

M.Ed. (2010), Counselor Education, North Carolina State University

Interests include: Working with students with ADHD and learning differences; grief and loss; exploration of family of origin issues; relationships; development of identity and improving self-esteem; anxiety and mood disorders; issues facing lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered students. Together, we will work to enhance your awareness and understanding of the way you experience yourself, the world, and others. Therapy also focuses on coping with your unique concerns and challenges and making meaningful change through recognition of your personal strengths and resources. My role as a counselor is to provide you with the tools, support and structure to help you move toward hope, growth and positive change, in the context of a safe, secure, and therapeutic relationship.