Meet Our Staff




Luellyn Switzer, M.S., Director


Education and Credentials:
M.S., Psychology, Mississippi State University
Licensed Professional Counselor
National Certified Counselor
Board Qualified Supervisor

Interests:
Depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, disordered eating, and women's health




Chris Austin, M.S., Staff Counselor


Education and Credentials:
B.S., Psychology, Mississippi State University
M.S., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Mississippi State University
National Certified Counselor
Licensed Professional Counselor

Interests:
Adjustment and transition issues, identity development, LGBTQ concerns, diversity and multiculturalism, substance abuse / dependence / recovery, depression, anxiety, trauma, group work, mindfulness and relaxation techniques.Facilitating student growth and empowerment, grief and loss, adjustment and transition, anxiety, stress, depression, self-esteem, and career concerns.




Kären Brandon, M.S., Staff Counselor


Education and Credentials:
M.S., Clinical Mental Health, Mississippi State University
Licensed Professional Counselor
National Certified Counselor

Interests:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder), excoriation disorder (skin-picking), group therapy, identity development, and transition/phase of life/career concerns.




Megan Colvin, M.S., Staff Counselor


Education and Credentials:
B.A., Psychology, College of Idaho
M.S., Counseling & Human Services, University of Idaho
National Certified Counselor
Licensed Professional Counselor

Interests:
Adjustment and transition issues; grief and loss; alcohol and drug; trauma; domestic violence; sexual assault; anxiety; depression; first generation students; students with disabilities.




Emily Fortney, Psy.D.


Education and Credentials:
Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Georgia School of Professional Psychology
B.S., Psychology, Georgia College and State University


Interests:
Interests: anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, early psychosis, phase of life concerns, couples counseling, veterans/military related issues, and adjustment concerns for international students. Utilizes an integrative biopsychosocial and interpersonal approach within evidenced-based treatments. Specific interests include cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and humanistic theories.




Rachel-Clair Franklin, M.S., Staff Counselor


Education and Credentials:
M.S., Health Education and Promotion, Mississippi University for Women
M.S., Clinical Mental Health, Mississippi State University
B.A., Psychology, Mississippi University for Women
Licensed Professional Counselor
Distance Credentialed Counselor
National Certified Counselor
Certified Health Education Specialist


Interests:
Identity development; healthy relationships; LGBTQ population; trauma related concerns; adjustment and transition; social anxiety; and depression.




Lycedia R. Gasaway M.S., Ed.S. Graduate Assistant


Education and Credentials:
B.A., Child Development & Family Relations, The University of Southern Mississippi
M.S., Early Intervention, The University of Southern Mississippi
M.S., School & Mental Health Counseling, The University of Mississippi
Ed.S., Play Therapy, The University of Mississippi
Ph. D. Student, Counselor Education, Mississippi State University
Licensed Professional Counselor
National Certified Counselor
Registered Play Therapist

Interests:
Anxiety, Depression, Child and Adolescent development, and Self-Esteem/Empowerment.




Christopher Gosa, M.S., Staff Counselor


Education and Credentials:
M.S., Counseling Psychology, University of West Alabama
B.A., Psychology, The University of Alabama
Licensed Professional Counselor

Interests:
Depression, anxiety, relational problems, anger management, substance use.




Kim Kavalsky, M.S., Staff Counselor


Education and Credentials:
M.S., Community Counseling, Mississippi State University
Licensed Professional Counselor
Board Qualified Supervisor

Interests:
Self-esteem/Empowerment, trauma, mental health outreach, substance abuse, suicide prevention, and identity issues




Christy L. Monaghan, Ph.D.,
Staff Psychologist
Student Counseling Services
MSU College of Veterinary Medicine


Education and Credentials:
Ph.D., Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi
Licensed Psychologist
M.S., Psychology, Mississippi State University
B.S., Sociology (Criminology and Corrections), Mississippi State University
Fluent in American Sign Language

Interests:
Psychological well-being in veterinary medical training and practice, the biopsychosocial model of clinical practice, positive psychology and neuroscience, emotional resilience, cognitive behavior therapy and other evidence-based treatments, forensic psychology, family-of-origin issues, personality development, and the psychology of deafness.

Yvett Roby, M.S.
Staff Counselor
Victim Advocate Coordinator


Education and Credentials:
M.S., Counseling Psychology, University of West Alabama
Licensed Professional Counselor
National Certified Counselor
Board Qualified Supervisor

Interests:
Healthy relationships, sexual assault prevention and response, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, relaxation techniques.




Katrina (Kat) Speed, B.A., Graduate Assistant


Education and Credentials:
Ph.D. Student, Clinical Psychology, Mississippi State University
B.A., Psychology, Mississippi University for Women

Interests:
Suicide prevention/intervention; trauma recovery; sleep difficulties (insomnia and nightmares); sexual assault; diversity; client-centered, empirically-supported treatments; improving mental health outcomes within military and veterinary medical student communities.




Ty Stafford, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist


Education and Credentials:
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Auburn University
M.Ed., Community Agency Counseling, Auburn University
B.A., University of Southern Mississippi

Interests:
Sexual assault, trauma recovery, substance abuse and recovery, diversity and multiculturalism, LGBTQ concerns, couples, group work, supervision.




Laura Stiles, M.S., Intermittent Worker


Education and Credentials:
M.S. Clinical Psychology, Mississippi State University
Ph. D. Student, Counselor Education, Mississippi State University

Interests:
Childhood and adolescent development; Family Systems; depression; anxiety; disordered eating; trauma; and substance use.




Courtney Swan, M.S.W, Staff Counselor


Education and Credentials:
M.S.W., Ohio State University
B.A., English, Auburn University
Mississippi Licensed Certified Social Worker

Interests:
Cognitive and behavioral techniques to address stress, depression, and anxiety while utilizing a strengths perspective.




Audrey Lashae Bell , B.S., Administrative Assistant


Education and Credentials:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Mississippi Valley State University

Interests:
General office management, oversight of financial reports and procedures, and administrative support for Student Counseling Services staff.




Tina M. Jones, Office Associate


Interests:
Greet clients and visitors in person or by telephone, schedule appointments, and provide administrative support to Student Counseling Services staff.