Meet Our Staff

CAPS staff members include fully licensed professionals, postdoctoral psychology fellows, and administrative staff.

CAPS provides training opportunities for postdoctoral psychology fellows seeking licensure and advanced students in psychology, counseling and social work.  These early career professionals and trainees provide counseling to clients and practice under the supervision of a licensed clinician.

Photo of Christopher Corbett PsyD Christopher Corbett, PsyD Director of Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
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Title: Director of Counseling and Psychiatric Services
My Pronouns: He/Him/His
Favorite Quote: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work: Being with family, being outdoors, and giving back to my community.

Photo of Arial Treankler PsyD Arial Treankler, PsyD Associate Director of Clinical Services, Psychologist, Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
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Dr. Arial Treankler joined the CAPS staff in 2013 and is the associate director of clinical services for CAPS. She earned a double BA in Psychology and Sociology: Law, Crime, and Deviance, a Masters in Counseling Psychology, and a PsyD in Clinical Psychology. In addition to these educational activities, she also has various experiences at NAIA and Division I levels in applied sport psychology – an internship at Wichita State University and a post-doctoral residency at the University of California – Davis.…

Photo of Jennifer Hester LCSW Jennifer Hester, LCSW Associate Director of Outreach and Collaboration, Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
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Jennifer Hester is a licensed clinical social worker who joined the CAPS staff as the lead mental health professional in 2015. She earned a BA in Psychology, with a minor in Family Studies, from Berry College and a Master’s of Social Work from UGA. She has a pre-doctorate certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. Additionally, she is certified in QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.…

Photo of Monica Williams PhD Monica Williams, PhD Associate Director of Training, Psychologist, Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
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Dr. Monica Williams joined the CAPS staff in 2017 and is the associate director of training. She earned her B.A. in Mass Communication and her M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling from the University of West Georgia. She completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at The University of Georgia. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at Texas A&M University.…

Photo of Heather Buffington MBA Heather Buffington, MBA Operations Manager, Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
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Title: Operations Manager
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Personal Motto: Above all else guard your heart for everything you do flows from it.
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work: Spending time with my family.

Photo of Sandrine Bosshardt PhD Sandrine Bosshardt, PhD Psychologist, Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
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Dr. Sandrine Bosshardt is a licensed psychologist and joined the CAPS staff in 2012. Originally from the Netherlands, she received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Dr. Bosshardt’s areas of interest include family-of-origin, developmental/identity issues, LGBTQ, interpersonal/relationship concerns, training and supervision, and social justice. Safe Space Ally

Title: Psychologist
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Favorite Quote: “There is freedom waiting for you, On the breezes of the sky, And you ask ‘What if I fall?’ Oh but my darling, What if you fly?” ~e.h
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work: Spending time with friends and family makes me happiest.…

Photo of Shannon Bowles PhD Shannon Bowles, PhD Psychologist, Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
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Dr. Shannon M. Bowles has been a licensed psychologist in the state of Georgia since 2009 and has been a staff psychologist with CAPS since fall 2010. She serves as the Coordinator of Gender and Sexuality Services and is the CAPS liaison to the university’s LGBT Resource Center. Dr. Bowles holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Virginia and an MEd in Counselor Education with an emphasis in student affairs practice in higher education also from the University of Virginia.…

Photo of Liz Cheely MSW, LCSW Liz Cheely, MSW, LCSW Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Vet Met Counselor, Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
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Elizabeth Cheely is a Licensed Clinical Social worker who joined the CAPS staff in 2012. She earned a BS degree in Psychology and MSW from the University of Georgia. Ms. Cheely has past experience in working with clients with developmental disabilities, child welfare, and trauma survivors. Ms. Cheely’s approach is to create a compassionate and client centered environment that encourages personal growth and positive change.…

Photo of Al Clarke PhD Al Clarke, PhD Psychologist, Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
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Dr. Al Clarke has been with the health center since September 1996. He received his PhD from Georgia State University. Dr. Clarke is Training Director of the postdoctoral fellowship program and practicum training, and his current clinical interests include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), supervision, stress disorders, relationship issues, substance abuse, and mindfulness.

Title: Psychologist
My Pronouns: He/Him/His
Favorite Quote: In my mindfulness work with students, I appreciate the words of Ram Dass to “Be Here Now” and the initial words of the Serenity Prayer written by Dr.…

Photo of Tracy E. Clements Tracy E. Clements Administrative Associate II
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Photo of Tricia Coghlan MSW, LCSW Tricia Coghlan, MSW, LCSW Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
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Tricia Coghlan is a licensed clinical social worker and joined the CAPS staff in 2010. She is the MSW Training Coordinator. Ms. Coghlan earned a BS in sociology with an emphasis in social services from Georgia Southern, and a MSW from University of Georgia. Her specialty areas include working with trauma, students with eating disorders, and women’s issues.…

Photo of Raquel Cole Raquel Cole Administrative Assistant II
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Title: Administrative Assistant II
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Favorite Quote:
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work:

Photo of Hannah Craswell LCSW Hannah Craswell, LCSW Behavioral Health Care Manager for the Blue Clinic, Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
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Hannah Craswell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined the CAPS staff in 2019. She earned a BS degree in Psychology and MSW from the University of Georgia. Hannah serves as a Behavioral Health Care Manager within the medical clinics, collaborating with other providers to offer comprehensive mental health care. She has prior experience in college mental health and in community nonprofit, working with adults and families experiencing housing instability and chronic disease.…

Photo of Mike Creech LCSW Mike Creech, LCSW Behavioral Health Care Manager for the Green Clinic, Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
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Title: Behavioral Health Care Manager, Green Clinic
My Pronouns: He/Him/His
Favorite Quote: “No matter where you go, there you are.” – Buckaroo Banzai
What I do for Self-Care: Martial Arts Training (Krav Maga, Filipino Kyusho); Reading – mostly things that are NOT related to therapy or self-improvement because that gets overwhelming; Artwork- iron-on T-shirt stuff, glue gun projects, and random fabulous things; Exercise in general, including lifting weights, calisthenics, very slow jogging (trudging); Numismatics and exonumia; and Cooking.

Photo of Randi Davis BA Randi Davis, BA Office Coordinator
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Title: Office Coordinator
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Favorite Quotes: “Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.” – Roy M. Goodman and “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work: I am happiest when I am spending time with my kids and family.…

Photo of Krista Garrett PhD Krista Garrett, PhD Psychologist
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Title: Psychologist
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Personal Motto: Be honest, be kind, and be true to yourself.
Favorite Quotes: It’s hard to pick one. Here’s two of my favorite quotes that I think pair well together. The first I learned about through a former client; the quote is by Maya Angelou, “Do the best you can until you know better.…

Photo of Maggie Gibbs LMSW Maggie Gibbs, LMSW Case Manager
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Maggie Gibbs is a Licensed Master Social Worker who joined the CAPS staff in 2019. She earned her Bachelors & Masters degrees in Social Work from UGA and holds a pre-professional certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. Maggie presently works as a Case Manager at CAPS. In this role, she provides collaborative support in connecting students to resources on campus and in the community.…

Photo of Dawn Healy MSW, LCSW Dawn Healy, MSW, LCSW Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
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Dawn Healy joined the CAPS staff in 2013. She earned her MSW and BFA from the University of Georgia. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Before joining CAPS she worked in community mental health at Advantage Behavioral Health and more recently at Granville Health Systems. She utilizes a variety of approaches; cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, expressive art techniques, Mindfulness or supportive therapy depending on the needs of the person.…

Photo of Casey Heermans LCSW Casey Heermans, LCSW Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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Title: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Favorite Quote: “Things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.” – Pema Chodron
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work: When I’m not working, I’m happiest being outside, playing with my dogs, and catching up with friends and family who live far away.…

Photo of Erin Higgenbotham PhD Erin Higgenbotham, PhD Psychologist, Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
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Dr. Erin Higgenbotham joined the CAPS staff in 2018. She holds a BS in Psychology from Wofford College and an MA in Counseling from Ball State University. She earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology at West Virginia University. Dr. Higgenbotham completed her pre-doctoral internship at West Virginia University’s Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services and a clinical fellowship at Ohio State University’s Counseling and Consultation Service.…

Photo of Ellen House MD Ellen House, MD Psychiatrist, Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
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Dr. Ellen House is a board certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist at CAPS and is an Assistant Professor at the AU/UGA Medical Partnership. She received her undergraduate and medical degrees at Yale University and then completed her adult and child psychiatry training at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospitals where she was affiliated with Harvard Medical School.…

Photo of Daphne Jones PhD Daphne Jones, PhD Post-Doctoral Fellow, Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
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Photo of David Lester David Lester Clinic Assistant to the Psychiatrist
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Title: Clinic Assistant to the Psychiatrist
My Pronouns: He/Him/His
Personal Motto: The choices I make drive the way I feel, and I choose to be happy.
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work: When not at work saving lives, I enjoy riding the open road on my motorcycle.

Photo of Wanda Moon Wanda Moon Administrative Assistant
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Title: Administrative Assistant
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Personal Motto: You always have a choice. You can be a victim or a survivor. I choose to be a survivor.
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work: I am happy when I am taking a hike with my grandchildren and see them enjoy nature.

Photo of Allison Nitsche Leahy MD Allison Nitsche Leahy, MD Psychiatrist, Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
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Dr. Allison Nitsche Leahy (“Dr. Nitsche”) completed her training in the South prior to moving out West for 10 years and returned to Atlanta in 2019. She completed undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, then medical school at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. During medical school, she worked in an emergency shelter for foster children which inspired her to pursue a career in psychiatry.…

Photo of Jan Nodine PMHCNS-BC, APRN Jan Nodine, PMHCNS-BC, APRN Clinical Nurse Specialist
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Title: Clinical Nurse Specialist
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Personal Motto: “Have courage, and be kind.”
What Led me to Become a Psychiatric Nurse: I became a psychiatrist nurse to help bring quality of life to someone that is suffering.
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work: I love spending time with my family and pets.

Photo of Lauren Pucci PhD, LCP Lauren Pucci, PhD, LCP Psychologist, Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
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Dr. Lauren Pucci joined the health center staff in 2017. She earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University in Muncie, IN. She completed a Pre-doctoral Internship at Virginia Commonwealth University’s University Counseling Services and a Post-doctoral Fellowship at the University of Georgia (CAPS). Her areas of interest include interpersonal/relationship concerns, sexuality/sexual health, identity work, multiculturalism, trauma, and concerns related to relationship with food and body image.…

Photo of Kevin Rowland LMSW Kevin Rowland, LMSW Case Manager
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Title: Case Manager
My Pronouns: He/Him/His
Favorite Quote: “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that, within me, there lay an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work: When I’m not working, I am happiest spending time outdoors with my family.

Photo of Tammie Scruggs Tammie Scruggs Administrative Assistant
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Title: Administrative Assistant
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Personal Motto: Don’t put off today what you can do tomorrow.
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work: I am happiest gardening, traveling, and spending time with my family.

Photo of Austin Shedden PsyD Austin Shedden, PsyD Psychologist, Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
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Dr. Austin Shedden joined the CAPS staff in 2011. He earned a BS in counseling and an MA in marriage and family therapy/family counseling from Johnson Bible College in Tennessee. He continued his studies at Argosy University in Atlanta where he earned a MA and PsyD in clinical psychology. His practicum experience includes working in college counseling centers, in private practice and at Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital.…

Photo of Jennifer Sisco DPN, APRN, PMHNP-BC Jennifer Sisco, DPN, APRN, PMHNP-BC Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Practitioner, Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
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Title: Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Practitioner
My Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Favorite Quote:
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work:

Photo of Stevie Stigler MA, LPC, NCC Stevie Stigler, MA, LPC, NCC Licensed Professional Counselor, Vet Med Coordinator, Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
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Stevie Stigler, LPC, NCC is a board certified Licensed Professional Counselor who joined CAPS in 2013. Her education and professional background give her a unique and effective approach to counseling. She works to provide clients with tailored treatment plans that can be integrated into their daily lives. She has experience treating children, adolescents, and adults with diverse backgrounds and a variety of concerns.…

Photo of Alicia Talbird LCSW Alicia Talbird, LCSW Behavioral Health Care Manager for the Gold Clinic, Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
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Alicia Talbird is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined the CAPS staff in 2013. She earned a BS degree in Psychology from Georgia College and State University and MSW from the University of Georgia. Alicia has been the case manager in CAPS since April 2015. In that role she collaborates with students to identify and access resources on campus and in the community to ensure students’ needs are being met.…

Photo of Ash Thompson MD Ash Thompson, MD Psychiatrist, Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
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Dr. Ash Thompson joined the University Health Center in 2011. He graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine. He completed a psychiatric residency and a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Thompson is Board Certified in General and Forensic Psychiatry. Safe Space Ally

Title: Staff Psychiatrist
My Pronouns: He/Him/His
What I am Happiest Doing Outside of Work: Gardening
What I do for Self-Care: Exercise

Photo of Fengkan Zhu PhD Fengkan Zhu, PhD Psychologist, Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
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Dr. Fengkan Zhu joined the CAPS staff in 2021. He earned his PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Georgia. Dr. Zhu completed his pre-doctoral internship at the University of Oregon Counseling Center. Dr. Zhu is originally from China. His areas of interest include cross-cultural adjustment, multicultural issues, interpersonal/relationship concerns, mood issues, as well as family-of-origin concerns.…