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Melissa Porter

Assistant Director for Clinical Operations

My goal is to provide a space where I can provide support and guidance on working through the various challenges that life brings, where a student can feel heard, validated, and challenged while making decisions that best fit their life.

Dr. Porter earned her Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D) Degree in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois with an emphasis in Child and Family Studies, after having completed her Doctoral Internship at Meharry Medical College.  She also earned her Master of Arts Degree from Roosevelt University and Bachelor of Science Degree from Illinois State University with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. Dr. Porter has engaged in clinical work in a multiple of areas, including college counseling, community mental health, inpatient hospitals, intensive outpatient programs, juvenile detention center, and forensic evaluations. She worked at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Psychological and Counseling Center from 2012 to 2018. At Vanderbilt, she has found her areas of focus to be crisis assistance, trauma, depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, and working with the LGBQTI+ population. At the UCC, Dr. Porter is the Team Lead for Crisis Care, co-member of the Practicum Coordination, and member of the Training Committee. Dr. Porter approaches treatment from an integrative conceptualization, with a focus on acceptance and commitment therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. In addition, Dr. Porter is trained in EMDR and biofeedback.

Professional Certifications: Certified in Crisis Intervention and Stress Management, Board Certified Transgender Care Therapist