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Meet the Staff

Clinical Staff

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Vanessa Bell, Ph.D., HSP

Psychologist

I support students by providing psychological assessments to better understand various factors that may be adversely impacting their academic, emotional, social, and/or other areas of functioning. Working together, we will collect important pieces of the diagnostic puzzle and  identify the most appropriate diagnoses, treatment recommendations, and supportive resources.


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    Heather Boyd, LCSW

    Therapist

    I believe that life is all about balance, in therapy that means balancing acceptance with change. I provide a safe environment for my clients to fully accept themselves while identifying parts of their lives they would like to change.


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      Mary Clare Champion, Ph.D., HSP

      Psychologist

      My goal as a therapist is to meet students from all programs and identities and support them in their time at Vanderbilt, creating a safe space together in which to determine strategies to help navigate stressors and challenges that may have interfered with them succeeding in their academic or personal lives.


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        Nalini Conner, Ph.D., HSP

        Psychologist

        “It’s okay to feel what you feel- it’s what you do with those feelings that is the most important.” I believe that therapy is a space to learn how to better understand your emotions, what may be contributing to them, and how to respond to them. My goal is to provide a safe, collaborative space for all clients where they can learn the individualized tools they need to help them navigate through any difficulties.


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          LaToya Favre, Ph.D.

          Psychologist

          My aim as a therapist is to help students navigate life’s difficulties, offering them support and validation of their experiences.  I value working collaboratively with students to explore and challenge the areas of life that aren’t working for them, and I feel honored to help students identify strategies for living fulfilled lives.


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            Viviana Grice, LPC

            Therapist

            I strive to offer students a safe and confidential space where they are invited to a journey of self-exploration and growth. I work in collaboration with my clients toward unveiling and ending the cycle of self-defeating behaviors that have been barriers to reaching their full potential.


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              Heather Hemmeger, PharmD, MSN, PMHNP-BC

              Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

              My approach to patient care is evidence-based, holistic, and informed only by a genuine understanding of your unique story and lived experience. As a patient advocate, I value your voice and will work collaboratively to develop a treatment plan that best optimizes your overall health, happiness, and mind-body synchronicity.


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                Michael Hopkins, BSN

                Registered Psychiatric Nurse


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                  Ruth Howard, Ph.D., HSP

                  Psychologist

                  I strive to provide a warm, affirming, and safe space for students to reflect on their concerns, identities, and experiences with openness and compassion. I believe that trust is built through feeling heard, understood, and valued and that it is through these nurturing connections with others that we develop new ways of understanding ourselves as well as more creative ways of coping with the inherent stressors of life. I am humbled by the strength, resilience, and perseverance of the students at Vanderbilt, and it is a privilege to support them as they work to reach their goals.


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                    Adriana Kipper-Smith, Ph.D., HSP

                    Associate Director for Clinical Services

                    My approach to psychotherapy is integrative and it is an amalgam of my training and experience working as a clinical psychologist in South America and in the U.S. I love having genuine and courageous conversations that spark curiosity and connectedness while helping students develop more resilience and insight into their lives. As a white Latina, cisgender female, I am committed to using my privilege and power to promote equality and justice.


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                      Kim Koon, LPC-MHSP

                      Therapist

                      My goal as a therapist is to create a trusting, safe and collaborative therapeutic relationship with clients of all backgrounds and identities. Together, we will examine areas in which you may be struggling, and work to enhance skills to help you better cope.


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                        Kierra Landrum, LPC-MHSP

                        Therapist

                        It is my goal to provide an affirming space that welcomes all individuals from every walk of life. I work collaboratively with all of my clients to provide insight on areas of growth to ensure that they are living a life that promotes wholeness. I facilitate healing and self-exploration through replacing destructive thoughts and behaviors with love and acceptance. I am always inspired by each of my client’s resiliency, willingness to be vulnerable and embracement of their unique qualities.


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                          Peg Leonard-Martin, M.Div., LCSW

                          Therapist

                          No matter who you are or where you came from, I will create a safe space for you to tell your story. I will work with you so that can you learn new skills to cope with whatever issue you bring and respectfully explore how to carry your story forward in a way that represents your integrity and authentic self.


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                            Jaylen Lindsey, M.Ed.

                            Therapist

                            My goal as a therapist is to create a safe, welcoming, and therapeutic environment for all clients. I enjoy working with students, helping them navigate adversity, and equipping them to use what they have learned, in alignment with their core values. As an African American male, I am committed to promoting diversity and inclusion.


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                              Matias Massaro, PMHNP-BC

                              Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

                              My goal is to provide a safe and welcoming environment to build genuine partnerships with patients while working together to determine and address therapeutic objectives. I appreciate and find inspiration in the uniqueness of each patient and aim to honor my patients’ authenticity. I provide evidence-based care and develop treatment plans that will address their mental, physical, and spiritual needs.


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                                Amira Mohamad, LPC-MHSP

                                Therapist

                                It’s a privilege to be asked to enter the most vulnerable spaces with clients. As a Kurdish-American who resettled in the U.S. as a refugee, I prioritize recognizing the intersectional identities of each client in order to create a safe space where they can exist authentically. My hope is to continue playing a role in improving access to mental health services in the minority communities. I aim for a curiosity-oriented approach with my clients to help develop skills of self-observation and exploration.


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                                  Frances Niarhos, Ph.D., HSP

                                  Associate Director for Training

                                  I enjoy helping young adults identify potential barriers to their academic success using well-established measure of cognitive, academic and mental health functioning. I also have a passion for teaching and mentoring trainees across all mental health disciplines as they prepare for professional roles as psychologists, clinical social workers and professional counselors.


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                                    Brian Pollock, DNP, PMHNP-BC

                                    Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

                                    My goal is to assist students by being authentically present and developing helping-trusting relationships.


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                                      Melissa Porter, Psy.D., HSP

                                      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.


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                                        Bhupendra Rajpura, M.D.

                                        Psychiatrist

                                        My approach to your care is to understand your concerns and help develop a plan of that is “YOU”-centric and encompasses most recent treatment guidelines within a holistic approach. I believe in working with you to achieve outcomes resulting in a healthy body and healthy mind.


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                                          Ciera Scott, Ph.D., HSP

                                          Assistant Director for Community Engagement

                                          While honoring your unique identities, I collaborate with clients in exploring how your background may impact your current thought patterns, your self-esteem, your mood, and how you experience your present relationships.


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                                            Kyle Shadrick, LMSW

                                            Therapist

                                            I enjoy assisting people in learning how to better navigate their stressors and difficulties in life by helping them to better understand their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I also find great value in incorporating elements of mindfulness into therapy. My most forefront passion is working with LGBTQIA+ communities.


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                                              Tamaki Silver, Psy.D.

                                              Psychologist

                                              My goal is to create a space in which students can feel comfortable discussing challenging experiences and relationships, build resilience and learn how to cope, and develop their own individual identity. I hope to make this a collaborative experience, one where we can engage in problem solving and exploration around all aspects of personal and professional development, while also sharing in some laughter.


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                                                Stephanie Singer, M.Ed.

                                                Therapist

                                                As a therapist, I try to create a welcoming space for you to feel comfortable and safe exploring areas in your life that need support. I believe in the importance of allowing yourself to be vulnerable, working towards life balance, and creating boundaries with yourself and others. I hope to help you navigate these areas through a collaborative and unique approach, catered to your needs. My goal is to help you gain the confidence, skills, and tools to continue this growth.


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                                                  Todd Weinman, Psy.D., HSP

                                                  Director

                                                  All of us get stuck at different points in our lives and I believe counseling can be an important vehicle for helping us get unstuck and reaching our full potential.  I really enjoy working as a psychologist within a diverse college community and come from a flexible, integrative, collaborative and culturally responsive perspective designed to help you build on your unique strengths and skills as you continue your journey as a student and beyond.


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                                                    Sarah Jordan Welch, LMSW

                                                    Therapist

                                                    My goal when working with clients is to help them navigate the challenges that come from their experiences of trauma. I work to support students in their work towards healing, and realizing their own resilience.


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                                                      Courtney Williams, Ph.D.

                                                      Psychologist

                                                      Consistent with both my professional and personal identity, I find that my relationships are an integral part of my identity. My relationships help me better understand myself, others, and various aspects of my life.  In the same way, my clients make sense of the world through their relationships, often finding that the challenges they confront are related to relational variables. In my work with diverse populations, one theme remained consistent-the desire to connect-to others, to feelings, to self. As such, my role as your therapist is to co-facilitate a therapeutic process that fosters that connection.


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                                                        Zsanett Williams, PMHNP-BC

                                                        Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

                                                        My approach to patient care is founded on developing a deep understanding of patients’ stories to provide a therapeutic environment that is culturally sensitive, inclusive, and celebrates all forms of diversity


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                                                          Anabella Pavón Wilson, Ph.D., HSP

                                                          Psychologist

                                                          I strive to provide an environment in which students can feel welcomed and safe.  I will work with you to address challenges that may come up during your time at Vanderbilt, and/or address what may have impacted you in your past. I will also help you develop strategies to challenge unhelpful thinking patterns and to cope with difficult emotions.


                                                            Administrative Staff

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                                                            Kay Brown

                                                            Senior Administrative Assistant


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                                                              Kriste Meyer

                                                              Administrative Manager


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                                                                Alexandria Rouff

                                                                Administrative Assistant II


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                                                                  Lynn Wakefield

                                                                  Administrative Assistant II


                                                                    Trainees

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                                                                    Kayla Abbatello, M.A.

                                                                    Doctoral Intern in Psychology

                                                                    I believe that much of who we are and how we view ourselves is shaped by those around us. I strive to build a genuine relationship with students as they develop their own identities and interpersonal patterns and explore how they are impacted by past experiences and current stressors.


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                                                                      Allegra Anderson

                                                                      Graduate Practicum Student


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                                                                        Claire Coenen

                                                                        Graduate Practicum Student


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                                                                          Emma Diaz, Ph.D.

                                                                          Postdoctoral Fellow

                                                                          My primary goal is to make sure clients feel heard, respected, and empowered during our sessions. I work with my clients to develop self-compassion and challenge themselves, so that they can meet their goals and develop meaningful connections with others.


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                                                                            Justine Diener-O'Leary, M.A.

                                                                            Doctoral Intern in Psychology

                                                                            I strive to create a safe, judgment-free space for my clients to explore their authentic selves, to develop self-compassionate strategies for change, and to gain insight into the contextual, internal, and external roots of their concerns, as well as pathways forward. I work collaboratively with my clients to identify their strengths and values and to help them feel empowered to make meaningful change in their lives.


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                                                                              Cayla Leung, M.A.

                                                                              Doctoral Intern in Psychology

                                                                              Sometimes life hands us a sour lemon, and we find ourselves in need of someone to listen, validate, and empathize. I strive to build trusting relationships with my clients so that we work together overcome hardships and my clients can live a life worth living. My approach to treatment is to listen and help clients identify skills that can make life less difficult.


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                                                                                Maggie Rippeto

                                                                                Graduate Practicum Student


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                                                                                  Becca Sandhu, Psy.D.

                                                                                  Postdoctoral Fellow

                                                                                  I work to build a genuine relationship that honors the unique identities of each of my clients in order to provide a safe environment in which they can explore how their background and past experiences may be impacting their current relationships, thought patterns, and view of themselves.


                                                                                    Rachel Siciliano

                                                                                    Graduate Practicum Student


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                                                                                      Lénie Torregrossa

                                                                                      Graduate Practicum Student


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                                                                                        Ash Weber

                                                                                        Graduate Practicum Student