The TWU Counseling Center (TWUCC) is the only campus agency designated to provide students with psychological services. These services are designed to help students:
- Achieve their educational goals
- Learn the process of problem solving and decision making
- Develop the capacity for satisfying relationships
- Learn to make full use of their potential for continued growth beyond their educational experience
Who We Are
The TWUCC senior staff is a diverse group of psychologists who are invested in promoting student success, personal growth, and emotional well being.
Our Denton campus location also houses our Psychology Training Programs. These training programs consist of select groups of psychologists-in-training who are supervised by licensed staff. They are invaluable in providing psychological services to students.
Dr. Denise Lucero-Miller is the center's Director. Dr. Lucero-Miller began at the center in 1996 and has served in a variety of roles. Prior to assuming the Director role, she served as the Assistant Director and Director of Training for 11 years. Dr. Lucero-Miller received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. She completed her doctoral internship training at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio. Dr. Lucero-Miller's professional interests include women's issues, trauma recovery, multiculturalism, and supervision/training.
Dr. Carmen Cruz is Assistant Director and Director of Training. Dr. Cruz has been part of the Counseling Center team serving in different capacities since 1997. Dr. Cruz completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Criminal Justice at Florida International University in Miami, Florida and received her doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She completed her doctoral internship training at the Texas Woman's University Counseling Center. Dr. Cruz's professional interests include training/supervision, the psychology of gender, sexual orientation identity issues, multicultural psychology, cultural/spiritual development, existential theory and the impact of the stigma of psychotherapy.
Dr. Nina Belfrom is a Licensed Psychologist and the Group Therapy Coordinator. Dr. Belfrom began her career with the center as a post-doctoral resident. She received both her M.A. in Counseling Psychology and her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Belfrom completed her doctoral internship with The Southern Louisiana Internship Consortium where she split her time between the Louisiana State University Mental Health Services and Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System. Dr. Belfrom's professional interests include group therapy, multiculturalism/diversity, women's issues, trauma, identity development, and existential theory.
Dr. Marshall Bewley is a Licensed Psychologist and the Cultural Diversity Liaison. Dr. Bewley began his career with the center in August 2012. Dr. Bewley received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Tech University. He completed his doctoral internship training at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Counseling Services. Dr. Bewley's professional interests include advocacy and outreach, LGBTQ issues/wellness, couple’s & group therapy, training & supervision, and multicultural & diversity awareness.
Dr. Martha Bergen is a Licensed Psychologist and the Coordinator of Practicum Training. Dr. Bergen received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman's University. She completed her doctoral internship at Miami University's Student Counseling Service in Oxford, Ohio and she completed a post-doctoral residency at the Counseling Center at Sam Houston State University. Dr. Bergen's professional interests include gender issues, diversity and multiculturalism, outreach and advocacy, and supervision and training.
Dr. Kari Leavell is a Licensed Psychologist and the Outreach Coordinator. Dr. Leavell received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi and she completed her doctoral internship at Texas Woman's University Counseling Center. Dr. Leavell's professional interests include supervision and outreach, anxiety disorders, sleep hygiene, grief counseling, and vocational psychology.
Dr. Erin Schrader is the center's Postdoctoral Resident. Dr. Schrader received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman's University and completed her doctoral internship at The University of Texas at Dallas Student Counseling Center. Dr. Schrader's professional interests include disability issues, training and supervision, LGBTQ issues, and multiculturalism/diversity.
Zoeann Finzi-Smith, M.S. is one of the center's three doctoral interns. Ms. Finzi-Smith obtained her B.S. in Philosophy and master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Florida International University. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Ms. Finzi-Smith's professional interests include women's issues, multiculturalism, impacts of discrimination, interpersonal dynamics, and life experiences specific to racial/ethnic minorities.
Allayna Pinkston, M.A. is one of the center's three doctoral interns. Ms. Pinkston obtained her B.A. in Women's Studies and B.S. in Psychology from the University of Georgia. She completed her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she is currently pursuing her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. Ms. Pinkston's professional interests include reproductive health, trauma, sexual assault, gender identity, existentialism, multiculturalism, and training.
Kimberly M. Rodriguez, M.S. is one of the center's three doctoral interns. Ms. Rodriguez received her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and her M.S. in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Texas A&M University. Ms. Rodriguez's professional interests include multiculturalism, transition/adjustment issues, academic persistence of first generation and non-traditional college students, interpersonal dynamics, and identity development.
Jill Vahl is the center's Senior Secretary. Ms. Vahl has been with the center since April 2011. She relocated to Texas from South Dakota and enjoys the area. Ms. Vahl's personal interests are caring for her 2 children, attending her son's sporting events, and exploring the area.
Dr. Linda Louden is a full-time Licensed Psychologist at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center campus. Dr. Louden has been with the center since 2004. After serving as the Cultural Diversity Liaison, she transitioned to the Dallas Counseling Center. Dr. Louden received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas, and her doctoral internship training took place at the TWU Counseling Center. Dr. Louden's professional interests include university student development, women's issues, trauma recovery, spirituality, multiculturalism, and supervision and training of future psychologists.
Dr. Gayla Sahl is a half-time Licensed Psychologist at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center campus. Dr. Sahl has been with the center since May 2010. Dr. Sahl received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University and completed her doctoral internship at Allendale Association. Dr. Sahl's professional interests include women’s issues, interpersonal relationships, spirituality, sexual orientation identity issues, parenting concerns, and training/supervision.
Dr. Betty Duson is a full-time Licensed Psychologist at the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center campus. Dr. Duson has been with the center since 2004. Dr. Duson received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin where she also served an internship at the U.T. Counseling Center. In addition to being licensed as a psychologist, she is also a marriage and family therapist and an Approved Supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Duson's professional interests include multiculturalism, relationship issues, managing stress and depression, and support for students in the health sciences.
Dr. Sharanya Udipi is a half-time Licensed Psychologist at the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center campus. Dr. Udipi has been with the center since January 2012. Dr. Udipi obtained her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Udipi's professional interests include identity development, the integration of spirituality and psychology, academic skills, compassion fatigue and burnout, women's issues and diversity.
Helen Johnson is the center's secretary as well as the Student Life Office secretary. Ms. Johnson provides support to the center's psychologists as well as to the Coordinators of the Office of Student Life. In both of her positions she interacts with students, faculty and staff giving professional, yet caring service. Ms. Johnson has been privileged to work at TWU since 2001.
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