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TWU Counseling Staff

Our Mission

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.

Statement on U.S. race relations

The TWU Counseling Center (TWUCC) believes it is important to name the systemic oppression that Black men and people of color face in this country. We are aware of the visible and invisible processes that contribute to the experiences of Black men and people of color... More about “Statement on U.S. race relations”...

Staff Bios

Denton Campus

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. Rakhi Sen is a Licensed Psychologist at the TWU Counseling Center. Dr. Sen received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She completed her doctoral internship at Arizona State University's Counseling & Consultation in Tempe, Arizona. Dr. Sen has over 15 years of experience working in college counseling centers. Her professional interests include diversity issues, identity development, gender issues, trauma concerns, interpersonal psychotherapy, use of stories and metaphor in therapy, spirituality issues, role and nature of counseling in non-western cultures, supervision and training

Mallaree Blake, M.A. is one of the center’s three doctoral interns. Ms. Blake obtained her B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Dayton. She completed her M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College and is currently pursuing her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology. Ms. Blake’s professional interests include sexual health and sexuality, women’s issues across the lifespan, LGBTQ affirming counseling, intersectionality of cultural identities, health psychology, teaching/training, and substance use.

Janelle Maloch, M.S.Ed. is one of the center’s three doctoral interns.  Ms. Maloch obtained her B.S. in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University.  She completed her M.S.Ed. in Counseling and Psychological Services from the University of Pennsylvania.  She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Penn State University.  Ms. Maloch’s professional interests include women’s issues, women’s sexuality, sexual orientation issues, interpersonal trauma, relationship dynamics, multiculturalism, identity development, eating concerns and body image, therapeutic writing, and training.  

Kayla Moorer, M.A. is one of the center’s three doctoral interns.  Ms. Moorer obtained her B.S. in Psychology, with a minor in Child and Family Studies, from The University of Southern Mississippi.   She completed her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi, and is currently completing her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the same institution.  Ms. Moorer’s professional interests include gender issues, sexual assault, the impact of trauma on overall wellbeing, posttraumatic growth, alcohol use among college students, and supervision.

Dallas Campus

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. Davitta Love is a part-time Licensed Psychologist at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center campus. Dr. Love received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. She completed her doctoral internship at Aurora Mental Health Center. Dr. Love’s professional interests include multiculturalism/diversity, social justice, integration of religion/spirituality, first generation student experiences, existential issues, trauma recovery, women’s issues, and couple’s therapy.

Houston Campus 

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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Denton Counseling Center
West Jones Hall
P.O. Box 425350
Denton, TX 76204-5350
Phone (940) 898-3801 
Fax (940) 898-3810
Summer Hours: M-F 8a-5p
Spring Hours: M-W 8a-7p, Th/F 8a-5p

TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center
5500 Southwestern Medical Ave
Suite 8300
Dallas, TX 75235-7299
Phone (214) 689-6655
Fax (940) 898-3810
Hours: M 8a-7p, T-Th 8a-4p, F 9a-5p

TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center
6700 Fannin
Suite 2250
Houston, TX 77030
Phone (713) 794-2059
Fax (713) 794-2018
Hours: M-F 8a-5p

Crisis Contact Info:

Call 911 or the campus police during regular business hours.
Denton:
940-898-2911
Dallas: 214-689-6666
Houston: 713-794-2222

AFTER HOURS CRISIS FOR ALL CAMPUSES:
CALL 911 OR THE DENTON CAMPUS POLICE AT 940-898-2911