Counseling Center Staff


DIRECTOR

Kenneth Chew

L. Kenneth Chew, Jr., Psy.D., HSPP

Director, ISU Student Counseling Center

Dr. Chew has been the Director of the ISU Student Counseling Center since 2007.  In addition to his administrative functions as Director of the SCC, his other responsibilities include management of Student Health Promotions, Coordination and facilitation of the Student Affairs Behavior Assessment Team (SABAT), campus and community liaisons, coordination of drug and alcohol programs, and the Performance Excellence Program.   He also serves as Director of Training for the Counseling Center.  Dr. Chew received his doctorate from the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology in 2001 and completed his undergraduate work at Jamestown College, where he majored in Psychology with a minor in Fine Art. Dr. Chew’s training and professional experiences include: the Hampton Roads VA Hospital, where he worked with drug and alcohol patients; the College of William & Mary Student Counseling Center, where he did a concentration in the counseling of college students with a specific focus in the counseling of athletes; New Mexico State University Student Counseling Center for internship; and the Washington D.C. Public Schools, where he did clinical and psycho-educational assessments on children, adolescents, and young adults for over two years. His professional interests include the counseling of athletes, performance enhancement, drug and alcohol issues, multicultural counseling, facilitation of professional and personal development training, and outreach programming.  He has been at ISU since January of 2002. 

He also has a major “Superman” complex, even though his coworkers regularly act as Kryptonite.

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Trista Gibbons

TRISTA GIBBONS, LMFT

Associate Director

Trista Gibbons is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; and she became Associate Director in the summer of 2011. She has a Masters degree in counseling psychology from the Alfred Adler Graduate School in Minnesota, and a Bachelors degree in psychology and family studies from St. Olaf College in Minnesota. She has experience and training in working with survivors of sexual violence, and issues related to drugs and alcohol and relationships. Her professional experience includes; coordinating and implementing direct services at the Sexual Violence Center in Minneapolis MN and working with children and families at Hamilton Center community mental health. Her professional interests include women’s issues, relationships and couples counseling, Christian counseling, and working with survivors of sexual violence.

STAFF PSYCHOLOGISTS/THERAPISTS

Suellyn Mahan

Suellyn Mahan, Ph.D., HSPP

Senior Staff Psychologist/Assistant Director

Dr. Mahan is currently the Assistant Director of the ISU Student Counseling Center. She is also a military psychologist. Her primary responsibilities include assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of college students with a variety of issues, individual counseling, outreach planning, and liaison for several programs on campus. Dr. Mahan earned her doctorate in psychology from ISU, with a specialty in school psychology and subspecialty in child clinical psychology. Her professional interests include assessment and treatment of children and adolescents, internalizing and externalizing disorders, and military issues. Dr Mahan has worked as a private practice psychologist, community mental health psychologist, staff psychologist for foster parents, and adjunct faculty at ISU. She also has over 25 years in the military and spent two yearlong tours in Iraq as a military psychologist from 2003-2004 and from 2009-2010. Dr Mahan enjoys reading, golfing, music, and traveling.

 

melissa grinslade, msw, LCSW 

Staff Counselor 

Melissa Grinslade is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She received her Master's degree in social work from Indiana University and her Bachelor's degree in psychology from Indiana University.  She has experience and training working with Autism Spectrum Disorders and early childhood trauma.  Her professional experience includes working with children and families at Hamilton Center community mental health and Gibault residential treatment center.  Her professional interests include Autism Spectrum Disorders, early childhood trauma, multicultural counseling, and eating disorders.

Christine LOVE, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist/Training Coordinator

Chrissie Love is the Coordinator of Training for the master’s- and doctoral-level practicum trainees at the SCC.  Chrissie has her Doctorate in counseling psychology from Indiana State University, her Master’s degree in college counseling from Western Michigan University, and her Bachelor’s degree in advertising and psychology from Michigan State University.  Chrissie’s professional and training experiences include: Hartwick College, where she worked as a counselor with an emphasis on sexual assault and dating violence programming; A.O. Fox Hospital and Hamilton Center, where she worked as crisis therapists; and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Counseling and Psychological Services, where her pre-doctoral internship focused on ADHD/LD testing, provision of training and supervision, and group counseling.  Her professional interests include training and supervision, psychological assessment, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and relationship concerns.

 

 

Contract STAFF


SHAHZAD PARVAZ, MD 

 

 

Michael Smith, Ph.D., HSPP

 

Amy Brausch

Kathy Ginter, Ph.D.

 

 

David Polizzi, Ph.d.

 



CURRENT PRACTICUM STUDENTS

Betsy Aspinwall, MA

Betsy is currently a 4th-year doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Indianapolis.  She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology in May of 2011 from the University of Indianapolis and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire.  Her professional interests include working with trauma, crisis, and drug/alcohol related issues as well as psychology and religion.  She tends to utilize an integrative Humanistic and Interpersonal approach in therapy, but draws upon other theoretical orientations as necessary. Betsy enjoys mentoring teens, hanging out with her dog, baking and reading.

Shruti Kankaria, MA

Shruti is a third-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at the University of Indianapolis. She received her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology in May 2012 from the University of Indianapolis. In 2009, Shruti obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree from York University, Toronto, Canada where she majored in Psychology and minored in South Asian Studies. Her professional interests include working with anxiety and mood disorders, interpersonal issues, ethnic minorities and international students.

 

ASHLEIGH YOUNG,

Ashleigh is currently a third-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Indiana State University. She has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Indiana State University, and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Her professional interests include assessment and treatment of college students, LGBT issues, health psychology, and the psychology of religion. Ashleigh also works with adults and adolescents at the ISU Psychology Clinic.

 

Heather Verdon, BA

Heather grew up in Guilford, Indiana, which is near Cincinnati.  She majored in Psychology at the University of Indianapolis, where she received my BA.  Heather is currently a second-year graduate student in the PsyD program at the University of Indianapolis. After she graduates, Heather hopes to work with victims of trauma.

 

Amanda McErlean, BA 

Amanda is a second-year doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Indianapolis.  In 2011, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Saint Louis University.  Her professional interests include eating disorders and body image issues, mood and anxiety disorders, and the counseling of college students.

Kaitlyn Welsh, BA

Kaitlyn is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Indianapolis. She will be receiving her Master's degree this May. Kaitlyn obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Boston University in 2008. Her professional interests include treatment of adolescents and young adults, health psychology, mood disorders, and body image concerns. Kaitlyn enjoys cooking, spinning, and time spent with family and friends.

Megan Clodfelter, BA

Megan is a second-year student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Indiana State University. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology along with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies at Indiana State University in 2011. Megan will complete her Master’s degree in the summer of 2013. She has been providing counseling in the University Hall Clinic since the spring of 2012. Megan also practices from an Adlerian theoretical orientation when working with clients. Megan’s professional interests include self-esteem issues, relationship issues, LGBT issues, eating disorders and the counseling of college students.

Chelsea Strohm, BA 

Chelsea will be completing her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at ISU in July of 2013.  She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Indiana State University in 2011. She practices from an Adlerian theoretical orientation. Chelsea has provided services to a variety of clients at the University Hall Clinic since the fall of 2011. Her interests are working with individuals in crisis, relationship issues, anxiety disorders, trauma, and survivors of sexual violence.

 

SUPPORT STAFF

 

Joelle Downs, AS, LPN

Joelle is the full-time office manager for the SCC.  She has an Associate’s Degree in Business, and is also a Licensed Practical Nurse.  Joelle lives in Terre Haute, Indiana and is the mother of three and grandmother of one with another on the way.  Joelle enjoys yoga, biking, running, and spending time with family. 

 

 

Graduate Assistant

Amanda Fleischer, BA

Amanda is a second-year doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Indianapolis.  In 2011, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Saint Louis University.  Her professional interests include eating disorders and body image issues, mood and anxiety disorders, and the counseling of college students.