Meet the Staff

The Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is staffed with psychologists and social workers who are fully licensed to practice in North Carolina. The staff has collectively many years of experience in college mental health and is committed to providing quality counseling services to the UNC Charlotte community. 

In addition, CAPS serves as a training site for graduate students in psychology, counseling, and social work. These trainees practice under the close supervision of licensed staff psychologists. The  CAPS internship program is fully-accredited by the American Psychological Association.

Clinical Staff

Aaron Brink, Psychologist and Assistant Training Director

Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Chicago School of Professional Psychology 
Doctoral internship, Pace University Counseling Center 
Licensed psychologist in North Carolina


Professional interests include relationship and family-of-origin concerns, men's issues, training and supervision, and adjustment to college.



Jessica Groleau, Ph.D.

Ph.D., Clinical Health Psychology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Doctoral internship, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Counseling Center
Licensed psychologist in North Carolina

 


Professional interests include trauma, recovery, and posttraumatic growth; LGBTQ issues; training and supervision; women’s issues; and young adult development.



Lynne Harris, Psychologist

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi
Doctoral internship, Pine Rest Mental Health Services, Grand Rapids, MI
Licensed psychologist in North Carolina    


Professional interests include cultural, religious, and spiritual concerns; use of EMDR to address trauma; use of hypnosis and positive psychology to build resilience and address general life concerns such as anxiety and depression and working with graduate and international students.



Jessalyn Klein, Psychologist and Suicide Prevention Coordinator

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University at Buffalo
Doctoral internship, University of Florida Counseling and Wellness Center
Licensed psychologist in North Carolina


Professional interests include mindfulness, holistic health, prevention and outreach, LGBTQ issues, relationship issues, and training and supervision. 



Erica Lennon

Erica Lennon, Assistant Director for Clinical Services and Outreach

Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Xavier University
Doctoral internship, Virginia Commonwealth University Counseling Center
Licensed psychologist in North Carolina  


Professional interests include LGBTQ+ issues, particularly work with the Trans and Gender Expansive Community, social justice issues, training and supervision, sexual health and functioning, and outreach.



Rebecca MacNair-Semands, Senior Associate Director/Clinical Director

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University
Doctoral internship, University of Tennessee Counseling Center
Licensed psychologist in North Carolina  


Professional interests include group therapy training, supervision, positive psychology, relational issues, social justice, and counseling center research.



Elizabeth (Libby) Malone, Psychologist

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Mississippi
Doctoral internship, Kansas State University Counseling Center
Licensed psychologist in North Carolina  


Professional interests include family of origin and relationship issues, training and supervision, veteran transition to civillian life, and therapeutic assesment.



Leigh Norwood, Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Referral Coordinator

MSW, North Carolina A&T University and UNC Greensboro Joint Master of Social Work Program
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in North Carolina


Professional interests include the relationship between physical & mental wellness, family of origin issues, crisis intervention, issues related to trauma and clinical supervision & training.



Daniela Recabarren, Psychologist

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Doctoral Internship, Virginia Commonwealth University Counseling Services


Professional interests include diversity and social justice issues, multicultural psychology, supervision and training, and group therapy. 



Theresa Rhodes, Associate Director for Training/Training Director

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, The Ohio State University
Doctoral internship, Virginia Commonwealth University Counseling Center
Licensed psychologist in North Carolina and Illinois  


Professional interests include training and supervision, women's issues, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender issues, group therapy, and trauma issues.



David Spano, Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Programs and Services and Director

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
Doctoral internship, University of Texas at Austin Counseling and Mental Health Center 
Licensed psychologist in North Carolina and New York


Professional interests include supervision, consultation, relational-cultural therapy, ethical and legal issues, holistic health, college student development, and administrative issues in college counseling and student affairs.



Sarah Stewart, Psychologist

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Howard University
Doctoral internship, Miami University Counseling Center


Professional interests include group therapy, family of origin conerns, diversity and intersecting identities, supervision and training.



Delores Teller, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

MSW, Portland State University Graduate School of Social Work
Licensed clinical social worker in North Carolina and Oregon.

 


Professional interests include: Using a holistic approach to therapeutic change, empowering self-narrative, expertise in working with adult adoptees & birthparents, legislative reform for civil rights.



Postdoctoral Fellow

Becky Pearlson, Postdoctoral Fellow

Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Doctoral internship, Bowlling Green State University Counseling Center




Doctoral Interns

Jarice Carr, M.S.

Ph.D. candidate, Counseling Psychology, University of North Texas




Negar Nazari, M.S.

Ph.D. candidate, Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology




Katie Pesch, M.S.

Ph.D. candidate, Counseling Psychology, Iowa State University




Support Staff

Vicki Doolittle, Administrative Support Associate




Susan Harvanek, Executive Assistant




Karen Medlin, Administrative Support Associate




Rosemary Nelson, Administrative Support Associate