Counseling Center

Mission Statement

The mission of the Counseling Center is to foster students’ psychological development and emotional well-being and to support students in attaining their academic and personal goals. Our multidisciplinary staff work with students, faculty, staff, families, and administration to support students and to create a healthy, diverse, supportive and inclusive multicultural learning community. This is accomplished through counseling and psychotherapy, preventive and educational programming, consultation and outreach. We also strive to contribute to the training and development of multi-culturally competent mental health professionals.

The Counseling Center exists within and has responsibility to the academic institution. Given this unique relationship, the Center attends to the academic imperatives of the institution in all of its programming and functions. Toward this end, Center staff members serve on university committees, provide consultation to faculty and staff regarding mental health concerns around students, faculty and staff, and provide limited instruction within academic courses.

The Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services Inc. (IACS) and provides all services within the guidelines adopted by this agency.

Counseling Staff

Doha Chibani, MSW, LCSW-C

Case Manager

Doha is a magna cum laude undergraduate alumna of UMBC’s psychology program. She went on to graduate with a Master’s in clinical social work from the University of Maryland Baltimore. Prior to joining the counseling center, Doha provided therapeutic services to individuals on the Autism Spectrum, refugees, survivors of torture and trauma, as well as victims of sexual abuse. In addition to direct clinical practice, she has spent several years involved in mental health and social services research. Doha espouses an integrative approach to therapy that incorporates trauma focused cognitive behavioral, developmental and existential components within a solution focused brief model. She has a strong interest in supporting the multicultural and international students, the transfer, commuter and non-traditional returning student body, as well as the LGBTQ population. Doha is fluent in English, Arabic and French.

Susan Han, Ph.D.

Assistant Director/Mental Health Promotion, Outreach and Evaluation

Dr. Han is a licensed psychologist who graduated from Yale University and earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from George Mason University. She completed her Pre-doctoral internship at the University of Michigan Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) in addition to a residency year at Cornell University CAPS. Dr. Han is integrative in her approach to therapy, drawing upon humanistic and cognitive-behavioral theories in conceptualizations. Her special interests include cross-cultural counseling, multicultural identity, and the college adjustment process.

Bruce Herman, Ph.D.

Executive Director of Health & Counseling

Dr. Herman graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations. He obtained his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He has been working in Higher Education for over 30 years and has worked extensively in the areas of mental health and health promotion. He came to UMBC in July 2012. Before UMBC he worked at Towson University Counseling Center from 1999-2012. Prior to that, from 1991-1998 Dr. Herman worked as a Psychologist at Loyola College in Maryland. Dr. Herman has also taught in the Psychology and/or Education Departments at Towson University, Loyola College and University of Illinois. He is interested in campus health promotion and and in providing services that reach, serve and support the success and health of UMBC's diverse population.

Soonhee Lee, Ph.D

Dr. Lee is a licensed psychologist who earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rochester. She completed her doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester Counseling Center and then worked at the University of Delaware as a staff psychologist before joining the UMBC. Dr. Lee uses a mindfulness-based integrative approach in therapy that includes modern brief psychodynamic therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, emotionally-focused therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy. Her special interests include couples/relationship issues, multicultural/diversity issues, anxiety-spectrum disorders, life transition, grief, supervision and training.

Chinedu Varma, M.D., M.P.H

Consulting Psychiatrist

Dr. Varma is an undergraduate alumnae of UMBC, where she was a Meyerhoff Scholar.  She was an Interdisciplinary Studies major, with a focus on Biomedical Ethics.   She graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and earned her Master’s of Public Health degree, with a focus on Epidemiology and Biomedical Statistics from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  She completed a General Psychiatry residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell.  Dr. Varma joined the UMBC Counseling Center in 2016 and provides psychiatric consultation and medication management.  She is also a consulting psychiatrist at the Counseling Centers at Towson University and Bowie State University.

Kris Sagun, Ph.D.

Associate Director/Coordinator of Clinical Services

Dr. Sagun is a licensed psychologist who graduated from Temple University with a Ph.D. in counseling psychology. She completed her doctoral internship at the Johns Hopkins University Counseling Center and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore. In addition to her training and professional experiences in college counseling at a variety of institutions, Dr. Sagun has experience working in other college student affairs settings such as disability services, health promotion, and residential life. Dr. Sagun maintains an integrative focus towards therapy that utilizes a humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic orientation. Her special interests include college adjustment, group counseling, anxiety issues, LGBT identity development, and working with student athletes.

Patricia Wick, Ph.D.

Assistant Director/Training Director

Dr. Wick is a licensed psychologist who graduated from Stony Brook University and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Miami, in Coral Gables, FL. Dr. Wick completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Eating and Mood Disorders at the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital and then worked in the Sheppard Pratt Health System for six years. She has taught undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Miami and Towson University and supervised clinical students at Towson as well. Prior to coming to UMBC, she worked in the Student Health and Counseling Center at Goucher College. Dr. Wick has maintained a private practice in the Baltimore area for over 20 years.

Amber Hager, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist

Dr. Hager graduated from the University of Georgia then earned a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University in 2006.  After working for several years in home-based, residential, and outpatient substance abuse settings, she earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Francisco.  She completed her doctoral internship at the University of San Francisco Counseling and Psychological Services Center and her postdoctoral residency at University of New Haven Counseling and Psychological Services Center.  Her approach to therapy is integrative, including time-limited psychodynamic, postmodern family systems, feminist, and cognitive behavioral theories.  She has particular interest and training with anxiety and panic disorders, LGBTQ identity development, diversity and inclusion, the use of mindfulness in therapy, relationship issues, and program administration and training.

Eboka “Bo” Mullins, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist

Dr. Mullins is a licensed psychologist who graduated with a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University. Before coming to UMBC Dr. Mullins worked as a psychologist at University of Maryland, Baltimore and University at Buffalo. Dr. Mullins uses an integrative approach to therapy that incorporates approaches from cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy. His special interests include multicultural issues, anxiety and depression symptoms, relationship issues, adjustment concerns, men's issues, and identity development.

Counseling Center Doctoral Interns

Elizabeth Chase, M.A.

Liz is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego. She has experience working in community mental health programs, inpatient hospital settings, and university counseling centers. Liz works from an integrative model of psychotherapy, incorporating psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and acceptance-based approaches. Her special interests include multiculturalism, depression, grief, trauma, and interpersonal concerns.

Amani Johnson, B.A.

Amani is a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. She has experience working in college counseling settings and community clinics, serving the needs of clients from diverse backgrounds with varied concerns. Amani is passionate about social justice and multicultural issues as they relate to counseling, and our role as change agents. She believes that the work we do requires a recognition and appreciation for diversity. In her work, she operates from an interpersonal framework that aims to increase awareness of emotions and interactional patterns. Amani recognizes the importance of the relationship in counseling and aims to collaboratively create an environment of trust, self-compassion, and empathy. Her clinical interests include relationship and interpersonal concerns, adjustment issues, anxiety, depression, and multicultural/diversity issues.

Bailey Tackett, M.S.

Bailey is a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology at the University of North Texas. She has experience working with individuals across the lifespan in college counseling centers, athletic departments, community mental health, and inpatient and outpatient hospital settings. Bailey values developing genuine therapeutic relationships with the aim of co-creating a space where students feel safe to approach their challenges and move toward a fulfilling and connected life. With a multicultural lens, therapy is individualized to recognize strengths, empower, and build insight and coping strategies. Bailey’s clinical interests include identity development, life transitions, college adjustment, anxiety, depression, body image and eating concerns, and sport psychology.

Other Counseling Center Trainees

Psychology Externs

Faith Adebule - George Washington University
Eddie Chong - University of Maryland College Park
Lauren Faulkner - UMBC

Social Work Intern

Kyle Richardson - University of Maryland, Baltimore

Counseling Center Administrative Staff

Dotty Fefel

Administrative Assistant II - Dotty started work at the Counseling Center in 2017. She provides general office support to the Counseling Center along with greeting and scheduling students for appointments.

Agnes Macharia

General Assistant - Agnes started work at the Counseling Center in 2017. Shegreets and schedules clients at the Counseling Centers front desk.

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