Counseling Center Staff
Ginger Villareal Armas, Ph.D. (She/her/hers)
Sexual Assault Services Coordinator
Dr. Armas earned her B.A. in Art History (Manhattanville College with a semester in Oxford, England), M.A. in General Psychology (New York University), and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Nova Southeastern University). After completing the APA-accredited California Psychology Internship Program at Fresno City College, she was a Post-Doctoral Resident at UC San Diego Counseling and Psychological Services. Prior to joining UMBC, Dr. Armas was a Staff Psychotherapist at Cornell University. Integrating evidence-based practices to build upon preexisting strengths, her therapeutic approach has been described as compassionate and nonjudgmental. Her special interests include anxiety (generalized, illness & social); stress management; grief/bereavement; trauma; dissociative disorders; work sustainability; activist burnout; social mindfulness/justice; concerns related to LGBTQ+ identities (including asexuality and polyamory); academic/career concerns; ADHD; perfectionism; existential/religious/spiritual concerns; impostor syndrome; multicultural/diversity issues; concerns related to immigration; interpersonal effectiveness; sexual health; well-being; creativity; peak performance; therapeutic writing; self-compassion; and mindfulness.
Alayna Berkowitz, Ph.D. (She/her/hers)
Assistant Director of Outreach and Mental Health Promotion
Dr. Berkowitz is a licensed psychologist in the District of Columbia who graduated from Lehigh University with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. She completed her doctoral internship at the University of Maryland College Park Counseling Center and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Delaware CCSD. Dr. Berkowitz was a staff psychologist and group coordinator at the American University Counseling Center prior to joining UMBC. Dr. Berkowitz is an integrative clinician utilizing feminist/multicultural, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and interpersonal therapies. Her special interests including outreach/mental health promotion, relationship concerns, college adjustment, group therapy, and supervision/training.
Sam L. Chan, MSW, LCSW-C (He/him/his)
Clinical Case Manager/Referral Coordinator
Sam is a clinical social worker who originally moved to Baltimore to earn a Master’s in Social Work degree from The University of Maryland, Baltimore. He has been dedicated to working in Baltimore City and County ever since. Sam’s clinical interests include helping those with mood and trauma backgrounds, substance use histories, spiritual concerns, men’s issues, and struggles with identity development. Sam has a particular interest in helping students reach their highest potential, and have previously worked for the student counseling centers at UMB and MICA and in the Baltimore City Public School system. Sam’s theoretical approach is psychodynamic and humanistic, and is a strong believer that personal growth continues and strengthens outside of the therapy room. Sam also has a STEM background; he worked as an automotive engineer over ten years ago before deciding to switch careers to the mental health professions.
Bruce Herman, Ph.D. (He/him/his)
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 in providing services that reach, serve and support the success and health of UMBC’s diverse population.
Whitney C. Hobson, Psy.D. (She/her/hers)
Staff Psychologist/Multicultural Coordinator
Dr. Hobson is a licensed psychologist who graduated from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Washington, D.C. with a PsyD in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Hobson completed her doctoral internship at Basics Group Counseling, LLC through the Mid-Atlantic Internship Consortium providing individual and family therapy as well as psychological assessments to individuals of varied ages. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship followed by a position as a Behavioral Health Consultant at Chase Brexton Health Care in Randallstown, MD. During her time there Dr. Hobson spent two years providing clinical and outreach services in the form of individual, family, and couples therapy to both general and pediatric populations, serving individuals from diverse and varied backgrounds and within the LGBTQ community. Dr. Hobson uses an integrative approach to therapy and conceptualization primarily derived from cognitive-behavioral and relational-culture theories. Dr. Hobson’s interest and clinical experience include the treatment of anxiety and depression, grief and loss and its broader application to adjustment and life transitions, establishment of identity and empowerment, interpersonal effectiveness, and culturally/socially focused issues.
Soonhee Lee, Ph.D. (She/her/hers)
Assistant Director/Training Director
Dr. Lee is a licensed psychologist who graduated from the University of Rochester with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. 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 UMBC. Dr. Lee uses a mindfulness-based integrative approach in therapy that includes modern brief psychodynamic therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, emotionally-focused therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy. Her special interests include couples/relationship issues, immigration and acculturation, anxiety-spectrum disorders, life transition, grief, group dynamics, and supervision/training.
Lauren Mirzakhalili, MSS (She/her/hers)
Lauren is a clinical social worker with a B.A. in Psychology & Educational Studies from Swarthmore College and a Master’s in Social Services from Bryn Mawr College. Lauren has primarily trained at university counseling centers (University of Colorado Boulder and University of the Arts) but has also worked in residential life, school settings, and at a case management and outreach center for adults experiencing homelessness. As a therapist, she draws on training in psychodynamic therapy, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and relational approaches. Above all, she works to collaborate with the students she works with and honor the strengths and wisdom they already bring to the table. On a more personal note, Lauren is a third culture kid/second generation Iranian American, is in the process of unlearning perfectionism, and consistently gets distracted by dogs walking by. Lauren’s areas of interest are substance use/abuse concerns, trauma, LGBTQIA+ students, students of color, attachment concerns, grief/loss, and decolonizing mental health treatment.
Kris Sagun, Ph.D. (She/her/hers)
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 including residential life, disability services, and health promotion. Dr. Sagun maintains an integrative orientation towards therapy that utilizes humanistic, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral approaches. Her special interests include college adjustment, anxiety, relationship issues, LGBTQ identity development, working with student athletes, supervision training, and clinical service administration.
Ethan “Sunny” Swift, Psy.D. (He/him/they/them)
Dr. Swift earned his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois. They completed their doctoral internship at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) counseling center. They have previous experience as an extern at Governor’s State University in University Park, IL and The Chicago Women’s health Center in Chicago, IL. He is integrative in his incorporating of therapeutic methods, however, emphasizes feminist models of care (feminist relational, critical theory, and humanistic approaches). His areas of expertise are within LGBTQ populations, specifically transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary identity, and queer culture. He also has professional interests working with issues of attachment, bipolar disorder, (complex) trauma, non-monogamy, non-traditional student populations, and concerns of identity.
Kevin Tabb, Ph.D. (He/him/his)
Staff Psychologist/Groups Coordinator
Dr. Tabb earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology with an emphasis in LGBTQ psychology from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University. He completed his doctoral internship at the Butler University Consortium in Indianapolis, IN where his training was split between a local community mental health center and the Butler University counseling center. After internship, he took a staff psychologist position at Clemson University Counseling and Psychological Services and he remained there after completing his post-doctoral training. Dr. Tabb’s primary theoretical orientation is person-centered, but he also integrates existential, cognitive-behavioral, and interpersonal approaches into his work. He has a passion for working with young adults as well as for group therapy. His other professional interests include mood disorders, existential and identity concerns, perfectionism, psychosis, men’s issues, and working with LGBTQ populations.
Chinedu Varma, M.D., M.P.H. (She/her/hers)
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 Center at Bowie State University.
Counseling Center Trainees
Roshan Javadian, M. Psy. (She/her/hers)
Roshan Javadian is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at the George Washington University. Her previous clinical experiences include working at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) counseling and wellness center and a community mental health clinic focused on long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy. While she has an integrative approach to therapy, she works primarily within psychodynamic, relational, and emotionally informed psychotherapies using an intersectionality-informed framework. Her clinical interest and experience is informed by a desire and responsibility to address how aspects of early childhood, race, class, gender, sexuality, and culture inform the lives of individuals and affect the ways they relate to the world.
Lily Kaufmann, M.A. (She/her/hers)
Amanda (“Lily”) Kaufmann is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at the American University in Washington, DC. Lily has trained in a variety of clinical settings, including university counseling, family therapy, community psychotherapy, and Veterans Affairs psychological services. She is passionate about delivering evidence-based mental healthcare that is collaborative, affirming, and tailored to meet the needs of the individual. Lily’s approach to treatment draws from cognitive-behavioral and person-centered frameworks with attention to culture and identity, values, and autonomy. Her clinical interests include working with survivors of traumatic experiences, anxiety and mood concerns, and processes of change and acceptance.
Keyaira Williams, M.S. (She/her/hers)
Keyaira Williams is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at Loyola University Maryland. Keyaira’s previous clinical experiences have included working at a community mental health clinic, Stevenson University’s Wellness Center, Notre Dame of Maryland’s Counseling Center and MICA’s Student Counseling Center. Her approach to therapy integrates interpersonal process, psychodynamic, and third-wave ACT/DBT skills to help clients begin to understand their current patterns and move towards meaningful change. Keyaira’s clinical interests include LGBTQ+ identity development, human sexuality, anxiety, attachment, depression, coping with chronic illness, grief, and multicultural concerns.
Jacinda Dougherty, M.S. (She/her/hers)
Jacinda Dougherty is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Loyola University Maryland. She earned her B.A. in Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles and her M.S. in Clinical Psychology at Loyola University Maryland. Jacinda’s previous clinical experiences have included working at a community mental health clinic in which she provided group and individual therapy to adults. Jacinda is dedicated to developing a strong, meaningful connection with each of her clients, such that she facilitates an empowering, affirming, and understanding therapeutic environment. Her therapeutic orientation is integrative, drawing on ACT, interpersonal process, and psychodynamic approaches. Jacinda’s clinical interests include multicultural and identity work, self-esteem, couples/relationship issues, perfectionism, anxiety, and depression.
Rebecca Lambert, M.S. (She/her/hers)
Rebecca Lambert is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Loyola University Maryland. She earned her B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Sociology at Louisiana State University and her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland. Rebecca’s previous clinical experiences have included working at a community mental health clinic in which she provided individual, group, and couples/relationship therapy to adults. Rebecca values providing a compassionate, flexible, transparent, and empowering approach to treatment. She seeks to use acceptance and commitment, client-centered, interpersonal process, and social justice frameworks, while also collaborating with clients on their treatment. Rebecca’s clinical interests include grief and loss, LGBTQ+, consensual non-monogamy/polyamory, and race/ethnicity identity development, couples/relationship issues, depression, anxiety and stress, and trauma.
Jill Earl (She/her/hers)
Office Clerk II
Jill started working at the Counseling Center in 2018. She provides general office support to the Counseling Center along with greeting and scheduling students for appointments.
Dotty Fefel (She/her/hers)
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.
Je’Nae C. Parker, M.S. (She/her/hers)
Je’Nae joined UMBC in October of 2017. She is a graduate of the University of Baltimore and Coppin State University’s collaborative program with a Master’s in Human Services Administration. She supervises the administrative staff at the Counseling Center, providing support to the clinical staff. Her experience includes supervising call center staff, insurance, billing and front desk operations.