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Meet Our Staff

Counseling Center Staff


Sam Chan
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.

Morgan Christie
Morgan Christie, Ph.D. (she/her/hers)

Psychology Resident

Dr. Morgan Christie holds her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. She completed her doctoral internship at University Counseling Services of Virginia Commonwealth University, where she engaged in clinical concentrations on trauma and LGBTQ+ mental health. Morgan has previous experience in college counseling with specialized training in substance use and disordered eating/body image concerns. She also has community mental health experience in substance use recovery and rape crisis/interpersonal violence settings. In addition to clinical work, Morgan was a public policy fellow at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, where she focused on reproductive justice. Morgan primarily uses an intersectional feminist approach to therapy and supervision, rooted in relational, social justice, and empowerment approaches. She is committed to decolonizing mental health and challenging systems of power that create barriers to individual and collective healing.  She is passionate about working with interpersonal and sociopolitical trauma, providing queer-affirmative care, creating space for body affirmation and wellness, and working with identity-related concerns. In her spare time, Morgan can be found taking photos of neighborhood cats, wandering bookstores, and eating croissants.

Bruce Herman
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.

Lauren Mirzakhalili
Lauren Mirzakhalili, MSS, LCSW-C (she/her/hers)

Counselor/Referral Coordinator

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.

Yan Ni, PsyD
Yan Ni, Psy.D. (she/her/hers)

Staff Psychologist/Sexual Assault Services Coordinator

Dr. Yan Ni is a licensed clinical psychologist who graduated from The George Washington University. She completed her doctoral internship at the Colorado Mental Health Institute – Fort Logan, with a focus upon providing hospital-wide Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) services. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the Trauma Disorders Program at Sheppard Pratt. Her professional identity is continually evolving; she was trained heavily in psychodynamic theory before working within integrated models of care in medical/interdisciplinary settings. Yan finds great meaning in her work learning from her clients, who constantly remind her of the incredible resiliency that is possible. Moreover, she believes that clinicians must do more to challenge the various systems, theories, and interventions that impede a person’s recovery and do not meet the needs of the present-day client. She is committed to working with individuals who have experienced sexual abuse/assault, childhood abuse, combat trauma, grief/loss, racial trauma, and now the impact of Covid-19. Yan enjoys running, movies about time travel, and chicken quesadillas with salsa verde.
Ethan Swift
Ethan “Sunny” Swift, Psy.D. (he/him/they/them)

Psychology Resident/LGBTQ Coordinator

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
Kevin Tabb, Ph.D. (he/him/his)

Acting Assistant Director/Training

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.

Amanda Waters
Amanda Waters, Ph.D. (she/her/hers)

Associate Director, Clinical Services

Dr. Amanda Waters is a clinical psychologist and graduated from Rosemead School of Psychology. She completed her doctoral internship at University Counseling Services of Virginia Commonwealth University. Subsequently, she worked at the University of Connecticut as a staff psychologist and multicultural specialist, later also directing the mental health outreach efforts on campus, before joining UMBC in 2021. Amanda has personal and professional interests in serving people with marginalized and oppressed identities, developing cultural humility, and advocating for justice and equity. She primarily uses an integrative approach to therapy, grounded in attachment and relational theories. Amanda is dedicated to advancing the wellbeing of individuals and communities through equitable practices. Chocolate chip cookies are her favorite and she loves being by the water to de-stress and re-center.


Counseling Center Trainees

Doctoral Interns

Julia Heavner
Julia Heavner, M.S. (she/her/hers)

Julia Heavner is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at Loyola University Maryland. Julia’s previous clinical experiences have included working in a community mental health clinic, Notre Dame of Maryland’s Counseling Center, the United States Naval Academy’s Midshipman Development Center, and Excellis Consulting and Clinical Services. Her therapeutic style is integrative, including elements of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, psychodynamic, and interpersonal theories. She also enjoys using evidence-based mindfulness interventions to augment the therapeutic experience. She is passionate about working with emerging adults to address challenges in identity development, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues. She also enjoys working with couples, drawing from Gottman Method Couples Therapy and Sue Johnson’s Attachment-Based Couples Therapy. She is a level 2 certified Gottman therapist.

Errol Hudson
Errol Hudson, M.A. (he/him/his)

Errol Hudson is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at William James College in Massachusetts. Errol has trained in a variety of clinical settings, including college counseling, private practice, community mental health, and rehabilitation. His approach to therapy is driven by an overarching commitment to meeting the client where they are and helping them to develop the internal psychological resources needed to take ownership of their narrative and create a life where they feel more in control. He utilizes an integrated approach to treatment which is guided by the principles of humanistic and psychodynamic theory. He also employs certain cognitive-behavioral based strategies in treatment delivery, such as highlighting personal values and identifying obstacles to change. Errol’s clinical interests include athletic identity, racial identity, relationship issues, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and trauma.

Seanita Scott
Seanita Scott, M.A. (she/her/hers)

Seanita Scott is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. Seanita has a diverse background of clinical experiences, most notably working with individual adults in a variety of settings including community mental health facilities, a church based mental health clinic, private practice, and providing home based family therapy. Seanita is passionate about working collaboratively with her clients, empowering them to reach their therapeutic goals, and to hone skills that promote their overall wellbeing through the course of therapy. While her approach to therapy is integrative and flexible, centered around the uniqueness of her clients, Seanita is grounded in the transformative power of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) informed by diversity factors, family of origin, and the influences of spirituality. Seanita’s clinical interests include working with people of underserved backgrounds, those with anxiety and mood concerns, relational issues, spiritual issues, and helping people adjust to life’s many transitions.

Doctoral Externs

Shereen Ashai
Shereen Ashai, B.A. (she/her/hers)

Shereen Ashai is a doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at the University of Maryland. Her training experience has primarily centered around university counseling centers. Shereen’s therapeutic approach integrates elements of psychodynamic, person-centered, and multicultural orientations. She views the therapeutic bond as an integral component to healing and prioritizes the importance of creating a safe and supportive space where clients feel empowered and heard. Shereen’s clinical interests include anxiety, grief and loss, meaning making, resilience, and intersectionality with identities.

Janae Cephas
Janae Cephas, M.S.(she/her/hers)

Janae Cephas is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Loyola University Maryland. Janae’s previous clinical experiences have included working in community mental health, private practice, and outpatient hospital settings. Janae’s therapeutic style is integrative, informed primarily by cognitive behavioral therapy, person centered therapy, and interpersonal therapy. Janae views therapy as a collaborative process and focuses on providing a safe, warm, non-judgmental environment where clients can be their authentic selves and work towards meeting their goals. Janae’s clinical interests include working with individuals from diverse backgrounds experiencing depression, anxiety, life stressors, trauma-related symptoms, family or relationship issues, and adjustment concerns.

Administrative Staff

Dotty Fefel
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.

Jenae Parker
Je’Nae C. Parker, M.S. (she/her/hers)

Office Manager

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.