2017-2018 SCS Staff

Clinical Staff


Chris Blank, M.D.

As a new addition to our staff, Chris is working on his bio.

Maria Carrubba-Whetstine, Ph.D.

Maria is a licensed psychologist and the Assistant Director of Training and GLBTQ Services.  She serves as the Training Director for the APA Accredited Psychology Internship Program, for doctoral level training, and practica. Maria received her PhD from the University of Missouri-Columbia and she completed her internship at the University of Florida. Maria also has a MA in Substance Abuse Counseling from the University of Iowa and her undergraduate degree is from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Maria approaches therapy from a multicultural, relational, and psychodynamic perspective. Her clinical interests include issues of marginalization (especially related to sexual orientation and gender identity), relationship concerns, depression and self-injury, and substance abuse. In her personal time Maria enjoys spending time with her wife, their 2 spunky 5 year olds, their cats, and a wide variety of artistic endeavors including learning the guitar, knitting, paper crafts, scrapbooking, and sewing.

Ritch Hall II, Ph.D.

Ritch is a post-doctoral fellow in psychology and the Coordinator of Substance Abuse Treatment Services at the SCS. He received his doctorate from the University of Cincinnati, and completed his doctoral internship at Miami University’s SCS. Ritch’s clinical interest include phase of life issues, social discomfort, addictive disorders, and group therapy. His theoretical orientation is eclectic with an emphasis on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Systems Therapy. Additional interests are teaching, diversity issues, and therapist training. Ritch’s personal interest include spending time with family, reading crime fiction novels, writing, photography, and comic books. 

Saúl Rivera, PhD

Saúl is a Licensed Psychologist and our Assistant Director for Multicultural, Group Counseling and Technology Services at SCS. He earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Andrews University and completed his doctoral internship at The Ohio State University Counseling and Consultation Service. He also holds a masters degree in Theology, a second masters in Community Counseling. Saúl approaches therapy from an integrative perspective combining culturally responsive elements from cognitive-behavioral and humanistic-existential therapy. His areas of interest include multicultural and diversity issues in counseling and psychotherapy, social justice issues, suicide prevention, integration of spirituality and religious issues in psychotherapy, group therapy, group supervision and men's issues. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, traveling, camping, and vacationing.

Melissa Schultz, PhD** 

Melissa is a Licensed Psychologist and our Prevention Specialist at SCS. She completed her doctoral internship at the University of Idaho and her Ph.D. in Counseling  Psychology at Louisiana Tech University. Melissa also taught college courses in psychology for several years before coming to Miami. Melissa approaches therapy from a cognitive-behavioral framework and incorporates techniques from interpersonal, client-centered, and other areas as needed. Her clinical areas of interest include mindfulness, hypnosis, biofeedback, and utilizing technology to improve mental health. Melissa enjoys weightlifting, reading, playing fantasy football, visiting family back in Minnesota, and spending time with her partner, their son, and their black cat named Thor.

Tong-An “Fred” Shueh, Ph.D.

Fred is is a Licensed Psychologist and the Coordinator of Counseling Services for International Students at the SCS. He received his doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Florida. Fred approaches therapy from a multicultural, interpersonal, and humanistic perspective; he often incorporates techniques from biofeedback therapy and mindfulness meditation during the counseling process. Fred’s clinical interests include international students’ adjustment, sport psychology, stress and anxiety management, addictive behaviors, outreach/consultation, LGBTQ issues, and multicultural concerns. In his personal time, Fred enjoys traveling, engaging in various outdoor activities, producing music, playing tennis, dining out with friends, and spending time with family. 

Lauren Evans Toben, PhD

Lauren is a Licensed Psychologist and the Coordinator of Multicultural Services.  She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University.  Her clinical interests include multicultural and LGBTQ concerns, anxiety, relationship issues, identity development, first-generation and/or non-traditional college students, and college adjustment.  Lauren uses an integrative approach to therapy that consists of interpersonal and cognitive-behavioral interventions within a multicultural and feminist framework.  In her personal time, Lauren enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

John Ward, Ph.D.**

John is a Licensed Psychologist, the Director of the Student Counseling Service. He serves as the advisor to Miami's male, peer educator group, Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault (MARS). John received his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rhode Island. John's clinical interest focuses on multicultural interpersonal psychotherapy. Special interests include men's issues, spirituality, and groups. Additional interests are graduate and undergraduate instruction (e.g., courses in counseling theory & practice, group psychotherapy, etc.) and health behavior change research.


Laura Wonsik, MA PCC

Laura is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and the Case Manager for the Student Counseling Service. She received her Master of Arts in Community Counseling from Xavier University in 2009 and her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Hispanic Studies from Earlham College in 2005. Laura approaches therapy from a systemic and existential perspective and utilizes mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy and psychoeducation to empower clients to wellness. She has a special clinical interest in anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and couples counseling. In her personal time, Laura enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, scrapbooking, photography and playing music.

Jennifer Young, Ph.D.**

Jennifer is a licensed psychologist and the Coordinator of Outreach and Programming at SCS.  She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron.  Her clinical interests include adjustment to college; relationship concerns; identity issues; social justice; working with survivors of interpersonal violence and trauma; supervision/training of mental health professionals; and consultation issues.  Jennifer uses a variety of approaches in therapy including feminist, cognitive-behavioral, multicultural, interpersonal, and trauma-based interventions including EMDR.  In her personal time, Jennifer enjoys baking, reading, and spending time with family, friends, and any type of animal!

** The following individuals have been designated as specific counselors within Student Counseling Services for initial contact regarding students affected by sexual and interpersonal violence:

  • Jennifer Young, PhD, Assistant Director for Outreach & Programming
  • John Ward, PhD, Associate Director for Clinical Services
  • Melissa Schultz, PhD, Prevention Specialist


Support Staff

Tonia Farthing

Tonia is the SCS Administrative Assistant, and has been at Miami since 2007.   Outside of work,  She is dedicated to her husband, children and her three grandchildren. Tonia enjoys spending time with her family, and likes being outside and reading.

Andrea Batdorf

Andrea is the SCS Sr. Program Assistant, she has been at Miami since 2000.  Andrea is an Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) and moonlights at Miami Student Health Service.  She enjoys her family & pets, outdoor activities & arts and crafts.

Kellee Avery

Kellee is the SCS Program Associate. She has been with Miami since 2014. Kellee is a graduate of Miami University ’12 with a Baccalaureate in Integrative Studies and minors in Gerontology and Criminology. Kellee is also pursuing a graduate degree in Educational Psychology. She enjoys spending time with her two children, grandson and dog Chloe.