Meet the Staff

 2022-2023 SCS Staff

John WardJohn Ward 

John is a licensed clinical psychologist and serves as the Director of the Student Counseling Service. He approaches therapy from multicultural, interpersonal process, and cognitive-behavioral perspectives. John’s clinical and professional expertise are in diversity and inclusion, psychological supervision and training, gatekeeper training, as well as establishing campus and community mental health partnerships.

Email: wardja2@miamioh.edu


Joshua AbrahamJoshua Abraham

Joshua Abraham is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the Coordinator of Multicultural Services. Josh approaches therapy from an integrative perspective combining elements from humanistic-existential therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and relational-cultural therapy. His areas of interest include multicultural and diversity issues, gender and sexual identity, mood disorders, relationship issues, and adjustment. 

Email: abrahaj7@miamioh.edu


Matt BenicMatthew Benic

Matt is a licensed professional clinical counselor and coordinates social media at SCS. He approaches therapy from a cognitive-behavioral perspective with some solution-focused therapy, mindfulness, and reality therapy perspectives. Matt’s clinical and professional interests include anxiety disorders, depression/mood disorders, relationships, sleep problems, men's issues, LGBTQI+, international students, Greek life, stress management, outreach/programming, and workshops/group counseling.

Email: benicmr@miamioh.edu


Maria Carrubba-WhetstineMaria Carrubba-Whetstine

Maria is a licensed psychologist and the Associate Director for Training Programs. 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.

Email: carrubmd@miamioh.edu 

 


Kristen ReserKristen Reser**

Kristen is a clinician who approaches therapy from a feminist, person-centered perspective, integrated with cognitive-behavioral techniques. Her clinical interests include anxiety, depression, identity development, and trauma.

Email: reserkm@miamioh.edu


Saúl RiveraSaúl Rivera

Saúl is a licensed psychologist and the Associate Director for Clinical Services and Technology. Saúl approaches therapy from an integrative perspective combining cognitive-behavioral, acceptance & commitment therapy, and multicultural therapy approaches. His areas of interest include multicultural and diversity issues, social justice issues, suicide prevention, men's issues, and the integration of spirituality and religious issues in psychotherapy. Saúl also provides therapy in Spanish.

Email: riveras@miamioh.edu


Rebecca StoneRebecca Stone**

Rebecca is a licensed psychologist who approaches therapy from an interpersonal, multicultural, and systems perspective. Her clinical interests include issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity, concerns related to trauma, and general identity concerns.

Email: hughesr8@miamioh.edu



Katherine TylinskiKatherine Tylinski

Katherine is a clinician and the Coordinator of Clinical Services to Student-Athletes. Katherine approaches therapy from a cognitive-behavioral and feminist perspective. Her clinical interests include working with student-athletes, identity development, and mood and anxiety disorders.

Email: tylinsk@miamioh.edu


Melanie UyMelanie Rose Y. Uy

Melanie is a licensed psychologist and the Associate Director for Multicultural Initiatives. Melanie approaches therapy from a cognitive-behavioral, Dialectical Behavior, interpersonal, and solution-focused perspective. Her clinical interests include anxiety, adjustment, interpersonal concerns, identity issues or exploration, skill-building, group therapy, and outreach/consultation.

Email: uymr@miamioh.edu


Bethany ValwntyBethany Valenti

Bethany is a licensed psychologist who approaches therapy from an integrative perspective, largely based in client-centered, feminist, and third-wave cognitive-behavioral perspectives. Her clinical interests include issues of identity development, trauma, anxiety, and grief.

Email: hufferb@miamioh.edu


Laura WonsikLaura Wonsik

Laura is a licensed professional clinical counselor and the Coordinator of Referral Services. Laura utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy as well as acceptance and commitment therapy approaches while always considering the role of culture in the formation of identity and values. She is particularly interested in working with anxiety, panic attacks, and relationship issues.

Email: wonsiklc@miamioh.edu


Jennifer YoungJennifer Young **

Jennifer is a licensed psychologist and the Associate Director for Community Engagement. Jennifer approaches therapy from a feminist, multicultural, relational, and cognitive-behavioral perspective. Her clinical interests include issues of trauma, interpersonal violence, identity concerns (i.e., ethnic, gender, LGBTQ), relationship concerns, and anxiety.

Email: youngj3@miamioh.edu


Joshua DemakovskyJoshua Demakovsky

Josh is a psychology postdoctoral fellow. He approaches therapy from a Cognitive-Behavioral orientation. Josh's clinical interests include depression, anxiety, and identity development. 

Email: demakojl@miamioh.edu


David OblingerDavid Oblinger II**

David is a psychology postdoctoral fellow who approaches therapy from an integrative perspective, emphasizing humanistic, interpersonal, and feminist lenses. His clinical interests include adjustment concerns, relationship issues, empowerment, identity issues, and trauma processing.

Email: oblingd@miamioh.edu


 

Tonia FarthingTonia Farthing

Tonia is the SCS Administrative Assistant providing administrative and clerical support to the student counseling staff.  She has been with Miami since 2007.

Email: farthitl@miamioh.edu


Kellee AveryKellee Avery

Kellee is an SCS Program Associate providing administrative and clerical support to the student counseling staff. She has been with Miami since December of 2014.

Email: averykn@miamioh.edu


Andrea BatdorfAndrea Batdorf

Andrea is an SCS Program Associate providing administrative and clerical support to the student counseling staff. She has been with Miami since 2000.

Email: batdoral@miamioh.edu



** The following individuals have been designated as Sexual Assault Response Clinicians within Student Counseling Service:

  • Jennifer Young, PhD, Associate Director for Community Engagement and Coordinator of Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence Treatment Services
  • David Oblinger, PsyD, Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Kristen Reser, PhD, Licensed Psychologist
  • Rebecca Stone, PhD, Licensed Psychologist