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Student Counseling Center (SCC)

Professional Staff

Suzanne Burks, Ph.D., L.P.C., is the Director of University Counseling Services. She received her Ph.D., in Applied Behavioral Studies of Education with an emphasis in Counseling and Development from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Burks enjoys directing such a diverse department and is active in the community through involvement on various boards and task forces. Also, Dr. Burks is known for being an active participant and coordinator of a 24-hour crisis intervention response program. Hobbies: Dr. Burks enjoys traveling to the Missouri Ozarks and enjoying the music and entertainment that the region is known for. She also works with stained glass stepping stones in her spare time. She has served in various roles at University Counseling Services since 1986.

Dylan Burns, Ph.D., is a Senior Clinical Counselor. He received his doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology in 2009 from Oklahoma State University and his master's in Community Counseling in 2002 from Oklahoma State University. He received a B.S., in Journalism at Oklahoma State University in 1999. Special interest areas include multicultural issues, sports psychology, inter-generational trauma and resilience, men’s issues and relationship issues.

Carol Challenger, Ph.D., C.T., is a Senior Clinical Counselor at the Student Counseling Center. She received her doctorate in Counseling and School Psychology from Florida State University and obtained the M.Ed., in Counseling and a B.Sc., in Business Education from Florida A&M University. She also has certificates in crisis management and general education. Her work experience has spanned the fields of education, residential life and counseling. Dr. Challenger characterizes herself as an individual with a passion for helping others maximize their potential. Her areas of professional interest include adjustment issues, anxiety disorders, crisis management, depression, diversity issues, grief & loss, self-esteem, stress management and women's issues. She enjoys traveling, cooking, listening to music, dancing, interior decorating and other types of creative work. Her theoretical orientation is described as integrative, with emphasis on humanistic/existential/cognitive behavioral approaches.

Joseph Dunnigan, Ph.D., is a Senior Clinical Counselor and coordinator of the OSU Safe Zone program. He received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Kent State University and a doctorate in counseling psychology from Oklahoma State University. His areas of professional interest include career counseling, anger and aggression, sexual diversity and multicultural issues. He enjoys music, art, literature and film.

Baiba Ercum, M.D., is Board Certified in Psychiatry in the U.S. and in Poland. Dr. Ercum received her M.D., from the Medical Academy of Warsaw. She has considerable experience with both in-patient and out-patient psychiatry and has been on the SCC staff since 1992. Special areas of interest include mood disorders and anxiety disorders. Dr. Ercum is available for appointments on a referral basis. She enjoys classical and ethnic music, spending time with her dogs and the outdoors.

Sara J. Hills, M.S., is a grief counselor at the Student Counseling Center. She is a Counseling Psychology doctoral student at Oklahoma State University. She received her M.S., from OSU in 2013 and her B.A., in elementary education with an early childhood endorsement from the University of Iowa in 2000. After graduation, Sara hopes to work in a pediatric behavioral health setting where she intends to specialize in grief therapy, anxiety, barriers to successful care regimens, family therapy and assessment. In addition, Sara hopes to continue and extend her research interest in self-compassion development and intervention and successful integration of mental health services in the medical setting. 

Avina Khiatani, Ph.D., is a Senior Clinical Counselor at the OSU Student Counseling Center. She received a Ph.D., in Clinical Psychology from Biola University, focusing her scholarly work on understanding international student adjustment, and multicultural/third-culture identities. Dr. Khiatani completed her doctoral internship in North Texas, working primarily with children, adolescents and young adults with a history of sexual, physical or emotional abuse. Dr. Khiatani has thoroughly enjoyed working with clients from a variety of backgrounds, with special interests including social anxiety, identity issues, family and relational struggles, suicide prevention and self-harm intervention.

Morgan PettyJohn, B.A., is an Intern at the Student Counseling Center and a second year Master's student in OSU's Marriage and Family Therapy program. Morgan graduated with a B.A., in Psychology and a minor in Religious Studies from Texas A&M University in 2014. Some of her favorite things to do include going to the movies, eating Mexican food and spending time with her friends and family. Morgan's clinical and research interests include sexual assault, domestic violence, influences of family of origin, religious influences on behaviors and conflict resolution with couples.

Tamara Richardson, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist and Senior Clinical Counselor at the OSU Student Counseling Center. She is the Training Director for student interns, coordinator for the Oklahoma State University GLBT Safe Zone program and member of the OSU Gay/Straight Faculty Alliance. She is a founding board member and secretary for the Oklahoma Eating Disorder Association. She received a Ph.D., in Counseling Psychology from Oklahoma State University in 2007 and a B.S., degree in Psychology/Family Science from Cameron University in 2002. Dr. Richardson's special clinical interest areas include body image and eating disorder issues, clinical supervision and training, gender identity and sexual orientation issues, grief, trauma, sexual assault and domestic violence, anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, family and/or relationship concerns, group therapy and couple counseling.

Trevor Richardson, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist and the Coordinator of Counseling at the OSU Student Counseling Center. He completed his Ph.D., in Counseling Psychology in 2008 and M.S., in Community Counseling in 2001 both at Oklahoma State University. He completed a B.A., in Psychology at Central College (Pella, IA) in 1998. Special interest areas include multicultural issues, relationship issues, sport and exercise psychology and the use of biofeedback in arousal regulation/stress management.

Cindy K. Washington, M.S., L.P.C., C.T., is a Clinical Counselor at the Student Counseling Center. She received her master's in Counseling and Student Personnel from Oklahoma State University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (L.P.C.) in the state of Oklahoma and is a Certified Thanatologist (C.T.). Special interests include gay/lesbian/bisexual issues and transgender issues; death, dying and the grieving process; career and major decision making; and eating disorders. She has been a member of the staff since 1995.

Anne Weese (pronounced Annie), Ph.D., is a Senior Clinical Counselor. She received her B.S., in Psychology at the University of Notre Dame in 2005 and her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Oklahoma State University in 2012. Her approach to counseling centers on collaborating with the client to understand their view of self, others, and the world around them and finding ways to live a more congruent, authentic life. Her clinical interests include sport psychology and student-athlete issues, LGBTQ issues, relationship concerns, anxiety and depression, suicide prevention, adjustment concerns, career/major indecision and many others.

Student Counseling Center
320 Student Union
Stillwater, OK 74078
405-744-5472 phone
405-744-8380 fax
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.

If you are a student in crisis, an on-call counselor is available. After 5 p.m. and on weekends, counseling staff may be reached through the OSU Police, 405-744-6523.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 May 2016 08:15