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Student Counseling Center (SCC)

Professional Staff

Trevor Richardson, PhD, is the Director of University Counseling Services and a Licensed Psychologist. He completed his PhD in counseling psychology in 2008 and MS in community counseling in 2001, both at Oklahoma State University. He completed a BA 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.

Emily Billings MS, LPC, NCC, is a Clinical Counselor at the Student Counseling Center. She graduated from Lake Superior State University and earned her Bachelor of Science in psychology. She continued her education at Oklahoma State University and earned her Master of Science in community counseling. Some of Emily’s counseling interests include eating disorders/body image, self-esteem, anxiety, stress management, depression, identity issues, relationship concerns, trauma, OCD and life-adjustment issues.

Dylan Burns, PhD, is a Senior Clinical Counselor. He received his doctorate 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 BS 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, PhD, CT, 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 MEd in counseling and a BSc 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, PhD, 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.

Joni Hays, PhD, LPC, NCC, is Coordinator of the Reboot Center, the Oklahoma State University stress management center. She earned a Ph.D., from Kansas State University as well as MS and BS from Pittsburg State University. Joni is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC). She has been on staff since 1989.

Sara J. Hills, MS, is a grief counselor at the Student Counseling Center. She is a counseling psychology doctoral student at Oklahoma State University. She received her MS from OSU in 2013 and her BA 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, PhD, is a Senior Clinical Counselor at the OSU Student Counseling Center. She received a PhD 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.

Tamara Richardson, PhD, 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 PhD in counseling psychology from Oklahoma State University in 2007 and a BS 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.

Veronica Sutton, MS, JD, is the Outreach Specialist for University Counseling Services. She earned a JD from Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis in 1993 and her MS in agency counseling from Indiana State University, located in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1983. Veronica relocated with her family to Stillwater in 2002 and has previously done work with a local counseling agency and been involved in various roles in the Stillwater Public School system. Special interests include volunteering and serving as a board member for Tiny Paws Kitten Rescue, spending time with her husband and three children and caring for her own animals.

Cindy K. Washington, MS, LPC, CT, 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 (LPC) in the state of Oklahoma and is a Certified Thanatologist (CT). Special interests include LGBTQ issues, mood disorders, career/major indecision, and death, dying and the grieving process She has been a member of the staff since 1995.

Natasha Webb, MA, MHR, LPC, LADC, is a Licensed Alcohol Drug Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her first master’s degree in criminal justice from The University of Central Oklahoma and her second master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in human relations. She received her BA in psychology from Columbia College. Special interest areas are addiction, co-occurring disorders, grief and forensic studies.

Anne Weese (pronounced Annie), PhD, is Coordinator of the Student Counseling Center. She received her BS 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, 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

Open M-F, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 September 2017 13:19