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Our Voices spotlights the students, faculty and staff of the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services. Learn about the folks in our department in the stories below. We try to feature stories of people within all of our programs. If you would like to suggest a student, faculty or staff member to be featured here, please contact Kashira Baker or Hillary Meister.

Leah van der Kooy is an alumnus of the Professional Counselor program (now titled Clinical Mental Health Counseling) at GSU. After working in Atlanta as a crisis counselor, Leah transitioned to working as a school counselor at Rotterdam International Secondary School in the Netherlands. We had the chance [...]
Wed, Mar 29, 2017
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Spenser Norris is a second-year student in the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling M.S. program. She balances coursework along with institutional research, dual internships at the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency and the Center for Leadership in Disability, as well as spearheads community initiatives as President of the Rehabilitation Counseling Association. [...]
Wed, Feb 22, 2017
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Artesia Williams is a second year student in GSU's School Psychology Ph.D program who is conducting research around multicultural issues in School Psychology. Artesia has had the opportunity to travel the world extensively, living and working in other countries and cultures. She uses that experiences to shape her [...]
Tue, Jan 17, 2017
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Jonathan Johnson is a second-year School Counseling student who is going to make a huge impact in his home country of Jamaica. As a Black man and as an immigrant, he offers a unique perspective on School Counseling and activism. We had the chance to sit down with Jonathan [...]
Mon, Oct 17, 2016
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Zac Bradley is a second-year Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling student at Georgia State University. At 19, Zac was attending Clayton State University on a basketball scholarship, and was well on his way to a degree in exercise science. The summer after his freshman year, he sustained a spinal [...]
Thu, Jun 16, 2016
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David Zelaya, who is finishing up his third year as a Counseling Psychology doctoral student, was recently selected as an American Psychological Association Minority Fellow. We had the chance to sit down with David and discuss the fellowship, as well as his research with IaM PRIDE and HAPPI Lab. Q: [...]
Thu, May 12, 2016
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Dr. Laura Shannonhouse and Dr. Melissa Zeligman recently took a 15-day trip to South Africa to forge a mutual relationship between Georgia State University and the University of Botswana's counseling programs. They were joined by School Psychology doctoral student Jacklyn Bialo. Jacklyn had this to say about her experience [...]
Mon, Apr 18, 2016
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Peeper McDonald is a fourth year Counselor Education and Practice student who will be graduating with her Ph.D. this May. Peeper's research centers on marginalized and oppressed populations, specifically Multiracial individuals regarding issues of racial mislabeling, discrimination, identity, and color-blind racial ideology. During her time here at [...]
Mon, Mar 28, 2016
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Dr. Ethan Van Norman completed his pre-doctoral internship in school psychology at Heartland Area Education Agency 11 in Iowa. His research primarily focuses on evaluating and improving the technical adequacy of academic and behavioral measures used in schools. In addition, Van Norman conducts research aimed at building the capacity [...]
Mon, Feb 22, 2016
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Dr. Laura Shannonhouse completed her masters, and specialist degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Florida, and her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Greenboro in Counseling and Counselor Education. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and Applied Suicide Intervention [...]
Mon, Jan 11, 2016
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