The Counseling Center has a full-time, professional staff of caring mental health professionals who provide short-term counseling.
Director: Dianna K. Abel, PhD
A native of southern California, I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach. I completed my Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Counseling Psychology at the University of Utah and I am a licensed psychologist. Most of my training and my entire professional career has centered around college mental health. I have worked at the Weber State University Counseling and Psychological Services Center since 1998, as the Director since 2004. While most of my current job is administrative in nature, I still enjoy some clinical work. I integrate interpersonal, humanistic, and feminist approaches, and I like to work with many of the developmental issues common to the college student experience, including identity, self-esteem, relationships, gender, and culture. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, working on home-improvement projects, walking, and watching live theater, especially musicals.
Jamie Brass, PsyD
I am a Utah native and earned my undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Utah. I wanted to experience more of the country, and so left Utah to obtain my Master's and Doctoral Degrees at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I missed the Utah mountains, so I returned home and completed my internship at Utah State University. Much of my training is in university counseling, and I also spent four years working in Wyoming in community mental health before I came to Weber in 2013. I am a licensed psychologist and I use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy in my work with clients. I am generalist and enjoy working with people with a variety of concerns, including stress management, personal growth, and depression. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, hiking with my dog, and working in the garden.
Chris Chapman, Ph.D.
I earned my Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Brigham Young University, and I am currently a licensed Psychologist in Utah. I have worked in university counseling, teaching, and in community mental health. I work in individual, couples, and group counseling, and I also have extensive experience conducting therapy in Spanish. I am also a member of the LGBTQ Affirmative Therapists’ Guild of Utah. I specialize in group psychotherapy, trauma recovery, and helping people have more fulfilling relationships. I focus first on building a strong, collaborative relationship with clients. I integrate concepts relating to mindfulness in my practice, using elements from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in helping clients learn to be more flexible in their thinking. In my free time, I like to get up into the mountains as much as possible. I love to backpack, explore, and occasionally get lost.
Donna Hunter, MA, CMHC
A New Jersey native, I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Ambassador College in California. I completed a Master’s degree in Counseling at Rider University and a Master’s degree in Leadership from the Thierry Graduate School of Leadership in Belgium. I am a licensed clinical mental health counselor working in college mental health since 1999. I also spent 10 years working with wildland firefighters on a state, regional and national level as they incorporated human factors psychology into their organizational culture. I love working with issues of identity development across the lifespan. This involves helping people to better thrive in their lives by considering how cultural and biological systems, experience, and attachment inform our self-concept. My approach is integrative but draws heavily from cognitive-behavioral and feminist theoretical approaches. In my free time, I like to ski, travel, and read as well as bake and take professional patisserie classes.
Aaron Jeffrey, Ph.D.
I grew up in California and moved to Utah to earn my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University. I received my Master's and Doctoral degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University in New York. I trained counselors at Minnesota State University-Mankato for seven years prior to coming to Weber State in 2014. I've worked in settings including community non-profits, home-based family therapy, outpatient therapy, and an inpatient treatment facility. I work with a range of issues including marital discord, infidelity, parenting challenges, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, life transitions, abuse, and addictions. I’m the only Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist on staff and work from a systemic/relational approach. I incorporate elements of emotionally-focused therapy, solution-focused therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my wife and children, golfing, running, watching movies, and reading.
Shaney A. McCoy, CMHC
I grew up in Kansas but moved west for my education. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Arizona State University and my Master’s degree in Professional Counseling at the University of Utah. I am a licensed clinical mental health counselor and I have experience in community mental health care as well as in the university setting. I have been employed at Weber State University since January, 2012, and very much enjoy the opportunity to work with the diverse challenges our students face. I typically utilize interpersonal, cognitive/behavioral, multicultural/feminist and mindfulness-based therapeutic interventions. I serve on the Board of Directors for the Northern Utah Coalition, a nonprofit organization that provides support and education regarding HIV/AIDS, and am a member of the LGBTQ Affirmative Therapists Guild of Utah .In my free time I enjoy doing just about anything active outside, including biking, hiking, skiing and playing with my Golden Retriever. I’m an avid reader and I also enjoy composing and playing music.
Craig A. Oreshnick, PhD
I was raised on the east coast and journeyed west to earn my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Washington, Seattle. Then to the Midwest, to Iowa State University earning Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Counseling Psychology. Here in Utah, I’ve served as a clinician in college/university counseling centers at the University of Utah, Westminster College and Weber State University. As a licensed Psychologist, I am enthusiastic about helping clients across a variety of challenges/pursuits, including overcoming mood and anxiety disorders, implementing stress-management and wellness endeavors, and successfully managing life’s transitions. I co-facilitate our counseling center’s Meditation/Relaxation Group and like to assist others in developing meditation practices and mindfulness skills which, incidentally, are great for enhancing one’s coping in general. On a personal note, I enjoy spending time in the gym as well as time outdoors, swimming and biking amongst other leisure activities. Namaste…
Tamara Robinette, LCSW
Jonathan Selden, APRN, PMHNP-BC
A native of Seattle, Washington, I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Brigham Young University (Provo) and my Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Washington (Seattle). After working as a Registered Nurse for five years at the University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, I became an Advance Practice Registered Nurse and Board-certified Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I then worked for several years at the McKay-Dee Behavioral Health Institute before joining the staff here at Weber State's Counseling & Psychological Services Center. I provide psychiatric services, including comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and psychotropic medication management. I work holistically to treat a variety of disorders, specializing in mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and attention-deficit disorders.
Jennette Wood, MSW, LCSW
I am a Wildcat at heart! Growing up in Ogden, I spent much of my youth on the Weber State College campus and graduated from WSC with my BS degree in Social Work. I completed my Master’s degree in Social Work at Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas. Since then, I have worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with varied populations in diverse settings including medical, psychiatric, community mental health and substance abuse with experience in the areas of depression, anxiety, adjustment, grief and relationships including domestic violence. Returning to WSU in 2008, I enjoy working with university students addressing issues of identity development, stress management and personal growth. I am eclectic in practice interweaving client centered, cognitive behavioral, problem solving as well as other approaches into my work with clients. I enjoy swimming, music, reading and traveling.
Xin Zhao, PhD
I earned my Doctoral degree in Combined Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology at Utah State University, and I currently hold a license as a psychology resident in the state of Utah. I specialize in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Additionally, I incorporate elements of Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. I enjoy working with students from diverse backgrounds, and seek to incorporate multicultural sensitivity with all my clients. I am fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese, and I am also conversational in Spanish. In my free time, I like playing sports, hiking, gardening, and occasionally learning to fix something from watching YouTube videos.
I was born and raised in Nine Mile Falls, Washington. Currently, I am in my third year of my Counseling Psychology doctoral program at the University of Utah. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. Then, I returned to Washington to get my master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling at Gonzaga University. I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples, but especially have grown to love the college population. I have worked with clients in both the community college and university settings and am excited to get to know the students at Weber. I practice primarily from a Person-Centered orientation along with Motivational Interviewing, through a relational lens. I have enjoyed exploring all that Utah has to offer, and love doing anything outdoors in the sunshine. On the weekends you might find me hiking in Zion, swimming in Bear Lake, or taking a Razr through the mountains!
I am a Utah native and received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Utah. I am currently in my third and final year of the Masters of Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at the University of Utah. I seek to empower my clients with person-centered techniques and work through a multicultural lens. Primarily, I have had experience working with college students and I love Weber State’s atmosphere. In my free time, I love to camp, backpack, and just be outside.
I am a doctoral candidate in my fourth year at Fielding Graduate University, specializing in Neuropsychology with an orientation in Humanistic Psychotherapy. I'm originally from Little Rock, AR where I obtained my bachelor's in psychology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. I relocated to Salt Lake City in 2011. Since then I have been able to work in residential treatment settings applying a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy approach, and in a clinical setting with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, substance abuse, eating disorders, and gender identity. Regardless of the approach, I try to incorporate elements of humanism and existentialism. Since moving to Utah I have also gained an appreciation of the outdoors, especially for mountain biking, bouldering, camping, and hiking. I try to plan a getaway every weekend if possible!