About Us

The University of Memphis Student Health and Counseling Services is here to help students be the best version of themselves by providing prevention, outreach, intervention, and postvention services to the campus community. Our comprehensive and holistic student academic success agency is committed to student learning as well as assisting students in actualizing their maximum potential. We are committed to the overall development of University of Memphis students.

Our staff works to provide personalized health and psychological services in addition to outreach, engagement and prevention efforts to address all areas of wellness. There is no problem too small or too big to bring to the Counseling Center or to the Student Health Center. We have diverse staff and trainees that work to create an atmosphere that is welcoming and multiculturally sensitive to all students. 

Student Health and Counseling Services is also a professionally staffed practicum and doctoral internship training facility for graduate students in counseling, counseling psychology, clinical psychology and social work. Services are accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS), and the doctoral internship in health service psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Student Health and Counseling Services Staff


Dr. Linh Luu

Linh P. Luu, Ph.D., HSP
Director, Student Health and Counseling Services

Dr. Linh Luu is a licensed psychologist – Health Service Provider, PSYPACT Credentialed, and serves as the Director of Student Health and Counseling Services. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Lehigh University APA-Accredited program. Her scholarly interests include advocacy, issues of equity and health disparities, and multicultural competency in clinical supervision. Clinically, she has special interests in working with clients with trauma and grief, multicultural issues, identity development issues, and LGBTQ+ clients. With a strong background and a great passion for community and college mental health, Dr. Luu leads Student Health and Counseling Services from a place of compassion, with a culturally responsive and data-driven approach. Currently serving on editorial boards of the Journal of College Counseling, the Asian American Journal of Psychology, and The Counseling Psychologist, Dr. Luu has been recognized by the American Psychological Association - Society of Counseling Psychology and Society for the Psychology of Women for her scholarship, leadership, and service. She is President-Elect of the Society for the Psychology of Women.

Counseling Center Staff

Dr. Carl GilleylenCarl Gilleylen, PsyD, HSP
Associate Director

Dr. Carl Gilleylen is a licensed psychologist and graduated with a master’s degree in Clinical Psychological from West Chester University in West Chester, PA, and a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, PA. He has over 30 years of experience working in a variety of settings which include residential treatment, psychiatric hospital, community hospital psychiatric unit, community mental health, university counseling centers and private practice. His theoretical foundations are rooted in family systems, cognitive behavioral therapy, transtheoretical, psycho-dynamic, person-centered and mindfulness approaches. In practice, he strives to deliver culturally sensitive interventions and treatment that recognize, respect, and incorporate the client’s cultural background. He specializes in treating client problems like depression, anxiety, family issues, relationship issues, social problems, low self-esteem, grief and loss and adjustment. 

Chris Carden

Chris Carden, Ph.D.
Associate Director

Dr. Chris Carden is a Health Services Provider-Psychologist, who received his Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi State University in Psychology, and received his Ph.D. from Auburn University’s APA-Accredited Counseling Psychology training program in 2009. Dr. Carden completed an APA-Accredited Doctoral Psychology Internship at Appalachian State University’s Counseling Center in Boone, NC. Dr. Carden has worked as a Senior Staff Psychologist at Appalachian State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Counseling and Psychological Services. He was also a Psychologist and the Training Director for the APA-Accredited Doctoral Psychology Internship at North Carolina State University’s Counseling Center in Raleigh, NC for 8 years, where he created the Doctoral Psychology Internship Program. His scholarly interests include relational cultural theory, supervision and training, psychotherapy impacts on the brain, intentional use of theory to guide psychotherapy treatment, and liberation psychology approaches to conflict management. His theoretical approach to treating psychological distress is Time Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy with the integration of relational cultural theory.  With over 15 years of Counseling Center experience, Dr. Carden is happy to join the Counseling Center at the University of Memphis.  

Victoria JonesVictoria Jones, LCSW
Staff Mental Health Counselor | Outreach Coordinator

Victoria is an Illinois native of the greater Chicagoland area but has lived in Memphis for over 10 years.  She earned her B.A  in psychology, minoring in sociology, and her MSW with a concentration in advanced practice with children, youth, & families both from the University of Memphis. She is an LCSW with over 8 years of clinical experience ranging from a variety of settings including university counseling centers, behavioral health hospitals, integrated behavioral health clinics, and private practice. In her role as the Outreach Coordinator for SHCS, she oversees all of the department’s programming, prevention, and training efforts for the campus community including the Relaxation Zone/Oasis Room program and the undergraduate internship program. Victoria is an EMDR trained therapist, TF-CBT trained, QPR certified trainer, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Certified, and Suicide to Hope Certified. Her areas of interest and expertise include trauma, grief and loss, sports psychology and performance, identity and self esteem issues, social justice, suicide prevention, and mindfulness. 

Artice CarterArtice Carter, LCSW
Staff Mental Health Counselor

Artice Carter is a licensed clinical social worker and serves as a Mental Health Counselor in the department of Student Health and Counseling Services. She earned her M.S.W. in Social Work and B.P.S. in Nonprofit Development and Administration, both from the University of Memphis (Go Tigers!). She has a combined 6 years of experience working in community mental health, hospital, and university settings. She is certified in Prolonged Exposure Therapy for trauma treatment with additional clinical interests of faith-based counseling and crisis intervention. She truly enjoys her work with students as they navigate the complex demands of life and attaining mental wellness, alongside their academic pursuits.

David DeasonDavid Deason, PhD., HSP
Staff Psychologist

Dr. Deason is one of the staff psychologists at the University of Memphis Counseling Center.  Dr. Deason earned his B.S. in psychology from the University of Alabama and his M.S. and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi.  Dr. Deason has experience in residential treatment, private practice, teaching, and counseling in a university setting.  His specialties include assessment, ADHD, personality disorders, suicide prevention, trauma and anxiety disorders.  Dr. Deason provides counseling to students, supervises doctoral interns, and provides outreach to the university community.

Andre AustellAndre Austell, Psy.D
Staff Psychologist

Dr. Austell is a Staff Psychologist with Student Health and Counseling Services. Dr. Austell received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Missouri, MS.Ed. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and his PsyD. in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University’s APA-Accredited program. His clinical focus areas include Clinical Sport Psychology (including performance enhancement and mental skills training), multicultural issues, ADHD, learning disabilities, psychological assessment, anxiety, depression, and interpersonal challenges/dynamics. 

Tiffany Burks-Sanders

Tiffany Burks-Sanders, LMSW
Wellness and Engagement Counselor

Tiffany Burks-Sanders is a Licensed Master Social Worker and serves as the Wellness and Engagement Counselor in the department of Student Health and Counseling Services. She earned her B.P.S. in Health Services Administration and her MSW with a concentration in advanced practice with children, youth, & families both from the University of Memphis (Go Tigers!). She has over 10 years of healthcare experience and is a health educator with certifications as a CDC Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Coach, Living Well with Chronic Disease Facilitator, and Diabetes Self-Management Education/Support (DSMES) educator. Tiffany is a trained QPR Gatekeeper and Certified Men’s Health Educator. She is a native Memphian who truly enjoys helping people.

Tiffany FranceErin Cox, LPC
Part Time Therapist

Erin Marie Cox is a Licensed Professional Counselor serving as a mental health counselor at the University of Memphis Counseling Center.  She earned her MA in Counseling from Liberty University in 2013.  She has 9 years of experience providing services to individuals and families. Her primary area of focus includes depression, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, adoption/foster care, relationship conflict, domestic violence, and navigating major life transitions.  Erin believes growth flourishes in an environment of compassion, acceptance, and understanding.  

Tiffany FranceTiffany France, LPC-MHSP
Part Time Therapist

Tiffany France serves as a mental health counselor in the University of Memphis Counseling Center. She earned her MA in Counseling from Harding School of Theology in 2016 where her training dually focused on professional counseling and marriage and family therapy.  She has 6 years of experience providing counseling services to adolescents and adults with a wide range of presenting concerns including depression, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, substance use disorders, and family conflict. Tiffany’s clinical interests include autism and ADHD,  relationships and communication, gender and sexuality, and navigating major life transitions.

Ricci Hellmen

Ricci A. Hellman, EdD, LPC, BC-TMH
Part Time Therapist

Ricci Hellman (she/her) is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified Telemental Health provider.  She serves as a mental health counselor in the University of Memphis Counseling Center.  Ricci earned her BA in Anthropology/Sociology at Rhodes College.  She earned her MS in Counseling and EdD in Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research at the University of Memphis (Go Tigers Go!). Ricci has over 30 years of experience providing counseling services to an eclectic clientele. Ricci is a member of the LGBTQIA population. She has experience helping individuals with mood disorders, body image, addiction and substance abuse, anxiety, depression, trauma, family of origin concerns, and gender identity needs. Ricci believes that healing and growth are possible – we are all on our own journeys through life.  Ricci is ready to help you with your journey.

Kelsey HooverKelsey Hoover, B.A. 
Administrative Assistant

Kelsey Hoover is an administrative assistant for Student Health and Counseling Services. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Memphis and has almost five years of experience working at the University. Kelsey provides administrative support to the Counseling Center staff and assists with monitoring the departmental budget. She is one of the first points of contact at the Counseling Center and helps students with getting set up for services.  

Shatari SmithShatari Smith, B.A. 
Adminstrative Assistant

Shatari Smith serves as the Administrator Assistant for the Student Health and Counseling Center. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis (Go Tigers!). Shatari provides support to students and staff with varies of duties around the department. Her passion for helping students is what makes a positive impact on the Counseling Center and work environment. 

Jameice DeCoster-EdmundsJameice DeCoster-Edmunds, MA, MPH
Psychology Intern

Jameice is a fifth-year doctoral intern at the University of Memphis Counseling Center. She earned her B.S. in psychology from Virginia Tech, her MPH from Thomas Jefferson University, and her MA from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Washington, DC where she is also earning her PsyD in clinical psychology. Her previous experiences include working at a college counseling center, private practice, and neuropsychology testing center. She enjoys working with student-athletes, historically underrepresented college students, and couples. Her professional interests include multiculturalism, adjustment issues, anxiety, depression, and social justice.


Ce'Ne HarrisCe'Ne Harris, M.S.
Psychology Intern

Ce’Ne Harris is a doctoral Psychology Intern from Jackson State University. She is a native of New Orleans, LA. She completed her B.S. in psychology at Louisiana State University and Master of Science in clinical psychology at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. Ce’Ne has clinical experience working with veterans, college students, and adults. Her areas of clinical interest include trauma, crisis, resilience, social justice. She hopes to continue her training through obtaining certifications in CPT, EMDR, and TF-CBT. Ce'Ne's research interests are poverty, trauma, and resilience, specifically how the intersection of the three illustrate potential PTSD symptomatology in impoverished communities.

Stephanie SarkodieStephanie Sarkodie, M.S.
Psychology Intern

Stephanie Sarkodie is one of the psychology interns at the University of Memphis Counseling Center. She earned her B.A. in psychology from Lycoming College and received an M.S. in Marriage & Family Therapy and in General Psychology from Albizu University. She is a registered marriage and family intern with the state of Florida. She is currently a 5th year student at Albizu University within the APA-Accredited Clinical Psychology program (Psy.D). Stephanie has experience working with varying age groups within residential treatment facilities, outpatient home-based services, university counseling centers, community mental health centers and hospitals. Her areas of interest include assessment, ADHD/SLD, anxiety, depression, grief & loss,  identity confusion, self-esteem concerns, interpersonal issues and adjustment disorders.  

Whitney WyattWhitney Wyatt, M.Ed.
Psychology Intern

Whitney is a doctoral candidate at Tennessee State University in the Counseling Psychology program and she serves as a Psychology Resident at the counseling center at University of Memphis. Whitney received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and her Master of Education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Whitney has been practicing mental health counseling for 10 years and has provided therapy for children, adolescents, families, adults, and college students. She has experience in suicide prevention and has been a QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) suicide prevention gatekeeper trainer. She also has worked with intimate partner violence survivors, sexual assault survivors, childhood trauma, substance use, crisis intervention, and treatment of psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Whitney has worked with community agencies providing intensive outpatient groups for eating disorders, trauma, and substance abuse in teens. She has a vast range of interests from psychological testing to advocacy for marginalized people. She is an advocate for Black women’s mental health and has research interests in understanding how sociopolitical factors impact the psychological wellbeing of Black women. 

Health Center Staff

Aprille Abston-TurnsAprille Abston-Turns, APN, MSN, RN
Nurse Practitioner
Associate Director, Health Center

Aprille is a Memphis native and University of Memphis alumni. Aprille is a certified Advanced Practice Nurse, specializing in Family Practice. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Memphis in 1998.  She then earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in 2002. She maintains certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Before coming to the University of Memphis Student Health Center in 2017, she practiced in Family and Internal Medicine for five years, followed by 10 years of practice working in the specialty of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology.  She enjoys working with the college health population, and is happy to be back at her alma mater. 

Chelsea SchmidtChelsea Schmidt, DNP, APRN, FNP-C
Nurse Practitioner

Chelsea Schmidt is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Central Arkansas in 2013. She then worked as a Registered Nurse in critical care and perioperative services. She obtained her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Texas Woman’s University in 2017 and worked in primary care for 3 years. She completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2021 from Murray State University. She joined the team at Student Health Services at the University of Memphis in 2019.

Karen BerryKaren Berry, MLT, ASCP
Medical Laboratory and X-Ray Technician

Karen Berry Is Medical Laboratory Technician / Radiology Tech with 17 years of service in medical office setting at U of M.  She has earned a BA in Sociology from University of Memphis and is dedicated to the student.  Karen has 30 years of experience in medical laboratories, all in Memphis area hospitals and physicians’ medical offices.    


Debbie WidmanDebbie Widman, BPS, MBA, MPS 
Administrative Associate II

Over the past 19 years, Debbie Widman has been committed to assisting students with a vast array of healthcare and health related registration issues.  Ms. Widman is an alumn of the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Healthcare Administration and a Master of Professional Studies in Human Resource Leadership.  An advocate of lifelong learning, Ms. Widman earned her Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from the University of Texas and utilizes her skills to support the strategic mission of the University of Memphis and the Student Health Center.   

Andrella Maclin Andrella Maclin
Certified Medical Assistant
Laboratory Assistant

Andrella Maclin earned her Certification from Concorde Career Institute and serves as a Certified Medical Assistant, lab technician, triage(nursing), front office, and dispensary professional to the Student Health Center. In this role she conducts lab screening test including covid testing, clerical, pharmacy dispensary, and nursing. She has over 23 years of experience in the medical field from medical assisting, xray, phlebotomy, triage, EKG and medical office. 

Brittney Smith-JonesBrittney Smith-Jones, LPN
Licensed Practical Nurse

Brittney Smith-Jones is a Licensed Practical Nurse. She earned her degree from South Arkansas Community College. She has experience in acute care, long- term care and home health.


Michelle WilmerMichelle Wilmer, LPN
Licensed Practical Nurse

Michelle is a Licensed Practical Nurse and graduated from Alexandria Technical college in Alexandria Louisiana in 1987. She has worked in healthcare for 30+ years and has experiences in OB/GYN and Research. Michelle has been on the health care medical staff at the UofM for the past 9 years.


Deven KatherineDeven Katherine
Medical Office Assistant

Deven Katherine is a Certified Pharmacy Technician and Medical Office Assistant at the Student Health Center.  She brings over 20 years experience in Microsoft Offices Applications, Medical Terminology, Pharmacy Calculations, HIPPA, and Pharmacy Law.  She also has experience in Retail Pharmacy, Mail Order Pharmacy and Hospice Pharmacy settings. Deven is also a strong advocate in providing all students, patients and customers with equal quality care.


Nila LawsonNila Lawson
Part Time Certified Nurse Practitioner

Bio: Coming soon!



Nita VirdureNita Virdure
Part Time Licensed Professional Nurse

Bio: Coming soon!