Pamela Farer-Singleton, Ph.D.
Dr. Farer-Singleton has been the Chief University Psychologist at UHS since 1994. She received her undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College and her master's and doctoral degrees in psychology from Kent State University. She completed two American Psychological Association-approved internships at the Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Fallsview Psychiatric Hospital. Her professional specialties include anxiety and depression, couples/relationship/family therapy, academic performance issues and parenting issues. At KSU, Dr. Farer-Singleton has also served as a part-time Assistant Professor, providing clinical supervision for the Department of Psychology's graduate students.
John S. Schell, Ph.D.
Dr. Schell is the Senior Psychologist at UHS and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses. He completed his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and received his master's and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology form Kent State University. He did an internship at Yale University's School of Medicine/Yale-New Haven Hospital and a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University's Department of University Health. Dr. Schell's clinical specialties include depression, anxiety disorders, OCD, ADHD, eating disorders, and relationship therapy.
Carrie Berta, Psy.D.
Dr. Berta joined University Psychological Services in 2010. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Boston University and obtained a doctorate in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Berta completed an American Psychological Association-approved internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University's Counseling and Psychological Services. Her professional specialties include relationship concerns, LGBTQ issues, identity development and life transitions.
Alexander J. Colbow, Ph.D.
Alex joined the University Psychological Services in 2017. He received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Akron, master’s degree from Boston College, and doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa. His American Psychological Association approved internship was completed at Purdue University. Professional specialties include: college student success (time management/organization, relationship development, study skills, identity development, life transitions, values exploration), first-generation college students, student veterans, multicultural/diversity issues (race/ethnicity, gender, social class, sexual orientation), mood-related concerns (anxiety, depression, anger, etc.), trauma, mindfulness, grief/loss, and psychological testing (ADHD, learning disabilities, and personality).
Jayita Datta, Psy.D.
Dr. Datta joined University Psychological Services in 2010. She received bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology from the University of Delhi, India. Dr. Datta holds a Doctorate in Psychology from Wright State University's School of Professional Psychology. Her Post-Doctoral Fellowship was completed at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst's Counseling and Assessment Services. Dr. Datta is fluent in 3 languages (English, Hindi and Bengali). Her areas of specialty are anger, anxiety, mood, academic stress, ADHD/LD, relationship/couples/family therapy, identity development, transitions issues, acculturation, and cultural identity.
Rachel Helscher, M.A., LPCC
Rachel Helscher joined Psychological Services in 2017. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kent State University and earned her master’s degree in college counseling from Eastern Michigan University. Before joining the team at Kent State University, Rachel served as a counselor at North Carolina State University, and worked as a counselor at a medication-assisted treatment facility. Her areas of interest include substance use, anxiety, depression, diversity and multicultural concerns, and college student success.
Shannon Holb, LISW-S
Shannon joined University Psychological Services in January of 2020. She received her bachelor's degree in Social Work from Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey, and her master's degree in Social Work from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. Shannon's professional work history includes working as a counselor in the public and private school environments, community mental health, and private practice working with clients in all stages of life. Professional specialties include EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), trauma, family systems theory, cognitive behavioral therapy, ego state work, depression, anxiety, adjustment concerns, and personality disorders.
Douglas Muccio, Ph.D.
Dr. Muccio joined University Psychological Services in 2008 as a counseling psychologist and sport psychologist. He received his master's degree in sport psychology from Kent State University and his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Tennessee.
Lisa L. Sims, Ph.D.
Dr. Sims joined University Health Services in 2019. Dr. Sims earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from University of Georgia and completed her internship in the Special Education Department at Newark Public Schools. After graduation, Dr. Sims worked at Minority Behavioral Health Group in Akron. She has experience working with college-aged students as she worked at Clemson University as a Psychologist (under supervision) and was the Consultation and Outreach Coordinator. Her professional specialties include African-centered therapy, working with marginalized student groups, outreach and consultation, anxiety, depression, trauma, LGBTQ and gender identity, relationship issues, academic performance, career counseling, diversity and inclusion issues, first generation students, non-traditional students and graduate students. Also, Dr. Sims has interest in chronic pain and psychological testing for ADHD and learning disabilities. Her hobbies include listening to live music, karaoke, dancing, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends. Dr. Sims is also very proud to be a dog mom to her Schnoodle, Casey.
Chrissy Walter, M.Ed., LPCC-S
Chrissy joined UHS in 2019 after working in residential and outpatient treatment settings. Chrissy has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in individual and group therapy. Chrissy’s professional background also includes case management, advocacy, and Program Managing. Chrissy earned both her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, with a concentration in Youth Development, and her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, from Kent State University. Chrissy specializes in Substance Use Disorders. Her hobbies include playing guitar, creating art & photography, spending time with her husband and son, and watching sports.
Jessica Williams, Psy.D.
Dr. Williams received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Stetson University and obtained a doctorate in clinical psychology from Wright State University's School of Professional Psychology. She completed an American Psychological Association-approved internship at Purdue University's Counseling and Psychological Services where she also worked as a staff therapist until joining Kent State University's Psychological Services in 2017. Her professional areas of interest include anxiety, depression, trauma, women's issues, LGBQ+ and gender identity, autism spectrum disorder, disability affirming approaches, multicultural concerns, and identity issues.
PAMELA WIND, Ph.D.
Dr. Pamela J. Wind joined the staff in 2014, and is an experienced counseling psychologist. She works with a wide variety of individuals, families, and couples, including those who identify as members of the LGBTQI community. Dr. Wind frequently works with issues of adjustment, depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, and abuse recovery. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Akron and her master’s and doctorate at Texas Tech University. Her internship was completed at TTU’s Counseling Center, and she has many years’ experience in private practice.