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Counseling and Student Development Center

“Supporting a Healthy Learning Environment”

Main Office
Building 39, Suite 120
phone 202.274.6000

Regular Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9am - 5pm |
Wednesday: 9am - 7pm

Call or walk-in to schedule an initial consultation today!  If you are currently experiencing a mental health emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room for immediate help.


CSDC Staff

From left to right: Ms. Shawnda Sanford, Staff Assistant; Dr. Serena Butler-Johnson, Director Dr. Sislena Ledbetter, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs; Dr. Sirajul Hasan, Psychiatric Resident/Therapy Trainee; Claire Holland, Psychology Doctoral Student & Psychotherapy Extern; Maxwell Brooks, Psychology Doctoral Student & Psychotherapy Extern; Jackie Pembleton, M.Psy., Psychology Doctoral Student & Psychotherapy Extern, Dr. Jill Fay, Psychologist.

Dr. Serena Butler-Johnson - Director

Dr. Serena ButlerDr. Butler-Johnson is a Licensed Psychologist with over a decade of clinical experience in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan a wealth of administrative, clinical, and programmatic experiences at the UDC Counseling & Student Development Center.  During her tenure at UDC, Dr. Butler-Johnson has expanded the Center's clinical training program, served as the author and Project Director for two HBCU-Centers for Excellence in Behavioral Health mini-grant programs, lead the Division of Student Affairs assessment efforts, coordinated the TEAM 100 mentoring program, developed the Starting Early, Starting Smart women's psychosocial support program.  In addition, Dr. Butler-Johnson has served on the University's Threat Assessment Team, Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Grant Advisory Group, Disability Resource Center Task Force, Assessment Leadership Group, Wellness Committee, Retention Committee, Involuntary Leave Policy Committee (Chairperson), and Staff Hiring Committees (Chairperson).  Dr. Butler-Johnson is a faculty member of the DC Department of Behavioral Health – St. Elizabeth's Psychiatry Residency Training Program, and she is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the George Washington University Professional Psychology Program.  Dr. Butler-Johnson has also authored and co-authored grant proposals for the Counseling & Student Development Center on content areas such as suicide prevention, women's health, violence against women, HIV/AIDS, and substance abuse prevention.  Dr. Butler-Johnson received her Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) from The George Washington University and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Emory University in Atlanta, GA.  Dr. Butler-Johnson's clinical interests include individual psychotherapy, psychodynamically informed psychotherapy, relational concerns, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, women's issues, multicultural issues, and therapeutic use of the arts.

Dr. Jill Fay - Program Coordinator

Dr. Jill FayDr. Fay is a licensed psychologist.  She provides psychotherapy services to students, and she also serves as the Program Coordinator and Externship Coordinator for the Counseling and Student Development Center.  Her primary focus includes student wellness and retention; additionally, she is committed to providing a comprehensive and multiculturally competent training for the psychotherapy externs at UDC. 

Prior to joining the Counseling and Student Development at UDC in 2014, Dr. Fay provided psychotherapy at several universities, having completed her postdoctoral training at Georgetown University, her predoctoral internship at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, and an externship at Roosevelt University in Chicago.  Dr. Fay received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.  Dr. Fay's clinical interests include identity development, relationship issues, adjustment-related concerns, trauma, and grief and loss.

Dr. Fay takes an integrative approach when working with students.  Clinically, she works to co-create a therapeutic relationship which is authentic and honors each individual's intersecting identities.  It is her belief that in developing this space, students may feel safe to explore themselves and their experiences.  In doing so, Dr. Fay helps students gain insight about themselves and parts of their lives which they may hope to strengthen, shift, or further explore.

Dr. Jessica Roberts

Dr. Jesica RobertsDr. Roberts is a licensed clinical psychologist working at the Counseling and Student Development Center.  Dr. Roberts has experience working at several university counseling centers.  Dr. Roberts completed her pre-doctoral internship at Arizona State University and her post doctoral fellowship at Emory University. 

Dr. Roberts received her doctorate and master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  Dr. Roberts attended Columbia University for her bachelor’s degree in psychology.  Dr. Roberts’ clinical interests include: depression, diversity and multiculturalism, identity development, anxiety, grief and loss, and relational issues.

Dr. Roberts’ approach to therapy is integrative.  Such that she incorporates client centered principles and focuses on how one’s thoughts and views of the world impact behaviors, emotions, and relationships. 


Ms. Shawnda Sanford - Administrative AssistantMs. Shawnda Sanford

Ms. Sanford is the Staff Assistant of the Counseling and Career Development Center. She has worked with TRIO and College Preparatory Programs for the past ten years here at UDC. Ms. Sanford is working on her Bachelor's degree at the University. "I am excited about working in the Counseling and Career Development


If you are currently experiencing a mental health emergency or are concerned about your own safety or the safety of someone else, please do not delay.  Call 911 for immediate help.

Every student's sense of privacy is important to us.  For adult students (over 18), we do not release personal information without written consent, except in emergency situations where information is needed to protect health and safety.