Counseling and Student Development Center
“Supporting a Healthy Learning Environment”
Building 39, Suite 120
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. 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
Dr. Fay is a licensed psychologist, providing psychotherapy services to students, and also serves as the Program Coordinator for the Counseling and Student Development Center, focusing on student wellness and retention. 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.
Ms. Jamila Allouane, LICSW
Ms. Allouane is a counselor at the UDC Counseling and Development Center. She graduated with a Master's Degree in Social Welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Master's Degree in Communication Studies from the University of Bordeaux, France, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Algiers, Algeria.
Prior to joining the counseling team at UDC, Ms. Allouane worked as a mental health therapist and clinical supervisor at the Montgomery County Commission for Women, and the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County. She has also provided clinical services at the HIV Clinic at Dennis Avenue Health Center in Silver Spring, MD, and Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, MD.
Ms. Allouane work experience includes working with survivors of trauma including veterans, survivors of domestic violence, survivors of sexual abuse, asylum seekers and refugees. She also has extensive experience working with individuals diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, auto-immune diseases such as Lupus and kidney disease. As an African immigrant herself, Ms. Allouane also specializes in acculturation, especially working with African immigrants. Other areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, divorce and separation, intimacy, self-esteem, adjustment to illness, life transitions, anger management, and grief and loss.
Ms. Allouane uses an eclectic approach to help her clients. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy. She provides a safe, compassionate and non-judgmental environment in therapy, and empowers her clients to reach their goals and take control of their lives.
Ms. Allouane is fluent in English, French and Arabic.
Ms. Shawnda Sanford - Administrative Assistant
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