Staff

CSDC Staff
From Left to Right, Front Row: Samuel Salamon, Doctoral Student & Psychotherapy Extern; Natalia Baez, Doctoral Student & Psychotherapy Extern; Leisa Small, Doctoral Student & Psychotherapy Extern; Shelley Maxwell, Doctoral Student & Psychotherapy Extern; Alex Abramowicz, Doctoral Student & Psychotherapy Extern. Back Row: Dr. Serena Butler Johnson, Counseling Center Director; Dr. Malini Nerambali,  Psychiatric Resident/Therapy Trainee; Dr. Elio Conroy, Psychiatric Resident/Therapy Trainee, Ms. Shawnda Sanford, Staff Assistant; Dr. Jessica Roberts, licensed clinical 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. Nicole Giordano – Counseling Psychologist

Dr. Giordano - Counseling PsychologistDr. Giordano is a Counseling Psychologist working at the Counseling and Student Development Center.  She serves as the Program Coordinator for the Center’s Externship training program. Prior to joining the Center staff, Dr. Giordano completed her  Postdoctoral Fellowship at American University Counseling Center and Predoctoral internship at the University of Maryland College Park Counseling Center.. Dr. Giordano received her doctorate degree from the University of North Dakota, Sher received her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at New Paltz. In addition to several other university counseling center experiences she has had training in crisis settings, community mental health, integrated health care, and private practice . Dr. Giordano’s clinical interests include identity development, relational issues, trauma, multicultural issues, and working with members of the LGBQ and transgender/gender diverse communities. Dr. Giordano’s approach to therapy is integrative, with an emphasis on interpersonal, cognitive behavioral, feminist, and multicultural approaches.


Ms. Shawnda Sanford – Administrative Assistant

Ms. Shawnda SanfordMs. 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.

Counseling and Student Development Center

Main Office
Building 39, Suite 120
phone202.274.6000

Emergencies

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.

Confidentiality

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.

Counseling and Student Development Center

OUR VISION We are here to meet the unique challenges of our culturally diverse clientele/students.

OUR PHILOSOPHY We believe that every student has basic and unique needs which must be fulfilled in order to function successfully in a learning environment.

THE MISSION The UDC Counseling and Student Development Center is dedicated to promoting psychological wellbeing that enriches personal, career and academic growth. We provide a broad range of high quality, innovative, and ethical services, resources and information to students, staff and faculty. The Counseling Center also actively contributes to the campus’ broader academic mission by training and developing students and professionals, helping build a multicultural learning community, and providing leadership through collaborative partnerships.

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Counseling and Student Development Center

Main Office
Building 39, Suite 120
phone202.274.6000

Emergencies

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.

Confidentiality

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.