Dr. Serena Butler-Johnson – Assistant Vice President for Student Wellness
Dr. Serena Butler-Johnson is the Assistant Vice President for Student Wellness. Dr. Butler-Johnson supervises the Counseling, Disability, Health Services, and Health Promotion/Peer Education Programs at the University of the District of Columbia. Before becoming the Assistant Vice President for Student Wellness, Dr. Butler-Johnson served as the Director of the University’s Counseling and Student Development Center. Dr. Butler-Johnson has a wealth of administrative, clinical, and programmatic experience and 15 years of clinical experience in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. Dr. Butler-Johnson is a Licensed Psychologist. 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 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 interests include resilience, exercise and nutrition, individual psychotherapy, psychodynamically informed psychotherapy, relational concerns, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, women’s issues, multicultural issues, and therapeutic use of the arts.
Dr. Sonya Clyburn – Counseling Psychologist
Dr. Sonya Clyburn is a licensed psychologist, professor, certified trainer, and evaluator. She has been practicing clinical psychology for fifteen years. Dr. Clyburn earned her Doctor of Psychology degree from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Washington, DC.
She has presented academically at many institutions on minority mental health and other topics at Columbia University, Temple University, Arcadia University, and Morgan State University. Her clinical interests include: cultural issues, sexual identity issues, attachment, grief and loss, depression, trauma, anger management, conflict education, leadership development and group process – mimesis. Her approach to therapy is integrative with an emphasis on psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral techniques. She has worked in varied settings including counseling centers, community mental health centers, hospitals, group homes and District Court systems. Her passion is the practice of psychology – therapy, however individual coaching and evaluation is in her repertoire.
Dr. Avetta White
Avetta Marie White is a native of Alexandria, Virginia. Dr. White graduated from high school at T.C. Williams in Alexandria, VA. Dr. White earned her Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) in Psychology and received a minor in Business Administration from Longwood University. Dr. White obtained her Master’s degree (M.A.) in Professional Counseling from Argosy University in 2005. Shortly after Dr. White completed her Master’s degree, she worked toward and obtained her certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and later received her license in Washington, DC in 2010 as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Dr. White earned her Doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in Higher Education from Morgan State University in 2018 focusing her research on the presenting mental health and psychosocial stressors of minority college students.
Dr. White has served at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) for thirteen years. In Dr. White’s thirteen years at UDC, she has served in several capacities making it her mission to provide support, programming and community outreach in mental health, wellness, community health, student services, and STI’s/HIV/AIDS education. As a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Dr. White has currently been serving in the Office of Counseling & Disability Services (OCDS) at the University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDC-CC). Dr. White also serves as an adjunct professor for the Humanities Division of UDC-CC, teaching Principles of Psychology over the past 3 years. Dr. White has particularly worked hard in her current and past roles to serve traditional and non-traditional college students, and underserved populations in the community. Dr. White’s goal is to continue serving the needs of college students and the community through her expertise in mental health and higher education. As a female African-American professional, Dr. White’s hope is to lead by example, implanting her mark among aspiring college students.
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.
This year’s clinical trainee therapists are:
Dr. Ivonne Torriente-Crespo
Dr. Abhishek Wadhawan
Dr. Tai McCadden
Dr. Muhammad Ali Zaidi
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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