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 – Assistant Vice President for Student Wellness

Dr. Serena ButlerDr. 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, 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.

Previously, Dr. Clyburn coordinated the Peer Education Program and coordinated the Crisis Incident Management Team at one university.  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. Dr. Clyburn has been a trainer in Mental Health First Aid for three years.  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.  She is also an assistant professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Her passion is the practice of psychology – therapy, however individual coaching and evaluation is in her repertoire.


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.