Staff Members

SENIOR STAFF

Ruperto M. Perez, PhD, Director
ruperto.perez@vpss.gatech.edu

Dr. Perez is a licensed psychologist in Georgia and Florida having received degrees from Boston College (B.S., M.A.) and his PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Previously, Dr. Perez served as Assistant Director for Clinical Services at the Counseling Center at the University of Florida and as Counseling Services Coordinator and Training Director at the Counseling & Testing Center at the University of Georgia.

His areas of professional interest include counseling issues related to diversity and multiculturalism, gender issues, LGBT concerns, outreach/consultation, and supervision/mentoring. He is active in a number of professional organizations including, the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services, and the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology).  He is a former member of APA’s Commission on Accreditation and currently serves as Division 17 Vice President for Communication. In addition, Dr. Perez is the co-editor of the Handbook of Counseling and Psychotherapy with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients published by the American Psychological Association.

 

Mack S. Bowers, PhD, Associate Director for Training
mack.bowers@vpss.gatech.edu

Dr. Bowers is a Licensed Psychologist who received his B.A. from Furman University, his M.A. in Clinical Psychology from East Carolina University and his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Georgia. As Associate Director, Dr. Bowers oversees the training program for the center. His professional interests include anxiety disorders,family communication patterns and spirituality. He also enjoys working with international students.

 

Michelle Lyn, PhD, Associate Director for Clinical Services
michelle.lyn@vpss.gatech.edu

Dr Lyn is a licensed psychologist who received her B.S. from Xavier University of Louisiana, her M.A. from the University of Missouri, and her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. Dr. Lyn oversees the clinical operation of the center. She is an active member in the Georgia Psychological Association serving on the executive board of the Council on the Psychology of Women and Girls. Dr. Lyn's professional interests include supervision, group therapy, multicultural counseling, women's issues, relationship issues, depression and anxiety.

 

Lacy Currie, Ph.D.
lacy.currie@vpss.gatech.edu

Dr. Currie is a postdoctoral fellow in psychology.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 2013 and completed her internship with the Georgia Tech Counseling Center prior to accepting the full-time postdoctoral position.  Her interests include suicide prevention and she is currently coordinating those efforts for the Center.

 

Irene Dalton, PhD, Practicum Training Coordinator
irene.dalton@vpss.gatech.edu

Dr. Dalton is a licensed psychologist who received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Virginia and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Georgia State University. She serves as the practicum coordinator for the center. She also leads a therapy group formed exclusively for graduate student women at GT. Her special interests include relationship concerns and couples therapy, Asperger's disorder, and health psychology.

 

Kenneth C. Frontman, PhD
kenneth.frontman@vpss.gatech.edu

Dr. Frontman is a Licensed Psychologist who received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Tech University. He is a Certified Group Psychotherapist and is a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Frontman's clinical and research interests include psychological testing, couples and family counseling, career development, individual and group counseling, and substance abuse.

 

Tiffiny M. Hughes-Troutman, PhD
Coordinator for Outreach and Professional Development
tiffiny.hughes-troutman@vpss.gatech.edu

Dr. Hughes-Troutman is a licensed psychologist who received her B.S. in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana and her M.S. and Ph.D.in Counseling Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She coordinates the Center's outreach activities for the campus community as well as the professional development opportunities for staff. Dr. Hughes-Troutman's areas of professional interest include diversity and multicultural competence, identity development, trauma, women's issues, and supervision and training. She is a Fellow of the Georgia Psychological Association (GPA) where she serves on the Board of Directors as Chair and Co-Chair of the Ethnic Minority Affairs and Membership Committees, respectively. She is also on the Pro Bono and Continuing Education Committees of GPA and serves as Publications/Newsletter Director for the Georgia College Counseling Association (GCCA).

 

Abby Myers, PhD
abby.myers@vpss.gatech.edu

Dr. Myers completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Georgia State Counseling Center with a specialization in substance abuse treatment.  Dr. Myers received her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University. She earned her M.A. in Agency Counseling from Gardner-Webb University. Her professional interests include working with issues related to interpersonal trauma, substance abuse and addictions, diversity, relationships, disordered eating, depression and anxiety.

 

SUPPORT STAFF

Detanya "Dee" Celestine
detanya.celestine@vpss.gatech.edu

Ms. Celestine serves as the office manager for the Counseling Center.  She coordinates the front office procedures, and interacts with the office of Human Resources for all employee issues.  Her duties include secretarial support for the Center's staff by maintaining computerized appointments and being the first point of contact with students/staff that call or visit the Center.

 

Raquel Sams
raquel.sams@vpss.gatech.edu

Ms. Sams is the Center's receptionist.  Her duties include secretarial support for the Center's staff by maintaining computerized appointments and being the first point of contact with students/staff that call or visit the Center.

 

Eric Neville
eric.neville@vpss.gatech.edu

Mr. Neville oversees the testing area of the center and provides support to the outreach efforts of the center through brochures and other media.

 

DOCTORAL INTERNS

Erin English, MS, MPH
Auburn University

 

Eleanor McMahan, MS
University of Georgia

 

Brandon Velez, MA
University of Florida

 

PRACTICUM STUDENTS

Kathleen Clark
Georgia State University

 

Irene Daboin
Georgia State University

 

Cheryl Garn
Georgia State University

 

Monica Manuel
Georgia State University

 

Joanna Menendez
Georgia State University

 

Kiranmayi "Kiran" Neelarambam
Georgia State University