The University Counseling Center professional staff includes full-time psychologists and counselors, a consulting psychiatrist and post-graduate and masters-level trainees. Clerical support is provided by a full-time office manager.

Counseling Staff

  • Christopher Carlton, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Interim Director
  • Michelle Olexa, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Department Chair
  • Tomoko Grabosky, Ph.D., Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Linda M. Chalk, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
  • Dayna L. Geary, MS, NCC
  • Cinda Liggon, M.D., Psychiatrist
  • Erica L. Diehl, Office Manager

Graduate Assistants

  • Jenna Alba, Graduate Assistant
  • Eghonghon Omiyi, Graduate Assistant
  • Hannah Rowe, Graduate Assistant
  • Brittany Goshorn, Graduate Assistant
  • Elizabeth Lindt, Graduate Assistant

Additional Staff Information

Christopher Carlton, Ph.D.

Chris received his B.A. in Psychology with minors in Family Studies and Math before later earning both his M.A. and his Ph.D, in Clinical Psychology and a Certificate in Sports Counseling. In addition to his experience in multiple college counseling centers, he worked in an array of other settings including community mental health centers, hospitals, and private group practices providing counseling and assessment services. Prior to joining the staff at Shippensburg in 2008, Chris was a staff psychologist and training coordinator at the counseling center of University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Within college counseling, he is particularly interested in the process of creating and maintaining interpersonal connections (e.g., friendships, dating relationships, families, therapeutic relationships) as well as self-esteem. He is also a Sport Psychology Consultant with a number of Ship athletic teams.

Michelle Olexa, Ph.D.

Michelle received a B. A. in Psychology and Communications from Wilkes University, a Master's Degree in Social and Personality Psychology from The John's Hopkins University and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Albany, State University of New York. She completed her Doctoral Internship at the University of Maine Counseling Center. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of Pennsylvania. Areas of particular interest in her work with clients include: stress and coping; body image; assertiveness; identity, developmental and interpersonal issues (e.g. relationship concerns, social roles, gender identity, sexual orientation, career planning), anxiety disorders, suicide prevention, animal assisted therapy and cognitive and interpersonal therapy.

Tomoko Kudo Grabosky, Ph.D.

Tomoko received her B.A. in Psychology from the State University of New York at Oswego and both her M.S. & Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Syracuse University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. Tomoko uses a combination of mindfulness-based approaches and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) in her counseling. Her areas of special interest include PTSD, trauma related issues, anxiety disorders, stress management, student veteran issues, GLBT issues, gender identity/transgender issues, cross-cultural and multicultural issues. In addition, Tomoko practices mindfulness meditation and incorporates mind-body approaches to promote the health and wellbeing of her clients. Tomoko has extensive cross-cultural experience, and is fluent in Japanese & English languages.

Linda M. Chalk, Ph.D.

Linda earned a B.A. in Psychology from Kalamazoo College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. She completed her predoctoral internship at the University of California at Davis, and has been a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania since 1997. Before coming to Shippensburg, Linda spent several years on the Counseling Center staff at Dickinson College, and has also worked in private practice. Linda's areas of interest include mood disorders, gender issues, relationship development and conflict resolution, LGBT concerns and identity development, disabilities, international and multicultural issues in counseling and higher education, and professional and ethical issues for psychologists.

Dayna L. Geary, MS, NCC

Dayna received a Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Science from York College in 2009, and a Master's degree in College Counseling from Shippensburg University in 2014. She is a previous intern of the University Counseling Center and is currently working toward professional licensure in the counseling field. Dayna has worked in various roles within the Higher Education setting, most recently providing academic counseling and disability support in the University of Maine system. She is excited to rejoin the UCC team. Interests in counseling include empowerment, managing stress and anxiety, disabilities, and identity issues.

Erica L. Diehl, Office Manager

Erica received her degree in Medical Transcription from Hagerstown Business College. She spent fourteen years working as an accounts receivable, accounts payable and billing clerk at a nursing home in Carlisle, PA. Erica is excited about her position at the Counseling Center and the opportunity to be employed with the University. Her hobbies and interests include exercising, visiting casinos, watching home improvement shows, cheering on the Washington Redskins and spending time with her husband and family. Erica lives in Shippensburg with her husband and their furry friends, Abigail and Bear B. Diehl.

Jenna Alba, Graduate Assistant

Jenna earned a B.S. in Psychology from Messiah College in December of 2011. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in School Counseling here at Shippensburg University, and hopes to one day become an elementary school counselor. Jenna also works part-time as a patient care coordinator at a local nephrology office in Harrisburg, Aside from work and school, Jenna enjoys spending time with her husband, and their new dog, Cooper. Her other hobbies include hiking, kayaking, fishing, gardening and traveling with friends.

Eghonghon Omiyi, Graduate Assistant

Eghonghon received her B.Sc. in Medicine and Surgery from the College of Medicine, Ambrose Alli University, Nigeria in November 2011. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling here at Shippensburg University. Prior to studying abroad, she enjoyed offering medical services to those in need at a missionary hospital for a few years. Besides studying, Eghonghon drives pleasure in spending time with family and friends, watching movies and listening to music. She also enjoys singing, cooking and gardening.

Hannah Rowe, Graduate Assistant

Hannah received her B.S. in Psychology from York College of Pennsylvania. She minored in Gerontology and is interested in working with older adults in the future. Currently, Hannah is pursuing her Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Shippensburg University. Hannah also works with children as a Therapeutic Staff Support during the week. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, playing guitar, swing dancing, hiking, gardening, and horseback riding.

Brittany Goshorn, Graduate Assistant

Brittany will begin her graduate assistantship at the University Counseling Center with the start of the 2017 Fall semester.

Elizabeth Lindt, Graduate Assistant

Elizabeth will begin her graduate assistantship at the University Counseling Center with the start of the 2017 Fall semester.

Contact Information

Counseling Center
Wellness Center, Naugle Hall, Ground Floor
Weekdays 8:30am-5:00pm
(Summer Hours:  Weekdays 8:30am-4:00pm)

The University Counseling Center is fully accredited by
the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc. 

As a client, all information you share about yourself will be kept confidential.  Only with your written permission will information be released to anyone outside of the UCC except as required by law.  Legal exceptions include the following: clear and imminent danger to you or someone else, reasonable suspicion of child or elder abuse, or a court order.  UCC records do not become part of student educational records.  While UCC staff members may consult with a supervisor or with one another, all staff members are ethically and legally bound to also treat that information confidentially.