Staff

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
  • Cinda Liggon, M.D., Psychiatrist
  • Erica L. Diehl, Office Manager

Graduate Assistants


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. 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, 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)--a process that can be both frustrating and painful as well as comforting and rewarding.

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.

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.

Brianna Fuhrman, Graduate Assistant

Brianna earned a B.A. in Psychology, as well as a minor in French in May 2014 from Shippensburg University. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Shippensburg University. During her undergraduate career, she worked at the Ceddia Union Building in the Game Zone and at Red Robin as a server. Brianna is currently employed by United Cerebral Palsy of Central Pennsylvania at Branch Creek Neighbors on King Street. At Branch Creek Neighbors, she assists and communicates with individuals who live with intellectual disabilities that attend the day program and respite services. Outside of work and school, Brianna enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, seeing her family, spending time with her friends, and relaxing with her cat. She has many hobbies that she enjoys including hiking, cooking, drawing, listening to music, and gardening.

Olivia Haubert, Graduate Assistant

Olivia received her B.A. degree in Psychology from Shippensburg University. She is currently enrolled in the Mental Health Counseling Program here at Shippensburg University. As well as attending classes at the University, she is a part-time waitress. Olivia's dog is her main companion, and when she is not working, she is usually playing with her dog and taking her on nature walks. Olivia loves spending time with her family, and her nephews keep her very busy. She has an active family that enjoys the outdoors, so kayaking, hunting, and fishing are quite frequent activities they engage in. Having lived away from home for the last couple of years she picked up cooking and loves the idea that you can combine and create something so delicious out of individually separate ingredients.


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.




Contact Information

Counseling Center
Wellness Center, Naugle Hall, Ground Floor
Weekdays 8:30am-5:00pm
(Summer Hours:  Weekdays 8:30am-4:00pm)
717-477-1481

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.