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.
- Philip Henry, Ph.D., LMFT Approved Supervisor, Chair and Director
- Michelle Olexa, Ph.D.,Licensed Psychologist
- Tomoko Grabosky, Ph.D.,Licensed Professional Counselor
- Christopher Carlton, Ph.D.,Licensed Psychologist
- Linda M. Chalk, Ph.D.,Licensed Psychologist
- Cinda Liggon, M.D., Psychiatrist
- Erica L. Diehl, Office Manager
Additional Staff Information
Philip W. Henry, Ph.D.
After receiving his B. S. in Psychology and Sociology from Slippery Rock State College, Philip worked for four years in community development and rural mental health programs along the Gulf Coast of Alabama. Subsequently he earned an M. A. in Clinical Psychology from Western Kentucky University and his doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University. After several years in corporate psychiatric healthcare and private practice management Philip began his university teaching career at Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans and continued with Chapman University at their Arizona campuses. Along the way he continued his involvement in community development, agency management and clinical practice. His specialties include sex therapy, couples counseling, family of origin reorganization and fathering.
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, her M.S. in Counselor Education with a specialization in multicultural counseling from Syracuse University, and her Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision from Syracuse University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania and is certified as an Approved Clinical Supervisor through the Center for Credentialing and Education. Tomoko uses a combination of cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and systems approaches in her counseling. She is also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), a treatment approach effective for PTSD and other trauma related conditions. Her areas of special interest include PTSD, trauma related issues, anxiety disorders, stress management, student veteran issues, self-esteem, GLBT issues, gender identity/transgender issues, cultural adjustment (international students, study-abroad students, military families, immigrants, refugees, etc.), and multicultural issues (i.e. interracial/cultural relationships, interracial/international adoption, intercultural communication, acculturation, etc.). In addition, Tomoko studies macrobiotics and meditation and incorporates holistic and wellness approaches to promote the health and wellbeing of her clients. Tomoko has extensive cross-cultural experience, and is fluent in Japanese & English languages.
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.
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.
Amy Labagh, Graduate Assistant
Amy received her B.A. in Corporate Communication and Spanish from Lycoming College. She is currently enrolled in the College Counseling program here at Shippensburg University. She has spent the past year and a half working with Health Careers students as an Advisor at Harrisburg Area Community College. She recently developed a passion for biking, and hopes to compete in her first triathlon sometime within the next year. She enjoys spending much of her free time with her family, hosting game nights or spending nights outside by her fire pit with friends, creating "cake boss" cakes with her husband, and browsing dog adoption websites.
Kris Lightner, Graduate Assistant
Kristine grew up in rural Central Pennsylvania and graduated from Messiah College with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Religion/Theology. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Counseling degree in the Clinical Mental Health track here at Shippensburg University, with hopes of eventually serving under-represented youth and adolescents. Kristine enjoys the great outdoors through hiking, biking, and canoeing, and loves animals (especially dogs!). In her spare time she likes to bake, read, drink coffee, and spend time with family.
Maria Kakavoulas, Graduate Assistant
Maria received her B.A. in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing from Central Penn College. She is currently enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program here at Shippensburg University. She spent the previous two years working as a Medical Advocate and Crisis Counseling for the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg where she worked with Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault victims. She enjoys much of her free time with her family and friends, writing screenplays and novels, baking, and listening to music.
Sara Schuch, Graduate Assistant
Sara received her B.A. in Theatre Design with a minor in Dance from Franklin & Marshall College. She is currently enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program here at Shippensburg University. She spent the previous two years working as a College Advisor in a low-income, rural high school helping students navigate the college application and admission process. She spends much of her free time on her family's farm where she works as a horseback riding instructor and trainer. Any time left over is devoted to arts and crafts.
Devon Van Horn, Graduate Assistant
Devon received her B.A. in Anthropology from Bloomsburg University. She is currently enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program here at Shippensburg University. She spends much of her time outdoors, and practicing yoga. Devon loves music and plays the guitar very badly. She loves animals and can be found looking at adorable kitty and puppy pictures on the internet often.