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, Director
- Michelle Olexa, Ph.D.,Licensed Psychologist, Department Chair
- 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 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.
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.
Angela Baker, Graduate Assistant
Angela received her B.A. in Psychology from Shippensburg University in December 2012. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling here at Shippensburg University. Upon graduation, Angela would like to work with adolescents and adults at a private practice. During her free time, Angela enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and their three year old Siberian Husky named Anya, and their five month old Siberian Husky named Aries. Being a dog-mom to Anya and Aries is one of the best parts of Angela's life. When Angela is not at the dog park running around with her fur babies, which isn't often, she enjoys reading fiction novels, watching Netflix, running, spending time with friends and family, drinking good coffee, and being outdoors.
Rebecca Kennedy, Graduate Assistant
Rebecca grew up in Hagerstown and received her B.A. in English from Shippensburg University. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work degree at Shippensburg University. While attending school she worked as a Staff Coordinator helping applicants find employment and other various human resource duties in the Frederick, MD and Gettysburg, PA areas. Rebecca enjoys spending time with her boyfriend of two years, her crazy but loving New York family (think of the movies Goodfellas and Annie Hall having a baby, that's them!), her close friends, her two cats-Simba and Kitty, and her exciting new addition this past May, her nephew Adam. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and watching terrible realtiy TV shows on Bravo.
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.
Shelbie Rackley, Graduate Assistant
Shelbie received her B.S. in Exercise Science, as well as minors in Biology and Coaching from Shippensburg University in May 2014. During all four years of her undergraduate career, Shelbie played for the Shippensburg University Women's Soccer team. She was also a member of the SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) during her junior and senior years. As a graduate student, Shelbie is now a volunteer goalkeeper's coach for the Shippensburg University Women's Soccer team. Her future career goals include working as a Collegiate Athletic Administrator and coaching women's soccer.