Faculty and Staff 

The University Counseling Center professional faculty and 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 Faculty and Staff

  • Christopher Carlton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Licensed Psychologist, Director 
  • Michelle Olexa, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Licensed Psychologist, Department Chair
  • Tomoko Grabosky, Ph.D., Professor, Licensed Professional Counselor 
  • Linda M. Chalk, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Licensed Psychologist
  • Veena Palmeri, Psy.D., Assistant Professor, Counselor
  • Caroline Meaney, M.S., Adjunct Faculty, Counselor
  • Bethany Goshorn, M.S., NCC, Adjunct Faculty, Counselor
  • Cinda A. Liggon, M.D., Psychiatrist 
  • Erica L. Diehl, Office Manager

Graduate Assistants

  • Trevor Donovan, Graduate Assistant
  • Kati Irwin, Graduate Assistant
  • Mason McCullough, Graduate Assistant
  • Courtney Willoughby, Graduate Assistant
  • Diana Robinson, Graduate Assistant


Additional Faculty and Staff Information

Christopher Carlton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Licensed Psychologist, Director

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., Assistant Professor, Licensed Psychologist, Department Chair

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., Professor, Licensed Professional Counselor 

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., Assistant Professor, Licensed Psychologist

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.  

Veena Palmeri, Psy.D., Assistant Professor, Counselor

Veena earned her B.A. in Clinical Psychology from Marywood University, as well as her Master's and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Marywood University.  She completed her Doctoral Internship at Rutgers University Counseling Center.  Special areas of interest include:  trauma (particularly with survivors of sexual assault), anxiety disorders, mood disorders, interpersonal issues, anger management, and working with minority and underserved populations.

Caroline Meaney, M.S., Counselor

Caroline has a B.S. in Graphic Design with a concentration in Fine Arts, and a M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Shippensburg University.  She completed both field internships at the University Counseling Center.  Her areas of interest include:  anxiety disorders/stress management, depression, grief and loss, trauma/PTSD, LGBTQ, interpersonal issues/relationships.

Bethany Goshorn, M.S., NCC

Bethany received her B.A in Psychology and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Shippensburg University.  Bethany completed both of her internship experiences on a college campus (Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA).  Bethany is particularly interested in working with college students as they navigate this unique time in their life.  In addition to working in the Shippensburg University Counseling Center, she counsels at an outpatient clinic in Chambersburg, PA.  Her topics of interest include depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, and relationship issues.  In her spare time, Bethany enjoys hiking (especially if streams, waterfalls, or lakes are involved!), reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Erica L. Diehl, Office Manager

Erica received her degree in Medical Transcription from Hagerstown Business College in 1991 (a long, long time ago).  Before coming to Shippensburg University in 2005, she worked as an accounts receivable, accounts payable, and billing clerk at a nursing home in Carlisle, PA.  Erica remains excited about her position at the Counseling Center and working with students as they go through the counseling process.  Her hobbies and interests include jogging, visiting casinos, watching home improvement shows, "beaching," cheering on the Penn State Nittany Lions and The Washington Football Team, and spending time with her trusted canine companion, Mr. Bear B. Diehl, and her two fuzzy felines...Yogi and Ollie.

Trevor Donovan, Graduate Assistant

Trevor received his B.A. in Psychology from Millersville University in May of 2017.  He spent a year and a half working at a CRR program in his hometown of Carlisle, and is now beginning work on his Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling here at Shippensburg.  In his free time, Trevor enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching movies, going to concerts, and reading as much as possible.

Kati Irwin, Graduate Assistant

Kati received her B.A. in Pre-Art Therapy from Arcadia University in 2003 and M.S. in Art Therapy from Nazareth College in 2005.  She most recently worked as a therapist at Reading Hospital’s behavioral health inpatient unit, Spruce Pavilion. Currently, she is in the Social Work Master’s program here at Shippensburg.  In her free time, Kati enjoys reading, travel, being creative, and spending time with family, friends, and her Cairn Terrier, Coco.  She is also an avid Kansas University basketball fan.

Mason McCullough, Graduate Assistant

Mason received his B.A. in Psychology with a Clinical Concentration from Messiah College in May of 2020. He is now beginning his Master’s degree in School Counseling here at Shippensburg. In his free time, Mason enjoys spending time outdoors, working on DIY projects, playing volleyball, and spending time with his friends and family.

Courtney Willoughby, Graduate Assistant

Courtney received her B.S. in Sociology with a minor in Ethnic Studies at Northern Arizona University in December of 2014.  She spent four years working in the human services field in her hometown of Yuma, Arizona, and in Central Pennsylvania.  Now, she is currently working on her last year of her Master's degree of Social Work here at Shippensburg University.  In Courtney's free time, she likes to visit the gym, go running, and spending time with friends and family.

Diana Robinson, Graduate Assistant

Diana received her Associate’s Degree of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2002 and later her B.S. in Occupational Therapy in 2005, both at Penn State, Mont Alto. Since 2002, Diana has worked as an OT in a variety of settings. Diana is also a certified yoga teacher and certified lymphatic therapist. She teaches weekly yoga classes and specializes in making a yoga practice accessible to anyone. This spring, she is beginning her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling here at Shippensburg University. In her free time, Diana enjoys knitting, reading, artwork, walking her dog, and hiking.