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Meet the Staff

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The staff consists of a psychologist, counselors, social workers, interns, and support staff with diverse backgrounds.  Members of our staff include:


  • Kathleen J. Scott, Ph.D.
    Dr. Scott became Director of the Counseling Center at Salisbury University in 2007.  Prior to that she was Director of Counseling Centers at Rochester Institute of Technology and State University of New York at Buffalo.  She served as Training Director in the Counseling Center and as a faculty member in the Counseling Psychology Program at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Dr. Scott is a licensed psychologist in Maryland and earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Utah in 1985.  Her professional interests include college student mental health, diversity, ethics, and training.

Senior Staff:

  • Nikki Allen Dyer, LCSW-C,
    Nikki joined the counseling staff in 2014. She was a graduate intern in the Counseling Center and earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Salisbury University in May 2013. In 2000, she earned a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from the College of William and Mary and has previously worked in multiple areas of Student Affairs to include SU’s Office of Student Disability Support Services. Her therapeutic style integrates cognitive-behavioral theory and person-centered approaches and makes use of solution-focused, narrative, and motivational-interviewing techniques. Her clinical interests include identity formation, shame, hope, self-efficacy, and stigma.
  • Dawn Harner, LCSW-C, Training Coordinator/Counselor,
    Dawn joined our staff in August 2005.  She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Salisbury University in 1996 and earned her graduate degree in social work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 1998.  She joined the Counseling Center after working at the Worcester County Health Department for nine years providing therapy to children, adolescents, and families.  Her main theoretical approach is cognitive behavioral therapy using a strengths based and client centered approach.  Specific areas of interest include: interpersonal relationships, family concerns, self-esteem, decision making, and adjustment.  In addition, Dawn oversees the Training Program and provides clinical supervision for graduate interns seeking careers in counseling, psychology, and social work. She is registered with the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to practice clinical supervision for advanced licensure.

  • Cody McMillan, Counselor

Cody joined the Counseling Center staff at Salisbury
University in 2016. He earned his Master’s Degree in College Counseling Mental
Health from Youngstown State University in Ohio. Prior to joining the SU
counseling staff he was working at an outpatient agency providing drug and
alcohol counseling to adults in Pennsylvania. His main theoretical approach is
cognitive behavioral therapy, with a combination with client centered and
solution focused counseling techniques. Areas of interest include family
concerns, self-esteem, addiction, nutrition in mental health, and self-care.

  • Cassidy Zeller, LGPC, Counselor,

    Cassidy joined the counseling staff in 2015. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology at Millersville University in 2009, and her graduate degree in clinical mental health counseling from Shippensburg University in 2014. She was working at an outpatient agency providing mental health and drug and alcohol counseling to clients of all ages in Pennsylvania before joining our staff. Her therapeutic style is eclectic, but with an emphases on motivational interviewing and person centered theory. Her areas of interest include depression, anxiety, motivation, boundaries, healthy relationships, addiction, LGBTQ, empowerment, identity, mindfulness, and group counseling.

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  • Lisa Dixon, MSW Intern,
  • Nicole Lore, MSW Intern,
  • Emilee Powell, MSW Intern
  • Alicia Zahn, Counseling Intern

Administrative Assistant:

  • Eleanor Coleman, B.S.W., 
    Eleanor has been with the Counseling Center since 1995.  Eleanor is generally the first person with whom people have contact when they call or come into the center.  She facilitates clients' completion of initial paperwork prior to intake.  Eleanor also coordinates testing appointments and proctors tests for students registered with the Office of Student Disability Support Services who are approved for testing accommodations.

Note:  E-mail is not secure means of communication and confidentiality is not ensured.  Counseling Center staff members will respond to  messages at his or her earliest convenience.

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