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Staff Members

Counseling & Psychological Services
Clayton State University,
2000 Clayton State Blvd,
Morrow, GA 30260 - 0285
Phone: (678) 466-5406
Edgewater Hall, Room 245

Dr. Christine Smith

Dr. Smith joined the staff of CAPS as Director in 2007. She is a Licensed Psychologist and received her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University. She has spent the majority of her clinical career working with young adults in university settings. Her clinical interests include the treatment of anxiety, such as Panic, OCD, and phobias. When working with students, she focuses on strengthening mental wellness coping skills. Dr. Smith is also very interested in policy implications of current local and national conversations regarding young adult mental health in the university setting.



Veronica Arnold

Veronica Arnold joined the department in 2020.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is the Associate Director of Counseling and Psychological Services.  A graduate of Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, Mrs. Arnold has a passion for service and mental wellness, particularly for those often underrepresented due to race, socioeconomic status, and other factors that lead to opportunity gaps.  Mrs. Arnold's therapeutic philosophy is based on "meeting students where they are," and combines evidence based practice in a realistic and approachable way, often usic therapeutic play, mindfulness, and art and music therapy interventions.


Melinda Daugherty

Melinda Daugherty joined the department in 2022.   She is an Associate Professional Counselor currently working towards full licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor.  Ms. Daugherty received her Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.  Her professional areas of interest include: trauma, sexual assault, depression, anxiety, grief, anger, self-esteem, spirituality, and general life stressors.  She hopes to provide a safe and peaceful space that allows for students to be able to experience discovery, growth, and healing in their life journey.


 Markala Harris

Markala Harris joined the department in 2023.  She is a Counselor who is working towards gaining her professional counselor license.  She received her Master's of Science in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Clayton State University.  Her professional areas of interest include treatments for depression, anxiety, academic stress, and general life stressors.  Ms. Harris strives to serve Clayton State students with grace and warmth.  She provides a safe space for students to discuss their concerns, grow, and gain coping skills during their counseling experience.  


 Aaron Wilson

Aaron Wilson joined the department in 2023 and serves as a counselor.  He obtained his Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Fort Valley State University.  His professional areas of interest include depression, self-esteem, substance abuse, identity development, mind-body wellness, and disability issues.  He enjoys working with students of all backgrounds and believes in collaborating with students to address their individual needs.



  Elyse Bryman

Elyse Bryman joined the department in 2023.  She is a Licensed Master Social Worker, and is currently working towards full licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She received her Master of Social Work and Certificate of Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Georgia.  Her clinical interests include working with anxiety, OCD, depression, general life stressors, self-esteem, body image and eating disorder concerns.  Ms. Bryman’s therapeutic philosophy is based on a collaborative person centered approach in combination with her training in evidenced based treatments.  She hopes to create an open and safe space to work together as a team.