Meed Our Staff and Interns
Bob Mattox, EdD, LPC
Assistant Dean and Director of Student Success Services
Dr. Mattox is a Georgia Licensed Professional Counselor and the Assistant Dean and Director of Student Success Services at KSU, which includes Counseling and Psychological Services. He received his BS degree with a double major in Psychology and Social Work from Middle Tennessee State University. He earned his Master's and Doctorate in Counseling from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Dr. Mattox has 29 years of experience in higher education as an administrator and faculty member. In addition, he has 33 years of experience in counseling. He has worked in community mental health, in-patient hospitals and with college students, faculty and staff. His clinical interests include cognitive-behavioral therapy, chronic illness, emotional self-management and assisting clients with daily living skills. Dr. Mattox is the co-founder and former president of the American College Counseling Association and the Georgia College Counseling Association. He has served on the editorial board for the National Academic Advising Association Journal and the Journal of Counseling and Development. He enjoys endurance cycling, motorcycling, fishing, music and being outdoors.
Josh E. Gunn, PhD
Director of Counseling and Psychological Services
Dr. Gunn joined CPS in 2008 and is a GA licensed psychologist. He received his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University and completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Southern Louisiana Internship Consortium. He also holds an MA in Clinical Psychology from Western Kentucky University and a BA in psychology from Asbury College. Dr. Gunn's professional interests are in college student development, mental health issues on the college campus, training and supervision, and psychological testing. He coordinates the graduate training program and group counseling services at CPS. In his free time, Dr. Gunn enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, fishing, golfing, and playing the guitar.
Marcy Stidum, LCSW, MPA
Associate Director of CPS Services
Coordinator of C.A.R.E. Center
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Marcy Stidum joined CPS in August 2010. Ms. Stidum did her undergraduate work at Brewton-Parker College and received both her Master’s in Social Work and Master’s in Public administration from Valdosta State University. Ms. Stidum is certified as a Global Appraisal of Individual Needs (GAIN) Trainer and for over five years served as a surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Her professional interests include working with persons with severe persistent mental illness, providing practice management consultation services and providing clinical supervision. Away from her professional responsibilities, she enjoys cooking for and spending time with family and friends, shopping, trying new cuisine and watching movies, especially romantic comedies.
Shelli Cossel, MA, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Shelli earned her undergraduate degree at Seattle Pacific University; and received her Master’s degree in Psychology and Counseling from Argosy University. Shelli is licensed to practice counseling in the state of Georgia. She is the newest member to the CPS team; and brings 10 years of practice experience from Counseling Center, Social Service Agency and Private Practice settings. Her professional interests include relationship improvement, life transitions, stress management, anxiety reduction, grief and loss, and spirituality. Her leisure time is spent with her family, attending sporting events, theatre and the arts; pursuing health and fitness, and reading..
Terry L. Faust, EdD, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Substance Abuse Specialist
Affiliated Staff, CYAAR
Dr. Faust is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Substance Abuse Specialist. He received his Ed.D. from the University of Mississippi in Higher Education and Student Personnel, and his MEd in counseling and BA in social work from Delta State University. Dr. Faust completed the PRIME for Life alcohol and drug instructor training in 2006. He joined the CPS staff in 2004 and his current clinical interests include college student development, relationship issues, stress management, depression, anxiety, and alcohol and drug counseling and assessment. In his spare time, Dr. Faust enjoys college sports, fishing, hunting and exercising.
Andre Griggs, MA, LPC, NCC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Andre Griggs joined CPS in June 2007. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor. He received both his BA in Psychology and MA in Counseling Psychology from Clark Atlanta University. He also received his M.Div. in Professional Counseling from Amridge University (formerly Southern Christian University). He has a strong special education and school mental health counseling background. His previous clinical experiences include outpatient mental health and substance abuse, working with children, adolescents, and their families, and treatment of sexual and physical trauma. His professional specialities include grief, substance abuse, trauma, spirituality, self-esteem and motivational interviewing. In his spare time, Andre enjoys weight lifting, running, playing video games, spending time with family and friends, reading, riding motorcycles, shopping, and dining at restaurants.
"Dr. Jay" LaVelle Ingram, PhD
Licensed Psychologist and Training Supervisor
Dr. Jay is a clinical psychologist licensed in Georgia and Maryland. She earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and her undergraduate degrees in English and Psychology from Smith College in Massachusetts. She completed two years of additional training (1990-92) at the Multicultural Training Institute in Washington, D.C. and has maintained an expertise in cross-cultural issues since that time. Dr. Jay has also focused professionally on supervision and training and has taught psychology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In her career she has served as a counseling center director at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Chief Psychologist for the City of Atlanta and owner of her own consulting business, Diversity Dynamics, Inc. In her leisure time Dr. Jay is a novelist and screen-writer; enjoys reading fiction & designing jewelry.
Elizabeth Neri, MPH, LMSW
Social Work Case Manager and Counselor.
Elizabeth Neri joined CPS in 2014. Elizabeth earned her Master’s in Public Health from Emory University in 2009 and her Master’s in Social Work from University of Georgia in 2014. Elizabeth’s professional interests include working with people with severe and persistent mental illness, developmental disabilities, chronic disease, anxiety, depression, trauma, and life transitions. She enjoys teaching mindfulness and using creative and experiential techniques during therapy. Elizabeth is passionate about evaluating best practices in the prevention and treatment of mental illness. Prior to joining CPS, Elizabeth worked for five years as a researcher and evaluator of prevention programs addressing chronic disease and health disparities. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys painting, pottery making, musical theater, hiking, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.
Quaneecia L. Rainey, PhD
Coordinator of Outreach Services
Dr. Rainey is a licensed psychologist in the state of Georgia. She received her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Washington State University and completed her Pre-doctoral Internship at The University of Memphis in 2011. Her clinical interests include alcohol/substance abuse, sexual assault awareness and risk reduction, attachment theory in couples counseling, stress management and multicultural issues. She enjoys a wide range of clinical activities, especially outreach/prevention, couples counseling, and supervision/training. In her leisure time, Dr. Rainey enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, watching reality TV, and cooking.
Sheldon H. Rifkin, PhD
Dr. Rifkin is a Tennessee, Florida and Georgia licensed psychologist with expertise in both clinical and forensic psychology. Following his internship at Duke University Medical Center and graduation from the University of Tennessee in December of 1968, he became Chief Psychologist at the community mental health center in Knoxville. In January of 1973, he relocated to Florida where he assumed the position of Director of Satellite operations and, subsequently, Director of Inpatient Services, at that community’s mental health center. In 1978, he entered full-time private practice and was a solo practitioner until November of 2007. During that time, and in addition to his traditional practice of assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and adults as well as couples, he consulted with the local and private school boards, the juvenile, family, civil and criminal court systems as well as the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Social Security Disability Administration. Although a very active and involved professional, he decided to close his Florida practice in November of 2007, and to relocate to the Canton area outside of Atlanta so that he and his wife could be closer to their family. With a strong desire to continue to his professional involvements, he began teaching at Kennesaw State University, as a Part-Time Instructor of Psychology, in August of 2008. While finding teaching to be extremely satisfying, it had only served to reawaken his strong commitment to his roots as a clinician, and bringing his skills, honed over years of an active and multi-tiered practice, to CPS, he joined the staff in July of 2010. Dr. Rifkin still finds many opportunities to spend time with his family and to indulge his passion for world travel and photography.
Susan Ristau, EdS, LPC, NCC
Coordinator of LGBTQIQ Counseling Services
Licensed Professional Counselor
Susan Ristau is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Kennesaw State University in the late 90’s. She earned her MS and Ed.S. degrees in Counseling and Educational Psychology from West Georgia University. Susan has worked with university engineering and art students since October of 2001. She joined the Counseling staff at KSU in August of 2007, and is enjoying being back on the KSU campus. Susan’s clinical interests are women’s issues, relationships (family & romantic), mood disorders, sexual identity exploration, and stress management. Susan has been active in professional organizations, including serving as Atlanta Representative and President for a 3 year term for the Georgia College Counseling Association. In her leisure time, Susan is an avid movie buff, enjoys non-fiction (especially adventure), and listens to all types of music.
Teresa Johnston, MA, LPC
Director of the Center for CYAAR
Affiliated Staff, CPS
Teresa did her undergraduate work at Michigan State University and received her Master’s in Professional Counseling from Richmont Graduate University (formerly Psychological Studies Institute) in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Johnston is a certified paralegal, has a strong business background and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia. Ms. Johnston’s professional interests include alcohol and other drug prevention, education, treatment and recovery. Her specialization is addiction. Ms. Johnston is an adjunct instructor with the Psychology Department and teaches KSU 1101.
Patrick Moore, LPC
AOD Education Coordinator/Substance Abuse Specialist
Center for Young Adult Addicition and Recovery
Affiliated Staff, CPS
Pat is a Georgia Licensed Associate Professional Counselor specializing in substance abuse issues working with Student Success Services in the Collegiate Recovery Center. Pat earned his degree in Psychology and M.A. in Professional Counseling from Argosy University / Georgia School of Professional Psychology. Pat’s clinical experience and focus is in the field of addiction and recovery. Pat served for six years with Metro Atlanta Recovery Residence (MARR Inc) with the Men’s Center, Atlanta Recovering Professionals, the MRC family program and MRC aftercare. Pat’s experience includes motivational interviewing related to recovery issues in the Forsyth County Drug and DUI court programs through New Hope Counseling in Cumming, GA during his 2007 - 2008 internship. His theoretical orientation is based on Adlerian Principles and Jungian concepts. He is a contributing member to the Georgia Society of Adlerian Psychology. Pat is a certified Meyers Briggs practitioner focusing on type with stress, communication, learning styles and groups. As a board member, Pat has participated with the Collegiate Recovery Center for two years. He enjoys golf, walking and a quiet empty nest with his wife Donna.