Meed Our Staff and Interns

Josh Gunn

Josh E. Gunn, PhD

Executive Director of Counseling and Psychological Services
Licensed Psychologist

As Executive Director, Dr. Gunn oversees the counseling centers on the Kennesaw and Marietta campuses. Dr. Gunn has been with CPS since 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 University. Dr. Gunn's professional interests are in college student development, mental health issues on the college campus, training and supervision, and psychological testing. In his free time, Dr. Gunn enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, fishing, golfing, and playing the guitar.

Marcy Stidum

Marcy Stidum, LCSW, MPA

Associate Director of Counseling and Psychological Services
Director 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

Susan Adair, MA, LPC, LMHC

Coordinator of Eating Disorder Programming
Licensed Professional Counselor

Susan earned her BA in Psychology from Clemson University and her MA in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. She completed her clinical internship at UMass Lowell Counseling Center in Lowell, MA. Prior to joining CPS, Susan worked as a clinician at an eating disorder treatment facility in the greater Boston area for several years, where she completed clinical assessments, ran groups, and provided case management and individual and family therapy to clients struggling with eating disorders.  Susan also has experience working in a community outpatient mental health clinic in the greater Boston area.  Her clinical interests include eating disorders, health and wellness, anxiety, and relationship issues.  Susan has training and experience in several treatment modalities including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Family Based Treatment, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT).  Susan employs a person-centered and psychodynamic approach to therapy, and utilizes a wide range of therapeutic modalities based on the needs of each client.  In her free time, Susan enjoys spending time with her family and friends, practicing yoga, dance, music, traveling, reading, skiing and other outdoor activities.

Shelli Cossel

Shelli Cossel, MA, LPC, CPCS

Licensed Professional Counselor
Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor

Shelli earned her BS Degree in Exercise Science at Seattle Pacific University; and MA Degree in Psychology and Counseling from Argosy University. She is licensed to practice counseling in the state of Georgia and certified to provide counseling supervision. Shelli joined CPS in 2013 bringing with her 10 years of practice experience from a counseling center, social service agency and her private practice. Her professional interests include health and wellness, stress management, anxiety reduction, grief and loss and spirituality. Her leisure time is spent with her family; attending sporting events, enjoying theatre and the arts, pursuing health and fitness and reading.

Terry Faust

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

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.

Quaneecia Rainey

"Dr. Jay" LaVelle Ingram, PhD

Coordinator of Clinical Services
Licensed Psychologist

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 NeriElizabeth Neri, MPH, LMSW

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 Rainey

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 Rifkin

Sheldon H. Rifkin, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

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

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

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

Patrick Moore, LPC

AOD Education Coordinator/Substance Abuse Specialist
Center for Young Adult Addiction 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.