Meet Our Counselors

Claire E. Fuller, PhD, Licensed Psychologist, Counseling Services Director

Claire Fuller 6Claire Fuller joined Oglethorpe University last Fall (2015) after serving as Training Director at Agnes Scott College Counseling and Psychological Services for 13 years. Claire earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia. She moved to Atlanta to complete her internship at Grady Hospital, with a plan to stay in Georgia for one year. She fell in love with the physical beauty of Atlanta, the cultural diversity of the area, and the abundance of professional opportunities. In addition to working at college counseling centers, Claire has worked in a community counseling center; a State Psychiatric Hospital; teaching in the master’s program at Georgia School of Professional Psychology; providing Employee Assistance Program Services for Employees of DeKalb County School Systems; and evaluating Social Security Disability Applications. She is pleased to be part of the OU Community and to help the OU Counseling Center continue to collaborate with students, faculty, and staff to serve this community.


Jessica Lazer 6Jessica Lazer, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist,
Director of Clinical Training

This year marks Dr. Lazer’s ninth year with the OU Counseling Center and second year as the Director of Clinical Training. Dr. Lazer received her Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology from Georgia State University in 1996. She completed her internship at The University of Colorado Medical Center and her Post-Doctoral training at The United Way Hub Counseling Center. Dr. Lazer currently divides her time between her private clinical practice and training, teaching, and supervision of doctoral candidates.


Stacey Cohen, M.A., Liscensed Professional Counselorcounseling-center-stacey-cohen

Stacey Cohen earned her BA in Illustration and Fine Art at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. She worked as a commercial artist/illustrator for books, magazines and other print media for 16 years. She also taught art lessons privately and at various community centers. While working at an emergency shelter for teens, Stacey realized she wanted to be able to help in a deeper way. She decided to attend graduate school in Professional Counseling. Stacey earned her MA from Argosy University and has been fully licensed as a Professional Counselor in GA for seven years. Stacey has worked in Inpatient, Outpatient, and Partial Hospitalization settings with individuals with mood and anxiety disorders, PTSD and substance use problems. Stacy’s passion is integrating traditional talk therapy with art/expressive therapies and working with LGBTQIAA individuals.


ayanna-grovesAyanna Groves, B.A., Practicum Therapist

Ayanna Groves was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She is currently attending Georgia State University to obtain her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  Her clinical interests include mental health counseling and career counseling.  Prior to starting her master’s program last year, she worked as a middle school special education teacher in Tallulah, LA.  She has also had the experience of being a student athlete as she was captain of the women’s tennis team at Oxford College of Emory University.


Maxine Miller, M.S., Practicum Therapist

counseing-center-maxineMaxine Miller is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She earned her B.S. in Psychology at West GA University and then her M.S. in Community Counseling at GA State University. Maxine worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor for many years before returning to graduate school. Her clinical experience includes counseling adults, adolescents, families, couples and groups in a Day Treatment Program, a Community Mental Health Center, and in Private Practice. She has developed and implemented a number of mental health and psychological programs, including: Equine assisted therapy and outdoor wilderness programs for adolescents in residential treatment; starting an alternative middle school and high school with a conflict-resolution program within the middle school; and directing clinical services on a crisis assessment unit in a psychiatric hospital. Maxine’s specialty areas include counseling trauma survivors and individuals with addiction, depression and anxiety issues. Maxine has lived in the Atlanta area, in the mountains of Colorado, and in the Pacific Northwest. She is very interested in “place attachment,” how the emotional bonds we develop with places affect our sense of self and psychological well-being.


counseling-center-melanieMelanie Varney, MA.E, Ed.S, NCC, Practicum Therapist

Melanie Varney is a doctoral student in Counselor Education and Practice at Georgia State University. She earned her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida and has worked in community mental health, alternative schools, and university counseling centers. Specialty areas include issues related to identity, self-image, depression, anxiety, interpersonal concerns, and suicidal ideation.




Charles Westbrook, M.S., Practicum Therapist

Charles is a native of Atlanta and has lived in and around the city his entire life. He is in his third year of the PhD program in Counseling Psychology at Georgia State University and, as part of his training, has worked at Skyland Trail, Georgia State University Career Services, and most recently at the Georgia Tech Counseling Center. Charles has had experience working with students from diverse backgrounds on a wide range of issues and goals, and he believes that safety and understanding are two of the most important things he can provide as a therapist.

alexandria-woodruffAllie Woodruff, B.A., Practicum Therapist 

Allie grew up in the Appalachian mountains of northeast Georgia.  She earned her Bachelors in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and is currently seeking her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Georgia School of Professional Psychology.  Allie has worked with addicted populations, individuals diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries, and last year completed a practicum at Columbus State University where she worked closely with college students of all ages.


ZiggySigmund (aka Ziggy), Therapy Dog

Oglethorpe’s newest addition to the counseling center is Ziggy, a rescue dog turned therapy dog. He provides comfort and joy to the OU community. Meet Ziggy!