Lynn J. Darby School of Psychology Faculty and Staff

Julie Battle

Julie V. Battle, Ph.D.

Fuller E. Callaway Professorial Chair
Professor of Psychology

Dr. Battle serves as the Lynn J. Darby School of Psychology and Adolescent Counseling Chair and is a Professor with credentials from the University of Houston and the University of Southern Mississippi. Her areas of expertise include Forensic Interviewing, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Severe Mental Illness, Victimization, Sexual Abuse, Parenting, and Child Abuse Prevention. Dr. Battle is also a licensed psychologist who works with law enforcement and DFCS in sexual abuse cases. Her role is to conduct forensic interviews with children who have made allegations of sexual abuse and to serve as an expert witness in court when these cases are prosecuted. She also has several publications and has been a part of the Brenau family for over 20 years.

Bonnie Kin

Bonnie Kin, Ph.D.

Director, M.S. Applied Gerontology
Professor of Psychology

Dr. Kin is the Director of the M. S. in Applied Gerontology program and a Professor of Psychology. She received her Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology and her M.A. and B.A. in psychology from California State University Dominguez Hills. Dr. Kin’s areas of expertise are Geropsychology, Gerontology, Alzheimer’s disease, Health Psychology, Attachment, and Eating Disorders. Dr. Kin is also a practicing psychologist.

Gary Bauman

Gary Bauman, Ph.D., L.P.C.

Graduate Coordinator, Clinical Counseling Psychology
Professor of Psychology

Dr. Bauman is a Professor of Psychology and the Clinical Counseling Psychology Program Coordinator. Dr. Bauman began teaching at Brenau University in 2004. He obtained a B.S. in Psychology at Berry College (1988), an M.S. in Community Counseling at Georgia State University (1990), and a Ph.D. in Counseling at Georgia State University (2000). Dr. Bauman has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia since 1994 and has worked in a variety of in-patient and out-patient settings, including private practice. His areas of instructional focus are: Theories of Personality, Theories of Psychotherapy, Counseling and Therapy, Group Counseling, and The Helping Relationship. Dr. Bauman is a member and frequent presenter of the North American Society for Adlerian Psychology (NASAP).

Perry Daughtry

Perry Daughtry, Ph.D.

Coordinator, Undergraduate Program
Associate Professor of Psychology

Prof. Daughtry is an Associate Professor of Psychology and the Undergraduate Coordinator for the School of Psychology. He has a B.S. in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina, an M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of North Texas, and a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Northcentral University. With diverse experience in management, data analysis, test battery interpretation, psychological consulting, and organizational effectiveness, Mr. Daughtry offers great intellectual challenge and critical thinking to students at Brenau.

Kristen Green

Kristen Green, Ph.D., ABPP

Board Certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Director, BCCPS-Gainesville
Associate Professor of Psychology
Assessment Coordinator

Dr. Green is the Director of the Brenau Center for Counseling and Psychological Services-Gainesville, Assessment Coordinator for the M.S. in Clinical Counseling Psychology program at Brenau, as well as an Associate Professor of Psychology. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Case Western Reserve University. Her M.A. in School Psychology and B.A. in Psychology were earned at Trinity University. Dr. Green’s areas of expertise are Child and Adolescent psychology and therapy, Differential Diagnosis, and Assessment. Dr. Green is also a practicing psychologist.

Lucinda Grapenthnin

Lucinda Grapenthin, Ph.D.

Director, BCCPS-Norcross
Play Therapy Center Director
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Grapenthin received her Ph.D. in School and Clinical Child Psychology from Indiana State University. Her clinical experience consists of working in inpatient settings for children with severe mental illness and providing psychological support in schools including conducting psychological assessments and individual and group therapy. Additionally, she conducted developmental assessments for the 0-3-year-old population for the Babies Can’t Wait Program in Fulton County, GA.  Dr. Grapenthin is a Licensed Psychologist, National Certified School Psychologist, and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. She specializes in play and expressive therapy techniques. Areas of interest include Attachment, Trauma, Anxiety, Mind-Body Connection, and ADHD.  She is a member of the GPA, APA, and GAPT.  Her professional background encompasses working in California, Illinois, and South Carolina. Dr. Grapenthin maintains a clinical practice providing psychotherapy and clinical supervision to other professionals and professional workshops.

Margie Gill, Ph.D., L.P.C., C.P.C.S., A.C.S.

Executive Director for Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives
Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Gill is an associate professor of psychology and the Executive Director for Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives. She graduated cum laude from Georgia Gwinnett College in 2008 with a B.S. in Psychology and received her master’s degree from Brenau’s Clinical Counseling Psychology program in 2010 where she received the Ali McNichols Outstanding Graduate Student Award. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Personnel Services and certification in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from the University of Georgia.  She has practiced as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia since 2014 and clinical supervisor since 2017. She is a member of the Licensed Professional Counselor’s Association of Georgia, the American Counseling Association, American Psychological Association, and Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Dr. Gill’s areas of interest include advocacy for human rights, social justice, intersectionality, human trafficking, trauma, and attachment. Dr. Gill oversees a nonprofit organization that provides resources and services to people who are at risk of or have been victimized by human trafficking. She also assists in developing schools internationally.

Josh Hall, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Internship Director

Dr. Hall teaches courses in cognitive and personality assessment and neurological bases of behavior. His graduate studies and post-doctoral training were completed at the University of Georgia in Athens and the Medical College of Georgia.  Areas of specialization include neuropsychological aspects of cognitive and behavioral functioning, especially within child, adolescent, and young adult populations. Dr. Hall’s areas of research interest include neurodevelopmental disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Dyslexia, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), seizures and Tourette’s Syndrome, as well as the manifestation of these disorders on personality functioning. He also works within many school settings facilitating the identification and treatment of students who are experiencing disorders requiring Special Education, or other specialized services.

Venecia Pearce-Dunbar

Venecia Pearce-Dunbar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Pearce-Dunbar joined the Lynn J. Darby School of Psychology and Adolescent Counseling as an Assistant Professor of Psychology in August, 2021. Her research interests include body weight perceptions, perceptions of ‘fluffy’ women, body image, social media, eating disorders and health-enhancing behaviors – specifically, physical activity. She’s a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Mona, and completed her doctoral studies at Brunel University London. She has authored publications and presents at several conferences locally and overseas.

Rebekah Rocheleau, assistant professor of psychology,

Rebekah Rocheleau, M.S., L.P.C.

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Interim Assistant Director, BCCPS-Gainesville

Professor Rocheleau graduated from Brenau with an M.S. in Clinical Counseling Psychology in 2013. As both a counselor and as a psychometrist, she has worked in a variety of clinical settings including diversion programs, community agencies, and private practices. Her interests include psychological aspects of women’s health, sexual health, stress management, addiction recovery, and the intersection of psychology and technology. She is an active advocate for the compassionate care of women in healthcare settings. Prof. Rocheleau is currently an LPC in private practice specializing in psychotherapy for those navigating chronic pain and illness as well as concerns related to attachment, life transitions, and substance abuse. She is a member of the Association for Psychological Science, the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia, and the Jung Society of Atlanta.

Blaine Schultz

Blaine Schultz, M.S., L.P.C.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Prof. Schultz is a licensed counselor in Georgia and Florida. She earned her M.S. in Community Counseling at Georgia State University and B.A. in Philosophy from Furman University. As Assistant Professor, she teaches at the undergraduate and graduate level. Ms. Schultz has worked as a psychotherapist in private group practices with focus on anxiety, depressive, and adjustment disorders, chronic pain management, and brain injury rehabilitation with adult outpatient populations. In addition, she worked in Counseling and Career Services at Dalton State College and with the Adult Learning Center at Florida State University. Ms. Schultz is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia, the Georgia Career Development Association, and the Georgia College Counselors Association.

Sheena C. Weghorn, assistant professor of psychology,

Sheena Weghorn, M.S., L.P.C.

Coordinator of Women’s College Programs
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Professor Weghorn is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She works mostly with children, adolescents, and families within the therapeutic and assessment atmospheres. Professor Weghorn assists clients and families with presenting concerns ranging from adjustment and attentional concerns to mood and trauma-related issues.  Professor Weghorn received her M.S. in Clinical Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Applied Psychological Teaching from Brenau University and her B. A. in Psychology from Lee University.

Maria Zayas

Maria Zayas, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Zayas received a B.A. in French and Education from Barnard College, Columbia University. Additionally, she earned an M.A. in Adult Education and an Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. A psychologist for over twenty years, Dr. Zayas is currently licensed in California, North Carolina, and Georgia and a member of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Zayas is experienced in both teaching and clinical aspects of psychology in a variety of multicultural settings. She is also active in the community, bringing her experience of psychology to bear on community issues, such as sustainable development. Her special areas of interest include holistic health, stress management, relationships, sustainable living and cultural diversity.

Ekom Essien


Norcross Fieldwork Coordinator

Mr. Essien holds a Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University.  He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Forensic Evaluator, and Registered Play Therapist.  He has his own private practice, Verity Counseling, in Red Oak, GA where he provides counseling to children, adolescents, and adults and also completes forensic mental health evaluations.  As Norcross Fieldwork Coordinator, he works to get current graduate students placed in clinical sites for the practica and internship experiences, and he will be teaches professional development for the School of Psychology.

Olivia Wiesmayer, MS

Gainesville Fieldwork Coordinator

Olivia Wiesmayer is a graduate of Brenau’s Masters in Clinical Counseling Psychology Program, and she is currently an Associate Licensed Professional Counselor (soon to be Licensed Professional Counselor). Ms. Wiesmayer has gained clinical experience with multiple populations in various clinical settings including: a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), an Intensive Out-Patient Program (IOP), and a private practice setting. As Gainesville Fieldwork Coordinator, she works to get current graduate students placed in clinical sites for the practica and internship experiences. She also teaches professional development for the School of Psychology.

Kathy Little

Kathy G. Little

Office Manager

Kathy Little graduated from the University of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism majoring in Public Relations. From 1992 through 2009 she worked as the administrative assistant at the Children’s Center for Hope & Healing (formerly the Family Relations Program, Inc.) in Gainesville, a nonprofit agency serving sexually abused children, sexually-reactive children and teens, and adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Kathy joined the School of Psychology as office manager at the historic Gainesville Campus in February, 2010.


BCCPS Operations Manager, Gainesville and Norcross


Philip Elrod, EdD, CPCS, LPC, LAD

Clinical Adjunct

Dr. Elrod is a Counselor Supervisor (L.P.C.S.), school counselor, clinical hypnotherapist and a certified DUI Risk Reduction Instructor. He is a community advocate and has collaborated with many agencies in the Hall County/Gainesville area to promote early literacy and a healthy local culture. He has worked in Gainesville City and Hall County schools since 2008 as a counselor while owning and maintaining Awakenings Therapies, a private counseling practice, for 25 years. He specializes in personal growth, family therapy, spiritual-therapy-education integration, behavior modification, integrative medicine, acculturation, career counseling, human development, UCLA systems of learning supports and hypnotherapy. He serves as a counselor, educator and consultant to a variety of public and private institutions. His educational accomplishments include a B.S. in Psychology/Family Services from Western Carolina University, an M.Ed. in Clinical and School Counseling from Clemson University and an Ed.S. and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Liberty University.