Amanda earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M University. She also obtained her M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University and her B.S. in Psychology from Texas Christian University. As the Associate Director of Intake, Assessment, and Testing, Amanda oversees the implementation of the intake system and assessment needs of CTS. She additionally supervises the UNT Testing Center. Her clinical interests include grief and loss, family of origin issues, interpersonal relationship concerns, LGBTQ issues, and working with couples. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and five pets, reading, and traveling.
Meet the Staff
As Senior Director, Dr. Knapp-Grosz currently oversees the Counseling and Testing Center at the University of North Texas. Dr. Knapp-Grosz received her Master’s in Psychology from Long Island University and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Counseling from Seton Hall University. She has undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Nursing and completed her doctoral internship in Clinical Psychology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Dr. Knapp-Grosz is new to the University of North Texas having joined the CTS team in October of 2015. Her clinical interests include Anxiety Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Positive Psychology. A former corporate Psychologist, she has opened over 100 treatment programs across the United States. Active in numerous professional organizations, Dr. Knapp-Grosz is a Past President of the Georgia College Counseling Association and currently serves as Past-President of the American College Counseling Association. Most recently Dr. Knapp-Grosz was Director of Counseling and Student Accommodations at the Savannah College of Art and Design for 15 years. She is very excited to be part of the CTS team and to begin a new adventure in Texas. In her free time, Dr. Knapp-Grosz enjoys cooking, spending time outside and traveling with her husband and two children.
My name is Arlene Rivero, Ph.D. and I am a Licensed Psychologist. I received my Bachelors in Psychology at UT Austin, a Masters counseling psychology from UNT and a PhD in Counseling Psychology also at UNT. My Internship was completed at the Dallas Consortium (SMU &UTD Counseling Centers) and Post Doc work at Texas A&M Student Counseling Service, in College Station. I consider it a privilege and a joy to work with college students as this is such an important time of growth, discovery and resilience. As staff member with Counseling and Testing Services since 2010, my passions also include training and supervision of practicum students, emphasizing multicultural competence, personal growth and providing spaces of safety and exploration in the counseling room. I enjoy working with people from varying backgrounds, identities and abilities and consider myself a generalist. I also serve as a ¼ time faculty member for the psychology department in vocational counseling and vocational counseling is also an area of work that is fulfilling. It has been my pleasure to serve UNT students at Counseling and Testing look forward to the continued growth and connection with the student body in the years to come.
Dr. Evans earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University-Atlanta and her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Baylor University. She completed her doctoral internship at University of Houston-Clear Lake Counseling Services and her postdoctoral residency at the Texas State University Counseling Center. Her clinical interests include anxiety, women’s issues, multicultural issues, grief/loss, and working with international students. She also enjoys doing educational programming and outreach.
J. Carol Mercer joined the C&T Staff full time in October 2015. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern under the supervision of Shelley Long, LPC-Supervisor. Carol completed her doctorate in Counseling from University of North Texas in 2010. She has enjoyed her work with college students for the last 20 years in various capacities including mental health counseling, residence life, and student affairs. She still enjoys research and interventions empowering college student resilience. Carol has non-profit community counseling experience including mental health counseling with adults, adolescents, children, families and couples counseling. Her Past clinical experience includes working with issues such as adjustment to college, life transitions, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, women’s issues, faith-based concerns, suicide prevention and academic and career concerns. Carol has utilized modalities including Adlerian Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and QPR: Suicide Prevention. She relies most heavily on cognitive therapy in conjunction various therapeutic methods based on client need. In her free time, Carol enjoys time with her girl “Peavey” (her miniature schnauzer), time with friends and family, outdoor activities, reading, photography and volunteering with ministry and community endeavors.
Cheyenne earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of North Texas. She also earned her Associates of Science at North Central Texas College. As a Test Center Administrator Cheyenne is responsible for proctoring exams for UNT as well as non-UNT students. She is an ETS certified test administrator for UNT Testing Center. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering with animals, spending time with friends and family, and reading science articles.
I earned my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Oklahoma State University and received a B.S. from the University of North Texas. I use Relational-Cultural Theory (RCT) as the foundation for my clinical work. I also utilize culture, education, equality, empowerment, and self-exploration to help students identify strengths and to promote active change. My professional interests include: ethnic identity, microaggressions, first-generation college students, media influence, the psychology of gender, LGBTQ issues, and trauma related to physical and sexual abuse. I currently serve as Multicultural/Diversity Coordinator and LGBTQ Liaison.
I earned my Ph.D. in Executive Counseling Education and Supervision, with a specialization in Crisis Management and M.S. Ed in School Counseling from Duquesne University. My undergraduate and initial graduate work in Sociology, with an Applied Social Research focus was completed at West Virginia University. I support student success from a person centered and cognitive-behavioral approach which is shaped by my lived multicultural experiences as an athlete, serving in the United States Army, and working in both for and non-profit sectors. My passion is to assist students with becoming aware of their initiate gifts, skills, and talents, with the goal of using this awareness as a tool to find healthy solutions to life challenges. My professional interests include stress reduction, trauma, addictive and substance concerns.
Dr. Rachita Sharma is currently a clinical instructor in the department of Disability and Addiction Rehabilitation at The University of North Texas where she teaches courses on Assessment and Psychopathology. As the Clinical Coordinator of the program, she supervises the clinical training of graduate and undergraduate students during their practicum and internship experience. She obtained her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and obtained her Doctorate of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Counseling from University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in May 2017.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor in the state of Texas and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Rachita has several years of experience working in the field of mental health and disability adjustment. She has worked with individuals with a variety of mental-health and physical disabilities in Texas and Washington DC. Her previous work experiences have involved working at the inpatient psychiatric unit of Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, at the Assessment Clinic of Parkland Hospital in Dallas, at the Traumatic Brain Injury clinic of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington DC, at the Counseling and Psychological Services Center of the University of Texas-Pan American and at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.
Rachita is a Board member of several organizations at a local, state, and national level including the National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns, Texas Rehabilitation Association, and Chetna, an organization that aims to help South Asian victims of domestic violence in the DFW area. In her spare time, she offers pro bono counseling to clients of Chetna, enjoys travelling, baking, DIY projects, taking selfies, and catering to the whims of her twin pug-mixes Chutney and Tikki.
As the case manager, and a counselor, for the UNT Counseling and Testing Center, Joseph Allberg provides individual counseling to students and assists with connection to mental health services in the community. Joseph received his Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the UNT College of Education Counseling Program and also has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from UNT. Joseph Allberg, although not new to the UNT campus, is new to the UNT Counseling staff and joined CTS in October of 2015. Joseph clinical interests include Trauma, Abuse, Mood Disorders and Family Therapy. Joseph has previously worked in trauma centers and as an inpatient and outpatient counselor for psychiatric hospitals in Denton County.
I earned both my Masters of Education in Counseling, and my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas Christian University. My clinical approach is solution-focused, with motivational interviewing and creative expression. I believe that by focusing on creating creative solutions, it leads to motivation to move toward resolution. My approach is more short-term and involves goal-setting, motivational factors, and creativity. My goal is to help every student to learn to love their true selves, and to be the best that they can be. My professional interests include domestic violence, career/vocation, personality, assessment, family or personal involvement with the correctional system, substance abuse, and health and wellness. I currently hold a position as a Counselor at CTS.
I have over 20 years of experience providing personal and career counseling at the UNT’s Counseling and Testing Services. In 2015, I was promoted to Associate Director of Clinical Director and Training. My first career was as a psychiatric nurse in the DFW area. This afforded me the opportunity to work in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Animal Assisted Therapy is my passion. I started the Animal Assisted Therapy Program at UNT in 2002 with our first therapy dog, Roxy. My current therapy animals are Dakota and Willow, both are Labrador Retrievers.
I am a certified Master Trainer for QPR, a suicide prevention program. This program is offered in group format to university students, faculty and staff at no cost. This program is typically offered on a monthly basis in the fall and spring semester, check the UNT calendar for upcoming trainings. QPR trainings are also offered for specific groups when requested.
I am a certified instructor for QuitSmart, a successful smoking cessation program offered to students at no cost.
I earned my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and School Psychology from Florida State University, after obtaining a B.S. in Psychology from North Dakota State University. My clinical work is informed by interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and acceptance and commitment theories, through a multicultural and feminist lens. I frequently incorporate art into therapy, as well as hugs from our therapy dog, Rockstar. I enjoy helping students empower themselves to live the lives they wish to live, while increasing and embracing self-compassion. My professional interests include disordered eating and body image concerns as well as gender and sexual identity development.
Stephen earned his B.A in Art History from the University of North Texas. As the Testing Coordinator, Stephen oversees testing and clerical functions at the testing center. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, friends, collecting comics as well as hobbying.