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Who We Are

Holly Harmon, LCSW - Counseling Center Director and Therapist


Holly is the director of the Counseling Center and a licensed clinical social worker. She has over 12 years of experience working with adolescents and young adults in various clinical settings. Prior to joining RMU she was employed at Western Pennsylvania Institute and Clinic (WPIC) and specialized in treating children and adolescents with depression and anxiety. While at WPIC, she was trained and certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and helped to train Doctoral and Masters level interns. She also participated in several NIMH funded studies examining treatments for anxiety and depression. Prior to her work at WPIC, she was employed at a residential treatment home, and at Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh, and her Master's degree with a specialization in Direct Practice at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. Holly has experience providing individual, family and group therapy in the areas of depression, anxiety and abuse. She is certified by PCADV as an advocate in domestic violence.


Beth Lucas, BS - Office Assistant

As the Counseling Center’s Office Assistant, Beth serves as the front line staff member, assisting students and other clientele who visit the Center.  She is also responsible for the administrative functions of the office and provides support for the Counseling Center’s many projects and outreach efforts on campus.  Prior to joining RMU, Beth was an Administrative Assistant and Project Coordinator for Edgeworth, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based consulting firm.  She has an extensive background in office organization and project management.  Beth earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA.

Dara Sakolsky, MD, PhD - Consulting Psychiatrist

Dr. Sakolsky is an Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She is a board-certified in adult and child/adolescent psychiatrist with extensive experience assessing and treating youth with mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Sakolsky provides clinical care through several specialty programs at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic including the Services for Teens at Risk (STAR) Center and the Child Adolescent Bipolar Services (CABS) program. Dr. Sakolsky has served as a co-investigator on several NIMH funded studies examining the phenomenology and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. She is currently the principal investigator at the University of Pittsburgh for the Child/Adolescent Anxiety Multimodal Extended Long-term Study (CAMELS) which examines the long-term outcomes of youth with anxiety disorders.

Travis Schermer, LPC - Part-time Therapist 

Travis is a part-time Therapist at the Robert Morris University Counseling Center. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has served in community, private, research, and university settings. Travis has been trained to use a number of approaches in counseling; including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). He has used EMDR with both Veterans and civilians who have experienced trauma in their lives.

 

Travis received his doctorate in Counselor Education from Kent State University, masters from Chatham University, and bachelors from The College of Wooster. He is also an Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator in the Department of Psychology and Counseling at Carlow University.


Eric Vogan, BA Graduate Intern 

Eric is the Graduate Intern at the Counseling Center.  He is currently completing his M.S. in Professional Counseling at Carlow University.  Prior to graduate study, Eric received his B.A. in Psychology from Point Park University.  Eric has over 4 years of clinical experience, working with the general adult population, at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.


Randon Willard, MA - Crisis Counselor and Outreach Specialist


Randon earned his M.A. in Higher Education from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA, and B.A. in Psychology from Messiah College in Grantham, PA. He has worked at Robert Morris University since 2007. He began working at RMU through a partnership organization called the Coalition for Christian Outreach where he served as the Community & Volunteer Services Coordinator in the Office of Student Civic Engagement and a Campus Minister.

In September 2010, Randon transitioned into his role as the Crisis Counselor. Randon is responsible for meeting with students who are dealing with tough circumstances, both academically and personally, while providing them with the resources they need to succeed while at RMU. Randon is also the Outreach Specialist for the Counseling Center coordinating the educational trainings and programs on topics such as Healthy Relationships and Safe Dating, Substance Abuse, Resilience, Stress Management, and Responding to Students in Distress.