Holly Harmon, LCSW - Counseling Center Director and Therapist
Holly Harmon is the founding director of the Robert Morris University Counseling Center and a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). Ms. Harmon has over 15 years of experience working with adolescents and young adults in varied clinical settings, which facilitated a seamless transition into her current role. Ms. Harmon has expertise providing individual, family, and group therapy while specializing in the areas of depression, anxiety, and abuse. Her mission has been to find ways to address and treat suicidal behavior and thinking in young adults.
During her tenure at RMU, Ms. Harmon has implemented numerous positive initiatives regarding the mental health care of the student body. She has worked faithfully to establish a reputation of caring and support from the newly formed counseling center and to build bridges to the RMU student community. She is the chair of the Crisis Assessment and Risk Evaluation (CARE) Team, which works collaboratively with faculty and staff to identify, track, and respond to reports of concerning, disruptive, or potentially threatening behavior within RMU’s student population. Ms. Harmon also helped create the THRIVE Program, a peer education initiative in which trained student leaders provide mental health awareness and education to the campus community using a public health approach. She currently oversees a two-year grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board which seeks to reduce underage and problem drinking in college students. Ms. Harmon has formed valuable community connections with Pittsburgh Action Against Rape, The Emily Program, and Greenbriar Treatment Center to better serve the needs of students. She is a member of the RMU Title IX Readiness and Response Committee, as well as the Athletic Drug and Alcohol Policy Committee. Additionally, she is an active member of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
Prior to joining RMU, Ms. Harmon was employed at Western Pennsylvania Institute and Clinic (WPIC) and the Services for Teens at Risk (STAR) Clinic where she specialized in treating children and adolescents with depression and anxiety. While at STAR, she was trained and certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at the Cleveland Center for Cognitive Therapy. In addition to her clinical duties at WPIC, she also trained Doctoral and Masters level interns in psychotherapy and suicide assessment and treatment. Additionally, Ms. Harmon was a yearly presenter at the STAR annual conferences from 2003-2011 covering topics ranging from therapeutic techniques with adolescents to addressing suicidal behavior in practice. She served as a therapist on several National Institute of Mental Health funded studies examining treatments for anxiety, depression and developing therapeutic interventions for suicide attempters. Prior to her work at WPIC, she was employed by both Pressley Ridge and the Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. She is certified by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) as an advocate for victims of domestic violence. Ms. Harmon completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, and her Master's degree in Social Work with a specialization in Direct Practice at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work.
Tiffany Hartz, LPC, NCC - Therapist
Tiffany is a full-time therapist in the Counseling Center. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania and a National Certified Counselor. Prior to joining RMU, she was employed as a therapist at Turtle Creek Valley Mental Health/Mental Retardation, Inc. for adults with substance use and mental health diagnoses. Earlier in her career, Tiffany interned at the Carlow University Counseling Center and worked at Family Behavioral Resources as a Therapeutic Support Staff for children and adolescents with special needs. She completed her undergraduate education at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, PA, and she earned her Master’s of Science degree in Professional Counseling at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA. Tiffany has experience providing both individual and group therapy and has volunteered as a sexual assault crisis counselor on the helpline for Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR).
Jill Kazour, LPC, NCC - Therapist
Jill is a part-time therapist in the Counseling Center. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania and a National Certified Counselor. In addition to her duties at RMU, she provides mental health assessment and therapy at Bower Hill Pediatrics and operates a small private practice. Prior to joining RMU, she worked at Services for Teens at Risk (STAR) of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, providing individual and group therapy to adolescents at high risk for suicide. She also has experience in mental health research, as well as community based mental health intervention with children and families. She completed her undergraduate education at Penn State University and earned her Masters of Science degree in Professional Counseling at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.
Beth Lucas, BS - Secretary II
Beth serves as the front line staff member for the Counseling Center, 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.
Eva Sarwar, MPH - Online Wellness Coach
Eva is the part-time Online Wellness Coach in the Counseling Center and has her Master’s in Public Health from California State University, San Bernardino. She was a Randall Lewis Health Policy Fellow for Snowline Joint Unified School District in California, where she worked towards creating a Healthy Snowline Community. Eva also interned with the Department of Public Health, San Bernardino County in their Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Program (ADAPP) and Child Passenger Safety Program (CPS). After graduation, she worked as a Health Educator for the City of Fontana’s Healthy Fontana, a CX3 (CX3 – Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention) grant funded project; where the primary focus was to create awareness within the local residents about the importance of eating healthy, and leading healthier lives by incorporating physical activities and making healthy changes in their neighborhoods. Eva has a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Nevada, Reno in Computer Science; and has worked as a Software Engineer at International Game Technology (IGT) in Reno, NV, for almost 6 years. Currently, she is a Ph. D. student in Healthcare Ethics at Duquesne University with interests in Hospital Ethics Committees and International Research Ethics.
Lauren Yurish, MA - Intern (Therapist)
Lauren is a part-time mental health doctoral trainee with six years of clinical experience. She received her MA in Community Counseling at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. Lauren was a Mobile Therapist for Wellspring Family Services in Morgantown, where she provided in-home individual therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. She spent a summer as a Behavioral Coach with Wellspring Camps in La Jolla, CA, specializing in behavioral weight management techniques while providing individual/group counseling to women. Lauren returned to Morgantown and worked as a Mobile Therapist for a community treatment team at Valley Health Care System. She relocated to Pittsburgh in August 2014 to pursue her doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Chatham University, and is currently in her second year. Her previous doctoral internship experience was at UPMC Department of Neurosurgery, where she administered neuropsychological evaluations to patients who underwent neurosurgical intervention. Lauren's dissertation topic focuses on well-being in student-athletes. She is passionate about holistic treatment that helps others reach optimal mental, physical, and spiritual health. She plans to specialize in neuropsychology upon graduating.