Meet Our Team

RICHARD Q. SHIN, PH.D. 

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I am an associate professor in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education (CHSE) at the University of Maryland, College Park. I coordinate the School Counseling masters specialization and hold an affiliate appointment in the Counseling Psychology Program. I identify as a Korean American, heterosexual, temporarily able bodied, cisgender man. I joined the CHSE department in January 2013. My research focuses on how systemic, institutionalized forms of discrimination like racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, ableism, and cissexism are perpetuated by mental health professionals in subtle and overt ways. My teaching, research, and consulting are guided by a commitment to creating a more just and equitable society for devalued and marginalized groups. If you would like to learn more about our current research projects, please do not hesitate to email me at rqshin@umd.edu.

LANCE C. SMITH, PH.D.

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I am an associate professor within the Graduate Program in Counseling at the University of Vermont. I began my counseling career as a professional school counselor among the Tikiamu people of Northern Alaska. Following my time in Alaska, I worked as a clinical mental health counselor in a community mental health clinic in an urban setting. My teaching, scholarship, supervision, diversity training and consultation are directly informed by my counseling work with adults, couples and families who struggled valiantly against the social forces of generational poverty, sexism, racism and heterosexism. Through this work I came to the awareness that traditional intrapsychic conceptualizations of individual problems that stem from systemic oppression will perpetually fail to meet the needs of our clients and students from marginalized groups. To that end, I work to raise the awareness of those of us who identify as well meaning people from dominant groups of our own implicit bias against members of non-dominant groups as well as our complicity in the reproduction of oppressive systems.

JAMIE C. WELCH, M.ED.

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 I am a third year graduate student in the University of Maryland Counseling Psychology program. My research interests have to do with power, oppression, privilege, and social identity, particularly intersections of marginalized and privileged identities. My current thesis project examines the intersection of fat and queer identities with regard to group membership and self esteem. Before coming to the University of Maryland, I received my M.Ed. in Student Personnel in Higher Education at the University of Florida, and I hope to continue to integrate Student Affairs into my future career.

COLLIN VERNAY

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I am a second-year doctoral student in the University of Maryland’s Counseling Psychology program. I identify as a white American, gay, temporarily able bodied, cisgender man from a low-SES family. I am still formulating my own research agenda, but I am currently deeply interested in how gay men reify and resist masculine norms in their daily lives. As such, I am particularly interested in the gender identity development of sexual minorities and better understanding the experiences of individuals whose intersectional identities leave them “marginalized at the margins.” Prior to UMD, I received my BS in Psychology and BA in Sociology from the University of Florida.

RAJNI SHARMA

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I am a first-year graduate student in the Counseling Psychology program.  My research interests include covert and overt forms of oppression, microaggressions committed during the counseling process, critical consciousness, and research dissemination strategies for communities.  Prior to UMD, I worked at Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland, Baltimore on research initiatives geared towards increasing access to housing, transportation, and food resources; mental health, substance use, and HIV care; and family and peer support for underserved populations across Maryland.

STEPHANIE YEE

14492465_1154341041298167_2684481076137925976_nI am a first-year graduate student in the University of Maryland’s Counseling Psychology program. Broadly speaking, my research interests pertain to the intersections of social identity (e.g. race, class, gender identity etc.) and interacting structural forms of oppression. Using this intersectionality framework, I would like to (a) learn about the unique experiences of people with multiple marginalized identities, and (b) learn how to help improve the efficacy of psychotherapy for these individuals. One of my long-term goals is to become licensed to perform psychotherapy with diverse populations, and I would like my research to help inform my practice. I currently identify strongly with the client-centered and existential approaches. Prior to coming to UMD, I earned my BA in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire.