Counseling Center

University of Mississippi


The staff at the University Counseling Center believe in the dignity and individual self worth of each person. To that end we respect, nurture and honor diversity in all those we work with and serve.

Quinton “Bud” Edwards, Jr., Director

Bud-Edwards-2048x1340Quinton “Bud” Edwards, Jr. is the  Director of the Counseling Center.  Bud is from Mississippi and came back home to give back to the university, Oxford and the state. He hopes that the campus community will join us as we continue to build a nationally recognized University Counseling Center that benefits the campus and the state. He has a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri at Columbia and completed his internship at the University of Iowa’s Counseling Services. He worked mostly in university counseling centers but has spent some time working in a hospital, in mental health centers and in private practice.

Gail Bruner

Gail Bruner is the Secretary at the Counseling Center.  She is the “face” of the center.  She provides informational and clerical assistance to students and employees who are seeking psychological services.  She also provides direction and guidance to student workers.  She is a fairly recent resident of Mississippi.  She is originally from Maryland but lived in Virginia for over 15 years.  She now lives in Water Valley with her husband, Michael.   They have three wonderful children, Marie, Tyler and Caroline.  She enjoys reading, genealogy research and being involved in all aspects of community theater.
Michael Hirschel
BillyBilly Meyers

Billy Meyers is a licensed professional counselor and national certified counselor who joined the staff at the Counseling Center in the summer of 2013.  He received his B.S. in psychology from Virginia Tech in 1993 and his M.Ed. in counseling with a focus on marriage and family therapy from the College of William and Mary in 2002.    Prior to coming to Ole Miss, Billy worked at the University of Kentucky’s Department of Outpatient Psychiatry providing therapy to university students, faculty and staff as well as individuals from the community.  He has worked across the Southeast providing therapy to individuals, families, couples and groups in outpatient and inpatient settings.  He has an interest in helping people move beyond the symptoms of depression and anxiety and has training in the specialty area of clinical hypnosis.

Billy is married to Maureen Meyers and they have two wonderful children together.  He enjoys vegetable gardening and loves to pick and sing bluegrass music.

Tanya Nichols, Ph. D.

Tanya Nichols, Ph.D.

Tanya graduated from Loyola College in Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Her professional experience has included providing mental health treatment to youth, families, and young adults in a number of school-based and community settings. She completed her doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology at the University of Virginia. She was a predoctoral psychology intern at Yale University where she worked with children/adolescents, families, and young adults in a community mental health clinic. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the university counseling center at Cornell University. Her clinical interests include identity issues, first generation students, family of origin concerns, anxiety, depression, trauma, adjustment problems, relationship difficulties, and the impact of discrimination and all forms of microaggressions and oppression. During her spare time, Tanya enjoys mentoring, traveling, reading, and going to her spinning classes.


Keith Noland


Keysha Thomas, Ph.D., LPC

Keysha is a staff counselor at the University Counseling Center.  She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Delta State University in 2004 and her Master of Education and Doctor of Philosophy degree from The University of Mississippi.  Keysha has worked with individuals in various developmental stages, ranging from children, to teenagers, to young adults, to older individuals.  Some of Keysha’s interests include working with multicultural issues, substance abuse issues, and student retention.  In her spare time, Keysha enjoys reading suspense novels, watching television, and visiting with friends and family.
DeanDean Worsham
Dean is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, and National Certified Counselor. He currently sits on the Mississippi Board of Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapist. Dean also leads the “Just One Breath” meditation group held at UM Counseling Center.



Graduate Students and Volunteers

Liria Frerer, Volunteer

Emily Jacobson, Clinical Graduate Assistant

Irijah Kinard, Administrative Graduate Assistant

Alex Lindsley, Administrative Graduate Assistant

Vanessa Moynahan, Clinical Graduate Assistant

Eric Suddeath, Clinical Graduate Assistant