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
Quinton ‘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 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.
Mike is a Licensed Psychologist who received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Ole Miss in 2011. He completed his internship at the Center for Multicultural Counseling in Boston and his Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Student Counseling Center of the University of Central Oklahoma. Being a native of North Carolina and having completed his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina, Mike is a huge Tar Heel fan. He enjoys spending time with family, traveling, cooking, and playing and watching soccer.
Donna ‘Renea’ Masterson
Renea Masterson is the Administrative Coordinator of the Center. She has an AA Degree in Business Administration from Mississippi Delta Community College. Renea is a recent addition to the Counseling Center but not to the University having previously worked at the Child Welfare Training Academy. She is a native Mississippian, originally from Winona but currently living in Batesville with her husband and 2 children. Her children keep any free time filled up with activities. The family enjoys attending all of the Rebel Football home games. Hotty Toddy!
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 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.
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.
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 – 2016/2017
Mallory Adams, Clinical Graduate Assistant
Mallory is pursuing her PhD in Counselor Education. She is originally from Ohio where she practiced counseling in an outpatient setting for the previous two years. During her master’s program Mallory taught a freshmen seminar class focused on aiding in student adjustment to the university. Mallory has a passion for working with college students and also survivors of trauma. In her spare time Mallory enjoys spending time with her dog, practicing yoga and cupcakes.
Lavina Ho, Clinical Graduate Assistant
Lavina is a Clinical Psychology doctorate student. She graduated from Penn State with a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and has worked with children and adults in various settings. Lavina’s interests include sexual assault and multiculturalism. She is ready for a great year with the University Counseling Center and the wonderful people at Ole Miss.
Curtis Hooks, Clinical Graduate Assistant
Curtis is pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Morehouse College. He has worked with children and adults at the University of Mississippi Psychological Services Center, as well as with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in an inpatient setting. In his spare time, Curtis enjoys traveling, cooking, exercising, and spending time with his friends and family.
Jason Owens, Clinical Graduate Assistant
Jason is proud to be a part of the University Counseling Center. He is pursuing his PhD in Counseling and Counselor Education. He holds a BS in Education, an MA in Counseling, and an EdS in Educational Leadership and Administration. The majority of his career has been spent in the education field, teaching, counseling and being an administrator. He looks forward to an exciting year of learning and growing together.
Brittany Power, Clinical Graduate Assistant
Raven Stewart, Administrative Graduate Assistant
Raven is elated to be joining the UM family! She is currently pursuing her MA in Higher Education/Student Personnel. She received her bachelor’s in Psychology from Alcorn State University and has worked as a senior intern in the Counseling Center at Mississippi College. In her spare time, Raven enjoys traveling, cooking/eating great food, meeting new people, community service and reading. She anticipates an exceptional year full of positivity and possibility here at the University of Mississippi.