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Counseling Center
University of Mississippi

UCC Staff

Quinton ‘Bud’ Edwards, Jr., Director

Quinton ‘Bud’ Edwards, Jr. is the  Director of the Counseling Center.  Bud is originally from Mississippi and came back home to give back to the university, Oxford, and the state. His desire is 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 earned 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 an inpatient treatment hospital, in mental health centers, and in private practice. His experience and expertise includes working with students with anxiety, depression, developmental issues, and trauma.



Juawice McCormick, Assistant Director, EAP Director

Juawice is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Board-Qualified Supervisor (LPC-S). She provides counseling services for Ole Miss Faculty & Staff. Juawice has over 25 years of experience as a counselor, practicing in the community and school settings and as a Counselor Educator. She is past Chair and a former member of the Mississippi Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Counselors. Juawice was trained as a professional counselor at Mississippi State University, earning both a Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision and a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a National Certified School Counselor (NCSC), and a Board-Certified Telemental Health Provider (BC-TMH). She is interested in workplace mental health and family & career issues. She is also involved in the Miss. Counseling Association, is a member of the Miss. Licensed Professional Counselor Assn., the American Counseling Association, the Association for Counselor Education & Supervision and the Southern Association for Counselor Education & Supervision. Juawice enjoys spending time with her husband James, their grown children Hannah and Cullom, and son-in-law Ryan. Her favorite pastime is baking for them and her UCC family.


Michael Hirschel, Ph.D.


Mike is a Licensed Psychologist. Mike joined the University Counseling Center in 2016.







Katie Harrison, Assistant Director University Counseling Center-Telemental Health

Katie is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S) at the UCC as well as the Assistant Director. She oversees and manages telemental health services of the regional campuses. She is a two-time alumna of The University of Mississippi receiving her B.A. degree in Psychology in 2005 and her Master’s of Education in Counseling in 2007. She completed internships at the U of M’s Academic Support Center, NMRC, and in an inpatient treatment setting. Prior to joining her alma mater, Katie practiced in community mental health as well as private practice. She has experience in working with a variety of developmental stages and is passionate about being able to help students navigate life during their time at the university. Katie has a passion for working with issues affecting women and graduate level students. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Board Certified Telemental Health Therapist (BC-TMH) and is trained in EMDR psychotherapy. She enjoys watching Ole Miss sports, spending time with friends and family, and working with her therapy dog (in training), Rowan!


Caelyn Ditz, LCSW-S


Caelyn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Caelyn joined the University Counseling Center in 2017.






Laura M Schulenberg, LPC-S


Laura is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Board-Qualified Supervisor. Laura joined the University Counseling Center in 2018.







Laura Stiles, LPC-S


Laura is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Board-Qualified Supervisor. Laura joined the University Counseling Center in 2019.






Renea Masterson, Operations Manager

Renea manages the day-to-day operations and handles all departmental budgets for the UCC. Renea joined The University of Mississippi in 2014 and the University Counseling Center in 2016.





Gail Bruner, Operations Coordinator 

Gail provides informational and clerical assistance to students and employees who are seeking counseling services. Gail joined the University Counseling Center in 2016.