The providers of Counseling Center consist of Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) and Licensed Psychologist who are dedicated to the personal growth and development of Longwood students. Advanced graduate student interns also provide counseling services under the supervision of the professional staff.
We invite you to take some time and browse the biographies below and to ask about your counselor's background and training. It is important that you have confidence in your counselor and her/his ability to help you.
The Counseling Center staff request that you do not use e-mail to set up an appointment, as these messages are not confidential and we cannot always respond to your message in a timely manner. If you would like to set up an appointment, you may stop by our office or call (434) 395-2409.
Maureen J. Walls-McKay, Psy.D.
I'm glad you are checking out the Counseling Center website and hope you find the information you are looking for to help you or your friend make a healthy next step. I am a licensed clinical psychologist and the Director of the Counseling Center. I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and I spent my internship year at the University of Pittsburgh Counseling Center. In 1995, I relocated from Pittsburgh to Farmville to join the Longwood community.
Although I am a generalist, areas of professional interest include solution-focused treatment of depression, anxiety, grief / bereavement, family issues, adjusting to change / life transitions, relationship concerns, and resiliency following trauma. My approach is respectful and empowering, and focuses on helping each student to become more intentional about the changes they wish to make. I view my work with students as a privilege as they continue their journey and create the life they desire and deserve.
In addition to providing individual sessions to students, I enjoy a number of additional roles at Longwood. I am happy to present to a club/organization/classroom/residence hall to speak about wellness and mental health. I also teach Longwood Seminar and a number of classes in the College and Community Counseling graduate program. I am proud to be the faculty advisor and to work with an amazing group of Citizen Leaders as they plan the annual Relay for Life event on campus. I serve on many campus wide committees, including the Sustainability Committee, and First Year Reading Selection Committee. You will also see me working out in the Health & Fitness Center during the early morning spinning class and eating in the d-hall most every day at noon.
The joys associated with my personal life include a wonderful husband (Bluegrass Billy), two yellow labs (Mason and Harley), a cat (Summer June Bug), many fabulous friends, and family. Bill and I enjoy hosting dinner parties and theme parties at our home and I enjoy scouting out the next antique to carry home (especially wooden boxes/crates), the newest paperweight to add to the collection, and a fun Curious George item to join the growing homage to the mischievous monkey. I also strive to be more and more sustainable with each day (which is why my favorite 7 year-old sometimes calls me "Green Maureen") and one reason I commute on my three-wheeled scooter whenever possible.
Amanda McKinney, Psy.D.
After moving around the country for much of my adulthood, I am happy to be able to call Longwood University my new home. I began my career path by studying Experimental Psychology and Sociology at The University of South Carolina. After completing my double-major, I moved back home to Chicago to pursue higher education. I received my Master of the Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2011 and continued on to complete my Doctor of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology in 2014. I spent the final year of my program completing an APA-accredited internship at West Virginia University’s Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services. I’ve also enjoyed practicum placements at the University of Chicago, the City Colleges of Chicago, and a private practice in one of Chicago’s suburbs.
I consider myself an integrative therapist, but I have focused the majority of my studies, practice, and research on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Areas of professional interest include treatment of depression, anxiety, grief and loss, sexual assault survivors, disordered eating and body image concerns, developmental and adjustment concerns of college students, and working with student athletes. I also have a strong interest in psychological assessment, including testing for learning disabilities and ADHD.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with loved ones, going to the gym, watching TV and movies, reading, painting, and cooking. I also enjoy walking/jogging, bike riding, kayaking, and hiking. I am trying my hand at small home improvement projects and gardening since moving to the Farmville area. I am an avid Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, and Cubs fan. I love SEC football, especially the Carolina Gamecocks.
David Davino, Ph.D.
Although I was born and raised in Massachusetts, virtually all my higher education has been out of state. In 1994, I graduated from the College of Wooster with a major in political science and a minor in psychology. My focus in a career path in psychology shortly followed after graduation where I worked as a residential counselor for a non-profit organization assisting people with serious mental illness to adapt to independent living. I was later accepted into the James Madison University's community counseling program and graduated with a M.A. and an Ed.S. During my time at JMU, I was fortunate to intern at the university's counseling center.
From 2000-2005, I worked for Valley Community Services Board as an Access/Crisis Clinician. My job responsibilities included counseling, screening for social detox, prescreening for involuntary psychiatric hospitalization, and crisis intervention. In 2003, I became a licensed professional counselor (LPC) for the state of Virginia. In 2005, I was accepted in West Virginia University's counseling psychology doctoral program. My practicum experiences at WVU included working two years at the university's college counseling center and a one year practicum at Allegheny General Hospital in neuropsychology. I completed a pre-doctoral internship at the university counseling center at The University of Memphis.
I was offered a job as a counselor at the Longwood University's Counseling Center which I happily accepted. I also serve as Training Coordinator. My professional interests include stress management, career concerns, depression, gender issues, couples/interpersonal relationship concerns, and gay/lesbian/bisexual issues. In my spare time, I enjoy movies of all kind. I am also eclectic in my reading interests which range from literature, popular fiction, philosophy, political science, and of course, psychology. I find cooking to be a "Zen-like" experience and have collected many Italian recipes from my father. Growing up in Massachusetts has made me a big Boston sports fan and I follow the Red Sox, Patriots, and Celtics.
Though I have lived in a few different states, Virginia has been my home the longest. I had an amazing time at Longwood for my undergraduate education, where I earned a degree in English in 2012. I am currently working on my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lynchburg College, and I completed my graduate practicum at Miriam’s House in Lynchburg. I am so happy to have the opportunity to be an intern here at the counseling center and serve my alma mater, which I will always consider my home.
As a counselor-in-training, my professional interests include body image, self-esteem, eating disorders, gender/sexuality issues, relationship concerns, and empowerment, but I hope to be of help to anyone who needs it.
I recently married my high school sweetheart, and I enjoy spending my free time hanging out with him and our dwarf bunny Galadriel. When I’m not in class or at the counseling center, I love to read with a cup of tea, craft, and binge watch Netflix.
I was born and raised in England, and also lived in The Netherlands, before moving to Virginia 7 years ago. I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Maryland University College, having taken classes both in Europe and here in the States. I am a third-year graduate student at Longwood University working toward the completion of my Master's Degree in Counselor Education with a Mental Health Counseling track and am very proud to be graduating next May. My areas of professional interest include substance abuse, anxiety and relationship concerns. My theoretical approach consists of cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused and interpersonal techniques.
I believe the college experience can be an exciting journey of discovery and personal growth for students, yet can also be a very challenging time for those struggling with mental health concerns. I feel privileged to complete my internship at the Counseling Center and look forward to working with you.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, running, cooking, reading and walking my dog. I recently became a US citizen, and while I have learnt to drive on the wrong side of the road, now know the difference between football and soccer, I’m still not a fan of iced tea.
I was born and raised in Williamsburg, Virginia. I completed an Associates of Science at Thomas Nelson Community College in May 2011 and then transferred to Longwood University to complete a Bachelors of Science in Psychology in May 2013. I’m currently working on a Masters of Science in Education with a concentration in Counselor Education – Mental Health Counseling and plan to graduate in May 2015.
I was drawn to the field of counseling because of an internship I completed one summer, during which I realized that I truly enjoyed both the challenges and joys of working with clients facing difficult times. As a graduate intern, I will provide individual sessions under the supervision of a full-time counseling center staff member. I will also co-facilitate a group with a full-time staff member, and I am interested in presenting to clubs, organizations, classes, or residence halls about awareness, wellness, and mental health issues. After graduation, I hope to find a career on a college or university campus. I also aspire to obtain my Ph.D. eventually.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my loved ones, cooking, boating, being outdoors, going to the beach, and walking my boys (Bennett and Winston – two basset hounds). I also enjoy DIY projects, reading, organization, and traveling. My favorite place in the world is Ocracoke Island, NC.
Michael E. Judd, M.D.
Adult/General and Adolescent Psychiatry
M.D., Ross University School of Medicine, 1987
General psychiatry residency, University of Virginia School of Medicine, 2001
Practicing in Lynchburg since July, 2001
Board Certified in Psychiatry
Specialty areas: Mood and anxiety disorders, women's mental health issues, and student health.