Meet the Staff
Aesha L. Uqdah, PsyD, HSP
Director, Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Aesha L. Uqdah completed her undergraduate education at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor with a B.A in Psychology, and received an M.A. in Clinical and Community Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She obtained a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2009 from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and her clinical interests in include multicultural / diversity issues, LGBTQ concerns, anxiety & depression, health psychology, and stress management. Dr. Uqdah uses Cognitive Behavioral, Interpersonal, and Multicultural theories and interventions in her clinical work. She is a native Chicagoan and prior to joining the University of Louisville in 2014, served as a Senior Staff Psychologist and Outreach Coordinator at the University of Kentucky.
Dr. Uqdah was elected to serve as a member of the governing board of the Association of University and College Counseling Center (AUCCCD) from 2020-2023. AUCCCD is the largest organization of campus mental health leaders in the world. She was also elected to serve as the Kentucky Psychological Association's (KPA) member-at-large from 2021-2023. At UofL, Dr. Uqdah is the chair of the Student Affairs Diversity Committee and is a member of the University-wide Diversity Council. She is excited about advocating for the profession of psychology, UofL's Counseling Center and other centers around the world while maintaining lasting relationships throughout campus to help U of L continue to provide the very best services and care to all students.
Geetanjali Gulati, PsyD, HSP
Associate Director of Clinical Services, Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Gulati received a master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi, while living in her native country of India. Geeta then came to the United States to complete her doctoral work in Clinical Psychology. She received her doctoral degree from Spalding University in 2000 and has since been working at Seven Counties Services in various capacities including crisis intervention counselor, therapist and supervisor for doctoral psychology students. Geeta specializes in working with substance abuse, brain injury, personality disorders and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She uses a combination of Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in her work. She speaks Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu in addition to English.
Meghana Suchak, PhD, HSP
Associate Director of Training, Counseling Psychologist
Dr. Meghana (pronounced Megh-na) Suchak completed her undergraduate education at Mumbai University in India (B.A in Psychology). She received a Master's in Counseling Psychology from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University. Her clinical interests include working with students who are struggling with chronic health issues (either their own or within their families), grief and loss issues (both death and non-death related), multicultural issues, LGBTQ concerns, and international student issues. Dr. Suchak uses psychodynamic, interpersonal, and systemic theories and interventions in her clinical work. She has worked in college counseling centers, non-for-profit organizations, and community mental health centers in three countries. She is now excited to work with the students of U of L. Dr. Suchak speaks Hindi, Gujarati, and Marathi in addition to English.
Gabrielle Billings, LCSW
In addition to her work at U of L, Gabrielle has worked as a therapist at both LifeSpring in Indiana and Seven Counties Services in Louisville. Throughout her career, she has helped guide people of all ages and backgrounds through the process of dealing with depression, anxiety, stress, substance abuse and issues surrounding grief and trauma. Gabrielle has worked with individuals, families and couples. Prior to becoming a therapist, Gabrielle worked in a variety of fields, including an internet start-up in Lexington, Kentucky, and as an English teacher with the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program in Fukushima, Japan. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin.
Gabrielle's goal is to help every student who walks through her door feel safe and secure discussing and working to resolve whatever issues have brought them to counseling.
Gabrielle Ebeling-Rodriguez, LPCC, ATR, CYT-200
Gabrielle graduated in 2014 from the University of Louisville with a M.Ed. in Counseling and Personnel Services. Before attending U of L she completed her undergraduate degree at Kennesaw State University and earned a B.Sc. in Psychology with minor in Dance. Gabrielle is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, as well as an Art Therapist. Before joining the U of L counseling center, Gabrielle started a private practice. She also worked with local agencies in Louisville providing inpatient, outpatient, and community-based counseling. While working with these agencies, she assisted clients with finding resources along with meeting their mental health needs. Her therapeutic approach is centered around trauma-informed CBT and mindfulness-based practices. Gabrielle strongly believes in the significance of the mind-body connection and its impact on mental health. She pursued her 200 Hours in Yoga Teacher Training, 500 hours in Pilates Teacher Training and is certified as a Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP). This interest has provided her the opportunity to strengthen and deepen her education in nutrition and exercise as an alternative support for those interested in an integrative approach.
Gabrielle is excited to work with the students, campus, and community to build relationships that will foster growth and wellness. In her free time, Gabrielle enjoys being in nature, creating art, fitness and spending time with her family.
Rachel Evans, ATR, LPCC
Rachel is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Registered Art Therapist. She completed her undergraduate studies at Ohio University in Athens, OH prior to coming to the University of Louisville, where she earned her Masters in Counseling with a concentration in Art Therapy. Prior to joining the UofL Counseling Center staff, she most recently worked as a counselor at Appalachian State University, located in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Rachel was previously employed as an art therapist in a community mental health setting where she gained great experience working with a diverse, underserved population with a wide range of needs. Her clinical areas of interest include anxiety, depression, identity development, LGBTQ concerns, self-esteem, family of origin, and substance abuse issues. Rachel takes a warm, person-centered approach to her work in order to understand and best serve the needs of the individual.
When she is not at work, Rachel enjoys making time for her own various creative pursuits including painting, drawing, ceramics, knitting and sewing.
Rachel Fitzgerald, PsyD, HSP
Dr. Rachel Fitzgerald completed her undergraduate education at the University of Louisville, earning a B.A. in Psychology. In 2018, she received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Indianapolis. Prior to joining the UofL Counseling Center, Dr. Fitzgerald served as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and Staff Psychologist at Seven Counties Services, where she conducted outpatient psychotherapy and psychological assessments with children, adolescents, and adults of diverse backgrounds. She also acted as the Assistant Training Director for an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship consortium, aiding in training, program development, and supervision of psychology graduate students. Dr. Fitzgerald’s clinical interests include anxiety and depression, identity development, relational difficulties, and personality disorders. Strongly believing in the importance of the therapeutic relationship, Dr. Fitzgerald uses a combination of humanistic, psychodynamic, and Cognitive-Behavioral therapies in her clinical work. She values creating a safe and supportive space to help foster individual growth and allow clients to explore their difficulties as well as their strengths. Dr. Fitzgerald is excited to be back at UofL!
Aleska Hagan, PhD, HSP
Dr. Hagan started out her education at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana. She then transferred to Ball State University where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Aleska earned her master’s degree in Counseling at Indiana University, and she received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Dakota. While born and raised in central Indiana, Aleska’s studies and career have led to her providing counseling services at the University of North Dakota, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, California State University- Northridge, the University of Wisconsin- Madison, and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Aleska’s background as a low income, first generation college student has instilled in her a great appreciation for the impact that education can have on life trajectory. Aleska values education equity, and she is excited to support the students of the University of Louisville. Aleska considers herself a generalist with a wide variety of clinical interests. Her clinical interests include, but are not limited to, multicultural/diversity issues, issues related to social class, LGBTQ concerns, first generation college student concerns, family of origin related issues, anxiety, depression, and trauma. Aleska utilizes an integrative approach to flexibly meet the needs of her Clients which primarily incorporates Client Centered, Interpersonal, CBT, and Feminist theories amongst others. Aleska enjoys painting, live music, and connecting with nature. She spends much of her free time with her two pugs, Doodad & Gadget.
Michelle P. Johnson, LPCC-S, LMFT
Michelle earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Kentucky. She holds a B.A. in Psychology (1998), a M.S. in Counseling Psychology (2002) and a M.S. in Family Studies with emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy (2007). Her experience in the mental health field began at Eastern State Hospital in Lexington as a Mental Health Associate working with the acute psychiatric population. Her interest and experience include issues around substance abuse, domestic violence, incarceration and parole and other mental health issues that impede normal functioning. She also has experience providing counseling to children, adolescents, families and couples. She very much enjoys working with college students as they continue to develop and transition into a different phase of life and attempt to achieve a healthy life balance.
Sarah Kolb, PhD, HSP
Dr. Sarah Kolb completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Louisville, and obtained her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. She has a wealth of experience providing therapy to children and adults in a variety of outpatient settings, and has also worked at an inpatient psychiatric hospital with individuals experiencing severe mental illness and acute stressors. Her clinical interests include trauma, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, LGBTQ concerns, and mood and anxiety disorders. She is trained in EMDR, a specialized treatment approach to trauma. She places a strong emphasis on the therapeutic relationship and strives to take a collaborative approach with her clients. She is committed to helping individuals through the struggles which bring them to counseling, as well as towards emotional growth and overall wellness. Sarah is excited to be a part of the U of L community again!
Odell Morgan, LMFT, CFLE
Odell earned his Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration as a Family Life Educator from Kent State University. He received his Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of New Hampshire. He has worked with individuals, couples, and families. Odell has experience working in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings as well as community-based counseling. His clinical areas of interest include anxiety, self-esteem, intellectual disability, relationship issues, LGBTQI concerns, and diversity issues. Odell's goal is to provide UofL students a place to tell their story and for their voices to be heard.
Susan Schroeder, LPA
Susan received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University and earned an undergraduate degree in Business, Marketing from the University of Kentucky with a Minor in Psychology. She has worked in outpatient and inpatient mental health settings serving individuals, couples and families for the past 25 years. Susan is dedicated to helping each student realize their treatment objectives utilizing an eclectic therapeutic approach with emphasis in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She works collaboratively with the student to identify obstacles that interfere with the achievement of academic and other life goals. She believes that it is important for the student to feel in control of the therapeutic pace and process. Her areas of specialization include the treatment of anxiety, depression, mood instability, grief & loss, trauma and relationship conflicts. Susan welcomes the opportunity to help students develop effective ways to manage their concerns in a confidential and caring environment.
Program Assistant, Sr.
Valerie comes to the Counseling Center from Athletics, where she worked for just over 9 years before several positions in that department were eliminated. Valerie is thrilled to be working once again and to be with her new UofL family in the Counseling Center.