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Town Hall: Mental Health - Providing a Listening Ear: Mental Health and Well-Being in the Time of COVID-19

September 24, 2020

The Diversity, Inclusion & Community Building Town Hall Series Mental Health

September 22, 2020


Dr. Robert Johnson has extensive professional experience ranging from higher education, government services, nonprofit, workforce development, hospital administration, mental health, program management and development. Robert specializes in the treatment of depression, mood disorders, anxiety, adjustment disorders, PTSD, anger and stress management, Christian counseling, life, business, and job coaching, vocational and occupational problems, couples and marital counseling, and family therapy.

Dr. Candace D. Layne has served as director of Marshall University’s Counseling Center since June 2018. Candace received her Doctorate of Education Degree (EdD) from Argosy University in 2013, her MA in Mental Health Counseling from Marshall University in 2006 and her BA in Psychology in 2004, also from Marshall University. Candace is a Certified Peer Educator (CPE) Training Instructor, certified Trainer in QPR- Question, Persuade, Refer Suicide Prevention Training, certified as a Tips for the University Trainer, and she enjoys teaching for Lindsey Wilson College and the Marshall University Graduate College.

Paula Rymer is known as a suicidologist. She is a graduate of University of Kentucky’s College of Social Work. Her clinical practice concentration includes mental health and addictions. She has a certification in Cognitive Processing Therapy training from Penn State University and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Health and trained in CAMS (Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality). Currently, she is the primary investigator on Garrett Lee Smith grant that focuses on campus suicide prevention.

Dr. Angela Thorp is a recent graduate from the University of Virginia with interdisciplinary studies in Bioethics, Statistics, Chemistry and Sociology. While at UVA, she served as the president’s intern, was awarded the Hollingsworth Prize for writings in Bioethics, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. As a current resident in the department of psychiatry & behavioral medicine at Marshall, she draws upon a diverse set of life experiences, from years of missionary work to serving as the sole student member for the 10-year reaccreditation committee of the University of Virginia. Her interests are researching and promoting mental health, particularly among the elderly, and advocating for all groups most vulnerable to prejudice, including ageism.

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