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Student Counseling Center Staff
The Student Counseling Center staff is dedicated to helping students develop their full potential as they work toward their personal and academic goals.
Kenneth Elliott, M. Ed, LMFT, CCDVC
Ken wears several hats at the University of Central Oklahoma including Counselor at the Student Counseling Center, teaches counseling coursework as an adjunct professor, and is Director of the Violence Prevention Project. He has 30 years’ experience in community agency, educational, and counseling settings and is an experienced Licensed Marital & Family Therapist, Licensed Marital & Family Therapist Supervisor, Clinically Certified Domestic Violence Counselor and Certified School Counselor.
His interests include violence prevention, intervention, and postvention, and as an impassioned non-violence advocate, he has completed a number of research projects and publications on abuse. As an avid volunteer, Ken lives the Bronco mission by actively serving our community on state, regional and local levels. During his down time he can be found around the state engaged in his other passion which is music performance.
I enjoy working with everyone at the UCO Student Counseling Center. I have been married for 23 years to my wonderful husband. Our son is majoring in History at the University of Arkansas . We have two Boston Terriers that keep us busy and we love going to the movies and playing golf. I also enjoy cooking, sewing, decorating and entertaining.
Cassie Murphy, MSW, LCSW
I received my Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University in Sociology and Family Relations and Child Development and my Master of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have experience working in outpatient facilities, inpatient facilities and public schools. I enjoy helping students discover who they are and what they want out of life and encouraging them to reach their goals. I am also interested in multicultural issues, grief and loss and the difficulties we all experience in living. I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, cooking, doing anything outdoors and watching my sons participate in their sporting events.
Julia Reed, LCSW
Director, Student Counseling Center
I joined the Student Counseling Center in April 2014. A 1993 graduate of the OU School of Social Work, I am a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in administration and leadership in nonprofits, in clinical practice settings, and as a consultant. My social work life includes a focus on mental health and wellness, trauma, child and family development, disaster response, and clinical supervision. I enjoy reading, getting my toes in salt water whenever I have the chance, and spending time with my family.
Michelle Stansel, BA
Health Education and Violence Prevention Specialist
I am the Health Education & Violence Prevention Specialist. Prior to UCO, I received my B.A in Sociology from The University of Oklahoma in 2008. After graduation, I specialized in Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Suicide Prevention and Adoption case work. In 2013, I came to UCO to pursue my Master's in Adult and Higher Education. As a student, I volunteered with the Peer Health Leadership program and the Violence Prevention Project at UCO. I enjoy spending time with my husband, my two fur babies and my friends. I love reading, scary movies, and dancing. I am a firm believer in idea of health and wellness contributing to your overall happiness and success in life. There is a personal quote that I try my best to follow, “Live the life you love and love the life you live.”
I enjoy working with the students and staff at UCO Student Counseling Center. My husband and I have been married for 40 years. We have one son who is married and lives in Dallas. Our daughter and husband live in Edmond and have one son – our first grandson. I also enjoy walking each morning and a good book.