Student Counseling Center - a Division of Student Affairs at the University of Central Oklahoma

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. 

Jan Chapel, MHR, LPC, LADC

Coordinator, Student Counseling Center

Training:  Ms. Chapel received her B.S. from Oklahoma State University and her MHR in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, specializing in substance abuse treatment.  She continued her studies at UCO to become a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Professional Interests:  I love helping students explore who they are and encouraging them to reach their full potential.  Trauma is also a special interest, often using EMDR and EFT to facilitate healing.

Personal Interests:  I enjoy walking, reading, listening to music, traveling and birding.  I have two adult daughters and a very spoiled shih tzu.

Michael Hirschel, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Training: Dr. Hirschel completed his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina and his master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology at the University of Mississippi. Dr. Hirschel interned at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology in Boston and then came to UCO as a postdoctoral fellow under supervision for licensure.

Professional Research Interests: Multicultural Issues, Substance Abuse, Disaster Psychology

Personal Interests: I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, cooking and eating, and sports.

Diane Genther, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Training: Dr. Genther completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Central Oklahoma and her master’s and doctorate degrees in counseling psychology at the University of Kansas. Dr. Genther interned at the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, Vermont, and Dartmouth College Counseling Center in Hanover, New Hampshire. She is now a postdoctoral fellow under supervision for licensure.

Professional Research Interests: Trauma recovery, relationship dynamics, gender and sexual diversity, and grief and loss

Personal Interests: Spending time with friends and family, music and cultural events, playing outside, and traveling

Student Counseling Center Interns

The UCO Student Counseling Center is accepting applications for practicum.   Call 974-2215 and ask that an application be mailed to you.    Strong candidates will have completed at least one year of supervised practicum and be enrolled in an accredited doctoral program of study in clinical, counseling, or related field.

Student Counseling Center Support Staff

Connie Weis
Administrative Assistant II

I enjoy working with the staff and students in the office of UCO Student Counseling Center.  I love reading a good book and playing ‘Words with Friends’.   My husband and I have been married for 38 years and we have one son who lives in Dallas and one daughter who lives in Edmond.

Lisa McKellar
Administrative Secretary II

I enjoy working with everyone at the UCO student counseling center.  I have been married for 22 years to my wonderful husband.  Our son is majoring in Architecture at the University of Arkansas.  We have two Boston Terriers that keep us busy and we love going to the movies.  I also enjoy cooking, sewing, decorating and entertaining.


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