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UCC director settling into new role

Joellen Popma. (Photo by J. Adam Fenster.)
Joellen Popma. (Photo by J. Adam Fenster.)

Joellen Popma, the new director of the University Counseling Center, oversees counseling and mental health services available to students, faculty, and staff.

“I have a long history of and passion for working with the college student population,” says Popma. “I am looking forward to leading such a talented staff and developing initiatives to further enhance the services we provide to the students and the community.”

Popma, who comes to Rochester from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa., will provide leadership, direct patient service, supervise trainees, and guide faculty and staff on counseling and mental health services. She served as associate director of the University of Pittsburgh Counseling Center for seven years.

“Dr. Popma’s professional experience in treating patients and teaching students makes her well-suited for this position,” says Ralph Manchester, vice provost and director of University
Health Service, which houses the counseling center. “I am confident that under her direction, the
counseling center will continue to successfully meet the needs of our campus community.”

The UCC provides a broad range of services to members of the University community, including individual, couples, and group therapy, 24-hour crisis services, and educational presentations. The counseling center also is the site of a training program for mental health professionals at the graduate student level and beyond.

Popma, who specializes in trauma, sexual assault, diversity and cultural issues, and training and
supervision, has authored several papers on childhood sexual abuse. She also is a member of the Ameri can Psychological Association and the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama.