Meet the Counseling Center Staff

Nina D. Hopkins, Director

Ms. Hopkins received her M.A. in Counseling from North Carolina Central University and an M.B.A. from Morgan State University.  As director, she is interested in creating a counseling environment that is conducive to helping students resolve personal, social, and academic concerns.  She hopes that when students need to talk to someone, their first thought will be the Counseling Center.  She is interested in promoting good mental health to help students have a successful and rewarding educational experience at Morgan.  Ms. Hopkins' professional interests include administrative and retention issues and the transition of new students to the University.  Outside of work, Ms. Hopkins enjoys cooking, gardening, exercising, traveling, and the theater.

Kenneth A. Bacote, M.Ed., NCC, LCPC

Counselor, Outreach Coordinator, BACCHUS Coordinator

Mr. Bacote received his M.Ed. from Howard University.  His areas of expertise include men's issues, stress management, meditation and relaxation.  He is also interested in drug and alcohol education and is certified as a prevention specialist.  Mr. Bacote describes his approach to therapy as client centered.  He explains that he empowers clients to clarify thoughts, express feelings, and assess personal strengths and weaknesses for the purpose of becoming sufficient in solving personal problems.  Outside of work, he enjoys sports activities, watching movies, and attending cultural events. 

Sonya Clyburn, Psy.D.

Psychologist, Coordinator of Peer Education

Dr. Clyburn received her B.A. from Winston-Salem State University, and M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University, and her doctoral degree from the American School of Professional Psychology (Argosy University, Washington DC).  Her clinical interests include:  cultural issues, sexual identity issues, attachment, grief and loss, depression, trauma, anger management, and group process-mimesis.  Her approach to therapy is integrative with an emphasis on psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral techniques.  Sonya enjoys the arts, traveling, and mediation.

Tamra Jones-Brooks, Psy. D.
Clinical Psychologist, Training Director

Dr. Brooks received her B.A. from Mount Saint Mary's University,  an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University and her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology (Argosy University, Washington DC). She is a licensed clinical psychologist with special interests and experience in women's issues, focusing on the relationship between affective disorders and physical health, empowerment and leadership. Other areas of interest include supervision and training as well as emotional intelligence and life coaching. Her approach to therapy is eclectic, with an emphasis on the use of cognitive behavioral and interpersonal therapy. During her leisure time, Dr. Brooks enjoys cultural festivals and cuisine, theater and gardening.  

Claudia Leight, M.S., NCC, LCPC

Counselor

Ms. Leight received her M.S. in Counseling from the John Hopkins University.  Her areas of interest include relationship and identity issues, building social confidence, anxiety, stress reduction, and conflict resolution.  Ms. Leight is affiliated with Morgan's Women's and Gender Studies Program. She is interested in issues of diversity, gender identity, and sexual orientation and is the faculty advisor for Rainbow Soul and the facilitator of the Coming Out Group.  She describes her approach to counseling as eclectic, with emphasis on cognitive behavioral techniques and interpersonal dynamics.  Outside of work, she is a political/social justice activist and enjoys reading, tennis, travel, and other languages and cultures. 

Ralph Piper, Ph.D.

Assistant Director and Senior Clinical Supervisor

Dr. Piper received a B.A. in psychology from New York University, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park.  Some of his areas of interest are identity development, cross-cultural/racial issues, the use of mindfulness and other alternative methods in psychotherapy and career issues.  His approach to therapy is eclectic and is often a cross between cognitive psychotherapy and life coaching.  Outside of work, his interests include reading, meditation, computers and music.

Stephanie Howard

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Howard is a very sociable and outgoing person. Prior to her coming to the Counseling Center, she worked in the University's Social Work Department for three years. Ms. Howard loves church, people, and living life.  She is a family oriented person who enjoys helping people, cooking, and baking.

Annie Sollers

Receptionist

Ms. Sollers comes to the Counseling Center after a long career in banking.  She is a Morgan mom of two and hopes to attend classes here herself in the future. Ms. Sollers' family calls her a 21st century June Cleaver.  She is a hairstylist, tailor and seamstress. She enjoys meeting and interacting with people and enjoys music, attending concerts and gardening.