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 solving personal problems. Outside of work, he enjoys sports activities, watching movies, and attending cultural events.

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

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 (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.

Amber Jolley-Paige, Ph.D., LCPC, Counselor

Dr. Jolley-Paige received a B.S. in psychology from The College of William and Mary, an M.A. in clinical mental health counseling from Wake Forest University, and a Ph.D. in counseling from Old Dominion University. Dr. Jolley-Paige enjoys working with students both individually and in groups with a wide variety of concerns. Some of her areas of interests include group counseling, depression, anxiety, and identity concerns. Her approach to therapy is integrative with an emphasis on the use of interpersonal therapy and feminist counseling. Outside of work, Dr. Jolley-Paige enjoys all things related to pop culture, reading, yoga, and cooking.

Lyneia Richardson, Ph.D., Counselor

Lyneia Richardson received her B.A. in psychology from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, an M.S. in mental health counseling from Johns Hopkins University, and her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Some of her professional interests include identity development in the context of culture, women's issues, substance abuse, and trauma. Her approach to therapy is integrative with an emphasis on interpersonal process and multiculturalism. Outside of work, she enjoys listening to music, trying new foods, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Ralph Piper, Ph.D., Associate 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.