Meet the Marshall University Counseling Center Staff
The Marshall University Counseling Center Staff consists of a Director, one Program Assistant, six Mental Health Specialists, one Graduate Assistant, and two interns. Members of the Counseling Center Staff are trained as trainers for QPR- Question, Persuade, Refer Suicide Prevention Training and SafeTalk, also a suicide prevention training. All staff members have completed Trauma Informed Organization-Basics for All Staff Training and the Counseling Center is a member of the Center for Collegiate Mental Health.
Candace D. Layne, Director
Candace Layne, EdD, ALPS, LPC, NCC, has served as Director of Marshall University’s Counseling Center since June 2018. Candace received her Doctorate of Education Degree (EdD) from Argosy University in 2013, her MA in Mental Health Counseling from Marshall University in 2006, and her BA in Psychology in 2004, also from Marshall University. Candace is licensed in the state of West Virginia as an Approved Licensed Professional Supervisor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Candace is a Certified Peer Educator (CPE) Training Instructor, certified Trainer in QPR- Question, Persuade, Refer Suicide Prevention Training, certified as a Tips for the University Trainer, and she enjoys teaching for Lindsey Wilson College and the Marshall University Graduate College. Candace also has national counseling certification as a National Certified Counselor, and has over 12 years of counseling experience in many different counseling and human service environments.
Nikki Barr, Mental Health Specialist
Nikki Barr, MA, LPC has served as a Mental Health Specialist in Marshall University’s Counseling Center since February 2019. Nikki is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of West Virginia. Nikki received her MA in Counseling from Marshall University. Nikki is a Certified Trainer for SafeTalk, a suicide prevention training.
Ray Blevins, Mental Health Specialist
Ray Blevins has served as a Mental Health Specialist for the Counseling Center since July 2018. Ray is a Huntington native, and received his MA Degree in Counseling from Marshall University Graduate College. Ray comes to the Counseling Center with years of experience as a K-12 school counselor and is an adjunct instructor for the Marshall University Graduate College. Ray has completed the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Level 1 Training course. Ray is the Chair of the President’s Advisory Committee for LGBTQ+ concerns on campus.
Tiffany Bowes, Mental Health Specialist
Tiffany Bowes, MA, has served as a Mental Health Specialist in Marshall University’s Counseling Center since 2008. Tiffany received her MA in Counseling from Marshall University. Tiffany has completed the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Level 1 Training course.
Morgan Conley, Mental Health Specialist
Morgan Conley, MA, has served as a Mental Health Specialist in Marshall University’s Counseling Center since 2011. Morgan received her MA in Counseling from Marshall University. Morgan is an adjunct instructor for the Masters in Counseling Program through the Marshall University Graduate College. Morgan is a Certified Peer Educator (CPE) Training Instructor.
Brittany Johnson, Program Assistant
Brittany Johnson has served as Program Assistant for the Counseling Center since June 2018. Brittany is a Huntington native, and received her Associate in Applied Science from Marshall University.
Ryan Majher, Mental Health Specialist
Ryan P. Majher, M.Ed, is a Mental Health Specialist at Marshall University Counseling Center. He earned his master’s degree in mental health through Lindsey Wilson College and his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Marshall University. Ryan was born in Huntington and is a former Thundering Herd cheerleader. GO HERD!
Stephanie Shaffer, Mental Health Specialist
Stephanie Shaffer, MA has served as a Mental Health Specialist in Marshall University’s Counseling Center since June 2019. Stephanie received both her BA in Psychology in 2015 and her MA in Counseling in 2018 from Marshall University. Since then she has become licensed as a Professional School Counselor and has worked in various school and mental health settings. Growing up in the metro area, Stephanie is an avid fan of Marshall University and is grateful to be a part of the Marshall Community.
For an appointment please call (304) 696-3111 or come to the south lobby of Prichard Hall.
Psychiatric support is provided by University Physicians and Surgeons’ Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine and is supplemented, under supervision, by the College of Health Professions. To get more information, please call the Counseling Center at (304) 696-3111.