Counseling Services at Creighton University is staffed by four licensed psychologists, two licensed mental health practitioners, one post-doctoral intern, one pre-doctoral intern and practicum student(s) who provide services on an individual and group basis at no additional cost to students enrolled at Creighton University. On this page you can read about each person's background, experience, and interests. Information regarding pre-doctoral internship and applying for practicum training is also available.

Catherine (Kitty) Brougham, M.S., Counselor

Kitty received her degree in Counseling Psychology in 1994 from San Francisco State University. She received her licensed mental health practitioner license in Nebraska in 2000. Kitty joined Counseling Services in 1997. Kitty's clinical interests include women's issues; addiction and recovery; adult and adolescent development; cultural identity development; mindfulness; nutrition; weight and wellness.

Melanie Castillo, M.A., Predoctoral Intern

Melanie received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Xavier University in 2011. She is currently completing her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. Melanie is a pre-doctoral Intern at Student Counseling Services.  Her areas of interest include identity development (including culture, LGBTQ, and religion), depression, relationship issues, and working with survivors of sexual abuse/assault.

Melanie loves attending concerts, reading, being outdoors, and playing with her dog Jackson.


Thomas Grandy, Ph.D., Director of Training

Dr. Grandy received his degree in Counseling Psychology in 1975 from the University of Iowa (our administrative assistant's favorite team) where he also completed his Ph.D. He became a licensed psychologist in Nebraska in 1975 and in Michigan in 1977 and the National Register of Health Providers in 1978. Dr. Grandy joined Counseling Services in 1975. His clinical interests include supervision and training; process of change in therapy; mood disorders and anxiety; sleep disturbances; academic success; hypnosis; nutritional approaches; assessment of learning disabilities and ADHD; self-care of professionals and sports psychology.

Dr. Grandy is a Detroit Red Wings fan.

Allison Harlow, Ph.D., Psychologist

Dr. Harlow received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron in 2007. She joined the Counseling Services staff in 2007. Her clinical interests include relationships, depression, family of origin, attachment, LGBTQ issues, supervision and training, and multiculturalism.

Allison enjoys hiking in the mountains with her dog Gracie.

Heather Jacobson, M.A., Predoctoral Intern

Heather received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology in California in 2011.  She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Rosemead.  Heather is a pre-doctoral Intern at Counseling Services.   Heather’s clinical interests include working with survivors of sexual assault and abuse, body image, relationship concerns, identity development, and cognitive and personality assessment.

Heather enjoys being outdoors, drinking coffee, and reading good books.



Michael Kelley, Ph.D., Senior Director of Counseling Services

Dr. Kelley earmed a M.A. degree in Counseling Psychology in 1972 from DePaul University and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1976 from the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles (now Aliant University). He was licensed as a  psychologist in Nebraska in 1977. Dr. Kelley joined Counseling Services in 1980.  His clinical interests include developmental issues of college students; grief; family influences on mental health; suicide prevention and management of psychological crisis.  He became Director of Counseling Services in 2005.

In leisure time, Dr. Kelley is a student of ceramics.  You might see some of his pots sitting around the office.

Stephanie Stockham-Ronollo, M.A.

Stephanie received her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver in 2011.  In 2012, she earned the National Certified Counselor credential.  Stephanie’s clinical interests include self-esteem,  relationship concerns, anxiety, depression, grief, procrastination, body image and eating disorders, identity development (including multicultural and LGBTQ identity), and trauma.

Stephanie loves to be surrounded by creative people.  She also enjoys international travel and the great outdoors. 




Rebecka Tompkins, Psy.D., Academic Success Psychologist

Dr. Tompkins received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2012 from Minnesota School of Professional Psychology (MSPP)-Argosy University-Twin Cities. She joined Counseling Services in 2013. Her clinical interests include mental health and academic success, issues of diversity, college adjustment and transitional issues, as well as individual clinical, intellectual, learning-disability, and personality assessment.  Rebecka also has interests in assessment and treatment of trauma related disorders and anxiety as well as working with American Indian students.  

Rebecka enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, cooking and swimming.


Practicum/Field Placement Students

Lindsey W. Sherd, M.A., Field Placement Intern

Lindsey received her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University in 2012. Lindsey is currently working to obtain her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Lindsey’s clinical areas of interest include trauma, sexual assault, interpersonal violence, self-esteem and empowerment as well as gender identity and socialization.


Tara Laymon, B.S., Field Placement Intern

Tara is currently working toward her PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.  Prior to relocating to Nebraska to pursue her graduate school education, Tara worked as a tobacco cessation counselor in Seattle, Washington.  Her areas of interest include mindfulness, attachment, relationship issues, shame, anxiety, and psychological assessment.

Tara is an avid reader and also enjoys drawing, karaoke, meditation, and frozen yogurt.


Support Staff:

Pat Zander
Terri Faga

Terri and Pat are the Support Staff for Center for Health and Counseling. They welcome students when they come to the Center for Health and Counseling, make sure they fill out the necessary proper paperwork, and assist students in gaining access to the help they need.