SCS Staff

Student Counseling Services Staff

Jennifer Peter, Psy.D., Director & Psychologist


Dr. Peter earned her PsyD in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2005.  She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Oakland University in Michigan in 1995.  Dr. Peter joined the Counseling Services in 2017.  Her clinical interests are varied, but include depression, anxiety, life stage adjustments, relationship issues, and self-esteem.   Dr. Peter is a generalist in approach with a focus on strength-based, cognitive behavioral strategies, as well as mindfulness and acceptance therapy.

In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and children, doing home projects, reading, and spending time outside.

David Martin, Ph.D., Clinical Director

Dr. David Martin is the Associate Director for Clinical Services. David is passionate about working with college and graduate students from diverse backgrounds. David is trained as a College and University Suicide Prevention Specialist and is skilled at both responding to psychological emergencies and providing education about suicide prevention. David also has interests in using data to inform counseling center practices, clinical supervision, relational dynamic approaches to psychotherapy, and dialectical behavior therapy. David was born and raised in New Jersey. He received his Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas with a focus in positive psychology.

In his free time, David enjoys playing with his puppy, basketball, reading novels, and marathons of TV shows such as the Game of Thrones.

Rebecka Tompkins, Psy.D., Associate Director of Training & Psychologist


Dr. Tompkins earned her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology in 2012. She received her bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2007.  Dr. Tompkins returned to the Center for Health and Counseling in 2018, after previously having worked in this setting from 2013-2017.  Her clinical interests include, depression, anxiety, life-stage adjustments, relational concerns, trauma, grief and identity issues. Dr. Tompkins also enjoys working with trainees at various stages of professional development.  She adopts a generalist approach to working with students with a focus on humanistic, mindfulness-based, strengths-based, and solution focused methodologies.
Rebecka enjoys spending her free time with her husband and children. They live in western Iowa where her husband, along with his family, own and operate a fifth generation, organic farm.

Sangeetha Kumar, M.S.W., LCSW, Assistant Director for Student Care and Outreach

Ms. Sangeetha Kumar is a licensed clinical social worker.  She originally hails from eastern Iowa, did her undergrad at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI where she obtained her Bachelors of Arts in English Literature.  Ms. Kumar then went on to graduate school at the University of Iowa, receiving her Masters of Social Work. She has lived in Omaha, NE since 2003 and worked with people from literally every walk of life. Her past professional experiences in Omaha have been working with people living with HIV/AIDS, adults with severe and persistent mental illness and supervising teams of other professionals in her areas of employment.  She is passionate about being a voice to the voiceless and empowering people to be the most authentic self they can be!  She enjoys working for Creighton University serving as a crisis manager for students in need.

When Ms. Kumar is not managing crises, she is finding fun adventures to be a
part of with her partner, 2 stepsons, fluffy puppy and kitty; and also enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and relaxing! Please note: much to her surprise, she is also a Slytherin.

Michael Kelley, Ph.D., Psychologist

Dr. Kelley earned 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.  Dr. Kelley served as the Senior Director of Student Counseling Services from 2005 until

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

Kitty Brougham, M.S., LMHP, Counselor

Kitty received her degree in Counseling with specializations in MFCC, Career and College in 1994 from San Francisco State University and received her Mental Health Professional license in Nebraska in 1999.  She joined Counseling Services in 1997.  Kitty is the Drug and Alcohol Counselor and enjoys working with students in recovery.  She is comfortable working with either an abstinence or a harm-reduction model and is available for confidential consultations regarding drug or alcohol use.  Kitty's clinical interests include cultural identity development including immigrant, bicultural and cross-cultural issues, women's empowerment, GLBTQ issues as well as identity and career work with artists.  She has training in DBT and mindfulness and has a special interest in holistic health, nutrition, weight and wellness.

Kitty is an exhibiting artist, a cellist, and an avid reader and traveler.

Maddie Moore, M.S., PLMHP

Maddie Moore earned her Bachelor's from Creighton University in 2012 and completed her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in May 2017. Maddie began at the Center for Counseling in July 2016 as a Intern, and has transitioned to full-time staff.  Prior to her experience at Creighton, Maddie completed AmeriCorps service working with first-generation college students and worked at Girls Inc. running teen programming.  Maddie has an integrative approach to counseling and pulls from many different theoretical perspectives including cognitive-behavioral and humanistic. Her clinical interests include young adult and adolescent populations, shame resilience, self-esteem, multicultural-feminist interventions, and working from a holistic, wellness model.

In her leisure time, Maddie enjoys spending time with her friends, traveling, playing tennis, drawing, and cooking. Also, Maddie is a big-time animal lover, especially dogs, so her office is a safe place to swap pet photos and brag about your favorite animals.

Internship / Field Placement Students

Alyssa Newman, M.S., Pre-doctoral Intern

Alyssa Newman is a pre-doctoral intern at the Center for Health and Counseling. She received her master?s degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University (2014) and will graduate with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology in June 2018. Alyssa has an integrated approach to therapy and pulls from many different theoretical perspectives, including psychodynamic, interpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral. Her clinical interests include adolescent and young adult populations, athletes, disordered eating/body image, relational and family issues, LGBTQ issues, and supervision.

In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys writing, playing soccer, snowboarding, attending concerts, and hanging out with friends and family.

Carly Claney, M.A., Pre-doctoral Intern

Carly Claney is a pre-doctoral intern at the Center for Health and Counseling. She has a master?s degree in Clinical Psychology (2015) from Rosemead School of Psychology and will graduate with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in May 2018. Carly utilizes a depth-oriented approach that focuses on emotion and integrates psychodynamic and attachment theories, mindfulness, and holistic interventions. Her professional interests include trauma, gender and sexuality issues, spirituality and religion, relational dynamics, anxiety, depression, and personality structures. She also has special interests in psychodiagnostic assessment (e.g., ADHD, neurocognitive, emotional, personality) and teaching.

In her spare time, Carly really enjoy to cook and bake.  She is currently working to perfect her homemade pasta and ice cream recipes.

Robert Byrom, M.A., PLMHP, Field Placement Student

Bobby earned a M.A. degree in Clinical Psychology in 2014 from Pepperdine University and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Nebraska ? Lincoln. He uses goal-focused positive psychotherapy as a foundation for his work, incorporating content from narrative, humanistic, interpersonal, and cognitive orientations. He enjoys working with relationship problems, grief, and helping people experience gratitude for their lives.

In his spare time, Bobby enjoys singing, games of all sorts, and getting out of escape rooms. Following in the footsteps of a good friend (and former Creighton counselor), it is critically important to note that he is a Ravenclaw.

Alexandra Emery, M.A., PLMHP, Field Placement Student

Alexandra received her master's degree in 2016, and is currently working toward her Ph.D., both in counseling psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Alexandra is originally from Olympia, Washington, and earned her bachelor's degree from South Dakota State University. Previous to serving as a field placement clinician, Alexandra worked in community, school, in-home, and college settings, most recently completing a year-long placement at the Women's Center at UNL. Alexandra considers herself a generalist, drawing from interpersonal, feminist-multicultural, mindfulness, and strength-based approaches. Alexandra has a special interest in well-being, as she is entering her third year as a graduate assistant planning well-being focused education events for UNL's University Health Center. Her research interests include self-compassion, strength-based therapy groups, identity, multiculturalism, power, and interpersonal issues.

In her free time, Alexandra enjoys hosting parties, designing cozy spaces, baking up a storm, hanging around with her friends, family, and two cats, and being mostly anywhere outdoors.

Support Staff

Terri & Michelle

Terri and Michelle 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.

Our Therapy Dog


Cocoa is a two year old chocolate Labrador.  She is a friendly canine member of Counseling Services staff. She proudly wears her Therapy Dog vest as she visits groups on campus.  Cocoa completed three six-week training courses in basic obedience skills and then did an internship of ten visits to nursing homes, to earn her license as a Therapy Dog, under the auspices of Love on a Leash, a national Therapy Dog licensing group.  She belongs to Dr. Michael Kelley, a psychologist in Creighton's Counseling Services.

Cocoa is very friendly, loves to be petted, and will sit for long periods to receive the hugs and affection of anyone.  She loves to chase squirrels and rabbits.  She loves to chew bones, or anything else, valuable or not, that seems interesting.  Her sensitive nose is very curious.  

Every week Cocoa will hold office hours with counseling staff in Skutt Student Center near the fire place at the Paws to Talk greeting event.  Time and day is undecided, but will be posted soon.  She also comes to campus when she is invited to a special event. 

You can now follow her on her Instagram @CocoaTheCounselor.  Follow her for mental health advice from one smart, loving pup!