HAMPTON, Va. (January 8, 2020) – Hampton University is excited to announce the hire of Dr. Kristie Norwood as the Director of the Student Counseling Center (SCC). Dr. Norwood is a licensed clinical psychologist and recently worked at the Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center as the Assistant Chief of Psychology, working primarily with veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.
“We are excited to welcome Dr. Kristie Norwood as the Director of the Student Counseling Center. Her background working with veterans, along with her exceptional training ensures that she will excel in this position and uphold our Standard of Excellence,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.
Dr. Norwood has always been a mental health advocate, program developer and wants to help decrease the stigma of mental health. “I’ve always wanted to work with marginalized populations, including populations of people who were suffering and struggling. Working with ethnic minority populations was important to me as well and I was able to do that with veterans and now able to do that with students too,” Dr. Norwood said.
The Student Counseling Center offers individualized counseling for students who need assistance with personal concerns, emotional distress and much more. “We provide mental health care to students for any issue they have going on which is impacting their mental wellness. Typical issues that we see include adjustment to college, identity issues, depression, managing anxiety, and dealing with trauma. We also see students who are coping with elevated levels of stress, especially during mid-terms and finals,” Dr. Norwood said.
Dr. Norwood is excited about her position and helping to decrease the stigma of mental health. “I want to help students and the campus community as a whole understand that it is okay to get help. We all go through ups and downs in life and it is okay to seek help from a therapist. While we may not be responsible for being down, I believe that we are responsible for getting up. I hope to encourage our students to make their mental wellness a priority and to seek mental health care if needed,” Dr. Norwood said. “I also want to help equip our faculty and staff with some of the skills to help our students when they’re going through emotional challenges or academic challenges and life stressors.”
As the new Director, Dr. Norwood is working alongside her team to plan many events for the upcoming year such as the HBCU mental health tour, Mental Health “Pop-Up” events and a podcast, to help get the word out about the Center.
Dr. Norwood received her undergraduate degree in psychology from James Madison University; she holds a terminal master’s degree in counseling with a concentration in community counseling from the University of Memphis, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Memphis. Following the completion of her graduate studies, she was selected to complete a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical emphasis with an emphasis on Women’s Outpatient Mental Health and Trauma.
Dr. Norwood is excited to work with such a dedicated and competent Student Counseling Center team to serve the Hampton University community. The SCC team includes Mr. Alton Wampler (Licensed Professional Counselor), Ms. Cydnia Young (Social Worker), Mrs. Petra Gross (Licensed Professional Counselor), and Lysa Traxx-Burianek (Administrative Assistant). Appointments for the SCC are made by phone; walk-in services are available dependent upon the nature of the crisis. For more information about the Counseling Center, call 757-727-5617 or visit http://www.hamptonu.edu/studentservices/counseling/.