Our Staff

The Counseling Center is staffed by three full-time, licensed mental health professionals, seven part-time doctoral practicum therapists, a part-time administrative assistant, and a part-time psychiatric nurse practitioner.

Please note: email is not a secure method of communication and confidentiality cannot be ensured. If you are in a mental health emergency during standard hours of operation (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.), contact the Counseling Center at 502.272.8480 or Campus Safety at 502.272.7777. If you should experience a mental health emergency after normal office hours or during the weekend, contact Campus Security at 502.272.7777. Campus Security will notify one of our counselors who can assist with the situation. You may also contact the Seven Counties Crisis Line at 502.589.4313 or call 911.

Gary Petiprin, Ph.D., Director

Gary (email) is a licensed psychologist with more than 20 years of professional experience working in college and university counseling centers. He received his doctorate in Counseling Psychology in 1993 from Indiana State University and his bachelors degree in Psychology and masters degree in Community Counseling at Oklahoma State University. He has worked at the University of Louisville Counseling Center as a staff psychologist and served as the Counseling Center Director at East Tennessee State University (1998-2004) and Hanover College (2004-2007). His areas of interest include gender issues; multicultural and LGBT issues; substance abuse; sexual assault and suicide prevention.

Melissa Gibson, Psy.D., Assistant Director

Melissa (email) is a licensed psychologist and focuses on adolescent and young adult populations. She is a graduate of Spalding University’s doctoral program in clinical psychology. She completed her doctoral internship at Southern Illinois University Counseling and Psychological Services in Carbondale, Illinois. She began working at the Bellarmine University Counseling Center in the summer of 2016. Melissa works with clients presenting with a variety of concerns in individual therapy and co-leads the Coping Skills group. In addition to therapeutic work with Bellarmine students, she coordinates the doctoral training program and provides supervision to doctoral practicum therapists at the Counseling Center. 

Training Program 2019-2020

2019-20 Therapists

Bellarmine University Counseling Center provides training to psychology doctoral graduate students and a post-doctoral fellow. The graduate students are obtaining their doctorates in clinical and counseling psychology from Spalding University and the University of Louisville. The post-doctoral fellow has obtained their doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology and is completing a final year of specialized training before obtaining their independent license as a psychologist. Practicum and post-doctoral therapists are supervised by the Counseling Center licensed staff members.

Practicum and post-doctoral therapists serve the Bellarmine University campus community by providing individual and group therapeutic services, psychological assessments, liaison relationships to campus organizations, and general outreach programming. We are pleased to have the following seven practicum therapist joining the Counseling Center for the 2019-2020 academic year:

Practicum Therapists

  • Katie Whitley, M.A. (email)
  • Jacki Fritts, M.S., M.A. (email)
  • Kristie Morales, M.A. (email)
  • Colton Groh, B.A. (email)
  • Brielle Giomini, M.A. (email)
  • Kris Mandy, M.A. (email)

Psychiatric Services

  • Aly Inclan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN

Clinic Assistants

  • Ayat Abbas
  • Jennifer Ranick