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.

Marlana Bragg, Psy.D., Assistant Director

Marlana (Email) is a licensed psychologist, and earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2013 from Spalding University and her bachelors degree in Psychology from Shawnee State University (2007). Marlana comes from a generalist training program in which she was trained to work with a variety of different clients in many different settings. While in graduate school, Marlana was a practicum student at Bellarmine University (2011-2012). Marlana’s pre-doctoral internship was at the Southern Louisiana Internship Consortium, where her major rotation was at Louisiana State University’s counseling center (2012-2013). Upon earning her doctorate, Marlana spent the first 6 years of her career working at the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women, where she was the program administrator of a co-occuring disorders program. This experience shaped her interests, but she remained passionate about working with students in higher education. Her areas of interest include trauma; gender issues; eating concerns; multicultural and LGBT issues; substance abuse and other addictive and self-destructive behaviors.

Jami Notaro, M.Ed., Staff Counselor

Jami (Email) is a master’s level therapist and has been a member of the counseling center staff since September 2020. Jami earned her Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Counseling Psychology from the University of Louisville in 2015. Grounded in a holistic approach with a focus on heath psychology Jami earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Exercise Science from Hanover College (2007-2011). Post graduate school she spent 5 years in Indiana contracting as mental health therapist and psychometrist working with a diverse population and age range. A personal career goal of Jami’s, she is enthused to work with students in higher education. Her areas of interest include: neuro-atypicality, trauma, mind-body connection, multicultural and LGBTQ issues, student athletes, and psycho-education.

Training Program 2020-2021

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 2020-2021 academic year:

Practicum Therapists

  • Ameenah Ikram, M.A. (email)
  • Andrew Facemire, M.S., M.A. (email)
  • Caitlin Estep, M.A. (email)
  • Cara Janes, M.A. (email)
  • Maggie Carraway, M.A. (email)
  • Tia Hunziker, B.A. (email)

Psychiatric Services

  • Aly Inclan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN

Clinic Assistants

  • Andrew Facemire
  • Nicole Hagan