Meet Our Staff

Center Staff
Dr. Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling
Dr. Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling Dr. L-R obtained her undergraduate degree from Brown University in 1984 and her doctorate in Psychology from the University of Oregon in 1990. She has 25 years as a licensed Clinical Psychologist and has amassed over 120 peer reviewed publications in her role as a scientist and professor. The majority of these publications focus on her longstanding interests in relationship and family violence (e.g., stalking, rape, physical abuse, and the inter-generational transmission of relationship behaviors), and adolescent risky, unhealthy, suicidal, and/or life-diminishing behaviors. Her most recent research is community-based, focused on under-served and disadvantaged populations, and occurs while integrating mental and behavioral healthcare into primary care and school settings. In particular, implementing, evaluating, and educating others to provide evidence-based, solution-focused and resiliency-enhancing interventions is a priority for Dr. L-R. Prior to Dr. L-R initiating and establishing the Gulf Coast Behavioral Health and Resiliency Center which she currently directs, Dr. L-R served as the Head of USA’s Youth Violence Prevention Program. She is an active member of the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program which was funded by a class action lawsuit resulting from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Dr. L-R also participates on the Health Disparities Research Group-Community Based Participatory Research Dissemination Team which is located in USA’s Center for Healthy Communities.

Executive Director of Gulf Coast Behavioral Health and Resiliency Center

Phone: (251) 461-1700
Daphnee Cherisol-Pierre In September 2015, Daphnee joined the Gulf Coast Behavioral Health & Resiliency Center at the University of South Alabama (USA) where she serves as the Project Operations Manager. Daphnee graduated with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Finance from Florida State University in 2009. In 2014, she received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus in Global Business from the University of South Florida- St. Petersburg. In 2015, she successfully obtained a certification as a Certified Fraud Examiner. Daphnee has 10+ years of governmental/grant accounting experience of which 6+ years of those years were obtained in a university environment. Daphnee has worked at Florida Department of Revenue, Florida Department of Health, and Florida State University.

GCBHRC Operations Manager

Phone: (251) 461-1704

Dr. Candice Selwyn Candice earned a Ph.D. in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from the University of South Alabama in August 2016. Prior to completion of her doctorate, she completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Medical College of Georgia/Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center Consortium in Augusta, Georgia where she received emphasis training on working with women who had experienced interpersonal trauma. Both her clinical and research interests focus on risk for and recovery from interpersonal violence and suicide-related behavior. Additionally, as a native of Mobile, AL, Candice is passionate about improving healthcare services within the Gulf Coast region, particularly among underserved, disadvantaged, and trauma-exposed populations. Ultimately, Candice hopes to promote healing among local survivors of interpersonal trauma by improving access to and quality of empirically-supported, trauma-informed services within the Gulf Coast region.

Women's Mental Health & Trauma Services Coordinator

Phone: (251) 461-1708

Graduate Assistants
Mallory Schneider Mallory graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. Currently, Mallory is a first year doctoral student in the Clinical and Counseling Psychology program at the University of South Alabama. Mallory’s research interests involve intimate partner violence and resilience to trauma within family systems.

Graduate Assistant- ADHD Assessment and Mobile County Health Department


Emma Lathan Emma is a first year graduate student in the Clinical and Counseling Psychology Doctoral program at USA. She graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. Currently, Emma's interests center on how individual differences in the perception of trauma translate into resilience or psychopathology.

Graduate Assistant-Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Grant

Jessica Duncan Coming Soon...

Graduate Assistant- Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Grant

Jose Gonzales Coming soon...

Graduate Assistant-Establishing Community Collaboration and a Network of Leaders during Disaster Grant

Dr. Ishara Ramkissoon
Dr. Ishara Ramkissoon Dr. Ramkissoon received her doctorate from the University of Illinois in 2005. She has been a licensed audiologist and speech therapist since 1989, having practiced in South Africa and the United States. Her research focuses on factors that impact human hearing and communication skills, including aging, smoking, and language background. In 2013, Dr. Ramkissoon was awarded two extramural grants addressing multicultural issues and a third grant focusing on environmental literacy and the health impact of pollution from the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program. She has 3 active research projects in her laboratory. Dr. Ramkissoon is a reviewer for national and international journals, and serves as Vice-President of the Board of Trustees for Mercy Medical in Alabama.

Assistant Professor
Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology
Licensed Audiologist

Phone: (251) 445-9368

Dr. Phillip N. Smith
Dr. Phillip N. Smith Dr. Smith received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Texas Tech University under the mentorship of Dr. Kelly C. Cukrowicz. Dr. Smith received his BA from Gettysburg College, an MS degree in experimental psychology from Villanova University, and most recently completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Smith's research interests center on the understanding, assessment, and treatment of suicidal patients. In pursuit of this goal, his current research focuses on elucidating the interpersonal, psychological, and social risk factors for suicide and related behaviors with an emphasis on social, cognitive, and behavioral methods that more adequately address the complexity of human behavior compared to self-report measures alone. Although he is theoretically integrative in his approach, much of his research has been conducted within the framework provided by Thomas Joiner’s Interpersonal Theory of Suicide. Dr. Smith's long-term goals include the development of theoretically based, empirically supported assessment, prevention, and intervention programs for patients at risk for suicide.

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology

Phone: (251) 460-6371

Susan G. Williams, MSN, RN
Susan G. Williams, MSN, RN Susan G. Williams is a Registered Nurse (BSN) with a Master’s Degree in Community/Mental Health from the University of South Alabama and is a full time faculty member at the USA College of Nursing. She is also working towards a PhD in Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a focus on Adolescent Mental Health, specifically Perceived Stress, Bullying, Salivary Cortisol and Depressive Symptoms in 9th grade high school students. She began working with Dr. Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling after learning of common interests in Adolescent Mental Health. Together with other PhD Psychology students at USA and Dr. L-R, Susan helped to develop a School Climate Survey that is now being used in Baldwin County, AL to assess the overall climate of the high schools. The outcomes of this survey may help to develop interventions that will provide mental health support to this adolescent population. Susan received funding from Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society for a pilot study of 31 ninth graders in a high school setting examining “Perceived stress, bullying, pubertal status, salivary cortisol and depressive symptoms”. This pilot study is a precursor to her larger dissertation study.

Instructor, USA College of Nursing
Community Mental Health Nursing Department

Phone: (251) 517-5366