Monica Kersting, Psy.S., NCSP
Director of the Counseling Center and Disability Services
Monica Kersting received her B.A. from the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN and her M.S. and Specialist in School Psychology from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She has been on staff at the Counseling Center since 1984. She is licensed in Minnesota and North Dakota as a School Psychologist and is also nationally certified. Her special areas of interest include disability issues and services, learning/academic difficulties, learning/cognitive styles and psycho-educational testing.
Wanda McSparron, Ph.D., LP
Wanda McSparron received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota. She completed her pre-doctoral psychology internship at the Hamilton Center, Inc., a regional mental health center in southwestern Indiana. She has experience working with a wide variety of psychological/personal problems, with special interests in depression, anxiety, rural issues, working with victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, and psychological testing. Regarding research, her areas of interests include (1) depression and help-seeking behavior in the rural/farm population and (2) gender and career issues. Wanda is a licensed psychologist in the State of Minnesota.
Juihsien Kao, Ph.D.
Juihsien Kao received her B.A. in psychology from National Taiwan University. She received her M.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park and her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. She completed her pre-doctoral psychology internship at the University Counseling and Consulting Services at the University of Minnesota. Juihsien has previous clinical experience with a variety of psychological issues, with special interests in depression, anxiety, perfectionism, early childhood trauma, and identity development. Her research interests include the use of empathy in clinical practice and multicultural counseling.
Kyle Peltola is the counseling intern at Concordia College for the 2012-2013 academic year. Kyle received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Child and Family Studies from Concordia College in 2009. After completing his undergraduate studies, Kyle gained experience working in the mental health field both as a Mental Health Case Manager in Ramsey County, MN and as a Behavioral Health Technician in two inpatient hospital settings in Fargo. Kyle is currently working towards his Master of Education Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from North Dakota State University. After receiving his Master's Degree this upcoming spring, Kyle plans on moving back to the Twin Cities area to begin his career and an eventual private practice in counseling.
Barb Peach, Administrative Assistant, began work in the Counseling Center in September of 1997. She brought to us over 15 years of professional secretarial experience. A native of Hannaford, ND, Barb is married and she and her husband Al live in Fargo.
Student Office Assistant
Jordan began working in the Counseling Center in September of 2011. She is double majoring in Multimedia Journalism and Global Studies-World Dialogues with a minor in Spanish, and plans to graduate in the spring of 2015. In the future, Jordan hopes to work in International Journalism and with non-profits. She is from Apple Valley, MN.