College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Graduate Assistants

Brief Description of Graduate Assistantship

The University of Northern Iowa Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling program currently has six graduate assistants working for the program. As graduate assistants, we stay busy assisting our cooperating professors and working hard each day to better the program. The past year kept graduate assistants particularly busy working to update course curriculum for the Counseling Program and Department of Education visit. Graduate assistants also work with professors to conduct research, perform office related tasks, update the website and documentation, and are liaisons of information between students and faculty. 

Full-time (20 hours) graduate assistants receive $5,284 per semester and part-time (10 hours) receive $2,642 per semester during 2019-2020 academic year. Graduate assistants begin employment August 26, 2019-December 20, 2019 and continue after winter break from January 13, 2020-May 8, 2020. Graduate assistants must have a 3.0 GPA from undergraduate or at least previous 8 graduate credits. All applications for graduate assistantships for the Counseling Program can be sent to Donna Raubs, donna.raubs@uni.edu. Applications received by February 15 will be given preferential consideration. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact any of the graduate assistants listed. 

Interested in applying to be a graduate assistant? Visit our Graduate Assistantships & Scholarships page.

Graduate Assistants

Emily Barnes

Emily Barnes

Emily Barnes received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with minors  in Sociology & Child, Adult and Family Services at Iowa State University in 2018. This is her first year in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at UNI. Emily's interests include at-risk youth and the effectiveness of youth residential treatment programs. In the future, she plans to work as a mental health counselor for non-profit programs in Iowa.

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Steven Dreesman

Steven Dreesman received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Northern Iowa in 2017, with a minor in Family Studies. This is his second year in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at UNI. In the future, Steven plans to specialize in the areas of perinatal mental health and men's issues. He also plans to pursue a doctoral degree in counseling psychology.

Maria Guzman

Maria Guzman

Maria Guzman received her Bachelor of Arts in TESOL/Spanish from the University of Northern Iowa in 2018. This is her first year in the School Counseling program at UNI. Maria’s interests are focused on multicultural issues. In the future, Maria plans to either work as a school counselor in Iowa or work abroad for an International School.

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Kelvin Mackey

Kelvin Mackey received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Certificate in I/O Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa in 2016. This is his second year in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. In the future, Kelvin plans to work as a mental health counselor in an outpatient setting or in a school based setting. After gaining experience, Kelvin plans to open a private practice one day.

Justin Moody

Justin Moody

Justin Moody received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Communication Studies from the University of Northern Iowa in the Spring of 2018. This is his first year in the School Counseling program. Justin's interests include being a school counselor in a secondary setting, having the opportunity to coach multiple sports, and learning from as many people and situations as possible. In the future, Justin plans to pursue a doctorate degree.

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Casey Schulte

Casey Schulte received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology with minors in Sociology & Deaf Studies at Northwest Missouri State University in 2017. This is his second year in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at UNI. Casey's interests include how mental health impacts our relationships and society. In the future, he would like to open his own private practice and/or work in school-based mental health.