Meet the Staff
John Hancock, Ed.D., serves as Chief Psychologist and Associate Dean of Students for Health and Wellness. Dr. Hancock supervises the Counseling Service, Student Health Service, and Health Promotion & Wellness office. He earned his doctorate in Counseling Psychology at West Virginia University. Dr. Hancock completed an extramural training program at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy & Research and has been granted diplomate status by the Academy for Cognitive Therapy. He has directed college counseling services for almost 20 years. His professional passion is suicide risk reduction and intervention, and he is a trainer for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.
Melinda Brooks, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist who earned her doctorate at Pacific University. She has worked at student counseling centers at Pacific University and the University of Washington. Melinda’s professional interests include helping students with mood and anxiety disorders, interpersonal relationships, grief and loss, and trauma and abuse issues. Her approach to therapy is integrative and addresses identity development, career, and education issues into the therapeutic work with students.
Hillary Howarth, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist who earned her doctorate from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. Before Lewis & Clark, she worked in counseling centers at the University of San Francisco, Johns Hopkins University, and St. Mary’s College of California. Her primary specialty is working with bereaved students and those experiencing other types of losses, including relationship break-ups. Her clinical interests also include depression, anxiety, addiction, and interpersonal concerns. Hillary enjoys cross-cultural counseling and is an LGBTQ ally. Her approach to counseling is warm, collaborative, and flexible, depending on each student’s unique needs and goals.
Michelle J. Kirton, Ph.D., Associate Director of Counseling/Training Director, is a licensed psychologist specializing in career and professional development, women’s issues, and multiculturalism. Her Ph.D. is from Arizona State University–Tempe, and her M.S. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Since higher education settings have been a focus for Dr. Kirton, she has also worked with students at Oregon Health Science University, and has created and taught courses for Pacific University and for Portland State University.
Jeanne M. Lilly, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist with an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University. Her professional interests include positive psychology, the treatment of trauma, psychospiritual approaches to counseling, and Eastern psychology. She has taught courses for Lewis & Clark College and for Marylhurst University.
Bobbi Mihara, Psy.D., Clinical Coordinator, is a licensed psychologist from Pacific University. She specializes in working with LGBTQ, multicultural, and creative students, and with couples. She takes a humanistic approach to mental health, which explores the student’s individual, interpersonal, and cultural strengths to increase insight into challenges that students may face. In addition to her work at Lewis & Clark College, Bobbi has a private practice and has worked in counseling centers at Portland State University, Pacific University, and Oregon State University. She has also created and taught courses for Portland State University and for Oregon State University.
Natalie Mitchell, Psy.D., Associate Director for Clinical Services, is a licensed psychologist who earned her doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Prior to Lewis & Clark, she was the Director of the Counseling Center at Marymount University and has also worked in the counseling centers of Michigan State University, Oakland University, Bowling Green State University, and Northeastern Illinois University. Her professional interests include depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, relationship issues, gender and women’s issues, and multicultural counseling. Her approach to counseling is humanistic and interpersonal, with an emphasis on developing a warm and collaborative relationship.
Kara Powers, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist. She graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and did her residency training at University of California, San Francisco. In addition to her work at the Counseling Service, Dr. Powers has practiced in a variety of settings including community mental health and private practice, and has served as clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF. She has experience treating a broad range of mental health issues within culturally diverse populations using both medication management and psychotherapy. She has a particular interest in mindfulness practices and in applying these to her psychotherapeutic work. She especially enjoys working with students as they grow and discover their paths in life.
Jamie Young, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist who earned her doctorate from Pacific University. She enjoys working with college students and has worked in college counseling locally and as far away as Florida (at the University of Central Florida). Jamie is a generalist and can help with a wide variety of mental health concerns, including adjustment, depression, anxiety, and relationship troubles. She has specialty training in Gestalt Therapy and Buddhist Psychology and takes an individualized, multicultural approach in her work. Jamie identifies as an LGBTQ-ally and is interested in working with people who have concerns related to aspects of their identity/self-development and those recovering from the effects of interpersonal violence, including sexual assault. Jamie aims to be warm, accepting, and collaborative with clients to help guide meaningful change.
Laura Mundt, Administrative Coordinator, schedules client appointments, facilitates student support, and serves as the office manager. She is an alumna of Lewis & Clark College (B.A. ’91) and has worked in several offices across the campus, including Academic English Studies, Summer Sessions, and Admissions.