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Meet SDAC

Shirley Atwood
Testing Coordinator/Alternate Text Production Specialist
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  • Former Law Enforcement Officer promoted to Investigator of Crimes Against Children and Women
  • Director of the Victim/Witness Assistance Program for Louisa Co.
  • Certified and Registered Instructor with the Department of Criminal Justice Services in the field of Private Security
  • Part time employment with RMC Events, Inc.

Life with SDAC
  • Staff member since 2008
  • Schedules academic exams/tests, coordinates receipt and return of exams to Students and Professors, proctors exams
  • Converts text books, reading materials and other class materials to CD’s
Spare Time
  • What spare time?
  • Vacation in 2012 at a working ranch riding horses, rounding up cattle, killing rattlesnakes

“We will forever be known by the tracks we leave” – Dakota

Jennifer Beard, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist
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Dr. Beard is a licensed clinical psychologist who started with SDAC in the fall 2013 semester. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Louisville, having finished her pre-doctoral internship at Appalachian State University Counseling Center, before completing her post-doctoral fellowship in the University of Virginia Health System’s Neurocognitive Assessment Lab. Prior to this, she earned Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees at James Madison University. Outside of the office, Dr. Beard enjoys running (slowly) and photography.

Within SDAC, Dr. Beard is responsible for coordinating disability services for students with psychiatric conditions, co-leading the Social Skills support group, supervising pre-doctoral interns and other trainees in their assessment rotation, and conducting psychoeducational screening evaluations for ADHD/LD.

For questions about the following please contact Dr. Beard…
  • The Verification of Psychiatric Condition form
  • The Social Skills Support Group
  • Training opportunities in psychological assessment
  • Concerns regarding suspected ADHD/LD symptoms

Debbie Berkeley, M.A.
Assistant Director
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After earning her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Central Michigan University, Debbie worked as an in-home family therapist. In 2002, she landed a job at Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center, working with individuals with disabilities. She joined SDAC in 2006 and has been here ever since.

When she is not at work, Debbie can be found watching movies, reading graphic novels and spending time with her husband and her dog.

Within SDAC, Debbie coordinates accommodations for students with physical/mobility disabilities, visual disabilities, chronic medical conditions, temporary injuries/disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and also coordinates all housing accommodations.

Bob Diamond, Ph.D.
Director and Psychologist
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Dr. Diamond came to the SDAC as a staff psychologist in 2005. He became the director in July 2012. He has a wide range of past experience and is appropriately licensed, credentialed, and degreed. However, he has always believed that letters after your name do not automatically make you a caring and efficient person.

In addition to extensive professional experience; he also has years of experience driving a truck delivering beer to taverns and private homes in the dicey neighborhoods of Philadelphia. While not what most would call a professional experience, this occupation provided valuable real world practice in learning the importance of listening to and respecting the views of others. In his spare time, Dr. Diamond loves popular culture including music, movies, and television. He is also the only SDAC staff member who has seen the Beatles perform live.

Dr. Diamond works mainly with students with cognitive disorders or mood disorders. He has a particular interest in mild to moderate traumatic brain injury. Of course, as Director; Dr. Diamond is happy to meet with you to discuss any programmatic questions or concerns you may have.

Chris Kinney, M.A., M.L.I.S.
Learning Services Coordinator
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Chris Kinney is a vocational rehabilitation counselor who started with SDAC in the summer 2013 semester. He received his M.A. and M.L.I.S from the University of Alabama and his B.S. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Chris has worked for over 14 years as a disability services coordinator, assistive technology coordinator, and learning coach at Georgia Perimeter College and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Outside of the office Chris enjoys a number of geekcraft activities: graphic novels, animation, computer gaming, building computer systems, computer graphic arts, and craft beer.

Becky Marshall
Office Support Specialist
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Becky joined our team in June of 2013; she has been with Student Health 10 years and enjoys working with the students. She enjoys spending her spare time with her human and canine family, reading and stargazing.

Laurie Shaffer MS, CI &CT, NIC-A
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Coordinator
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Laurie earned her BA from Hamilton College with a major in Fine Arts and her Master’s in Education of the Deaf from Syracuse University. She has held national certification as granted by the National Registry for the Deaf since 1990 and has been interpreting for 23 years. In addition, she has taught around the country addressing various aspects of interpreting as part of degree and certificate programs as well as in seminars and workshops designed for working interpreters. She has also mentored numerous fellow practitioners 1:1 and via The Peer Mentor Program and “From a Distance..”; a blended program offering distance mentoring along with in person group work days. Since moving to rural Nelson County Virginia in 2005, she has adopted the local proverb – “If you are lucky enough to live in the mountains, you are lucky enough.” When not on grounds, Laurie enjoys time with family, doing her artwork and reading a good book.

On grounds, Laurie provides American Sign Language/spoken English interpreting services for the University and students, faculty, staff and visitors who are D/deaf or hard of hearing.