The staff of Counseling Services welcomes your contact.
Before emailing, please consider the following information to help you decide on the best method for reaching us:
- Email is not appropriate for personal counseling.
If you are a UHCL student seeking personal counseling, please visit our office or call to make an appointment with one of our counselors.
- Confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.
While we will do our best to keep your communications private and will not disseminate them without your permission, our university administration, like many other employers, reserves the right to monitor our email usage and might therefore see the text of your message. If you are in any way concerned about the contents of your email being read by someone other than the person you are contacting, you might want to consider alternate ways of contacting that person.
- Replies are sent to the sender's email.
When we reply to your email, we will respond to the address from which it is sent. If you do not wish others who may have access to the email account you are using to also have access to our response, please consider another means of communication.
- We cannot respond immediately.
While we check our email often, you have no way of knowing if one of us is unavailable due to illness, vacation, or other reason. This means that your message may not be received immediately. If time is of particular concern for you, you might want to consider calling the office instead.
We hope that these guidelines are helpful to you as you decide how best to reach our staff. We take your time and confidentiality very seriously and therefore consider it imperative that you understand the limitations of our use of email technology. If you would like to use email to contact one of us, please click on their name in the section below:
Cynthia A. Cook, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Counseling, Health and Career Services
Dr. Cook has been on staff at UHCL since 1999. She has had prior training experiences in other counseling centers, military settings, and community mental health. Dr. Cook believes strongly in the importance of developing a collaborative relationship with clients. Her clinical specialties include couples therapy and relationship issues, women’s issues, managing stress and anxiety, spirituality, and vocational counseling.
Kimberly A. James, Ph.D.
Associate Director and Clinical Director
Dr. James has many years of experience in university settings as a licensed psychologist in counseling centers and experience as a student life dean focusing on the unique needs graduate students. Dr. James has additional clinical experience in a variety of settings that include primary and secondary schools, community mental health agencies, inpatient psychiatric and Veterans Affairs hospitals. Areas of interest include organizational management, intercultural/intracultural relationships and dialogues, career counseling, body image and self-esteem, and health and fitness.
Jonathan Schmalz-Benson, Ph.D.
Assistant Director and Training Director
Dr. Schmalz-Benson has been at UHCL since 2015. He has experience in university counseling, outpatient community mental health, and VA hospital settings. He enjoys working with clients with various concerns to assist them in leading meaningful and vital lives.
Christine Henry, Ph.D., LCDC
Dr. Henry has been working in college counseling centers since 2007. She has worked in other settings such partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient for substance abuse, a domestic violence shelter, a juvenile residential facility, career services, and in judicial affairs. She has a clinical focus on addiction issues and is a licensed chemical dependence counselor (LCDC). Other areas of focus are grief, ACOA, sexual and gender minorities, trauma, and pet attachment/loss.
Murphy was born September 7, 2015. His life started out as a therapy dog at a nursing home where his owner took him daily as a puppy. The owner realized that they were traveling too much to provide Murphy with the home he deserves and put him up for adoption. Thankfully, a friend connected Murphy to Dr. Henry - they both knew it was a perfect match.
Murphy began studying for his therapy dog test in April 2017 with Shauna Cormier. Murphy obtained his American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and Therapy Dog International (TDI) Certification October 2017. What's required to obtain CGC and TDI certifications (pdf)?
His first day working at UHCL was directly after Harvey hit Houston. He was glad to provide emotional support to the whole campus community when it was needed most. Murphy loves meeting new people and walking around campus greeting everyone. He even drops by President Blake’s office to give her a boost every now and then. You can usually find Murphy at
- Veteran Services: Wednesday 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
One of his favorite places because he is able to be off leash and play fetch. He also feels right at home cuddling with people on their couch.
- Neumann Library: Monday 4:00 - 5:00 p.m
Neumann Library: Study Paws events during midterms and finals
- Individual Therapy with Dr. Henry
Having Murphy in the therapy room can help students feel more comfortable and able to talk about difficult topics which may be harder if he were not in the room. He hopes to be able to co-facilitate a therapy group in the future.
Carolina Jimenez, Ph.D.
Dr. Jimenez has over 15 years of experience providing therapy in university counseling centers, school districts, non-profit organizations, and private practice. She is a proud UHCL alumnus and a certified treatment specialist for diverse populations; she provides individual, couples, and group therapy in English and Spanish. Her areas of expertise include: first generation college students, Latino populations, and multiculturalism.
Dashaun Dunn, M.A., M.S.
Doctoral Psychology Intern
Charnel Hollier, B.A.
Doctoral Psychology Intern
Leonette Lee Copeland, M.S.
Doctoral Psychology Intern