Counseling & Wellness

Counseling & Wellness


KCU offers students 24/7 off-campus emergency psychiatric and counseling services along with on-campus, full-time psychologists.


Your emotional wellness and mental health is a priority for our faculty, administration and staff. 

In the ongoing effort to meet your needs, we've created a multifaceted approach to mental health, wellness and academic support. We encourage you to take advantage of these services, secure in the knowledge that counseling referrals and sessions are confidential and are not recorded in your file. 

Our counseling and wellness services include: 

  • Full-time psychologists available for individual, couples and group therapy on both campuses 
    • To request an appointment, please go to counseling.kcumb.edu and click the “Appointment Request” button.
  • 24/7 off-campus emergency psychiatric and counseling services 
  • ERS, an external student assistance program that connects students and their families to free and confidential counseling services.
  • Continuous monitoring of academic performance by a committee of psychologists, learning specialists, student services specialists, academic specialists and advisors. This committee tracks and trends student academic performance and provides counseling and tutoring interventions to help struggling students  
  • Faculty advisors 
  • A non-faculty contract psychiatrist  
  • Peer mentorship
  • Panels for you and your significant other on how to transition and cope with medical school 
  • Wellness seminars offered throughout the semester, including classes in stress reduction, coping skills and test anxiety 
  • Intramural activities and a student gym

KCU Counseling Contacts

Students are welcome to contact counseling staff using the information below, but if the purpose of your message is to request an appointment, please go to counseling.kcumb.edu and click the “Appointment Request” button.

Kansas City Campus

Joplin Campus

James Dugan, PhD 
Director of Counseling and Support Services 
jdugan@kcumb.edu 
Office: 816-654-7219 
Smith Hall 320 

Beth Epley, PsyD 
Psychologist
bepley@kcumb.edu 
Office: 816-654-7223 
Smith Hall 200 

Kristen Sager, MSW, PhD
Psychologist
ksager@kcumb.edu
Office: 816-654-7213
Smith Hall 327

Brandi Norman, PsyD
Psychologist
BNorman@kcumb.edu 
Office: 417-208-0731
Student Services Wing, Room 1621 

Caitlin Overfelt, Ed.S, LPC
Campus Counselor
coverfelt@kcumb.edu
Office: 417-208-0743
Student Services Wing, Room 1616

Dr. Dugan, Dr. Epley, Dr. Sager, Dr. Norman and Ms. Overfelt are bound by confidentiality and ethical standards set by their professional organization(s).