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Meet the Staff

Teresa Prendes-Walls  

Teresa Prendes-Walls, M.A./Ed.S, LPC-MHSP (Assistant Director/Mental Health Liaison to Dept. of Athletics)

Teresa received her bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of Chicago where she played both soccer and softball. She received her Master’s and Education Specialist degrees in Professional Counseling from Seton Hall University in New Jersey. While at Seton Hall University she pursued a Certificate in Sport and Exercise Psychology and is working toward certification as a Mental Performance Consultant through the Association of Applied Sport Psychology.  In addition to her administrative role at the counseling center, you'll often find her out on the field or court providing mental health and performance sessions to our APSU athletes. Teresa also appreciates the creative arts and often uses art, music, and writing as tools for developing insight and healing.  Teresa’s other clinical interests include: Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Perfectionism, Sport and Exercise Psychology, Creative Arts Therapy, Trauma, and Emotional expression. In her off time, Teresa has a passion for world travel, adventure, hiking, and taking on new challenges.


Lucrecia Slater  

Lucrecia Slater, MSW (Staff Therapist)

Lucrecia is a graduate of APSU having received both her Bachelor of Science in Social Work and Masters of Social Work. She is an Army veteran who proudly served her country for 13 years, with her last duty station being Fort Campbell, Kentucky. She is an avid mental health advocate and has a strong desire to see everyone mentally healthy, but with an emphasis on the African American women population. Lucrecia strongly believes in the ability of meeting people where they are to help them become unstuck, feel seen, and understand their value and worth. These elements are regularly expressed in her mental health sessions with students where she utilizes a variety of tools such as journaling, crafting, and mindfulness. Her areas of interest are adverse childhood experiences in adulthood and African American women. Lucrecia aspires of complete and earn her Doctorate in Social Work within the next two years. In her spare time, Lucrecia enjoys investing time with her husband and two daughters—the oldest who is now serving in the Army.


Sharon West  

Sharon West, MS (Staff Therapist)

Sharon obtained her Master’s degree at Austin Peay State University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is currently working towards becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Tennessee. In therapy, Sharon believes you deserve a space where you are heard and understood in a supportive and empowering environment.  Her wish for you as a client is to enter into the process of healing and wholeness and to feel validated and safe.  She offers a person centered, non-judgmental, and holistic approach to counseling and combines elements of Existential, Psychodynamic, Art Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. Her interests in counseling are working with but not limited to LGBTQI+ clients, culturally diverse clients, and spiritually diverse clients as well as the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP).  Sharon’s clinical interests include Trauma, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety and Grief among others.  Sharon is an artist and enjoys any creative process from painting to crocheting to writing to interior design.  She loves spending time with her family and fur babies, and her ultimate self-care place is the beach.    


Azia Jackson  

Azia Jackson, BA (Intern Therapist)

Azia received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Vanderbilt University. She is a 2nd year student in the Master’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Austin Peay State University. Azia’s clinical interests are: Anxiety, Adjustment/Transitions, and multicultural concerns. Azia is an advocate for mental health services within minority communities. She enjoys readiing, exploring new music, and tasting food from other cultures.


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Tyler Tims, MA (PsyD Intern Therapist)



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Marketa Cawood, MA (PsyD Intern Therapist)



Sara Whisler (Administrative Assistant)

Sara is a proud APSU graduate with a Bachelor of Science in English Literature. She moved to Clarksville in 2004 and fell in love with Tennessee. A diverse work background gives her a well-rounded world view and the ability to appreciate the views of others. She believes that communication is the key to building a bridge to a positive, uplifting change for all people. A lifelong student, Sara enjoys reading, creative writing, photography, getting together with friends, and cuddling with her shih-tzu.


Bridget Marley  

Bridget Marley, MPH, CHES, CTTS-M    (Coordinator for Student Wellness and Prevention)

Bridget obtained a Bachelors of Science in Public Health, Community Health from East Stroudsburg University and her Masters in Public Health from West Chester University. She is also a Master Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist from the University of Pennsylvania. Bridget is an avid public health advocate and her mission is to bring the dimensions of wellness to Austin Peay. She enjoys exploring her new digs and always has her nose in a book.