Mary Beth Javorek ’92, Ph.D.
Director of the University Counseling Center

I’ve been working in college counseling since 1992 and feel very fortunate to have the chance to work with students here at my alma mater. I believe counseling can be a valuable, even life-changing experience for people, and I really enjoy helping students learn more about themselves through this process. The Counseling Center is a great resource on JCU’s campus and I hope you will stop by some time to check us out.

My educational background includes a B.S. in psychology and masters in community counseling from John Carroll University and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Kent State University. I’m trained in interpersonal counseling, couples therapy, and career counseling and my special interests include working with students who are experiencing anxiety/stress, academic concerns, relationship difficulties, eating disorders, and/or body image concerns.


Mark Onusko, Psy.D.

Staff Psychologist

I earned my bachelor’s in psychology at the University of Notre Dame, and my  doctorate in clinical psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in  Chicago. Although this is my first year at John Carroll, I’m passionate about  working with undergraduate and graduate students and come with various experiences working within a college  counseling setting. I completed my post-doctoral fellowship at University of the Sciences, my doctoral  internship at University of Pittsburgh, and part of my pre-doctoral training at Northwestern University. I also have experience working in a variety of  other settings including high schools, community mental health centers,  halfway houses, and psychiatric hospitals. Some of my clinical areas of interest include anxiety, depression, LGBTQ issues, identity development, sleep hygiene and cognitive-behavioral & mindfulness approaches to  therapy. Additionally, some of my professional areas of interest include  prevention, mental health administration, and the provision of supervision and  training.

Beena Persaud, Psy.D.

Staff Psychologist

I am very excited to start my second year at John Carroll University. I have also worked at Oberlin College and Cleveland State University. I really enjoy working with the college population, as this is such an amazing time of development, change, and self-identity. I am part-time and will be here on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

I am from Missouri and did all of my schooling at various cities around the state. I received my B.A. in Biology and my Masters in Clinical Psychology. I completed my doctorate in Clinical Psychology, from The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute. I like working with individuals, couples, and families. My special interest areas include diversity/multicultural issues, depression, anxiety including relaxation techniques, and relationship issues.

Mary Beth Kelley

Administrative Assistant

Stephani Darr

Graduate Assistant