Mark Onusko, Psy.D.
Director & Staff Psychologist

I feel very fortunate to have the chance to work with students here at John Carroll University. 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.

I’ve been working at JCU’s Counseling Center since 2013. I earned my BA in psychology at the University of Notre Dame, and my doctorate in clinical psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. 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 and depression
  • LGBTQ+ concerns
  • Adjustment difficulties
  • Identity development
  • Athletes
  • International students
  • Sleep hygiene
  • 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.


Alia Lawlor, LPCC-S, CCMC
Staff Counselor

After doing my internship in a college counseling center, I knew that working with college students would be my number one career goal as a mental health therapist. Students, regardless of age, are typically at a convergence of many personal and developmental challenges, and helping facilitate those changes is exciting and fulfilling. In addition to college counseling, I’ve worked in private practice doing individual and couples therapy, and corporate workforce development in a career consulting context. I also have a strong background in presentation development. Part of my job at the counseling center includes supervising and training our counseling interns.

Some of my clinical areas of interest include:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Meditation and mindfulness
  • Women’s issues
  • Athletes
  • Existential issues
  • Sexual and emotional abuse
  • LGBTQ+ issues
  • Schema therapy
  • Couples counseling
  • Supervision and development of counseling interns

Overall, I apply a “whole person” approach to mental health.


Sarah Amoroso, M.A., LPCC
Staff Counselor

I am grateful to be back at my Alma Mater! I have a passion for helping others and believe that counseling can have a profound effect on people.

I am a bilingual mental health therapist who grew up in Puerto Rico and moved to Ohio in 2001. As a graduate of JCU, I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology,  and then went on to complete a Master’s degree in Community Mental Health Counseling. I have been fortunate to work in non-profit settings, community colleges and universities with a range of populations from children, teenagers, families, adults and college students. In addition, I am able to provide counseling sessions in Spanish when needed.

Some of my clinical areas of interest include:

  • Adjustment difficulties
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Relationship issues
  • Topics of health and well-being
  • Latinos/as and the use of mental health services

I am married with two boys and, in my spare time I enjoy going to their soccer games, going to the movies and making some good Puerto Rican food!


Maddie Stevens, B.S.
Masters Intern Therapist

Two of my personal values include higher education and mental well-being, so when I discovered I could combine them into a career, I knew I was onto something. As a Master’s student in the counseling program at Youngstown State University, I’m working in JCU’s Counseling Center as an intern and am eager to provide mental health counseling to students and outreach/education to the greater campus community. I work in the Center three days a week and will be here throughout the entirety of the school year. Looking forward to growing as a counselor and becoming a part of the JCU community!

Some of my clinical areas of interest include:

  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Trauma
  • Mindfulness
  • Women’s issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Existential issues
  • Career counseling

Steven Sanders, M.S.
Doctoral Intern Therapist

My personal motto is that every day can be better than the one that preceded it. I am currently working on my doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Cleveland State University. I earned my Bachelor’s in Sociology and my Master’s in Counseling Psychology at Alabama A&M University. My research interests include academic outcomes for graduate students, substance abuse among college students, appropriated racial oppression, and high level coping.

Some of my clinical areas of interest include:

  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Graduate Students’ Mental/Behavioral Health
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Sexual Trauma Survivors

Sara Nardone, M.S.
Doctoral Intern Therapist

After having many rewarding experiences working with college students in a classroom setting, I am excited to pursue college counseling. I am currently a doctoral candidate in Cleveland State University’s counseling psychology program. Before moving to Cleveland to begin my doctoral degree, I received both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at a small Jesuit university in Northeastern, PA. I am looking forward to being back in a familiar setting doing work that I am passionate about.

Some of my clinical areas of interest include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship Issues
  • Adjustment Issues

Hannah Matgouranis

I am a master’s student at John Carroll working on my degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have always been passionate about mental health, and love working with young adults. I have been fortunate enough to work as the graduate assistant in Student Accessibility Services at John Carroll University for the past two years, and I love expanding on my experience working with college students in the counseling center!

Some of my clinical areas of interest include:

  • Generalized Anxiety/Depression
  • Disability management
  • Relationship Issues
  • Eating Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy/mindfulness

Maria Johnson, B.A.
Graduate Assistant

I am honored that I have gotten the opportunity to be the Graduate Assistant at John Carroll’s Counseling Center. In December 2016, I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in psychology with a concentration in art from the University of Toledo. Currently, I am on the track to getting my masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling here at JCU. My career goal is to open a private practice and work with children and adolescents. Some of my main interests are Generalized Anxiety Disorder, OCD related disorders, meditation and mindfulness techniques, art therapy and play therapy.


Mary Beth Kelley
Administrative Assistant