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Counseling Services Staff


Senior Director of Counseling Services

Email:  Phone:  (301) 860-4161

Tonya Swanson, Ed.D., Director of Counseling Services in the Division of Student Affairs, has been employed at Bowie State University (BSU) for over 20 years.  Dr. Swanson manages an office staff of four counselors and a graduate assistant. Dr. Swanson oversees the provision of personal, social, career, and academic counseling for students throughout their academic careers to assist the University in retention efforts. She also serves as the Activity Director for the Four-Year-Experience Counseling Program grant.

Dr. Swanson's summary of qualifications include a wealth of knowledge about providing counseling services to student populations, directing programmatic efforts, and managing budgets and office operations. In addition to University counseling experience, Dr. Swanson has been trained in community mental health and an Employee Assistance Program. Dr. Swanson is proficient in designing and facilitating workshops. She has made numerous presentations on such topics as: The Road to Happiness: Maintaining Emotional and Psychological Well-Being; For Love Alone: A Guide to Healthy Male and Female Relationships; and Pursuing Your Dreams: A Practical Approach. She has represented the University as a presenter at professional conferences, among them the International Conference on The First-Year Experience.

Dr. Swanson's present and/or past professional affiliations include the American Counseling Association, the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, the American College Counseling Association, and the Association of Black Psychologists. As a culmination to her academic pursuits, she earned a Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology.



Assistant Director/Counselor, Counseling Services

Email:  Phone:  (301) 860-4160

Dr. Mitchell is the Sophomore Counselor in Counseling Services, Division of Student Affairs.  As the Sophomore Counselor, Dr. Mitchell provides personal, social, academic and career counseling to students. In addition, she conducts intake interviews with sophomore students in order to appraise their academic, social and psychological status. She develops implements and evaluates workshops that are designed to promote intellectual stimulation and increase the personal and social development of BSU students. She conducts group sessions with students to mediate positive transitions as they matriculate through college. She advises student organizations and serves as a Judicial Board Member when needed. Her prior experiences include Research/Graduate and Teacher Assistantships at Howard University, School of Education, Research Fellowships and Internships for the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education. These experiences have placed her at the National Institutes of Health, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Office of Minority Health.

Dr. Mitchell holds memberships with the American Education Research Association (AERA) and the American Psychological Association (APA).  Additionally, she has presented at professional conferences such as the International Conference on The First-Year Experience and the American Education Research Association Annual Conference. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University. She received the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Howard University.  Her research focuses on motivation, STEM, persistence, students in transition, faculty-student interaction and HBCU's.



Counselor, Counseling Services

Email: (301) 860-4162

Selena Cooks serves as the Freshman Counselor in Counseling Services, Division of Student Affairs, at Bowie State University. Her responsibilities involve assisting incoming freshmen with their transition from high school to college. Additional responsibilities include providing general counseling and student development service to students, supervising undergraduate practicum students, and conducting psychosocial workshops.

Ms. Cooks in an alumnus of Bowie State University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Masters of Education in School Psychology.  Ms. Cooks also completed the University of Maryland Baltimore City Child Welfare Academy and studied Marriage and Family at the University of Maryland. She has been employed as a program specialist senior family service worker providing short-term, in-home intervention and counseling to families with children and adolescents with special needs and mental illness. Families were referred by such agencies as the Department of Juvenile Services, the Department of Social Services, the Public School System, and the Mental Health Association, and community providers. She also has managed the operations of a school-based support service center for teen parents. 


Dr. KEITH HICKS, B.S., M.A., Ed.D.

Counselor, Counseling Services

Email:  Phone:  (301) 860-4166

Dr. Keith R. Hicks is the counselor assigned to students in their junior year at the University. He has been employed with Counseling Services at Bowie State University since 2007. His duties include providing personal, social, career, and academic counseling for students with 60 to 90 credit hours. Dr. Hicks also conducts workshops on a monthly basis on relevant issues to the student body such as study skills, relationship issues, and maintaining positive mental health. 

Dr. Hicks was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. After high school, he spent one year at Messiah College in Harrisburg Pennsylvania, but later decided to attend a college closer to home. He chose to attend Bowie State University for both a B.S. degree in Sociology and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology. After graduation, he worked for various schools in Maryland. For many years, Dr. Hicks has been involved in assisting young people in attaining their college goals as a retention coordinator and counselor at institutions such as the Community College of Baltimore County/Catonsville and Morgan State University. Dr. Hicks defended his dissertation in the Doctoral Educational Leadership Program at Bowie State University in 2017.



Counselor, Counseling Services

Email: Phone: (301) 860-4167

Dr. Rose Subryan is a Senior Counselor in Counseling Services, Division of Student Affairs. In that capacity, she assists seniors in transitioning from the world of academics to the world of work or graduate school. Dr. Subryan creates and facilitates student development workshops. She also conducts psychosocial interviews with students to ascertain their adjustment to university life and to assist them with any presenting problems.

Dr. Subryan earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Washington Bible College and a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Bowie State University. She completed a doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision Program at Argosy University, Washington, D.C. She has trained in a number of counseling settings, to include University Counseling and Pastoral Care.

Dr. Subryan is a recipient of several awards, including the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development Emerging Leader Award 2007. She is active in a number of professional organizations. She has also worked as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Psychology and the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development.