Our Staff

Barbara Hardin, Ph.D., Director

Hardin is a licensed psychologist in the state of Texas and a licensed clinical psychologist and clinical neuropsychologist in the state of Louisiana. She has been the director of the St. Mary’s University Student Psychological and Testing Services since 1995. Hardin received her doctorate from Louisiana State University. Before arriving at St. Mary’s, Hardin and her family resided in New Orleans, where she was in private practice. Hardin is also an adjunct professor in the Psychology Department, where she teaches Physiological Psychology. She is the past president of the Texas University and College Counseling Director’s Association. She also consults nationally in the area of disabilities.

Deidra Coleman, L.M.F.T., Associate Director

Deidra Coleman has been with Student Psychological and Testing Services since 1989, and has been the associate director since 2003. She is a native of Fort Worth, Texas, and received her bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. She then obtained a master’s degree in social work from Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia, and in 1986 obtained a master’s degree in clinical psychology with a specialization in marriage and family therapy from Georgia State University, also located in Atlanta. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Michael Hershberger, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

Hershberger has been with Student Psychological and Testing Services since fall 2007. He has been working in counseling centers with the college population since 1998. Hershberger earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University, a Master of Science in Counseling from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology also from Texas A&M University.

Vanessa Aviña, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

Aviña joined Student Psychological and Testing Services in August 2011. She is a native Texan and graduated from St. Mary’s University in 2004. She then went on to the University of Houston where she obtained her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology. Avina is bilingual and enjoys working with multicultural issues as well as eating disorders. She currently serves as a McNair mentor.

Bernard Ramsey, Post-Doctoral Fellow

Ramsey obtained his master’s degree in Counseling at Dallas Baptist University in 2002 and has been working in the San Antonio area ever since. He has served as an adjunct instructor for a number of local universities and colleges, as a psychologist in training and as a counseling team supervisor. In his role in Student Psychological and Testing Services, Ramsey provides counseling services to students and leads the art therapy group. He is a member of the American Psychological, Texas Psychological and Bexar County Psychological associations. In spring 2012, Ramsey defended his dissertation on counseling psychologists’ office decorations.

Rhonda H. Rapp, Ph.D., 
Coordinator Disability Support Services

Rhonda Rapp has been with Student Psychological and Testing Services since 2009. She has been in the field of disability services for more than 30 years and has provided a variety of services for students with disabilities including: psycho-educational diagnostic assessments, accommodation prescription and implementation, academic advising, career counseling, transition services, and college study skills instruction. Rapp received her doctoral degree from Texas A&M University. Before arriving at St. Mary’s, she provided disability services and accommodations at the University of the Incarnate Word, and before that at St. Philip’s College. She is the founder and current president of the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) in Texas Organization, and a technical adviser and trainer for the International Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) organization. She also consults nationally in the area of disabilities at the college/university level as well as at the K-12 level.

Jim Willis, Testing Coordinator

Jim Willis was born and raised near Denver. After attending St. John’s College in Santa Fe, N.M., he completed his post-secondary education at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. In 1989, after a number of years in office management in university and professional office settings, he assumed his current position at St. Mary’s. Jim currently serves on the Governing Board for the National College Testing Association (NCTA), as well as on the NCTA Editing Committee. He is also active in the Texas Association of Collegiate Testing Personnel (TACTP), where he is the only member to have served in every elected position in the organization, including President. Jim was the Conference Chair for the NCTA national conference in San Antonio in 2009.

Patty Jones, Testing Coordinator

Mary Macias, Testing Assistant

Sylvia Saenz, Administrative Assistant

Debi George, Receptionist