Ashley Evearitt, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist and the embedded CAPS psychologist for UMSI. Ashley joined CAPS in October 2020, after working for five years as the Assistant Director in CAPS at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, IN. In her embedded role, Ashley provides individual therapy services for UMSI students and consultation for UMSI faculty and staff. She plans preventative outreach programming, which has included QPR training (Question, Persuade, Refer) for suicide prevention and Self-Compassion workshops. Ashley serves on the Eating Issues Network (EIN), a multidisciplinary team consisting of mental health, medical, and nutrition providers to provide a holistic approach to care for students managing eating and body image issues.
Ashley approaches clinical work with students in a collaborative manner to identify goals and build resilience. She utilizes an integrative model, which includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Time-Limited Dynamic Therapy, informed by multicultural frameworks. She strives to create a trusting atmosphere where students can heal and express their authentic selves. Her professional interests include anxiety, trauma, grief, eating and body image, identity development, and family of origin concerns. She enjoys working with first-generation and international student populations.
Ashley completed her bachelor's degree at the University of Findlay and master's and doctoral degrees at Spalding University in Louisville, KY. She completed her clinical internship training in Student Counseling Services at Illinois State University in Normal, IL. She has experience conducting comprehensive ADHD and learning disability assessments in the Counseling Center at the University of Louisville, as well as providing therapy and assessment for clients with severe and pervasive mental illness in a public psychiatric hospital. She has served as a Field Advocate for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention since 2012.