UCC Staff

University Counseling Center Staff

ValaRay J. Irvin, Ph.D,

Director and Senior Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Irvin is a 1977 and 1981 graduate of Southern University Baton Rouge (SUBR).  She received her PhD in 1989 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She is licensed as a psychologist in the state of Louisiana.  She became Director of SUBR-Counseling Center in 1998 after re-developing it after a ten-year absence.  She holds active memberships in the American Psychological Association, Louisiana Psychological Association and the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors. Her clinical orientation is influenced by Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodynamic, and Systems' therapies.  Her interests are individual psychotherapy, couples therapy, multicultural counseling and training, women and depression, loss issues, crisis development, career development and psychological assessment.  Dr. Irvin has also been trained in QPR for suicide prevention.


Durward P. Craig, Sr., M.A., ABD, LPC-S

Mental Health Counselor

Mr. Craig is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S) with the Louisiana State Board of Examiners, that joined the UCC staff in October 2008.  Prior to becoming a counselor, he worked with student-athletes as a member of the Southern University football staff for eleven years, and within that time, earned a B.S. in Psychology in 2003 and a M.A. in Mental Health Counseling in 2008.  He is currently in the dissertation phase of earning his PHD in Counseling.  Mr. Craig is a member of the Louisiana Counseling Association, the Louisiana College Counselors Association, the Louisiana Association of Marriage and Family Counselors and the Louisiana Mental Health Counselors Association.  His clinical focus is mental health issues in adults, including but not limited to, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and personality disorders.  Mr. Craig has a special interest in relationships, marriage and family therapy, and believes in the benefits of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy.

Franklin Gregory Harris, M.D.

Staff Psychiatrist

Dr. Harris is a physician specializing in the practice of psychiatry. He received his bachelor's degree in Pre-Med Microbiology from Louisiana State University. His Medical degree was earned from Meharry Medical College. He has been practicing since 1989. His residency in General Psychiatry was obtained through the Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation in New Orleans, La. He has since practiced in and around the Baton Rouge area via inpatient and outpatient resources in various disciplines. These include General Adult, Child and Adolescent, Dual Diagnosis, and Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Harris is a member of the National Medical Association, The American Medical Association, and the American Psychiatrics Association. He has provided consultation and medication management at the Southern University Counseling Center since Spring 2009.

Beante' Beverly-Holmes, M.A., PLPC

Mental Health Counselor

Mrs. Holmes earned her B.S. in Psychology in 2007 and a M.A. in Clincal Mental Health Counseling in 2014, both from Southern University Baton Rouge.  She is registered with the Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners as a Provisionally licensed Professional Counselor.  She is a member of Louisiana Counseling Association and the American Counseling Association.  Her interest include working with young adults in areas of stress management, gender, relationship, communication issues and crisis intervention.  Mrs. Holmes has been a counselor at the University Counseling Center since March 2015.


Angela Marshall

Executive Assistant

Ms. Marshall is the administrative assistant at the Univeristy Counseling Center.  She earned her associates degree in Health Administration.  She is most times the first point of contact for students in the center.  Ms. Marshall has been employed at Southern University since Fall 2015.


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