Ian Evans, Psy.D.

Staff Psychologist & Suicide Prevention Coordinator

2019 - Radford University, Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology

Clinical & Counseling Interests:

"A joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe." ~Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

I view the process of counseling as one that allows for life's difficulties to be explored and addressed within a supportive environment and trusting relationship. My primary approach to counseling is from an interpersonal-positive psychotherapeutic lens, which emphasizes the meaning and emotional impact of relationships in the clients' life along with fostering personal strengths to promote holistic well-being and resiliency. Within this approach I view a warm and empathic therapeutic relationship as a primary agent of change; a relationship that actively incorporates the cultural identities and experiences that helps embody the clients' full story. My clinical interests include adjustment concerns, anxiety and depressive disorders, emotional processing, multicultural identity exploration, relational distress, suicide prevention, and trauma.

Multicultural Interests:

At the core of my multicultural interests lies a dedication to working toward addressing systemic barriers in order to promote equality and fairness. In order to move toward a society that is socially just, I believe in the importance of active engagement in cultural humility and ongoing self-examination of my own privilege, power, and biases. In doing so, it is my hope to collaborate and co-learn alongside diverse communities and give voice to clients to be the experts of their own culture. I have strong interests in working with first generation college students, international students, LGBTQ identities, masculinity & emotion, racial/ethnic identities, and rural mental health.

Scholarly & Outreach Interests:

Working with students and organizations outside of the therapeutic context is very meaningful to me. I have enjoyed providing outreach programming related to character strengths, gratitude, grief/loss, identity development, life transitions, mentoring, relationships, self-care, suicide prevention, violence prevention, and work-life balance.

Professional Membership:

  • American Psychological Association
    • Division 17: Society of Counseling Psychology
      • Positive Psychology
      • Prevention
      • University Counseling Centers