Rachel Wernicke, Ph.D.

Emergency Contacts


Online Crisis Chat

Crisis Text Line

  • Text HOME to 741741


  • 703-527-4077

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

  • 988
  • 800-273-8255

Mason Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence Crisis Line

  • 703-380-1434

The Steve Fund (for students of color)

  • Text STEVE to 741741

Trans Lifeline (for the trans community)

  • 877-565-8860

The Trevor Project's TrevorLifeline (for LGBTQ+ students)

  • 866-488-7386

Veterans Crisis Line (for Veterans)

  • 800-273-8255, Press 1

Mason Police

  • 703-993-2810

Associate Dean and Chief Mental Health Officer, University Life

Dr. Wernicke is a licensed clinical psychologist in Virginia. She completed her doctoral degree in psychology at American University. She completed an APA-accredited doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School (MGH/HMS) where she worked in the Acute Psychiatry Service, the Inpatient Medical Psychiatric Service, and the Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Service.  She then worked as a staff psychologist and faculty instructor in the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders at MGH/HMS following her fellowship.  Dr. Wernicke has worked in a number of other clinical settings, most recently in American University’s Counseling Center.   She works primarily from a cognitive-behavioral orientation but also integrates other evidence-based approaches. Areas of expertise include college student mental health, anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD, and perinatal mental health.  Current major initiatives she is championing at Mason include engaging the Mason community in a public health approach to suicide prevention in partnership with the Jed Foundation and increasing access to mental health services to under-served students.