Hanes Named Director of Student Counseling Services

Dr. Chris Hanes, Associate Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at the University of Cincinnati, has been named Director of Student Counseling Services (SCS) at Iowa State University, effective July 1.

“Chris brings tremendous leadership skills from multidisciplinary university counseling centers and connects deeply with our mission to support the holistic wellbeing of students,” said Assistant Vice President for Student Health and Wellness Erin Baldwin. “I look forward to supporting Chris as he strengthens partnerships within the unit and across campus. His innovative, student centered vision, in combination with our talented Student Counseling team, paves the way for the advancement of counseling services at Iowa State University.”

With over 17 years of both clinical and leadership experience, Dr. Hanes brings extensive experience in strategic, clinical, fiscal and administrative operations to SCS. His experience in leadership, staff development, innovative group therapy sessions and student outreach will support the strong foundation of SCS and he will also bring a fresh perspective for new and improved services. Hanes will report to the Assistant Vice President for Student Health and Wellness and will assure SCS is in compliance with all legal and ethical requirements for a mental health agency.

Prior to his leadership position at the University of Cincinnati’s CAPS, Chris served on the leadership team at University of Central Florida where he provided administrative oversight of CAPS Clinical Services, refined policies and procedures, and planned and implemented a model for service delivery to ensure coverage needs. He also provided direct patient care for 12 years at various schools, colleges and universities.

“I am deeply honored for this opportunity to join Iowa State University and the Division of Student Affairs as Director of Student Counseling Services,” said Hanes. “I strongly believe in the mission of the university in promoting a healthy campus through student centered services. I look forward to being an active member in the Health and Wellness unit and a visible leader within Student Counseling Services. The SCS team brings tremendous strengths and dedication to their work and I can’t wait to join them in supporting our university community.”

Hanes received his doctor of philosophy in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University-Bloomington.