William Nation, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist

Pronouns: he/him/his

I received my PhD in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University and joined the JHU Counseling center for my internship training in 2020, then as a permanent staff member in fall 2021. Before that I completed my master’s degree at Loyola University Chicago and my bachelor’s degree at a tiny liberal arts college, Cornell College. My training has taken place in community mental health, college counseling center, and private practice settings, giving me a wide view of the mental health world. My primary clinical and research interests are in social isolation, especially in how people react to and understand isolation and disconnection. Clinically I also focus on integrating nerd culture and gaming into therapy spaces, such as utilizing Dungeons and Dragons to help groups foster connection and learn social skills. I most commonly work with depression, anxiety, disconnection, and questions of meaning and life change. My main focus as a therapist is on the big picture, what my clients want/need and how to get there. For me the most important thing is that my clients life meaningful lives to their own definition, I just do my best to customize treatment spaces to help the process along. Along the way we figure out what works and what doesn’t, hopefully building a new and more useful system. In my capacity at JHU I also have a strong focus on issues of social justice and advocacy, as sometimes the systems that need to change are not our internal ones.

When not at work I enjoy gaming of all types, especially those that tell stories. I spend time with my dog, watch sports, and consume media like comics and movies. In a world where it is safe to do so, I also enjoy going to fandom conventions, concerts, and sporting events of all types.