Staff for UNC Community Comprehensive Mental Health Clinic at Carr Mill


  Austin Hall, MD

Austin Hall, MD
Medical Director, STEP Clinic at Carr Mill
Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry

 Dr. Hall joined the Center in March 2015 to work with the UNC Chatham Orange Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team and became medical director June 1 for the Schizophrenia Treatment and Evaluation Program (STEP) at the Carr Mill Community Clinic and will support various programs at the Center. He will also continue to work with the ACT team.

Prior to joining the Center, Dr. Hall worked in community mental health for 12 years at Easter Seals UCP of North Carolina, where he worked on ACT teams and in outpatient clinics in both urban and rural settings.  While at Easter Seals UCP, he helped to create the first ACT Team in North Carolina that focused exclusively on individuals with co-occurring substance use and severe mental illness using Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment principles. 

Dr. Hall received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his medical degree from the University of Kansas School Of Medicine.  He completed a residency and chief residency in general psychiatry at UNC in 2004.  He has certification in psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology as well as certification in addiction medicine from the American Board of Addiction Medicine. 


Jason Wesson  October 2016

Jason Wesson, MSW, LCSW, LCAS
Clinical Director, STEP Clinic at Carr Mill

Mr. Wesson is the clinical director (January 2016) of the STEP Clinic at Carr Mill. He joined the Center in July 2014 as a clinician. He brings 17 years of experience in mental health as a rehabilitation technician, clinical case manager, clinical supervisor, assistant program manager, and area director. He is focused on improving patient outcomes and quality of care for individuals living with a serious mental illness.

His direct practice experience includes working with children, families, young and older adults, and couples. He is a clinical social worker and a licensed clinical addictions specialist.

Wesson received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Appalachian State University and a master’s  degree in social work from East Carolina University. 



Arlene Miller, MD


Jennifer Niles October 2016

Jennifer Niles, MSW, LCSW, LCAS

Ms. Niles is a licensed clinical social worker and clinical addictions specialist. She is an outpatient therapist in the UNC STEP Clinic in Carrboro who works with people with mental health and substance use disorders. Her clinical interests include motivational interviewing, integrated care, and harm reduction. Her experience includes working with pregnant or parenting women, people with HIV, people who are homeless, and professional people who have mental health and substance use disorders. She received a BA and BSW  from UNC-Charlotte and her masters in social work from UNC-Chapel Hill. 


Anne Taylor

Anne Taylor, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor

Dr. Taylor joined the Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health in July 2016 as a clinical assistant professor.  She provides psychiatric treatment at both the Carr Mill Community Clinic and Wake STEP (Schizophrenia Treatment and Evaluation Program) clinic, as well as supervising residents in the STEP clinic.  Dr. Taylor completed her undergraduate degree at Yale University and received her medical degree from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. She completed a general adult psychiatry residency and chief residency at the University of Pennsylvania.


Jenny Tilford

 Jenny Tilford, MSSW, LCSW
Clinical Instructor/Social Worker/Therapist

Ms.Tilford joined the Carr Mill STEP Clinic staff in April 2016 as a clinical instructor/therapist. She received her master of science in social work degree in clinical social work from the University of Tennessee in 2001. Since moving to North Carolina in 2001, she has worked as a sentencing specialist in the superior criminal court system of Orange and Chatham counties, in community mental, as a clinician in private practice, and as a clinical assessor and outpatient therapist at Easter Seals UCP. Her clinical interests include women’s mental health, treatment of mood disorders, and treatment of SPMI utilizing cognitive-behavioral therapies.

Melike Warrick

Melike Warrick, LCS

M Warrick has extensive experience in in-home and community- based care for the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and dual disorders (co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse) from working on both the ACT Team and Community Support Team at XDS Inc.  She completed her social work internship at the STEP Clinic and is trained in Motivational Interviewing and Illness Management and Recovery (IMR).



Christy Strauss, BA
Medical Support Assistant