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Sarah Defnall

DEPARTMENT: Housing and Residence Life

POSITION: Residence Director Elmwood

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | EW 131

PHONE: (540) 432-4562


Along with her role as RD in Northlawn, Sarah will be providing Career Counseling for students and alumni through Career Services as MA, Resident in Counseling. Sarah earned a BS in Psychology and a MA in Counseling from Eastern Mennonite University. She has worked as a Qualified Mental Health Professional, specializing in In-Home Counseling at Crossroads Counseling Center in Harrisonburg, VA. She also served as the Counseling Service’s graduate intern at Bridgewater College prior to joining the Residence Life team at EMU. She is married to Josh Defnall and together they like to enjoy the great outdoors of the Shenandoah Valley.


MA, Counseling, 2012, Eastern Mennonite University
BS, Psychology, 2010, Eastern Mennonite University with minor in Youth Ministry

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

  • Moving Stories: Resilience within our Refugee Neighbors, MA in Counseling Capstone Presentation, Eastern Mennonite University, 2012
  • The Impact of Sexual Assault on Eating Behaviors, Virginia Psychological Association, 2009