Postdoctoral Fellowship Program


The Counseling Center at Pace University in New York City, offers a postdoctoral fellowship in professional psychology. The Fellow is considered part of the staff and performs, under supervision, many of the functions of the senior psychologists at the Center. In addition to providing excellent training for those who wish to pursue a career within a University Counseling Center, our setting also provides clinical training for doctoral interns and graduate student externs.  A particular strength of our training program is the broad-based training in a variety of professional skill areas.

The University

Pace University is a comprehensive, independent, diverse institution. It was founded in 1906 by Homer and Charles Pace as a school of accountancy. Pace Institute gained college accreditation in 1948 and university status in 1973. The University is comprised of six schools offering over 100 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. The overall University enrollment is about 15,000 students, 9,000 of them at the New York City campus. Pace is a multi-campus institution with sites in White Plains, Pleasantville, Briarcliff, Midtown Manhattan, and lower Manhattan. The internship training program is offered at the New York City campus in lower Manhattan.

Pace holds to a philosophy that each individual student is at the center of the institution's responsibilities: that he or she is unique, and that whatever students have in common with each other, they have in varying proportions and in different ways. Accordingly, students can expect the University to provide them with opportunities to realize their full potential and to help them earn respect as adults.

The student population is culturally diverse, with students from many different racial and ethnic backgrounds as well as a robust population of international students. The age range of our population is from 17 to 60.

The New York City campus encompasses an extensive array of facilities, including residence halls, a radio station, a library and a state of the art technology center. Additionally, Pace's Schimmel Theater of the Arts is home to Inside the Actor's Studio and many other important political and artistic events.

The New York City campus in lower Manhattan is located immediately next to City Hall Park and the Municipal Building. The University is within easy walking distance of the South Street Seaport, Chinatown, Little Italy, Wall Street, the New York financial district, and the Tribeca area in which the annual Tribeca Film festivals are held. It is easily accessible by all forms of public transportation.


The Counseling Center


Vision Statement

The philosophy of the Counseling Center is in keeping with that of Pace University: to help our diverse and talented students reach their fullest potential for growth and development. 

To that end, we offer a wide range of services and programs. These include:

Individual and Group Counseling and Psychotherapy
Individual and group therapy services are offered to help students deal with personal, vocational and educational problems. Personal development workshops are also offered.

Outreach and Consultation Services
Outreach and consultation services are offered to student groups, administrators and faculty to help ensure that the academic and social environments are conducive to student growth and development.

For example, we conduct training programs for residence hall staff, crisis intervention management programs, as well as major, university-wide programs on multiculturalism. We also participate in Student Services and Faculty Council meetings, and in programs geared toward freshman studies and student activities.


Senior Supervising Staff

Heather Dawson, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist, AOD Specialist
Fordham University, Counseling Psychology
New York State Licensed Psychologist
Professional Interests: Addictions, affect regulation issues, anxiety reduction and relaxation support; concurrent medical problems, including HIV/AIDS

Regina Hund, Psy.D.
Director of Training
New York State Licensed Psychologist
Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Clinical Psychology
Theoretical Orientation: Psychodynamic (Relational/Multicultural)
Professional Interests: Training and clinical supervision; multicultural and cross-cultural awareness; LGBTQA concerns and empowerment; process of acculturation; adjustment issues; trauma; sexual assault; identity issues; lesbian parenting; psychoanalytic theory; social justice.

Brian A. Petersen, Psy.D.
Assistant Director/Coordinator of Consultation and Outreach Services
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, Clinical Psychology
New York State Licensed Psychologist
Professional Interests: Existential theory; community psychology; adolescent and adult psychotherapy; group psychotherapy; professional supervision; working with creative artists on craft development; paranormal aspects of grief and bereavement, suicide prevention

Richard N. Shadick, Ph.D.
Pennsylvania State University, Clinical Psychology
New York State Licensed Psychologist
Theoretical Orientation: Psychoanalytic (Interpersonal/Relational)
Professional Interests: Psychoanalytic theory; child, adolescent, and family psychotherapy; group psychotherapy; psychological testing; trauma and recovery; supervision, suicide

Jennie Sharf, Ph.D.
Supervising Psychologist
New York State Licensed Psychologist
Adelphi University, Clinical Psychology
Theoretical Orientation:  Psychodynamic
Professional Interests: Group psychotherapy; psychological assessment; trauma, dissociation, identity issues; LGBTQ issues; psychotherapy integration; Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT); psychotherapy dropout


Post-Doctoral Fellow 2013-2014

Faedra R. Backus, Ph.D.

Boston College, Counseling Psychology

Theoretical Orientation: Relational, Psychodynamic

Professional Interests: Gender identity and gender role norms/socialization, adolescent and young adult development, college/university students, training and supervision



Adjunct Supervising Staff

Aysen Darcan, Ph.D.
Independent Clinical Consultant
Clinical Psychology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
New York State Licensed Psychologist

Elena Skolnick, Ph.D.
Independent Clinical Consultant
Clinical Psychology
Adelphi University
New York State Licensed Psychologist


Independent Contractors Providing Services To The Training Program

Nobuko Yoshizawa Meaders, C.S.W.
FellowProcess Group Leader
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
University of Texas, Arlington
Psychoanalytic Training: Postgraduate Center for Mental Health-Psychoanalytic Institute

Daniella Lukashok, M.D.
Psychiatric Consultant
Albany College of Medicine
New York University School of Medicine (Licensed Psychiatrist N.Y.)
Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry;
Psychoanalytic Training:  The New York University Psychoanalytic Institute


Office of Disability Services - Consultation

Jenna Cler, LMSW
Asst. Director, Office of Disability Services
Columbia University, Masters of Science in Social Work
New York State Licensed Social Worker
Professional Interests: Autism Spectrum Disorders at the postsecondary level, retention of students with disabilities, comorbid disabilities, accessibility and universal design, disability studies

Jenna N. Farbiarz, MSEd

Accommodations Coordiantor, Office of Disability Services

CUNY - Hunter College, Masters of Science in Rehabilitation Studies

Professional Interests: ADHD/LD and the impact on postsecondary students, transition challenges for students with disabilities when entering higher education, students with Autism Spectrum Disorders at the postsecondary level, ADA compliance within higher education, disability studies


Office Manager

Leah Evans, B.A.

Lehigh University, B.A. in Psychology



Doctoral Interns 2013-2014

Bonnie Gordic, Psy.M.

Rutgers University
Clinical Psychology

Sophie Karp, B.A.
Fordham University
Counseling Psychology

Suah Kim, MS.ED
Teachers College
Counseling Psychology

Jeremy Novich, M.S.
Long Island University
Clinical Psychology


Pre-Doctoral Externs 2013-2014

Christina Clemons, M.A.
Fordham University
Counseling Psychology

Rhonda Donoho, M.A.
NYU Steinhardt
Counseling Psychology

Jeanna Pagnotta, B.A.
Fordham University
Counseling Psychology

Ming-Che Tu, M.A.
NYU Steinhardt
Counseling Psychology


Summer Interns 2014

Michelle Cusumano
  Fairfield University

Melissa Gluck
  Franklin & Marshall College

Meagan Gonzales
  Smith College

Jennifer Selensky
  University of Connecticut

New York State Licensed Psychologist Staff members are active, energetic and interested in the development and delivery of quality programs to our clientele. This includes a high level of commitment to personal and professional development, and a strong level of enthusiasm and support for the postdoctoral fellowship program. The staff is characterized by a variety of theoretical orientations and therapeutic styles, including psychodynamic, interpersonal/relational, cross-cultural, existential, and developmental approaches. Staff members are active in professional organizations including the American Psychological Association, the American College Personnel Association, the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors, the Association of Counseling Center Training Agents, New York State Psychological Association, and the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Association. For more information on our staff click on the following hyperlink:  NYC Counseling Center Staff.


The Training Program

The training program seeks to expose the Fellow to the wide variety of functions a psychologist can perform within a university community. The training program follows a practitioner model, meaning that our training goals focus on the acquisition of the skills needed to practice competently as a professional psychologist.  That our program’s goals represent a practitioner model should not imply that we see the job of training fellows as limited solely to passing along a set of practice-oriented skills. Rather, we view the competent practitioner as defined not just by her/his skills; the competent practitioner is one who is also self-aware and who has grounding in the scientific and scholarly underpinnings of psychological practice.  Thus, we think of the training experience as having three facets:  skills, scholarship, and self-awareness.

Our staff shares certain professional values that complete our view of the ethical, skilled practitioner, and which guide us as we design and implement training strategies.  Our overall goal is to prepare fellows for entry-level positions in which they provide culturally diverse, late-adolescent and adult outpatient populations with services in the areas of individual and group psychotherapy, outreach programming, clinical assessment, and clinical supervision of extern staff.

Special program highlights include training in psychodynamic psychotherapy and multi-cultural competency. The training program is also noteworthy for the opportunities to practice supervision, lead seminars, and develop and work on grants.

Specifically, a fellow at the Counseling Center provides the full range of services to the student population for 10 hours per week. Another 10 hours per week consist of supervision, in-service seminars, and staff meetings. At least one hour of time per week may be granted for the pursuit of licensure. The remainder of the time is spent on special projects and administrative work.


Delivery of Services

Individual Counseling and Psychotherapy
The opportunity to provide short and long-term counseling/psychotherapy under supervision is a central feature of the training program. Each fellow carries 10 ongoing counseling cases and receives an hour of individual supervision per week. Individual psychodynamic therapy is offered to help Pace students deal with personal, vocational and educational problems. Students are most often seen at the frequency of once a week though in some cases students are seen on a more intensive basis. Treatment length varies and it is common for students to be seen throughout the year. Students range in age from 17 to 60, are of diverse background, and represent a broad range of psychological difficulties.

Group Counseling and Psychotherapy
The fellow supervises externs who run one ongoing skills-based psychotherapy group. The fellow is supervised by a senior staff member. Groups are heterogeneous and most are not theme-based since the philosophy of the Center is that clients are best served through this modality.

Consultation and Outreach
This aspect of the training program is flexible and we encourage the Fellow to participate in programs of interest to themselves and the University community. Routinely, a fellow provides programming on issues of substance abuse, eating disorders and body image, HIV and AIDS,

Goals and Objectives of the Training Program

The Training Program at Pace University is designed to meet a number of training goals and objectives. Through individual and group supervision, Training Seminars, clinical work, outreach and consultation, and other modes of training at the Center, the Training Program endeavors to:

1). Help Fellows  develop the clinical knowledge and skills necessary for entry level positions in the professional practice of psychology by:

  • Developing competence in the provision of individual psychotherapy.
  • Developing competence in the assessment and diagnosis of clinical concerns.
  • Developing competence in disposition and referral skills.
  • Developing competence in crisis intervention skills.
  • Developing effective and ethical case management and documentation skills.
  • Developing competence in the provision of supervision.
  • Developing awareness of the impact of self on clinical work.
  • Developing ability to integrate supervisory feedback into clinical interventions.
  • Developing competence in outreach programming planning and implementation.
  • Developing competence in consultation implementation.

2). Develop multiculturally-competent fellows by:

  • Acquiring knowledge in the area of multicultural diversity.
  • Developing skills needed for working competently with multiculturally diverse populations.
  • Developing self-awareness regarding own cultural identifications.

3). Promote the development of professional identity, standards, and demeanor needed for the competent practice of professional psychology as fellows transition from “trainees” to “professionals” by:

  • Demonstrating knowledge and appropriate application of APA ethical policies, guidelines, and procedures.
  • Demonstrating knowledge of the relationship between science and scholarship in the practice of professional psychology.
  • Demonstrating professional and conscientious behavior via interactions with clients, colleagues, members of the training program, and the campus community.
  • Demonstrating productive participation in the administration of a professional agency.
  • Demonstrating the ability to function professionally with appropriate autonomy.

4) Support the fellows successful attainment of licensure as a psychologist by:

Successful completion of EPPP licensure exam.

Accruing required postdoctoral hours for licensure.

Evaluation and Feedback

Written evaluation of the fellow's progress is conducted two times per year by each supervisor. The fellow actively participates in this process by responding to feedback, as well as by giving feedback about her/his supervisory experience. The goal of the evaluation process is for fellow and supervisor to have a mutual exchange in order to foster their working relationship and clarify the goals of supervision. Additionally, fellows and senior staff engage in ongoing informal feedback processes throughout the training year.

Grievance Procedures

For details regarding our Impaired Performance, Due Process, and Grievance Procedures, please click here.

University Non Discrimination Policies

For details regarding Pace University's Non Discrimination Policies, please click here.  

Compensation Package

Our fellowship offers a one year, full-time, paid clinical training experience. There is one opening each year. The fellowship begins in August 1st.


1) Psy.D./Ph.D. in Clinical or Counseling Psychology from an APA-approved program.  (ABDs will be considered)

2) Completed doctoral internship (APA internship preferred)

3) Demonstrated commitment and skill in college mental health issues (preferred).

4) Hospital based clinical experience and/or experience with DSM diagnostic formulation

Application from interested applicants should include:

  • detailed statement of interest, goals and relevant experience
  • curriculum vitae
  • official transcript (unofficial copy attached to email and an official copy mailed)
  • three letters of recommendation (PDF file or copy of original letter may be sent by applicants by email but an official copy will also need to be sent either directly from your recommenders as an email attachment or in sealed envelopes by mail, at least two from clinical supervisors)
  • letter from your academic program outlining your status in the program, including the status of dissertation progress if not completed at time of application
  • any other supporting materials (i.e. samples of programs you have developed, a case summary, or anything else that might highlight your work)
  • The fellow will provide proof of personal malpractice liability insurance upon hire.

For priority consideration, prospective applicants should first EMAIL and attach a copy of all of the above items, in one email correspondence by January 18, 2014 to:  In addition, applicants will need to fill out an online application and mail an official transcript.

Richard Shadick, Ph.D.
Counseling and Personal Development Center
156 William Street-8th Floor
New York, NY 10038
(212) 346-1526


Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will be accepted until positions are filled.  Applicants for final consideration will be invited for a personal interview. Phone interviews may sometimes be conducted in special circumstances in order for the applicant to gather further information about our site and decide whether they will attend the required in-person interview. Unfortunately, the Center does not have sufficient funds to cover travel costs for applicants.

To complete the Pace University Human Resources on-line job application.  Go to, click on the "Careers at Pace" tab on the right, locate post-doctoral fellowship among Pleasantville campus job listings, click on the description and follow instructions to submit the online application directly to Human Resources.

  • The fellowship carries with it a salary of approximately $37,000 and a competitive benefits package