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Counseling Center

NYC Staff Members

Senior Supervising Staff

Rhea Benjamin, Ph.D.
Coordinator of Consultation and Outreach
New York State Licensed Psychologist
Graduate Center, City University of New York, Clinical Psychology
Theoretical Orientation: Psychodynamic, Interpersonal, and CBT informed
Professional Interests: Outreach, coping with anxiety and depression, multicultural psychology, issues related to race, gender and identity development, family systems, and complex trauma.


Faedra R. Dagirmanjian, Ph.D.
Assistant Director
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


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


Wendy Gonzalez-Canal, Ph.D.
Group Coordinator
Ball State University, Counseling Psychology
Theoretical Orientation: Interpersonal/Psychodynamic from a Multicultural Lens
Professional Interests: Interpesonal and relationship concerns, adjustment and identity development (racial, LGBTQ+, immigrant), trauma and recovery, group psychotherapy, training and supervision


Richard N. Shadick, Ph.D.
Director
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.


Adjunct Supervising Staff

Rebeca Gonzalez-Scherman, Psy.D.
Independent Clinical Consultant
Clinical Psychology
Nova Southeastern University
New York State Licensed Psychologist

Regina Hund, Psy.D.
Independent Clinical Consultant
Clinical Psychology
Chicago School of Professional Psychology
New York State Licensed Psychologist


Adjunct Staff

Nobuko Yoshizawa Meaders, C.S.W.
Intern Process Group Leader
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Universirty 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 (ABPN) and Neurology and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry;
Psychoanalytic Training: The New York University Psychoanalytic Institute.

Gauri Khurana, M.D., MPH
Psychiatric Consultant
Yale University School of Medicine
New York University School of Medicine (Licensed Psychiatrist N.Y.)
Board Certified in Psychiatry (ABPN) and Neurology and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry;


Student Accessibility Services (SAS) - Consultation
(formerly Office of Disability Services (ODS))

Ashley Sanguinetti, M.S.W.
Interim Associate Director, Student Accessibility Services
Rutgers University, Master of Social Work
Professional Interests: Holistic wellness approach to working with college students; promoting empowerment and self-advocacy skills at the postsecondary level; implementing best practices when supporting students with disabilities; students with Autism Spectrum Disorders at the postsecondary level; exploring long term impacts of trauma and substance use as it relates to the postsecondary environment; and developing partnerships with community based resources.


Malina Persaud, B.A.
Interim Coordinator, Student Accessibility Services
Pace University, Bachelors of Psychology
Professional interests: Students with disabilities in the post-secondary environment; suicide prevention when entering higher education; helping students with academic issues when entering higher education; multicultural education; improving society’s overall well-being by helping to improve vulnerable populations; testing anxiety and stress in higher education; benefits of mindfulness for stress reduction in higher education; exploring the impacts of gender roles.


Sydney Tisch, B.A.
Accommodations Coordinator, Student Accessibility Services
Pace University, Bachelors of Women's and Gender Studies and Peace and Justice Studies
Professional interests: Diversity in higher education; connecting histories of marginalization to present day; supporting minority students in a post-secondary environment; connections between higher education and social justice; exploring the intersections of gender, race, sexual orientation, and disability status.


Office Coordinator

Geeta Singh, B.A.
The City College of New York, Psychology & Business Administration and Management


Health Service Psychology Interns 2020-2021

Erin Carpenter, M.S.
University of San Francisco
Psy.D. Clinical Psychology

Steven Carter, M.S.Ed.
Fordham University
Ph.D. Counseling Psychology

Andréa Davis, M.A.
Long Island University/CW Post-Brookville
Psy.D. Clinical Psychology

Melissa Ertl, M.S.
University of Albany - SUNY
Ph.D. Counseling Psychology


Health Service Psychology Externs 2020-2021

Mario Gonzalez
Adelphi University
Psy.D. School Psychology

Julie Grunhaus
Fordham University
Ph.D. Counseling Psychology

Emily Olmsted
Fordham University
Ph.D. Counseling Psychology

Madison Seger
Fordham University
Ph.D. Counseling Psychology


Summer Interns 2020

Hadar Arens
Binghamton University

Alexandra Cadiff
Binghamton University

Temma Schaechter
Brown University

Caroline Touzeau
University of Michigan