Staff Directory

Our Team

  • Yvette Rhea-Burg joined Columbia Health in 1999. She is a scheduling coordinator at Medical Services.

    In 2019 she completed her Masters degree in Human Resource Management.

    When she is not at work she enjoys traveling the world, kick boxing, yoga and testing out new vegan recipes.

  • Yonette Douglas joined Columbia Health in 2012.

  • Dr. Yaniv Phillips joined Columbia Health in 2004. Prior to Columbia, he was a senior clinical psychologist and supervisor at North Central Bronx Hospital, where he worked with HIV patients and their families, men with sexuality concerns, and couples. Yaniv earned his B.A. at Tel Aviv University, Israel and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Adelphi University Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies. He completed his internship at the Karen Horney Clinic. He continued on to complete specialized training at the advanced couples and family therapy program at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.

    Dr. Phillips’ professional interests include couples therapy, the psychology of immigration, relationship issues, and men’s experience of intimacy and sexual health. He sees individuals and couples for psychotherapy, and conducts experiential workshops for couples on enhancing relationships, as well as offering ongoing intensive workshop on procrastination. A member of the Counseling and Psychiatric Services' Outreach Team, Yaniv is bilingual, fluent in English and Hebrew.

  • Wendy C. Orellana is a Survivor Advocate in the Sexual Violence Response Office, joining the team in June of 2019. Wendy brings extensive knowledge and over nine years of experience working and supporting survivors who have experienced physical, financial, and emotional abuse, sexual assault and violence.

    Wendy completed her B.A. in Women Studies at Queens College, City University of New York and her M.S.W. at Silberman School of Social work at Hunter College with a focus on Clinical Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups. After graduating with her B.A., Wendy worked as a Family Case Manager at a family shelter where she counseled and supported families with children who were homeless and facing issues such as mental illness, substance abuse, poverty, a history of trauma and or domestic violence. In addition, Wendy was trained and certified by the New York State Department of Health as a Rape Crisis Counselor for The Mount Sinai’s Sexual Assault and Intervention Program. As a Rape Crisis Counselor , she assisted survivors of sexual assault and violence in the Mount Sinai Hospital emergency rooms providing supportive and emotional counseling, crisis intervention and advocacy. While earning her M.S.W., Wendy had the opportunity to provide emotional and supportive counseling to survivors of human trafficking and to families of homicide victims.

    Most recently, Wendy worked as the Special Victims Unit Victim Advocate / Community Coordinator for the New York City Law Department Office of the Corporation Counsel in the Brooklyn Family Court Division and as a Social Worker at the Victim Services Unit in the King’s County District Attorney’s Office. There she provided continuous crisis counseling, trauma-informed care, emotional support and advocacy to survivors and co-survivors of sex crimes including crimes against children, homicide, elder abuse, teen dating violence, human trafficking and intimate partner violence. She assisted survivors and co-survivors in understanding and navigating Family Court and/or Criminal Court and assisted in providing trainings to staff interns and teen students about teen dating violence and sexual assault.  

    Wendy is passionate about empowering and supporting survivors. She is a proud advocate for survivors of sexual assault and gender-based violence. Wendy is fluent in Spanish.


    • B.A. in Women Studies, Queens College, City University of New York
    • M.S.W. Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, City University of New York


    • New York State Department of Health Certified Rape Crisis Counselor, 2011
    • School Violence Prevention and Intervention Certification, 2017
    • New York City Department of Education Dignity for All Students Act Certification, 2017
    • Mental Health First Aid USA, 2018
    • NOVA - Campus Advocacy Training, 2021
      Licensed Master Social Worker, 2021


  • Wendy Hargraves joined Columbia Health in 2011. In her current role as Administrative Coordinator at Disability Services, Wendy does the following:

    • Serves on administrative team
    • Handles hiring and payroll for part-time employees, including note-takers, graduate assistants, and exam proctors
    • Oversees administrative responsibilities for the department
    • Coordinates vendor contracts and payments for services

    Wendy loves traveling to new and interesting places both domestically and internationally.

  • Dr. Weiyen Chung joined Columbia Health in 2019. She received her Psy.D. from William James College, M.Med.Sc. from The University of Hong Kong, and her B.A. in Biology from Boston University. Prior to joining Columbia Health, Weiyen completed her pre-doctoral training at Astor Services for Children & Families in their outpatient and day treatment programs located in the Bronx. She also completed clinical externships at a public high school as well as both outpatient and residential settings, treating patients with adjustment issues, family and relationship conflict, depression, anxiety, self-harm behaviors, survivors of physical and sexual abuse, and veterans with substance use issues.

    Weiyen’s clinical interests include neurodevelopmental disorders (Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), trauma, anxiety, depression, and acculturation. In her clinical work, Weiyen strives to create a safe and collaborative environment while integrating mindfulness and cognitive behavior therapy strategies. 

  • Wardeh Hattab is a second-generation Arab-American clinical social worker. Prior to joining Columbia Health in 2020, Wardeh worked in psychiatric emergency rooms at Kings County Hospital and Bellevue Hospital. She has also worked in the inpatient detox and inpatient adult psychiatric units, and medical emergency room at Bellevue Hospital and at community mental health clinics where she treated children, couples, and families as well as adult patients. Wardeh served as a mental health volunteer with The Syrian American Medical Society in 2016 providing consultations to clinical staff working with Syrian refugees in Jordan.

    Wardeh’s professional interests include cross-cultural counseling, Middle Eastern/North African (MENA) communities, Muslim communities, trauma work, LGBTQ+ students, sex therapy, students managing chronic medical conditions, and grief and bereavement.

  • Dr. Vincent Kiefner is a licensed psychologist at Columbia Health. Vincent earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Pennsylvania State University and his M.Ed. in College Counseling from the University of Delaware. He completed his B.A. in Psychology at Temple University where he also participated in the Honors Psychology program.

    Vincent has a keen interest in college student mental health having served in different roles at four institutions of higher learning since 2003. He has experience in a broad range of counseling center activities, including, among others, crisis intervention, administrative evaluations, and outreach.

    Vincent works from a psychodynamic framework but also incorporates multicultural, client-centered, cognitive-behavioral, and motivational interviewing approaches into his practice. He feels it is a privilege to work with college students as they represent a unique population with special interests and challenge. While Vincent is comfortable with a wide variety of client populations and presenting concerns, he has particular expertise working with first generation students, artists, architectural students, students who identify as GLBTIQ, international students, relationship issues, trauma, and body image concerns.

  • Dr. Victoria Grosso joined Columbia Health in 2003. Prior to Columbia, Victoria was a supervising psychologist at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital. She has also worked at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Therapeutic Nursery and was a staff psychologist at Trinitas Hospital. She earned her B.A. at Fordham University and her Ph.D. at City University of New York. She completed her internship in clinical psychology at Roosevelt Hospital.

    Victoria's professional interests include trauma and bereavement, acculturation, working with international students, and the integration of mindfulness and spirituality into therapeutic practice.

  • Tonia Lesesne joined Columbia Health in 1991.

  • Teshiro Aldonza joined Columbia Health in 2013. Prior to that, he worked at the Educational Alliance as a systems and database administrator. Teshiro grew up in St. Lucia and worked as a forest ranger before migrating to New York.

    His interests include technology, sports, nature, hiking, running, and everything related to forests. He sometimes jokes that the forest is his natural habitat.

  • Tania Holguin is a health services assistant at Medical Services.

  • Tahshann Richards, DO, MPH, is a Board-certified Family Physician with a special interest in reproductive health, behavioral health, and osteopathic manipulative medicine. Dr. Richards joined Columbia Health in 2015.

    She received her medical degree from UMDNJ School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her Family Medicine residency training at St. Barnabas Hospital. She later served as the Family Medicine Residency Associate Director and as a staff physician in both the Adolescent & Family Medicine Departments.

    Holding a Master’s Degree in Public Health from The George Washington University and through securing a Teen Pregnancy Prevention grant from the NYC Department of Health, Dr. Richards assisted in developing the Teen Health Center as well as creating youth development programs during her tenure at the Union Community Health Center, Bronx NY.

    Dr. Richards has served as the Clinical Care Team Leader of the Riverside Practice Team at Columbia Health for the past 2 years. She is the current President of the Empire State Medical Association. Dr. Richards remains committed to improving the overall health of the Columbia University community as well as the health of those living in underserved communities.  She enjoys spending time with her family and 14 year old son.

  • Sylviah Nyamu is a Contact Tracing Manager for the Contact Tracing Program at the Morningside campus. In this capacity, Sylvie coordinates disease surveillance efforts through systematic implementation of outbreak control measures, including overseeing case investigations and tracing efforts. Prior to joining Alice! Health Promotion, she developed clinical research grant applications and managed study launch efforts for research initiatives in Emergency Medicine. Sylvie's primary research interests include the epidemiology and pathogenesis of zoonotic infectious diseases, the deployment of interventions for infection control, and the use of electronic laboratory reporting for disease surveillance and population health management. 

    In her free time, Sylvie runs avidly, explores hiking trails in the Hudson Valley and beyond, practices yoga and spends quality time with friends and family.

  • Suzannah Rogan (she/her) serves as a Prevention Coordinator in the Sexual Violence Response Office, joining the team as a staff member in May of 2021. Prior to joining Columbia University, Suzannah was integral in shaping campus prevention and intervention strategies and programs at Doane University, a small liberal arts university in Nebraska. While there, she also served as the inaugural Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist, focused on leading strategic and grassroots initiatives to create and sustain a more equitable university environment and curriculum.

    Beginning at Peace Over Violence, Suzannah has been involved in violence prevention for the better part of a decade. In 2015, she made the choice to leave behind business management after 13 years to return to school and focus on creating a more equitable and peaceful world. At the Gender Institute of the London School of Economics, she focused her research on masculinity construction in the media and the impact that can have on the use of violence and other forms of power. Her research extends beyond the page in her focus on inviting men into this work and helping them see their path as partners in any solutions. She has a background and education in content and curriculum development, anti-oppressive frameworks, leadership development, and utilizing theories of change.

    In addition to finding hope and inspiration through students, Suzannah finds the days are best when spent with her partner and her dog, Tilden. She loves baking, theatre, reading, hiking, and the strong women who comprise her support network.

  • Steven Veach joined Columbia Health in 2009. Prior to joining Columbia, he was employed as the Enrollment/COB Manager at University Health Plans in Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • Sophia Savory joined Columbia Health in 2003.

  • Siobhan joined Columbia Health in 2020, after working for twenty-four years in critical and acute care. She was born and raised in Texas.

  • Shirley Matthews joined Columbia Health in 2009. Prior to Columbia, Shirley was the director of counseling services at Seton Hall University. She received her B.A. from Hamilton College, M.A. in organizational psychology from Teachers College at Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from New York University. Shirley completed her doctoral internship in psychology at Gouverneur Hospital and Bellevue Hospital in New York City.

    First and foremost, Shirley sees herself as a generalist who is deeply interested in the developmental issues of young adults. Additional areas of focus include community level mental health interventions, positive psychology, and the development of intuitive eating strategies as a means of developing optimal weight, health and fitness. Shirley also has a strong interest in developmental and acculturation issues, especially those of professional women of color. She also specializes in the treatment of individual, group and relationship counseling.

  • Dr. Sherina Persaud is a clinical psychologist at Columbia Health. Prior to joining as full-time staff, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Counseling and Psychological Services. Sherina completed a pre-doctoral internship at Mount Sinai Beth Israel with rotations in neuropsychology, child and adolescent psychology, inpatient and outpatient treatment for adults. She has also completed clinical externships working with women’s perinatal mental health, crisis intervention, substance use disorders, and community mental health in both Spanish and English.

    Sherina earned her B.A. in psychology at Barnard College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The New School for Social Research. She has comprehensive research and clinical experience in sexual and gender identities, trauma-related disorders, substance abuse, attachment theory, and with families who have used assisted reproduction to conceive.

    Working from a primarily psychodynamic perspective, Sherina aims to approach treatment in an open, nonjudgmental way to integrate various techniques to best fit the needs of the patient. At Counseling and Psychological Services, Sherina is on the trauma team as well as the sexual and gender identity issues team and the multicultural concerns team. Her professional interests include multicultural and racial issues, sexual and gender identity, women’s health, trauma-related disorders, mindfulness and substance abuse.

  • Sharon Sperling-Silber joined Columbia Health in 2011, when she and her husband, three children, dog and cat returned to New York City after living in the Washington, D.C., area for 15 years. As a nurse practitioner, her areas of focus are contraceptive options and on wellness through nutrition and exercise.

    Prior to joining Columbia, Sperling-Silber worked in the operating room in a level-2 trauma hospital.

    Outside of work she enjoys  yoga, spin classes, hiking and trying new recipes and restaurants. 

  • Serena joined Columbia Health in February 2018. In her role as Senior Coordinator, Serena does the following:

    • Serves on Student Case Management team
    • Serves as Coordinator/Case Manager for a cohort of students with disabilities providing ongoing support, specialized services, and coordination of accommodations
    • Evaluates medical, psychological, and psycho-educational documentation to identify reasonable disability accommodations
    • Provides guidance to faculty, administrators and students regarding disability and accommodation issues; works with instructors and academic departments to implement students' approved academic adjustments and accommodations

    Serena enjoys spending time with her family at Loon Lake, hiking the Adirondack Mountains, kayaking and reading a good book on the beach. She's looking forward to exploring museums, markets and restaurants in her new Manhattan home.

  • Semoy is a US Army veteran with a background and education in global public health with a focus on health policy and management.  In addition to holding dual masters degrees in public health and public administration, she brings experience from working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York VA Healthcare System.

    Semoy is the primary contact person in Columbia Health for students and staff with questions or needs related to the University pre-matriculation immunization requirements.  


  • Sara Berger joined Columbia Health in 2005. Prior to Columbia, Sara was an administrator of outpatient and residential treatment programs. She also provided administrative and quality assurance consultation to a variety of mental health agencies, including the New York State Office of Mental Health.

    Sara's professional interests include the administration of clinical programs to ensure that they remain responsive to the populations they serve and provide their client populations with highest level of clinical care. While Sara is licensed to practice social work, she uses her training to enhance her role as a full-time administrator at Counseling and Psychological Services.

  • Columbia may have changed since Sam Schnapp began working here as a Nurse Practitioner in 1993, but the basic tenets of good health remain the same. During your appointment, Sam will ask about your health habits because they affect your mood, resilience, and ultimately facilitate academic success. Healthy habits build a foundation of physical and mental health that extends beyond your academic years, as they have for him. 

    The most important of these are: 

    • Sleeping 7-9 hours each night 
    • Regularly engaging in moderate aerobic exercise 
    • Nutritious eating 

    Obviously, there are other important health behaviors, including several to avoid. He will discuss these as they pertain to you. 

    Everyone sleeps, eats, and moves, but if these activities are treated as medicine rather than a necessity, they will help keep you well and happy. Columbia programs are especially intense, demanding, and stressful. Together you and Sam will strategize and weave these behaviors into your day to help you reach your health, academic, and life goals.

  • Dr. Saeide Kaivani is a Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia Health. Prior to joining Counseling and Psychological Services, she completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Dr. Leon. O. Brenner Center for Psychological Assessment & Consultation. She has worked with patients across the lifespan in residential, outpatient, and college counseling centers.

    Saeide’s professional interests include trauma, sexual and gender identity, identity development, and acculturation/adjustment issues. Her doctoral research focused on the experiences of transgender and gender non-binary individuals with body image and social discrimination. She works with an integrative approach to psychotherapy, framed by psychodynamic, interpersonal, and existential perspectives.

  • Roseann Neuberg joined Columbia Health in 2007. She began her career in women's health, working at several hospitals, two birthing centers, as well as Planned Parenthood. She transitioned to student health, where she worked at the Fordham University Health Service for 12 years. She enjoys the diversity of student health, and focuses on education and prevention as integral parts of treatment.

  • Dr. Robert Bernales joined Columbia Health in 2020. He is a board-certified physician specializing in primary care and preventive medicine and is also trained in osteopathic manipulative medicine. Prior to Columbia Health, Dr. Bernales practiced as an attending physician with the Long Island FQHC in several locations throughout Nassau County, New York. He completed his residency training at Nassau University Medical Center, a Northwell Health affiliate.

    After working in public health and pharmaceutical market research, Dr. Bernales turned his attention to a career in medicine. He received his medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, a master's degree in public health from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and his undergraduate degree from the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Bernales is a native of Syracuse, New York and an alumnus of Christian Brothers Academy. In his spare time he enjoys family, travel, and community service.


    • DO, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
    • MPH, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
    • BA, Johns Hopkins University

    Certifications & Licensure

    • Licensed to practice medicine in the State of New York
    • Board Certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment
    • BLS, ACLS, and PALS Certified

    Relevant Professional Medical Experience

    • Attending physician, Long Island FQHC, Inc.
    • Urgent care physician, Belmont Park Backstretch Clinic
    • Clinical preceptor, Elmont Family Health Center
    • Staff physician, Philippine Medical Association of Hawaii Mission to Payatas and Illocos Sur, Philippines

    Professional Memberships

    • Diplomate, American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians
    • American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
    • American Osteopathic Association
    • New York State Osteopathic Medical Society
    • Hawaii Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons
  • Dr. Rick O’Keefe joined Columbia Health in 2004. Prior to Columbia, Rick worked in academic family medicine with a focus on increasing the quality and access to care for underserved communities in urban areas. O’Keefe developed programs that care for marginalized and LGBT adolescents in school-based and street settings.  

    As part of Columbia Health, Rick is a member of the men's health team, serves as medical advisor for GHAP (Gay Health Advocacy Project) and facilitates the Integrative Medicine Workgroup. He earned an M.A. in Social and Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2015.

  • Dr. Richard J. Eichler has a long affiliation with Columbia, having earned his BA, MS, MPhil, and PhD at Columbia. He joined what was then the Columbia College Counseling Service in 1986 as a staff psychologist. Since 1992, Richard served as director and subsequently executive director of the Counseling and Psychological Services division of Columbia Health.

    While completing his PhD, Richard trained at a Veterans’ Administration clinic and at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he completed his internship in clinical psychology. Among other professional activities early in his career, he worked on a research project on sex role socialization in nursery schools and day care centers, reflecting a long-standing interest and commitment to gender equality. Prior to joining the Columbia Health team, he provided psychotherapy to a culturally diverse population at Bronx Municipal Hospital Center and concurrently studied the delivery of health care services for disabled and chronically ill children at the Preventive Intervention Research Center for Child Health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. 

    Richard has taught numerous undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral courses in psychology and psychotherapy, including classes in human development at Columbia College and classes in psychodynamic psychotherapy and developmental psychopathology at Teachers College. He has also taught courses and seminars in adolescent development and college mental health practice at the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program of the William Alanson White Institute.

    Dating back to his time at the Veterans Administration, he maintains an ongoing interest in the welfare of military veterans. Other areas of particular professional interest include: psychological opportunities and pitfalls of adolescence and young adulthood; early intervention and prevention strategies; the impact of cultural variables on personal development; evolving relationships through the lifespan; social injustice and trauma; psychological obstacles to academic and career success; and the application of psychoanalytic thinking to brief therapy.

    Richard is also especially versed in helping students with learning disabilities navigate university life, and helping young adults and their parents renegotiate their evolving relationships. He is a frequent speaker at professional conferences and community events, addressing various topics such as transitioning to college, the social and emotional concomitants of learning disabilities, improving access to mental health care, and suicide prevention.

    Richard has served as a consultant to the College Mental Health section of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, and in collaboration with its membership, co-authored a paper in response to mental health crises on college campuses. He has also served on the Clinical Advisory Board of the Jed Foundation. He is currently on the Editorial Board of the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy.

  • Renee Gibbs joined Columbia Health in 2020 after nine years of psychology practice in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Gibbs provided treatment and led program development efforts in eating disorder treatment and training, including serving as the national lead trainer and consultant for the Eating Disorder Initiative. In addition to eating disorder treatment, Dr. Gibbs work has included multidisciplinary treatment for gender transition and gender dysphoria, program development for severe and persistence mental illness, and delivery and adaptations of dialectical behavior therapy. Her primary career goals are to improve multidisciplinary care and psychotherapeutic outcomes for eating disorder patients and increase access to eating disorder treatment in public health settings.

    Dr. Gibbs completed her doctoral degree at Seattle Pacific University in 2011 and training experiences in public mental health and VA settings. Her interests outside of work include her family, international travel, and dance.

  • Dr. Regina Lara joined Columbia Health in 2008. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology at the University of the Philippines in Quezon City, and her Medical Degree at the University of the East – Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, also in the Philippines. She came to New York City for her residency in general adult psychiatry at Beth Israel Medical Center. Afterward she completed her two-year fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine/Mount Sinai Hospital. 

    Lara worked as an attending physician on the child/adolescent inpatient unit, as well as medical director for the Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic and Integrated Family Care Program at the  Mount Sinai Hospital. She also worked for two years as a child psychiatrist with the Staten Island Mental Health Society.

    Lara enjoys the opportunity to engage with young adults  who are discovering and developing their identities while also navigating the challenges of an exacting academic institution. She is as interested in working with issues of adapting to a new country or culture while remaining steadfast in holding important traditions and beliefs. While working with her will usually entail the use of medications, whether for anxiety, or depression, or ADHD, she always emphasizes that incorporating non-pharmacologic practices and cultivating meaningful and healthy relationships are essential for anyone to achieve true mental and psychological health.

  • Dr. Raphael Coleman is the Executive Director for Alice! Health Promotion. He joined Columbia Health in 2017 and served as the Director of Alice! Health Promotion through early 2021. Previously he served as the Associate Director for Community Well-being within the Office of Health Promotion at Emory University. Prior to that position, Dr. Coleman served in several capacities in higher education functional areas including residence life, student conduct, and sorority and fraternity life. Originally from Georgia, he received both his bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and a MPH in behavioral science and health education at Emory University. He then earned his PhD in counseling and student personnel services at the University of Georgia.

    Dr. Coleman’s scholarship and practice pay attention to health equity in university contexts, mental health and emotional well-being among Black queer and transgender students, and building organizational capacity to prioritize a culture of well-being within which all communities can thrive. In addition to his work within Columbia Health, Dr. Coleman enjoys training future college health, higher education, and public health professionals, teaching courses about health equity and the U.S. health care system.

  • Ramona Lanzo joined Columbia Health in 1994. Prior to Columbia, Ramona worked as a laboratory technologist in various medical facilities and hospitals. She has been in the laboratory services field since 1985. Ramona attended Bronx Community College, where she majored in medical laboratory technology, and Lehman College with a concentration health services administration. 

  • Rachel Rush joined Columbia Health in fall 2016. Prior to Columbia, Rachel worked as a social worker at Bellevue Hospital in both the Psychiatry Walk-in Clinic and the Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic, where she assisted individuals in getting connected to mental health resources. She also provided triage and crisis management services, conducted individual and group psychotherapy, and supervised graduate social work and psychology students. 

    Prior to Bellevue Hospital, she worked at the Center for Comprehensive Health Practice, where she provided individual and group psychotherapy to individuals with primary substance use disorders.  She received her M.S.W. in clinical social work from New York University and her B.A. in religious studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Rachel also received her seminar in field instruction certification from the Hunter School of Social Work in 2014, and her certificate in relational psychotherapy/psychoanalysis from the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies in 2015. 

    Rachel’s professional interests include assisting individuals in connecting to mental health services that match their clinical and financial needs, as well as the intersection of spirituality and psychotherapy, identity development, mindfulness for stress reduction, and group psychotherapy.

  • Dr. Priyanka Shokeen is a Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow. Prior to joining Columbia Health, she completed a pre-doctoral internship at Mt. Sinai St. Luke's Roosevelt & West with rotations at Center for Intensive Treatment of Personality Disorders, Mt Sinai World Trade Center Health Program and the Psychiatric Recovery Center. She also completed a two-year clinical psychology externship at NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. She has experience working in a variety of settings including with inpatient adult and geriatric populations, young adults at Brooklyn College Counseling Center, first responder at Mt Sinai World Trade Center Health Program as well as outpatient clinics at St. Luke's. Additionally, she has received training in inpatient psychological testing with both children and adults as well as diagnostic testing in outpatient settings. She is also a volunteer with Physicians for Human Rights and has conducted several asylum evaluations for survivors of torture and asylum-seekers.

    Priyanka's research work has focused on emotional processing during ruptures in therapy. Her clinical interests include working with trauma, racial and ethnic identity issues, cultural barriers to mental health and interpersonal and relationship difficulties.

  • Padma Entsuah is the Senior Health Promotion Specialist in Alice! Health Promotion. She joined the team in June 2015. Prior to her position at Alice!, she oversaw the sexual violence prevention efforts at Bucknell University, including the coordination of a peer education group. At Alice!, Padma oversees a number of the peer-led initiatives such as the ROAR @ Columbia Facilitators and Columbia Health Peer Ambassador Network. She also helped create the “Well-Being and the First Year Experience” Physical Education course.

    Originally from Maryland, Padma has lived throughout the East Coast. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, staying active, traveling, and exploring all the great food New York City has to offer.

  • Dr. Nonso Enekwechi joined Columbia Health in 2016. Nonso completed his residency in psychiatry at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center. He also completed his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital of Cornell and Columbia Universities, with a focus on child and adolescent public psychiatry.

    Nonso earned his medical degree from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, and masters of public health degree from the University of Iowa College of Public Health. In addition to his position at Columbia Health, he is also a child and adolescent psychiatrist at New York City Children’s Center.

  • Nicole Vigoda Gonzalez, Psy.D., joined Columbia Health in 2017. Prior to joining Counseling and Psychological Services, Nicole completed a pre-doctoral internship at Jacobi Medical Center with rotations in neuro-pediatric developmental psychology, medical rehabilitation, and inpatient and outpatient treatment for adults. She has also completed clinical externships working with survivors of trauma, cross-cultural issues, crisis intervention and community mental health with English- and Spanish-speaking populations.

    Nicole earned her B.A. and M.A. in anthropology from the Universidad de los Andes in her hometown of Bogota, Colombia. Later, she completed an Ed.M in psychological counseling at Teachers College, and a Psy.D. in clinical psychology at Rutgers University. In her clinical work, Nicole uses a primarily psychodynamic approach, yet strives to create an individualized treatment that best fits the needs of the patient. As a bicultural and bilingual woman, Nicole pays particular attention to aspects related to cultural identity that may impact the treatment. In addition to English, she is fluent in Spanish.

  • Nicole Moss joined the Alice! Health Promotion team in September 2020 as the new Manager of Alice! Operations. Prior to joining the team at Columbia, she was the Program Coordinator for the Cornell University, College of Arts & Sciences - Career Development Office. There she focused on marketing, communications, operations, and supporting student career needs. At Cornell, she was also a facilitator for the Enhanced Assess Acknowledge Act program, a sexual assault resistance program for first-year college women. Her health promotion work has focused mainly on sexual violence prevention and hazing prevention.

    Originally from Alabama, Nicole has made her way up the east coast over the past 3 years—living in Charlottesville, VA and Ithaca, NY—and is now taking on the city life. In her free time, she enjoys yoga; creating art, especially photography; and exploring the sights, sounds, and tastes of the city. 


    • B.S., Physical Activity & Health
    • M.Ed., Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education

    Professional Experience:

    • EAAA Program Facilitator, Cornell University
    • Career Development Program Coordinator, Cornell University
    • Prevention Team Graduate Assistant, University of Virginia
  • Ngozi Okezie joined Columbia Health in 2007. Prior to Columbia, Ngozi was a staff psychiatrist in outpatient mental services and the director of child and adolescent outpatient services at Saint Vincent's Hospital, Westchester. She was also an assistant professor of psychiatry at New York Medical College.

    Ngozi attended Bryn Mawr College and Yale University School of Medicine. She completed her psychiatry residency at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and went on to do further advanced training in child and adolescent psychiatry at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. She then completed a research fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry, concentrating on child mental services delivery. Ngozi's professional interests include ADHD, mood disorders and cultural issues.

  • Nelson joined Columbia Health in 2013.  He is an engineer and information technology professional. His focus is on healthcare environments, enterprise technology applications, and sustainable development. Nelson considers himself on a mission to increase information management, knowledge development and utilization, and strategic learning for Columbia Health at the enterprise level.

  • Naomi Velasquez is a Health Services Assistant at Columbia Health.

  • Myriam Marques joined Columbia Health-Medical Services in August 2020 as Assistant Nurse Manager. Prior to Columbia she was the Campus Health Nurse and Wellness Coordinator at Manhattan School of Music.

    Her professional background includes more than 30 years as a community and public health nurse in the USA, Brazil and Belgium.

    She had developed extensive clinical Nursing expertise in primary care settings and had served diverse populations in New York City: immigrants of all backgrounds, youth, women, schoolchildren, LGBTQ + community, adults and performing artists.

    Myriam’s professional interests include the organization of health services, College Health, Integrative Nursing, Sexual & Reproductive Health, Wellness and Health Education.

    Growing up in Brazil, she received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Science of Nursing at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. She also received a Master’s in Public Health from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium.

    Besides being a nurse Myriam volunteer for human rights, access to healthcare and environmental protection social organizations.


    • MPH Universite Libre de Bruxelles – Belgium
    • MSN Federal University of Minas Gerais - Brazil
    • BSN Nursing and Obstetrics , Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

    Certifications and Licensure

    • Registered Nurse – State of NY
    • ACLS


    • American Nurses Association
    • NY State Nurses Association
  • Dr. Motoni Fong Hodges joined Columbia Health in 2015. Prior to Columbia, Motoni taught at Teachers College as a lecturer and adjunct assistant professor. Motoni completed her doctoral internship in counseling psychology at University of Oregon Counseling Center, postdoctoral fellowship on feminist psychodynamic psychotherapy at Stony Brook University Wo/Men’s Center, and psychoanalytic training at the William Alanson White Institute.

    Motoni’s professional interests include acculturation and marginalization, and working with international students, students of color, and LGBTQ students.

  • Monica Kunkel joined the Columbia Health team in 2018, after serving as Director of Nursing at Brown University Health Services for 19 years. She is excited to live and work in New York City, and to be able to spend time with her grandson Arlo.


    • MSN Rhode Island College
    • BSN Rhode Island College
    • BS/BA Providence College

    Certifications and Licensure:

    • New York State Registered Professional Nurse
    • Rhode Island, registered Nurse
    • ANCC Board Certified College Health Nursing


    • American College Health Association
  • Molly joined Columbia Health in July 2020. In her role as Coordinator at Disability Services, Molly:

    • Serves on Student Case-Management team
    • Serves as Coordinator/Case-Manager for cohort of students with disabilities providing ongoing support, specialized services, and coordination of accommodations
    • Evaluates medical, psychological, and psycho-educational documentation to identify reasonable disability accommodations
    • Provides guidance to faculty, administrators and students regarding disability and accommodation issues; works with instructors and academic departments to implement students' approved academic adjustments and accommodations

    Molly is originally from Michigan, but has also lived in Boston and South Korea. In her free time, Molly enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching competitive dance shows, and tending to her indoor plants.


    • Ed.M., Human Development and Psychology, Harvard Graduate School of Education
    • B.A., English, Linguistics, and Spanish, University of Michigan
  • Mildred Vil joined CPS in June 2018. Prior to Columbia, she worked as a case manager for two years at a mental illness/chemical addiction (MICA) men's shelter. Her years of experience also include working at the Student Health and Counseling Services at The City College of New York, as well as the Helen B. Atkinson Health Center in Harlem. Mildred also used to volunteer in the Emergency Department of New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital.

  • Michele Paolella (she/her/hers) is the Assistant Director of SVR at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center, joining the team in October of 2019. Michele has been working with teenage and young adult survivors of violence for over fifteen years. Prior to joining Columbia, Michele was the Director of Social Services and Training at Day One, where she delivered and oversaw prevention, awareness, and intervention services for young survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence and their communities. During her time at Day One, Michele developed and managed several new programs, trained thousands of professionals, and spearheaded key partnerships with city institutions and community partners. She also chaired multiple coalitions including the NYC Domestic Violence Task Force Youth Intervention Prevention and Education Services (YIPES) Committee and a group of culturally specific service providers called Advocates for Safe and Empowering Relationships (ASER). Before Day One, Michele worked primarily with LGBTQ and HIV positive youth, as well as youth involved in the criminal justice system.


    Master of Social Work (Dual Concentration Social Action and Change and Individuals, Families, and Groups), San Francisco State University

    Bachelor of Psychology (Concentration Women and Gender Studies), Ohio University

    Certifications and Licensure:

    • Licensed Master of Social Work
    • Student Intern Field Instructor Certification

    Professional Experience:

    • Day One
    • The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth
    • Youth Leadership Institute (YLI)
    • Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY)
    • The Children’s Place
    • My Sister’s Place
    • Big Brothers Big Sisters

    Awards and Honors:

    • 2017 Advocate of NYC Award
    • 2018 Strell Executive Leadership Fellow


  • Michele joined Columbia Health in 2020. In her role as Learning Specialist, Michele does the following:

    • Facilitates individualized sessions and small group skill-building workshops that support the development of compensatory strategies and academic skills for registered DS students
    • Specializes in working with students on organizational skills, time management and study strategies, note-taking skills, exam preparation and other areas of academic concerns
    • Serves on Disability Services leadership team

    In her free time, Michele enjoys doing yoga, reading, journaling, singing, and eating sushi. She also enjoys playing competitive games, such as tennis, ping pong, bocce, and Scattergories. Lastly, Michele loves spending time with her family and friends!


    • MA, Science Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
    • BS, Biology, State University of New York at New Paltz

    Certifications and Licensure:

    • Students with Disabilities (Grades 7-12), New York State Teaching License
    • Biology (Grades 7-12), New York State Teaching License


  • Michele Goldman joined Columbia Health in 2020. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology with a concentration in traumatic stress from Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL. Prior to joining Columbia, Michele completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Hampton Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Hampton, VA. She then accepted a full time staff psychologist position at Veteran’s Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System, Brooklyn Campus.

    Michele has also worked in a variety of settings including residential treatment programs, schools, prisons, and rehabilitation/medical units. Her clinical interests have focused on issues related to trauma, relational patterns, anxiety, depression and Veteran specific issues. Due to the fact that she has worked with individuals across the age span and from multiple settings, Michele approaches treatment in a nonjudgmental way, focused on meeting the individual where they are, integrating techniques to best fit the needs of each person. She will often incorporate a mindfulness-based approach in her work with students.

  • Michael McNeil joined Columbia Health in 2006. Prior to joining Columbia, Michael led the health promotion office and was an adjunct faculty member at two other universities. He has been involved with a number of professional organizations including the American College Health Association, NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, The BACCHUS Network and the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

    Michael holds a B.A. in Sociology, an M.S. in Health Education, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership. Michael spent the first 12 years of his life living outside the United States. To date he has lived in six countries on four continents. When not working, Michael is an avid traveler (50+ countries on all seven continents and all 50 states), consumer of good coffee, a commercial aviation enthusiast and (very) amateur stand-up comedian.

  • Dr. Melanie Bernitz is the Senior Vice President for Columbia Health. She joined Columbia Health in 2016 and served as Associate Vice President and Medical Director through early 2021. Previously she served as the Executive Director of the Student Health Service at Columbia University Medical Center. Prior to that position, Dr. Bernitz was a resident, chief resident, and faculty member in Columbia’s Center for Family and Community Medicine. Growing up in the United Kingdom, she received both her bachelor’s degree in psychology and a degree in medicine at University College London. She then received her master’s degree in public health at Columbia University.

    Dr. Bernitz's professional experience includes teaching and training of medical students and residents as well as inpatient and outpatient primary care. She is an associate professor of clinical medicine in the Center of Family and Community Medicine and remains committed to ensuring that college students have direct access to high-quality, timely medical care.

  • Dr. Mary O'Brien joined Columbia Health in 1993. Prior to Columbia, Mary worked as the associate director of the emergency room at St. Luke's Hospital. 

  • Mary Anne Segal joined Columbia Health October 2019. Prior to coming to work at Columbia University, Mary Anne was a school nurse at Lighthouse Guild School for 15 years providing nursing care for students aged 5-21 with vision impairments and multiple disabilities. She has also had a 20-year professional relationship at the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center providing nursing care to a medically complex population.

    Mary Anne is a life-long New York City resident and enjoys the vibrant energy of the city.


    • AS, Nursing CUNY Bronx Community College
    • BSN, SUNY Empire State

    Certifications and Licensure:

    •  New York State Registered Professional Nurse
    •  Basic Life Support (BLS)
    •  Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS)

    Professional Experience:

    •  Lighthouse Guild, New York, NY
    •  Elizabeth Seton pediatric Center, Yonkers, NY


    •  American Nursing Association
    •  New York State Nursing Association
    •  Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
  • Martine Duplan joined Columbia Health in 2017.

  • Martina Puchta is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with special interest in holistic health and behavioral health. She is a certified Yoga teacher and Qi Gong instructor and includes these modalities in the care for patient.

  • Maribel Castillo joined Columbia Health in August 2017. Prior to joining Columbia Health, Maribel was an administrative assistant in the Office of the Dean at Columbia College.

    Maribel is a seasoned assistant with over 15 years in the field. Although, she started to attend school for music engineering, she fell in love with administrative work while working part time in the corporate world. She worked in the corporate world for most of her career before coming to Columbia in 2013.

    Maribel comes from a very large family and spends as much time with them as possible. She loves to laugh—loudly.

  • Margaret B. Walker joined Columbia Health in 1986. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The Derner Institute at Adelphi University, M.A. in French Poetry and Counseling Psychology from Tufts University, and B.A. from Boston University. While at Tufts, she taught French to undergraduates and worked for two years as an intern at the Tufts University Counseling Center. She completed her doctoral internship in clinical psychology at The Bronx State Psychiatric Center.

    Maggi's interests have always focused on late adolescent development. She is particularly interested in the issues associated with leaving home for college and forming a separate identity from parents, which was the subject of her doctoral dissertation. She specializes in individual, couples, and group counseling, ADHD screening, body image issues and relationship issues.

  • Marcia Stern joined Columbia Health in 2019. Prior to joining Columbia she worked as a Military Sexual Trauma Counselor for the Department of Veterans Affairs Readjustment Counseling Service, providing individual and group therapy. Marcia has supervised numerous treatment and clinical research projects including a treatment effectiveness trial for children and adolescents exposed to the events of 9/11 at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Jewish Board of Children & Family Services, assessment of a school-based suicide prevention screen at the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University, and training student law guardians in mental health issues at the Hofstra University School of Law.

    Marcia received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from St. John’s University and her B.A. in Psychology from Brooklyn College. She completed her internship training in clinical psychology at Hillside Hospital,

    Long Island Jewish Medical Center and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psychiatric Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

    Marcia enjoys working with a wide range of students including those concerned with issues of adjustment, anxiety, depression, emotion regulation, and interpersonal problems. Her professional interests include the impact of exposure to trauma, veterans, and women’s issues.

  • Marcia Sutherland is a medical assistant at Columbia Health Medical Services.

  • Marcel Pierre-Louis joined Columbia Health in 2020 after serving as a General Staff Nurse for Respiratory Care and the Assistant Nurse Manager for Orthopedics at Westchester Medical Center since 2017. Prior to his Nursing career, Marcel worked for Health based non-profits in New York City and Los Angeles. He will be receiving his Master's of Healthcare Administration from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health in December 2021.


    • BA - University of Maryland, College Park
    • AAS - Westchester Community College
    • BSN - Chamberlain College of Nursing (President's Honors)
    • MHA - Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University (Dec. 2021)



    • New York State Registered Profession Nurse
    • Basic Care Life Saving
    • Advanced Care Life Saving



    • Sigma Theta Tau - Global Nursing Fraternity
  • Madeline Jenkins joined Columbia Health in October of 2020. In her current role as Assistant Manager – Accommodations Services, Madeline:

    • Coordinates non-exam accommodations for students, including CART/Captioning services and note-taking
    • Coordinates accommodations for students, guests, visitors, alumni attending University sponsored programs and events
    • Provides guidance to faculty in facilitating the coordination of academic and classroom accommodations.

    After teaching English in rural Japan, Madeline moved to New York City where in her free time she enjoys taking her dog to the city’s many parks. She is both a voracious reader and world traveler.

  • Dr. Lucia Haladjian is a Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow. Prior to joining Counseling and Psychological Services, she completed a pre-doctoral internship at a community mental health clinic, Hamilton-Madison House with a rotation at Gracie-Square Hospital at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital. She has engaged in clinical and research externships at the Rosemary Furman Counseling Center at Barnard College, Personal Counseling at Brooklyn College and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine. Her dissertation research focused on intergenerational trauma among second, third, and fourth generation Armenian Genocide survivors.

    She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in partial, inpatient, and outpatient settings. Her specialized training includes psychodynamic interpersonal and relational therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and cognitive behavioral approaches for individuals coping with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. She is especially dedicated to utilizing these approaches within an academic and community setting to address immigration and first-generation stressors including acculturation and adjustment, intergenerational trauma and healing, body image concerns, women’s topics, and interpersonal issues.

  • Dr. Linda Jordan officially joined Columbia Health Medical Services in May of 2019 when an opportunity to work in the Morningside Practice Group turned into a permanent opportunity to work in Student Health.  She has been practicing in primary care for over 19 years serving often in diverse populations with limited access to medical care.  Upon completion of medical school at SUNY Downstate in 2000, she went on to residency at Cabrini Hospital in New York City and then stayed on to teach incoming residents until the hospital's closure in 2009.

    Prior to joining the staff at Columbia Health Dr Jordan functioned as a Locum Tenens physician which took her to places like Buffalo General Hospital where she worked as an inpatient hospitalist to a remote area of the Catskills Mountain Region where she ran the medical clinic affiliated with UHS Delaware Valley Hospital.

  • Laura Dayan joined Columbia Health in 2013. In her current role as associate director of student case management, Laura does the following:

    • Serves on Student Case-Management Team and Disability Services leadership team
    • Evaluates and interprets disability documentation to determine eligibility for accommodations and services
    • Serves as coordinator/case manager for a small cohort of students with disabilities
    • Support students in resolving disability-related issues that may be a barrier to accessing programs
    • Liaises with other departments within Columbia Health as well as academic advising deans, global programs, graduate and professional programs, libraries, and other administrators to implement accommodations
    • Supports faculty and administrators regarding strategies for meeting the unique needs of each of each individual student as well as implementing and coordinating accommodations

    In her free time, Laura enjoys cheering for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Steelers, watching Broadway shows, and cooking new recipes.

  • Laura Maudene Nelson is a nutritionist and instructor at the Columbia University Institute of Human Nutrition and teaches graduate nutrition, medical, dental, nursing, and public health students.

    She has been active with the American Diabetes Association, where she serves on the national board of directors, and the American Heart Association, where she previously served on the board of directors of the New York City Affiliate, the Advisory Council, Heart-at-Work, Nutrition Counseling Workshop Planning Committee, and as a member of the Nutrition Committee. She has also served on the editorial board for RN Magazine.

    Maudene volunteers for the American Diabetes Association making public presentations and reaching out to elected officials to advocate for people with diabetes. She also coordinates opportunities for work site and community nutrition projects.

    Best nutrition advice: Eat mostly foods that grow from roots not feet, and, watch out for shiny food – it may be glazed not polished.


  • Laura Walsh joined Columbia Health in 2016. In her role as Senior Coordinator at Disability Services, Laura reviews disability documentation; determines eligibility for services and accommodations; provides ongoing case management and supportive advisement on a range of disability and academic concerns; and works with undergraduate and graduate students

    Prior to joining Columbia, Laura worked for many years with adults living with disabilities. Laura provided ongoing social and emotional support in order for those adults to achieve their life-long goals. In her free time, Laura loves yoga, attending concerts, cooking and coaching and playing lacrosse.

  • Latisha Culley is a health services assistant at Counseling and Psychological Services.

  • Latisa comes to Columbia Health from Mount Sinai Doctors Performing Arts clinic where she was Senior Medical Assistant/Patient Coordinator. She has also worked at the NYU Vascular and Vein Center, as well as St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital doctors offices.

  • La’Shawn Rivera, M.A. has served as the Executive Director of Columbia University Sexual Violence Response & Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center (SVR) since August 2013. La’Shawn supervises all direct-services and prevention based staff-members, oversees all SVR campus-wide events and initiatives, and acts as a liaison to the Columbia campus and the New York City community through her participation in multiple taskforce initiatives and community collaborative committees. She leads a team of 10 full-time staff members as well as peer advocates, volunteers and casual staff dedicated to the eradication of sexual and gender-based violence.

    Prior to joining the team at Columbia University, La’Shawn was the Assistant Coordinator at the University of Central Florida Police Department’s Victim Services Program for 6 years. Her work there focused on providing direct services to survivors and co-survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, elder abuse, and homicide. During this time, she also coordinated sexual violence prevention education programs on-campus and in the community, supervised and trained full-time Victim Advocates, and managed the volunteer program. During that time, she also served on committees implementing statewide violence prevention initiatives like Talk About It! and Coaching Boys Into Men.

    She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Bethune-Cookman University and received her M.A. in Applied Sociology with a concentration in Domestic Violence from the University of Central Florida.


    • M.A., Applied Sociology, Domestic Violence Concentration, University of Central Florida
    • B.S.,  Psychology, Bethune Cookman University

    Professional Experience:

    • University of Central Florida Public Safety and Police, Victim Services
  • Dr. Kwame Akowuah joined Columbia Health in 2017. Prior to joining Counseling and Psychological Services, Kwame was director of the Continuing Day Treatment program at the New York State Psychiatric Institute’s Audubon Clinic, where he also worked as a staff psychiatrist. Additionally, he was an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

    Kwame completed his residency training at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell Medical Center. He then went on to complete a fellowship in psychiatry and the law at New York University Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital.

    Kwame's professional interests include mood disorders, psychosis, and perceptual disorders, drug and alcohol use, medicolegal ethics, and questions surrounding religion and spiritual identity.

  • Kori Bennett joined Columbia Health in 2015. Ze received hir doctorate of clinical psychology at the University of Indianapolis and completed a doctoral internship at Wichita State University’s Counseling and Testing Center. Prior to joining Columbia, ze completed postdoctoral fellowships at University of California, Merced Counseling and Psychological Services, and Stanford University’s CAPS in the Gender and Sexual Identities Track. Much of Kori’s clinical and outreach work has focused on the wellbeing of students who are gender expansive, sexual minority, international, and first generation.

    Ze is also interested in working with students to explore issues relevant to identity intersectionality, gender and sexuality, perfectionism, mindfulness, and relational patterns.

  • Kirsten joined the Columbia Health team in 2021 as Communications Specialist, managing the organization’s digital channels: website, intranet, email, digital screen system, and social media presence. She also provides brand and creative design support, as well as thought partnership on organizational and Unit-level communications campaigns. Most recently, Kirsten was a Marketing Coordinator at McKenney’s, Inc., a mechanical contractor that serves the Southeastern United States. In that role, she led the development and execution of a wide variety of creative collateral; managed the blog; devised methodical campaign strategies, communication plans, print and digital deliverables; and worked on each year’s digital marketing strategy.
    She is passionate about digging into her colleagues’ pain points to better understand their needs in order to deliver purposeful support with long-lasting impact. 

    Her interests include reading and learning about psychology, practicing mindfulness activities, and trying new food. She enjoys volunteering, hiking, working on freelance design projects, and spending time with her cat.

  • Dr. Kim Nguyen joined Columbia Health in 2021. She received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco. She completed her doctoral internship at the National Asian American Psychology Training Center at RAMS Inc., where she worked with survivors of trauma, provided psychotherapy addressing cross-cultural issues, carried out crisis interventions, and conducted therapeutic work with English and Vietnamese-speaking individuals. She completed her postdoctoral training at CUNY Brooklyn College. There, she was the therapist liaison for the LGBTQ Resource Center, and worked with students from diverse backgrounds, including students who were first in their family to attend college. Prior to joining Columbia, she worked in the inpatient unit at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and CUNY The City College of New York Counseling Center.

    As a bicultural, bilingual clinician, Kim values one’s cultural identities in therapeutic work and collaborates with individuals to create psychological care that meets the needs of the patient. In addition to English, she is fluent in Vietnamese.

  • Keshia joined Columbia University in 2013 and enjoys being back on a college campus. In her current role of Assistant  Accommodations Manager at Disability Services (DS), Keshia does the following:

    • Serves on Testing team
    • Manages daily exam schedule at Disability Services
    • Supervises undergraduate accommodated exam administration and implements testing accommodations for students with disabilities
    • Assists in the recruitment, training and supervision of student staff, including exam proctors and graduate assistants

    Keshia is a native New Yorker who enjoys baking, traveling, and playing softball with the Diablitos, one of Columbia’s employee teams.

  • Dr. Keoshia Worthy joined Columbia Health in 2019. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Seton Hall University and her M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling at Winston-Salem State University. She completed her doctoral internship at the VA New Jersey Healthcare System. Prior to joining Columbia, Keoshia was the Coordinator of Detox Triage Services and a part of the Consultation/ Liaison team at Jacobi Medical Center.

    Keoshia’s professional interests include providing support and care for students who are coping with trauma, addiction, racial/identity concerns, and working with athletes, LGBTQ and first- generation students. In addition to her work at Columbia, she is an adjunct instructor at Brooklyn and Lehman College.

  • Kelvin joined Columbia Health in 2009. In his current role as part of the IT team, Kelvin works mostly with the non-clinical units to support their systems and tools. Prior to joining the IT team, Kelvin spent nine years as an Assistive Technology Specialist with the Disability Services Unit.

    Kelvin enjoys spending time with friends, challenges himself by troubleshooting electronics, and enjoys working on his car or home improvement projects.

  • Kelly joined the Alice! Health Promotion team as a Health Promotion Specialist at the beginning of 2020. Kelly's professional background includes experience working in a number of different functional areas throughout student affairs, Title IX, and higher education. Kelly currently oversees health promotion initiatives related to flourishing, resilience, stress management and coping, sleep, nutrition, and time management. Her primary professional interests are related to promoting individual and community flourishing. 

    A native of New York, Kelly is excited to return home with the opportunity to contribute to individual and systems level well-being initiatives that continue to expand the ways we conceptualize and operationalize health and well-being. In her free time, she is an avid golfer and dog-lover, and is continually looking to explore and take advantage of all that the area has to offer. 


    • B.S., Psychology, William & Mary
    • MSc, Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (University of London)

    Certifications and Licensure:

    • Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) Advocate

    Professional Experience:

    • Coordinator of Health Promotion and Sexual Assault Victim Advocate, Bates College


    • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators

    Published Articles:

    • Entsuah, P., Gorman, K., Hawkins, J. ., & Coleman, R. (2021). ROARing 20’s: Cultivating Responsible, Optimal, Authentic, and Resilient Students. Journal of College Orientation, Transition, and Retention, 28(2). 
  • Keith joined Columbia Health in 1993 and began working in Disability Services in 2008. Outside of work, Keith is a talented artist whose work is sometimes featured in the office. Keith enjoys sketching and drawing using a variety of mediums including markers, charcoal pencil, and acrylic paint.  

  • Katie (Kathlyn) Wilkinson joined Alice! Health Promotion as a health promotion specialist in February 2014. Her work in public health has focused primarily on the college population. Prior to joining Alice!, she was a sexual health education coordinator at Purdue University and coordinator of educational services at Penn State University. She currently oversees some of the administrative operations for the Go Ask Alice! website along with other priority projects.

    Katie is originally from Indiana. While she is a Midwesterner at heart, she takes advantage of all the fantastic things New York City has to offer. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, cooking, baking, reading, finding her next favorite restaurant, and all things comedy-related. She is also a human companion to a canine named Buck and another human named Matt.

  • Katherine joined the Alice! Health Promotion team as the Manager of Contact Tracing for the Morningside campus in August 2020. Prior to joining the Alice! team, they worked in sexual violence prevention at Dartmouth College and with the New York City COVID-19 Test & Trace Corps. At Columbia, Katherine oversees all aspects of the Morningside contact tracing program and helps to bridge the University and city responses to COVID-19. They approach this work with a trauma-informed and intersectional lens, with the ultimate goal of supporting all members of our community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

    An Indiana native, Katherine is a long-time East Coast transplant and new-ish New Yorker. When not at work, they enjoy the Brooklyn food scene, socially-distant adventures with friends and family, browsing bookstores, and petting other people's cats. 

  • Karisma Ajodah joined Medical Services in October 2019. Prior to joining Columbia Health, Karisma worked primarily in the hospital setting, including NYU-Langone Hospital and Mount Sinai-Beth Israel. Karisma is excited to return to her Columbia roots having graduated from the School of Social Work in 2002.

    Karisma is also certified as a field instructor for social work graduate interns since 2008 and has supervised many students over the years. Besides being a social worker, Karisma is also certified as a meditation teacher and is interested in integrating mindfulness and social work practice.

    • MS, Social Work, Columbia University
    • BA, Sociology, SUNY Stony Brook
    • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, New York State
  • Dr. Tombackwas born and raised in Freehold, NJ.  She loves exploring NYC and going to Broadway shows.

  • Julia Perault joined Columbia Health in 2017. Prior to Columbia, Julia worked as a senior social worker at Bellevue Hospital in inpatient and outpatient mental health settings. Julia completed advanced training in relational psychotherapy/psychoanalysis at the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies, and in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies. She received a Seminar in Field Instruction certification from the New York University Silver School for Social Work, and supervised social work and psychology graduate students at Bellevue Hospital. She trained in prevention and early intervention for families and young children at the NYU Child Study Center, the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and the Anna Freud Center in London.

    Julia is committed to creating a trusting and supportive relationship that adapts to the individualized needs of the student. Her professional interests include young adulthood transitions, self-esteem, race and social justice, gender and sexual identity, interpersonal relationships, and the integrative use of creative expression, mindfulness, body movement, and guided imagery in healing and emotional regulation. She uses her extensive experience in navigating the complicated referral systems in New York City to help students connect, when needed, to community resources that best fit unique needs.

  • Jose joined the SVR team as the Assistant Director of Direct Services in June of 2020. He has been doing power based personal violence (PBPV) intervention and prevention work for 6+ years. Prior to coming to Columbia, Jose spent 5 years at Florida State University coordinating campus-wide prevention education for PBPV and advising student organizations focused on advocacy and prevention.

    Prior to FSU, Jose spent 2+ years providing technical assistance and training to victim advocates with the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence. Jose centers his work on providing access to equitable services that are identity informed to support survivors of color, LGBTQI+ survivors. He also has a research interest in masculinity and male survivors.

    He received his Bachelor's in International Affairs from Florida State University and is in the process of completing his Master's in Higher Education. In his spare time, Jose enjoys music, sports, bad puns and spending quality time with his dog and best friend, Abbey.


    • Masters in Higher Education, Florida State University (In progress)
    • Bachelor’s in International Affairs, Florida State University


    • Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness, Florida State University
    • Florida Council Against Sexual Violence
    • 211 Big Bend
    • Florida Statewide Sexual Violence Helpline Advocate


    • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Dr. Jennifer Liu joined Columbia Health in 2020. Prior to joining Counseling and Psychological Services, Jennifer was the Deputy Director of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital. She has also been the Associate Director of Training for the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program and the Pediatric/Psychiatry/Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (Triple Board) Program at Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine.  She earned a B.S. in Psychology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and received her M.D. from Drexel University.  She completed her residency and fellowship in the Triple Board Program at Mount Sinai. Jennifer’s professional interests include mood and anxiety disorders, psychopharmacology, and the use of psychotherapy to optimize outcomes.

  • Javier Cordova joined Columbia Health in 2007. Prior to Columbia, Javier worked as an administrative assistant at a nursing and rehabilitation center in New Rochelle, New York. Javier has eight years' experience working as support staff in a clinical setting. Javier's interests include movies, dining, sports, and traveling. He plans to pursue a degree in computer science.

  • Jamie Zhang joined Columbia Health in 2017.

  • Jaclyn joined the Alice! Health Promotion team as a Health Promotion Specialist in 2018. Jaclyn’s professional background spans over several functional areas in higher education and student affairs. Some of those experiences focus on social justice education, mental health, residence life, and leadership development. In addition, Jaclyn has served as an instructor for both undergraduate and graduate populations. At Alice!, Jaclyn oversees initiatives for mental health and well-being, alcohol and other drugs (AOD), and wellness coaching.

    Jaclyn grew up in the Golden State, California, and is excited to support student health and well-being through a trauma-informed and intersectional lens. When not at work, Jaclyn enjoys spending time with her fur-child, Captain, and being out and about exploring all that the community has to offer!

  • Dr. Hillary Scudder joined Columbia Health in 2019. She received her Psy.D. from William James College and her B.A. from Wake Forest University. Hillary was also honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 2019. Prior to joining Columbia Health, Hillary worked as a Staff Psychologist at Yeshiva University’s Counseling Center. In addition, Hillary completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Interprofessional Training, and OEF/OIF/OND Veterans at the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System in Manhattan. She also completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Nebraska-Western Iowa VA Healthcare System with rotations in Assessment and Polytrauma, Health Psychology, PTSD, and Veterans’ Readjustment Issues. Further, Hillary has completed clinical externships working with forensic populations, crisis intervention, substance use disorders, and community mental health.

    Working from a primarily cognitive behavioral orientation, Hillary approaches treatment in an open, nonjudgmental way and aims to integrate various techniques that best fit the needs of the client. Hillary’s clinical work and interests have focused on issues related to military service, trauma, health psychology (e.g. chronic pain, insomnia, smoking cessation, tinnitus), and religion.

  • Dr. Helene Keable joined Columbia Health in 2004, while continuing as a psychiatrist at the Columbia University Medical Center Student Health Service. Prior to joining Columbia, she received her M.D. from Laval University in Canada and completed residencies in internal medicine at McGill Hospital Center, as well as in pediatrics and psychiatry at Mt. Sinai Hospital Center in New York. She went on to further advanced training in consultation-liaison at Long Island Jewish Hospital and psychoanalysis at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute.

    Helene's professional interests include the impact of gender, trauma and culture on the development of young adults, the optimal integration of psychotherapy and medication, learning problems in young adults, and systems of delivering health care. In addition to her work at Columbia, she teaches and supervises the faculty of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute and the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Mt. Sinai Hospital. She has written and lectured on the impact of medical illnesses on the psychological development of teenagers and young adults, and on the integration of psychotherapy and medication.

  • Dr. Gregoriy Grenader joined Columbia Health in 2012. Gregoriy earned his B.A. in psychology from CUNY Brooklyn College, graduating with honors. Prior to earning his D.O. from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, he was a certified emergency medical technician. He completed his post-graduate residency training in family practice at North Shore/Long Island Jewish Plainview Hospital in Long Island, New York. Gregoriy enjoys home improvement, music, and traveling.

  • Gina joined the Alice! Health Promotion team as a health promotion specialist in 2017. Prior to joining Alice!, Gina worked with the digital health clinic Maven, designing and implementing outreach strategies for Maven Maternity. Additionally, her experiences as a teaching assistant and program facilitator provided her with experience working with students ranging in age from fourth grade to the graduate level. At Alice!, Gina oversees the day-to-day operations of the Go Ask Alice! website, Alice!’s social media presence and other priority projects.

    Gina is originally from northwest New Jersey. In her spare time, Gina can often be found reading, seeing musicals, spending time with friends, playing board games or wandering around bookstores. 

  • As Associate Director, Communications, Gayle helps lead the development, implementation and ongoing management of communications strategy and plans for the entire organization

    Prior to joining the Columbia team, Gayle was a Marketing and Communications Specialist at Women’s World Banking, a global nonprofit leader in advancing women’s financial inclusion. At Women's World Banking, Gayle managed content marketing and creative communications initiatives for the organization’s field projects. She was also responsible for website, social media and email channels. Prior to Women’s World Banking, she was the Development and Communications Associate for Day One NY, a nonprofit that provides dating abuse and domestic violence education and support to New York City youth. At Day One, Gayle managed digital marketing properties, provided grant writing and reporting support, and helped in the development and execution of the organization’s fundraisers.

    Gayle has a MA in Media, Culture and Communication with a concentration in Technology & Society from NYU-Steinhardt and a BA in Communications Studies, Minor in Anthropology from UCLA. She is a native of the Philippines. 

  • Emma Reynolds is the Training and Intervention Coordinator at Sexual Violence Response, having first joined the team in 2015 as an administrative intern while also pursuing her MFA in Fiction from Columbia’s School of the Arts. During her nearly four years as a graduate intern, Emma participated in panel discussions about sexual assault on college campuses, co-created and co-facilitated workshops on how to address sexual violence in creative writing, and spoke at campus awareness events such as Denim Day. In the spring of 2016, she certified as a volunteer Peer Advocate and spent two years in that capacity, taking regular on-call shifts and responding to the Sexual Violence Response helpline. Emma became a full-time staff advocate in March of 2019.

    In addition to her work with Sexual Violence Response, Emma completed Bellevue Hospital’s Patient Advocacy training program and has experience in international advocacy, having worked with survivors of childhood sexual assault, forced marriage, honor-based violence, and nonconsensual pornography. In 2018, she completed an internship with Taman Baca Kesiman, a social justice NGO in Bali where she supported events aimed to raise public awareness on topics such as political violence, sex work, LGBTQ+ rights, and human rights abuses in minority and underserved communities.


    • B.A. History and English, Williams College, 2007
    • M.A. in Humanities, University of Chicago, 2010
    • M.F.A. in Writing, Columbia University, 2019

    Certifications and Licensure:

    • New York State Department of Health-Certified Rape Crisis Counselor
    • NOVA Campus Advocacy Training 
  • Emma McFarland joined Columbia Health in September 2019 as a Student Services Coordinator at Disability Services. In her current role, she

    • Serves on Registration & Intake team
    • Guides prospective and current Columbia students through registration process providing individualized guidance regarding disability documentation and accommodation requests 
    • Conducts intake interviews, advises, and orients students on accessing appropriate support services
    • Refers students to appropriate campus and community resources

    Emma is originally from Canada and has lived all over the East coast from Maine to South Carolina. In her spare time, Emma writes and dramaturgs unique theatrical experiences, curates a weekly book review blog @fivestarbookreview, and explores the far-flung theatres of New York.


    • M.F.A., Columbia University
    • B.F.A., Carnegie Mellon University
  • Dr. Elmira Raeifar is a Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow. Prior to joining Columbia Health, she completed a pre-doctoral internship at Jacobi Medical Center, as well as a clinical psychology externship at the Center for Intensive Treatment of Personality Disorders at Mount Sinai West. She also has experience in a variety of settings working with adults and young adults at LIU counseling center, as well as inpatient and outpatient settings at Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

    Elmira’s research and clinical work has focused on the impact of attachment and caregivers on one’s sense of self and interpersonal relationships. Her clinical interests also include helping those who struggle with fear of change, issues of identity development, difficulty with intimacy, subjective feelings of emptiness, depression and anxiety.

  • Dr. Elizabeth Mirabello joined Columbia Health in 2015. Prior to Columbia, Elizabeth was chief of psychiatry at Northern Westchester Hospital. She has worked also as a staff psychiatrist at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center in various clinical settings including inpatient, emergency room and the intensive outpatient program. She was also an assistant clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons.

    Mirabello attended Barnard College and Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. She completed her psychiatry residency at the New York Hospital Payne Whitney Clinic (now New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center). Her professional interests include mood and anxiety disorders as well as women’s issues in psychiatry.

  • Dr. Eduvigis Cruz-Arrieta joined CPS in February 2018. She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with 20 years of experience in health psychology. Prior to Columbia, she was a supervising psychologist at Lincoln Medical Center, part of the NYC Health & Hospital/Physicians Affiliates Group of NY. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of medical psychology at the CUNY School of Medicine.

    She has been dedicated to providing quality care to underserved communities in NYC. As staff member of the CUMC Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Blood & Marrow Transplantation service, she served as Chair of its Diversity & Health Disparities Committee of the Children's Oncology Group. In her role, she participated in advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill representing the viewpoints of stakeholders about disparities in healthcare.

    Dr. Cruz-Arrieta received her B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, followed by a M.A. in Clinical Psychology. She completed her clinical internship and pre-doctoral fellowship at NYU Bellevue Clinical Psychology Internship program, and received her doctorate from the City University of New York Graduate Center at City College. Her expertise and interests includes mood disorders, chronic illness, eating disorders, trauma and post-traumatic stress, life transitions (loss, grief, and end of life), multicultural concerns, as well as diversity and health disparity-related issues, complementary medicine (body/mind coping strategies; hypnosis; homeopathy), and psychology and the arts.

    Eduvigis is originally from Puerto Rico and Spanish is her first language. She has resided in New York City since 1988, after retiring from professional classical ballet dancing and serving as an educator with Ballets de San Juan. Eduvigis believes in people’s capacity for continuous change and renewal, as they identify and fortify their inner strengths. Her goal is to help members of the Columbia University community to reach their goals.


    • Ph.D. and M.Phil., CUNY Graduate Center
    • M.A. and B.A., University of Puerto Rico

    Certifications and Licensure:

    • Licensed to practice psychology in the state of New York
    • American Board of Professional Psychology, Clinical Health Psychology (2018 Board Certification Applicant under review)

    Professional Experience:

    • Senior Psychologist, Adult/Child & Adolescent Outpatient Services, HHC Lincoln Medical Center/Physicians Affiliate Group of New York
    • Supervising Psychologist, Hematology, Oncology & Stem Cell Transplantation & Psychiatry Divisions, Columbia University Medical Center
    • Senior Psychologist, Stephen D. Hassenfeld Center for Children with Cancer & Blood Disorders, NYU Langone Medical Center
    • Senior Psychologist, Child & Adolescent Outpatient Clinic Bellevue Hospital Center, NYU Langone Medical Center


    • Bhatia M, Kolva E, Cimini L, Jin Z, Satwani P, Savone M, George D, GarvinJ, Paz ML, Briamonte C, Cruz-Arrieta E, Sands S. Health Related Quality of Life following Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation for Sickle Cell Disease, Biology of Blood and MarrowTransplantation (2015), doi:10.1016/j.bbmt.2014.12.007.
    • Cruz-Arrieta, E., Weinshank, L.: Multidisciplinary Approach to Psychosocial Care: The Stephen D. Hassenfeld Model. Primary Psychiatry. 2008; 15(7): 63-67
    • Cruz-Arrieta, E., Pill-swallowing training in pediatric cancer: a brief report. Primary Psychiatry. 2008; 15(7): 49-53


    • American Psychological Association
    • American Board of Professional Psychology
    • Children’s Oncology Group/National Cancer Institute
    • New York State Psychological Association
    • Asociación de Psicólogos de Puerto Rico

    Languages Spoken

    • Spanish
    • English
  • Earmanese Granger joined Columbia Health in 1995. Prior to Columbia, Earmanese was an administrative assistant at The American Assembly, a public policy forum affiliated with Columbia University.

  • Dr. Doreen Han-Faver joined Columbia Health in 2015. Prior to Columbia, she worked as an attending psychiatrist at Mount Sinai Hospital inpatient child/adolescent psychiatric unit and the psychiatric emergency room. She also worked in long-term outpatient treatment settings, including Charles B. Wang Community Health Center. She earned a B.A. in biochemistry at Columbia University and received her M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She then completed a psychiatric residency and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Doreen's professional interests include combined psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, mood and anxiety disorders, and cross-cultural issues.

  • Diana Morrobel, Ph.D., joined Columbia Health in 2013. Prior to joining Columbia Health, Diana worked as a psychologist and supervisor at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic for 11 years. In addition to her work at Columbia, she was an adjunct faculty member at Teachers College and supervised doctoral candidates in Clinical Psychology at City College. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Michigan State University and a B.A. from New York University. She completed her internship in clinical psychology at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.

    Diana’s professional interests include acculturative stress and adjustment, multicultural and racial diversity, first-generation college students, developmental issues related to emerging adulthood, family and interpersonal conflicts, trauma and mood disorders.  

  • Dr. Debra Domenech joined Columbia Health in 2001. Prior to Columbia, Debra was a supervising psychologist at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. In addition to her degrees from Fordham University and The City University of New York, she completed advanced training at the New York University Postdoctoral Program, where she obtained a certificate in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

    Debra's professional interests include psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy, cultural diversity issues, treatment of affective disorders, and couples therapy. In addition to her work at Columbia, she is a clinical instructor at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center.

  • Debjani Roy is the Assistant Director of Training and Prevention for the Sexual Violence Response Office. She has been a thought leader and an advocate for gender equality and justice in the US and UK for over fifteen years. Most recently, Debjani was the Training Director at Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) and prior to this was the Deputy Director of anti-harassment organization, Hollaback!, where she managed operations, led key initiatives on leadership development and bystander intervention, and contributed to the culture shifts around the issue of street harassment. At Hollaback!, she also co-founded HeartMob, an online platform providing support to victims of online harassment. She has additionally led key culturally specific initiatives as the Program and Development Manager at Manavi, the first organization working to end violence against South Asian women in the United States.

    She has expertise in program creation and management, direct service provision, development, training and technical assistance, curriculum development, communications, research, and policy advocacy on issues including domestic violence, street harassment, sexual violence, forced marriage, ‘honor’ based violence, commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking, widows’ rights, and hate violence across the lines of identity.

    Debjani’s work and commentary has been featured in several media outlets, including The New York Times, BBC World News, Fox News, The Guardian, NPR, Huffington Post and Salon.

    Her academic publications include South Asian Battered Women’s Use of Force against Intimate Male Partners in the Violence Against Women Sage Journal and a first ever publication: An Introduction to Forced Marriage in the South Asian Community in the United States, published under Manavi and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. She is an alumni of the Progressive Women’s Voices Class at the Women’s Media Center and is a SheSource expert.

    Debjani has a Master’s of Arts Degree in Cultural Studies with a focus on Gender Theory from the University of London, Goldsmiths and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the Stern School of Business at NYU, with a minor in Gender Studies.


    Leadership That Works, Certified Community Coach (2018)

    Certificate in the Art of Leadership, Rockwood Leadership Academy (2016)

    Certificate in Facilitation, Training for Change (2015)

    Domestic Violence Response Team 40-hr Training, Women Aware (2009)

    Counseling &Therapeutic Interventions for Working with Women Survivors of Violence Certificate, London Open College Network (2007)

    Understanding Women’s Human Rights Certificate, London School of Economics (2006)


  • Deanna Friedland joined Columbia Health in February of 2018. In her current role as Senior Coordinator at Disability Services, Deanna:

    • Serves on Student Case-Management team
    • Serves as Coordinator/Case-Manager for cohort of students with disabilities providing ongoing support, specialized services, and coordination of accommodations
    • Evaluates medical, psychological, and psycho-educational documentation to identify reasonable disability accommodations
    • Provides guidance to faculty, administrators and students regarding disability and accommodation issues;  works with instructors and academic departments to implement students' approved academic adjustments and accommodations

    In her free time, Deanna enjoys going to the beach, traveling, and running. She is an avid reader and likes spending time with her family and friends.

  • Dr. Dawn Mcallister is a Urgent Care Physician at Columbia Health. She studied medicine at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine and then moved to New York to practice at The Family Medicine Residency Program at Montefiore. Afterwards she went to the Family Medicine Residency Program at Columbia University Medical Center in 1997 and taught medical students and residents there for about nine years as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Center for Family Medicine. 

    She moved away from the academic setting and worked at Community Health Centers where she could take care of patients regardless of their legal status or ability to pay for their health care. She has one son by birth who is now 16 years old and two by adoption from Ethiopia who are 15 and 10 years old. Dawn says she chose to come back to Columbia University in 2014 at the Student Health Service and truly enjoys with students, both optimizing health and treating health problems. As an androgynous lesbian mom, from a working class background, with African American sons,  Dr. Mcallister hopes to offer a welcoming and supportive presence in the lives of all the students who come to visit at Columbia Health.


    • M.D., University of Cincinnati
    • B.A., History, University of California, Berkeley

    Certifications and Licensure:

    • New York State Medical License
    • Board Certified: Diplomat of American Board of Family Medicine

    Professional Experience:

    • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, Center for Family Medicine
    • Federal Qualified Community Health Centers in New York City and Westchester
    • Montefiore Medical Center, Family Medicine Residency
  • Dr. David Hittson joined Columbia Health as a psychologist in 2017. He also completed his post-doctoral fellowship at Counseling and Psychological Services. Prior to Columbia, David trained at the Brooklyn and Manhattan campuses of the New York Harbor Veteran’s Administration Hospital, at Interfaith Medical Center, and at Barnard’s Furman Counseling Center. David attended New York University’s counseling psychology program and graduated in the summer of 2016. While there, his research interests focused on the relationship of acculturation to mental health. David’s professional interests include veteran’s issues, issues of acculturation, depression, anxiety, trauma, identity issues, relationship concerns, and adjustment concerns.

  • Dara joined Columbia Health in 2016. In her current role as the senior program coordinator at Disability Services, Dara does the following:

    • Serves on Student Case-Management team
    • Serves as coordinator/case manager for a cohort of students with disabilities providing ongoing support, specialized services, and coordination of accommodations
    • Evaluates medical, psychological, and psycho-educational documentation to identify reasonable disability accommodations
    • Provides guidance to faculty, administrators, and students regarding disability and accommodation issues;
    • Works with instructors and academic departments to implement students' approved academic adjustments and accommodations
    • Serves as primary contact for graduate liaisons and program administration at CUMC to implement accommodations in a variety of academic, testing, and clinical settings
    • Provides support to faculty and staff regarding strategies for meeting the unique needs of students registered with Disability Services

    In her free time, Dara loves to travel, cook, volunteer, create and appreciate art, explore local New York City neighborhoods and restaurants, cheer on the New York Giants, and participate in a variety of outdoor activities. 

  • Danielle Louis is a Survivor Advocate in the Sexual Violence Response Office, joining the team in June of 2020. Prior to functioning in the capacity of an advocate, Danielle was an Administrative Intern for Sexual Violence Response for one year. Throughout her internship, she participated in many prevention and advocacy events throughout the University and local community. This allowed for her to gain extensive knowledge and experience surrounding survivorship, advocacy, and how to build collaborative relationships with community partners. 

    Currently, Danielle is a Mental Health Counseling graduate student at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she has completed experiential coursework training her for proficiency in Group therapy and Individual Therapy, Military Psychology, diagnosis of child, adolescent and adult psychopathology, and Career Development. Danielle earned her undergraduate BA in Psychology from Queens University of Charlotte and an AAS in Emergency Medical Science, which she used to serve a metropolitan community for seven years as an EMT-Paramedic.

    Danielle is currently working on her New York State Department of Health Certified Rape Crisis Counselor Certificate.


    • EdM Mental Health Counseling, Teachers College Columbia University- In Progress
    • B.A. Psychology, Queens University of Charlotte
    • A.A.S. Emergency Medical Science


    • EMT-Paramedic


    • Alpha Sigma Lambda
    • Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology


    • Psi Chi: The International Honor Society in Psychology
    • APA Division 19 Society for Military Psychology
  • Daniel joined Columbia Health in 2017.  He graduated from Marist College with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in psychology. He enjoys working as a team to accomplish a unified goal. Daniel looks forward to expanding his knowledge at Columbia and creating new exciting experiences.   

  • Education: 

    • BSN: Columbia University
    • MPH Candidate: Dartmouth College

    Certifications and Licensure:

    • Registered Nurse
    • BLS

    Professional Experience:

    • Director of Nursing; NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bureau of STD Control
  • Daniel has been a part of Columbia Health since 2001, when he began volunteering as an Advocate at GHAP while he was a PhD student in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

    On top of his responsibilities in GHAP, Daniel counsels students in tobacco cessation, facilitates support groups, and is a member of the Trans and Gender Expansive Health Team, the Student Partnerships Working Group, the QA / QI Working Group, the Developing Community Capacity Working Group, as well as the Social Media Collaboration team

    Outside of Columbia Health, Daniel is an adjunct assistant professor of music at Columbia and teaches in the Core Curriculum.  

    Daniel enjoys aerobics classes in which he's the only guy, reading novels (he recommends the Elena Ferrante Neopolitan Quartet), watching too much Masterpiece Theater, spending time with his partner, and completing NY Times Crosswords (using Autocorrect).

  • Dr. Cory Frank joined Columbia Health in 2002. Prior to Columbia, Cory was the assistant chief psychologist at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Earlier in his career, he was the director of an acute care psychiatric day treatment program at St. Luke's-Roosevelt for people with severe depression and bipolar disorder. He was also a senior psychologist at Queens Hospital Center.

    Dr. Frank earned his BA at the University of Rochester, and his MA and PsyD at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. He completed a clinical internship at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. He has received advanced training in dialectical behavior therapy.

    Cory's professional interests include working with people in a crisis state and group therapy. In addition to his position at Columbia, Cory teaches and supervises at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital.

  • Colleen Lewis  joined Columbia Health in 2004. In her current role as Director of Disability Services (DS), Colleen does the following:

    • Serves on Disability Services leadership team
    • Provides vision and leadership to the design, organization, development, and implementation of services and programs offered through Disability Services
    • Oversight of student case-management, accommodations, services, and training needed to support students with disabilities at Columbia
    • Serves as a liaison to the faculty and greater campus community on issues related to a range of disabilities, accessibility, classroom and curricular accommodations, and laws related to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
    • Serves as campus expert for the provision and coordination of academic and campus accommodations for students with disabilities

    Colleen enjoys baking-her specialties are cakes and rustic fruit desserts! She is also an avid baseball fan and tries to visit at least one new baseball stadium each season.


    ·M.S., University of Illinois, Rehabilitation Counseling

    ·B.A., University of Illinois, Sociology

  • Colby Golder has provided nutrition therapy since she received a master’s degree in nutrition from Teachers College at Columbia University in 2009. As part of her clinical training in dietetics, Colby worked at the eating disorder unit of the New York State Psychiatric Institute. She was part of a multidisciplinary team that focused on the research and treatment of eating disorders for in-patient care.

    Most recently, Colby worked at the prestigious Renfrew Center for eating disorders in New York City. Colby was involved in every level of therapeutic care including the day program, the intensive outpatient program, and individual nutrition counseling. She gained vast experience in nutrition therapy for those struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, compulsive exercise, and other forms of disordered eating. She routinely conducted weekly group sessions that focused on nutrition education, the management of therapeutic meals, and post-meal support therapy.

    In addition to her work in Health Services, Colby also works in a private practice focusing on nutrition, eating disorders, and weight management by working with patients to cultivate a healthy relationship with food.

  • Christine Napoleon is a medical assistant at Columbia Health, Medical Services. 

  • Christine Janick is the Associate Director of Direct Services for the Sexual Violence Response team. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and has been an advocate for Survivors of Crime for over twenty years.

    Christine’s previous position began in 2014 when she joined the Student Health Center at New York University, in a new role at that time as the Director of Sexual Misconduct Support Services.  At NYU, she primarily worked confidentially with students providing counseling, support, advocacy, and ran Survivor Support groups.  She also partnered with her NYU Title IX Office of Equal Opportunity colleagues to conduct Consent Zone workshops on campus.  Christine also provided support to various student groups on campus in a non-confidential role.

    Prior to NYU, Christine was the Victim Services Program Coordinator at Bellevue Hospital Center; a program that provides comprehensive services to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and all victims of crime, in order to promote resiliency and recovery in the aftermath of a traumatic victimization.  Prior to her fifteen years at Bellevue Hospital, she provided assistance to victims of crime in the Witness Aid Services Unit at the New York County District Attorney’s Office for over five years.  Additionally, she began her work in the field volunteering and working in a domestic violence shelter in Rockland County, NY.

    Christine obtained her Masters in Social Work from New York University. Additionally, Christine is an active member for many years in the Coalitions and Tasks forces in New York City to support the victims’ right movement.  Christine’s focus in her work with survivors is providing a safe space to be empowered by understanding rights and resources, while beginning the healing process of trauma.


    MSW, Masters in Social Work  New York University, Silver School of Social Work New York, NY     

    BSW, Bachelors of Science in Social Work, Dominican College Orangeburg, New York  


    Certifications and Licensure:

    Licensed Certified Social Worker, R credential

    Student Intern Field Instructor Certification

    Licensed Master of Social Work

    Certified Social Worker


    Professional Experience:

    New York University, Sexual Misconduct Support Services, Counseling and    Wellness (SHC) New York, NY

    NYC Health+Hospitals|Bellevue-Victim Services Program, New York, NY

    New York County District Attorneys Office- Witness Assistance Services Unit, New York, NY

    Center for Safey and Change- Rockland County, New York.


    Awards and Honors:

               NYU Public Safety- A Community Member Commendation Award-2018


  • Charlene A. Bernasko is a Prevention Coordinator for the Sexual Violence Response Office, beginning in December of 2019. Charlene comes to Sexual Violence Response with a commitment to providing trauma-informed care in anti-violence work. She has extensive years of experience working with and supporting survivors of intimate partner violence, family violence, childhood sexual abuse, forced marriage, and sexual assault and violence.

    Prior to relocating to New York for her graduate studies, Charlene was a registered/licensed Social Service Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). During her 6 years as a licensed social service worker, Charlene worked in various capacities in residential and community settings with survivors who have experienced a spectrum of violence and abuse. Charlene brings relevant experience in the fields of trauma and violence, social activism, prevention through community awareness and capacity building and crisis intervention. Her background includes providing 24-hour crisis hotline support, providing individual psychotherapy, creating and facilitating group psychotherapy, trainings and workshops, crisis response and counseling, and advocacy for survivors of violence.

    Charlene has experience in international anti-violence work, having worked with childhood sexual violence, forced marriage and working with spiritual/religious and traditional values in counseling, in Manzini, Swaziland (now Eswatini). In 2015, she worked in partnership with Crossroads International Canada and Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA), a non-governmental organization that has been working for almost 30 years to end gender-based violence (GBV), sexual abuse and human trafficking in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), where she participated in staff capacity building through collaborative training.

    Charlene first joined the Sexual Violence Response team in 2018 as an administrative intern while also pursuing her M.A. and Ed.M. degree in Psychological Counseling and Mental Health Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University. During her time as a graduate intern, Charlene participated in discussions about sexual violence on college campuses, and spoke at campus awareness events such as Denim Day. Charlene is currently working on her New York State Department of Health Certified Rape Crisis Counselor Certificate. She is an avid learner and she is passionate about demystifying, empowering, and supporting survivors and community action for social change.


    · Honors BA Women Studies and Global Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 2006

    · Social Service Worker Ontario College Diploma, George Brown College, Toronto, ON, Canada, 2008

    · MA Psychological Counseling, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2019

    · Ed.M. Mental Health Counseling, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2019


    · 40hr. Crisis and Support Training Certificate, Sexual Assault Support Centre Of Waterloo Region, Kitchener, ON, 2004.

    · Grounding: Trauma-Informed Strategies working w. Vulnerable Population, The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, Toronto, ON, 2013

    · ASIST Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, Canadian Mental Health Association, Toronto, ON, 2014.

    · Depression - Practical Intervention Strategies, Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute Inc., Toronto, ON, 2014

    · Seeking Safety Therapy for P.T.S.D. & Substance Abuse, Saint Michael’s Hospital - SUD School Addiction Medicine and Psychosocial Interventions, Toronto, ON. 2015

  • Catherine first joined Columbia Health in 2013 as the Immunization Compliance Coordinator and again in 2019 as the Special Projects Analyst. In 2020, she transitioned to the role of Manager of the COVID-19 Testing Center.

    In this role, Catherine oversees the day-to-day operations of the testing center and helps troubleshoot and problem-solve any issues that arise.

    Prior to joining Columbia, she worked at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in Boston. Catherine is a seasoned professional with a background in administration, public health, and student services. In her spare time, Catherine enjoys taking long walks around the city, people watching, and practicing yoga.

  • Carolyn joined Columbia Health in July 2020. In her current role as coordinator at Disability Services, Carolyn:

    • Serves on Student Case-Management team
    • Serves as Coordinator/Case-Manager for cohort of students with disabilities providing ongoing support, specialized services, and coordination of accommodations
    • Evaluates medical, psychological, and psycho-educational documentation to identify reasonable disability accommodations
    • Provides guidance to faculty, administrators and students regarding disability and accommodation issues; works with instructors and academic departments to implement students' approved academic adjustments and accommodations

    In her free time, Carolyn loves to spend time outdoors running and hiking with her husband and daughter. She teaches yoga and volunteers with Crisis Text Line in her spare time. During football season she’s cheering for her hometown team, the Buffalo Bills.


    • MSW, Fordham University
    • BA, Buffalo State College

    Certifications and Licenses

    • Licensed Master Social Worker, New York State
  • Carol E. Frank joined Columbia Health in 1988. As a health services assistant, Carol does the following:

    • Provides a welcoming and hospitable reception to students, faculty, staff, and visitors contacting or visiting Disability Services
    • Manages receipt of registration, testing, housing, and other accommodation request forms so these requests can be considered by the appropriate staff member
    • Provides initial information regarding a variety of aspects relating to Disability Services
  • Carissa joined Columbia Health in 2021.  She has worked for 8 years as a nurse, starting at a comprehensive ambulatory care center, followed by a clinical nurse position at Montefiore in Maternal Child Health and Pediatrics.

    Before beginning her career as a nurse, she spent over a decade as a New York State EMT, an EMT volunteer in Honduras and Guatemala and a public health aide in Rockland County.


    • BSN, Columbia University School of Nursing
    • BS, Biological Sciences University of California at Santa Barbara

    Certifications and Licensure:

    • Registered Professional Nurse, New York State, New Jersey, and Connecticut
    • Basic Life Support

    Community and Volunteer Activities:

    • Nyack Community Ambulance Corps
    • Hospitalito Atitlan, Guatemala
    • Global Medical Brigades

    Professional Experience:

    • OB/GYN,  Maternal-Child Health, and Pediatrics Montefiore Hospital
    • Harlem Health Center
  • Bryan joined Columbia Health in 2021. Previously Bryan was at Johns Hopkins University. Bryan worked as a HRIS Reporting Specialist for Johns Hopkins University’s HR/Payroll Shared Services team. He served as a reporting and functional expert for all entities within Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health Systems. This included conducting routine audits of payroll reports, building and coding queries, and serving as a liaison with the Information Systems team in testing new functionalities and changes. Bryan also functioned as a Payroll Specialist where he routinely processed payroll for Johns Hopkins employees, reviewed and updated tax withholdings records, and assisted the Human Resources and Reporting teams with internal audits, ensuring data integrity.

    Bryan has a B.B.A. in Human Resources Management from Temple University. During his spare time, Bryan loves to ride his bike, attend sporting events (go Yankees!), and eat at any and all the delicious establishments that can align with his budget. Bryan will manage day-to-day payroll activities.

  • Dr. Brenda Aiken joined Columbia Health in 2000. Brenda served as a physician before being promoted to director of Medical Services in 2012. She is also an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Columbia University Medical Center.

    Prior to Columbia, she was an assistant professor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, as well as an assistant attending physician at the Allen Pavilion. She has worked closely with the faculty and staff of the residency program in social medicine at Montefiore Medical Center.

    Dr. Aiken has devoted her professional career to the comprehensive study of medical and health-related issues of under-represented communities.

  • Bonnie joined Columbia Health in 2018. Prior to joining Columbia Health, she served as a Research and Data Analyst in the CME/CE community, where she collaborated with healthcare organizations to improve quality of care. Previously, she was part of the U54 CCNY-MSKCC Partnership Community Outreach Core, conducting and managing community-based and participatory research that focused on health disparities among racial/ethnic minorities.

    Bonnie is also an alumnus of Columbia where she received her Master of Art in Psychology in Education. As a trilingual fluent in English, Spanish, and Cantonese, she actively participated in community outreach activities to promote healthy eating, physical activity, and cancer prevention.  When not at work Bonnie is a big fan of traveling. In her spare time, she enjoys researching destinations to include in her must-see places around the world list and making travel plans with family and friends.

  • Ashley Schleimer joined Columbia Health in 2010. In her role as Assistant Director, Intake and Registration, Ashley:

    • Serves on Registration & Intake team and Disability Services leadership team
    • Oversees the intake and registration processes for Disability Services
    • Guides prospective and current Columbia students through registration process providing individualized guidance regarding disability documentation and accommodation requests
    • Reviews disability documentation and determines eligibility for services and accommodations
    • Provides consultation to students, families, faculty, and outside professionals to provide initial assessment, consultation regarding disability and academic concerns, and accommodation needs

    In her free time, Ashley enjoys going on tours of various neighborhoods in New York City for the rich cultural and historical experiences the city has to offer-and for the yummy food too!

  • Ashley Delphia (she/her/hers) is the Associate Director of Operations for the Sexual Violence Response Office, joining the team in February of 2015. Ashley brings significant experience in the fields of psychology, trauma and violence prevention, crisis intervention, administrative operations, and program management.

    Her background includes crisis response and advocacy for survivors of violence, large scale initiative design and implementation, grant reporting and management of federal and state programs, fiscal and budget oversight, strategic planning, marketing and communications, event planning, and staff supervision.

    Ashley's work has been focused primary on college campuses and within hospital settings. Prior to joining the Sexual Violence Response team, Ashley was the Department Administrator for the Center for Neural Science at New York University. While completing her graduate degree in Applied Psychology, Ashley was a Rape Crisis Advocate at Bellevue Hospital, where she was an on-call first responder, administering crisis counseling and intervention, and psychological first aid for primary and secondary survivors. 

    Ashley completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology and English at Adelphi University in 2008 and received her M.A. in Applied Psychology with a concentration in Trauma and Violence from the New York University in 2012.


    • M.A., Health Policy and Administration, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health (In Progress)
    • M.A., Applied Psychology (Specialization in Trauma and Violence), New York University Steinhardt School for Culture, Education, and Human Development
    • B.A., Sociology and English, Adelphi University

    Certifications and Licensures:

    • New York State Department of Health Certified Rape Crisis Counselor
  • Dr. Ashley Danies is a Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow. Prior to joining Counseling and Psychological Services, she completed a pre-doctoral internship at NYU-Bellevue Hospital Center, as well as a clinical psychology externship at NYU Counseling and Wellness Services. She has worked in a variety of settings, including CPEP, inpatient, outpatient, and counseling center settings.

    Her professional clinical interests include: interpersonal and relationship issues, trauma and resilience, ethnic and racial identity formation, Multiracial identity issues, and the impact of discrimination on mental health. As she has a background in fine arts, Ashley also has interest working with individuals in the creative arts field

  • Arielle Toporovsky joined Columbia Health in 2018. Prior to joining Counseling and Psychological Services, she completed a pre-doctoral internship at Maimonides Medical Center, where she completed rotations in the Psychiatric Emergency Department and the Adult Inpatient Unit, conducted neuropsychological assessments, and provided outpatient treatment for individuals across the lifespan. She also has trained at Lenox Hill Hospital’s Outpatient Center for Mental Health, Baruch College Counseling Center, Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s adult inpatient unit, and the Center for Psychological Services at Adelphi University.

    In her clinical work, she works primarily from a psychodynamic framework while integrating various techniques in order to meet the unique needs of each student. Above all, she strives to create a safe, warm, and collaborative environment that promotes healing and understanding. Her professional interests cover a wide range of concerns, including developmental issues in emerging adulthood (i.e., identity development and relational difficulties), anxiety and depression, trauma, and the impact of pain/chronic illness on mental well-being.

  • Anuj joined Columbia Health in 2010. In his role as the Assistant Director of Operations, Anuj does the following:

    • Serves on Testing team, Administrative team and Disability Services leadership team
    • Specializes in implementation of academic accommodations, including note-taking services, exam accommodations and academic assistants such as lab and studio assistants; oversees the planning and execution of final exam administration and accommodations
    • Provides administrative leadership, support and assistance in resolving day-to-day operational problems related to the provision and delivery of disability accommodations and coordinates office wide initiative

    Anuj hails from the Twin Island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and is very well known by his friends and colleagues as a travel enthusiast. He enjoys visiting exotic islands, plane spotting, and jetting off on last-minute weekend getaways.

  • Dr. Annette Santiago-España joined Columbia Health in 2006. She became clinical team leader of the Eating Disorders Team in 2007. Prior to Columbia, Annette served as a psychologist at Princeton University Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services. She earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology at Indiana State University, M.A. at Andrews University, and B.A. at Rutgers University. She completed an internship in professional psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Counseling Center.

    Annette's professional interests include eating disorders and body image, mindfulness and spirituality, acculturation and racial/ethnic identity development. In addition to individual therapy, Annette also facilitates the women of color support group. She enjoys helping students and communities identify strengths and resources that promote healthy development.

  • Annette King joined Columbia Health in 2005. Prior to joining Columbia, Annette was a professional recruiter for Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers.

  • Dr. Anne Goldfield joined Columbia Health in 1994. She received her Ph.D. from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research and her B.A. in Psychology at the City University of New York. Prior to Columbia, Anne worked as a clinical psychologist at North Central Bronx Hospital (NCB) and the Bronx Psychiatric Center and was director of the psychology externship program at NCB. She completed her doctoral internship in clinical psychology at The Bronx State Psychiatric Center.

    Anne's professional interests include depression, anxiety, identity issues, first generation college students, the treatment of students with alcohol and other drug concerns, and developmental issues of emerging adulthood.  In her outreach capacity, Anne works closely with many campus partners and student groups, and is committed to promoting mental health awareness on campus.

  • Anna Combs joined Columbia Health in 1995. Prior to Columbia, Anna was employed with Kelly Temps and had several working assignments in customer service. She is originally from Brooklyn and joined the United States Army after high school. Anna’s interests include indoor and outdoor sports, music, and gardening.

  • Ann Marie Alexander is a health services assistant at Columbia Health.

  • Andrew Colitz joined Columbia Health in 2014. Prior to Columbia, he completed a clinical psychology internship at North Shore Long Island Jewish-Lenox Hill Hospital, as well as clinical psychology externships at New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy, William Alanson White Institute,  Maimonides Hospital and Mount Sinai Beth Israel. He also worked as a university mental health provider at Long Island University.

    Andrew is interested in working with a variety of student concerns, including identity development, complicated relational issues and family dynamics, major life changes and adjustment, coping with traumatic experiences, as well as working with couples and students in group settings.

  • Andrew joined Columbia Health in 2021. Previously Andrew was at Octagon Marketing where he worked as a Revenue Accountant for all North America-based projects. As a Revenue Accountant, Andrew maintained master revenue forecast, validated contracts and audit backup, reconciled monthly revenue reports, tracked completion of events, and projected monthly revenue trends. Andrew also worked at IBM as a Sales & Use Tax Analyst.

    When Andrew is not working with numbers, he enjoys cooking, attending classic auto shows, hiking with his German Shepherd, Kepler, or tinkering on one of his classic cars.

  • I am a native New Yorker raised in Queens, NY.  I attended St. Francis College, Hunter College and received my B.S.N. from Pace University in 2005.  I was an ICU nurse from 2005-2018.


    B.S.N. from Pace University (2005)

    Certification and Licensure:

    Registered Nurse

    Professional Experience:

    NYU Langone Medical Center

    NY Presbyterian Hospital

    Beth Israel Hospital

    Mt. Sinai / St. Luke's Hospital

  • Andrea G. Andaya received her BSN from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006.  She became a commissioned officer in the Navy Nurse Corps in 2007 and cared for service members and their beneficiaries while stationed in the National Naval Medical Center Bethesda (now Walter Reed National Military Medical Center), Naval Hospital Okinawa (Japan), and Naval Hospital Lemoore (California).  She left the Navy in 2017. 


    B.S.N. from University of Texas at Austin

    Certifications and Licensure:


    Professional Experience:

    Staff nurse on medical-surgical unit at National Naval Medical Center Bethesda.  Staff nurse on post-partum unit at Naval Hospital Okinawa. Department head of mother/infant unit at Naval Hospital Lemoore.  Division officer of Ambulatory Procedures Unit. 

  • Dr. Allan Cassorla joined Columbia Health in 1997. He has served as associate director since 2001. Prior to Columbia, Allan was associate chief psychologist and director of training at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York.

    Allan completed a clinical psychology internship at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and held clinical appointments at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology of The City University of New York, and St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Allan's professional interests include the diagnosis and treatment of a wide spectrum of psychological problems, as well as teaching and training mental health professionals.

  • Alexcia joined Columbia Health as a medical assistant in 2008. She is a patient services assistant at Counseling and Psychological Services.

  • Dr. Aisha Holder joined Columbia Health in 2015 as a postdoctoral psychology fellow. Prior to joining Counseling and Psychological Services, she completed her internship at Princeton House Behavioral Health, as well as clinical psychology externships at Rockland Psychiatric Center, Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia, and Iona College Counseling Center. Prior to pursuing a career in counseling, Aisha was a vice president at JPMorgan Chase in the corporate training group as a facilitator and project manager. During her tenure, she also served as a human resources business partner in the Investment Banking and Consumer Banking divisions, as well as a senior career advisor and project manager in the Career Advancement Program and as an associate in the Human Resources Associate Program.

    Aisha received her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Fordham University, her M.A. in psychological counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her B.A. in psychology from Spelman College. Aisha’s professional interests include multicultural counseling, racial microaggressions, career development, and eating disorders.

  • Dr. Addette Williams joined Columbia Health in 1999. Prior to Columbia, Addette completed a clinical psychology internship at North Central Bronx Hospital. She was also a therapist at the Brooklyn Center for Children and Families, and completed a graduate fellowship at the Psychological Counseling and Adult Development Center at The CUNY Graduate Center. She earned a B.A. in economics and political science from Yale University and a Ph.D. from The City University of New York. She has received professional training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and the Gottman Method for couples therapy.

    Addette has a broad range of professional interests that include the psychological effects of trauma, the mental health of people of color, the integration of psychodynamically informed therapy with mindfulness-based practices, couples and gender issues. In addition, she facilitates a mindfulness group for those interested in learning how to meditate.

  • Adam Johnson joined Columbia Health in 2017. Adam received his doctorate in clinical psychology with a concentration in traumatic stress from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Ill. He also completed a fellowship in psychoanalysis with the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis in 2012.

    Prior to joining Columbia, Adam completed his doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Veterans Affairs Caribbean Healthcare System in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He has also worked in a variety of settings including private practice, community mental health and medical clinics. His clinical work and interests have focused on issues related to trauma, loss, bereavement, health psychology (e.g. smoking cessation, weight management, chronic and terminal illness), mindfulness, and relational patterns.

    Adam is committed to the mental health of LGBTQ and veterans. He enjoys incorporating an individual’s creative talents (i.e. music, art) and spirituality into therapy. Adam also has extensive experience working with issues related to acculturation and cultural diversity. He has completed international psychology projects focused human rights, education and program development in Mexico, Costa Rica, South Africa and the Dominican Republic. 

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