Staff Directory

Our Team

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

  • 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.

  • Education:

    • New York University, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
    • Hunter College, BA

    Certifications and Licensure

    • Registered Nurse
    • BLS
    • Certified School Nurse

    Professional Experience

    • Bone Marrow Transplant- Collected, analyzed and reported statistical and clinical data in support of BMT cancer research activities.
    • Women's Health- Breast Surgery and Fertility
    • School Nurse

    Yaffa is fluent in Hebrew.

  • Dr. Wendy Greenspun joined Columbia Health in 1995. Prior to Columbia, Wendy created and directed the Family Therapy Unit at New York Foundling Hospital. Early in her career she was a clinical associate at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. She also had a faculty appointment at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she taught and supervised family therapy and at the Adelphi Postgraduate Program in Couple Therapy.

    She earned her BA at the University of Colorado at Boulder and her PhD at Adelphi University's Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies. She completed her internship in clinical psychology at Bronx Psychiatric Center and went on to do advanced training at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. She completed psychoanalytic training at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis.

    Wendy's professional interests include couples therapy, the integration of psychoanalytic and family systems theories, psychological aspects of the climate crisis, spirituality, and mindfulness meditation. She has done extensive work on helping individuals with anxiety and distress about climate change, those who have a family member with a severe psychiatric illness, and those struggling with relationship problems. In addition to her work at Columbia, she is also on the faculty of the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis. She has published in the fields of couple therapy, psychoanalysis and trauma.

  • 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.

    Education:

    • 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

     Certification:

    • 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

     

  • Wendy Hargraves joined Columbia Health in 2011. In her current role as administrative coordinator of accommodations 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. 

    Education:

    Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, William James College

    M.Med.Sc., Medical Science, The University of Hong Kong

    B.A., Biology, Boston University

    Certifications and Licensure:

    Licensed to practice psychology in the state of New York

    Memberships:

    American Psychological Association

  • Vineshia Whitaker joined Columbia Health in 2019. Originally from Florida; Vineshia enjoys reading, hiking, biking, football and cooking.

  • Dr. Victoria Grosso-Goddard 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 BA at Fordham University and her PhD 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.

  • Veronica joined Columbia Health in 2018.

  • Valerie Browne joined Columbia Health in 1987. She is the business manager and provides central support regarding financial operations. When she's not working, you can find Valerie engaged in a variety of community theatre projects.

    Education:

    • BS, Marketing & Minor in Business Management, Long Island University

    Memberships:

    • AMA
  • Valerie Noel is a medical assistant at Columbia Health, Medical Services.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Stephanie Jennings joined Columbia Health in 2003. Prior to joining Columbia, Stephanie was employed as an Office Manager of an outpatient clinic at Cornell University. She is originally from New York City and received a bachelor's degree from City College of New York and a master's degree from Columbia University.

  • Sophia Savory joined Columbia Health in 2003.

  • 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 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.

  • Sandra Gomez joined Columbia Health in 2014 as a learning specialist at Disability Services. In her current role, Sandra does the following:

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

    Previously, Sandra worked as a learning specialist at Brooklyn Friends School and as a special education teacher at Winston Preparatory School in Chelsea. In her free time, Sandra enjoys writing, cooking, traveling, and stoop sale shopping.

  • Samuel Schnapp joined Columbia Health in 1993. Trained as a nurse practitioner, Sam has a background that includes home care, rehabilitation medicine and post-surgical patient care. His original commitment to teaching patients about health maintenance and disease prevention has been strengthened at Columbia Health by the students he works with who, he notes, "Often take a very active and positive role in maintaining their own health.”

     

  • Dr. Sadi Fox joined Columbia Health in 2018. She received her Ph.D. from Auburn University and her B.A. in Psychology at The Ohio State University. Prior to Columbia, Sadi worked as a senior staff psychologist at The Ohio State University’s counseling center where she also completed her doctoral internship and a post-doctoral fellowship.

    Sadi’s professional interests include working with students who are struggling with eating disorder or body image concerns, support for LGBTQ students, anxiety issues, perfectionism and stress concerns, and work with relational concerns.

  • Ruth Polanco joined Columbia Health in 1995. Prior to joining Columbia, Ruth was the assistant training coordinator at Atlantic Bank of New York, where she coordinated and provided customer service, effective management, conflict resolution, teller and computer trainings. As an administrative coordinator at Alice!, Ruth manages day-to-day operations and supervises the outreach coordinators student staff. She is originally from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and has lived in New York City since her early teens, considering herself a New Yorker at heart. Ruth's interests include dancing salsa, playing volleyball, reading and enjoying the city.

  • 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. As a mother of three college-age children, Roseann feels a strong connection to the student population. She enjoys the diversity of student health, and focuses on education and prevention as integral parts of treatment.

  • Rita Rodriguez joined Columbia Health in 2000. She is responsible for financial matters in the business office of Columbia Health. Prior to Columbia, Rita worked in medical offices, where she gained a range of professional skills, including customer services techniques. Rita's personal interests include participating in a local book club, knitting and making jewelry.

  • 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 currently serves on the Clinical Advisory Board of the Jed Foundation and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy.

  • 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 joined Columbia Health in 2017. Prior to joining Columbia Health, Dr. Coleman led the community well-being team within the Office of Health Promotion at Emory University. Additionally, his professional background in higher education includes experience with residence life, student conduct, and sorority and fraternity life.

    As a college health professional, Dr. Coleman works to advocate for healthy behaviors, mitigate barriers to access, and build capacity for resilience in individuals and communities.  To this end, his professional and academic work involves disrupting systems that negatively impact historically minoritized student populations in an effort to co-create environments that affirm students in all of their identities, facilitate their well-being, and enable their success. When not at work he enjoys brunching, visiting family and friends, karaoke, cooking, and taking advantage of the many happenings in New York City.

  • 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. Priyam Talreja is a Clinical Psychologist at Columbia Health. Prior to joining Columbia, Dr. Talreja completed a pre-doctoral internship at Lenox Hill Hospital with rotations in consult liaison psychiatry, neuropsychology, child and adolescent psychology, as well as inpatient and outpatient treatment for adults. She has also trained at the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) at Montefiore Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital Center, New York University Counseling and Wellness Center, the Psychological Services Center at Long Island University, and Heights Hill Outpatient Clinic at South Beach Psychiatric Hospital. Additionally, Dr. Talreja has experience practicing internationally, and has worked at psychiatric clinics in India, Mozambique, Malawi and Tanzania.

    Dr. Talreja’s research interests have burgeoned from observations of, and questions surrounding clinical experiences, and an inherent curiosity about trauma and resilience literature. She has led several studies exploring subjective experiences of potentially traumatic life events, including physical and sexual abuse, bereavement, and displacement, and the associated protective factors. Dr. Talreja also teaches at the undergraduate and masters level at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus.

    Clinically, Dr. Talreja’s professional interests include working with international students; students dealing with difficulties surrounding traumatic experiences of any nature; symptoms of anxiety and depression; difficulties stemming from troubled relationships and complicated family dynamics; as well as bereavement and cultural issues.

    Dr. Talreja views the therapeutic relationship as providing the scaffolding to achieve one’s full potential, and resolve symptoms which arise out of unresolved conflicts and anxieties. Dr. Talreja creates a safe, nonjudgmental space where patients can expand their subjective understanding of the unconscious elements which maintain symptoms outside of one’s awareness. Her approach is integrative, and involves both insight oriented treatment, and concrete strategies informed by mindfulness, meditation, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

  • Paul Carbini is the Assistant Director of Direct Services for Sexual Violence Response, joining the team in September of 2014. In his role he provides direct services to students on sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual harassment, as well as facilitates trainings and workshops for the Columbia Community. He also oversees the selection, training, and supervision of Sexual Violence Response’s Peer Advocate Program. Paul has also served as a Survivor Advocate and Prevention Coordinator within Sexual Violence Response.

    Prior to joining the Sexual Violence Response team, Paul was an educator providing bystander intervention training on sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and harassment. During those years, he worked with universities across the country and the United States Navy and Marine Corps. He has facilitated trainings across four continents to thousands of men and women. Paul started his work in this field as an advocate at Central Michigan University with Sexual Aggression Peer Advocates, providing direct services to survivors of sexual violence.

  • Patty joined Columbia Health in 2018.

  • Padma Entsuah joined Alice! Health Promotion as a Health Promotion Specialist in June 2015. Prior to her position at Alice!, she served as the Interpersonal Violence Prevention Coordinator at Bucknell University, overseeing the sexual violence prevention efforts and coordinating a peer education group. At Alice!, Padma oversees initiatives for stress management, physical activity, nutrition, and sleep. She also helped create and currently co-facilitates 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, and exploring all the exciting food and activities 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.

  • 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.

  • Dr. Netta Admoni joined Columbia Health in 2019. Prior to joining Counseling and Psychological Services, she completed a pre-doctoral internship at Pace University’s Counseling Center. She has experience working in various college counseling centers, including Barnard College, Lehigh University, and Kutztown University. She also has experience working with people across the lifespan, including children and families, in partial hospital and outpatient settings.

    Her professional interests include trauma-related disorders, relational/interpersonal issues, attachment, and feminist therapy. She enjoys working with international students on issues around acculturation, adjustment, and immigration. She is passionate about integrating social justice into therapy and incorporates cultural considerations and aspects of identity into treatment.

    Outside of CPS, she is involved in the Planned Parenthood Activist Council and their sexual education committee.

    Education:             

    •  Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Lehigh University
    •  M.Ed. in Counseling and Human Services, Lehigh University
    •  B.A. in Psychology, SUNY Geneseo

     

    Memberships

    • American Psychological Association

    Languages Spoken

    • Hebrew
  • 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.

  • 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.

    Education:

    • 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

    Memberships:

    • American College Health Association
  • Miriam Korn joined Health Services at Columbia in 2019. Prior to HSC, Miriam was the founder and director of mental health services at Macaulay Honors College at CUNY. She previously served as a senior staff psychologist at the Baruch College Counseling Center and as an adjunct professor of clinical psychology for doctoral students at The George Washington University. She graduated from Haverford College and received her doctorate from The George Washington University. As a graduate student, she completed clinical externships at the University of the District of Columbia Counseling Center and the Lodge School (formerly Chestnut Lodge) and fellowships at the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis and the New York Freudian Society.

    Miriam is interested in meeting with students from all walks of life and believes that therapy is an individualized, collaborative, and creative process based on each student's unique history and goals. Her professional interests include multicultural concerns, sexual and gender identity development, trauma, and intimate relationships. She recently co-authored a review of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Model -- Second Edition (PDM-II) in Psychoanalytic Quarterly and has also published her research of the psychology of romantic relationships.

  • 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.

    Education:

    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

     

  • 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 joined Columbia Health in 2016 as associate vice president and medical director. 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. 

  • Martine Duplan joined Columbia Health in 2017.

  • Prior to joining Columbia University, Marlene was an Assistive Technology Specialist for a Regional Education Service Center servicing 25 school districts in south central Connecticut.  Her past experience also includes working in College Advancement and Information Technology Services in higher education.

    Interests:

    Marlene enjoys spending time with her family, walking on the beach, and dancing.  She is an avid reader and enjoys exploring all genres.

    Education:

    M.S. Special Education with a concentration in Assistive Technology, Southern Connecticut State University

    B.A. English, Franklin & Marshall College

    Certification and Licensure:

    Initial Education Certification, Special Education, K-12, Connecticut

  • 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.

    Education:

    Postdoctoral Fellowship, Psychiatric Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University

    Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, St. John’s University

    B.A., Psychology, Brooklyn College

    Certifications and Licensure:

    Licensed to practice psychology in the State of New York

    Professional Experience:

    Memberships:

    American Psychological Association

    Division 8 (Society for Personality and Social Psychology)

     

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

  • Prior to joining Columbia, Maia worked as a social worker in the Victim Services Unit of the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. There she provided crisis counseling, support, and advocacy to survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and other crimes as they navigated the criminal justice system. Maia also co-coordinated the Brooklyn Sexual Assault Task Force as well as the Campus Sexual Assault Response Initiative, through which she provided trainings on sexual violence, consent, and healthy relationships throughout Brooklyn.

    While obtaining her MSW, Maia provided support and advocacy to LGBTQ individuals from Orthodox Jewish backgrounds and their families through her work with Eshel. She also provided supportive counseling within Orthodox Jewish communities through the Bikur Cholim of Boro Park. Prior to obtaining her MSW, Maia was trained as a Massachusetts Rape/Crisis Counselor and provided crisis counseling and support to survivors of sexual violence and intimate partner violence through her work on hotlines and within a domestic violence shelter.

    Education:

    • BA 2012 Hampshire College
    • MSW 2015 Yeshiva University Wurzweiler School of Social Work

    Certifications and Licensure:

    • Seminar in Field Education Certificate, Columbia University-School of Social Work, 2017
    • Licensed Master of Social Work, 2015
    • Massachusetts Rape/Crisis Counselor, 2010

    Professional Experience:

    • Social Worker, Kings County District Attorney’s Office, 2015-2018
    • Social Work Intern, Eshel, 2014-2015
    • Social Work Intern, Bikur Cholim of Boro Park, 2013-2014
    • Counselor/Advocate, Center for Women and Community, 2010-2012
    • Shelter Relief Staff, Safe Passage, Inc., 2011-2012
  • Dr. Madeline Lippman joined Columbia Health in 2018.  Prior to Columbia, Maddy worked at several university mental health centers, including SUNY Purchase, CUNY’s Graduate Center, and The New School, where she was Assistant Director of Clinical Training. She also held the position of Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Student Wellness and Counseling Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. 

    Maddy completed her internship in clinical psychology at Columbia Presbyterian-Psychiatric Institute. She also completed psychoanalytic training in the Postdoctoral Program at NYU, where she also trained in couple therapy. She received a certificate in Human Sexuality through the Psychiatry Department at NYU Medical Center.

    Maddy’s professional interests include young adult development, creativity, bereavement, mindfulness and psychotherapy, couple therapy and sex therapy. 

     

  • 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.

    Education

    • B.S., Human Nutrition, Cornell University
    • M.S., Public Health Nutrition, Teachers College, Columbia University. 

    Certifications and Licensure

    • Registered Dietitian
    • New York State Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist
    • Certified Diabetes Educator

    Professional Experience

    • Instructs classes on nutrition, exercise, and weight management to adults and children patients at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, New York City
    • Nutrition assessments and counseling on home visits for Care Coordination Services, Philadelphia, PA
    • Nutrition counseling in worksite wellness for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and Merrill Lynch
    • Nutrition counseling in the student health service of Columbia University

     

     

  • Laura Walsh joined Columbia Health in 2016. In her role as 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.

  • 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.

    Education:

    • 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.

  • 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 division.

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

  • 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 Nekiunas joined Columbia Health in 2013. In her current role as a Coordinator at Disability Services, Katie 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

    Prior to joining Columbia, Katie worked in other schools in New York City as a school counselor and in disability services. Prior to her work in New York City, she taught English in Tokyo, Japan for four years. Katie loves knitting, running, biking and traveling. She loves trying different kinds of food and is often exploring restaurants.

  • Katie 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 southern 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 cat named Harry and another human named Matt.

  • Dr. Tombackwas born and raised in Freehold, NJ.  She loves exploring NYC and going to Broadway shows.

    Education

    • Residency:  Hunterdon Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program, 2005
    • M.D., UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, 2002
    • B.A., American History, University of Pennsylvania, 1996

    Certifications and Licensure:

    • M.D., 2002
    • New York State Board of Medicine

    Memberships:

    • American Association of Family Practitioners

     

  • 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.

  • Joshua Marino joined Columbia Health in October as a Program Coordinator at Disability Services. In his current role, he

    • Serves on the 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

    Josh Hails from Milwaukee, WI. Prior to Columbia, Josh worked at a Non-Profit Hospital System in Milwaukee providing care coordinator for those with various disabilities. Also during that time, Josh facilitated mandated groups for those with Drug and Alcohol related arrests in the Milwaukee area. Josh loves running, reading, traveling and rooting-on his WI sports teams.

    Education:

    • M.S., Social Work, Loyola University of Chicago
    • B.S., Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

    Professional Experience:

    • Social Worker at Non-Profit Hospital System in Milwaukee, WI  providing care coordinator for those with various disabilities.   
    • AODA instructor facilitating mandated groups for those with Drug and & Alcohol related arrests at a College in Milwaukee
  • Jonathan Johnson is a Prevention Coordinator for Sexual Violence Response, joining the team in December of 2018. He has worked in the fields of mental health counseling and community health education for ten years, specializing in trauma recovery and Diversity Awareness Education. 

    Jonathan completed his B.A in Community Health Education and Latin American Studies at Binghamton University and his M.A in Mental Health Counseling at Nyack College.   Additionally, he has extensive training in evidenced based trauma treatment, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training (DEI), and Health Coaching.   

    Prior to enrolling in a M.A program, Jonathan interned at the Center for Adolescent Health in San Miguel de Allende Mexico facilitating classes for high school students on Healthy Relationships, Toxic Masculinity, Sexual Development and, Stress Reduction Techniques.  While completing an M.A in Mental Health Counseling at Nyack College he designed and managed the first mentoring program for graduate students in the Mental Health Counseling program and coordinated all student engagement activities for the department.

    His work in mental health counseling has included providing evidenced based family therapy for court involved youth under the Juvenile Justice Initiative, coordinating an evidenced based trauma treatment program for adolescents at the New York Foundlings mental health clinic and, providing crisis intervention training for local public schools.  Additionally, he has trained front line staff and management teams at the Department of Probation and NYC’s Cure Violence Initiative on; working with survivors of sexual assault, self-care for helping professionals, Cross-Cultural Communication, Effective Leadership and, training Peer Educators.

    Most recently he has worked with the Foster Youth Collaborative in the City University of New York (CUNY) providing academic coaching, leadership development and, advocacy services for students enrolled in the program across three campuses. 

    Jonathan is passionate about creatively addressing healthy inequity, mentoring student leaders and, teaching college students healthy relationships skills.  He is fluent in Spanish and currently studying Brazilian Portuguese. 

    Education:

    • B.A in Community Health Education and Latin American Studies (Binghamton University)
    • M.A in Mental Health Counseling (Nyack College)

    Certifications and Licensure:

    • NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
  • Joli M. Ienuso, MEd completed her Masters of Education in Human Sexuality from Widener University in 2016, and her Bachelors of Arts in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies from Barnard College in 2012. She began her work with Sexual Violence Response & Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center (SVR) of Columbia University in January 2016. With SVR, Joli develops and implements workshop in a wide range of topics related to healthy sexuality and violence prevention for student and administrative populations. Within her role, Joli also provides direct services to students as a certified rape crisis counselor. Joli is the co-chair of the Manhattan Sexual Assault Task Force Campus Subcommittee and an authoring member of the Curriculum Committee of OutSmart NYC.

    In May 2018 Joli received the Lydia Martinez Multidisciplinary Collaboration Award for her work as a Sexual Violence Preventionist. Joli has been a featured speaker at national conferences including, but not limited to, National Sex Ed, American Men’s Studies Association (AMSA), American Association of Sexual Educators Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Strategies Conference.

  • Jessica Moody joined Columbia Health in May 2019 as the Assistant Accommodations Manager at Disability Services. In her current role, she

    • Serves on the 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

    Jessica is from Long Island and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Jessica enjoys snowboarding, hiking, and cycling, and spends much of her free time in the Adirondack Mountains.

    Education:

    • JD Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
    • B.A., Pace University
  • Jennifer joined Columbia Health in 2018. She worked as a RN in the ambulatory care setting for 4 years, working with various patients of all ages. Her interests include women's health and public health.

  • Dr. Jennifer Drapkin is a clinical psychology postdoctoral fellow at Columbia Health. As a psychotherapist and yoga instructor, Jennifer is deeply committed to treating the whole patient—mind, body, and spirit. She hopes that by building better inner worlds, we can build better outer worlds, too.

  • Jennifer joined Columbia Health in November 2017. In her role as the Assistant Director, Accommodations Services, Jennifer does the following:

    • Serves on Testing team and Disability Services leadership team
    • Oversees all aspects of the testing accommodations and exam administration processes
    • Oversees all of DS undergraduate test proctoring services. Links students and faculty together, ensuring that DS students can efficiently access their testing accommodations, while also supporting faculty in their efforts to administer those accommodations, when applicable
    • Supervises the recruitment and training of student staff, including exam proctors and graduate assistants

    Jennifer originally hails from Georgia, but spent the last decade in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. In her free time she loves to watch college football, travel, and listen to live music.

  • 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.

  • Janelle Hughes joined Columbia Health in 2007. As a Referral Coordinator, Janelle assists students with benefit and insurance claim inquires. She is a native New Yorker with Caribbean roots. In her down time, she loves spending time with her family, volunteering at her home church in the Bronx, mentoring local teens and serving as a community liaison, and traveling.

  • Jamie Zhang joined Columbia Health in 2017.

  • James Pollock joined Columbia Health in 2014. He received his Ph.D. from New York University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical health psychology at the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Yale School of Medicine. At New York University, Pollock studied and published on behavioral research in HIV, substance use, sex and mental health.

    James enjoys teaching and was an adjunct lecturer at Hunter College for several years. He is currently an adjunct professor at New York University in the Mental Health Counseling Program. Prior to pursuing a career in psychology, he was a New York City public school math teacher in the South Bronx. A Teach for America alumnus, he remains committed to multiple social justice issues.

    James has trained in LGBTQ mental health in multiple settings, including the Institute for Human Identity and St. Vincent’s Medical Center. He is dedicated to supporting LGBTQ students. Other professional interests include Health Psychology and Veterans health and wellness.  He is also committed to working with students to address problematic substance use and other addictions. James is an editorial board member for the Journal of Substance Abuse and Alcoholism.

  • 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, and alcohol and other drugs (AOD).

    Jaclyn grew up in the Golden State, California, and is excited to support student health and well-being through an 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 BA in psychology from CUNY Brooklyn College, graduating with honors. Prior to earning his DO 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 allowed her to work 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. 

  • Dr. Esther Lee joined Columbia Health in 2019. Prior to Columbia, she completed a clinical psychology internship at the Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital, as well as a clinical psychology externship at Lincoln Hospital. She also completed a three-year psychology fellowship at the Baruch College Counseling Center and a four-year residency at the Psychological Center at City College.

    Esther’s professional interests include interpersonal relationships and identity development related to ethnicity, acculturation, gender, and sexuality.

    Education:

    • PhD, Clinical Psychology, City College of New York/CUNY Graduate Center
    • MA, Counseling, Nyack College/Alliance Graduate School of Counseling
    • BA, Biology, Cornell University

    Certifications and Licensure:

    • Licensed Professional Counselor, NJ

    Professional Experience:

    • Pre-doctoral Intern, Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital
    • Pre-doctoral Extern, Lincoln Hospital
    • Psychology Fellow, Baruch College Counseling Center
    • Teaching Fellow, CUNY City College
    •  Resident Therapist, The Psychological Center at CUNY City College

    Memberships:

    • American Psychological Association

    Languages Spoken:

    • English and Korean
  • Ernesto Lira de la Rosa joined Columbia Health in 2019. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at NYC Health and Hospitals Woodhull Medical Center in Brooklyn and worked with adults and children/adolescents in the outpatient clinic, mobile crisis team, and the pride health center. Prior to joining Columbia, he worked as a Psychologist in the Chemical Dependency Division and in the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) at Woodhull Medical Center.

    He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and trained in diverse settings, such as hospitals, community health centers, and nonprofits that provided mental health services to survivors of sexual abuse, veterans, racial and ethnic minorities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. His professional interests include, trauma-related disorders, anxiety and depression, substance abuse, acculturation, first generation college students, racial and ethnic identity development, as well as sexual and gender identity development. In his clinical work, Ernesto draws from various approaches and strives to create a warm, supportive, and collaborative environment where healing and growth can take place.

    Education:

    • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

    • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

    Certifications and Licensure:

    •Licensed to practice Psychology in New York State

    Published Articles:

    • Alomá, A., Lira, E. N., & López, M. (2013). Commercial Tobacco Use and Smoking Cessation for American Indian Communities, Prevention and Health Promotion: Research, Social Action, Practice and Training, 6(2) 16-26.

    • Hunt, J., Alomá, A., Lira, E. N., Wohlers, H., López, M., & Sapp, M. (2013). Attitudes Towards Patients with a Mental Illness: A Comparative Analysis of Stigma in Counseling Students and Nursing Home Care Providers. The Wisconsin Counseling Journal, 27, 37-51.

    Foreign Languages

    • Spanish

    Memberships:

    • American Psychological Association (APA) • National Latinx Psychological Association (NLPA) • LGBTQ+ Scholars of Color Network • Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (APA Division 44)

  • Emma Reynolds is a Survivor Advocate 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.

    In addition to her work with Sexual Violence Response, Emma completed Bellevue Hospital’s month-long advocacy training on how to support patients seeking medical services for sexual assault and domestic violence. She also has experience in international advocacy, having worked with survivors of childhood sexual assault, coerced marriage, and revenge pornography in Indonesia. In 2018, she completed an internship with Taman Baca Kesiman, a social justice NGO in Bali, where she participated in events aimed to raise public awareness on topics such as sex work, LGBTQ+ rights, and political violence.

    Education:

    • 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
  • Dr. Emma Racine is a clinical psychology postdoctoral fellow at Columbia Health. Prior to joining Columbia, Emma completed her pre-doctoral internship at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. While at Montefiore, she was a member of the adolescent DBT consultation team and the Eating Disorders program, and worked with adolescents presenting with chronic suicidality, self-harming behaviors, social anxiety disorder, trauma, and sexual identity concerns. She has worked in inpatient, outpatient, schools, and day treatment programs.

    Clinically, Emma’s professional interests include identity development, working with students who’ve experienced trauma, managing anxiety and stress, and interpersonal difficulties with relationships and family. Her approach is integrative, coupling relational and insight-oriented treatment with concrete strategies informed by dialectical and cognitive behavioral therapy.

  • 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.

    Education:

    • M.F.A., Columbia University
    • B.F.A., Carnegie Mellon University
  • 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.

  • Elizabeth Shelley, DNP, FNP-BC joined Columbia Health in 2016.  She graduated from Barnard College in 2006 and played on the Columbia University’s Varsity Volleyball team during this time.  She later received her nursing degree from the University of Rochester School of Nursing and her family nurse practitioner as well as doctor of nursing practice from Columbia University School of Nursing. 

    Prior to Columbia, Elizabeth worked as a registered nurse on a medical neurosurgical unit, as a primary care nurse at Barnard Health Services, and as a private duty nurse in New York City before becoming a family nurse practitioner.  She worked as a family nurse practitioner at a federally qualified health service center in New York before joining Columbia Medical Services.

     

    Education:

    • D.N.P., Doctor of Nursing Practice, Columbia University, School of Nursing
    • M.S.N., Family Health, Columbia University, School of Nursing
    • B.A., Neuroscience & Behavior, Columbia University, Barnard College

     

    Certifications and Licensure:

    • Certified by American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
    • Licensed to practice medicine in the State of New York
    • Basic Life Support (BLS)
    • Breastfeeding Specialist Certificate (BSC)

     

    Professional Experience:

    • Preceptor in ambulatory care for Columbia University School of Nursing student nurse practitioners
    • Family Nurse Practitioner in a Federally Qualified Health Center
    • Registered Private Duty Nurse in New York City
    • Registered Nurse at Barnard College
    • Registered Nurse at Strong Memorial Hospital

     

    Professional Memberships:

    • The Nurse Practitioner Association, Inc. (NPA) of New York
    • Sigma Theta Tau
  • Elisa Lee, Ph.D. joined Columbia Health in 2017. Prior to joining Columbia, she completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Cambridge Health Alliance and a clinical psychology internship at Pace University’s Counseling Center. She also worked as a clinical fellow in college mental health at John Jay College. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the City University of New York Graduate Center.

    Elisa’s professional interests include gender roles, trauma, anxiety and depression, identity development specific to emerging adulthood, and the impact of intersectionality on mental health.

  • Edwin joined Columbia Health in January 2019.  In his role as the Accommodations Manager, his primary responsibilities are:

    • Coordinates non-exam accommodations for students, including note-taking, housing accommodations, service and assistance animals
    • 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.

    Edwin is originally from the Philippines and has lived in Australia, Japan, and the United States.  He enjoys watching movies, playing tennis, and spending quality time with his family.

    Education:

    • Ed.M. in Special Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • B.S. in Secondary Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

     

    Certifications and Licensures:

    • NY Permanent Teacher Certification in Special Education (K-12)
    • NY Professional Teacher Certification in Teaching Social Studies and English (7-12)
  • 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-tramatic 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.

    Education:

    • 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

    Publications

    • 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

    Memberships:

    • 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 BA in biochemistry at Columbia University and received her MD 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.

    Certifications:

    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 Program 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.

    Education:

    • 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.

  • David Carney joined Columbia Health in 2017. He served as a critical care nurse in Albany Medical Center Neuroscience Progressive Care Unit prior to moving back to New York City after living in New York's Catskill mountains for 10 years.

    Education

    • MSN, Excelsior College, anticipated Summer 2018
    • BA, Art History and Fine Arts, SUNY New Paltz
    • AS, Nursing, SUNY Columbia-Greene Community College
  • Darline Volcy joined Columbia Health in 2012.

  • 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 joined Columbia Health in December of 2018. In her role as Coordinator, Danielle:

    • 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

    Danielle enjoys spending time with her family in Florida, traveling, and exploring new restaurants. She is an avid sports fan and reader.

    Education

    • M.A., Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Florida
    • B.S., Communication Sciences and Disorders, Pennsylvania State University

    Certifications and Licensure

    • American Speech-Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence Licensed
    • Speech-Language Pathologist NJ Speech Language Specialist Certification
  • 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. Working in Facilities is an interesting field and intrigues him on the day to day activities. 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 Chiarilli has been a part of Columbia Health since 2001, when he began volunteering as an advocate for the Gay Health Advocacy Project when he was a PhD student in Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He worked alongside the project’s founder and director Laura Pinsky for many years. Daniel also meets with students who would like to stop smoking or using other tobacco products.

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

  • 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 S. Eng, DO, joined Columbia Health in 2014. Dr. Eng is a board-certified family physician who also performs osteopathic manipulative treatment. Prior to Columbia, she spent her career practicing as a family physician in Philadelphia and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in Westchester County, New York, and on the Upper West Side in Manhattan. She completed her internship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and her residency training at Aria Health (formerly Frankford Hospital), where she served as chief resident.

    After a career in marketing and recruiting and the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Eng switched her focus to pursue a career in medicine. She received her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine (now Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine), and her undergraduate degree from Cornell University. She is a native New Yorker and an alumna of the Bronx High School of Science.

  • 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.

    Education:

    ·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.

    Education:

    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 part-time Survivor Advocate in the Sexual Violence Response Office, joining the team as a staff member in July 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.

  • 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
  • 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.

  • Belgica Peguero is a medical assistant at Columbia Health, Medical Services.

  • Ashley Schleimer joined Columbia Health in 2010. In her role as student services coordinator at Disability Services, she does the following:

    • 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.

    Education:

    • 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
  • 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.

  • 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.

    Education:

    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. 

    Education:

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

    Certifications and Licensure:

    BLS, ACLS, RN

    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. Andrea DePetris is a Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow. Prior to joining Counseling and Psychological Services, she completed a pre-doctoral internship at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System’s Newington Hospital. Her specialized training includes: dialectical behavioral therapy, emotionally-focused therapy for couples, cognitive processing therapy for individuals experiencing PTSD, and both cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based approaches for individuals coping with anxiety, depression, insomnia, chronic pain, and substance abuse.

    Much of Andrea’s research and clinical work has focused on the impact of racial discrimination on communities of color, multiracial identity formation, and health behavior change. Her professional interests also include sexual and gender identity, and fostering resilience after sexual trauma.

  • 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 PhD in counseling psychology from Fordham University, her MA in psychological counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her BA 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. 

  • Adam joined Columbia Health in 2010. In his current role as a senior coordinator in Disability Services, Adam 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

    Before joining Columbia, Adam worked as a TV sports anchor and was lucky enough to report live from two Superbowls, three Final Fours, and a World Series. It is safe to say Adam is an avid sports fan (Yankees, Giants, Knicks).

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