Veterans’ Concerns

All of the professionals at Counseling and Psychological Services are dedicated to fostering personal wellness and development among student veterans and military personnel. While many service members will make a successful return to civilian life, we recognize that student veterans face unique challenges when entering or returning to an academic setting.

Below are therapists who may be especially good matches for student-veterans. Please note that when a student’s situation is urgent and a particular counselor is not immediately available, it is generally not wise to delay seeking assistance. It is best to initiate treatment with a counselor who is more immediately available; students are always welcome to transfer to a different counselor at a later date.

Consider making an appointment when experiencing one of these frequently reported concerns:

  • Difficulty relating to traditional college students
  • Developing an identity as a scholar after living as a soldier
  • Relationship concerns
  • Struggling with feeling safe on campus (e.g., being easily startled or overly vigilant)
  • Negotiating the structural and procedural nuances of higher education
  • Trouble making decisions
  • Recurring, intrusive memories or dreams of combat
  • Diminished interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Feeling emotionally distant or estranged from others
  • Problematic use of alcohol or other substances
  • Excessive guilt or anger
  • Questions about future directions

If you are a veteran and would like to speak with a CPS provider who also served in the military, please contact Dr. Hillary Scudder directly or drop in to her walk in hours on Lerner 502 - Wednesdays from 6 to 8 PM.

Veterans' Concerns Team

For the past two years at Columbia, Andrew has helped returning veterans anticipate, prepare, and adjust to the demands of academic and social life on campus. Andrew has supported veterans, on both an individual and group level, in improving coping skills such as managing anxiety and depression, effective communication in relationships, dealing with anger, and tolerating frustration as well as time management and difficulty with procrastination.

Anne has been closely involved with campus veteran groups for the past 10 years. As the CPS liaison to the School of General Studies, she recognized the importance of developing resources at CPS for student veterans. Anne continues to learn about the needs of returning veterans and enjoys working with this group of students regarding academic and personal concerns.

Michele Goldman first began working with veterans during her postdoctoral fellowship at Hampton VA Medical Center in Virginia where she was trained specifically to work with survivors of military sexual trauma. She then became employed at Brooklyn VA Medical Center where her clinical work focused on treating co-occurring trauma and substance use disorders through individual, couples, and group therapy.  Michele provided services to OEF/OIF/OND, Vietnam, and veterans of the Persian Gulf war who were survivors of combat trauma. While working at the VA, she assisted many students with the transition of returning to school and integrating into a primarily non-veteran community.   

David spent three years training at Veterans Administration hospitals in New York City. While working at those hospitals, he aided veterans with a variety of concerns including adjustment to civilian life, medical issues, relationship problems, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. As a clinician, David is committed to aiding veterans as they navigate their academic, social, and personal efforts within the Columbia Community.

Adam first began working with veterans during his doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Veterans Administration Caribbean Healthcare System in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In addition to providing therapy to individuals, couples, and groups, Adam has specialized experience in blind rehabilitation and hospice and palliative care, and in collaborating with primary care physicians to provide holistic health care. He has provided services to veterans facing trauma, combat, functional loss, rehabilitation, chronic health conditions, sexual and relationship concerns, and adjusting to civilian life. Adam has also provided services sensitive to the needs of veterans of color and the LGBTQ community.

Yaniv served in the Israeli army before immigrating to New York. He brings experience and sensitivity to his work with military veterans, who sometimes grapple with the transition to civilian life, especially with traumas related to military service, as well as with a sense of otherness and the challenge of bridging their experiences in the military with their current lives as students among non-veteran peers.

James first began working with veterans during his internship at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina. His clinical work primarily focused on substance use disorders, providing individual, couples, and group counseling services to a diverse population of predominantly OEF/OIF/OND and Desert Storm veterans. In particular, James developed a strong interest in treating co-occurring trauma and substance use disorders among combat veterans. James also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical health psychology and addictions at Veterans Administration Connecticut Healthcare System/Yale School of Medicine in West Haven, Connecticut.

Hillary was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 2019 at the rank of sergeant. Clinically, Hillary has worked with Veterans for the last several years, completing her postdoctoral fellowship at the VA New York Harbor VA Healthcare System and her pre-doctoral internship at the Nebraska-Western Iowa VA Healthcare System. Further, Hillary graduated with a Psy.D. from William James College with a concentration in Military and Veterans’ Psychology. Her clinical work with Veterans has primarily focused on PTSD, the interplay of PTSD and TBI, readjustment issues, substance use disorders, and health-related difficulties (e.g. insomnia, chronic pain, and tinnitus). Hillary has a strong interest in treating Veterans of all eras and from all branches of service, especially those with a history of combat trauma, military sexual trauma, and substance abuse. In addition, she is interested in working with Veterans experiencing difficulties transitioning to civilian life as well as life as a college student.

Marcia began working with veterans as a Summer Intern at the Brooklyn VA Medical Center where she treated veterans with combat trauma and other mental health issues. She comes to CPS from the Readjustment Counseling Service’s Vet Center program where she served as the Military Sexual Trauma Counselor. Marcia provided group and individual therapy to male and female veterans who were exposed to sexual trauma, discrimination based on gender or sexual identity, and combat. While at the Vet Center, she assisted many veterans struggling with the transition to college and graduate school.

The majority of Keoshia’s clinical training involved work with the veteran population. She completed her doctoral internship at the VA New Jersey Health Care System. Throughout her training she provided treatment for OEF/OIF/OND, Vietnam, and veterans of the Persian Gulf War. Her clinical work primarily focused on substance use disorders, severe mental illnesses, veterans with dual diagnoses, PTSD, insomnia, and adult ADHD. Keoshia is trained in CBT for Insomnia and ADHD, for individuals and groups. She is interested in helping veterans overcome challenges such as, but not limited to, transitioning to civilian life, adjusting to a new role and identity as a student, and navigating the college experience.

Support Groups

When there is sufficient student interest, Counseling and Psychological Services also offers a Veterans Support Group. Please email health@columbia.edu for additional information or visit the Support Groups page for other available groups.