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Location

Suite 6422 (sixth floor)

Hours

In Person: Tues 11-3 & Thurs 9-2
Remote: Mon, Weds, and Fri 
No staff on call during weekends, evenings, or holidays.


The Wellness Center's Virtual Front Desk is available to answer questions via Zoom 
Mon, Weds, & Fri 9am-5pm EST  

Mtng ID: 212 817 7020, Password: 6422

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Our Team

Clinical Staff

headshot: Robert HatcherRobert L. Hatcher, Ph.D. (he/his)
Director of the Wellness Center
He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and has received its award for Distinguished Contributions of Applications of Psychology to Training and Education for his extensive work in training and education in professional psychology. He has made influential contributions to psychotherapy research, particularly related to the therapeutic alliance. He is on the editorial boards of three major journals in the field. He is past president and president emeritus of the Association of Psychology Training Clinics, and serves on its executive committee.

headshot: Arielle ShanokArielle Shanok, Ph.D. (she/her/hers)
Deputy Director of the Wellness Center for Student Counseling Services
She has had the great privilege of serving the GC student community for the past 14 years. She has been trained in dynamic, family systems, interpersonal, supportive, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral and group systems therapies; she integrates these methods to best help each individual student, couple, or group with their particular concerns and goals. Co-editor and co-author of Thriving in Graduate School: The Expert’s Guide to Success and Wellness, Dr. Shanok has additionally published articles and book chapters in the areas of psychotherapy effectiveness, gender, money, and adolescent pregnancy. Her approach incorporates compassion, a strength-focus, and multicultural humility.

headshot: Nicole Benedicto EldenNicole Benedicto Elden, Psy.D. (she/her)
Assistant Director of Student Counseling Services
She has been trained in dynamic, interpersonal, supportive, cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapies and family systems. Her approach is integrative, with an emphasis on the therapeutic relationship. She has been involved in research in psychotherapy techniques and graduate student development and supervision as well as schizophrenia and first-episode psychosis. Her interests include cross-cultural and minority identity formation, immigration experience, couples and parenting, interpersonal and relationship issues, and adjustment to life transitions.

headshot: Inez StramaInez Strama, Psy.D., CGP (she/they)
Supervising Clinical Psychologist
Certified Group Psychotherapist

She has been trained in trauma-informed, psychodynamic, dialectical behavioral, Buddhist/contemplative, and group therapies. She has published a book chapter on accessing counseling and disability services in graduate school. She has conducted research on social class and ethnic identity formation in 1.5-generation immigrants. Her therapeutic approach is relational and integrative, with an emphasis on the therapeutic relationship, multicultural humility, meaning-making, and helping clients find a compassionate balance between change and acceptance. She is interested in the sequelae of developmental, acute, and/or systemic trauma, as well as clinical supervision. Welcome!

Clinical Fellows

headshot: Annie EglesonAnnie Egleson
Clinical Fellow, Student Counseling Services
A clinical psychology doctoral student at The City College of New York, she works with children, adolescents, and adults. She approaches her work from within a primarily psychodynamic framework with an emphasis on the therapeutic relationship and how past experiences inform the present.  Her interests include interpersonal and relationship issues and supportive work during difficult life transitions.
 

headshot: Elisa Cameron-NiangElisa Cameron-Niang, LMHC
Clinical Fellow, Student Counseling Services
A clinical psychology doctoral student at The City College of New York and licensed mental health counselor, she works with individuals, couples, and families. She has advanced training in dialectical behavioral, emotionally focused, and family systems therapies. Her approach is integrative and focuses on offering a mix of exploring clients’ history as a way of understanding their experience in the present and helping clients implement concrete strategies that support their desired behavior change. She actively attends to her clients’ multiple identities and pays attention to dynamics of race, power, and privilege as part of the therapeutic work. Her aim is to provide transformative experiences for clients by encouraging self-reflection, promoting acceptance, broadening perspectives, and creating supportive conditions for growth. Her interests include identity development, intersectionality, interpersonal and relational difficulties, and life cycle transitions.

Gabriella RobinsonGabriella Robinson, M.A.
Clinical Fellow, Student Counseling Services
A fifth year clinical psychology doctoral student at The Graduate Center CUNY, Queens College. Her therapeutic approach is integrative. She strives for the sessions to be collaborative and engaging in nature with the goal of fostering resilience. Prior to her doctoral degree, Gabriella obtained her MA in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling from The New School for Social Research. One of her chief interests is in researching and providing culturally responsive treatments.

Headshot_Kendell DoyleKendell Doyle, M.A.
Clinical Fellow, Student Counseling Services
Kendell Doyle is a 4th year doctoral student at the health psychology and clinical science at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. She has training in behavioral, cognitive and emotionally focused treatment techniques. As such, she likes to take on an integrative treatment approach in order to provide individualized care that best fits the client’s needs. She has experience working with individuals, couples and families coping with various concerns. Ms. Doyle’s research interests include how interpersonal relationships impact coping processes and health behavior among patients coping with chronic illness and their families. 

Headshot_Erzulie CoquillonErzulie Coquillon, JD, MA (She/her/hers)
Clinical Fellow, Student Counseling Services
She is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Fordham University, where she is affiliated with the Culture, Migration, and Community Research Group. Prior to beginning doctoral studies, she also completed a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and a J.D. Her approach to therapeutic work is compassionate and integrative, and she strives to foster a supportive environment for clients' growth.



Headshot_Danielle HazeltineDanielle Hazeltine, M.A. 
Clinical Fellow, Student Counseling Services 
She is a clinical psychology doctoral student in the Health Psychology and Clinical Science program at the Graduate Center. She has training in evidence-based treatments for anxiety and depression, with experience working with individuals with trauma histories, anxiety, and depression. She has co-authored publications examining a wide range of topics including the effects of nutrition on mental health symptoms, prenatal stress and children’s brain health, and the long-term health effects of PTSD. Currently, Danielle is interested in examining the relationships between depressive symptoms, lifestyle behaviors, and the immune system. 

Headshot: Tingyun TsengTingyun Tseng M.A.
Clinical Fellow, Student Counseling Services
A clinical psychology doctoral student at Adelphi University, Her therapeutic lens is a primarily psychodynamic framework with an emphasis on the relational approach. She incorporates cognitive-behavioral and dialectical behavioral techniques in sessions. She has worked with adults and adolescents. She aims to help clients promote a depth of self-understanding and compassion of the self and others through supportive and collaborative efforts. Her interests include interpersonal and relational issues and identity development.

headshot: Shiyun ChenShiyun Chen, M.A. (She/her/her)
Clinical Fellow, Student Counseling Services
Shiyun is currently a 3rd-year clinical psychology doctoral student at Long Island University Brooklyn campus. She has been trained in dynamic, mindfulness-based therapy and family systems. Her approach is integrative, with an emphasis on multicultural humility. She focuses on helping the clients explore how their identities (race, gender identity, sexual orientation, etc.) interact with each other and how they impact the clients’ well-being. Her current research focuses lesbian mental health.

Headshot: Yasmine AwaisYasmine Awais, LCAT (she/they)
Clinical Fellow, Student Counseling Services
Yasmine is a PhD Candidate in Social Welfare at The Silberman School of Social Work/The Graduate Center and is a licensed creative arts therapist, with board certification and registration in art therapy (ATR-BC). Using a multicultural feminist therapy approach, Yasmine sees the person as an individual in the context of various systems, including family (bio and chosen), community and society. As an art therapist, Yasmine believes that metaphorical and artistic expression can assist with understanding the self, how we interact with others, self-reflection, and promote healthy life transitions. Multicultural feminist therapy and art therapy complement each other, as our identities shape expression and relationships (to others, ourselves, our loves, and our work). Prior to her PhD studies, Yasmine worked with persons, families, and communities impacted by systemic oppression and medical conditions. Yasmine received a Masters of Arts in Art Therapy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a MA in Psychology from City College (CUNY).

Headshot: Molly FinkelMolly Finkel, M.S.Ed (she/her/hers)
Clinical Fellow, Student Counseling Services
Molly is a clinical psychology doctoral student at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University. In 2020, she received her M.S.Ed in Counseling and Mental Health Services from the University of Pennsylvania. Molly has also received extensive training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy approaches, having worked at the Beck Institute for CBT and the Aaron T. Beck Center for Psychopathology Research. Despite this sturdy foundation in CBT, her approach is integrative, as she seeks to focus on intersectionality, interpersonal dynamics, and systems as key factors in clients’ experiences. She also places an emphasis on the therapeutic alliance, as she believes that a warm and collaborative bond is essential for fostering insight and therapeutic progress. In working with clients, she intends to address specific symptoms and challenges, while also helping clients to harness established strengths and foster a sense of hope, purpose, and meaning. ‚Äč

Courtney TownsendCourtney Townsend, M.A. (she/her)
Courtney is a third-year doctoral student in clinical psychology at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. She previously earned a master's degree in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in mental health and substance abuse counseling from The New School for Social Research. Her approach is integrative and she aims to help clients foster a greater understanding of their present experiences. Her research and clinical interests center around sense of self and identity.
 

Support Staff

headshot: Cheri DanielsCheri Daniels, M.S.
Administrative Coordinator, Wellness Center
Location Vaccine Authority, GC

She is a graduate of the CUNY School of Professional Studies, where she received an M.S. in business management.  She also holds a B.A. in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She has over 20 years of administrative experience.
 

headshot: Deborah MandasDeborah Mandas
College Assistant, Wellness Center
She assists the administrative coordinator in managing the day-to-day tasks of the Wellness Center.



 

headshot: Grace AcevedoGrace Acevedo
College Assistant, Wellness Center
She assists the administrative coordinator in managing day-to-day tasks of the Wellness Center.




 

Community Supervisors

Dr. Adjoa OseiAdjoa Osei (she/her/hers), Psy.D.  is a licensed clinical psychologist who received her doctorate from Long Island University, Post campus with a concentration in serious mental illness. She was trained in both psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Her dissertation focused on examining how Black clinical and counseling psychology doctoral students experienced navigating personal and professional relationships within their academic program. She completed an APA-accredited internship at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Osei has a virtual private practice and an office located in Brooklyn, NY. Her practice is founded on the perspective that identity is integral to therapeutic work and thus, she views a person and their presenting problems within a cultural context. 

Dr. Alexander LevineDr. Alexander Levine (he, him, his) began his work in mental health as part of the Trevor Project's LGBTQ youth lifeline, and then went on to earn his doctorate in clinical psychology.  While in graduate school, his research focused on the intersection of internalized oppression and gender, and he received training in the integration of gestalt therapy and mindfulness.  He also has over a decade of experience teaching donation-based yoga and meditation, and is passionate about integrating this into his clinical work.  He has worked with students and supervised at multiple university counseling centers, and now is in private practice in NYC focusing on serving the LGBTQ community with mindfulness-informed cognitive behavioral therapy.

Dr. Anita LanziDr. Anita Lanzi (she, hers) is a clinical psychologist who has been in private practice for 30 years working with adults who are dealing with a wide array of life issues.  A lifelong New Yorker, I received my doctoral degree not far from home at Fairleigh Dickinson University.  Early in my career I worked in several medical settings where I had the opportunity to hone short term treatment skills as a consultant to medical staff.  As my greater professional interest lay in unraveling the repetitive patterns contributing to my patient's emotional distress, I later trained in interpersonal/relational psychoanalysis at the William Alanson White Institute.  

Dr. Greg GagnonGregory Gagnon, PhD (he/him)
He is a psychologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. He provides psychotherapy to people recovering from trauma, personality disorders, and psychological difficulties associated with chronic medical conditions, with a particular focus on providing services to members of the LGBTQ+ community. He is also a Graduate Center alum and a former trainee at SCS. He has published articles and book chapters on theoretical integration in psychotherapy, gender in psychological testing, psychological correlates of physical health, and group therapy for sexual minority people living with HIV.

Dr. Karen StarrDr. Karen Starr is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst. She is faculty and co-chair of the Independent Track at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and adjunct clinical supervisor at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Dr. Starr teaches, writes, and presents on topics including psychoanalytic writing, psychoanalysis and Jewish studies, the history of psychoanalysis, and psychotherapy integration. In addition to journal articles and book chapters, her books include Repair of the Soul: Metaphors of Transformation in Jewish Mysticism and PsychoanalysisA Psychotherapy for the People: Toward a Progressive Psychoanalysis; and Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy Integration. Dr. Starr maintains a private practice in New York City and Great Neck, New York, where she conducts psychoanalysis and psychotherapy with adults and writing and dissertation consultations.

Dr. Melissa Corpus has training in both neuropsychology, psychological evaluations, and psychotherapy. At present, she provides supervision for post-doctoral and pre-doctoral trainees in her private practice.  Prior to private practice, she worked in a VA hospital for 5 years providing supervision for pre-doctoral interns  for The Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP) team, facilitated Prevention and Management of Disruptive Behavior trainings,  conducted VA-wide police de-escalation training, administered forensic evaluations (fitness-for-duty psychological evaluations), and supervised multicultural training for pre-doctoral interns. Her interests include neuropsychology, forensics, and cross cultural issues.

Dr. Merav GurMerav Gur, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist in clinical practice for over 17 years. She received her Ph.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University, completed her internship at St-Lukes Roosevelt Hospital Center, and a postdoc at Columbia University Medical Center/NY State Psychiatric Institute at the Anxiety Disorders Clinic. She served as an assistant professor at Columbia University Medical Center conducting research and training in empirically validated protocols.  She also supervised graduate students and taught graduate level classes at Teachers College Columbia University. Her practice focuses on adults struggling with anxiety (including panic disorder and social anxiety), individuals who are trying to sort out their life path, build healthier attachments, and develop an authentic self. Additionally, she sees individuals with a history of trauma and those navigating depression, relational difficulties, and perinatal challenges.  Dr. Gur utilizes psychodynamic psychotherapy as well as a skills-based approach combining Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  Dr. Gur has published both in scientific journals and at the HuffPost, and contributed to published pieces about mental health at the Economist, BuzzFeed, Mic, and Self Magazine.

Dr. Vivi Wei-Chun HuaVivi Wei-Chun Hua (she/her/hers), Psy.D is a clinical psychologist and an international student success coach. She received her doctorate from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University in Bronx, NY. Originally from Taiwan, Dr. Hua is particularly insightful about the unique challenges of studying in the U.S. as a foreign student. She provides coaching services specifically designed to help international students achieve academic, professional, and personal success in the U.S. In addition to coaching, Dr. Hua runs a successful psychology practice in New York City and provides psychotherapy for adolescents and adults suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma, or cross-cultural adjustment issues. Through therapy, Dr. Hua empowers her clients to be their authentic selves and to break free of any psychological barriers, as a result of individual, societal, or systemic forces of oppression. Dr. Hua also provides clinical supervision to doctoral-level psychology students.

Dr. Julie Ackerman is a clinical psychologist in private practice and an adjunct assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Icahn School of Medicine/Mt Sinai. She is trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and has studied psychoanalysis in London and New York. She has worked at many college counseling centers around New York City, and specializes in college/graduate student and resident/physician mental health. She has particular interest and training in treating trauma, eating disorders, and psychosomatic illness. 

Dr. Melissa Ilardi is a Clinical Psychologist working with children and adults in private practice.

Dr. Kristina Daniels is a Clinical Psychologist with unique training, diverse experience and style of supportive, collaborative psychotherapy.