Syracuse UniversityCounseling Center

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Jasmin Allen, Ph.D.

Jasmin Allen, Ph.D.

Staff Therapist

Email: jnjones@syr.edu

Therapeutic Style: I practice from an integrative approach that is driven by interpersonal and client-centered theories within a multicultural framework. I also utilize culturally-relevant and gender-specific interventions.

Professional Interests: My early career experiences consisted of extensive work with court-referred adolescents and young adults. My professional interests are anxiety, depression, trauma, identity exploration, assessment, and multicultural issues. I am trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and have participated in Safe Space trainings offered by the University of Georgia. Social justice and advocacy are at the forefront of my professional identity.

Groups and Liaison Roles: I currently co-facilitate an Undergraduate Process Group at the counseling center.

Education Background: I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Spelman College and Masters in Community Counseling from the University of Georgia. I also earned my doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Georgia. My dissertation focused on racial identity, internalized racism, discrimination distress, and racial socialization among African American juvenile offenders.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Carrie Brown, Ph.D.

Carrie Brown, Ph.D.

Staff Therapist

Group Coordinator / Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team

Email: clbrow01@syr.edu

Therapeutic Style: My theoretical approach integrates empowerment feminist therapy, interpersonal therapy, cognitive behavioral, and motivational interviewing, while drawing on a multicultural framework. My counseling practice stresses that students be actively involved in determining goals and directions for treatment.

Professional Interests: My professional experiences have included working in college mental health, community mental health, residential drug and alcohol treatment, as well as a rape crisis center. My areas of clinical specializations include LGBTQ concerns, including Trans* mental health and providing referrals for medical transition, relationship/sexual violence/trauma, identity development, substance abuse, first-generation college students, Native American college students, and providing group therapy. I am committed to social justice work and activism.

Groups and Liaison Roles: I am the coordinator of the group therapy program, as well as a member of the Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team, and have served as a liaison for the LGBTQ community. I currently co-facilitate an Undergraduate Process Group as well as the Sexual Assault Recovery Group.

Education Background: I am a first-generation college student. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Nazareth College of Rochester, my Masters, Educational Specialist, and Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky.  My graduate studies and dissertation concentrate on Queer theory and sexual and relationship violence within LGBTQ populations. I have published articles on these topics, along with exploring the intersectionality of identities, and the impact of racial identity development on psychological well-being.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Kellin Murphy Cavanaugh, MA

Kellin Murphy Cavanaugh, MA

Options Graduate Assistant

Email: kcavanau@syr.edu

Therapeutic Style: I practice from a person-centered approach that is sensitive to the client's individual worldview and I address ecological issues within a feminist, multicultural framework. I also utilize cognitive-behavioral interventions in addition to that listed above when working with students struggling with anxiety.

Professional Interests: My early career experiences consisted of extensive work with adolescents and young adults in a behavioral intervention-focused program at Hartford Public school system and at Loomis Chaffee, a boarding school setting. My professional interests are anxiety, identity development issues, sexuality, gender, multicultral issues, and the effects of emotional neglect in college-aged students.

Groups and Liason Roles: I am the graduate assistant of the Options team and facilitate some of the Options Education Groups and Workshops in addition to the Next Phase Group.

Education Background: I received my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at Bennigton College and my Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut. I am currently pursuing my doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision at Syracuse University. My research foci include transgender counseling issues, the effects of social media on identity and interpersonal development and the negative psychological effects brought on by cyberbullying.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Jamee Corsello

Jamee Corsello

Administrative Assistant

Email: jbcorsel@syr.edu

I am responsible for clinic coordination, data management, and project planning. I graduated from LeMoyne College with a BA in Psychology.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Megan Dietz, LCSW

Megan Dietz, LCSW

Staff Therapist

Sexual & Relationship Violence Clinical Response Specialist

Email: mldietz@syr.edu

Therapeutic Style:

My approach with students is to collaboratively identify areas of personal growth and encourage reflection, while providing a safe space for students to be themselves. I strive to create an inclusive and culturally aware environment where students feel heard, supported and empowered. My work is integrative and unique to each individual. I draw mostly from mindfulness, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, interpersonal theories to assist students in reaching their goals.  

Professional Interests:

The majority of my professional work has focused on trauma, relationship abuse, and sexual violence. Prior to joining the Counseling Center Staff, I worked for six years in a community mental health program treating trauma associated with sexual violence. In this capacity, I worked with children, teens, adults, and families from a multitude of racial, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. In addition to trauma treatment, my clinical interests are identity development, family systems, anxiety and stress management, body image concerns, and disordered eating. I also have experience and continued interest in working with marginalized/underserved populations. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).  I have also completed the Safer People Safer Spaces training offered by the Syracuse University LGBT Resource Center.

Groups and Liaison Roles:

I am a member of the Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team as well as the clinical Eating Disorder Treatment Team. I currently facilitate the Sexual Assault Recovery Group, and the Healthy Relationships 101 Group. In the past I have facilitated Peaceful Minds, a group focused on providing students with anxiety management skills. I am a staff representative on the Take Back the Night Planning Committee. You will also see me at many other events on campus which strive to bring awareness to the issue of sexual and relationship violence or social justice.

Education Background:

I received my undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Marist College. I earned my master’s degree in Social Work from Syracuse University in 2008.

Preferred Pronouns:

She/Her/Hers


Stanley Fornal, LCSW-R

Stanley Fornal, LCSW-R

Senior Staff Therapist

Email: sjfornal@syr.edu

Therapeutic Style: I employ a therapeutic orientation that emphasizes an integrative approach informed by the theoretical perspectives of psychodynamic theory and behavioral, interpersonal and crisis intervention models of counseling and psychotherapy in a multicultural-informed framework.  My clinical approach fosters a strength-based collaborative partnership toward enhancing personal growth, interpersonal goals, academic success, improved coping strategies and emotional health.

Professional Interests: My specific areas of clinical interest include developmental issues of young adults, crisis intervention as an opportunity for personal growth, adjustment to college life and academics, men’s issues, first generation college students, emotional health and resilience, attention difficulties and clinical diagnostic assessment.

Group and Liaison Roles: I currently run a Men’s Process Group focusing on the unique aspects of identity and interpersonal issues facing young adult males in a changing society.  I also serve on the Counseling Center’s Social Justice committee.

Educational Background: I attended Fordham University as an undergraduate majoring in Psychology and Biology.  Prior to coming to Syracuse NY my training in mental health began at Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital in the areas of inpatient clinical assessment, diagnosis, and milieu treatment before attaining a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work at Syracuse University.  

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His


Edward Millet, LMHC, CASAC

Edward Millet, LMHC, CASAC

Staff Therapist

Options Program

Email: esmillet@syr.edu

Therapeutic Style: I employ a strength-based approach in my therapeutic style. I believe that the person is the best authority on what they need in the therapeutic relationship. I find my role as a therapist is to help create the environment for a person to grow and to help them explore the issues in a caring and safe environment. I also employee different therapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavioral, family systems, motivational interviewing, and psychodynamic.

Professional Interests: My professional interests are working with any and all addictions, shock and trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, identity issues (developing a deeper self-concept, existential issues, sexual identity issues, and individuation), and grief issues.

Groups and Liaison Roles: I currently facilitate for process groups here at the counseling center. I am a co-facilitator for two Undergraduate Process Groups, one Graduate Process Group, and a Second Phase Process Group. I’m also currently involved in advising the Be Wise Peer Educators.

Education background: I received my Masters degree in counseling through SUNY Oswego in 1995. I have had over 10 years of extensive training in the use of hypnotherapy, specifically working with shock and trauma. I have recently completed training in EMDR. 

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His


Jessica Mungro, Ph.D.

Jessica Mungro, Ph.D.

Staff Therapist

Email: jalesper@syr.edu

Therapeutic Style: I use an integrative therapeutic approach incorporating interpersonal, family systems, and cognitive behavioral therapy, informed by a multicultural framework.  I also draw heavily from a strengths based perspective, emphasizing empowerment and resilience.

Professional Interests: My professional focus has been primarily in college mental health, working with traditional and non-traditional students.  My professional interests include: anxiety, depression, interpersonal and relationship issues, identity development including the intersection of cultural identities, body image and eating disorders, and working with student athletes.  I have also completed the Safer People Safer Spaces training offered by the Syracuse University LGBT Resource Center.

Groups and Liaison Roles: I currently co-facilitate an Undergraduate Process Group and Supporting Students with Anxiety process group.  I am also a member of the clinical Eating Disorder Treatment Team and internal assessment team.

Education Background: I completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Policy Studies at Syracuse University.  I earned a Masters Degree in Learning and Developmental Sciences and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University-Bloomington.  I completed an APA accredited internship at Illinois State University Student Counseling Services prior to assuming my current position.  My research background has focused broadly on multicultural counseling education and service provision. 

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Abby Nordquist, LMFT

Abby Nordquist, LMFT

Staff Therapist

Email: aenordqu@syr.edu

Therapeutic Style: My therapeutic style is integrative and incorporates family systems and interpersonal theories within a multicultural framework. I believe that a strong therapeutic relationship is crucial to the process, and I work to help students feel comfortable and safe in the room. 

Professional Interests: I have prior experience working in college mental health, as well as experience in private practice and working with children and families in foster care. My clinical interests include relationship and family of origin issues, anxiety and stress management, identity development, grief and loss, body image and eating disorders, and mindfulness. I have participated in the Safer People, Safer Spaces training provided by the LGBT Resource Center.

Groups and Liaison Roles: I currently co-facilitate a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) group, as well as a Supporting Students with Anxiety group. I am a member of the Eating Disorder Treatment Team, and also serve as a liaison to the Office of Residence Life.

Education Background: I completed a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Midwestern State University. I earned a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Abilene Christian University.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Peggy O'Connor, LCSW-R

Peggy O'Connor, LCSW-R

Staff Therapist

Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team

Email: maocon02@syr.edu

Therapeutic Style: My therapeutic framework is based on a systems perspective that integrates theories of cognition, transpersonal theories of human development, conflict and social learning theory.  Within my therapeutic framework I am keenly aware of cultural differences as well as gender specific interventions.

Professional Interests: My professional focus has been to assist individuals in resolving various forms of anxiety, depression and trauma-related responses.  Other areas of interest/skill include:  grief counseling, mental health concerns for students with disabilities, and various types of family & relationship issues.  My experience includes:;  7 years as a Supervising psychotherapist in a County Mental Health Clinic which treated a wide range of mental health issues;  Program Director for a county rape crisis/domestic violence program; School counselor & Director of Special Education for a K-12 public school; as well as private practice psychotherapy providing family therapy.  I utilize a "toolbox" of therapies based on client need including:  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Bowen Family Systems Therapy.

Groups and Liaison Roles: I am a member of the Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team (SRV) as well as co-facilitate an Undergraduate Process Group and ACT on Depression Group.

Education Background:  I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-R) that has worked in urban, suburban and rural settings.  I received my Masters in Social Work (MSW) at Syracuse University and a Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) at D’Youville College, Buffalo, NY.  In addition, I have Certificates of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership from Stonybrook University and Entrepreneurial Leadership from the University of Buffalo. I also have NYS licensure as a School District Leader (SDL).

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Melissa Parker, LCSW

Melissa Parker, LCSW

Staff Therapist

Email: msparker@syr.edu

Therapeutic Style: I practice from an integrative approach of motivational interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. I work in collaboration with students in order to achieve personal goals and problem solve from a strength based and multicultural framework.

Professional Interests: I previously worked as the program director and counselor for a dually licensed mental health and chemical dependence clinic. My areas of professional interest include substance abuse and treatment for addictions, serious mental illness, and mindfulness. I have had familiarity working in both intensive and non-intensive treatment programs and have several years of practice providing group therapy. I have experience delivering treatment in residential and community agency settings with individuals, children and families. I have completed the Safer People, Safer Spaces training offered by the SU LGBT Resource Center and the Conversations About Race and Ethnicity (C.A.R.E.) dialogue offered by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Groups and Liaison Roles: I have facilitated both psychoeducational and process groups at the Counseling Center. I currently co-facilitate an Undergraduate Process Group. I am a member of the Options team and facilitate some of the Options Education Groups and Workshops. I’m also currently involved in advising the Be Wise Peer Educators.

Background: I received my undergraduate degree from Ithaca College with a concentration in Clinical Sociology. I also earned my master’s degree in Social Work at Syracuse University and gained my Clinical Social Worker certification in 2012.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Susan Pasco, Ph.D., LCSW-R

Susan Pasco, Ph.D., LCSW-R

Associate Director

Sexual & Relationship Violence Response Coordinator

Email: sdpasco@syr.edu

Therapeutic Style: I use an integrative therapeutic approach that is informed by multicultural, psychodynamic, and relational-cultural theories. I work collaboratively with students to help them achieve their individual goals and also use mindfulness and cognitive behavioral techniques as a means to facilitate personal growth and enhance overall well-being.

Professional Interests: In addition to my clinical and consultative work in college mental health, I enjoy the training and supervision of mental health therapists. I serve as the Coordinator of the Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team at the Counseling Center and as the Coordinator of the Eating Disorder Treatment Team. My professional interests include eating disorders, suicide risk assessment, anxiety/depression, veterans’ issues, and working with survivors of trauma, gender-based harassment, relationship abuse, and sexual violence. In addition to my work at SU, I am also a national trainer for campus suicide prevention and suicide risk assessment.

Groups and Liaison Roles: I have facilitated both process groups and psychoeducational groups at the Counseling Center including “Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds”, a group for students with eating concerns. As a member of the Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team I sit on a number of University Committees dedicated to ending sexual and relationship violence and am a member of the American College Health Association’s Sexual Violence Task Force.  Since 2011 I have been faculty advisor to the Syracuse University Chapter of Active Minds

Education Background: I received my doctorate in clinical social work from Smith College, my masters in social work from New York University, and my undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Mariah Pfeiffer, LCSW

Mariah Pfeiffer, LCSW

Staff Therapist

Email: mdpfeiff@syr.edu

Therapeutic Style: I practice from an integrative therapeutic approach that largely draws on interpersonal, cognitive behavioral and multicultural theories.  My goal is to help students feel more comfortable with their emotional experiences, and to better understand themselves, their relationships, and the world around them.  I use mindfulness, cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral techniques to support my students’ therapy goals. 

Professional Interests: My primary professional interests include anxiety, depression, identity development, relationships, trauma and mindfulness. Prior to coming to the Syracuse University Counseling Center my early career focused on work with adolescents. I have participated in Safer People, Safer Spaces trainings provided by the Syracuse University LGBT Resource Center.  I am trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Groups and Liaison Roles: I currently lead a DBT Skills Group.  I am a liaison with the Syracuse University Office of Residence Life.

Education Background: I received my Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature at The College of Wooster, in Wooster, Ohio. I received my Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston College.  I have pursued my DBT training through Behavioral Tech. 

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Beth Salatti, LCSW, CASAC

Beth Salatti, LCSW, CASAC

Assistant Director

Options Program Coordinator

Email: basalatt@syr.edu

Therapeutic Style: I use an integrative approach to therapy that draws from motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy, within a multicultural framework. My approach is often collaborative, humanistic and strengths based. I am also trained in the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM).

Professional Interests: Areas of clinical interest include substance abuse, mindfulness, trauma, family systems, anxiety, identity development and working with student athletes. I have completed the Safer People, Safer Spaces training offered by the SU LGBT Resource Center.

Groups and Liaison Roles: I have facilitated various process and psychoeducational groups at the Counseling Center. I currently facilitate an Undergraduate Process Group at the Counseling Center, as well as some of the Options Education Groups and Workshops. As the Options Program Coordinator, I serve as the liaison to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, coordinate Options education groups/workshops and communicate with students/treatment agencies when students are suspended for alcohol or substance related reasons. I also serve as a liaison with the Office of Residence Life and the Office of Health Promotions.

Education Background: I earned a masters degree in Social Work from Long Island University. I am also certified as an alcohol and substance abuse counselor (CASAC).

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Mitch Sartin, Ph.D.

Mitch Sartin, Ph.D.

Assistant Director

Email: rmsartin@syr.edu

Therapeutic style: My theoretical orientation integrates interpersonal, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, client-centered, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing approaches within a multicultural framework. When working with students I strive to provide support to allow the students to explore their concerns as well as their strengths and their self-understanding. My goal in the process is to assist students in moving towards greater insight, personal growth, and overall well-being.

Professional Interests: My specific areas of clinical interest include identity development, student-athlete concerns, veterans’ issues, perfectionism, anxiety/depression, eating disorders, and working with first-generation college students and those from traditionally underserved and underrepresented populations. 

Groups and Liaison Roles: I have facilitated both process groups and psychoeducational groups at the Counseling Center including co-facilitating part of  “Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds”, a group for students with eating concerns. I serve as a liaison to Athletics and have served as a participant on the military and veteran interests group. I have participated on the Student Affairs Alcohol and Other Drug Harm Reduction Team.   I am also a member of the clinical Eating Disorder Treatment Team and internal assessment team.   I additionally have conducted Campus Connect Train-the Trainer sessions for campuses around the country.

Education Background: I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in psychology at the University of Kentucky.  I completed both my Master’s and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Prior to coming to Syracuse, I completed an internship at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His


Kizzie P. Walker, Ph.D.

Kizzie P. Walker, Ph.D.

Staff Therapist

Multicultural Outreach Specialist

Email: kwalke02@syr.edu

Therapeutic Style: I practice an individualized approach to therapy because I value the importance of learning about various aspects that define a person. My approach to therapy integrates cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, psychodynamic, and interpersonal perspectives within a multicultural framework. I collaborate with students towards identifying obstacles and learning skills to promote their academic success, personal growth and well-being.

Professional Interests: My interests include providing the best services for underrepresented/underserved populations and first-generation college students. I enjoy working to address concerns pertaining to identity development, anxiety, and depression, through individual and/or group therapy. I also serve as a member of the Options Program. As the Multicultural Outreach Specialist, I coordinate outreach/education to other offices within the University, especially those that provide services to students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. I have also chaired committees to develop multicultural competence and improve services that align with the Counseling Center's mission, vision, and stance on social justice. I completed the Safer People, Safer Spaces training offered by the LGBT Resource Center and the Conversations About Race and Ethnicity (C.A.R.E.) dialogue offered by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Groups and Liaison Roles: I have facilitated various process and psychoeducational groups at the Counseling Center, such as “Colorful Women”, “Peaceful Minds”, Undergraduate Process Group, and an Graduate/Non-Traditional Process Group.

Education Background: As a first-generation college student, I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. I subsequently earned a Masters and Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Marquette University.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Cory Wallack, Ph.D.

Cory Wallack, Ph.D.

Director

Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team

Email: cwallack@syr.edu

Therapeutic style: My goal when working with students is to create a space in which they can feel heard and validated, while simultaneously creating the opportunity to assist them in moving towards greater personal growth, development, and insight.  I strive to help students establish greater comfort with their emotional experiences, further develop their skills in relating to the world around them, and assist in enhancing the quality of their relationships with others.  I approach my work from a social justice perspective and am committed to assisting students in addressing systems that are inherently oppressive and/or marginalizing.

Professional Interests: My specific areas of clinical interest include identity development, working with students from traditionally marginalized and oppressed identities, crisis intervention, grief and loss, trauma, sexual and relationship violence, and individuals struggling with eating disorders or body image concerns.  Much of my work has been dedicated to suicide prevention, trauma response, and social justice concerns. 

Groups and Liaison Roles: I am a member of the Counseling Center’s Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team and I have co-facilitated our Men’s Therapy Group.  Within Syracuse University, I serve on The Chancellor’s Task Force on Sexual and Relationship Violence, the Student Affairs Council on Diversity and Inclusion, the Behavioral Consultation Committee, the Threat Assessment Team, and the Student Affairs Alcohol and Other Drug Harm Reduction Team.  Outside of Syracuse University I am actively involved in the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors and within that organization I serve as the co-chair for the Elements of Excellence Committee.   I additionally have conducted Campus Connect Train-the Trainer sessions for campuses around the country and have worked as a consultant for other campuses in developing their suicide prevention and sexual violence response programs.

Education Background: I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in psychology and political science at the University of Virginia.  I completed both my Master’s and Doctorate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Florida.  Prior to coming to Syracuse, I completed an internship at the University of South Florida’s Counseling Center and Fairwinds Treatment Center in Clearwater, Florida.

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His


Tekhara Watson, LMFT

Tekhara Watson, LMFT

Staff Therapist

Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team

Email: tdwats01@syr.edu

Therapeutic Style: My therapeutic approaches draws from a family systems, interpersonal and cognitive behavioral therapy within a multi-cultural framework.

Professional Interests: My primary areas of interest include working with underserved and underrepresented populations, identity development, relationship/sexual violence and trauma. Prior to joining the Counseling Center, I worked in community mental health that primarily focused on trauma associated with sexual violence and domestic violence. Both professionally and personally, I am dedicated to social justice work.

Groups and Liaison Roles: I currently facilitate Supporting Students with Anxiety and the Students of Color: Releasing The Invisible Weight groups. I have also facilitated an Undergraduate Process group. I am also a member of the Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team.

Education Background: I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Pennsylvania State University and earned my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy at Syracuse University.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers