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Sexual & Relationship Violence Response Team

 To access the on-campus, confidential and privileged resources of the Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, call 315.443.4715.

Susan Pasco, Ph.D., LCSW-R

Susan Pasco, Ph.D., LCSW-R

Susan is the associate director of the Counseling Center, is coordinator of the Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team and provides oversight and management of the team’s services in regards to sexual violence. Pasco has more than 20 years of experience providing clinical services to survivors of sexual violence, including a former appointment at the Syracuse University R.A.P.E. Center and previous leadership of the Princeton University Sexual Harassment/Assault, Advising, Resources and Education Program.

Megan Dietz, LCSW

Megan Dietz, LCSW

Megan is the sexual and relationship violence clinical response specialist. She recently joined the University from Vera House where she worked for 11 years in the community education program, as a victim’s advocate, at the emergency shelter and in the sexual assault therapy program. Her primary interests are relationship violence, trauma and family systems. Deitz earned a master’s degree in social work from the University in 2008.
Carrie Brown, Ph.D.

Carrie Brown, Ph.D.

Carrie is a staff therapist who earned a doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2012. While in Kentucky, Brown worked at the Center for Research on Violence Against Women at the University of Kentucky and as a victim’s advocate and crisis counselor at the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center. Before that, Brown worked on the campus of Pennsylvania State University. Among her areas of clinical specialty include LGBTQ concerns, relationship violence and trauma, identity development and substance abuse. Her dissertation, “Gender-Role Implications on Same-Sex Intimate Partner Abuse” has been widely cited in textbooks, on government websites and by Planned Parenthood.
Danielle M. Jones, LMSW

Danielle M. Jones, LMSW

Danielle joins the University and the Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team from Vera House, where she worked for two years as a domestic violence and sexual assault therapist, and two years as a sexual assault advocate. Jones specializes in working with marginalized populations, those navigating complex trauma histories, and helping families navigate generational trauma and experiences. Danielle also has an interest working with those who are navigating aspects of their sexual, racial and gender identities. While working at Vera House, she worked at the Q-Center, where she provided trauma-focused therapy services, in addition to providing therapy services in the Syracuse City School District. Jones also has former ties to the University, having earned a Master’s degree from the School of Social Work in 2016.


Abigail Lane, MHC, CASAC

Abigail Lane, MHC, CASAC

Abigail is a staff therapist and crisis intervention specialist who earned her Master’s degree in Counseling and Community Psychology with a concentration in substance abuse counseling from The Sage Colleges. She is a limited permit Mental Health Counselor (MHC) and a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC). In addition, she is currently enrolled in the Trauma-Informed Care and Counseling Certificate program through the University of Buffalo. Prior to coming to Syracuse University she worked with college students on mental health and substance abuse concerns. During her undergraduate career she was also a client advocate at Renewal House, a sexual and relationship violence agency in Canton, NY.  Her areas of professional interest include trauma related to sexual and relationship violence, substance abuse, anxiety, relationships, and mindfulness. Currently, she co-facilitates the Sexual Assault Recovery Group.


Peggy O'Connor, LCSW-R

Peggy O'Connor, LCSW-R

Peggy has over 20 years working as a clinical therapist with persons who suffer from trauma related mental health concerns, with a primary focus on sexual violence.  As a Buffalo, NY native, Peggy worked for Crisis Services, Inc. as a Rape Crisis Counselor & Advocate for several years as well as a member of the Buffalo Police Department Sex Offense Squad.   Upon moving to Norwich, NY, Peggy became the Director of the Otsego County Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Program.  After which she worked as a therapist for Chenango County Mental Health Clinic specializing in therapies that are effective in managing various mental health issues that may develop as a result of a traumatic event in a person’s life. Peggy joined the SRV team in January 2016 and is happy to return to her alma mater!


Tekhara Watson, M.A., LMFT

Tekhara Watson, M.A., LMFT

Tekhara is a domestic violence and sexual assault therapist who also recently joined the University from Vera House where she worked for three years in the Office of Sexual Assault Services. Watson specializes in LGBTQ issues and has an interest in working with sexual, racial and gender minorities. While working at Vera House she volunteered at the Q-Center where she co-facilitated a Youth of Color Support Group and mentored local high school students. Watson also has former ties to the University, having earned a master’s degree from the Marriage and Family Therapy Program in 2012.
Cory Wallack, Ph.D.

Cory Wallack, Ph.D.

Cory is the director of the Counseling Center. Wallack joined the Counseling Center as a staff therapist in 2003 and has been the center’s director since 2009. He has considerable experience providing community-based trauma care and has worked with numerous survivors while at Syracuse University. Wallack’s professional interests include working with students who have been victimized, students who are experiencing grief/loss and students with eating/body image concerns. In addition to his responsibilities within the Counseling Center, Wallack is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Education’s Counseling and Human Services Department, where he teaches crisis intervention.