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Services Offered by Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) recognizes that University life can be stressful due to academic, extra-curricular, financial, family, socio-political, social, developmental, and adjustment-related pressures, demands and expectations. These stressors can sometimes contribute to or exacerbate more significant psychological or mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma, or difficulties with sleeping, eating, or attention. CPS offers the following free and confidential services to help students better understand their difficulties, develop more self-awareness, and enhance their coping skills, academic performance, self-esteem, relationships, and overall well-being:

To schedule an initial screening or walk-in appointment, or for assistance with finding mental health resources in your local community, please contact one of our offices below during our normal business hours, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-7 a.m. and Friday from 9 a.m.-5p.m.:

Rose Hill or Westchester
718-817-3725
O’Hare Hall Basement

Lincoln Center
212-636-6225
140 West 62nd St Room G-02

CPS Staff

Jeffrey Ng CPS Staff Profile.

Jeffrey Ng, Psy.D.
Director, Rose Hill/Lincoln Center/Westchester
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology/NYS Licensed
Rutgers University

Dr. Jeffrey Ng (he, him, his) is a licensed clinical psychologist and has served as CPS' Director for the past 8 years. He is currently the co-chair for the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors’ Elements of Excellence committee. Dr. Ng received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers University and his undergraduate degree in human development from Cornell University. Prior to joining Fordham in 2008, he worked at New-York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

Dr. Ng’s professional interests include collegiate mental health, multicultural and liberation psychology, psychodynamic psychotherapy, mindfulness based interventions, interpersonal neurobiology, and masculine identity development. As an immigrant and first generation HEOP college student, he is especially interested in reducing identity based mental health and educational disparities, and working with students from low income, under-represented and marginalized populations. Dr. Ng's clinical approach is informed by a phenomenological, social justice, Buddhist and systems focused framework, and privileges the exploration of depth, meaning, context, and subjectivity in the therapeutic process.

Dr. Ng is fluent in Spanish and Cantonese, is an avid sports fan, and lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and 17 year old son.


Miriam Burt CPS Staff Profile.

Miriam Burt, Psy.D.
Associate Director and Coordinator of Counseling, Rose Hill
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology/NYS Licensed
Rutgers University

Dr. Miriam Burt (she, her, hers) is the Associate Director for the Rose HIll Campus and has been at CPS for 9 years. Prior to arriving at CPS, she was a staff psychologist for Counseling & Psychological Services at Princeton University, where she specialized in serving students with eating disorders as well as students with a history of self-harm. She received her undergraduate degree from Boston University and her Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers, The Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. Her research interests center around native language use in therapy and its implications on the therapeutic relationship. Dr. Burt practices from the use of self within a psychodynamic framework and has also been intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Her professional interests include identity development, eating disorders, diversity and multicultural issues particularly around the use of mother tongue, supervision and training, and she thoroughly enjoys working with college student populations. Her preferred pronouns are she/her/hers and she is fluent in Spanish, being of South American descent. Outside CPS, Dr. Burt enjoys spending time with her immediate and extended family, traveling, the theater, and yoga.


Yael Uness, CPS

Yael Uness, Ph.D.
Associate Director and Coordinator of Counseling, Lincoln Center
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology/NYS Licensed
The University of Connecticut

Dr. Yael Uness (she, her, hers) is the Associate Director of Fordham University’s Counseling and Psychological Services office, Lincoln Center campus. Her responsibilities include coordinating all counseling services for this office, consulting with members of the community, and organizing and leading our group therapy program at the Lincoln Center office. Dr. Uness received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 2008 and is licensed in New York State. Her research interests and areas of publication center around providing support and clinical services for women, international students and people with backgrounds involving immigration. She is also passionate about supervision of clinical services, group psychotherapy and use of expressive writing and journaling to benefit emotional health.

Finally, Dr. Uness is a candidate at NYU’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. This helps her to develop a deeper ability to understand the individuals with whom she works, both at CPS and in her private practice, where she treats individuals and also runs a group psychotherapy program.


Jessica Del Vita, CPS

Jessica Del Vita, Psy.D.
Supervising Psychologist and Training Director, Lincoln Center
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology/NYS Licensed
The California School of Professional Psychology

Dr. Jessica Del Vita (she, her, hers) is a licensed clinical psychologist and has been on the CPS team for over 10 years serving as the training director at the LC campus. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University and her PsyD in Counseling Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology.

Dr. Del Vita is passionate about training graduate students in the delivery of mental health services and values constantly growing and learning from teaching and supervising. Her clinical approach is informed by psychodynamic psychotherapy, mindfulness practice, feminist theory, and social justice work. In her clinical practice, she focuses on increasing emotional awareness, exploring conflict, finding meaning, and understanding how intersectionality and subjectivity impact every day experiences. She has a special interest in working with individuals exploring sexuality and gender identity, especially as it intersects with cultural and racial identity. Dr. Del Vita is an Italian native speaker.


Elizabeth Clark, CPS

Elizabeth Clark, Psy.D.
Supervising Psychologist and Training Director, Rose Hill
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Chicago School of Professional Psychology

A native Midwesterner, Dr. Liz Clark (she, her, hers) obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2013 and moved to New York to join the staff of Fordham CPS in 2014. Her research centers on the experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals, particularly those on the bi+ spectrum, those with non-binary gender identities, and individuals practicing kink and/or polyamory/consensual non-monogamy. As a White, queer, cisgender clinician, she sees supporting Fordham's LGBTQ+ student population and acting in solidarity with Black, Indiginous, People of Color, and other under-represented student groups as a core part of her professional identity. Her clinical interests and areas of expertise include gender and sexuality, trauma, integration of mindfulness with psychodynamic psychotherapy, and training and supervision.


Deborah Lawrence, CPS

Deborah Lawrence, Ph.D.
Supervising Psychologist and Group Therapy Program Coordinator, Rose Hill
Doctorate in Psychology and Respecialization in Clinical Psychology/NYS Licensed
Columbia University and Fielding Graduate University

Debbie (she, her, hers) is a NYS licensed psychologist. She received a PhD in Psychology from Columbia University and respecialized in Clinical Psychology at Fielding Graduate University. She continues to take classes at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She has previously worked in research, technology development, and hospitals as well as college counseling. Debbie is the Group Coordinator at Rose Hill. She strongly believes in the value of groups for development and well-being, and works to make group experience available to Rose Hill students.


Stephanie Codos, CPS

Stephanie Codos, Ph.D.
Supervising Psychologist and Outreach Coordinator, Lincoln Center
Doctorate in Counseling Psychology/NYS Licensed
Lehigh University

Dr. Stephanie Codos (she, her, hers) joined Fordham’s CPS in 2017. Prior to joining Counseling & Psychological Services, she received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Lehigh University and trained in various college counseling centers, including Pace University, Drexel University, Moravian College, and Kutztown University. Stephanie also has worked in an inpatient hospital setting. Stephanie conceptualizes from a psychodynamic and relational framework.

She aims to work collaboratively with clients to foster a strong therapeutic relationship and allow for exploration and growth. She approaches treatment with a social justice and multicultural lens that considers the role that identity and societal/contextual factors play in our experiences. Stephanie’s clinical interests include depression, anxiety, identity development, family of origin and relational concerns, trauma, and grief. As the outreach coordinator, she works with campus partners and student groups to promote mental health awareness on Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus.


Sarika Persaud CPS Staff Profile.

Amy Sarika Persaud, Psy.D.
Psychologist & Coordinator for Diversity, Inclusion, & Social Justice Initiatives/Lincoln Center
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Pace University

Sarika Persaud (she, her, hers) is a staff psychologist and Coordinator of Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Initiatives at Fordham CPS (Lincoln Center). Her research and community work focuses on youth suicide prevention, the intersections of mental health, gender, class, and racial justice, and cultural adaptations to mental health interventions for Indo-Caribbean and South Asian communities. Dr. Persaud self-identifies as a queer Indo-Caribbean woman, and writes on relationship and sexuality issues in the South Asian diaspora. She speaks Hindi and Urdu. Dr. Persaud received her Bachelor’s in psychology from St. John’s University in psychology, with minors in physics and art. She received her Master’s in psychology from Columbia University, where she wrote her Master’s thesis on comparing egalitarianism in relationships between Western and Eastern cultures. She completed her doctoral studies at Pace University, where her dissertation focused on developing a culturally-responsive teacher training in suicide prevention for a secondary school in Guyana, South America.


Ashlee Davis, CPS

Ashlee W. Davis, Ph.D.
Psychologist & Coordinator for Diversity, Inclusion, & Social Justice Initiatives/Rose Hill
Doctorate in Counseling Psychology
The University of Akron

Ashlee W. Davis (she, her, hers), is a Supervising Psychologist and Coordinator for Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice Initiatives at Fordham’s Rose Hill campus. She is a specialist in empowerment, diversity and holistic wellness who divides her time between clinical practice, outreach and supervision. Dr. Davis is a licensed psychologist in both New York and the state of Maryland, and treats clients with a range of presenting concerns in private practice.

Dr. Davis is trained within a number of evidence-based treatment modalities and primarily works within a multi-theoretical Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Humanistic and Multicultural framework. Dr. Davis takes a culturally-tailored approach, factoring in the social context and promoting holistic wellness, while also attuned to clients’ varying individual needs.

Clinically, Dr. Davis is most interested in family of origin concerns, relationship issues, spirituality/religious concerns, identity development challenges, trauma work, grief work, cultural concerns, life transitions, stress, empowerment and self-worth. She completed her undergraduate degrees at Penn State University where she triple-majored in Psychology, Spanish and International Studies. She is bilingual and can conduct therapy in English or Spanish. Dr. Davis completed her Master’s and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Akron. Additionally, she completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.


Kevin Foster, CPS

Kevin Foster, Ph.D.
Psychologist and Outreach Coordinator, Rose Hill
Doctorate in Counseling Psychology
Long Island University

Kevin Foster completed his clinical internship at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology at Boston University (2017) and his doctorate at Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus). He has worked in inpatient and outpatient settings in New York and Massachusetts, in a variety of organizations: foster care, pilot schools, rehabilitation programs, prisons, and counseling centers. His dissertation research explored the psychological symptoms associated with racial microaggressions, and their impact on developing and maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships. He specializes in anxiety, depression, and racial stress, while focusing on barriers to intimacy.


Robert Kwit, MD
Supervising Psychiatrist, Rose Hill & Lincoln Center

B.A. Harvard College; M.D. Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons; Board Certified in Psychiatry; Graduate and Member, New York Psychoanalytic Institute and Society; Interests: Literature, Running, Sports Cars


Erika Greene CPS Staff Profile.

Erika Greene, LMSW
Supervising Social Worker, Rose Hill
Masters in Social Work
Fordham University

Erika Greene (she/her/hers) holds a BA from Wesleyan University, a Masters in Social Work from Fordham University, and completed the Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program at the William Alanson White Institute. During her Graduate internship at The Family Health Center of Harlem, Erika worked with underserved people living with HIV and AIDS. She has been at CPS since 2018 in various roles, most recently as a staff therapist and supervisor. Erika invites clients into a collaborative therapeutic relationship, one that recognizes that the client is the expert in their own life. Erika’s clinical approach is informed by psychodynamic principles, mindfulness-based practices, and multicultural counseling.


Annabelle Dortch, CPS

Annabelle Kyle Dortch, Psy.D.
Psychologist, Rose Hill
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Fuller Graduate School of Psychology

Annabelle Kyle Dortch (she, her, hers) is a psychotherapist at Fordham’s Rose Hill Campus. Dr. Kyle Dortch completed her pre-doctoral internship at California State University, Long Beach and received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA.

Dr. Kyle Dortch has five years’ experience working in university settings and is passionate about helping students tend to their mental wellness as an integral part of taking care of themselves. Her clinical approach is influenced by relational psychodynamic psychotherapy, attachment theory, mindfulness, and somatic (mind-body) theory. Dr. Kyle Dortch additionally embeds her work within a multicultural framework, acknowledging and exploring the ways social context & intersecting identities impact clients’ experiences in the world. Dr. Kyle Dortch aspires to co-create safe spaces with clients in order to then acknowledge pain, increase awareness surrounding interpersonal patterns, develop helpful ways of coping, and discover new ways of relating with self & others. Although Dr. Kyle Dortch has worked with clients with various presenting concerns, she specializes in identity development, family of origin concerns, relationship difficulties, anxiety, trauma, spirituality & religious exploration, grief, and self-compassion.


Melissa Gluck, CPS

Melissa Gluck, Ph.D.
Psychologist, Rose Hill
Doctorate in Counseling Psychology, University of Florida

Dr. Melissa Gluck (she/her/hers) is a psychologist at CPS Rose Hill. Prior to joining Fordham CPS, she received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Florida and trained in various college counseling centers including those at Pace University and University of Florida. Dr. Gluck’s clinical style operates from a multicultural-feminist framework and is rooted in relational-psychodynamic and client-centered approaches. She believes that therapy is not “one-size fits-all” and thus tailors her technique to meet each individual client’s needs. In her work, Dr. Gluck strives to develop an authentic therapeutic relationship with each client to empower them in their journey of self-exploration. This includes exploration of each client’s intersecting identities. She works collaboratively with clients to build trust and connection through warmth, humor, genuineness, empathy, curiosity, and non-judgment. She aims to promote increased self-awareness, self-compassion, and self-acceptance within each of her clients. Some of her clinical interests include: identity development, life transitions, family of origin and relational concerns, LGBTQ+ concerns and empowerment, trauma, grief, and body-image and eating concerns. She is an LGBTQ+ affirming therapist and welcomes clients of all identities.


Susannah Smedresman, CPS

Susannah Smedresman, Psy.D.
Supervising Psychologist-Athletics Specialization, Rose Hill Doctorate in Clinical Psychology/NYS LicensedLong Island University Post

Dr. Smedresman (she, her, hers) is the Athletics Specialist at Fordham. She provides clinical services to the general student body and specialized services for student athletes, as well as trainings for team coaching staffs and other athletics personnel. In addition to the unique world of student athletes, Dr. Smedresman is interested in lifespan development, multicultural counseling, psychodynamic therapy, and mindfulness-based treatment. A straight, cisgender white woman (she/her/hers), Dr. Smedresman is a committed LBGTQIA+ and BIPOC ally, an advocate for antiracism, and believes therapy can operate as a vehicle for social justice. She received her MA and Psy.D. from Long Island University, Post Campus, and can be found practicing headstands between sessions.


Rosalie Cirillo, CPS

Rosalie Cirillo
Office Manager, Rose Hill

Rosalie Cirillo is the Office Manager of CPS’ Rose Hill Office and a FCRH alumna. She worked as an insurance underwriter for 15 years and as a substitute teacher for 5 years. Rosalie joined Fordham University’s Enrollment Services Group in 2010 and has been working at CPS since 2015. Languages: Limited working Spanish and professional working Italian. Rosalie enjoys hiking, yoga, gardening and cooking in her free time. Preferred pronouns: she/her/hers.


Juliet Brown
Office Manager, Lincoln Center

Juliet Brown is a Baltimore native, but has lived in NYC for more than 20 years. She currently lives in Manhattan with her partner and child. A former actor, Juliet has always been interested in the human psyche. She has worked as a rape crisis advocate/counselor and crisis line manager and has trained medical students to develop rapport with patients. As a parenting instructor with Hand in Hand Parenting, Juliet works with parents to practice self-care and deepen their connections with their children. She is happy to help students find the support they deserve in this ever-challenging world.

Graduate Interns and Externs

Post Doctoral Fellows

Kayla Wong, CPS Post Doctoral Fellow Profile.

Kayla Wong, Ph.D.
Rose Hill

Dr. Kayla Wong (she, her, hers) is a post-doctoral psychology fellow at Fordham University Rose Hill Campus. She completed her Ph.D. in School psychology at Fordham University, and recently completed her doctoral internship in Counseling Psychology at Barnard College’s Furman Counseling Center. Additionally, she completed her M.S. Ed in Therapeutic Interventions at Fordham University and her B.A. in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Wong is passionate about mental wellness and healing. Her psychotherapy lens incorporates an integrative, psychodynamic, and social justice framework. Utilizing integrative interventions like CBT, DBT, mindfulness, and psychodynamic therapy, she works with individual clients to create an affirming and authentic therapeutic space. Adapting her clinical approach to the needs, strengths, and goals of her clients, she aspires to empower clients, and nurture increased self-compassion and emotional awareness.

Dr. Wong facilitates therapy for a range of concerns that include adjustment, anxiety, relationship and family distress, body image and eating concerns, grief and loss, depression, and pandemic related distress.

Dr. Wong has special interests in identity development, navigating privilege and systems of oppression, LGBTQIA+ concerns, decolonizing psychology, and understanding and healing from racial microaggressions and oppressive experiences.


Joann Poon, CPS Post Doctoral Fellow Profile.

Joanna Poon, Psy.D.
Lincoln Center

Dr. Joanna Poon (she, her, hers) is a post-doctoral fellow at Fordham's Counseling Psychological Services (Lincoln Center). She completed her Master of Science in School Psychology and her Doctorate in School & Clinical Child Psychology from Yeshiva University in New York. She completed her APA-accredited doctoral internship at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Dr. Joanna Poon is well versed in working with children, adolescents, and adults of various cultural identities and backgrounds in both hospital and school settings. Her clinical style involves creating a safe, genuine, and non-judgemental space for clients to explore their relational and attachment patterns, childhood experiences, traumatic events, and identities. She does so by integrating dialectical behavioral theories, such as mindfulness, emotion regulation skills, and interpersonal skills. Additionally, Dr. Poon places emphasis on following the client's lead and tailors her psychotherapy approach to meet the unique challenges of each client. She aims to accompany clients through both their difficulties and successes, and seeks to empower them on their journey of self-awareness, self-compassion, and self-acceptance. Special clinical interests include: learning disabilities, international student concerns, social justice, cultural identities, identity formation, anxiety, depression, trauma, LGBTQIA+ concerns and empowerment, grief/loss, and relationships. Languages: English, Cantonese, and Mandarin


Sally Homburger, CPS Post Doctoral Fellow Profile.

Sally Homburger, Psy.D.
Rose Hill

Dr. Sally Homburger (she, her, hers) is a post-doctoral psychology fellow at CPS. She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from the APA-accredited program at Widener University outside of Philadelphia. Dr. Homburger has her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology from Boston University.

Dr. Homburger’s clinical style has its roots in relational psychodynamic therapy, which means that she puts equal emphasis on the past and present environment and relationships in assessing the best therapeutic interventions, and she sees the therapeutic relationship as the crux of treatment. Dr. Homburger pursed the psychodynamic concentration at Widener, though her integrative training allows for her to employ techniques such as mindfulness, cognitive restructuring, and DBT interventions when appropriate, and she does not ascribe to a one-size-fits-all approach. Dr. Homburger treats all clients equally and believes the success to therapy must start with a sense of safety, vulnerability, and a desire to co-construct meaning and self-awareness together.

Dr. Homburger has two years of experience working in college counseling centers as well as experience working in outpatient mental health settings with children, adults, and couples. Some of her specific clinical interests include: culturally-competent therapy, identity development and adjustment, relationship issues, attachment styles, anxiety and other mood disorders, trauma, self-compassion, and LGBTQ+ exploration.

PRE-DOCTORAL EXTERNS

ROSE HILL

Alice Feng, CPS Pre Doctoral Extern Profile.

Alice Feng

Alice Feng (she, her, hers) is a student in Fordham University’s Master of Social Work program. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in African American Studies from Syracuse University and with a Master’s in Liberal Arts, with a concentration in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, from the CUNY Graduate Center.

Alice is passionate about working with students and young adults and helping them cope with life transitions and navigate relations. Using a holistic and collaborative approach, Alice strives to be sensitive to the needs of clients while fostering their existing strengths. Her interests are in working with individuals coping with trauma, depression, and anxiety.


Brittany Bailey, CPS Pre Doctoral Extern Profile.

Brittany Bailey

Brittany Bailey (she, her, hers) is a student in the Mental Health and Wellness program at NYU. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at Winthrop University. After graduating, Brittany taught Middle School Science with Teach For America then moved to New York City to work with college students as a spiritual life advisor at NYU and other college campuses throughout the city. Brittany is passionate about creating a safe space to explore mental health challenges that students face and discovering ways to overcome those barriers. She integrates a psychodynamic, multicultural, and acceptance approach. Brittany enjoys pottery, trying foods from all over the world, watching football, and traveling.


Brittany Blecher, CPS Pre Doctoral Extern Profile.

Brittany Blecher

Brittany Blecher (she, her, hers) is a current student at Teachers College, Columbia University pursuing a Masters of Education in Mental Health Counseling. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Northeastern University in 2014. Prior to studying at Teachers College, Brittany spent several years as a project manager in San Francisco and London. She then chose to switch careers in pursuit of one aligned with her passions.

Brittany is dedicated to providing safe, compassionate care and offering a space for those to be heard, have their emotions validated, and feel empowered to be their authentic selves. She hopes to assist clients in their growth, development, and healing by addressing various concerns such as anxiety, depression, trauma, relationships, emerging adulthood, and identity. She is interested in using an integrative approach and addressing mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health in her work. Brittany operates from a multicultural, feminist, and anti-oppressive framework and enjoys incorporating psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness techniques. In her free time, Brittany loves to study astrology, box, bike, read, and journal.


Sara Wilkerson, CPS Pre Doctoral Extern Profile.

Sara Wilkerson

Sara Wilkerson (she, her, heres) is a second-year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology here at Fordham. She received her BA from St Olaf College in 2013, with a major in psychology and minor in management studies. Before pursuing her PhD, Sara worked at the University of Minnesota and Minneapolis VA investigating fear generalization in veterans with PTSD. Her interests generally lie in working with individuals coping with anxiety, and she believes strongly in evidence-based practice. Sara is currently serving as a study therapist for a trial evaluating a treatment for Misophonia, or selective sound sensitivity, and is a part of a team evaluating the evidence base for various psychotherapeutic treatments of OCD.


Casey Kirton, CPS Pre Doctoral Extern Profile.

Casey Kirton

Casey Kirton (she, her, hers) is currently a Master’s student in the Mental Health Counseling Ed.M. Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science at Vassar College, where she developed her interest in counseling while writing her thesis on the relationship between perspective-taking, empathy, and interpersonal responses. Designing and implementing community service events in her prior position as a Community Outreach Coordinator fostered her passion for improving the livelihood and mental wellness of others.

She is interested in working with clients experiencing challenges with their anxiety, depression, grief, relationships, stress, and trauma. Her hope is to empower clients to take control of their lives within the present moment and improve their mental health with the use of mindfulness, meditative and grounding techniques. With an empathic approach, her goal is to help guide clients through the exploration of their identities and mental health challenges while increasing their self-awareness, self-compassion and self-empowerment.


Crissy Glover, CPS Pre Doctoral Extern Profile.

Angela (Crissy) Glover

Crissy Glover (she, her, hers) is a second-year student in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at Fordham University. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Chicago in 2015. Before starting at Fordham, Crissy spent several years working with the Section of Community Behavioral Health and with the veteran’s Intensive Outpatient Program in an academic medical center in Chicago. Here, she focused on working with community leaders in order to adapt and disseminate accessible, evidence-based mental health care to homeless adolescents and young adults. She also assisted with establishing a PTSD treatment program for military veterans and helped to assess treatment outcomes for these veterans and their families.

Crissy is dedicated to creating and maintaining a non-judgmental, warm space where individuals feel safe and heard while exploring challenges they want support in dealing with. She is especially interested in working with young adults and individuals who have experienced traumatic events, and helping them build the skills needed to flourish.


Yvette Karvay, CPS Pre Doctoral Extern Profile.

Yvette Karvay

Yvette Karvay (she, her, hers) is a doctoral student in Fordham University’s Clinical Psychology program. She graduated from Stony Brook University with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology and Master’s degree in Psychology. Yvette is passionate about developing a validating and inclusive therapeutic environment for her clients. Her research focuses on studying disordered eating and the intersection of racial, ethnic and cultural identity.

PRE-DOCTORAL EXTERNS

LINCOLN CENTER

Anna Fennell, CPS Pre Doctoral Extern Profile.

Anna Marie Fennell

Anna Marie Fennell (she/they) is in the Mental Health Counseling Ed.M. program at Teachers College, Columbia University and is also pursuing the Sexuality, Women, and Gender advanced certificate. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Florida in 2020 with her bachelor’s in Psychology with minors in Philosophy and Linguistics. She has also completed her training to be a certified yoga teacher (YTT200).

As a counselor, Anna Marie offers a warm, affirming, and playful space to explore emotions, identities, and ideas. She has a wide range of artistic interests including music, dance, theatre, and visual art — so she is excited whenever creative arts can be incorporated into therapy. She hopes to specialize in working with women and LGBTQ+ folks while integrating multicultural, trauma-informed, and holistic perspectives into her practice.


Emily Matis, CPS Pre Doctoral Extern Profile.

Emily Matis

Emily Matis (she, her, hers) is in her third year of training in the Clinical Psychology PsyD Program at Ferkauf Graduate School, Yeshiva University. She received her bachelor's degree from Emory University in 2017 with a major in psychology and minor in economics. Emily is training in Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She enjoys working with both individual and group modalities. Prior to joining the CPS team, Emily was working at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell's Behavioral Health Center where she was specializing with patients in treatment for eating disorders, mood-related disorders, OCD, comorbid addictions, as well as profound trauma. Emily also worked at Yale Neuropsychology's site where she assessed patients struggling with TBI, autoimmune, psychiatric, and various neurodegenerative disorders. Prior to graduate school, Emily co-led a social anxiety group for transgender and gender non-conforming adolescents at NYU Langone's Child Study Center. Currently, Emily serves as a clinician at her school's community-based Parnes Clinic, and as the Student Admissions Coordinator for Ferkauf's Adult Clinical PsyD program.

Emily approaches treatment through a culturally-sensitive lens and strives to develop a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients, working collaboratively to explore each patient's individual needs and goals. Emily's clinical interests include anxiety, depression, identity development, trauma and relationship concerns. Emily aims to combine her psychotherapy training with a specialization in sports psychology, helping athletes struggling with injury rehabilitation, trauma, and performance anxiety.


Jilliann Millard, CPS Pre Doctoral Extern Profile.

Jilliann Millard

Jilliann Millard (she, her, hers) is a student in the Mental Health Counseling MSEd Program at Hunter College. After receiving her Bachelors of Art in Communication at Saint Mary’s College of California, she embarked on a career in public relations which took her to different cities across the U.S. After settling in NYC, Jilliann took the opportunity to return to school to explore her passion; supporting mental health and social justice. As a counselor, Jilliann offers a warm, empathetic and non-judgement space to explore various mental health challenges. Jilliann is an advocate for Antiracism, LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion which she plans to incorporate into her practice at Fordham University. She aspires to create a safe and open space for sharing and self acceptance with the goal of improving each client's quality of life. Jilliann's focus is on survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence as well as those struggling with substance use, anxiety, adjustment issues and trauma. She has completed multiple antiracist training programs as well as training for Motivational Interviewing and Seeking Safety. Jilliann conducts therapy in English.


John Boisi, CPS Pre Doctoral Extern Profile.

John Boisi

John Boisi (he, him, his) is in his fourth-year of training in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at Hofstra University. He received his bachelor’s degree, from Boston College in 2011 with a major in Political Science. He also holds a postbaccalaureate Certificate in Preclinical Psychology from Northwestern University. John earned his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, with honors, from Hofstra University in 2019.

John has received training in Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in both individual and group settings. Prior to joining the team at CPS, John was an extern at the Center for Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy. Additionally, since 2019, John has been serving as a clinician within Hofstra University’s Anxiety and Depression clinic, where he provides ongoing individual psychotherapy to adults struggling with a range of presenting concerns, with a focus on cognitive and schema therapy work. He aims to use his training in various modalities to foster a flexible, patient centered approach to psychotherapy.


Joun Lee, CPS Pre Doctoral Extern Profile.

Joun Lee

Joun (pronounced Jon/John) Lee (he/him/his) is a current student in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program (CPDP) at Fordham University. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Emory University in 2016 with a major in psychology. Before joining Fordham, Joun worked at Boston Children’s Hospital as well as Albert Einstein College of Medicine conducting research on ALS and various cancers, respectively. More recently, he has been involved in smoking cessation research and plans to continue to expand his work on substance use, addictions, and mental health.


Sanjidah Chowdhury, CPS Pre Doctoral Extern Profile.

Sanjidah Chowdhury

Sanjidah Chowdhury (she,her,hers) is a student in the Mental Health Counseling Ed.M Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She got a Bachelors of Science in Applied Psychology at New York University- Steinhardt in 2020. She has been a part of research involving the analysis of adolescent language patterns at NYU.

Sanjidah has been interested in counseling since high school and is passionate about providing service to the diverse individuals of NYC. Clinically, Sanjidah is interested in issues related to relationship issues, life transitions/adjustments, and identity development. She is particularly interested in working with the Muslim American community and increasing engagement with mental health care. Sanjidah conducts therapy in English.


Xuanrong Chen, CPS Pre Doctoral Extern Profile.

Xuanrong (Ellen) Chen

Xuanrong (Ellen) Chen is from Shanghai, China. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Psychology from New York University. She is currently pursuing a Ed.M degree from Columbia University in Counseling psychology, where she is also pursuing an advanced certificate in Sexualtiy, Women, and Gender.

Ellen is interested in topics like gender, race, culture, identity, LGBTQIA+ issues and empowerment, intersectionality, and spirituality. Her previous counseling-related experience includes interning at the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy. Operating from a multicultural and feminist lens, she likes to incorporate Eastern philosophies into the counseling room, including mindfulness, awareness, acceptance, peace, love, and compassion. Using a collaborative approach, she would like to make her clients feel acknowledged, accepted, and understood in a safe environment. Ellen is interested in working with racial minorities, especially ethinic women on issues, helping them build confidence, resilience, and self-esteem. She is bilingual in both English and Chinese.

Undergraduate Interns

Jordan Singleton

Jordan Singleton
Jordan Singleton (she, her, hers) is currently a junior psychology student at Fordham University. She is also a Ram Van driver for Fordham University, working to ensure the safety of Fordham University members during their travels between the Rose Hill, Lincoln Center, and Calder Center campuses.

She was drawn to CPS for its efforts to support college students, while also offering awareness on mental health. In addition, CPS's willingness to always improve and evolve for the sake of accommodating all members of the Fordham community influenced her to choose CPS. She is greatly interested in Intersectionality in Psychology and Forensic Psychology, which she will further explore as she moves on to graduate school. She hopes to help CPS increase mental health awareness.


Charlotte from CPS

Charlotte Utschig
Charlotte (she/her/hers) is a senior at Fordham Rose Hill majoring in Psychology and German. On campus, she is involved with the Outdoors Club and with Fordham Experimental Theater as a co-captain of the Black Sheep Performance Poetry team. She also works as a research assistant with various professors in the Psychology department. In her free time, Charlotte enjoys puzzles, listening to music, and rock climbing. She is very excited to work with CPS this year as an outreach intern and help support and engage the Fordham community during this difficult time.


Thanh Vi Dang

Thanh Vi Dang
Thanh Vi Dang (she, her, hers) is currently a Junior at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus. Thanh is studying Psychology, with a minor in Marketing and Mandarin. She was born and raised in Vietnam and is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree here at Fordham. In the future, she hopes to further her education in Clinical Psychology and to work with the under-represented and marginalized populations. Thanh recently joined the CPS office as an undergraduate intern, who works closely with the Outreach, Prevention, and Wellness Coordinator, Natasha Black, Ph.D.


Frankie Osso

Frankie Osso
Frankie Osso (he, him, his) is a junior undergraduate at Fordham College at Lincoln Center. He is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology, hoping to pursue a career in clinical and school psychology. Frankie has been an active member of Lincoln Center’s Commuting Students Association (CSA) for 3 years and currently serves on its executive board as Vice President. Last year, Frankie joined the CPS office as an undergraduate intern and now works with our Outreach, Prevention, and Wellness Coordinator Natasha Black, Ph.D. as the Senior Wellness Outreach Intern.

Psychiatric Residents

Psychiatric Residents/Fellows

Albert Fernandez, CPS Psychiatric Resident/Fellow Profile.

Albert Fernandez, MD
Lincoln Center

Albert Fernandez (he, him, his) is a resident psychiatrist at Mount Sinai Morningside and West hospitals. He received his bachelor's degree from Princeton University in Psychology and Neuroscience and his medical degree from Stony Brook School of Medicine. His professional interests include medication management, psychodynamic psychotherapy, integrative psychiatry, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and eclectic psychotherapy. He enjoys long distance running, visiting national parks, and exploring the city in his spare time.


Hallie Knopf, MD
Rose Hill

Hallie Knopf (she, her, hers) is a psychiatry resident at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. She received her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Clinically, she uses an eclectic approach, incorporating psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness based interventions, as well as medications when indicated. She enjoys working with young adults and exploring issues related to life transitions. She is also interested in women’s mental health.


Joseph Gallego, CPS Psychiatric Resident/Fellow Profile.

Joseph Gallego, MD
Lincoln Center

Dr. Joe Gallego (he/him/his) is a child and adolescent psychiatry fellow at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center. He earned his medical degree from Mayo Clinic School of Medicine and completed adult psychiatry residency training at Yale School of Medicine. He graduated from the country’s only transgender psychiatry fellowship program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Gallego describes his approach to psychotherapy and medication management as eclectic, pragmatic, and highly empathic. He is passionate about caring for LGBTQIA+ people and has expertise in working with transgender and gender diverse young adults. His clinical interests include trauma, shame, identity development/integration, and sexual health/wellness.


Roohi Maini, CPS Psychiatric Resident/Fellow Profile.

Roohi Maini, MD
Rose Hill

Dr. Roohi Maini (she, her, hers) is a fourth-year resident psychiatrist at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. She completed her medical school training at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine. Dr. Maini values therapy as a vital part of mental health treatment, and incorporates medications as needed. She has a specific interest in psychodynamic therapy but also integrates aspects of cognitive behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy in her work. Dr. Maini strives to integrate the ideals of structural and cultural competency in her practice, thus taking a holistic view on patient care.

Post Graduate Fellows

Post Doctoral Fellows

Kayla Wong, CPS Post Doctoral Fellow Profile.

Kayla Wong, Ph.D.
Rose Hill

Dr. Kayla Wong (she, her, hers) is a post-doctoral psychology fellow at Fordham University Rose Hill Campus. She completed her Ph.D. in School psychology at Fordham University, and recently completed her doctoral internship in Counseling Psychology at Barnard College’s Furman Counseling Center. Additionally, she completed her M.S. Ed in Therapeutic Interventions at Fordham University and her B.A. in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Wong is passionate about mental wellness and healing. Her psychotherapy lens incorporates an integrative, psychodynamic, and social justice framework. Utilizing integrative interventions like CBT, DBT, mindfulness, and psychodynamic therapy, she works with individual clients to create an affirming and authentic therapeutic space. Adapting her clinical approach to the needs, strengths, and goals of her clients, she aspires to empower clients, and nurture increased self-compassion and emotional awareness.

Dr. Wong facilitates therapy for a range of concerns that include adjustment, anxiety, relationship and family distress, body image and eating concerns, grief and loss, depression, and pandemic related distress.

Dr. Wong has special interests in identity development, navigating privilege and systems of oppression, LGBTQIA+ concerns, decolonizing psychology, and understanding and healing from racial microaggressions and oppressive experiences.


Joann Poon, CPS Post Doctoral Fellow Profile.

Joanna Poon, Psy.D.
Lincoln Center

Dr. Joanna Poon (she, her, hers) is a post-doctoral fellow at Fordham's Counseling Psychological Services (Lincoln Center). She completed her Master of Science in School Psychology and her Doctorate in School & Clinical Child Psychology from Yeshiva University in New York. She completed her APA-accredited doctoral internship at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Dr. Joanna Poon is well versed in working with children, adolescents, and adults of various cultural identities and backgrounds in both hospital and school settings. Her clinical style involves creating a safe, genuine, and non-judgemental space for clients to explore their relational and attachment patterns, childhood experiences, traumatic events, and identities. She does so by integrating dialectical behavioral theories, such as mindfulness, emotion regulation skills, and interpersonal skills. Additionally, Dr. Poon places emphasis on following the client's lead and tailors her psychotherapy approach to meet the unique challenges of each client. She aims to accompany clients through both their difficulties and successes, and seeks to empower them on their journey of self-awareness, self-compassion, and self-acceptance. Special clinical interests include: learning disabilities, international student concerns, social justice, cultural identities, identity formation, anxiety, depression, trauma, LGBTQIA+ concerns and empowerment, grief/loss, and relationships. Languages: English, Cantonese, and Mandarin


Sally Homburger, CPS Post Doctoral Fellow Profile.

Sally Homburger, Psy.D.
Rose Hill

Dr. Sally Homburger (she, her, hers) is a post-doctoral psychology fellow at CPS. She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from the APA-accredited program at Widener University outside of Philadelphia. Dr. Homburger has her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology from Boston University.

Dr. Homburger’s clinical style has its roots in relational psychodynamic therapy, which means that she puts equal emphasis on the past and present environment and relationships in assessing the best therapeutic interventions, and she sees the therapeutic relationship as the crux of treatment. Dr. Homburger pursed the psychodynamic concentration at Widener, though her integrative training allows for her to employ techniques such as mindfulness, cognitive restructuring, and DBT interventions when appropriate, and she does not ascribe to a one-size-fits-all approach. Dr. Homburger treats all clients equally and believes the success to therapy must start with a sense of safety, vulnerability, and a desire to co-construct meaning and self-awareness together.

Dr. Homburger has two years of experience working in college counseling centers as well as experience working in outpatient mental health settings with children, adults, and couples. Some of her specific clinical interests include: culturally-competent therapy, identity development and adjustment, relationship issues, attachment styles, anxiety and other mood disorders, trauma, self-compassion, and LGBTQ+ exploration.