Post Doctoral Fellows
Kayla Wong, Ph.D.
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.
Joanna Poon, Psy.D.
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, Psy.D.
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.
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 (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 (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 (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 (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.
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 (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.
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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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.