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

  • Jeffrey Ng

    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

    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.


    Stephanie Codos, CPS
    Amy Sarika Persaud, CPS

    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
    Kevin Foster, CPS

    Kevin Foster, Ph.D.

    Supervising Psychologist & Coordinator for Diversity, Inclusion, & Social Justice Initiatives/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

    Erika Greene, LMSW

    Supervising Social Worker and Group Therapy Program Coordinator/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.


    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.


    Jazenda Garcia

    Office Manager, Lincoln Center

    Jazenda is a former graduate from Fordham University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She is bilingual (Spanish/English) and joined the CPS staff at the end of 2021. She has a passion for psychology as well as helping others.

  • Pre-Doctoral Externs

    ROSE HILL

    Alice Feng
    Brittany Bailey

    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

    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
    Casey Kirton

    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.


    Angela Crissy Glover

    Pre-Doctoral Externs

    LINCOLN CENTER

    Anna Fennell

    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.

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  • Psychiatric Residents

    Lydia Liu, MD

    Psychiatric Resident, Lincoln Center

     

  • Post Doctoral Fellows

    Kayla Wong

    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

    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

    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.


    Libbey Walker

    Libbey Walker, M.S.

    Rose Hill

    Libbey Walker (she, her, hers) is a post-doctoral fellow at CPS. She is currently completing her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England, and recently completed her APA-accredited doctoral internship at the University of Maine Counseling Center. Libbey completed her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University New England and her B.A. in Psychology from Bard College.

    Libbey has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in community mental health, outpatient clinic, college counseling, and residential treatment settings. Her clinical approach is based in relational psychodynamic psychotherapy. She also draws from cognitive and mind-body practices within a feminist multicultural framework, which reflects her view that our intra- and interpersonal worlds develop from the intersecting planes of relational experiences, biology, and systemic social structures. Libbey believes that we all heal and grow in relationship with others. As a white cisgender queer woman, she values intercultural humility and offers queer-affirming and queer-celebratory therapy.

    Libbey’s clinical interests include trauma, neurodiversity, identity development, self-injury, and eating and body image concerns from a Health at Every Size® perspective. She is especially passionate about the mental health and healing of autistic and LGBTQIA+ communities.