Counseling Services

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Director Sharon Mitchell, PhD

Counseling Services

120 Richmond Quad - Map External Site Link Icon
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14261-0053
Tel: (716) 645-2720 or 829-5800
Fax: (716) 645-2175
Director: Sharon Mitchell
E-Mail: General


Monday, Tuesday & Friday: 8:30 am - 5 pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 8:30 am - 7 pm

Counselors also available on South Campus (2nd floor Michael Hall offices), Monday 8:30 am - 7 pm, Tuesday-Friday 8:30 am - 5 pm.

After-Hours Care

For after-hours emergencies, an on-call counselor can be reached by calling Campus Police at 645-2222.
Additional emergency resources can be found by going to our Crisis Intervention page.

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Sharon Mitchell, PhD

Director: Counseling Services

Our Mission

Counseling Services promotes the personal well-being and academic success of students by providing comprehensive mental health services, educational programs, crisis intervention services, and consultation to the campus community.


Counseling Services is a place where all served feel welcomed, respected, safe, and helped. A place where students are assisted in reaching their full capacity to learn, work, connect, and give as responsible citizens of the world.

Counseling Services influences the university community through support, advocacy and education/training, as a nurturing environment that respects diversity, enhances the academic quality of life, and supports emotional, relational and intellectual development of the students served and the mental health professionals trained.


The Mission and Vision of Counseling Services are guided by the quality standards of University Life and Services:

Who should use our services

The Counseling Services office should be your first call for any issue related to your emotional state, dealing with stress, handling a crisis, or coping with the transition to college. Students often come for help with concerns both large and small, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, chemical use, assault or abuse, sexual identity, relationship conflicts, grief, academic stress, and family issues.

Counseling Services can also be a referral resource when situations require off-campus care or longer-term therapy.

Services are available to all full and part-time students who are currently registered.  Your visits to Counseling Services are free - all visits are covered by the mandatory Comprehensive Fee included in your tuition bill.

UB counselors act as facilitators to help students better understand themselves and the world around them. Open and honest discussion of feelings, behaviors, relationships and life experiences with a trained counselor in a safe, confidential environment helps you make healthy choices and achieve more satisfying life goals.

Counselors work with students to help them understand and explore how their feelings and thoughts influence their choices, decisions, and actions. Our counselors help students develop more effective coping and problem-solving skills.

Our Staff

Staff Counselors

Photo: Kathryn Benfanti

Kathryn Benfanti, Clinical Case Manager

M.A., Medaille College, Buffalo, NY
Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Professional Interests: Anxiety, depression, relationship issues, PTSD, grief & loss.

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Stephanie Chong, Psychologist

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Arizona State University

Professional Interests: International student concerns, mindfulness, multicultural/diversity issues, eating disorders, grief & loss, relationship & family issues, supervision & training.

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Amanda Edwards, Psychologist

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Texas Tech University

Professional Interests: Sports psychology, eating disorders, feminism, multiculturalism and diversity issues, trauma & recovery, mindfulness-based interventions.

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Sheila Figliotti, Social Worker

MSW, University at Buffalo
Licensed Clinical Social Worker-R

Professional Interests: Family of origin, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, military, guided meditation, LGBT, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections.

Photo: David L. Gilles-Thomas

David L. Gilles-Thomas, Psychologist

Ph.D, Clinical Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Licensed Psychologist

Professional Interests: Gender issues, feminism, diversity and differences, family of origin issues, the politics of mental health, philosophy of mind, technology and media, training and supervision.

Photo: Andrea Greenwood

Andrea Greenwood, Psychologist & Assistant Clinical Director

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Licensed Psychologist

Professional Interests: Women's issues, eating disorders, family of origins issues, spirituality and faith as coping resources.

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Melinda Haggerty, Psychologist

Ph.D, Counseling Psychology, University at Buffalo
Licensed Psychologist

Professional Interests: Family of origin concerns, grief and loss, depression, romantic relationships/couples counseling, counseling needs of those diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections.

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Sung Eun Kim-Kubiak, Psychologist & Training Director

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Licensed Psychologist

Professional Interests: Trauma & recovery (especially sexual abuse, assault, rape), diversity, training & supervision, group therapy, consultation, spirituality & mental health. Oversees the accredited pre-doctoral psychology internship program.

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Pamela Jackson, Psychologist

Ph.D., West Virginia University

Professional Interests: African American students and other students of color, identity and intrinsic self-worth, interpersonal style, men's issues, relationships, and spiritualty.

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Sean Knoche, Social Worker

MSW, University at Buffalo
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Professional Interests: EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing); Psychological Trauma; Childhood Trauma/Neglect/Stressors and Recovery; Third Wave Behaviorism; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Mindfulness Intervention Strategies; Technology and Psychotherapy.

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Sharon Mitchell, Director

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, The Ohio State University
Licensed Psychologist

Professional Interests: Multicultural issues, identity development, eating disorders, sexual assault, college student development, counselor training/supervision, and group therapy.

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Thomas J. Neill, Social Work Internship Coordinator

MSW, University at Buffalo
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Professional Interests: Men's health and sexuality issues, sexual trauma and recovery, male survivors of sexual abuse, poverty and class issues, incarcerated trauma survivors, grief and loss issues, mental health outreach and education to under-served populations, LGBT issues, feminism.

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Amberly Panepinto, Psychologist & Group Coordinator

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Miami University
Licensed Psychologist

Professional Interests: Trauma recovery (particularly sexual violence and combat), existential issues, women's issues, training and supervision, DBT/coping skills.

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Betsy Rodriguez, Social Worker & Assistant Director for Outreach

MSW, University at Buffalo
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Professional Interests: Mood and anxiety disorders, multicultural & diversity issues, family of origin concerns, and spirituality and mental health. Fluent in Spanish.

Photo: Heweon Seo

Heweon Seo, Psychologist

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Minnesota
Licensed Psychologist

Professional Interests: Working with international students, multicultural & diversity issues, identity development, trauma recovery, interpersonal style, men's issues, family of origin issues, and supervision and training. Fluent in Korean.

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Liz Snider, Associate Director & Social Worker

MSW, University at Buffalo
Licensed Clinical Social Worker-R

Professional Interests: Family of Origin and developmental issues, Trauma recovery, Grief & Loss, DBT/coping skills, training & supervision.

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Amanda Tyson-Ryba, Psychologist & Practicum Coordinator

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Lehigh University
Licensed Psychologist

Professional Interests: Relationship issues, mood and anxiety disorders, suicide prevention and intervention, motivational interviewing, intersection of sexual assault and alcohol use, supervision and training.

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Carissa Uschold, Social Worker, Eating Disorders Treatment Coordinator & Suicide Prevention Coordinator

MSW, University at Buffalo
Licensed Clinical Social Worker-R
Registered Yoga Teacher

Professional Interests: Eating Disorders, Yoga and Mindfulness, DBT/coping skills, outreach, women's issues, sexual trauma and recovery, grief and loss, relationship concerns, trauma, multi-cultural and diversity issues, anxiety and mood disorders, training and supervision, adoption and foster care concerns.

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Elena Yakunina, Psychologist

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Akron
Licensed Psychologist

Professional Interests: Cross-cultural adjustment, international student concerns, cultural and personal identity development, coping, resilience and strengths, social support and relationships. Fluent in Bulgarian.


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Shirley Frieh, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

MSN, APRN, Stony Brook University
Licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified

Professional Interests: Collaborative care, holistic health and wellness, promoting self-care and health education, responsible and ethical prescribing practices, the interplay of body, mind, and spirit, reducing stigma, compassionate and affordable healthcare for all.

Doctoral Psychology Interns

Robert Cardom, M.S., Ed.S.

Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student, University of Kentucky

Ji Sun Jeong, M.A.

Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student, University of Tennessee

Amanda Viner, M.A.

Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student, Philadelphia College

Clinical Graduate Assistants

  • Kathy Mejia
  • Julie Szarowski-Cox

First Year Practicum Students

  • Josh Andrzejewski
  • Rachel Depner
  • Jessica McFadzean
  • Christopher Sova

Advanced Practicum Students

  • Evette Addai
  • Monica Johnson
  • Brian Kline

Graduate Assistants

  • Annabel Kugler, Outreach Graduate Assistant
  • Federica Tronci, Mental Health Promotion Graduate Assistant

Social Work Interns

  • Matthew Klas
  • Ryan Savino
  • David Youhess


  • Cynthia Haist

Support Staff

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Lois Blaustein, Keyboard Specialist 1

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Michele Brown, Keyboard Specialist 1

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Linda Ramsey, Assistant to the Director

M.S., Counseling and Human Services

This website and the information it contains is not meant to replace a face-to-face consultation with a trained counselor, nor does this service provide "on-line" counseling (see the entry under Services for referral suggestions).

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Did You Know?

  • UB students' top 3 reasons for seeking counseling were relational problems, anxiety, and depression
  • Of students who visited Counseling Services:
    • 94% said they would not hesitate to return to counseling if they felt the need
    • 87% said they were satisfied overall with the quality of counseling
  • We have counselors to address the needs of international students
  • Rated highest for all SUNY University campuses
  • Received Excellence in Scholarship award from Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD)
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