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Counseling Services Staff List

Full Time Staff

Betsy Bianco, LCSW, University at Buffalo (Social Work, 2007), Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Outreach Coordinator
Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive-Behavioral, Psychodynamic and Systems
Professional Interests: Mood and anxiety disorders, multicultural & diversity Issues, family of origin concerns, and spirituality and mental health

Sheila Figliotti, LCSW-R, University at Buffalo (Social Work, 1985), Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Theoretical Orientation: Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Trauma-Informed Care, Family Systems, Cognitive-Behavioral
Professional Interests: Family of origin, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, military, guided meditation, LGBT, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections

David L. Gilles-Thomas, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, (Clinical Psychology, 1993), Licensed Psychologist.
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative (Psychodynamic, Feminist, Interpersonal)
Professional Interests: Training, rape education, men's issues, feminism, diversity and differences, the politics of mental health, philosophy of mind, outreach, and professional uses for the internet and the media

Andrea Greenwood Ph.D., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (Counseling Psychology, 2002), Licensed Psychologist, Assistant Director/Assistant Clinical Director
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative, feminist, interpersonal/psychodynamic/systems
Professional Interests: Women's issues, eating disorders, family of origins issues, spirituality and faith as coping resources

Melinda Haggerty, Ph.D, University at Buffalo (Counseling Psychology, 2011), Psychologist
Theoretical Orientation: Psychodynamic, Humanisitic, Systems
Professional Interests: Family of origin concerns, grief and loss, depression, romantic relationships/couples counseling, counseling needs of those diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections

Sung Eun Kim-Kubiak, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, (Clinical Psychology, 1999), NYS Licensed, (overseeing the APA accredited pre-doctoral psychology internship program), Assistant Director
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative (Psychodynamic, Interpersonal, Feminist, DBT, CBT)
Professional Interests: Trauma & recovery (especially sexual abuse, assault, rape), diversity, training & supervision, group therapy, consultation, spirituality & mental health

Sean Knoche, LCSW, University at Buffalo (Social Work, 2003), Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Theoretical Orientation: Adaptive Information Processing, Functional Contextualism, Behaviorism
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

Sharon Mitchell, Ph.D. The Ohio State University (Counseling Psychology, 1990), Licensed Psychologist, Director
Theoretical Orientation: Feminist, Cognitive-Behavioral, Systems
Professional Interests: Training/supervision, group therapy, multicultural issues, racial identity development, women's issues (eating disorders, sexual assault), college student development

Thomas J. Neill, LCSW, University at Buffalo, (Social Work, 1999), Clinical Social Worker, Social Work Internship Coordinator
Theoretical Orientation: Psychodynamic, Feminist, Systems
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

Amberly Panepinto, Ph.D., Miami University (Clinical Psychology, 2004), Licensed Psychologist
Theoretical Orientation: Existential, Constructivist, Humanistic, DBT
Professional Interests: Trauma recovery (particularly sexual violence and combat), existential issues, women's issues, training and supervision, coping skills

Heweon Seo, Ph.D., University of Minnesota (Counseling Psychology, 2012), Psychologist
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative, humanistic, relational-cultural, interpersonal, CBT
Professional Interests: Working with international students, multicultural & diversity issues, supervision and training, family of origin issues, mood and anxiety disorders, and substance abuse

Liz Snider, LCSW-R, University at Buffalo, (Social Work, 1988), Clinical Director, Group coordinator, SSW Field Liaison & Field Educator
Theoretical Orientation: Systems, Interpersonal/Relational , psychodynamic
Professional Interests: Family of Origin and developmental issues, Trauma recovery, Grief & Loss, DBT/coping skills, training & supervision

Amanda Tyson-Ryba, Ph.D., Lehigh University (Counseling Psychology, 2006), Licensed Psychologist, Practicum Coordinator
Theoretical Orientation: Integrationist (Person-Centered, Cognitive-Behavioral, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy)
Professional Interests: Supervision, training, relationship issues, mood and anxiety disorders, suicide prevention and intervention, intersection of sexual assault and alcohol use

Carissa C. Uschold, LCSW-R, RYT, University at Buffalo (Social Work, 2001), Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Eating Disorder Treatment Team Coordinator
Theoretical Orientation: Feminist, Cognitive-Behavioral, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Humanistic, Systems
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

Elena Yakunina, Ph.D., University of Akron (Counseling Psychology, 2012)
Theoretical Orientation: multicultural, interpersonal, compassion-focused
Professional Interests: cross-cultural adjustment, international student concerns, cultural and personal identity development, coping, resilience and strengths, social support and relationships

Advanced Practicum Students

Doctoral Psychology Interns

Graduate Assistants


Social Work Interns

Support Staff

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