Counseling Team

Our caring, experienced team includes psychologists, social workers and other mental health professionals who are here to help you.

Director

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 and supervision, and group counseling.

Staff Counselors

Kathryn E. Benfanti, Case Manager

M.A, Medaille College Buffalo NY
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Professional interests: anxiety, depression, relationship issues, PTSD, grief and loss

Stephanie Chong, Psychologist

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Arizona State University

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

Amanda Edwards, Psychologist

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Texas Tech University
Psychologist
Professional interests: Sports psychology, eating disorders, feminism, multiculturalism and diversity issues, trauma and recovery, mindfulness-based interventions

Sheila Figliotti, Social Worker

MSW, University at Buffalo

Licensed Clinical Social Worker-R
Professional interests: Family of origin, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, military, guided meditation, LGBT, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections.

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.

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.

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.

John Jurica, Counselor

M.S. Colorado State University
Counselor
Professional interests: Men and masculinity, substance use and abuse, gender Issues, LGBTQ issues, feminism, diversity/multiculturalism, mood and anxiety disorders, spirituality and mental health.

Sung Eun Kim-Kubiak, Psychologist and Training Director

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

Licensed Psychologist
Oversees the accredited pre-doctoral psychology internship program.
Professional interests: Trauma and recovery (especially sexual abuse, assault and rape), diversity, training and supervision, group counseling, consultation, spirituality and mental health.

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.

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 underserved populations, LGBT issues, feminism.

Amberly Panepinto, Psychologist and 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.

Betsy Rodriguez, Social Worker and Assistant Director for Outreach

MSW, University at Buffalo

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Fluent in Spanish
Professional interests: Mood and anxiety disorders, multicultural and diversity issues, family of origin concerns, and spirituality and mental health.

Heweon Seo, Psychologist

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Minnesota

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

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 and loss, DBT/coping skills, training and supervision.

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.

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, multicultural and diversity issues, anxiety and mood disorders, training and supervision, adoption and foster care concerns.

Elena Yakunina, Psychologist

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Akron 

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

Psychiatry

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

Tacianna Indovina, M.A.
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student, Ball State University

Julie Szarowski-Cox, M.A.
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student, University at Buffalo

Iryna Krotova, M.A.
Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student, The New School University

Clinical Graduate Assistants

  • Clara Kuntz
  • Erga Lemish

Advanced Practicum Students

  • Christopher Sova
  • Rachel Depner

Graduate Assistants

  • Adriana Ragland, Outreach Graduate Assistant
  • Eleanor McCabe, Mental Health Promotion Graduate Assistant

Social Work Interns

  • Nathan Forshler
  • Alexandra Lindke
  • Adriana Ragland
  • Marlene Smith

Externs

  • Larissa Edwards

Support Staff

Linda Ramsey, Assistant to the Director

M.S., Counseling and Human Services

Lois Blaustein, Keyboard Specialist 1

Naomi Hall, Keyboard Specialist 1

Jennifer Lutz, Keyboard Specialist 1

Part of Counseling, Health and Wellness Services

The mental health counselors, medical providers and health educators at Counseling, Health, and Wellness Education Services work together to promote student success and wellness. The team offers a variety of quality services and programs focused on physical health, emotional health and health promotion.