Faculty Profile

Amy Reynolds.

Amy Reynolds

Associate Professor
Counseling, School and Educational Psychology


  • PhD, Counseling Psychology, Ohio State University, 1988
  • MS, Student Personnel Work (Student Affairs), Ohio State University, 1984

Professional experience:

  • Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology, University at Buffalo
  • Staff Psychologist, Counseling Psychology, Buffalo State College

What mentoring means to me:

For me mentoring is about building a relationship with students and junior peers who are looking for encouragement and concrete support to assist them in succeeding on both personal and professional levels. It should be an open, honest and empowering relationship where we can openly discuss our similarities and differences and learn from each other. I value mentoring because I had positive experiences with mentors who were there for me and helped me reach my goals. As a mentor, I strive to understand the point of view and life experiences of my mentees. My relationships with my advisees and mentees who were not my advisees extend past their time as students and that is so important to me.

Topics I am willing to discuss with students:

Minority Experiences

  • Being a woman and related discrimination.
  • Class and/or socioeconomic status and related discrimination.
  • Physical health and/or abilities and related discrimination.
  • Mental health and/or abilities and related discrimination.
  • Racial, ethnic, cultural and/or religious minority status and related discrimination.
  • Sexual and/or gender minority status and related discrimination.

Personal Circumstances

  • Caregiving for children.
  • Non-U.S. citizen or immigrant experiences.

Academic Culture

  • Considering a non-academic path after grad school.
  • Dealing with politics and conflict with faculty or peers.
  • Decoding and demystifying academic culture and norms.
  • Taking a non-traditional path to grad school.
  • Uncertainty about staying in grad school.