Counseling Team

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

Director

Sharon Mitchell

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 Benfanti

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

Stephanie Chong, Psychologist

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Arizona State University

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

Amanda Edwards

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

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

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

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.

Placeholder image-pending headshot

Amani Johnson, Counselor and Student of Color Specialist

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University at Buffalo
Counselor
Professional interests: Multicultural/Diversity issues, Identity development, Experiences of Students of Color, Family of origin concerns, Relationship concerns, Developing coping and self-care strategies, Outreach, and Social Justice.

John Jurica

John Jurica, Psychologist

Ph.D., Colorado State University
Psychologist
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

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.

Thomas J. Neill

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

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

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

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

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.

jeannine suk

Jeannine Suk, Counselor

M.A. Counseling Psychology, West Virginia University

Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Professional interests: Grief and loss, family of origin, trauma recovery, resilience.

Placeholder pending headshot

Julie Szarowski-Cox , Counselor

Ph.D., Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology, University at Buffalo
Professional interests:  Health and wellness, eating disorders, multiculturalism and diversity issues, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), DBT/Coping Skills

Amanda Tyson-Ryba

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

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.

placeholder-pending headshot

Shu-Yi Wang, Counselor

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Indiana University Bloomington
Counselor

Fluent in Mandarin Chinese
Professional interests: International student concerns, depression and anxiety, self-esteem, men and masculinities, mindfulness-based interventions, relationally oriented therapies, strength-focused approaches, self-compassion, and group counseling.

Elena Yakunina

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

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.

Placeholder image - pending headshot

Vivian Gerard, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

MSN, University at Buffalo

MSW, West Virginia University

Licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified

Licensed Certified Social Worker

Doctoral Psychology Interns

Taylor Damiani, M.A.
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student, University of California, Santa Barbara

Clara Kuntz, M.S.
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student, University at Buffalo

Carly Surchin, M.A.
Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student, Adler University

Clinical Graduate Assistants

  • Josh Andrzejewski
  • Jessica Tamulonis

Advanced Practicum Students

  • Allison Drake
  • Eleanor McCabe

Graduate Assistants

  • Ada Lin, Mental Health Promotion Graduate Assistant
  • Eleanor McCabe, Outreach Graduate Assistant

Social Work Interns

  • Shannon Baehr
  • Brandon DuFrane
  • Kate Pandolfino

Externs

  • Lindsey Bond

Support Staff

Linda Ramsey

Linda Ramsey, Assistant to the Director

M.S., Counseling and Human Services

Melody Battista

Melody Battista, Office Assistant

Lois Blaustein

Lois Blaustein, Office Assistant

Jennifer Lutz

Jennifer Lutz, Office Assistant

Part of Student Wellness

Student Wellness is comprised of mental health counselors, medical providers and health educators from Counseling, Health, and Health Promotion. We work together to provide a variety of quality services and programs focused on physical and emotional health to promote student success and well-being.

Someone to talk to for mental health issues

University at Buffalo
120 Richmond Quadrangle, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14261

Phone: (716) 645-2720; Fax: (716) 645-2175

University at Buffalo
202 Michael Hall, South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-5800

Preventative health and wellness education

Health Promotion

Student Life

University at Buffalo
114 Student Union, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-2837; Fax: (716) 645-6234

Primary, non-emergency medical care

Health Services

Student Life

University at Buffalo
Michael Hall, 3435 Main Street, South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-3316; Fax: (716) 829-2564