The Counseling Service is staffed by psychologists, counselors, an administrative assistant, and a part time consulting psychiatrist affiliated with the University. In addition, each year multiple graduate interns and externs contribute to the counseling center staff.
Dr. Levinson has been affiliated with SHAC since January 2004, serving as the Assistant Director for 4 years before becoming the Associate Director in the Spring of 2013. She works as a Staff Psychologist, providing clinical services as well as overseeing the Counseling Center and Staff. Dr. Levinson earned her degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Delaware, and is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Pennsylvania. She has worked in a variety of settings including college counseling (University of Delaware and Temple University), Friends Hospital, and community mental health centers (Northwestern Human Services and Community Council For Mental Health and Mental Retardation).
Assistant Director, Counseling and Coordinator of Graduate Training
Dr. Brown became the Assistant Director of Counseling in the Spring of 2013 having previously served as a Staff Psychologist at USciences for 5 years. She works as a staff psychologist and coordinates the graduate student training program which is staffed by graduate student interns from local area programs. She received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Chestnut Hill College and is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Pennsylvania. In addition, she has a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology and Human Services from Chestnut Hill College. Alissa completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Rochester counseling center, and Postdoctoral Fellowship at USciences. In addition to university counseling, she has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient mental health, medical and psychiatric hospitals, public schools, and private practice. Alissa's areas of interest include anxiety, body image and eating disorders, interpersonal relationships, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, as well as campus outreach and consultation.
|Dr. Emily Szeliga, Ph.D.
Dr. Szeliga is a staff psychologist at SHAC. She received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University in Portland, Oregon. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at University of Virginia Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and her post-doctoral training at Villanova University Counseling Center. Prior to her doctoral training, Emily earned a Master’s Degree in International Disaster Psychology from the University of Denver. In addition to working in college counseling centers, Emily has experience working in women’s clinics and community mental centers both domestically and abroad. Her professional areas of interest include anxiety and depression, identity development, trauma, diversity, interpersonal relationships, and women’s issues, as well as campus outreach and consultation.
Dr. Gauri Saxena, Ph.D.
Dr. Saxena is a Staff Psychologist and Post-Doctoral Fellow at SHAC. She recently earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Saxena completed her pre-doctoral internship at Santa Clara University Counseling & Psychological Services, and she has also trained at Catholic University's Counseling Center. In addition, she has experience working in hospital settings and community mental health clinics, and has experience in psychological assessment. Dr. Saxena's professional areas of interest include international and first generation students, diversity & multiculturalism, trauma, anxiety, stress management, and identity development, as well as health promotion & disease prevention programming and grant writing.
Alicia Miller, BA, Health Information Data Analyst
Alicia graduated from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
with a BA in Psychology. She is currently pursuing her Master's
in Public Health at USciences part time while simultaneously
working full time at SHAC. She manages all aspects of the
Student Health Insurance Plan including enrollment, waivers,
and education about benefits and accessing services; as well
as coordinating counseling center client scheduling and registration.
She has a strong interest in how multiple factors interact
and influence health outcomes, particularly regarding sexual
health and health disparities. Alicia's dual role as a student
and staff member allows her to better understand student needs
and helps her to interact with them efficiently and perform
as a student advocate to promote SHAC services and to help
get students useful information and resources.
Dr. John Applegate , M.D., Consulting Psychiatrist.
Dr. Applegate received his training in Psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and before that his medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. While in residency he worked at the University of Pennsylvania’s counseling center. Since graduation he has been working at the Philadelphia Veteran’s Hospital outpatient mental health clinic and maintains a private practice in Center City as well. He serves as a volunteer faculty member of the University of Pennsylvania teaching medical students and residents in Psychiatry. His areas of professional interest include the management of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and understanding the relevance of cultural and spiritual dimensions of mental health concerns.
Adriana Vetrano, M.S.Ed.
Adriana is a graduate intern at SHAC for the 2013-2014 school
year. She is in her second year of the Counseling and Mental
Health program at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate
School of Education. During the first year of the program,
she completed her practicum work at the KIPP Charter School
in North Philadelphia. Adriana also has experience in the
education and training of psychological theory through her
internship with the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral
Therapy, which concluded this August, 2013. Finally, Adriana
volunteers as a group facilitator with SpeakUp!, an organization
that encourages open communication between middle and high
school students and their parents. Adriana’s professional
interests include trauma, women’s issues, and school-to-career
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Patricia Gratson, M.S.
Patricia is a graduate intern at SHAC for the 2013-2014 academic year. She completed her Masters of Science in Clinical and Counseling Psychology at Chestnut Hill College and is currently in the fourth year of the Psy.D. Program for Clinical Psychology at Chestnut Hill College. She has worked in community mental health for the past four years providing outpatient therapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families. She has experience working with diverse populations and a broad range of mental health issues. In addition, Patricia has taught Developmental Psychology at Chestnut Hill College to Master’s level students. She recently completed her Assessment Practicum at the Psychological Services Clinic of Chestnut Hill College, where she conducted psycho-educational assessments on children and adolescents to assess for Learning Disorders, ADHD and behavioral and emotional concerns. Patricia’s research interests include the role of technology as an adjunct to therapy, bisexual identity issues and how alternative spirituality impacts the field of psychology.