Counseling Services Staff

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.

Karen LevinsonDr. Karen Levinson, Ph.D.
Director, Counseling

Dr. Levinson has been affiliated with SHAC since January 2004, serving as the Assistant Director for 4 years before becoming the 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).

Alissa BrownDr. Alissa Brown, Psy.D.
Associate Director, Counseling and Coordinator of Graduate Training

Dr. Brown became the Associate 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. 

Gauri SaxenaDr. Gauri Saxena, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist

Dr. Saxena is a Staff Psychologist at SHAC. She 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. 

Benjamin Barnes, PsyD

Benjamin Barnes, Psy.D, Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Barnes is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Student Health and Counseling (SHAC). He earned his Psy.D in Clinical Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in the summer of 2017. He completed an APA-Accredited pre-doctoral internship at PCOM’s Center for Brief Therapy in which he received training in psychotherapy, psychological assessment, and behavioral health consultation. He has also trained at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania and has held employment in community mental health as well as wraparound services.  Dr. Barnes has professional interests in sleep disorders, human sexuality, gender identity, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, anxiety, mood disorders, and multiculturalism/diversity issues.

Alicia MillerAlicia Miller, MPH, Health Information Data Analyst

Alicia obtained her Master's degree in Public Health from the University of the Sciences (May 2015) and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.  She manages all aspects of the Student Health Insurance Plan including enrollment, waivers, and education about benefits and accessing services; coordinates counseling center client scheduling and registration; as well as overseeing several health promotion programs, including STI testing and immunization clinics. She has a strong interest in community outreach and, in particular, economic disparities, mental health, sexual health, and adverse childhood experiences.

Consulting Psychiatrist - coming soon.

Counseling Practicum Students

Shea McCormickShea McCormick, B.A.

Shea McCormick is a clinical counseling practicum student for the 2017-2018 academic year. Shea is in the final year of a Master’s Program at Immaculata University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He graduated from Loyola University Maryland in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Previous experience includes service learning experiences at the St. Vincent DePaul Women’s Shelter in Baltimore, MD and working as a Research Assistant at the University of Maryland Medical Center, which focused on improving mental health programs within the Baltimore City School Systems. Shea was also a Graduate Assistant at Immaculata for the 2016-2017 Academic Year where he oversaw student development and leadership for undergraduate students. Shea’s professional interests include anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, and self-confidence. 

Austin SaizAustin Saiz, M.S.

Austin is currently a 4th year Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology at Chestnut Hill College and is at SHAC for his 4th year practicum placement. Austin believes that therapy can be helpful for anyone, from dealing with anxiety, school problems, and relationship problems to just wanting to understand one’s self more. Austin likes to take a holistic approach to helping people by understanding how current life factors, past factors, and future hopes/fears influence a person’s current reason for seeking therapy. To do this Austin helps guide clients to empowering themselves by understanding their own strengths and tools they have to solve problems, while learning new ones through the therapy process. Austin also likes to explore current relationships (i.e. friends, family, significant others, etc.) and how a person relates to the individuals in their life. Austin believes that having a support network and strong connections to others is important to helping a person grow. Lastly, Austin has previously worked with LGBTQ+ individuals and has interest in working with people whom identify as LGBTQ+ or are trying to understand their sexuality or gender identity more.

Megan Serrill

 Megan Serrill, B.A.

Megan Serrrill is a clinical counseling practicum student for the 2017-2018 academic year. Megan is in her final year of her Masters program at Eastern University in Clinical Counseling with a Trauma Studies concentration. She graduated from Eastern University with a BA in Psychology, and minors in Music as well as Gender Studies. Megan currently also works as a support for college students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the university setting. Previous practicum experience includes working with people with eating disorders at Monte Nido, focusing on group therapy and meal support. Megan has also worked as a mentor for young adults in middle school and high school. Megan's clinical interests include trauma, family psychology, attachment theory, and creative therapies. 


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University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Office Hours*

*Clinical hours may differ from office hours.
Student Health
M-F 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday - Extended hours during Fall and Spring until 7pm

Counseling & Insurance
M-F 9:00am - 5:00pm


Student Health
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