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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.
Dr. Karen Levinson, PhD
Dr. Levinson has been affiliated with SHAC since January 2004, serving as the Assistant Director for 4 years before becoming the Director in Spring 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 Univ. of Delaware, and is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of PA. 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).
Benjamin Barnes, PsyD
Assistant Director, Counseling
Dr. Barnes and began at Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) as a Postdoctoral Fellow, and then worked in the Counseling center as a Staff Psychologist until his promotion to Assistant Director in August 2021. He earned his PsyD in Clinical Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in 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. Dr. Barnes 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, ADHD, anxiety, mood disorders, positive psychology, and diversity.
Thom Nailor, LCSW
Thom is a Staff Counselor at Student Health and Counseling (SHAC). He earned his Master of Social Services from the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work & Social Research College in 2018, and completed an MSW internship at the University of Pennsylvania’s Counseling and Psychological Services center working with students in individual & group therapy. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pennsylvania. Thom’s professional interests include issues of identity and transition for students attending college/university; trauma and trauma-informed care; privilege & oppression; narrative & relational therapies; the creative arts as therapeutic; Acceptance & Commitment Therapy; Internal Family Systems Therapy; family-of-origin conflicts; and religious/spiritual concerns.
Jenny Smith, MEd
Counseling Office Coordinator
Jenny obtained her Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from DePaul University in June 2020, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from The College of New Jersey. Her internship experience was at an outpatient private practice in Chicago where she pursued research interests centered on radical openness, vulnerability, and social connectedness. She has worked in a variety of fields including education, philanthropy, senior memory care, animal care, and creative services. Jenny is thrilled to be a part of a community where she can contribute to holistic health awareness and advocacy, championing that our brain/emotional health is just as important as our body/physical health.
Carrie Malanga, RN, PMHNP-BC
Carrie Malanga is a licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and serves as the part time Psychiatric Consultant at SHAC. Her clinical approach to Psychopharmacology is solution focused and evidence based. Carrie completed her Advanced Practice Nursing degree at the University of Pennsylvania. She has clinical experience in working with individuals ranging from young adults through the lifespan. Carrie also has experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Meditation, as well as Gestalt Therapy. Prior to becoming an Advanced Practice Nurse, Carrie was a birth and postpartum doula as well as a childbirth educator. Carrie also has over ten years of experience working in wilderness therapy, where she employed the natural environment as a component in her therapeutic work with individuals, couples and families.
Counseling Practicum Students
Alexandra Nicoletti (she/her) is a second year Clinical Psychology PhD student at Rowan University. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology at St. Lawrence University. She has previous clinical experience working with adolescents with substance use disorders, college students who have experienced sexual violence, and elementary-aged children with ADHD. At Rowan, Alexandra works in a research lab dedicated to sexual violence prevention and intervention, along with the promotion of healthy relationships. Her professional interests include trauma, sexual health, body image, and relationships. Alexandra hopes to work with college students in a clinical setting for the rest of her career which is why she is so excited to gain more experience at SHAC this year!
Sam Siegel-Wallace (he, his, him) is a second-year graduate student in Widener University's PsyD program. He is from Center City Philadelphia. Sam received his B.A. in Psychology with Honors and Distinction from Connecticut College, where he was involved in Varsity Water Polo and A Cappella, and received training in bystander intervention for physical and sexual assault, as well as alcohol and substance abuse training. Upon graduation, Sam was employed by the Connecticut College Academic Resource Center as a Learning Specialist, meeting with students to help with stress, time management, paper writing, and study skills. Sam does not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach and is committed to working collaboratively and relationally with his clients to find solutions that work for them. Sam offers an integrative approach to therapy, with an interest in Psychodynamic, Relational, and Cognitive-Behavioral modalities.
Sam Schwartz, MEd
Sam Schwartz, MEd, is a fourth-year graduate student in the School Psychology program at Temple University. She graduated from Grinnell College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and earned a Master of Education degree in School Psychology from Temple University. Prior to graduate school, Sam worked as a kindergarten teacher and a lab manager for the University of Pennsylvania's Positive Psychology Center. She has previous clinical experience working with elementary and high school students with academic, social, and emotional challenges. She also currently serves as a supervisor of student clinicians at Temple's Psychoeducational Clinic. She is excited to continue her clinical work with the students at USciences. Some of her clinical interests include anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, identity development, and holistic wellbeing.
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