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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.

Karen LevinsonDr. Karen Levinson, PhD 
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 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).

Natalie PetykNatalie Petyk, PsyD
Associate Director

Dr. Petyk recently joined the Counseling staff in spring 2020 after over a decade of experience as a trainee, staff psychologist, and assistant director in college counseling centers in the Philadelphia area (Haverford College, Temple University, and St. Joseph’s University). Dr. Petyk earned her PsyD from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University/ Washington DC campus, where she held a concentration in multicultural psychology. She then completed her APA-accredited internship at the Pennsylvania Hospital Department of Psychiatry/Hall-Mercer Community Mental Health Clinic. In addition to her staff positions at college counseling centers, she has also had experiences working in psychiatric emergency departments on acute admissions teams and as an inpatient unit therapist, running groups and working with individual patients and their families. Dr. Petyk has also enjoyed working with clients across the lifespan, from early school-aged children to older adults, through her psychotherapy work in group and solo private practice

settings. Dr. Petyk’s professional areas of interest include first-generation college students, gender identity and sexual identity exploration, treating individuals with chronic mood disorders, coping with bereavement, losses and traumatic life experiences, cross-cultural therapeutic dyads, and providing supervision to psychology trainees. She works with clients from a psychodynamic and relational psychotherapy lens to build self-awareness, raise insight, make subtle and significant changes in their lives, while tapping into their own resiliency.

Benjamin Barnes, PsyD

Benjamin Barnes, PsyD
Staff Psychologist

Dr. Barnes is a Staff Psychologist at Student Health and Counseling (SHAC). He earned his Psy.D 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.

Jenny SmithJenny 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-BCCarrie Malanga, RN, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Consultant

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.  

Daniel Yost, PsyDDaniel Yost, PsyD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Yost is the postdoctoral fellow at SHAC. He earned his PsyD in Clinical Psychology at Immaculata University and completed his doctoral internship at Rutgers University Camden’s Student Wellness Center. Prior to this training, he worked in community mental health settings working with individuals with substance use and mental health problems for nearly a decade. Some of Dr. Yost’s clinical interests include depression, anxiety, attachment theory, working with underserved populations, trauma, and diversity and cultural humility.

Counseling Practicum Students

Cayden HalliganCayden Halligan
Cayden Halligan is a second year Counseling Psychology PhD. student at Seton Hall University. Cayden obtained their B.A. in History at Slippery Rock University and their M.A. in Women's History from Sarah Lawrence College. After obtaining their master's degree, Cayden worked for seven years as an adult basic education instructor, and also designed, implemented and ran New Chapters, a crisis intervention program in The AIDS Library at Philadelphia FIGHT. In addition, Cayden managed the BenePhilly program at Philadelphia FIGHT, working to support folks in accessing public benefits. Cayden is interested in clinical work that centers on issues of privilege and oppression and processes of healing justice.

Kristen PaskoKristen Pasko

Kristen Pasko is a practicum student at SHAC during the 2019-2020 academic year. She is a third year student in Rowan University’s Doctoral Clinical Psychology program, which has a heavy focus in integrated healthcare. Her research and clinical interests include comorbid mental and physical health concerns, with a special interest in health behavior and chronic illness management. She graduated from the University of Scranton with her Bachelors of Science in Psychology. She has previous clinical experience working with children with ADHD and behavioral disorders, co-leading psychoeducational groups, older adults at Kingston Healthcare skilled nursing facility engaging in mood and behavior management, and most recently working with the young adult college population at Rutgers-Camden Student Wellness Center engaging intensive ADHD and Learning Disability assessment and individual psychotherapy. She is excited to continue her therapy practice with college students in a setting that provides adjacent mental health and medical services. She identifies with the integrative therapy tradition, with interest in CBT, ACT, Psychodynamic and Relational therapy modalities.


Whitecar Hall
1st Floor, Suite 1200
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
(P) 215-596-8980
(F) 215-596-7621

Counseling & Insurance
(P) 215-596-8536
(F) 215-596-7576