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. 

Brian AmorelloBrian Amorello, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Amorello is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Student Health and Counseling (SHAC). He earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Seton Hall University in Summer 2016. He completed an APA accredited pre-doctoral internship at the University at Buffalo’s Counseling Services. He has also trained in various university and other settings, including Montclair State University, Youth Consultation Services, and Winchester Gardens Center for Assisted Living. Dr. Amorello’s professional areas of interest include LGBTQ issues and concerns, multiculturalism and diversity, adjustment and anxiety disorders, and identity development.

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.

C. Britt BeasleyDr. C. Britt Beasley, Jr., M.D., Consulting Psychiatrist

Dr. Beasley holds an MD and MS in neuroscience from the Medical College of Virginia and completed his residency training in Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City and is board certified in psychiatry. He currently holds positions at the Corporal Michael Crescenz Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, and the University of Pennsylvania where he teaches medical students and psychiatry residents. Dr. Beasley's particular clinical areas of interest include anxiety, attention deficit disorder, substance abuse, and bipolar disorder. He especially enjoys working with young adults though does not treat patients younger than 16 years old. He is certified in buprenorphine (Suboxone) management of opiate use disorders. He has substantial experience treating psychotic and post traumatic stress disorders.

Counseling Practicum Students

Britani Nestel, BABritani Nestel, BA

Britani Nestel is a clinical counseling practicum student for the 2016-2017 academic year. Britani is in the final year of a Masters program at Eastern University in Clinical Counseling with a Trauma Studies concentration. She graduated from Taylor University with a BA in Psychology. Previous practicum experience includes working with vulnerable youth at the Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory. She also worked with homeless young adults as a research assistant at Covenant House. Britani's professional interests include trauma, grief, motivational interviewing and resilience, and community engagement.

Keri Smotrich, MSKeri Smotrich, MS

Keri is a clinical psychology practicum student for the 2016-2017 academic year. Keri is currently a 4th year doctoral student pursuing her Doctor of Psychology degree at Chestnut Hill College. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University in Maryland and in 2014 she graduated with her Master of Science degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Trauma Studies from Chestnut Hill College. She has experience conducting therapy with individuals of all ages and recently completed a year-long practicum where she conducted psychological assessments. Keri has previously completed clinical experiences at the Community Counseling Center of Moorestown VNA and the Psychological Services Clinic of Chestnut Hill College.

Samantha Wertheimer, MSSamantha Wertheimer, MS

Samantha is a clinical psychology practicum student for the 2016-2017 academic year. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Master of Science degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College. Samantha is a 4th year doctoral student pursuing her Psy.D. at Chestnut Hill College. She has completed previous practicum experiences at Penndel Mental Health Center in Langhorne, PA where she engaged in individual and group therapy work, and in the Upper Moreland Township School District, where she performed psychological assessments. Samantha has additional experience working with refugee and asylee populations as a volunteer at the Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia. Her interests include bereavement, traumatic grief, perfectionism, and mental health advocacy, as well as the intersection of physical health and overall mental health and wellbeing.

Address:

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

Phone/Fax

Student Health
(P) 215-596-8980
(F) 215-5967621

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