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Staff

Brielle Stark-Adler, Ph.D., Director

Dr. Brielle Stark-Adler received her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Fordham University. Since receiving her doctorate, she has specialized in collegiate and young adult mental health. Dr. Stark-Adler has clinical experience in a variety of treatment settings, including inpatient psychiatry, outpatient community mental health care, inpatient and outpatient substance abuse, and several college counseling centers. Most recently, Dr. Stark-Adler served as a staff psychologist and outreach coordinator at the Yeshiva University Counseling Center. Her professional interests include identity development and individuation, religion and spirituality, romantic relationships and sexuality, and clinical training and supervision.

Nicole T. Ruggeri, Psy.D., Associate Director

Dr. Ruggeri completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Yeshiva University and received additional postdoctoral training as a clinical psychology fellow at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Ruggeri has worked in a range of settings, including inpatient and outpatient mental health programs, various medical facilities, and as the coordinator of a bereavement program. Dr. Ruggeri's areas of expertise include cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy, grief/bereavement, depression, anxiety, and coping with medical difficulties or terminal illness.
 

Cassandra Klebanoff, Psy.D., Psychologist

Dr. Cassandra Klebanoff joined the staff at Iona College Counseling Center in the fall of 2015. Dr. Klebanoff received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Prior to Iona, she worked and trained at several college and university centers providing individual and group therapy, as well as supervising doctoral students. Additionally, Dr. Klebanoff has worked with diverse clients in a variety of settings including high schools and residential and inpatient treatment facilities. Dr. Klebanoff’s trainings and clinical interests focus on sexual assault counseling and prevention, trauma counseling, LGBTQ issues, multicultural counseling, anxiety and mood disorders, relationship concerns and identity development.

Deborah Krishnan, Psy.D., Psychologist

Dr. Krishnan joined the staff of Iona College Counseling Center in October 2015. She completed her doctorate in clinical psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. Prior to that, Deborah earned an MA in general psychology from New York University, as well as an MFA in poetry writing from the New School. She has worked and trained in various types of mental health facilities, including Bronx Psychiatric Center, Atascadero State Hospital (CA), Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, National Institute for the Psychotherapies, and LIM College Counseling and Wellness. Some of Dr. Krishnan's clinical interests include multicultural counseling, identity development and meaning-making, biculturalism, and grief. Within the center, she serves as coordinator for outreach related to diversity initiatives

Jacqueline Ripepi, LMSW, Counselor/Coordinator of Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Education Services

Ms. Ripepi joined the senior staff of the Counseling Center in January 2011. She completed a master's degree in social work at Columbia University in May 2008 and has extensive clinical experience in working with chemically dependent or dual diagnosis patients. Most recently Ms. Ripepi was the dual diagnosis treatment coordinator and addiction therapist at the Realization Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Prior to that position Ms. Ripepi was a treatment care coordinator at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Conn. She also completed two social work internships, one at the Dorothy Bennett Behavior Health Center in Stamford, Conn., and another at Elmhurst Hospital Center in Elmhurst, N.Y.

Ingrid Grieger, Ed.D., Consultant

Dr. Grieger was director of the Counseling Center at Iona College from 1989 until September 2015. She also has been an adjunct associate professor in the Psychology Department at Iona College and an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University. Dr. Grieger received her doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Virginia. Since that time she has worked in a number of college and university counseling centers, in community mental health clinics and in private clinical practice. Dr. Grieger has been a frequent presenter at professional conferences, and she has published extensively in the areas of women's issues in psychotherapy, multicultural concerns, organizational development, innovative programming and systemic interventions in student affairs. In 2000, Dr. Grieger was the recipient of the Hugh McCabe Humanitarian Award at Iona College, and in 2006, she was the recipient of the Woman of Achievement Award at Iona College. Recently, Dr. Grieger co-authored Success and Sanity on the College Campus: A Guide for Parents. 

Margaret Bohan, Office Manager

Ms. Bohan joined the staff of the Iona College Counseling Center in 1989, following a seven-year tenure in the Counseling Center at the College of New Rochelle. In addition to providing administrative and technical support to Center staff, she supervises all student workers and participates in special events and projects such as the Honors Convocation and the Middle States Accreditation Process. Ms. Bohan has also served as a member of the Iona College Sexual Harassment Task Force, which promulgated the College's policies and procedures on sexual harassment. She has also served as a member of the Human Resource & Compensation Committee and the Information Technology Committee of the Staff and Administrative Council (SAC). In March 2007, Ms. Bohan was the recipient of the Woman of Achievement Award at Iona College.


Externs

Racheli (Rena) Miller, MA, is a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Adelphi University’s Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies. She has experience conducting intakes, assessments, and group, couples, and individual therapy, treating both children and adults with a range of diagnoses, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, schizophrenia, and learning disorders. She has treated both inpatients and outpatients during practicums at the Veteran Affairs St. Alban’s Community Living Center, the Queens Hospital Center’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department, and Adelphi University’s Center for Psychological Services. She has both taught and served as an advisor to undergraduate students. Her research interests include trauma, depression, psychotherapy process and outcome, and anaclitic and introjective personality types, and her work on these topics has been presented at multiple conferences. She is also currently a psychoanalytic fellow at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.
 
Zenobia Morrill, BA, is currently pursuing her master's in education in mental health counseling at Teachers College, Columbia University. After receiving her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Virginia, she has held various counseling positions in residential treatment centers in Virginia, as a school counselor in New York, and by providing home-based therapeutic services through Wediko Children's Services organization. Her experiences include working with at-risk youth, engaging in community outreach, counseling/behavioral management for children and adolescents with severe emotional and behavioral disorders, client case management, and providing both individual and group psychotherapy. Her primary interests include understanding the client-therapist relationship and the components that facilitate positive therapy outcomes, specifically in regard to mood disorders, anxiety, and depression. She is currently involved in research at Columbia University that is investigating positive regard and its impact on the therapy experience. Zenobia has experience presenting an independently designed study at an undergraduate research conference and hopes to continue her involvement in research as well as in practice.