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 New York-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.
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.
Michael Buls, Ph.D., Psychologist
Dr. Michael Buls graduated from Adelphi University with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at LIJ/The Zucker Hillside Hospital and completed his post-doctoral fellowship in behavioral cardiology at North Shore University Hospital. Dr. Buls has worked in a variety of treatment settings, including multiple inpatient psychiatry units, a college counseling center, a variety of outpatient mental health programs and a long term care facility. Most recently, Dr. Buls worked on an inpatient psychiatric unit where the primary population served were college students. Dr. Buls' clinical expertise is in psychodynamic psychotherapy, dialectical behavior therapy, health psychology, aging and assimilative psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Robin Schafer, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMH-NP)
Robin Schafer graduated in 2001 with a masters from Columbia University as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Since then she has specialized in school based health including elementary, middle, high school and college health. After three years at Barnard College Health Services where she collaborated with an interdisciplinary team on eating disorders, Ms. Schafer received her Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree and license from Stony Brook University. She has interned at Columbia Presbyterian CPEP ER, Four Winds Hospital inpatient young and older adolescent units, as well as managing medications for a private practice adolescent and young adults population in Bedford, N.Y. While at Stony Brook, Ms. Schafer co-wrote a grant for mental health services in underserved populations, and wrote her final presentation on ADHD medications in young adults. Ms. Schafer specializes in the medical management of school and college-age mental health disorders.
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.
Jayne Eckley, MA
, is a doctoral student in the counseling psychology program at Fordham University. She has experience in conducting intakes, administering assessment tests, group therapy and behavioral therapy in the treatment of children with behavioral disorders and developmental issues. She currently teaches and serves as an advisor to undergraduate students, veterans and transfer students at Kingsborough Community College. Her research interests include the intersection of sexual identity and religious affiliation, transgender identity development, and immigrant adjustment issues. Currently, she is involved in research at Fordham University that is investigating career boundaries of transgender individuals. Additionally, Jayne has presented at numerous conferences on the adjustment of Asian immigrants and their physical health.
Rachel Liu, BA,
is a masters student in the Ed.M. in psychological counseling program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to this program, Rachel completed a BA in linguistics and French at the University of Southern California. Her professional background includes conducting linguistic research in Benin, in West Africa; managing volunteer programs in partnership with nonprofits serving diverse populations across New York City; and working at an investment bank. In addition, Rachel is a CELTA certified teacher of English to speakers of other languages. Her interests include multicultural counseling, spirituality, and personality development.
Kate Miller, BA,
is a student in the Master of Education program in mental health counseling at Teachers College, Columbia University. Kate graduated from Princeton University, where she was a Division I basketball player, with a degree in economics and finance. From there, she worked as an investment banking analyst for a year with Wells Fargo Securities. Kate has also been involved with volunteer work and giving back by volunteering with New York Cares and participating in two international missions trips, in China and Africa. Before beginning at Teachers College, Kate worked as a research assistant at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, where she gained knowledge about adolescent substance use and abuse, as well as the screening and recruiting process. Kate volunteers with Crisis Text Line, an online support platform for those in crisis. Through this platform, she received an extensive six-week training on a wide-range of topics ranging from abuse and trauma to depression, anxiety and suicidality, and provides crisis counseling to those who text in. She is interested in working with mood disorders, depression, anxiety, LGBTQ issues, and relationship concerns. Kate's professional interests lay at the intersection of mental health and student-athletes and she hopes to be able to integrate this work into her future endeavors as a counselor.
Kate S. Segal, BA
, is a doctoral student in clinical psychology with health emphasis program at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. She has experience conducting intakes, assessments, individual therapy and working as a study coordinator in methadone maintenance clinics in the Bronx. She has treated outpatients in the Parnes Clinic at Ferkauf Graduate School. Her research interests include psychotherapy for a range of disorders including substance abuse. Her work in substance abuse has been published in several peer-reviewed journals and was presented at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco’s 2016 conference.