IONA

Staff

Ingrid Grieger, EdD, Director

Dr. Ingrid Grieger has been the Director of the Counseling Center at Iona College since 1989 and the Chair of the Division of Student Life Diversity Committee since January, 2006. She is also an adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at Iona College and an adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University. Dr. Grieger received her doctorate in counseling 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. Most recently, Dr. Grieger has co-authored articles on qualitative research and has published a chapter on cultural assessment in the Handbook of Multicultural Assessment (3rd Ed.). Dr. Grieger also presented two papers at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA) in August, 2007. In 2012, Dr. Grieger co-authored Success and Sanity on The College Campus: A Guide for Parents, a practical resource containing valuable information for parents of prospective and current college students.


Ismini Georgiades, PhD, Associate Director/Coordinator of Training

Dr. Ismini Georgiades, Associate Director/Coordinator of Training, joined the Iona College Counseling Center in the summer of 2000. She is also an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University and at the Department of Psychology at Iona College. Dr. Georgiades received her doctorate in counseling psychology from Fordham University and has worked in medical and psychiatric hospitals, and in community mental health clinics. She has also worked as a research psychologist on various funded projects related to medical illness, psychological interventions and mental health. Dr. Georgiades has presented and published in the areas of health, stress and anger management, grief and loss, multicultural and mental health issues.

 

Robert Henderson, PsyD, Counselor/Coordinator of Wellness Services

Dr. Robert Henderson, PsyD, Counselor/Coordinator of Wellness Services, joined the Iona College Counseling Center in fall of 2007. Dr. Henderson received his doctorate in School Clinical-Child Psychology from Pace University. His Professional interest include the assessment and treatment of all types of psychopathology with a specialized interest in the area of trauma. Other professional interest include the role of early parent, child and familial relationship in the formation of personality and character structure, attachment theory, psychodynamic theory, and multiculturalism in psychology.


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

Jacqueline Ripepi, LMSW, Counselor/Coordinator of Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Education Services, 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, NY. Prior to that position Ms. Ripepi was a treatment care coordinator at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT. Ms. Ripepi also completed two social work internships, one at the Dorothy Bennett Behavior Health Center in Stamford, CT and another at Elmhurst Hospital Center in Elmhurst, NY.



Daniel Ruckdeschel, PhD, Counselor/Coordinator of Outreach Services

Dr. Daniel Ruckdeschel has returned to the Iona College Counseling Center, as Senior Staff Counselor and Coordinator of Outreach Services, a position he previously held during the 2008-2009 academic year. Dr. Ruckdeschel received his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University and has worked and trained in a variety of hospital and university mental health settings, including Iona College, Kingsborough Community College, St. Vincent's Hospital, New York University, Interfaith Medical Center, and Kings County Hospital. Dr. Ruckdeschel's clinical interests include disorganized attachment and relational trauma, and he has published a number of scholarly articles related to multicultural counseling, psychometric theory, and student retention.



Margaret Bohan, Office Manager

Margaret Bohan, Office Manager, 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, Ms. Bohan 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

Joslyn Kenowitz, B.A.  is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology (Health Emphasis) Program at Yeshiva University.  In addition to her experience providing psychotherapy in a community health setting, she has worked on multiple funded research projects studying quality of life issues in cancer patients.  She has professional publications and presented at multiple conferences on topics related to this research.  Her current research and clinical interests include transition from adolescence to young adulthood, with a specific focus on adolescents and young adults with chronic illnesses. 
 
LeMont Lee, M.A. is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program at Fordham University.  He has a Master's degree in African American Studies from Columbia University.  He has provided counseling to emotionally disturbed youth at a residential treatment center as well as at an alternative high school, has done clinical work at a public high school, and has also provided arts-based therapy to incarcerated youth.  His primary research interest is the effects of incarceration on the self-concept and resilience of adolescents and young adults.
 
Andrea Pratt, B.A. is a doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at Fordham University. She has experience working as a clinical researcher conducting structured, diagnostic assessments with Veterans at a VA medical center. Her research interests include women’s health issues as well as body image and eating disorders.  She has experience co-leading a mindfulness based stress reduction group for adults and working with individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. She has presented in numerous professional conferences on topics related to posttraumatic stress disorder, health psychology, and multicultural issues in psychology.
 
Annalisa Sciullo, B.A.  is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology (Health Emphasis) Program at Yeshiva University. She has experience providing intake evaluations and providing psychotherapy for individuals with depression, anxiety, trauma, and relational difficulties in a community mental health center. She has experience conducting bariatric evaluations of preparedness for surgery. She has worked with children and adolescents with cancer and their immediate families in a camp setting. Her research interest focuses on pain and psychosocial factors in the population of people with Multiple Sclerosis.