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Counseling Center Staff

The Counseling Center is staffed by licensed psychologists and mental health counselors specially trained to work with young adults.

The Center is also staffed by master’s- and doctoral-level Clinical Psychology and Mental Health Counseling externs, who provide counseling to students under the supervision of licensed staff.


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. Her professional interests include identity development and individuation, religion and spirituality, romantic relationships and sexuality, and clinical training and supervision.


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 in-patient 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.

Lauren McGlynn graduated from New York University with a Master of Social Work degree and obtained additional licensure in clinical practice. She completed a clinical internship as a forensic social worker specializing in incarcerated adolescents and young adults. Lauren spent the past six years working on inpatient psychiatry units at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Her primary focus was on the treatment of addiction and she has extensive experience working with substance use disorders and other addictive behaviors. She has received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at the Beck Institute and is experienced in the use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Her professional interests include substance use disorders and other addictive behaviors including social media usage, relationships and sexual identity exploration, and issues related to trauma.


Ali Swoish graduated from Columbia University with her M.A. and Ed.M. in Mental Health Counseling. She received her undergraduate degree from New York University, studying Applied Psychology with a focus on adolescent mental health. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and emerging adults in a variety of settings, including music therapy, education, college counseling, community mental health, dance, and yoga. She most recently completed her clinical externship at Iona College Counseling Center, where she provided individual and group counseling, as well as advocacy and outreach, for emerging adults on campus. She is delighted to serve as the Dolce Postgraduate Fellow at Iona, specializing in working with Neurodivergent emerging adults in both a counseling and classroom setting. She is the instructor for Gael Chat: Social Communication course, which is an experiential learning environment in which students set and achieve goals to expand their skills sets related to social connectedness. Ali utilizes an integrative approach, incorporating both the mind and body into her counseling and outreach, in order to create a holistic space for individuals to create meaningful connections within themselves and with one another.


Schafer graduated in 2001 with a master's degree 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, she 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 adult population in Bedford, N.Y. While at Stony Brook, she co-wrote a grant for mental health services in underserved populations and wrote her final presentation on ADHD medications in young adults. She specializes in the medical management of school and college-age mental health disorders.

Margaret 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. She 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. Additionally, she has 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, she was the recipient of the Woman of Achievement Award at Iona College.

2021-22 Externship Staff

Emma is in her second year in Fordham University's master's program in Mental Health Counseling. She received her undergraduate degree from Syracuse University in 2019 and worked in Human Resources before beginning her graduate program. Emma also holds a 200-hour yoga teacher certification and has taught trauma-informed classes for survivors of human trafficking. Her clinical interests include identity exploration, life transitions, and humanistic and psychodynamic approaches.

Martin received his B.S. and B.A. in Child and Family Studies and Psychology from Syracuse University. He received his M.S.Ed. from Fordham University, where his interest in the ethnic identity development emanated. During his two years at Fordham, Martin participated in research and fulfilled his clinical hours at the Rikers Island Correctional Facility. While navigating multiple roles, Martin found time for his lifelong passion, chess. Martin’s passion for helping under-served populations, as well as interests in multicultural personality development, mirrored the mission of Fordham’s Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program. His interests continue to focus on the biopsychosocial development of Albanian immigrants. When he is not studying and/or playing online chess, he enjoys trying to figure out his golf swing and spending time as a newlywed.

Gayathri completed undergraduate degrees in psychology and human development at Virginia Tech and holds a master's degree in neuroscience from Columbia University. She has recently begun her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at John Jay College. Her clinical experience includes time answering calls at crisis hotlines in Virginia and New York and providing in-person advocacy and support at emergency rooms for sexual assault survivors as a certified hospital advocate. She also served as a research coordinator at Columbia University Medical Center, working with families affected by dementia. Gayathri views wellness through a trauma-informed multicultural perspective, with a focus on the ways in which identity affects experiences across the lifetime. She is excited to join the Iona College Counseling Center as an extern and looks forward to supporting and empowering students.

Contact Us

Counseling Center

Spellman Hall, Room 4-203 (second floor)

Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Walk-in Hours: Monday - Friday, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. or by appointment
Instagram: @ionacollegecounselingcenter

(914) 633-2038 (914) 633-2038