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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. Nicole 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.

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.

Meredith Beardmore, LMHC, Counselor/Coordinator of Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Education Services

Ms. Meredith Beardmore graduated from The Ohio State University with her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She completed her clinical internship at Counseling and Consultation Services at The Ohio State University and has experience working with chemically dependent or dual diagnosis patients. Most recently, Ms. Beardmore worked as a psychotherapist in an outpatient mental health practice devoted to supporting diverse individuals, families and couples. Through her experience in private practice, community clinics and university counseling centers, she became adept in identifying areas of need and utilizing interventions that are tailored to the individual. She will bring her experience working with adults and adolescence from diverse cultural backgrounds with a wide range of clinical concerns, from developmental issues to complex pathology. Ms. Beardmore’s areas of expertise include person-centered therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and mindfulness techniques.

Alison Rivers, Ph.D., Psychologist

Dr. Alison Rivers completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University at Albany, State University of New York. She has worked clinically in a variety of settings including an outpatient community care center, a residential treatment facility and school, an outpatient behavioral pediatrics clinic, an outpatient neurology clinic, and across inpatient and outpatient medical units at a children’s hospital. Dr. Rivers completed her Predoctoral Psychology Internship at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center where she delivered trauma informed treatment in primary care and mental health settings to adolescents and young adults. Dr. Rivers specializes in the ways in which trauma, mental health, and physical health interact in adolescents and young adults including for individuals with chronic illnesses, those who have experienced or are experiencing trauma, and those who are transgender, gender fluid, and gender-questioning. Dr. Rivers uses evidence-based treatments including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy to best meet her clients’ needs. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Rivers is serving as the Counseling Center’s Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Specialist and delivers a variety of innovative campus education and prevention initiatives relevant to this topic.

Robin Schafer, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMH-NP)

Ms. 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. 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. 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.

Dolce Postdoctoral Fellow

Tristan Adams, Ph.D.

Dr. Tristan Adams completed his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus. Dr. Adams has worked in a variety of settings, including a community outpatient day treatment center, a college counseling center and a foster care agency. He will serve this year as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Counseling Center. His professional interests include adolescent development, decision making and risk taking behavior.


Kelly Foster, BA

Kelly Foster is a student in the Master of Education program in mental health counseling at Fordham University. She achieved her BA in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the State University of New York at Cortland. During her undergraduate career, she worked as an intern in a middle school counseling department working with students in both the individual and group setting. From there, she followed her passion of working with children by working as a daycare teacher where she helped transition her students from pre-school to kindergarten. Kelly is currently employed at The Mental Health Association of Westchester. She does central intake scheduling for the clinics and provides support to the care management program. Her areas of interest include emerging adulthood, grief counseling and personality development.

Kimberly Lonie, BA

Kimberly Lonie is a student in the Master of Education program in mental health counseling at Teachers College, Columbia University. Kim graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Psychology and minors in French and Cognitive Science. She has experience at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in the In-Patient Psychiatric Unit where she performed intakes and worked alongside counselors performing individual and group counseling to high-risk populations. She also has experience at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., in the Child Development Clinic, working alongside psychologists, collaborating on the assessment of child developmental disorders. Her interests include substance abuse, relationship counseling and eating disorders at the college level.

Rachel Serkez, BA

Rachel Serkez is a doctoral student in William Paterson University’s clinical psychology program. Her research interests include multicultural issues and eating disorders in adult populations. She enjoyed interning at the Center for Mindfulness and CBT, where she trained in the art of mindfulness and assisted in the facilitation of an MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction) group therapy program for adults. Rachel volunteered abroad in a center for disadvantaged Israeli children and has also had experience working with older adults as a coordinator of health care services for patients of varied age, race, ethnicity and gender, challenged by a variety of mental, physical and psychological issues.