About the University Counseling Center


The University Counseling Center promotes the intellectual, emotional, and physical development of all students. Through the creation, coordination, and delivery of broadly based psychological services, health promotion initiatives, and prevention programs, we enhance the academic productivity and personal wellbeing of University at Albany students.

The University has a diverse student body with regard to race, ethnicity, culture, language, nationality, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, spirituality, and other aspects of identity. The Counseling Center proudly welcomes this diversity and is committed to promoting social justice and assisting all students.

In addition, to advance the discovery and learning missions of the University, Center professionals conduct grant funded research, provide training for doctoral students, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and supervise two peer education programs.

UCC Staff

Estela M. Rivero, Ph.D., Director, Licensed Psychologist
Judith A. Stanley, Ph.D., Associate Director, Licensed Psychologist
Joseph E. Bernier, Ph.D., Assistant Director for Training and Clinical Evaluation, Licensed Psychologist
M. Dolores Cimini, Ph.D., Assistant Director for Prevention and Program Evaluation, Licensed Psychologist; Director, Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program

Joyce Y. Dewitt-Parker, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Coordinator for Sexual Assault Prevention; Liaison to the Department of Athletics
Angelina X. Díaz-Myers, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
Lisa H. Dulgar-Tulloch, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
Brian M. Freidenberg, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Addictive Behaviors Specialist
Julie A. Heslin Pokat, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
Vivian Hwang, M.A., Staff Psychologist
Craig Kimmelblatt, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist
Joseph Monserrat, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist
Dana Nevedal, Ph.D., Post Doctoral Fellow
Sarah Nolan, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist
Karen L. Sokolowski, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Coordinator of STEPS Program
Carol P. Stenger, M. Ed., M.A., Coordinator for Health Promotion; Director, Project SHAPE: Sexual Health & Peer Education
Heidi R. Wright, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist

Doctoral Trainees
Alexandra Lerner, M.A., Psychology Intern
Robert Orf, M.S., Psychology Intern
Daniela Venosa, M.A., Psychology Intern
Jacquelyn Wright, M.A., Psychology Intern

Graduate Assistants
Ashley Huie, B.A., Middle Earth Hotline Coordinator
Rachel Landau, B.A., Alcohol Prevention
Mallory Loflin, B.A., Senior Research Assistant
Christina Miller, B.A., Health Promotion

Support Staff
Karen A. Schultz, Secretary
Shaheeda Sherba, Receptionist
Beverly Amsler, Accommodation Support for Staff with Disability