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Meet Our Staff

John DiMino, Ph.D., Director

John DiminoJohn is a licensed clinical psychologist. Prior to joining Temple in 1996, he served for 10 years in community mental health in New York City. At the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, John supervised staff and interns who conducted individual, family, and group therapy. He served for six years as adjunct assistant professor of psychology at Long Island University where he taught Introduction to Clinical Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Personality Theories, Introduction to Psychology, and History and Systems. John is Director of the Mimesis Institute, an association for the study of mythology and group processes with centers in Switzerland, Philadelphia, and New York. He received his Ph.D. from Long Island University in 1989, and his BA. from Fordham University in 1980. He is a member of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in psychology, the American Psychological Association and the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors. CLICK HERE TO READ A LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR.

Marcy Chessler, Ph.D., Associate Director for Training

Marcy is a licensed psychologist and serves as the Training Coordinator in the Psychological Services unit of Tuttleman Counseling Services. She received her master’s degree and doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Temple University. For the past 25 years, Marcy has worked in a variety of mental health settings in the Philadelphia area. Prior to coming to Tuttleman, she was a faculty member in the Counseling Psychology Program at Temple University. In that role, she taught courses in Counseling Theories, Counseling in Urban Schools and Agencies, Career Counseling and Development and Masters Internship Seminars. In addition, she was the assistant director of the Bradley Counseling Psychology Clinic at Temple where she supervised the clinical training of doctoral students. In her role as Training Coordinator at Tuttleman Counseling Services, Marcy supervises doctoral practicum externs and predoctoral interns. Marcy has received specialized training in grief and loss counseling and career counseling. Her clinical interests include grief and loss, relationship issues, gender identity, cultural identity, chronic illness and disability, and career development.

Denise Walton, Ph.D., N.C.C., Associate Director for Administration

Denise is a Senior Counselor in the Psychological Services unit of Tuttleman Counseling Services and a graduate of Temple University's Counseling Psychology Program. She brings a commitment to Temple students along with over fifteen years experience providing mental health counseling services in her local community. Denise has special training in therapy for trauma survivors and is the coordinator of the Temple's Trauma Response Team. As coordinator of the Conflict Education and Resource Team (CERT), Denise supervises student peers who provide mediation, conflict coaching and conflict skills workshops to the Temple community.

 

Psychiatric Services

Peter A. DeMaria, Jr., M.D.

Peter DeMariaDr. DeMaria is a Psychiatrist and the Coordinator of Psychiatric Services at Tuttleman Counseling Services. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Temple University School of Medicine. Prior to coming to Temple, he was the Medical Director of the Narcotic Addict Rehabilitation Program of Thomas Jefferson University and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Jefferson Medical College. He also served as Psychiatric Consultant at Jefferson’s Family Center Program, a program for addicted pregnant and parenting women. Dr. DeMaria graduated from Jefferson Medical College and completed his residency in psychiatry at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Board certified in psychiatry with added qualifications in addiction psychiatry, Dr. DeMaria is a fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and certified in addiction medicine by ASAM. In October 2001, he received the Nyswander-Dole Award from the American Methadone Treatment Association for his outstanding service in the methadone treatment field. In May 2003, he was awarded the Nancy C. A. Roeske, M.D. Certificate of Excellence in Medical Student Education by the American Psychiatric Association for his outstanding and sustained contributions to medical education.

Alia Bajwa, M.D.

In addition to serving as Tuttleman Counseling Service’s second full-time psychiatrist, Alia holds the title of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Temple University School of Medicine.  Alia is a graduate of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and completed her residency training at Temple University, where she was chief resident.  Alia’s clinical interests include psychodynamic psychotherapy, emergency and crisis psychiatry, and the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Melissa C. Crookshank, M.D.

 

Marna Sternbach, M.D.

 

Psychological Services

Tristan Guarini, Ph.D.

Tristan received his B.A. at Temple University and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Suffolk University.  Prior to joining TCS as a staff psychologist, Tristan completed a pre-doctoral internship at University of Pennsylvania and a post-doctoral fellowship at New York University.  Tristan has extensive experience working with undergraduate and graduate students, having worked in four college and university counseling centers along the east coast.  Tristan works from a relational, psychodynamic perspective, incorporating other techniques as necessary to enhance therapy and help clients experience relief from distress.  His approach to therapy includes creating a safe and non-judgmental space where students feel supported enough to work toward the changes they’d like to make.  Tristan’s main areas of interest include working with eating/body image concerns, anxiety, depression, identity concerns, and individuals who identify as sexual or gender minorities (LGBTQIA).

Steven Hulcher, Psy.D.

Steve received his Psy.D. from Immaculata University and is a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania.  Prior to obtaining his doctorate, he practiced psychotherapy as a licensed clinical social worker having obtained his MSW from Boston College.  His orientation is relational psychodynamic with the utilization of cognitive behavioral and strength based therapies.  While practicing as a psychologist, he maintains a social work perspective in which context, environment, and multicultural factors play an important role in client functioning and coping.  He has worked with adults, couples, and children and has experience with individual and group therapy in both inpatient and outpatient programs. His interests include the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders as well as the role that attachment plays in mental health.  He also has worked extensively with men and has experience in treating sexual dysfunction. He believes that the most important element to successful therapy is the establishment of a collaborative and safe environment that allows for growth in self-understanding.

Ai Ikunaga, Psy.D.

Ai is a licensed psychologist in PA. She received her B.A. from Trinity College in CT, her M.A. in Music Therapy from Drexel University, and her Psy.D from Widener University. She completed her post-doctoral training at the Renfrew Center of Philadelphia where she worked with women who struggle with eating disorders and other co-morbid mental health issues. Her interest and expertise include mental health of underserved populations, diversity/cross-cultural psychology, and treatment of eating disorders.  She has experience working in an outpatient as well as residential settings and has worked with people from diverse backgrounds who struggle with various mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and psychotic disorders. Prior to her becoming a psychologist, she worked as a music therapist for over a decade, and this experience has made her focus on clients’ creativity and strengths. Her approach to therapy is psychodynamic with a relational focus, and she also utilizes skill-based approaches depending on clients’ needs. She is originally from Japan and can conduct therapy in Japanese and English. She is committed to providing multiculturally competent services and creating a safe environment in which clients can explore their issues and work on developing self-understanding.  

Heather N. Robinson, MSW, LCSW

Heather is a licensed clinical social worker, and serves as the Counselor/Referral Coordinator at Tuttleman Counseling Services. Her role involves both conducting individual and group therapy, as well as connecting students to off campus mental health resources. In addition to her experience in our counseling center, Heather has worked in community mental health, in patient dual-diagnosis treatment, with a domestic violence population, and at a psychoanalytic training clinic. She currently has a small private practice in center city treating young adults. Heather approaches her therapeutic work from a psychodynamic, relational perspective. She enjoys working with a wide range of disorders, but has a particular interest in treating mood disorders, trauma, interpersonal struggles, grief and loss, and low or vulnerable self-image.

 

Campus Alcohol and Substance Awareness (CASA)

Amanda Williams Jamison, Psy.D.

Amanda is a therapist at Tuttleman Counseling Services (TCS), as well as the Educational Coordinator of the Campus Alcohol and Substance Awareness (CASA) unit. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Delaware. She then completed her M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Amanda completed her pre-doctoral internship at TCS, stayed on as a post-doctoral fellow, and was ultimately hired for her current position. Amanda has worked in a variety of other clinical settings, including a smaller university counseling center, a substance abuse rehabilitation facility, and both private and state psychiatric hospitals. Amanda has also volunteered with agencies providing support to survivors of sexual assault. Amanda’s clinical interests include substance abuse and addiction, trauma, loss, general relationship issues, and cultural/gender/sexual identity. Amanda adopts a relational approach to psychotherapy.

Clyde Beverly, III, Ph.D.

Clyde is a therapist on the Campus Alcohol and Substance Awareness unit at TCS. Clyde earned his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Lehigh University. Clyde completed his pre-doctoral internship as well as post-doctoral fellowship at Girard Medical Center in Philadelphia, where he specialized in serving individuals who were primarily dually diagnosed with mental health and substance abuse issues. Clyde has worked with a broad range of clients, including college students, adolescents, children and families. Clyde’s research interests include: racial identity development, multicultural counseling competence, supervision, and factors that impact student success. Clyde incorporates an integrative, multiculturally competent approach when working with his clients, and looks to work collaboratively in achieving client goals. Clyde approaches his work with clients utilizing a cognitive-behavioral orientation, and also relies on solution-focused and interpersonal interventions.

 

Sexual Assault Counseling and Education (SACE)


 

Aisha Renée Moore, MSW, LCSW

Aisha is a licensed clinical social worker providing counseling services to students.  She is also the Assistant Coordinator of the Sexual Assault Counseling and Education (SACE) Unit at Tuttleman Counseling Services. In this role, she provides specific case management and counseling services to survivors of sexual assault and to those experiencing domestic/dating violence, sexual harassment, and stalking.  She earned a BS from Carnegie Mellon University and Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Aisha has worked in a number of clinical settings including private agencies, community mental health, and college counseling centers. She has provided individual, family, and group therapy, as well as case management to children/youth, adolescents, adults, and families. Aisha’s clinical interests include grief and loss, relationship issues, sexual health, trauma, and the impact of violence.

 

Part-time Staff

Galen Smith Born, MSS, LSW

Galen is a licensed social worker at Tuttleman Counseling Services (TCS).  She received her B.A. from Temple University and her Master of Social Service degree from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.  Galen has additional training certificates in cognitive behavioral therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy from Bryn Mawr College and has received specialized training in teaching mindfulness from the Mindfulness Institute at Jefferson University.  In her role at TCS, Galen provides both individual and group psychotherapy, and co-facilitates mindfulness meditation groups that are targeted at stress management.  In addition to her experience at TCS, Galen has worked with a diverse range of clients including co-victims of violent crimes, the homeless population, secondary school students, and students in other college counseling centers.  Galen works collaboratively with her clients to provide a safe environment in which to explore, understand and integrate difficult emotions and life challenges. She incorporates psychodynamic, humanistic and mindfulness –based approaches into her work with clients. Galen enjoys supporting clients through a wide range of life challenges, including mood and anxiety disorders, issues around self-identity, grief and loss, self-esteem concerns, eating disorders, and navigating relationships and major life transitions.

Katherine Connolly, Psy.D.

A licensed clinical psychologist, Kate received her B.A. from Creighton University and her Psy.D.  from LaSalle University.  Prior to her position here as a staff psychologist, she completed a pre-doctoral internship, as well as post-doctoral hours at TCS.  In addition to counseling center experience, Kate has worked in a variety of settings since 1994, providing individual, couples, group and family therapy in homes, community mental health settings and private agencies. Her initial training in family systems models, informs a generally psychodynamic, relationally oriented approach to psychotherapy.  Clinical interests include anxiety disorders, mindfulness, somatic experiencing, general relationship issues, and identity issues.

Susan Fichandler, MSS, LCSW

 

Karen Libber Fishbein, MSW, LCSW

Karen is a licensed clinical social worker.  She received her B.A. in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania.  In her role as a social worker, Karen has worked in school, agency, university, and medical settings.  Before joining TCS, Karen spent the last seven years working for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  Her clinical interests include grief and loss, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, relationship issues, chronic illness, caregiver stress, and substance abuse.  Karen takes on a client-centered, holistic approach and incorporates cognitive behavioral and solution-focused ideas into her work.  She strives to provide a warm, safe environment to help clients as they go through their journey of self-understanding.

Beth Jellinek, M.Phil.Ed, M.S.Ed, LPC

Beth is a licensed professional counselor in PA.  She earned a BA in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MSEd in Psychological Services and MPhilEd in Professional Counseling from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.  Beth has enjoyed providing counseling services to a range of clients in a variety of clinical settings, including private practice, community mental health, non-profit work, and college counseling.  Beth strives to create a safe and nurturing environment where clients are able to process and integrate difficult emotions and experiences.  She incorporates creative modalities, mindfulness practices, relational and insight-based therapy to her work with students.  Areas of interest include grief and loss, trauma recovery, mood disorders, existential crises, identity development, and interpersonal relationships.

Jacqueline O'Duor, MSW, LCSW

Jacqueline earned her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice.  She received post-graduate training in Sex Therapy from the Council for Relationships.  She specializes in human sexuality, including sexual trauma, sexual functioning, sexual health, and LGBTQ concerns.  Jacqueline uses a psychodynamic framework to develop client case formulations.  She incorporates cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, and humanistic interventions into her clinical practice.  Jacqueline has expertise addressing PTSD and other anxiety disorders as well as working with LGBTQ people of color, Veterans, and 1st and 2nd generation Americans.

Melissa Pluta, M.Ed., LPC

Melissa been employed in the mental health field since 2006 in various capacities.  She has worked at a rape crisis center, several community mental health agencies, and residential treatment facilities for adolescents.  Melissa graduated from Temple University in 2011 with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology.  She went on to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania.  Melissa enjoys working with young adults and assisting them through the many transitions that this phase of life brings.  She strives to create a safe and open space for clients to express their true thoughts, feelings, and needs.

Robyn A. Smith, MSW, LCSW

Robyn is a licensed clinical social worker.  She received her BA in Film Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master's in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.  Robyn is a graduate of the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia.  She has also trained in Trauma-Focused CBT and play therapy.  Robyn has worked with diverse populations in and around Philadelphia ranging from in-home family work to school, outpatient, and private practice settings.  Robyn's areas of clinical interest include anxiety, stress, depression, identity, connection, and trauma.  She enjoys a relational and experiential approach.

Jane C. Zakrzewski, MSSW, LSW

Jane is a licensed social worker having received her MSSW from University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work.  Previous counseling positions were in community mental health, adult partial hospitalization, a large teaching hospital and college counseling centers where she also presented workshops and training seminars on mental health issues.  Her clinical interests include depression, anxiety, self-esteem, grief and loss, panic attacks, relationships, eating disorders and identity issues.  With a focus on the individual needs of each client, she offers a supportive, solution-focused approach, building on the client’s strengths for self-awareness, acceptance, and developing coping skills.  Therapeutic interventions come from a systems orientation, using cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and interpersonal relationships to help clients achieve their treatment goals.

 

Support Staff

Quetta N. Nicholson, Administrative Coordinator

Quetta started at Tuttleman Counseling Services (TCS) as a temporary employee intermittently for two years before joining TCS full time in 1997. Her infectious smile and meticulous demeanor makes her a valued addition to our staff.

Patrice Howerton,  Administrative Specialist

Patrice has been an employee for over 22yrs at Temple University beginning September 1991 in the Diagnostic Imaging Department.  In 1996, she transferred to Student Health Services and, in October 2008, she joined Tuttleman Counseling Services.  She continues to provide excellent customer service.

Taylor Benns, Customer Service Assistant

Taylor currently works as a part-time Administrative Assistant at Tuttleman Counseling Services. Taylor currently attends Montgomery County Community College, she plans to graduate in spring 2015 and will then transfer to Temple and finish out her education there.  Her hobbies include reading, traveling, and most recently working on her novella.  She enjoys assisting staff and has grown accustomed to making sure that the students' needs are always met.  Taylor enjoys helping the students and takes pride in providing quality customer service.

Debra Vann, Customer Service Assistant

Debra Vann started at Temple University in the Tuttleman Counseling Service on August 2013.  She is looking forward to a rewarding experience in providing quality care.

 

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Chris Grundy, Psy.D.

Jason Hart, Psy.D.

Bjorg Hermannsdottir, Ph.D.

Jennifer Leslie, Psy.D.

 

Pre-Doctoral Interns

 

George James, Jr., M.F.T., L.M.F.T. - Immaculata University

Christina Lecker, M.Ed. - Fordham University

Rachel LeMay, M.A. - Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Katherine Steiner, M.A. - Alliant International University, San Francisco

 

Part-Time Clinical Trainees

Matthew Jezzi, M.S. - University of Maryland

Tara Jordan, B.A. - Bryn Mawr College

Yiqing Miao, M.S. - Chestnut Hill College

Kayleigh Summers, B.S. - University of Pennsylvania