Shelly Lear is the director of counseling and student wellness, coordinating the many student services of the Center, including counseling, consultation to students, faculty and staff, prevention and wellness programming, outreach to campus groups, and psychological crisis responding . She is a licensed clinical psychologist and completed her doctorate in 1997 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, (specializing in family and couples therapy). She completed her clinical internship at the University of Pittsburgh Counseling Center in 1996. Shelly is certified in clinical hypnosis and also has an interest in family/relationship issues, anxiety and depression, mindfulness approaches, dream interpretation, professional ethics, rural (small worlds) psychology and feminist therapy; her professional orientation is integrative and transtheoretical. Shelly currently serves as an advisory board member of the Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH), a national research and benchmarking study investigating college mental health services and seeking to define best practices in the field. When not in the office, she enjoys time with her husband and their dog, quilting, gardening, painting, and reading. You may see her walking around campus with her buddy Hobbes in the morning.
Sandy Gerlach, secretary/receptionist at the Center for Counseling and Student Wellness, has worked on campus since 1998. She has worked in several departments including the Colleges' Post Office, The Bookstore, and Admissions, and has been with the Counseling Center since January 2011. She takes pleasure in numerous challenges work has to offer and is always ready for any opportunity to learn. Throughout her years at the Colleges she earned an AAS degree in marketing and is a licensed real estate agent. Sandy enjoys making gift baskets for special occasions and would someday like to offer them for sale or consignment. During the summer/fall months she is an avid camper. She takes every advantage in spending time outside and with her two grandchildren. Lastly, when she joined the staff at CCSW, she felt it was a great fit since she enjoys helping and assisting others.
Meghann Wraight-Steinmetz is the assistant director for CCSW and a licensed psychologist. She completed her doctoral degree in counseling psychology at the University at Buffalo. Her professional interests and specializations are college student mental health, trauma, and working with students with disabilities. Her therapeutic approach is integrative, with a foundation in psychodynamic and feminist theories. She also integrates solution-focused interventions, mindfulness, and cognitive-behavioral techniques into her therapeutic work. She enjoys practicing yoga, visiting the Adirondack Mountains, and spending time with family and friends.
Maria Saavedra Finger is a licensed clinical psychologist and the sexual assault response coordinator at the Counseling Center. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, College Park and her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the University of Rochester. Her professional interests include adult romantic attachment, mindfulness, identity formation, and trauma. She utilizes an integrative approach to therapy with a focus on interpersonal and psychodynamic theories. She also incorporates cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, and guided imagery techniques in both individual and group therapy. She enjoys traveling, libraries, new recipes, and going on hikes with her family.
Michael Siembor Michael Siembor is a staff psychologist and the alcohol and other drugs prevention coordinator. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame and received his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York. He has particular interests in working with students as they transition into college, individuals involved in the arts, and individuals from traditionally underserved and underrepresented populations. He uses a generalist approach, but pulls heavily from interpersonal and humanistic frameworks. His research and professional interests include clinical supervision, assessment, and community mental health. Michael enjoys reading a good book, writing, running, and playing his clarinet.
Elizabeth J. Carroll is a staff psychologist. She completed her undergraduate degree at The University of Connecticut, and is currently finishing her dissertation to complete her PhD in clinical psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She completed her clinical internship at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Her professional interests include relationships and attachment, sexual trauma, gender and sexuality, diversity, and emerging adulthood. Her theoretical orientation is integrative, and is influenced by psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, attachment, and systems models. Elizabeth enjoys reading good books, watching trashy TV shows, hiking, the theater, and spending time with her family and friends.