Director of Counseling and Student Wellness
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.
Michael Siembor is a staff psychologist and assistant director. 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.
Rebecca L. Berger
Rebecca Berger is a staff psychologist. She completed her undergraduate degree at The State University of New York at Geneseo and her PhD in clinical psychology at Hofstra University. The foundation of her theoretical orientation is cognitive-behavioral, however, she approaches therapy integratively utilizing interventions from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, mindfulness-based approaches, and interpersonal process. Her professional interests include trauma, substance use, student veterans, and fostering healthy relationships. Rebecca enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, baking, and traveling.
Tasha Prosper is a staff psychologist. She is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University, with a research focus on race related stress. Her theoretical approach pulls heavily from interpersonal and existential psychology frameworks. Her professional interests include race based stress, community activism, religion/spirituality, and meditation. Tasha has enjoyed facilitating dynamic group therapy offerings including mood and food, spirituality support, women of color support, and finding meaning in life support groups. She is a two-time recipient of the Davis Putter Scholarship and Activism award. She completed a Pre-Doctoral fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York, and a Post-Doctoral fellowship at The University of South Carolina.
Part-time Staff Psychologist
Jack Peltz received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Rochester. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the University of Rochester Medical Center and has worked as a therapist in community mental health and college counseling centers. His primary therapeutic orientation is integrative, as he strives to integrate cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, family systems, and other forms of therapy to support his clients. Dr. Peltz has extensive training in evidenced-based therapies, which includes trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy. In addition to his work as a therapist at HWS, Dr. Peltz is also a full-time visiting professor in the Psychology Department.
Part-time Staff Psychologist
Jennifer Hogan is a licensed clinical psychologist. She completed her doctorate in 1993 at Widener University and concurrently completed a school psychology curriculum through Widener University and Bryn Mawr College. In addition to her work at the Counseling Center, she serves as a mental health consultant to Geneva Head Start. She utilizes an integrative approach to therapy, incorporating psychodynamic theories, cognitive behavioral strategies, mindfulness techniques, and interpersonal therapy principles. Her professional interests include the developmental challenges of children and young adults, anxiety, depression, and ethics in the therapeutic process.
Karen serves as the office coordinator for the Center for Counseling and Student Wellness. She previously held the position of academic department coordinator for the Education Department from 2005 – spring 2015. Karen began her career at the Colleges with the Center for Teaching and Learning in 2004, and is once again enjoying working directly with the students on a daily basis at CCSW. She also enjoys playing piano and guitar, reading and yoga.