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.
Sandy Gerlach 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 is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work in hopes to continue her career one step further within the Counseling Center. She enjoys the great outdoors and would like to travel and explore our great country someday.
Maria Saavedra Finger is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Counseling Center and also specializes in healing from sexual assault. 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 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.
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.