College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York
 
  

Counseling Center
 Staff

Director
Ann Booth, Psy.D.

Associate Director
Mary Murphy, L.M.H.C.

Full-Time Personal Counselors
Danielle DePalma, L.C.S.W.
Winnie Eng, Ph.D.
Kim Montagnino, Ph.D.
Sergey Profis, Ph.D.

Part-Time Personal Counselors
Masha Bardash, Psy.D.
Daniel Combs, Psy.D.
Jonathan Spitz, Psy.D.

Part-Time Academic Counselors
Kristi Nielson, M.S.Ed.

Psychatric Nurse Practitioner
Kathy Cilione, M.S., NP

Graduate Practicum Students


Jacqueline Imbema, B.A.
Esther Mitnick, B.A.

Support Staff
Michele Karpeles, M.A.
Lisa Avila

 

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Dr. Ann Booth, Psy.D., Director of the Counseling Center, is a New York State Licensed Psychologist. She holds a B.S. in Psychology, an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling, and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Booth completed a clinical internship at Southern Illinois University Student Counseling Center, and also served as a Staff Psychologist at Stevens Institute of Technology.  In addition to clinical work, Dr. Booth has also served as a Senior Director of Student Services. Her clinical interests focus on trauma and survival, substance abuse, gay and lesbian issues, anxiety, and self-esteem strengthening. She works full-time at the Counseling Center and provides personal counseling for students.

Mary
Mary Murphy is the Associate Director of the Counseling Center and is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor.  She holds a  B.A. (Hons.) in Psychology from University College Galway, and an M.Sc. in Counseling Psychology from Trinity College, Dublin.  She is a Registered Psychologist of the Psychological Society of Ireland.  Ms. Murphy has over 20 years experience in clinical settings in the United States and Ireland.  Since 1994, she has served as a counselor both in this Center and the Office of Disability Services.  Ms. Murphy has a continuing interest in physiological factors that can influence psychological issues, and the range of methods used to train self-regulation.  She especially enjoys helping students identify and overcome issues that may hinder their academic success. She works full-time at the Counseling Center and provides personal and academic counseling for students.

Danielle
Danielle DePalma received an M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University and a B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University.  She is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in the State of New York.  She has experience with assessment, case management, and outreach.  She has conducted counseling in areas such as developmental and learning disabilities. Ms. DePalma has worked for the Staten Island Mental Health Society and Legal Aid and currently works in a private practice New Jersey. She works full-time at the Counseling Center and provides personal counseling for students.

Dr. Winnie Eng is a New York State Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Specialty. She received her B.A. in Psychology and in Anthropology from Brown University, her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Temple University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University Counseling Service at New York University. She has specialized training and research interest in the treatment of anxiety disorders and working with international students. Additional areas of interest include interpersonal relationships and multicultural/diversity issues. She has experience supervising Masters and pre-doctoral students at university counseling centers. Dr. Eng utilizes a psychodynamic approach in her treatment, and has extensive experience in crisis intervention and cognitive-behavioral interventions. She works full-time at the Counseling Center and provides personal counseling for students.

kim Dr. Kim Montagnino is a New York State licensed psychologist.  She received her B.A. in Psychology from Drew University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  Dr. Montagnino completed her clinical internship at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in New Jersey and worked as a Staff Psychologist at Seton Hall University Counseling Services.  She has specialized experience and interest in anxiety disorders, sexual assault survivors, multicultural counseling and the psychology of gender.  Dr. Montagnino's approach to counseling is informed by cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and family systems theories. She works full-time at the Counseling Center and provides personal counseling for students.


Sergey
Dr. Sergey Profis is a New York State Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Specialty. He  received his B.A. in psychology from BostonUniversity, his M.A and Ph.D. from the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University. Dr. Profis completed his clinical Internship at Columbia-Presbyterian, The University Hospitals of Columbia and Cornell-Presbyterian Center.  Dr. Profis has specialized training in crisis intervention and has worked on a Psychiatric Mobile Crisis Team. His clinical interests include interpersonal relationships, multicultural issues, depressive and anxiety conditions. Dr. Profis employs an integrative approach to psychotherapy, combining psychodynamic, experiential and cognitive behavioral models of treatment. Dr. Profis works full time at the Counseling Center and provides personal counseling for students.
Masha Dr. Maria M. Bardash, Psy.D., is a New York state licensed Mental Health Counselor. Dr Bardash received a B.S. degree in Child Development and Education from Vanderbilt University, and Psy.D. in School Psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University. After completing an internship at Interfaith Medical Center, a NYC hospital that services inner city population, Dr. Bardash had served as a staff psychologist on a Mobile Crisis Team providing emergency psychiatric services, including assessment, treatment, and case management. For the past ten years, Dr. Bardash has been directing school-based programs of the Guidance Center of Brooklyn, a community mental health clinic. As an Associate Clinic Director, Dr. Bardash developed and managed multiple school-based programs, as well as oversaw clinic’s administrative functioning. Dr. Bardash also has a private clinical practice that offers individual and family therapy to the residents of South Brooklyn. Dr. Bardash works part-time in the Counseling Center and provides personal counseling for students.
Dan CombsDr. Daniel Combs is a New York State Licensed Psychologist. He earned his M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead, which is located in Southern California. He has experience working in a variety of settings, including hospitals, community mental health centers, and university counseling centers, and is currently working in a private practice in Manhattan. Dr. Combs is experienced in helping individuals with a wide spectrum of anxiety and mood disorders. He utilizes an integrative approach to psychotherapy, drawing from both cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic forms of treatment. Dr. Combs works part-time at the Counseling Center and provides personal counseling for students.

Jonathan Spitz Dr. Jonathan Spitz is a New York State Licensed Psychologist. He received a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois.  He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the New Mexico State University Counseling Center.  Dr. Spitz has experience and interest working with individuals from diverse backgrounds with concerns around relationships, trauma, life transitions, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and multicultural issues. Dr. Spitz utilizes an integrative approach to treatment, including aspects of cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, constructivist, and family systems therapies.  He works part time at the Counseling Center and provides personal counseling for students.

Kristi Kristi Nielson received her Masters degree in Higher Education Administration at Baruch College.  Her experience includes providing academic counseling at the CSI Academic and Advisement Center and working with students at the Office of Disability Service’s.  Ms. Nielson has assisted students at CSI for more than 15 years in a variety of academic settings. Particular interests include academic counseling and assisting students overcome obstacles to achieve academic success. She works at the Counseling Center part-time and provides academic counseling for students.
Kathy
Kathleen Cilione received a B.S. in Nursing from Villanova University and a master’s degree from Wagner College in nursing administration and child mental health.  She went on to obtain a post-master’s certificate from Columbia University in a psychiatric nurse practitioner program.  Ms. Cilione has over 30 years of psychiatric nursing experience.  She has worked as a clinician and administrator in outpatient, inpatient and psychiatric emergency settings. She also spent five years teaching at New Jersey City University. She works at the Counseling Center part-time and provides psychiatric medication evaluations and management for students.

Jacqueline Imbemba received a B.A. in Psychology from the College of Staten Island. She is currently working to earn a M.A. in Mental Health Counseling at the College of Staten Island. She worked with juveniles at an Office of Children and Family Services facility serving as a mentor for adolescents. She also worked at A Very Special Place, a center for individuals suffering from developmental disabilities for over two years. She is a Practicum student at the Counseling Center, providing both personal and academic counseling for students.
Esther Mitnick received her B.A. in Psychology from Touro College. She is currently working toward a M.A. in Mental Health Counseling at the College of Staten Island. She has experience working with the geriatric community as well as individuals with physical disabilities and health issues. Esther is a practicum student at the Counseling Center providing both personal and academic counseling to students.

Support Staff

Michele   Lisa
     Michele Karpeles                  Lisa Avila