Frances A. Meléndez

Frances A. Meléndez, PhD. Director of the Clinical Mental Counseling Program at the College of Staten Island (CSI) is a licensed clinical psychologist in the State of New York. She is a graduate of the College of Staten Island and received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of The City University of New York.

Dr. Meléndez completed her internship at Bellevue Hospital Medical Center (BHMC) followed by a two year Neuropsychology fellowship in the Traumatic Brain Injury Unit of BHMC. She went on to become the Associate Director of the TBI/Rehabilitative Medicine Unit.  As the Associate Director she was involved with direct patient care as well overseeing a staff of 115.  Dr. Melendez developed and implemented several professional development staff training programs for the staff.

The clinical interests of Dr. Melendez include disparities in mental health services, depression and women, substance abuse, trauma, psychogenic seizures (PNES), empowerment and self-advocacy, HIV/AIDS, stigma as it related to being diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and mental illness. Dr. Meléndez is an active presenter for the Department of Health on topics related to HIV/AIDS and well-being. She regularly presents at regional and national psychology conferences. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the National Latino Psychology Association for Hispanic Mental Health Professionals, and New York State Psychological Association, where she also sat on their executive committee on addiction, and the American Mental Health Counselors Association. She has been elected to the Board of Directors of Community Health Action of Staten Island (CHASI).


Michael Squeglia

Michael A. Squeglia, Addiction Studies Program Director at The College of Staten Island,
NYS OASAS Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor and a NYS OASAS Qualified Instructor, currently teaching at the College of Staten Island. He is an alumni of the College of Staten Island (CUNY) and Empire State College (SUNY). Michael is also a graduate of the Interfaith Chaplaincy/Counseling Program at The New York Christian Counseling Center, an Albert Ellis Institute satellite school and is a Certified Temperament Counselor.

Mr. Squeglia has served as a chaplain in hospital and correctional facility settings and is actively involved with a faith-based treatment facility. As a CASAC, Mr. Squeglia has been working in the field of Addiction/Recovery for 12+ years at a variety of clinical and administrative positions in a wide range of treatment settings including; Medical Detox, Inpatient CD services, Outpatient CD services, HIV/AIDS services, MICA Residence, Family Stabilization, and Supportive Housing. Mr. Squeglia has had extensive experience in all core functions of counseling He is also experienced in a variety of evidence based treatment approaches for clients in all stages of change, and levels of recovery, in both Harm Reduction and Abstinence based settings. Some of these evidence based treatments include Motivational Interviewing, REBT, Client Centered and Brief Therapy, effective Group Facilitations, as well as techniques and concepts to conduct a wide range of Psycho-Educational Skill Development and Cognitive-behavioral groups.

Mr. Squeglia’s personal and professional mission has been to serve those that are in his community. This has afforded him the opportunity to work with many other dedicated people and organizations in the New York and New Jersey that have been providing services to those that are in great need. He has developed and maintained productive and cooperative relationships with other service providers in the five boroughs and throughout New York State.

Since addiction transcends all racial, ethnic, religious and economic lines, addiction services do as well. This work has provided Mr. Squeglia with the opportunity to meet with and provide trainings to diverse groups of business, community, and religious leaders. The work has taken him from performing outreach to homeless individuals on the streets of New York to providing training to EAPs of some of New York’s most valued public servants. Mr. Squeglia is currently involved in authoring a workbook designed to facilitate extended healing and personal growth for those Individuals who are at late stage recovery.