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Smita Majumdar Das, PsyD is the Director of CPO and been at Stony Brook University since 2006. She is a NYS licensed Clinical Psychologist and has drawn on the expertise to develop ‘victim-centered’ services for students who experience sexual violence on campus. She also provides direction and leadership to the University’s sexual violence response, education and prevention efforts across campus. She has co-authored and managed two Department of Justice grants with the Office on Violence Against Women, totaling $600,000 to develop and implement a campus-based comprehensive prevention and response strategy to combat sexual violence. She also works closely with Counseling and Psychological services providing direct clinical services to students and clinical supervision to interns and postdoctoral fellows.

Apart from having a doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D), she has a MBA in Health Care Administration and a M.A in Applied Psychology. She is currently pursuing a MPH at Stony Brook University. When she is not at the University - working and studying - she is usually with her partner and son exploring the sights and sounds of Stony Brook/Long Island community.


Danielle Merolla, Pys.D is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Associate Director of CPO. She received her Masters and Doctorate at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and completed a Fellowship at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis.

Danielle spent over 10 years working alongside young adults experiencing the first signs and symptoms of mental illness. Her clinical experiences with diverse individuals and families have revealed time and again how early intervention and prevention can positively impact an individual’s journey and allow for recovery and healing that can empower each person. Danielle has expertise in the area of early psychosis, depression, trauma, and program development. She is passionate about outreach, social justice issues and identity.

In conjunction with overseeing mental health programming and suicide prevention efforts, Danielle works closely with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) providing individual and group counseling to students, and clinical supervision. When she is not at Stony Brook, she is learning how to play the guitar and having adventures with her children.

Danielle Merolla

Christine Szaraz, MS, LMHC is  the Assistant Director Coordinator of Sexual Violence Prevention and Outreach Programs with the Center for Prevention and Outreach (CPO) and works closely with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). She coordinates the majority of our university sexual violence prevention education and bystander intervention programming, and spends a lot of time working with students from different campus groups and organizations on events, presentations, videos and other cool projects. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Stony Brook University in 2003, then completed a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University in 2008.

Chris is an avid reader of fantastic fiction, and loves sci-fi and horror movies; when she isn’t working, she can also be found exploring hidden away natural spaces on Long Island.


Kerri Mahoney, MPH is the Assistant Director of CPO and Alcohol and Other Drug Outreach Specialist for the Center of Prevention and Outreach.  Kerri graduated from Stony Brook University with a Master in Public Health in 2016. While completing her degree she served as the graduate assistant to the Red Watch Band program on campus, and as an Apartment Resident Assistant in Chapin.

Prior to her graduate work, Kerri completed her Bachelors in Ecosystems and Human Impact at Stony Brook and served as a research assistant in the Earthworm Eco-toxicology lab. Kerri credits her experience in the Sustainability Department for her holistic and system-thinking approach to solving problems. In her free time Kerri enjoys exploring new cuisine options, traveling and playing with her nieces and nephews.

Kerri Mahoney

Samantha August, MA is the Survivor Advocate & Prevention Specialist which allows her to provide confidential support and resource options to students who experience sexual or interpersonal violence. 

Samantha graduated with her B.A. and M.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Samantha trained as a NYS Rape Crisis Counselor through VIBS, a local rape crisis center, and volunteered with them for four and a half years. In her free time, Samantha enjoys watching sports, cooking and playing with her dog Archie.

Samantha Winter

Alana Urbont-Marino, LMSW (she/her)  is the College Prevention Coordinator for Stony Brook University. She manages a grant, funded by NY State OASAS, which aims to prevent and reduce rates of alcohol consumption and other drug use by college students. She is responsible for the campus community coalition ( SB IMPACT: IMProving our Campus and Community through Action and Change Together) which unites SBU students and staff with key members of the surrounding community to make the local environment safer for all its residents.

Alana received her Master’s in Social Work from the Stony Brook School of Social Welfare in 2012. In her free time, Alana relaxes with her wife and their toddler. She enjoys cooking, playing at the park with her family, going to concerts, trying new restaurants, and rereading the Harry Potter series...again.