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Meet the Staff 

SHWPS Staff 

The staff of Student Health, Wellness and Prevention Services are a dedicated group of professionals working tirelessly to keep the students of  Stony Brook University safe and healthy while completing their academic work. 

SHWPS Leadership Team

Pictured above is the Student Health, Wellness and Prevention Services Leadership Team.


Browse the departments below to meet and connect with staff from every area of Student Health, Wellness and Prevention Services. 

 

  • Leadership

    Assistant Vice President

    Marisa Bisiani

    Marisa Bisiani

    Assistant Vice President of Student Health, Wellness and Prevention Services

    (631) 632-2377

    Marisa.Bisiani@stonybrook.edu

     

    Administrative Assistant

    Martha O'Brien

    Martha O'Brien

     Assistant to the VP of Student Health, Wellness and Prevention Services

    (631) 632-2377

    martha.obrien@stonybrook.edu

     

    Department Directors

    Rachel Bergeson, MD

    Rachel Bergeson, MD

    Director of Student Health Services

    (631) 632-6740

    rachel.bergeson@stonybrook.edu

     

    Julian Pessier, Ph.D

    Julian Pessier, Ph.D

    Director of Counseling and Psychological Services

    (631) 632-6720

    julian.pessier@stonybrook.edu

     

    Smita Majumdar Das, Psy.D

    Smita Majumdar Das, Psy.D

    Director of Center for Prevention and Outreach

    (631) 632-2748

    smita.majumdar@stonybrook.edu

     

    Judy Esposito, LCSW

    Judy Esposito, LCSW

    Interim Director of Student Accessibility Support Center

    judy.esposito@stonybrook.edu

     

    Jay Souza

    Jay Souza

    Director of Recreation and Wellness

    jay.souza@stonybrook.edu

     

  • Student Health Services
    Rachel Bergeson, MD

    Rachel Bergeson, MD

    Director of Student Health Services

    (631) 632-6740

     

    Robert K. Ansbach, MA, PA-C

    Robert K. Ansbach, MA, PA-C

     Associate Director/Physician Assistant

    (631) 632-6740

     

    Sujatha Palat, MD

    Sujatha Palat, MD

    College Physician, Family Medicine

    (631) 632-6740

     

    L.Lee Bateman, MD

    L.Lee Bateman, MD

    College Physician

    (631) 632-6740

     

    Richard Tuckerman, MD

    Richard Tuckerman, MD

    College Physician

    (631) 632-6740

     

    Kulsoom Shah, MD

    Kulsoom Shah, MD

    College Physician

    (631) 632-6740

     

    Anthony Pesce, MD

    Anthony Pesce, MD

    College Physician

    (631) 632-6740

     

    Karen R. Dybus

    Karen R. Dybus

      College Physician Assistant

    (631) 632-6740

     

    Jean Tully

    Jean Tully

      College Physician Assistant

    (631) 632-6740

     

    Jackie Hochstrasser, MT (ASCP)

    Jackie Hochstrasser, MT (ASCP)

      Clinical Laboratory Technologist

    (631) 632-6740

     

     

     

    Maryann B. Slawinski

    Maryann B. Slawinski

    Registered Nurse 

    (631) 632-6740

     

    Kiersten Weis

    Kiersten Weis

    Registered Nurse

    (631) 632-6740

     

    Shari R. Guss

    Shari R. Guss

    Registered Nurse

    (631) 632-6740

     

    Stephanie Kyle

    Stephanie Kyle

     Registered Nurse

    (631) 632-6740

     

    Mary George

    Mary George

    Nursing Assistant II

    (631) 632-6740

     

    Teresa Kruger

    Teresa Kruger

    Nursing Assistant II

    (631) 632-6740

     

    Rosalie Tramontana

    Rosalie Tramontana

    Assistant/Pharmacist Tech.

    (631) 632-6740

     

    Ed Eschmann

    Ed Eschmann

    Pharmacist

    (631) 632-6740

     

    Annemarie Ng

    Nutritionist

    (631) 632-6740

     

    Deborah Freund-Baldwin

    Deborah Freund-Baldwin

     Clinical Social Worker

    (631) 632-6740

     

    LaShawne Jones

    LaShawne Jones

     Secretary

    (631) 632-6740

     

     

     

    Terry Detels

    Terry Detels

    Medical Records

    (631) 632-6740

     

    Juana Francesca Pajonas

    Juana Francesca Pajonas

    Clerk

    (631) 632-6740

     

    Phyllis Ironside

    Clerk - Billing Office

    (631) 632-6740

     

    Debra Brancato

    Debra Brancato

    Clerk II

    (631) 632-6740

     

    Jacqueline Riggs

    Jacqueline Riggs

     Calculations Clerk II

    (631) 632-6740

     

    John Shackelford

    John Shackelford

    Lead Programmer/Analyst

    (631) 632-6740

     

  • Counseling and Psychological Services

    Leadership

    Julian Pessier, Ph.D

    Julian Pessier, Ph.D

    Director of Counseling and Psychological Services

    (631) 632-6720

     

    Judy Esposito, LCSW

    Judy Esposito, LCSW

    Associate Director

    (631) 632-6720

     

    Bethany Riddle, Ph.D

    Bethany Riddle, Ph.D

    Assistant Director for Training

    (631) 632-6720

     

    Lisa Akel, Psy.D

    Lisa Akel, Psy.D

    Coordinator of Student Assessment and Group Therapy 

    (631) 632-6720

     

    Marissa Clements, Psy.D

    Marissa Clements, Psy.D

    Coordinator  

    (631) 632-6720

     

    Expert Consults

    Smita Majumdar Das, Psy.D

    Smita Majumdar Das, Psy.D

    Sexual Violence and Trauma Focused Counseling  

    (631) 632-1623

     

    Lara Hunter, LCSW

    Lara Hunter, LCSW

    Alcohol and Other Drugs

    (631) 632-6729

     

    Psychiatry

    Meghan Malhotra, MD

    Psychiatry

    (631) 632-6720

     

    Sandra Edwards, DNP, NPP

    Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry

    (631) 632-6720

     

    Suzanne Myers, NPP

    Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry

    (631) 632-6720

     

    Angela Sorice, NPP

    Nurse Practitioner

    (631) 632-6720

     

    Counselors

    Susan Byrne, LMHC, LCSW

    Susan Byrne, LMHC, LCSW

    Senior Counselor

    (631) 632-6720

     

    Lisa DeFeis, LCSW

    Lisa DeFeis, LCSW

    Senior Counselor - Alcohol and Other Drugs

    (631) 632-6720

     

    Glenda Baker, LMFT

    Glenda Baker, LMFT

    Counselor

    (631) 632-6720

     

    Alissa Bell, Ph. D

    Alissa Bell, Ph. D

    Counselor 

    (631) 632-6720

     

    Alexandra Rulli, LMSW

    Alexandra Rulli, LMSW

    Counselor

    (631) 632-6720

     

    Amanda Donlon, Psy.D

    Amanda Donlon, Psy.D

    Counselor

    (631) 632-6720

     

    Julia Kiely, Ph.D

    Julia Kiely, Ph.D

    Counselor

    (631) 632-6720

     

    Jennifer Penn, LCSW

    Jennifer Penn, LCSW

    Counselor

    (631) 632-6720

     

    Post-Doctoral Fellows

    Chassity Fiani, Ph.D.

    Chassity Fiani, Ph.D.

    Psychology Postdoc Fellow

    (631) 632-6720

     

    Cassandra Moon

    Psychology Postdoc Fellow

    (631) 632-6720

     

    Mark Macor, M.S

    Mark Macor, M.S

    Psychology Postdoc Fellow

    (631) 632-6720

     

    Psychology Interns

    Casey Culligan, M.S

    Casey Culligan, M.S

     Psychology Intern

    (631) 632-6720

     

    Rachel Diamond

      Psychology Intern

    (631) 632-6720

     

    Lauren Lavrigata

    Lauren Lavrigata

    Psychology Intern

    (631) 632-6720

     

    Jennifer Wertovitch

    Jennifer Wertovitch

    Psychology Intern

    (631) 632-6720

     

    Case Manager

    Gwen Phillips, MPH

    Gwen Phillips, MPH

    Case Manager and Evaluation Specialist

    (631) 632-6720

     

    Administrative Staff

    Donna Thorbjornsen

    Donna Thorbjornsen

     

    (631) 632-6720

     

  • Center for Prevention and Outreach
    Smita Majumdar Das, Psy.D

    Smita Majumdar Das, Psy.D

     Director of Center for Prevention and Outreach

    (631) 632-1623

    smita.majumdar@stonybrook.edu

     

    Lara Hunter, LCSW

    Lara Hunter, LCSW

    Coordinator of Alcohol and Drug Services, Clinical Social Worker

    (631) 632-6720

    Lara.Hunter@stonybrook.edu

     

    Christine Szaraz, MS, LMHC

    Christine Szaraz, MS, LMHC

    Coordinator of Sexual Violence Prevention and Outreach Programs

    (631) 632-1602

    christine.szaraz@stonybrook.edu

     

    Danielle Merolla, Psy. D

    Danielle Merolla, Psy. D

     Assistant Director of Mental Health Outreach and Community Based Interventions

    (631) 632-6720

    danielle.merolla@stonybrook.edu

     

    Kerri Mahoney, MPH

    Kerri Mahoney, MPH

    Alcohol and Other Drug Outreach Specialist

    (631) 632-2626

    kerri.mahoney@stonybrook.edu

     

    Samantha August, M.A

    Samantha August, M.A

    Survivor Advocate & Prevention Specialist

    (631) 457-9981

    samantha.winter@stonybrook.edu

     

    Alana Marino, LMSW

    Alana Marino, LMSW

    College Prevention Coordinator

    (631) 487-0514

    alana.marino@stonybrook.edu

     

  • Student Accessibility Support Center

     

     

    Wendi Mathews, LCSW

    Wendi Mathews, LCSW

    Director of Student Accessibility Support Counselor

    (631) 632-6748

    wendi.mathews@stonybrook.edu

     

    Kathy Paterno, LMSW

    Kathy Paterno, LMSW

    Student Accessibility Support  Counselor

    (631) 632-6748

    kathleen.paterno@stonybrook.edu

     

     

     

    Christopher Morris

    Christopher Morris

    Exam Coordinator

    (631) 632-6748

    christopher.morris@stonybrook.edu

     

    Glenn Dausch

    Glenn Dausch

    Associative Technology Specialist

    (631) 632-6748

    glenn.dausch@stonybrook.edu

     

    Thaddeus Nelson, PhD

    Thaddeus Nelson, PhD

     Office Manager

    (631) 632-6748

     

  • Recreation and Wellness
    Jay Souza

    Jay Souza

    Director of Recreation and Wellness

    (631) 632-3276

    jay.souza@stonybrook.edu

     

    Marie Turchiano

    Marie Turchiano

    Associate Director 

    (631) 632-4145

    marie.turchiano@stonybrook.edu

     

    Durron Newman

    Durron Newman

    Assistant Director of Student Personnel and Marketing 

    (631) 632-3277

    durron.newman@stonybrook.edu

     

    Leslie Boyce

    Leslie Boyce

    Assistant Director of Facility Operations

    (631) 632-7310

    leslie.boyce@stonybrook.edu

     

    Thomas St.John

    Thomas St.John

    Assistant Director of Intramural and Club Sports

    (631) 632-7120

    thomas.stjohn@stonybrook.edu

     

    Laura Fitzgerald

    Laura Fitzgerald

    Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness 

    (631) 632-4661

    laura.fitzgerald@stonybrook.edu

     

    Kate Valerio

    Kate Valerio

    Health Educator 

    (631) 632-9338

    kathleen.valerio@stonybrook.edu

     

    Marlene Kasman

    Marlene Kasman

    Coordinator of Service Operations

    (631) 632-7602

    marlene.kasman@stonybrook.edu

     

    Justin Maggio

    Justin Maggio

    Manger of Student Administration

    (631) 632-7263

    justin.maggio@stonybrook.edu