MEET OUR STAFF
John DiMino, Ph.D., Director
John is a licensed clinical psychologist. Prior to joining Temple in 1996, he served for 10 years in community mental health in New York City. At the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, John supervised staff and interns who conducted individual, family, and group therapy. He served for six years as adjunct assistant professor of psychology at Long Island University where he taught Introduction to Clinical Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Personality Theories, Introduction to Psychology, and History and Systems. John is the U.S. director of the Mimesis Institute, an association for the study of mythology and group processes with centers in Basel Switzerland, and Philadelphia. He received his Ph.D. from Long Island University in 1989, and his B.A. from Fordham University in 1980. He is a member of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in psychology, the American Psychological Association and the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors.
Daniel Dengel, Ph.D., Associate Director for Training
Dan is a licensed psychologist and serves as the Training Coordinator in the Psychological Services unit of Tuttleman Counseling Services. He received his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Temple University. In addition, he holds a Masters Degree in Counseling (with an emphasis in Student Development from Shippensburg University). Since 1997, Dan has had clinical experiences in University/College Counseling Centers (Shippensburg University, Dickinson College, University of Pennsylvania, University of the Sciences, La Salle University). Most recently he was the Assistant Director at La Salle University where he supervised the clinical training of masters and doctoral students. In his role as Training Coordinator at Tuttleman Counseling Services, Dan supervises predoctoral interns and postdoctoral fellows. Dan's professional interests include college student development, LGBTQ issues, grief and loss, building self-esteem, and brief therapy.
Denise Walton, Ph.D., N.C.C., Associate Director for Administration
Denise is a Senior Counselor in the Psychological Services unit of Tuttleman Counseling Services and a graduate of Temple University's Counseling Psychology Program. She brings a commitment to Temple students along with over fifteen years’ experience providing mental health counseling services in her local community. Denise has special training in therapy for trauma survivors and is the coordinator of the counseling center’s Trauma Response Team.
Peter A. DeMaria, Jr., M.D.
Dr. DeMaria is a Psychiatrist and the Coordinator of Psychiatric Services at Tuttleman Counseling Services. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Temple University School of Medicine. Prior to coming to Temple, he was the Medical Director of the Narcotic Addict Rehabilitation Program of Thomas Jefferson University and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Jefferson Medical College. He also served as Psychiatric Consultant at Jefferson’s Family Center Program, a program for addicted pregnant and parenting women. Dr. DeMaria graduated from Jefferson Medical College and completed his residency in psychiatry at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Board certified in psychiatry with added qualifications in addiction psychiatry, Dr. DeMaria is a fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and certified in addiction medicine by ASAM. In October 2001, he received the Nyswander-Dole Award from the American Methadone Treatment Association for his outstanding service in the methadone treatment field. In May 2003, he was awarded the Nancy C. A. Roeske, M.D. Certificate of Excellence in Medical Student Education by the American Psychiatric Association for his outstanding and sustained contributions to medical education.
Alia Bajwa, M.D.
In addition to serving as Tuttleman Counseling Service’s second full-time psychiatrist, Alia holds the title of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Temple University School of Medicine. Alia is a graduate of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and completed her residency training at Temple University, where she was chief resident. Alia’s clinical interests include psychodynamic psychotherapy, emergency and crisis psychiatry, and the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Jessica Goldhirsh, M.D.
Jessica is a full-time psychiatrist at Tuttleman Counseling Services. She completed her psychiatry residency training at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, where she served as chief resident of the psychosomatic medicine service. As a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine, she is happy to once again be a Temple Owl. Jessica strives to provide a safe environment where clients feel their goals are worked towards with respect and warmth. Clinical areas of interest include psychiatric treatment with a holistic perspective, the intersection of medical and psychiatric conditions, and psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Marna Sternbach, M.D.
Marna is a part-time psychiatrist at TCS.
Iris Abreu, Ph.D.
Iris obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the New School for Social Research (NSSR) located in New York, NY. She completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Veterans Affairs (VA) Caribbean Healthcare System located in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She subsequently remained as a full-time staff member at this location proudly serving our veterans through the Returning Veterans Outreach, Education, and Care (RVOEC) program. As of December 2015, she feels honored to join the owl community and serve it through Tuttleman Counseling Services. Clinical areas of interest include health psychology (including, Complementary and Alternative Medicine), treatment of trauma, sleep disorders, psychotherapy research, ethnic/racial identity development, and cultural competency. She also offers psychotherapy services in Spanish.
Patria Alvelo, Psy.D.
Patria is a staff psychologist at TCS. Patria also works as the Diagnostician Supervisor at the Center for Psychotherapy Research at the University of Pennsylvania and is an adjunct professor at Widener University and the Philadelphia Center. Patria earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University. Patria also holds a Master’s degree in Women’s History from Sarah Lawrence College as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Patria has worked with adults, teens, children, and families in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric units, college counseling centers, and outpatient behavioral health clinics. Patria’s specific areas of interest include women’s and gender issues, LGBTQ issues, ACOA, attachment, depression, anxiety, and recovery from trauma.
Kathleen Haughey, MSW, LCSW
Kate is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in PA and NJ. She has been part of Tuttleman Counseling Services in a part-time role since October of 2015. Starting August of 2017, Kate joined full time staff in the role of Referral Coordinator and counselor. She received her Bachelor's degree in Social Work from La Salle University and her Master's degree in Social Work from Widener University. Prior to joining Temple University, Kate worked at a partial hospitalization program that provided group therapy to young adults who were struggling with a range of mental health issues. Kate's clinical interests include mood and anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, and relationship issues. She has been intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and uses this approach along with creating a warm and comfortable environment during treatment.
Michelle Wallace, Psy.D.
Michelle serves as Assistant Training Coordinator at TCS. Michelle received her B.A. from Muhlenberg College and her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from George Washington University. Michelle feels fortunate to have completed both her pre-doctoral internship and post-graduate fellowship here at TCS. Prior to working at TCS, Michelle worked in community mental health, college counseling, and inpatient hospital settings. Michelle approaches therapy from an integrative perspective with an emphasis on contemporary psychodynamic and relational frameworks. Some of her professional interests include supervision and training, gender and sexual diversity, attachment, family of origin concerns, and social belonging.
Group Therapy Program
Courtney L. Henry, Ph.D., Coordinator
Courtney is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Group Coordinator at Tuttleman Counseling Services. She earned her doctorate degree from Utah State University in 2013, completing her internship at a university counseling center. She has provided therapy to clients in various settings but is excited to be working with college students again. In addition to offering individual and couples therapy, Courtney leads a variety of groups, offering students creative ways to gain insight, practice new skills, and be effective in achieving their goals. She is particularly interested in mindfulness-based interventions and animal-assisted therapies, and has a registered therapy dog who helps people remember to be in the moment.
Maria Drvoshanov, Psy.D., CGP., Assistant Coordinator
Maria is a licensed psychologist, Certified Group Psychotherapist, and the Assistant Group Coordinator at Tuttleman Counseling Services. She obtained her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Florida Institute of Technology, completed an APA-accredited internship at the Florida State University Counseling Center, and completed her post-doctoral fellowship here at TCS. Prior to TCS, Maria worked in a variety of settings including: community mental health, private practice, an inpatient hospital, and a rehab/detox center. Maria has a strong passion for group work and enjoys facilitating both drop-in and interpersonal process groups. Other areas of professional interest include phase of life struggles, relationship concerns, and identity development. Maria strives to create a safe, collaborative, and non-judgmental environment for her clients and utilizes evidence-based treatment and interventions within an integrative approach, relying on CBT, DBT, and Interpersonal modalities.
Resiliency Resource Center
Steven Hulcher, Psy.D., Coordinator
Steve received his Psy.D. from Immaculata University and is a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania. Prior to obtaining his doctorate, he practiced psychotherapy as a licensed clinical social worker having obtained his MSW from Boston College. His orientation is relational psychodynamic with the utilization of cognitive behavioral and strength based therapies. While practicing as a psychologist, he maintains a social work perspective in which context, environment, and multicultural factors play an important role in client functioning and coping. He has worked with adults, couples, and children and has experience with individual and group therapy in both inpatient and outpatient programs. His interests include the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders as well as the role that attachment plays in mental health. He also has worked extensively with men and has experience in treating sexual dysfunction. He believes that the most important element to successful therapy is the establishment of a collaborative and safe environment that allows for growth in self-understanding.
Brandon LaBarge, M.S., M.Ed., LPC, NCC, Assistant Coordinator
Brandon is a National Certified Counselor. He received his B.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern State University. He also has a M.Ed. in Counselor Education from Georgia Southern University. Brandon spent the last several years in Georgia working with children, adolescents, and adults in a community mental health clinic. He has worked with diverse populations and his clinical interests include trauma, anxiety disorders, interpersonal relationships, and stress management. Brandon’s approach to therapy involves a collaborative and experiential approach with each client. His therapeutic style promotes openness, self-awareness, and engagement with the use of mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral, and positive psychology techniques. He aims to provide a space where clients can increase valued-living by better identifying obstacles and managing stress.
Campus Alcohol and Substance Awareness (CASA) Unit
Elana Goldmintz-Gotfried, Psy.D., Coordinator
Elana serves as the Coordinator of the Campus Alcohol and Substance Awareness Unit. In this role she provides treatment and case management to students who present with substance-related issues, as well as oversees staff and trainees on related cases. Elena received her B.A. in Psychology from Yeshiva University and completed her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers University. Prior to joining the team at TCS, Elana served as Clinical Director of an intensive outpatient program for university students struggling with addiction and underlying mental health disorders. She has experience as well as a staff psychologist and clinical supervisor at a partial hospitalization program for women and men struggling with trauma, addiction, and other high-risk behaviors. Her areas of interest include grief and loss, trauma, mood disorders, relationship issues, and women's health. She is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and utilizes this and other mindfulness-based treatment approaches in her work.
Eating Disorders (ED) Unit
Lara L. Nalbandian, Psy.D., Coordinator
Lara is a licensed clinical psychologist providing counseling services to students, and the Coordinator of the Eating Disorders Unit at Tuttleman Counseling Services. She earned a B.A. in Broadcasting, Telecommunications & Mass Media at Temple University, and her doctorate from the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University in 2005. She has worked at the Inpatient Eating Disorders Program at the Belmont Center and at Swarthmore College’s counseling center. Lara has also worked in private practice, providing therapy to individuals, couples, and families, as well as organizational consulting and coaching. In addition to eating disorders, her clinical interests include mood and bipolar disorders, relationship issues, women’s issues, and issues of gender and sexuality.
Sexual Assault Counseling and Education (SACE) Unit
Aisha Renée Moore, MSW, LCSW, Coordinator
Aisha is a licensed clinical social worker providing counseling services to students. She is also the Coordinator of the Sexual Assault Counseling and Education (SACE) Unit at Tuttleman Counseling Services. In this role, she provides specific case management and counseling services to survivors of sexual assault and to those experiencing domestic/dating violence, sexual harassment, and stalking. She earned a BS from Carnegie Mellon University and Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Aisha has worked in a number of clinical settings including private agencies, community mental health, and college counseling centers. She has provided individual, family, and group therapy, as well as case management to children/youth, adolescents, adults, and families. Aisha’s clinical interests include grief and loss, trauma, relationship issues, sexual health, and the impact of violence.
Hillary Black, MSW, LCSW, Assistant Coordinator
Hillary is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and joined TCS in November of 2016. She serves as a counselor and Assistant Coordinator of the SACE unit. Hillary received her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology/Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Vermont and her MSW from Simmons Graduate School of Social Work in Boston in 2013. Hillary has experience working in community mental health providing couples and family therapy and has worked at multiple university and college counseling services. After completing her master’s degree she went on to University of California, Berkeley as a Post-MSW fellow with a focus on supporting students around sexual assaults, alcohol and other drug use (AOD), managing medical conditions, and other mental health concerns. Hillary’s other clinical interest are spirituality, grief, LGBTQ folks, first-generation college students, and works from a multicultural perspective. Hillary is thrilled to be joining the Temple University community and honored to provide services to the students.
Galen Smith Born, MSS, LSW
Galen is a licensed social worker at Tuttleman Counseling Services (TCS). She received her B.A. from Temple University and her Masters of Social Service from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She has certificates in cognitive behavioral therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy from Bryn Mawr College and has received specialized training in teaching mindfulness meditation from the Mindfulness Institute at Jefferson University. In her role at TCS, Galen provides both individual and group psychotherapy, and co-facilitates mindfulness meditation groups targeted at stress management. She provides a safe and collaborative environment for her clients to heal and to navigate life challenges. Galen enjoys supporting clients through a wide range of life challenges, including mood and anxiety disorders, self-esteem concerns, eating disorders, grief and loss, as well as exploration of self-identity and navigating relationships and major life transitions.
Susan Fichandler, MSS, LCSW
Susan is a part-time counselor.
Jessica DeMarchis, MSW, LCSW
Jessica is a licensed clinical social worker in both PA and NJ. She earned a BSW from Juniata College, MSW from Temple University, and is currently finishing her training as a yoga teacher. As a bilingual clinician, she has experience working in communities both locally and internationally, including countries like Mexico and Ecuador. Jessica is also a TF-CBT certified therapist, and a majority of her work has been with trauma survivors in partial cares, outpatient clinics and home based services. She also teaches at Temple University in their trauma certification program and speaks/writes about post traumatic growth and self-care. Jessica’s approach to therapy is person-centered, strengths based and integrative. She utilizes mindfulness based cognitive-behavioral therapy and works with individuals to achieve health, happiness, self-awareness and growth. In her role at TCS, she will provide individual therapy, therapeutic yoga and meditation classes for students. Her clinical interests include post traumatic growth, depression, anxiety and positive psychology.
Karen Libber Fishbein, MSW, LCSW
Karen is a licensed clinical social worker. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. Karen has worked in school, agency, university, and medical settings. Her clinical interests include grief and loss, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, relationship issues, chronic illness, caregiver stress, and substance abuse. Karen takes on a client-centered, holistic approach and incorporates cognitive behavioral and solution-focused ideas into her work. She strives to provide a warm, safe environment to help clients as they go through their journey of self-understanding.
Kanjana Hartshorne, LCSW, RYT500, Reiki Master, CCFP
Kanjana is a licensed clinical social worker, yoga teacher, and yoga therapist. She received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania. In her work with students, Kanjana utilizes an evidence-based blend of traditional Western psychotherapy (CBT, ACT) and Eastern Comprehensive Yoga Therapy (CYT). Kanjana’s mission is to empower each individual to build upon their existing strengths to move towards a positive path to mind, body, and spiritual wellness, whatever that is for them. By creating a safe and comfortable atmosphere she hopes to support her clients and give them the tools to make changes and grow into their true potential. In her role at TCS, Kanjana will provide individual psychotherapy, yoga therapy, and yoga and meditation both in 1-on-1 and group settings for a variety of concerns. Her clinical interests are anxiety, emerging identity, grief and loss, body image, healthy relationships/attachment, and chronic pain/illness.
Jane C. Zakrzewski, MSSW, LCSW
Jane is a licensed social worker having received her MSSW from University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work. Previous counseling positions were in community mental health, adult partial hospitalization, a large teaching hospital and college counseling centers where she also presented workshops and training seminars on mental health issues. Her clinical interests include depression, anxiety, self-esteem, grief and loss, panic attacks, relationships, eating disorders and identity issues. With a focus on the individual needs of each client, she offers a supportive, solution-focused approach, building on the client’s strengths for self-awareness, acceptance, and developing coping skills. Therapeutic interventions come from a systems orientation, using cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and interpersonal relationships to help clients achieve their treatment goals.
Quetta N. Nicholson, Administrative Coordinator
Quetta started at Tuttleman Counseling Services (TCS) as a temporary employee intermittently for two years before joining TCS full time in 1997. Her infectious smile and meticulous demeanor makes her a valued addition to our staff.
Vernetta Brooks, Administrative Specialist
Vernetta is an administrative specialist at Tuttleman Counseling Services (TCS). In this position, she provides administrative support to the psychiatric services group, interns, and fellows; along with front desk support for the counseling center. Vernetta is new to TCS and she looks forward to exceling in any tasks that come her way. She is very excited about her future with TCS.
Patrice Howerton, Administrative Specialist
Patrice has been an employee for over 22yrs at Temple University beginning September 1991 in the Diagnostic Imaging Department. In 1996, she transferred to Student Health Services and, in October 2008, she joined Tuttleman Counseling Services. She continues to provide excellent customer service.
Debra Vann, Customer Service Assistant
Debra Vann started at Temple University in the Tuttleman Counseling Service in August 2013. She is looking forward to a rewarding experience in providing quality care.
Post-Graduate Counseling Fellows
Gyoung-Jean Jho, Psy.D.
Jaclyn Pembleton, Psy.D.
Allison Tripptree, Psy.D.
Michelle Wallace, Psy.D.
Natalia Baez, M.Psy.
Alissa Hochman, M.A.
Melanie Love, M.A., M.S.
Kameelah Mu’Min, M.S., MRP, M.Ed.
Part-Time Clinical Trainees
Sara Fried, M.S.
Rachel Glick, B.S.
Lian Liu, M.S.Ed, M.Phil.Ed.
Stephanie Vituccio, B.A.