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Our mission is simple – helping students succeed! Through culturally sensitive counseling and psychological services and outreach, the Counseling Center assists students achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals. Counselors work collaboratively with students to improve their emotional well-being, balance priorities, enhance interpersonal relationships, and empower them with useful coping skills to attain success in and out of the classroom.

To schedule an appointment, please call the counseling center at 646-312-2155 during the regular business hours, email or submit an online appointment request.


Teresa Hurst, Ph.D., Acting Director
Dr. Hurst is a NYS licensed psychologist with over 17 years of clinical experience in inpatient, outpatient and community settings. Her research interests include the impact of violence and abuse, anxiety disorders, addictions, personality disorders, resiliency, and LGBTQI and HIV stigma. Prior to becoming the Associate Director of the Baruch Counseling Center, Dr. Hurst served as the Director of the Mount Sinai Institute of Advanced Medicine's Morningside Clinic. Dr. Hurst is committed to the prevention and treatment of familial, community, and institutional trauma, and her eclectic training in body-centered gestalt therapy, creative arts therapy, MI, CBT, and DBT support these efforts.

David Cheng, Ph.D., Professor
Dr. Cheng, a NYS licensed psychologist and psychoanalyst, has been a Professor and the Director of the Baruch College Counseling Center since its beginning in 1994. He specializes in multicultural counseling, and acculturation issues among Asian and Asian-American students. He has published in the Journal of Psychotherapy, the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, and the Journal for Specialists in Group Work, and is a contributing author of the book, "Transitions: The Urban College Student's First-Year Experience". He has received distinguished service awards from the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health (2001), the Asian and Asian American Research Institute (2002) and Baruch College (2006).

Ryan Androsiglio, Ph.D., Student Psychological Counselor and Outreach Coordinator
Dr. Ryan Androsiglio is a NYS licensed psychologist with 9 years of clinical experience working with college students. His dissertation and research interests are in the area of LGBT studies, especially LGBT-affirmative modalities of psychotherapy, and the vocational development of LGBT individuals. He has co-authored a chapter on these topics in the Third Edition of the Handbook of Multicultural Counseling. In addition to his work with LGBT advocacy at Baruch, he provides psychotherapy, supervises training staff, facilitates crisis interventions, conducts campus outreach, and develops psychoeducational programming geared toward the college population. He also has significant training and experience conducting quantitative and qualitative social science research and in program development, evaluation, and administration.

Nancy Ziehler, Ph.D., Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Dr. Nancy Ziehler, a staff member of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, has provided psychological counseling and support to students at Baruch College Counseling Center since 2004. Dr. Ziehler also delivers outreach services to Italian American high school students on Staten Island and works as a mental health and career counselor at the Calandra Institute Counseling Center located in midtown Manhattan. When she is not counseling and advising students, Dr. Ziehler engages in research activities as part of her commitment to the mission of the Calandra Institute. For example, she is the editor of a recently published book, Italian American Students in New York City, 1975-2000: A Research Anthology. Intended to address the paucity of multicultural counseling literature pertaining to Italian Americans, the Research Anthology presents findings from ten student-focused studies that have not appeared in social science journals. Dr. Ziehler was an adjunct professor in the Mental Health and Wellness graduate program at NYU from 1996 through 2017. She is a licensed mental health counselor in NY and NJ and is a member of the American Counseling Association.

Jael Amador, Ph.D., Student Psychological Counselor
Dr. Amador is NYS licensed psychologist who provides individual therapy, supervision, and outreach services at the Baruch College Counseling Center. She has worked within college mental health for four years, including her internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Georgia State University. Her clinical approach integrates cognitive behavioral therapy with feminist/multicultural theory to treat a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, relational issues, stress management, performance anxiety, and the impostor phenomenon. Dr. Amador earned her doctorate degree from Loma Linda University where she specialized in socio-cultural behavioral health. In her research, she explores the impact of culture on psychological processes and behavior. She has shared her work on this topic through conference presentations and peer-reviewed articles. She currently serves as a member of the International Behavioral Health Trauma Team and the APA Health Equity Ambassadors program.

Gavin Ryan Shafron, M.A., College Prevention Coordinator, Substance Abuse Prevention; Staff Psychotherapist
Mr. Shafron holds a master’s degree in Psychology in Education from Columbia University and is a Ph.D candidate in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco Bay. Mr. Shafron works with both the Counseling Center and the Office of Health and Wellness to coordinate prevention-centered research and administer campus-wide substance abuse prevention outreach. Mr. Shafron’s clinical rolls at the counseling center involve the administration of substance use assessments and psychotherapeutic interventions to students with substance use concerns. Mr. Shafron’s clinical approach emphasizes the use and integration of empirically supported treatments such as Time-Limited Dynamic Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing within substance abusing populations. Mr. Shafron also provides supplemental training and consultation to externs, interns, and CUNY fellows who work with client’s with substance use concerns. For more information on Substance Abuse Prevention at Baruch, please click here.

Elizabeth Ruggieri, M.P.A., Administrative Coordinator
Ms. Ruggieri joined the Counseling Center in 2012 to provide administrative support while working alongside the director and associate director in the development and implementation of the Center's strategic initiatives. With over 10 years of higher education administration experience, she has a strong background in database management, preparing reports and presentations that inform strategic plans and program initiatives, coordinating the Center's daily functions, financial/ budgeting and staffing management activities.  Ms. Ruggieri has worked for CUNY since 2004 and earned a B.A. degree in English from Queens College in 2008 then went on to receive her master's degree in public administration with a concentration in non-profit administration from Baruch College in 2013.


Robert Kayne, Psy.D.
Dr. Kayne currently serves as an adjunct assistant professor at the Baruch College Counseling Center, where he provides weekly supervision to interns and externs, in assessment/testing and individual psychotherapy. Dr. Kayne received his Psy.D. degree from Pace University in 1988 and obtained his NYS license in 1989.  He worked for twenty years as a psychologist in an inpatient New York State facility, ultimately serving there as the Psychology Training Director and Director of the Psychology Department. Since leaving state service he has been an Adjunct Faculty member at a doctoral program in Clinical Psychology for nine years. In his private practice, Dr. Kayne has focused on child and family assessment and treatment, as well as psychological testing for ADHD, Learning Disorders, Mood Disorders, and other diagnostic issues.

Jairo N. Fuertes, Ph.D.
Dr. Fuertes is licensed as a Psychologist and as a Mental Health Counselor in New York State, and is board certified by the American Board of Counseling Psychology and the American Board of Clinical Psychology. He is also listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. He is currently Associate Professor at the Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (within Division 12: Clinical Psychology and Division 29: Psychotherapy), and a Fellow of the American Academies of Counseling and Clinical Psychology. He is the author of two books and co-editor of one book, and has published 37 refereed research studies, and nine scholarly chapters.

Elizabeth Merrick, Ph.D.
Dr. Merrick holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from NYU. She is a licensed psychologist working with adolescents and young adults in New York City. She is currently an adjunct professor at Baruch College, City University of New York, where in addition to seeing patients and supervising trainees, she holds a weekly Multicultural Competencies class for the training staff and provides an in depth weekly seminar for the interns on character styles during the spring semester.

Stacie Kessler, Psy.D.
Dr. Kessler currently serves as an adjunct assistant professor at the Baruch College Counseling Center, where she provides weekly supervision and individual psychotherapy, as well as instructional seminars. She earned a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2004 from George Washington University and graduated summa cum laude with a focus in child and adolescent psychotherapy. Dr. Kessler has held a New York State license in psychology since 2005. She worked as a psychologist and supervisor in an inner city hospital, delivering outpatient services to adults, children and families. During that time, she also worked with The National Child Traumatic Stress Network learning collaborative focusing on adolescent female victims of trauma. Dr. Kessler joined the Baruch College Counseling Center as the substitute assistant director in 2006, providing counseling services and overseeing the internship and externship programs. In her private practice, Dr. Kessler has focused on adult and adolescent treatment, utilizing a psychodynamic and developmental framework to treat depression, anxiety and trauma.

Gavin Ryan Shafron, M.A., Staff Psychotherapist
Mr. Shafron holds a master’s degree in Psychology in Education from Columbia University and is a Ph.D candidate in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco. Mr. Shafron works between both the Counseling Center and the Office of Health and Wellness to coordinate prevention-centered research and outreach including, administration of substance use assessments and psychotherapeutic interventions to students with substance use concerns. Mr. Shafron also provides supplemental training and consultation to trainees who see clients with substance use concerns.


Jnee Hill, L.M.S.W.
Alexander Levine, Psy.D.
Ria Brown, L.M.S.W.
Ruth Wong, Psy.D.

Jung Rok Shin, Ph.D.
Adelphi University


Tim Chi, PsyD Candidate
University of Denver

Joanna Rooney, PsyD Candidate
Columbia University

Chiroshri Bhattacharjee, PhD Candidate
Seton Hall University

Tania Chowdhury, PhD Candidate
New York University

Joshua Finkelstein, PhD Candidate
The New School

Rhea Kishnani, EdM Candidate
Columbia University

Arielle Jean-Pierre, PhD Candidate
Columbia University

Kellie Lee, PsyD Candidate
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Shoshana May, PsyD Candidate
Rutgers University

Gabrielle Rieckhof, MA Candidate
New York University

City College/CUNY

Yoni Berkowitz, PhD Candidate
Josh Weinstein, PhD Candidate