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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.

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Dr. David ChengDavid Cheng, Ph.D., Director and 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).

Teresa Hurst, Ph.D., Associate 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.

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 currently works at Baruch College Counseling Center where she provides psychological counseling and support to students. Dr. Ziehler also delivers outreach services to Italian American high school students on Staten Island and serves as advisor to the Italian American Student Association at Queens College. In her role as a club advisor, Dr. Ziehler works closely with officers to promote leadership development, coordination of cultural activities, and ongoing recruitment of new members. 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 is a licensed mental health counselor in NY and NJ and is an adjunct assistant professor of counselor education at New York University.

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.

Logan Persons Jones, Psy.D.
Dr. Logan Jones is a licensed Psychologist in the State of New York. He first joined the Counseling Center in 2011, and he now serves as an Adjunct and Supervising Psychologist at the Center. Dr. Jones earned his Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University, where he also served as a Clinical Instructor and held leadership positions on numerous committees, spearheading fundraising efforts, and launching program and outreach initiatives. His current psychotherapeutic interest revolve around the empowerment of minorities and disenfranchised people, helping client's work through various traumas, and helping therapists-in-training deepen their therapeutic skills. In addition to providing supervision, psychotherapy, consultation, outreach, and crisis management, Dr. Jones has helped secure grants that have enabled the Baruch College Counseling Center to expand the amount of services available to the community.

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.

Jung Rok Shin, Ph.D.
Adelphi University


Carlos Cataldo, Psy.D Candidate
William James College

Matthew Spieler, Ph.D Candidate
Fordham University   

Emily Hunt, M.A. Candidate
Columbia University  

Sydney Jacobs, Ph.D. Candidate
Yeshiva University

Karenjot Kaur, Ph.D. Candidate
Yeshiva University

Charles Joseph Polihronakis, Ph.D. Candidate
Columbia University

Amanda Reed, Ph.D. Candidate
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Lucas Saiter, M.A. Candidate
New York University

Rebecca Semel, Ph.D. Candidate
Teacher College at Columbia University

Danielle Waldron, Ph.D. Candidate
Adelphi University

City College/CUNY

Yoni Berkowitz, Ph.D. Candidate
Esther Lee, Ph.D. Candidate
Michael Palumbo, Ph.D. Candidate
Josh Weinstein, Ph.D. Candidate