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Counseling Staff

All counseling staff are psychologists trained as generalists with experience specific to university mental health. Doctoral training required to become a psychologist is extensive across areas of mental health concerns, interpersonal/family concerns, as well as issues pertaining to diverse groups and social justice. Please also read our Diversity & Inclusion Statement.

Dianne Aguero-Trotter Dianne Aguero-Trotter, Ph.D.
Director

Education and Training: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Pre-doctoral internship with the NJ Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Interest Areas: Depression, suicide prevention, grief/loss, family of origin issues, eating disorders, first generation and acculturation issues, supervision and training. Fluent in Spanish. 


Priti Shah picture 2 Priti Shah, Ph.D.
Associate Director

Education and Training: Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University. Pre-doctoral Internship at University of Massachusetts Amherst, Counseling and Assessment Services.  Postdoctoral Fellowship at Boston College, University Counseling Services. 

Interest Areas: Trauma and loss, family/intergenerational violence, family of origin and relationship concerns, multicultural issues, microaggressions, acculturation and migration concerns, supervision and training.  


Photo of Mary KellyMary E. Kelly, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of Outreach & Prevention

Education and Training: Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Seton Hall University. Pre-doctoral internship at the VA NJ Healthcare System. Post-doctoral fellowship at Rutgers Health Services - CAPS.

Interest Areas: Anxiety, mindfulness/meditation, trauma, grief and loss, integrated health care, suicide prevention, and the psychology of gender.


Julie DiMatteoJulie DiMatteo, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist/Referral Coordinator

Education and Training:Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Pre-doctoral internship at Northwell Health-Zucker Hillside Hospital. Post-doctoral fellowship at CBT/DBT Associates.

Interest Areas: Anxiety, depression, and emotion dysregulation, Autism Spectrum Disorder in college students, women’s mental health and trauma.


John Machalaba, Staff psychologist John Machalaba, Psy. D.
Staff Psychologist, IHS Campus 

Education and Training: Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University. Pre-doctoral internship at University of Rochester’s University Counseling Center. Post-doctoral fellowship at St. Joseph's University, Counseling and Psychological Services.

Interest Areas: Relationship and interpersonal difficulties, depression, anxiety, trauma, diversity and sexuality concerns, identity development, men's issues, and psychotherapy theory and training. 


Photo of Rodea MontgomeryRodea Montgomery, Psy.D.
Staff Psychologist/Group Coordinator

Education and Training: Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology from College of Saint Elizabeth. Pre-doctoral internship at Seton Hall University, Counseling and Psychological Services. Post-doctoral fellowship Drew University, Counseling and Psychological Services.

Interest Areas: Depression, anxiety, interpersonal difficulties, grief and loss, and identity development.


Chris ClemonsChris Clemons, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist

Education and Training: Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University. Pre-doctoral Internship at VA NJ Healthcare System. 

Interest Areas: Multicultural identity, complex and transgenerational trauma, interpersonal and relational issues, and mood disorders.


Kristina Van VredeKristina Vande Vrede, Psy.D.
Staff Psychologist, Seton Hall Law School and South Orange Campus

Education and Training: Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University. Pre-doctoral internship with Youth Consultation Services in East Orange.
Interest Areas: Anxiety and life transitions, depression, perinatal mental health, religiosity and mental health, women’s issues, and interpersonal relationships. 


Kathleen Prendergast Kathleen Prendergast, APN, Psychiatry
Consultant in Psychiatry

Education and Training: M.S. Nursing, Rutgers University, Board Certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


Joyce Cito Joyce Cito
Department Secretary, South Orange Campus


Counseling and Psychological Services trainee group photoCAPS is also training center and we work with advanced doctoral students training to be psychologists, who are part of our team. Meet our current doctoral trainees:

Simon Miller, M.A. (pictured left)
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student 
Department of Professional Psychology and Family Therapy
Seton Hall University 

Marina Oganesova, M.A.  (pictured center)
Doctoral Student / Adjunct Professor 
Nathan Weiss Graduate College
Kean University

Pattric Davis, M.A.  (pictured right)
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student 
Department of Professional Psychology and Family Therapy
Seton Hall University 

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