Seton Hall University

Counseling Staff

All counseling staff are trained as generalists with experience specific to university mental health. Our training 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 more about our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.

*Please note that we cannot accommodate individual counselor preferences for your initial intake/assessment. Your initial assessment is used as an opportunity to discuss your counseling needs and preferences.

Dr. Dianne Aguero-TrotterDianne Aguero-Trotter, Ph.D. 
Director (she/her/hers)

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, substance use and abuse, supervision and training. Fluent in Spanish. 


Priti Shah picture 2 Priti Shah, Ph.D. 
Associate Director (she/ her/ hers)

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.  


Daam Tapiwa BarkerDaam Tapiwa Barker, Ph.D. 
EOP Staff Psychologist (he/him/his)

Education and Training: Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Fordham University. Pre-doctoral internship at VA New York Harbor Healthcare System. Post-doctoral training at Positive Developments, LLC.  

Interest Areas: Social justice, systemic oppression, multiculturalism, cross-cultural counseling, intersectionality, identity development, imposter syndrome, complex anxiety, trauma, historic trauma, intergenerational trauma, resilience, and posttraumatic growth.


Caroline MSWCaroline E. Black, LCSW, MSW, M.Ed.
Mental Health Clinician and Outreach & Prevention Coordinator, (she/her/hers)

Education and Training: Master of Social Work and Master of Education in Human Sexuality Studies from Widener University. Generalist internship at Princeton University, Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources & Education and Health Promotion and Prevention Services. Clinical internship at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program & Psychiatric Services. 

Interest Areas: Anxiety, relationships, sexuality, gender identity, emotion dysregulation, substance abuse/addictive behavior, faith/religion and mental health


Chenelle T. Lauture, MSW, LCSW
Mental Health Clinician and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) Initiatives Outreach Coordinator, (she/her/hers)

Chenelle 222Education and Training: Master of Social Work from Temple University. Internship at Access Services, Mobile Crisis Supports Services, Foster Care and Supported Living programs. 

Interest Areas: Anxiety, family of origin and relationship concerns, trauma, historic trauma, intergenerational trauma, identity development and depression. 


Yessine Griffin, Psy. D.
Staff Psychologist, Group Coordinator, and Liaison to Athletics & Mental Health Programming, (she/her/hers, they/them/theirs)

Yessine 222Education and Training: Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology, Saint Elizabeth University. Combined Pre-doctoral internship at Overlook Medical Center and Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen.

Interest Areas: Social justice, multiculturalism, grief/loss, athlete mental health concerns, maternal mental health, body image, managing severe and persistent mental health symptoms.


Jamie C. Stillwell, Psy.D.
Staff Psychologist, (she/her/hers)Image of Jamie C. Stillwell, Psy.D.

Education and Training:  Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from La Salle University. Pre-doctoral internship with OhioGuidestone in Cleveland, OH.

Interest Areas: Anxiety, depression, emotion dysregulation, OCD, self-esteem, identity development, microaggressions, supervision and training. 


Shawna M. Hinkson, MSW, LCSW
Crisis Counselor and Case Manager, (she/her/hers)Image of Shawna M. Hinkson, MSW, LCSW

Education and Training:  Master of Social Work from Rutgers University. Generalist internship at East Orange Community Charter School. Clinical internship at Family Service Bureau of New Community Corporation. Post-graduate experience and licensing at the New Jersey Veteran’s Health Administration, Homeless Services- VA Supportive Housing Program.

Interest Areas: Anxiety, crisis intervention, suicide awareness and prevention, social justice and advocacy, military service member mental health concerns, acculturation and multicultural concerns, educational equity and first-generation concerns, personal growth and development, self-actualization, psychoeducation, access to care concerns.


Joyce CitoJoyce Cito
Department Secretary, South Orange Campus (she/her/hers)


CAPS is also a training center and we work with advanced doctoral students training to be psychologists, who are part of our team.Image of Leslie Perez, Doctoral Extern

Leslie Perez, M.A., Ed.S.
Doctoral Extern (she/her/hers/ella)

Education and Training: M.A. and Education Specialist in Professional Counseling, Seton Hall University. Doctorate in Psychology in progress, Saint Elizabeth University. Fluent in Spanish.


Simone Robinson, M.A.Image of extern Simone Robinson
Doctoral Extern(she/her/hers)

Education and Training: M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Saint Elizabeth University. Doctorate in Counseling Psychology in progress, Seton Hall University. Pre-practicum externship at Hackensack University Medical Center, Neuropsychology Department.


Sharron O. Sparks, M.A.Image of Sharron O Sparks
Doctoral Extern(she/her/hers)

Education and Training: M.A. in Counseling, Seton Hall University. Doctorate in Psychology in progress, Felician University.