Rocky with some of the CAPS staff

Meet the Staff

Jaclyn Friedman-Lombardo, PhD
Director

Group Co-leader: Health Issues Group
Let’s Talk Counselor: Student Center (Tuesday)

Education:
BA, Colgate University in Hamilton, New York in May 1994 (major in Psychology and minors in Education and Asian Studies); MA in School Psychology, December 1996 and PhD in School Psychology, December 1998, The University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island.

Relevant Experience:
Director, Counseling & Psychological Services, Montclair State University, 2003-present. Staff Psychologist, Counseling & Psychological Services, Montclair State University, 1999-2003. APA-approved clinical internship at South Shore Mental Health, Quincy, MA, 1998-1999.

Professional Interests:
Multicultural issues, relationship and family problems, group psychotherapy, consultation, crisis intervention, supervision/training, substance use/abuse, LGBTQIA+ community, students with disabilities.

Christopher Drost, PhD
Associate Director, Training Programs Supervisor

Group Co-leader: Understanding Self and Others (Thursday)

Education:
Dr. Drost holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and French from Colgate University, a master’s degree in Counseling from Boston College, and a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University.

Relevant Experience:
Prior to joining CAPS, Dr. Drost served as the Assistant Director of Training/Coordinator of Consultation and Outreach Services at Pace University Counseling Center, and as a Staff Psychologist at Seton Hall University Counseling Services. He completed an APA-approved pre-doctoral internship at Pace University Counseling Center in New York, NY.

Professional Interests:
Multicultural competency, cross-cultural psychotherapy, supervision and training, identity concerns, relationship and family problems, men’s issues, mood disorders, LGBT, group psychotherapy and substance use.

Kristine De Jesus, PsyD
Staff Psychologist, Coordinator of Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Program

Group Co-leader: Recovery Room, and ECHO groups

Education:
Dr. De Jesus holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Puerto Rican Studies (1998). She completed a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Behavior from Alliant International University (2003) and received a Doctorate of Psychology degree from the California School of Professional Psychology (2004).

Relevant Experience:
Prior to joining the CAPS team at Montclair State, Dr. De Jesus worked as a Crisis Counselor for Psychiatric Emergency Screening Service in Somerville, NJ, and as a Staff Psychologist/ Educational Coordinator of the Campus Alcohol Substance Awareness (CASA) program at Tuttleman Counseling Services at Temple University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Professional Interests:
Cross-cultural psychotherapy, culture in the supervisory relationship, alternative approaches to healthcare, substance use/abuse, eating disorders, co-dependence, outreach, and relational, cultural and psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Nancy Friedman, PsyD
Staff Psychologist

Group Co-leader: Health Issues Group, Coping 101, and Understanding Self and Others (Thursday)
Let’s Talk Counselor: Morehead Hall (Tuesday)

Education:
Dr. Friedman earned a bachelor’s degree in American History from Harvard University (1989) and a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP), Rutgers University (1998).

Relevant Experience:
Before coming to CAPS in February 2000, Dr. Friedman completed an APA-approved pre-doctoral internship at Elizabeth General Medical Center (now Trinitas Hospital) in Elizabeth, NJ. Prior to completing her doctorate, Dr. Friedman trained at Douglass College Counseling Center (Rutgers University), Lenox Hill Hospital (New York), and the Metropolitan Center for Mental Health (New York).

Professional Interests:
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, group psychotherapy, consultation and outreach, adjustment to and experience of college among non-traditional students, GLBTQ issues, and psychological impact of chronic health issues.

Deirdre Narcisse, PsyD
Staff Psychologist

Group Co-leader: Healing From Loss, Managing Moods, and Mosaic Women

Education:
Dr. Narcisse earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Barnard College, Columbia University (1987).  Dr. Narcisse obtained a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology (1997) and later her PsyD from Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (1999).

Experience:
North Central Bronx Hospital – Inpatient Unit (Clinical Internship 1994-1995)
North Central Bronx Hospital – Center for Healthy Living (Wellness and Substance Abuse Clinic) (1996 -2000)
Counseling and Psychological Service (CAPS) 2000 – present

Professional Interests:
Mood disorders, substance use, wellness, grief and cross-cultural counseling

Bindi Shah, DO
Part-Time Psychiatrist

Education:
Dr. Shah earned a BA at Rutgers University and then attended medical school at University of Medicine and Dentistry, where she obtained a DO. She completed her residency at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Certifications and Licensure:
Dr. Shah is licensed to practice psychiatry in the state of NJ and is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology.

Professional Interests:
Psychopharmacology, cross-cultural issues in psychiatry, complementary/holistic medicine, and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders.

Jude M. Uy, PhD
Staff Psychologist, Suicide Prevention Coordinator

Group Co-leader: Managing Moods, Coping 101, Mind.Body.Being., and CAPS Mental Health Ambassadors
Let’s Talk Counselor: Freeman Hall (Friday)

Education:
Dr. Uy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Purchase College, SUNY, where he majored in Psychology. He completed a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Hunter College, CUNY, and received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Relevant Experience:
Prior to joining the CAPS team at Montclair State, Dr. Uy served as a Staff Psychologist at Seton Hall University’s Counseling and Psychological Services for over three years. Past experiences include teaching at Fairleigh Dickinson University, St. Peter’s University and Seton Hall University. Dr. Uy completed an APA approved pre-doctoral internship at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, NJ.

Professional Interests:
Dialectical and Cognitive Behavior Therapies, Mindfulness, outreach and prevention, depression, anger, addictions, men’s issues, sexuality, identity, self-injurious behaviors and emotion regulation.

Sudha M. Wadhwani, PsyD 
Staff Psychologist, Coordinator of Outreach and Prevention

Group Co-leader: Mosaic Women, Open Doors, Connecting Across Cultures, and CAPS Mental Health Ambassadors
Let’s Talk Counselor: Student Center (Wednesday), and Webster (Thursday)

Education:
Dr. Wadhwani holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers University (1991) and a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from The Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP), Rutgers University (2000).

Relevant Experience:
Prior to joining the CAPS team in Fall 2006, Dr. Wadhwani served as Staff Psychologist and Outreach and Multicultural Coordinator at Mount Holyoke College Counseling Service and as a Diversity Consultant for Romney Associates, Inc., in Amherst, Massachusetts. She completed an APA-approved pre-doctoral internship at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst – University Health Services Mental Health Unit and obtained post-doctoral training at Cambridge Health Alliance Asian Mental Health Clinic, Harvard Medical School. Prior to obtaining her doctorate, Dr. Wadhwani served as Assistant Director of Community Outreach Services at Alternatives, Inc., a private non-profit community agency in Central New Jersey. In addition to her position at CAPS, Dr. Wadhwani enjoys participating in state and national psychological associations and committees. She also has a small private practice in the area.

Professional Interests:
Social Justice, multicultural competency, cross-cultural psychotherapy, anxiety disorders, grief and loss, parent loss, intergenerational conflict in immigrant families, acculturative stressors, working with international students and underserved populations, consultation and outreach, and community psychology. She also has a special interest in working with LGBTQ students, coming out issues across cultures, and the intersection of multiple identities.

Research Interests:
The bi-cultural experience and help-seeking behavior of South Asian college students.

Susan M. Walker, PhD, CGP
Staff Psychologist, Group Therapy Coordinator, Practicum Supervisor

Group Co-leader: Grad Student Therapy Group, and Understanding Self and Others (Monday and Tuesday)

Education:
Dr. Walker holds a bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and Human Services from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Walker earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania in January 2005 and her Certification in Group Psychotherapy from the American Group Psychotherapy Association in 2013.

Relevant Experience:
Dr. Walker completed her APA-approved pre-doctoral internship with the Department of Human Services in NJ at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in Morris Plains, NJ (2003-2004). Dr. Walker also worked as a graduate assistant and completed a doctoral practicum at the Lehigh University Counseling Center (2000-2004) and The VA Outpatient Hospital in Allentown, PA (2001-2002), and a master’s practicum at the Kutztown University Counseling Center (1998-1999). Dr. Walker has been an adjunct instructor at DeSales University in PA. Dr. Walker joined the CAPS staff at Montclair State University in 2005 as a staff psychologist and the group therapy coordinator.

Professional Interests:
College counseling, group psychotherapy and group dynamics, the treatment of trauma and anxiety disorders, performance enhancement, and personality assessment. Theoretical orientation: Psychodynamic and Integrative.

Research interests:
Multicultural competence and racial identity.

Lisa Weinberg, PhD
Staff Psychologist, Postdoctoral Training Supervisor

Group Co-leader: Thriving After Trauma, and Self-Defense Training and Group Counseling for Women, and Understanding Self and Others (Monday)
Let’s Talk Counselor: Sprague Library (Monday)

Education:
BA in Psychology, Tufts University, Medford, MA, 1990; MA in Counseling, New York University, 1994; PhD in Counseling Psychology, New York University, 2006.

Relevant Experience:
Assistant Psychologist, Mobile Crisis Team, Interfaith Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY (2001-2003). APA-approved clinical internship, Kings County Hospital Center, Brooklyn, NY (1999-2000). Clinical Internship Supervisor, MA Program in Counseling, New York University (2006-present); Adjunct Instructor, Department of Applied Psychology, NYU (1997-present); Psychotherapist, Brooklyn Center for Psychotherapy, Brooklyn, NY (1996-1999); Clinical Doctoral Extern, New York University Counseling Services (1995-1996); Psychotherapist, Postgraduate Center for Mental Health, NYC, NY (1990-1995).

Professional Interests:
Multicultural issues in psychotherapy, group psychotherapy/group dynamics, crisis intervention, psychodynamic psychotherapy, treatment of trauma, supervision/training. Research interests: Racial identity development of adolescents; multiculturalism.

Lisa Westreich, LCSW
Referral Services Coordinator, Case Manager

Group Co-leader: Mind. Body. Being.
Let’s Talk Counselor: Dickson Hall (Monday)

Education:
Ms. Westreich holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and a master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University.

Relevant Experience:
Prior to joining CAPS, Ms. Westreich provided counseling and referral services in various settings to the elderly, pregnant/parenting teenagers, people with AIDS and those struggling with substance abuse.

Professional Interests:
LGBTQIA+ issues, body image issues, use of meditation and spirituality in treatment, cross-cultural issues in seeking mental health services, recovery utilizing 12 Step models, end of life issues, grief and loss, and coping strategies.

Wendy Gonzalez-Canal, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Fellow

Education:
Dr. Gonzalez-Canal holds a bachelor’s degree in Entomology and Nematology from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, a master’s degree in Psychology from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida, and a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Relevant Experience:
Dr. Gonzalez-Canal worked with college students for 3 years, both as masters and doctoral student. She also worked in community mental health while in Indiana. Dr. Gonzalez-Canal is fluent in Spanish and has provided bi-lingual services to Hispanic/Latino clients both in community mental health and university counseling centers. Prior to joining the CAPS team, Dr. Gonzalez-Canal completed an APA-approved pre-doctoral internship at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.

Professional Interests:
Dr. Gonzalez-Canal is interested in treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma and relationship and family issues, as well as body image concerns and substance abuse/misuse. She is passionate about working with LGBTQIA+ and students of various cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Adam Herbert, Psy.M.
Post-doctoral Fellow

Education:
Mr. Herbert holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers University, a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP), Rutgers University, and is currently completing his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at GSAPP, Rutgers University.

Relevant Experience:
Prior to joining CAPS, Mr. Herbert completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at Pace University’s Counseling Center (Manhattan, NY). Mr. Herbert has also trained at Fordham University’s Counseling & Psychological Services (Manhattan, NY), Drew University’s Counseling & Psychological Services (Madison, NJ), Jersey Shore University Medical Center (Neptune, NJ), JFK Medical Center’s Center for Behavioral Health (Edison, NJ), Highland Park School District’s Community Teen Center (Highland Park, NJ), and the Center for Psychological Services at Rutgers University (Piscataway, NJ).

Professional Interests:
Psychodynamic psychotherapy, therapy integration, college counseling, identity development, life transitions, personality/character organization, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, multicultural issues, group dynamics, supervision/training.

Brenda Varcadipone
Secretary

Michelle Clark Kight
Part-time Secretary