Rocky with some of the CAPS staff

Meet the Staff

Jaclyn Friedman-Lombardo, PhD

Group Co-leader: Health Issues Group
Let’s TeleTalk Counselor: Tuesday 3-4:30 pm

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.

Tiffany Ciprian, LCSW
Staff Clinician, Coordinator of Outreach and Prevention

Group Co-leader: Understanding Self and Others (Thursday)
Let’s Talk Counselor: Thursday 3-4:30 pm

Ms. Ciprian earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Barnard College (2007) and her Master of Social Work Degree from Columbia University (2009). 

Relevant Experience:
Prior to joining CAPS, Ms. Ciprian served as the Associate Director of Counseling and Wellness at New York Institute of Technology College (NYIT) in NYC for 6 years. During her time at NYIT she provided individual counseling, crisis intervention and mental health consultations. She also served as the advisor to the Campus’s Peer Health Education team and managed the department’s outreach programming. Prior to her time at NYIT, Ms. Ciprian worked at the NYC Department of Health SBIRT Clinics (2009-2015). Ms. Ciprian provided both direct counseling and clinical oversight of the SBIRT Clinic’s behavioral health team.

Professional Interests:
Multicultural counseling, wellness, identity, cross-cultural issues, working with international students and underserved populations, consultation and outreach, loss and grief. 

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

Group Co-leader: Recovery Room, Parenting in Recovery and ECHO groups

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 Staff Psychologist/ Educational Coordinator of the Campus Alcohol Substance Awareness (CASA) program at Tuttleman Counseling Services at Temple University. Dr De Jesus is an active member of the Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE), and is a founding member of ARHE’s Equity and Inclusion Committee. She is a national recognized speaker on issues of equity, intersectionality, and recovery as a social justice issue.

Professional Interests:
Intersectionality, decolonizing therapy, restorative justice, the role of anti-racism/anti-oppression in counseling, harm reduction, substance use/misuse, recovery and recovery coaching.

Nancy Friedman, PsyD
Staff Psychologist

Group Co-leader: Health Issues Group, Coping 101, and Understanding Self and Others (Thursday)
Let’s TeleTalk Counselor: Tuesday 11 am-12:30 pm

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 (DBT), group psychotherapy, the psychological impact of chronic health issues, adjustment to/experience of college among non-traditional students, and GLBTQ+ issues.

Deirdre Narcisse, PsyD
Staff Psychologist

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

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).

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

Elvira Rudner, M.D.
Staff Psychiatrist

Dr. Elvira Rudner is Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Finance from Pace University in addition to bachelor’s in science from Columbia University. She received her medical degree from University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, presently known as Rutgers Medical School, Newark.

Relevant Experience:
Dr. Rudner completed her Psychiatry Residency training at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. She has subsequently worked as a Psych ER attending at the University Hospital in Newark and served as a clinical instructor within Rutgers’ Medical School Psychiatry Department. In addition to CAPS, Dr. Rudner practices psychopharmacology and psychotherapy in her private practice in Ridgewood, NJ.

Professional Interests:
Dr. Rudner specializes in mood disorders and anxiety, PTSD and trauma-related disorders, and attention deficit disorders.

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

Group Co-leader: Managing Moods, Coping 101, Mind.Body.Being., and CAPS Mental Health Ambassadors
Let’s TeleTalk Counselor: Friday 1-2:30 pm

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. In addition, he completed Yoga Teacher Training, 200 level.

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, with rotations in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, School Wellness Consulting and Treatment of Sex Offenders.

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

Sudha M. Wadhwani, PsyD 
Staff Psychologist, Coordinator of Equity, Inclusion, and Community Initiatives

Group Co-leader: Mosaic Women, Open Doors, Connecting Across Cultures, Agents of Change and CAPS Mental Health Ambassadors
Let’s TeleTalk Counselor: Wednesday 11 am-12:30 pm

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)

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 TeleTalk Counselor: Monday 1-2:30 pm

Dr. Weinberg earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Tufts University (1990), a Masters of Arts in Counseling from New York University (1994) and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from New York University (2006).  She became certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) from EMDRIA (2018) and completed the Level 1 Training in Internal Family Systems (IFS) from the IFS Institute (2019).

Relevant Experience:
Dr. Weinberg started working at CAPS in 2007.  Previously, she worked part-time as a clinical internship supervisor in the MA Program in Counseling (2006-2012) and as an adjunct instructor (1997-2012) in the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University.  Dr. Weinberg also worked as an Assistant Psychologist with the Mobile Crisis Team at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY (2001-2003) and prior to that she completed an APA-approved clinical internship at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, NY (1999-2000). Earlier in her career Dr. Weinberg worked as a psychotherapist at the Brooklyn Center for Psychotherapy (1996-1999) and Postgraduate Center for Mental Health in NYC (1990-1995).

Professional Interests:
Dr. Weinberg is interested in the treatment of trauma through relational psychotherapy, EMDR, IFS and sensorimotor psychotherapy.  She is also interested in integrating self-defense training and yoga into group psychotherapy for trauma survivors. Other areas of interest are multicultural issues in counseling, clinical supervision and training, and group psychotherapy.

Research Interests:  Dr. Weinberg has conducted research on the following: 1) self-defense training and group counseling as an intervention for female survivors of sexual and/or physical violence and 2) racial identity development of adolescents.

Lisa Westreich, LCSW, RYT
Referral Services Coordinator, Case Manager

Group Co-leader: Mind. Body. Being.Thriving After Trauma.
Let’s TeleTalk Counselor: Monday 3-4:30 pm

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.  In addition, she completed Yoga Teacher Training, 200 level.

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.

Jacklyn Hart, Psy.D.
Post-doctoral Fellow

Group Co-leader:  Understanding Self and Others (Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
Let’s TeleTalk Counselor: Thursdays 1-2:30 pm

Dr. Hart earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University where she majored in Psychology. She completed a Master of Arts degree in General Theoretical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Adler University.

Relevant Experience:
Prior to joining CAPS, Dr. Hart completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship in Health Service Psychology at the VA New Jersey Health Care System. Dr. Hart has also received training at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (Chicago, IL), Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (North Chicago, IL), and Chicago NeuroBehavior Specialists, Ltd. (Orland Park, IL).

Professional Interests:
Cognitive Behavior Therapies, Mindfulness, treatment of PTSD and trauma, depression, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, group psychotherapy, and community outreach.

Brenda Varcadipone