Rocky with some of the CAPS staff

Meet the Staff

Jaclyn Friedman-Lombardo, PhD
Director

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

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.

Melissa Shuman Zarin, PhD
Associate Director

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

Education:
BA, Kenyon College in May 1990 (major in Drama and Psychology); MA and Ed.M. in Psychological Counseling in 1995 at Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University in 2001.

Relevant Experience:
Prior to coming to MSU, Dr. Zarin spent 10 years at Stevens Institute of Technology specializing in college mental health, outreach and prevention, and training and supervision. She started in 2012 as a staff psychologist and in 2014 became a Supervising Psychologist, and the Coordinator of the Peer Education program. In 2016, she was promoted to Assistant Director and Coordinator of Outreach and Prevention.

Professional Interests:
Mindfulness, Women’s Issues, Grief and Loss, Outreach and Training, Supervision, and Suicide Prevention.

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

Group Co-leader: Understanding Self and Others (Tuesday & Thursday) and CAPS Mental Health Ambassadors
Let’s Talk Counselor: Wednesday 3-4:30 pm

Education:
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.

James J. DeSantis, JD, MSW, LCSW
Staff Clinician

Group Co-leader: Men’s Group

Education:
Mr. DeSantis is a New Jersey Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Rutgers University where he was a Dean’s List student, served as a Psychology teaching assistant, and was a member of the Honor Society in Psychology. Mr. DeSantis earned his Master’s in Social Work from Rutgers University where he was a recipient of the William Neal Brown Memorial Fellowship, in memory of a social worker who served with the Tuskegee Airmen during WWII. Prior to becoming a therapist, he successfully practiced law for over 10 years in New Jersey, New York, and the District of Columbia. He received his Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University. Mr. DeSantis is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, American Psychological Association, National Lawyers’ Guild, and a non-practicing member of the Federal and State Bars of New York and New Jersey as well as the District of Columbia.

Relevant Experience:

In addition to the CAPS team at Montclair State, Mr. DeSantis serves as a Senior Medical Social Worker for the Office of Violence Prevention and Trauma Recovery in the City of Newark. Mr. DeSantis is also engaged in private practice in Montclair and Newark. Past experiences include serving as a mental health clinician at several mental health agencies in Newark including Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, Integrity House, and North Jersey Community Research Initiative.

Professional Interests:

James has clinical experience working with a large variety of clients and issues including: LGBTQ+; children with special needs; adolescents and teens; elderly and terminally-ill patients; men’s issues; grieving families; couples; vocational therapy; adults with disabilities; criminal/forensic issues; substance abuse; co-occurring disorders; HIV+; and, adults with serious mental health issues such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, personality disorders, and addictions.

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

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 (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: Grad Group, 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

Elvira Rudner, M.D.
Staff Psychiatrist

Education:
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.

Jennifer Strollo, PsyD
Staff Psychologist

Education:
Dr. Strollo earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan (1995) and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology(2000), renamed Alliant International University. Dr. Strollo’s dissertation and area of interest are in understanding and treating adolescent suicide.

Relevant Experience:
Dr. Strollo has been a professor at MSU since 2008, in both the graduate and undergraduate psychology departments as well as taught and supervised at her doctoral college. She has provided long-term psychotherapy to students referred from MSU in her private practice in Montclair. Prior to teaching and providing therapy, Dr. Strollo was the Training Director at Berkeley Mental Health in California, where she hired and trained interns and staff at a large culturally diverse clinic.

Professional Interests:
Dr. Strollo serves on the board of the Essex-Union County Association of Psychologists (EUCAP) which supports NJPA and APA in its mission, purpose and programs. As a member of the training board, she takes part in dynamic meetings with local clinicians who have expertise in the field of psychology, while also providing continuing education credit for psychologists.

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

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

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. 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, Connecting Across Cultures, and Agents of Change
Let’s TeleTalk Counselor: Wednesday 11 am-12:30 pm

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.

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

Education:
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, and Self Defense Training and Group Counseling for Women
Let’s TeleTalk Counselor: Monday 3-4:30 pm

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. 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.

Khabir Williams, MSW, LCSW, LCADC
Staff Clinician

Group Co-leader: Men’s Group

Education:
Mr. Williams holds a Masters Degree from Rutgers University in Clinical Social Work with an Addiction Counselor Training Certification.

Relevant Experience:
In addition to the CAPS team at Montclair State University, Mr. Williams serves as a Senior Medical Social Worker for the Office of Violence Prevention and Trauma Recovery in the City of Newark, NJ. Mr. Williams also serves his community through his private practice based in Newark, NJ. Past experiences include serving as a co-occurring mental health clinician at several mental health agencies in Newark, East Orange, New Brunswick and within private practice.

Professional Interests:

Mr. Williams has clinical experience working with diverse populations from differing cultures, ethnicities and social-economic backgrounds. Experience includes but is not limited to trauma, anxiety, depression, men’s issues, first generation college students, adjustment challenges, couples and family conflicts, acute mental health challenges, personality disorders, child/adolescent/young adult behavioral modification, mentoring and substance misuse.

Jacklyn Hart, Psy.D.
Post-doctoral Fellow

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

Education:
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

Administrative Assistant

Barbara Monelus

Administrative Assistant