Staff - SUNY Cortland


Our Counselors

Carolyn Bershad, Ph.D., L.P., Director, Counseling and Student Development
Carolyn received her B.A. from Binghamton University, an M.A. from the University of Hawaii in Asian Studies, and a second M.A. from the University of Hawaii in Cultural Anthropology. Her doctorate is from The Pennsylvania State University in Counseling Psychology, and she is licensed as a psychologist in New York and Illinois.  Carolyn joined the SUNY Cortland family August 2012, and brings with her over 15 years of clinical experience in university counseling centers and over twenty years working in higher education. 

Ester Edelman, MSW, LCSW, Senior Counselor
Ester comes to us with much experience in practicing individual and family therapy. She also has a background in working in the mental health and substance abuse fields, and in providing crisis intervention. At SUNY Cortland, she is working with students toward gaining insight and exploring their strengths, achieving emotional and physical well-being, reducing stress, and enhancing problem solving skills. Ester studied and practiced in three countries and speaks four languages. She likes to travel and to cook.

Robyn Forster, M.Ed., Senior Counselor/Coordinator, Substance Abuse Prevention & Education 
Robyn Forster earned her M.Ed. in Counseling Education from James Madison University in 1979. Her current position at the State University of New York at Cortland is that of Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator (half-time) and College Counselor (half-time). Robyn has been employed at SUNY Cortland since 1989. Prior to her employment at Cortland, Robyn held the position of Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor at The University of Maryland, College Park. Additionally, Robyn has presented at numerous workshops and trainings on an assortment of counseling topics.

Kathryn Gallup, MSW, LCSW, Senior Counselor
Kathryn earned her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in American Studies and a Master’s of Social Work from Syracuse University. Prior to coming to SUNY Cortland in 2012, Kathryn worked in the substance abuse and mental health fields providing short- and long-term therapy for individuals, families, groups, and couples, as well as crisis intervention. Kathryn has experience in and passion for helping individuals struggling with shame, grief, addictive behaviors, interpersonal challenges, and problematic family of origin dynamics to move to a mindset of acceptance, self-focus, and self-care.

Roueida Ghadban, Ph.D., L.P.
Roueida earned her B.A. from Ottawa University, her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the New School for Social Research. She has over 20 years of experience in the mental health field in the area of psychological assessment, psychotherapy, trauma, crisis intervention, substance abuse, gender identity, depression and anxiety. Roueida is particularly interested in the impact of life experiences on self-identity across the life span. In working with students, her aim is to encourage them to engage in a collaborative process of self-discovery that enables them to expand their awareness and understanding of their needs, internal conflicts, motivations and patterns of behavior so that they can live their lives more fully and more successfully.

Billie Jean Goff, M.S.Ed., LMHC, NBCC, CEDS
Billie Jean has been a counselor with the SUNY Cortland Counseling Center since August, 1990. She has an M.S.Ed. in Counseling and is certified though NBCC (National Board for Certified Counselors). As a generalist, Billie sees students with a wide-range of concerns, including: relationship issues, personal adjustment, sexuality, abuse (physical, sexual, emotional), anxiety, depression and grief. Additionally, she has special interest and expertise in the area of eating disorders. Other professional experience includes: counselor with the Upward Bound program; Director of a group residence for adolescent females and community mental health work.

Andre Williams, L.C.S.W.
Andre earned his B.A from Ferrum College in 2000. For the next decade, he cultivated skills sets by fulfilling the roles of a paraprofessional counselor, an educator, a skills trainer, a caseworker and by providing community based youth and family intervention services. Andre secured an MSW from Binghamton University in 2010 and his clinical certification in 2014. Although his training has prepared him to address a multitude of clinical concerns, his interests are in human development through the life span, family systems, and trauma frameworks. Practicing as a strengths-based Clinical Social Worker, Andre continues to develop these areas of interest as applied to working with students at SUNY Cortland.

Marie Nelson, Receptionist and Secretary
Marie Nelson manages the office with a calmness and efficiency that puts you at ease.

Contact Us

Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-44
Phone: 607-753-4728
Fax: 607-753-2367 

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Summer hours:
8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Closed for lunch from noon-1 p.m.