Our Counselors

Roueida Ghadban, Ph.D., L.P., Director, Counseling and Wellness Services
Roueida earned her B.A. from Ottawa University, her M.S. 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.

Gail Boone, M.S., LMHC, Senior Counselor

Gail attained her B.S. in Psychology from SUNY Oswego and her M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Cazenovia College. Prior to joining Cortland, Gail’s experience in a college setting included work as a counselor, adjunct instructor, and clinical supervisor. She also has been a mental health counselor in adult and adolescent clinic settings. Gail has a passion for assisting individuals in finding a path to living their best, most authentic lives by building a strong positive sense of self, gaining self-awareness of emotions and self-beliefs, then building on recognized strengths and insights. She enjoys providing students with the tools and strategies to thrive by gaining self-compassion and self-worth and support them in being resilient and working through overcoming loss, struggle, trauma, and everyday worries and obstacles to obtain success in relationships, academics, and shaping and envisioning their future to live a joyful and fulfilling life.

Kathryn Gallup, MSW, LCSW-R, 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, stress and anxiety, interpersonal challenges, and problematic family of origin dynamics; through improving self-awareness and learning more effective ways to navigate life’s challenges, she works to help individuals move to a place of inner peace, personal growth, and healthier relationships with self and others.  

Stacey Massari, M.A., M.S.W., L.C.S.W., Senior Counselor

Stacey attained her B.A. in Sociology from SUNY Oneonta, an M.A. in Community Psychology with a minor in Forensic Psychology from the University of New Haven, and a Master of Social Work from Adelphi University.  Stacey has experience with a variety of populations in both residential settings and a community services agency, as well as in secondary education as a School Social Worker. She is most passionate about working with teenagers and young adults in their journey of self-discovery. She works to facilitate enhanced feelings of self-efficacy in students, so they become more aware of their individual strengths and are better able to overcome to life’s obstacles. She also has a special interest in family dynamics and how family history may impact an individual's sense of self. She works with students to overcome relational challenges so that they do not interfere with emotional growth and academic success.

Jennifer Talarico, M.S., LMHC, Senior Counselor

Jen obtained her B.A. in Psychology from Northeastern University and her M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. She has experience in providing mental health and substance use counseling to individuals, couples, family systems, and groups. Jen’s areas of interests are in helping individuals with body image, self-identity, life transition, relationships, and challenging emotions of anger, shame, and grief. Her therapeutic approach incorporates mindfulness-based and trauma-informed care to increase insight and self-awareness.

Our Psychiatric Provider

Dara Yastrzemski, MSN PMHNP- BC

Dara Yastrzemski is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (FPMHNP-BC) who graduated with honors from Binghamton University in 2021. She is currently advancing her knowledge and experience in an Adult Psychiatric Fellowship with Norton College of Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dara has been working with the Psychiatric Faculty Practice, Inc in Syracuse, NY for outpatient psychiatric medication management and therapy and delivering outpatient psychiatric services to SUNY Cortland's student body. 

Contact Us

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

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Summer hours:
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

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