Dr. Jodi Streich, Ph.D., is the Director of Student Counseling and Disability Services. Dr. Streich earned her M.A. degrees in General and Clinical Psychology and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Adelphi University, Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies. She completed her doctoral training at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York University Medical Center in Manhattan. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology. Dr. Streich has taught undergraduate psychology courses as an adjunct professor at Stevens.
Before joining Stevens, Dr. Streich managed a Substance Abuse Program in Hoboken for adults and adolescents. She has also done extensive work providing management on employee performance and behavior and executive coaching through her work in Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) at Hoboken University Medical Center (HUMC). During her doctoral training, Dr. Streich served as the World Trade Center Coordinator in Northern New Jersey. She managed the September 11th project, Project Phoenix, funded by SAMHSA & FEMA. During her role, Dr. Streich provided outpatient services to the community and trainings in Crisis Management to emergency responders in Hudson County. Dr. Streich is a licensed clinical psychologist in the states of New Jersey (#4852) and New York (#019068).
Melissa Shuman Zarin, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Peer Educator Program
Dr. Melissa Shuman Zarin is a Staff Psychologist at Student Counseling and Disability Services. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and Drama from Kenyon College, her MA/Ed.M. in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College Columbia University, and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University.
Prior to joining Stevens, she worked at Wolf Mehlman Psychological Associates providing therapy to adults and college bound adolescents. For many years, she worked for the Activity and Human Performance Center providing individual therapy and court ordered psychological evaluations for adult and adolescent clients involved with the NJ Division for Youth and Family Services (DYFS). She also worked on-site as a Staff Psychologist at Apostle House Shelter in Newark, NJ providing individual therapy, group therapy, and advocacy to women residents and their children. Before that she worked for the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center as their Staff Psychologist. In addition, she has worked as an Adjunct Professor for both Montclair State University and Union County College teaching a variety of classes including Ethics, Group Counseling, and Supervision. Dr. Zarin is a New Jersey Licensed Counseling Psychologist (#4750).
Lauren Poleyeff, Psy.M., LCSW
Disability Services Coordinator
Lauren Poleyeff Psy.M., LCSW is the Disability Services Coordinator and a Staff Clinician at the Student Counseling and Disability Services. Ms. Poleyeff is currently working on her dissertation to fulfill her doctorate degree requirements in school psychology at Rutgers University. Ms. Poleyeff completed her psychology internship at Stevens Institute of Technology’s Student Counseling and Disability Services last year. She previously completed her psychology externships at the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and at the Valley Road elementary schools in Clark, NJ. Throughout her training, she also provided individual and family therapy at Rutgers psychological clinic.
Ms. Poleyeff is also a licensed clinical social worker and has over a decade of experience working with children and families in various clinical settings. Prior to returning to graduate school, she provided counseling services at a child an adolescent outpatient clinic through the Jewish Family Services – MetroWest. In addition, Ms. Poleyeff facilitated parent support groups at a school based early intervention program run through the ARC of Essex County. She also worked in foster care and preventive service programs throughout New York City. Her professional interests include relational issues, identity concerns, family of origin issues, support for students with autism spectrum disorders, and acculturation issues. During her internship at SCADS, Ms. Poleyeff co-facilitated a relational process group. She presently facilitates a support group for international students and a group for building social confidence.
Dr. Jessica Shimberg is a Staff Psychologist at Student Counseling and Disability Services. Dr. Shimberg earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Adelphi University, Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies. She completed her doctoral internship as well as a post doctoral fellowship at Rutgers University's Counseling Center. Special interests include Eating Disorders, body image concerns, and relationship issues. Dr. Shimberg is a licensed clinical psychologist in the states of New York and New Jersey.
Dr. Mai El-Khoury is a part-time Staff Psychologist at Student Counseling and Disability Services. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and English from Duke University, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University. Dr. El-Khoury completed her pre-doctoral internship at Bellevue Hospital/NYU School of Medicine and her post-doctoral fellowship at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/ War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (of the East Orange Veterans Administration). Dr. El-Khoury is fluent in Arabic. Clinical interests include: living with anxiety, interpersonal relatedness, assertiveness, time management, expatriate transitions, as well as cross-cultural dimensions of coping and resilience. Dr. El-Khoury is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in New Jersey and New York.
Jeremy Novich, Psy.D.
Postdoctoral Psychology Fellow
Dr. Jeremy Novich is a postdoctoral fellow at Student Counseling and Disability Services. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from Long Island University, Post. Dr. Novich completed his APA accredited internship at Pace University's Counseling Center in lower Manhattan. He has gained experience in a variety of settings including an inpatient unit, college counseling centers, a community clinic, a domestic violence shelter, and a clubhouse for people with serious mental illness. Dr. Novich has received training in multiple theoretical perspectives. His clinical interests include relationship difficulties, identity development, multiculturalism, and LGBT concerns.
Dr. Bascara is a part-time Staff Psychiatrist at Student Counseling and Disability Services. He is Board-Eligible, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and Board-Certified, American Board of Internal Medicine and is licensed to practice in New Jersey. Presently, he is also employed with Hoboken University Medical Center and Mental Health Clinic of Passaic. He has extensive experience in working with the late adolescence and young adulthood population.
Dr. Michael Jackson is a part-time Staff Psychiatrist at Student Counseling and Disability Services. He graduated from the UMDNJ- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, NJ. He continued his medical training as a psychiatric resident psychiatry department to be the chief resident of the program. After finishing his residency, Dr. Jackson completed the Saint Vincent's Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship.
Dr. Jackson maintains affiliations with both New York University School of Medicine and UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where he actively lectures and supervises fellows in their Forensic Psychiatry programs. Dr. Jackson also teaches and lectures residents, fellows and other physicians on various General, Forensic, and Addiction Psychiatry topics.
Ms. Jeannine Beauzil is the Administrative Assistant at Student Counseling and Disability Services. She earned her B.S. in Psychology at the University of North Florida. She has extensive experience in administrative work in higher education and provided mentoring to young at-risk females. She was also involved in several Haiti outreach projects. Ms. Beauzil is fluent in Haitian Creole and French.