SCADS Staff

Jodi Streich, Ph.D.
Director

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).

Michelle Shepherd Combs, Psy.D.
Staff Psychologist

Dr. Michelle Shepherd Combs is a staff psychologist at Student Counseling and Disability Services. She earned her M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology which is located in Southern California. Dr. Shepherd Combs completed her doctoral internship at Pace University’s Counseling Center in Lower Manhattan and subsequently a post-doctoral fellowship at Stevens Institute of Technology’s Counseling and Disability Services Center. She has worked in a variety of settings including an inpatient hospital, a community mental health center, a medical research center and multiple university counseling centers. Her professional interests include working with relational issues, family of origin issues, anxiety, depression, identity concerns, women’s issues, empowerment and acculturation issues.

Dr. Shepherd Combs is also passionate about group therapy and outreach. She has led multiple groups in the various settings she has worked in such as an inpatient group for severely depressed and suicidal adults, an advocacy group for young teens, a women’s group and relational process groups. Dr. Shepherd Combs enjoys creating fun and informative outreach presentations and programs. She has presented on topics such as healthy relationships, substance use, eating disorders, stress and coping.

Melissa Shuman Zarin, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist

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).

Jessica Shimberg, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist

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 state of New York and permit holder in the state of New Jersey.

Lauren Poleyeff, Psy.M., LCSW.
Doctoral Psychology Intern

Lauren Poleyeff, Psy.M., LCSW is a doctoral psychology intern at Stevens Student Counseling and Disability Services.  Lauren is currently working towards her doctorate degree in school psychology at Rutgers University.  Lauren completed psychology externships at the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center of Albert Einstein College of Medicine and at the Valley Road elementary school in Clark.  During her training, she also provided individual and family therapy at Rutgers’ Counseling Center.

Lauren is also a licensed clinical social worker and has over a decade of experience working with children and families in social work settings.  Her most recent position prior to returning to graduate school was at a child and adolescent outpatient clinic of Jewish Family Services – MetroWest.  In addition, Lauren facilitated parent support groups at a school-based early intervention program run through the ARC of Essex County.  Lauren also worked in foster care and preventive service programs in New York City.