Eric D. Rose, Ph.D.

DIRECTOR

Dr. Rose was born and raised on Long Island, New York, and attended undergraduate college at Yeshiva University in Manhattan. He earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio. His graduate research explored the relationship between emotional distress and religious or spiritual lifestyles. In 2010 he returned to New York and completed a clinical internship at the Stony Brook University Counseling and Psychological Services. A year later, Dr. Rose pursued further specialization in university mental health by completing a post-doctoral residency at Princeton University Health Services. Between 2012 and 2016, Dr. Rose was a staff psychologist at the Johns Hopkins University Counseling Center. While at Johns Hopkins he served as coordinator of website and online media initiatives. Dr. Rose's professional interest include contemporary psychoanalysis, psychology of religious belief and practice, and mindfulness meditation. He is licensed as a psychologist in both New York and New Jersey.   

Melissa Zarin,  Ph.D.

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR / Coordinator OF PREVENTION AND OUTREACH

Dr. Melissa Shuman Zarin is the assistant director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). 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), and also licensed as a psychologist in New York State (#021236).

Ying Xiong, Ph.D.

STAFF PSYCHOLOGIST

Dr. Ying Xiong was born and raised in Chengdu, China. She came to the United States and obtained her B.A. in Psychology and Economics from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois. In graduate school, she had been conducting research to explore cross-cultural differences in decision-making and depressive symptomology. 

Throughout her clinical training, Dr. Xiong completed externships at University of Chicago, University of Illinois in Chicago, and Burke Rehabilitation Hospital. She completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at AHRC NYC with children and adults with various developmental disabilities. She then worked as a staff and supervising psychologist at AHRC NYC prior to joining Stevens. 

Dr. Ying Xiong is a licensed psychologist in the State of New York (#021867) and is in the process of obtaining licensure in the State of New Jersey. Dr. Xiong is bilingual in Mandarin and English.  

Lauren Poleyeff Psy.D., LCSW

STAFF PSYCHOLOGIST

Lauren Poleyeff Psy.D., LCSW is a staff psychologist at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Dr. Poleyeff received her doctorate degree in school psychology at Rutgers University in May, 2015. Dr. Poleyeff completed her psychology internship at Stevens Institute of Technology’s Student Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) a year ago. 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.

In addition to being a licensed psychologist in the state of New Jersey, Dr. 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, Dr. 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 CAPS, Dr. Poleyeff co-facilitated a relational process group. She also facilitated a support group for international students and a group for building social confidence.

Mai El-Khoury, Ph.D.

SUPERVISING Psychologist

Dr. Mai El-Khoury is a Supervising Psychologist at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). She earned her B.A. in Psychology and English from Duke University, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University. 

Prior to joining Stevens, Dr. El-Khoury completed externships at the Center for Multicultural Human Services (Falls Church, VA), the Program for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (Falls Church, VA), NYU Institute of Trauma and Stress (NY, NY), and Mt. Sinai Hospital (NY, NY). 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's 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 (35SI00521700) and in New York (018186). 

Mandy Read, Psy.M.

PRe-DOCTORAL Psychology Intern

Mandy Read is a pre-doctoral psychology intern at the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. She earned her BA in psychology from American University in Washington, DC and is currently in her final year of training prior to earning a Psy.D. from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. Her graduate research is focused on the intersectionality of different cultural identities and the comparisons between different ethnic groups’ experiences of school climate. 

Prior to joining Stevens, she gained clinical experience as a psychology extern at Rider University. Additionally, she gained clinical and assessment experience as a school psychology practicum student at David Brearley High School in Kenilworth, NJ. Over the course of the past two years, Mandy has also worked as a clinician in the Psychological Services Clinic at Rutgers University, wherein she worked with children, adolescents, and adults. She enjoys working with people in different modalities, including individuals, couples and families. As an international student herself, Mandy is interested in working with and learning more about acculturation, and immigration difficulties. She is also deeply interested and passionate about working with and understanding relational issues and attachment styles.

Jessica Elliott, M.A.

PSYCHOLOGY EXTERN

Jessica Elliott is a psychology extern at the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. Jessica received her BA in Psychology from Rutgers University and is currently a doctoral student at Seton Hall University. Prior to starting her studies at Seton Hall, she received her master’s degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from William Paterson University. Her current research interests include factors that affect minority ethnic groups’ mental health. She is also interested in learning more about protective factors that enable first generation and ethnic minority students to succeed academically. 

Before starting her externship at Stevens, Jessica had clinical experience in various different partial hospitalization programs and inpatient units working with children, adolescent and adult populations. While studying at William Paterson, Jessica was able to work as a graduate assistant in the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Program on campus and provide academic coaching to the students in the program.

Daniel Bascara, M.D.

Staff Psychiatrist

Dr. Daniel Bascara is a part-time Staff Psychiatrist at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). 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.

Michael Jackson, M.D.

Staff Psychiatrist

Dr. Michael Jackson is a part-time Staff Psychiatrist at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). 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.

Myrna Giannini

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Myrna Giannini joined the office of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) in September 2016 as an administrative assistant. She has been at Stevens since 2005 in the Enrollment Division. Prior to working at Stevens, she worked as a confidential secretary in the Office of the President at Rutgers University and has held several other duties at other universities here in New Jersey as well as in Florida. For the first part of her career, she worked as a New State Medicaid expediter, a position she held for 16 years. She also held a position as staff assistant to the Office of Students with Disabilities at Valencia Community College and as a technical secretary for Middlesex Community College.