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Counseling Services Staff

The Counseling Service is staffed by psychologists, counselors, an administrative assistant, and a part time consulting psychiatrist affiliated with the University. In addition, each year multiple graduate interns and externs contribute to the counseling center staff.

Karen LevinsonDr. Karen Levinson, PhD 
Director, Counseling

Dr. Levinson has been affiliated with SHAC since January 2004, serving as the Assistant Director for 4 years before becoming the Director in the Spring of 2013. She works as a Staff Psychologist, providing clinical services as well as overseeing the Counseling Center and Staff. Dr. Levinson earned her degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Delaware, and is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Pennsylvania.She has worked in a variety of settings including college counseling (University of Delaware and Temple University), Friends Hospital, and community mental health centers (Northwestern Human Services and Community Council For Mental Health and Mental Retardation).

Natalie PetykNatalie Petyk, PsyD
Associate Director

Dr. Petyk recently joined the Counseling staff in spring 2020 after over a decade of experience as a trainee, staff psychologist, and assistant director in college counseling centers in the Philadelphia area (Haverford College, Temple University, and St. Joseph’s University). Dr. Petyk earned her PsyD from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University/ Washington DC campus, where she held a concentration in multicultural psychology. She then completed her APA-accredited internship at the Pennsylvania Hospital Department of Psychiatry/Hall-Mercer Community Mental Health Clinic. In addition to her staff positions at college counseling centers, she has also had experiences working in psychiatric emergency departments on acute admissions teams and as an inpatient unit therapist, running groups and working with individual patients and their families. Dr. Petyk has also enjoyed working with clients across the lifespan, from early school-aged children to older adults, through her psychotherapy work in group and solo private practice

settings. Dr. Petyk’s professional areas of interest include first-generation college students, gender identity and sexual identity exploration, treating individuals with chronic mood disorders, coping with bereavement, losses and traumatic life experiences, cross-cultural therapeutic dyads, and providing supervision to psychology trainees. She works with clients from a psychodynamic and relational psychotherapy lens to build self-awareness, raise insight, make subtle and significant changes in their lives, while tapping into their own resiliency.

Benjamin Barnes, PsyD

Benjamin Barnes, PsyD
Staff Psychologist

Dr. Barnes is a Staff Psychologist at Student Health and Counseling (SHAC). He earned his Psy.D in Clinical Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in 2017. He completed an APA-Accredited pre-doctoral internship at PCOM’s Center for Brief Therapy in which he received training in psychotherapy, psychological assessment, and behavioral health consultation. Dr. Barnes has also trained at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania and has held employment in community mental health as well as wraparound services.  Dr. Barnes has professional interests in sleep disorders, human sexuality, gender identity, ADHD, anxiety, mood disorders, positive psychology, and diversity.

Ajabyang Amin, PsyDAjabyang Amin, PsyD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Amin is the postdoctoral fellow at SHAC. She earned her PsyD in Counseling Psychology at Northwest University and completed her doctoral internship at Frostburg State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Prior to this training, she worked as a student therapist at NUhope Community Counseling Center providing psychotherapy and psychological assessments to children and adults. Additionally, she holds a Master in Public Health degree from University of Michigan and has been involved in various health research projects. Some of Dr. Amin’s clinical interests include immigrant and international population concerns, identity development, transitional issues, and using arts and strength-based approaches to health.

Alicia MillerAlicia Miller, MPH, CHES
Health Information Analyst

Alicia obtained her Master's degree in Public Health from the University of the Sciences (May 2015) and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.  She manages all aspects of the Student Health Insurance Plan including enrollment, waivers, and education about benefits and accessing services; coordinates counseling center client scheduling and registration; as well as overseeing several health promotion programs, including STI testing and immunization clinics. She has a strong interest in community outreach and, in particular, economic disparities, mental health, sexual health, and adverse childhood experiences.


Carrie Malanga, RN, PMHNP-BCCarrie Malanga, RN, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Consultant

Carrie Malanga is a licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and serves as the part time Psychiatric Consultant at SHAC.  Her clinical approach to Psychopharmacology is solution focused and evidence based. Carrie completed her Advanced Practice Nursing degree at the University of Pennsylvania. She has clinical experience in working with individuals ranging from young adults through the lifespan.  Carrie also has experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Meditation, as well as Gestalt Therapy.  Prior to becoming an Advanced Practice Nurse, Carrie was a birth and postpartum doula as well as a childbirth educator.   Carrie also has over ten years of experience working in wilderness therapy, where she employed the natural environment as a component in her therapeutic work with individuals, couples and families.  

Counseling Practicum Students

Sloane FerenchakSloane Ferenchak
Sloane Ferenchak is a clinical practicum student at SHAC for the 2019-2020 school year. She is currently a third year student in the Doctoral Clinical Psychology program and Masters student in Human Sexuality Education at Widener University in the sex therapy track. Sloane graduated with her B.A in Psychology from Binghamton University. She has previous experience providing individual and group counseling for students at Memphis Street Academy Charter School of Philadelphia as well as providing psychological assessments utilizing the therapeutic assessment model at Christiana Care. Sloane has also provided psychoeducation and sexual health education at Planned Parenthood's Teen Clinic in Rochester, NY. Her clinical interests include sexuality and sexual health, gender and sexual identity development, anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, anti-oppressive practice, positive psychology, and ACT.

Kara Manning, MSKara Manning, MS
Kara Manning is a doctoral student from Chestnut Hill College and a counseling practicum student for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Originally from South Jersey, she attended undergraduate studies at Hofstra University in New York and earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a minor in English.  Following graduation, she served in the United States Army for over 9 years, then was honorably discharged in order to pursue her educational goals. Kara has a Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from Chestnut Hill College and a Master of Arts in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University.  She is currently working on her doctorate in Clinical Psychology.  She has experience in counseling including working with populations in recovery from addiction, experiencing co-occurring anxiety, depression, and trauma.  She also has experience in assessment, working with clients with ADHD, Autism (ASD), learning disabilities, and intellectual disabilities. Her clinical interests include, but are not limited to, anxiety, depression, trauma, and domestic abuse. 

Diane Miller, MADiane Miller, MA
Diane Miller is a 3rd year dual degree student at Widener University, working towards receiving a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Master of Education in Human Sexuality. She obtained a B.S. in Psychology from Rochester Institute of Technology and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College Columbia University. Diane has previous experience working with individuals struggling with addiction at an opiate treatment clinic, and has provided individual and group counseling within inpatient and outpatient settings.  Her clinical interests include intergenerational trauma, sexuality, diversity, and working with underserved populations.



Whitecar Hall
1st Floor, Suite 1200
University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Office Hours*

*Clinical hours may differ from office hours.
Student Health
M-F 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday - Extended hours during Fall and Spring until 7pm

Counseling & Insurance
M-F 9:00am - 5:00pm


Student Health
(P) 215-596-8980
(F) 215-596-7621

Counseling & Insurance
(P) 215-596-8536
(F) 215-596-7576