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Staff

The Student Counseling Service staff includes: Dr. Stanley W. Tam, Director, Dr. Jenna Koonin, Clinical Psychologist, and Dr. Amanda Volper, Clinical Psychologist. All staff members hold a New York State license as a Clinical Psychologist, and have extensive professional experience working with young adults in an academic setting. Please refer to the short biographies listed below for more detailed information about each counselor, as well as their direct contact information.

 

Stanley Tam, Psy.D.

Director, Student Counseling Service
440 Lenox Road, Apt. 1M
Brooklyn, NY 11203
(718) 270-1408
stanley.tam@downstate.edu

Dr. Stanley Tam earned a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago. He is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who has worked with college students and young adults in a variety of university settings, including Alfred University, the Illinois Institute of Art and the University of Chicago, Illinois. He has previously served as the Director of Health and Counseling Services at Alfred University. His clinical interests include acculturation, diversity psychology, and relational models of treatment. He integrates parts theory, internal family systems and insight based therapy focusing on regulating and building scaffolding with individuals. Dr. Tam is originally from Los Angeles and his hobbies include bicycle building, reading, and basketball. He also maintains a private practice in Union Square.

 

 

 

Jenna Koonin, Psy.D.

Counselor, Student Counseling Service
440 Lenox Road, Apt. 1M
Brooklyn, NY 11203
718-270-8385
jenna.koonin@downstate.edu

Dr. Jenna Koonin earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She later completed a yearlong fellowship in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the William Alanson White Institute. Dr. Koonin previously worked in a number of hospitals and outpatient settings across New York City. She maintains a private practice in addition to her work at Downstate. Dr. Koonin has a special interest in working with patients from a psychoanalytic perspective but her clinical work also incorporates cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness techniques. She specializes in treating anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties.

 

Amanda Volper, Psy.D.

Counselor, Student Counseling Service
440 Lenox Road, Apt. 1M
Brooklyn, NY 11203
718-270-8809
amanda.volper@downstate.edu

Dr. Amanda Volper earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Northwell Health (formerly LIJ), where she received additional training in using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with young adults. She completed an intensive training in Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT) in 2015 and frequently incorporates mindfulness-based approaches in her work with clients. Dr. Volper helps her clients identify their negative thoughts and behaviors that may be interfering with their lives and perpetuating their psychological symptoms. In addition to her work at Downstate, Dr. Volper maintains a private practice in Manhattan where she works with individuals struggling with a diverse set of issues. She enjoys running in her spare time.