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Staff

The Student Counseling Service staff includes: Dr. Christine Saunders-Fields, Director, Dr. Jenna Koonin, Counselor, and Dr. Meg Rich, Counselor. 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.

 

 

Christine Saunders-Fields, Psy.D.

Director, Student Counseling Service

440 Lenox Road, Apt. 1M

Brooklyn, NY 11203

(718) 270-1408

christine.saunders-fields@downstate.edu

Dr. Christine Saunders-Fields earned a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from LIU Post in 1999. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked with college students and young adults in a variety of clinical and university settings. She has been employed by Downstate Medical University since 2007. Her clinical interest include anxiety, relationship problems, mood disorder and life balance/wellness. Dr. Saunders-Fields integrates cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness-based and psychodynamic theory in her clinical work.

A view of therapy – a place to safely and privately examine personal challenges.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Meg Rich, Psy.D.

Counselor, Student Counseling Service

440 Lenox Road, Apt. 1M

Brooklyn, NY 11203

718-270-8809

meg.rich@downstate.edu

Dr. Meg Rich attended Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY. She has worked across New York City in a variety of settings. In addition to her current work with students at Downstate, Dr. Rich is in private practice. She has a breadth of experience in working with adolescents, students, and adults, treating a range of distress including: depression, anxiety, self-esteem, relationship issues, and concerns around academic and professional goals. Dr. Rich also has a specialization in treating trauma. She works with an integrative approach, helping students to explore and address challenges, while learning new strategies for coping with them.