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Staff

The Student Counseling Service staff includes: Dr. Maria Deutscher, Director, Dr. Jenna Koonin, Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Amanda Volper, Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Angela Aznavorian, Clinical Psychologist and Dr. Stanley Tam, 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.

 

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Maria Deutscher, Ph.D.

Director, Student Counseling Services
440 Lenox Road, Apt. 1M
Brooklyn, NY 11203
(718) 270-1408

maria.deutscher@downstate.edu

Dr. Maria Deutscher earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University. She has been in private practice for over 20 years. Her clients include young adults facing life challenges and often struggling with anxiety, depression and relationships. She incorporates many modalities, including talk therapy, CBT and mindfulness. Her career started at Jacobi Hospital, developing an understanding of the range of mental illnesses, the use of medication, dual diagnoses and the destructive impact of poverty and inquity on the mental health of her patients. She taught and supervised psychology interns and medical students. Dr. Deutscher is a lifelong New Yorker with strong community ties. She has been very involved in the public schools her son has attended, her neighborhood association and synagogue, serving on all their boards. When not working, she enjoys spending time and cooking for gatherings of friends and family, and being outdoors.

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Jenna Koonin, Psy.D.

Counselor, Student Counseling Services
440 Lenox Road, Apt. 1M
Brooklyn, NY 11203
718-270-1408

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.

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Amanda Volper, PSY.D.

Counselor, Student Counseling Services
440 Lenox Road, Apt. 1M
Brooklyn, NY 11203
718-270-1408

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.

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Angela Aznavorian, PSY.D.

Counselor, Student Counseling Services
440 Lenox Road, Apt. 1M
Brooklyn, NY 11203
718-270-1408

angela.aznavorian@downstate.edu

Dr. Angela Aznavorian earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Prior to joining Downstate, her clinical work has taken place in a variety of mental health settings in both Chicago and NYC. Her clinical specialties include anxiety and mood concerns, adjustment and social challenges, eating disorders and body image, as well as the mind/body connection. Dr. Aznavorian draws upon cognitive-behavioral, insight-oriented and mindfulness techniques to help individuals develop a greater understanding of emotional distress and manage various symptoms in a more healthy and balanced way. While maintaining her private practice in Manhattan, she enjoys illustration, thrifting, and traveling in her spare time.

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STANLEY TAM, PSY.D.

Counselor, Student Counseling Services
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 intersectionality, 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.