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Student Counseling


Counseling services are administered by a staff of licensed psychologists, psychology interns, psychology externs and crisis counselors. Psychology interns and externs are appointed annually and are enrolled in doctoral training programs in psychology. Interns and externs are provided with ongoing supervision of all clinical work.

Licensed Psychologists:

  • John C. Guthman
    John C. Guthman, Ph.D.
    Executive Director, Student Health and Counseling Center
    Email | Bio
  • Dodie A. Gillett
    Dodie A. Gillett, Ph.D.
    Staff Psychologist and Assistant Director of Internship Education and Training
    Email | Bio
  • Merry McVey-Noble
    Merry McVey-Noble, Ph.D.
    Staff Psychologist and Assistant Clinical Director
    Email | Bio
  • Daniel Rinaldi
    Daniel Rinaldi, Psy.D.
    Staff Psychologist and Assistant Director of Outreach Programs
    Email | Bio

Psychology Interns:

  • Samuel Greenblatt
    Samuel Greenblatt, MS
  • Henry Zhu
    Henry Zhu, MA

Psychology Externs:

Victoria Argento, MA
Diana Petrella, MS
Brandon Prosser, MS
Elizabeth Ramjas, MA 
Gulshan Salim, MS

Crisis Counselors:
Michael Accardo, MA
Joshua Lovell
Louise Waters, MS

Louise Waters, MS
Joseph Taliercio, MA

Please note that e-mail is not a confidential medium, therefore we have chosen to protect potential clients with a request to contact us with more personal concerns via telephone or in person.

John C. Guthman

John C. Guthman, Ph.D. Executive Director, Student Health and Counseling Center

My professional commitment to Hofstra University began in 1986, initially as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Psychology and shortly thereafter as a counselor in the Student Health and Counseling Center, where I currently serve as Director. The most rewarding aspect of my work continues to be represented by opportunities to assist students with their personal concerns and collaborating with others who are doing the same.

My formal education as a licensed psychologist began as an undergraduate psychology student at Northeastern University and included graduate training in clinical psychology programs at Western Michigan University and Hofstra University. Clinical work in hospital, school and community agency settings has helped shape my understanding of psychology as a diverse professional field with abundant opportunities for service and life-long learning.


Dodie A. Gillett

Dodie A. Gillett, Ph.D. Assistant Director of Internship Education and Training 

As a licensed Staff Psychologist, I have been with the Student Health and Counseling Center for the past nine years and received both my bachelor's and master's degrees from Hofstra University. I earned my doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi and completed my clinical internship in Child and Adolescent Clinical/Pediatric Psychology at the University of Louisville, School of Medicine. I currently work with students to manage emotional and psychological concerns in order to help them best meet their academic goals. Prior to joining the staff at Student Counseling Services I worked at North Shore Long Island Jewish Zucker Hillside Hospital conducting evaluations and providing therapy to adolescents in the early stages of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. I also hold a Master's degree in Creative Arts Therapy and enjoy my role as an Assistant Adjunct Professor teaching graduate students in the department of Counseling and Mental Health Professions at Hofstra University.


Merry McVey-Noble

Merry E. McVey-Noble, Ph.D. Assitant Clinical Director

I have been a Staff Psychologist at Student Health and Counseling Services at Hofstra University since January 2007, and have been teaching in the Department of Psychology since 1995. I completed my Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology in 2000. After graduating, I did my post-doctoral training and remained at Bio-Behavioral Institute, treating anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders for the next, seven years. I was thrilled to return to Hofstra and to join the Division of Student Affairs in my position with Student Counseling in January of 2007. It felt like coming home.

As a staff psychologist, I work directly with students to provide individual counseling, consultation, referral, and crisis management services. I also love to go out into the Hofstra community and to provide workshops to students, to participate in trainings for different groups and to facilitate screening events for the campus community. At Student Counseling Services, students can expect a confidential, compassionate counseling experience.

I am originally from Western Australia, though I’ve spent most of my life in the Garden State. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Douglass College at Rutgers University in 1994 and my Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University 2000.


Daniel Rinaldi

Daniel Rinaldi PsyD, Assistant Director of Outreach Programs

I have had the good fortune to be a member of the Hofstra family since 2008 in one capacity or another. I started here pursuing my doctorate in School and Community Psychology while working as a graduate assistant in Advisement. From there I was pleased to have the opportunity to work as a psychological extern in the Student Health and Counseling Center where I have continued to work ever since as a licensed psychologist. In my time here I have been active in leading Mindfulness and Stress Management Workshops around campus as well as being the advisor to the Be Kind Step Up program. Before coming to Hofstra I double majored at Quinnipiac University in Psychology and English (I am a voracious reader). While I was there I played baseball for one year before I was sidelined by injury. With my new found free time I became heavily involved in the television and radio station creating many award winning programs but mostly just enjoying making people laugh. My wife and I love to travel and look forward to taking our son on many adventures in the years to come.