Subject Matter Experts
Angela E. Batista, Ed.D.
- Angela is a passionate ICF trained and certified Coach, author, speaker, and diversity, equity and inclusion strategist. She is the Founder and CEO of Batista Consulting Services, LLC and the 2020-21 NASPA Board Chair. She is also the lead editor of the 2018 publication, Latinx/a/os in Higher Education: Exploring Identity, Pathways, and Success. With nearly thirty years of leadership experience, Angela is the former Vice President of Student Affairs and Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at Champlain College. She has worked in higher education institutions and non-profits across the United States and also held senior level positions at Oregon State University, the University of Southern Indiana and Mills College. Angela is a former Marriage and Family Therapist and an experienced high school teacher, counselor and administrator. Angela is recognized as an expert, both nationally and internationally, and has received multiple awards throughout her career. In 2020, she was named as a NASPA Pillar of the Profession and the University of Vermont established the Angela Batista Social Justice Award, awarded to an undergraduate student every year, in 1999. Angela earned her doctorate in Leadership from Nova Southeastern University and her master’s degree from the University of Vermont. Her undergraduate work was completed at Brooklyn College in New York City. Additionally, Angela earned a Coaching Certification from the Academy of Creative Coaching (ICF accredited), an International Certificate in Gestalt Leadership and Organization Change (iGold), Appreciative Inquiry Certification, from the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry and a Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. More information about Angela can be found at www.drangelabatista.com.
Dolores Cimini, Ph.D.
- Dr. M. Dolores Cimini is a New York State licensed psychologist and Director of the Center for Behavioral Health Promotion and Applied Research at the University at Albany, SUNY and has held an appointment within the University at Albany’s Counseling and Psychological Services since 1989. She is also the Director of the nationally recognized Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program and a Senior Research Scientist within the University at Albany School of Education. Dr. Cimini has led comprehensive efforts in research-to-practice translation at the University at Albany since 1990 with over $9 million in support from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Justice, New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports, and corporate and private foundations. Dr. Cimini served as a member of the National Advisory Council of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration from 2015-2019 and is currently a member of the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. She served on the governance board of the American Psychological Association as Chair of the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest; in this role, she led the review and dissemination of APA’s practice standards focused on serving diverse and underrepresented groups and the addressing of issues related to psychology and social justice. Prior to her work with BAPPI, Dr. Cimini was a member of APA’s Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology (CDIP). In 2012 and 2014, she was recognized by President Barack Obama and the White House for her work in promoting access to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) for women with disabilities and for serving as a mentor and role model for underrepresented and marginalized students. The screening and brief intervention program developed by Dr. Cimini, the STEPS Comprehensive Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Program, has earned 13 national awards for best practices and innovation in behavioral health care. Dr. Cimini has co-edited two books, including a volume focused on college student health and well-being entitled Promoting Behavioral Health and reducing Risk Among College Students: A Comprehensive Approach (2018).
Louise Douce, Ph.D.
- Louise retired in 2012 as Assistant Vice President of Student Life at The Ohio State University having supervised units dedicated to enhancing success of and removing barriers to student success. She is a specialist in college student mental health and has been active in college and university psychology and nationally active in the education and training issues for psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists and counselors. Louise is a pioneer in university threat assessment, chairing the OSU team for 25 years and providing crisis support for the campus. She has published and presented in the areas of college student mental and behavioral health, career development for women, multicultural competency with a special focus on GLBT issues, supervision and training and women’s issues. Louise is active in the American psychological Association, APA, and served on the Board of Directors.
Kathy Hollingsworth, Ph.D.
- Kathy is a psychologist who specializes in mental health and personal development of college students. She worked in counseling centers for more than 25 years, including University of Missouri-Columbia, Stephens College, University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University (Director) and Duke University (Executive Director). She has been a consultant to IES Abroad student affairs staff for more than 15 years. Kathy has special interest in the areas of trauma, contemporary gender issues, developmental issues of emerging adults, and systems approaches to campus crisis. She was co-chair of the Elements of Excellence committee for the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors, charged with presenting a training institute for new counseling directors as well as creating six model training programs. She has published and presented nationally for AUCCCD, NASPA, NAFSA, Society for Adolescent Medicine, and conferences on law in higher education sponsored by Stetson and the University of Vermont.
Doris Iarovici, M.D.
- Doris has provided psychiatric care to college students for over twenty years: at Duke University’s Counseling and Psychological Services, in private practice, in a residential eating disorders treatment program, and now at Harvard University’s Counseling and Mental Health Services. The author of “Mental Health Issues and the University Student” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014), she has written about college mental health in The New York Times, The Guardian, Psychiatric Times, and elsewhere. She also writes fiction, and has worked on using the humanities to enhance empathy in clinical care delivery. She is a member of the National Network of Depression Centers’ College Mental Health Taskforce and the American Psychiatric Association’s College Mental Health Caucus. A Distinguished Fellow of the APA, she has frequently presented on college psychiatry at national professional meetings. She is a graduate of Yale College and the Yale School of Medicine.
External Contributor, Love is Louder
- Courtney has over a decade of experience managing both nonprofit organizations and national communication efforts. Since joining JED as Communications Director in late 2006, he has managed a variety of programs for the organization, including the Peabody Award-winning Half of Us campaign with mtvU. Prior to JED, Courtney led awareness and social responsibility campaigns in corporate, nonprofit and agency environments for a diverse list of organizations, including Outward Bound, General Electric, March of Dimes, Anheuser-Busch and The Equality in Marriage Institute. He holds a BS in Communications from Florida State University.
Phil Meilman, Ph.D.
- Phil Meilman served as the director of the Counseling and Psychiatric Service from 2005 through 2020, and is also a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Georgetown University. In his administrative role, he provided leadership for the university counseling service, consulted with university faculty, staff, and administration, and provided direct clinical services to students. Dr. Meilman earned his A.B. from Harvard University in 1973, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1977 with internship at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Prior to coming to Georgetown, Dr. Meilman worked at Cornell, the College of William and Mary, Dartmouth, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. For many years, he volunteered as the co-director of The Core Institute * Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Studies at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Publications include: Beating the College Blues: A Student’s Guide to Coping with the Emotional Ups and Downs of College Life, First and Second Editions (with P.A. Grayson), College Mental Health Practice (also with Grayson), Alcohol and Drugs on American College Campuses: Use, Consequences, and Perceptions of the Campus Environment, Volumes I, II, III, and IV (with C.A. Presley and R. Lyerla). He has also published in the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, Journal of American College Health, Journal of College Student Development, Developmental Psychology, International Journal of the Addictions, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, The Clinical Journal of Pain, and Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, among others. For five years he also served as Editor for the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy.
Brian R. Mitra, Ed.D.
- Brian R. Mitra is a passionate and dedicated student affairs professional who is currently the Dean of Student Affairs at Kingsborough Community College. Brian’s responsibilities include oversight and management of the Division of Student Affairs including areas of Access-Ability Services, Athletics, Career & Transfer Services, College Discovery Program, Community Standards & Judicial Affairs, Counseling, Health, and Wellness Centers, Men’s Resource Center, Student Life, TRiO Student Support Services. He serves on the college’s senior administration and sits on several college wide committee including the Assessment and Care Team and Middle State Accreditation. In addition, Brian serves a dual appointment as the community college rep for Region II of NASPA and the Community College Division Board, sat on the James E. Scott Academy and serves on the 2020 and 2015 Annual Conference Leadership Team. He has presented nationally, regionally, and locally and has several publications. Prior to being the Dean of Student Affairs, Brian severed as the Associate Dean and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Director of the Office of Career Development, Transfer and Scholarship Opportunities and the Job Placement Coordinator at Kingsborough. He has also held positions as a Graduate Assistant in Commuter Student Affairs and Student Activities Advisor at Stony Brook University. Brian earned his Bachelor of Science in Health Science and an Advanced Certificate in Healthcare Management from Stony Brook University, his Master of Arts in Community Health Education from Brooklyn College, and his doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Estela Rivero, Ph.D.
- Estela is a licensed psychologist who has been a career long advocate for comprehensive mental health and well-being services and for insuring timely and equitable access for all. In 2020 she retired as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at the University at Albany with responsibility for the Counseling and Psychological Services, the Student Health Services, the Center for Behavioral Health Promotion and Applied Research and Campus Recreation. As the 30 year Director of the University at Albany’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Dr. Rivero spearheaded the development of a comprehensive suicide prevention program, a high-risk drinking prevention program, the nationally recognized Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program as well as the accredited Doctoral Internship Program in Psychology. To enhance the center’s services and under Dr. Rivero’s leadership, CAPS psychologists received over 9 million dollars in federal and state grants; Dr Rivero served as Project Director for three SAMHSA Garret Lee Smith Suicide Prevention grants. She has edited a book, published articles and presented at numerous conferences. Dr. Rivero has held leadership positions in both state and national professional organizations. In 2001 a State of New York Legislative Resolution honored Dr. Rivero for her work on the New York State Board for Psychology, noting her many contributions including the development of Guidelines Regarding the Education and Training of Psychologists for Practice in a Pluralistic Society. Most recently Dr. Rivero received the American College Health Association Miguel Garcia-Tunon Memorial Award in Human Dignity (2015), the New York State College Health Association Clifford B Reifler Award for Leadership and Commitment (2016) and a University at Albany President’s Award (2019).
Morton M. Silverman, M.D.
- Mort is the Senior Science Advisor to the U.S.A. Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. He was the Director of the Student Counseling and Resource Center at The University of Chicago from 1987-2002. From 1996-2009 he was the Editor-in-Chief of Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. From 2002-2013 he was a member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) Scientific Council. Dr. Silverman is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a member of the International Association for Suicide Research (IASR). He currently is the Treasurer of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). He is the co-author or author of over 45 peer-reviewed publications and over 30 book chapters, and co-author of The Comprehensive Textbook of Suicidology (2000), and Adolescent Suicide: Assessment and Intervention (2006).