Seton Hall University

Counseling Staff

All counseling staff are trained as generalists with experience specific to university mental health. Our training is extensive across areas of mental health concerns, interpersonal/family concerns, as well as issues pertaining to diverse groups and social justice. Please also read more about our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.

*Please note that we cannot accommodate individual counselor preferences for your initial intake/assessment. Your initial assessment is used as an opportunity to discuss your counseling needs and preferences.

Dr. Dianne Aguero-TrotterDianne Aguero-Trotter, Ph.D. 
Director (she/her/hers)

Education and Training: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Pre-doctoral internship with the NJ Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Interest Areas: Depression, suicide prevention, grief/loss, family of origin issues, eating disorders, first generation and acculturation issues, substance use and abuse, supervision and training. Fluent in Spanish. 


Priti Shah picture 2 Priti Shah, Ph.D. 
Associate Director (she/ her/ hers)

Education and Training: Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Georgia State University. Pre-doctoral Internship at University of Massachusetts Amherst, Counseling and Assessment Services.  Postdoctoral Fellowship at Boston College, University Counseling Services. 

Interest Areas: Trauma and loss, family/intergenerational violence, family of origin and relationship concerns, multicultural issues, microaggressions, acculturation and migration concerns, supervision and training.  


Daam Tapiwa BarkerDaam Tapiwa Barker, Ph.D. 
EOP Staff Psychologist (he/him/his)

Education and Training: Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Fordham University. Pre-doctoral internship at VA New York Harbor Healthcare System.  Post-doctoral training at Positive Developments, LLC.  

Interest Areas: Social justice, systemic oppression, multiculturalism, cross-cultural counseling, intersectionality, identity development, imposter syndrome, complex anxiety, trauma, historic trauma, intergenerational trauma, resilience, and posttraumatic growth.


Caroline MSWCaroline E. Black, LCSW, MSW, M.Ed.
Mental Health Clinician, (she/her/hers)

Education and Training: Master of Social Work and Master of Education in Human Sexuality Studies from Widener University. Generalist internship at Princeton University, Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources & Education and Health Promotion and Prevention Services. Clinical internship at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program & Psychiatric Services. 

Interest Areas: Anxiety, relationships, sexuality, gender identity, emotion dysregulation, substance abuse/addictive behavior, faith/religion and mental health


Chenelle T. Lauture, MSW, LCSW
Mental Health Clinician, (she/her/hers)Chenelle 222

Education and Training: Master of Social Work from Temple University. Internship at Access Services, Mobile Crisis Supports Services, Foster Care and Supported Living programs. 

Interest Areas: Anxiety, family of origin and relationship concerns, trauma, historic trauma, intergenerational trauma, identity development and depression. 


Yessine Griffin, Psy. D.
Staff Psychologist, (she/her/hers)Yessine 222

Education and Training: Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology, Saint Elizabeth University. Combined Pre-doctoral internship at Overlook Medical Center and Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen.

Interest Areas: Social justice, multiculturalism, grief/loss, athlete mental health concerns, maternal mental health, body image, managing severe and persistent mental health symptoms.


Kathleen Prendergast Kathleen Prendergast, APN, Psychiatry
Consultant in Psychiatry (she/her/hers)

Education and Training: M.S. Nursing, Rutgers University, Board Certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


Joyce CitoJoyce Cito
Department Secretary, South Orange Campus (she/her/hers)


CAPS is also a training center and we work with advanced doctoral students training to be psychologists, who are part of our team.