Shelly Lear

Director of Counseling and Student Wellness

Shelly Lear is the director of counseling and student wellness, coordinating the many student services of the Center, including counseling, consultation to students, faculty and staff, prevention and wellness programming, outreach to campus groups, and psychological crisis responding . She is a licensed clinical psychologist and completed her doctorate in 1997 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, (specializing in family and couples therapy). She completed her clinical internship at the University of Pittsburgh Counseling Center in 1996. Shelly is certified in clinical hypnosis and also has an interest in family/relationship issues, anxiety and depression, mindfulness approaches, dream interpretation, professional ethics, rural (small worlds) psychology and feminist therapy; her professional orientation is integrative and transtheoretical. Shelly currently serves as an advisory board member of the Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH), a national research and benchmarking study investigating college mental health services and seeking to define best practices in the field. When not in the office, she enjoys time with her husband and their dog, quilting, gardening, painting, and reading. You may see her walking around campus with her buddy Hobbes in the morning.


Michael Siembor

Staff Psychologist/Assistant Director
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Michael Siembor is a staff psychologist and assistant director. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame and received his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York. He has particular interests in working with students as they transition into college, individuals involved in the arts, and individuals from traditionally underserved and underrepresented populations. He uses a generalist approach, but pulls heavily from interpersonal and humanistic frameworks. His research and professional interests include clinical supervision, assessment, and community mental health. Michael enjoys reading a good book, writing, running, and playing his clarinet.

Tasha Prosper

Tasha Prosper

Staff Psychologist

Tasha Prosper is a staff psychologist. She is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University, with a research focus on race related stress. Her theoretical approach pulls heavily from interpersonal and existential psychology frameworks. Her professional interests include race based stress, community activism, religion/spirituality, and meditation. Tasha has enjoyed facilitating dynamic group therapy offerings including mood and food, spirituality support, women of color support, and finding meaning in life support groups. She is a two-time recipient of the Davis Putter Scholarship and Activism award. She completed a Pre-Doctoral fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York, and a Post-Doctoral fellowship at The University of South Carolina.

Payal Shah

Payal Shah

Staff Psychologist

Payal Shah is a staff psychologist and received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Hartford. She utilizes psychodynamic theory as her central orientation while integrating cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal techniques. Her professional interests include working with clients who typically underutilize mental health services and various marginalized populations. This includes but is not limited to individuals from minority racial/ethnic backgrounds, first generation college students, and LGBQT young adults. In addition, she has special interests in working with issues related to interpersonal relationships, sexual and gender identity, family of origin concerns, and survivors of trauma.

Max Wallace

Max Wallace

Staff Psychologist

Max is a staff psychologist and received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Marywood University. Max has worked at several counseling centers including those at Marywood University, Drexel University, and Ithaca College. Max has specialized in working with disordered eating, men’s issues, existential psychology, sexual orientation and gender identity, and suicide prevention. To this end, his therapeutic style is humanistic/existential and interpersonal often incorporating feminist theories, mindfulness/meditation practice, and trauma-focused treatments. Max views people as generally striving to be the person they wish to be. He hopes to collaborate in clearing any roadblocks, whether through investigating patterns in interactions within or outside of therapy, talking about “big” questions like meaning or purpose, or practicing self-compassion. Max enjoys watching and playing soccer, cooking, and movies. He loves new quotes, so if you have any you enjoy from cinema or literature, please share!

Molly Schamel

Molly Schamel

Staff Counselor

Molly received a master’s degree in community counseling psychology from Temple University. Prior to joining Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Molly provided counseling services to survivors of sexual assault and abuse, domestic/dating violence, and community violence. Her clinical interests include the treatment of trauma, grief and loss, navigating life transitions, relationship and family issues, and gender identity and sexual orientation. As a former Division I athlete she also has a particular interest in working with student-athletes. Her practice is informed by early training in family systems, feminist theory, and contextual therapy models. She applies social justice principals in her practice and works to provide a safe and collaborative environment to help clients improve self-understanding and navigate life challenges. When not in the office, Molly enjoys hiking and exploring the Finger Lakes with her wife, spending time with family and friends, crafting, and reading a good book.

Jennifer Hogan

Part-time Staff Psychologist

Jennifer Hogan is a licensed clinical psychologist. She completed her doctorate in 1993 at Widener University and concurrently completed a school psychology curriculum through Widener University and Bryn Mawr College. In addition to her work at the Counseling Center, she serves as a mental health consultant to Geneva Head Start. She utilizes an integrative approach to therapy, incorporating psychodynamic theories, cognitive behavioral strategies, mindfulness techniques, and interpersonal therapy principles. Her professional interests include the developmental challenges of children and young adults, anxiety, depression, and ethics in the therapeutic process.

Karen Switzer

Office Coordinator

Karen serves as the office coordinator for the Center for Counseling and Student Wellness. She previously held the position of academic department coordinator for the Education Department from 2005 – spring 2015. Karen began her career at the Colleges with the Center for Teaching and Learning in 2004, and is once again enjoying working directly with the students on a daily basis at CCSW. She also enjoys playing piano and guitar, reading and yoga.



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