Riddhi Sandil, Ph.D.
I received my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa and am currently serving as the Program Coordinator of the Ed.M. program in Psychological Counseling at Teachers College, Columbia University. I believe that there are multiple factors that impact human adaptation. Biological predisposition, social context, psychological health, availability of choices and freedom and the ability to exercise personal privilege influence an individual's life path and overall well-being. As a researcher, whose professional and personal identity is strongly influenced by multiculturalism and social advocacy, I am interested in understanding how these factors interact and predict psychological health. My scholarly interests lie in the pursuit of evaluating bio-psycho-social factors and their impact of individual differences and self-determination.
Furthermore, I am a licensed psychologist and my clinical interests include complex trauma, working with marginalized/minority populations, women's concerns, identity development, individuation and family of origin concerns. I approach my personal and professional life from a relational, feminist and multicultural framework and enjoy developing mutually empowering and empathic relationships with others. In my free time, I enjoy independent cinema, spending time with loved ones and pop culture.
The instructor for the course is Rebecca (Becky) Reed. Becky is finishing her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Previously, Becky earned an Educational Masters in Psychological Counseling with a specialization in School Counseling from Columbia University. She has eight years of experience working as a school counselor in New York City. As a school counselor, she has worked with 6th to 12th graders as they develop their emotional, social, and career pathways. Throughout her work, she has paid a particular attention to working on the college process with students, parents, and teachers. Becky’s interests focus on college access, integrating research on social class and education, and supporting first generation students apply and persist through college. Her dissertation research examined the challenges poor/working-class college students experience and the resiliency factors that help them promote positive psychological outcomes. In her free time, Becky enjoys the beach, yoga, cooking, and traveling.