Associate Director of Student Health & Wellness
New to the role of Associate Director of Student Health & Wellness but not new to Teachers College, Karen is happy to be able to collaborate with other departments to create a community that addresses the well-being of TC students as a whole. A native of Brooklyn, NY, Karen firmly believes in empowering and helping others. With the usage of evidence-based therapy modalities Karen has focused most of her work on child and family welfare. In joining TC in 2018, Karen has been able to further utilize those tools to assist TC students.
Karen earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Baruch College. Initially entering Baruch College for Actuarial Science, taking a psychology course was so impactful that she changed her major to Psychology with a minor in Black and Latino studies. Karen then went on to receive a Master’s in Social Work from Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus and obtained her licensure shortly thereafter.
With most of her experience in working with families within the Administration for Children’s Services, Heartshare Human Services, Sheltering Arms, and within the Department of Homeless Services, Karen was able to hone in her skills of remaining person centered and strengths focused. This has laid a solid foundation in all of her work in order to be able to meet people where they are and connect.
It is Karen’s hope that amidst the many uncertainties we face at this time that students will realize that they can count on TC and the TC community to be reliable and stable. It is also her hope that she can be a part of a community that ensures that students will be able to learn how to navigate TC successfully and use that knowledge once they graduate.
Outside of TC Karen enjoys spending time with her family and friends and taking the occasional dance class.