Our Faculty

Program Coordinator:

Riddhi  Sandil, Ph.D

Riddhi Sandil, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Practice. Program Coordinator, Psychological Counseling Program

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.

Program Faculty

Rebecca  Reed, PhD

Rebecca Reed, PhD

Adjunct Faculty

Becky Reed earned 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.  Becky also has experience as a therapist working in college counseling centers, hospitals, and community mental health settings.  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, running, yoga, cooking, and traveling.

Katharine  Beck, M.A., Ed.M.

Katharine Beck, M.A., Ed.M.

Adjunct Faculty

Katharine Beck is a dedicated school counselor and educator who is passionate about providing awareness and access to educational opportunities for young people. In addition to being an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, she has been Director of College Counseling at the NYC iSchool, a New York City public high school, since the school’s second graduating class. There, Kate has developed and implemented a comprehensive college counseling curriculum and advisory system. Previously, she was a college advisor with the City University of New York’s MGI-GEAR UP program, focusing on college access for underserved and first generation college students. Kate’s research interests center around school-based youth participatory action research (YPAR), and her research has been published in The Journal of School Counseling. Kate brings to her counseling work a background in public relations and secondary education. She is a certified teacher of English with over five years of full-time teaching experience at the middle and high school level, as well as in the College Now program at Brooklyn College. Kate holds an Ed.M. in Psychological Counseling with a dual concentration in mental health and school counseling from Columbia University's Teachers College, a M.A. in Education from Seton Hall University, and a B.A. from Union College. She is a member of NACAC, NYSACAC and CACNY.

Shaquinah  Taylor Wright, M.A., Ed.M.

Shaquinah Taylor Wright, M.A., Ed.M.

Adjunct Faculty

Shaquinah Taylor Wright has several years’ experience in the fields of postsecondary counseling, program design, and curriculum development. She currently serves as the Director of College Bridge for CARA (College Access: Research & Action), an organization that works to decrease the postsecondary guidance gap in NYC public schools through a variety of programming. In her role, Shaquinah trains college students to serve as ‘college coaches’ in their alumni high schools. These coaches support approximately 3,000 first-generation college-bound students during their senior year and in the summer between high school graduation and college matriculation. Shaquinah previously served as the Mid-Atlantic Director for College Access at Let’s Get Ready, an education nonprofit that trains college students to assist high school students with test prep and college admissions. She has also been a founding college counselor at a high school in the Bronx where she disseminated data surrounding college readiness, academic performance and best practices in college access counseling for staff and other stakeholders. She has a deep passion for providing support and resources for low-income, first-generation college students. Shaquinah is an adjunct instructor in the Clinical and Counseling Department at Teachers College, Columbia University. Shaquinah received her BA from Cornell University and her masters in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College.

Meredith Negrin Safer

Meredith Negrin Safer

Adjunct Faculty

I have been in the school counseling department of Teachers College for ten years and I am a 13 year veteran high school and college counselor. I have worked at Stuyvesant High School in New York City and now Briarcliff High School in Westchester County, NY. I am very excited to teach this course and to help individualize it to your specific interests.