Our Staff

Our staff includes psychologists, licensed social workers, and counselors who approach the students and their concerns with respect, compassion, and encouragement. A counseling psychiatrist is available to provide medication evaluation in select situations, and the Center works collaboratively with Health Center physicians. In addition to individual and group counseling approaches, the Center provides a biofeedback and relaxation program that is particularly helpful for the treatment of stress and anxiety, and offers some pet-assisted therapy services.

Student communication is protected under state law a confidential unless a student provides written permission to share information and in those rare instances of safety covered under the legal and ethical requirements of the counseling profession. Counseling information is not kept in the student's educational record. Confidentiality allows students to be open and honest in explaining their concerns.

Renee_Patton  Renee Patton, Ph.D.
Licensed Professional Counselor

Dr. Patton received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Gannon University, and completed her MS in Educational Psychology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Dr. Patton is the liaison between the Counseling Center and the Athletic Department, and the Advisor for the Peer Educator Program.  Her focus is on empowering students to make healthy choices.

 Judy_Smith Judy Smith, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Smith is a licensed psychologist and Director of the Counseling Center. She completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Michigan State University, and MA in clinical psychology from George Mason University. Dr. Smith’s focus is helping students develop their strengths in a manner that allows them to define their direction and overcome obstacles. In addition to directing the Counseling Center, Dr. Smith is the administrator of the Cohen Student Health Center and the wellness initiative.

Michelle_Tobin  Michelle Tobin, MPS, LCSW 
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Michelle Tobin, LCSW is a full-time therapist and adjunct professor in Human Growth and Development at Mercyhurst. She holds a B.A. in history from the University of Michigan, and two masters degrees from Loyola University, Chicago in pastoral studies and social work. Michelle’s focus is helping young adults discern and choose healthy choices for mind, body, and spirit throughout her career in both ministry and social work.

Lee_Shadeck  Lee Shadeck, M.A.
Lee Shadeck, M.A. is a full time counselor at the Counseling Center, and earned his B.S. in Special Education from Edinboro University in 2000, and his M.A. from Edinboro in College Counseling in 2012. Lee has extensive experience in crisis counseling and critical incident stress management. Lee served as adjunct faculty for the Asperger Initiative at Mercyhurst (AIM) and taught Human Growth and Development. His focus in counseling is making a therapeutic connection with each student in order to best assist the students in working through their concerns.

In addition to the licensed clinicians listed above, Counseling Center staff includes a consulting psychiatrist available select hours.


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Location: Ridge Library Great Room, North East