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, 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, 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.


Eric Swan, M. Ed, NCC   
National Certified Counselor  
Eric Swan is a Nationally Certified Counselor and a full-time
therapist at Mercyhurst.  He holds a B.A. in Psychology and a
Master's Degree in Education with a specialization in Guidance
and Counseling from Loyola University Maryland. Eric's interests
in a holistic apporach to counseling led him to complete a
Post-Master's Certificate in Spiritual and Existential Counseling
at Johns Hopkins University.  Eric's focus is nuturing student's
passions and helping them achieve balance in body, mind, and

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


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