Dr. Melissa Boston is a Clinical Psychologist who joined SHAC in 2015. She currently oversees the Student Health and Counseling Department. She earned her PsyD from Minnesota School of Professional Psychology with a specialization in Child/Adolescent Psychology, and her Master’s in Psychology and Education from Teacher’s College at Columbia University. Dr. Boston maintains a strong interest in public health and health psychology. Dr. Boston is a graduate of Manhattanville College, and was a member of the Women’s Tennis team.
Dr. Boston’s training was largely CBT and DBT focused, but she draws from several different theories and methodologies. She has specialized trauma training and experience working with adolescents who have experienced significant trauma. Her approach is flexible and individualized to meet the needs of the student. Dr. Boston strongly believe that developing a genuine, trusting relationship is the most important component of helping people make progress toward their goals.
Daniella DiClerico, FNP
SHAC Ass't Director and Family Nurse Practitioner
Daniella is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Pace University and her Master of Science in Nursing from the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Daniella has been working as a Nurse Practitioner in a corporate setting in an occupational health office treating executives and employees. Prior to that, she worked at White Plains Hospital Center as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department. She provided care to adults and children ranging from critical care to simple first aid. After 20+ years in the Emergency Department, she switched gears and took on the role as Nursing Coordinator in a corporate setting. From there she earned her MS in Nursing and transitioned to working as a Nurse Practitioner. Daniella lives in Yorktown Heights with her husband Chris and her three grown children, Adam, Andrew, and Amanda. When not working, she enjoys her family and loves playing with her two miniature Dachshunds, Marty and Lorraine.
Elana Light, PsyD
SHAC Assistant Director, Health & Counseling
Dr. Elana Light is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been a member of the SHAC team since 2014. Prior to joining the Manhattanville community, she completed a post-doc at Pace University in college mental health with a focus on anxiety, depression, and stress-management. Before becoming a psychologist, she worked in public health research, but felt it lacked the emotional connections that being a therapist offered, so she returned to school to become a psychologist. Dr. Light’s areas of interest include depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, and relationship issues. She provides a supportive and person-oriented approach to help students feel comfortable in therapy and collaborates with them to develop treatment goals. Dr. Light coordinates the clinical training program at SHAC. She strives to provide a comprehensive training experience to graduate students who are pursuing a career in counseling. Outside of work, she loves to travel, visit new places, and spend time with family.
Adele Dillane, RN
SHAC Staff Nurse
Adele Dillane graduated from the Leinhard School of Nursing at Pace University in 1982, and started her nursing career in Stamford, Conn. at St. Joseph’s Hospital on a medical/surgical floor. After moving back to New York, Dillane relocated to Northern Westchester Hospital and continued in medical/surgical. After becoming a mother of three, she changed areas of interest to pediatrics, where she remained for 18 years. Dillane came to Manhattanville in the fall of 2007. She learns something new from the students every day, and enjoys watching them grow from youthful freshmen into beautiful young adults.
Joanne Hwang, PsyD
SHAC Staff Psychologist
Dr. Joanne Hwang joined SHAC in 2017. She earned her Psy.D. from New York University and B.A. from Barnard College/Columbia University. Prior to joining SHAC, Dr. Hwang worked in varied clinical settings, including psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics and college counseling centers. Dr. Hwang strives to create a warm, non-judgmental and meaningful experience with the aim of helping students gain insight into their concerns, decrease stressful feelings, change maladaptive patterns of thinking and behavior, and improve coping skills. Dr. Hwang’s clinical areas of interest include acculturation, relationships, adjustment to life transitions, and mindfulness-based stress reduction. Dr. Hwang also serves as a supervisor in SHAC’s clinical training program.
Christine Podber, LMHC
Christine is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She earned her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Bridgeport. She has been working as an Intern at Manhattanville providing individual and group therapy for the past three years. Prior to her internship, Christine worked for seven years as a career counselor in the Manhattanville Center for Career Development. Christine has experience with evidence-based treatments including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She works with individuals to help them take a mindful approach to life in order to help decrease stressful feelings, change dysfunctional patterns and improve coping skills. Christine’s additional training includes Suicide and Self Harm and Transgender and Gender Expansive Counseling Issues. When she is not working Christine enjoys spending time with her family and running races throughout the country. Christine is a member of the New York Road Runners Club and has run over 25 half marathons.
Vanessa Carroll, MD
SHAC Family Nurse Practitioner
Molly Meehan is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Providence College and a Masters of Science in Nursing at Yale University. Molly has worked in women’s health and multiple college health centers throughout her career. She enjoys working with college students and helping them to navigate the healthcare system. When she is not working, Molly enjoys traveling, skiing and spending time with her family.
Peggy earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Kean University. Most recently, Peggy worked as a school nurse in the K-12 setting. Prior to that she worked in the corporate setting, treating employees and executives. Earlier in her career Peggy worked as a Pediatric Cardiology Nurse for over 20 years. She treated patients from newborn to age 21. Peggy lives in Summit, NJ with her husband Peter and has 2 adult sons. Peggy is excited to be joining SHAC and the dynamic group of co-workers