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VINCENT KIEFNER, PH.D. – DIRECTOR

Dr. Kiefner is a licensed psychologist in the States of New Jersey and New York. He joined the team of professionals at Kean University Counseling and Disability Services in October 2016 after serving for the past 8 years as Associate Director for Counseling at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY; he also worked as a Staff Therapist at Ramapo College in Mahwah, NJ for 4 years. Dr. Kiefner received his Master’s Degree in College Counseling at the University of Delaware and his Doctoral Degree in Counseling Psychology from Pennsylvania State University. In his role as Director, Dr. Kiefner oversees the day-to-day functioning of the Counseling Center. He serves as lead consultant for psychological matters across campus while also providing psychotherapy for individual students. 

MEI-LING CHENG, M.A. Ed.S., LPC – MANAGING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Ms. Cheng is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of New Jersey.  She received her Master’s Degree in Counselor Preparation at Seton Hall University. She then continued with her education in Marriage and Family Therapy program, as she desired pursing a deeper clinical training in order to work from a more systemic perspective with families, couples and individuals.  When she was a student, she worked with international students, faculty, and staff to help them acclimate to their new surroundings. Professionally, Ms. Cheng has been working as a mental health clinician for over 10 years. Her career has afforded her the opportunity to work in a homeless shelter for women and children; therapeutic nursery for children under age five; hospital based partial care program for adults; non-profit outpatient mental health agency for all ages, and in-home services for children and families at high risk. The areas addressed have varied from adjustment, anxiety, depression, grief, acculturation, parenting, domestic violence, homelessness, behavioral, academic, and developmental problems, and various traumas (physical, sexual, and/or neglect).

KIMBERLY QUINN, MSW, LCSW, LCADC - COORDINATOR OF ALCOHOL AND DRUG ASSISTANCE SERVICES

Ms. Quinn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the State of New Jersey. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boston University. Ms. Quinn is the Coordinator of Alcohol and Drug Assistance Services for the student counseling center and oversees all substance related services. She provides screening, counseling, psycho-educational programming, consultation and referrals. Ms. Quinn has extensive experience working with mental health and substance related issues, with a focus on the following populations: Greek Life, Athletes, Veterans and those who present with co-occurring disorders. As the Coordinator of Alcohol and Drug Assistance Services for the counseling center Ms. Quinn established and serves as the Chair of the University Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Task Force.

LORI BARNETT, M.S.W., L.C.S.W. - CLINICIAN

Ms. Barnett is a licensed clinical social worker and a part time clinician at the Kean Counseling Center. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Kean University in 2009. Ms. Barnett served as a social work intern/counselor at the counseling center for one year prior to being hired as a licensed professional and has worked with a wide range of student concerns via both individual and group counseling. Ms. Barnett has previous experience in group work and trauma while working for Catholic Charities as an intern/counselor to human trafficking survivors. Her current professional interests include issues of attachment, identity, assertiveness and boundary-setting. Ms. Barnett’s professional experience includes marketing and advertising in addition to social work. She spent over a decade working in three of the country’s largest advertising agencies creating nationally viewed television, radio and print advertising.

PATRICIA STOUDT – PROGRAM ASSISTANT

Ms. Stoudt is the full time program assistant at the Kean Counseling Center. She has completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Science with a minor in Music at Kean University, and obtained her State of New Jersey Producer License. Ms. Stoudt oversees the center’s front desk operations in terms of welcoming/interacting with students and managing administrative duties. Her many years at Kean have allowed her to develop exceptional interpersonal and professional skills.

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