Meet the Staff

David Walden, Ph.D.

Director & Staff Psychologist

I am the Director of the Center and enjoy creating an excellent workplace for myself and my colleagues that serves our students well as they navigate this time in their lives. My therapeutic areas of interest include romantic relationships, childhood sexual abuse, identity issues, LGBTQ and gender identity concerns, dynamics related to marginalization, oppression, and racial identity, and existential issues. My approach to therapy is grounded in a broadly humanistic perspective, and I see dialogue as a way to connect people in their shared humanity. I also value humor as a way to break down barriers to intra and interpersonal connection. In addition to enjoying my time at work, I love spending time with my two beautiful and thoughtful kids, riding my bike to work, rock climbing, and engaging in dialogue with the natural world. I'm working on combining the latter two interests with therapy and provide “Therapy on the Rocks” and the “Wilderness Adventure Quest”.

Heather Cosgrove, Ph.D.

Assistant Director, Peer Counselor Program Coordinator

I’m a native of Upstate NY, equally embracing the beautiful autumn scenery as well as the unforgiving winter wasteland. My training has brought me to Geneva, Buffalo, central Illinois, and finally here! I welcome the opportunity to work with a broad range of concerns but have specialized interests in disordered eating, family of origin (including abuse and neglect), women’s issues, identity exploration, and anxiety/perfectionism. My approach is highly collaborative, honoring you as you are while encouraging reflection, insight, and empowerment to help you heal and grow. I also coordinate our Peer Counseling Program. In my free time you can find me baking delicious treats, playing video games (I am fierce at Mario Kart), quoting the latest episode of Real Housewives, and laughing loudly with my friends and family.

Dennis LaLonde, Psy.D.

Staff Psychologist, Group Program Coordinator

Hi! My education and training has brought me to many different settings and locations, and I love that it brought me here to work with such a great group of people. I coordinate Group Therapy experiences for the center, and see group as a first choice for relationship concerns as well as critical in promoting mindfulness and well-being. My style is intra and interpersonally driven and emotion focused. I have a lot of experience promoting health through mind/body awareness, and particularly enjoy working with identity exploration, GLBT concerns, interpersonal or group dynamics, and using mindfulness techniques for anxiety and depression. I love being outdoors, kayaking, being with my cat and goats, travel, and experimenting in the kitchen as I cook for myself, my family, and my friends.

Hidetoshi Hama, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist

Hello! I grew up in Osaka, Japan, and moved to the U.S. in 1999. Prior to receiving my doctoral degree in Counseling/School Psychology from University at Buffalo, I completed my internship at the University of Florida Counseling & Wellness Center. My areas of interest include interpersonal dynamics, international student adjustment concerns, and counseling and advocacy work with students with various disabilities. I also provide Individualized Biofeedback for many common concerns like anxiety, insomnia, and attention deficits. As for my approach to therapy, I strive to develop a strong client-therapist alliance by paying close attention to the client’s narratives and cultural contexts in which s/he lives, as well as by using humor (mindfully, of course!). In my spare time, I enjoy a wide variety of activities with my family and friends, from chatting over cups (yes, plural) of coffee, going to see a comedy show in NYC, to playing tennis and hitting the beach! I am very excited to be a part of our Counseling Center family and meet new people at Hamilton. When you spot me on campus, please feel free to say hello!

Sarah Leclerc, Psy.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Hello there! I am from Haiti and have lived in NYC, Southern California, and North Carolina. And now, I am so excited to explore Upstate New York and get to know you all. I feel incredibly grateful to be a part of the Hamilton College team. I chose to be a therapist because I value providing a safe space for students in which they can be themselves, and explore the complex nature of who they are and who they are becoming. I tend to keep in mind students’ cultures, history, and the various obstacles they may be experiencing (e.g., racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia), and how all of these obstacles can impact mental health. I value engaging in healing and liberating work where students can find spaces on campus where they can be themselves, share their stories with others, share their dreams for a less oppressive future, remember their peers and ancestors who may have been taken away too soon, and share the music, writings, and arts they love. I think all humans crave connections and my dream is for all students to find connections and spaces in which they feel at home on campus. I also value engaging in self-care. I’m hoping to hike, watch comedy shows, see live music, travel to other nearby States/cities, and find a beach or some kind of body of water Upstate. Looking forward to meet you all.

Stephanie Cawley, B.A.

Graduate Intern

Hi! I’m a graduate intern for the 2017-2018 school year. I am currently getting my master’s in Mental Health Counseling from St. John Fisher College after having received a B.A. Psychology from there as well. Go Cardinals! I am originally from the Central New York area and I am excited and thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Hamilton College community. I love visiting the Adirondacks, drinking lots of coffee, practicing yoga, baking cookies, and spending time with my daughter, family, and friends. I am passionate about walking alongside people as they process, heal, and grow. I am honored to continue my academic and professional journey at the Counseling Center here at Hamilton!

Taylor MacFarland, M.A.


Hello! I'm Taylor and I grew up in Broadalbin, New York. My passion for advocacy and helping others has always been a huge part of my life and extends throughout my research and clinical work. I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Psychology at Cazenovia College and my Master's degree in Psychology at Adelphi University. I'm currently working on my Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Syracuse University. My research background is in health psychology and my professional work involves working in higher education, including with college students with physical and psychological disabilities. I operate with a humanistic/existential perspective of counseling, meaning that I promote personal responsibility, inner conflict resolution, congruency, and anxiety alleviation. I use genuine compassion and motivation when working with clients in order to promote their best selves and work through their difficulties. When I'm not in the counseling zone, I love doing triathlons, alpine mountaineering, watching movies, snowboarding, and heading to the beach. And, of course, rollerblading with my dog, Phoenix!

Rob Kallinicos, MD


I received a B.S. in 2002 from Brandeis University with major concentrations in Biology, Psychology and Biochemistry. I graduated from Upstate Medical University in 2009 and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism Honor Societies, and stayed at Upstate to complete post-graduate training in Adult Psychiatry (2012, served as a Chief Resident in final year) and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (2014) in the Department of Psychiatry. I am board certified in Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology). In my free time I enjoy taking advantage of all CNY has to offer, spending time with friends and family, and trying to find some down time to relax with a good book. I have always been fascinated by the neurobiology of our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors—and the interface between the subjectively felt "human experience” of emotion (including relationships with others) and the science of the mind. Patterns of thinking and behavior can have a biological basis, and our previous experiences and relationships can affect the way we think, act, and perceive others’ intentions. My areas of interest are in the ways our early life and attachments can shape our attitudes and beliefs about people, our world-views, and even our personalities—and in the ways new relationships with others and with ourselves can alleviate suffering and help us heal. Medication can be helpful for many on this path, especially when offered thoughtfully, with consideration of the ‘whole person’, and in conjunction with other therapies.

Lela Niemetz, RD

Registered Dietitian

I have a variety of experience in the world of nutrition, including skilled nursing, homecare, childhood education, adult continuing education, counseling, sports nutrition, and creating culinary wellness presentations. Outside of Hamilton, I am passionate about my business FoodFeasible, which is actively involved with the local food movement. When I’m not practicing as a nutrition professional, I enjoy working as a farmer and hiking!

Mary Hoying P’09

Office Coordinator

Hello! I joined the Counseling Center after 15 years working in Communications and Development at Hamilton. As office coordinator, I manage workflow, schedule appointments, coordinate data research, and manage communication with external resources. I am a lifelong Central New Yorker and I enjoy travel, history, cooking and baking. I’m married with one son, who graduated from Hamilton in 2009!

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