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Meet the Staff


David Walden, Ph.D.

David Walden, Ph.D.

Director, Staff Psychologist & Lecturer in Psychology

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”.

Dennis LaLonde, Psy.D.

Dennis LaLonde, Psy.D.

Group Program Coordinator, Peer Counseling Program Coordinator & Staff Psychologist

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 inter-personally 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.

Hidetoshi Hama, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist, Practicum Coordinator & Peer Counseling Program Supervisor

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!

Katelynn Faulkner, Psy.D.

Katelynn Faulkner, Psy.D.

Staff Psychologist

Hi! I completed my doctorate of psychology at Adler University in Chicago, Illinois with an emphasis in traumatic stress psychology. My clinical experiences are in community mental health, primary care and university counseling. The range of clinical settings in which I have been trained has afforded me the opportunity to work with a variety of mental health concerns among diverse populations. While my experiences have been diverse, my clinical interest are in trauma, grief and bereavement, cultural diversity and the impact of oppression, as well as women’s and LGBTQIA issues. I believe that the most important aspect of therapy is a relationship that is built on mutual safety, trust and genuine care. Within the therapeutic relationship, I focus on strengths and work collaboratively with my clients to help them achieve their goals. Theoretically, I am integrative, pulling primarily from client-centered, constructivism, and existentialism. Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, being crafty, playing with my two cats, watching Netflix and baking.

Amanda Knapp, M.S.

Amanda Knapp, M.S.

Graduate Intern

Hello! I am a graduate intern for the 2018-19 academic year. I am currently pursuing my doctorate of psychology in clinical psychology at Antioch University New England. My previous clinical experiences include inpatient care, residential care with children and college counseling. Theoretically, I generally approach counseling from a relational-psychodynamic lens where I appreciate the collaborative nature of therapy, a focus on interpersonal interactions and helping others achieve their goals while gaining awareness into factors that may be hindering their progress and growth. Overall, I am an integrative therapist and use other interventions as they are best suited for the individuals I am working with (i.e. cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness and dialectical-behavioral therapy interventions). In my free time I enjoy hiking in the Adirondacks, practicing yoga and attending local concerts at the many great venues we have in the area! I grew up in the Mohawk Valley, and have spent years traveling and going to school, I am excited to return to the area and continue my academic and professional development at the Hamilton College Counseling Center!

Jennifer Campagna, M.D.

Jennifer Campagna, M.D.

Psychiatrist

I earned a bachelor of science with high honors in biology from Cornell University and a doctorate of medicine from Upstate Medical University. Thereafter, I attended the University of Maryland/ Sheppard Pratt Psychiatry Residency Program and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program, serving as chief fellow during my final year of training. I am certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. After completing training, I returned to my native Upstate New York where for the past several years I have been providing outpatient community psychiatric care. I was drawn to Hamilton College, as I find the psychiatric care of college students to be particularly rewarding. My professional interests include studying the neurobiological, developmental and environmental influences on mental health, to promote a comprehensive approach to healing and wellness. I enjoy spending time with my family, rowing, sailing, hiking and skiing.

Rob Kallinicos, M.D.

Rob Kallinicos, M.D.

Psychiatrist

I received a bachelor of science 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 and 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 Central New York 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.

Heather Lester, Ph.D.

Heather Lester, Ph.D.

Part-time psychologist

Hi everyone! I’m excited to be back at the counseling center again this year! I am a licensed psychologist with a doctorate of philosophy from Drexel University. I have worked with Hamilton students for many years now in a local private practice and for the past few years right here on campus. I see the college experience as a very special and critical time for self-development and I greatly enjoy being a part of a student’s journey to know themselves better. I like to create a very open and safe space for students to share freely. I see us working in a partnership to address whatever concerns you are bringing into the session. I utilize cognitive behavioral, emotion focused and internal family systems approaches depending on your specific needs and interpersonal style. Whether your concerns feel large or small, I invite you to bring them in for us to examine together.

Lela Niemetz, R.D.

Lela Niemetz, R.D.

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

Mary Hoying P’09

Office Coordinator

Hello! I joined the Counseling Center in 2016 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 native 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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