Marriage and Family Therapy Faculty and Staff
Full-Time Core Faculty
Paul Levatino, LMFT - Program Director, Offsite Placement Coordinator
Paul is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University’s Marriage and Family Therapy program. His resume includes clinical experience as Clinical Faculty member at Yale University’s Child Study Center and Clinical Supervisor at Wheeler Clinic’s Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) program.
Paul received post-graduate training in Gottman Level 1 Couples Therapy, the Theraplay Institute’s Marschak Interaction Menthod (MIM), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and the International OCD Foundation. He has presented at conferences including the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA), True Colors and Transcending Boundaries. His research and practice interests include trans, gender and queer theory, in addition to mindfulness practices that augment and support systemic functioning. Currently he divides his time between private practice work (New Haven & Branford) and as a Core Faculty member at SCSU, where he has mentored therapists-in-training since 2009.
In his teaching and clinical supervision roles Paul strives to create a learning environment that is professional, personable and respectful so students can learn and integrate sound clinical theory with their individual styles and strengths.
(203) 392-7274 email@example.com
Rebecca Harvey, Ph.D., LCSW - Admissions Coordinator
Dr. Rebecca Harvey is an Associate Professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU). She previously taught at Seton Hill University near Pittsburgh where she served as clinic director, faculty member and Program Director over the course of her 10-year tenure. She joined the faculty at Southern’s MFT program in the Fall of 2014.
Dr. Harvey has taught a variety of MFT courses over the years including couples and family systems, introductory theory, advanced theory, interpersonal process, and multi-cultural counseling. She has a special interest in clinical supervision and human sexuality courses as they are central to her professional interests and identity. As a professor, clinician and scholar she is committed to social justice. Her central ambition as a Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy is to help students develop into skilled clinicians able to use their intellectual, emotional and relational capacities to become a healing presence for the people they work with.
Dr. Harvey’s scholarship confirms her dedication to issues of social justice as she continues to contribute to the evolution of the MFT field’s theoretical development and clinical practices. She specializes in sexuality issues and has published and presented widely on effective and affirmative clinical work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people and their families. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a PhD in Family Therapy from Syracuse University. She is an AAMFT Clinical Fellow and an Approved Supervisor.
(203) 392-7262 firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Liefeld, Ph.D., LMFT, RN - Clinic Director
Julie Liefeld, RN, LMFT, PhD graduated in 2006 from the University of CT with a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies, she earned her Master’s from UCONN in 1999 in Marriage and Family therapy and was licensed in 2001 and became an AAMFT approved supervisor in 2005. Her undergraduate degree in nursing from Boston College was granted in 1987 and she is a registered nurse in CT who worked in pediatric oncology before pursuing her advanced degrees in family therapy. Dr. Liefeld is a tenure-track faculty member of the MFT department whose practice specialties focus on positive youth development, adjustment (in families and systems) to difference esp. learning and mental health disabilities and healing and recovery to child sexual and other trauma. Her clinical training model with MFT students is integrative and she believes in letting trainees co-create their practice model with guidance from her supervision. Dr. Liefeld’s research and presentation focus is on millennial student adjustment in college and university systems and the promotion of cross campus suicide prevention in colleges and universities. At SCSU, she is the chair of the Suicide Prevention and Education Task Force, a member of the Campus Behavioral Intervention Team and Student Affairs Team member. She is currently pursuing a certification in Yoga Teacher Training and is very excited to explore how yoga and mindfulness augment her supervision and practice of MFT.
(203) 392-5480 liefeldj1@SouthernCT.edu
Sebastian Perumbilly, Ph.D., LMFT
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Sebastian Perumbilly, Ph.D.
(203) 392-6410 PerumbillyS1@SouthernCT.edu
Suzanne Carroll, Ed.D., LMFT
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Suzanne Carroll joined the faculty first as an adjunct professor and later as a full-time member. She is trained in Structural and Systemic Therapies and has a particular speciality in Cultural Competence and Life Cycle Issues from a systemic perspective. She has a background of depth and breadth that includes experiences in Africa and Europe. She has been instrumental in the growth and development of the Supervised Visitation Program at the Family Clinic, and her dissertation research focused on children's experience in supervised visitation programs.
Patricia De Barbieri, Ed.D., LPC
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Dr. Patricia De Barbieri is a licensed professional counselor with 38 years of experience in education. She began her career as a high school vocational education teacher, a kindergarten and pre-school teacher, and an elementary school counselor in a public school setting. Dr. De Barbieri has experience in urban, sub-urban and rural environments; working in public and private education, not-for profit-social service agencies, private practice and institutions of higher education. Her early work centered on child development and family life and children at risk for abuse and neglect.
She began her work in higher education at Gateway Community Technical College as an instructor in the Human Services program and later as an adjunct instructor at Albertus Magnus College and Sacred Heart University. During her 11 years of experience serving as both a university student counselor in a mental health counseling center and director of a university mental health counseling center, her professional interest in eating disorders began. Dr. De Barbieri is a member of the NCAA Speakers Bureau and visits colleges and universities throughout the United States to consult with student athletes, coaches and athletic department administrators regarding issues related to the development of programming and support for athletes with eating disorders.
Dr. De Barbieri currently holds a tenured position as professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Southern Connecticut State University. She also served as former department chair, program coordinator for School Counseling, and faculty member within the Department of Counseling and School Psychology at Southern from 2000-2010. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Oneonta in Child Development and Family Relations and a Master of Science degree in Counselor Education from Southern Connecticut State University. Her Doctorate in Education is from Teachers College, Columbia University, in the field of Adult Learning from the Department of Organizational Behavior and Leadership. Her dissertation research focused on "The Role of Learning in Recovery from Bulimia."
Dr. De Barbieri is past Vice President and National Board member of the American Anorexia and Bulimia Association [AABA] as well as first chair of AABA's College Task Force. She also served as a member of Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention, a national organization for the prevention of eating disorders. The American Anorexia and Bulimia Association and Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention merged in 2001, to form the National Eating Disorders Association [NEDA]: the leading eating disorders organization advocacy group for the treatment and prevention of eating disorders in the United States. Dr. De Barbieri is a charter member of the Connecticut College Eating Disorders Task Force and is currently a member of the American Counseling Association, the Connecticut Counseling Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, the American Mental Health Counseling Association, the American Association of University Women and the American Association of University Professors. She remains a well-known presenter in the field of eating disorders. Her publications, both in print and media, focus on the treatment and prevention of eating disorders. Her current research is in the primary prevention of eating disorders and building resiliency in school-age girls, most notably through the North Star Program, which is part of the True North Youth Development Non-Profit Organization.
Adjunct faculty are carefully selected from community professionals known for their integrity, visibility and contribution to the field of Marriage and Family Therapy, while all clinical faculty are AAMFT Approved Supervisor or Approved Supervisor Candidates. These faculty members are frequently engaged as educators, clinicians and clinical consultants to prominent clinical agencies in the State of Connecticut. All are practicing professionals.
Erin Cushing, LMFT
Ed Federici, LMFT
Ann Gabriel, LMFT
Supervised Visitation Manger, has been a marriage and family therapist for 30 years, trained at the Southern Family Therapy Clinic. While completing her AAMFT Supervision training over 10 years ago, she was in the process of retiring from West Haven Education System where she was a librarian and guidance counselor during her 34 years there. In 2003, Ann was delighted to be asked to return to the Clinic to help train current graduate students in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program. She has served as Clinic Manager, adjunct faculty for supervision groups, and currently serves as Supervised Visitation Manager.
(203) 392-6432 GabrielA2@SouthernCT.edu
Norja Cunningham, Ph.D., LMFT
William Kania, LMFT
Kate McGetrick, MFT
Asha Patlikh, LMFT
Asha graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a masters in MFT in 1999 and worked for a residential facility for 7 years. In 2004 she decided to go into private practice. She is an adjunct faculty member in the MFT department since 2005 and as an approved AAMFT supervisor she strives to challenge students to be outstanding therapists. She loves how these two roles compliment each other, teaching ensures staying current with the field and having her own clients allows her to bring raw data into the teaching.
After graduating Asha has pursued approaches that are creative and outside ofnormal talk therapy. She has training in Neuro Linguistic Programming, Ericksonian Hypnosis, Family Constellations, Adoption and Foster Parenting, and the most passionate to her: Impact Therapy.
Asha's style as a therapist and supervisor is Experiential and she strongly believes that in order for people to change in this fast paced society therapy needs to be provided in 3D, that is to engage the clients ears, eyes, body and brain differently. This allows therapy to be multi-sensory, visual, creative, direct and theory driven. She challenges her students to be creative in their interventions and to think outside of the box. Asha is also a presenter for this 3D Impact Therapy approach to therapy.
Heidi Siebert, LMFT
Heidi is a graduate of the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Southern Connecticut State University and a licensed marriage and family therapist. She worked at several community mental health agencies and a residential program for children before opening her private practice in Norwalk. Her clinical interests include couples therapy, trauma and grief work.
She is passionate about engaging students in developing their skills experientially, helping them to find their own voice and remove personal blocks in an empathic, safe and collaborative way. Her theoretical focus is Emotionally Focused Therapy, a systemic and attachment based model that incorporates components of Structural therapy, with Rogerian techniques. Working eclectically within the EFT framework, she then incorporates additional models of therapy.
Heidi is a Certified EFT Therapist and Supervisor, as well as an AAMFT supervisor and a certified Gestalt therapist. She has advanced training in AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) - another attachment oriented model, and non-directive, client centered play therapy. In addition, she has presented on EFT and offers groups for therapists interested in learning more about the model, as well as those experienced with EFT. For more information on her practice, please see her website at www.heidisiebert.com.
Normajean Cefarelli, LMFT
Carmen Padua - Program Secretary
Carmen has been with the department for approximately 25 years. She is bi-lingual and instrumental in facilitating clients with supervised visitation and other matters related to appointments at the Family Clinic. In addition to administrative duties, she is welcoming to students, new and old, and a support to faculty, students, and staff. She brings a wealth of life experience to her position and is the first person most prospective students encounter.
Miller, Elizabeth - Graduate Assistant
Ehle-Meher, Robin - Clinic Manager