Macaulay Honors College is pleased to announce that it has hired Miriam Korn, Psy.D. as clinical psychologist to provide mental health services at the college. Dr. Korn will see Macaulay students on a 1-1 basis and also lead group therapy sessions. The clinical psychologist hiring is part of Macaulay’s efforts to build an innovative model of comprehensive mental health delivery, which will provide students with direct, professional mental health counseling, services, and guidance. It was made possible by an $817,950 grant from the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust.
“Our goal is to give honors students the emotional tools to maintain resilience and equanimity as they engage in a turbulent world,” said Mary C. Pearl, Ph.D., Dean of Macaulay. “We believe that in hiring Dr. Korn, and in implementing the Macaulay Wellness Program, we will provide a safe and welcoming environment for our students, and help them to achieve their potential as scholars and change agents.”
“With the arrival of Dr. Korn, we add a vital clinical component to our holistic wellness program,” says Mike Lamb, Ph.D, Macaulay’s Thomas R. Slaughter Scholar-in-Residence. “This is another great step forward in our ability to serve our students–to offer expert care and the tools to bring ease to the tensions of daily life.”
Dr.Korn comes to Macaulay from Baruch College at CUNY, where she has worked with hundreds of students — including many Macaulay Scholars — in individual and group psychotherapy to address a variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, acculturative stress, trauma, relational issues, substance abuse, suicidal behavior, and eating disorders. Dr. Korn specializes in multicultural counseling with immigrants and first-generation college students, as well as patients who identify as LGBTQIA, differently-abled, and non-traditional students. She brings her firsthand knowledge of the inner workings of a counseling center at a large, urban, multicultural public university to the Macaulay community with an appreciation for the unique challenges facing Macaulay scholars.
Dr. Korn received her Master of Psychology and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from George Washington University. She received her B.A. from Haverford College.
The Kenan gift reflects Macaulay’s recognition that the emotional well being of its students is necessary for their peak performance, both as students and as leaders. As with many young people, mental health issues—severe anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression, and the like—can represent a recurring barrier to student success, particularly to our population of urban, underserved, often-first-generation students. This game-changing investment from the Kenan Charitable Trust will allow more Macaulay students to receive the mental health and wellness services that they need to succeed academically, and to lead through inspired, and experiential travel, service and learning.