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CARE Team: Behaviors of Concern & Signs of Distress

Campus Health and Counseling Center

Campus Health Nurse Office

It is proven that students who are in good physical and mental health are able to perform better, have better academic outcomes and also aides in creating a positive and healthy school environment overall. The MSM Campus Health Nurse Office provides a culturally-competent and holistic approach to medical care that will help support and encourage students to succeed during their time here at MSM and beyond. Whether you have a medical question that needs answering or an ongoing medical issue that needs some attention, the Campus Health Nurse Office is a good place to start! Visits are conducted on a WALK-IN basis only. Health and wellness services are available free of charge (insurance is NOT required to visit the office) to both residential and non-residential students Monday through Friday during the academic school year. Services provided include: basic first aid and triage for minor injuries and illnesses; coordination and case management of students’ health needs; promotion and education of positive health behaviors; linkage to community health resources and services. If further follow-up by a physician or other medical provider outside MSM’s Campus Health Nurse is warranted, you may be required to provide proof of medical insurance coverage.

The Campus Health Nurse can help refer you to providers in the area.  A partial list is available here: Urgent Care Clinics near MSM

The Campus Health Nurse also coordinates the Student Health Insurance Program.



Counseling  Center

 College life can bring both ups and downs for students.  Some situations students encounter will be small and manageable, others may be moderate and increase anxiety or impact mood. At MSM students should never a need to feel to take on any problem or issue on their own.  In addition to our Resident Assistants, Director of Residence Life, Director of Student Engagement and Dean of Students, we also have the Manhattan School of Music Counseling Center.  The Counseling Center is located in Anderson Hall on the 6th Floor and is open to all MSM students.

Seeking counseling with a therapist does not mean you are crazy. Quite the opposite, it means you recognize that you're not able to function as well as you have been.  Therapy can be a helpful way of understanding what is problematic and how to think about it and address it in a successful way.  It is also a way of addressing more ongoing issues, as well as promoting self-growth.  All information you share is confidential.

The Counseling Center offers each student 8-10 free sessions of short-term, confidential counseling.  If longer term treatment would be helpful or is necessary, the psychologist working with the student will provide a recommendation.


Shara Sand, Psy.D.                            On site:                           Friday   12:30-3:30

Director                                                For appointments:          Phone: 212-666-5376     Email:    Shara@DrSharaSand.com
      On-call Emergencies:      917-734-9168

Dr. Sand is a licensed clinical psychologist in New York State and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, Bronx, NY. Her Postdoctoral Training in Medical Psychology/AIDS was completed at St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital Center, NYC. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree (Manhattan School of Music) and a Master's Degree in Music (Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music). Dr. Sand specializes in working with issues surrounding gender, sexuality and sexual orientation. She has a wide variety of experience as a clinician, teacher, writer and speaker and offer services in several specialty areas. Memberships include the American Psychological Association, the New York State Psychological Association, the Performing Arts Medicine Association, Association for the Study of Dreams, and the American Federation of Musicians, Local 802.

Michele Bartnett, Ph.D.  On site:     Monday         11:00-3:00PM
    Wednesday   11:00-4:00pm

            For appointments:      Phone: 212-873-0146     EmailDrMicheleB@verizon.net

Dr. Michele Bartnett received her Ph.D. from NYU and completed her Post Doctoral Training in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis at NYU. She received her Master's degree from Teacher's College, Columbia University in Special Education. Dr. Bartnett has lived abroad, has conducted workshops with psychologists in India and is fluent in French. Clinical specializations include depression, anxiety, and loss. She is an avid music lover has performed folk music playing guitar, banjo and dulcimer.


Peter J. Haddad, Ph.D.                                On site:                           Thursday   10:00AM-4:00PM 
                       For appointments:          Phone: 917-804-7183    Email:  PeterJHaddad@gmail.com

Dr. Peter Haddad is a Licensed Psychologist with over 25 years of clinical experience. He completed his doctoral training at The University of Detroit Mercy, a private Jesuit University, and interned at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He has practiced in Michigan and now in New York City with a special emphasis on relationships, most particularly on improving understanding, communication, compassion, and cooperation between intimate partners. He also works with individuals searching for ways to cope with and adapt to the often dispiriting demands and challenges brought on by life changes, big and small, or just by everyday life. In his spare time, Dr. Haddad has been known to lay down a tight bass line to classic rock tunes that some have characterized (mistakenly) as just a bit too loud.


Elizabeth Clark, Psy.D                             On Site:                               Tuesday 6:00PM-9:00PM

                                                                   For appointments:             Phone: 847-772-1655 (texts preferred)   Email: lizclarkpsyd@gmail.com

Dr. Liz Clark is a recent transplant to NYC from her native Chicago, where she completed her doctoral degree and postdoctoral training. She has experience and expertise in eating and body image issues, gender and sexual orientation issues, and multicultural counseling, and has worked with college students at several different universities over the past 5 years. A former flutist and avid choral singer, music is an integral part of her life, and she is pleased to be able to work with student musicians at MSM.


Julie Ackerman, center extern                 On site:                                Monday 1:30PM-5:30PM
                                                                                                               Wednesday   1:30PM-5:30PM                                                                                                                Tues/Thurs evening group classes

                        For appointments:             Appointments will be coordinated through other counselors

Julie Ackerman is an advanced doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at CUNY Graduate Center. She has worked in psychiatric hospital, community outpatient, and counseling settings. Before beginning her clinical training, she played the violin from childhood through college, and wrote a masters thesis on the aesthetics of music. She is interested in the creative process in the arts, and is currently working on a dissertation on dreams.