Meet the Lansing Mental Health Team

  • Dana Robson, MA, School Psychologist Certification: New York and California
    Lansing High School, School Psychologist
    Phone: 607-533-3020 x3107

    Dana completed her Master’s degree in Creative Arts Therapy: Dance/Movement Therapy at Drexel University, and three years post graduate studies in School Psychology at California State University San Bernardino. She has practiced in a variety of inpatient, outpatient, and school settings working primarily with children and adolescents.

    As a school psychologist, her responsibilities include psychoeducational assessment, case management, crisis intervention, risk assessment, and school based counseling. She uses a variety of modalities incorporating skills from Trauma Informed Counseling, DBT, Solution Focused, Short Term Problem Solving, and Expressive Arts Therapies.

    Ellen Cohen-Rosenthal, PsyD., School Psychologist Certification: New York; Licensed Psychologist, New York
    RC Buckley Elementary School, School Psychologist
    Phone: 607-533-3020 x1105

    Ellen completed a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Rutgers, a Master’s degree in Special Education at American University, and a Doctorate in School Psychology at Alfred University. She has worked in public and private schools as a special education teacher and, for the last 21 years, as a school psychologist.

    In the school setting, she has worked with children ages three to 18, with a majority of her work focused on elementary school-aged children. Ellen has been responsible for psychoeducational assessment, counseling, case management, crisis intervention, consultation with teachers, parents, and other school personnel, functional behavior analysis and behavior intervention planning. Ellen has a particular focus on diagnostic evaluation, attachment and trauma-based counseling, play therapy, and counseling for social skill development and emotional regulation.

    Amber Alberta, LMSW Licensed Master Social Worker Certification: New York
    RC Buckley Elementary School, Social Worker
    Phone: 607-533-3020 x 1106

    Amber completed a Bachelor’s degree at Cornell University and a Master’s degree in social work at Tulane University. She has worked in public elementary and middle schools for eight years; first as a special education teacher and then as a school social worker.
    Amber’s role includes individual and group counseling, social skills instruction, crisis intervention, case management, consultation and collaboration with teachers and families, functional behavior analysis, and behavior intervention planning. She enjoys using strengths-based and solution-focused approaches.

    E. Farr Carey, PsyD., School Psychologist Certification: New York
    Lansing Middle School, School Psychologist
    Phone: 607-533-3020 x2160

    Farr completed a Bachelor's degree in Sociology at Colorado College and a Master’s degree and Doctorate in School Psychology at Alfred University. She has worked in the public schools as a school psychologist for the past 15 years. She has worked with children ages three to 18, with the majority of her work focused on elementary school-aged children.

    Farr’s responsibilities have included psychoeducational assessment, counseling, case management, crisis intervention, consultation with teachers, parents, and community agencies, functional behavior analysis, behavior intervention planning and teaching classroom lessons related pro-social skills. Farr’s approaches include therapeutic crisis intervention, trauma-based counseling and support, play therapy, cognitive behavioral strategies, social skill development, and teaching emotional regulation skills.

    Melanie Towner, LMSW
    Lansing Middle School Social Worker
    Phone: 607-533-3020 ext 2132

    Melanie attended SUNY Brockport and completed an undergraduate degree in Health Education. She completed her Masters in Social Work at Syracuse University. Her work experience includes working for the Tioga County Department of Social Services in the Child Protective, Foster Care, and Adoption units. Her postgraduate work includes five years at Family and Children’s Services in Syracuse, NY, where she developed and coordinated a sexual offender treatment program, coordinated adoption services, provided counseling to individuals, groups, and families, and supervised a staff of five. While in Syracuse, she worked as a Student Assistance Counselor at Fowler High School, providing drug and alcohol evaluations to students in the Syracuse City School District.

    Her passion is youth, and for over 40 years she has been actively involved with an organization called Camp Good Days and Special Times. A camp for children with cancer that has grown to include siblings, parents, children that are HIV positive, and most recently programs that support men and women in various types of treatment for cancer. In addition to her employment at LMS, Melanie works for OCM BOCES and coordinates the wellness programs, and EAP services to several local schools.

    Tanya Thompson, MS Ed, Certified School Counselor
    Lansing Middle School, School Counselor
    Phone: 607- 533-3020 ext. 2150

    Tanya attended SUNY Brockport where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Master of Science Degree in Counseling. After college, Tanya worked as a Child and Adolescent therapist for Family Counseling Services of Cortland prior to starting as a school counselor. Tanya comes to Lansing Central School district with 16 years school counseling experience and has worked with students in grades 5-9. Tanya has worked closely with students and families on various issues to include academic concerns, personal and family challenges, anxiety, depression, self-harm and eating disorders among others. Tanya is devoted to helping students overcome challenges and meet success. Middle school counseling offers an array of opportunities to engage with students and promote success.

    As a middle school counselor Tanya provides individual and group counseling, collaborates with teachers administration, support staff and outside service providers to determine students’ needs and provide support. Tanya also teachers classes and provides programing that fosters self-esteem, resilience, and social/emotional intelligence.

    Stephen Jones, MA, Counseling with a Specialization in School Counseling; Certification: New York; National Certified Counselor (NCC)
    Lansing High School, School Counselor (L-Z)
    Phone: 607-533-3020 x 3108

    Steve completed a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at San Diego State University and a Master’s degree in Counseling at the University of San Diego. In California, he worked in college admissions at the University of San Diego as well as an external admissions reader for the University of California, San Diego. He has been working in public education for over 16 years at the elementary and high school levels in both California and New York.

    As a school counselor, he helps students in the areas of academic achievement, college/career, and social/emotional development. Steve is responsible for counseling students, consulting with teachers, and collaborating with parents to help students be successful. At Lansing High School, Steve is also a co-advisor for Link Crew and ACE: Access to College Education.

    Beth Evener, MS, CAS, NCC
    Lansing High School Counselor (A-K)
    Phone: 607-533-3020 ext. 3109

    Beth completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology at SUNY Cortland and received her Master’s Degree and Certificate of Advanced Study in School Counseling at Syracuse University. She has experience working with students in grades K-12. Prior to joining the Lansing Mental Health Team, she worked as a high school counselor in a city school district for three years.

    As a school counselor, she works with students and their families to ensure students’ social and emotional well-being, collaborates with school staff and community agencies in the interest of students, supports students academically, and guides students in planning for their future.