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Staff

The Student Counseling Service staff includes:

  • Dr. Maria Deutscher, Director,
  • Dr. Angela Aznavorian, Clinical Psychologist
  • Dr. Stanley Tam, Clinical Psychologist

All staff members have extensive professional experience working with young adults in an academic setting. Please refer to the short biographies listed below for more detailed information about each counselor, as well as their direct contact information.


Maria Deutscher, Ph.D.

Director, Student Counseling Services

440 Lenox Road, Apt. 1M
Brooklyn, NY 11203
(718) 270-1408
maria.deutscher@downstate.edu

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Dr. Maria Deutscher earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University. She has been in private practice for over 20 years. Her clients include young adults facing life challenges and often struggling with anxiety, depression and relationships. She incorporates many modalities, including talk therapy, CBT and mindfulness. Her career started at Jacobi Hospital, developing an understanding of the range of mental illnesses, the use of medication, dual diagnoses and the destructive impact of poverty and inquity on the mental health of her patients. She taught and supervised psychology interns and medical students. Dr. Deutscher is a lifelong New Yorker with strong community ties. She has been very involved in the public schools her son has attended, her neighborhood association and synagogue, serving on all their boards. When not working, she enjoys spending time and cooking for gatherings of friends and family, and being outdoors.


Angela Aznavorian, PSY.D.

Counselor, Student Counseling Services

440 Lenox Road, Apt. 1M
Brooklyn, NY 11203
718-270-1408
angela.aznavorian@downstate.edu

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Dr. Angela Aznavorian earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Prior to joining Downstate, her clinical work has taken place in a variety of mental health settings in both Chicago and NYC. Her clinical specialties include anxiety and mood concerns, adjustment and social challenges, eating disorders and body image, as well as the mind/body connection. Dr. Aznavorian draws upon cognitive-behavioral, insight-oriented and mindfulness techniques to help individuals develop a greater understanding of emotional distress and manage various symptoms in a more healthy and balanced way. While maintaining her private practice in Manhattan, she enjoys illustration, thrifting, and traveling in her spare time.


Stanley Tam, PSY.D.

Counselor, Student Counseling Services

440 Lenox Road, Apt. 1M
Brooklyn, NY 11203
(718) 270-1408
stanley.tam@downstate.edu

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Dr. Stanley Tam earned a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago. He is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who has worked with college students and young adults in a variety of university settings, including Alfred University, the Illinois Institute of Art and the University of Chicago, Illinois. He has previously served as the Director of Health and Counseling Services at Alfred University. His clinical interests include intersectionality, acculturation, diversity psychology, and relational models of treatment. He integrates parts theory, internal family systems and insight based therapy focusing on regulating and building scaffolding with individuals. Dr. Tam is originally from Los Angeles and his hobbies include bicycle building, reading, and basketball.