Counseling Center Staff
Andy came to Skidmore in the Fall of 2000 after completing his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He previously worked in the Counseling Centers at IUP and the University of Delaware. Andy enjoys both group and individual therapy and believes creating and maintaining healthy relationships is one of the most important challenges for college students. Since becoming Director of the office in 2015, Andy has focused on improving timely access to services, removing barriers to on- and off-campus care, and enhancing the Counseling Center’s effectiveness in addressing acute concerns. He hopes that all members of the Skidmore community find the Center to be a welcoming and supportive resource.
Ashley Chandler, LMSW, Staff Clinician
Ashley received her BS in Social Work from Skidmore College in 2009, and her MSW from SUNY Albany in 2012. As a first-generation college student, she participated in Skidmore’s Academic Opportunity Program (AOP), and understands first-hand the importance of low-barrier access to higher education in order to achieve life goals. Ashley is passionate about social justice, advocacy, promoting positive mental health practices, and increasing access to services. Her areas of experience and expertise include crisis management and trauma, suicidality, stress and anxiety management, homelessness, and human trafficking. Ashley has worked with a wide range of age groups and populations, and utilizes a strengths-based, individualized, and solution-focused approach to her work with clients.
Erin Cannella, Ph.D., Staff Clinician
Erin received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa in 2020 and her Master’s in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College Columbia University in 2011. Erin has experience working in a variety of clinical settings, including various college counseling centers, and with a range of individuals and presenting concerns. Her professional interests include interpersonal and relationship concerns, identity development, mood and anxiety concerns, multicultural/diversity issues, and social class and classism. Erin approaches her work from a relational perspective, and often integrates other perspectives and interventions as appropriate. She enjoys opportunities to connect with individuals, helping them recognize their strengths and build their resilience.
Cheryl Etu, MSW, Staff Clinician
Cheryl received her MSW from Salem State University in Salem, MA in 2016 and served as a clinician in both private and public colleges in Massachusetts before joining the Skidmore team. Prior to becoming a licensed clinical social worker, she had a career in higher education for almost 20-years working in a variety of roles within student affairs including serving to support the transition and re-entry experiences of international students and students studying abroad all around the world. Cheryl’s clinical interests include anxiety, depression, identity development, relationships, stress management, grief, transitions, acculturation, and emerging adulthood. She utilizes a strengths-based approach, adjusting her therapeutic style to individual cultural differences and clinical needs in order to support and empower students. Cheryl enjoys seeing students gain greater self-understanding, learn skills, and develop practices that will assist in holistic development and serve them well beyond the walls of the institution.
Elizabeth Green, PhD., Case Management Consultant
Elizabeth earned her PhD in School Psychology from Penn State University, where she concentrated on clinical psychology in adolescents. She has extensive experience working with individuals who present with learning differences, ADHD, anxiety and mood disorders. Her areas of professional interest include: social and school anxiety; the impact of self-esteem on interpersonal relationships; performance anxiety in student-athletes; and the importance of nutrition and appropriate self-care for mental health & wellness. Elizabeth enjoys developing collaborative relationships with students and incorporates cognitive behavioral and solution-focused techniques to help them better understand their needs and develop practical strategies for achieving both academic and social success.
Julia Routbort, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Student Affairs for Health and Wellness
Julia Routbort, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean of Student Affairs for Health and Wellness. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, where she completed both the child and adult clinical tracks. In her position as Associate Dean, Julia has oversight of the three departments on campus that deliver clinical and prevention services to students: Health Services, the Counseling Center and Health Promotion. Through strategic planning, collaboration, and coordination of clinical services, she is charged with helping to create a resilient, responsive and healthy campus community where students, faculty and staff are informed and engaged around health/wellness issues. Julia does some clinical work at the Counseling Center, where her areas of expertise include sexual assault and trauma, feminist psychotherapy and crisis management. She believes that a healthy campus is one where all members of the community know how to help themselves, how and where to ask help when those efforts aren’t sufficient, and know how to help others.