Sigrid Frandsen-Pechenik, PsyD.
Director of Clinical Training, Department of Graduate Counseling and Psychology
Interim Director, Marriage and Family Therapy Program
Dr. Pechenik oversees the clinical training program for the Department of Graduate Counseling and Psychology at Medaille College. She holds a Masters Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University and a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology.
She has been providing mental health services since 1992 and is licensed both as a Psychologist and as a Marriage & Family Therapist. Dr. Pechenik has extensive experience working with families dealing with a range of issues including suicide, aging, trauma, acculturation, chronic mental illness, parent-child issues, marital problems, substance abuse, and delinquency. Her work with adults has focused on diagnosis and treatment of severe psychopathology, traumatic brain injuries, dementia, and terminal medical conditions.Dr. Pechenik has provided clinical training and consultation in cross-cultural mental health issues, and has been involved in the training and supervision of graduate students from different disciplines, including psychiatry, psychology, social work, and mental health counseling.
Prior to Medaille, as Associate Director for the Center of Multicultural Human Services in Falls Church, VA she co-developed a program for survivors of politically motivated torture, which earned significant federal funding. As Assistant Director of the Counseling Center at Cornell University, she developed and implemented one of the nation’s first non-traditional mental health services and programs for students who were over-represented in dropout rates, completed suicides and under-utilized traditional campus mental health services.
Keith Klostermann, PhD, LMHC
Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor
Keith Klostermann, PhD, LMHC, is a Research Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University. Dr. Klostermann’s programmatic line of research involves the investigation of intimate partner violence (IPV) among married or cohabiting substance-abusing individuals. Recently, Dr. Klostermann served as the Principal Investigator on a National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism investigation examining treatments for alcoholism and intimate partner violence.
Dr. Klostermann has been an active contributor to the scientific knowledge base as evidenced by his 36 publications and 40 presentations to date. Moreover, in 2008 Dr. Klostermann was selected to participate in the National Institute of Health's highly competitive Summer Institute on the Design and Conduct of Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions. Dr. Klostermann is also a participant in the student Loan Repayment Program, sponsored by the National Institute of Health. Dr. Klostermann has served as a guest editor and peer review for a number of scientific journals.
As a New York State licensed mental health counselor, Dr. Klostermann also maintains a private practice specializing in couples and family counseling and has served as a clinical supervisor to students as well as counseling professionals in the community. Relatedly, Dr. Klostermann has previously worked as an emergency outreach counselor, college counselor, and family therapist.
In addition to his research and clinical activities, Dr. Klostermann has also conducted training in family and couples counseling at a number of substance abuse outpatient programs and assisted in the development of several school-based family counseling programs in the Western New York area. Dr. Klostermann currently serves as a research and clinical consultant to the Calgary Counseling Centre on the Strengthening Families Program, which is funded by the Alberta Government. He is also a member of the University at Buffalo’s Counselor Education Advisory Committee.
Darci Cramer-Benjamin, Ph.D.
Clinical Adjunct Faculty
Dr. Cramer-Benjamin is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and has been in practice since 1994. She is currently the only MFT in the Kaleida Health system, seeing children and families in The Children’s Psychiatry Clinic of Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. She is the Principal Investigator on a grant by the Peter and Elizabeth Tower Foundation to bring Client-Directed Outcome-Informed Psychotherapy to that clinic. She serves on the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at The State University of New York at Buffalo, teaching child psychiatry residents how to think systemically. Dr. Cramer-Benjamin has served on committees and boards locally and nationally, first as the Student-Associate representative to the AAMFT Board of Directors, and most recently as president of the New York Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She has two school-aged children, who make her prouder than any of the accomplishments that she lists on her CV.
Randolph Moredock, Ph.D.
Clinical Adjunct Faculty
Dr. Randy Moredock is a licensed marriage and family therapist who received his PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Dakota in 1981. He is a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and has years of experience training clinicians. Over the years, he has held number adjunct positions teaching counseling and family therapy courses. Dr. Moredock academic interests lay in attachment theory and pedagogical methods for the helping professions. He has presented at both regional and national conferences on a wide range of topics. He recently retired from Brockport State’s Counseling Center to focus on academia and on his private practice.
Matt Pace, Ph.D.
Clinical Adjunct Faculty
Dr. Pace is a NYS Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, who earned his Master's and PhD from Syracuse University in Marriage and Family Therapy. Clinical experiences include medical family therapy, rape crisis, community mental and college mental health. Research interests include grief/loss, anticipatory and intangible loss, inter-ethnic/racial couples and families, impact of chronic illness on couples and families, supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth, and clinician burnout. Dr. Pace has presented at national and local conferences, and has published articles on the use of emotion in family therapy and on clinician burnout. Over the years, Dr. Pace has held faculty appointments in Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling graduate programs.