Hennessey Lustica

Hennessey Lustica

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Hennessey Lustica
Clinical Assistant Professor
, Department of Counseling & Clinical Psychology
(716) 880-2000

About Hennessey Lustica

Dr. Hennessey Lustica joined Medaille College in 2019 as an adjunct professor in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. In 2020, she began her core faculty role as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Graduate Counseling and Psychology.  Dr. Lustica has a Master of Science degree in School Counseling from Long Island University and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Mental Health Counseling from Alfred University.  In 2019, she earned her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Rochester. Dr. Lustica has permanent certification as a School Counselor and is Licensed as a Mental Health Counselor in New York State. She is also credentialed as an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) by the National Board of Certified Counselors.  In addition to 16 years of experience as a school counselor, Dr. Lustica has a private practice in Rochester, serving children and familes in the greater Rochester community.

Dr. Lustica believes that being a mental health practitioner who works with children is the most important job in the world! Children and adolescents are faced with a profusion of stressors: anxiety, depression, gender identity, trauma, poverty - all of which are obstacles to learning, development, and growth in school. Thus, Dr. Lustica's expertise in mental health combined with her expertise in educational systems allows for both individual and systemic change. To accomplish this important work, Dr. Lustica is the Community Schools Mental Health Demonstration Grant Director for Sodus Central School District. Charged with increasing mental health supports for students across six rural school districts, Dr. Lustica works with stakeholders across the nation to develop leading theory and practice around supporting kids and families.

Dr. Lustica is steadfast in her contribution to research within the counseling field. She has presented at state, regional, and national conferences on counseling topis such as the use of child centered play therapy in elementary school settings, understanding adolescent anger, early childhood trauma, attendance in school, crossing the bridge of integrated care for school and mental health counselors, restorative practices, and crisis counseling in supervision. She has authored works on expressive arts therapy, group counseling for middle school students, the intersect of mental health and attendance, and constructivist supervision. Dr. Lustica's most recent research utlized a mixed-method design to develop and validate a measure for district administrators to evaluate school counselors on the important work they do as part of the annual professional performance review (APPR) required in school districts across the country.  The results of this work, the Lustica School Counselor Evaluation Tool (L-SCET), is available for school districts across New York State.  

In addition to supervision, research, and teaching, Dr. Lustica is dedicated to service within the Counseling community.  She has served as the Western Region Event Chair for the American Counseling Association of New York (ACA-NY), the Graduate Chair and Representative to the Executive Council of the North Atlantic Region of Counselor Educators and Supervisors (NARACES), and founded the NARACES School Counseling Interest Community as a forum for research and professional development within our region.  Most recently, Dr. Lustica was the recipient of the 2019 Leadership Award from the New York State School Counselor Association (NYSSCA), where she is an active member.



B.S. State University of New York at Albany
M.S. Long Island University
C.A.S. Alfred University
Ph.D. University of Rochester

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