Student and Alumni Profiles

Student and Alumni Profiles

Janet Tang, Graduate Student

My name is Janet Tang, and I am a graduate student in the Forensic Mental Health Counseling Program. I received my Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology at the Steinhardt School of New York University. I was first introduced to the concept of Forensic Psychology when I took on two internships, where I worked at both a victim services community program and an intensive intervention program for girls in the juvenile justice system. At the moment, I work as a College Assistant in the FMHC Office and also as a case worker at a family shelter. I hope to obtain my Masters in Forensic Mental Health Counseling to gain licensure and serve adolescent girls and young women in the community with a strong focus on intersectional social justice. Besides a strong focus on social justice, I am also a huge fan of board games and musical theatre. 

Evan Lawrence, Graduate Student

My name is Evan Lawrence and I am a graduate student in the Forensic Mental Health Counseling Program. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 2010. After a few years of working with various populations, I decided to go back to school. When I began looking at schools it was difficult to chose because I wanted to work clinically but I also had a fascination with forensic psychology. After finding John Jay's FMHC program I immediately made it my top choice. My years here have provided me with both amazing experiences and an in depth knowledge of both subjects. I have taken an array of classes on many different captivating subjects with high caliber professors. I have been able to gain experience through internships in unique settings including the U.S. Marshals Service, United States Probation Department, and Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Institute. I co-founded the Forensic Counseling Student Group, a student run group dedicated to providing information and creating events for the program's students. After I graduate I hope to become a licensed mental health counselor, work with forensic populations, and help improve the way our criminal justice system interacts with mental illness. When I am not studying I work as a personal trainer/ fitness educator, play judo, and continue the search for the best pizza in New York City. 

Alexandra Luciano, Graduate Student

I graduated from Hunter College in 2013 obtaining my BA in Psychology and Studio Art. In my last semester of my BA I took a behavioral pharmacology course that sparked my interest in the forensic-clinical sub-field of psychology; I realized I wasn’t afraid to sit with someone in their darkness. I knew I wanted to be a therapist and originally, I planned on applying directly to PhD. programs—but happily realized I could be a practicing clinician sooner as a LMHC. I applied to John Jay with the intended focus of substance and alcohol counseling, but I’ve broadened my interests to victims’ services. I’m fortunate enough to be a part of Dr. Chitra Raghavan’s research team and a founding member of the Forensic Counseling Student Group. Within the FMHC program, I’m following the CASAC and thesis tracks. Ultimately, I’d like to work with women with a history of trauma and substance use issues. Outside of school, nothing makes me happier than pitbulls, make up, and sleeping.

Abbie Tuller, LMHC

After graduating from John Jay College of Criminal Justice's Forensic Mental Health Counseling program, Ms. Tuller worked in four domestic violence shelters throughout the city until she joined the North Brooklyn Coalition Against Family Violence in 2011.There she led a team of professionals who provided therapy, advocacy and support services to domestic violence victims in a non-residential community based setting. As the Executive Director, Ms. Tuller helped to expand the services and reach of the Coalition during her tenure.  

She is now the Senior Director of Domestic Violence Programs at Urban Resource Institute, the second largest domestic violence shelter provider in the country.  There she oversees all special programming, quality improvement and training. Ms. Tuller helps to develop and implement innovate initiatives in the field of domestic violence services including URIPALS, People and Animals Living Safely, New York City's first co-sheltering program.  She also is a licensed mental health counselor and is currently completing her PhD in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Policy, Oversight and Administration.