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Baluch named SHARE director

Suraiya Baluch, a psychologist who most recently served as associate director of counseling services at Barnard College, has been appointed director of Princeton's Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources and Education (SHARE) office.

The SHARE office, which is part of University Health Services, serves students, faculty and staff who have experienced verbal and physical sexual harassment, relationship violence, sexual assault or harassment based on sexual orientation. Its services include individual and group therapy, confidential consultation on disciplinary and legal options, educational programming and referrals to on- and off-campus support services.

Baluch's appointment was effective July 11.

"Under Suraiya's leadership, the SHARE office will become an even more valuable resource to students, faculty and staff at a time when the University is committed to enhancing the health and well-being of all members of the campus community," said Daniel Silverman, chief medical officer. "Suraiya's work will support the work of 'Healthier Princeton,' a campuswide program to create a healthier environment in the broadest sense at Princeton."

At Barnard, the women's college affiliated with Columbia University, Baluch joined the counseling center in September 1999 as a staff psychologist and was named associate director in February 2004. She also served as a clinical supervisor for Columbia and Barnard's Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center and as an adviser to Columbia's Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Program.

Before joining the Barnard staff, Baluch was a staff psychologist and coordinator of disability services at Pace University's counseling center. She also was an instructor in Brooklyn College's graduate program in guidance and counseling.

Baluch holds bachelor's degrees in psychology and religion from Rutgers University, a master's degree in psychological counseling from Columbia and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Fordham University.


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