Stony Brook, New York – Stony Brook Athletics is proud to welcome Dr. Daniel Merola as the Senior Director of Administration for Athletics Mental Health Services in Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), effective November 28, a role shared between CAPS and athletics.
“There is no higher priority in our department than the mental health and well-being of our student-athletes. Adding Daniel to our team demonstrates this commitment and also allows us to provide the highest level of support our student-athletes need,” said Director of Athletics Shaun Heilbronn.
In her role as Director of Athletics Mental Health Services, Dr. Merola will be responsible for working directly with the Department of Sports Medicine and Student-Athletes at Stony Brook, providing psychological assessments, psychotherapy, and counseling in collaboration with CAPS. You will promote the overall health and wellness of the student-athletes, and the ability to thrive, in and out of their sport.
You will assist the Department of Sports Medicine in creating and implementing training and educational programs for the Department of Athletics and student-athletes. Dr. Merola will help develop mental health policies and procedures within athletics and organize and support mental health support groups and events in the department.
“The addition of Dr. Danielle Merola as the inaugural Director of Athletics Mental Health Services elevates mental health care for our student-athletes to the next level. It gives a consistent person to help develop a mental health program rather than just tending to immediate needs. Dr. Merola would be a great addition to working with a sports psychologist and our Department of Sports Medicine to meet all of our mental health needs and create the best environment for student-athletes to be successful in their sport and beyond. I look forward to working with her and adding more programs and resources to our Department of Mental Health!” said Associate Athletic Director of Sports Medicine Elizabeth Zanoli.
Dr. Merola originally joined Stony Brook as CAPS Associate Director of Outreach and Community Interventions in 2017. She was subsequently appointed Associate Director of the Center for Prevention and Outreach in 2018 where she provided leadership and direction in the development, coordination and implementation of various mental health and suicide prevention initiatives that were It has a significant impact on the Stony Brook campus community.
She has led campus initiatives such as Walk of Hope, Let’s Talk, Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) etc. Dr. Merola has also provided numerous trainings and consultations to many academic and student affairs partners and has built strong relationships with them.