Sarena Bernard

Sarena joined Columbia Health in September 2021. In her role as Coordinator, Sarena does the following:

  • Serves on Student Case Management team
  • Serves as Coordinator/Case Manager for a cohort of students with disabilities providing ongoing support, specialized services, and coordination of accommodations
  • Evaluates medical, psychological, and psycho-educational documentation to identify reasonable disability accommodations
  • Provides guidance to faculty, administrators, and students regarding disability and accommodation issues; works with instructors and academic departments to implement students' approved academic adjustments and accommodations

Sarena enjoys spending time with her family outdoors, exploring museums and art galleries, and doing Pilates. She's looking forward to traveling to new destinations. In her free time, Sarena volunteers with her alumni association and continues to mentor under-served high school students.

Education

  • M.Ed., Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA): Curriculum and Instruction , Arizona State University
  • B.A., Speech Language Pathology, Minor: Disability Studies, Concentration: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Hofstra University

Certifications and Licensure

  • Provides therapeutic/instructional- interventions as a Behavioral Therapist using evidence based practice in Applied Behavior Analysis.
  • As a clinical case manager: coordinated and supported linkage to clinical and community resources in NYC.  
  • Advocates for students' rights by educating students and their families about the services they are entitled to, as detailed in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).