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Serina Tetenov, M.S.W., Ph.D.

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Serina Tetenov is an experienced clinician with a demonstrated history working in higher education and healthcare administration. Tetenov is skilled in the mental health Industry including crisis intervention, group and individual therapy, clinical research, and graduate instruction. Tetenov is a strong Ph.D. level health-services professional focused on Counseling, Counselor Education, Social Work, Clinical Supervision, Human Development, Conflict Mediation, and Nonverbal Communication.

Professional Background

Serina Tetenov joined the Department of Psychiatry in 2021. She has extensive experience as a therapist, supervisor, college instructor and administrator. Tetenov is currently the Clinical Director of Adult Mental Health and Wellness at the University of Rochester Medical Center, which includes the Adult General Ambulatory Psychiatry Service, the Deaf Wellness Center, Gender Wellness, and Lazos Fuertes. Tetenov also served an appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor of Counseling and Human Development at the Margaret Warner School of Education on the University of Rochester’s River Campus.
Prior to joining the URMC Department of Psychiatry, Tetenov directed the Finger Lakes Area Counseling and Recovery Agency (FLACRA) Outpatient Mental Health Clinic for Monroe and Yates counties. In this role, Tetenov provided clinical supervision, oversaw the onboarding of new hires, developed and implemented policies and procedures, assisted clinicians in meeting productivity targets, and built strong clinical teams. Additionally, Tetenov taught social and cultural diversity at Medaille College (Rochester campus) and was a Sign Language Interpreter at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) for several years.
Earlier in her clinical career, Tetenov devoted a number of years providing clinical care to varied patient populations as a Primary Therapist and Psychiatric Assignment Officer within the Rochester Regional Health System. She also functioned as Medical Social worker and Clinical Evaluator within Strong Behavioral Health, including the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program, Adult and Child Partial Hospitalization Programs, and Highland Hospital.



MSW | Nazareth College of Rochester
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

PHD | University of Rochester
Counselor, Mental Health

Post-doctoral Training & Residency


Journal Articles

Tetenov, S. "Missing Cues: An Exploration of Nonverbal Communication Among Dyads in Constructivist Clinical Supervision" . Proquest. 2019; : 188.

Duffy, J. T., Guiffrida, D. A., Araneda, M. E., Tetenov, S. M., & Fitzgibbons, S. C. "A Qualitative Study of the Experiences of Counseling Students Who Participate In Mindfulness-Based Activities in a Counseling Theory and Practice Course" . International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling. 2017; 39(1): 15.