Director, Counseling and Psychological Services
David is a New York State Licensed Psychologist. He received his Bachelors of Science (dual-major in Psychology and Human Development) from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University and a PhD with a minor in Organization Change and Innovation from Indiana University.
After serving four years as a forensic psychology evaluator for child protective services, k-12 schools, hospitals, and pain clinics, David joined the mental health leadership within higher education. He has been the director of college and university counseling centers since 2007, and has led notable organizational growth and innovation in college mental health services across three institutions prior to arriving at Cornell in December 2022. Nationally, David is recognized as a leader in collegiate mental health and is a past President of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors.
Clinically, David has worked with struggling college students ranging from normal developmental challenges to those with unexpected mental health crisis. He maintains particular expertise with trauma, anxiety, and identity development (racial, sexual, gender).
In his free time, you will find David exploring the quite beauty of nature, the quaint charm of small towns, and the electric energy of major cities. Living in Ithaca provides convenient access to all of the above.
See a Q&A with David Reetz, which took place in his first 30 days of work at Cornell.