Robert Morris University

Full-time Counselor Added to Residence Life

The new position is based in Washington Hall for easy access to students living on campus.

Ryann Burick

Students living on campus now have access to a full-time mental health counselor in the residence life offices in Washington Hall thanks to a grant from the Citrone 33 Foundation. 

As counselor-in-residence, Ryann Burick is easily accessible for short-term counseling, crisis intervention, and wellness programs. Burick is experienced in both clinical care and crisis intervention and has served in multiple outpatient mental health roles. She formerly was a suicide crisis worker for Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission and provided crisis support for Allegheny College. 

Burick is one of four full-time counseling clinicians serving students at RMU during daily business hours and available on-call for crisis intervention at other times. Her office is in the rear of the residence life offices in Washington Hall rather than the counseling center at Patrick Henry Center, a location has been selected deliberately to help reduce stigma and barriers for students seeking counseling services.

The counselor-in-residence position is funded with a grant of $154,280 from the Citrone 33 Foundation, which invests in education and health and human service programs. Founder and CEO Cindy Citrone is a former occupational therapist and a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers with her husband, Rob. Earlier this year, the Citrone 33 Foundation held the U Prize initiative, in which two RMU student proposals were among those awarded prize money to fund projects improving student mental health.