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NJBIZ Names Georgian Court University’s Director of Health and Counseling a “Healthcare Hero”

NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes

Georgian Court University is pleased to announce that Dr. Robin Solbach, Psy.D., Director of Health and Counseling, has been selected as one of the 2023 NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes honorees.

She is one of six people that were honored by NJBIZ in the “Education Hero” category on June 27, at The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset, N.J.   The HealthCare Heroes program was created to recognize excellence, promote innovation, and honor the efforts of individuals and organizations making a significant impact on the quality of health care in New Jersey.

“Dr. Solbach has been an exceptional member of the GCU family for years and we are extremely pleased that her work is being recognized by NJBIZ,” says Dr. Joseph R. Marbach, President of Georgian Court University.  “Her passion for helping students is evident in the number of initiatives and services she and her team have made available to promote success and achieve overall wellness.”

“I am stunned and flattered,” said Solbach, of Ocean Township, N.J., who has dedicated her life to helping others struggling with mental health issues.  Dr. Solbach says that although she is honored, she accepts this recognition on behalf of her whole team at GCU.  “Our work is done by hard working nurses and counselors, and I am just part of the team. It’s all about the people that I work with,” remarks Solbach.

Dr. Solbach’s dedication to maintaining the highest standard of care for students has earned The Counseling Center at GCU accreditation by the International Accreditation of Counseling Services every year since 2006.

Solbach’s passion for counseling and psychology stretches back to when she was in high school. “I took a psychology class in 11th grade, and it made sense to me like nothing else did, and I was hooked!” she says.

Her early career path focused her skills on helping adolescents at an inpatient psychiatric hospital. Next, she worked with an organization that aided people struggling with drug and alcohol addictions on an outpatient basis.

Realizing that helping young people was her true calling, in 1998 she became Director of Counseling at Georgian Court University, and in 2018 advanced to oversee all student health issues as Director of Health and Counseling Services.

“I love this work, I wouldn’t have chosen another career path. I get the privilege of being able to walk with young people as they go on a path of self-discovery and work through important life transitions to become their best selves,” says Dr. Solbach.  “I have the honor of helping them and watching them grow and evolve, overcome obstacles, and come out on the other side more resilient and confident. It is infinitely rewarding.”

In addition to her responsibilities as director, Dr. Solbach is an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling at Georgian Court. She is also a member of the American Psychological Association, the New Jersey Psychological Association, and the past president of the New Jersey Association of Counseling Centers.

Aerial view of GCU.

About Georgian Court University

Georgian Court University is a leading regional university that provides a transformative education, preparing students for ethical leadership and service in the Catholic Mercy tradition. Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. The university has a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women.

As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 1,900 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 15 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings.

The main campus is in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students through its Center for Professional Studies, and at other locations, including GCU at Brookdale, GCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online degree and certificate programs.