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Staff Profiles

The staff of Counseling Services includes counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists.  Assistance to students is provided also by staff affiliates and post-doctoral fellows who are supervised by staff psychologists. Counseling Services is located in Gasson 001. All UCS clinicians and staff are committed to social justice and diversity consciousness. 



Julie M. AhnAllen, Assistant Director of Diversity and Inclusion & Director of Training - joined UCS in 2007

Education/Training: B.A. Wesleyan University; Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Massachusetts Boston. APA-accredited Internship at Children’s Hospital Boston. Postdoctoral

Fellowship at Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Hospital Boston. Licensed Psychologist in MA.

Professional Interests/Experience: Culturally competent training and practice; racial and ethnic identity development; immigration experiences; Asian American psychology; women's issues; bereavement issues; trauma; eating disorders; treatment of anxiety and depression.  Research interests are related to identity development in marginalized groups. 

Theoretical Orientation: Integrative psychodynamic, developmental-cultural, relational, and CBT approaches

Departmental Roles/Responsibilities: Director of Diversity and Inclusion; Director of training, Training Committee member and supervisor; Facilitator for Multicultural Conversation Hour; Chair of Diversity Committee; Mays Mentoring Program; Sisters Let’s Talk advisory board member; and Asian Pacific Islander Employees Association advisory board member; Member of Student Affair Diversity and Inclusion Committee; Trainer for Options Through Education (OTE), College Transition Program (CTP), A Campus of Difference; LGBTQ resource liaison   


VANESSA A. ALVAREZ, Postdoctoral Fellow – 2017-2018

Education/Training: B.A. in Psychology and Spanish, University of Miami; M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Suffolk University; APA-Accredited Internship, Suffolk University Counseling, Health, and Wellness Center.

Professional Experience/Interests: Individual and group psychotherapy; multicultural issues; relational concerns, especially in intimate partner and parent/caregiver-child relationships; concerns related to identity and/or social justice; women’s issues; the intersection of physical and mental health; development of self-compassion; international and first-generation student transition and adjustment to college

Theoretical Orientation: Integrative with an emphasis on interpersonal, relational-cultural, and acceptance- and mindfulness-based behavioral approaches 


ELIZABETH BERTE, Administrative Assistant


CRAIG D. BURNS, Director - joined UCS 2006

Education/Training: B.A. Brown University; Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Catholic University of America; APA-accredited Internship at Brockton/Worcester VA Hospital/Harvard Medical School; Postdoctoral Fellowship at University Counseling Services, Boston College; Licensed psychologist in MA.

Professional Interests/Experience: Individual and group psychotherapy; application of mindfulness and stress management in psychotherapy; psychotherapy with athletes; complex trauma; relational disorders; substance abuse treatment; psychotherapy supervision.

Theoretical Orientation: Integration of psychodynamic, relational, and CBT approaches.

Departmental Roles/Responsibilities: Director of Counseling Services; Training Committee member and supervisor; Liaison to Alcohol Intervention Meeting team; Liaison to GLC; Trainer for Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) and Options Through Education (OTE) Preceptors of AHANA Student Programs; Member of Division and Department Assessment Committees. 


SELDA CELEN-DEMIRTAS, Postdoctoral Fellow – 2017-2018

Education/Training: B.S., Bogazici University, Turkey; M.S. in Mental Health Counseling, UMASS Boston; Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, UMass Boston. Practicum placements at Brandeis University Psychological Counseling Center and Emerson College Counseling and Psychological Services. APA-accredited internship at the University of Connecticut Counseling and Mental Health Services.  Professional Interests/Experience: Individual therapy, skills and interpersonal process groups. Personal, social, and vocational development during emerging adulthood. Identity development, attachment, interpersonal conflict and close relationships. Complex trauma and resilience. Intersection of vocational development and well-being.

Theoretical Orientation: Integrative relational psychodynamic incorporating CBT, systems, and experiential approaches; developmental; multicultural/feminist. 


ANGELA DEMEHRI, Staff Psychiatrist – joined UCS in 2017

Education/Training: B.A. University of Florida (Biological Anthropology);  M.D. University of Florida College of Medicine;  Adult Psychiatry Residency, University of Michigan Health Systems

Professional Experience:  Staff/Assertive Community Treatment Psychiatrist for Washtenaw County Community Mental Health (SE Michigan), Telepsychiatrist for Copper Country Community Mental Health in MI Upper Peninsula

Professional Interests: Psychopharmacology, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapies, cross-cultural psychiatry 


CINDY GORDON, LICSW, Emergency Response Clinician


ANDREW GOUSE, Staff Psychiatrist - joined UCS in 2005

Education/Training:  B.A. Harvard College (Psychology); M.D. Yale School of Medicine; Adult Psychiatry Residency:  Brown University Psychiatry Training Program; Child Psychiatry Residency:  Boston Children’s Hospital/Judge Baker Guidance Center.

Professional Experience:  Staff Psychiatrist, Tufts University Health Services.

Professional Interests:  Psychopharmacology, Late adolescent development, family dynamics.


YVONNE M. JENKINS, Senior Staff Psychologist – joined UCS in 1998.

Education/Training: B.S., Central State University (Ohio); M.Ed. Boston University; Ph.D. inCounseling Psychology, Boston College. APA-accredited internship at Center for Multicultural Trainingin Psychology at Boston Medical Center. Licensed Psychologist in MA.

Related Professional Experience: Private practice of psychotherapy, Faculty of Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at Wellesley College. Previously on the staff of Harvard University Health Services.Presentations related to cultural diversity and psychotherapy. Member of MA Board of Registration of Psychologists, Division of Professional Licensure.

Professional Interests: Culturally competent training and practice, impact of social variables on mental health, college mental health, women’s issues; learning challenges; first generation college students.

Theoretical Orientation: Psychodynamic, relational-cultural, systems, cognitive-behavioral.

Departmental Roles/Responsibilities: Trainer for Options through Education (OTE) Preceptors, Supervisor for Training Program, Member of Diversity Committee. Consultation to Thea Bowman AHANA Intercultural Center and Academic Standards Committee of Lynch School of Education.  


LAUREL KADLICK, Administrative Assistant


EMILY KATES, Staff Psychologist - joined UCS in 2013 

Education/Training: B.A. in Religion, Barnard College; Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology; APA-accredited Internship at the University of Houston Counseling and Psychological Services; Postdoctoral Fellowship at University Counseling Services, Boston College; Licensed Psychologist in MA. 

Professional Experience/Interests: Experiences include individual, group, and couples therapy, with adult, adolescent and child populations, in addition to cognitive, personality and neuropsychological assessment. 
Professional interests include emerging adult identity development; relational concerns; the intersecting impact of race, class and gender; religion and spirituality in therapy; and community-based interventions. 

Theoretical Orientation: Relational psychodynamic, integrating developmental and multicultural perspectives 

Department Roles/Responsibilities: Training Committee Member and Supervisor; Professional Development Committee Member; Groups Committee Member


PATRICK LATHAM, Senior Staff Psychologist – joined UCS in 2015

Education/Training: B.A. in Psychology, University of Colorado Boulder; Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Massachusetts Boston; APA-accredited Internship at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology at Boston Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine.

Professional Interests/Experience: Interests include the impact of race and socioeconomic status on therapy; psychotherapy integration of relational-psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral approaches; psychotherapy supervision/consultation. Experience includes providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults in individual, couple’s, and family treatment; clinical and administrative supervision in community- and teaching-hospital setting; consultation and training on the impact of race and racial identity on psychotherapy.

Theoretical Orientation: Integrative relational-psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral; developmental; solution-focused; family systems.

Department Roles/Responsibilities: Training Committee member and supervisor; Member of Diversity Committee.


JUDITH W. LAWRENCE, Senior Staff Psychologist - joined UCS in 2014

Education/Training:  A.B. in English, Oberlin College; M.A. in English, Columbia University; Ph.D. in Psychology, New York University.  A.P.A.-accredited internship at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School; Post-doctoral fellowship at University Counseling Services, Boston College.

Professional Experience/Interests:  Experience includes private- and college-based practices of short- and long-term individual psychotherapy with young adults, group work with women and with eating disordered individuals, and teaching of psychopathology and psychotherapy courses at the masters' level.  Interests include identity development, mindfulness, psychoanalytic and attachment theories, and integration of various psychotherapeutic approaches.

Theoretical Orientation:  Primarily psychodynamic and relational, with integration of mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral techniques where appropriate.

Departmental Roles/Responsibilities:  Training Committee member and individual supervisor, member of Professional Development Committee.


JOHANNA MALAGA, Senior Staff Psychologist – joined UCS in 2012

Education/Training: B.A. in Psychology, University of Miami; M.S. in Mental Health Counseling, Nova Southeastern University; Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Nova Southeastern University; APAaccredited Internship at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School, Postdoctoral Fellowship at University Counseling Services, Boston College; Licensed psychologist in MA.

Professional Interests/Experience: Experiences include individual, group, and family therapy, adult and child outpatient psychotherapy and assessment.

Professional interests include: developmental psychology; suicide prevention and suicide survivors; trauma; women’s issues; multicultural issues; first generation college students; grief and loss, relational concerns.

Theoretical Orientation: Psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, relational, humanistic, developmental and multicultural approaches

Department Roles/Responsibilities: Training Committee Member and clinical supervisor, Member of Students in Distress Committee, Member of Diversity Committee, Member of Groups Committee, Co-facilitator for HEAL (sexual assault support group), Liaison for The Women’s Center, fluent in Spanish


DIANE NEYLON, Administrative Assistant


SARAH PIONTKOWSKI, Staff Psychologist - joined UCS in 2014 

Education/Training: B.A. in Psychology, Mount Holyoke College; Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park; APA-accredited Internship at Suffolk University Counseling Center; Postdoctoral Fellowship at University Counseling Services, Boston College. 

Professional Interests/Experience: Individual and group psychotherapy; adolescent and young adult mental health; relationships and attachment; identity development; multicultural issues and social justice; disordered eating; trauma.

Theoretical Orientation: Integrative relational psychodynamic; developmental; multicultural/feminist; internal family systems; and mindfulness approaches. 

Department Roles/Responsibilities: Training Committee, Diversity Committee


ALESSANDRO PISELLI, Staff Psychologist – joined UCS in 2014

Education/Training:  B.A. in Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst; APA-accredited Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship, The Albert and Jesse Danielsen Institute at Boston University

Professional Interests/Experience:  Experiences include individual, group, and couples psychotherapy; neuropsychological, psychological, and spiritual assessment; and psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, motivational, and dialectical behavioral therapies.  Interests include psychotherapy training, process research, and integration; mindfulness practices; recovery from complex trauma; and increasing resilience among members of marginalized and disempowered groups.

Theoretical Orientation:  Psychodynamic, relational, emotion-focused, cognitive-behavioral, and client-centered.

Departmental Roles/Responsibilities:  Member of the Training, Groups, and Professional Development committees.


SANA SHEIKH, Postdoctoral Fellow- 2017-2018

Education/Training: B.S. in Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Ph.D. in Social Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Postdoctoral Respecialization in Clinical Psychology, Suffolk University; APA-accredited internship at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School.

Professional Interests/Experience: Trauma-oriented psychotherapy, sexual assault, childhood abuse and neglect, depression, suicidality and self-harm, self-blame, shame and guilt, grief and loss, existential and spiritual concerns, underserved and marginalized populations. 

Theoretical Orientation: Psychoanalytic; Integrative; Feminist/Multicultural/Structural Approaches


JOEL SIMONS, Staff Psychologist – Joined UCS in 2016

Education/Training: B.A. in Communication, Messiah College; M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, George Fox University; APA-Accredited Internship, Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School; Postdoctoral Fellowship, Boston College University Counseling Services

Professional Interests/Experience: Individual and group psychotherapy; consultation; developmental and identity concerns; career struggles; relationship issues; medical difficulties; anxiety and depression; trauma

Theoretical Orientation: Psychodynamic, integrating cognitive behavioral and mindfulness strategies 

Department Roles/Responsibilities: Training Committee member and supervisor


EILEEN T. SUHRHOFF, Associate Director - joined UCS in 2010

Education/Training: B.S. and M.S. in Education, SUNY Buffalo; Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Antioch University.  Practicum placement at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School; APA-accredited Internship at Boston Regional Medical Center, Doctoral Fellowships at Dana Farber and Children’s Hospital Boston;  Post-doctoral Fellowship at Harvard Community Health Plan; Externships at Psychoanalytic Institute of New England and the Psychoanalytic Couple and Family Institute of New England.  Licensed Psychologist in MA.

Professional Experience: Private Practice with individuals, couples and children.  Program development within schools and hospitals, teaching and supervision.

Professional Interests: Individual and couples psychotherapy, supervision and training. Specific interest in identity development, women’s issues, psychoanalysis, attachment studies, bereavement, treatment of complex trauma, substance abuse, anxiety and depression and adoption issues.

Theoretical Orientation:  Psychodynamic, developmental and integrative.

Department Roles/Responsibilities:  Training Committee Member and Supervisor; Director of Professional Development for University Counseling Services; Department Liaison to the Lynch School of Education.


KENNA SULLIVAN, LICSW, Emergency Response Clinician


ROBERT TITTMANN, Staff Psychiatrist - joined UCS in 1999

Education/Training:  B.A. Yale College; M.D. Brown-Dartmouth Program in Medicine; Residency in Adult Psychiatry at The Cambridge Hospital, Harvard Medical School; Fellowship in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at The Austen Riggs Center.

Professional Experience: Private Practice; Lecturer at Harvard Medical School; Formerly on staff at The Tri-City Mental Health Center Outpatient Clinic.

Professional Interests: Individual, couple and family therapy for adults and adolescents; personality disorders; psychoanalysis.

Theoretical Orientation: Interpersonal, psychodynamic, eclectic. 


KEVIN VETIAC, Administrative Assistant


LYNN WALSH-BLAIR, Staff Clinician – joined UCS in 2016

Education/Training: B.A. in Psychology, Mount Holyoke College; M.A. in Mental Health Counseling, Boston College; Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Boston College.  APA-accredited Internship at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Center for Counseling and Psychological Health. Licensed Mental Health Clinician in MA.

Professional Interests/Experience: Experiences include individual and group therapy with children, adolescents, and adults; treatment to support and manage anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief; issues related to intersectionality and identity, and multicultural issues; students if Color and First-Generation college students; women’s issues; questions regarding gender and sexuality; and emerging adulthood.  Research interests are related to resilience and resistance factors for students of Color in college.

Theoretical Orientation: Integrative culturally competent, relational-psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral; developmental; family systems; and mindfulness.

Department Roles/Responsibilities: Training Committee Member


ELLERY M.P. WOO, Postdoctoral Fellow- 2017-2018

Education/Training:B.S. University of Houston (Psychology and Business Administration); M.A. Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Clinical Psychology) ; Psy.D. Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Clinical Psychology). Practicum placements at Insight Behavioral Health Center, Kennedy King College, Northwestern University. APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at Illinois State University. 

Professional Experience: Individuals, couples, group psychotherapy with culturally diverse university students, traditional and non-traditional. Supervision and consultation of graduate clinicians. General, body image, and multicultural-related outreach and workshop facilitation. Professional Interests: Clinical interests include psychotherapy and group psychotherapy  for university students, multicultural issues, trauma, identity development, relationships, and family of origin. Other professional interests include social justice and supervision. 

Theoretical Orientation: Integration of relational-cultural-feminist-systems and psychodynamic that incorporates mindfulness, expressive arts, CBT, and ACT.