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Staff Profiles

The staff of Counseling Services includes administrative staff, counselors, social workers, 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. 

                                            

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

Personal pronouns: She, Her, Hers

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   

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ELIZABETH BERTE, Administrative Assistant

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CRAIG D. BURNS, Director - joined UCS 2006

Personal Pronouns: He, Him, His

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; Member of University Behavioral Evaluation Team; Outreach and liaison to student, staff, and faculty groups

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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 

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CINDY GORDON, LICSW, Emergency Response Clinician

 

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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.

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BENJAMIN GREENBERG, Postdoctoral Fellow - 2018-2019

Personal Pronouns: He, Him, His

Education/Training:  B.S. in Education, Hofstra University; M.A. in Music Performance, University of Colorado at Boulder; M.A. in Psychology, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology; M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, American School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco Bay Area; APA-Accredited Internship, California Pacific Medical Center Outpatient Psychiatry Department, San Francisco CA. Practicum training and certificates in trauma-focused therapy and treatment with LGBTQ individuals.

Professional Experience/Interests: Individual, couples, and group psychotherapy; trauma; LGBTQ; personal identity formation; relationship and family challenges; culture and social justice; contemporary psychoanalysis; grief and bereavement; chronic health issues & disability; sports/performance psychology; spirituality; therapy in Spanish; acculturation challenges; adjustment to college life.

Theoretical Orientation: Psychodynamic, existential, and person-centered with integration of mindfulness, solution-focused, and motivational approaches

 

SELINA GUERRA, Staff Psychologist - joined UCS in 2018

Personal Pronouns: She Her, Hers,

Education/Training: B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Texas-Pan American; M.A. in School Psychology, University of Texas-Pan American; PhD in Counseling Psychology, Texas A&M University; APA-accredited Internship at Texas State University Counseling Center; Post licensure experience at The Boston University Albert & Jessie Danielsen Institute; Licensed Psychologist in MA 

Professional Experience: Experiences include short-term and long-term individual and group therapy with adult, adolescent and child populations. Experiences also include couple’s therapy with adults and cognitive, personality and neuropsychological assessment with adults and adolescents.

Professional Interests: Issues of social justice and racial equity, LGBTQIA competency, intersectional, cultural, and emerging identity development, first generation college student concerns; trauma; relational psychoanalytic theory, group psychotherapy, attachment theory, relational spirituality, clinical training and supervision

Theoretical Orientation: Relational psychodynamic, incorporating interpersonal, systemic, developmental, multicultural, and feminist perspectives

Department Roles/Responsibilities: Training Committee Member; Groups Committee Member, Co-facilitator for Interpersonal Process group

 

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CHONLADA JARUKITISAKUL, Postdoctoral Fellow – 2018-2019

Education/Training: B.A. in Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University (Thailand); M.S.Ed. and M.Phil.Ed. in Professional Counseling, University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology (APA-Accredited), Boston University; APA-Accredited Internship, University of Notre Dame Counseling Center

Professional Experience/Interests: Individual and group psychotherapy; emerging adult identity development; gender identity and sexual orientation; anxiety and depression; eating and body image concerns; trauma; suicidality and self-harm; OCD; multicultural issues; social justice

Theoretical Orientation: Integration of psychodynamic, relational-cultural, DBT, ACT, mindfulness, and self-compassion approaches

 

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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.  

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LAUREL KADLICK, Administrative Assistant

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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

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PATRICK LATHAM, Senior Staff Psychologist – joined UCS in 2015

Personal Pronouns: He, Him, His

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.

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

Personal Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

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.

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MARIANNA LEAVY-SPEROUNIS, Postdoctoral Fellow - 2018-2019

Personal Pronouns: She Her, Hers,

Education/Training: B.A., Oberlin College; M.C.P. (Master in City Planning), Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, George Washington University. APA-accredited Internship at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance.
Professional Interests/Experience: Individual and group therapy with children, adolescents, adults, and families; inpatient and outpatient assessment; identity development and intersectionality; family, cultural, and relationship dynamics; complex trauma; increasing access to community mental health care; proficient in Spanish
Theoretical Orientation: Psychodynamic, integrative, multicultural

 

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JOHANNA MALAGA, Senior Staff Psychologist – joined UCS in 2012

Personal Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

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

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DIANE NEYLON, Administrative Assistant

Personal Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

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SARAH PIONTKOWSKI, Staff Psychologist - joined UCS in 2014 

Personal Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

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

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ALESSANDRO PISELLI, Staff Psychologist – joined UCS in 2014

Personal Pronouns: He, Him, His

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.

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MORGAN SORENSON, Postdoctoral Fellow - 2018-2019

Personal Pronouns: She Her, Hers,

Education/Training: B.A. in Psychology and Spanish, Wheaton College; M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Fuller Graduate School of Psychology; APPIC-Affiliated Internship, Carnegie Mellon University Counseling and Psychological Services.

Professional Experience/Interests: Individual and group psychotherapy; relational and attachment concerns; trauma; cross-cultural resilience; existential/spiritual/religious concerns; neuropsychological assessment

Theoretical Orientation: Relational psychodynamic, integrating interpersonal, developmental, and multicultural approaches

 

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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.

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KENNA SULLIVAN, LICSW, Emergency Response Clinician

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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. 

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KEVIN VETIAC, Administrative Assistant

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

Personal Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

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 Psychologist 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 and Supervisor; Biofeedback Program Member