Meet The Counseling Staff

The Counseling and Wellness Center is located on the second floor of the Kennedy building and may be reached at 617-879-7760.


Betsy Smith, Psy.D.

Director of Counseling and Wellness

Betsy Smith is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her doctorate degree from Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in Boston, MA, in 1989. She has worked at Cambridge Health Alliance in the Psychiatric Emergency Services, HRI Arbour Hospital in Brookline, MA, and Fenway Community Health in Boston, MA, where she worked extensively with the LGBT community. Most recently she worked with students in the Psychological Services at Brown University. She has a particular interest in multi-racial families and adoption. When she is not working, she is practicing yoga, cooking, training for sprint triathlons, dreaming of becoming fluent in French, or playing tennis. Contact her at (617) 879-7761 or by email at


Anne Eaton, MSW, L.I.C.S.W.
Staff Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor

Anne Eaton is a licensed clinical social worker. She received her master's degree from Simmons College School of Social Work in 1983. She began her clinical work focusing on adolescents in residential treatment facilities but moved into working with the college and graduate student population both in private practice and clinic settings. She co- founded Grove Street Counseling in Wellesley in 1992 and continues to treat Wellesley College students as well as high school students, older adults, and couples. Most recently she was active on the clinical counseling team at Babson College provided by Human Relations Service, also in Wellesley. Her specialties include college adjustment, depression, and relationship issues. Other interests include traveling, parenting, reading, and being outdoors. She can be found in the Counseling and Wellness Center on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Melissa Reynolds, LICSW

Melissa is a licensed independent clinical social worker. She received her degree from Simmons College School of Social Work. She has worked at Cambridge Hospital on the community services outreach team, with students at The New England Institute of Art, and most recently at Harvard University in the Mental Health Service providing psychotherapy to graduate and undergraduate students. Melissa enjoys working with issues of race, class and identity within cultural context, loss and grief, family and relational dynamics and mind/body techniques for stress management. Some of Melissa's personal interests include baking and cooking, gardening, music and spending time with family and friends. She is at the Counseling and Wellness Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Dave Shannon, MSW, L.I.C.S.W.
Clinical Supervisor

Dave Shannon is a licensed clinical social worker. He received his master's degree in Social Work from Boston University in 1996. Dave has worked in homeless shelter services, the Boston Public Schools, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, and Fenway Community Health in Boston. He has also conducted professional education workshops around homophobia in healthcare, LGBT health, anti-violence/bullying and male survivors of sexual trauma.


Jacqueline Alfonso Barry, Ph.D.

Jackie is the Coordinator of Alcohol and Other Drugs Services and a part time clinician. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida.  Her specialty is in substance abuse prevention and intervention with young adults, and she has a true passion for this work. Jackie is also an Assistant Professor at Emmanuel College.   When she's not working with college students Jackie enjoys live music shows, traveling and exploring new places, and playing with her Yorkshire Terrier Maximus Aurelius.

Rebecca Girard, M.S.W.

Rebecca received her MSW from Simmons College School of Social Work, and her BSW from Salem State University. Rebecca has been working at Northeast Arc providing support and theater training for students with various challenges including Asperger's syndrome, anxiety or bipolar disorders. She worked closely with schools, parents and therapists and she has been involved in advocacy work through the Autism Commission Legislative Workgroup to help identify best practices and approaches that can better serve individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. Rebecca is proficient in American Sign Language (ASL) and enjoys acting, dance, yoga and meditation. She is at the Counseling and Wellness Center on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.


LeLaina Romero, Ph.D.

LeLaina is a  licensed psychologist who earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has worked in a variety of college counseling centers, where her focus has been diverse LGBTQ students, students of color and first-generation college students. LeLaina has engaged in collaborative research and counseling in urban communities, particularly those impacted by HIV/AIDS. Her counseling style focuses on building relationships with clients where they feel empowered, and reflects her passion for social justice. Outside of work, you may find her sipping a cup of tea or singing all kinds of music. LeLaina sees clients at the Counseling and Wellness Center and develops multicultural programs in collaboration with students.

Whitney Taylor
Administrative Assistant | Health and Wellness Coordinator
Phone: 617 879 7760 | Email:

Whitney received her masters degree in Public Health from Boston University and her BA in anthropology from Brown University. She serves as the Administrative Assistant to Counseling Services,  Health Insurance and Immunizations Coordinator, and Health and Wellness Coordinator.  She is also a part time cartoonist, who also enjoys cooking,  documentaries, and karaoke.

Graduate Interns

Kimberly Ashby, B.A.
Kim is a second-year student in the counseling psychology Ph.D. program at Boston College. She received her B.A. in psychology and comparative ethnic studies from Columbia University. Kim has experience in mental health case management, working primarily with underserved populations with a variety of mental health concerns. She also has a background facilitating intercultural dialogue and social justice education. Kim identifies as a visual artist, focused primarily on drawing, painting, and multi-media collage.

Jen Brown, B.A.
Jen Brown is a second year MSW student at Simmons College School of Social Work. She received her B.A. in International Relations from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and studied in Madrid, Spain. Jen enjoys meeting and connecting with people from diverse cultures, and has a particular interest in multicultural work and social justice. Jen is a former MassArt staff member and has experience coordinating health and wellness programs for students. She is especially interested in mindfulness, meditation, and other mind-body approaches to reduce stress and anxiety. In her spare time, Jen enjoys good coffee, reading non-required books, films and visual art, traveling and exploring new places, and spending time with family and friends. She writes short fiction and is proficient in Spanish.


Ali Plocha, M.S. 
Ali is a second-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program at UMass Boston.  She received her M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from UMass Boston and her B.A. from the Honor's Program at Boston College.  Ali has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families presenting with a variety of concerns, including mood disorders, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, substance abuse, and complex trauma.  Ali's primary research interest is resilience, and she adopts a strengths-based approach when working with her clients.  In her spare time, Ali enjoys traveling, knitting, doing craft and decorating projects, and spending time outdoors. 

Renee Randazzo, B.A. 
Renee Randazzo is a graduate student working toward her Master's Degree is Mental Health Counseling at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has worked with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth during her  training at Boston GLASS, and conducts research about issues affecting queer populations, development of girls and women, and the impact of media on sexuality. Before embarking on her counseling/research career, Renee spent ten years working with youth in the nonprofit sector, focusing on individuals with special needs as well as on girls' empowerment.


Paul Reynolds,  Psy.D.  
Paul Reynolds is a doctoral fellow from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Paul has conducted individual and group psychotherapy with adolescents, college students (including previous experience at Mass Art and at the SMFA), veterans, and in community mental health and inpatient hospital units. Paul is particularly interested in the identity consolidation of young adults and the relationships between the structural, sociocultural, and psychological.  Paul's dissertation examines multifarious experiences of emerging adults in the rapidly changing landscapes of work and higher education. Paul is a musician who has played for over 30 years. Other personal interests include spending time with his wife, walking in the arboretum, and the history of Jamaica Plain.