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@massart.edu | 617-879-7761

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.

 

Anne Eaton, MSW, LICSW
Staff Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor
anne.eaton@massart.edu

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.

Jacqueline Alfonso Barry, Ph.D.
Staff Psychotherapist
jacqueline.alfonso@massart.edu

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, MSW
Staff Psychotherapist
rebecca.girard@massart.edu

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.




Melissa Reynolds, LICSW
Staff Psychotherapist
mareynolds@massart.edu

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.

Paul Reynolds, Psy.D.
Clinical Supervisor
pwreynolds@massart.edu

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. 

LeLaina Romero, Ph.D.
Clinical Supervisor
lelaina.romero@massart.edu

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.


Dave Shannon, MSW, LICSW
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.

Amy Yang
Health and Wellness Coordinator, Administrative Assistant
ayang@massart.edu | 617-879-7560
counseling@massart.edu | 617-879-7760

Amy received her B.A. in psychology from Umass Lowell. She serves as the Health and Wellness Coordinator and Administrative Assistant to the Counseling and Wellness Center. She is a bike commuter, enjoys indoor rock climbing, live music, watching documentaries, and DIY projects. In her free time she volunteers within the LGBT community to end partner abuse and oppression. She is an advocate of mindfulness and meditation and has a rescue kitten named Buddha.

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