Meet the Counseling Staff

Betsy Smith, Psy.D.
Director of Counseling and Wellness | 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.

Jordan Downing

Jordan Downing, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of Counseling and Wellness | 617-879-7762

Jordan Downing is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her doctorate from Clark University in Worcester, MA. She is broadly interested in how gender, race, sexual orientation, other socio-cultural factors shape individual and family development. She is particularly interested in understanding how experiences of marginalization and discrimination impact identity formation and mental health. She has experience working with emerging adults at The Stone Center Counseling Service at Wellesley College as well as working inpatient with individuals with chronic health problems and severe and persistent mental illness at Tewksbury Hospital. In her spare time, she likes to hike, surf, ski, cook, and explore the city.

Jacqueline Alfonso Barry, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Jackie is the Coordinator of Alcohol and Other Drugs Services and a part-time licensed psychologist who provides supervision to graduate-level trainees. 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 and in private practice at Azimuth Psychological. When she's not working with college students Jackie enjoys live music and comedy shows, traveling and exploring new places, jogging and hiking, and spending time with family and friends. 

Daphne Algaze

Daphne Algaze, LCSW
Staff Psychotherapist

Daphne received her Master of Social Work from Simmons College, and her Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College. She has worked in a variety of settings in the mental health field, and the population she most enjoys working with is college students. Daphne is interested in psychodynamic psychotherapy, and has studied and written about the links between creativity and mental health. In her free time she enjoys crafts, cats, and coffee.

Rebecca Girard, MSW, LCSW
Staff Psychotherapist

Rebecca is a Licensed Certified Social Worker.  She received her MSW from Simmons College School of Social Work, and her BSW from Salem State University. Rebecca has a passion working with children, adolescents, adults with Asperger's/Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families, and is dedicated to providing a successful college experience to people of all differing abilities. She has been involved in research of drama-based social skills interventions and participated in advocacy work through the Autism Commission Legislative Workgroup. Rebecca also works at Autism/Asperger's Network in Watertown (formally Asperger's Association of New England) running support groups and at Mass General Hospital's Aspire program, providing therapeutic services to children and adolescents on the Spectrum. Rebecca speaks American Sign Language (ASL) and enjoys knitting, sewing, dance, yoga and meditation.

Melissa Reynolds, LICSW
Staff Psychotherapist

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.
Staff Psychotherapist

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. 

Amy Yang, B.A.
Counseling and Wellness Coordinator | 617-879-7760

Amy received their B.A. in psychology from Umass Lowell and coordinates counseling appointments, BASICS sessions, and health and wellness programming for students throughout the year. Amy enjoys hiking, cats, live music, poetry, and long bike rides.

Health & Wellness Intern

Judith Frank
Health & Wellness Intern

Judith is in her first year at Boston University where she is pursuing a Masters in Social Work and a specialization in trauma. Judith previously worked in residential life and student outreach at a few universities in the New England area. She has a particular interest in multicultural counseling, violence prevention, and mental health advocacy. She has experience working with two different organizations focused on sexual assault awareness and response. In her free time, Judith enjoys painting, nature walks, and brunch. 

Counseling Intern

Ryan Carbone
Counseling Intern
Ryan Carbone is in his final year at Simmons College where he is pursuing a Masters in Social Work.  Ryan was previously a teacher as well as the director of nationwide student assistance program before deciding to return to school.  In his first year at Simmons, Ryan worked with the Rally program where he provided middle school students with an integrated system of supports to help bridge their diverse worlds of school, after school and home.  Ryan is particularly interested in the link between physical and mental well being, and is interested in developing a treatment modality that synthesizes these two inextricably linked components.  In his free time, Ryan enjoys exercise, coaching fitness classes and spending time with family and friends.

Counseling Intern
Allie Lurie
Counseling Intern
Allison studies at William James College, formerly the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. She has experience working with myriad individuals in both residential and school settings. She is interested in how creativity affects self-efficacy, mind-body therapies, and issues how issues of race, class, and identity intertwine. In her free time, Allison enjoys crossfitting, cooking, cats, and spending time with friends.

Counseling Intern
Chad Olle, MS in Counseling
Counseling Intern
Chad is pursuing his PhD in Counseling Psychology at Boston College. He received his MS in Community Counseling at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his BA in English Literature at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire. Chad is interested in working with first generation college students and also how various socialization processes (e.g. gender, race, class) contribute to the ongoing process of identity and personality formation. He has experience integrating career counseling with personal counseling. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies and playing basketball.

Counseling Intern
Stacy Taniguchi, Psy.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Stacy received her doctorate from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium in Palo Alto, California.  She has experience working in college counseling, community mental health and VA medical settings, and completed her clinical internship at the Suffolk University Counseling Center.  She is especially interested in identity development, trauma and resilience, social justice, LGBTQ health and multicultural issues.  In her free time, she enjoys cooking, yoga, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.