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.
Staff Psychotherapist

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.

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. 

Ames Yang, B.A.
Counseling and Wellness Coordinator | 617-879-7560 | 617-879-7760

Ames received her B.A. in psychology from Umass Lowell. She coordinates counseling appointments, BASICS sessions, and  health and wellness programming for students throughout the year. She is particularly interested in issues related to the LGBT+ and POC communities, US healthcare, gender binaries, systemic oppression, and their intersection in regards to mental health. Ames is committed to building resiliency and empowerment within marginalized populations which has led to her to become involved in a volunteer program working with current and past survivors of partner abuse. Aside from MassArt and volunteer work, Ames can be found biking around Boston and beyond, exploring the great outdoors with good company, engrossed in DIY projects, or boppin' around at drum lessons.


Kathryn Cantrell, MA, CCLS
Counseling Intern

Kathryn is a second-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program at UMass Boston. Originally from New Orleans, she received her M.A. in Child Development from Tufts University and her B.A. from Austin College. Kathryn is a certified child life specialist and has experience working with people with chronic health conditions, mood disorders, substance abuse, and trauma. Kathryn's primary research interests include coping with illness through narrative therapy and medication adherence in young adulthood.  In her spare time she enjoys oil painting, medium-format photography, floral design, and spending time with her grumpy cat, Gris Gris.

Jenny Fauci, MSEd, MA
Counseling Intern

Jenny is a second year student in the counseling psychology PhD program at Boston College. She received her M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College and her B.A. in Social Studies at Harvard where she focused on issues of justice and equity in the education and criminal justice systems. She spent several years working as a middle school teacher in Brooklyn, NY and Washington D.C. and remains committed to issues of youth identity development, community approaches to resilience, and healing from trauma. Jenny loves rock climbing, being outdoors,  dreaming up art projects, and everything to do with storytelling. 

Jenna Mathews, B.S.
Counseling Intern

Jenna is a second-year MSW student at Simmons School of Social Work. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Denver. Jenna has experience working survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence, and has done extensive work in sexual violence prevention and education. This led to her current interest in helping students heal from traumatic experiences, build healthy relationships, and identify and accomplish their goals. Jenna is also a former staff member of MassArt's Center for Art and Community Partnerships (CACP). Outside of school, Jenna enjoys cooking, running, traveling, and attending concerts with her music-loving family.

Aly Negreira, MA
Counseling Intern

Aly is a 4th year graduate student in a clinical psychology PhD program at Suffolk University.  She received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Suffolk University and her B.A. in psychology at Boston University.  She spent several years studying the anatomy and functions of the human brain at Massachusetts General Hospital and focused her research on how the humans generate, experience and, regulate their emotions. Aly is pursuing her doctorate of clinical psychology degree at Suffolk University and has worked with a variety of mental health disorders.  In her spare time, Aly loves going to local shows but as she gets older, hates how the headliners start their sets at midnight.

Chana Leah Rosenbaum, B.S.
Wellness Intern

Chana Leah is a second-year graduate student in the Master of Public Health program at Boston University. She received her B.S. in Public Health from Rutgers University. Chana Leah has experience working in various healthcare settings, but has a special interest in higher education. She completed her public health practicum at MassArt, and will be implementing the interactive program and marketing campaign she created throughout the year. Her main areas of interest include safer sex, consent, and healthy communication, all of which she has experience coordinating and leading programs to students about. More specifically, she hopes to improve students' attitudes and increase their knowledge about these topics.