Meet the Counseling Staff

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.

Jordan Downing

Jordan Downing, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of Counseling and Wellness
jdowning@massart.edu | 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
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.

Daphne Algaze

Daphne Algaze, LCSW
Staff Psychotherapist
dalgaze@massart.edu

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.girard@massart.edu

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
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.
Staff Psychotherapist
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. 

Ames Yang, B.A.
Counseling and Wellness Coordinator
counseling@massart.edu | 617-879-7760

Ames 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. Ames enjoys hiking, cats, live music, poetry, and bike rides.

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