About Us


We are staffed by professionally trained counselors.

  • We have expertise and experience in working with college students.
  • We take a holistic approach to each student, and value each person's unique identity.
  • We welcome and respect diversity in all its forms, including racial, ethnic, and national backgrounds, sexual orientation and gender identity, mental and physical ability, language, age, spiritual belief, and socioeconomic status.

Counseling Staff Postdoctoral Fellows Prescribing Staff Administrative Assistants

Counseling Staff

Julie Ross

Julie S. Ross, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist and Director of CMHS
Additional Roles: Oversight of Counseling and Mental Health Service; liaison to Dean of Student Affairs Office, TUPD, and others; mental health consultant to various campus committees including Common Concerns and TTAM.
Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Mental health and development across the lifespan; mental health issues impacting first-generation college students; loss and grief; life transitions; relationships; family and cultural issues
Theoretical Orientation: Relational/cultural/developmental background; treatment approaches tailored to each student and situation (may include insight-oriented work, elements of CBT,etc.)
Language(s) Spoken: English

Linda E

Linda Shane Escoll, Psy.D., Ed.M.

Staff Psychologist and Associate Director
Additional Roles:  
Liaison Program coordinator, Liaison to Residential Life, Ex College, Athletics; Advisor to Ears for Peers
Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise:  College and graduate student mental health issues including anxiety and depression,  impact of sociocultural context, relationship concerns, coping with loss, family issues
Theoretical Orientation:  relational, psychodynamic, developmental, practical
Language(s) Spoken:  English

Julie Jampel

Julie B. Jampel, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist and Director of Training
Additional Roles: Continuing Education director, liaison to Student Accessibility Services, liaison to the Fletcher School
Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Developmental issues of late adolescents and young adults, coping with disabilities, family conflict, relationship concerns
Theoretical Orientation: Psychodynamic, existential, eclectic
Language(s) Spoken: English

Marilyn Downs

Marilyn Downs, Ph.D.

Staff Social Worker and Director of Outreach
Additional roles: Coordinate gatekeeper-training program;  co-lead survivors support group and returning students group; liaison/co-advisor to Active Minds and Tufts Health Advocates; oversee research related to campus mental health and CMHS
Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Relationship concerns and effective communication, sexual assault and interpersonal violence; suicidal and self-injurious behavior, growing up with mental illness or addiction; exploring questions about sexual, cultural and class identities
Theoretical Orientation: Blending psychodynamic, relational, skills development and mindfulness-based strategies, depending on client needs and interests
Language(s) Spoken: English

Stephen Buck

Stephen Buck, Psy.D.

Staff Psychologist
Additional Roles: Facilitator of the Stress & Anxiety Reduction Group; Liaison to fraternities and sororities, Academic Resource Center, Career Planning Center, Tufts Programs Abroad, Psychology and Drama/Dance departments
Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: College student mental health; depression, anxiety, relational dynamics, working with first generation and non-traditional students, issues of diversity and inclusion, gender roles, process of change, creativity, and sexual assault prevention
Theoretical Orientation: Existential/humanistic, short-term psychodynamic, CBT, and mindfulness
Language(s) Spoken: English

B. Francis Chen, LICSW

Staff Social Worker
Additional Roles: Liaison to Chaplains, Veterans, Music department, and Religion department.
Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Undergraduate and graduate student mental health and wellness including concerns related to depression, relationships, loss and grief, couples and families, LGBTQIA, spirituality/faith/religion, family and cultural issues, wellness and resiliency, gender identity, sexual identity, Asian and Asian American identity, inclusion, empowerment, and a sense of belong.
Theoretical Orientation: Collaborative, relational, person-centered approach integrating self-compassion, self-acceptance, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral skills, and leveraging strengths and values.
Language(s) Spoken: English, basic Mandarin Chinese.

Michelle C

Michelle Chen, LICSW

Staff Social Worker
Additonal Roles: Liaison to the REAL Program and Asian American Center, Facilitator of the First Generation College Student Support Group
Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: student/school mental health, adolescents & young adults, issues of identity (including culture, sexual orientation, gender, adoption), depression/mood issues, anxiety, developing effective healthy relationships, student athletes, trauma & PTSD, complex families, mind/body issues, learning disabilities, ASD
Theoretical Orientation: integrative (including multicultural context, CBT, strengths-based, humanistic, relational, DBT, psychodynamic), with emphasis on cultivating healthy self-care & collaboration to develop skills/strategies
Language(s) Spoken: English, basic Mandarin Chinese, basic Spanish, basic French

Linda Daniels, Psy.D.
Staff Psychologist 
Additional Roles: Facilitator of the Self Care and Race Based Trauma Group, Liaison to the Africana Center
Clinical Interest and Areas of Expertise:  Anxiety, depression, complex trauma; the influence of traumatic events on biopsychosocial development of the individual; posttraumatic growth; developmental transitions and identity development related to sociocultural expectations and beliefs; contextual intersectionality of self-identities including ethnicity, gender, race, sexual orientation and other identities; issues of multiculturalism, diversity and inclusion.
Theoretical Orientation: Dynamic orientation informed by narrative, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic and eclectic theoretical models and strategies (e.g., ARC -Affect Regulation Competence; skills development).
Language(s) Spoken:  English

James G

James Graceffo, M.A., Ph.D.

Staff Clinician Medford and SMFA Campuses
Additional Roles: Co-facilitator of the Understanding Self and Others Group
Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: College student mental health; stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, interpersonal concerns, drug and alcohol use/misuse/abuse; Men’s issues; Childhood trauma; Working with students on the Autism Spectrum; Identity concerns; Relationship concerns; Issues of diversity and inclusion.
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative and responsive to the needs of each individual person within the general contexts of multicultural sensitivity and a strong therapeutic relationship.  Best summarized through Paul’s (1967) question: “What treatment, by whom, is most effective for this individual with that specific concern, and under which set of circumstances?"
Language(s) Spoken: English

Darleen J. Gracia, Psy.D.

Staff Psychologist
Additional Roles:  Co-Facilitator of the Students Impacted by Undocumented Status Group; Liaison to Dean Robert Mack, Associate Dean for Student Success and Advising
Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Darleen is a bicultural, bilingual clinician (originally from Puerto Rico) and identifies as a Latina. Her training is in clinical psychology with a concentration in Latino Mental Health. Her clinical interests include cultural adjustment; life transitions (particularly with the college-aged population); gender-, race-, class-, religion-related issues; LGBTQ concerns; identity development, and the impact of stress on the mind and body. She has been actively working to create and increase supports for our growing undocumented student population at Tufts and will also begin training to increase her competency in providing care to transgender individuals this fall.
Theoretical Orientation: I primarily lead with an interpersonal, relational framework to establish a safe, supportive, and trusting environment from which treatment can begin.  I also incorporate elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to assist with identifying and reframing unhelpful thinking patterns, as well as solution-focused techniques, and mindfulness/relaxation skills when clinically appropriate.
Language(s) Spoken: English and Spanish (fluently)

Maria Soledad Hiraldo, Psy.D.

Staff Psychologist Medford and SMFA Campuses
Additional Roles: Group Therapy Coordinator, Liaison to the Latino Center
Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Relationship concerns, life transitions, depression, anxiety, self injury and trauma. Experienced in college mental health, early intervention in mental illness, and using animal assisted therapy. I have a special interest in issues of diversity and inclusion, and exploring an individual’s unique relationship to their intersecting identities.
Theoretical Orientation: My approach incorporates aspects of psychoeducation, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychoanalytic theory, mindfulness based stress reduction and dialectical behavior therapy. My  style is fluid and catered to best suit the concerns and subjective experience of the student. I approach student’s concerns with openness and sincerity in a comfortable and collaborative environment. Having immigrated from Argentina as a child, I'm bicultural and bilingual
Language(s) Spoken: English and Spanish

Claire JohnsonClaire E. Johnson, LICSW

Care Management Clinician
Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: College mental health; Children, Youth, and Families; Anxiety; Depression; Relationship issues; Diversity and Inclusion; Assessment and Psychoeducation; Impact of sociocultural context: Helping students connect to off campus therapy resources. 
Theoretical Orientation: Motivational Interviewing, Supportive Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
Language(s) Spoken: English

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence, LICSW

Staff Social Worker
Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: College student mental health, suicide prevention and intervention, LGBTQ and identity, relationship issues, adjustment issues, depression and anxiety, grief and bereavement, trauma
Theoretical Orientation: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic, person-centered approach, improving distress tolerance and emotional regulation skills
Language(s) Spoken: English

Xuhua Qin

Xuhua Qin, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist and Multicultural Specialist
Additional Roles: Facilitator of the Connection: international student discussion group, liaison to the International Center, presenter to workshops of “Decoding U.S. Culture,” “Lost in Translation,” “Secrets to Intercultural Friendship,” “Light at the end of Tunnel”
Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: College student mental health; identity development and confusion; coping strategies to manage distress; working with international students, Asian American, immigrants and refugee, and non-traditional and minority students; cross-cultural adjustment, negotiation, balancing, and integration; interpersonal relationships; family of origin issues; grief and loss; sexual orientation; depression and anxiety
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative, person-centered, multicultural approach, CBT, mindfulness
Language(s) Spoken: Mandarin (Chinese), English

Ritu Sharma

Ritu Sharma, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist
Additional Roles: Co-Facilitator of the Students of Color Group, Liaison to the Asian American Center, liaison to the Center for STEM Diversity
Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: College student mental health; complex  trauma, anxiety, working with first gen students, issues of diversity and inclusion, LGBTQ, self-regulation, self-injurious behaviors, and relationship concerns
Theoretical Orientation: Mindfulness and yoga interventions, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), enhancing skills to tolerate distress, manage relationships, and regulate emotions, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), identifying and reframing unhelpful thinking patterns
Language(s) Spoken: English

Postdoctoral Fellows

Elizabeth J. Apkin, Psy.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Additional Roles:   Co-Facilitator of the Students Impacted by Undocumented Status Group
Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise:   college and graduate student mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, and transitional/adjustment issues; relational/interpersonal issues; identity development; family of origin concerns; experiences of sibling(s) or child(ren) of an individual with mental illness or addiction; issues pertaining to diversity and inclusion
Theoretical Orientation:  I work primarily from a client-centered, integrated approach, where I adapt my style based on the needs of the student sitting before me. My theoretical orientation consists of a blend of developmental, family systems, insight-oriented and relational lenses, incorporating the use of practical strategies within the cognitive-behavioral framework .
Language(s) Spoken:  English

Catherine N. Barba, Psy.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Additional Roles:
 Understanding Self and Others group co-facilitator
Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Anxiety, stress, depression; identity development; relationship issues; improving patterns of interpersonal functioning, working with international and minority students.
Theoretical Orientation: I look through the lens of psychodynamic theory and utilize multimodal strategies such as process oriented therapy, mindfulness, internal family systems (IFS), and aspects of dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Language(s) Spoken: English 

Rachel Duda, Psy.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Additional Roles:  
Survivors Support Group co-facilitator
Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise:  College student mental health; mood disorders (anxiety, depression), identity development, relational issues, family of origin concerns,  childhood and adult trauma, ADHD, issues of diversity and inclusion, as well as sexual assault/interpersonal violence prevention.
Theoretical Orientation:  I work from an integrative lens informed by interpersonal process, person-centered, family systems, and dialectical-behavioral (DBT)/cognitive behavioral (CBT) approaches.
Language(s) Spoken:  English

Prescribing Staff

Susan Mahoney

Susan Mahoney, APRN, BC

Adult Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Board Certified
Primary Role:
 Diagnostic assessment and evaluation for medication treatment; ongoing assessment and management of medication for a range of mental health problems; education related to mental health problems, medications, and other treatments; consultation/support for students in crisis
Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Developmental issues of late adolescence/early adulthood and the influence of social class and culture on the student’s experience; students who have experienced trauma/sexual assault, coping with both physical and mental health problems
Theoretical Orientation:  Eclectic, integrating bio/psycho/social, relational, and mindfulness based approaches to treatment Language(s) Spoken:  English

Nandini Talwar

Nandini Talwar, M.D.

Adult Psychiatrist, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Board Certified
Primary Role: Diagnostic assessments and initial assessments for interventions with medications as a part of a comprehensive treatment plan; ongoing management and monitoring of psychiatric medication; consultation and support for students in crisis; working with students around primary and secondary relapse prevention for mental health problems
Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Developmental issues of late adolescence and early adulthood: the influence of immigration, culture, sexual identity and gender identity/expression on identity development during college; and coping with concurrent medical illnesses.
Theoretical Orientation: Biopsychosocial model of care; relational, psychodynamic, and mindfulness-based stress reduction.
Language(s) spoken: English, understands Hindi

Danielle Webster

Danielle Webster, APRN, BC

Adult Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Board Certified
Primary Role: Initial medication evaluations and ongoing medication management for mental health issues; working with students in crisis situations
Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Education, assessment, and when indicated, medication intervention for all mental health issues including mood, anxiety, adjustment, trauma, eating and substance use disorders. Works closely with students in a supportive, collaborative environment to develop a treatment plan that can provide relief of symptoms and improve quality of life
Theoretical Orientation:  Provides pharmacological intervention with the incorporation of mindfulness and stress reduction techniques
Language(s) Spoken: English

Kathleen Breen

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Cheryle Lee

Cheryle Lee

Office Coordinator