Meet Our Staff

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

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
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Marilyn Downs

Marilyn Downs, Ph.D.

Staff Social Worker and Director of Outreach
Additional roles: Facilitating the Survivors Support Group and the Returning Student Group; oversight of CMHS outreach programs for students, faculty and staff; research related to campus mental health; and acting as liaison to Active Minds, and the A & S Faculty. 
Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: growing up with adversity (trauma, neglect, poverty, mental illness or addiction); sexual assault and interpersonal violence; and negotiating relationships with family, friends and partners. Marilyn is interested in how social class, gender, and culture influence identity and experiences, and is especially attentive to enhancing the capacities for reflection, emotional expression and authenticity in relationships. 
Theoretical Orientation: Eclectic and flexible, blending psychodynamic, relational, skills development and mindfulness-based strategies, depending on client needs and interests.
Language(s) Spoken: English
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Maria Soledad Hiraldo, Psy.D.

Asst. Director for Tufts CMHS@SMFA, and Special Projects
Additional Roles: Group Therapy Coordinator, Liaison to the Latino Center, Facilitator for the Mindfulness and Stress Reduction Drop-In Workshop
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
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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, liaison to the Engineering 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
Pronouns: she/her/hers

B. Francis Chen, LICSW

Staff Social Worker
Additional Roles: Co-liaison to the LGBT Center and Residential Life. Liaison to Chaplaincy and Veterans. Facilitator of the Managing Depression through Learning and Connecting Group and the Group for Students Impacted by Undocumented Status.
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, first-generation college students, family and cultural issues, wellness and resiliency, gender identity, sexual identity, Asian and Asian American identity, inclusion, empowerment, and a sense of belonging.
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.
Pronouns: he/him/his

Michelle Chen

Michelle Chen, LICSW

Staff Social Worker
Additional Roles: Liaison to the Women’s Center, REAL Program, and ARC, Facilitator of the Graduate Student Group and the Relationship Skills 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
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Linda Daniels, Psy.D.
Staff Psychologist 
Additional Roles: Senior Director of Diversity, Pluralism and Inclusion
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.

  • Convene students, staff and faculty to effectively promote diversity, pluralism and inclusion across the Institution.
  • Pluralism, diversity, and inclusion initiatives and funding.
  • Social Justice Leadership Development Funding
  • Resources for Equity and Access and Student Equality (EASE)

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
Pronouns: she/her/hers

James G

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

Staff Clinician Medford and SMFA Campuses
Additional Roles: 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
Pronouns: he/him/his

Claire Johnson

Claire E. Johnson, LICSW

Care Management Clinician
Additional Roles: 
Liaison to the Africana Center
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
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Xuhua Qin

Xuhua Qin, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist and Multicultural Specialist
Additional Roles: Facilitator of the Connection: international student discussion group and for the Coping with Loss 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
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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; anxiety, working with first gen students, issues of diversity and inclusion, LGBTQ, self-regulation, and relationship concerns
Theoretical Orientation: Mindfulness and yoga interventions, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), enhancing skills manage relationships, and self regulate, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), identifying and reframing unhelpful thinking patterns
Language(s) Spoken: English
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Megan TuckerMegan Tucker, Psy.D.

Staff Psychologist
Additional Roles: 
Liaison to the Chief Diversity Officer; Liaison to Fraternity and Sorority Life, Facilitator to the Trans at Tufts group.
Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Anxiety, depression, and the biopsychosocial impact of trauma; interpersonal relationship struggles; empowerment, resiliency, and wellness;  growth and development related to sociocultural experiences and the intersection of various identities including ethnicity, race, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation; and issues of power and oppression, multiculturalism, and inclusion. Megan greatly enjoys working with the LGBTQ+ population and has a growing expertise in serving transgender and gender expansive individuals within a trans-affirmative framework. Megan identifies as a queer, cisgender woman.
Theoretical Orientation: Collaborative and person-centered framework informed by relational and cultural factors, interpersonal process, self-compassion and acceptance, mindfulness, and features of positive psychology.
Language Spoken: English
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Postdoctoral Fellows

Emily WheelerEmily Wheeler, Ph.D.

Additional Roles: Training for Ears for Peers, Facilitator for the Cultivating Psychological Flexibility group and Co-Facilitating the Anxiety and Stress Reduction Group
Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Undergraduate and graduate student mental health, including: relationship issues, depression, anxiety, stress management, life transitions, identity development, substance use. I have a particular interest in working with LGBTQ+ individuals.
Theoretical Orientation: My approach is integrative and catered to meet the needs of each person; I draw most from relational, client-centered, feminist, and multicultural theories.
Language(s) Spoken:  English
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Jonathan EntisJonathan Entis, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Additional Roles:
Facilitator of the Family Member with Mental Illness and/or Addiction Support Group, Training for Ears for Peers
Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: College mental health, interpersonal and relational problems, depression/mood disorders, anxiety, major mental illness, trauma, substance abuse.
Theoretical Orientation: I approach counseling from a relational perspective, and I believe each treatment is unique and predicated on a strong therapeutic alliance.  I am trained in a broad range of therapeutic methods but tend to work from a psychodynamic model.  I have particularly extensive training in experiential dynamic models, although I also integrate cognitive and behavioral interventions when appropriate.
Language(s) Spoken: English
Pronouns: he/him/his 

Canyce BurkerCandyce Burke, Psy.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Additional Roles: Training for Ears for Peers, Leading Anxiety and Stress Reduction Group and the Oasis Student Group.
Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Women’s issues, intersectionality and identity development, working with minority students, mental health concerns impacting 1st generation college students, trauma informed care, resilience, spirituality and religious issues
Theoretical Orientation: Strengths-based integrative approach factoring in important elements of a multi-cultural context. Person-centered work where the therapeutic relationship is valued as a tool for change. Background and training in humanistic approaches, CBT skills, DBT, ACT, and mindfulness.
Language(s) Spoken: English
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Prescribing Staff

Nandini Talwar

Nandini Talwar, M.D.

Senior Psychiatrist: Adult, Child and Adolescent
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
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Clinical Social Work Intern

Liam McCannLiam McCann

Clinical Social Work Intern
Additional Roles: 

Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: Undergraduate/Graduate student mental health issues, school counseling, life transitions and adjustments, working with students on the Autism Spectrum, mental health issues in adults with developmental disabilities.
Theoretical Orientation: Interpersonal, relational perspective unique to each individual, encouraging client-centered framework.
Language(s) Spoken: English
Pronouns: he/him/his

Administrative Staff

Kathleen Breen

Kathleen Breen

Pronouns: she/her/hers




Cheryle Lee

Cheryle Lee

Office Coordinator
Pronouns: she/her/hers