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 Clinician and Director of Outreach
Additional roles: Director of CMHS Group Program; facilitate 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; liaison to Active Minds, and ASE Undergraduate and Graduate Faculty; member of CMHS team supporting race dialogues. 
Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: growing up with adversity (trauma, neglect, poverty, mental illness or addiction); sexual assault and interpersonal violence; enhancing relational skills; and managing mental illness. 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.
Appointments with this clinician are available for SMFA and SMFA Dual Degree Students Only

Office is at SMFA: 230 Fenway, Boston, MA 
Asst. Director for Tufts CMHS@SMFA, and Special Projects
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 and 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
Pronouns: she/her/hers

 

Candyce Burke Auguste, Psy.D.

Canyce BurkerStaff Clinician
Additional Roles: Leading The Oasis Student Group, Co-liaison to The Africana Center, Liaison for Res Life
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

 

Selda Celen-Demirtas

Selda Celen-Demirtas

Staff Clinician
Additional Roles: Liaison to Career Services and Residential Life.
Professional Interests/Experience: Individual therapy, skills and interpersonal process groups. Anxiety, depression, cultural and diversity issues, complex trauma and resilience, and working with international and first gen students. Personal, social, and vocational development during emerging adulthood. Identity development, attachment, interpersonal conflict and close relationships.
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative relational psychodynamic incorporating CBT, systems, and experiential approaches; developmental; multicultural/feminist.
Language (s) Spoken: English, Turkish
Pronouns: she/her/hers

B. Francis Chen, LICSW

Staff Social Worker
Additional Roles: Liaison to the Latino Center, Chaplaincy, and OSSA: Students with Undocumented Status. 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, loss and grief (including after suicide), relationships, couples/families/parenting, LGBTQIA+, spirituality/faith/religion, first-generation college students, family and cultural issues, being a POC in a PWI, wellness and resiliency, gender identity, sexual identity, Asian and Asian American identity, impacts of systemic injustice, microaggressions, empowerment, inclusion, and cultivating a sense of belonging.
Theoretical Orientation: Collaborative, relational, person-centered approach integrating self-compassion, self-acceptance, mindfulness, and leveraging strengths and values.
Language(s) Spoken: English, basic Mandarin Chinese.
Pronouns: he/him/his

Michelle ChenMichelle Chen, LICSW

Staff Social Worker
Additional Roles: Liaison to the Women’s Center, REAL Program, and ARC, Facilitator of the Understanding Self & Others Group for Graduate Students
Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: student/school mental health, adolescents and young adults, issues of identity (including culture, sexual orientation, gender, adoption), depression/mood issues, anxiety, developing effective healthy relationships, student athletes, trauma and 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 and collaboration to develop skills/strategies
Language(s) Spoken: English, basic Mandarin Chinese, basic Spanish, basic French
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: Liaison to the Asian American Center, Liaison to the Center for STEM Diversity, Liaison to BLAST
Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise: College student mental health; anxiety, working with first generation students, issues of diversity and inclusion, exploring intersecting identities, managing life transitions, and relationship concerns
Theoretical Orientation: Strength based, person-centered approach that incorporates aspects of mindfulness, self-compassion, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
Language(s) Spoken: English
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Megan TuckerMegan Tucker, Psy.D.

Staff Psychologist
Additional Roles: Co-Liaison to the LGBT Center; Facilitator for the Trans at Tufts group; Provider of animal-assisted therapy with Angel, the puggle.
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 expertise in serving trans and gender non-binary 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

Anna Maria BaldaufAnna Maria Baldauf, Psy.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Additional Roles:  Training for Ears for Peers, Outreach  
Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise:  Mood dysregulation, sexual assault, interpersonal violence, childhood abuse and neglect, trauma, suicidality and self-harm, gender and identity development, disordered eating, body concerns, women’s issues, grief and loss, shame and guilt, relationship struggles, international students, underserved and marginalized populations, intersectionality (gender, ethnicity, race, age, ability, sexual orientation, class, Immigration status, ability, religion/spirituality).
Theoretical Orientation:  I practice from a psychodynamic/psychoanalytic lens emphasizing relational, developmental, trauma-informed, and multicultural care. A safe, collaborative, and compassionate therapeutic relationship is at the heart of my clinical work. I deeply value each person’s unique experience and work with you to meet your therapeutic goals.
Language(s) Spoken:  English, German
Pronouns:  she/her/hers

Chelsea LevyChelsea Levy, Psy.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Additional Roles:  Training for Ears for Peers, Outreach
Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise:  College mental health; trauma informed care; interpersonal, family and relational concerns; sexuality; depression; anxiety; major mental illness; identity development; resilience.  
Theoretical Orientation:  I approach therapy from a relational perspective, and I approach concerns with a strength-based and humanistic lens. I have experience in cognitive behavioral approaches, trauma-informed care, psychodynamic models and mindfulness.  I always work with the specific needs of each individual to provide the necessary care.
Language(s) Spoken:  English
Pronouns:  she/her/hers

Marussia RoleMarussia Role, Psy.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Additional Roles:  Training for Ears for Peers, Outreach
Clinical Interests and Areas of Expertise:  Intersecting multicultural identities, identity development, relationship concerns or patterns, familial concerns, systemic oppression and privilege, adjustment, painful and/or difficult beliefs about oneself, anxiety, and depression. I am especially interested in and have a growing expertise in working with the LGBTQIA2S+ population.
Theoretical Orientation:  Integrative between schema therapy and relational-cultural theory, drawing occasionally from psychodynamic and CBT/ACT interventions. In other words, I am interested in the beliefs individuals hold about themselves and the world, how these beliefs are formed (cultural influences, relationships, etc.), multicultural identity factors, and how these beliefs and identities interact, intermingle, and influence the presenting concerns of the people with whom I collaborate in therapy.
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

Zara KonarskiZara Konarski, PMHCNS, BC

Child and Adolescent 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; psychoeducation 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; concerns around emerging/evolving aspects of identity development and their various intersections for college-aged students and beyond; working with individuals that have been impacted by trauma; addressing family and relational concerns and the impact of this on mental health; and working with students that identify as LGBTQ+.
Theoretical Orientation:  Relational and integrative approach to address biological, psychological, and social aspects of health and wellness, integrating skills-based and mindfulness work.
Language(s) Spoken:  EnglishAngl
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Administrative Staff

Kathleen Breen

Kathleen Breen

Receptionist
Pronouns: she/her/hers

 

 

 

 

Cheryle LeeCheryle Lee

Office Coordinator
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Therapy Animal

AngelAngel

Angel is an energetic pug/beagle mix who loves playing tug, taking long naps, and playing at the beach. She works with her human mom, Megan Tucker and visits Tufts CMHS on Thursdays.