CAPS is excited to announce we have expanded our staff in response to rising demand for our services. Beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year, we employ two full-time psychotherapists, a part-time psychotherapist, a part-time psychiatric APRN, a full-time postdoctoral fellow, a full-time sexual violence resource coordinator, and a full-time director. Additionally, we run a training program for advanced doctoral students and work with 3-4 psychologist trainees each year. The counseling center staff members are extensively trained professionals with a wealth of experience in college mental health and a passion for working with college-age people. The office is managed by a full-time administrative assistant, who facilitates schedules and keeps everything running smoothly.
Contact us at 860.685.2910
- Jennifer D'Andrea, Ph.D.
Dr. D'Andrea is a licensed clinical psychologist who has served as the director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) since June 2011. She earned her Ph.D. from Fordham University in 2003 and completed her postdoctoral specialization at Yale University Medical School. She also has a Master of Education from Boston College and a BA from College of the Holy Cross. Dr. D'Andrea focused her clinical training in the treatment of serious mental illness, the early detection and prevention of psychotic spectrum disorders, and the cognitive-behavioral treatment of borderline personality disorder. Following completion of her postdoctoral training, she served as the clinical director of a residential treatment facility for adolescent girls, and she spent several years working in a child and adolescent psychiatric hospital in both direct clinical and management capacities. In these arenas, her areas of clinical concentration have included psychotherapy with GLBTQ adolescents and survivors of chronic trauma. Dr. D'Andrea was a part-time therapist in the Counseling Center at Wesleyan for two years prior to becoming director.
- Chariklia Flanagan
Chariklia joined Wesleyan in 2005 in the admissions department, where she developed her admiration for the Wesleyan student body. A year later she moved to the Davison Health Center and was able to interact with students on a daily basis. She joined CAPS in 2010 and is very happy to be part of the team. Chariklia was born and raised in Athens, and later left Greece for a career as a flight attendant. After a short time in the Middle East, she lived in the Far East and then finally settled in the US. She has lived in Connecticut since 1992. When not at Wesleyan, Chariklia spends time with her husband John, their daughter Kelly, and their dog Sherlock. She invests most of her free time in her "almost mature" garden which she started 15 years ago. "A garden can constantly grow, but will never mature," she believes.
- Anne Keating-Scherer, LCSW
Part-Time Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Annie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters of Social Work from New York University. Annie completed her clinical internships at NYC community clinics specializing in mental health and substance abuse and her pre-licensure hours at The Actors Fund, a Los Angeles-based agency that works with members of the entertainment community. There, Annie began to develop her specialty in women's health and wellness, creating groups to help women define their own definitions of well being. Annie then went on to become Lead Clinician at Walden Behavioral Care, an eating disorder clinic in South Windsor, CT. Annie specializes in helping women, men and adolescents with eating disorders, distorted body image and difficult relationships with food. She utilizes an eclectic and strengths-based approach that incorporates CBT (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy) and mindfulness-based psychotherapy. Annie maintains a private practice in West Hartford. In her free time, Annie can be seen playing outside or making some spicy food.
- Smith Kidkarndee, Psy.D.
Dr. Smith Kidkarndee aka Dr. K is a psychotherapist/clinical psychologist at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). He earned his Psy.D. from Pace University in 2014 and completed his postdoctoral specialization at Wesleyan University – CAPS. He also has a Master of Education in School Psychology from Pace University and a BA from Columbia University. Dr. K completed his pre-doctoral internship at Baruch College Counseling Center in New York where he provided individual and group psychotherapy to undergraduate and graduate students who struggled with Depression, Anxiety, Adjustment Issues, Acculturative Stress, Grief and Loss, and Sexuality and Gender Issues. Dr. K is an integrative clinician with training in Interpersonal Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and various cognitive behavioral therapies such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness-based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (MB-CBT). Dr. K also specializes in LGBT affirmative therapy. Affirmative therapy is an approach to therapy that embraces a positive view of LGBTQ identities and relationships while addressing the negative influences that heterosexism, homophobia, and transphobia have on the lives of LGBTQ individuals.
When Dr. K is not working, he can be found at Wadsworth Falls State Park taking pictures, baking cupcakes at home, coloring in adult coloring books, practicing restorative yoga, and running with his companion, Toby (Lab-Collie Mix).
- Lisa Miceli, Ph.D.
Full Time Psychologist
Dr. Lisa Miceli is a licensed clinical psychologist with a BA degree from Williams College and a PhD from Michigan State University received in 1997. Her PhD training included a specialty in Child/Family clinical psychology; she completed her predoctoral internship at Children’s Hospital in Boston and her post doctoral training at Natchaug Hospital in CT. Dr. Miceli has worked in private practice for 10 years, with adults in the Partial Hospital Program at Natchaug Hospital, and has provided behavioral health support to service members in the CT National Guard and at Naval Branch Health Clinic.
Dr. Miceli has done suicide prevention training with the CT National Guard and with students, faculty and staff from Connecticut College where she worked as a staff counselor and coordinator of a campus suicide prevention grant. Her clinical specialties include treatment of trauma/PTSD and family/developmental issues.
- Linda Russell, Ph.D.
Dr. Russell is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been practicing clinical consultation and psychotherapy since 1984. After completing doctoral studies at Vanderbilt University and an internship at Yale School of Medicine, she worked at a community agency and inpatient setting before coming to Wesleyan. She has maintained a part-time private practice since 1985. Dr. Russell's work with clients is informed by a holistic approach and a broad range of experiences and perspectives, including Eastern and shamanic traditions. She has also done post-graduate training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and body-centered psychotherapy, in addition to EMDR.
- Paul Torop, MD
Dr. Torop is our consulting psychiatrist. A Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, he is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Medical School. He completed a psychiatric residency at Harvard at McLean Hospital and he practices psychiatry in Middletown, CT. He has served on the clinical faculty of the Harvard and Yale Psychiatry Departments.
- Katina Varzos, APRN
Part-Time Psychiatric Advance Practice Registered Nurse
Katina Varzos is Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse-Midwife. She earned a Masters in Nursing at Yale University and later completed Post-Masters training at Drexel University. She has a background in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University. While at Yale, Katina spent time training in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa providing obstetric and HIV care to local women. She worked for several years as a certified nurse-midwife attending births and providing OB/GYN and primary care in Philadelphia, PA. She was frustrated with a lack of adequate mental-health resources for women and their families and decided to return to school for additional training in order to be able to better serve the clients with whom she worked. She has spent over ten years providing in-home and outpatient community mental health services working with a diverse range of clients. In addition to providing diagnostic and medication management services to students at Wesleyan, Katina runs a private practice in Guilford, CT.
- Alysha Warren, LPC
Sexual Assault Resource Coordinator
Alysha joined the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) staff in September 2011. She provides 1:1 support and therapeutic groups to students who have been affected by sexual violence as well as conducts outreach related to education and prevention. Prior to joining the CAPS staff, she developed a grant-funded Campus Against Violence (CAV) program, which included prevention, education and counseling services for students related to sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking at Salisbury University. She has also worked as a therapist at the DC Rape Crisis Center where she provided individual, group and couples counseling to survivors of sexual violence and managed the field placement program. In her work with clients, she is empowerment and client-focused and integrates a variety of approaches. She received a Master of Arts in Counseling with concentrations in Community Counseling and Student Development in Higher Education from Trinity University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Psychology of Women, an interdisciplinary major she created, from Hollins University. When Alysha is not working to eradicate violence, she can be found perfecting her yoga postures, creating playlists and eating pizza.
- Joy Zelikovsky
Joy Zelikovsky is a licensed professional counselor and the Post Doctoral fellow at Wesleyan for this year. Joy received her doctorate in psychology from the Florida School of Professional Psychology and completed her pre-doctoral internship at Creighton University’s counseling and health center. Joy completed a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at The Florida School of Professional Psychology, a Master’s of Science in Philosophy in Professional Counseling and Master’s of Science in Education in Psychological Services from the University of Pennsylvania. Joy received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Joy is trained as a generalist, but specializes in working with individuals struggling with eating disorders, trauma and crisis as well as individuals who identify as GBTQ. Joy has worked in a variety of settings, including residential facilities, private practice, community mental health and college counseling center’s. While Joy enjoys working with a diverse group of individuals and in a number of different settings, she is especially passionate about working with young adults in college and university.
- Erica Baez
Erica Baez is a 3rd – year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hartford’s Psy.D. program. She received her Master’s degree at the University of Hartford and her Bachelor’s degree at Eastern Connecticut State University, where she worked as a therapeutic mentor for children, completed undergraduate internships at a residential treatment facility, and assisted with psychological evaluations for the Juvenile Justice system. Graduate level externships have included school counseling and psychological evaluations at Wheeler Clinic and neuropsychological evaluations at the Glastonbury Medical Arts Center. In her spare time, Erica enjoys day dreaming about becoming an acapella sensation and kitchen renovations.
- Jennie Bernstein
Jennie is thrilled to be joining the team at Wesleyan this year! Jennie is currently in her fourth year of study at the University of Hartford’s doctoral program in clinical psychology. She has completed other externships at University of Hartford’s Counseling and Psychological Services, The Institute of Living (Anxiety Disorders Center and Dialectical Behavior Therapy programs), and Connecticut Valley Hospital. Jennie completed her undergraduate degree at Vassar College, where she studied psychology and sang a lot of opera. Jennie takes a collaborative approach to treatment and works closely with students to determine what interventions are most effective based on their current needs and presenting concerns. She often draws upon cognitive-behavioral techniques while working to balance client needs for both acceptance and change. When she isn’t working or studying, Jennie enjoys creating artwork, making music, reading fantasy novels, and snuggling with her incredible cat Nemo.
- Nicolas Galef
Nick Galef is a 2nd - year doctoral student working towards a Psy.D in clinical psychology at the University of Hartford. He spent last year interning at a psychosocial rehabilitation center in Torrington that helped individuals develop a sense of social connectedness and personal accountability. He earned his Bachelors degree in psychology from Haverford College in Pennsylvania in 2012 and then spent two years teaching and mentoring high school students in Northeast Philadelphia. He utilizes a narrative approach to help students understand themselves and relate to their problem and, ultimately, to develop a renewed sense of meaning and purpose in life. He also borrows techniques from other approaches such as cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and psychodynamic therapies in order to tailor treatment to each individual student. In his personal life, he enjoys hiking, watching and playing rugby, and finding a new book to read.
- Joseph Klim
Joe Klim is a 4th – year Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hartford’s Psy.D. program. He has also completed Master’s degrees in General Psychology and Clinical Psychology from the University of Hartford. Joe received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and in Psycholinguistics from the University of Connecticut. He is trained as a generalist, and has received training in neuropsychological testing. Joe has worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, private practice, and outpatient treatment programs. In his free time, he enjoys cooking and binge-watching T.V. shows.