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. Kidkarndee is a post-doctoral clinical psychologist at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). He holds a Doctor of Psychology in School-Clinical Child Psychology from Pace University in New York. Dr. Kidkarndee also has a Master of Education in School Psychology from Pace University, and a B.A. from Columbia University. He 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. Kidkarndee 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). When Dr. Kidkarndee is not working, he can be found at Wadsworth Falls State Park taking pictures or at home baking treats.
- Linda Russell, Ph.D.
Full Time Psychologist
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
- 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.
- Jessica Feliciano, M.A.
CAPS - Extern Student
Jessica Feliciano is a third year doctoral student in the Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology at the University of Hartford. She earned her M.A. in Clinical Practices from the University of Hartford, and her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Connecticut. Jessica’s previous training experiences include providing individual, family, and group therapy with children, adolescents, and families from culturally diverse backgrounds. Her focus was primarily in helping survivors of acute and chronic trauma, including abuse, neglect, and traumatic grief. She utilizes a primarily cognitive-behavioral orientation, while also employing an eclectic approach and integrating mindfulness techniques, Trauma-Focused CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and other therapeutic interventions tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual. Outside of clinical work, Jessica enjoys practicing yoga, photography, and spending time with her dog.
- Alexandra Ivey, M.A.
CAPS - Extern Student
Alexandra Ivey is a third year doctoral student in the Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology at the University of Hartford. Alexandra earned an M.A. in Clinical Practices from University of Hartford and a B.A. of Psychology and English from Northeastern University. She primarily utilizes a dialectical behavior therapy approach while integrating cognitive-behavioral, Gestalt, and mentalization techniques tailored to fit each individuals needs. Alexandra’s previous training experience includes providing group and individual therapy as well as skills coaching to adults and adolescents from diverse backgrounds. During her training experiences she has focused on working with survivors of trauma, substance abuse and addiction, and clients facing challenges with emotion regulation.
- Payal Shah, M.A.
CAPS - Extern Student
Payal Shah is a fourth year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Hartford. She utilizes psychodynamic theory as her central orientation while integrating cognitive-behavioral techniques and brief modes of therapy. Her graduate training experiences include working with adolescents and young adults from diverse backgrounds. During these clinical placements, she has focused on survivors of chronic trauma and abuse, LGBQT youth, and clients with relational and familial challenges.
- Isra Yaghoubi, M.A.
CAPS - Extern Student
Isra is a doctoral student in her second year at the Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology at the University of Hartford. Concurrent with her studies, the year prior she worked as a prepracticum student at the Anxiety Disorders Center of the Institute of Living at the Hartford Hospital, learning about cognitive behavioral therapy approaches for anxiety and mood disorders. Prior to that, she earned her M.A. in Middle East and North African Studies at the University of Arizona, conducting original qualitative research in cultural anthropology for her master’s thesis, while also working on issues relating to accessible transportation for individuals with developmental disabilities. While living abroad for two years, she spent some time as a volunteer working with children at the Jerusalem Battered Women’s Shelter, prior to which she did interethnic and interreligious affairs work at a nonprofit New York City. Isra earned her B.A. in International Relations, and a minor in music, from the University of California, San Diego. Isra’s work with individuals is informed by the integration of client-centered, rational-emotive, cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic approaches, amongst others. Life-affirming activities for Isra include hiking, dance, yoga, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying comedy.