MEET OUR STAFF

All of 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.  Please follow the links below to learn more about our wonderful clinicians and their specialties.

Contact us at 860.685.2910

  • Tenika L. Campbell, B.S

    Case Manager

    tcampbell01@wesleyan.edu

    Full-time Professional Staff

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    Tenika's Doxy Waiting Room: https://Wescaps.doxy.me/tenikacampbell

    Tenika earned her Bachelor of Science in May 2016 at Western Connecticut State University. She joined Wesleyan in 2016 as a Public Safety officer, where she developed an enthusiasm for the Wesleyan community. Throughout her career, Tenika has also worked as a 911 Dispatcher and a Social Worker for The Department of Children and Families. She has a strong sense of community and has been part of the Middletown community her whole life. Wesleyan has always been like home to her.

    In January 2022, Tenika joined Counseling and Psychology Services (CAPS) as a Case Manager and is very excited to be a part of the team. She is passionate about establishing and maintaining relationships with University staff/faculty, students, and community providers. In this role, she hopes to work with her colleagues to bring a positive light to the importance of mental health and meet the individual needs of each student.

    When not working at CAPS, Tenika enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading fiction, listening to music, and learning new recipes.

  • Elena Cela

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    ecela@wesleyan.edu

    Postdoctoral Clinical Psychologist

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    Dr. Cela's Doxy Waiting Room: https://WesCAPS.doxy.me/drelenacela

    Elena Cela recently completed her doctorate in psychology at Springfield College and is returning to Wesleyan for her postdoc. Before getting her doctorate, Elena completed her graduate counseling degree in 2015 at the University of Bridgeport. She has gained experience by working in various settings where she has worked with diverse populations. 

    Elena has experience treating concerns related to trauma, anxiety, depression, body image, interpersonal issues, grief, self-esteem, behavioral issues, intuitive eating, and more. Elena utilizes client-centered therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Solution-focused therapy, but works to adapt approaches best fit for the client. Elena’s passion is to help empower clients to identify their natural strengths and supports to work through their personal, professional, and therapeutic goals. Despite the specific challenges clients face, Elena aims to empower each person to be their agent in change, growth, and healing by creating a cooperative and supportive environment. 

    In her free time, Elena enjoys watching anime, spending time with her family, reading, and hiking.

  • Jennifer D'Andrea, Ph.D.

    Director

    jdandrea@wesleyan.edu

    Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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    Dr. D'Andrea's Doxy Waiting Room: https://WesCAPS.doxy.me/drjenniferdandrea

    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. At Wesleyan CAPS, Dr. D’Andrea initiated and leads the WESupport workshop series and student group, which prepares students to be peer mental health advocates.  When not at CAPS, Dr. D’Andrea enjoys rollerskating with her twin daughters, reading fiction, gardening, and hiking in the national parks.

  • Chariklia Flanagan

    Administrative Assistant

    cflanagan@wesleyan.edu

    Full-time Administrative Professional

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    • 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.

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  • Smith Kidkarndee, Psy.D., HSP

    Assistant Director, Training & Assessment

    skidkarndee@wesleyan.edu

    Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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    Dr. K's Doxy Waiting Room: https://WesCAPS.doxy.me/drsmithkidkarndee

    Dr. Smith Kidkarndee aka Dr. K is a licensed clinical psychologist at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).  He earned his Psy.D. in school-clinical child psychology from Pace University (NY) in 2014 and completed his postdoctoral specialization at Wesleyan University's CAPS.  He also has an M.S.Ed 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 psychologist with training in various cognitive-behavioral approaches such as Mindfulness-based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (MB-CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as well as psychodynamic approaches such as Object-Relations, Self-Psychology, and Relational therapies.  He is also EMDRIA-certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), IS-ART-certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), and certified in biofeedback (HeartMath).  Dr. K specializes in anxiety disorders and related challenges. 

    When not at CAPS, Dr. K enjoys gardening, hiking with his furry companions (Ellie & Teddy), and training for his next half marathon.

  • Sarah Powers, M.S., LMFT

    Full-Time Psychotherapist

    spowers@wesleyan.edu

    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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    Sarah's Doxy Waiting Room: https://WesCAPS.doxy.me/sarahpowers

    Sarah Powers is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who joined the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) team in March 2019. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut in 2007, and her Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy at Central Connecticut State University in 2011. She became an American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor in 2018.

    Sarah utilized the beginning of her career exploring the field, working with children and families, to adults involved in the judicial court system with mental illness, and finally to working with Young Adult Services, a program through the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) for the State of Connecticut. Here is when she began teaching masters-level MFT students at her alma mater, CCSU, during their clinically intensive internship year. This fulfills her passion for academia, as well as helping students find themselves and internally grow during this very progressive, though transitional, time in their lives.

    Sarah specializes in all relationships: intimate, family, peers, occupational interactions, etc. and has completed Level I and Level II in Couple’s Therapy with The Gottman Institute, to deepen her knowledge and clinical training with intimate relationships. She works closely with her clients to increase awareness on how their family history and norms contribute to their current behaviors, interaction styles, internal conflict and symptoms. She believes how we learn to relate to ourselves and others can impact our mood, mental health, and overall functioning. Sarah has completed Level I and Level II of Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy, which provides tools in better understanding our “true” selves.

    When not working, Sarah enjoys writing, working out, as well as time spent with family and friends.

  • Tamanna Rahman, APRN

    Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

    trahman@wesleyan.edu

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    Tamanna's Doxy Waiting Room: https://WesCAPS.doxy.me/tamannarahman

    Tamanna is a psychiatric nurse practitioner who joined the Counseling and Psychological Services team in January 2019. She completed her nurse practitioner training at Yale University and also holds a BA from Williams College in American Studies, where she studied social movements and literature. Tamanna has experience in a wide range of mental health settings, including field-based services for homeless populations, the psychiatric emergency department, inpatient psychiatric units for adolescents and young adults, and community health clinics serving child, adolescent and adult clients. She has a particular interest in complex trauma, mood disorders and substance use disorders.

    Tamanna is also a licensed psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner, a field which focuses on self-determination and recovery for individuals diagnosed with serious mental illnesses. Tamanna takes a holistic approach to psychiatric treatment, utilizing medication as needed as one tool in a broader approach to mental health and wellness. Prior to working in the mental health field, Tamanna worked as a community and labor organizer.

    Outside of work, she still enjoys engaging in activism, gardening, cooking and baking, and hanging out with her Russian Blue cat and giant Newfoundland dog.

  • Neal Sardana, LPC

    Full-Time Psychotherapist

    nsardana@wesleyan.edu

    Licensed Professional Counselor

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    Neal's Doxy Waiting Room: https://WesCAPS.doxy.me/nealsardana

    Neal joined the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) team in August of 2017.  He received a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in College Student Development from San Francisco State University.  He has experience in college mental health as a counselor, instructor, consultant, group facilitator, and a social justice advocate.  Neal’s most recent position was as a Counseling Fellow for Psychological Counseling Services at Williams College. 

    Neal takes a student-centered strength based approach to his work.  Some counseling topics that he is interested in are:  identity development, marginalization and privilege, adjustment into and out of college, career decision making, personal and romantic relationships, cultural expectations, toxic masculinity, and the effect of digital technology on student wellness.  Neal is very excited to meet and hear the stories of Wesleyan students.  In his free time, he enjoys cooking, going for hikes, coloring, watching sports, and drinking lots of tea.   

  • Priya Senecal, LPC

    Full-time Psychotherapist

    psenecal@wesleyan.edu

    Licensed Professional Counselor

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    Priya's Doxy Waiting Room: https://WesCAPS.doxy.me/priyasenecal

    Priya is a psychotherapist who joined the Counseling and Psychological Services team in 2018. She completed a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College where she also received certificates of study in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She is currently in training for formal AASECT certification as a certified sex therapist

    Priya’s clinical area of specialty is as a sex and relationship therapist. Her work recognizes the intersection of sex, relationship / sexual orientation, identity and mental health. Priya is a polyamory, kink and LGBTQIA+ aware psychotherapist and recognizes the curiosities and interests of students within these areas; especially the complexity of emotions that can come up as students choose to explore (or not) during their time at Wes.

    During psychotherapy sessions, Priya takes a collaborative and relational approach, believing the student is the expert on themselves and what they feel. She assists the student in identifying patterns…be them of behavior, relationship dynamics, attachment or others. The student and Priya can then come up with a plan to address the situation. The plan is always based on the student’s interests, experiences and strengths.

    In leisure Priya enjoys running, hiking, flea markets and cooking yummy food for all the hungry folx she loves.

  • Jennie Setaro, LPC

    Part-Time Psychotherapist / Athletic Liaison

    jsetaro@wesleyan.edu

    Licensed Professional Counselor

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    Jennie's Doxy Waiting Room: https://WesCAPS.doxy.me/jenniesetaro

    Jennie is a psychotherapist who joined the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) office in September 2017.   She earned her Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Northeastern University and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Fairfield University.  Prior to joining the staff at Wesleyan University, Jennie built a strong clinical foundation completing her internships at Fairfield University Counseling and Psychological Services, providing psychotherapy and groups to undergrads as well as Fairfield Counseling Services where she worked with adults struggling with PTSD, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, and anxiety, among other mental health concerns.  Most recently Jennie worked as an Emergency Mobile and Psychological Services (EMPS) clinician providing crisis stabilization to children with complex trauma, suicidal ideation, and mental health and behavioral issues.

    Jennie’s passion lies in working with a collegiate population struggling with adjustment, anxiety, addiction, and sexuality.  As a former scholar athlete, Jennie specializes in working with this population, helping them to navigate the rigors of everyday life and academic challenges coupled with the intense demands of their sports.  She uses a pluralistic approach to therapy which builds off of a strong client therapist relationship. 

    During her free time Jennie enjoys spending time with her family and playing sports.

  • Ginnie Taylor, Ph.D.

    Full-Time Psychotherapist

    vtaylor01@wesleyan.edu

    Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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    Dr. Taylor's Doxy Waiting Room: https://WesCAPS.doxy.me/drginnietaylor01

    Dr. Taylor is a licensed clinical psychologist at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).  She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Kent State University and her BA in psychology from Princeton University.  Dr. Taylor completed her pre-doctoral internship at a community mental health center and her postdoctoral specialization in the adult psychiatry department at a medical center, both located in central California.  In these outpatient clinic settings, as well as the most recent several years in group and private practices in Connecticut, Dr. Taylor has provided individual and group psychotherapy to support individuals overcoming a wide range of psychological challenges. Areas of specialty include disordered eating, anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, and negative sense of self/body image, etc. Dr. Taylor utilizes an integrative approach to psychotherapy, primarily drawing from mindfulness-based cognitive behavior therapy (MB-CBT), interpersonal therapy (IPT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and adapts the approach and the pace to best meet the needs and preferences of each student.

    When not at CAPS, and not watching movies, Dr. Taylor most enjoys kicking a ball around and walking through the woods with her sons. 

  • Casey Altomaro, B.A.

    Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Casey is a second-year Clinical Psychology doctoral student at Fielding Graduate University (FGU). A New England native, Casey completed her Bachelor of Arts in psychology at the University of Connecticut. After graduating, she returned to campus and spent several years working as a Research Assistant on projects in social and health psychology. She continues to participate in a forensic and neuropsychological research lab with FGU, with personal interests focused primarily on the impact of developmental trauma.

    Casey has experience working with various populations, including adults who have experienced trauma, persons who use substances, individuals who are living with HIV/AIDS, and persons who have been involved with the criminal justice system. She believes in using an integrative approach rooted in relational psychodynamics, internal family systems, and humanistic theories.

    In her free time, Casey enjoys being in nature, reading, playing video games, and spending time with her pet guinea pigs
  • Kasey Connors-Beron, M.S.

    Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Kasey is a 3rd-year doctoral student at Fielding Graduate University in the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology program with a Forensic Concentration. Kasey completed her bachelor's and master's degrees in Psychology through University of Phoenix before furthering her education with a Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Clinical Psychology through Fielding Graduate University in 2019.

    Kasey has experience working as a behavioral specialist with a non-profit agency in the Berkshires. In this role she supports adults with intellectual and physical disabilities with comorbid mental health struggles. Kasey also has experience in an outpatient community setting, which allowed her to work with a wide range of diagnoses, backgrounds, and cultures.

    Kasey is excited to be working on a college campus and helping individuals using a short-term psychodynamic model to help with self-discovery, insight development, and interpersonal relationships.

    When not working, Kasey enjoys spending time reading countless books and watching others play video games badly with her family and pets.
  • Alexandra Lobianco, M.A.

    Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Alexandra (Allie) is a third-year Clinical Psychology doctoral student at the University of Hartford. She is originally from the Hudson Valley area of New York, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Marist College. Allie has prior experience in college counseling and has worked with concerns such as anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trauma, body image dissatisfaction, disordered eating, and relationship/interpersonal issues. She utilizes a client-centered, multicultural lens, focusing on relationship-building and integration of treatment methods to support and empower clients. Some of these approaches include feminist therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). In her free time, Allie enjoys yoga, knitting/crocheting, reading, and listening to true crime podcasts.
  • Malina Banavong Maladore, M.A.

    Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Malina is a third-year Clinical Psychology doctoral student at Antioch University New England. She is a Connecticut native who earned her Bachelors of Science from the University of Connecticut and Masters of Arts in Clinical Community Psychology from the University of New Haven. She is currently working part-time at a private practice as an Associate Counselor since August 2018. Malina has experience working with concerns that are related to anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship/interpersonal issues, LGBTQIA+, sexuality, and race. 

    Malina utilizes an integrative approach to psychotherapy from a multicultural lens and empowers clients through relational cultural therapy, client-centered therapy, and feminist therapy. 

    In her free time, Malina enjoys hiking with her dog and partner, meditating, and listening to Frank Ocean.

  • Jonathan Perlow, B.A.

    Advanced Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Jonathan Perlow is a 3rd-year psychology doctoral student at Springfield College. 

    Prior to joining Springfield College, Jonathan lived in Brooklyn, NY and studied Psychology at the City College of New York. In New York, Jonathan founded and led a weekly meditation group for young adults. Jonathan has a background in Vocational Psychology, having previously worked in HR policy development and executive training. 

    Jonathan believes in holistically supporting the client by using multiple treatment methods centered in relationship-building and empowerment. Examples of some of his approaches include interpersonal/humanistic psychotherapy, client-centered therapy, liberation psychology, feminist therapy, and multicultural counseling. 

    Regardless of the specific challenges his clients face, Jonathan aims to empower each person to be their own agent in change, growth, and healing by creating a cooperative and supportive environment.   

    In his free time, Jonathan enjoys sneakers, watching basketball, drinking pu-erh tea (among others), awareness practice (meditating), and going on drives to chase the sunset.

  • Heidi Sormaz, Ph.D., E-RYT

    Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Heidi received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Cognitive Psychology from Yale University. She has expertise in attention, mindfulness, and body-based stress and distress management skills. Heidi has taught at Yale University, San Francisco State University, and Albertus Magnus College. She is currently working toward her license in Clinical Psychology and is a 3rd-year student in the clinical retraining program at Fielding Graduate University.

    Heidi is an expert on the influence of arousal and attention on performance and how anxiety affects thinking, stress management, and performance in pressure situations. She has been an educator, speaker, and trainer with over 20 years of experience in designing and leading seminars on stress management, mindfulness, and educator training. HDR Press published her book Performing Under Pressure, and Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine published her article Meditation can Reduce Habitual Responding.

    Heidi is also the director and owner of Fresh Yoga in New Haven. She has studied yoga and meditation for 25 years and taught for over 20. Heidi travels nationally to teach, has taught often at Kripalu in MA and the Esalen Institute in CA. Heidi has been featured in Yoga Journal and was selected by The Great Courses to design their first course on yoga; Yoga for a Healthy Mind and Body, Audible.com commissioned her How to Live a Yogic Lifestyle and in early 2022, The Great Courses released her course Overcoming Your Overthinking (worry, rumination, and cognitive distortion).

    When not working Heidi enjoys all things beach-related, strolling, swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, or just enjoying the view. She finds these activities even more satisfying with a cup of tea and friends or family.