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

  • Jennifer D'Andrea, Ph.D.

    Director

    Licensed Clinical Psychologist

    jdandrea@wesleyan.edu

    Read More

    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

    Read More

    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.

  • Smith Kidkarndee, Psy.D., HSP

    Assistant Director, Training & Assessment

    Licensed Clinical Psychologist

    skidkarndee@wesleyan.edu

    Read More

    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 – 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 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 (i.e., heteronormative assumptions, institutional heterosexism, and heterosexual privilege), homophobia, and transphobia have on the lives of LGBTQIA+ individuals.  

    When Dr. K is not working, he is running 5k races, gardening, practicing restorative yoga, and relaxing with his furry companions, Ellie (Lab-Dalmatian Mix) & Teddy (Airedale Terrier). 

  • Neal Sardana, LPC

    Full-Time Psychotherapist

    Licensed Professional Counselor

    nsardana@wesleyan.edu

    Read More

    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

    Licensed Professional Counselor

    psenecal@wesleyan.edu

    Read More

    Priya is a psychotherapist who joined the counseling and psychological services team in September of 2018. She received a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College as well as two certificates of study in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Child and Family therapy from the Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies at Assumption College. Priya started her career in university academic advising, and it was from this role where she discovered her passion for her work with university students. Priya has several years of experience across a variety of levels of mental health care which include working in private practice, nonprofit organizations and intensive outpatient programs.

    During psychotherapy sessions, Priya takes a skills-based, student-focused and collaborative approach. She assists the student in identifying any unhealthy patterns of behavior. Next, the student and Priya can come up with a plan (or coping skills) to help manage distress appropriately and effectively. These are based on the student’s interests, experiences and strengths. 

    Some of Priya’s clinical areas of focus are; adjustment to university life, anxiety, depression, personal relationships and identity discovery. Priya is a poly, kink and LGBTQIA+ affirming and trauma-informed therapist.

    In leisure time, Priya enjoys distance running, backpacking, cooking, and exploring flea markets.

  • Jennie Setaro, LPC

    Part-Time Psychotherapist

    Licensed Professional Counselor

    jsetaro@wesleyan.edu

    Read More

    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.

  • Virginia Taylor, Ph.D.

    Full-Time Psychotherapist

    Licensed Clinical Psychologist

    vtaylor01@wesleyan.edu

    Read More

    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. 

  • Paula Sands, M.A.

    Part-Time Psychotherapist

    Read More
    Paula Sands is a 6th year doctoral student working towards a Psy.D in clinical psychology at the University of Hartford.  She has spent her last two years of as an intern here at Wesleyan CAPS.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Albion College in Michigan.  When she is not at Wesleyan she works on her dissertation.  In her personal life, she enjoys the company of friends, running, trying new restaurants, and watching Netflix.
  • Isra Yaghoubi, M.A.

    Part-Time Psychotherapist

    Read More
    Isra Yaghoubi is a doctoral candidate working towards completing a Psy.D. in clinical psychology. Over the past five years she has worked as a clinician in college counseling, outpatient, community mental health, intensive outpatient, special education therapeutic day school, and residential settings. With experience in a variety of therapeutic orientations to address the needs of diverse clients, an interpersonal, multicultural, and trauma-informed perspective guides her work. Isra holds a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego, an M.A. from the University of Arizona, and an M.A. from the University of Hartford. In her personal life, Isra enjoys time with family and friends, as well as yoga, kirtan, and hiking.
  • Kathleen E. Burns, M.A.

    Clinical Psychology Extern

    Read More

    Katie is a 3rd-year doctoral student at the University of Hartford – Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology (GIPP). She received a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and molecular biology with a minor in psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. After two years of working in the pharmaceutical industry, Katie developed an interest in psychology and pursued a Master of Arts in clinical psychology from the University of Hartford.

    Katie has experience treating concerns related to trauma, anxiety, depression, body image, eating disorders, interpersonal issues, and borderline personality disorder. Katie gained a year of clinical experience working at Walden Behavioral Care, a partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient program for eating disorders. Katie also completed research at the Institute of Living – Anxiety Disorders Center. In addition, Katie received training at the University of Hartford Counseling and Psychology Services, working with college students who presented with various mental health concerns. For over two years, Katie has been working as an outpatient therapist in community mental health at the Carson Center for Human Services. She is a trained dialectical behavioral therapist but also integrates other approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), internal family systems (IFS) – parts work, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).

    Outside of Wesleyan, Katie is the co-chair of GIPP’s Multicultural and Diversity Committee (MCDC) at the University of Hartford. She is also involved in the Association for Women in Psychology - CT (AWP). In her free time, Katie enjoys learning to play the piano, drawing, painting, Manchester United, and her Puggle, Dante.

  • Clare Devine, MSA

    Clinical Psychology Extern

    Read More
    A 4th year PsyD student of Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Athletic Counseling at Springfield College, Clare joins the WesCAPS team as a clinical psychology extern. Clare brings experience working previously with undergraduate and graduate students, student-athletes, coaches and teams, as well as working with clients experiencing chronic pain and/or illness and effects of developmental trauma. Clare looks forward to meeting and working with Wes students as they navigate transitions, grow in connection with self and others, and work toward acceptance and self-compassion.
     
    Outside of class and training, Clare is all about ice cream and sunsets - preferably at the same time (even better near water) - and also enjoys working as an Adventure Therapy facilitator.
  • Sri Harathi, M.A.

    Clinical Psychology Extern

    Read More

    Sri is a third year doctoral candidate at the University of Hartford, Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology (GIPP). She received her B.A. in psychology from Rutgers University - New Brunswick with a minor in music. While at Rutgers, she worked as a research assistant at the Institute for the Study of Child Development and worked with families experiencing parental separation/divorce and parental incarceration. She later worked as a research assistant at the Temple Eating Disorders lab at Temple University.

    Currently, Sri has an interest in working with diverse populations and providing culturally competent therapy. She has experience working with young adults in a community mental health setting. She has experience working with depression, relationship dissatisfaction, trauma, intimate partner violence, and acculturative stressors. She tends to approach therapy from a client-centered perspective but regularly incorporates techniques from other orientations, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and attachment theory. She is also a co-chair of the Multicultural and Diversity Committee (MCDC), a student-run group at GIPP that aims to address issues of diversity within the context of a graduate training program.

    Outside of school, she enjoys hanging out with her cat, Boris. She also enjoys indoor gardening, cooking, and Bravo.

  • Chandni Mahtani, M.A.

    Clinical Psychology Extern

    Read More

    Chandni is a 3rd-year doctoral student studying at Long Island University for her Psy.D in Clinical Psychology. Chandni earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychological Sciences at Johns Hopkins University and her master's degree in Clinical Psychology while working towards her Psy.D. 

    Chandni has trained at the Long Island University Psychological Services Center where she worked with undergraduate & graduate students and members of the community. Chandni enjoys working in a university setting and helping young adults from multicultural backgrounds cope with the stress caused by major life transitions. Chandni has worked with relationship dissatisfaction, social anxiety and phobia, depression, anxiety, loss, identity concerns as well as acculturative stress. Chandni is also interested in conducting comprehensive psychological and psycho-educational assessments. 

    In her spare time, Chandni enjoys spending time with her dog, reading and traveling. 

  • Jacqueline Pacella, M.A.

    Advanced Clinical Psychology Extern

    Read More

    Jackie is a 5th year doctoral student working toward her Psy.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Hartford.  She received bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology from Clark University and her master’s degree in clinical practices from the University of Hartford while working towards her Psy.D.

    Jackie spent her first training year working with college students at Eastern Connecticut State University’s CAPS, and her second training year working with adults at Middlesex Hospital’s adult outpatient clinic.  She finds emerging adulthood fascinating, and loves nothing more than helping college students through the confusion, change, and stress that occurs during this developmental period.  Jackie tends to approach therapy from a client-centered theoretical orientation, but also integrates techniques from other theories, including psychodynamic, interpersonal process, and cognitive-behavioral, in order to ensure each client receives the most appropriate and helpful treatment. 

    When not at Wesleyan, Jackie enjoys playing kickball, practicing yoga, and watching the Red Sox.

  • Zainab A. Suara, M.A., MSPH

    Clinical Psychology Extern

    Read More

    Zainab is a first generation Nigerian immigrant and is currently a 3rd-year doctoral student at the University of Hartford where she is working towards receiving her doctorate in clinical psychology. 
     
    Additionally, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Howard University in Washington, D.C., her Master of Science in Public Health from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN, and her MA in Clinical Practices in Psychology from the University of Hartford. As for previous clinical experiences, Zainab has gained experience working with adolescents and adults with eating disorders as well as providing therapy for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Furthermore, Zainab works as an outpatient therapist in a community mental health clinic in Western Massachusetts. Zainab’s interests include health psychology, specifically mental health disparities, working with individuals who have suffered trauma as well as providing culturally competent mental health services.
     
    When she is not at CAPS, Zainab enjoys spin classes, sushi, and spending time with friends and family. 

Contact CAPS at 860-685-2910.