Emergency Information

For on-campus emergencies, call 6-3333.

Public Safety will send an officer and the Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps (BEMCo) to assist you.

For off-campus emergency, Call 911.

Need help now?

To reach the Crisis Text Line, a culturally sensitive emergency resource: Text START to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Another emergency resource: Good Samaritans, 877-870-4673, call or text 24/7.

For an urgent, non-life-threatening emergency consultation after hours, call our answering service at 781-736-3785.

Meet the Staff

All of our clinical staff are generalists with a variety of areas of expertise, and all are experienced working with a diverse student body.

Joy von Steiger

Joy von Steiger, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Joy's professional interests include: the interplay between culture and identity, trauma, resilience and what that means for different people from different cultures and circumstances, sexual, gender, racial, and class identity development, and the transition from college to adulthood.
Outside of work, Joy is a photographer, a mother to two biracial children, a yogi and a lover of R&B.

Amy Scobie-Carroll, MSW, LICSWAmy Scobie-Carroll

Assistant Director/Clinical Social Worker
Eating Disorder Specialist

Amy's professional interests include: counseling people during times of transition, loss and trauma, eating disorders and addiction recovery, LGBTQ identity development, relationship issues, family issues, grief, and recovery from depression and anxiety. I am interested in socio-cultural awareness, feminism, the mind/body connection, and cognitive skill building and mindfulness techniques.

Amy's personal interests include: hiking, painting, meditation, spending time with family and friends, working to improve social issues, spending time with her loved ones and her dog and cat, Odie and Frankie.

Lois FinsteinLois Finstein, BA

Department Administrator

Lois is a proud Brandeis alumna who enjoys helping undergraduate and graduate students arrange the counseling services that they need and helping Counseling Center clinicians as they do their work.

In addition to spending time with family, Lois's interests include singing classical and pop-style choral music, genealogy research, fitness classes, speaking French, gardening, doing puzzles, and reading.

Kristen BettencourtKristen Bettencourt, PsyD


Kristen's professional interests include identity development, emerging and young adulthood, gender and sexuality, substance use concerns, depression, anxiety, and relationship challenges. Kristen's approach is integrative, utilizing aspects of humanistic, existential, positive, relational, and psychodynamic psychology, as well as ACT, CBT and mindfulness based approaches.

Kristen's personal interests include yoga, meditation, music, comedy, vegan food, and animals (especially her cat, Kiki, and every dog that crosses her path).

Roberta Caplan

Roberta Caplan, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist
Director of Training

Roberta's professional interests include: challenges of emerging adulthood, couple relationships and the effects of family dilemmas such as divorce, illness, loss, sibling problems or substance use.

Roberta's personal interests include: cooking for family and friends, gardening, reading novels, hiking a mountain, and being in or near any lake or the ocean.

Carrie EichmannCarrie Eichmann, LICSW

Clinical Social Worker
Alcohol and Substance Abuse Specialist

Carrie's professional interests include: mind-body integration, healthy relationship establishment, identity development, emerging adulthood challenges, trauma, anxiety, and substance use.

In her free time, Carrie enjoys fitness and long-distance running, sports, music, cooking, and outdoor activities.

Amy EngelAmy Engel, LICSW

Clinical Social Worker

Amy's professional interests include: coping with loss and grief, PTSD, social class and culture, non traditional students, family dynamics and identity development.

Outside of work, Amy is a mother of two. She loves being outdoors biking and swimming. When she has the time, she enjoys writing and dreaming about making documentary films.

Nick FortiNick Forti, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

Nick's professional interests include: psychological and personality assessment, anxiety, childhood trauma and neglect, shame, negotiating relationships, and the developmental issues faced by college-aged students and those related to emerging adulthood.

Outside of work, Nick enjoys hiking, restorative yoga, and reading fiction.

Inna GoldbergInna Goldberg, LICSW

Clinical Social Worker

Inna's professional interests include: college adjustment, graduate student mental health, immigration, LGBT populations, depression and anxiety disorders.

Outside of work, she enjoys art, music, reading, running, and hiking.

Laura HornLaura Horn, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Laura's professional interests include: psychotherapy with individuals and couples, Latino mental health, mindfulness, mind-body integration, and the treatment of trauma, as well as interpersonal neurobiology,, attachment theory, and cross-cultural perspectives.

In her free time, Laura enjoys running, insight meditation, and remote wilderness adventures.

Aaron KaplanAaron Kaplan, PsyD

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Aaron's professional interests include working with college students and adults on life transitions, existential questions and challenges, identity development, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, trauma and relationship problems. His therapeutic approach is rooted in an existential, humanistic perspective and draws from psychodynamic and relational theories.

Outside of work, Aaron values spending quality time with family and friends. He also enjoys listening to music, watching TV, and watching and playing sports.

Amy Krentzman

Amy Krentzman, LICSW

Clinical Social Worker

Amy's professional interests include: college counseling, depression, anxiety, identity development, self esteem, grief and loss, relationship issues, gifted

ness, divorce and blended families.

Amy enjoys Shabbat dinner with family and friends, walks with her dog, swimming, yoga, and shopping.

Aileen LeeAileen Lee, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Aileen's professional interests include: trauma, psychodynamic and relational based treatment. She is also interested in how culture, values and life experiences affect the individual and helping individuals find a better self, as well as helping the individual learn self-compassion and to identify ways to stay calm and be able to face the different struggles in life.

In her personal time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, discovering the best food in town, practicing strength training, yoga, swimming, walking, sleeping and resting. When time permits, she likes to travel too.

Julia Loewenthal, MSW

Clinical Social Work Fellow

Julia's professional interests include: suicide prevention and work with clients struggling with suicidality, depression, anxiety, identity development, trauma recovery, and grief and loss. In addition, she works as the coordinator for the Campus Connect suicide prevention trainings.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, listening to folk music, making soup, and rooting for the Red Sox.

Vanesa Mena-GibsonVanessa Mena-Gibson, MSW, LCSW

Case Manager

Vanessa's professional interests include: working with people of various cultures, the impact of immigration (internal vs. external environment), trauma, relationship issues, implications of intersectionality, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, college adjustment, homesickness, mindfulness, and health and wellness.

Outside of work, Vanessa enjoys practicing self-compassion; watching anime; doing aerial yoga; playing tennis, board games, video games, and Dungeons and Dragons; listening to hip hop and jazz music; volunteering at animal shelters; sampling music; going to concerts; thrift shopping; watching films; exploring new cities; and trying new foods.

Jonathan MoranJonathan Moran, MD/MBA

Staff Psychiatrist/Clinical Administrator

Jon's professional interests include: psychopharmacology, psychodynamic psychotherapy, college counseling, wellness, addictions and sports psychology.

He is an avid Boston sports fan who enjoys playing in a softball league, reading science fiction books, playing guitar, and spending time with family and friends.

Tal NirTal Nir, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Tal's professional interests include: utilizing cognitive behavioral interventions with adolescents and adults with anxiety and mood disorders, individuals with disordered eating and negative body image as well as LBGTQ identity development.

Outside of her work, Tal enjoys swimming, painting, volleyball, and spending time with family and friends.

Martin PierreMartin Pierre, Ph.D.

Counseling Psychologist

Martin's professional interests include: trauma informed treatments, relationship difficulties, anxiety/depression, self-esteem issues, career/academic concerns, depression, grief and loss, family issues, substance abuse, life transitions, personal growth and development, exploring questions about sexual orientation, gender, racial, cultural, class and spiritual identity issues. He enjoys mentoring undergraduate and graduate students toward academic and professional growth.

Martin enjoys traveling, cooking, outdoor activities, listening to 'old school' music, running, spoken word, scientific research and writing movie scripts that focus on both social and psychological issues.

Regina PierreRegina Pierre, PhD

Counseling Psychologist

Regina's professional interests include: addressing psychological and social factors that impact identity and stages of development. In addition, she supports individuals with integrating various aspects of themselves, addressing relational challenges, and coping with clinical diagnoses such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

Outside of work, Regina enjoys spending quality time with her family and dog, traveling, and cooking.

Rachael Pucillo, LMHC

Eating Disorder Specialist

Rachael's professional interests include: strength-based therapy, eating disorder recovery, body positivity, healing from maladaptive behaviors, managing depression and anxiety, understanding the effects of privilege and oppression in the counseling process, and coaching others on the use of positive coping skills.

Outside of work Rachael enjoys spending time with her family, walking her dogs, and being in nature.

M PIa Rogines VeloM Pia Rogines Velo, MD, PhD

Staff Psychiatrist/Clinical Administrator

Pia's professional interests include: psychopharmacology, psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and wellness. She has special interest in family dynamics, finding one's own identity, trauma and the interplay of different cultural backgrounds and the process of acculturation.

On her own time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and learning from other cultures, watching movies, cooking and exercising.

Denise Smith, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Denise's professional interests include: working with young adults, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, physical and sexual trauma, stress management including health psychology and mind body medicine, spirituality and identity development.

Outside of work, Denise is a lifelong music and theater buff. She also enjoys kayaking, hiking, cooking, and reading good books! But what she most enjoys is spending time with family. During her personal time, she likes to apply new approaches to her meditation practice.

Stacy TaylorStacy Taylor, MD

Staff Psychiatrist

Stacy's professional interests include: psychopharmacology, psychodynamic psychotherapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and mindfulness. She has special interest in neuroscience and brain plasticity as it relates to emotion and behavior as well as the transition from adolescence to adulthood and how this unique time period structures identity.

Stacy's personal interests include running, listening to This American Life, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.

Sucheta ThekkedamSucheta Thekkedam, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Sucheta's professional interests include: understanding sociocultural factors associated with identity formation and resiliency in emerging adults, biracial/multiracial models of identity development, addressing intergenerational and intercultural issues in relationships, and reducing the myths and stigma associated with mental health illness and treatment.>

Outside of work, Sucheta loves to be active/expressive/meditative through dance and movement including: Classical Indian Dance (Bharatnatyam), hip hop, salsa/Zumba, yoga, and cardio kickboxing. She also enjoys listening to live music (especially jazz), going on outdoor adventures, and traveling.

Dennis TyrellDennis Tyrell, PhD

Counseling Psychologist

Dennis' professional interests include: counseling with adolescents and adults, relationship and family of origin concerns, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, trauma, migration and cultural adjustments.

Outside of work, Dennis enjoys spending quality time with family and friends. Hobbies that keep him balanced include singing, writing, hiking and watching sports.