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 SteigerJoy von Steiger, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist
Director

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-CarrollAmy Scobie-Carroll, MSW, LICSW

Clinical Social Worker
Associate Director

Amy's professional interests include: equitable access to mental health care, racial and ethnic identity development, LGBTQIA+ identity development, cognitive skill building, helping clients to live according to their values, emotion regulation, mindfulness, trauma recovery, eating disorder recovery, and mind/body integration.

Outside of work, Amy can be found hiking deep in the north woods, enjoying smores beside a bonfire, running, doing yoga, painting, and spending time with her wife, son, dog, cat and extended family.


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.


Leah BenjaminLeah Benjamin, MS

Postdoctoral Fellow
Community Therapist to North Quad

Leah’s professional interests include: intersection of individual identities, challenges of emerging adulthood, collaborative treatment and goals, using the therapeutic relationship as the agent of change, integrating relational and behavioral therapies, interpersonal and intrapersonal relationship issues, navigating times of transition, and working with presentations of anxiety, depression, and trauma.

Outside of work, Leah enjoys (shamelessly) watching television, listening to podcasts, reading fantasy and sci-fi novels, solving puzzles (jigsaw and crossword), eating cheese, and playing dungeons and dragons.


Roberta CaplanRoberta 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 Other Drug Specialist
Community Therapist to Athletics

Carrie's professional interests include: mind-body integration, healthy relationship establishment, identity development, emerging adulthood challenges, mindfulness, habit formation and reorganization, substance use, and sports performance.

In her free time, Carrie enjoys fitness, running, rock climbing, music, and lounging in her hammock.


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.


Laura HornLaura Horn, PsyD

Staff Psychologist

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

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


Justin KarterJustin Karter, MA, MA

Counseling Psychology Intern

Justin is a third-year doctoral student in counseling psychology at UMass Boston. Justin's professional interests include: humanistic and existential therapy, relational-psychodynamic therapy, narrative approaches to self and identity, mindfulness, student activism and critical consciousness, and psychological ethics.

Justin’s personal interests include: reading fiction (Haruki Murakami, Zadie Smith, Ursula Le Guin, and Umberto Eco most recently) and philosophy, hiking and spending time outside with his family and friends, playing basketball, working in mental health and social justice activism, and listening to grunge music from the early 90s.


Amy KrentzmanAmy 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, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist
Community Therapist to International Business School (IBS)

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 LoewenthalJulia Loewenthal, MSW, LCSW

Social Work Fellow
Campus Connect Coordinator
Community Therapist to Massell Quad

Julia’s professional interests include working with suicide prevention and clients experiencing thoughts of suicide, relational therapy, depression, anxiety, grief, interpersonal relationships, and life transitions. She practices from a trauma informed lens. She coordinates the Campus Connect suicide prevention trainings on campus, and works in Massell Quad as a community therapist. She is also accompanied most days by her therapy-dog-in-training, Harley (Quinn).

In her free time, Julia enjoys taking Harley on as many hikes as possible. She listens to folk music, makes too much soup, roots for the Red Sox, and watches The Office on loop.


Vanesa Mena-GibsonVanessa Mena-Gibson, MSW, LCSW

Staff Therapist & 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 & reading manga; doing aerial yoga; playing tennis and basketball; collecting crystals; meditating; playing video games and going to arcades; listening to hip hop and jazz music; sampling music; watching basketball; going to concerts; thrift shopping; watching films; exploring new cities; and trying new food.


Jonathan MillsJonathan Mills, BS

Social Work Intern

Jonathan’s professional interests include: psychodynamic and existential therapy, immigrant and refugee mental health, working with individuals experiencing psychosis, challenges of early adulthood and developing identity, faith and spirituality. Outside of work, Jonathan enjoys winter hiking, fishing, fantasy and religious books, and playing the guitar, banjo, and drums.

Outside of work, Jonathan enjoys winter hiking, fishing, fantasy and religious books, and playing the guitar, banjo, and drums.


Jonathan MoranJonathan Moran, MD/MBA

Staff Psychiatrist

Jon's professional interests include: wellness, mindfulness, psychodynamics of medications, addictions and sports psychology. He is an avid Boston sports fan who enjoys spending time with family and friends, competing in a softball league, and playing guitar.


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 PucilloRachael Pucillo, LMHC

Eating Disorder Specialist
Group Coordinator

Rachael’s professional interests include: Individual and group psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, eating disorder recovery work, psychoeducation about disordered eating and diet culture, as well as body image work and media literacy. Rachael is also interested in further examining and understanding multiculturalism in the therapeutic environment and examining the impact of race, culture, gender, and equality in this work.

In her free time Rachael enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, kayaking, and exploring nature.


Denise SmithDenise 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
Community Therapist to Heller School and Intercultural Center (ICC)

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.


Rebecca TroegerRebecca Troeger, MA

Counseling Psychology Intern

Rebecca’s professional interests include: international student and immigrant mental health, cultural humility, racial socialization and identity development, group work, social connection and mental health, and spirituality.

Outside of the office, Rebecca loves to swim, do yoga, tear up the dance floor, sing and play guitar, drink tea, read novels, travel, and brush up on her Mandarin skills.


Dennis TyrellDennis Tyrell, PhD

Counseling Psychologist/Senior Clinician

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.


Evan ValdesEvan Valdes, MA

Clinical Psychology Intern

Evan's professional interests include: Individual and group psychotherapy, intersection of individual identities, culture, mind-body connection, challenges of emerging adulthood, masculinity, substance use, and anxiety.

Outside of work, Evan enjoys fitness, playing or watching sports, being near a beach, playing video games, and spending time with his dog Sunny.