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.

Michael LaFarr

Michael LaFarr, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist
Executive Director of Health and Wellness

Michael’s professional interests include: college mental health and wellness, multiculturalism and diversity, mood disorders, anxiety and stress, gender-based violence, athletes and performance-related issues, career and professional development, life transitions, gender, sexuality, and intimacy.

In his free time, Michael enjoys travel, cooking, historical fiction, craft beer; anything outdoors – hiking, running, walking, camping, cross-country skiing swimming. And most importantly his dog, Tucker.

Joy von SteigerJoy von Steiger, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist
Clinical 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.

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.

Laeth Al-HamdouniLaeth Al-Hamdouni, MA

Clinical Psychology Intern

Laeth’s professional interests include: college counseling, giftedness, couples counseling, family counseling, alternative relationships, sex positive therapy, psychodynamic treatment, anxiety, depression, trauma, existential issues, identity, and characterological disorders- all within a culturally competent framework.

Laeth’s personal interests include: tennis, reading, cooking, basketball, and frisbee. He enjoys good food, good coffee and is a very proud cat-dad.

Jennifer BrownJennifer Brown, Psy.D., ATR-BC

Clinical Psychologist/Art Therapist

Jennifer’s professional interests include: meditation in psychotherapy, expressive therapies and behavioral approaches to treatment.

While not engaged in treatment, she enjoys creative expression in its many forms, sitting meditations and binge watching procedural dramas with her family.

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.

Noel Coakley, LMHC, M.Ed.

Mental Health Counselor
Drug/Alcohol Counselor

Noel’s professional interests include: mindfulness based cognitive therapy, Buddhist psychology, addiction and recovery counseling, and group, individual, and couples counseling.

In his free time, Noel is interested in: meditation, family, playing music (banjo, pedal steel) and seeing live music, woodworking, being outside, reading about pirates, and muppets.

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.

Elana FeinElana Fein, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Elana's professional interests include relationship issues, couples and family therapy, trauma and intergenerational trauma, cross-cultural experiences, adoption, development of religious and cultural identity, and the developmental shifts that occur as individuals and their loved ones navigate their undergraduate and graduate school years.

Outside of work, Elana likes to dance, hike, and spend time with family and friends.

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.

Donna FrombergDonna Fromberg, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

Donna’s professional interests include: trauma, loss, relationships, depression, anxiety, things that hold people back from being their most fulfilled self - whatever that may be.

Donna’s personal interests are: being with friends and family, anything outdoors, travel, and current affairs.

Annkatrine GatesAnnkatrine Gates, MA

Clinical Psychology Intern

Annkatrine’s professional interests include: relational experiences pertaining to families, couples, and friendships, the treatment and understanding of trauma, and the establishment of self care. She has a special interest in understanding cultural issues, especially the process of immigration and social integration.

In her personal life, Annkatrine is a mother to six children, including four step-children. She enjoys going on long walks, reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Trish GloverTrish Glover, LMHC

Mental Health Counselor/ Expressive Arts Therapist
Trauma Therapist

Trish’s professional interests include: interpersonal/relationship violence (dating violence/sexual assault) trauma, social justice, oppression and discrimination, LGBQ/T identity development and expression, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, grief and loss.

In her free time, she enjoys the arts and dance in all forms, spending time with her friends, family, and dog, and travelling.

Inna GoldbergInna Goldberg, LCSW

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.

Rachel JacobsonRachel Jacobson, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Rachel’s professional interests include: family and relationship issues, anxiety, depression, identity development, trauma, self-esteem, and other challenges that individuals face in their college years and beyond.

In her free time, she enjoys dancing, drawing, and spending time with her friends and family.

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, giftedness, 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.

Leah LevyLeah Levy, MS

Clinical Psychology Intern

Leah’s professional interests include: depression, anxiety, self-injury, interpersonal issues, family dynamics, identity development, and integrating psychodynamic with behavioral therapy.

Leah enjoys outdoor activities, such as: hiking, camping, and backpacking.She also enjoys playing board games, working on crossword puzzles, reading, and cooking.

Catherine MitchellCatherine Mitchell, MSW, LICSW

Clinical Social Worker

Catherine’s professional interests include: college counseling focusing on anxiety, depression, social/romantic situations, academic issues, learning disabilities and substance use.

Catherine is a mother of two young children. She enjoys running, yoga and swimming. Her favorite place to be is near the water, especially the ocean.

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.

Jessica Yanick PierreJessica Yanick Pierre, PsyD

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Jessica’s professional interests include: multiculturalism, racial identity development, trauma/historical trauma, self-esteem, relationship concerns, grief/loss, and serving the underserved.

Outside of work, Jessica is interested in abstract painting, singing, traveling and dancing.

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.

Julia RickeyJulia Rickey, MSW, LICSW

Clinical Social Worker

Julia’s professional interests include: utilizing the empowerment model to support survivors of sexual assault in their healing process, enhancing healthy relationships, providing individual and group therapy opportunities to trauma survivors, and offering cognitive behavioral therapy model as well as a trauma-informed approach when working with college students.

In her free time, Julia enjoys spending time with family and friends, photography, comedy shows and listening to music (almost constantly!)

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. 

Natalie RussNatalie Russ, MA

Clinical Psychology Intern

Natalie’s professional interests include: young adult development; experiences in relating with friends, family, and others; interpersonal trauma; grief and loss; eating and body concerns; perfectionism and self-talk; and experiences of systemic oppression.

Outside of Brandeis, Natalie spends time being a grad student, as well as writing, singing, and enjoying the outdoors.

Amy Scobie-CarrollAmy Scobie-Carroll, MSW, LICSW

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.

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.

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.