Clinical Staff

Group shot of the Brandeis Counseling Center staff

The mission of the BCC is to meet the developmental, emotional and mental health needs of the students of the university. We are a multicultural treatment center that is committed to the values of diversity and inclusivity. 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, PhD
Clinical Psychologist
Director
Pronouns: she, her, hers

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
Amy Scobie-Carroll, MSW, LICSW
Clinical Social Worker
Associate Director
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Amy’s professional interests include clinical work, teaching, and supervision. Amy aims to help students with goal setting, behavioral change, increasing a sense of belonging, living according to values, and mind/body/spirit integration. She is queer identified and has expertise in LGBTQIA+ identity development. She oversees many of the daily operations at the counseling center, and is passionate about ensuring the counseling center is a place for all people.

In her free time, Amy’s favorite place to be is in nature, especially at her cabin in the White Mountains. She loves yoga, outdoor adventures, and board games with friends. A true animal lover, her buddies include her cat, Frankie and little dog, Odie.

Roberta Caplan
Roberta Caplan, PhD
Staff Therapist
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Roberta’s professional interests include: family, couple and friend relationships, the impact of illness, divorce, sibling difficulties and other family problems on college life, living with chronic illness or disability, anxiety, training and supervision of early career clinicians, the working alliance in psychotherapy, and the impact of marginalization and/or culture on any of the above.

In her free time, Roberta likes reading novels, cooking and baking for family and friends, being in or near any lake or the ocean, power walking and travelling. Her (big) dog Molly can pay occasional visits to BCC on request.

Julia Coleman, LICSW
Julia Coleman, MSW, LICSW
Staff Therapist
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Julia’s professional interests include: practical approaches to anxiety, including education about anxiety, and understanding typical anxious thought patterns in order to get distance and separation from the anxiety. She focuses on developing and fostering new skills to practice outside of therapy, to help individuals manage situations and challenges they face in their everyday life. She works with individuals with anxiety, depression, body image issues, self esteem issues, academic concerns and relationship issues and uses an individually tailored and collaborative approach.

Outside of work, Julia enjoys running, yoga, and spending time with family, friends and her dog.

Carrie Eichmann
Carrie Eichmann, MSW, LICSW
Staff Therapist, Alcohol and Other Drug Specialist
Community Therapist to Athletics Department
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Carrie’s professional interests include mind-body integration, healthy relationship establishment, assertive communication, identity development, emerging adulthood challenges, motivation, habit formation and reorganization, mindfulness, substance abuse recovery, and sports performance.

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

Amy Engel
Amy Engel, MSW, LICSW
Staff Therapist
Pronouns: she, her, hers

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 forti
Nick Forti, PsyD
Staff Therapist
Pronouns: he, him, his

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.

Jacob Howe, MD
Jacob Howe, MD
Psychiatrist
Pronouns: he/him/his

Jacob’s professional interests include integration of mental and physical health, integration of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, shared decision making, compassionate addiction treatment, recovery from shame and stigma, and teaching and learning from the next generation of mental health providers.

Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with family and close friends, learning new languages, music, cycling, driving and generally being outdoors.

Veronica Knight, MEd
MSW Intern
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Veronica's professional interests include supporting learners on their individual journeys with the dual focus of delivering short-term, skill-based counseling and psycho-education, while attending to the psychodynamic underpinnings of clients' lived experiences in their cultural contexts. Veronica uses a collaborative goal-setting approach and values holding a safe space for clients to explore developmental tasks, relational issues, and the impact of intersectionality on their daily lives.

Outside of work, Veronica enjoys learning about yoga & meditation or hopping on a plane whenever possible. Alternatively, you can find her reading in a corner of an art museum, or catching and training Pokemons.

Amy Krentzman
Amy Krentzman, MSW, LICSW
Staff Therapist
Pronouns: she, her, hers

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.

Peining Lo-Bromberg
Peining Lo-Bromberg, MSW, LICSW
Staff Therapist
Community Therapist
Pronouns: she, her, hers

PeiNing’s professional interests include: understanding the effect of intersectionality and immigration on mental health, addressing issues related to life cycles, identity development and transitions, working with individuals with self-harming behaviors through dialectical behavioral therapy and mindfulness, and understanding issues related to oppression/power through a Narrative Therapy approach.

Outside of work, PeiNng is the mother of one biracial and bilingual child. In her free time, she enjoys exploring different cultures through food and traveling or contemplating her next trip, doing hot yoga, dancing salsa and gardening.

Julia Loewenthal
Julia Loewenthal, MSW, LCSW
Social Work Fellow
Community Therapist to Massell Quad, Suicide Prevention Coordinator
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Julia’s professional interests include working with suicide prevention and clients experiencing thoughts of suicide, trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, interpersonal relationships, and life transitions. She practices from a trauma informed lens. She is the center’s suicide prevention coordinator, 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 is happiest hiking mountains as often as possible. She listens to folk music, makes too much soup, roots for the Red Sox, volunteers at the MSPCA and watches The Office on loop.

Hadassah Margolis, MSW, LICSW
Hadassah Margolis, MSW, LICSW
Staff Therapist
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hadassah’s professional clinical interests include psychodynamic, psychoeducational, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approaches in both individual and group work. She focuses on emotional intelligence, interpersonal connection, assertiveness, symptom management and acceptance, and the intersection of spirituality and mental health.

Hadassah’s macro interests span local politics, grassroots community-building initiatives, and craftivism.

Outside of work, Hadassah enjoys visiting open studios, fostering kittens, doing puzzles with her family, and eating Smartfood Popcorn while watching Netflix.

Roxann Mascoll
Roxann Mascoll, MSW, LCSW
Staff Therapist
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Roxann identifies as a Black Nuyorican. Her professional interests include relational therapy, trauma-focused family dynamics, and she is an empathic clinician.

Roxann’s interests are counting how many times someone sings the ‘Roxann’ song (The Police/UTFO). She loves working to improve her health and mental wellness. She is an avid Caribbean cruiser.

Vanessa Mena-Gibson
Vanessa Mena-Gibson, MSW, LCSW
Staff Therapist & Case Manager
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Vanessa’s professional interests include: the impact of immigration, relationship issues (specifically break ups), implications of intersectionality, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, college adjustment, homesickness and mindfulness.

Outside of work, Vanessa’s interests include: speaking Spanglish, watching anime, spinning, architecture and design, collecting crystals, transcendental meditation, gaming, listening to music, collecting records, watching basketball, going to concerts, thrifting, watching films, traveling and trying new food.

Jonathan Moran
Jonathan Moran, MD/MBA
Staff Psychiatrist
Pronouns: he, him, his

Jon’s professional interests include: wellness, mindfulness, psychodynamics of medications, addictions and sports psychology.

Outside of work, he is an avid Boston sports fan who enjoys spending time with family and friends, competing in a softball league and playing guitar.

Landen Motyka
Landen Motyka, LCSW
LGBTQIA+ Specialist, Staff Therapist
Community Therapist to Gender & Sexuality Center
Pronouns: they, them, theirs

Landen is a white, queer, trans and non-binary identified clinical social worker who has been working with the LGBTQIA+ community for the past 8 years. They are passionate about social work because they believe in the healing power of therapy, particularly for marginalized people facing complex daily stress. They seek to utilize their professional and personal experiences in the LGBTQIA+ community, along with their sense of humor, to help you navigate challenging or transitional periods in your life. They are available for short-term therapy at the Gender & Sexuality Center, ongoing sessions at the Brandeis Counseling Center, or for consultations regarding coming out as queer, trans or non-binary, and/or for transition related care.

Their professional interests include: relational therapy and the therapeutic alliance, gender and sexuality, exploring kink/BDSM, polyamory and non-monogamy, family & relationship issues, racial and gender identity development, and working with presentations of anxiety, depression, and trauma.

In their free time you can find them singing along to ’90s pop and boybands, cooking nourishing foods, playing basketball, discussing wellness, healing, and social justice, or hanging out with their cat, Soosy.

Tal Nir
Tal Nir, PhD
Staff Therapist
Pronouns: she, her, hers

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.

Natiana Perez
Department Administrator
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Natiana is bilingual in English and Spanish. She greets and welcomes students upon arrival at the BCC.  She hopes to continue a career in the psychological field.

In her free time, she enjoys cooking and reading clinical research.

Martin Pierre
Martin Pierre, PhD
Staff Therapist
Pronouns: he, him, his

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.

Rachael Pucillo
Rachael Pucillo, LMHC
Eating Disorder Specialist
Group Coordinator
Pronouns: she, her, hers

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.

Sophie Schuyler, M.A.
Psychology Practicum Trainee
Pronouns: she, her, hers

A second-year student in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program at UMass Boston, Sophie’s professional interests include sexuality and romantic relationships, substance abuse, trauma, meditation and mindfulness, identity development and career counseling. Sophie identifies as queer and has experience working with LGBTQIA+ clients. 

In her free time, Sophie is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter. She also enjoys traveling, watching films and TV series, and spending time in nature. 

Denise Smith
Denise Smith, PhD
Staff Therapist
Pronouns: she, her, hers

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.

Ketan Tailor, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Pronouns: he, him, his

Ketan’s professional interests include: childhood trauma (especially sexual abuse),  matters of the self, sadness and depression, family, friend and romantic relationships, voice-hearing and unusual thoughts and beliefs, and racial oppression and dehumanization. While rooted in humanistic, psychoanalytic and contemplative spiritual traditions, Ketan draws on many schools of thought in his approach to psychotherapy.

Outside of work, Ketan enjoys music and film, cooking, reading philosophy and being in nature.

Sucheta Thekkedam
Sucheta Thekkedam, PhD
Staff Therapist
Community Therapist to Heller School and Intercultural Center (ICC)
Pronouns: she, her, hers

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 Tyrell
Dennis Tyrell, PhD
Staff Therapist/Senior Clinician
Co-Director of Training
Pronouns: he, him, his

Professional interests include: counseling with adolescents and adults, relationship and family of origin concerns, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, trauma, migration and cultural adjustments. Dennis is passionate about utilizing a multicultural framework in understanding the narratives that impact the lives of clients that he treats. He seeks to better understand marginalized identities that clients hold while promoting a holistic integration of self-acceptance and compassion.

Outside of work, Dennis enjoys finding balance through activities such as singing, writing, hiking, watching sports, and doing life together with those in his church family.

Jodi Waddell, MSW, LICSW
Trauma Specialist
Staff Therapist
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Jodi’s professional interests include: PTSD and trauma, crisis evaluation and management, foster care and adoption, identity development and LGBTQ, and family system dynamics. Jodi also has a passion for social justice and race-related issues. She has spoken at many conferences about transracial adoption and microaggessions in today’s society. As a transracial adoptive parent, she witnesses first hand the racial traumas that people face and is driven to provide a multicultural focus to her clinical work. Jodi works collaboratively with her clients to develop treatment plans that are creative and specialized to each person's needs. She brings compassion, empathy, and humor to the therapeutic relationship and utilizes a strengths-based approach. 

In her free time, Jodi enjoys outdoor adventures and going on bike rides with her two kids. She is frequently found petting every dog she walks by, while looking for new coffee shops to try. She also loves puzzles, photography, sewing, and watching Netflix series that cause her to stay up way too late!