Jean M. Joyce-Brady, Director, Psychologist
Jean M. Joyce-Brady, Ph.D.
Director, Counseling, Health & Wellness
Dr. Joyce-Brady’s career in higher education spans over thirty years of experience as a licensed psychologist and/or senior student affairs administrator at both public and private institutions. She has served as a supervisor, trainer and consultant for departments of counseling, disability support services, residence life, multicultural affairs, student leadership, academic support, and recreation and wellness. Dr. Joyce-Brady holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Delaware in College Counseling and a doctorate in Counseling and Student Personnel Administration from the University of Maryland. Her dissertation research focused upon counseling strategy preferences for Black female college students. She is a licensed psychologist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and has presented at both the regional and national level regarding current issues affecting the health and well-being of college students. Diversity dialogues, campus civility, sexual harassment, discrimination, relationship violence, sexual assault/sexual coercion and crisis management are some of the campus concerns about which she has provided leadership, training and/or counseling services.
Dr. Joyce-Brady is committed to providing healthcare services that address students’ intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs in a holistic way. The mind and body are not separate entities but are deeply interconnected. She believes that university healthcare must approach student health with this wellness philosophy and she incorporates this in her daily work with students.
Dr. Joyce-Brady is an active member of the American College Health Association, the American Psychological Association, the Massachusetts Psychological Association and the National Association of College Student Personnel Administrators. Her recent publications in higher education have addressed college student health as well as mid-career concerns for women professionals in student affairs.
The opportunity to work with students is a privilege and honor in Dr. Joyce-Brady’s eyes. She strives to maintain balance and wellness in her life through Pilates, walking, reading, music, and time with family.
Lynda Field, Training Director, Psychologist
Lynda D. Field, Ph.D. is the Training Director for the Counseling Center's APA accredited Doctoral Internship in Profession Psychology. Dr. Field received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Denver. She subsequently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Field went on to become a staff psychologist specializing in the field of child, adolescent, and family forensic psychology which also granted her an academic appointment as Instructor of Psychology in the Harvard Medical School. From 1993 until her departure in the summer of 1998, she supervised Postdoctoral Fellows, taught, provided consultation, offered expert testimony, and conducted psychological evaluations in the context of civil, criminal, and juvenile legal matters. Dr. Field developed expertise in assessment and treat of individuals who were suffering from Post traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, anxiety, and other serious mental health problems.
Dr. Field's approach to counseling and supervision is guided by a developmental perspective with an integration of systemic, Multicultural, psychodynamic, and behavioral approaches.
Dr. Field is a member of the Leadership Council for the National Latina/o Psychological Association. She is Past President of the National Latina/o Psychological Association (2013), and an active member of the American Psychological Association. As a Puerto Rican psychologist, she is committed to multicultural approaches to understanding human development. Although Dr. Field is not fully bilingual, she comprehends and speaks Spanish. In the past, she has conducted research in order to better understand the factors that impact upon the academic achievement of Latino adolescents and the self-concept of biracial adolescents.
In her free time, Dr. Field enjoys outdoor activities, spending time with her family and good friends, and trying out new recipes.
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Paul R. Korn, Psychologist
Paul R. Korn has been a faculty member at Suffolk University since 1974, and became a Professor of Psychological Services in 1985. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Connecticut, and he is a licensed psychologist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Paul's philosophical orientation to therapy and education is grounded in the Gestalt approach, which informs his work highlighting cognitive, behavioral, and existential themes and interventions.
In addition to working as an individual and group therapist with college students, his skill areas include: organization development, collaboration, and consultation in higher education; paraprofessional training and supervision; design and facilitation of experiential learning; systems consultation to promote and sustain genuine multicultural organizations; anti-bias and racism awareness education; and stress recognition and management workshops. Paul has taught an undergraduate course, "Introduction to Counseling Skills," for many years and describes it as "pure joy."
Paul has been a member of the American Psychological Association, the Massachusetts Psychological Association, and is a past president of the Society Organize Against Racism in New England Higher Education, Inc. (SOAR), a regional network of professionals and students.
Paul keeps his life in balance by working, playing, and dancing with his wife, Sue, who is an independent organization consultant and professional writer. He also loves the challenges of travel, practices Tai Chi every day on the beach near his house, likes to get his hands dirty in the garden, and is devoted to books (latest: Zealot), theatre (latest: Finding Neverland), and movies (latest: For No Good Reason, a documentary about the radical artist, Ralph Steadman).
Bryan Mendiola, Psychologist
"You should examine yourself and ask how many times you have tried to connect with your heart, fully and truly...how much have you connected with yourself at all in your whole life?" (Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche)
When asked once why we do this work, a supervisor of mine responded simply, "Because we wanted more." He was not referring to accolades or material success; he was talking about living more fully. I have long been someone driven to seek more from life. During much of my life family, art, and religion represented an opportunity to explore the range of experience and see life more clearly. I was blessed with a family that valued achievement, community, responsibility, and faith. While in art school, I began a practice of meditation and self-exploration that fostered my interest in both psychology and Eastern spirituality. But especially influential at this time were my close relationships that showed me just how trying and sorrowful life could be.
What I eventually found in both Zen Buddhism and clinical psychology was yet another way of looking at the world and the problem of suffering. I became intimately concerned about freedom. Not necessarily freedom from pain and suffering, but rather freedom to be with life and live it more fully. And the paradox became clearer: perhaps freedom comes when we don't have to be more, when we don't have to have things any different than how they are, when life is exactly how it is. And in that space, there is nothing wrong; nothing wrong with us or with what we go through. And in those moments, we are free to be more.
Those people in my life who have shared their struggles (and shared in mine) so intimately have given me a rare gift; the gift of seeing life more completely. Pain is what makes life full; it tells us that we are alive, that we feel, and that we care passionately. I see now that one of the great gifts you may offer another is to sit with their pain as it is; to sit with them through the unknown and uncertainty of their pain and not move to change. I believe therapy is an opportunity to be present to life, to wake up to life's realities and possibilities, to understand life's limitations as well as the transcendence of limits.
---Bryan is a native of Milwaukee, WI, where both his parents emigrated from the Philippines. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an emphasis on Painting/Drawing and Art Education. Prior to joining Suffolk, he earned his M.A. and Psy.D. degrees from the University of Denver and trained as a psychology resident at the Bedford VA Medical Center. Bryan's areas of interest include anxiety and stress, suicide and depression, crisis intervention, issues of identity, and addictions, working from an acceptance-, exposure-, and mindfulness-based approach. Currently Bryan spends his leisure time working on small art projects, attending meditation groups, going for walks, visiting family, eating good food, dancing salsa, taking naps, being near water, reading on spirituality, trying yoga, wishing he could cook, learning and laughing with loved ones
Kinga A. Pastuszak, Psychologist
Dr. Pastuszak had dedicated the last 13 years to the pursuit of the most comprehensive education, clinical training and experience in the field of clinical psychology. She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Health Service Provider in the state of Massachusetts. Dr. Pastuszak received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the George Washington University. Her doctoral and post-doctoral level training occurred in a variety of intensive settings serving a diversity of diagnostic needs, including a community mental health clinic, a special-needs school for emotionally disturbed children, the Tewksbury Hospital in patient units, as well as the intensive outpatient clinics at Two Brattle Center. She has held appointments as a psychologist at McLean Hospital and at Two Brattle Center. Dr. Pastuszak has worked at Suffolk University over the past 8 years as a senior staff psychologist and serves as a supervisor for the APA accredited pre-doctoral training program.
Dr. Pastuszak is a seasoned clinician who is well-versed in a variety of therapeutic approaches from which she draws either exclusively or in concert. This offers each person she works with an approach that is individually tailored to their unique goals, needs and challenges. Inherent in this process is an open dialogue about what is working/not working for the client, so that both client and clinician are constantly maximizing the efficacy of the work.
She believes that what brings someone to therapy is always deeply personal and deeply compelling. Such an experience is unique, and it is complex. Thus to fully acknowledge, validate, and to understand requires skillful integration of listening, empathy, theoretical knowledge, clinical acumen, compassion and, most of all, willingness to fully engage in the process.
Some of the theoretical approaches utilized by Dr. Pastuszak include: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, as well a Positive Psychology. She also has a strong appreciation for the use of humor as a therapeutic tool; any long, hard look at ourselves deserves to come with a dose of levity
Dr. Pastuszak is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Massachusetts Psychological Association.
Teresa Blevins, Psychologist
Dr. Teresa Blevins is a licensed psychologist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; she earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Auburn University, and she has had the privilege of working in higher education in College Counseling and teaching since 2006. She is active in the American Group Psychological Association, the Association of University and College Counseling Center Outreach, is a professional member of the American Psychological Association, and is a certified Laughter Yoga instructor. Her dissertation focused on perception and expectations of using humor in therapy, and she has been involved in research related to Multicultural Competency in mental health providers, lying therapy, and messages about sexual behavior in reality TV.
Dr. Blevins enjoys working with individuals, couples, and groups to explore the experiences of their lives and the impact on their mood, relationships, and general well-being. This exploration leads to a greater awareness of patterns and reactions, and with awareness comes the power to choose to change something (or not). Her clinical work is based in Adlerian Therapy, which focuses on encouragement and figuring out how to use our strengths as we move forward in living, this incorporates some exploration of the past as well as tools for moving forward like increasing mind-body awareness (Mindfulness) and noticing our thoughts. Her goal is to create a safe space for exploration and self-care.
Her clinical interests include working with individuals and groups struggling with depression and anxiety, body image and disordered eating concerns, struggle with identity and changing phases of life, sexual identity, and survivors of sexual assault. She is invigorated by working with college students- learning, growing, succeeding, loving and even failing and figuring out how to handle it...it's exciting and it's hard. Additionally, she is passionate about prevention and education around mental health concerns and how we can better connect and care for ourselves and others.
Ferris Beuller had a point, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." So often this "simple" wisdom gets lost and things get blurry and then all of a sudden we are overwhelmed. In those times, it's nice to have a place to slow down, take a moment, and look around--Dr. Teresa Blevins is honored to be able to sit in that place with the Suffolk community. She tries to keep some balance in her own life by playing outside regularly (preferably with her dog), reading, laughing, and mild crafting.
Zara Konarski PMHCNS
Zara is a Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, accredited through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She holds a Masters in Nursing from the MGH Institute of Health Professions and has completed her undergraduate education with Bachelors in Psychology from George Washington University. Zara's clinical training includes placements at Massachusetts General Hospital, Chelsea High School, and the Lynn Community Health Center. Prior work experiences include exposure to a variety of settings, including inpatient hospitals, residential facilities and schools, outpatient group practices, and community mental health agencies. In addition to her work at Suffolk University, Zara continues to provide consultation and on-going management to the clients of Children's Charter, Inc. and Rediscovery House, as well as maintain a small, outpatient private practice. She is a member of the Massachusetts Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses.
Zara specializes in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety disorders, depression and other affective disorders, Post traumatic Stress Disorder, and ADHD through individual therapy and pharmacological management. In particular, Zara has experience in and enjoys working with the adolescent and young adult populations, individuals affected by trauma or abuse, and clients experiencing distress or confusion related to gender or sexuality issues. Zara maitains a collaborative and holistic approach with her clients, holding the belief that it is when individuals feel as if they are valued and active participant in their treatment that they can best obtain mastery over the issues they are facing.
She finds reading, knitting, gardening, exercising, listening to music and podcasts, being with family friends, and spending time near bodies of water to be some of the most effective and enjoyable paths to relaxation and sanity.
Abimbola Afolayan, 2014-2015 Doctoral Intern
I am currently a doctoral candidate in counseling psychology
Lavanya Devdas, 2014-2015 Doctoral Intern
As a Pre-Doctoral Intern,
James Graceffo, 2014-2015 Doctoral Intern
I am a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology .