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.
Stephanie Kendall, Training Director, PsychologistStephanie Kendall, Ph.D. has over 15 years of experience working at various levels of leadership in higher education counseling and health centers as well as student affairs. She obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from George Mason University and her B.A. from Smith College. Dr. Kendall is passionate about the importance of emotional and physical well-being to the success of students. Throughout her career, she has worked to increase awareness, decrease stigma, and empower all students to feel comfortable asking for help when needed. Dr. Kendall has presented nationally on generational trends in college counseling and on effective data-driven outreach and prevention efforts in college settings and is an active member of the American College Counseling Association and the American Psychological Association.
As the APA Training Coordinator for CHW’s APA Accredited Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology, Dr. Kendall brings her extensive supervisory and management experience to the oversight of the training experience for 3 doctoral interns each year. Dr. Kendall takes a developmental approach to supervision in line with the training program’s focus on providing high quality clinical services to students, expanding multicultural competency, and maintaining a holistic approach to understanding the needs and concerns of students.
Dr. Kendall is a warm, direct, and collaborative therapist who enjoys developing strong relationships with students. She integrates a variety of therapeutic approaches depending on individual needs, including relational and relational-cultural therapy, psychodynamic, and cognitive-behavioral approaches. She maintains an interest and awareness of the importance of identity and culture in shaping individuals as people, and enjoys working with students from all backgrounds and identities. Dr. Kendall maintains specific clinical interests in addressing difficulties in interpersonal relationships, understanding and coping with trauma/abuse, depression, self-esteem, concerns about identity and/or social justice, and grief or loss. Dr. Kendall also has particular experience working with LGBTQA+ students.
When not working, Dr. Kendall can be found spending time with her family, cooking, running, and keeping up with friends and loved ones.
Hang Le Ngo, Psychologist
Hang Ngo, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist who earned her doctorate degree at the Wright Institute and her B.A. at Swarthmore College. Her dissertation focused on the reconciliation and integration of sexual orientation and ethnic identities among first generation LGBTQ Chinese immigrants
Dr. Ngo’s clinical interests and experience include trauma, developmental psychology, positive psychology, and working with diverse populations. In addition, Dr. Ngo is experienced in serving first generation college students, clients of color, and LGBTQIQ communities.
Use of multiculturally-competent approaches that consider the intersections of multiple identities, particularly race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, and immigration/refugee history are important to her work. In therapy, Dr. Ngo utilizes an integrative approach, including cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and family systems interventions, to help her clients manage stress, build on their strengths, and find authenticity in their lives. Dr. Ngo is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.
When Dr. Ngo is not at work, she enjoys exploring and adventuring locally and internationally, playing outside, doing art, spending quality time with friends and family, and hunting for the next best donut.
Mark Furtado, PsychologistDr. Mark Furtado is a Licensed Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from William James College and has several years of experience working in the mental health field. Dr. Furtado also holds a Master of Social Work degree from Boston College, and he earned his B.A. from Syracuse University. He completed his internship and post-doctoral fellowship in a university counseling center and he is a professional member of the American Psychological Association.
Dr. Furtado brings warmth and compassion to his work and takes an integrative treatment approach to meet each person's specific needs. Most often, Dr. Furtado incorporates components of relational and person-centered therapies to support clients as they work towards the important goals they set for themselves. He has experience working with individuals, couples, and groups in a variety of settings with presenting issues including anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, substance use issues and addiction, stress management, sleep problems, and relationship issues. Dr. Furtado has also done research related to LGBTQ identity developments and strives to provide culturally competent care for the individuals with whom he works.
In addition to his passion for mental health care, Dr. Furtado likes to maintain balance in his life through spending time with family and friends, cooking, playing with his black lab Riker (of TNG), watching sci-fi and true-crime movies/tv, geocaching, and staying active.
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.
Vanessa Alvarez, 2016-2017 Doctoral InternVanessa is a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology Program at Suffolk University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and Spanish from the University of Miami in 2007, followed by a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Suffolk University in 2013.
Vanessa’s approach to therapy is integrative, drawing from a range of research-supported interventions that explicitly focus on cultivating acceptance, mindfulness, and self-compassion (e.g., ACT, DBT, ABBT), along with more traditional cognitive behavioral approaches and psychodynamic, insight-oriented principles. Most importantly, Vanessa views therapy as a collaborative process and enjoys tailoring therapy according to each individual client’s needs, experiences, and preferences. She is particularly interested in multicultural issues; relational problems, especially in intimate partner relationships and parent/caregiver-child relationships; identity development; stress reactions; women’s concerns; health psychology and issues surrounding chronic pain; and promoting academic success among underrepresented student groups. Her dissertation study is focused on exploring the relationship between self-compassion and other-focused concern (i.e., concern for others’ wellbeing).
Her favorite activities include cycling, yoga, meditation, attending live music/comedy/theater shows, drinking strong cups of coffee, people watching, spending quality time with loved ones, and spoiling her 9-pound Shih Tzu named Theodore.
Jennifer Chang, 2016-2017 Doctoral InternJennifer J. Chang is a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She holds an M.S.Ed. in Counselor Education, specializing in Mental Health Counseling, from Queens College, City University of New York, and a B.A. in Psychology from Bryn Mawr College. She is also a member of the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Association for Graduate Students, and Asian American Psychological Association.
As a therapist, she has worked with diverse populations in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, non-profits, and college counseling centers. Her clinical approach is integrative, fusing psychodynamic, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness-based theories--all through a feminist/multicultural lens. As a researcher and clinician, Jennifer is passionate about identity development issues. These topics could include: how people become aware of and understand their race, gender, and other identities; the role of intersecting social identities; coming out as LGBTQIA+; cross-cultural and cross-generational conflicts; and adjusting to college or other new situations.
Jennifer has also worked with groups and organizations as a multicultural trainer and consultant to develop more mindful and culturally competent leaders. These experiences have inspired her current dissertation study on the experiences of Asian American activists and how their racial/ethnic identity and activist identity develop.
Jennifer is a huge proponent of sustainable self-care, which includes finding small moments throughout the day to take a deep breath and be more mindful. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, watching TV/movies, playing Scrabble, sketching, and meditating.
Jose Javier Flores, 2016-2017 Doctoral InternJose Flores is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at Azusa Pacific University. He earned his M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Azusa Pacific University and his B.A. in Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. Jose’s clinical approach to therapy is grounded in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and infused with humanistic and cognitive behavioral therapy approaches. He strives to help students by using their thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations to develop greater clarity about personal values and to commit to needed behavior change. Jose’s primary areas of clinical expertise are in depression and anxiety disorders, cultural issues, stress management, developing relationships and life discovery. Jose is a member of the American Psychological Association. When not working with students, Jose will likely find himself, reading, playing board games, and socializing with others.