Jean M. Joyce-Brady, Ph.D., Director, Psychologist
To be announced, the Director of
Lynda Field, Psychologist, Interim Director
Lynda D. Field, Ph.D. is the Training Director for the Counseling Center's APA accredited Doctoral Internship in Profession Psychology. She is currently President-Elect of the National Latina/o 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.
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 treatment of individuals who were suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, anxiety, and other serious mental health problems.
In her free time, Dr. Field enjoys outdoor activities, spending time with her family and good friends, and trying out new recipes.
Kathryn Jackson, Psychologist
As a licensed psychologist, I bring to the Counseling Center experience working with individuals, couples and families. Areas of clinical interest include enhancing self-esteem, relationship development, family dynamics, racism's impact on group and self-identity, career exploration and personality style, and the therapeutic use of poetry, memoir and other creative modalities. I especially value the mutual learning that is inherent in working with "psychologists in training" and look forward to having the opportunity to supervise interns.
In the past I developed and led a graduate ALANA group whose members have continued to meet and expand their circle by reaching out to students from other colleges and universities. I am hopeful that I might be able to share experiences garnered from running this group with students and colleagues at Suffolk.
Educated in the public schools of Brooklyn, New York, I attended and graduated from Goddard College in Vermont where I focused my senior study on the Harlem Renaissance and African American writers of the 1960s. I then went to Reed College in Portland, Oregon where I obtained an M.A.T. in English. After acquiring further work and life experiences, I entered the doctoral program in Counseling Psychology at Temple University, graduating in 1992. Advanced training in family therapy has helped to widen my therapeutic lens by taking into greater account the social context of client concerns.
Nowadays for sustenance, I take yoga and Alexander technique lessons, read and write--more often nonfiction and poetry--and relish sharing stories of laughter and struggle with family and friends.
Paul R. Korn, Psychologist
As I am completing my thirty-seventh year with the Suffolk University Counseling Center, I am well aware of the yin and yang of my work. There is so much that is familiar -- comforting and predictable -- and there is so much that is new, exciting and challenging. And I like it that way. At times, I can rely on the familiar; and, at other times I can seek the unexplored. These are sentences written by someone whose life is bracketed by Abbot and Costello's "Who's on First?" and the Zumba craze.
The University Counseling Center, my colleagues, and the students here have been both my work site and the foundation for my own learning, development, and maturation. That's not to say that I don't have a life outside my job. It just seems important to start by saying that I am happy and nurtured by what I do as a psychologist at our school.
The Smiling Juggler is a metaphor for how I live my life. I'm not one of those intense performers, gritting his teeth to keep an astounding number of odd objects in the air, demonstrating both prowess and determination. Nope. Juggling is for fun, for focus, and for rhythmic meditation, paying attention to how I feel and moving with comfort and balance, while I remain curious and interested in getting things done.
If I have learned nothing else over the years, it's the lesson from Baba Ram Dass that therapists and teachers can be helpful only as much as they've helped themselves. Ram Dass also warned (to paraphrase): Half of what I say is brilliant and half of what I say is B.S., and I don't know the difference; so be very careful.
My work as a professor of psychological services and a staff psychologist at the UCC is my first and only full-time job, after holding multiple part-time positions through and directly after graduate school at the University of Connecticut. I was an undergraduate on the banks of the Genesee at the University of Rochester. I've been pulsing to the education rhythm of the year since nursery school.
What I am currently doing will let the reader know something about my interests and my latest juggling act. The clinical clients I have worked with over the past years range in age from 18 to 52. They include: a first year law student, a Latina, who is the first of her family to get an advanced degree and is suffering from the pressure to succeed; a freshman struggling with questions about the impact of reporting her abuse as a child; an African American who has ADHD and is also battling health problems and depression; a Muslim student, dealing with a raft of phobias as well as financial problems; and a student whose struggle with sexual identity and career issues lead to questions about what is normal and what is the way to live that will bring most satisfaction.
As we complete another school year, I am looking forward to September. I will be starting to work half-time at the Counseling Center, which will be a big transition for everyone involved. I am eager to develop a working relationship with each of the three graduate interns arriving in August. I am continually updating the training seminar that I teach, helping our interns develop skills in outreach, training, and consultation (OTC), including more focus on co-leading workshops and learning hands-on consultation skills.
My time at the Counseling Center will be devoted primarily to clinical work and the OTC training seminar. I have reduced my involvement in some cherished university activities including: being a trainer in the Safe Zone program; coordinating our ADAPT program, Action for Depression Awareness, Prevention, and Treatment, which we have been running for the past nine years; chairing the President's Commission on the status of AHANA Faculty, Staff, and Students; and participating in the search committee for the Suffolk University Chief Diversity Officer.
I will also reduce my 23-year involvement with the Society Organized Against Racism in Higher Education (SOAR), a regional network of professionals and students, which, among other programs, is offering regular meetings to students from member campuses to discuss racism, discrimination and anti-bias activities.
This year, I am teaching for the umpteenth semester a psychology course, "Introduction to Counseling Skills," a skills-based course that is always a pure joy.
Finally, I have just finished reading a memoir by Martha Gellhorn, global journalist who covered everything from the Spanish Civil War in the 1030's to the Vietnam War; and, with a brief pause to struggle with some crossword puzzles from the New York Times Sunday Magazines that I have collected, I will probably start a book about the making of the wonderful musical, "Avenue Q". I have planted our annual vegetable garden at our home in Gloucester. I am adjusting to the distance I feel from my sons who are growing up and away from me; I am running most mornings on the beach, missing my beautiful black dog, Sheba; and I am working, playing, and dancing with my wife, Sue, who is an independent organization consultant and professional writer.
And all the time, what's important is keeping my balance and not dropping any balls as I juggle, but choosing which ones to put down temporarily, as I continue on my merry way.
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
I find myself being especially contemplative about beginning my role as a staff psychologist with the Suffolk University Counseling Center. I look forward to offering my clinical strengths in ways that will supplement the diverse yet complimentary clinical perspectives that so clearly have made the counseling center a tremendous resource for the University. I am also looking forward to continued professional and personal growth through dynamic interactions with staff and students alike.
I come to the Counseling Center as a licensed psychologist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the George Washington University where I earned concentrations in child and adult psychodynamic psychotherapy. I went on to complete an APA accedited pre-doctoral fellowship at Tewksbury Hospital, Hathorne Mental Health Units, where I worked providing short- and long-term individual and group psychotherapy with an adult inpatient psychiatric population. I pursued intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and psychodynamic group therapy during my post-doctoral fellowship at the Two Brattle Center in Harvard Square. Since completing my fellowship, I have worked as a clinical affiliate at the Two Brattle Center and as a staff psychologist in the Women's Treatment Program at McLean Hospital, where I remain on staff as an instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry of the Harvard Medical School. Areas of clinical interest include mood disturbances, anxiety, relationship challenges and relational difficulties, as well as affective dysregulation leading to self-harm, maladaptive, or self-defeating behaviors.
I also enjoy maintaining a diverse private practice in Cambridge assisting adults, adolescents, and families with promoting adaptive change and mastery of problems through identifying and understanding difficulties and competencies in diverse aspect of daily living.
Teresa Blevins, Psychologist
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-I am honored to be able to sit in that place with the Suffolk community.
I come to the Counseling Center as a licensed psychologist in the state of Massachusetts; my doctorate in Counseling Psychology is from Auburn University, and I completed my pre-doctoral internship at Texas A&M University and my post-doctoral work at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. Before moving to Boston, I worked as a staff psychologist at Gonzaga University in WA. Since moving to Boston, I've been teaching some psychology courses and seeing clients in Cambridge. I absolutely love to work with college students-learning, growing, succeeding, loving, even failing and figuring out how to handle it...it's exciting. It's hard. It's awesome.
I enjoy 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 work is rewarding and this work is challenging. The exploration leads to a great awareness of patterns and reactions, and with awareness comes the power to choose to change something (or not). My 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. My goal is to create a safe space for exploration and self-care-that place for slowing down and looking around when things are going too fast.
I have worked extensively with individuals and groups struggling with depression and anxiety, body image and disordered eating concerns, struggles with identity and changing phases of life, sexual orientation and LGBT concerns, and survivors of sexual assault. Additionally, I'm passionate about prevention and education around mental health concerns and how we can better connect and care for ourselves and others, and I am a certified Laughter Yoga Leader!
Ashley Kies, 2013-2014 Doctoral Intern
I am currently a doctoral candidate in counseling psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where I also completed a master's degree in community counseling and a bachelor's degree in psychology. Throughout my professional training, I have gained experience with individual, group, career/vocational, and crisis counseling. I have worked in a variety of settings, including at a university counseling center, at community-based health facilities, and at American Indian schools with clients from a range of diverse backgrounds.
It is important to me to honor a client's worldview, community orientation, cultural background, and spiritual/religious practices that could be relevant to their mental health. My approach to therapy and counseling is guided by an overarching multicultural, social justice, and feminist worldview. I aim to work collaboratively with clients to help them become equipped with tools to navigate challenges in life, while maintaining a strengths-based and empowering perspective. I view my role as a counselor as a privilege in helping clients with healing, meaning-making, change, and growth.
In addition to my professional life, I enjoy traveling around the world, being active, listening to live music, being outdoors and watching interesting films. Although the Midwest has been home for many years, I welcome new challenges and opportunities in Boston and look forward to being a part of the Suffolk University community.
Samantha Morris, 2013-2014 Doctoral Intern
I come to Suffolk University from the Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology at the University of Hartford, where I am a doctoral candidate. I earned my master's degree in Clinical Psychology from the same university. Over the past year, I have been working full time at the University of Hartford Counseling and Psychological Services where my career aspiration of working with college students has been solidified.
Prior to my clinical work at the University of Hartford, I worked at the Anxiety Disorders Center at the Institute of Living in Harford, Connecticut where I was trained in evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for individuals with anxiety disorders as well as depressive disorders. My training has also included working at a group home for adolescent females where I was extensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and also given the opportunity to facilitate mindfulness and adventure therapy groups. Other work and volunteer opportunities have taken me everywhere from living in a small village in Southeast Asia to leading zipline tours in the treetops. There is not better place to learn about someone than standing beside them on the edge of a platform 50 feet above the ground, and asking them to let go and face their fears head on. From these training opportunities and experiences, the biggest lesson I have learned is that the human spirit is unbreakable. I believe strongly in an approach to therapy that helps each individual find and build the strength and resilience that already lies within them.
My clinical interests include, cognitive behavioral interventions, positive psychology, mindfulness practice and skills, anxiety disorders, stress and stress management, the role of nutrition in mental health, and outdoor adventure therapy. I have particular interest in the role of stress in both physical and mental illness and have based much of my personal research in this area.
In my spare time, I enjoy adventures in the outdoors, spending time with friends and family, new and ever-changing fitness activities, reading, writing, and traveling.
Sarah Piontkowski, 2013-2014 Doctoral Intern
I am a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park. After spending five years in Washington D.C., I am delighted to have the opportunity to join the Suffolk University community for my pre-doctoral internship. Having grown up in Massachusetts, I am also thrilled to be returning home to New England.
My enthusiasm for psychology and education began when I was an undergraduate at Mount Holyoke College. After college, I served as an Assistant Director of Admission at my alma mater, and advocated for social justice issues in higher education. As a doctoral student, I have been drawn to clinical work, teaching, and research that reflect my belief in the centrality of relationships to well-being, a focus on strengths, my passions for issues affecting girls and women, and an interesting in the connection between psychological and physical health. Drawing from these themes, my dissertation explores the qualities of close relationships that help protect college women from developing body image and eating concerns.
Clinically, I have loved working with college students on issues related to identity development, relationship concerns, and optimizing resilience during transition and crisis. In hospital and community settings, I have also enjoyed working with adolescent girls and young women who are coping with eating disorders. My approach to therapy is based on the belief that we all have a natural inclination toward growth, especially within supportive relationships. I believe that relationships at many levels, from individual to societal, are important, and strive to understand the ways that systemic barriers impact my clients' well-being. Essential to my style is creating a safe space within which my clients can engage in self-exploration, grow in their awareness of themselves and others, find healing, and make changes that feel meaningful to them.
When I am not working, I love spending time with my friends and family, catching a game at Fenway, listening to This American Life, being by the water, and exploring - from my neighborhood farmers' market to a far-away city.