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.
Bryan Mendiola, Psychologist
Dr. Bryan Mendiola began his career at Suffolk University in 2009 as an Assistant Professor and Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Psychological Services. He now serves the Office of Counseling, Health, and Wellness as a Licensed Staff Psychologist, specializing in mindfulness-based behavior therapies for issues of anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, grief and loss, relationship and family conflict, and racial, sexual, gender, or spiritual identity. He has a particular interest in working with anxiety or fear-based struggles, including various kinds of stress and worry, panic, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, social phobias, and trauma. He also has a passion exploring identity development, life transitions, and relationship concerns - such as difficulties in intimacy, trust, self-confidence, commitment, and communication. Prior to joining Suffolk, Bryan earned his M.A. and Psy.D. degrees from the University of Denver and served numerous individuals and groups in school settings, university counseling centers, community mental health, managed care, and VA hospitals, eventually completely his psychology residency at the Bedford VA Medical Center in Bedford, MA.
As a practitioner of both Buddhism and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, Bryan's specialization has been in Mindfulness Meditation, Relaxation, and Exposure Therapy for stress, anxiety, and trauma. HIs primary approach is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), with a holistic focus on the mind, heart, body, and culture (racial, gender, sexual, spiritual) of the students he works with. Ultimately, Bryan values therapy relationships firmly built on understanding, support acceptance and trust. At the same time, he values therapy that challenges clients and again and again - to look at themselves clearly; to understand the impact of their thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and relationships; and to create effective, meaningful, and sustainable changes in their lives.
Bryan is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Massachusetts. He has been an ongoing member of the American Psychological Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. Much of his recent continuing education training is in the areas of mindfulness-based therapy, spiritually-focused treatment, working with trauma and eating disorders, and group counseling.
Finally, 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, an experience that continues to shape his professional and personal life. Currently Bryan maintains a small private practice in Cambridge, MA and is an ongoing community member and volunteer at the Shambhala Meditation Center of Boston, where he serves as the Chair of the Diversity Committee and offers meditation instruction and mentorship. Bryan spends his leisure time working on small art projects, attending meditation, groups, going for walks, visiting family, eating good food, taking naps, being near water, reading on superheroes and spirituality, trying yoga, pretneding to cook, and 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
Bola Afolayan is a doctoral candidate from Antioch University New England, (AUNE) Keene, NH. Her undergraduate education was completed in Nigeria where she earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in History. She earned her Master of Science in psychology from AUNE and a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH. Her theoretical framework is both Cognitive and Behavioral which includes Cognitive Behavioral Theory, behavioral activation, Acceptance and Commitment Theory, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Cognitive Processing Therapy. Her areas of interest are complex trauma, multiculturalism, and cultural adaptation in assessment and treatment.She also uses a Positive Psychology framework with focus on strengths and optimal human functioning. She belongs to the APA graduate Student association, and she is a student affiliate of division 52, International psychology. In her spare time, Bola loves to garden. She also enjoys traveling.
Lavanya Devdas, 2014-2015 Doctoral Intern
Lavanya Devdas is a doctoral student from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA. She did her undergraduate degree in Psychology and masters in social work from India. Her theoretical orientation is integrative and includes CBT, Gestalt and interpersonal process therapy. Her clinical interests include working with clients experiencing stress and anxiety, relational and adjustment concerns, acculturation and conflicts related to cultural values and coping skills. She is also interested in clinical supervision, supervisory working alliance and evaluation practices. Her research interests include multiculturalism, cultural orientation, and supervision. She is student member of APA, ACA, PPA, ACES and AAPA, and was a committee chair for the multicultural resource guide team at PPA from 2010 to 2012. During her free time, Lavanya likes to read books, watch Seinfeld and the Big Bang Theory. She also likes dancing (boom-box style) and catching up with friends and family over coffee (her best friend). She likes taking walks and enjoys going to parks.
James Graceffo, 2014-2015 Doctoral Intern
James (Jamie) M. Graceffo, M.A. is a Pre-Doctoral Intern at the Counseling Center's APA accredited Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology. Jamie received his M.A. in clinical psychology from The College at Brockport-State University of New York. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program at Penn State University and is expected to complete his degree in August, 2015. Prior to becoming a pre-doctoral intern, Jamie worked with a broad array of Penn State students at their counseling center. Jaime enjoys working with a diverse group of individuals. He has developed specific interests in working with a variety of presenting concerns including anxiety and depression, interpersonal struggle, childhood trauma, alcohol and/or drug related difficulties, and disorders on the Autism Spectrum. Jamie also has extensive group counseling experiences ranging from topic specific groups (e.g., Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse) to more general interpersonal process groups (e.g., Understanding Self and Others), and is looking forward to co-facilitating a group this year.
Jamie's counseling style is best described as a multi-culturally sensitive approach that is responsive to the varying needs of each individual he meets with. There is, perhaps, no better description of the therapeutic approach that Jamie strives to achieve than Gordon Paul's (1967) iconic question: "What treatment, by whom, is most effective for this individual with that specific concern, and under which set of circumstances?"
In his free time, Jamie enjoys spending time with his family and friends, is an avid reader and watches a wide variety of documentaries.