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, Psychologist
Stephanie Kendall, Ph.D. is the Training Director for the Counseling Center's APA accredited Doctoral Internship in Profession Psychology. Information will be posted soon.
Brian Harnsberger, Psychologist
Dr. Harnsberger earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from William James College. He has been working in the field of psychology for the past six years in various therapeutic settings. His dissertation research focused on deconstructing the concept of recovery from addiction and his current interests include producing research focused on integrating social media into college outreach programs. Dr. Harnsberger also serves as the President-Elect for the Society of Descriptive Psychology, an organization that provides conceptual framework for the science of psychology and other human sciences.
Dr. Harnsberger enjoys working with college-aged populations in an individual or group setting. He uses an integrative treatment approach - most frequently implementing skills and interventions utilized in status-dynamic psychotherapy, motivational interviewing, solution-focused and person-centered psychotherapies. His clinical interests include treating complex living issues associated with college-aged populations such as addictions, relationship and identity issues, adjustment and anxiety. He firmly believes that collaborative involvement and affirmations are two essential practices in counseling.
Bryan tries to promote wellness in his own life by allowing time to enjoy watching movies (and Netflix), playing guitar to unwind, participating in kickboxing and soccer, and learning about integrating technology into psychological practices as a way to stay intellectually stimulated.
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.
Ellen Darling, 2015-2016 Doctoral Intern
Ellen is a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology at Clark University. She holds an M.A. in Clinical Psychology (2014) from Clark and a B.A. in Theatre Arts (2007) from Brown University. Ellen's clinical approach is grounded in third-wave mindfulness and acceptance-based therapies, yet she also brings a strong psychodynamic background to her work. She strives to address present client symptoms through evidence-based approaches, while also considering the broader interplay of life events, family systems dynamics, and cultural frameworks, in influencing one's present experience. Ellen has worked in a wide range of clinical settings.
Ellen's primary areas of clinical expertise are in couple relationships, mood and anxiety disorders, mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches to treatment, Motivational Interviewing, and student mental health.
Ellen's clinical work is influenced by her strong research training. She has presented her research on mindfulness, couples, and relationship satisfaction at national and international conferences, and has also authored or co-authored numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles.
Ellen is a member of the American Psychological Association, and the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Ellen is currently conducting dissertation research in the area of brief relationship healthcare, co-located in obstetric settings, as a preventative intervention for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Ellen lives in Providence, RI, and, in her spare time, she can be found in her garden, behind a book, or- most frequently- running after a lively four year-old.
Oxana Kopeikin, 2015-2016 Doctoral Intern
Oxana Kopeikin has obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2009. She then received a Master's of Education in Community Counseling from the University of Oklahoma in 2011. Oxana is currently finishing her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Louisville.
Oxana's natural approach to people is very humanistic, with values placed on genuineness, unconditional positive regard and kindness towards others. She is intuitively drawn to the role of emotions in connecting with others and forming a more authentic and genuine bond. Oxana strives to help students explore all aspects of their identity, accept themselves for who they truly are, and teach them to treat themselves with kindness and compassion. Much of her therapeutic work is guided by humanistic, psychodynamic and international and cultural issues, stress and anxiety management, and relational difficulties. She is also fully bilingual in Russian and English.
Oxana is a big proponent of self-care. She enjoys traveling, reading and watching movies. Oxana is also a passionate crafter. She loves to sew, knit, cross-stitch, upcycle thrifty finds and decorate her home.
Natasha Torkelson, 2015-2016 Doctoral Intern
Natasha Torkelson is a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology at Boston College. She earned her M.A. in Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University and her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Southern California. She is a graduate student affiliate of the APA, multiple APA divisions and a member APAGS.
Her primary theoretical orientation is the Relational-Cultural Therapy (RCT) framework infused with developmental contextualism and cognitive behavioral therapy approaches. Her clinical interests include working with individuals from diverse racial and ethnic groups, particularly women of Color, and utilizing culturally appropriate approaches to assessment and treatment. She has particular experience working with clients dealing with relationship and identity issues, anxiety and depression, and childhood trauma.
Her research interests focus on biracial and multiracial identity development, multicultural counseling and training, and preventative interventions for at-risk minority youth and communities, particularly examining and fostering resiliency in underserved populations.
In her spare time, Natasha likes to spend time with family, friends and her dog, read books, travel and explore New England.