Counseling and Psychological Services
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Meet the Counseling and Psychological Services Staff
Elise Z. Harrison, Ph.D., LMFT
Director of ECAPS
elise_harrisonemerson [dot] edu (Elise Harrison) is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. She received her MS and 6th year degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Southern Connecticut State University. In addition, she earned a Ph.D in Educational Leadership from University of Connecticut. Elise has 22?years of experience in college counseling. Elise works from a Strength-based approach incorporating mindfulness and Brief Solution-focused therapy. She has worked extensively with eating disorders, substance issues, relationship issues, grief, and adjustment to life transitions. Elise majored in Anthropology in undergraduate school and continues her love of different cultures, particularly world music and folk dance. She loves spending time growing food and flowers and getting out onto the water kayaking and spending time with family.
Patricia Challan, Psy.D.
Associate Director of ECAPS, Director of Training
patricia_challanemerson [dot] edu (Patricia A. Challan )received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Patty has over 17 years of experience in college counseling, as well as specific training in child and adolescent psychotherapy. Patty’s clinical interests include mindfulness, expressive art therapy, play therapy, and the personal and professional development of mental health trainees. Patty has been at Emerson since October 2003, and she is inspired by the creativity, passion, and talent of Emerson students. A native of New Jersey, Patty is a writer who enjoys reading, entertaining her energetic cats, being at the ocean as much as possible, and listening to music.
Elisanett (Ellie) Martinez
elisanett_martinezemerson [dot] edu (Ellie Martinez) received her bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal/Organizational Communication from the University of Central Florida in 2013 and joined the ECAPS team in July of 2017. Ellie worked with children and young adults as an Intensive Foster Care Social Worker at Dare Family Services and as a Geriatric Support Service Coordinator for Spanish Speaking Elders in the city of Lawrence, MA through Elder Services of Merrimack Valley. Ellie’s outside interests include visual and performance art, travel and quality time with family and friends.
Jelisa Adair, LCSW
Staff Social Worker
jelisa_adairemerson [dot] edu (Jelisa Adair)?received her Master’s in Social Work from Boston University and joined the ECAPS team in November 2016. Jelisa has worked with young adults in the counseling center at Framingham State University and has worked in various departments in student life at both Boston University and Wesleyan University. Jelisa’s therapeutic approach focuses on client strengths and the cultivation of self-awareness, exploration, and acceptance. Her clinical interests include identity, sexuality, and multicultural issues. In her free time, Jelisa enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, and exploring Boston.
Priscilla Cheung, Ph.D.
priscilla_cheungemerson [dot] edu (Priscilla Cheung) received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Boston University in 2014. She completed her internship at the VA Boston Healthcare System and her postdoctoral fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of anxiety and related disorders in adolescents and young adults. She has had extensive training and experience in the delivery of evidence-based treatments, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure and response prevention (ERP) in outpatient, inpatient medical, and school settings. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, eating good food, reading, and doing calligraphy.
Michelle De Sedas, PsyD
michelle_desedasemerson [dot] edu (Michelle De Sedas)?received her doctorate in clinical psychology at William James College and her MA in Mental Health Counseling at Boston College. She completed her internship at the Counseling Center of Wellesley College. Michelle is bilingual in English and Spanish and has experience providing psychotherapy in both languages. Her clinical interests include multicultural issues, interpersonal relationships, spirituality, trauma and grief/loss issues. Michelle’s approach to psychotherapy is collaborative and relational. During her free time she enjoys traveling, cooking, spending time with family and friends, and playing with her ginger cat Nala. Michelle will be joining ECAPS through August, 2019.
Stephanie Dinius, EdM
Advanced Practicum Intern
stephanie_diniusemerson [dot] edu (Stephanie Dinius) is a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program at Boston University. She received her Ed.M. in Counseling and Sport and Performance Psychology from Boston University in 2017 and completed a clinical training practicum at the Eating Disorder Center of Boston. Stephanie has experience in the delivery of evidence-based treatments, including dialectical behavior therapy skills and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) in partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and residential treatment settings. In addition to her clinical experience, Stephanie has provided sport and performance psychology services for athletes at Boston University, MIT and Wheelock College. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys running and hiking, cooking, and traveling. She will be joining ECAPS?through May, 2019.
Danya Goodman, Ph.D.
danya_goodmanemerson [dot] edu (Danya Goodman) received her Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kansas in 2013 and she is happy to be back in her native Boston. She completed her internship and postdoctoral training at VA medical centers, working with Veterans adjusting to civilian life post-deployment. Her clinical interests include interpersonal relationships, sex/couples therapy, gender dynamics, multicultural issues, trauma and substance abuse. She is passionate about social justice issues. Her therapeutic approach focuses on a warm, genuine relationship that sets the stage for growth and acceptance. For fun, she likes to explore New England, try out new recipes, and enjoy the amazing live music in Boston.
Robin Li, PhD
robin_liemerson [dot] edu (Robin Li) received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco, California. Her background includes working with children, adolescents, and young adults from immigrant families, as well as two years of postdoctoral training focused on psychological assessment in both outpatient and school-based settings. Robin is committed to helping people navigate life transitions, relationship difficulties, and crises of identity. Her therapeutic approach is informed by the idea that empathy fosters healing, growth, and creativity. Robin is a native Californian who enjoys reading, cooking, travel, yoga, and listening to true crime podcasts.
Kyle Rundles, Psy.D.
Staff Psychologist, Outreach Coordinator
kyle_rundlesemerson [dot] edu (Kyle Rundles) completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and has worked with college students at several university counseling centers, as well as programs for severely mentally ill adults and community mental health. Kyle's professional areas of interest include adjustment, international psychology, anxiety, relationships, multicultural issues, depression, trauma, and community psychology. Her therapeutic approach explores how ideas of self and the world have formed and works towards reframing these ideas to create personal meaning in life. Kyle has a particular passion for working with societal concerns, 'otherness,' and adjustment experiences, as well as trauma and identity. In her free time, she enjoys travel, dance, reading, and exploring new foods and places.
Stacy Taylor, M.D.
Stacy Taylor earned her B.A. at Cornell University and her MD at University of Massachusetts Worcester. She began her residency at Harvard Longwood in Boston and completed it at University of Maryland. She has an interest in treating mood and anxiety disorders and working to optimize the use of medication in conjunction with psychotherapy as indicated. She has thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the gifted students of Emerson and is invested in working with students to find workable treatment plans. In her free time, Stacy enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys yoga, running, and was honored to experience and complete the Boston Marathon in 2014.
Lindsey White, EdM, MA
Advanced Practicum Intern
lindsey_white2emerson [dot] edu (Lindsey White)?received her Master's in Mental Health Counseling from Columbia University with a specialization in Sexuality, Women, and Gender. She is currently completing her doctorate in counseling psychology at UMass Boston. Lindsey has worked with issues relating to anxiety, depression, identity development, adjustment, substance use, and interpersonal relationship issues. In her free time, Lindsey enjoys biking, attending concerts, reading poetry, and endlessly perusing pet adoption apps in search of the purfect pet. She will be joining ECAPS?through May, 2019.
Macrina Yah-Buendia, LMHC
Staff Case Manager
macrina_yahbuendiaemerson [dot] edu (Macrina Yah-Buendia)?received her Master’s in Forensic Psychology and a concentration in Latino Mental Health at William James College formerly known as Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.?She joined the ECAPS team in August 2018 in a new role of Case Manager.?Macrina has worked in outpatient settings, hospital settings, and within the Department of Corrections and conducts treatment in both Spanish and English.?Her therapeutic approach is client centered and helping to empower the client.?Macrina loves spending her time going on day trips exploring New England and spending time with her family.
CJ Anderson, MA LPCC
Staff Clinical Counselor
ela_wellnessemerson [dot] edu (CJ Anderson MA LPCC) holds a BA in Film Production and Analysis from Cornell University and worked for a decade designing and directing large-scale, live multimedia events until noticing his favorite part of that work was helping technicians and clients manage performance anxiety. With this in mind, he obtained an MA in Clinical Psychology from St. Edward's University in 2009 and has been specializing in work with creative professionals ever since.
Individual therapy is available for students studying at the Castle. Counseling appointments can be made by emailing:?emersonvvgi [dot] nl.