MEET OUR STAFF

All CAPS Staff

All of the counseling center staff members are extensively trained professionals with a wealth of experience in college mental health and a passion for working with college-age people.  Please follow the links below to learn more about our wonderful clinicians and their specialties.

Contact us at 860.685.2910

  • Jennifer D'Andrea, Ph.D.

    Director

    Licensed Clinical Psychologist

    jdandrea@wesleyan.edu

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    Dr. D'Andrea is a licensed clinical psychologist who has served as the director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) since June 2011. She earned her Ph.D. from Fordham University in 2003 and completed her postdoctoral specialization at Yale University Medical School. She also has a Master of Education from Boston College and a BA from College of the Holy Cross. Dr. D'Andrea focused her clinical training in the treatment of serious mental illness, the early detection and prevention of psychotic spectrum disorders, and the cognitive-behavioral treatment of borderline personality disorder. Following completion of her postdoctoral training, she served as the clinical director of a residential treatment facility for adolescent girls, and she spent several years working in a child and adolescent psychiatric hospital in both direct clinical and management capacities. In these arenas, her areas of clinical concentration have included psychotherapy with GLBTQ adolescents and survivors of chronic trauma. At Wesleyan CAPS, Dr. D’Andrea initiated and leads the WESupport workshop series and student group, which prepares students to be peer mental health advocates.  When not at CAPS, Dr. D’Andrea enjoys rollerskating with her twin daughters, reading fiction, gardening, and hiking in the national parks.

  • Chariklia Flanagan

    Administrative Assistant

    cflanagan@wesleyan.edu

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    Chariklia joined Wesleyan in 2005 in the admissions department, where she developed her admiration for the Wesleyan student body. A year later she moved to the Davison Health Center and was able to interact with students on a daily basis. She joined CAPS in 2010 and is very happy to be part of the team. Chariklia was born and raised in Athens, and later left Greece for a career as a flight attendant. After a short time in the Middle East, she lived in the Far East and then finally settled in the US. She has lived in Connecticut since 1992. When not at Wesleyan, Chariklia spends time with her husband John, their daughter Kelly, and their dog Sherlock. She invests most of her free time in her "almost mature" garden which she started 15 years ago. "A garden can constantly grow, but will never mature," she believes.

  • Amber Jones, A.M., LCSW

    Full-Time Licensed Clinical Social Worker

    Coordinator for Community Programs and Engagement

    anjones@wesleyan.edu

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    As Coordinator for Community Programs and Engagement Amber works in collaboration with Wesleyan students, faculty, and staff to provide wellness support and educational outreach that focuses on the intersections of mental health, lived experiences of social exclusion and marginalization, and social justice and activism. Amber works in collaboration with student leaders and groups, the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, and the Office of Health Education (WesWell) to provide community-based programming and support.

    Amber is a licensed clinical social worker with a Master of Arts in Social Work from the University of Chicago. She received her BA from Wesleyan University and completed Post-Masters training at Yale University School of Medicine.  Prior to joining CAPS, Amber provided community-based, trauma-informed counseling and crisis intervention with the Yale Child Study Center. She completed her clinical internships providing residential treatment for emerging adults with histories of complex trauma and individual counseling for cis-women, transgender, and gender non-conforming adults at a specialized health clinic in Chicago, IL. Her clinical work has focused on providing holistic and affirming treatment approaches for individuals and families impacted by complex, intergenerational trauma, and providing education on the linkages between traumatic experience and social discrimination. In her work with clients, she integrates a relational-cultural model with a variety of other treatment modalities to emphasize a practice that is holistic and culturally attuned. In her free time, Amber can be found with her nose buried in the latest young adult fiction novel, trying out new recipes, or enjoying the outdoors.  

  • Smith Kidkarndee, Psy.D., HSP

    Full-Time Licensed Clinical Psychologist

    Training Coordinator & Assessment Coordinator

    skidkarndee@wesleyan.edu

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    Dr. Smith Kidkarndee aka Dr. K is a licensed clinical psychologist at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).  He earned his doctorate in school-clinical child psychology from Pace University in 2014 and completed his postdoctoral specialization at Wesleyan University – CAPS.  He also has a Master of Education in School Psychology from Pace University and a BA from Columbia University.  Dr. K completed his pre-doctoral internship at Baruch College Counseling Center in New York where he provided individual and group psychotherapy to undergraduate and graduate students who struggled with Depression, Anxiety, Adjustment Issues, Acculturative Stress, Grief and Loss, and Sexuality and Gender Issues.  Dr. K is an integrative clinician with training in Interpersonal Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and various cognitive behavioral therapies such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness-based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (MB-CBT).  Dr. K also specializes in LGBT affirmative therapy.  Affirmative therapy is an approach to therapy that embraces a positive view of LGBTQ identities and relationships while addressing the negative influences that heterosexism (i.e., heteronormative assumptions, institutional heterosexism, and heterosexual privilege), homophobia, and transphobia have on the lives of LGBTQ individuals.  

    When Dr. K is not working, he is running 5k races, baking cupcakes, coloring in adult coloring books, practicing restorative yoga, and relaxing with his companions, Toby (Lab-Collie Mix) and Ellie (Retriever-Dalmatian Mix). 

  • Lisa Miceli, Ph.D.

    Full-Time Licensed Clinical Psychologist

    Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator

    lmiceli@wesleyan.edu

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    Dr. Lisa Miceli is a licensed clinical psychologist with a BA degree from Williams College and a PhD from Michigan State University received in 1997.  Her PhD training included a specialty in Child/Family clinical psychology.  She completed her predoctoral internship at Children’s Hospital in Boston and her postdoctoral training at Natchaug Hospital in CT.   Dr. Miceli has worked in private practice for 10 years, with adults in the Partial Hospital Program at Natchaug Hospital, and has provided behavioral health support to service members in the CT National Guard and at Naval Branch Health Clinic.

    Dr. Miceli has done suicide prevention training with Wesleyan Public Safety staff, with the CT National Guard, and with students, faculty and staff from Connecticut College where she worked as a staff counselor and coordinator of a campus suicide prevention grant.  Her clinical specialties include treatment of trauma/PTSD, family/developmental issues, and her treatment approach includes Acceptance and Commitment therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness for developing emotional resilience.

  • Jessica Naecker, Ph.D.

    Post-Doctoral Fellow

    jnaecker01@wesleyan.edu

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    Jessica Naecker is the Post Doctoral fellow at Wesleyan for this year. Jessica received her doctorate in school psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and has previously trained in college counseling center at Southern Connecticut State University and Connecticut College.  Jessica completed a Master’s degree in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.  Jessica is trained as a generalist, but specializes in working with students experiencing anxiety and students who have experienced trauma.  Jessica’s approach to therapy is client-centered; she strives to create a therapeutic environment that is comfortable, non-judgmental, and empathic.  

  • Neal Sardana, M.S.

    Full-Time Psychotherapist

    nsardana@wesleyan.edu

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    Neal joined the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) team in August of 2017.  He received a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in College Student Development from San Francisco State University.  He has experience in college mental health as a counselor, instructor, consultant, group facilitator, and a social justice advocate.  Neal’s most recent position was as a Counseling Fellow for Psychological Counseling Services at Williams College. 

    Neal takes a student-centered strength based approach to his work.  Some counseling topics that he is interested in are:  identity development, marginalization and privilege, adjustment into and out of college, career decision making, personal and romantic relationships, cultural expectations, toxic masculinity, and the effect of digital technology on student wellness.  Neal is very excited to meet and hear the stories of Wesleyan students.  In his free time, he enjoys cooking, going for hikes, coloring, watching sports, and drinking lots of tea.   

  • Katie Scheinberg, MSN, PMHNP-BC

    Full-Time Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

    kscheinberg@wesleyan.edu

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    Katie is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who joined the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) in February 2017. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Boston College and went on to work on the pediatric/adolescent behavioral health inpatient units at Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health and Manchester Memorial Hospital.  She earned her Master of Science in Nursing from St. Joseph College with a focus in mental health and completed internships at CMHA in New Britain, CT, the Partial Hospitalization Program at Manchester Memorial Hospital and The Village for Families and Children in Hartford. As a nurse practitioner, Katie continued her work with the children and families at The Village providing comprehensive psychiatric services including psychiatric evaluations, case management, medication management, crisis intervention and education. She worked with clients in the residential program, extended day treatment program and the outpatient clinic during her time at the Village. Katie believes in a client-centered approach that focuses on the balance of psychopharmacologic treatment in partnership with therapy. When she is not working, Katie can be found playing with her kids, going to a Zumba class or trying out some new recipes.
  • Jennie Setaro, M.A.

    Part-Time Psychotherapist

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    Jennie is a psychotherapist who joined the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) office in September 2017.   She earned her Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Northeastern University and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Fairfield University.  Prior to joining the staff at Wesleyan University, Jennie built a strong clinical foundation completing her internships at Fairfield University Counseling and Psychological Services, providing psychotherapy and groups to undergrads as well as Fairfield Counseling Services where she worked with adults struggling with PTSD, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, and anxiety, among other mental health concerns.  Most recently Jennie worked as an Emergency Mobile and Psychological Services (EMPS) clinician providing crisis stabilization to children with complex trauma, suicidal ideation, and mental health and behavioral issues.

    Jennie’s passion lies in working with a collegiate population struggling with adjustment, anxiety, addiction, and sexuality.  As a former scholar athlete, Jennie specializes in working with this population, helping them to navigate the rigors of everyday life and academic challenges coupled with the intense demands of their sports.  She uses a pluralistic approach to therapy which builds off of a strong client therapist relationship. 

    During her free time Jennie enjoys spending time with her family and playing sports.

  • Patricia Elisnord, M. Ed.

    Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Patricia Elisnord is a 2nd year doctoral student working towards a Psy.D in counseling psychology at Springfield College. Prior to returning to school to pursue her doctorate degree, she spent three years working with adults diagnosed with cognitive and developmental disorders as a support director and she oversaw a pilot program serving adults with autism. She spent four years working with school-aged children and adolescent in a residential program and in community settings. She earned her master’s degree in clinical mental health in 2009 from Springfield College and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stonehill College.

    Patricia spends her free time working on her dissertation and volunteering. She currently volunteers at Backpacks for Hope/Sak-o do Lespwa, a nonprofit organization that focuses on gathering and providing school supplies to schools in Haiti. She also sits on the board of HANVOW, a nonprofit that provides support to Haitian immigrants in Waltham/Boston area. In her personal life, she enjoys watching Netflix, fellowshipping and singing in the choir.

  • Meghan Krasnow, M.A.

    Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Meghan Krasnow is a 3rd year doctoral student working towards a Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Athletic Counseling at Springfield College. Meghan was a Division I collegiate student-athlete who played soccer for the University of Louisville and High Point University. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from High Point University and her Master’s degree in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver. 

    Meghan has worked with a plethora of populations in both counseling and performance psychology realms in Colorado and Massachusetts, as well as in a community mental health setting in Massachusetts and a methadone clinic in North Carolina. Meghan’s counseling theoretical orientation incorporates aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Person-Centered Therapy. She also has an interest in learning more about and utilizing Interpersonal Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Meghan has a particular interest in the relationship between nutrition and mental health, as well as the daily performance and psychological wellbeing of college students.

    Outside of school and work, Meghan enjoys maintaining a healthy lifestyle with nutrition, yoga, strength training, and coaching youth soccer. 

  • Taylor McCavanagh, M.S., CC-AASP

    Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Taylor McCavanagh is a 2nd year doctoral student working towards a Psy.D. in counseling psychology (with a concentration in athletic counseling) at Springfield College. She earned her Bachelors degree in human development from Binghamton University in 2013. She then continued her education at Barry University in Florida, earning her Masters degree in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology in 2015. She is a certified consultant with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. When working with clients, she borrows techniques from approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), to understand the individual as a whole and addresses the needs of each client. In her personal life, she spends her time playing with her two dogs, finding new baking recipes on Pinterest, and watching Netflix. 

  • Jacqueline Pacella, M.A.

    Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Jackie is a 4th year doctoral student working toward her Psy.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Hartford.  She received bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology from Clark University and her master’s degree in clinical practices from the University of Hartford while working towards her Psy.D.

    Jackie spent her first training year working with college students at Eastern Connecticut State University’s CAPS, and her second training year working with adults at Middlesex Hospital’s adult outpatient clinic.  She finds emerging adulthood fascinating, and loves nothing more than helping college students through the confusion, change, and stress that occurs during this developmental period.  Jackie tends to approach therapy from a client-centered theoretical orientation, but also integrates techniques from other theories, including psychodynamic, interpersonal process, and cognitive-behavioral, in order to ensure each client receives the most appropriate and helpful treatment. 

    When not at Wesleyan, Jackie enjoys playing kickball, practicing yoga, and watching the Red Sox.

  • Ashley Perreira, M.A.

    Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Ashley Perreira, M. A., is a fourth-year doctoral candidate working towards her Psy.D.  in clinical psychology at the University of Hartford.  She is spending the 2017-2018 academic year working as an extern at Wesleyan CAPS and is excited to begin her work with the students on campus.  She completed her Bachelor of the Arts in Psychology with a research concentration from the University of Connecticut in 2014.  She then went on to earn her Master of the Arts in Clinical Practices from the University of Hartford in 2016.  Ashley has spent previous training years providing individual and group psychotherapy on forensic inpatient units as well as individual psychotherapy at an outpatient anxiety disorders clinic utilizing a cognitive-behavioral framework.  Her areas of clinical concentration include cognitive-behavioral therapies and animal assisted therapy programs and interventions.  Aside from her time spent working towards her degree, Ashley enjoys spending time with the animals on her farm, volunteering with the local 4-H youth organization, and reading new books.  

  • Paula Sands, M.A.

    Advanced Clinical Psychology Extern

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    Paula Sands is a 5th year doctoral student working towards a Psy.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Hartford.  She has spent her two last years of internships working with children and adolescents in a special education-therapeutic day school and working with adolescents in an inpatient mental health hospital.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Albion College in Michigan.  When she is not at Wesleyan, she continues to intern at the inpatient mental health hospital and work on her dissertation.  In her personal life, she enjoys the company of friends, running, and watching Netflix.