Counseling and Psychological Services

Our Team

We are a diverse group, from a range of disciplines, that have expertise in college student mental health. We are all committed to creating a safe and welcoming space within CAPS and broadly at Brown. Additionally, CAPS staff is multilingual, and we can provide treatment in English, Spanish, Arabic, French, Thai and Portuguese.

Clinical Providers

  • Jamila Allouane

    Jamila Allouane, LICSW

    Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
    Pronouns she/her/hers
    • Graduate Degree: MSW, University of California, Los Angeles MA, Université Michel de Montaigne, Bordeaux 3, France
    • Training/Past Experiences: Hopkins Medicine, Georgetown University Hospital, University of the District of Columbia, and the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County, MD. 
    • Therapeutic Approach/Clinical Interests: Trauma-related disorders, anxiety disorders, impact of medical conditions on mental health, grief and loss, international students
    • Languages: English, French and Arabic
    • Personal Interests: Originally from the Algerian Sahara, born on the French-belgium border. 
    • Favorite Quote: “What makes the desert beautiful,'' said the little prince, “is that somewhere it hides a well” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. 
  • Richard Booth

    Richard Booth, Ph.D.

    Licensed Mental Health Counselor
    Pronouns he/him/his
    • Graduate Degree: Ph.D. Counseling and School Psychology: Northeastern University
    • Training/Past Experiences: New England Institute of Art Counseling Center, Dimmock Community Health Center Residential and Outpatient Behavioral Health, Judge Baker Children’s Center Fellowship utilizing manualized treatments for childhood anxiety, depression, trauma, and disruptive behaviors 
    • Therapeutic Approach/Clinical Interests: Integrative and evidenced based approaches, examining clients through an ecological perspective. Clinical interests include improving mental health services by increasing representation of marginalized and diverse groups, noting the interplay between person (inner and outer), environments, power structures, societal norms, expectations, and barriers. Context matters
    • Languages: English and Jamaican Patois
    • Favorite Quote: “Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.” - Lao Tzu
  • Dawn Browne, LICSW

    Dawn Browne, LICSW

    Pronouns she/her/hers
    • Graduate Degree: MSW McGill University, Montreal Canada
    • Training/Past Experiences: Clinical Therapist in Outpatient Mental Health Practice, ER Trauma Center, Inpatient Psychiatry
    • Therapeutic Approach/Clinical Interests: Integrative CBT, DBT, ACT and collaborative, strength based, solution focused approaches. Specializing in Mood Disorders, Anxiety, Trauma, Loss
    • Languages: English and French
    • Personal Interests: From Montreal of Caribbean descent and compassionately works with marginalized communities. Enjoys music, travel, time with family and dog. 
  • Hercilia Corona, PhD

    Hercilia Corona, Ph.D.

    Assistant Director for CAPS, Psychologist
    Pronouns she/her/ella
    • Graduate Degree: Ph.D., University of Massachusetts- Boston
    • Training/Past Experiences: Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School, Boston College Counseling Center, MIT Counseling Center, University of California San Diego Counseling Center
    • Therapeutic Approach/Clinical Interests: integrative, authentic, strengths focused, & collaborative. Expertise and special interest in working with immigrants, first generation college students, students of color and non-traditional students
    • Languages: Spanish, English
    • Personal Interests: Originally from Mexico City, and a first-generation college student; Enjoy engaged crafting/making (like knitting!), food, and constantly pursuing new challenges.
    • Favorite Quotes:
      • “Everything will be OK in the end. If it’s not OK, It’s not the end” - Sabino
      • "It's not about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward” - Rocky Balboa 
  • Jennifer Dunbar Yrigoyen, LICSW

    Pronouns she/her/hers
    • Graduate Degree: MSW, Hunter College, New York, NY
    • Training/Past Experiences: Criminal Defense Social Worker at public defender office in Bronx, NY; Psychotherapist and Behavioral Science Instructor at hospital primary care clinic in Bronx, NY; Psychotherapist at Columbia University Counseling and Psychological Services in New York, NY.
    • Therapeutic Approach/Clinical Interests: Eclectic therapeutic approach, CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, Psychoeducation, Problem solving, Relational psychotherapy, Anxiety, Depression, Identity formation/development, Relationships/relationship issues, The acculturation of immigrant groups, Ethnic minorities and issues of belonging, Cultural influences on mental health access and treatment
    • Languages: English
    • Personal Interests: First-generation Liberian-American born and raised in Providence. Spent 18 years living, working, and studying in New York City. Enjoys drinking coffee, re-watching favorite TV series over and over, spending time in nature (especially near water), and riding Peloton.
  • Diane Farber, PsyD

    Diane Farber, Psy.D.

    Pronouns she/her/hers
    • Graduate Degree: Loyola University Maryland, Psy.D.
    • Training/Past Experiences: Kansas State University Counseling Services, Mount Holyoke College Counseling Service
    • Therapeutic Approach/Clinical Interests: Integrative, DBT, CBT, psychodynamic, mindfulness and interpersonal process approaches. Special interests in grief, relationships, and the immigrant experience.
    • Languages: English
    • Personal Interests: Emigrated to the US from the Philippines as a child and grew up in NJ. Enjoys cooking and baking, crossword puzzles, karaoke, and good television.
    • Favorite Quotes:
      • “There is a crack, a crack in everything//That's how the light gets in.” - Leonard Cohen
      • "Pain is not a punishment, pleasure is not a reward." -Pema Chödrön
  • Corey Martin Fitzgerald, M.Ed.

    Corey Martin Fitzgerald, M.Ed.

    Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Outreach Coordinator
    Pronouns he/him/his
    • Graduate Degree: Louisiana State University, Masters of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
    • Training/Past Experiences: Louisiana State University Counseling Center, Mississippi State University Counseling Center
    • Therapeutic Approach/Clinical Interests: BIPOC, LGBTQ+, Anxiety disorders, Identity formation/development, Intersectionality-informed care
    • Languages: English
    • Personal Interests: Baking, collecting vinyl, attending visual and performing art events, reading nonfiction, caring for my more than 20 house/office plants, being a wannabe potter, and spending time with my cat George.
  • Bryant Ford, Ph.D.

    Bryant Ford, Ph.D.

    Director for CAPS, Psychologist
    Pronouns he/him/his
    • Graduate Degree: Ph.D.; University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • Training/Past Experiences: Michigan State University Counseling Center, Dartmouth College Counseling Center
    • Therapeutic Approach/Clinical Interests: Interpersonal, CBT
    • Languages: English
    • Personal Interests: Traveling and reading
  • Lisa Frappier

    Lisa Frappier, D.O.

    Pronouns she/her/hers
    • Graduate Degree: D.O. University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
    • Training/Past Experiences: Residency at UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Med School
    • Therapeutic Approach/Clinical Interests:  Medication management, Mood disorders, Anxiety disorders, Trauma, Psychotic disorders
    • Languages: English
    • Personal Interests: Born and raised in RI, of French-Canadian and Irish descent. Attended Brown with a concentration in Psychology and Semiotics. Enjoys video streaming and time with her dog.
    • Favorite Quote: “This too Shall Pass” - 13th century Persian folklore
  • Chonlada Jarukitisakul, PhD

    Chonlada Jarukitisakul, Ph.D.

    Pronouns she/her/hers
    • Graduate Degree: Boston University, Ph.D.
    • Training/Past Experiences: McLean Hospital, University of Pennsylvania, University of Notre Dame Counseling Center, Boston College Counseling Services
    • Therapeutic Approach/Clinical Interests: Promoting self-understanding and self-acceptance through integrative, evidence-based approaches [CBT, DBT, ACT, mindfulness] within the multicultural, relational and social justice framework , Anxiety, Trauma, Eating concerns, Family issues, Identity formation/development
    • Languages: English, Thai
    • Personal Interests: Originally from Thailand; love hiking and traveling
    • Favorite Quote: “Be kind to past versions of yourself that didn’t know the things you know now.” 
  • Wilthonie Johnson-Goncalves, LICSW

    Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Grad Students Focus
    Pronouns she/her/hers
    • Graduate Degree: Clinical & Administrative Social Work (Rhode Island College)
    • Training/Past Experiences: Clinical Coordinator of a Psychiatric Partial program for Women; Clinician of an Inpatient Psychiatric Unit; Clinician at a Juvenile Correctional facility, Home/community Based Psychotherapy.
    • Therapeutic Approach/Clinical Interests: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure and response, Prevention therapy, Mindfulness, Interpersonal therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
    • Languages: English
    • Personal Interests: Mindful time with my husband and children, traveling, cooking, and engaging in “me time”.
  • Erin Lane-Aaronian

    Erin Lane-Aaronian, Psy.D.

    Assistant Director for CAPS, Psychologist
    Pronouns she/her/hers
    • Graduate Degree: William James College (formerly MSPP), Psy.D.
    • Training/Past Experiences: Tufts University Counseling Center, Rhode Island College Counseling Center, The Providence Center School
    • Therapeutic Approach/Clinical Interests: Relational, integrative, strength-based approach to care
    • Languages: English
    • Personal Interests: Born and raised in CO, came east for college; love to spend time outside with my family
    • Favorite Quote: “Find out who you are and do it on purpose” - Dolly Parton
  • Ancha Santana

    Ancha Santana, LMHC

    Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Urgent Care Clinician
    Pronouns she/her/hers
    • Graduate Degree: M.A .in Counseling Psychology, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA
    • Training/Past Experiences: LifeSpan - RI Hospital, Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, Landmark Medical Center, Pawtucket Memorial Hospital, Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School, Woonsocket High School, Gilbert Stuart Middle School, Gateway Healthcare
    • Therapeutic Approach/Clinical Interests: CBT, Existential/BIPOC, First generation/immigrant, Intersecting identities/LGBTQ+
    • Languages: Cabo Verdean Crioulo, Portuguese, Spanish
    • Personal Interests: Originally from Cabo Verde, I grew up locally in Pawtucket. I am an animal lover and have a home full of fur love. I enjoy traveling, cooking elaborate meals, gardening and spending time with my partner, our 3 children and my mother. 
  • Jayden Thai

    Jayden Thai, Ph.D.

    Pronouns he/him/his
    • Graduate Degree: University of Louisville, Ph.D., Counseling Psychology
    • Training/Past Experiences: University of Utah, Indiana University Southeast, Spalding University
    • Therapeutic Approach/Clinical Interests: Integrated approaches of Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy, centered in an intersectional socio-political-cultural social justice framework, BIPOC, queer and gender diverse identities and experiences
    • Languages: English
    • Personal Interests: Finds healing energy in cooking/eating, hiking, and camping activities; also loves to do woodworking, curling, drink coffee, and spend time with my partner and our two dogs and two cats.
    • Personal Interests: Finds healing energy in cooking/eating, hiking, and camping activities; also loves to do woodworking, curling, drink coffee, and spend time with my partner and our two dogs and two cats.
    • Favorite Quote: “900 years of time and space, and I’ve never met someone who wasn’t important.” – Doctor (from Doctor Who)
  • Tanya Thomas, M.D.

    Pronouns she/her/hers
    • Graduate Degree: M.D., The Medical College of Georgia, 2007
    • Training/Past Experiences: General Psychiatry Residency, Brown University, 2007-2011 
    • Therapeutic Approach/Clinical Interests: Providing education and support regarding mind-body interconnection, Patient advocacy, Moral injury/burnout, Self-compassion, Mindfulness, Minority/LBGTQIA+ mental health, Medication management for psychiatric conditions, PTSD/trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Mood disorders
    • Languages: English
    • Personal Interests: Reading, baking, gardening enthusiast (houseplants, vegetables, fruits, herbs, and carnivorous plants). Writing, currently I am a medical columnist for MDedge focusing on minority mental health, physician mental health and advocacy.
    • Favorite Quote: "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou
  • Kerri Varela, LICSW

    Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
    Pronouns she/her/hers
    • Graduate Degree: Boston University MSW (LICSW)
    • Training/Past Experiences: Providence Public Schools, The Providence Center, Bridgewater State University
    • Therapeutic Approach/Clinical Interests: Integrating different therapeutic approaches to best meet students' needs and preferences, Relational, strength-based, solution-focused and cognitive behavioral therapy, Mood disorders, Anxiety disorders, Life transition, Identity formation/development, Relationships/relationship issues, First-generation college students, Historically marginalized communities
    • Languages: English, Cape Verdean Kriolu and Spanish
    • Personal Interests: Born and raised in RI, first generation Cape Verdean-American; loves being near the ocean, traveling, streaming movies/TV shows, TikTok and anything related to the Fall.
    • Favorite Quote: "You can plan a pretty picnic, but you can't predict the weather” - André 3000
  • Michael Wolfe

    Michael Wolfe, M.D.

    Pronouns he/him/his
    • Graduate Degree: M.D. from WVU
    • Training/Past Experiences: Graduated Psychiatry Residency & Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship through Brown University; Previous work in Outpatient, Community Psychiatry, Partial Hospital Programs, and Prior Chief of Young Adult Partial Program
    • Therapeutic Approach/Clinical Interests: Anxiety, Mood disorders, OCD, Wellness, Mindfulness/meditation, DBT, CBT, Collaborative and integrative care
    • Languages: English
  • Heather Wong-Bailey

    Heather Wong-Bailey, Psy.D.

    Pronouns she/her/hers
    • Graduate Degree: Florida Tech, Psy.D., Clinical Psychology
    • Training/Past Experiences: Previous experience working with college students at UMass Amherst, Harvard University, and as a private practitioner in Cambridge, MA for twelve years
    • Therapeutic Approach/Clinical Interests: Integrative with an emphasis on resilience, strengths and helping students find their voice and identify their needs, Contextualizing mental health utilizing a sociocultural framework, Solution-focused, Collaborative
    • Languages: English
    • Personal Interests: Born and raised in CA; enjoys travel and spending time with family
    • Favorite Quote: “The best therapist has fur and four legs” - unknown 
  • Michele Zager, Psy.D.

    • Graduate Degree: William James College, PsyD
    • Training/Past Experiences: Private practice providing treatment to emerging adults (ages 18-30), Roger Williams University Counseling Center, Butler Hospital Womens’ Partial Program
    • Therapeutic Approach/Clinical Interests: 
    • Languages: English
    • Personal Interests: Enjoys exploring with my dog, the outdoors, nature and wildlife; hiking and kayaking; engaging in different making practices (drawing, painting, crafting)

Embedded Staff

One way CAPS is working to effectively and efficiently distribute mental health services for students is by placing our clinicians in locations on campus where students can easily access our services.

Warren Alpert Medical School

  • Laurice Girouard, LICSW

    Psychotherapist at Alpert Medical School
    Pronouns she/her/hers

    Laurice Girouard  provides dedicated therapy services for Medical Students. Students may contact her directly via email at  to make an appointment. 

    • Graduate Degree: Smith College School of Social Work (MSW)
    • Training/Past Experiences: Has evolved on behalf of diverse populations in a variety of healthcare and academic settings
    • Therapeutic Approach/Clinical Interests: Therapeutic style synthesizes various treatment models, Resiliency, Relational, cognitive behavior, Internal family systems, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness
    • Languages: French, Spanish, Portuguese
    • Personal Interests: travel, writing, teaching, music and cooking

Administrative Staff

  • Colleen Gosetti

    Colleen Gosetti

    Administrative Assistant
    Pronouns she/her/hers
    • Degree: Johnson & Wales University - A.S.
    • Past Experience: CAPS staff since 2016
    • Languages: English
    • Personal Interests: Enjoys camping, time spent with her 3 sons and loves animals 
  • Peter Mello

    Peter Mello

    Admin & Financial Sevices Coordinator/DCC
    Pronouns he/him/his
    • Degree: University of Rhode Island
    • Past Experiences: Worked at Brown since January of 1999, previously at University of RI
    • Languages: English
    • Personal Interests: Music/Reading/Baking & Cooking
  • Tammy Scanlon

    Tammy G Scanlon

    Administrative Medical Assistant
    Pronouns she/her/hers
    • Degree: The Sawyer School-Medical Assistant Program; CCRI-Associate Degree
    • Past Experiences: Come to CAPS from Health Services with over 8 years experience working with Brown Students.
    • Languages: English. 
    • Personal Interests: When not working, I enjoy being outdoors gardening, bird watching, sports, spending time with her grand-daughters and going to music festivals of any genre.