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Our Staff

  • Lori Abbott, BSW Lori Abbott, BSW

    Lori is the Front Office Coordinator at CAPS. Although primarily located at the Jacobs House, Lori oversees front office responsibilities at both CAPS locations. Lori also assists with case management responsibilities and serves on the CAPS leadership team. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work at UVM and is now enrolled in classes at the Counseling Department at UVM. Lori has been with CAPS for ten years and is committed in assisting and supporting students and parents with questions, concerns or any other information that is needed to help assure an easy transition to our services.

  • Keiba Bragg-Best, MS, NCC Keiba Bragg-Best, MS, NCC

    Keiba is a Staff Counselor at CAPS at Jacob's House. She earned her B.S. in Psychology at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania and minored in Deaf Studies and Women's Studies. She earned her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Vermont. She is currently working toward licensure as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor.

    In her work with clients, Keiba is dedicated to seeing people holistically. She firmly believes that we all hold multiple identities that make up who we are-which cannot be compartmentalized. She is dedicated to supporting students and a creating space for all. Her professional interests include serving under-served/marginalized populations, race and ethnicity, women issues, college student development, identity development and trauma.

  • Vicky Brucia Vicky Brucia

    Vicky Brucia can be found at the CAPS front desk at either Jacobs House or the Redstone office. After graduating from the College of the Holy Cross, Vicky worked for many years in the printing and publishing industry before entering the world of medical billing. Her training in conflict resolution and mediation support her strong ability to manage the office’s daily operations and student interactions. A native New Yorker who has lived half her life in Vermont, Vicky shares her home with her husband and their wonderful rescue dog from Puerto Rico.

  • Cricket Braun, PsyD Cricket Braun, PsyD

    Cricket is a Senior Health Care Counselor at the Redstone office. Cricket received her undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University New England. She completed her Pre-doctoral Internship at CAPS and has worked in a variety of clinical settings including a juvenile rehabilitation center and residential settings for both adolescents and adults struggling with mental illness. While Cricket considers herself a generalist, her clinical interests include anxiety, depression, identity development, interpersonal effectiveness, trauma, and group psychotherapy. Consistent with Cricket's commitment to diversity and social justice, areas of social and cultural relevance are considered when working with patients, including race, gender, class, and sexual orientation.

  • Laurie Brown Laurie Brown, LICSW

    Laurie is a staff counselor at CAPS and a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She received her undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and earned her Master of Science in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University. Laurie has worked in a diverse range of clinical settings including therapeutic residential schools for adolescents with complex mental health needs and in community mental health with under-served, marginalized populations. She is committed to creating a welcoming and safe place for all students. Laurie is interested in the multiple facets of identity and the creation of a cohesive narrative across the lifespan. Her clinical interests are broad and include adolescent identity, adoption/transracial adoption, student athletes, family systems, developmental trauma, acculturation, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and overall wellness.

  • Walter Brownsword, MA, LADC Walter Brownsword, MA, LADC

    Walter is the Assistant Director for Climate and Diversity at Counseling and Psychiatry Services (CAPS). Walter earned his Master's in Counseling Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School and is a Licensed Psychologist-Master in Vermont and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Walter likes to help people understand and heal from their difficult interpersonal and cultural experiences, and strongly believes that people are resilient and powerful at overcoming difficulty. Walter's areas of clinical experience and interest include graduate students, race, culture, sexual orientation, supervision and training, substance misuse and recovery, grief and loss, psychological trauma, pro-feminist treatment, and all areas of diversity and social justice. Prior to joining Counseling and Psychiatry Services, Walter worked with youth at risk, probationers/parolees, and domestic violence offenders.

  • Cynthia CagleCynthia Cagle

    Cindy provides front office administrative support at the Redstone campus where she oversees the daily scheduling for both the Redstone and Jacobs House locations. Prior to working with CAPS, Cindy worked with the Center for Student Ethics and Standards at UVM and within the Burlington High School Guidance Office. Social justice, diversity, and equality form the core of Cindy's professional interests and personal beliefs. A Chicana who grew up in Los Angeles, Cindy graduated from Pitzer College with a B.A. in anthropology focusing on primate behavior with a minor in Art. She's exhibited her paintings at several UVM shows, including at the Center for Cultural Pluralism. Cindy enjoys painting, drawing, reading, travel and good food.

  • Cara Chinchar, MS Cara Chinchar, MS

    Cara is a staff counselor at the Jacobs House location. She earned her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Vermont and graduated from Rutgers University with majors in Visual Arts and Psychology. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) in the state of Vermont. Cara has worked with individuals in a variety of treatment settings around the areas of mental health and substance abuse. While she considers herself a generalist in the field of counseling, Cara has a particular interest in working with family systems and substance use, first generation and marginalized students, mindfulness and women's issues.

  • Anne Clegg, MD Anne Clegg, MD

    Anne Clegg, M.D. is a clinical Staff Psychiatrist at Jacobs house. She is board-certified in Psychiatry. Her interests include anxiety disorders, mood disorders and the treatment of eating disorders. She serves on the UVM HOPE Team which provides integrated care for students with eating disorders. She attended UVM College of Medicine for medical school and completed her residency in Psychiatry and Family Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.

  • Paul Cotton, MD Paul Cotton, MD

    Dr. Cotton is a Psychiatrist at the CAPS Jacobs House. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Tufts University School of Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the specialty of Psychiatry and the subspecialty of Forensic Psychiatry, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Attending Physician at the University Of Vermont College Of Medicine.

  • Derek George, MDiv, MSW Derek George, MDiv, MSW

    Derek is a Staff Counselor at the Jacob's House. He received a Master's in Social Work from Rutgers University and a Master's in Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. Derek is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Derek enjoys working with students. His special interest areas include relationship issues, drug and alcohol use and abuse, substance-affected family experiences, and issues related to diversity. In addition to his clinical work, Derek serves as a liaison between CAPS and religious communities on campus.

  • Christine Germano, MS, LCMHC Christine Germano, MS, LCMHC

    Christine is the Assistant Director for Clinical Services at Counseling and Psychiatry Services (CAPS). Christine received her Master's Degree from the University of Vermont and is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Areas of clinical interest include: deepening awareness of the role of our early experiences on current ways of relating (to ourselves and others), and exploring the self-protecting beliefs and behaviors we have created to function in our own lives, especially those that we may be ready to shift. While believing in the benefit of adapting her style to meet student needs, in most therapy sessions Christine will encourage students to soften their internal judgments, to invite in all aspects of their experiences/thoughts/emotions – even those that are painful and undesired, and to build upon places of internal strength and wisdom to move through distress. Christine strives to create a warm and welcoming space where students feel seen and safe in all of their identities and experiences (race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, economic status, painful experiences, joyful experiences, etc). Christine practices both traditional talk therapy as well as body based interventions.

  • Sarah Grant, MA Sarah Grant, MA

    Sarah is a per-diem counselor at the CAPS Jacob’s House office. Sarah earned her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Vermont. She is currently working towards licensure as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Sarah’s areas of interest include disordered eating/body image, family systems, relationships, LGBTQA concerns, anxiety, depression and developmental issues of college students. Prior to her work at CAPS, she worked for several youth and family non-profits in Vermont.

  • John Paul Grogan, MS, LCMHC John Paul Grogan, MS, LCMHC

    John Paul is a staff counselor and case manager at Counseling & Psychiatry Services at the Redstone Office. John Paul received his Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling at the University of Vermont and his undergraduate degree in history from Hendrix College. Prior to his work at the Counseling Center, he spent several years working in alternative education with young adults. John Paul is trained as a generalist but interest areas include identity development, LGBTQ concerns, relationships, family systems, academic issues, and substance use and abuse.

  • Mary Heininger Mary Heininger, MS, NCC

    Mary is a staff counselor at CAPS Jacob's House. Mary earned her MS in Mental Health and School Counseling at UVM. Mary is currently working towards dual licensure as a Clinical Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Prior to joining CAPS, she was a member of the Diversity and Equity Unit at UVM. Mary is trained as a generalist but interests include: racial and sexual identity development, anxiety and depression, drug and alcohol use and abuse, trauma and developmental issues of college students.

  • Zachary Key Zachary Key, MA

    Zachary is a per-diem counselor at the CAPS Redstone office. Zac earned his M.A. in Clinical Mental Health at Johnson State College. He is currently working towards dual licensure as a Clinical Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Zac's areas of special interest include early childhood trauma, identity development, drug and alcohol use and abuse, social justice and awareness, and issues pertaining to race and diversity. Prior to working at CAPS, Zac worked for a non-profit youth and family services organization in Vermont.

  • Jessica Ley, MA, MS, PsyD Jessica Ley, PSYD, ACS

    Jessica is a Staff Psychologist and Director of the Training Program at CAPS. She is a Licensed Psychologist-Doctorate in Vermont and is an Approved Clinical Supervisor. In addition to her focus on Training and Supervision, Jessica's professional interests include identity development, relationships, stress management, mindfulness-based interventions, the mind-body relationship, and the role of wilderness and other outdoors experiences in personal growth and healing. Jessica has worked in a variety of Higher-Ed settings in New England and in the Pacific Northwest and was Director of the Counseling Center at Green Mountain College prior to joining CAPS. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Skidmore College, a M.A. in Physiological Psychology from the University of New Hampshire, and her M.S. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University.

  • Jennifer Hughes Phillips, LICSW, LADC Jennifer Hughes Phillips, LICSW, LADC

    Jennifer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from UVM in 2005 and her undergraduate degree in Social Work from UVM in 2003. Jennifer also holds licensure in Vermont as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). Jennifer has experience working with adolescents, young adults and families, on issues related to mental health and substance abuse in a variety of treatment settings. Prior to her work at UVM, Jennifer worked at Champlain College as a Mental Health Counselor and Alcohol & Drug Educator. Jennifer’s areas of clinical interest and focus include: trauma, grief & loss, substance abuse, identity development, sexual violence, healthy relationships and the integration of yoga and other body-based healing into clinical treatment.

  • Mark Reck, PsyD Mark Reck, PsyD

    Mark is a Staff Psychologist at CAPS and a licensed psychologist-doctorate in the state of Vermont. Mark earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University and his undergraduate degree in Psychology and Religion from the University of Rochester. He also has additional clinical training from the Gestalt Therapy Training Center-Northwest in Portland, Oregon. Before coming to UVM, Mark worked at the counseling centers at Portland State University, Reed College, New Mexico State University, and UMass Amherst. Among Mark's clinical interests are gestalt therapy; therapeutic uses of mindfulness and meditation; racial/ethnic diversity and identity development; issues of men and masculinity; psychodiagnostic and neuropsychological assessment; and psychotherapy philosophy, research, and practice.

  • Keith E. Smith, MS, LCMHC, NCC Keith E. Smith, MS, LCMHC, NCC

    Keith is a Staff Counselor, and the Men's Outreach Coordinator at Counseling and Psychiatry Services. He is a graduate of UVM’s Counseling Program. Since 2006 Keith has served in the role of Men's Outreach Coordinator (MOC). The position of MOC is innovative and unprecedented in a university setting in that it provides general counseling, clinical assessment, and referral and case management services specifically geared toward male-identified students. It also provides advocacy, support and resources to men involved in judicial hearings, including alleged perpetrators of sexual and relationship violence. He has expertise as a men's counselor, and works with college men in numerous capacities and on many issues related to masculine identity development. Keith also provides consultation, education, training, and programming to the UVM community on issues related to healthy masculine identity, violence prevention as well as assisting in coordination of the campus-wide response to violence. Among the programs implemented by Keith are Project Discovery, a semester long course that focuses on and explores masculine identity in the context of substance use/abuse. 1in4, is a male-identified peer education sexual assault prevention group.

    As an African American male, Keith brings a unique perspective to his work in a predominately White institution. He incorporates his experience and awareness to these cultural and racial dynamics into his clinical work. Areas of clinical interest includes supporting students of color as well as the LGBTQ community. A generalist, Keith incorporates a variety of theories and techniques, including hypnosis, mindfulness, and spiritual development to assist students in achieving their goals. Keith can be reached at the Counseling & Psychiatry Services, 802.656.3340, or

  • Kelly Thorne, PsyD Kelly Thorne, PsyD

    Kelly is the Director of Education & Outreach Services within the Center for Health & Wellbeing. She oversees the Living Well office, which provides educational programming & resource information to students on a wide range of health and wellness topics. Kelly also serves as an Assistant Director in Counseling & Psychiatry Services. She is a Licensed Psychologist in Vermont, having received her Master's in Sport Psychology from Purdue University and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver. Her professional interests include developmental issues of college students, stress management, depression, eating disorders, substance use on college campuses, sport psychology, and wellness. In addition to her UVM roles, Kelly serves on the steering committee for the Association for University and College Counseling Center Outreach (AUCCCO), whose mission is to assist professionals involved in the leadership of outreach, consultation, and campus community interventions.

  • Michael Upton, MD Michael Upton, MD

    Dr. Upton is a CAPS Staff Psychiatrist who has worked at the Center for Health and Wellbeing at UVM since 2004. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College where he majored in comparative religion. After teaching French for 2 years he returned to school at UVM and graduated in 1994 from the College of Medicine. He completed his psychiatric residency at Dartmouth and returned to Burlington to begin his practice 1998. He is a native Vermonter whose family includes 4 generations of UVM graduates. His clinical interests include diagnostic evaluation, medication management and brief psychotherapy models. He has worked in a number of settings including inpatient psychiatry, substance abuse treatment centers and community mental health.

  • Todd Weinman, PsyD Todd Weinman, PsyD

    Todd is the Director of UVM's Counseling and Psychiatry Services. He is dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming environment for all students who visit CAPS, an environment that breaks down barriers for students who may otherwise be hesitant to seek professional help. In addition to extensive experience working directly with college students, Todd has many years experience in counseling center administration and leadership. Todd received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Widener University and his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia. Prior to coming to UVM, he worked as the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Montclair State University. Todd's professional interests include training and supervision, diversity, brief counseling approaches, and Positive Psychology.

2016-2017 Counseling Interns:

  • Ally Barnett Ally Barnett

    Ally is a second year MSW student at UVM. She received her Bachelor’s degrees in Biological Sciences and International Affairs from the University of the Pacific in California. She has worked with individuals and families on issues related to mental health as a youth counselor in therapeutic residential and wilderness adventure settings. Ally’s professional interests include critical reflection on the influence of the social construction of knowledge and meaning on individuals, groups, and communities, social justice, trauma, relationships, identity development, and the use of wilderness in education, healing, and leadership development.

  • Hilary Burt Hilary Burt

    Hilary is a second year student in the clinical mental health counseling graduate program at UVM. She earned a B.A. from St. Lawrence University in 2011, where she majored in environmental studies and minored in African studies. Through working as a teacher in outdoor and traditional settings, she discovered a passion for connecting with and helping students, which led Hilary to pursue a career in mental health counseling. Hilary’s professional areas of interest include young adult identity development, feminist therapy, ecotherapy, social justice and the mind-body connection.

  • Lindsay Furlong-O'Hara Lindsay Furlong-O'Hara, M.S., M.Ed.

    Lindsay is a fourth year doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology program at Antioch University New England. She recently earned an M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University New England, and previously earned a M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina. She received her undergraduate degree in communication, with a minor in psychology, from Western New England University. Prior to her internship with CAPS, Lindsay worked in residential life at the University of New Hampshire and in academic support at the University of South Carolina. She has also received training in forensic psychological assessment. Lindsay’s interests include college student and emerging adult development, positive psychology, health psychology, psychological assessment, the mind-body connection, feminism, social justice, and reducing stigma around mental health.

  • Chelsea Jewell Chelsea Jewell

    Chelsea is in her second year of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s level program at the University of Vermont. She received her undergraduate degree in Classics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She spent nearly a decade working closely with families in a private setting. Prior to her internship with CAPS, Chelsea completed her practicum work counseling college level students. Chelsea’s interests include identity development in young adults, anxiety and depression, substance use and misuse, feminism & body image, LGBTQ concerns, social justice, and changing the negative perception of mental health services through active engagement with the community.

  • Natalie Zimmer Natalie Zimmer

    Natalie is a third year student in the Master's of Clinical Psychology program at Saint Michael's College. Prior to her internship at CAPS, Natalie worked as a residential counselor in a hospital diversion program where she worked closely with adolescents experiencing acute mental health crises, their families, and community services. For the past two years, she has worked in residence life with a focus on assisting international graduate students and first year undergraduates as they adjust to the transition of entering a new living and learning environment. Natalie's clinical interests include emerging adult development, substance use and abuse, feminism, diversity and social justice.

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