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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 Keiba Bragg-Best, MS

    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 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 can not be compartmentalized. She is dedicated to supporting students and a creating a safe space for all. Her professional interests include serving under-served/marginalized populations, diversity issues, 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 Staff Psychologist 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.

  • Walter Brownsword, MA Walter Brownsword, MA

    Walter is a Staff Psychologist at CAPS and earned his Master's in Counseling Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School. He is a Licensed Psychologist-Master in Vermont and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Walter's areas of interest include graduate students, supervision and training, substance abuse, learning differences and disabilities, psychological trauma, and diversity and social justice. Prior to joining Counseling and Psychiatry Services, Walter worked with youth at risk, probationers/parolees, and domestic violence offenders.

  • Cara Chinchar, MS Cara Chinchar, MS

    Cara is a Staff Counselor at CAPS Redstone. She has a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from UVM and dual in Visual Art and Psychology from Rutgers University. Cara is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Certified Apprentice Substance Abuse Counselor. She has worked with individuals on issues related to mental health and substance use in a variety of treatment settings. Her areas of interest include family systems and substance use, women and substance use, mindfulness, and developmental issues of college students.

  • 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 Urgent Care Coordinator for Counseling and Psychiatry Services. She works with students accessing CAPS services for the first time and provides crisis services for students in distress. Christine received her Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling at the University of Vermont and her undergraduate degree from Boston University. Prior to her work at CAPS, she spent several years in nonprofit administration, working with individuals making educational and life transitions. Areas of clinical interest for Christine include: anxiety, depression, mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, and wellness.

  • 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.

  • Jessica Ley, MA, MS, PsyD Jessica Ley, MA, MS, PsyD

    Jessica is the CAPS Assistant Director for Training and coordinator of the CAPS satellite office at Redstone. She is a Licensed Psychologist-Doctorate in Vermont and former Director of the Student Counseling Center at Green Mountain College. Her professional interests include the developmental challenges of college students, identity development, relationships, stress management, mindfulness-based interventions, the mind-body relationship, supervision and training, and the role of wilderness and other outdoors experiences in personal growth and healing. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Skidmore College, an 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, MSW, LICSW Jennifer Hughes Phillips, MSW, LICSW

    Jennifer is a counselor for CAPS at the Jacobs House location. Jennifer is Licensed in Vermont as a Clinical Social Worker. She received her undergraduate and Master's degrees in Social Work from the University of Vermont. Prior to her work at CAPS, Jennifer was a Mental Health Counselor and Alcohol & Drug Educator at Champlain College. She has mental health & substance abuse treatment experience working with adolescents and young adults in a variety of treatment settings. Areas of clinical interest for Jennifer include: identity development, trauma, grief & loss, substance use & abuse, sexual violence, and healthy relationship development.

  • 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 the Men's Outreach Coordinator and a Staff Counselor at CAPS. Since 2006 he has served in the role of Men's Outreach Coordinator (MOC). He has expertise as a men's counselor, and works with college men in numerous capacities and on many issues of masculinity, including sexual violence prevention. 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 students. It also provides advocacy, support and resources to men involved in judicial hearings, including alleged perpetrators of sexual and relationship violence. 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 the Men's Awareness Week, and Mentors in Violence Prevention, a leadership training program geared primarily toward student leaders. 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.

Summer 2016 Counseling Intern:

  • Lindsay Furlong Lindsay Furlong-O'Hara

    Lindsay is a third year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Antioch University New England. She received her undergraduate degree in communication, with a minor in psychology, from Western New England University. She also completed a Masters in Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of South Carolina. 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.

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