University of Vermont


Our Staff

  • Lori Abbott, BSW Lori Abbott, BSW

    While she sometimes works at the CAPS Redstone office, Lori can usually be found at the Jacobs House front desk, greeting students, scheduling appointments, and making sure the office runs smoothly. She is a recent graduate of the Social Work Program at the University of Vermont.

  • Amy Boyd Austin, MSS Amy Boyd Austin, MSS

    Amy oversees Safer Sex and Sexual Health Education and Training for the Center for Health & Wellbeing and coordinates the Collegiate Recovery Community at UVM. She and her team of health educators strive to raise awareness around issues of college health and wellness issues, services and resources. She is also the Director of the Health and Wellness Residential Learning Community (HWRLC) at UVM. Amy has a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware, and a Master's of Social Service Management from Bryn Mawr College.

  • Cricket Braun, PsyD Cricket Braun, PsyD

    Cricket is a Senior Health Care Counselor at the Redstone office. Cricket earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University New England and is working towards becoming a Licensed Psychologist-Doctorate in the State of Vermont. 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. Cricket has a special interest identity development, mindfulness, trauma, grief and bereavement, and group psychotherapy.

  • Walter Brownsword, MA Walter Brownsword, MA

    Walter is a Senior 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 Senior 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.

  • Annie Cressey, MEd Annie Cressey, MEd

    A health educator, Annie advises the Active Minds student group and provides Mental Health and Life Skills Education and Training. Aside from Active Minds, her focus is on assessing, developing, and coordinating awareness programs on the intersections of eating disorders/disordered eating, body image, nutrition and fitness. She collaborates with students, staff and faculty to address the needs of the UVM community and promote safe, inclusive and supportive dialogue around health and wellness. Annie has an M. Ed from the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at UVM.

  • Beverly Davis, BA Beverly Davis, BA

    Beverly is the Office Manager of Counseling & Psychiatry Services and currently at the Redstone Campus office. She has worked at UVM for over 20 years, including previous positions in the Department of Social Work and in the Family Practice Department of the College of Medicine. She has enjoyed her work in the CAPS front office for the past 13 years. Bev earned her Bachelor Degree in Sociology with a Concentration in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire.

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

    Derek is a Senior 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.

  • Jeanne Hawke Jeanne Hawke

    A loyal employee of UVM's Center for Health & Wellbeing, Jeanne has worked in the Jacobs House front office for the last couple of years. She works there alongside Lori Abbott, greeting students, scheduling appointments, and making sure the office runs smoothly.

  • 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.

  • Miv London, PhD Miriam "Miv" London, PhD

    Miv is a Senior Staff Psychologist at the Counseling and Psychiatry Services. Miv earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Yale, and her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Stanford. She has had a variety of positions prior to coming to UVM including staff psychologist at two psychiatric hospitals, a faculty member at Northern Arizona University, and Director of Adult Outpatient Services at Washington County Mental Health Services in Montpelier, VT. She enjoys helping UVM students from all walks of life. Her greatest interest is in the practice of mindfulness, and its application to address anxiety, depression, and other life difficulties. In 1999 she co-founded the UVM Mindfulness Practice Center (now the Mind-Body Wellness Program), and continues to be involved in its growth and development.

  • Martine Luntz, PsyD Martine Luntz, PsyD

    Martine is a Counselor at CAPS Redstone. She earned a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University and is working towards becoming a Licensed Psychologist-Doctorate in the State of Vermont. Prior to coming to UVM, Martine worked at the counseling center at Appalachian State University and in a variety of clinical settings including a Sport Psychology Clinic. Martine's clinical interests include eating disorders, the mind/body connection, identity development, and LGBTQIQ issues.

  • 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.

  • Martha Racine Martha Racine

    Martha is the Administrative Assistant for the CAPS Outreach and Education Team in the Living Well at the Davis Center. Martha graduated from Champlain College with an Associates Degree in Business Management.

  • Mark Reck, PsyD Mark Reck, PsyD

    Mark is a Senior Staff Psychologist at CAPS. Mark earned a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University and is a Licensed Psychologist-Doctorate in the State of Vermont. He also has additional training from the Gestalt Therapy Training Center-Northwest, in Oregon. Before coming to UVM, Mark worked at the counseling centers at Portland State University, Reed College, New Mexico State University, and the University of Massachusetts-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 and practice.

  • Jeff Rettew, PhD Jeff Rettew, PhD

    Jeff is a per diem staff member at CAPS. For the 2013-2014 academic year, he is working primarily as the Coordinator for our BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening & Intervention for College Students) program. Jeff earned his master's and doctoral degrees in counseling psychology from the University of Kansas. He completed his doctoral internship at the University of New Hampshire's Counseling Center. Trained as a generalist, Jeff has worked with clients in several university counseling centers, as well as a VA hospital. Along the way, Jeff has developed expertise working with anxiety concerns (e.g., generalized anxiety, OCD, test anxiety, panic attacks), as well as a range of issues related to the college adjustment process. Jeff has a passion for helping students grow and succeed in and out of the classroom.

  • Jennifer Shasberger Jennifer Shasberger, MA

    Jennifer Shasberger is the Marketing Director for the Center for Health & Wellbeing at the University of Vermont, and she is a key member of CHWB's Education and Outreach team. She produces publicity for events and programs, CHWB communication materials including ads, and many other promotional materials. Jennifer holds a BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA in Writing & Publishing from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.

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

    Keith is the Men's Outreach Coordinator and a Senior 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 CAPS Assistant Director for Prevention & Community-Based Services, and is a Licensed Psychologist in Vermont. She 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 abuse on college campuses, sport psychology, couples therapy, and wellness.

  • 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.

Our 2013-2014 Counseling Interns

  • Denis Barron Denis Barron

    Originally from Connecticut, Denis graduated from Saint Michael's College with a B.A. in Psychology. He has spent the last seven years working with Vermont's youth and families with a focus on understanding and treating trauma. His interests include mindfulness, family systems, and the developmental issues that college students face. He also loves to be outside whenever possible.

  • Keiba Bragg-Best Keiba Bragg-Best

    Keiba is an intern and current graduate student from the University of Vermont Counseling Program. She is dedicated to looking at the whole person. She firmly believes that we all hold multiple identities that make up who we are—and they 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, college students,identity development, families, trauma and group work.

  • Nicole Grubman Nicole Grubman

    Nicole completed her undergraduate degree at UVM in religion and psychology and is currently working on her Masters in Counseling Psychology at Goddard College. Before returning back to school, she spent 10 years as a crisis social worker working with at-risk populations on housing and poverty issues. She blends her background in solution focused and person centered therapy with her interest in mindfulness and positive psychology. She believes that change is the only constant and encourages people to explore on a deeper level what they need to be happy, healthy, and whole.

  • Molly Madore Molly Madore

    Originally from Maine, Molly came to Vermont and graduated from UVM where she received her BA in English. After a few years of waiting for a light bulb to go off concerning what career she wanted to pursue, she has now returned to intern with CAPS while pursuing a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Antioch University New England. Currently Molly is in the third and final year of her counseling program at Antioch. After having already completed an internship working with children, Molly is excited to work with college age clients and expand her clinical experience, while getting a better sense of what direction she wants to go in for the future in this particular field. In her free time Molly likes reading, doing craft projects, spending time with friends, and cuddling her incredibly adorable dog.

  • Chloe Nathan Chloe Nathan

    Chloe joined CAPS as a Counseling Intern for the 2013-2014 academic year. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at UVM. Previously, Chloe received her B.A. in History and Ecology at Wellesley College and a M.S. in Plant and Soil Science at UVM. Currently, she works part-time as an inspector of organic dairy farms and sugar maple operations, and produces garlic braids and gourd birdhouses for her own small farm project. Some of the most meaningful moments in Chloe's life have occurred as a member of a local choir that sings to hospice patients and their families. She is particularly interested in wellness and mindfulness-based practices, grief and loss, developmental issues for college students, gender issues, and ecotherapy. Chloe envisions someday offering counseling services in a farm-based setting.

  • Tara Robinson Tara Robinson

    Tara is a graduate student at Johnson State College pursuing a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Boston University. Tara has spent the previous two years working with undergraduate students at Johnson State College in the SERVE Office coordinating volunteer opportunities. Tara's interest areas include grief and loss, working with the LGBTQ community, family counseling, and more. She is excited to gain further experience working with college students during her internship with CAPS.

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