Our Staff

We are a diverse group of professionals 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, and Portuguese.

Clinical Staff

Jamila AllouaneJamila Allouane

Jamila Allouane, MSW

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Jamila Allouane joined the staff at CAPS as a psychotherapist in February 2016. She graduated with a master's degree in Social Welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles, a master's degree in Communication Studies from the University of Bordeaux, France, and a bachelor of arts in Communication Studies from the University of Algiers, Algeria.

Prior to joining CAPS, Jamila worked in  both community mental health clinics and hospitals including Johns Hopkins Medicine,  the Mental Health Association in Maryland, and Day One, RI. She has an extensive background working with survivors of trauma including sexual assault survivors, intimate partner violence, and refugee and political asylum populations.  Additionally, she has expertise in anxiety disorders, depression, grief and loss, existential concerns, and adjustment to life transitions including those related to international students and new medical diagnoses. She is fluent in English, French, and Arabic.

Nikole BarnesNikole Barnes

Nikole Barnes, MSW

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Nikole Barnes joined the CAPS staff in 2016 as a full time psychotherapist. She earned her BA at Purchase College with a major in Sociology, minor in Anthropology with a focus on women of color in cinema. She received her MSW from Columbia University in 2005. Prior to joining CAPS, Nikole worked with New York University in their Counseling and Wellness Services for over 8 years. Initially, she was a Crisis Response Counselor in the Wellness Exchange and later transitioned to working as a counselor at the NYU School of Engineering. She provided supportive short-term counseling, emergency, sexual assault and crisis response services for all students of NYU with a focus on those majoring in STEM fields. She particularly enjoys working with the Queer, Non-Binary and Transgender communities,women of color, graduate and international students and those experiencing phase of life changes. Nikole enjoys watching movies, binge watching Netflix shows, listening to podcasts and has a side job as a spin instructor. What she misses most about NYC is the pizza, bagels and using subway rides to read books.

Allyson Brathwaite-GardnerAllyson Brathwaite-Gardner

Allyson Brathwaite-Gardner, PhD


Dr. Brathwaite-Gardner, joined the staff of CAPS in 2008 as a part-time psychotherapist. She received  her bachelor’s  degree in business administration and her masters in higher education administration from Baruch College and her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She did her post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University Health Services. Over the course of her career, she has worked in corporate, non-profit and higher education settings. She has particular clinical,  research and teaching interests in the psychosocial adjustment and wellbeing of individuals of color in predominately white institutions as well as the anti-racism and white ally-ship discourses in these communities. In addition to individual therapy, she facilitates the People of Color Support Group and the Culturally Competent Care at CAPS  program.

Ellen DarlingEllen Darling

Ellen Darling, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Darling joined CAPS in 2016 and holds an undergraduate degree from Brown in Theatre Arts and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Clark University. She has worked in a range of clinical settings including partial hospital programs, university counseling centers, and on substance abuse intervention teams; she has training in both evidence-based treatments for mood and anxiety disorders and also psychodynamic and relationally oriented approaches. Dr. Darling approaches clinical work through a multicultural frame considering the impact of students' often intersecting identities such as race, class, gender, sexuality, and generation in this country. She is also actively engaged in treatment development research in the areas of perinatal mental health and intimate relationships.

Diane FarberDiane Farber

Diane Farber, PsyD


Dr. Farber joined the CAPS staff in 2017. She earned her BA in Psychology at Skidmore College, and her PsyD in Clinical Psychology at Loyola University Maryland. She completed her doctoral internship at the Kansas State University Counseling Services and her postdoctoral training at The Counseling Service at Mount Holyoke College. Diane has worked in various types of higher education and community mental health settings. She considers herself a generalist, but is particularly interested in emerging-adulthood identity development, multicultural identity exploration, interpersonal relationships, trauma & resilience, and bereavement. She is committed to working with Asian-American and first-generation immigrant student populations. Diane is an avid music fan; in her spare time you might find her collecting records and, well, listening to music.

Lisa FrappierLisa Frappier

Lisa Frappier, DO


Dr. Frappier joined the staff of CAPS in 2008 as a part time psychiatrist.  She attended Brown as an undergraduate, concentrating in Psychology and Semiotics (now MCM). She attended medical school at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Maine, and completed her Residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, in Piscataway, NJ. Prior to coming to Brown, Dr. Frappier worked for 15 years in community mental health at The Providence Center in Providence, RI.

Aleta Bok JohnsonAleta Bok Johnson

Aleta Bok Johnson, MSW

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Ms. Johnson is a second ­generation Korean -American psychotherapist who joined the CAPS staff in 1993 after working in community mental health and refugee resettlement.  She earned a BA in religious studies and social work at Gordon College and a Master of Social Work at Boston University, and has over thirty years of experience.  Her areas of particular clinical interest are racial and ethnic experience and identity as it impacts mental health, and she enjoys working with students of color, including Asians and Asian-­Americans.  Ms. Bok Johnson is also very interested in the treatment of anxiety disorders, such as Panic, OCD, obsessive slowness, PTSD, and phobias.

Erin Lane-AaronianErin Lane-Aaronian

Erin Lane-Aaronian, PsyD

Outreach Coordinator


Dr. Lane-­Aaronian joined the CAPS staff in 2014 as a full time psychotherapist. She received her BA in Psychology and Government from Wesleyan University. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Prior to working at Brown she worked with students at Tufts University and Rhode Island College counseling centers, and also helped direct a school for children and adolescents who cope with mental health difficulties at The Providence Center. Specific areas of interest include eating disorders (she is a member of Brown's multidisciplinary eating disorder team), the provision of culturally competent care, and student athletes.

Will MeekWill Meek

Will Meek, PhD


Dr. Meek started as Director of CAPS in 2017. He is a licensed psychologist, and was previously the Assistant Director of Counseling & Training at the University of Portland, and Lead Psychologist at Washington State University Vancouver. Will graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College (now University), and received his doctorate in counseling psychology at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He is personally committed to increasing diversity, inclusion, and safety in all communities at Brown. Will is also invested in advancing innovative perspectives of mental health, beyond the predominant disease/pathology model.

Kelsey MoranKelsey Moran

Kelsey Moran, PsyD

Postdoctoral Fellow 

Dr. Moran joined CAPS as a postdoctoral fellow in 2017. She earned her BA in psychology from The College of Saint Rose, and her MS and PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University New England. She recently completed her internship at University of Nebraska-Lincoln's CAPS. She has prior clinical experiences in college counseling and community mental health centers. She uses a collaborative, relational, and multicultural approach in her work with students. She is particularly interested in working with the LGBTQA+ community, as well as and including people who are struggling with identity concerns, interpersonal concerns, trauma, depression, and anxiety.

Jamall PollockJamall Pollock

Jamall Pollock, MSW

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker,
Assistant Director

Mr. Pollock joined CAPS in 2014 as a full time psychotherapist.  He received a BA from Williams
College, with a major in English Literature, concentrating in African­American Studies.  He received his Masters of Social Work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University.  Prior to coming to Brown, he worked at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Harlem Vet Center, worked in outpatient mental health clinics in NYC, and was a lecturer in Social Work at Columbia School of Social Work and at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College/City University of New York.  Mr. Pollock has interests in personal identity formation, student athletes, student veterans, and strengthening mental wellness coping skills.

Ancha SantanaAncha Santana

Ancha Santana, MA

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Ancha Santana joined the staff at CAPS in September of 2017.  She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University, and earned her BA in Psychology and Philosophy from Boston College. Prior to coming to CAPS, Ms. Santana worked as an emergency services clinician in local emergency departments providing crisis assessments.  She was also a prevention counselor in urban public high schools in RI. Ms. Santana was born in Cape Verde and is fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish and Capeverdean Crioulo.

Bita ShooshaniBita Shooshani

Bita Shooshani, MS

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Ms. Shooshani joined the staff of CAPS in January 2015 as a full time psychotherapist. She began working at Brown in 2011 as a sexual assault advocate and prevention educator. Prior to Brown, she worked as a psychotherapist and Assistant Director of Counseling and Psychological Services’ Prevention Education Programs at San Francisco State University, and worked in a number of community mental health centers in San Francisco. Ms. Shooshani has particular interest in the application of multicultural and feminist counseling theories which promote resiliency and community well­being for marginalized people.

Laura SobikLaura Sobik

Laura Sobik, PhD

Assistant Director

Dr. Sobik joined the staff of CAPS in 2010 as a full time psychotherapist. She graduated from Brown University with a concentration in Psychology, received her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and completed her internship at Texas Woman's University. Prior to joining CAPS, she worked as a staff psychologist and director of training at James Madison University. Dr. Sobik particularly enjoys working with LGBTQ students and student athletes, and has a special interest in intersectional identity development and trauma and recovery. She also facilitates a weekly support group for students who identify as trans, non-binary, and non-gender conforming.

Linda WelshLinda Welsh

Linda Welsh, PhD


Dr. Welsh joined the staff at Brown in 2004 as a full time psychotherapist. She was a first generation college student who received her BA in Psychology from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University. She did her pre-­doctoral internship at the University of Buffalo Counseling Services. Prior to coming to Brown, she worked at Drew University Counseling Services. Dr. Welsh  runs the Back at Brown group, which supports students returning from medical leave, and she has  interests in developmental issues faced by college students, particularly identity development.

Heather Wong-BaileyHeather Wong-Bailey

Heather Wong-Bailey, PsyD


Dr. Wong­-Bailey is a native of the California Bay Area and a first generation college student.  She joined CAPS in 2015 as a full time psychotherapist. Prior to Brown, Dr. Wong-Bailey had a private practice in Cambridge, MA for over 10 years working mainly with college and graduate students. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and her PsyD in Clinical Psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the UMass Amherst Counseling Center and her postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University Mental Health Services. Dr. Wong­-Bailey has spent the majority of her career working with young adults in university settings. Particular areas of interest include understanding cultural implications in mental health/diversity issues, coping with life transitions and adjustments, identity development, and resilience.  In her free time Dr. Wong Bailey enjoys exploring random new places, traveling, and spending time with her pets and family.

Administrative Staff

Sarah HemondSarah Hemond

Sarah Hemond, MSW

Clinic Support Specialist

Ms. Hemond joined the CAPS staff in 2014 as a full time clinical office manager.  She came to  Brown in 2011, and was the Academic Program Manager for the School of Public Health before joining CAPS.  She earned a BS in Applied Mathematics from the University of Missouri-Rolla and an MSW from Washington University George Warren Brown School of Social Work in St. Louis, Missouri.  Ms. Hemond has worked in several therapeutic settings, including Boys Town New England in Portsmouth, RI.

Jorge VargasJorge Vargas

Jorge A. Vargas, MSW

Student Care Coordinator

Mr. Vargas joined CAPS in 2015 as the full time Student Care Coordinator. He received his BA from UC Berkeley, with a major in Psychology, and his Masters of Social Work from Rhode Island College. Prior to coming to Brown, he worked in various consulting and direct services roles across non-profit and educational settings.

Wendy ImpagliazzoWendy Impagliazzo

Wendy Impagliazzo

Administrative and Financial Coordinator

Ms. Impagliazzo joined the staff of CAPS in 2009.  She is currently working toward an Associate Degree in Business Administration at Southern New Hampshire University. Before coming to Brown, she worked for 15 years as a home­based medical transcriptionist for various doctors in Rhode Island. Ms. Impagliazzo worked as an executive assistant for Fleet Financial Group, now Bank of America, for eight years when she initially moved to the United States.

Norah CicioneNorah Cicione

Norah Cicione

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Cicione joined CAPS in January 2014 as a full time administrative assistant. She first came to Brown in 2000 as a Customer Service Representative/Collector in the office of the Bursar, working in that department for 14 years.  Prior to Brown, Ms. Cicione was employed for five years in the Hand Therapy Department of University Orthopedics in Providence and for 20 years in the banking industry.

Colleen GosettiColleen Gosetti

Colleen Gosetti

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Gosetti joined CAPS in September 2016 as a full time administrative assistant. She earned an Associates Degree in Court Stenography from Johnson & Wales University. Prior to Brown, she was employed as a front office specialist in an urgent care facility for many years and as a medical assistant in an ob/gyn office.