Our Staff

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. 

This bio page is under development. If you have questions about any of our providers, please contact us at [email protected] for assistance.


Clinical Providers

Jamila AllouaneJamila AllouaneJamila 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
Hobbies/Quote/Personal Interests: Originally from the Algerian Sahara, born on the French-belgium border. 
“What makes the desert beautiful,'' said the little prince, “is that somewhere it hides a well” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. 

Richard BoothRichard BoothRichard Booth, PhD
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
Hobbies/Quote/Personal Interests: “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 BrowneDawn BrowneDawn 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
Hobbies/Quote/Personal Interests: From Montreal of Caribbean descent and compassionately works with marginalized communities. Enjoys music, travel, time with family and dog. 

Hercilia CoronaHercilia CoronaHercilia Corona, PhD
Assistant Director
Pronouns: She/Her/Ella
Graduate Degree: PhD, 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
Hobbies/Quote/Personal Interests: Originally from Mexico City, and a first-generation college student; Enjoy engaged crafting/making (like knitting!), food, and constantly pursuing new challenges.
“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 

Diane FarberDiane FarberDiane Farber, PsyD
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
Hobbies/Quote/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. “There is a crack, a crack in everything//That's how the light gets in.”―Leonard Cohen “I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed.”―Mary Oliver

Corey Martin FitzgeraldCorey Martin FitzgeraldCorey Martin Fitzgerald, M.Ed.
Outreach Coordinator, Psychotherapist
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
Clinical Interests: BIPOC, LGBTQ+, Anxiety Disorders, Identity formation/development, Intersectionality-Informed Care. 
Languages: English 
Hobbies: 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 FordBryant FordBryant Ford, Ph.D.
Director of Psychological Services
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Graduate Degree: PhD; University of Wisconsin-Madison
Training/Past Experiences: Michigan State University Counseling Center, Dartmouth College Counseling Center
Therapeutic Approach/Clinical Interests: Interpersonal, CBT
Languages: English
Hobbies/Quote/Personal Interests: Traveling and reading

Lisa FrappierLisa FrappierLisa Frappier, DO
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Graduate Degree: DO 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
Hobbies/Quote/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.
“This too Shall Pass”. 13th century Persian folklore 

Laurice Girouard, LICSW
Psychotherapist at Alpert Medical School
Laurice Girouard  provides dedicated therapy services for Medical Students. Students may contact her directly via email at [email protected]  to make an appointment. 
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
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 including resiliency, relational, cognitive behavior, internal family systems, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and mindfulness approaches
Languages: French, Spanish, Portuguese
Hobbies/Quote/Personal Interests: travel, writing, teaching, music and cooking

Chonlada JarukitisakulChonlada JarukitisakulChonlada Jarukitisakul, PhD
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: Passionate about promoting self-understanding and self-acceptance through integrative, evidence-based approaches (CBT, DBT, ACT, mindfulness) within the multicultural, relational, and social justice framework. Specific focuses include anxiety, trauma, eating concerns, family issues, and identity development.
Languages: English, Thai
Hobbies/Quote/Personal Interests: Originally from Thailand; love hiking and traveling
“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 Partialprogram 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  
Hobbies/Quote/Personal Interests: Mindful time with my husband and children, traveling, cooking, and engaging in “me time”.

Erin Lane-AaronianErin Lane-AaronianErin Lane-Aaronian, PsyD
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
Hobbies/Quote/Personal Interests: Born and raised in CO, came east for college; love to spend time outside with my family
“Find out who you are and do it on purpose” -Dolly Parton

Ancha SantanaAncha SantanaAncha Santana, MA
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Urgent Care Clinician
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Title: Urgent Care Clinician/Psychotherapist
Graduate Degree: MA 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 
Hobbies/Quote/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 ThaiJayden ThaiJayden Thai, PhD
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Graduate Degree: University of Louisville, Ph.D., Counseling Psychology
Training/Past Experiences: University of Utah, IndianaUniversity 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. Interests in BIPOC, queer, and gender diverse identities and experiences.
Languages: English
Hobbies/Quote/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.
“900 years of time and space, and I’ve never met someone who wasn’t important.” – Doctor (from Doctor Who)

Tanya Thomas, MD
Pronouns: she/her
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 and mindfulness, minority/LBGTQIA+ mental health, medication management for psychiatric conditions including: PTSD/trauma, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.
Languages: English
Hobbies/Quote/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.
"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: Integrates different therapeutic approaches to best meet students' needs and preferences including relational, strength-based, solution-focused and cognitive behavioral therapy. Clinical interests include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, life transition, identity development, relationship concerns, first-generation college students and historically marginalized communities.
Languages: English, Cape Verdean Kriolu and Spanish
Hobbies/Quote/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.  
"You can plan a pretty picnic, but you can't predict the weather” –André 3000

Michael WolfeMichael WolfeMichael Wolfe, MD
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Graduate Degree: MD 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 BaileyHeather Wong BaileyHeather Wong-Bailey, PsyD
Pronoun: 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
Hobbies/Quote/Personal Interests: Born and raised in CA; enjoys travel and spending time with family
“The best therapist has fur and four legs” - unknown 

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: Therapeutic approach is eclectic utilizing elements of CBT, DBT, mindfulness, psychoeducation, problem solving, and relational psychotherapy. Clinical interests include anxiety, depression, identity, relationship issues, the acculturation of immigrant groups, ethnic minorities and issues of belonging, and cultural influences on mental health access and treatment. 
Languages: English
Hobbies/Quote/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.

Michele Zager, PsyD
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
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: collaborative and integrates various therapeutic approaches including developmental, psychodynamic, DBT, values-based, and solution-focused; experience and interest in working with individuals studying the arts or pursuing creative practices
Languages: English
Hobbies/Quote/Personal Interests: enjoys exploring with my dog, the outdoors, nature and wildlife; hiking and kayaking; engaging in different making practices (drawing, painting, crafting)


Administrative Staff

Colleen GosettiColleen GosettiColleen Gosetti
Administrative Assistant
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Degree: Johnson & Wales University - AS
Past experiences: CAPS staff since 2016
Languages: English
Hobbies/Quote/Personal Interests: Enjoys camping, time spent with her 3 sons and loves animals

Peter MelloPeter MelloPeter 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
Hobbies/Quote/Personal Interests: Music/Reading/Baking & Cooking

Tammy ScanlonTammy ScanlonTammy 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
Hobbies/Quote/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.