Director -Christine Frizzell, Ed.D.
Assistant Director Christopher Frazer, Psy.D.
Director of Training Sarah Conklin, Psy.D.
Consulting Psychiatrist - Jonathan Schwartz, M.D.
Consulting Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Janet (Jana) Sobczak, Ph.D.
Administrative Support Staff
Counseling Center Interns 2015-2016
About our Senior Staff
Christine Frizzell, Ed.D. joined the Counseling and Student Development Center first in 1988-1989 as a doctoral intern then later as our Staff Psychologist in January, 1993. She assumed the role of director in 1996. Chris graduated from the University of Rhode Island and earned her Ed.D. at Northeastern University. She worked for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health prior to coming to UMD and has extensive experience dealing with the chronically mentally ill.
She has a strong background in emergency mental health services, as both a clinician and an administrator. She is an avid gardener and often sells cut flowers and plants to the UMD community to support Southcoast Compeer, a local chapter of Compeer International that she and Dr. Sharon Sousa of the College of Nursing established. Compeer's mission is to provide trained volunteer friends to persons with mental illness. Chris can be reached at X8649 or email.
Christopher Frazer, Psy.D. started at the Counseling Center back in 2004, joining the staff full time in 2009. Chris earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology and CAGS in Organizational Psychology at the Massachusetts School for Professional Psychology, and his dual concentration Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling at Springfield College. He has specialized training in the areas of couples and family therapy, addictions treatment and recovery, and career/organizational consulting. His areas of interest beyond these specializations include performance, mindfulness, men's issues, and all facets of internet communication and relationships. In addition to his work at the counseling center, Chris maintains a private practice office in Somerset and has been a visiting lecturer in the Counselor Education department at Bridgewater State College. Chris can be reached at x8648 or email.
Sarah Conklin, Psy.D. joined the counseling center in August 2009. She graduated from Marist College and earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. She is currently our Director of Training, assuming the role in September 2014. She has trained in a variety of settings, providing individual, group, and couples counseling with both inpatient and outpatient populations. Her interests include mindfulness, diversity, and attachment with a special focus in relationships and loss. In addition to working in the counseling center Sarah maintains a private practice in Somerset, MA. Sarah can be reached at x8648 or email
Catherine (Cate) Perry, Ph.D. joined the Counseling Center in November 2009. She has a masters and a doctorate in clinical psychology from Fielding Graduate University and an MS in neuropsychology from Drexel University. Prior to completing her internship at the State University of New York in Oneonta, she worked as a private case manager. She also worked in head injury rehabilitation doing neuropsychological assessment and as a cognitive remediation specialist. Cate has also been an instructor and taught a number of undergraduate psychology courses. Her interests include behavioral medicine with a focus on chronic illness, pain management, attachment and women's issues. In addition to working at the counseling center, Cate maintains a private psychotherapy practice. She can be reached at x8648 or email.
David Perry, Ph.D. joined the Counseling Center staff in January 2012. He received a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing from San Francisco State University, a master’s degree in teaching from Columbia Teacher’s College and masters and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Louisiana State University. He completed an internship at Syracuse V.A.M.C. and then worked for twelve years in psychiatric hospitals, twelve years in prisons, six years in intensive residential psychotherapy programs, five years in an alcoholism program, and twenty four years in private practice. David’s interests include individual and group psychotherapy, substance abuse treatment, treatment of personality disorders, and post-traumatic stress treatment. David can be reached at x8648 or by email.
Mika MacInnis, Ph.D. joined the Counseling Center in August 2015. She earned her doctoral degree in experimental psychology at Brown University, and respecialized in clinical psychology at Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Mika grew up in China, graduated from a Chinese international high school, and is bilingual in Mandarin and English. She has worked with a range of clients in private practice and university settings. Mika’s professional interests include issues around grief, emerging adulthood, third-culture kids, cultural adjustment, stress management, and spirituality. She can be reached at x8648 or email.
Consulting Psychiatrist & Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jonathan Schwartz, M.D. joined the Counseling and Student Development Center in 1985 as our consulting psychiatrist. He is certified in both child and adult psychiatry. His training was completed at Children's Hospital in Boston and Mass. General Hospital. Dr. Schwartz specializes in the treatment of ADD, bipolar disorder, panic disorder and depression. Students will often be referred to him for diagnostic evaluation and/or to discuss the risks and benefits of possible use of medication in situations where this would be appropriate. Students must meet with a counselor first, before scheduling an appointment with Dr. Schwartz. Dr. Schwartz can be reached at x8650.
Jana Sobczak, Ph.D. joined the Counseling Center in September 2015. She earned a PhD from the Medical College of Georgia and a masters from the University of Virginia. She was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Washington where she conducted research on mood disorders and addiction. She is board certified as both a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist. She has experience in both clinic and private practice settings treating children, adolescents and adults. She is an Associate Professor and director of the master’s program at the College of Nursing.
Administrative Support Staff
Carol Olancin, A. S., Clerk IV, is the heart of our administrative support team. She came to UMD in January of 1983. She began in the Medical Technology Department, now known as Medical Laboratory Science, transferred to the Alumni Office, and then the Management Department, before joining the administrative support staff of the Counseling and Student Development Center in February of 1999. Carol earned an associate’s degree from Bristol Community College. She has also worked at BMC Durfee High School as a substitute teacher and at BCC in the Job Placement Office. Carol can be reached at X8648 or email.
Our Interns for 2015-2016
Molly Conley, M.S. is a fourth year doctoral student of clinical psychology at Antioch University New England. She received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Columbia University, and a Master of Science in clinical psychology from Antioch. Molly has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in school and community mental health settings across New England. She also provided counseling, stress reduction, and psychoeducation services through a medical clinic in Haiti as part of Antioch’s Disaster Shakti team. Her clinical interests include trauma, anxiety, and emerging adulthood, as well as working with adoptees, individuals with disabilities, and the LGBTQ+ community.
Michael Dean, MA. He is a fourth year doctoral student of clinical psychology who is attending the University of Hartford's Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology. Michael received his Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology at the College of the Holy Cross and his Master's Degree in Clinical Practice at the University of Hartford. In addition, he has worked extensively with children and adolescents in a variety of treatment settings. Michael's clinical interests include substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and emerging adulthood.
Zoe Lantelme, M.S., M.Ed. is a third year doctoral student of clinical psychology at William James College. She earned a Master’s of Science degree in counseling psychology from Northeastern University and a Master’s of Education degree in human sexuality from Widener University. Zoe has worked in academic, outpatient, and in-home therapeutic settings with adults, adolescents, and children. Her counseling style is integrative and informed by feminist, family systems, and cognitive-behavioral approaches. Her interests include anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and LGBTQ and women’s issues.
Jamison Merrell, M.A. is a third-year doctoral student of clinical psychology at William James College. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree at McGill University, majoring in psychology and minoring in social studies of medicine. She also earned a Master of Arts degree in professional psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Jamison has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings ranging from schools to acute inpatient services. Her professional interests include emerging adulthood, anxiety, substance use, gender and sexuality, and relationships.