Director -Robert Maron, Ed.D.
Assistant Director - Cate Perry, Ph.D.
Director of Training Sarah Conklin, Psy.D.
Psychologist - David Perry, Ph.D.
Consulting Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
Nina Sszulewski, MSN
Administrative Support Staff
Counseling Center Interns 2016-2017
About our Senior Staff
Robert Maron, Ed.D. Dr. Maron holds a B.A. in Psychology from UMass Amherst, an M.Ed. in Counseling/Consulting Psychology from Harvard University, and an Ed.D in Counseling Psychology from Boston University. For ten years, he has owned and served as Clinical Director of Dana Group Associates Behavioral Health Services. He has served as Director of Counseling Services at Fisher College and at the New England College of Optometry. In addition, he has served as Assistant Director of University Counseling Services at Boston College. Dr. Maron has held past positions of Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Assistant in Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital. Dr. Maron's interests include counseling and retention for students of color and father/son relationships. Robert can be reached at x8650 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. 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
Consulting Psychiatrist & Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
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.
Lisa Ayotte is one-half of our administrative support team. She came to UMD in November of 2010. She began in the Registrar’s Office, transferred to the Career Development Center and joined the administrative support staff of the Counseling and Student Development Center in 2015. Lisa was a medical transcriptionist for 10 years prior to her employment at UMD. You can reach Lisa at ext. 8650 or email
Our Interns for 2016-2017
Miklos Hargitay, M.A. is a fourth year doctoral student of clinical psychology at William James College. He got his B.A. in physical anthropology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Miklos has worked in a school, a hospital, and crisis counseling settings with adolescents and adults. His counseling style is collaborative and informed by cognitive behavioral, humanistic, and trauma informed approaches. His interests include behavior change, sexual trauma, including sexual assault, and men’s issues. He lives with his fiancee, has two rabbits and considers himself a “bunny person”.
Pinar Onat, M.A., is a third year doctoral student of clinical psychology at William James College. She completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Boston University and her master’s at William James College. Pinar has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in various academic as well as residential settings. Her clinical interests include women’s issues, anxiety, trauma, and emerging adulthood.
Zoe Lantelme, M.S., M.Ed. is a fourth 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 fourth 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.